Year 5 had a great time this week exploring earthquakes as part of our natural disasters topic. We had to design a structure that could withstand an earthquake using only cardboard, marshmallows and wooden sticks. We then tested our earthquake-proof buildings in an earthquake simulated in a tray of jelly. We had lots of fun and also learnt a lot.
Year 5 have been looking at toys in Design Technology. They have spent time exploring cam toys and creating small prototypes to explore how different cams move. They have worked extremely hard in designing their very own cam toy, looking closely at the movement they wanted their toy to have. We had many different designs such as: underwater, football matches, space rockets and flamingos!
The children have worked hard over the past few weeks creating their designs using shoe boxes. They created their own movable pieces and built the cam mechanism underneath. Year 5 created fantastic toys, well done!
Year 5 enjoyed their French day today. We focused on days of the week, months of the year and colours. We played lots of games to help us remember what we had been taught.
To kick off 'Science Week' year 5 conducted their own experiment today. As the theme for this years British Science week is 'journeys' we tested how far a sneeze can travel and what can we do to prevent others from getting ill. We measured the distance and impact of a sneeze using water in a spray bottle. We set up a 'Sneeze Zone' and predicted how far the sneeze would travel. We repeated this a further 2 times using a gloved hand and a tissue protecting the nose. No surprises that the distance measured reduced with the hand in place and the sneeze didn't impact anything when the tissue was put in place. We have learnt first hand the effects of a sneeze and discussed ways we can prevent others from getting ill.
Year 5 have been enjoying our 'Game Creator' unit in computing. We have been reviewing and analysing a computer game and coming up with some elements that make a successful game. We have created a game planner leaflet which has allowed us to design our very own game. So far we have been thinking about the setting of our game so that it fits with our selected theme. Check back here in a few weeks time to see our finished games.
Year 5 have had an amazing few weeks creating their own Zoetrope's! What is a Zoetrope? It's a Victorian toy that spins around showing pictures as if they were moving much like a flip book. Year 5 have made their Zoetrope's from scratch using a variety of processes.
They designed their own moving picture to go inside and when they were finally finished, they gave them a spin! Check out their amazing creations below.
If you would like to make your own at home, click here to watch a great video with step by step instructions.
Year 5 stepped back in time last week and spent a day as a Victorian child at Holdenby House. Dressed fit for the occasion, they got to grips with some of the sorts of jobs children back then would have been expected to do. They learnt about the history of Holdenby House and its place in history and ended the entertaining her ladyship (which turned out to be Helen in disguise). Overall, the children learnt a lot about how difficult it was being a child in Victorian times and had a good time being in role for Mrs Bumbridge, Mr Rett and Mrs Crumpet.
A mobile planetarium came to Great Linford Primary School today. Here, year 5 had a unique, 360 degree learning experience from our very own school hall. We were immersed in all things space and learnt a lot, for example the brightest star in the universe is called Sirius and the Romans named the Milky Way after millk as they thought it looked like a milky patch of sky above the Earth at night. A very enjoyable and informative morning had by all.
Well done to children taking part in Come Dine With Me this week.
Students have worked hard planning and preparing a 3 course meal of vegetable skewers, pizza and smoothies. Miss Lovelock and Miss Kerrigan found it hard to judge winners for their delicious treats. Well done chefs, great job!
On Monday, the year 5 and 6 children took part in Primary Workout. They were visited by four members of the local community who all had very different jobs. First of all, they had to ask them closed questions to work out what their job was. Then once they had guessed they could then ask further questions about their jobs. This helped the children to think about different career paths that they might want to take, and how they could apply their skills in many different ways.