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Ancient Egypt

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.  

Trip to Ashmolean and Natural History Museum

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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. 

Mummification

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This week we have been looking at the Egyptian process of mummification. As well as figuring out the amount of bandages it would need to wrap members of our class, we also looked at how to mummify a tomato! After clearing out the insides and cleansing the remains, we filled the tomato with natron (a mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda) to dry out 'the body'. After three weeks, we'll check back on the tomato to see whether its preserved ready for the afterlife! 

Why is the Nile so important?

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We have been investigating why Egypt was so dependant on the river Nile. As well as providing transportation, a food source and papyrus reeds, the Nile provided Egypt with the ability to feed its people. Trapping water from the inundation (flooding season), the Egyptians would use a Shaduf to move water from the mud canals to irrigate their crops. We had a go at making scale models of a Shaduf - it was not so easy!

The Red Pyramid

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.

Y5 Rugby partnership event

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On Wednesday, 16 Y5 pupils travelled to Chipping Norton Rugby club for the annual partnership rugby festival. After a welcome and brief explanation of the rules, the children had their 'game off', which gave us time to watch the other schools and witness the level they were all playing at. Our first game was against St Marys, which after a nervy start, ended in a draw. Our next game was against Holy Trinity. The children were more relaxed after their initial game and started to work cohesively as a team, putting together a range of scoring moves. This game ended in a thoroughly deserved win for KIngham. Next was against Charlbury. This was fiercely contested and the children represented Kingham in both effort and sportsmanship, but unfortunately it ended in a loss. Our last game of the tournament was against Holy Trinity. A few tired legs and arms meant we made some simple mistakes, but the defence stayed strong and capitalising on a few breakaways meant we brought the game back to a draw when the final whistle was blown. Overall, we placed 3rd which was a fantastic result for the team. A particular well done to Molly and Simon who were chosen to be sporting champions, showing the values of respect, excellence and friendship in their play. 

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Although most of the timetable was put on hold, Year 5 was still able to go out in the afternoon and learn about working with green wood. After a demonstration and history of the lathe, each of us got to have a go. After each turn,  a souvenir strip of bark was presented for the children's effort!

Egyptian Science (How do they mark the passing of time?)

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frown Netball fun with years 4 and 5 - see the photos on the sporting gallery page.

Science Week - Change

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Science week allowed Year 5 to study a range of changes in the natural world. Starting with a change in design, we planned, assessed and adapted the best way to float a boat. Moving onto how plants disperse their seeds, we investigated the range of adaptations needed to survive the changing environment. A quick tour of the changing gravitational pulls of planets, before investigating the changing wind speed and direction on the school grounds. To finish the week, children designed their own poster and wordsearch on impressive scientists who had brought a real change to their field of study.

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Science Investigation

 

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!

 

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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 Northern Lights inspired artwork

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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!

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Reading journals

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

Documents

This is the Creative Overview and Topic Letter for Year 5. However, as the term develops and the children's interest broadens, these documents are subject to change. 


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