St Osmund's Catholic Primary School

Love for God - Love for each other - Love for learning

We are joyfulWe are prayerfulWe are reflectiveWe enjoy working togetherWe meet every challengeWe are investigatorsWe grow together in our love of God

year 5 learning journey

In English we have been exploring the character of Macbeth, acting out some scenes to get behind the character and writing our own character profile based on a scene of the play.

As part of our cross curricular learning, we have immersed ourselves in history to learn about the events leading up to, and during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. This has helped us to write a diary entry from the perspective of Henry Tudor and a persuasive letter to gather up support for him.

Continuing our Tudor theme, we visited Salisbury Museum to understand how life was different for rich and poor Tudors. We looked at Tudor housing, food, clothing, medicine and hygiene and education. Following our visit, we wrote a diary entry from the perspective of a poor Tudor.

We were lucky enough to be invited to attend a science workshop at Salisbury Library. The children were intrigued by how objects appeared under the microscope and spent time observing, noting and viewing items they had collected through microscopes. We will use this experience to think about animals and living things in science later on this year.

Our new topic in Science is forces. We have been learning about the effects of gravity and about frictional forces. We made a 'slow marble run' to test the effects of friction on a marble using sandpaper and bubble wrap as our surfaces. We learned the rougher the texture of the surface, the slower the marble moved along the marble run. This is because friction is the force between two surfaces (the marble and sandpaper) that are sliding, or trying to slide, across each other. Friction slows the moving object down. Here are some pictures of us hard at work making our marble runs.

In DT, we investigated different styles of Tudor purses and learnt about their use in Tudor times. We then designed and made our own Tudor purses. As part of our evaluation of our finished product, we recognised that we had learnt to sew two pieces of material together, sew on buttons and beads, and add a tie cord or handle. Some of the class agreed that they need to ensure their stitching is neater next time.

In English, we have been looking at the features of instructions in preparation for writing our own. We looked through a selection of instructions to identify key features such as imperative verbs, cause and effect. We followed instructions and practised writing our own instructions for making pizzas. We then applied our knowledge to write our own instructions for make a revolting recipe or potion!