English - Debate:
In our most recent English topic, we have been learning all about river dams, including their purpose, benefits and drawbacks. We worked in groups to debate the socio-economic and environmental pros and cons of the Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon rainforest. In our writing next week, we will be writing a discursive text using what we have learned to propose a balanced argument regarding a new dam being built.
History - Crime and Punishment
Year 5 recently went to the Police Museum in Manchester City Centre, which focussed on Victorian crime and punishments. We’ve been learning all about these crimes and punishments in our topic lessons! We went into a real Victorian police station, cells and court room, where we acted out the trial of a young boy who was accused of stealing. In the afternoon, we toured the museum, looking at the history of police uniforms, criminal weapons and items for self-defence too.
Safer Internet Day 2023
For Safer Internet Day, Year 5 and Year 6 listened to a presentation delivered by GM Police. We spoke about how to stay safe on social media, including what to do if you are being bullied. After that, we discussed what to do in the event of a stranger messaging us online, before asking/answering our questions. The key theme, which underpinned the discussion, was to remember that technology has an off button and to always speak to a trusted adult if we don’t feel safe.
History and DT - Greek Vases
In topic, we have been learning about the Ancient Greeks and this week, have been designing, creating and painting Greek vases from air-drying clay.
Geography - The World Cup
Today, we celebrated the World Cup by learning all about our chosen country: Argentina! We learned about it’s culture, food, landscape and location in South America, before learning the location of other south American countries and their capitals. We also discussed the issues surrounding the world cup – focusing on human rights and the rights of the LGTBQ+ community.
Science - Thermal Insulators
Our science topic this term is ‘properties and changes of materials’. Today, we conducted an investigation to determine which material made the best insulator to use in a lunch box: fabric, foil, bubble wrap or paper. We found that bubble wrap and foil made the best thermal insulators in our investigation.
Computing - Coding
Throughout Greenside, we have been taking part in coding week by designing, creating and coding our very own Google logos! We used CS First Scratch online to make our designs! Here are some below:
Maths - Battleships:
This week in year 5, we have been learning all about 3D shapes, including their features such as edges, vertices and faces. We then moved onto plotting 2D shapes as coordinates, which we learned through playing battleships!
Spanish - Cafe Day
Today, Year 5 and Year 6 created a mock café. In the café, children ordered the foods they would like to try in Spanish!
Children's Mental Health Week
To celebrate Children’s Mental Health week, in Year 5, we have been discussing what makes us unique. We wrote anonymous, positive comments on each other’s blank page to share all of the amazing thoughts of our friends. In addition, we created fantastic posters to enter into the Victorious Academy Trust’s poster competition: Let’s Connect!
As a school, we have created a Remembrance Garden in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II. We have planted lots of spring bulbs and a beautiful Queen Elizabeth rose in her memory.
PE - Circuit Training
In PE, we have moved onto circuit training and fitness. We have various stations, where we complete different activities for 3 minutes before moving on. Some of these include shuttle runs, hurdles, sit ups, step ups and tricep dips. We speak about how cardiovascular fitness helps to improve our health, as well as recapping the importance of warm ups, cool downs and stretches.
RE - Diwali
In year 5, we have been recapping the story of Diwali, and how Diya lamps lit the way back home for Rama and Sita. We discussed how Diwali is celebrated, including looking at Rangoli patterns. We used paper plates, as well as our sketching and smudging skills with pastels to create our own patterns!
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