As a treat for working so hard during our first term in Year 5, we visited the playground at Chatsworth House. We had the whole area to ourselves, and spent the whole day swinging, climbing, jumping and exploring. There was even a competition on the high ropes to see who could get the furthest without falling off! Fun was had by all in the winter sunshine, and we hope to visit there again next year.
Our residential trip this year was to Wooler in Northumberland. It was a very, VERY long way. On the journey there, we stopped at Housesteads Fort, which was an important part of Hadrians wall. We learned that the wall wasn’t built by one man called Hadrian (fancy that!), and that the Romans had built it all the way across northern Britain to stop the Scots from attacking. While we were in Northumberland we visited Bamburgh Castle, and spent the day on Bamburgh beach, where we had a sandcastle building competition. We explored the area around Wooler, and found a fantastic place, on Wooler Common, to play games and roll down hills. It made the long journey extremely worthwhile.
Every year Sheffield University puts on a Christmas lecture, and this year it was all about life in our oceans. We learned a number of amazing facts about creatures such as hermit crabs (they fight each other to win new shells) to deep sea fish (some have lights on them to attract their prey). After the lecture we took part in some activities which helped us to learn about how valuable the oceans are to life on Earth.
We discovered that Weston Park museum were showing an exhibition which celebrated multiculturalism in Sheffield, so we decided to pay a visit. Everyone enjoyed finding out about all of the different cultures that are represented in our city, and some of us even recognised some of the people in the exhibition. Afterwards we explored the rest of the museum; spending a great deal of time in the role play area, where we acted out the roles of Sheffield citizens from the past.
Y5 – Mythical Creature Making
During ‘Greek Week’, Year 5 learned about ancient Greek mythical beasts. They played top trumps in order to remember the different magical features of each beast, they then decided on how to sort the creatures into different categories (some chose physical features, others chose scariness or magical powers!) After that Year 5 used their expert knowledge to design and make their own mythical beast, using plastic bottles, cartons and paper mache.
The Big London Adventure!
Year 4 and 5 visited the Capital city for a two night residential trip at the end of April. Highlights included: a night walk through central London, from Piccadilly Circus, along the River Thames to the Tower of London; a trip to the Natural History Museum and a river cruise, where they saw many famous London landmarks. Fun and exciting times were had by all, making it worth the long coach journey!
Y5 – Greek Food MasterChef
The Year 5s had a Greek Food Tasting afternoon as an introduction to our Ancient Greece topic. The children tried: houmous, pita bread, black olives, tzatziki and halloumi. They had to score each food according to the food’s presentation, taste and texture. Many of the children were surprised to find that they liked lots of the new flavours, although we all agreed that olives may be an acquired taste!