Year 5 had the experience of a lifetime singing in one of the biggest choirs in the world in front of a huge crowd at the Genting Arena. We all had so much fun.
Year 5 formed part of the massed choir that performed at Lichfield Cathedral today. The Poppy Concert was organised to commemorate the loss of life during the First World War. The singing literally gave me goosebumps. The occasion was one we will all remember for a very long time to come...
Four pupils from Year 5 participated in a Debating Competition at Bishop Vesey Grammar School. The children had a wonderful time and discovered many interesting facts. Prior to the competition the children completed some extra homework tasks and had practised their skills with the rest of the class. We are all very proud of their first place achievement! Congratulations go to the Moor Hall Year 5 Debating Team.
Year 5 had the opportunity to turn ordinary cardboard boxes into beautiful trinket treasures through decoupage. It took a lot of concentration, but gave some amazing results.
Year 5 have been practising the World War One songs and today's practice rehearsal was a super display of how well they have mastered both the words and melodies. We had a fabulous time at with our class governor at Blackwood Primary School and really enjoyed the conducting skills and humour of Tim Harding.
Year 5 were fortunate enough to be invited to the Warwickshire Cricket Tournament in Rectory Park. We had a super day and played some great cricket, all wrapped up with a wonderful display of sportsmanship. All that and our 'A' Team came third! Well done Year 5. Congratulations.
To complete our unit on Islam, Year 5 were kindly invited to the Sutton Coldfield Mosque. We learned about the Quran and discovered some similarities and differences between this holy book and others. We also wrote our names in Arabic and had a tour of the mosque. We also received a gift each and felt very warmly welcomed.
What a brilliant Cluster Day! We had a super walk to Arthur Terry -beautiful sun shine - not a drop of rain! Our first session was a fabulous introduction to our mini history and music topic: WW1. Next we had PHSE, where we held a debate about what is 'Britishness': what does it mean and what does it stand for... Our teacher was particularly impressed by our knowledge of the referendum and our general understanding of politics (great retention of information Year 5 - well done). During lunch many previous Moor Hall pupils came up to say hello and wished us well. Our final session was Samba Drumming. The children created a marvellous festive sound and showed true collaboration during a game of 'Don't Clap This One Back' or in Tobin rhythmic symbols: I I V I. It really was the best Cluster Day I have been on - super behaviour and great activities. Our thanks go the all the staff at Arthur Terry who made the event possible.
We held our own EU Referendum today! The children made comment last week, that it seemed unreasonable that their voice would go unspoken tomorrow. The class felt that the decision, whether we leave or stay in the European Union, will impact more on them than the those qualified to vote by being over the age of 18. So, after listening to the prepared speeches from our debate team, taking brief notes, writing a paragraph to explain our understanding of the Referendum, the children finally got to have their say. We are waiting, with baited breath, to see if the opinions of the Year 5 children is reflected by the rest of the country tomorrow... The majority of the class, 75%, voted to stay in the EU.
We had a fabulous cross-curricular lesson combining reading, comprehension, SEAL, DT and maths. We were all delighted with the outcome of our labours. At one point the Y5 classroom was home to ten dragons! One pupil even decided to include perspective photography and posed as though riding the dragon...
I couldn't be more proud of how maturely and carefully Y5 worked on their Father's Day card this year. There was some pretty tricky cutting, careful use of a glue gun and then a poem to write. I do hope all the dads out there enjoy receiving their card - your children have worked incredibly hard on it.
Maths Fun! Can you guess the percentage being represented? The children were shown a percentage card and had to represent it without any verbal communication. Great job Year 5.
After clarifying the role of a naturalist (studying plants & animals by observation rather than by experimentation) and animal behaviourist (making a scientific study of everything an animal does through observation), we had the opportunity to simply observe nature and notice what we saw, heard, smelt and felt (hopefully no-one tasted anything!).
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Year 5 SPaG workshop a success. Both the children and guests appeared to have plenty of fun.
Creating a game with set parameters: everybody must have a go at everything; a ball must be used; clearly defined rules. Firstly we had to get into groups of 6. Next we created our game through collaborative discussion. Then we tested our theories and modified them accordingly. Finally we demonstrated our game. Our maturity was rewarded immediately in this PE lesson, with a Golden Coin (well, fish in our class!).
