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Learning and Growing Together


Welcome to class 5VD's page with Miss Gadsby and Mr Edney.


Follow our journey through year 5 to see us take part in our fantastic learning! 



Jubilee celebrations

We finished our music lesson in Term 5

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Watch us play our final session.

Here is some of our writing from last term!

In term 5 & 6 we have been learning about inspirational people.


In term 5 we are learning about: 

- Martin Luther King 

The children loved learning about his movement and all he stood for. They were particularly moved by his want for equality and his campaign for human rights. 
- Marcus Rashford 

We enjoyed learning about a modern day inspirational person, someone we all know and someone who helped children recently. Throughout the Covid pandemic, Marcus Rashford successfully campaigned for free school meals for children, whilst at home in lockdown. 
- Greta Thunberg 

We learned about Greta, an inspirational person who wants to see environmental change to help save our planet starting at just 15 years old, when at school. The children were shocked to learn that Greta has stood in front of hundreds of leaders to share her views and opinions. 
- Tom Holland 

The children voted for Tom Holland as an inspirational person, they were challenged to find out what makes him inspirational and teach us why he inspires them. Did you know he was bullied for dancing, and still went on to play Billy Elliot on The West End? 
- The Queen 

Celebrating 70 years reigning our country, we learned how The Queen was involved in WW2, how she has seen and guided us through the changes in technology and society and more recently living through the Covid Pandemic. 

We made suspension bridges in DT, here are some pictures of our creations.

We focused on PACE this week in reading.

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Today we read 'On the Ning Nang Nong' see us in action.

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We erupted our volcanoes!

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Children's Mental Health Week 2022

Today on 10th February, we made 4 volcanoes in groups. We worked hard and are very proud of how they turned out.

Ukulele lessons.
In 5VD this term we have been having been learning how to play the Ukulele. See us in action below.

Lesson 3

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Lesson 2

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Lesson 1

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In Maths we have been looking at multiplication and division, recently we have been investigating long multiplication. 5VD are showing some great SELF-BELIEF and TEAMWORK to learn this method of multiplication and working very hard to master this method.

During our topic lessons we investigated earthquakes, we used chocolate bars to recreate the 3 types of earthquakes. We then tried to answer the question – Why do they cause more devastation to buildings in some areas than others. We thought it may have something to do with the foundations of the buildings. So, we tried constructing buildings on different bases – Jelly, Wet Sand and Cocoa Pops. We also used our own devices to measure the magnitude of earthquakes and find out which direction they originate from.

Today we practiced our pitch in reading. We learnt a new song all about natural disasters, to link to our topic

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We worked hard on producing some amazing poems, here are few examples.

 In Science this term we have been investigating properties of materials. Our class have conducted lots of experiments testing materials solubility, permeability, and transparency. We have also tested materials to see what makes the best thermal insulator and electrical conductor. Here are some pictures of us in action. 

4.1.22 - As an introduction to our new topic 'The events that shaped the Americas' we were given 6 clues, we worked in teams to solve the clues and uncover the mystery. Eventually, we discovered that an Earthquake hit in February 2008 that was felt right here in Lincoln. The epicenter was 2.5 miles north of Market Rasen and registered a reading of 5.2 on the Richter scale.

7.12.21 - SCIENCE - Mechanisms - During today’s learning we were exploring the following different types of mechanisms: Pulleys, Levers and Gears. We worked with our partners to find out examples and information on these mechanisms.

ART - William Morris themed Christmas decorations - SEWING and PRINTING - First we explored the artist William Morris, recreated his work and then designs of own based on his. We then created a print panel and used green and red to print onto material. We used backstitch to sew our pieces together, stuffed them, then finished the last edge with blanket stick. These will look great on the tree!

26.11.21 - TRIP to Perlethorpe Education Centre for a Victorian experience day. We stepped back in time and joined Mr Ryder at his Victorian school. We entered class having our nails checked, read the alphabet, a poem, did handwriting and were constantly reminded how boys were the leaders of the empire and girls were inferior (mmm really??). After a long class, we got to explore the church nearby for gargoyles and grotesques, then headed to Thoresby Hall. We even had a chance to let off steam altogether in the park!!


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Out of the 6Ps that we focus on, today we practised Pitch. This song gave us chance to use our voices high and low. Listen to us!


19.11.21 - ART - We have begun our next art unit this week. Initially learning about William Morris and his style of nature and repeated patterns, we have made our own design to then print onto material. This is all in preparation to create a final piece of a mini pillow for a Christmas decoration. Keep a space on the tree free for it!

