We have come to the end of our World War II topic so we thought we would hold a Victory in Europe party. We cooked World War II food and made hats to wear to the party.
All year groups moved up to their next class for the morning. The new Year 5/6 worked together to make straw hoop gliders. They started with a basic glider and then changed one thing at a time to try to make the glider that would fly the furthest. At the end of the morning we went over to the village hall to try them out.
In our topic lessons we have been learning about how the people during World War II had to "make do and mend" because clothes were rationed. Over the next few weeks, we will be transforming some old clothing or scrap fabric into something new. As you can see from the photos we have made a start.
Today we spent the day as World War II evacuees. As you can see from the photos we all made a great effort to dress the part (thanks to our parents) and we even had World War II style packed lunches.
We spent the day learning about what happened on the Home Front during the war. In the morning we took on the roles of the code crackers and used an Enigma machine to send and receive messages. We also found out how difficult it was to work as a woman in a munitions factory when we had to fill artillery shells in a blackout! As the home guard we had to guard the munitions factory. Year 5 took the day time shift and successfully guarded the factory against Year 6's attack. Year 6 had the night shift (this is why we are wearing our hats over our faces) - they had to listen for the Year 5 attackers, this proved a difficult task. After lunch the focus was the home. We tried out the Anderson shelter, explored a WWII shop and home, helped with the washing and played games (bagatelle was our favourite).
This week we have been making a stop motion film to go with part of the poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. The challenge was to make the film action fit the reading of the poem - this involved lots of edits.
We have been learning about The Trinity - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
After looking at how some artists have represented this idea we had a go ourselves.
We have been looking at 3D shape in maths this week. We finished the week by designing and making a box for an Easter egg. We had to measure carefully so that the egg fitted but did not roll around.
We all enjoyed the visit from HOOH (Hands on Oxford Heritage) on Tuesday. Rachel and Sonia taught us about building the pyramids, how bodies were mummified and how to write using hieroglyphs. They also brought some models of artefacts for us to look at.
There are more photos of the day on the Year 3/4 page.
During our topic on the Ancient Egyptians we have been finding out about amulets. We have designed our own amulet to carve from soap.
Design and make a parachute to safely land an egg on the ground when dropped from the climbing frame.
We started by making prototypes to test with weights of 60g (the approximate weight of an egg). We discussed which designs worked best and then redesigned our parachutes before trying them with an egg. As you can see most of the eggs survived being dropped.
At long last we have finished our Tudor houses. They took longer than we had planned but as you can see from the photos we have all worked very hard and we are proud of the results.
Our investigations included changing the size of the wings, the size of the helicopter, changing the number of wings or the shape of the wings and the material they were made from. We timed how long it took the different paper helicopters to fall a set distance.
We found out that the Ancient Egyptians measured in cubits. We are investigating to see how our body measures compare to those from the past. We measured our cubit, hand, foot and stride using cm and inches. After collecting all the data, we will work out the mean average to make our comparisons.
We carried out an investigation to see which surfaces had the most friction. We did this by letting toy cars roll down a ramp and onto different surfaces around the school. Some of us timed the car over a set distance and some of us measured how far the car travelled. Most of us found that tarmac and carpet had the most friction.
We started our topic on forces today. We investigated the question "Do objects weigh the same in water as they do in air?". We first measured the weight of each object in air using a Newton meter and then lowered each object into a bucket of water and weighed it again. We discovered that objects weighed less in water and some of them weighed nothing at all!
We continued with our Tudor Houses today. As you can see our designs are starting to be built. We all had to concentrate very hard and have a steady hand when putting the pieces of wood together.
Today we joined with Years 3 and 4 for a Tudor Day. We spent the morning on activities - writing with a quill pen and ink; designing Tudor costumes; playing Tudor games; making pomanders; and cooking for our banquet. In the afternoon we took part in a quiz with questions from the posters we had made. To finish off the afternoon we sampled the Tudor food we had made in the morning.
For photos of the day please look on the Year 3 and 4 page.
Mr Woods-Cano was our teacher for the morning. We learnt about different types of waves and made a sound cannon. We also made a deep sea diver from a pen lid and watched him move up and down as we squeezed the bottle of water.
