Term 2 has flown by; we launched a challenging Geography topic comparing Bristol to the American city of New Orleans, learning about the city through the lens of the stunning graphic novel “Drowned City -New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina” by Don Brown. We developed this topic last year, and it has since been adopted by other schools in the area. Not only have we learnt about the geographical features of another city, but also about its social landscape and the dilemmas and choices which present themselves in a crisis. We have learnt to cook New Orleans praline, familiarised ourselves with the roots of jazz, and explored the art of Willie Birch.
We enjoyed a trip to the cinema as part of the IntoFilm Festival, a morning of planting birch, willow and holly trees for the National Trust in beautiful woodland at the Mojo Active site in Almondsbury, as well as a carol singing excursion into Cabot Circus, raising £123 for Ronald McDonald House charity. It has been a busy seven weeks!
This has been a hands-on term in Year 5! We have enjoyed infusing our Science topic on Forces and Simple Machines with learning new DT skills, and getting down to some challenging designing and making in the process. We have developed our measuring skills (of length and time as well as weight), and realised the importance of accuracy and control. Inspired by our work in English on the excellent book ‘There’s A Boy In The Girls’ Bathroom, by Louis Sachar, we made mechanically operated pulley systems for rescuing one of the book’s characters from quicksand, as well as parachutes of varying sizes and designs. It has been exciting to try our hands at some new tools such as power drills and saws, and so rewarding to list the new skills we have acquired, not to mention seeing our models fit for purpose!
This last term in Year 5 has been very exciting! We have learnt about Bristol as a river city and the importance of Bristol docks and the floating harbour. We enjoyed a historical walk learning about Jacobs wells and even published a map of what the area would have been like in 1273 (the oldest map of Bristol!) it was even part of the Bristol harbour festival.
As part of the topic we took a journey in the bagerra up the Avon, under the Suspension bridge to the mouth of the river.
This has been such an exciting term!
We have enjoyed spending more time outdoors in the sunshine, practising for our big May Day country dancing event. We have also found lots of time to do art across the curriculum, with weaving and print making taking centre stage, basing our mono-prints on our studies of the life cycles of plants and close-up studies in the school garden.
Our science topic has seen a batch of frogspawn grow and develop into the prettiest little frogs, ready to leave the tank and make a new home in our school pond. We have visited an exhibition on neuroscience at Bristol University and learnt about how the brain and the nervous system work.
We were also invited to travel to Bath for a day at the American Museum (photographs used courtesy of Dan Ovens), where we learnt about the cultures of Native Americans, which will stand us in very good stead in Term 6.