Welcome to Year 5!
Please keep checking the website for important information and updates on all the exciting learning that will be taking place this year.
Monday - Indoor
Thursday - Swimming
Please ensure correct kit is brought into school on PE days.
Reading books should be brought into school each day and a record of any home reading recorded in the reading diary. This does not need to be restricted to their school reading book and many children will be moving off the reading scheme onto 'free reading'. All children are encouraged to read widely and develop a love of reading. Here is a small selection of suggested, age appropriate texts.
An overview of the learning which will be taking place this year can be found on the documents below.
DO OUR CHOICES REALLY MATTER?
This is our 'enquiry question' for the Autumn Term. Our history topic is based on World War 1, making links with the centenary events which will be taking place this year. More details can be found on the letter to parents and curriculum documents below.
To support our WW1 topic, we enjoyed a workshop with staff from Doncaster Museum. This allowed us to develop our historical enquiry skills by handling and exploring artefacts from the time.
We also learned more about semaphore, made flags and sent messages to each other! The afternoon ended with a moment of reflection and remembrance.
We read the personal stories of some local men who fought in WW1 (some of them lived very close to our school!) We made identity tags as an act of remembrance.
We really enjoyed our educational visit to Sherwood Pines. This site was the location of Clipstone Camp, a WW1 training base.
The highlight of the day was exploring the replica trench and researching some local soldiers who were based there.
Year 5 attended the launch of the annual Doncaster Book Awards. This event helps raise the profile of reading and encourages children to explore the best books throughout the school year.
The children were entertained by authors and illustrators including:
Andy Stanton - author of 'Natboff' and the Mr Gum series;
Martin Brown - illustrator of the Horrible Histories books; and
Andy Cope - author of the 'Spy Dog' books & 'Diary of a Brilliant Kid'
The longlisted books can be found at https://www.doncasterbookaward.net/.
All of the books are available in the school library!
Children are encouraged to read some of the books listed and write a review on the website. There are lots of great prizes on offer!
During Cultural Diversity week, Y5 enjoyed a range of activities, which helped us to value, appreciate and celebrate the fact that we live in a multi-cultural society.
We considered our connections to the wider world and enjoyed a morning of Polish cooking and culture, when we made pierogi (sweet dumplings filled with fruit and served with cream and icing sugar).
In addition, we read and explored 'Hidden Figures' the incredible story of 4 women who overcame racial and gender inequality in 1960s America. They each played a key role in the USA's space programme.
The week ended with Year 5 delivering a beautiful assembly as part of our recent RE topic 'Ourselves'. We spoke about how we are all individual and special, with unique God given gifts, talents and qualities. It summed up perfectly all we have been celebrating this week!
YEAR 5 MULTI SKILLS EVENT
On Thursday 20th September, Year 5 enjoyed a morning of physical activity. After our usual swimming lesson at the Dome, we walked to Doncaster School for the Deaf to take part in the final of the Active Fusion multi skills event organised by Active Fusion.
Here we enjoyed a range of activities, developing skills of throwing, running and jumping.
It was a fantastic event and everyone took part with enthusiasm.
We finished in fourth place out of the whole of Doncaster. A fantastic achievement Year 5 - well done!
As we approach the end of term, it's time to reflect on all the wonderful work we have done as part of our photography topic 'Does the Camera Ever Lie?
Come and take a look at our lovely learning environment!
On Wednesday 11th July, Year 5 enjoyed an educational visit to Potteric Carr. This was a fantastic day, which brought together so much of this term's learning.
In the outdoor classroom, we worked in teams to build bridges. In addition we created environmental art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy, who we had studied as part of our photography topic. For both of these activities, we had to rely on the natural materials available to us.
Next, we enjoyed pond dipping, which helped to develop our scientific skills by classifying living organisms.
After lunch, we learned a survival skill - creating nettle string! It was certainly fiddly, and a great deal of patience was required, but we demonstrated the important learning behaviours of teamwork, collaboration, perseverance and resilience.
This wonderful day helped us to engage with nature and appreciate the wonders of God's creation. Important themes in our literacy and RE work this term.
FAKE NEWS FROM 100 YEARS AGO!
‘Does the Camera Ever Lie?'
As part of our ‘Create’ topic, Y5 researched the fascinating story of the Cottingley Fairies.
In 1917, two young girls, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffith claimed there were fairies at the bottom of their garden in Cottingley, West Yorkshire.
They even claimed to have photographic evidence! Experts claimed the photographs were authentic. Arthur Conan-Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories, believed the photos proved evidence of fairies and published them. The whole world was convinced as in those days the camera was considered a scientific instrument certainly didn’t lie!
Decades later, one of the girls (now an old woman) finally admitted that they had cut out drawings of fairies and held them in place with hat pins!
However, Frances always claimed the final photograph was genuine.
We then decided to create our own versions of the famous photographs.
What do you think?
Can we convince you that there are fairies at the edge of the school field?!
Last week we considered 'What makes a great photo?' This stimulated an interesting discussion and there was some incredibly deep and thoughtful responses!
SUMMER TERM 2017
CREATE TOPIC: ART
DOES THE CAMERA EVER LIE?
During the Summer Term, our topic is a creative one, with a link to photography. Some of the enquiry questions we will be considering are:
What makes a great photograph?
What makes a photograph art?
How can photographs be used to tell a story?
Does a picture really paint a thousand words?
Do photographs ever lie?
How could photographs be used to influence people?
We have some wonderful learning opportunities planned for you. A copy of the Summer Term plan is attached below.
SPRING TERM 2018
Last term our enquiry question was 'What is the difference between surviving and living?'. This was a geography based topic, with a focus on refugees. Some wonderful work was produced, culminating in the fantastic showcase day in which children were able to share the knowledge and skills they had learnt over the term with adults.
DONCASTER ROVERS VISIT
On 5th March, we enjoyed a visit from Doncaster Rovers player Matty Blair. He was really impressed with the range of interesting and thoughtful questions asked by the class!
Eyam Museum display
The work which the children did as part of the Great Plague topic will be on display in Eyam Museum during February half term. It can then be seen again when the Museum re-opens for the summer season during the Easter holidays.
We are delighted that the beautiful work which the children did is being shared and celebrated with a wider audience in this way.
Last term, as part of our topic on the Great Plague, we studied the story 'Children of Winter' by Berlie Doherty. We enjoyed the story so much that we wrote letters to Berlie Doherty, to thank her for writing it and explaining why we had enjoyed it so much.
This week, we were delighted to receive this lovely letter back from her, which cheered her up while she was recovering from flu! She says she will mention the letters on her next newsletter, which appears on her website www.berlie.doherty.com. Also on the website is a competition to win her new story 'The Girl who saw Lions'. Why not have a go?
Autumn Term 2017
Our enquiry question last term was 'Do our choices really matter?' This was a history topic based on The Great Plague of 1665 - 1666. Look at our wonderful work, which we are delighted to say will shortly be on display in the museum of the plague village in Eyam, Derbyshire.