National Coal Mining Museum
On Thursday 13th September, the year 5 children visited the National Coal Mining Museum to learn about the history of coal mining and the science behind it. During the trip, we met with an experienced coal miner for a workshop. He taught us about his role in the mines and showed us the equipment needed in order to work and survive in the depths of these dark mines; including the Davy lamp, the snap tin and a hard helmet. Later in the day, we were given the unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground to explore England’s last deep coal mine. The mines were extremely dark and the ceilings were very low. Some of the children were shocked at the conditions in which these poor miners were made to work in. Before the end of the trip, we visited the stables to learn about the role of the horses and ponies and finally took part in a quiz around the coal interface museum and mining lives gallery. Here we learned about the miner’s home and leisure life and witnessed how the machinery was used to hew the coal. The children had a very enjoyable day and are looking forward to learning more through our ‘Explorers’ topic.
Below are the topics covered in Year 5.
What Will Your Legacy Be?
Up, Up and Away
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
If you would like to know more about any of the topics being covered then please request this from the class teacher.
Home Learning Projects
In Year 5, we encourage the children to learn at home in a variety of ways. This includes through family or club activities that the children take part in outside of the school. We encourage the children to read to an adult (or independently) four times per week and ask that this is recorded in their reading diary each week. This will be checked on a Friday and smiles will be given out accordingly. Please ensure that your child has their book bag in school every day, as they might get the chance to read to an adult in school and will receive important letters that need to get home safely.
All of the children in Year 5 have log ins to access the Times Tables Rock Stars and My Maths websites. The Times Tables Rock Stars website can be accessed at any time and we will be setting some tasks on My Maths soon, which the children can work through between now and the end of this term.
Our ‘Explorers’ topic will be running for the duration of the Autumn Term, so we would like the children to produce at least two home learning projects linked to it. Below are some ideas for Home Learning projects. This list is not exhaustive; it is just to give some ideas and we would love to see some of the children’s own ideas too.
* Design and make a rain stick
* Create a miniature rainforest in a shoe box
* Produce a poster about conservation of the rainforest
* Write a newspaper article about the coal mines that have closed in the local area
* Write a poem about a volcano or rainforest
* Create a fact-file about a rainforest plant or animal
* Create a piece of artwork that represents a volcanic eruption
* Write and perform a rap about the oceans and rivers and the effect of pollution (e.g. plastic)
* Write a set of instructions on how to look after an exotic pet (e.g. a macaw or iguana)
* Produce a PowerPoint presentation on rivers around the world
Please can you make sure your child brings their projects into school on the following days:
Project 1 – Monday 8th October
Project 2 – Monday 10th December
This will give time for the children to share their projects with the rest of the class before the end of each half term.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs S. Walker, Miss R. Evans and Miss H. Sim
The Year 5 Team