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Y5 News 01.04.22

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Our week got off to an exciting start as we began our John Muir Award! The sunshine kept us company the whole time and it was lovely to be out in the open air. As part of our session, we walked around the moss and even went onto the moss itself! We learnt about the different types of plants and animals that can be found there too. As we walked, we heard a wood pecker, chiffchaffs, robins and many other wonderful birds. One of our favourite parts was jumping on the moss because we could feel it bounce! It was so much fun. We also carried out an experiment to test the acidity of the water on the moss. The results showed it was very acidic! We can't wait for our next session after the Easter Holidays.

In maths this week, we have moved onto our next unit. This week we are learning all about multiplying fractions! We know that times tables are very important for this! We learnt that you only need to multiply the numerator (not the denominator) to get your answer. However, this often gives you an improper fraction which means you need to convert it into a mixed number and maybe even simplify it.

This week, we have also have been busy bees whilst working on their DT projects. At the beginning of the week, we began creating our prototype cushions. This meant we practiced our decorative embroidery skills (using running stitch) and then joining the two pieces together using blanket stitch to make a mini cushion. After finishing our prototypes, we used block printing to print our main design on our cushion fabric. We then added the embroidery detail and used blanket stitch (our focus stitch) to begin putting the cushion together. Finally, on Friday, we added the stuffing to our cushions to create the finished article. They look fantastic.

This week was also first aid week! It has been very exciting. We started the week by learning what it means to be a first aider. The most important thing we learnt is that you need to keep yourself safe! In our first lesson, we also learnt how to make a call to 999 or 112 and what type of questions we might be asked. This made us feel much more confident about being able to make one of these calls. Our next lesson focused on doing a primary survey. This is about checking the casualty to see what might be wrong. We learnt to use the acronym D.R.S.A.B.C.D. This stands for: check for dangers; check to see if the casualty responds; shout for help; openthe casualty's airways; check if the casualty is breathing; begin CPR and finally use a defibrillator if one is available. Our next lesson was on bleeding.
We learnt about the difference between minor bleeding and severe bleeding. We discussed minor bleeding and what it meant. We realised that we had all experienced minor bleeding because a minor bleed could be a small cut or a graze. We were able to talk about what we would do if someone had a minor bleed. We identified that it need to put gloves on, clean the wound and then apply a sterile dressing. Next, we learnt about severe bleeding. This is when the cut is deeper and there is more blood. In this scenario, we still need to wear gloves and clean it. We also need to apply pressure and then cover the wound with a sterile dressing and a bandage. We had a go at apply bandages too. Finally, as part of our first aid week, we were joined by Mr Harrison-Blount. He taught us all about how to respond in an medical emergency. He was impressed by the prior knowledge you demonstrated as you answered his questions. He taught us about the P.E.E.P. This links to 4 important things you should do if someone is bleeding severely. It stands for position, exposure, elevation and pressures. We then learnt t how to apply bandages and have a go ourselves. We learnt that it was really important to not bandage around the mouth when you're bandaging the head. Next, we recapped the steps of the primary survey. We were able to remember you had to do D.R.S.A.B.C.D. Can you remember what that stands for! We then learnt how to administer CPR. We had a go on the practice dummies and realised that it requires all our strength. We had a giggle at just how much strength we needed. Finally, we also learnt about the recovery position. We learnt why it is the safest position to leave somebody in if they are breathing but unconscious.

Finally, towards the end of the week we were joined by HS2! The session started off with a fantastic drama performance where we met Isambard Kingdom Brunel and a young girl called Delaware. They taught us about the wonders of engineering and the beginnings of the railways. When the performance was finished, we moved onto learning how the HS2 railway is coming to Crewe. They talked about how lots of things will be need to be built and how we will see more lorries on our roads. The talked about making sure the lorry driver a can always see us. They also talked about the dangers that these new construction sites hold and how we need to avoid them to avoid getting hurt. We all agreed that this was a very important lesson.

Thank you for a wonderful term Y5! We have done so many things and you have all achieved so much. I am very proud of you and I hope you are proud of yourself too.

I hope you have a great Easter Holiday,

Miss P

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