Y5 have been learning all about the Victorians this half-term. We have been finding out about the people who lived in our community during Victorian times using the Census report from 1901. We have been interested to learn all about the different families that lived nearby. We discovered that some households even had domestic servants!
Our Victorian topic was brought to life with a trip to the National Coal Mining Museum. We enjoyed an underground tour of the mine and learnt all about what life was like for miners in Victorian times. We discovered that many Victorian children had to work in the mine instead of going to school. Conditions were very dangerous and they spent many hours working underground. We realised that we are very lucky to go to school rather than be sent to work!
Last week, Year 5 invited the History Van to school to help us finish off our topic of World War 2 with a day of hands-on learning about what it was like to experience the war as a child in Sheffield. The children took part in an air-raid drill, put out fires (not real, of course!) from incendiary bombs, took refuge in a community shelter and cleaned up their houses after the air-raid was over. They learned about evacuation to the countryside, how the Sheffield Blitz affected the city’s landscape and even how to translate German and communicate in Morse Code!
Our day was led by Kathryn, our guest history specialist, who really made the learning come alive. Here are some photos of the children getting involved.
As part of our history learning this term, Y5 spent the day at Kelham Island Industrial Museum in Sheffield. We had a great time experiencing lots of different aspects of life for children in World War Two. We became Air Raid Wardens, firefighters, members of the Home Guard and Royal Observer Corps, and got a real taste of how everyone, children included, managed during the war.
On Monday the 23rd April, Year 5 were visited by Mr Renzo Paladines, who works for Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional (Nature and Culture International). He gave a presentation to the children about the work his charity does to promote conservation of the Amazon Rainforest. This linked back to our geography learning from last term.
Mr Paladines had an attentive audience who were full of questions, and we are very grateful to him for giving up some of his time to visit us, before he returns to Ecuador to continue his important work.
Despite the snow the Year 5 children were able to go ahead with their action packed residential trip to Thornbridge They all had a fantastic experience if very tiring! The snow made it even more exciting. More pictures to follow soon.
Both Year 5 classes recently visited a Victorian Classroom. We were guests of Miss Sharp, a very strict Victorian teacher who was kind enough to let us experience what life was like as a Victorian child in school. We had a great time finding out about how Victorian children learned, played and, most importantly, how they were rewarded and punished! Here are some photos of our day.
In Design and Technology this term, Year 5 have been learning about the importance of a healthy diet. As part of our learning, we have made bread – this drew on a lot of our skills and learning, including reading and maths, and the end result was very tasty indeed!
As part of our Literacy, we have been learning about instruction texts – and what better way than by making Peppermint Creams! Here are some pictures of us using our culinary skills to make the perfect peppermint paste.
Y5 have been lucky enough to time-travel back to the Victorian Era and visited the Victorian Classroom at Springfield School. Children experienced life as Victorian scholars, wearing Victorian school clothes, experiencing Victorian lessons and Victorian playtimes. All the children took on Victorian names, and everyone had a role to play with the acting. Some children even had the misfortune of discovering some of the Victorian punishments, including the finger stocks and the cane. Luckily, modern schools don’t use those punishments!
Welcome back! We hope you and your family have enjoyed a restful summer break. We have a very exciting year ahead of us in Year 5 and we will just describe here a little of what we will be doing this half-term. Our theme until Christmas is Victorian Sheffield and much of our learning will be linked to this.
The Year 5 classes have started their own blogs where the children are learning how to add their own photos and written information.
Follow the links below to see what they have been up to.
Year 5 JD
At the beginning of March, both of the Year 5 classes went on a residential trip to Thornbridge Outdoors in the Peak District. Children had a really action packed (and often muddy!) time taking part in a variety of activities. Here are some photos which give a taster of what they did.
The Year 5s are counting down the days till they go on residential to Thornbridge and excitement is growing. Below is a kit list of items your child will need to take with them on their residential trip. We know that they will all have a great time and have such an amazing experience while they are there.
The documents below show more information on how you can sign your child up for singing and music courses if you are interested.
Over the course of this term, during our indoor P.E. sessions, we have been learning a variety of gymnastic skills. We combined these into short routines and held an inter-class competition. Look out for some of our rising stars at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games!
Classic Nonsense Poetry
In Year 5, we have been reading the classic poem ‘The Mad Gardener’s Song’ by Lewis Carroll. This has inspired us to write our own nonsense poems, which are on display outside the Y5 classrooms. The poems have a pattern of syllables and rhymes – can you spot what it is?
Y5 have begun their topic on The Victorians with a focus on a Victorian Story: Street Child. It is about a young boy, Jim Jarvis who has a very challenging life and experiences some of the worst things of the Victorian times: child labour, the workhouse, losing his family and a lack of education.
We have written our own versions of chapter one and researched the Victorian times using our new laptops.
See photographs of our trip in the Year 5 gallery.
Miss Apsa, Mr Dowson, Mrs Bennett and Miss Booth would like to welcome all of our new Year 5 pupils to their classes. We think it is going to be a very exciting year! Below is an outline of what we will be learning about this half term. We also wanted to mention some of the other interesting things we will be doing over the year, for example learning to play the cornet, as well as visiting a real Vistorian classroom!
In Year 5 we have been learning to play the cornet (which is a musical instrument) and learning to play different rhythms. Outstandingly, our music teacher, who is called Becca, comes on a Tuesday and teaches us how to play the different notes using the valves. When we are playing our cornet, we warm up our lips by doing buzzes and we sing songs. Also we play different notes (which are the notes C, D, E) and we play tunes such as Eadie's got the blues. Gratefully, Becca (the amazing musician) is getting us ready for a concert -would you like to come?
Y5 were busy experiencing the Victorian work house life style and make gruel.
We thought it didn’t taste very nice at all.
We also made and compared the gruel to porridge which we like lots more!
We made the gruel using oats and water and then heated it on a stove. We made the porridge with milk which made it taste lots better!
Hello! Welcome to Y5!
We are very excited about our Victorian topic which we shall be exploring this term. Amazingly, we shall be looking at and making Victorian houses, and even experiencing a real life Victorian school!
Of course, we will still be developing our reading, writing and maths skills further to make sure we are superstars and achieve our potential this year.
We are looking forward to choosing our first Always children of the year, and can’t wait to see who impresses us.
Your Y5 team – Miss Apsa, Miss Rudd, Mrs Bennett.
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Headteacher: Mr C Holder