How is it the end of our first term in Year 5 already?? What a fantastic, action packed, first half term it has been. Year 5 have settled in so well and have been so enthusiastic about everything they’ve been doing. Year 5 you are amazing, keep up the great work.
Vile Victorians
Throughout Autumn Term, Year 5 have been busy becoming historical investigators as we have begun to explore the Industrial Revolution through our topic ‘Vile Victorians’. The children have enjoyed finding out about Victorian artefacts and investigating what they would have been used for. Alongside this, we have also learnt all about how Britain changed during the Industrial Revolution as we explored the move from Urban to Rural Britain through performance. We have also found out about the many wonderful inventions that were discovered during this time. We had a wonderful virtual tour of the Newport Transporter Bridge and found out about its history and how it is one of very few transporter bridges across the world! We are looking forward to a visit from Queen Victoria after half term.

We have linked our theme to our English this term, as we have been reading ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. We are really enjoying the story so far and can’t wait to find out what happens to the main character Jim as he escapes from the dreaded workhouse! We have also really enjoyed learning about Victorian Workhouses, we can’t quite believe how horrible they were and we are all feeling extremely lucky that we don’t have to work and live in workhouses today!

Harvest Festival
Autumn term is always a special and exciting term as we celebrate our Harvest Festival. Although this year was slightly different for us all, we still thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Virtual Harvest’. Y5BD/RHP turned into artists and produced some excellent sketches of pumpkins during a ‘draw along’ session, their shading with oil pastels was brilliant! Y5BH turned musical as they learnt and performed ‘Cauliflowers Fluffy’ on the glockenspiels and Y5HC became rap artists as they performed and created a music video for ‘The Vegetable Rap’. We all had lots of fun and enjoyed sharing our celebrations with the rest of the school. A huge diolch for all of your generous harvest donations, we collected a great amount of food for the Raven House Trust. This will help so many people in need this year and this wouldn’t have been possible without you so diolch yn fawr!

Glockenspiels with Mr. Banks
We have really enjoyed learning to play the glockenspiels with Mr. Banks this term. We have learnt to sing and play ‘Do-Re-Mi’, a song from The Sound of Music. We hope you enjoyed hearing us play on Dojo. We can’t wait to learn some more songs using the glockenspiels next term!

Black History Month
October is ‘Black History Month’. We have enjoyed learning about lots of influential black people throughout history. We have been learning about Mary Seacole and her courageous efforts to help and save others during the Crimean War. We have also found out about Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat for white people on the bus and also Betty Campbell, the first black headteacher in Wales.
Here are some of the slides that we have made so far…

Forces Fitness
We had a great session with Dan from Force Fitness who did some gruelling challenges with us that really got our heart rates going! We worked as teams to complete the tasks and had to use our communication skills and resilience to do well. We loved the tug of war challenge at the end and used all our determination to beat the other side!

Times Tables
We have had a great term learning our times tables and many of us have achieved Gold level earning ourselves a times table band. Please continue to support your child at home to learn their tables by asking quick fire questions and playing on Hit the Button.

We hope you all have a lovely half term break and make sure you get plenty of rest before our busy Christmas term! We look forward to seeing you all for another exciting term on Monday 1st November!

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