Welcome to Y5! The children have had a really positive start to the new school year and have embraced their learning enthusiastically. Please take your time to have a look around at some of the activities and learning we have been getting up to so far this term.
WHY WE MUMMIFIED AN ORANGE!!!
Well, we mummified an orange because we couldn’t take out Mrs Hurst’s organs or mush up her brain. We also used an orange because you can cut through an orange and take out the inside of an orange without hurting a single hair on Mrs Hurst’s precious head.
I believe, Mrs Hurst would have been a better way to mummify something because it would have given us a better experience of how the Ancient Egyptians would have felt during the process, as Mrs Hurst is an actual human and we could pretend to cut through her and mush up her brain with a hook.
By Marie-Ange Gnamien
How to mummify an orange.
What we needed:
What we did.
Firstly, we had to make a slit in our orange from top to bottom.
Next, we used our spoon to scoop the insides of the orange out. To ensure we didn’t get messy, we took out the insides of the orange out over a tray.
Then, once we had taken out all the oranges’ insides, we had to put kitchen roll to suck up any excess juice. We had to keep putting in clean kitchen roll until the inside of our orange was dry.
After, we had to sprinkle a spoonful of cinnamon.
Mrs Sukonik mixed together salt and soda crystals to substitute as natron, we also used this so that all the moisture inside the orange dries up.
Then, we had to pour the natron into our orange and also we added cloves into our orange as well.
The natron should fill the orange until it has reached the top.
Next, we had to wrap our mummy (also known as an orange). We had to make sure our slit was pushed tightly because we didn’t want all of our ingredients spilling everywhere. We had to get our linen bandages and then wrap the bandages around the orange.
After we wrapped our orange we got a safety pin to make sure nothing falls out. After 40 – 70 days we will check on it to see if it has shrunk or got darker.
By Ava O'Neill and Rehoboth Oso
In science we have been working practically and learning all about Materials and their properties.
So far this term we have worked together to group materials, explored thermal conductors and insulators, discovered how to separate materials which have been mixed and learnt which materials are soluble and which are not, still to come will be learning about irreversible changes!
In English we have been reading Wonder by RJ Palacio and this has led the children to some wonderful role play and dilemma solving activities.
Here are a selection of freeze frames from one of their lessons, written and acted by the children, concerning strategies for dealing with bullies. The children used freeze framing to allow discussion from the rest of the class as to how they thought the scene would end and what the person being bullied should do, each group then continued their scene to show how they decided the problem should be resolved. I am very pleased to say that all of the groups found a sensible, practical solution ( such as walking away, telling an adult or standing up for themselves - in a non violent way!) and worked well together to get across their key messages and the emotions their characters would have felt, well done everyone!
We have been learning all about North America and have researched all of the 23 countries that make up this continent.
The children were all keen to participate in our Egyptian theme day to bring our first topic of the year to a close.
How fantastic did all of the children look in their Egyptian costumes?