Welcome to Year 5 Greater Flamingo Class!
Welcome to Y5 Greater Flamingo Class where we love asking questions to initiate exciting investigations. We enjoy being challenged to think ‘outside the box’ and be creative. We thrive on the exhilaration of discovery. From analysing ancient civilisations (ancient Greeks), wars (World War II) , inventions (Victorians) and questioning different perspectives and interpretations (Stone Age) we learn to develop our critical thinking skills. After all, understanding the past, is the key to understanding the present.
In our topic ‘Mission Mars’ we consider the evidence provided by NASA (which confirms that the moon rotates on its own axis) and apply this to solve real conundrums. So why do we never see the ‘far side’ of the moon from Earth? Through exploring questions like this, we are developing the skills to think like scientists. Our experiments are always ‘hands-on’ even when exploring extreme weather conditions including: creating storm clouds, thunder, lightning and tornados. We are incredibly lucky because directly outside our classroom, we have the luxury of our own wild life area and pond. This is where we observe lifecycles, seed dispersal mechanisms and the many types of birds which visit our grounds.
Year 5 also take inspirations from visiting scientists, designers and artists to initiate and develop projects. Guess what? We recently landed a ’specimen harvesting’ vehicle on Mars! (D&T/Science)
Being determined and resilient are important skills to have for Y5 especially when learning from mistakes; working through problem solving activities or constructing life-size figures in art.
2017 - 2018
Teacher: Mrs Bruce, Year 5 Class Teacher
Support Staff: Mrs Campling, TA, Breakfast Club Manager, First Aider
Support Staff: Mrs Alston-Fox, LSA
The Year 5 class door represents ‘Initiative’. There is a 3D cube puzzle which needs to be assembled but some of the pieces are missing! This makes us stop to check: what is the question? What is the puzzle (or problem) and what do we need to do first? Once the first step has been taken the sculpted ‘light bulbs’ (which represent eureka moments) point to, and celebrate the title - INITIATIVE. Our class door illustrates the stages of discovering where to start whilst celebrating a ‘just have a go’ attitude. We had a lot of fun (and laughs) creating the door design - especially the members of Greater Flamingo Class pulling their best ‘confused’ and ‘thinking’ faces.
Examples of work
In Art, Y5 studied how emotions can be conveyed through facial expressions and body language. We captured different emotions in our sketch books and then sculpted them, paying attention to the skin tones, wrinkles and shadows. Using photography to record postures, we then constructed armatures out of wooden dowling to support and pose our life size sculptures.
Big Bang Days
Weather & Climate
We love investigating climatic conditions including extreme weather such as tornados and thunderstorms.
Mission to Mars
Launching rockets to start our journey; designing a landing capsule and then collecting specimens from our Mars rover – and all in a school day!
Myths & Legends
A snake-haired monster with a glare that can turn a person to stone and a magician who advised kings – who doesn’t love a good story?
Offering gifts of kindness to our Ham community.
Curriculum News Booklets
West London Synagogue
This is the oldest Synagogue in West London. What an amazing place.
We thoroughly enjoyed observing the surface of the planets in 3D and then exploring in the Wonder Lab.