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Term 4

Term 4 Newsletter

Enquiry Overview: Can change always be reversed?

Science is at the forefront of our minds this term as we launch our first science enquiry: ‘Can change always be reversed?’ Working scientifically, we will be looking at the different properties of materials before moving onto investigating reversible and irreversible changes. We will be planning, carrying out and concluding a range of experiments and using out maths skills to record the data gathered. As our challenge, we look forward to answering the question ‘Can change always be reversed?’ by creating our very own science show, using the ipads.

Measuring the capacity of every day objects

The Highwayman: Freeze frames

Estimating and measuring the mass of everyday objects

Will Bess choose the ostler?

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Look at our amazing complex sentences about The Highwayman

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Decision alley: Who will Bess choose?

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Decision alley: Who will Bess choose?

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Explanation: How to please your teacher.

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This term, we revisited the text type 'Explanation'. We learned a model example of an explanation called 'How to please your teacher' and performed it in our class assembly. It has really helped us to learn our causal connectives! The teachers were really impressed with our assembly but hope that people didn't take our advice seriously when we told them how to make their teachers grumpy!

Our class assembly: How to please your teacher

What happens when your teacher gets angry?

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E-Safety

As part of our work around E-Safety, we spent some time today exploring how we might have reacted and felt in different scenarios. These scenarios were both positive and negative online scenarios all based around images. We discussed how we could prevent the negative scenarios becoming reality. Have a look below at some of the freeze frames that we created.

Google Expedition 

We had an exciting morning exploring space using Google Expedition! We wore googles and felt like we were actually in space! We listened carefully to new information that will help us with our space topic next term. 

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Challenge: Can all changes be reversed?

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For our challenge, we decided to mix up a load of materials and bake a cake! Whilst we had some technical errors (the beginning and end of our film didn't record) we showed off loads of our understanding about reversible and irreversible changes, whilst baking cakes! Once you've baked a cake, you can't get the ingredients back. But we don't mind, we ate ours in about 3 minutes!

Length: Do we need to use the same equipment for each measurement?

Science week reflections

 

"I think Science week is really fun because we have got to do lots of experiments and learn things we did not know before. What really surprised me is how we got the sand through the sieve without loads of rice coming through" - Harris

 

"I think it was really inspiring because when I am holder I want to be a Scientist and this will help me with my scientific research. My favourite bit was alien soup!" - Georgia

 

"I think Science week was very exciting because we got to try and new things and learn words that we didn't know before. I was most surprised to learn that coffee granules dissolved in cold water!" - Flo

Line graphs

During our investigation, we learned how to make accurate measurements of temperature using a thermometer. It was harder than we thought! Then, using what we had learned in maths lessons, we plotted our data on a line graph.

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What material would be best to keep a mountaineer warm?

We investigated which materials are the best thermal insulators and would therefore keep mountaineers warmest on their travels. We thought about variables that we would need to keep the same to create a fair test, made predictions, with reasons, for what we thought we would find out and decided upon an appropriate way to record our results. After conducting our investigation, we represented our data as a line graph and drew conclusions with reasons.

Taking our learning outside

Does everything outside have the same temperature?

Alien soup!

When we arrived in the classroom, something creepy was going on! Strange music was playing and each table was filled with a strange substance...alien soup! Working as Scientists, our job was to separate the materials inside the soup to find out what was I each bowl. Using the skills we learned this week, such as sieving, filtering and using magnets, we were able to separate all the materials. We were left with a green liquid. But then we wondered, what if there was another material in time water? We have decided to evaporate the water to see if any other materials were dissolved in the water. Watch this space!

Reversible and irreversible change

In Year 4, we learned that some changes were reversible, for example, melting and freezing and ice lolly. But now we've learned that some reactions are irreversible! Such as cooking an egg! So what are the indicators that a change is irreversible? 

Mixtures and solutions

What is a mixture? What is a solution? Can you always separate them to get the original materials back? 

Properties of Materials

After our WOW, we learned how to group materials accordingly to our properties. We grouped them using Venn and Carroll diagrams. We could tell some things just by looking and touching, such as whether they were solid, flexible, elastic or rigid. However, some properties required further investigation. For example, were they magnetic, waterproof or soluble. How would you tell if a material has the property of conductivity? Some of our pictures might give you a clue.