In the afternoon Miss Spurgeon, Miss Muchechesi and Mr Brown were in charge of our forest school session. We had great fun making dens based on a simple Tudor house (see Forest school pages for photos)
Our challenge was to find ways to separate different mixtures: sand and staples; sand and water; flour and rice; salt and water; flour and water. We had a choice of equipment including: magnets, sieves, kitchen roll, cotton wool, funnels, coffee filters, cups, spoons and plastic dishes. We managed to separate most of the mixtures but we found the salt water more of a challenge. We have left some in the dishes to see what happens - we predict that the water will evaporate and leave the salt behind.
(This was Children in Need Day in case you are wondering why we are wearing our pyjamas)
How can we speed up dissolving?
We investigated different things that might change the speed of dissolving including changing the temperature of the water, changing the volume of water and changing the speed of stirring.
We have been making Tudor style samplers in DT.
First we practised our running stitch, back stich and cross stitch.
Next we planned our sampler on dotty grid paper.
Then we transferred the pattern to the material.
After that we chose our thread and started to sew.
We are very proud of the results.
In science today we tested everyday substances to see which of them would dissolve in water. We also thought about where the dissolved substances had gone.
We had a great day out at Sulgrave Manor yesterday. As you can see we all looked splendid in our Tudor costumes - our only problem was that we had to share the servants (Mrs Wake and Mrs Small)! The morning was spent exploring the manor house; finding out about the people who lived and worked there; and what the different rooms were used for. In the afternoon we learnt about Tudor education and we used a quill pen and ink to write our names Tudor style. We also visited the forge to find out how the poorer people lived. We ended the day with a walk around the gardens.
We started sewing our Tudor style embroidery today. As you see from the photos we had to concentrate very hard.
We thought we knew the answer to this question until we started to investigate. We tried different tests - stirring, pouring, keeping its shape, run test, using a sieve and seeing if it could be absorbed. We found that salt and sand sometimes behaved like liquids! [We discussed why this was and worked out that we really needed to have tested just one grain of salt or sand]. The tricky ones were toothpaste, hair gel and shaving foam they sometimes behaved like a solid and sometimes like a liquid.
In English this week we have been looking at origin stories such as how the elephant got his trunk and how the camel got his hump. We worked in groups to learn a story and then we retold it to the rest of the class. As you can see from the photos some groups even put actions into their story.
Last week in topic we looked at portraits of the Tudor monarchs. We looked carefully at what they wore and then designed our own Tudor costume. (see photos below)
This week we found out how the Tudor period of history started. We worked with Year 3 and 4 to re-enact the Battle of Bosworth. (see photos on Year3/4 page)
Years 5 and 6 are mostly taught by Mrs Wake with the help of Mrs Campbell who supports specific children.
Art and music are taught by Mrs Fell and French is taught by Mrs Campbell.
Your child will be doing PE on Wednesday and Friday, except for the terms when they do Forest School then there will be no Friday PE.
What we do in PE changes term to term but you will be informed at the beginning of each term whether your child needs a P.E. kit or swimming kit for Wednesday's PE lesson.
PE kit should contain shorts, t-shirt, tracksuit and trainers. Please make sure that all items are named.
Your child will be given spellings to learn on a Monday and will be tested on the following Monday. If children do not get a sufficient amount correct in their test they will come back on Wednesday lunch time to be tested again.
We ask all parents to encourage their child to read every day. Most children will be reading independently by this stage but it is still important to talk to your child about what they are reading and share books with them. This can help them to understand new vocabulary and ensure good comprehension.
Homework in KS2
In addition to this, it is important for children to practice their mental maths skills regularly. Knowing their number bonds and times tables, including the division facts, will help them with many different areas of maths.
In our class there is a times tables test every Wednesday. The start of most maths lessons includes mental maths work.
Helpful websites to support mathematical learning:
Please see the schools calculation booklet, which we sent home, for other practical ideas to help your child with their maths.
If you have any questions please come and see me.
To view our daily class timetable please click on the documents below. Please be aware that this timetable is flexible and may be altered for special events, trips and extended learning activities.