How can we learn about people from the past?

Monday 15th January 2018

LO: I can use stories to learn from the past.

Today, we were invited to ‘Wacky Wear Monday’. This meant that we could wear items that had a story or some history behind them. Even our teachers took part in it!

Emily even wore her great, great Grandmother’s wedding dress and she brought in a picture of it being worn at the wedding. Emily’s Grandmother was very lucky to have been able to own and wear her own wedding dress explained Emily.

We then got given mystery envelopes that contained a page of our new class book. We used the mystery envelopes as clues and made predictions about what our new class book was about. We had to put our white and green hats on. When looking his mystery page, Harvey G said that he thinks that there is a wheel of images that contains memories. We then wrote questions that we would like to find out about the part of the story we had. Stella wanted to know where the eye came from that featured in many of the pages.


Miss Collins then presented us with a box that she brought in a charity shop in Pewsey. This box contained a vintage ‘ViewFinder’ that you put disks in and you look through it. Pictures that tell a story are seen in the magical ViewFinder. Miss Franczak then described what she saw when looking through the ViewFinder. We had to guess what she was seeing. She said that she saw two mammals in some sort of water. We eventually guessed that it was 2 dolphins in the sea and it was telling the story of ‘Flipper’.

Miss Collins then introduced our new book which was called ‘The Viewer’ by Shaun Tan and Gary Crew. The main character, Tristan, found a ViewFinder at the rubbish dump. Here is what Tristan saw in the mystical ViewFinder:


We started exploring monologues, ready for our writing during the remainder of the week.

Miss Franczak introduced number sequences to is and then read the book: Blockhead (written by: Joseph D’Agnese). This book is all Fibonacci numbers. We were introduced to the problem:

There was a man who put two baby rabbits in a field. It takes rabbits 1 month to grow up and be ready to have babies. It takes another month to give birth to a pair of baby rabbits. Every month, a pair of grown up rabbits gives birth to a new pair of baby rabbits. How many pairs of rabbits will the man have at the end of the year?

We looked at then how to solve this problem. Year 5 challenge you to figure it out. We’ll give you a clue, use consecutive numbers to figure it out.

We found out what a Fibinacci sequence means: a series of numbers where a number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. Starting with 0 and 1, the sequence goes 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and so forth.

We were then challenged to draw our own Fibonacci spiral using the instructions from the book: in the sand, I drew one tiny square and one more tiny square next to it. Next came a shape, two square high and two squares wide. Then a three-by-three square shape. Then a five-by-five square shape, an eight-by-eight square shape, and a thirteen-by-thirteen square shapes. Check out our spirals.