This half term our topic is Rivers. We will be looking closely at the formation of rivers and rivers in the UK and around the world. Alongside this topic we will be reading the classic novel “Wind in the Willows”. The children will be using this book to create some fantastic pieces of writing about the loveable characters in the story and the adventures they take themselves on. Please keep your eyes peeled on our class page to look at some of the lovely pieces of work we will be completing this half term!
CREATIVE CONTEXT DAY
At the beginning of every half term, all of school have a creative day where we create things to inspire us for our topic ahead. On our creative context we created origami boats so that we could let them sail in the water and pretend it was a river. We collaged large pictures of the characters from the story so that we could create beautiful character descriptions of them and feel like they were there with us in our class room. We also painted our classroom window so that we felt like whilst we were learning we were sat on a peaceful river bank. Finally, we created some lovely pictures of river animals to enhance the atmosphere and widen our imagination of being near the river. Look at some of the amazing work we completed during this day.
During our first week at school we looked at Chapter one of our class novel. We looked at how mole had visited the river for the first time and all the activities he got up to! The children split the chapter up into different sections and acted each scene out. The children then wrote some fantastic diary entries in the role of Mole. Look at some of our acting! We then hot seated Mole and Rat. We asked the characters lots of questions about what they enjoyed about the day, how they were feeling and what they were looking forward to.
Parent Involvement Day
On Friday 1st March, Year 5 invited their parents and carers into school to help them with a Geography lesson. First, we had to look at a river and learn all of the new terms. We then drew our own “journey of a river” outside in the playground with chalk. We then had to match the labels and the definitions up together and place them in the correct place. We looked at terms such as mouth, source, confluence, tributary, floodplain and ox bow lake. The children produced some fantastic river pictures and labelled them accurately.
The children then looked at Toad and his magnificent house. We tried out a new drama strategy called “10 second objects”. This was where the children were given an object that might have been in the house and they had to recreate this object using themselves. We tried to be wardrobes, dining tables, lily pads and statues. Can you guess which one is which?
In maths, we have been looking at decimals. We have moved on from our fractions topic and we are now using this knowledge to help us with the next step. The children have been converting, comparing, adding and subtracting different decimals. We have been looking at the place value of the decimals and their importance. The children have been using a wide range of resources such as place value discs and base ten to help us with this. During one lesson the children had to match the decimals to the fractions to create a large square. The children got so close!
The children have met all the characters in the book now and are starting to create opinions about them. They know that Toad is a crazy character who is always wanting to be on the move. We had a letter from Toad asking us (Rat and Mole) to go on an adventure with him. The children had to think of a variety of reasons as to why this would be a bad or a good idea. The children then created a conscience alley where they helped Rat and Mole to make their decisions. Everyone came up with some fantastic ideas and then wrote a balanced argument to support them.
As a class we have been on most of the adventures that the characters have been on. The children even went to the dangerous, wild wood. We walked around the woods and wrote down how we felt at each part. The children came up with some fantastic feeling words and different things they would say to themselves in that position. We then created a soundscape of what we though the Wild Wood might sound like. This led us to write a fantastic recount of The Wild Wood.
During Science week, Clapgate got to do lots of exciting experiments every afternoon. Then on the fourth day of science week we got to go to different year groups around school and investigate different experiments. We made square bubbles, slime, lava lamps and looked at dissolving. We had lots of fun and made sure that we understood the different scientific reasoning behind each experiment. Our focus in class all week was forces. We learnt about gravity, air resistance and water resistance. We tested these forces using balloons, bin bags and different plasticine shapes.
The children have learnt all about River Pollution this week. We went on the journey of Freddie the fish. We started off by noticing that Freddie was in lovely, fresh water where he could drink and enjoy life. We then saw that mud and soil from the river bank crept into our water and made it very mucky and hard to see in. Then the oil from the cars went into the river and made it sticky and hard to swim through. All of the slush from the grit and snow fell into the rive from the bridge. The water was now full of salt and not a very appetising place to drink from. After all of this the wind from the nearby park blew peoples picnic rubbish into the river and the fish got stuck in some of the crisp packets. Finally waste from a nearby factory was flushed into the river even though this is illegal! We then saw what the river looked like after and we were all very disgusted! It made us think about how we could improve this as a class.
The children then wrote some fantastic non chronological reports about river pollution, natural causes, human causes and how we can stop this from happening.
Earlier in the week, we received a letter for Badger. He was told that he had to sell his house immediately, pack up and leave. We took a tour around Badger’s house to pick out all the exciting parts of his house. We pretended to be estate agents and write a fantastic advert to show others who may be interested in buying his property. Take a look at some of adverts below.
We then felt extremely sorry for Badger, so we decided to throw him a tea party. Before he could attend, we had to make sure that the children invited Badger and could tell him exactly what he was letting himself in for. The children wrote some fantastic invitations that made me want to be invited!
As we continued with the book, we realised that Toad was quite a craft character. We wanted to make sure that Toad got what he deserved so after had had stolen lots of vehicles and had been caught dangerously driving, we took him to court! The children learnt all about the different areas of a court room and the people involved. We then turned into those people and decided whether Toad was going to be Guilty or Not Guilty. The children decided…. GUILTY!