Our topic this half term is called ‘Pharaohs’ and is a history based topic based on Ancient Egypt. Please see our topic web below for details of our learning in each subject for the half term.
Our learning – Week ending Friday 8/4/22
It was an amazing week this week because we finally had everyone back from being at home for Covid-19 related reasons! It was the first time since the first week of the half term that we were all together. We have been incredibly proud of the children in Lamborghini Class this half term as they have had to use a lot of personal motivation and resilience to adapt to learning at home/ learning at school and getting better after illness.
It’s been a very fun week this week due to the combination of finishing off our Egyptian topic and Easter.
In English this week, we investigated the Great Pyramid of Khufu and raised lots of questions about how the pyramid was made. We reasoned that the Ancient Egyptians must have been very accurate and had a precise measuring system. Through our further research, we discovered the Egyptians had a measuring unit called a cubit and it took 23 years to complete the Great Pyramid!
Using some fantastic drama video clips, we looked at the experience of a hypothetical conscripted Egyptian who had to help build the Great Pyramid. We made notes about the building process and the feelings that person would have felt. We then used these notes to write in role as the character and either write a letter home or a diary entry. The writing was fantastic!
One of the highlights of the week was turning our classroom back into a Per Nefer and uncovering the tomatoes we covered in natron (salt) nearly 40 days ago to finish the mummification process. To finish mummifying the tomatoes, we washed them carefully; made a net of a cube for the sarcophagus; wrapped the tomato in bandages and made a death mask. Finally, we were able to put the tomatoes in their resting places. The photos below show you the different stages of the process.
In Italian and RE, we have taken part in Easter related activities. We had a fun Easter Egg Hunt in Italian with Kelia. She gave us clues in Italian which we had to translate in order to find the hidden eggs. Well done to the Stromboli team who won. In RE with Mrs Wortley, we made some beautiful pop-up Easter cards.
We wish you a very happy and healthy Easter break and look forward to seeing you at the beginning of the Summer Term.
Our learning – Week ending Friday 1/4/22
In Maths, Year 5 measured perimeters of squares and rectangles in cm and mm including having to convert these measurements. They moved onto calculating the missing lengths for a rectangle when given the width or length and overall perimeter. Towards the end of the week they found the area of rectangles using the formula length x width. The children also used problem solving to find the area of irregular shapes; for example drawing around their hands and applying their knowledge of fractions to estimate how much of each square was covered to give an overall approximate area.
Year 6 began the week with a recap of area and perimeter from year 5 by recapping how to calculate the area of compound shapes. They used their knowledge of finding the area of a rectangle to then find the area of a right-angled triangle using the base and perpendicular height, then halving their answer. They then extended their knowledge to be work out the area of any triangle, by identifying, which of the lines of the triangle were the base and the perpendicular height.
In English this week the children’s task was to plan and write a discussion text about whether artefacts should be returned to their country of origin. They enjoyed a debate and during this activity and they had to give their opinions from both sides which was quite difficult especially when faced with arguing a point that they didn’t support.
The children then chose two arguments for and two against removing artefacts from their origin and worked hard to elaborate on each of their points to formulate their elaboration and counter arguments. The children then wrote a formal discussion text using well-structured paragraphs, emotive language and the present tense. The children remembered to use rhetorical questions, bold statements and write in the third person.
In our topic learning, we have been looking at the importance of the river Nile and why it was so crucial to the development of ancient Egyptian society and it’s wealth. The children created a mind map of wonderful facts and carried out research to discover the similarity and differences between the Nile then and now. They discovered that life revolved around the Nile and the fertile land on its banks, which forms a green valley across the desert to this day. The ancient Egyptians lived and farmed along the Nile, using the soil to produce food for families and animals. They also discovered that whilst the Nile was the main source of communication, this has now been taken over by technology!
Later in the week, the children looked at hieroglyphics, including those on the Rosetta Stone. They discovered that scribes usually wrote in black or red stone and that the writing could run from left to right, or right to left, and this could often be determined by the reader by which way the animals were facing in the hieroglyphics. They had a go at writing their name in a cartouche and enjoyed some code cracking to work out what was written in the hieroglyphics.
