WELCOME TO CAMP GREENLAKE
'There is no lake at Camp Greenlake...' begins Louis Sachar's famous novel, Holes, which Year 5 have been reading as we investigate the climates of Southern and Central America as part of our Chocolate Topic.
To kick off our next piece of writing, Year 5 had a 'Holes Day', meeting the miserable guard, Mr Sir, as he put them through their paces building tents, writing diaries, measuring holes and warning the public against the dangerous animals you might find there... especially Yellow-Spotted Lizards!
Year 5 is Truly Scrumptious!
Want to take a journey down the chocolate river? Or taste Mayan hot chocolate? Well look no further than the Year 5 classroom where we are dealing with all things Chocolate!
In ENGLISH we have been working on our descriptions, using figurative language and practising our thesaurus work to describe settings from the chocolate factory to the Mexican Land of the dead effectively, before using our class novel, Holes, to write about the conditions of South America, the land of the cocoa bean!
In TOPIC we are asking the questions 'Where does cocoa come from?' and 'What does cocoa need to grow?' and displaying our findings on maps, in artwork and dioramas. We will also be delving into the Magical Mayans and learning about the first civilisations to use harvest and use the cocoa beans, and some who came later, including some very rash English Pirates!
In MATHS we are focusing on Place value, using a range of models to represent numbers up to 1,000,000 and use them to compare, order and practice our reasoning skills. We are also developing our mental arithmetic strategies to boost our confidence in using the 4 operations.
In SCIENCE we are looking at materials and their properties, ordering and grouping them according to their scientific classification and testing their magnestism and effectiveness for different purposes.