Year 5 Cycle B - Spring 2: Curriculum Overview
Year 5 Cycle B - Spring 2: Topic Homework
Year 5 and 6 took part in a day of immersive experiences giving them a taste of life for families during the Blitz. They began by creating their own freeze-frame dramas of an air raid with families rushing to the shelter for cover. They prepared their suitcases and recreated an evacuation scene. The children learnt about rationing and made their own war-time cookies. Down in the reading retreat, they huddled under blankets as part of a ‘night in the shelter’ activity. Using tissue and clear plastic they created their own soldier silhouette art work. They looked at war time propaganda and created their own posters. Finally, they imagined the feelings of families at the end of the war and held their own VE Day street party. It was a fun but also thoughtful and reflective day.
Nightingale Class visit to the Imperial War Museum
On a cold January day, Nightingale class visited the Imperial War Museum to learn more about the Second World War and to take part in a session called 'We Were There'. This was a very special chance for the children to meet veterans and eyewitnesses and to hear real stories of conflict from the people who were there. The children met Kitty and Ron, who both experienced the war in different ways. They had a chance to hear their personal stories and to ask them questions about their lives. The children were mesmerised by the stories of their lives, by the hardships they had lived through and the bravery that they had shown. Through their thoughtful questioning they were able to find out more about life aboard HMS Belfast from Ron and about the experience of an evacuee from Kitty. It was a truly unforgettable experience for them to really get an understanding of the impact of war on the lives of real people. The children were mature and thoughtful and a very valuable and insightful day was had by all. Linnet class will have their opportunity to visit the museum in February.
Year 5 Jack and the Beanstalk - Reporting the News!
For their latest writing project, Year 5 took on the challenge of retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk through news reporting. They turned into intrepid reporters for a few busy weeks in which they interviewed the main characters in the story to try to get to the truth. But were all the eyewitnesses telling them what really happened? With some skill, the children rewrote the story of the terrible crime and made sure to include quotations from the police and victims. Would the terrible boy Jack ever be found and brought to justice? That was what everyone wanted to find out! After some amazing news reports were published in the 'Stoneydown Gazette', the children followed up their feat by creating TV news broadcasts, reporting live from the scene of the crime at the chopped down beanstalk. Everyone enjoyed the experience and some great news was made. Well done Year 5!
Year 5 and 6 Victorian Immersion Day
As part of their curriculum topic 'Challenges', Year 5 and 6 took part in a fully immersive Victorian Day. All the children arrived promptly in full Victorian costume, ready to be whipped into shape by a very scary-looking bunch of Victorian teachers. Firstly, they attended an assembly, in which they recited the Lords prayer and sang the National Anthem. Following this, they returned upstairs - in strict silence - to take part in Victorian themed classes including sewing, handwriting and drawing. Later in the morning, some unfortunate children were forced to attend the workhouse where they made match boxes and unravelled string with only a bowl of gruel to keep them sustained. After a miserable lunch of more gruel, the children were encouraged to write to Queen Victoria to propose a few changes to her regime. Finally, certificates were given out and everyone congratulated themselves on a job well done.
More pictures from our Victorian day here.
Year 5 and the Nowhere Emporium
Year 5 children from Stoneydown and Coppermill took part in a joint immersive text day based around their class novel The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie. Teachers from both schools worked together to plan activities including filming with ipads, using a green screen and creating secret bottles in art. We even managed to squeeze in a visit to the circus and the rainforest! This was a great way to inspire the children with their writing.