To support our topic this term, Year 5 spent a day exploring the River Dane. First we travelled to the source of the river where the flow was slow and channel was shallow. We also learnt that peat acts like a sponge to hold the water and maintain the water level. Next we moved to the middle course where the water flowed much faster and the channel was wider and deeper. In addition, we were able to see how the river had eroded the landscape to create valleys and where tributaries joined the main channel. Finally we explored the lower course of the river where we were able to measure the flow, depth and width. At this point, we also investigated meanders (bends in the river) and where they cause the most erosion.
To help Year 5 further understand our topic about Brazil, they were visited by Art Brasil on Tuesday 27th June. Firstly, they learned about the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira with Rafael. They were taught how to jinga (the main movement from which all other positions stem from). After that, the children learnt different moves including kicks and balances. Finally, they put all this together when they performed in the joda with a partner.
Next, the children learnt a variety of drumming styles from across Brazil including; Samba Reggae, Frevo and Maracatu. They practised making different sounds on their drum such as a bass and a tone, which they used to create the different rhythms.
Later, the children were taught about the geography of Brazil and the specific types of music and dress associated with certain places, including: Salvador (Samba Reggae), Recife (Maracatu) and Rio (Samba)
Lastly, the children learned about the different styles of dance in Brazil and had an opportunity to create their own moves! Thank you to Mika and Mike for a great day.
On Tuesday 16th May Year 5 were greeted by an Anglo-Saxon king who taught them all about the population of Britain before and during the Anglo-Saxon period. We learnt that, Romans controlled Britain before the invasion of the Anglo-Saxons, but there were also both original settlers and the Norsemen (Vikings) in the country. We also looked at Anglo-Saxon society and how the Thanes (who worked for the kings) would challenge the kings to become the next ruler. Interestingly, a lot of our modern day words originate from the Anglo-Saxons, for example: Thursday was Thor’s-day and Wednesday was Wodin’s-day. Finally, everybody took part in creating a shield wall which the Anglo-Saxons used when invading and fighting others. We also got to practise our axe skills by chopping cabbages, which was lots of fun! Overall, we had an exciting and informative day!
On the 18th November Year 5 went on a visit to the Emma Bridgewater Pottery Factory. Each pupil took part in a factory tour, which explored how the clay was turned from a soft natural material into a shaped usable product. We looked at the many processes that the clay went through before it could be sold in the shops. Some pupils even got the opportunity to have a go at making a plate on the pottery wheel. Every pupil decorated a plate using special sponges and paints. The ladies at the factory had designed sponges for us to use that linked in with our topic. Our designs were based around the factory and the River Trent which was used as a transport link for pottery throughout history. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the factory and learnt a lot about pottery.
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In order to further understand our topic, the Mayans, Year 5 visited Cadbury World in Bournville, near Birmingham.
First, we took part in a session which allowed us to understand where and when the Mayans lived. We then looked at how they dressed and had an opportunity to wear the clothes of Mayan royalty! Next, we discovered how the Mayans used cocoa to create a bitter drink called xocolatl and also had a chance to handle dried cocoa pods as well as grinding the beans to make a smooth powder.
After lunch, we then had a tour of the factory to see how chocolate is made today and had a chance to taste some as well!
Along with over a 100 children from a variety of schools throughout Stoke-on-Trent, St. Mark’s took part in a fantastic day at Birches Head High School in March as part of the Respect for All conference. Five year 5 pupils represented our school and took part in a variety of stimulating tasks and activities throughout the day, including; discussing and ranking what they were committed to, exploring the differences and similarities between the variety of faiths to be found around the world and creating sculptures to represent British Values. Overall, the children enjoyed the opportunity to meet children from different schools and backgrounds and discuss how they could encourage tolerance and empathy between people of all faiths and beliefs.
In January, Year 5 were visited by Art Brasil to help them further understand their Brazil topic. Firstly, they learned specific music vocabulary (for example, tempo) and then practised them in the style of traditional Brazilian music using timba drums. After that, the children had an opportunity to compose their own rhythms using either; 1, 2 or 4 beats or a rest, this time performed on a smaller drum, the tamborim.
Later, the children were taught about the Geography of Brazil and the specific types of music and dress associated with certain places, including: Salvador (Samba Reggae), Recife (Maracatu) and Rio (Samba).
Finally, the children learned about the different styles of dance in Brazil and had an opportunity to create their own moves!
Thank you to Mika and Mike for a great day!