Year 5’s Learning Journey - Autumn 2018
To kick off the new school year, we immersed ourselves in our new topic ‘Who let the Gods out?’ We focused on the Ancient Greeks, paying special attention to Myths and Legends in our English lessons. We read lots of myths and looked at common themes throughout them all. Our favourite myth was the story of Medusa and Perseus, particularly because one of our favourite books/films, Percy Jackson & the Lightening thief, is based on this tale. For our first piece of writing we wrote a recount on the myth, trying to make Medusa sound as scary as possible. We enjoyed a trip to Clonter Opera house where we designed sets for the different Greek myths. We are currently enjoying our exciting class read, ‘Who let the Gods out?’, a funny, thought provoking book that has lead our Guided Reading sessions to explore the illness dementia, as the main character’s Mum is suffering from condition. The children have asked thoughtful and empathetic questions and have wowed us with their maturity.
The children have really taken on the ‘Pour over a book’ reading challenge this term, with Year 5 having the most children in a year group to reach ’30 reads’. They have also enjoyed voting for the mystery class book, with our two winners very excited to take home a new book for the holidays. Our competitive sides also made an appearance with the introduction of Reading Plus and Times Table Rock Stars. Class battles and leader boards have meant that the children are enthusiastically practicing their reading/times table skills at home independently and we have been very proud of their commitment.
The last two weeks of term proved to be the most exciting yet, with a very special visitor. Jam the dinosaur came to Wargrave after leaving us two eggs to look after. We had the best afternoon with Teach Rex and were inspired to write and create our own proposals to reopen Jurassic Park. After Miss Burrowes contacted InGen Laboratories, we were put into contact with Dr. Masrani who agreed to fund our plans (if we were successful). Our classroom became a classified area whilst we produced our reports; you even needed a security badge to get in. Over the two weeks we wrote: a persuasive argument as to why Jurassic Park should be reopened, an explanation of the Dino DNA process, fact files on the dinosaurs, labelled diagram of the security system and designed a map of the park.
The topics this half term have allowed us to inspire and engage our boy writers and readers, which is one of our main priorities this year. The children have made brilliant progress and we are excited for this to continue next half term.