Our Solar System
Our topic for this term is looking at space and our solar system. We have been drawing scaled pictures of the planets, using the scale 1000km = 1mm. We have also used the same scale to work out how big the sun is and how far apart all the planets are. We used trundle wheels to measure the distance between the sun and Mercury, and realised that if we used the same scale, we cannot fit the next one onto our school field!
Visit to the Mosque
Year 5 were very lucky to be able to visit a mosque in Gloucester. We were welcomed by Imam Hussan, who gave us loads of information about his religion, Islam, and gave us a guided tour of his mosque. We all found out lots of information that we did not already know, which will help us in our Religious Education topic this term.
Christmas Treasure Hunt
On the last day of term before we enjoyed our Christmas holidays, a group of girls from Brazil class organised a fundraising event for Centrepoint (a homeless charity). We had to find the treasure chests hidden around the school grounds and solve a riddle.
We have a random acts of kindness advent calendar this year, each day a member of the class will be picked and will have a kindness challenge to complete. We have ones including helping with the cooking and cleaning at home and helping people with their learning in school. Christmas is a time of giving, so we are giving our time!
We had our million word party to celebrate having read a million words as a class since September. We chose to have some extended, quiet reading time with our friends, dressed in PJs with a hot chocolate. Thank you to parents for encouraging your child to read at home, please continue to read lots of books, especially those coloured ones on the system - let's see when we can get our next million words!
We had great fun celebrating Children in Need with a duck hunt organised by some incredible members of our class.
Even more changes with our leaves. We think we now know which ones were sexual and asexual and have edited our hypothesis!
Some quite big changes are happening with our leaves now.
We had a lovely day at The Wilson museum, in Cheltenham, finding out lots more about the Anglo Saxon time.
Some of the leaves are starting to die, what do you think this shows?
We have been looking at asexual and sexual reproduction in plants. We know that plants that reproduce asexually only need one parent plant, whereas plants that reproduce sexually need two parent plants and need to mix together pollen and ovules. We are investigating the question 'Can you tell if a plant is a sexual or asexual reproducer based on their leaves?'. We studied a selection of different leaves (beech, bramble, Christmas cacti, dandelion and jade tree) and decided that in order to reproduce asexually, the leaves need to be able to store enough energy to grow a new plant. Some of us think that the bigger the leaf, the more energy they store and some of us think that the fatter the leaf, the more energy they store. We have all chosen two different leaves, planted them and are going to care for them to see if our predictions are correct. We think that if a plant is a sexual reproducer, the leaf will die as it does not have enough energy stored inside to grow a new plant because it is used to making seeds. We think that if a plant is an asexual reproducer, the leaf will live and a new plant will begin to grow as it has enough energy stored in the leaf to do so. Check back to see what we have found!
We were looking at the processes of pollination and fertilisation to create seeds. We went outside to role play the different parts of this process, describing what we were doing at the different stages.