After researching another of the world's religions, we were able to compare Islam to Christianity observing similarities and differences. We collaborated to present our findings to the remainder of the class. Some of us made extensive notes that we then summarised for our group posters.
To consolidate our understanding of The Hobbit we worked in groups to create a synopsis for one of five chapters. We then had to create a drama of our summary including Chamber Theatre, Total Theatre & Role Play for a whole class performance.
We had a visit today from the cast of 'Little Shop of Horrors'. The Arthur Terry students sang and danced their way through the best excerpt we have seen. Many of us are looking forward to seeing the full show. Congratulations Arthur Terry - superb performance.
We had a fabulous afternoon drinking hot chocolate, eating cookies and reading with our friends from Years 1 & 2. Reading really hasn't ever been so much fun...
When we walked into the classroom today it looked wonderful; each table had its own vase of beautiful tulips. We were both excited and a little sad that they were there for our science lesson. We then set about dissecting the plants to identify the anatomy of a flowering plant. It was quite a tricky task.
What a day! We all came dressed in some fabulous costumes. We had fun with some World Book Day activities. Here's a small sample, we: continued a story that Year 3 started,Year 4 added to and hopefully Year 6 will complete, began our book swap shop, sang a World Book Day song in Fun Singing, used StoryCraft in the computer suite. We are already looking forward to next year's event.
Today we had to prove our understanding when finding a fraction of a number. We discovered that knowing the appropriate vocabulary is key to explaining our methodology: divisor, dividend, quotient, numerator, denominator, remainder.
In preparation for writing a police report today we used open questions, when interviewing, to get as much key information as possible from the eye-witness. We then wrote our report in the formate of a play script.
Year 5 tackled short method division using Dienes Apparatus; tricky yet fun. We also had the opportunity to create our own practical representation for hundreds, tens and ones...
We had fun using an array of practical equipment to practice estimating.
To embed information from our research into the solar system, we were given the opportunity to model our understanding of: a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse, how the planets orbit the Sun, the related size and order of the planets, how the Moon orbits the Earth and Earth's tilt in relation to the four seasons. We were praised for the scientific vocabulary being used as we demonstrated our understanding.
We were given an unusual task in guided reading this week that related to our poetry week... We were given six belleplates and asked to order them to play 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'. Once we ordered the belleplates by listening carefully to the pitch, we then had to visually record the notes. Some of us used staff notation, some Tobin and others our own system. It was a task we all enjoyed and hope to do more of.
We have had an exciting week of poetry across the Learning Trust of Excellence (LTE) Schools. The planning was completed in collaboration with the year group teachers and the delivery of those plans within the same week. The children have analysed 'The Star', completed a biography of its author Jane Taylor, learned it off-by-heart and then considered the necessary elements required to perform the classic poem from 1806 with a modern, entertaining twist. Finally, we watched and commented on the wide variety of performances from the different schools according to our agreed LTE success criteria. The photographs show us performing to our Year 3 and Year 2 classes.
We were given the challenge to illustrate how the Moon orbits the Earth (over a period of 28 days), and the Earth orbits the Sun (over a duration of a year)...
We had fun matching scientific vocabulary with an illustration to define it. This activity caused a few lively debates, but we all felt our understanding had improved afterwards.
We had another great drama session today. We used yesterday's study of conflicting historical data about Robin Hood to our advantage. After using total theatre, freeze framing, thought tracking and role play to retell the legend, we concluded with the question," Was Robin Hood a Medieval rebel or hero?" Next we will write a balanced argument on this topic...
We would like to thank everyone who came to the Year 5 Maths Workshop. We had fun getting competitive with the multiplication grid challenge, using number plates to improve our mental maths, calculating with six-digit numbers from the telephone book, using catalogues for percentages with money and a host of other ideas for including maths in our daily routines.
At last our concert at the Genting Arena! Wow! What a day! After spending weeks learning the words and choreography we finally had the opportunity to perform in front of an 8,000 plus crowd! David Lawrence (the conductor) made the rehearsal extremely entertaining; he and Craig McLeish (the musical director) were like a comedy duo with their banter. Tom Billington’s energy was explosive, and Laura Wright sang like an angel (she looked like one too in her beautiful evening gown). Urban Strides were stunning and The Beatbox Collective made some supersonic sounds. But best of all was the collective sound of the massed children’s choir followed by the appreciative crowd applauding us. The sound of 6,342 children singing together was amazing. We sounded incredible; like one powerful voice. It was an absolutely exhilarating experience. How to sum up the Young Voices experience? Unbeatable, unforgettable, adrenaline-charged… Brilliant!
