Welcome to Class 5

Hello and a Warm Welcome to Maple Class

Maple Class is taught by Mr Edmunds and Miss Fisher
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Our year 5 librarians take care of our school library.

Our librarians work hard at lunchtimes to keep the bookshelves tidy and in working order. They take care of the large collection of books as well as recommending reads to other children.

The librarians run “story time” on a Friday lunchtime for the younger children.
Star of the week:
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Star of the week = Billy
Billy has been putting in tremendous effort this week. His writing is developing in personality and he is aware of, and working hard to meet, his targets. Billy has produced high quality work in all lessons, trying hard to extend himself in every lesson. He is enthusiastic and studious!
Well done Billy!
Last week's star of the week was Darcie.
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This Week's Spellings...
Our Class Blog:
I hope you enjoy visiting and using the site. Listed below is information about what the class has been learning, challenges for the children and lots of interesting pictures and facts to look at and read! The web page is updated at least once a week, so keep revisiting for more!
Exploring the Rockies...
Maple class loved using Google Earth to explore the Rocky mountains. They asked me to add the link to the class website so they could share this incredible resource with all of you at home!
Click on the globe to be taken to the Google Earth website...
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Bison on the Moon?
Today in science we repeated an experiment that was originally done by Galileo; we were investigating the rate objects of different mass fall. We dropped a very heavy metal ball, a sponge ball, a tennis ball and a ball made of tape from the same height and at the same time to see which would hit the ground first. We discovered that gravity acts the same on all objects so they fall at the same rate (that is unless air resistance slows them down)
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However, on the moon even a feather would fall at the same rate anything else. This is because although there is gravity, there is no air. Therefore there is also no air resistance...
Team Armstrong were proud watching their mascot in space!
We next thought about what we might weigh on the moon. We used Newton Meters to weigh objects and the Chromebooks to find that their weight on the moon would be a sixth of what it is on Earth. We then collected objects to create a pile that was equal in weight to a bison on the moon!
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Decimal Dilemmas
Here are a few decimal games for you to try.
Keep practising to gain new skills and confidence with decimal fractions... 
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Our fantastic dream catchers!
During our topic time this week, we made some great dream catchers using paper plates, wool, beads, feathers and a lot of patience and perseverance! We have put them up in our topic area and in the windows to keep out the 'bad dreams'.
Please come and have a look at them....
World Wide Webs
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In computing this week Maple Class learnt how search sites such as Google work.
We learnt about "data spiders" that search and make sense of the web, looking for websites. We turned our classroom into the internet, scattering pencils and paper every where then sent spiders out recording where things were. We then learnt how search engines rank the websites using various criteria in order to create their lists.
Knox-Johnston had a fantastic ranking system we used to track down the best pencils in the room...
They sent their spiders out around the room, noting down all the locations of the pencils. On returning to their central database (or Louis as he is referred to by most), they ranked the pencils by sharpness, variety, quantity and length. I was able to easily find the colour I wanted using their efficient search engine database. 
By ranking their results they did a much better job than these earlier websites...
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"The internet is rather a messy place" Louis and Jeff
You can help a search engine to find what you want easier by refining your search and adding extra words in the search engine. One useful tip is to add "for kids" when searching; this will help the engine find you the best site for you!
Incredibly enormous numbers!
This week Maple Class have been incredibly busy making and reading large numbers. They have been using our new place value charts to "build" numbers up to and beyond 1,000,000!
Some of us thought about the most enormous numbers we possibly could. Cameron and Felix had an interesting conversation about the biggest number we could imagine and find an example of. We explored how many cells there are in the human body, how many gallons there are in the ocean and how much a very expensive car might cost. Just like all the best learners, investigating these numbers left us with more questions than answers... We pondered over how many atoms in the universe and other huge numbers!
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How many Jellybeans? This book helped us to visualise large numbers!
A very warm welcome back!
We would like to extend a very warm welcome back to all parents and children in Maple Class. We hope to have another exciting and productive year full of learning and laughter!
Introducing our first topic of this year...
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We have made a fantastic start to the year exploring our new topic for this half term. Straight away we got into role as Pioneers and Native Americans. Upturning tables, we transformed the classroom into the American Prairies, with a frontier town, native camp, bison herd, and pioneer wagon. The children explored what it might be like to live in the wild west as America expanded and as tensions grew between the pioneers and the natives. We learnt about what happened to the bison herds and even had to fend off a pack of hungry wolves!
Freddy: "After all that you can see why they called it the wild west!"
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Our key text in English over the next three weeks will be "The Wolves of Currumpaw" by William Grill. 
Keep up the good work everyone!