Sycamore enjoyed taking part in their Victorian day at school. The day began with a bit of ‘housekeeping’ by checking hands, finger nails and general scruffiness. We talked through the class room rules and learning etiquette of the day. We were given our own Victorian name and role to take on for the day which some seemed to really get into.
Our first lesson focused on arithmetic whereby we put our column addition and subtraction skills to good use. We were a little surprised to discover some of the sizes of the Victorian column addition questions by having to add at least 7 lines of numbers!
This was followed by handwriting practise. We practised first using chalk, practising our letter formation. Then, we used handwriting stencils to follow in pencil till we were eventually deemed ‘worthy’ of using pen on paper. Luckily, everyone passed this class!!
After break, we practised Victorian drills which helped increase our circulation and boosted our immune systems. We didn’t find these ridiculous at all!! Following this, we explored the British empire in Geography whilst discussing where some products were imported and exported to/from. We put our map skills to the test by applying our understanding to our own world map.
After lunch, we explored the origins and meaning behind Christmas cards (which were invented during Victorian times) then, we used our art and design skills to create our own Victorian Christmas cards. Alongside this, we enjoyed learning about Victorian washing by looking at a number of artefacts and having a go scrubbing clothes clean.
As part of our Victorian art this term, we have researched William Morris and his fabulous wallpaper designs. Linking on from these ideas and exploring different colour palettes, we have looked at marbling to link with our Victorian theme. Here we have created the marbling designs for our concertina books which we intend to sell at the Christmas Craft Fayre.
Following on from our flip books and experimenting with stop frame animation using clay. We started planning our own stop frame animations which illustrate a moving scene using paper. To create our scenes we considered which parts would move after each frame, which colours and materials we would use to make our work stand out, whilst thinking about the flow of the animation.
Year 5 had a fantastic visit to the Black Country Museum! During our visit we were able to visit many shops and work places common during the period. Some of these included:
As well as many others. We also visited different re-created homes of children/families that existed during this time and asked many questions to the actors who were able to offer their expert knowledge on these families and their history. Part of our learning included being part of a Victorian School experience. This involved learning about 'The Three Rs'. Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. This involved lots of chanting and repeating as well as hearing about punishments Victorian children had received for mis-behaving at school! Other highlights included visiting a Victorian barge boat and peering inside at the living areas, Watching metal chains being heated up and moulded into boat chains, watching a Victorian comedy mini film in the Victorian cinema, visiting the sweet shop, meeting the horse and having lunch in the gardens. Our visit really gave us a hands on experience of what life was life for the Victorians and how it compared to ours now.
This term, we are focusing on stop frame animation. We began by exploring 'Stop Motion Studio' which enabled us to take frame by frame photos of our models changing after each shot. When we built up enough frames we were able to make our models 'move' across the screen. This has helped us build our understanding of stop motion in preparation to story board and film our own detailed paper version stop frame animations.
In preparation for the rest of computing this term, we have begun by exploring 19th Century animation in the form of flip books. We gave our flip books Halloween themes and focused on progressing our images with slight changes. This will help us later when experimenting with clay.
Sycamore had great fun making ‘Tudor Lover’s Knots’ this term. We put into practise good hygiene routines when cooking and followed step by step instructions. First, we began with beating together eggs, flour, sugar and cinnamon until it became a dough. We then kneaded this so we could shape it eventually into our own style of knot. Once baked, we decorated the tops with honey and enjoyed them. We were in agreement the honey and warmth of the bread was tasty!
We have started our computing this year by investigating sound through block coding. We programmed Scratch to make our own theme tune to Hamlet. In order to do this, we mind-mapped a range of adjectives and key vocabulary to generate imagery of Hamlet on top of the castle in the cold, wind with the ghost of his father. We used these ideas to choose sound effects and used our understanding of block coding and loops to join these ideas together. Some of us also added backgrounds, speech bubbles and moving characters to our scenes.
In addition, we used the laptops to research and record our ideas/understanding of Denmark (where Hamlet is set) to create our own quiz. We learnt to underline, change font, change colour, change size, position text, add bullet points and include pictures.
Our project this term has been to explore William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. Our two main outcomes were to create a discussion and a newspaper report. In our discussion, we debated whether to avenge the death of Hamlet's father by seeking revenge on Claudius. We used a range of language in our pieces including different types of conjunctions, both for and against points of views and used words for effect. In our newspaper reports, we reported on the death of Polonius and explored a range of characters and their points of view on the events leading up to the scene. We used direct and indirect speech to record these character's perspectives.
To aid our understanding of the background of Hamlet and where the play is set, we used our map skills to explore the countries and seas surrounding Denmark. We identified borders, key cities, and compared where these were in relation to the UK.
To further add to our knowledge around Hamlet, we used our research skills to explore the life of William Shakespeare.
In maths this term, we have:
In science this term, we have explored the following:
On our first trip to the forest we reminded ourselves of the 3 forest rules which are to:
We also took part in:
In their trip to the garden this term Sycamore had fun digging up weeds and allowing the ground to be ready for planting new crops.
In netball this term, we have explored a range of skills including:
This term, we have used our observational and design skills to draw imagery of the 'Tudor Rose' which helped us to design and plan our own clay Tudor Rose model. When shaping our models we had to think about mark-making and adding features to our designs to show the inticacies of the patterns. We also had to think about shaping the clay to make layers of petals to symbolise the red and white of Yorkshire and Lancashire.
In French we have recapped our knowledge of colours. In addition, we also identified types of places to live, rooms inside a house and key items of furniture we might find in them. To consolidate this knowledge we then applied it to a range of tasks.
Sycamore have had a fantastic start to term 1 and thoroughly enjoyed beginning their year 5 journey by looking at our Take One Picture project. We have used our retrieval skills to explore the life of Henri Rousseau and his ‘Surprised (Tiger in a Tropical Storm)’ artwork. We have been inspired by the use of colour and shape Rousseau applies to capture exciting vegetation in his jungle scene. As a result, we used oil pastel mark-making techniques to create our own jungle leaves. We have used our research skills to find out about tigers and applied our writing skills to create a non-chronological report about tigers.
We have started our music unit this term which uses the African drums. We have been super excited to get started and have already experimented with rhythm, pulse, beats and tone. Our first lesson involved focusing on how to use our hand correctly when making sounds as well as copying beats and rhythms in groups to combine with others.
This term we have started part of our P.E. lessons off with netball! So far, we have explored a range of skills by revisiting how we already pass (including bounce pass, chest pass and shoulder pass). We have also:
We took part in an exciting cricket taster workshop today! During our session, the coach took us through a range of skills. First we focused on our coordination skills with catching and challenged ourselves to a sequence of catching challenges. After this, we applied our catching and throwing to a team game which included aiming at our wicket. Following this, we took this challenge to the next step by applying our batting skills to protect the wicket as well as thinking about space and fielding.
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