We have had the opportunity to work with Mrs. Mosley from King Edward VI Grammar School in Handsworth to improve the tone, pitching and phrasing of our singing. This proved particularly useful before our Young Voices Concert at the Genting Area.
This term we have the privilege of working with a drama teacher from Arthur Terry School. Our first session was a wonderful experience. We focussed on two specific drama techniques; still picture and thought tracking. We can't wait for our next session. Can you analyse our photographs and understanding our theatrical expression?
On returning to school from the Christmas holidays - we enjoyed a game of science dominoes - matching materials with their properties.
During a visit from Rev. Daniels today, Year 5 discussed the topical terms refugee, migrant and immigrant. We discovered that the terms are quite different. We concluded that Jesus was himself a refugee; fleeing his country in fear. We considered what items we would take with us if we had to flee. We also discussed why we celebrate the birth of Jesus on the 25th December and had the opportunity to ask further questions relating to Christmas or Christianity. Our afternoon with Rev. Daniels was enlightening, interesting and fun.
Here is a selection of our 2015 Christmas cards...
Merry Christmas!! An afternoon of KS2 Christmas partying was enjoyed. We sang, danced, ate our party plates and played a daring game of Pass-the-Parcel. Year 5 had some particularly daring forfeits; acquire some reindeer food, persuade members of staff to pose for selfies, perform a magic balancing trick, sing Christmas songs over the phone, have a snooze in a different classroom and so many more...
With determination, perseverance and a mountain of concentration we completed our Christmas cross-stitches just in time for the annual Moor Hall Christmas Fayre. We set up our stall with an abundance of pride in a job well done.
During Diwali we reminded ourselves of the story of Rama and Sita. We discovered that different regions of India celebrate the festival differently, and that Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate the festival of lights with differing traditions. We created Rangoli patterns, made origami lanterns and sang in celebration of the Diwali festival.
What an amazing day we had at the Black Country Living Museum… In the Victorian School we shocked our teacher by learning the alphabet backwards in record time - best he's ever had including pupils far older than us - think we have learned that 'practice make perfect'! Walking through the coal mine gave us empathy for those poor children that used to spend 6 out 7 days earning a pitiful living down there (it was also pretty scary if truth be told). We had a fabulous day and want to thank everybody that made it possible, our parents & the adults who came with us. I would also like to thank all the Year 5 pupils: you remembered to pack your manners and used them throughout the day. You are a credit to both your parents and the school.
In preparation for Black Friday we consolidated our knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages. If we had any discrepancies, we had to negotiate with our peers to prove our answers. A fun collaborative numeracy lesson.
In computing this week we got creative with forced perspective photography. The idea is to make the viewer believe that certain objects are smaller or larger than they really are. You need creativity, a camera, a willing accomplice (or two), the perfect setting and timing, the patience to choreograph the trick but mostly, imagination.
After preparing a short presentation about the many different aspects of life in the Victorian era, we had to present our research to the remainder of the class.
We draw a self portrait to accompany the letters we are writing to our pen-friends in France.
To enable us to empathise with Lizzie, Emily, Jim, Ma and Mr Spink - all characters from 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty - we created freeze frames.
After our Harvest Festival Celebration today, Home-Start came to collect our generous donations. We had the opportunity to ask questions and learned that our gifts would support families across Birmingham that were less fortunate than us. A question asked by one pupil that led to further debate was, 'If we are all equal, why do some families have excessive amounts of money, when others don't have a home or enough to eat? That really doesn't seem very equal.' It was suggested,'Maybe we should all be given the same amount of money, then we would all be truly equal.' The following point was made, 'But if the same amount of money is given to a family of three and a family of five, then it won't be equal.' The debate continues...
This afternoon was a 'hands-on' science afternoon! We hypothesised: whether the viscosity of a liquid increased its up-thrust; whether the increased surface area of an object with the same mass would alter its ability to float; whether gravity was greater than water resistance; whether water resistance was greater than air resistance; whether a different shaped prow would affect water resistance when gravitational force was use to 'power' a vessel. We had a lot of fun starting to understand that asking the question is really just the beginning of learning...
