Year 5 autumn summary

Year 5 had a very busy Autumn, settling in brilliantly to their new year group, as they became enthralled by their space topic. They had the pleasure of a visit from one of the parents, Mrs Godwin, who came to share her knowledge of the planets. As well as this, they had the fantastic experience of entering an Astrodome, right here at Bengeo School! Inside the Astrodome, the children experienced their very own space mission learning about the stars, planets and constellations. Some children even got the chance to taste some real life space food! In class, the children found out all about the seasons and night and day, as well as the order of the planets. Finally, they found out all about the Moon Landings, the astronauts involved in them and how people reacted to this historical event back here on Earth.

In the second half-term the children learned about the world around them. There was a particular focus on animals, which led to both classes getting some of their own stick insects to observe! The children became confident handling them and the stick insects became tame – to the extent that a few of them even decided to explore the nooks and crannies of Pine class! In addition, they produced some fantastic art work with an 'Eye of the Tiger' theme as they created sketches, watercolours and completed weaving. Both classes also produced their own information booklets about animals they had 'discovered' deep in the undergrowth!

In the meantime, the children also created their own maps for a Christmas treasure hunt around the school. It was a wonderful term for yummy food in the classroom as the children made their own biscuits and plenty of them made impressive cakes for the rest of the class to taste as part of the topic homework. There were Hunnakah celebration parties whilst learning about Judaism, and the creation of their own blogs in ICT. All of which was capped off by their wonderful singing in the church, particularly enjoying their performance (with accompanying actions) of 'Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer!'

Finally, as part of a wonderful European Day of Languages, the children started to learn about Greece. This is information that they will hopefully be able to refer to in the Spring term when they learn about Ancient Greece. In summary, it was a great start to Year 5!