Guest contribution from Olympus reporters:
This week in English, Year 5 started learning about the Silk Routes and looking at the benefits and drawbacks of the early trading era. We have been drafting and editing our opening paragraphs and have had the opportunity to write a two-page spread or an essay on the question ‘Is Globalisation a good thing?’. In our writing, we will be arguing for both sides of the question using our counter argument vocabulary. Our essays/ double page spread will consist of subordinating conjunctions and complex sentences that we learnt about on Wednesday. Year 5 have been encouraged to use tier 3 words such as entrepreneur and commodity.
In science, we have been performing experiments in our triads. One of these included measuring acid and alkaline levels with different samples, such as fruit, water and vinegar. We learnt about the practicality of alkalinity and acidity when we talked about bee and wasp stings. We found out that wasp stings contained alkaline, and bee stings contained acid, meaning that to treat the wasp stings you need to put vinegar on the sting, and for bee stings bicarbonate of soda to neutralise alkalinity and acidity.
We also continued our work on the Bright and Breezy project: grappling with the impact of a global temperature increase on climate zones and their residents.
(Sorry photos are from one class this week – technical difficulties)
And a Balloonball activity to keep PE skills honed.
Thank you to all the parents who have already provided their child with a copy of Pax by Sara Pennypacker – we will be starting this in the next two weeks so if you are able to source a copy for your child to have in school that would be extremely helpful.
English: Publishing our response to the research question: Is globalisation a good thing?
Science: Bright and Breezy lessons continue – What contributions can we make to reduce our impact on the climate?
Tuesday: Virtual Fire and Water safety assembly offered by Cambridgeshire Community Fire Safety Service
Reminder: For those children participating in Wednesday after school intervention sessions – the groups will be running on Thursday 20th next week (not Wednesday).