This week in year 5…
… we have been getting up to some exiting shenanigans.
This week’s blog has been written by Evvie and Leah.
This week in English, we have been learning about King Kong! We finished the story, not to spoil it but it was very sad. Anyway, we were set into to two groups to debate a dilemma; one was to convince Denham to stay and capture Kong, the other was to leave unscathed. In the end Denham, AKA Miss. Ellis, chose to leave Kong to be free. We also looked at our model text an answered some comprehension questions about our book King Kong.
This week in maths, we have been learning to add and subtract decimals. One of our starters was counting how many times a golfer said ‘Steve’ and ‘Alan’ and it was pretty challenging. Finally we used our magnificent maths skills to solve problems.
In science we have been studying science behind the Titanic, and for this week’s investigation we learnt about the effect of extreme cold water temperatures on fine motor skills. First we completed some tasks without changing any temperatures; we wrote are full name in our best hand writing, we timed how long it would take to build a tower of 10 cubes, one handed, finally we counted our pulse rate per minute. Then we dunked our writing hand into ice cold water for as long as we could no one did it longer than a minute. Then we wrote our names and did a tower again and counted our pulse rate. They were very different and very messy to what we started with. The effect of cold water is reduced fine motor skills, increased Adrenalin and certain death if you were a passenger aboard Titanic.
We worked on a new book this week; Journey to Jo’Burg, it was amazing. We completed a mind map about the things that suggest that the book is from South Africa. Mrs Gill has told us about our new word apartheid . She demonstrated this by separating brown eyes and other eye colours. The brown eyes were treated like angles and the others were treated like a piece of trash. Thankfully for the blue eyed people, it didn’t last long, but it really made us think about the horrible conditions and laws people in South Africa were forces to live with.