Year 5 Information
This half term Year 5 will be travelling back to another ancient civilisation – this time, the Egyptians! We should be experts in this period of history due to our recent Egyptian day last term for Activities Week. We will be visiting Egypt to discover the history that the country has to offer. We will learn about the River Nile, exploring its importance to those living in Egypt 3000 years ago. Our Art lessons will focus on mummies. We will make one using clay! In other areas of the curriculum, we are going to be focusing on swimming and gymnastics PE.
We are keen for parents to support the children’s learning at home as much as possible. To help with this we produce Topic Overviews for each term outlining our main topics.
Please download our Information Booklet to find out more about the routines and expectations in Year 5. You may also wish to take a look at the Y5 Curriculum Map, which shows you the topics we will be covering in different subjects over the course of the year. Please talk to us if you would like more information.
5.1 Giraffe Class
5.2 Zebra Class
On Tuesday 2nd July, Queen Emma enjoyed an Arts Festival where all classes enjoyed a mix of art, English and musical activities. We had a great day (as you can see by the pictures below).
Nursery enjoyed a musical sessions with Rat-a-Tat and lots of outdoors activities. Reception and KS1 listened to local group Shake, Rattle and Roll who brought a range of exciting musical instruments in. Year 1 also had an amazing morning working together to paint outside. Year 2 created some weird and wonderful magical potions and investigated ‘The Air we Breathe.’
KS2 enjoyed a musical performance from members of St John’s Choir. Year 3 also loved a recorder workshop and made beautiful natural clay faces. Year 4 decorated tiles with stunning Islamic patterns and Year 5 made origami to hang in school. Year 6 enjoyed a performance from The King’s Men at Queen Edith before making dreamcatchers.
Special thanks must go to volunteers from the community who came in to run some of the activities. It was greatly appreciated and the whole day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
In history, Year 5 have been learning about the timeline of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation; we were amazed to learn that it started in 3100 BC and ended in 30BC! Working as a class, we made a timeline starting from 3100 BC until modern day, which was 52 metres long! When we understood how to order the dates, we then made our own Egyptian timeline by working in groups. We look forward to the rest of the topic.
Year 5 have been busy creating their African masks as part of our D&T lessons. They started by sketching their chosen animal before creating the mask by building up layers of cardboard with papier-mâché. After the masks were created, the children painted them to produce the final affect. We had a great time creating our masks and the children should be very proud of their creations!
The children in Year 5 had a fantastic opportunity to take part in a week of exciting activities!
Year 5 completed their ‘Mini Enterprise’ topic with their biscuit making day. The children worked in their baking team and made the biscuits they had designed and planned using a very basic recipe. The children were very creative and the biscuits were very yummy! Once the biscuits were made, the children were able to sell their biscuits. After this, the children analysed and evaluated their products and suggested improvements. Well done Year 5.
Today year 5 completed a maths investigation using multilink. The children had to work systematically to add different fractions together to make one whole. We had a great time adding fractions in a practical way.
The Zebra class bakery is officially open! The children are now in their baking teams and have chosen their own baking name and designed their logos. Here are their designs:
Year 4, Year 5
Adapted Multi Sport Competition
Four children from our school took part in the annual Primary Adapted Multi Sport PLUS Competition which took place with school children from across the Cambridge & South Cambs School Sports Partnerships.
The morning was full of activity and excitement with children competing in pairs as they rotated around four different sports: Polybat, Boccia, Table Cricket and New Age Kurling. For many of the children this was their first experience of representing their school and taking part in competitive sport so the event was very much about the children having an enjoyable experience and trying out some new sports, with an element of competition added in. The points from each activity were added together to give each pair a total and determine the winners.
Having completed their flashback stories, the children worked in groups to act them out. They focused on some key aspects of drama, such as body language, voice projection, physical gestures and facial expressions.
Today year 5 worked collaboratively to create posters representing multiplication through build it, say it, write it and draw it!
