A couple of weeks ago, both classes in year 5 were given the great opportunity to visit the Financial Compensation Scheme offices to find out more about careers in the finance sector.
To begin with, the children met different people who worked for the FCS to question them about their job. They had to rank the adults in from most to least in terms of seniority, wages and hours worked by asking questions and comparing the answers with those given by previous employees. Next, they completed the Merrick Island challenge in our groups. The children had to make a boat out of newspaper, devise a route off the island (which was about tho flood), choose three things to take and present this to the whole room. Finally, and probably their favourite part of the day, the children were taken on a tour around the FCS office to see all the different departments hard at work. They really enjoyed asking people questions about their jobs.
It was a great day and the children were so pleased with their experience, the kindness of the many FCS staff members we spoke, and the goody bags.
Continuing on from our work last half term, we attempted to complete the ‘Chains of Change’ investigation from the great maths website Nrich (http://nrich.maths.org). We had to work systematically to order the pieces in a line so that only the colour or shape changed in the next piece along. For example: if we start with a blue triangle, the next shape has to be either a triangle in a different colour or another blue shape. To make it even more challenging, we could only start with the blue triangle and only end with the red circle.
With our talk partner, we used cut out pieces and an ordering line to practice our ordering, then drew each solution onto sugar paper. After a few tries, we discovered how to use certain orders and steps to find as many solutions as possible.
Our teacher was really proud of how well we all worked in pairs and showed resilience when struggling by using our Growth Mindset to get out of the Pit. Even our Head of Phase came in to see!
Over the last half term, Emerald and Jade classes have been taking part in a special project with the PREVENT team. We have spent our time exploring prejudice and discrimination around the world in the present and past, based on race, religion, age and gender. We now understand the difference between these two terms and how people have fought against them, including Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and the English Disco Lovers.
For one session we discussed the current refugee crisis and why some people feel the need to travel around the world for a new place to live when there are problems in their homeland.
The past several weeks provided us with a great opportunity to learn new vocabulary, discuss truths, investigate the connections between world religions, find out about the injustices that come from prejudice and how they can be challenged.
Thank-you to Tom for delivering some amazing learning!
Last week, Year 5 went on an exciting outing to one of London’s most beautiful museums, The Victoria and Albert (V&A).
We explored the Medieval and Renaissance galleries, that were recently renovated, to learn about Anglo-Saxon art and culture. First, we took some time to observe the artifacts before sketching them and taking notes using the information provided.
Next, we used our existing knowledge to guess what materials the artifacts were made from. It was difficult at times because we could not touch them: they are priceless objects that are hundreds of years old! Afterwards, we read the information given to find out whether our guess was accurate. Some of the materials we had never heard of before, such as: enamel and ivory.
After lunch, we went back to the galleries but this time we were considering the role of the artifacts in Anglo-Saxon burial! Not to brag, but we’ve become experts on this area of Anglo-Saxon culture- so instead of telling you all about here, why don’t you ask us yourself?
Sketching a tomb cover.
Waiting for the train to South Kensington.
Observing the artefacts.
One of the priceless artifacts, the Gloucester Candlestick.
Recently, Emerald class went on an exciting visit to the Tate Modern museum on London’s Southbank. While visiting, we learnt lots about different artists and reflected on our ideas of art.
We were split into two groups and explored various galleries on offer to the public. Sometime we came together in the museum. When this happened, each group took it in turns to make a piece of art by using actions to alter a roll of wallpaper. It was so much fun! We got to throw the roll (carefully), rip it, twirl around with it, and even wrap ourselves up in it!
One group used their voices to make art! Our artist friend placed card on top of a speaker with dried pain on top. We were all confused about what she was doing: we’d never experienced anything like it before. She told us to take turns to speak into a microphone and, when we did, the dried paint jumped into the air! It danced around the paper as we spoke and made noises into the microphone. They were all beautiful and very abstract!
Have a look at some of the many photos we took on that fun and educational day!
It’s year 5 here. We’ve just finished our second day at Gorsefield and we’re all having a blast!
On our first day we went for a really long walk. Some of us were very tired but it was also fun. We walked through a farm, in muddy puddles and across an industrial bridge. The best part was definitely jumping in the muddy puddles- but don’t worry, we were all wearing our wellington boots so our shoes aren’t dirty.
The hike was really informative too! Our guide, Paul, helped us to learn about different types of trees; they were beautiful! Did you know that there is an Oak tree at Gorsefield that is 250 years old? We were shocked too.
Today was incredibly busy- we all had three separate activities to complete! These included archery, bike-riding and natural art. At times we were a little bit apprehensive, but we were able to get out of the Pit! Some of us used our Growth Mindsets and others asked for help from their friends.
Later on, Paul took us on a night walk. It was spooky, exciting and mysterious. Paul led us through the fields and farms in the dark. Everyone was really brave because it was pitch black! There was no light whatsoever! After we completed our hike, everyone sat in a circle and Paul lit a campfire. It looked magnificent, felt toasty, smelt like winter and was crackling as it burnt. There was silence as Paul extinguished the campfire so we could hear it hiss; it was like a snake in a desert.
We bet you can’t believe we’ve done all of these awesome activities already, well there are even more tomorrow! Sadly, it’s time for bed now so we can’t talk for much longer. However, we want everyone at home to know that we are having an interesting, exciting and educational time at Gorsefield.
As part of our school Democracy week, Emerald class informed the school about voting and democracy. We looked at voting and democracy in different periods throughout British history, and even had a few important people come to speak!
We had a great time learning about democracy and how lucky we are to be able to vote in this country, and in the Osmani Primary School elections. Emerald class had a fun and informative learning experience through democracy week- we were very proud to finish off this year’s week with a celebratory assembly.
Emerald class would like to thank the parents who came to watch and all the people that supported us!