Topic: Peasants, Princes and Pestilence
This term in year 5, we have been studying the topic ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence.’ We have been learning all about medieval knights and the terrifying plague. We have been exploring the symptoms of the plague and have written diary entries from the point of view of someone living during that time period. We even got to write up our entries using italic pens and try our hand at calligraphy! Drama has also played a big part during this topic and we have had the opportunity to act out battle scenes with props and create dramatisations of what it might have been like to live with the plague.
Topic: Gallery Rebels
As part of our topic Gallery Rebels, we looked at different 19th and 20th century artists and how they used colour in their paintings. Through studying famous impressionist paintings, we have written vivid and detailed descriptions. In Science we investigated how light travels and how we see objects, using mirrors to study how light is reflected. We also enjoyed exploring our drawing skills in pencil and charcoal of everyday objects as still life. Mrs Tong also visited our classrooms for a ‘automated drawing’ workshop that encouraged us to draw without over-thinking. It’s harder than you think.
Topic: Scream Machine
In our ‘Scream Machine’ topic we made drop rides. We made them with mechanisms. It was REALLY fun. We had to bring in stuff to make it. The value ‘teamwork’ was used to actually make it because you had to work as a team. The main mechanism was the hardest part because what you had to do was loop the string around a wooden pole then tie the bottom of the string to the cart. It was awesome!
When our topic was Scream Machine, Kestrels class created some drop rides. A drop ride is a free fall drop mechanism. We made a carriage travel upwards with string then it drops! Most of us used cardboard, string and a stick like material. It was very fun! We took three days to finish off and fix our mistakes. At first, many children were confused at how the mechanisms worked but after using perseverance and teamwork, we achieved our goal.
Topic: Child’s war
During term 3 we travelled back in time to WW2. We re-enacted how it would feel to be life as a child in war times, listened to stories from people who lived at that time and wrote our own narratives with flashbacks of war memories. As part of our topic learning, we also learnt how electrical circuits work and used this knowledge to send Morse code using buzzers and lights. At the end of term, each class organised a street party to celebrate the end of the war – even Winston Churchill made a guest appearance! Our parents were invited so we made spam, paste and jam sandwiches which were enjoyed by all.