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!
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!