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Headteacher - Mrs Sally Buckton

Guiseley Primary School

Year 5 blog

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Spring 2 - The Caribbean

Year 5 have spent the half term learning all about the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat. They learned all about life on the island from an amazing lady called Sharmen, who used to live on the island before it was devastated by a volcanic eruption in 1997. 





They learned about the houses on the island and about what school life was like, as well as learning about the physical geography (beaches, rivers and volcanoes).


Sharmen also showed the children how to cook delicious Journey cakes (known locally as Johnny Cakes), which they enjoyed recreating and tasting in class!







As part of our whole school Science week, the children carried out a special Scientific Investigation into plastics. They aimed to find out how to classify different types of plastic using the properties of those materials (which floated, which snapped easily etc). They then learned how using this information helps companies to recycle the different types of plastic into new products.





The children also had a super time celebrating World Book Day, reading our class novel - "The Boy at the back of the classroom". 

Year 5

Spring 1

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Year 5 have been working extremely hard during Spring 1. All Year 5 children have been in school have enjoyed learning about Forces, Crime and Punishment and writing their own story based on the poem The Highwayman. Many children who have been working from home have shared their learning with us and we have been extremely impressed!

As well as fractions and multiplication, there has been Lego models of Dick Turpin, sculptures of the COVID19 virus and some superb artwork. We are really proud of all the children who have kept going with their learning this half term.

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Electrical sparks, optical trickery, virtual school council and an earthquake!

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Despite not being in school for 2 week of the half term, year 5 has been a very busy place to be!

In October, the children took part in some of the virtual elements of Otley Science festival, watching live demonstrations and experiments with Marty Jopson from The One Show.

The children voted for their school councillors, who will take part in virtual meetings and activities this year. Lots of brave children read out their manifestos at the front of the class, before we held a secret ballot to choose a boy and a girl to represent our class. Congratulations to the winning children!

Then, to coincide with our topic on Earthquakes, the children became newspaper reporters and investigated an earthquake that had happened right here in Guiseley. Our school was the epicentre of the quake! The children took their notebooks around school and took notes on the damage that had been done to the school. They also interviewed Mrs Buckton who was a witness at the scene, and was devastated by all the damage it had caused.

Lots of damage had been done. The roof of the hall had caved in, the bottom corridor had been flooded with water for burst pipes, and Mrs Tomlinson's car had toppled into a huge crack which had opened up in the car park! Our new MUGA had been destroyed too!

We have really enjoyed learning about the life and work of artist Romero Britto. The Brazilian artist inspired the children to paint these bold and vibrant landscape paintings.

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Autumn 1

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The children had a great time learning about the artist Wassily Kandinsky during our whole-school Art Week. They created paintings inspired by his artwork entitled "Several Circles". 

As part of our Maya topic, the children have been reading the book "The Jaguar stones" by J and P Voelkel. The authors (who are from the USA) visited the school in March 2020 to talk about their inspiration for the book, including Jon's childhood spent exploring the rainforest near where he grew up. The children have written their own short adventure stories based on the book, using lots of exciting vocabulary, character speech and description to move the story along, as well as learning how to use short sentences to add excitement and tension.

Middleworld (Jaguar Stones (Paperback)): Voelkel, J&p:  9781606840719: Books

In Science, the children have learned about Space. In September, we did lots of work on "our planet" as part of our wellbeing work with the children as they returned to school. The children designed their own fantasy planet, all of which are now hanging from our classroom ceiling. The children have learned about the orbit of the earth around the sun, and the phases of the moon, and produced some exceptional work.

In PE, the children have learned Football skills with Mrs Clarke, whilst doing lots of active games and fitness circuits in the PE sessions with the class teacher.

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