18.11.21 - INDOOR PE - This term our focus is balance. Combining this too with our previous term's focus of coordination and agility, we played Seated Volleyball today three ways. One way with one member of the team on a wobble board, another court where all players are on a quoit and the third court where all players were sat on a beanbag. These modifications to the game made us remember to keep ourselves seated and use our core strength and balance to get to the ball.

16.11.21 - SCIENCE - Forces and motion. For our third lesson of this term's unit, we were exploring air resistance more after the previous week learning more about gravity. We made parachutes, but changed one variable (size of chute, shape of chute, length of sting attached, height dropped). We made 3 per group and tested them to see which was slowest moving to the ground: this would show us which had best air resistance.

15.11.21 PE - This term we are learning more about Football in our outdoor PE lessons. Today’s focus was keeping the ball moving whilst it remaining fully accurately passed in groups. Those skilled were used then at the end in a small modified game where we had now some defence, so it was crucial our ball carriers got that ball moving around them and accurately onto our teammates.

4.11.21 - After studying the Highwayman last term, this week we amended our Audience and Purpose. With did this by looking at Julia Donaldson's: The Highway Rat. We changed stanzas of the Highwayman to suit the theme of food stealing. We also got into character and acted out the book in order to practise our Oracy skills and understand how they would help our Audience be engaged in this text. See us rehearse below.

21.10.21 - English - FLIP THE FORMALITY! This past fortnight, we have been writing a formal piece of writing: a non-chronological report about the Industrial Revolution. From yesterday onwards for a few days, we are going to turn our knowledge into an informal piece by making a video or written piece in the Horrible Histories style. Here we are working together, ready to present tomorrow.

18.10.21 - Science - Today we learnt about the 8 phases of the moon in its cycle. We got to take these home, so I wonder what moon phase is appearing in our sky tonight??

14.10.21 - Science - Today we worked together to make informative posters to explain our knowledge about day, night and the seasons. We showed the tilt of the Earth on its axis and the way the Earth orbits the sun.

8.10.21 - Reading buddies - One of our Guided Reading lessons per week is pairing up and sharing a book with each other. We take it in turns to read to each other. We follow this by practising with Reading Fluency. Today was adding punctuation to Blah Blah Blah so ensure that we adhere to it when we read.

7.10.21 - PE - Over the last few weeks, we have been practising our core work to improve our agility and balance. In outdoor PE we have practised the footwork rule of netball. We applied those skills to a game of End Ball today where the children needed to work as a team to get the ball to their keeper in the hoop, but if you had the ball you couldn't move with it. Some great dodging and pivoting shown too. Well done.

24.9.21 - Golden time - At the end of a busy week, we get to enjoy some time together playing. For good behaviour each day we get 5minutes Golden Time. Here is what we get up to:

23.9.21 - English - Tenses. Ready for writing diary entries next week as a Victorian workhouse boy (based on Jim from Street Child), we revised the different tenses we could use in our writing. There were 5 we focused on: Simple present; Present Progressive; Simple Past; Past Progressive; Future. Here are some sentences we wrote in context. Ask me at home if I can remember what each type is.

20.9.21 - English - DRAMA DRAMA! We have been exploring Street Child to learn about Victorian Workhouses and the lives of children in Victorian Times. Today, after reading chapter 5,6,7, we used drama to collect ideas for our writing. Below are moments of the chapters captured through Hot Seat Questioning or Freeze Frames.

17.9.21 - ENGLISH and TOPIC - LIFE OF THE WORKHOUSES! Today we used a variety of sources that informed us of people's accounts of the workhouses or published information of the time. We analysed the information to discuss our perspective on them. Overall, we are very, very glad to be at Westgate and live with our families! No working 10 hours a day breaking rocks or eating slops with mouse poo in!

8-17.9.21 - ART - Picture This - Check out our fab water colour and charcoal artworks. We recreated Glasgow- Saturday Night by John Atkinson Grimshaw. We focussed on learning beforehand about PERSPECTIVE, VANISHING POINTS, HORIZONS, PERSPECTIVE LINES and PROPORTION. Congratulations 5VD on super outcomes!

6.9.21 - World History Chronology. We got the year going by sorting periods of time on Earth as a whole class, then contributed to make a period card to add to a timeline being displayed in class.

7.9.21 - Get to know us bingo! We played bingo with things to cross off such as 'Find someone with a pet' or 'Find someone with brown hair' to find out more about each other this morning. A great way to get chatting! Great teamwork.