WOW!

What a start to our Science week! First, we watched what happened when we added mentors to Diet Coke. Within seconds, the coke erupted out of the bottle like a volcano!  We think this is because of some sort of physical or chemical reaction, and will hopefully find out more during the week. We also explored a mixture of corn flour and water. It was so strange and it left us asking the question, 'Is this a solid or a liquid?'

We can't wait to explore this topic further to help us answer the question 'Can change always be reversed?'

Term 3

Term 3 Newsletter

Enquiry Overview: What was it like to be a Viking?

Enquiry overview: What was it like to be a Viking?
This term, as historians, we are investigating the question: ‘What was it like to be a Viking?’ Throughout the term, we will learn all about who the Vikings were, how and why they travelled, settled and invaded and what impact they had on our land. To end the term, we will put all of our knowledge to the test to complete our challenge which is to produce a non-chronological report explaining Viking life. What an exciting enquiry, we can’t wait to get started!

Reflections of the term

 

'My favourite part of this term was the swimming gala, I really enjoyed myself!' Marcell.

 

'I worked as a team during art and particularly enjoyed the viking pastel art,' Harris.

 

'I loved dressing up as a Viking and learning about their way of life,' Lewis.

 

'The toast was yummy!' Tamara.

 

'The athletics was the most interesting part of the term, I really tried my best,' Grace.

 

'I enjoyed using the makey makeys in ICT, they were really fun!' Rene.

 

'I learnt lots of new things in maths this term,' Mo. 

E-Safety

Did you know that not all 'facts' on this internet are true? This term, we've been thinking about how to find reliable sources of information on the internet. Just remember the simple rule - find the same information on three separate websites and it's probably true! We need to keep our eyes out for these Net Nasties. We designed some of our own Net Nasties to remind us of other dangers on the internet.

Computing

We have been using Makey Makeys to design and make our very own games controller. To do this, we firstly had to create a circuit for our Makey Makeys. Then we explored which materials in the class were conductors and which were insulators. Finally, we got to create our games controllers and try them out on some games! We were amazed at our results and we certainly won't look at celery the same way again!

Why should we save the local Gudwara?

As part of our R.E this term, we have been thinking about the question: 'What is a place of worship?'. We went to visit a local Gurdwara and found out lots of interesting information. It was great to see where the Guru Granth Sahib is kept and we had all of our questions answered. A really fun trip to help us gain knowledge about Sikhism and helped us to write persuasive letters, encouraging people to keep the Gudwara open.

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Challenge

Our challenge was to create a non-chronological report all about Vikings and their life. During this term we have learnt lots about these brutal warriors and we can now safely say that we are very happy that we are living in 2017 and not 793AD!

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Yoga

We're using our indoor P.E. slot to have a go at Yoga. We didn't realise how challenging it could be! Have a look at our pictures to see how games have helped us practise our postures.

 

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Mandarin

Every week we look forward to our Mandarin lesson. This week, we were taught how to use special paintbrushes to write well known words. It was a lot harder than it looked as you have to do each stroke in particular order! 

iMovie - Lindisfarne 793AD. The first Viking invasion!

As we head towards our final end write and challenge, we learnt about a very important Viking raid. To help us remember the key events, we put together an Imovie trailer. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them!

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Can we order negative numbers?

Outdoor Fractions

How likely or unlikely are different possibility adverbs?

Who were the Vikings?

Today we carried out some research to find out who the Vikings were and where they came from. We used atlases to understand how far they would of travelled to invade and settle in Great Britain. Did you know Vikings were raiders? This name comes from Scandinavian Sea-born raiders. 

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Fantastic Fractions!

Toady we started thinking about all things fractions! We revisited previous learning and then created some different unit fractions using bottles and coloured water. We thought carefully about equal parts and the need to measure accurately. It was a very practical lesson and lots of fun! 

Viking Sagas Roleplay

Viking Shields

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Merry Christmas!

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Term 2

Term 2 Newsletter

Enquiry: How does art enhance storytelling?

During this enquiry, How does art enhance storytelling?, we will be investigating and evaluating a range of storytelling methods, including plays, audio books, stories told through music, art and text. Our final challenge will see us put together a class e-book starting with a music composition to introduce our innovated stories which will be told through the mediums of art, prose and spoken work.

