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Year 5

Miss Staward, Mrs Richardson and Mrs Houghton

During the Autumn term, we had the opportunity to learn about forces in action. Children were able to explore the force of gravity, friction and water resistance by planning and carrying out investigations. We even had a visit from Technology Tom and were able to make rockets, which helped us to explore air resistance. As we were experts at understanding air resistance and how it works, The Super Skydiving Company contacted us to redesign their parachute to enable people to perform skydives from aeroplanes. They wanted their customers to fall from the aeroplane as safely and as slowly as possible. This was a fun and exciting session!

This term, we have looked at the geography of Mexico. We began locating some of the countries of North America and studied their climates. We are now confident at using four figure grid references to locate places on a map. We also looked at the Mexican festival known as 'The Day of the Dead.’ We linked our art work to this topic by making ‘The Day of the Dead’ masks from Mod Roc and also developing our understanding of line, tone and texture when drawing cacti. Have a look at our art work!

To mark 100 years since the end of World War One, our history lessons focused on key events and developments from this period. The children enjoyed their local visit to The Lonely Soldier to pay respects to those soldiers lost in WWI. They had the opportunity to study how the role of women changed in society and they even took part in some role play where the children got dressed up as canary girls from the munition factories. The children were excited to learn about the Suffragettes and Suffragists and even took part in their very own vote! In literacy, we read the novel ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo. Even though the children thoroughly enjoyed the story, we had a mixture of emotions and tears at the ending.