These were the learning outcomes for our first venture into the forest school for this new academic year:
Can you learn to tie a Clove Hitch knot that will not slip or come undone if you apply weight to it?
Can you build a River Taxi for a squirrel that can float and carry weight?
As a team or in pairs...be creative! This week included a tree house hotel, an orphanage for fairies, a den and a swing!
Forest SchoolWeaving baskets from dogwood to create a beautiful hanging garden, making art from the forest floor, building dens, team work and problem solving along the way!
A trip to the woods
Y5 had a fantastic day out in Ecclesall Woods. The children followed a forest trail that led to an ideal place for building dens! We also sat around making Native American dream catchers and journey sticks from all the natural resources around us! The weather was perfect and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
Science Week 2018
We watched wood change into a crumbly black material (carbon) and wondered why! We found out it was an irreversible change. Oxygen loved swapping bits of its atoms with the wood – they enjoyed this so much they gave off lots of energy – the flames!! We melted marshmallows in the flames. The marshmallow started turning brown. Some ate more carbon than others!! We couldn’t get the pink marshmallow back – the change was IRREVERSIBLE.
Startford Upon Avon Residential
Our Year 5 residential trip this year was to Stratford Upon Avon. On the first day of the visit we stopped off at Kenilworth castle to explore the ruins and learn about its history. The weather was glorious, so we spent hours at Abbey Fields Park playing games. The following day (rather exhausted from all of the outdoor games from the day before) we visited the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, where we participated in a workshop about Macbeth. We had to use musical instruments to build tension and deliver lines in a dramatic way. Everyone agreed that the trip was excellent and we were all glad that we had bank holiday weekend afterwards to recover!
King Edward's Science
Dissecting an eyeball – highlight of Y5’s trip to King Edward’s school! Practical activities showed us how a glass block bends light (refraction) and mirrors reflect light in straight lines. (Some of us noticed angles that were the same.) Using a triangular prism, we made a spectrum (rainbows) by splitting the light into its different colours. We used a convex lens to create an ‘upside down’ image. We then found the lens in a sheep’s eye by cutting round the cornea. After looking at the optic nerve, we turned the eyeball inside out and found most of it was a very dark black / green colour inside. A fascinating and exciting trip!
The Wizard of Oz
A group of children in Y5 have been reading the classic novel The Wizard of Oz. They explored characters, plot and all the complications along the way! They compared the book with the film and were rewarded with an invitation to ‘Join Dorothy and all her friends for this glorious technicolor production…’ at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
“The story makes you feel brave and smart, just like the Scarecrow and the not so cowardly lion! I also loved it when Dorothy and the Munchkins were singing – I was over the rainbow!!! I’m glad I got a chance to see the live performance.” Arliyah G.
“In the book we made predictions about how they could solve some of their problems. Some of my favourite parts at the theatre were seeing how they changed the scenes!” Amir.
“It really felt like I was going over the rainbow, just like Dorothy! It was amazing to watch the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and the Tin woodman perform on stage. I was amazed! I wish I could watch it again!” Autumn.
As part of our topic on The Golden Age of Islam we visited the Medina Mosque. We had a guided tour and learned about both modern and historical aspects of Islam. We were given an opportunity to ask prepared questions that had arisen from our topic lessons, for example, ‘Can you explain why Baghdad was divided into 4 quarters?’ and ‘What were some of the motives behind the Mongols throwing books of knowledge in the river Tigris?’