RE challenge

Is the Christmas story true?

In order to investigate our key question, we first looked at a typical version of the Christmas story found in any story book. Next, we compared this version with two found in the bible. These were Luke Chapter 1:26-38 - 2:1-20 and Matthew 1:18 - Chapter 2:12. We looked at the similarities and differences between them and used this to answer our key question.

E-safety

This term, Year 5 have been thinking about how to stay safe online. We thought about all the reliable people we can tell if we have a problem. SMART rules are really useful to help us remembering how to stay safe so we created our own colourful posters!

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Challenge

Our final challenge for our enquiry this term was to put together a class e-book showcasing our innovated stories using art, music and spoken words. Our e-book begins with a music composition which was created as a whole class. The e-book then goes on to showcase our innovated stories which were told through the mediums of art, prose and spoken work.

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Computing

Today we had a chance to try out the new Chromebooks in school. We had lots of fun exploring how the Chromebooks work and how we could use Gdrive to share our work with the whole class. We saved photos linked to our enquiry and published our best pieces of writing. During the afternoon, we used our Chromebooks to explore Scratch.

Getting in to character.

In week 4, we finally finished 'The Princess' Blankets'. Whilst we loved the ending, we couldn't help think about emotional it would have been for her parents. We took our learning outside, and created freeze frames to show how they'd might have felt at each stage. Can you guess what we're feeling?

 

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Anti-Bullying Week!

This week we have been focusing on what bullying is. We used the acronym STOP to help us remember. Several Times On Purpose. We  created anti bullying posters, making sure they had a slogan and that they were bright and colourful to attract our audience. We also wrote important anti-bullying messages on hands to be displayed around the school. Finally, to finish the week, we created comic strips. We created anti-bullying super hero's that saved the day and made sure everyone was a good friend!

Here is some of our anti-bullying work.

Exploring nature using our senses

A stranger arrives...

After countless attempts to cure the Princess, a mysterious stranger arrived at the palace claiming that he knew magic and could stop the Princess suffering from the cold. If successful, as a reward, he planned to carry her back to his own land to be his wife. We thought carefully about the Forest Blanket and what this might look and feel like. We created our own class forest blanket and used this to help us write a setting description.

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Story Opening

We have had a great time trying to learn the opening to the Princess' Blankets off by heart! We have come up with actions to help us remember the different parts of the opening and have thought carefully about how we can use our voice to add interest. 

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Outdoor Learning 

After reading our story opening, we went outside to create some pieces of art using the great outdoors! We were inspired by the huge, roaring fires in the palace and used leaves to create our own fire! The leaves are such vibrant colours this time of the year! Our pictures look fantastic! 

Wow!

For our Wow, we spent the whole day having fun exploring storytelling in different ways. We looked at different versions of the story of The Three Little Pigs and then worked in groups to act the story out. We looked at the story Eric and investigated how pictures can add more information to a story and finally we looked at how music can affect our mood and make us think about different things. We created some artwork to show how the music made us feel. We are really looking forward to this enquiry.

Term 1

Enquiry: Why should we protect the Amazon Rainforest?

Our first enquiry this term will provide us with plenty of opportunities to refine our skills as geographers and scientists. We will develop our map-reading skills, research life in the Amazon Rainforest, investigate the rainforest as a vital natural resource and consider the human impact on this diverse, yet vulnerable, environment. Our challenge will be to create a campaign video persuading the public to protect the Amazon Rainforest.

Futuristic Places of Worship

To complete our RE unit this term, we were set the challenge to design and make a futuristic place of worship. We made sure that all of our places of worship had the basic key features of a church but the rest was left to us! We made a huge variety of places of worship and these ranged from floating churches to rocket powered churches!

Challenge: What might a Christian place of worship look like in the future?

What is a place of worship?

We had a fantastic trip to St Stephen's Church where we were greeted by Peter and Sandy. They told us lots of interesting facts about the church and spent time telling us how marriage in a church is conducted and why it is so special. We got some time to explore the different parts of the church. We enjoyed finding out about the font, which is where babies are christened and standing by the lectern ready to read a story from the Bible.

