Maya day!

What a fantastic day in year 5!

Our visitors, Kat & Sue, provided a wonderfully immersive experience. Children got the chance to step in the world of Central America and tour around the ancient ruins via VR headsets. They even got to hold and study replicas of Ancient Maya artefacts.
 
We learnt about the Maya number system and calendar, comparing it to our modern day system. We also had the opportunity to work out our Nahuals (which are a bit like star signs).

We persevered during our weaving activity that was incredibly fiddly. In addition, we made fantastic worry dolls; the Maya believe a Mayan princess – named Ixmucane – received a special gift from the sun god that allowed her to solve any problem a human could worry about. The worry doll represents the princess and her wisdom.

STEM week!

Children loved our ‘Racing Rockets!’ innovation challenge yesterday.

We used creativity and independence while designing our rockets; during which we carefully thought about aerodynamics, weight and stability. When testing and evaluating the rockets, we persevered when some of our ideas did not work or wind affected the results. We also used teamwork to record data, create graphs and discuss improvements.

Art Day – Frida Kahlo

Today we focused on the Latin American artist Frida Kahlo whose troubled life produced fueled incredibly powerful artwork. Our young artists learnt about her life and explored some of her famous surrealist paintings. They then tried different techniques with oil pastels before produced amazing mixed media artworks based on Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. All the adults in Year 5 are incredibly proud of the children today for their focus and creativity.

 

Wonderful Water Assembly

This morning, Y5 attended an assembly with Severn Trent Water. We recapped the water cycle and looked into how water is cleaned to make it “potable” in the home. The children also thought about how to stay hydrated and how to spot the early signs of dehydration.

Code Club – Pong

Today in Code Club we followed a tutorial to create a game inspired by Pong which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year! The children added variables to show the score increasing, Game Over screens and other features to entertain or challenge any gamer.

Star Coder this week was Kyron in Y5 for his resilience. He showed excellent logic and evaluation skills to help him debug his algorithm.

Gymnastics demonstration

Today we had a fantastic gymnastic demonstration with Jason Tucker, a Commonwealth Games gymnast and his budding protégé Harry. They discussed the need for repetition in practise as well as how to deal with high pressure situations.

Code Club Week 2

Well done to the Code Club today for creating games where you had to find and click a sprite to open up the next level. Advanced coders were able to modify the code, sprite and backgrounds and add in a variable that counted the amount of time it took to complete the game.

 

Star Coder this week was Brandon!

AFC Telford visitor

As part of Healthy Lifestyle Week, Y5 were lucky enough to have a Q&A session with professional footballer Harry Flowers. He spoke about working hard to achieve your goals and developing a positive attitude to following your passions. He spoke about the importance of developing skills across different areas.

The children listened really carefully and asked some really thoughtful questions.

Wonderdome Experience

Today pupils from Y5 and Y6 were lucky enough to enter a planetarium inflated in the school hall. They had the chance to watch immersive videos about the solar system and potential life forms in other galaxies before asking questions to a Space expert. This really helped spark the children’s imaginations and helped them retrieve learning from the Year 5 Space unit of Science.