Mrs t gladden
MISS A WHITE
Mr P HENDERSON
MISS G MAXFIELD
Welcome to Year 5!
At Hill View Junior Academy, Year 5 is the only year group that is situated upstairs in the building, and this year you get to venture up there! In the first term you are going to learn lots about different and exciting topics, from the Victorians, where we get to visit Beamish Museum in County Durham, to studying our Solar System and everything within it. Also during your time with us, we will be taking a look at Sunderland’s shipbuilding past and the Titanic disaster that occurred in the early 19th century. Maybe your grown-ups know some fascinating facts about these? Later on in the year, you will be designing and creating your very own platform computer games, and then playing them, not only your own, but each other’s too! We have also acquired lots of new musical instruments this term, so it is going to be a noisy (we mean melodious) couple of terms! There is so much more that we intend to do this year, and the Year 5 team cannot wait share it with you!
This week, in Year five, we have been learning about air resistance. The first, and most important thing, we had to do was create a team name for our group. We had names such as the Super Scientists, the Eggtraordinaires, the Albert Einsteins, the Eggcellent Egg-savers and the Parachuting Pros. We then went outside with different sized parachutes to compare their surface area; this helped us to understand the affect it had on air resistance. After that, our brief was to create a parachute, to get an egg from the top of the stairs to the bottom safely and without breaking it! Have a look at how we got on!
This year in Year 5, as you are probably aware the children have had the opportunity to go swimming at Southmoor Academy; this term it has been 5TG’s turn. The instructors have catered for children who can already swim but need to refine their techniques, and also helped those children who are less confident in the water. In addition to learning this all important life skill, the children have had lots of fun and have thoroughly enjoyed this part of the Year 5 curriculum. It has gone swimmingly!
Year 5 Art
In our art lessons, we have been looking at drawing objects in nature. We started by sketching the outlines of leaves, flowers and animals and then begun to use our shading skills with various pencil gradients and watercolour skills to complete them.
This week, we have rolled, carved and sculpted these objects using clay. We will then add paint to them next week. Thanks to Mr Garside for helping us!
In Year 5 this half term, we visited Beamish, in County Durham. This allowed us to consolidate our learning within English and History, discovering more about what life was like for a Victorian child.
Throughout our day, we visited many sites across the museum; including the Victorian school, the farm, and the houses in the miner’s village, where we played with some Victorian toys! Many of us, decided to explore the coal mine, and experienced what it was like working deep underground, in darkness, at all hours of the day!
To end our trip on a very sweet note, lots of the children were very excited to receive some delicious sweets from ‘Jubilee Confectioners’!
Year 5 had a wonderful day, and they are very much looking forward to visiting Beamish again!