As part of a scientific investigation about force, Year 5 devised questions regarding the gradient of a slope and the distance or speed a toy car would travel. The vast majority of the class hypothesised that the higher the gradient the further (or faster) the vehicle would travel. Although the initial investigation proved the hypothesis right, there was a point where the gradient was so steep the vehicle began to swerve or tumble. As a consequence, the distance (or speed) was detrimentally affected. To make the test fair Year 5 considered which single variable to change and which variables would stay the same.
As part of the reward system in school the children requested an opportunity to experiment with volcanoes. After researching how to make a model volcano and creating instructions for the task, they then completed a homework assignment to make their model. Finally, they got to add the ingredients to create a their own 'Ring of Fire'. The afternoon was extra special because we also got to meet our new Class Governor, Mrs O'Reilly. A great afternoon was had by all.
Today, in design technology, we completed our construction of a Meccano vehicle. We are extremely proud of our achievements...
We had fun working collaboratively in maths today. We used our knowledge and understanding of rounding and times-tables, to solve divisional word problems.
We had a great singing session today. We even had a go at being a pop star! Check out our photographs to see who sang solo . . .
We had fun using elastic bands and peg boards to consolidate our understanding of quadrilaterals and their properties with an array of mathematical vocabulary - acute, obtuse & reflex angles, perpendicular, parallel, rhombus, parallelogram, square, oblong, diamond, kite, inverted kite, isosceles trapezium, regular, irregular, lines of symmetry - to name but a few!
In literacy we used a new-to-us technique for planning an explanation text. The skeleton method led to plenty of discussion about the order of our information. This developed our understanding of the planning tool and deepened our understanding of scientific methodology.
Creating a fair test was more tricky than we thought, but experimenting with the force meters was great fun. Reading the varying scales & measuring in newtons gave us the opportunity to apply our knowledge and understanding of this mathematical skill.
Today we created models of the Earth; from the inside out! We used different coloured play-dough to make the inner core, outer core, mantel and the Earth's crust. After we completed our model with blue play-dough for the oceans and green for land, we sliced it in half. We were able to label the layers with our little flags.
We were given the task of identifying key features of instructional text. It therefore seemed only reasonable to play the game, ensuring that the instructions were clear, succinct, written in bullet points and used imperative verbs.
Measuring in newtons was fun. Learning about Sir Isaac Newton and gravity is proving to be interesting.Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time. He was a key figure in the scientific revolution
Finally DT appeared on the visual timetable again. We were all very keen to construct our vehicles.
We have been working hard to compose our poems for the Year 5 Poetry Slam. We all wrote about volcanoes and included plenty of geographic vocabulary and bundles of figurative language. We had to polish our performance too because in true Poetry Slam style, we would be judged on the content of our poem and our performance!
Our Design Technology topic is construction. We were able to recognise flat head screwdrivers, Phillips screwdrivers, 6/7mm spanners, 6/7mm ring spanners & combination spanners to begin assembling Meccano vehicles from pictorial instructions.
Mental maths has its challenges, but we had some honing our skills.
Hockey, with a literacy twist! Working in pairs or teams of four, we were given a task. We read the instructions and then demonstrated our understanding by playing the game. Developing our dribbling technique proved to be lots of fun.
How would you give a tutorial explaining place value? Choosing our own equipment and working collaboratively, we gave some great explanations.
So, what did Year 5 get up to in their first week? New routines. New expectations. And a range of both familiar and new topics. Enjoy looking at the photographs of our week... Counting forwards and backwards in hundreds and thousands - easy - unless you have to throw and catch a ball too!
Year 5 pupils had the opportunity to carefully consider what they wanted to include in their new classroom. They requested a few things: a cup-cake related punctuation reward chart, a vertical class-o-meter, a fish related behaviour reward scheme, the Glad/Sad emotions board, a, 'real' question tree, information about the world religions, some 'after I'm done' challenge cards the house-point tally chart, our interactive VCOP board, a visible hundred square, a door with their name on it (work in progress), a clock that supports telling the time, an 'I've been rewarded with a pen'chart, working walls loaded with relevant information, a classroom jobs board, a 'Where are we?' tally. They all seem very pleased with their new learning environment.