Year 5 McKane Class of 2014-2015
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All of the Primary 5 classes went to see the Egyptian section of the Belfast Mueseum. We took part in a workshop looking at artefats from Ancient Egypt also.
The whole school dressed up in silly socks to rase money for charity. We all had great fun, for this worthy cause of Clic Sargent.
As part of our World Around Us on Water we have been investigating how water is polluted and how we can save water. Two ladies came into school on 26th of March from NI Water. They came in the Water Bus. This is not an ordinary bus. On this bus experiments were carried out on purifying water and the ladies showed us a DVD on what can and can't be flushed down our toilets. We really enjoyed the morning.
In Numeracy in Shape and Space we have been looking at symmetry. We carried out an investigation on counting the vertical and horizontal lines of symmetry in letters of the alphabet. We then recorded our findings in a Venn diagram. As a challenge some members of the class tried to make symmetrical shapes from a coloured shape using mirrors. They then had to record their findings. This was very challenging indeed.
We carried out an experiment to see if we could remove pollutants from pure water. We found that solids could be lifted out but liquids such as cooking oil and vinegar dissolved into the water making them impossible to remove. This made us think about ways to save water.
Capacity Practical Group Work
In numeracy this morning we carried out an estimating activity with non-standard measures (yoghurt pots) the activity was carried out at stations. We had to estimate how many pots were needed to fill five different containers. The exercise was a very wet one. So was Mr McKane's floor. We then had to put the containers in order from smallest to largest capacity.
Exceptional Behaviour Award
Volley Ball Competition
Christmas Jumper Day
As part of Red Day we had to wear someting RED to school. We all gave a donation to a charity. This was a very worthwhile cause and we all enjoyed dressing up.
In class we designed and drew diagrams of the water cycle and actually made the cycle take place in sandwich bags within our class. It was very exciting to see the process we had learnt about taking place.
Everyone is enjoying taking tests on both computers and Ipads. The tests we take when we complete a book are both exciting and fun. When we pass a test (comprehension) by more than 85% we get a sticker for our Book Marker. When we collect 10 stickers we get a prize from Mrs Anderson. We can win nights off home work, £5, books or even a day off Friday Round-up.
A Rain Gauge is an instrument used to measure rainfall. In class we made rain gauges and then took them home to measure rainfall over five days. Watch this space.....
Water Cycle Explanations
In literacy we have been writing explanations about the Water Cycle. We had to remember the following when writing explanations.
Use present tense
Use topic words and accurate description
Use time connectives
Use connectives to explain
Make it sound formal
Start a new paragraph for a new section of the explanation
Use diagrams if they will help your explanation
Use numbers or bullet points if they help
Make a glossary for difficult words!!
As part of World Around Us we have been studying Water. We looked on Youtube at ripples in water. We then using portraits of ourselves cut them out to make them look like rippled reflections. We then put these up as a water display with explanations of the Water Cycle we completed in Literacy.
As part of the Ulster Branch curriculum sessions William took every Monday for 5 weeks, we played small scale games. These were to help us put the skills we had been taught into practice. We all had great fun.
This morning in literacy we carried out a shared reading activity on a Day’s Eye by Pie Corbert. We looked at the adjectives used to describe the Sun and similes used to great effect too. We are looking forward to writing our own Moon poems.