For Science Week, Year 5 have had a Forensic Science workshop! Our leader, who was hosting the workshop, was called James. It was all about investing a crime scene and determining which of the suspects had stolen the 500 diamonds from our precious school safe.
We learnt how to find evidence including fingerprints but also, we needed to know how to not contaminate the clues or the crime scene. Everyone has a slightly different fingerprint. Even identical twins have different fingerprints. We were also taught that DNA is a good clue to find but it can’t always help you find the suspect. The reason why is because if people are identical twins, they both will have the same kind of DNA. DNA stands for DEOXYRIBONUCLEIACID .
After all of that talking, we started searching for some evidence and there were all kinds. Some stuff didn’t give many clues like glasses, you never know if that person really wears glasses or if they belonged to someone else. We also found footprints and coins so they did leave some kind of currency.
Now let’s talk about the investigation. We split up into groups and we saw a folder that had a card with a name inside. We also found a fingerprint that was a loop shape so it had to be someone that also had a loop fingerprint. We also found a footprint and after all of that we mixed all of the clues together and we found out that the thief was named Mindy Morris. She also had an identical twin that had glasses – but a different fingerprint.
For Science Week Year 5 have been working on building a tower stable enough to hold an egg. We could only use masking tape and newspaper, an egg and a plastic bowl to hold it inside. It had to be tall and secure , for the egg had to stay off the ground. As well as that, we had to be able to carry our towers to the testing table. For this challenge, we only had an hour to create our towers. When we tested our towers, they had to be able to hold the egg off the ground and stay idle for 15 seconds.
Our results were different than expected, especially as some towers were more successful than others. Most towers were unsuccessful due to the fact that they weren’t balanced.
Here are some tips that we found useful:
Always have a strong, firm base.
Use pyramid like shapes for a solid base.
Try and use beams in order to keep your tower tall and in shape.
Author: Homer (rewritten by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden)
Genre: It is a fiction and a fantasy book also about the adventures of a historical life. It has some scary mysteries. But mostly it is a myth and legend.Meet Odysseus the king of Ithaca and a fearless warrior. Follow him into wars, distress, jealousy and anger. He is very decisive. Try and find out what will happen. Will he survive or not ? Will he see his beloved family ever again? Find out his beastly heartbreaking adventures in this book.Curiously, in this book Odysseus came across a new land full of animals. When he hobbled closer he noticed there was a beautiful woman who turned his crew members into pigs! He tries to stop her. But will he succeed to get his crew members back? If he does, will they still be pigs? Also find out about Odysseus’ brutal encounter with a cyclops, whose father is the mighty sea God Poseidon. When Odysseus finally comes back to his homeland he finds greedy, selfish suitors, who want to marry his wife, have taken over his whole kingdom.I would probably recommend this book to my cousin and my brother since they both really like fighting and gory stuff like you can see in this book (it’s very gruesome).
By Imogen, Year 5
Title : The Adventures of Odysseus
Author: Hugh Lupton,Daniel Morden
Character Profile: Odysseus, King of Ithaca, sets on a voyage to Troy but when he returns,his voyage is much more strenuous. He is an intelligent man but will he get through?
Most Exciting Event: Odysseus finds an island with loads of cattle. He decides to go and have a rest before eating them but a giant with only one eye wants to eat Odysseus and his crew. Will he make it out?
Most Unusual Event: A witch turns Odysseus’ men into pigs but she feeds them before so they’re big and fat. Will Odysseus save the day?
Scariest Event: He goes to The land of the Dead where he gets his future told. He also sees his mother who wasn’t there before!!!!!!!
Recommendations: I would recommend it to children aged 7 -13 but also for people who don’t get scared easily, since it is very frightening.
Year 5 at Michael Faraday Primary School have been growing 6 different kinds of peppers called: Antohi Romanian, Friggitello, Jalapeno, Hungarian hot wax, Golden bell and Red cherry. Each pupil from each table had 3 little seeds to put in the plant pot then they had to water their plants. The plants are now growing and 2 people have two water the plants every school morning to help them grow. Everyone is hoping to get a few peppers from their plants so they can enjoy eating their peppers.
We’re really excited to be getting 14 chicken eggs! They should be arriving on Monday 9th of May and we’ll receive the chicken eggs along with an incubator. We’re going to keep a careful eye on them for 3 days until they start to hatch, then, once they hatch, we’re going to share half with Emily’s class. ‘Chirpy Boy’ sounds like a good name for one of them! We’ll post lots of pictures when we have them.
Since it’s the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we have been learning about his life. Here are some facts about him:
he was born on April 23rd 1564 and died on 1616
he was a poet as well as a playwright
he was in an acting group called ‘The Chamberlain Men’
because of the plague all of the theaters were shut down and Shakespeare found that times were hard but The Ural of Southampton liked his plays so he offered to give him money if he produced plays for him
This is one of the subjects we have been learning about. I hope you have learnt something new.