This week the children have gone back in time to the land of Ancient Egypt. We started our journey by breaking our way through Tutankhamun's curst pyramid, with us having to decipher different secret messages in hieroglyphics in order to break the code and escape safely. We then looked in more detail at how the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were mummified; testing out newly learnt knowledge on a banana. From this, we made our very own papyrus paper, which we attempted to to weave in the same fashion as the Ancient Egyptians. We ended our week by writing a set of instructions on the process of mummification on our papyrus paper.
The children, including Miss Cooper and Mrs Smith, had the most wonderful time on the steel drums. It really brought our previous learning of Trinidad (from our English book 'Coming to England') alive. They loved guessing the different songs played to them and even more so, having a go themselves. We definitely have some budding musicians in Year 5.
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In Science we have been learning about materials and their properties; using scientific vocabulary such as opaque, translucent and transparent. At first we organised different materials by their properties thinking about how we could test their transparency or how waterproof they are. Following this, we organised how we would run a fair test.
In Maths we have been looking at place value, comparing numbers and ordering numbers; playing lots of different games to consolidate our learning. The children have enjoyed working with large numbers and have shown an enthusiasm for their learning.
In English we have been focusing our learning on the book 'Coming to England'. We have been researching about Trinadad and even tasted some plantain, which had mixed reviews. The book has shocked many of the children and made them feel passionate about universal equality and discrimination. We are currently researching the 'Windrush Generation'; from this we will be writing a newspaper article.