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Term 4 

Key information:

This term the children will have indoor PE  on a Tuesday  and outdoor PE  on a Thursday.

What forces act upon us every day?

To kick start our term, we have been lucky enough to study The Highwayman by Alfred  Noyes. We have shown great maturity and have already enjoyed re-telling verses orally, sketching in the style of the book and re-telling our own versions. 
Take a sneaky look at our class assembly. This is how we will open it. 

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World Book Day 2019

 

We started the day off with ‘Booky Breakfast’. Many of the teachers shared their favourite book whilst we munched on a croissant.

 

In class, our text of the day was slowly revealed, bit by bit. We made predictions about what the text was about and who the author might be. Some our predictions were right, some were not. Our text was ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. This amazing story was read chapter by chapter. Although there wasn’t enough time to read the whole text, we were inspired to try and find a copy of our own and discover what eventually happens to Michael. We then went on to do some Japanese inspired art work and design our own desert island, just like the one that Michael landed on in the story.

 

In the afternoon, we braved what the weather wanted to throw at us and built shelters as if we had been marooned on a desert island….just like Michael. We even got to taste some marshmallows as a reward for working together and building our shelters. 

Can you guess what these will become? Watch this space for the final product. 

WOW day

What a day! We spent the day exploring the forces that act upon us.  We loved every minute: making slime, throwing eggs out of windows, building towers, running around without shoes on, tug of war and so much more.  Think you can now call us force experts. 

Who were the Vikings?

We are very excited to introduce our new book Viking Boy! We will be studying this during term 3 to find out what happens to Gunnar on his quest to seek revenge on his father's brutal murderer. We will find out lots about Viking life on our voyage which sees Gunnar grow from boy to warrior. 
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Internet safety is so important to us. Today we learned how photos can be altered digitally. We considered the creative upsides of photo alterations as well as its power to distort our perceptions of beauty and health. 
We had lots of fun using Makey Makey and we now have a class of future programmers amongst us. 
Our prove it was to create an I movie trailor.  We had so much fun making then and loved using all that we have learned to help us.  Check them out below and spot our future actors/actresses. 

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Indoor PE with Bristol Rovers is really helping us to stay fit and healthy as well as helping us experiment  with different movement patterns to create space. 
We really enjoyed challenging ourselves to skip as many skips as possible in 30 seconds.  We definitely made our house teams proud.  Two of us managed 80 skips in 30 seconds. 
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Viking art

 

We enjoyed bringing shields and longboats to life using collage.  We did get a little messy but enjoyed recycling Christmas leftover wrappers and paper to create our masterpieces. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

VIKING WOW

WOW! What a way to start 2019..... we went back in time to the Viking Period. Oaf Tarkinagson came to visit us bringing lots of artefacts, armour, games and knowledge from the 8th Century.  We have had so much fun and have learnt so much! Check out our photos below. 

Term 2

The Princess’ Blankets.

 

We are very excited to explore our Power of Reading text this term - The Princess’ Blankets.  On our journey we will be exploring how the arts can enhance storytelling.  We will create performances with drama techniques, produce music and get artistic with paint.  Investigating properties of materials will also feature on our journey and we will be testing a range of materials that might help keep the poor princess warm. As well as this, we are hoping to make our own class blanket in time for Christmas! 

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Reflections

 

"I loved the art day and re-creating the forest blanket!" Owen.

 

"I loved how calm and relaxing it was when we weaved." Lauren.

 

"Eventhough I was nervous, I loved how creative we could be for our performance." Amelia.

 

"I loved the performance as I've never had such a big part before." Cain. 

Art Day

What a day! We loved looking at textures, tones and shades today to re create the forest blanket. After practising each skill, we combined each one to produce our masterpieces. 

Year 5 visited the Gudwara today! We learned so much about Sikhism and had a really interesting visit.  During this session we were comparing different places of worship for different faiths. It was really interesting to see the similarities and differences between the Church and the Gudwara. We talked about the holy book, (the Guru Granth  Sahib) saw where it was read and kept, and we even had some drinks and biscuits at the end. We were so grateful to the volunteers that showed us around! 

Science - changes over time

Year 5 visited St Stephens church as part of our R.E. learning. We discussed the actual parts of the church, such as stained glass windows and the altar, as well as asking lots of questions about Christian belief in general. We even rounded off with some singing! We really enjoyed our time at the church. 

Anti-Bullying Week

 

This week, as a school, we have been focussing on anti-bullying. We have thought about what bullying is, how it makes people feel and how it can be prevented.

 

We have also had a visit from a touring performance group. We watched a performance all about bullying and its effects entitled- A Bully’s Paradise. We learned lots of information through an interactive show and at the end we were able to determine: what bullying is; the different types of bullying and what to do if we see it happen.

Today’s prove it really challenged us as we had to match up units of measure to create a hexagon. Some of us are bringing this home to challenge our families and complete the mission. 
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In Maths we explored capacity by looking at various plastic bottles brought in from home. We then estimated how much they could hold before finding out the answers using measuring jugs.
Maths is so much fun in our class. We loved getting a feel for mass today. We weighed lots of items and got a smell of cheese .......not just from our lunch boxes! 
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We love our new Power of Reading text and really enjoyed re-telling the opening. 

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Wow!
For our WOW day we thought about patterns and explored different ways art can make us feel. We listened to some classical and heavy metal music and drew whatever came into our minds on the page. We then thought about how art can represent feelings and created our own patterns. Finally we weaved our own patterns using a loom board and a range of materials.

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LoE: Can I help save the Amazon Rainforest?

This Term, we will be exploring the Amazon and asking ourselves: 'Can I help save the Amazon Rainforest?'Through this enquiry, we will explore where the Amazon is situated and understand how the climate differs from here to there. We will discover the wonderful creatures that inhabit it and explore why this incredible biome is under threat.
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This term, we will be reading the story of 'The Great Kapok Tree'. Through this text, we will be finding out why the Amazon is such an important place and discussing what we can to do to persuade people that it is worth saving.

Prove it!

 

Our challenge was to create a campaign video that persuades the public how to protect the Amazon Rainforest. We hope you enjoy them!

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Science

 

To help us learn all about life cycles, we made our own stories taking inspiration from The Hungry Catterpillar. We then shared our mini books with the new Reception classes.  They loved them! 

Science

 

We loved pulling apart a flower to identify all the parts to help us learn about pollination and fertilisation. 

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Science

 

We are observing things over time. We predicted what our secret garden might look like next term.  We enjoyed sketching what it looked like today.

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PE

 

We are very lucky to have specialist gymnastic coaches to help us improve our leaps, turns, flips and balance.  Watch out Team GB, we will see you in the next Olympics!

WOW!

For our WOW day we were lucky enough to have ‘Jungle Jonathan’ come in to school with his collection of exotic rainforest animals. We encountered a tarantula, a scorpion, stick insects, a gecko and even a snake! We learnt about the effects that deforestation is having on these animals' homes. We are looking forward to finding out about what we can do to help prevent this from happening.

We have really improved our swimming skills this week whilst having lots of fun.
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Take a look at how exciting our prove it basket looks. 
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Purple Learning!

As a class, we have been reviewing what being a ‘Purple Learner’ is all about this week. Today, we looked at collaborative learning and unpicked what it feels like, what it sounds like and what it looks like working in a group on a collaborative task.

Our mission, for our collaborative task, was to produce a document or presentation on how to survive a night in the Amazon rainforest. We were introduced to the task by reading the first chapter of the text ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell, which creates tension by describing the moments before a plane crashes in the rainforest. We shared lots of ideas, thought about what we would need to survive and by talking together, we worked collaboratively on the task.

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