What is Marriage?

In our final week of Term 1, we got to visit St Stephen’s church where we learnt all about what marriage is and what it means to Christians. We learnt about what is involved in a marriage ceremony and about the promises that two people make when they get married. 

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Digital Photography

Our class have been experimenting with different effects you can achieve when taking photos digitally. During our trip to St Stephen’s church we took photos of the key features of a church and edited these photos using different filters. We were amazed at the impact that some of the filters had on our photos!

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Challenge

To complete our enquiry, we recorded our own campaign videos to persuade people to help protect the Amazon Rainforest. We wrote our own scripts and used Green Screens to create our videos. We hope you enjoy watching them and that they persuade you to make even one small for change for the good of this wondrous biome!

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Our End Write

This term we have been focusing on persuasion to answer the question 'Why should we protect the Amazon Rainforest?' We have produced some fantastic pieces of writing that include the power of three, imperative verbs and even a catchy slogan. Have a read and see if we can persuade you that the Amazon is worth saving!

Flower Power

In science, we have been researching parts of a flower. We have used diagrams and labels to help us understand and remember the many different parts. We then used this information to explain how plants reproduce. We never knew how important bees are to keep flowers reproducing!

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Learning outside: How would you feel if there were no trees?

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Performance poetry

We worked as a class to create a way to perform a poem about the layers of the Amazon. We thought about actions and ways we could use our voices to make it more interesting. 

The Emergent Layer

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Immersion

As part of our enquiry, we've been learning about the different layers of the rainforest. We worked collaboratively to create posters which show our learning. We were also astounded to learn of the many reasons for deforestation in the Amazon. We created mind maps to show the reasons why we're cutting down so many trees.

Immersion

We have been busy immersing ourselves in all things Amazon! Fact finding, researching and understanding the importance of this tropical paradise. We read 'The Kapok Tree' which allowed us to further understand how the Amazon helps us today, giving us medicines and food to eat. What would we do without the Amazon?

Food chains

In Science this week, we have been learning about food chains and how devastating it would be if the producer, the Amazon Rainforest, was destroyed.  Here is an example of the food chain we drew and our explanation, answering the question: What would be the effect of the producer disappearing?

WOW

As our Wow, to introduce our enquiry on the Amazon Rainforest, we went on a school trip to Bristol Zoo. While we were there, we took part in a workshop on rainforests. We learnt lots of interesting information about the different layers within a rainforest and the animals that live there. We met some different animals too: a stick insect that camouflages itself as a leaf, a hissing cockroach and a tenrec. We had great fun and are looking forward to learning a lot more during our enquiry.

Wild Week

At Stephen's, we all agree that learning can happen anywhere, not just inside the classroom! So our first week back is 'Wild Week', a chance to take our learning outside.

From farm to food

During Wild Week, we harvested some HUGE corguettes! Working together, we scooped them out and filled them with a delicious (veggie) bollognaise. There was enough to share with the other year 5 classes, and the teachers finished them off. We look forward to seeing what we can harvest next! 

Squashed Tomatoes!

In Nepal, many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local market. The problem is getting to market involves a long, dangerous walk down the mountainside and over a river, at the end of which the tomatoes may well be squashed. During Wild Week, Year 5 had to work collaboratively to design and build containers which would enable them to transport them safely.

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The Secret Garden

We started off the afternoon by creating faces using small pieces of twigs and leaves. We then went on to create pictures in teams. We picked two colours and two adjectives from an envelope and had to incorporate these colours and textures into our creation! We were really impressed with what we produced and had a great time working in our teams.

Food Chains

Is a plant a consumer or a producer? How far does a food chain go? In Wild Week, we took our learning outside and thought about food webs. Once we had explored all possibilities, from sun to producer to consumer, we started to think about what would happen if a habitat was destroyed. For example, when we imagined losing all the grass, we noticed the grasshopper population would decline. As a result, there could be an impact on the number of field mice, which could affect the number of foxes. This made us think more carefully about how we protect our green spaces.

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How do we show respect?

Today we spent the day looking at the value: Respect. We discussed what it meant to have respect and thought carefully about how people being respectful to us impacts on our lives. After lots of thoughtful discussions, we created a shield to show things that we value and how we show respect to them.