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Term 1B Pharaohs

Week 3


Maths – Area and Perimeter

In Maths we have continued with our topic of area and perimeter. We have now moved onto working out the area of different shapes. With our growing confidence we have taken our learning to the next level by working out the area of irregular shapes as well.


English – Planning, drafting, editing and proof reading our setting description

On Monday, we selected the most effective vocabulary for each paragraph of museum setting description. We also created a visual map to guide us through each step of the way, so that we didn't miss describing key artefacts! Tuesday and Wednesday were busy, as we wrote our draft descriptions according to our plans. Then, on Thursday, we took out our purple pens and proof read for grammatical and spelling errors, after direction from our teachers. We have assessed our work to see if we have included: modal verbs (may, might, should); high-level adverbs and verbs (your children may now tell you: "I didn't walk home, I leisurely sauntered!"); and clauses to add more detail. 


The standard of writing is improving week on week - well done, Year 5!


Topic – Milk Experiment

In our topic lessons we have been conducting our own experiment around milk. We have been analysing the rate in which milk goes off when not kept in a fridge. We have been testing whether different milks go off at different rates by using litmus paper to test the pH levels. 

In our topic lessons we have been making Egyptian Flatbread

Week 2

Maths – Area and Perimeter

In Maths we have moved onto our new topic of area and perimeter. We have been looking at calculating the perimeter of regular and irregular shapes. We have also used our previous knowledge of the topic to help us find unknown lengths.  


English – Skellig

In our English lessons this week we have been focussing on grammar. We started the week applying relative clauses to add more description to simple sentences. Then, after upskilling verbs and adverbs within a narrative text on Wednesday, we created some impactful sentences for our museum setting description next week. On Friday, we discussed modal verbs and crafted further descriptive sentences to build into our big write, which we will plan on Monday 18th November.


Topic – The River Nile

In our topic lessons we have been looking at the river Nile. We have been looking at the features of a river and had a go at plotting these on a map, before drawing and labelling our own Nile picture. We have also been analysing the key human and physical features of Egypt.

Year 5 have started dance in PE this half term.

Year 5 have started dance in PE this half term. 1

Trip to the Ashmolean

This Friday, we took the bus and the train to Oxford. After walking across town to the museum, we went straight to the Egyptian exhibition and saw the sarcophaguses. We watched a video, where one of the mummified bodies had been scanned. We saw many Egyptian icons (small statues) of gods and goddesses. We showed how much we had learned over the past eight weeks by identifying Egyptian hieroglyphs, studying art and explaining the mummification process.


After our museum visit, we walked through Oxford to see the Bridge of Sighs, the Radcliff Camera, the Bodleian Library and Broad Street, where there are lots of university buildings and gardens. We took the train and the bus back to school.


Mr Hyde and Mrs Farrington were very impressed with Year 5’s polite manners and grown-up attitudes – thank you! Well done for representing GEMS so well.

This week, our Egyptian death masks have gone on display. Can you spot them around the school?

This week, our Egyptian death masks have gone on display. Can you spot them around the school? 1

Week 1

Maths – Multiplication and Division

In our maths lessons we have moved onto the topic of multiplication and division. We have been learning different terminology including cube, prime, composite and square numbers whilst answering a range of different questions around these. We have also looked at multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000, moving the digits in the columns to the left or right depending on the operation.


English – Skellig

In English this week our focus has been on setting description. We have imitated the style of David Almond’s book Skellig, to take our readers on a journey through one character’s abandoned house. We have worked hard to understand why setting description is so important for successful writing. Every child has produced a suspenseful few paragraphs, containing relative clauses and impactful adjectives.


Topic – Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses

In our topic lessons we have been looking at famous Egyptian gods and goddesses. We selected our favourite three gods, then used their images and backstories to create our own gods and goddesses. We then wrote their names in Egyptian hieroglyphs. During our school trip to the Ashmolean Museum, we looked out for our favourite gods and also attempted to decipher the hieroglyphs.