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Learning in Year 5

Autumn Term Learning

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This term in Year 5 we have been studying the Ancient Greeks. Aqua class have used paper mache to recreate traditional Greek pots in various shapes and sizes, whilst Green class have examined primary sources to find out more about Ancient Greek culture and customs.

In acknowledgement of Black History Month, Year 5 took part in various activities. In math, we carried out an investigation to see how many times we could complete different activities in 9.58 seconds (Usain Bolt’s 100m time) – we certainly all felt fitter after all those sit ups and star jumps! Green class also wrote poems on the theme of ‘Unity’ which helped them to reflect on the importance of harmony, respect and tolerance both in school and wider society. Aqua class used the biography and paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat to inspire their mixed-media portraits of Theseus, the Minotaur and Ariadne. This led to an interesting discussion in P4C about the value of art, asking: Is it fair that an artist can paint like a child but sell it for a fortune?

  

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Black History Week

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In Year 5, we looked at the life and work of two prominent black artists of the 20th Century as part of our 'unity' theme week.

In English, we spent time researching and writing biographies for both Augusta Savage, a sculptor and activist, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a graffiti artist-turned-painter.

We then studied Basquiat’s neo-expressionist style in art and produced our own versions of his work depicting characters from our recent Greek text: Theseus and The Minotaur. Paint, pen, chalk and oil pastels were used to emulate his signature vivid backgrounds and skeletal, silhouetted figures.

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Responsible Citizens in Year 5

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This year in Citizenship, Year 5 students have been looking at 'responsibility'. Throughout the year we have considered how we can be responsible citizens financially, socially and personally. Projects such as the Business Enterprise and Employability (BEE) programme and WE Day have enabled children to consider how they manage and handle money. Additionally, as the students move up through Wellington, they have taken on additional responsibilities within school, such as Playground Friends and Sports Leaders. To celebrate these engagements, some pupils worked with Ms Finill to create a video which was shown in the Key Stage 2 Citizenship assembly.

Responsible citizens assembly 2.mov

   

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Bow Arts Pop-up workshop

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In Aqua Class, we have been working with a professional artist to help design a history timeline for the windows outside the school building. We created some pop-up pictures linked to the curriculum topics studied from across the school. Using torches, we also explored light and shadow and created 2D pictures using vinyl.

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Black History Month - Studying the Art of Sonia Boyce

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In Aqua Class, we studied the artwork of Sonia Boyce. Sonia was born in London and describes herself as a British Afro Caribbean artist. She has always been keen to show positive images of Black women in her work, painting herself in many of her pictures. In one of Sonia Boyce’s art works from 1990, she made The Ticket Machine. On pressing the ‘Ticket’ button, a postcard popped out, explaining important memories and events that different people – strangers – had experienced. We each created our own memory postcard showing an important moment or experience we had.

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Learning in Year 6

Science and Half -Term activities

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Science at Wellington

There has been some great Science taking place at Wellington this year. During the Spring term, we were really lucky to take part in some Science shows during Science week. Centre of the Cell came in and performed a show where children took part in activities linked to their learning. Fizz Pop Science also delivered an exciting Science show, ending in a ride on a hoverboard for one lucky pupil.

For our Science curriculum, Year 3 have investigated rocks and fossils which linked to their topic, walking with dinosaurs. Additionally this term, Year 6 made periscopes to support their learning about light, with much more great Science learning going on around school.

Half-term Science Activities

There are many Science events going on in London to keep you busy over half term.

The Science Museum is hosting a variety of activities this half term, including a fun, family workshop to learn fascinating facts about bacteria!

https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/bacteria-builders

More locally, Centre of the Cell in Whitechapel are hosting some great shows for budding Scientists out there.

https://www.centreofthecell.org/events/

These are just some of the events going on in London over the holiday.

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Year 6 trip to the Ragged School Museum

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This term, Year 6 have been learning about the Victorians and how their way of life compares with our modern way of life. In order to learn more about the Victorians, we visited the Ragged School Museum in Bow and had the chance to experience what it would have been like in a Victorian classroom.

Victorian schools were very strict and some of the rules were extremely different from modern school. We were particularly shocked that children were not allowed to write with their left hand. Whilst we were at the museum, we also had a look at some Victorian household artefacts and tried to work out what they were used for.

         

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A Titanic Adventure

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To begin the Year 6 topic ‘For Those In Peril’, the children in Year 6 were given a glimpse of the differences in the First and Third Class experiences on board the HMS Titanic. Before ‘boarding’ the Titanic the children were issued with a coupon and separated into two groups. Indigo Class had been transformed into a First Class dining experience with table cloths, fancy food (grapes), classical music and servants to pour them drinks (thank you Mrs Banks). In contrast, Violet Class was the Third Class experience and they were having a party; passengers were playing the fiddle, dancing and snacking on crackers.

This was a fun way to begin our unit and we were all extremely excited to learn more about the maiden voyage of the Titanic.

 

   

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Darwin's Apprentices

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During the Autumn term, Year 6 learnt about the Victorians and animal classification. We also heard about the life and theories of Charles Darwin, a famous Victorian scientist. To celebrate our learning this term (which we have really enjoyed) we visited the Natural History Museum and had the opportunity to work in the Investigate Centre. At the Investigate Centre, we investigated natural artefacts by putting them under microscopes, weighing and measuring them and using our knowledge of the natural world to make conclusions about the objects.

Sketching in the Investigate Centre

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