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?’
Year 5 visited Eureka! The National Children’s Museum where we spent the morning discovering how sounds are made and how sound travels through air. There were many interactive stations including mixing desks to make our own music. In the afternoon, we took part in a brilliant Computing workshop where we programed lighting units called Micro:Bits. The final part of the day involved learning all about our bodies: we measured ourselves, experienced optical illusions, tested our reflexes and even discovered what lies deep inside our nostrils.
Western Park Trip
We found out about life in Sheffield up to a hundred years ago and up to two thousand years ago. It was interesting to compare this with our topic work on Mesopotamia. Using information in the Art Gallery and photographic clues, we found some Sheffield buildings that have been lost but can still be seen in paintings by local artists (1920s). We also looked closely at sculptures of insects and made our own with tin foil.
Air Resistance Experiments
The Y5’s planned and carried out an experiment to make the best possible paper spinner. After observing the fall of one made from a template, the teams then had to brainstorm the different variables that could affect and improve its fall. They then selected one variable and carried out a fair test, measuring accurately. Each team had to analyse their results and present their conclusions to the year group. Gravity, surface area, friction and air resistance were identified as the main forces affecting each experiment. We also considered some inaccuracies that had occurred and how this could make our results unreliable. We shared reasons for this and how we could improve on it next time.
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.
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.
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.
Weston Park Museum
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.
The Year 4s and 5s went to King Edwards to take part in a Dodgeball tournament. They did really well and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!