Welcome to the Year 5 class page!
This half term, our topic is Pharaohs and we are learning all about the fascinating Ancient Egyptians. So far, we have learnt all about Howard Carter’s famous 1922 discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun and the myth of the mummy’s curse! We have also been looking at the geography of Egypt and placing human and physical features on a map.
In English, we have been writing traditional tales and have learnt and adapted the Egyptian version of Cinderella. In Science, we have been discussing reversible and irreversible changes and had great fun making Egyptian bread!
This half term, our topic is Alchemy Island. We started the new year off with a topic day immersing ourselves in this
fantasy world. We unraveled the alchemist’s riddle and used six figure grid references to plot our journey on the map from the Ancient Citadel to Dragon Vine Towers. We then wrote directions making sure that we referred to the natural and human geographical features on the way.
We have been discussing magical portals and how we can use them in fantasy writing. Our class read for this term is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis. The children have been doing some fabulous writing while using this book!
Year 5 have also been doing a number of Science experiments. This term we are looking at materials and their properties. In our most recent experiment, we were investigating the solubility of different substances. In the photo below, you can see two of the girls observing what happens when we try to dissolve oil in water. Ask your child what they noticed!
We have also been learning about electrical conductors and insulators. Here in this photograph, the children have been investigating what materials conduct electricity. We found out that a pencil is actually a conductor because of the graphite inside of it! We also looked at magnetism and grouped materials according to their properties using venn diagrams.