Tristan Johns, Year 5 Home Room Teacher
Writing and Inquiry
On Friday, 6 November, Mrs Richards was left a very mysterious package on her doorstep. It looked like a futuristic USB stick, so without hesitation, she shoved it in her laptop to find out what was on it. It turned out, Year 5 had been left a message from the future! Sporting a highly advanced space helmet and suit, Falcon X reported to us from the year 2357, upon D-Star Space Station! Unfortunately she delivered some very grave news; in the future, humans are so careless with the planet, it becomes unlivable. Falcon X said the only solution was to move to another planet and it was Year 5’s job to find out which planets, if any, humans would be able to survive on. A lot of the Year 5s were confused about why Falcon X chose them to solve this problem, but it all makes sense really, I mean it will be their generation that has to solve this problem; they are our future scientists, geologists and astronomers after all!
Naturally, Year 5 had a lot of questions:
What would be different if we took care of the Earth and listened to the warnings?
How is it possible to move all the animals and food to a new planet?
Are there any weird species on the other planets that we should be aware of?
Will everyone be able to go to the new planet or will there be an age limit? Will people who are not ‘important’ be left to die?
What will happen if we don’t find another planet to live on?
Are we going to have to find out how we can live without water and oxygen?
Has Mars got a supply of water to keep all the population of Earth alive?
Would Earth recover after we left?
What is the purpose of moving to another planet if we would do the exact same thing we did to this planet, meaning we would have to move again?
If we could go back in time, what would be the one thing you would recommend we change?
Based on our previous behaviour, do you think humans will be willing to move and change?
We were also left wondering, what exactly does Levi do on 21 March 2021? Why was Kar Sing advised to stay away from cats and did Mrs Richards really have nothing to do with the destruction of Bo Shen’s Animal Crossing island? I guess only the future will tell…..
Art - Self Portraits
The Year 5 Team decided to incorporate this term’s art lessons with the yearly Art Showcase so that the students could still participate whilst being at home. Given the circumstances we had to improvise and make lessons individualistic so we decided on the theme of “self portraits”. Who would know them better then themselves right? The students were required to gather photos of themselves at different stages of their life: Stage 1 - Baby, Stage 2 - First day of school, Stage 3 - Present, Stage 4 - Adult (Who you imagine you will become).
At each stage they would explore different means and materials to recreate their portrait as similar as possible to the original photo. We are very proud of the Year 5 students and the level of creativity and efforts made by them. It started off with sketching, paper collages, working with paint and oil pastels and for our final stage...well that’s yet to come but we are anticipating to see what the students are capable of in order to showcase their creative side! The Year 5’s never fail to surprise us that’s for sure!
Inquiry - The Amazing Race
Students in Year 5 have been busy learning about different countries and their customs and cultures, as they travel around the world in their latest inquiry project; The Amazing Race. Just before returning to online learning, Year 5 students teamed up with the Faulty Towers Travel Agency to promote different locations throughout the world. Since then, the groups have been busy creating wonderfully informative guides, documentaries, comparison charts and loads more about countries they were assigned. As travel agents for the ‘highly respectable’ Faulty Towers Travel Agency, Year 5 students are now experts in different countries throughout the world, specialising in a host of exoctic locations, such as: Sweden, Portugal, China, Tahiti, Fiji, Mexico, England, Australia, Singapore and Japan to name a few.
All the amazing work that the students have been creating online has been compiled in a very informative website where curious explorers can go to find all the information that they wanted to know about specific countries but didn’t know where to look.