Windwhistle Primary School

Windwhistle Primary School

Windwhistle Primary School

Kingsley Road, Weston-super-Mare
North Somerset BS23 3TZ

Headteacher: Lyn Hunt BA(Ed) PGDip
lyn.hunt@windwhistle.extendlearning.org
01934 629145

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Year 5

Egyptian Civilisation (4 images)

In Year 5 this term, we have been learning about the ancient Egyptian civilisation. We have found out that they were a gruesome bunch! We have learned about how the annual flooding river affected their lives and all about the gods they used to believe in. We had an amazing visitor who taught us how to write in hieroglyphs and how to count like an ancient Egyptian. We made clay scarab beetles and performed the mummification of a (nearly real) body. Did you know, they threw away the brain because they didn’t think we used it? A lot of what we know about the Egyptians today was thanks to Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. In class, we have also enjoyed making Egyptian jewellery and learning about all the other treasures that lay hidden in tombs for thousands of years waiting for archaeologists to come along and uncover.

Created: 4 Mar 20 09:15 | Last modified: 4 Mar 20 09:17

Vikings - Year 5 (13 images)

This term in Year 5, we have been learning about the Vikings. We had a special Viking visitor, who showed us lots of artefacts and weapons that the Vikings used, and taught us some games they used to play. All of their games were part of their training to become strong, fearless warriors. We learnt how to work together as a defensive team using Viking shields and also dressed up in some mail armour. Our visitor also taught us the story of Beowulf and we acted out some scenes from this gruesome story

Created: 8 Nov 19 10:01 | Last modified: 8 Nov 19 10:04

Year 5, Term 4 photos (9 images)

In Year 5 this term, we have been learning about South America and all about different animals’ life cycles and habitats. North Somerset Music Service brought some samba instruments for us to play and we enjoyed making and performing our own samba music. We used some big drums called surdos and some smaller drums called caixas. We also played little drums called tamborims and some metal instruments called agogos. We found the chocalho hard to play but we enjoyed dancing while we played the different types of shakers. We then made our own rain makers back in class and enjoyed playing those too! In March we went to visit a local farm and learnt about how hard farmers work to look after their cows. Despite the strong smell of silage, we found the cows fascinating and enjoyed learning about their daily routines. However, we liked the chicks more as they were very cute and cuddly! These chicks were only 3 days old and we enjoyed spotting all the different colours on them and trying to match them up with their parents. We have also been to our nearest secondary school to learn all about universities. We took part in a workshop and learnt about degree courses, different types of accommodation students can choose to live in, and all about different clubs and societies you can join for fun! We won certificates for using our thinking skills and showing positive attitudes towards our future careers.

Created: 25 Mar 19 09:51 | Last modified: 25 Mar 19 09:58

Vikings! (7 images)

In Year 5 this term we have been learning about the Vikings. We made our own Viking long houses out of shoeboxes – complete with fireplaces and animals enclosures. We have also made our very own amulets, which we designed to look like Thor’s hammer. Thor was the Viking god of thunder, who farmers worshipped in the hope of good weather for growing their crops. We hope these will keep away the stormy weather! At the start of Term 2, we hosted a Viking visitor, who taught us games Viking children used to play. He showed us some weapons and talked to us about their food and stories they used to tell each other around the fireplace.

Created: 23 Nov 18 11:39 | Last modified: 3 Dec 18 10:14

February 2017 - Year 5 (6 images)

As part of our geography theme this term we are learning about the continent of South America. North Somerset Music Service delivered a Samba drumming workshop to Year 5 pupils and we had a go on the instruments and created our very own samba band! We played on the surdo, caixa and replinique drums, played on the agogos, tamborims, shakers and even the chocalos and recco-reccos! In Brazil samba bands play during carnivals as processions walk through the streets so we had to play loudly. This involved some shouting and making lots of noise indeed! We have also been learning about fossils for our ‘Evolution and Inheritance’ topic. To kick start our topic we had the challenge of building and piecing together the bones of a ‘T-rex’ and a ‘brachiosaurus’. This was a great activity for working together as a team. In addition to our Evolution and Inheritance topic, we are carrying out a local environment science experiment. We are looking at the local climate and collecting rainfall and then comparing this data to other local schools.

Created: 20 Feb 17 10:08 | Last modified: 20 Feb 17 10:11