Year Five have been exploring the rainforest this term. As part of our work, we have started to find out about resources and how they are traded. We decided to find out about the ingredients in lemonade. As a science experiment we found out how lemonade is made and then tested what the effect of reducing the amount of sugar content in lemonade would be on the taste. Once we made the lemonade, we all tasted it to see if reducing the sugar content made it less tasty. In general we did find that too much sugar made it too sweet for us and too little made it too bitter for us. We preferred the 'Goldilocks' lemonade - with just the right amount of sugar!  

Now we are planning to make lots more try to sell it to help people cool down in the summer sun. Watch this space for an update on our enterprise project.


Growing Success in Year Five

As part of our Rainforest topic work we have been finding out about the layers of the forest. To explore each layer we created a giant forest collage of our own. It was tricky work and we had to work together as a team to make sure we had all the coorrect parts required for each section. We soon realised that some people were better at different tasks and we arranged ourselves into a production line. The finished collage is on display in KS2.


All the plants in a rainforest are in competition with eachother. They are all trying to get the best sunlight.We have been growing sunflowers so that we can experiment with them. We want to find out if some plants actually grow more quickly when they have less sunlight. In a rainforest plants have adapted to grow very rapidly so that they can reach the sunlight in the higher layers. We are going to restrict the sunlight that some of our sunflowers get to see if it causes them to grow more quickly. What do you think might happen?


2016 has seen some important debates in Europe and America. In Britain, there was a referendum on membership of the European Union and in America there was a Presidential election. For the children of Year 5 these debates may well shape their future, so it is important that they begin to understand the process and values of democracy.

We have discussed the meaning of British Values; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. After investigating the reasons put forward by the campaigns to leave the EU and to remain part of the EU, the children held their own referendum on the issue. Later, we explored the policies put forward by the candidates in the US Presidential contest and again held our own ballot. Our votes on these matters were interesting, but some children began to raise questions about why children are not allowed to vote.

Following this theme, we learnt about the development of democracy in the Ancient Greek city states. A lot of the principles we still use today in the way we run our country were developed in Greece more than 2000 years ago. However, we did find out that many more people were not allowed to vote back then, including women. Children were not allowed to vote and in many cities, they had to join the army when they were as young as 8 years old.

We also found out that some debates take a long time to be resolved. The British Museum has on display a group of marble stone statues and carvings. These are some of the most important sources of primary evidence about how the people of the ancient Greek city of Athens lived. They are referred to as the Elgin Marbles because Lord Elgin took them from Athens and brought them to England. There are many reasons why the statues should stay in England but the Greek government would like them returned to Athens, and there are good reasons for that to happen also. We debated the issue and then decided to write to the British and the Greek governments to persuade them to find a way to resolve the dispute.

These debates have been fun and the children of Year 5 have begun to see how important decisions are made.