Year 5 pupils got a unique insight into the evacuation experiences of children and their families during World War II.
During a day trip to Bewdley Museum in Worcestershire, pupils had the opportunity to discover and explore life on the Home Front with the use of original and replica artefacts. This was followed by an experience of the Blitz within the museum’s very own air raid shelter.
The day culminated with all the pupils marching across Bewdley bridge and participating in a real life ‘evacuation’ upon a steam train at the Severn Valley Railway. Pupils stopped for some lunch at the picturesque village of Highly and there was even time to play some children’s WWII games before heading home.
Welcome back! We have had an exciting and energetic start to our new theme ‘Roll Up! Roll Up!’. Class 5 participated in an amazing Circus skills workshop learning new skills: juggling, diablo, flower sticks and much, much more! A great afternoon was had by all!
We have been having a great time listening to myths and legends from Ancient Greece. So far we have learned about ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’, ‘ Perseus and Medusa’ and ‘Arion and the dolphin’. We have been writing fantastic descriptions of the Minotaur and created some amazing Medusa masks. We will be making dioramas of the myths soon so check back in here to see lots more of our fantastic creations.
Class 5 had a Greek Food Tasting afternoon as an introduction to our Ancient Greece theme. The children tried: houmous, pita bread, black and green olives, tzatziki and pomegranate seeds, taramasalata, yoghurt and honey, feta cheese and moussaka as well as spanakopita (spinach and feta filo parcels) which was delivered to us by the chef and owner of the restaurant, ‘Greek on the Docks’. They had to score each food according to the food’s presentation, taste and texture. Many of the children were surprised to find that they liked lots of the new flavours, although we all agreed that olives may be an acquired taste!
Class 5 were given the challenge of finding out where the word ‘Eureka’ comes from. They discovered that it came from a Greek scientist called Archimedes.
Archimedes was given the task of finding out if the Kings crown was made of pure gold. Archimedes thought about the problem day and night. One day he was about to have his bath, but he was busy thinking. He did not notice that the bathtub was already full to the brim. He slid into the bathtub and immediately a large quantity of water flowed out. He jumped out of the bathtub, shouting, “Eureka! Eureka!” Eureka in Greek means “I have found it.”
Different metals of the same weight have different volumes. Objects, put in water, will displace water. The displaced water will be equal to their volume.
For example, an iron cube weighing a kilogram will disperse some water. But an aluminium cube of the same weight will displace more water than the iron cube.
Archimedes knew all these theories. Using this as the basic knowledge, Archimedes worked out a plan to find out the purity of the crown.
Archimedes took two bowls. He filled them with water to the brim. Then he placed each bowl separately in the middle of the large vessels. He placed the crown in one bowl. Water overflowed. It collected at the bottom of the outer vessel. Then he took a cube of pure gold. This cube of gold was equal in weight to the crown. He kept this gold cube in the middle of the second bowl. Here also water overflowed. Water got collected at the bottom of the outer bowl.
Archimedes then measured the quantity of water in the two vessels. He found out the difference in the water overflow. The crown had sent out more water. The cube of gold had sent out less water. But both the crown and the gold cube were of the same weight. So, they should have sent out the same quantity of water. Therefore, the crown had some other metals mixed in it. These metals took up more space in the water than pure gold.
Welcome to Ancient Greece!
We are very excited to be learning about this ancient civilisation, so don’t forget to check our blog to see all the fantastic things we have discovered.
On Tuesday 13th of September Class 5 and 6 went on a very exciting trip to The Living Rainforest in Berkshire. Whilst there they discovered many rainforest animals and plants. To their delight they even managed to find a very lazy sloth hidden amongst the dense ceiling of leaves. See if you can spot her!
A huge welcome to the Class 5 blog! Check here regularly throughout the year for fantastic examples of all the brilliant learning that has been happening in Year 5.
Class 5 visited Copsegrove Farm today. After our long hike through Toadsmoor Valley we arrived in the woods where we experienced a fantastic day filled with campfire cooking, den building and exploring. Have a look at our pictures of the day.