P5 - Miss Stevenson
Welcome to Primary 5 Miss Stevenson's class page. We hope you enjoy keeping up to date with recent activities and practical lessons that we are enjoying in Primary 5.
STEM Week - Building water clocks
In the ancient times, people used to use water clocks to gauge the amount of time that had passed. As a way of linking our current Numeracy topic of time, our World Around Us topic of The Ancient World and STEM week, Primary 5 decided to design and build their own water clocks using recyclable materials brought in from home. It was a challenging task but we are so happy with the finished results!
STEM Week - Friction test
As part of STEM week, Primary 5 have been looking at friction. We have been trying to find out which materials reduce the amount of friction the most. We used a newton metre and a 1kg weight and pulled it across a range of different surfaces to see which material reduced friction the most. The results were very interesting.
In addition to this, our topic at the moment is the Ancient Egyptians. We were interested in finding out how the Ancient Egyptians were able to build the pyramids, pulling the large stones across the sandy desert and decided this was the perfect time to test it. We tried to do the same test but in the sand... it was very difficult!
The Ancient World
Our new topic is looking at The Ancient World. During this topic, we will be looking at Archaeology, Early Man and Ancient Egyptians.
The pupils are so excited to get stuck into their new topic and have enjoyed practical lessons taken by Mr. Donaghy, who is a qualified archaeologist.
We can't wait to discover lots of interesting facts about Early Man and the Ancient Egyptians!
Primary 5 pupils were very lucky to have some of the firefighters from the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade in to give us a talk on fire safety in the home. We learned a lot about how to prevent fires and the importance of having an exit plan in the event a fire might occur. As a homework activity we completed a home safety check and talked to our parents about an exit plan for the whole family.
Outoor Learning - Venn diagrams
We love getting outside into the fresh Winter air!
As part of a numeracy lesson, we got our hats and coats on and took the lesson outside. We used skipping ropes to make a 3-criteria Venn Diagram and each child had a number card. Depending on which timestables we were using, the children had to decide which part of the Venn Diagram they belonged to. This was a fantastic practical lesson that got our brains working and our blood pumping in the fresh air!
Weighing objects using scales
Primary 5 have been working on developing their weighing skills and throughout the course of a week we learnt how to read scales accurately to weigh a range of objects. This began with estimating the weight to more or less than a KG and developed our skills to eventually find the exact weight of an object.
We used straws and pipe cleaners to make a range of 3D shapes based on clues we were given by our teacher e.g. I am a 3D shape with 4 triangular faces , 6 edges and 4 vertices. What am I?
How to make a model lung
Linking together our topic 'All About the Body' and Literacy, Primary 5 developed a set of instructions on how to make a model lung. We then followed these instructions to make a model lung. Using a plastic bottle, a straw, a balloon, modelling clay, cling film and an elastic band, the pupils we were able to recreate how our lung inflates and our diaphragm moves when we breathe in and out. We had so much fun creating and testing our lungs!