We mixed and made our own pancakes with our friends from Year 2:
We have been talking a little about what it means to be British. what values and traditions we have. There are lots of little celebrations and rituals that we are all so used to that we never realise that other countries and cultures don’t do the same.
Here is our Topic Map for the project:
Unit1 is all about building up our knowledge of WHAT the Empire was, HOW it came about, WHO were some of the important people who were part of it, WHEN did all this happen and WHERE. The children will be doing a LOT of research to find the answers to these questions and presenting what they discover in their own words. We shall choose one event in particular to report on for a newspaper article. Everyone will get to choose a different event and have to come up with all the facts and detail for the story themselves (just like a real reporter would). They will then have to match the details of the story to the structure of a news article. This will mean that everyone’s article is different and shows what they can do independently.
We held an Ancient Greek feast to celebrate the launching of our ships and the end of our topic. We dressed up in togas (bedsheets) and tried some Greek food and traditional dancing.
Adter all the learning we have done about these legendary warriors we thought it was finally time to see if we could have been Spartans…do we have the stamina, the grit, the dedication it takes to be an elite warrior…see what you think
Some of us decided to play Ancient Greek themed games
Mr Swallow liked our Spartan spear training
The trip to Birdwell ‘Lagoon’ was great fun. We managed to test our ships on the water. They carried between 7kg and 14kg! In the end, 2 of our ships were still afloat and we had ran out of weights to add!
We had great fun (although it was a little disappointing that Mr Swallow didn’t fall in…he nearly did!) and the way we conduct ourselves out in the community is a credit to the school. All of the members of the public that we met said lovely things about how pleasant we were to talk to and how polite. They also thought our baots were amazing!
Well done Year 5! It was a pleasure to take you yesterday, All our staff were very proud of you all!
We are putting the finish touches to our replica of the Argo, ready for testing at sea (the local pond)!
We have been mastering the use of tools such as saws, glue guns and drills. We compared using traditional hand powered drills to modern electric drills and the children couldn’t believe the difference in ease and speed!
2 teams have the final coat of water-proof paint applied already and the other 2 are not far behind.
There were some amazing sculptures and artefacts. Lots of them were even familiar to us! We saw the Grecian urns we had made and found out new facts (like they were used at parties to tell the latest stories and news). We saw the Parthenon and the Acropolis that we had read about…it was much bigger than we had all realised. We saw Spartan warriors carved in stone and Athenian philosophers. We even saw one of the Godesses we have just read about this week!