Mrs Parry

Welcome to 5P’s Class Page!

Our Mission Statement:

In 5P we are the best we can be,

We work as a team; there’s no ‘I’ or ‘me’,

We are respectful, helpful and kind,

A friendlier class you will not find.

Although we work hard, we still have fun,

Our wonderful smiles shine like the sun!

We always strive to reach our goals,

We give it everything – our heart and soul.

If you come to visit, you soon will see

What a nice place it is in Class 5P!

Design and Technology

Year 5 have been learning all about Europe during our Marvellous Maps topic so we decided to investigate some of the traditional foods from the countries we have studied. Mrs Parry and Miss McMahon brought in some different pasta dishes for us to taste and evaluate. We used this experience to help us design our own vegetable pasta dish in groups which we then worked together to cook.

Year 5 Trip to Magna

Year 5 went on a trip to Magna Science Museum where we learned all about how the building used to be a record-breaking steelworks. We really enjoyed visiting the different sections of the museum but our favourite was the Water Pavilion because we got absolutely wet through! We went to the Fire Pavilion to get warmed up by the fire tornado and then on to the Air Pavilion where we got a blow-dry from the gale force wind machine! We also enjoyed a workshop about big circuits where we constructed giant electrical circuits using a variety of objects. What a great day!

West Yorkshire Police Training Centre

We were very lucky to be given the chance to spend the day at the West Yorkshire Police Training Centre where we learned all about the different aspects of the police force. It was brilliant! We visited the horses in their stables, got the opportunity to see some Public Order Training going on (where the officers were wearing riot gear) and were even allowed to sit in the police helicopter!

Marvellous Maps!

Our new topic for this half term is called ‘Marvellous Maps’. It is a Geography topic which is all about developing our atlas skills as well as giving us the opportunity to study some of the world’s countries in more detail. We will be learning about the climate, landscape, physical and human features of the Mediterranean region and Eastern Europe (particularly Ukraine, Turkey and Russia) and comparing these places to Great Britain.

We had a WOW day where Mrs Parry introduced us to our new topic and we made our very own maps out of salt-dough! We were put into groups and given a country, then we used the atlases to study the country and created an accurate topographical map with rivers, lakes, cities etc. labelled on it. Then we drew a larger version of the outline of our country onto cardboard.

After that, we worked together to mix our salt-dough and then pressed it onto the cardboard. Then came the tricky bit! We had to look at our topographical maps and work out where the land was low, high, mountainous etc. and we had to create all these features out of the dough. It was messy, sticky and loads of fun!

When the dough had dried, we used our maps to help us paint the salt-dough in the correct colours to represent the topography of the countries we had made. Then we added details like rivers, lakes and peaks before we labelled the key cities using map pins.

We’re really pleased with how they turned out and we have learned a lot from doing this activity.

Mission Impossible?

We have been really enjoying our RE topic this half term. We have been learning all about the life of Jesus and whether he had an impossible mission to spread the word of God. We have had some fantastic discussions about love, forgiveness, greed and generosity, whether or not we can still live by the ten commandments in a modern society, as well as looking more in-depth at Mother Teresa and the way she chose to devote her life to following the teachings of Jesus.

As our topic is coming to an end, Mrs Parry thought it would be nice for us to do something a bit different to finish it off. We thought about all the different themes we have covered and then we each created a design on a piece of card. We used embroidery thread to sew them using a running stitch and we are really pleased with the results!

Arts Fortnight

What a fantastic time we have been having during our Arts Fortnight! Here is an overview of all the creative things we have been getting up to:

Drama Workshop

To kick off our fortnight, we took part in a drama workshop led by Miss Carter. She showed us an image of an iceberg made from a plastic bottle and we had a good discussion about the effect plastic is having on the world’s oceans. We then had to work in groups to create our own advertisement to persuade people to stop using so much plastic. We had to use the slogan Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in our adverts.

Creative Writing

We worked with Mrs Sanders on some creative writing based on ‘The Tin Forest’. We thought about the different sounds, smells and sights we would come across whilst walking through a forest and wrote poems to reflect this. We also made some hanging poems using tree branches.

Sculpture Workshop with Jill Randall

We were all lucky enough to take part in a sculpture workshop with a real-life artist! Jill specialises in working with steel however she came to school to work with every child to make our very own clay sculpture. Each phase had a different theme to work with, all of which linked with the idea behind Arts Fortnight, which is ‘The effect plastic is having on our natural world’. Years 5 and 6 made hedgerow animals out of clay which we then decorated with plastics and recyclables to highlight how these animals are being affected by plastic waste in their habitats. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and our sculptures are great!

The Plastic Box

After we learned about the effect plastic is having on our environment, we wrote some poems which aim to highlight the problem to others. We took inspiration from a beautifully written, positive poem by Kit Wright which is called ‘The Magic Box’. In the poem, the box is full of beautiful, awe-inspiring things. We then turned the poem around and wrote our own version entitled ‘The Plastic Box’. In our poem, the box is full of horrible, sad things which reflect what is happening to animals around the world as a result of plastic pollution. We are really pleased with how they turned out: they are very dramatic and really succeed in getting across the point we were trying to make.

Bottle Top Art

We worked in small groups to create a piece of bottle-top artwork. We thought about the different animals that are affected by plastic pollution and the habitats they live in then we drew our design on cartridge paper. We coloured the background with pencils and then finished off our work using bottle tops, plastic rubbish and corks. The concept behind the work was that we were using plastic waste to create something beautiful, portraying the animals which are affected by the waste in their habitats.

Jellyfish Sculpture

We had loads of fun making our own miniature jellyfish scultpures! We used a plastic disc to make the base and then covered it with a wire framework. We stuffed the inside of the body with different coloured tissue paper and then covered it with bubble wrap. To make the tentacles, we cut plastic bags into strips and tied them on to the base. We love them!

The Great Debate

In English, we have learned all about the art of debating. We learned how to run our own debate and what rules we should follow. The motion we were debating was: We should use less single-use plastic.

We formed two teams and had to research our side of the argument. We elected a Captain and a Vice-Captain for each team to make the opening statements and then Mrs Parry declared the debate ‘open to the floor’ which meant we could all join in.

We all had to say something and take part in the discussion and then we voted at the end. We really enjoyed it but found it tricky.

Trip to Bradford Grand Mosque and the National Media Museum

Year 5 had a super day when they went on their trip. Bradford Grand Mosque was a beautiful building and we were all made to feel very welcome by Bilali, who taught us all sorts about the religion of Islam and its traditions. We were all blown away by the massive chandelier and the decoration inside the mosque. All the children were also very grateful for their wonderful gift bags.

The National Media Museum was a brilliant addition to the trip – the children particularly enjoyed exploring the Wonderlab with all its fascinating sound and light experiments.

White Rose Maths

This year, we have changed the way in which we approach the teaching of Mathematics. There is a much larger emphasis on using concrete manipulatives and equipment to help children become confident with Mathematical concepts before moving on to using more formal methods.

In 5P, children have been enjoying using these manipulatives to investigate cube numbers, place value and multiplication.

Inspire Morning 

Thank you to everyone who came to our Inspire Morning. The children thoroughly enjoyed working alongside you all on their artwork linked to our RE topic. The work they produced was fantastic and I hope they are all very proud of themselves!

Children in Need 

The children thoroughly enjoyed dressing up in their pyjamas and onesies to help raise money for Children in Need!