Summer term

Physical Education
 
In PE Mr Simmons in teaching the class fielding and striking skills. Striking/Fielding Games are activities in which players score points by striking an object and running to designated playing areas or prevent opponents from scoring by retrieving the object and returning it to stop the play.In week 1, 5G used cricket bats to strike a ball. 
 
PHSE - to remember the lives of inspirational people
 
HRH Prince Phillip
 
We watched the bbc News round programme and learnt about the life of Prince Phillip. We found out about Prince Phillip was the longest serving consort and had supported The Queen for over 60 years.
We found out about the many charities which Prince Phillip supported.
 
We all agreed that whilst the death of Prince Phillip is very sad, he was an inspirational person who led an interesting life. 
 
 
Science - to understand that light travels in straight lines.
 
In science, we looked at how light travels. We looked at how light beams travel in straight lines. Shadows are evidence of light travelling in straight lines. An object blocks light so that it can't reach the surface where we see the shadow. Light fills up all of the space before it hits the object, but the whole region between the object and the surface is in shadow. We used card with gaps to show where the light could travel. Shadows appeared where the card blocked the light, this is because light beams can not travel around corners.
 
Music
 
In music, the children worked with Mrs Bedell playing chime bars to mark the beat  of the music for the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The children marked the beat using the A and D blocks. The children discussed the rhythm, tempo and structure of the music. 
Ramadan
 
Today marked the beginning of Ramadan. The children looked at the PowerPoint below and found out how and why Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims. 
Children discussed how they could do good deeds during this time. We discussed fasting and why Muslims find this an important part of Ramadan. 
We wrote a letter to a Muslim family to find out more about Ramadan.
Victual Assembly 
 
We have put together a short video assembly based on the Not all Superheroes wear capes work which we did just before Easter. We hope that we can return to normal class assemblies soon. 
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Reading
 
Reading is a great way to develop our imagination which will them help to develop our writing skills. Alfie has just completed his level 7 reading chart which means that he has read a massive 280 times at home. Keep up the great work Alfie. 
Sewing
 
We have continued with our sewing. We have cut out a template and we are planning on making a bird template. We are going to sew two pieces of the template together to make a 3D bird. 
St George's Day
 
On 23 April, many people across England celebrate the country's patron saint St George. Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over all areas of life. England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland all have their own patron saints.

St George isn't just the patron saint for England. He also holds this position for Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice (second to Saint Mark).

The flag of Saint George - a red cross on a white background - is England's national flag and is incorporated into the Union Flag (the UK's flag).

 

We found out about St George and the legend of the dragon. 

Bradford Cathedral Choir
 
Today we were visited by via zoom by Bradford Cathedral. The Director of Music, Alex Berry, is responsible for overseeing the music at the cathedral and trains the choirs. The music sung by the choir is varied, ranging from medieval plainchant to contemporary repertoire. The choir continues to establish an enviable reputation for the standard of its singing.  Mr Berry explained that they have a choir and are looking for children to join  it. We did some singing warm up exercises and sang some songs. 
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Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
What is an expanded noun phrase?

An expanded noun phrase is a phrase made up of a noun and at least one adjective. 

If one or more adjectives are listed to describe the noun, a comma should be added to separate the sentence. 

We have been looking at writing expanded noun phrases correctly and punctuating them with commas. Listen to some of our sentences. 

Multiplying and Dividing by 10 and 100
 
In maths we have looked at moving digits up and down the place value columns when we multiply and divide by 10 or 100.  Today we made our own place value charts on our desks and worked on moving the digits the correct way. 
Understand that we need light to see and that when light is blocked a shadow is formed. Plan different types of scientific enquiries.
 
We have looked at what happens to shadows when the light source is closer or further away from the object. We found that when a light source is closer, the shadow is bigger. 
Science - to plan a fair test
To find investigate if the position of the sun changes the size and position of a our shadows. 
 
We wanted to find out if the position of the sun changes our shadow. During our planets unit, we found out that the Earth moves which make it appear that the sun is moving. We looked at how the sun seems to move throughout the day. With this in mind, we wanted to know if this would change our shadows. We planned an investigation to see if our shadows changed.
We drew the outline of our shadow on the playground at different times of the day.
We drew our shadows at 9.30am, 11am, 1.30 and  3pm.
To make it fair, we drew our footprints so we stood in the exact same position each time. 
My 11.30 the shadows had moved position and got shorter.
We drew our shadows again at 1.30
We found out that our shadows change length throughout the day. This is because the angle at which the sun shines on stationary objects changes with the Earth’s rotation. For example, early in the morning, when the sun is near the horizon, it casts long shadows when an object blocks the light. Alternatively, when the sun is high overhead during the middle of the day, the shadows become shorter, as the angle of the sun has changed.

