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Year 5

To contact the Year 5 Team, email year5dwjs@solamat.co.uk

Greek Day 

The children in Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their ‘Ancient Greek Day’ where they learnt all about different aspects of life in Ancient Greece and they all looked wonderful in their Greek outfits.

During the morning, the pupils participated in 3 different activities:

-Investigating a range of artefacts from Ancient Greece such as writing tools, a wax tablet with an ivory pen; clay pots and plates with intricate details; and theatre masks.

-Learning the letters of the Greek alphabet and using them to write their name and the names of some Greek Gods, as well as being able to translate some words written in Greek. The children also learnt how the English language is built from lots of Greek words, for example ‘photo’ meaning ‘light’ and ‘phobia’ meaning ‘a fear of’.

- Transporting themselves to Greece using the VR headsets, they looked at a bird’s eye view of Greece and some of the different ancient landmarks such as The Acropolis.
 

In the afternoon, we welcomed the Rainbow Theatre Company for the second time this school year. This time, showing us what life was life for various people during the Ancient Greek period, from school children and slaves, to market sellers and athletes. The children were split into groups and learnt to perform a small scene, which then made up a section of a larger performance.

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Spring Term Home Learning and Spellings

Home Learning should completed in your Learning Log and handed in each Wednesday. The tasks can be completed in any order.

Spelling strategies will be taught in our spelling sessions each Wednesday, the children will then take them home to practise over the course of the week, they will be encouraged to use the words within their writing and will be tested the following Wednesday. 

Year 5 Ancient Egyptian Museum 

The children in Year 5 were set a challenge for their Home Learning this term: to create an artefact linked to Ancient Egypt - this could be a 3-D model, piece of artwork or an information poster/booklet.

Today, we turned the Year 5 classrooms into a museum using all of their wonderful creations. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed wandering around looking at each of the artefacts. The Year 5 teachers were extremely impressed, not only with the high standard of Home Learning, but also with the attitude and enthusiasm the children showed as they were looking at each of the artefacts.

A big thank you to all of the adults at home who helped to create such wonderful masterpieces.

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Victorian Day

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed Victorian Day on Monday, the children had a fantastic morning researching Victorian toys, identifying some artifacts from the Victorian era and participating in a typical Victorian school morning - even using chalk to write with. 

In the afternoon, the pupils participated in a workshop all about the jobs that children had in the Victorian times - it was shocking how badly they were treated! The workshop ended with an excellent performance consisting of mini role plays the children had been involved in. This gave them a real insight in to what life was like for children in Victorian times and made them realise just how lucky they are to go to school! 

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Home Learning 

Home Learning will be set each Wednesday to be handed in the following Tuesday. Please ensure Home Learning is completed in your Learning Log.

Spellings 

Spellings will be on Wednesdays. Strategies will be taught in our spelling sessions each Wednesday, the children will then take them home to practise over the course of the week, they will be encouraged to use the words within their writing and will be tested the following Wednesday. 

Please phone, email or text by 9.10am if your child is going to be absent. Text no. 01689 422004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Please remember to keep your child's lunch money account topped up on School Gateway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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