On our Theme Day on Monday, Year 5 took a step back in time to discover what life was like in the Victorians. When we arrived at school, we started our day off by imagining that we were attending school in the Victorian times. The children started by completing drills outside. We then entered school and each child was required to pay their imaginary penny for the privilege of coming to school (like the children would have done in the Victorian times). Next, the children completed their design for the William Morris wallpaper design. Then, once the designs had been completed, our classroom turned into a Victorian printing factory. The children use polystyrene sheets to create their wallpaper stamp, added printing ink and printed their design onto their paper. We reflected on how our designs materialised from their printing. Later on in the morning, the children considered what children in Victorian times would play with to keep themselves entertained. The children then played snakes and ladders and created their own thaumatrope. Whilst all of this was going on in our busy classroom, the children also worked with Miss Handforth to create their structures for their automata toys and designed their 'toy' to go on the top. In our afternoon, we watched the 1980s Secret Garden which gave us a fantastic insight into the lives of rich families in the Victorian era. We also enjoyed the amazing food which was given in to help us celebrate our day. Thank you!
What a magical week we have had in the countdown to Christmas!
This week, we have completed some of our study work pages to showcase the wonderful work that we have been doing in Forest schools, History, Geography and Art. We also finished off some of our units of learning. We learnt about the industrial revolution in Geography and how this is linked to trade. In our Art lesssons this week, we created our own printing tiles and created our own William Morris inspired wallpaper. At the beginning of the week, we continued to work on our computing. Creating hyperlinks in our Goldilocks and the Three Bears PowerPoint.
On Thursday, we were really lucky to watch the magical pantomime. It was great fun and we were all falling about laughing throughout the show! We then had our class party. We played lots of fun games, danced and sang our hearts out. In our afternoon, we took part in festive PE. The children played 'head, shoulders, knees, nose', in which, they had to grab Rudolph's red nose from the centre. We also played 'save the snowballs', in which, we had two teams of elves and Santa's and the children had to protect or steal each teams snowballs. We had so much festive fun!
Can we actually believe 2020 has come to an end. It has been an absolute whirlwind and we are all looking forward to see what 2021 has in store for us!
I would like to end my final news update of 2020 by saying a huge thank you for your continued support, messages of kindness and gifts. They all mean a huge amount. I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! Stay safe and enjoy your time together.