Our new English unit is flashback stories and Year 5 had en exciting ‘hook’ lesson to get things started. Working with a partner, the children decided where each of the mysterious items had come from and the story that each item told. We shared some amazing ideas – from dragons guarding castles to hidden treasure beneath the desert!
Year 5 have already been very busy in 2019, in our maths lessons. We have been learning to multiply using concrete resources (base 10 and place value counters) before moving on to the abstract calculation. The children always have access to the concrete resources should they need them.
Year 5 had a fantastic end to our topic with Space Day! During our day we tested our dexterity skills; worked on our teamwork; ensured we hand great hand-eye coordination and even landed some Mars Rovers! We finished the day with a talk from an astronomer Mathew and graduated from the Queen Emma Space Academy. We would like to thank the parents who helped the children with their costumes.
Year 5 had a terrific day with our visitors, 88 Pianists. We learned a little bit about pulse and rhythm, before we constructed our own mechanism for playing a musical note. Later, we explored our creativity when designing a unique way to play the piano. We would like to thank our visitors from 88 Pianists for taking care of us and making our day so enjoyable!
In English the children have been performing space poetry as part of our poetry unit. The children agreed that it is important to practice reading poetry, as this develops our speech and acting skills. We had a great time thinking about expression and actions.
Event, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Cross Country Championship
The children in KS2 had a fantastic morning at Netherhall taking part in the annual Cambridge CSSP Cross Country Championship! The key theme of this year’s event was ‘determination’ and the Queen Emma team certainly were determined! We were so proud of all who took part. We look forward to returning again next year!
Event, Year 5, Year 6
Queen Emma entered their first ever football tournament this year. The children played extremely well together, demonstrated amazing support for each other and played fairly. All of which helped win the tournament! The children, parents and staff are all excited about progressing to the next stage of the competition.
In Maths, the children developed their understanding of perimeter during a practical maths lesson outside! They took rulers and measuring wheels with them, to measure the perimeter of the school playground.
In music, the children have been focusing on songs based on the solar system. This week the children learnt the term ostinato (a repeating pattern). We then played the ostinato in the song ‘A Starry Night’ using the glockenspiels .
Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
The children of Queen Emma remember
To honour all who lost their lives in WW1, every child in Queen Emma made a poppy to create a whole school art installation. Come to the top of the Atrium stairs and take a look.
Painting the Moon
As part of our topic, the children have been creating their own paintings of the moon. To do this, the children practised mixing black and white paint to make numerous shades of grey. The varying shades, were then used to create a detailed painting of the moon and its many craters.
Year 5, Year 6
Pride in our school
Later years have been working hard creating posters to depict ‘pride in our school’. To do this, the children had the choice of using: pens and pencils, paint, pastels and chalk or collage. We really enjoyed working as a phase and using our art skills.
To kick start our year, Zebra class made the tallest structure they could, out of spaghetti and marshmallows. This enabled us to work on our team building skills and was a lot of fun!
The children have been using the maths resources to create different numbers in our place value lessons. Even in year 5 it is important to use the resources available. These will always be accessible to the children in their lessons (should they need them).
Year 5 immersed themselves in their Ancient Britain topic with a visit to West Stow. We had an exciting morning exploring some reconstructed homes of Anglo-Saxons and in the afternoon, observed some ancient artefacts in the museum.
Year 5, Year 6
Congratulations to Year 5 and 6 on your fantastic production of ‘Shakespeare Rocks.’ This fresh, funny and up to date look at the life and times of William Shakespeare, gave us a cast of hilarious historical characters, amusing glimpses into some of his works and an understanding of how he came ‘to be!’ The singing was full of energy and the acting superb throughout. Special mentions must go to the wonderful soloists who performed so confidently in both performances. An enormous thank you to everyone who played a part in making this fantastic production come to life – what a wonderful way to end our summer term.
Spread the word…Shakespeare didn’t just write….he rocked!