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Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School

Year 5

Year 5 have had a fully packed half term! They enjoyed their trip to The Museum of London Docklands following our River Week in school. The children had an opportunity to explore the history of London further building on our knowledge from Autumn Term when we learnt about The Jewish East End at the Jewish Museum.

In English we have been studying Phillip Pullman's clockwork. Children have enjoyed making clockwork themed Chanukiahs. They have also produced character descriptions using figurative language. Pupils have also created their own prefaces using some lovely new adventurous alternative words from our vocabulary ninja board.

This half term Year 5 have looked at the topics Being Human and Full Power. During Being Human pupils made a model of the heart using water bottles, straws, water and red food colouring. This was very effective in teaching children how blood was pumped around the body, and the systems involved.

In our first half term Year 5 have been very busy exploring the topic of Moving People. Year 5 enjoyed their trip to the Jewish Museum where they explored The Great Migration. They enjoyed visiting the museum and their hands on exhibits including the Yiddish theatre. 

During remote learning Year 5 worked hard on developing many different skill sets. They produced wonderful descriptions of characters and settings, they wrote diary entries and letters as well as focusing on writing work related to myths and legends. They worked hard to explore forces including conducting some of their own experiments at home. The children enjoyed starting to read Holes and finishing our class  book Floodland. Year 5 had lots of opportunities to learn a variety of new sports during remote PE sessions such as Boccia and orienteering. The children also developed their abilities in cooking, baking, art and textiles. 
Year 5 enjoyed the opportunity to come back into school for a session. This was an opportunity for them to share their experience on lock down with their peers, create classroom decorations for their new classroom, start their Heads Up programme and share their WW2 projects with each other.

The children have had a variety of themed weeks/ days including Science week where they explored science and its links across the curriculum, Inside Out Day, Holocaust Memorial Day where we looked at Anne Frank as a significant person. The children have participated in a variety of though-provoking science experiments based on materials and changing states of matter over this half term. They have excelled in their working scientifically skills sets.

There have been a number of exciting days this half term included Remembrance Day where we learnt and performed the script for Archie Dobson's War. The children explored the video Wing in Friendship week as well as studying the song 'This is Me' to celebrate our differences during a reading comprehension lesson. Pupils also participated in a streetwise workshop about bullying and how to define it. Pupils also enjoyed creating acrostic poems about Guy Fawkes during parliament week. No Pen's day involved lots of fun activities including using dienes in mathematics, making clay models of the heart in science and having lots of discussions in English about songs and poetry. 

As we drew closer to Rosh Hashanah Year 5 spent time making honey cake with Nursery and Reception, developing skills in leadership and team work. They helped the Reception and Nursery children to measure the ingredients correctly, to fold in the mixture and pour the cake batter into the trays to be baked. All children involved had a fantastic time and made some absolutely delicious cake. 

Learning to ride a bike is a really useful life skill. An activity you can do to keep fit, but also as a leisurely activity. This is why we have Bikeability at Etz Chaim and Year 5 enjoyed both learning to ride a bike, developing their confidence riding along the road and for regular bike riders, an opportunity to test just how good a rider they are.

The children enjoyed their Go Green week where they celebrated Tu B'shvat by making fruit baskets for  GIFT and explored the idea of plastic pollution. They researched how other countries deal with plastic pollution and used these ideas to write letters to their MP's about the issue.

The children enjoyed their Shabbaton at the beginning of term and gave an excellent assembly to the rest of the school about it upon their return. They worked hard in school to prepare for the Shabbaton.

The class also enjoyed our local area investigation which included research in the classroom, working in groups and then taking to the streets of Mill Hill to find information for their lines of enquiry. The pupils successfully produced questionnaires, surveyed the public, surveyed the high street, sketched and photographed. They will be creating these into presentations to present their findings on the investigation questions their groups have chosen.

One topic this term has been classifying living things. The children worked with each other to create classification keys, making decisions about what animals they find in the outdoor area and how they could describe the animal for others to easily identify as a species.