WELCOME TO YEAR 5
Ancient Egypt stood as one of the world’s most advanced civilisations for nearly 3,000 years and created a culture so rich that it has spawned its own field of study. This term we will be diving into the different parts that make Ancient Egypt so fascinating to study; from the secrets of one of the wonders of the ancient world to the mythology and burial rituals of the Pharaohs.
Year 5 and 6 spent the day in Oxford (luckily avoiding the rain!) investigating Ancient Egypt. Year 5 spent the morning in the Ashmolean museum, hunting down different pieces of information linked to a particular theme they were focusing in on. Being able to look at real mummies, canopic jars and hieroglyphics up close and personal was a fantastic finish to the Ancient Egypt topic.
After a brief walk and open air lunch, Year 5 then entered the Natural History museum. Taking it in turns to enter the 'Pitt Rivers' museum, the children thought about how to link different artefacts (i.e. Mummy - Sarcophagus (because mummified people would be placed inside a sarcophagus - Nile boat (because replica Nile boats were placed inside tombs) - Papyrus (because papyrus reeds grow on the Nile)). As well as looking around Pitt Rivers, the children were able to stretch their scientific understanding of classification and adaptation, looking at skeletons and replicas of the different animal families. We also ventured upstairs to see a honey bee colony and a range of insects, including quite a large tarantula!
An excellent day was had by all.
Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has travelled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.
One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.
Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them–Set–has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe–a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
In Science we have been looking at the different ways to classify animals, based on the Linnaeus' method. Our focus for the past two weeks has been on birds, including the structure and purpose of eggs. We decided to see why birds lay their eggs in different location so planned an investigation to answer the question, 'Where is the safest place to nest in the school grounds?' Children scouted the woodland area for materials before creating a bird's nest (using half a tennis ball). We have placed in miniature clay eggs so that if any predators do attack our nests, hopefully some tale tale marks will be left behind!
The children went to see what had become of the different nesting sites this morning. We were hoping for one or two that had signs of predators, but we had 8 different sites that had either attacked or damaged in some way. Children will be replacing the eggs to carry the experiment on for a week so we can tally our results on Friday, hopefully giving the answer of the safest place to nest in the school grounds.
Year 5 Travels to Spain!
The cultural and historical influences on the Spanish dance style flamenco. Year 5 were able to experience the sound of the guitar, clapping rhythms and traditional songs in their Flamenco workshop today. We all had a great time!
The children’s Reading Journals have now been given out. These are an integral part of their English curriculum, designed to develop comprehension skills, and encourage children to read, interpret, analyse and evaluate a range of fiction and non-fiction genres. They will be given questions to answer, linked to our class reader, but children will also be expected to ‘respond’ to books and texts they read independently at home and at school. A review of a book they have finished, whether fiction or non-fiction, is also expected.
Dates for your diary
27/4 Author in School
28/4 KPSA Film night
5/5 KPSA 'Phil the Bag'
5/5 KPSA Quiz Night
29/5-2/6 Half term
5/6 INSET Day
22/6-23/6 Y5 Residential
30/6 Y5 Assembly
30/6 KPSA Barn dance
5/7 Y5 Open door
12/7 KS2 Concert (2pm / 6pm)
14/7 Sports Day
21/7 School finishes for Summer