Big Maths!

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!

A chance to share our opinions.

A chance to share our opinions.

Tom providing us with some information.

Tom providing us with some information.

One of our important group discussions.

One of our important group discussions.

 

Year 5 at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

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.

Sketching a tomb cover.

Waiting for the train to South Kensington.

Waiting for the train to South Kensington.

Observing the artefacts.

Observing the artefacts.

One of the priceless artifacts, the Gloucester Candlestick.

One of the priceless artifacts, the Gloucester Candlestick.

From an Anglo-Saxon church.

From an Anglo-Saxon church.

Emerald Class at the Tate Modern.

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!

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