The Queen's 95th Birthday 

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on 21st April 1926.

Since her coronation, The Queen has celebrated two birthdays each year. Her actual birthday is today (21st April) but her official birthday is usually the second Saturday in June.

We found out why the The Queen has two birthdays and how they are usually celebrated. 

Spanish 
 
Children in 5G have been learning the Spanish names for classroom equipment. The children played a game of matching Spanish words for equipment to pictures of the item. 
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
 
We have been looking at different words and what word classes they belong to. We sorted words into verbs, adjectives, adverbs, nouns, determiners, and prepositions. The children thought of their own words to add to each word class group. 
Music 
Today we composed our final piece from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air music.
Computing
 
In computing we are working on Stop Start amination.  We are going to make a short video using clay and the stop start animation programme. Today, we made a background for video. We used the Greek Olympics as a theme for our backgrounds. 
Bradford City Penalty Shoot Out 
 
Today we had our Bradford City Penalty Shoot Out again Billy Bantam. The proceeds from the shoot-out are split 50/50 between the school and the Community Foundation (a non-profit making charity which puts all the money back into the community for future projects). As an incentive for the children to try raise money, any child raising over £20 gets a Bradford City FC football and a medal, if they raise over £10 they receive a Bradford City pump bag and a medal, every child raising over £3 receives a Bradford City Medal and the child who raises the most gets a signed Bradford City football. If a child raises over £30 they will receive all 3 prizes, football, pumpbag and medal. All balls, pump bags and medals will be paid for by Bradford City FC Community Foundation.
We all had lots of fun and we found some good strikers. 
Sewing
 
We have continued to make our soft birds by sewing together the two cut out templates. We have almost finished and the final product should be ready in our next session. 

To know how Anglo Saxons learnt to read and write.

Anglo Saxon Runes

When the Anglo-Saxons became Christians, they began to use the Roman alphabet for writing (as we still do today). Before that time, they wrote in runes like these:

The Runes

Each rune had a name, such as 'joy' Joy or 'ash tree' ash tree. The runes were all made of straight lines, which made them easier to carve. Runes were often carved on precious objects - like an ivory box - or on stone monuments. Sometimes runes told the maker's name.

You can see that some of the runes are quite like our capital letters:

The word RUNE means secret or mystery. Runes had a religious meaning and were used in religious ceremonies. They were a charm or a spell as well as a way of writing messages.

This is why TO SPELL (meaning to put down the right letters in the right order) and A SPELL (as in a magic spell) are the same word in English. The Anglo-Saxons believed that if you used the right runes in the right order, they could have magical powers. For example, a prisoner could magically release himself by carving certain runes.

Even our words READ and WRITE are connected with runes. The Anglo-Saxon words

writan (= to carve runes) and ridan (= to interpret runes) became our words write and read.

Why not try using runes like a code to write secret messages to your friends? Look at the alphabet of runes again. As you can see, Anglo-Saxon had some sounds (like æ - ) that we don't use any more, but some letters you might need (q for example) are missing. You can make up your own runes for these. Remember to make them out of straight lines.

We had a go at writing messages in Anglo Saxon runes. 

Fractions
 
We have been looking at adding and subtracting fractions with unalike denominators. Today children were asked to solve the pyramid problems by adding the two blocks next to each other to find the total of the block above. In order to add, the children had to find the common denotators for each fraction. 
Spanish 
 
In the Spanish, we have continued to learn the names of classroom objects and how to pronounce these words in Spanish. 
Computing -Stop Start Animation 
 
Stop motion is an animated filmmaking technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion or change when the series of frames is played back.
Last week, we made the backgrounds for our short films and today we looked at making a figure and using it to make our film. We made small changes to the figure to the the impression that the figure was moving. 
Reading
 
We used the the activity - Don't judge a book by the cover, read the first sentence.
We all look at front covers of books and make a judgement. We often use the front covers to help us choose what we want to read, this may be by looking at pictures, titles or seeing our favourite authors. 
Sometimes we don't give great books a chance. Today children read the first sentences of some books and chose which one they wanted to read more about. When the children had chosen an exciting first sentence, they unwrapped their book. Some children were surprised when the cover didn't look like what they expected but everyone decided to read on to see if the rest of the book was as interesting at the first sentence. 
Stop Start Animation 
 
We have begun to put our stop start animation films together. Here is an example of one. This was our first attempt and next week will do our final videos.