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Year 5

21.06.24 - History!

In history lessons, children were historical investigators! The task was to work in role, working as a trainee archaeologist on a Roman battle site. The top archaeologist believed they had discovered some artefacts that may have been used to treat injured Roman soldiers. They chose different artefacts to investigate with partners, where they had to ask and answer questions about the artefacts and produce careful diagrams of them. 

The children have also been looking at the great plague, when it started, the symptoms of the plague, including a timeline, the 'cures' that were tried, quarantine and how the plague ended. The children dressed as the plague doctor and discussed the outfit and why these garments were deemed necessary.  This learning is all based on our history topic called The History of Medicine!

     

 

14.06.24 - Science!

This week in Indigo Base we have been learning about the phases of the moon. In order to better understand this, we created diagrams using Oreo biscuits to represent each phase and learning the vocabulary associated with each phase. 

 

 

07.06.24 - PE!

This week in PE the children in Indigo Base were playing a game of End ball. They worked collaboratively in groups to pass the ball between themselves before passing to the 'goalie' to score a point. We really enjoy our PE lessons, we love being active and having fun with our classmates!

                                

 

24.05.24 - Maths!

In maths this week we have been focussing on problem-solving skills and looking at multiplication and division SATs style questions. The classes worked in pairs and groups to read the question, work out the relevant information that they need, what calculation to carry out, how many steps they need to complete, complete the calculation and check if the answer is correct. This worked really well and the children enjoyed collaborating through working together.  

      

17.05.24 - Oracy!

This week, we have been looking in depth at characters in our novel 'The boy at the back of the class' - we used the technique hotseating to explore the thoughts and feelings of two characters in the text; a bully and a refugee. We have also had stimulating discussions about the plight of refugees, the reasons for leaving their home and their journey to safety. The children are thoroughly engaged in the reading of this book and discussing the range of issues that stem from it. 

                           

10.05.24 - Literacy!

Here are some photos of Indigo Base practising and performing dialogue that they had created in relation to two characters from the book that we are reading in English 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' The two characters in the book had opposing views about refugees and whether they should be allowed into the country and schools. We had a fabulous discussion regarding this issue, where the children were very sensitive and empathetic towards refugees and the plight that they had to endure. They wrote their own conversations between the two characters, carrying on from the book. They then practised with their partner and performed for the rest of the class. 

                

26.04.24 - Science!

In science, we were exploring the concept of day and night. The children used a torch to represent the light source of the sun and placed a small lego character on a globe to represent the Earth rotating as it orbits the sun. Children explored the way the planets orbit the sun using a moving model to gain knowledge of the solar system. 

 

 

                                                        

 

15.04.24 - Benjamin Zephaniah Week!

This week in Indigo Base we have been enjoying exploring the life and works of Benjamin Zephaniah. We have created factfiles for Benjamin Zephaniah after learning all about his life. We have also been practising, reading and performing group poems after creating them together. We had a lot of fun experimenting with words and language - we worked together to create our own poetry using random words to inspire and amuse with our ideas!

     

 

22.03.24 - Drama!

In Indigo Base this week we have used drama to act out different sections of a story to aid our understanding of the plot. This helped to structure our independent writing of a suspense story.

                                                               

 

15.03.24 - PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Learning (PSHE)!

In Indigo Base this week, children have been researching inspirational women as part of our work for International Women's Day. They produced posters about their chosen woman after their internet research and group discussions to share their findings.  

        

 

08.03.24 - RE

In RE this week we talked about humanism. The children looked at similarities and differences between their own beliefs and humanist beliefs. They then worked in groups to create a poster on Humanism.

                                                                                                

  

 

01.03.24 - DT!

In Indigo Base, children have been  completing a tapestry task for DT related to our Viking topic. They looked at different designs they could use, then designed their own tapestry. We learnt how to do different types of stitches to make them more effective. The children absolutely loved doing this. 

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19.02.24 - History!

In Indigo Base we have learned about the Viking raiders and traders during Viking times, looking at different swords, materials for making useful objects and how to make a shield wall to defend ourselves. We were had a great time consolidating our learning at the Royal Armouries Musuem in Leeds City Centre.

 

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09.02.24 - PE!

In outdoor PE this team we have been completing a beanbag stealing challenge to warm up our body for passing and dodging skills. We are working on encouraging others as part of our social skills in physical education. 

In indoor PE we have been working on  seated volleyball to develop core muscles and hand-eye coordination. This linked to the outdoor social cog because we kept the focus of encouraging people. 

                                                                                          

 

02.02.24 - Super Science

In science, we have been investigating which materials are soluble and insoluble in water. We conducted our own experiments in small groups by mixing water with salt, sugar, pepper, flour and rice in test tubes. The groups observed whether the substances dissolved in the water to test whether their predictions were correct. 

                            

22.01.24 - Marvellous Maths!

This week in Indigo Base, children have been working with numicon to order numbers before working on using number bonds to ten and recording them on large paper.  We used multi-link to investigate cube numbers and found that all cube numbers could make a cube shape. If they don't form a cube, they are not cube numbers - we worked as a class to complete this investigation! We also used counters to work out fractions of amounts of unit and non-unit fractions. The counters helped us to visually represent the calculations and gave us a basic understanding of finding fractions of amounts, prior to using formal calculations. We have had a busy week!

                                                       

 

 

15.01.24 - Focus on Literacy!

This term in Indigo Base we are looking at the book There's A Boy in The Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar. We have started reading the text as part of our learning and have found it really interesting so far! In our lessons this week, we have been looking in depth at a character called Bradley and trying to infer his thoughts and feelings about other characters in the novel, in preparation for writing a diary entry in role as the character Bradley next week.