As part of their ICT learning, they created a presentation about an Egyptian God of their choice. They children carried out research about the God or Goddess focusing on what they represented; where they were worshipped and what symbols were associated with them. The children were fascinated to learn that each of the Gods and Goddesses were worshipped in different ways.
Science was lots of fun because we went outside on a hunt to find as many living things (plants and animals) as possible. Once they had collected all of the information about the living things in the Villa Victoria habitat, they came into class to try and organise their findings, by phylum. The children looked in the books to try and identify their finds and also used Google Lens. We discovered some very exotic sounding plants in our school playground: Doves Foot, Agapanthus and Sticky Chickweed, amongst others! The created a little Field Guide containing all of their findings, in the correct classification.
A very fun part of the week was making bath bombs with FOBS for Mother’s Day. We have also learned about the Easter Story, creating a cross made up of each of the days of Easter, describing what happens on each day.
Our learning – Week ending Friday 18/3/22
What a funny week we had this week! With the majority of the class at home doing remote learning, it has been very strange to say the least. Despite the separation, we all completed the same learning. Well done especially to the children completing their learning at home – it takes a lot of resilience to motivate yourself when working at home.
In maths this week, we continued to develop our understanding of fractions and decimals by linking them to percentages. We used a hundred square to visualise percentages and then matched different percentages to well done fractions and decimals.
Our English learning was based on a week-long reading, writing and grammar project based on a strange animal that was recently discovered – the Rin-swano-zeb-tah! We looked at an example of an information text and then practised writing sentences starting with adverbials and facts about the animal. The most fun part was to invent our own strange animals using a piece of software and then writing our own information texts.
In topic this week we focused on the Pharaohs! They were the Kings or Queens of Ancient Egypt. We looked at Egyptian sculptures and paintings of the Pharaohs to see what they looked like and then selected one to research and write a character profile about them. There were some very interesting individuals! One particularly had 200 wives and 150 children!
Science was lots of fun because Miss Andrews let us draw on the tables! We created a branching database to sort a set of animals. We then learnt about the classification system created by Carl Linnaeus that is used globally to sort and group living things. We explored this by picking an animal and learning which groups they belonged to.
Our learning – Week ending Friday 11/3/22
We continued our journey into Egypt by finding out what Egypt is like as a country. It’s an amazing place with both sea, desert and bustling cities.
Our English linked in with the topic because we imagined that we had just come back from a holiday to Egypt which was ruined by an awful flight and terrible accommodation. The children were very inventive at coming up with the reasons as to why it was an awful holiday! After that, we analysed formal letters and had a go at writing our own complaint letters to the travel companies. The children proved that they are very good at complaining.
In our maths lessons, we have explored the link between fractions and decimals. We changed fractions to decimals and practised our rounding skills.
Back to learning about Egypt – in our topic lessons we used google maps and printed maps to plot the key geographical features of Egypt on a base map. We found the Aswan Dam; looked at images of the Suez Canal (and the cargo ship that got stuck there last year) and plotted the locations of the different Ancient Egyptian sites. We also found out some key facts about the River Nile: it’s the longest in the world.
Our learning – Week ending Friday 4/3/22
Welcome back to the new half term. It was lovely to be back together as a class and get stuck into our new topic. Our new topic is called ‘Pharaohs’ and is a history-based topic all about Ancient Egypt.
Our ‘Engage’ activity for the new topic was really exciting! We learnt about the mummification process and opened our own Per Nefer (place where mummification took place) and mummified tomatoes.
We undertook the same processes they did back in the ancient Egyptian times. Firstly, we washed the tomatoes to clean them then made a small incision in the side to remove the vital organs: liver, lungs, stomach and intestines and place them in the canopic jars.
After that, we used a hook to remove the brain via the nose! They did this in ancient Egyptian times because they didn’t think that the brain was an important organ.
We then used natron (salt) to pack the inside of the tomato and we will leave them for 40 days (approximately we calculated) until the last week of the half term when we will uncover the mummies and finish the mummification process.
With Mrs Page on Friday we started to learn about the boy Pharaoh Tutankhamun and the discovery of his tomb. We designed shabtis in art; shabtis are small workers who were placed in the tombs to help the person who had died in the afterlife. We played a hockey game called ‘King of the Castle’ in PE.
It was also World Book Day on Thursday! Take a look at the wonderful costumes the children came to school in. Can you guess who their book characters are?