Welcome to Year 5 and 6!
What a busy week!
At the start of the week we were rehearsing for the "Pied Piper" play. Monday saw the introduction of the props and on Tuesday we had our dress rehearsal. Then came the two performances on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. (see below for a few photos of us before each performance)
On Friday morning we had Forest Schools at school. We built fires and made bubbles. (see Forest School page for more details)
On Friday afternoon we finished making our model catapults. We tested them out to check that they worked and to find the best missile, so now we are ready for the competition on Monday. (see below for photos)
Year 4 joined Year 5 for a transition morning. The task was to make an aeroplane from straws and paper or card. First we looked at a basic straw plane and thought about things we could change. We then designed and made our own planes. As you can see from the photos there were many different ideas some more successful than others.
Thank you for all your hardwork on building a castle homework. The results were amazing.
In English this week we have started reading the story of King Arthur. We found out about his early life and how he became king when he took the sword from the stone. We also read about the Lady of the Lake and Excalibur. We will be reading more of King Arthur's story next week.
Our maths lessons this week were a mixture of maths and ICT, as we learnt how to use and set up spreadsheets. We had to persevere and use trial and improvement methods to find solutions to some of the problems.
During science we carried out an investigation to find out the best way to dry the washing.
In topic this week we looked at ways to attack and defend a castle. We will be using this knowledge to help us build catapults and trebuchets in DT (more on this next week!).
We had a great day out with Earth Trust. We started the day with a walk along by the River Thames at Shillingford. We found out about the backwaters that had been dug to help the animals that live in the river survive flooding. During our walk we noted down things we saw and heard and later on we turned these into poems. After lunch, back at the Earth Trust centre, we used charcoal and chalk to make drawings of the things we had seen by the river.
Over the past couple of weeks we have been making model motte and bailey castles. We started by making a card base to form the fosse (ditch) and the bailey. Next we built up the motte using layers of cardboard. After that we added papier-mâché over the motte to make it smoother and then we painted it. We then added fences around the outside, a keep on top of the motte and buildings in the bailey.
In art this term we have been drawing our own mythical creatures. We took parts from various animals and put them together. Look at the photos below to see if you can work out which animals we used.
Year 6 worked hard during all their SATs tests and enjoyed some treats at the end.
Year 5 worked on a mini project about Neila (a pen pal from another planet) and they also practised their cycling skills ready for their cycling proficiency test next week.
We all carried out a series of experiments in science to find out about air - some with surprising results! [Ask them what happened when they tried to blow the bead into the bottle and what happened to the tissue in the cup when it was put into the bowl of water].
In our topic we have been learning about motte and bailey castles. We worked in groups to make a castle using sand. First we dug out the fosse (ditch) and piled the dug out sand up to make the motte (mound). Next we added the palisade (fence) - this would have been made of wood but we used straws. Finally we added the keep on the top of the motte and the buildings in the bailey. [I don't think the real buildings would have been quite so colourful!]
At last we have finished our "Make do and mend" topic in DT. This proved to be quite a challenge but we managed to turn unwanted items of clothing, old curtains etc. into new things.
In English we have been busy finishing our alternative fairy stories. We have made various changes to the traditional fairy stories including changing the characters and the setting. Some of us wrote a modern version and some wrote a sequel.
Our World War II topic came to an end this week with a "street party" to celebrate VE day. We worked in groups to cook food using World War II recipes. (For recipes see below)
In maths we designed and made boxes for Easter eggs. (see photos below)
As part of our topic on World War II we have been finding out about what happened during the evacuation of Dunkirk, we looked at photographs from the time and listened to radio broadcasts. We also read a story book linked to this called "The Little Ships". Some of us then took on the roles of the characters from the book and the others took on the role of reporters and asked questions. Armed with all this information we then wrote newspaper reports using publisher on the computers. (The newspaper reports are displayed in our classroom, if you would like to read them.)
We have also been looking at posters used during the war to encourage people to grow vegetables, join the armed forces, make do and mend etc. We then produced our own versions of the posters.
As part of our work on Forces we have been investigating air resistance. We started by making parachutes from different materials to see which was the best. Then came the real challenge - could we make a parachute that would land an egg safely on the ground.
Each group designed and made a parachute and then we tested them out, as you can see from the photos below some were more successful than others!
What a busy week!
We started with a Christian wedding in RE. We all took on different roles as we acted out the ceremony and the reception. (Look on Year 3/4 page for the photos)
On Tuesday we made and ate pancakes, we had to follow the recipe in French.
On Wednesday we had our first joint rehearsal for the Abingdon District Spring Concert. This year the theme is Saint George and the Dragon.
On Thursday it was World Book Day and we all dressed up as book characters. (see latest news for the photos). We interviewed each other in role.
On Friday in science we made paper helicopters and investigated how they fell through the air.
This week in science we have been trying to find out which surfaces have the most friction. We did this by seeing how far a toy car would travel over different surfaces. We planned our investigation and made sure it was a fair test, we also repeated each run to make sure our results were as accurate as possible.
We have been working hard on assessments in reading, writing and maths this week. Year 6 also tackled a grammar, punctuation and spelling assessment.
Year 5 and 6 are taking part in the Epic Crystals competition, we have to grow some crystals and make drawings of how crystals are used in science.
We started by dissolving some Epsom salts in a cup of hot water. We kept adding the salts until no more would dissolve. We then added a few drops of food colouring so we could see the crystals more clearly. Next we poured some of the mixture into a petri dish and left it on the windowsill. By the next morning our crystals had started to grow and they are still growing!
We also set some petri dishes with extra things in such as string, cotton wool and stones.
(There are a few photos of our crystals below, we will add more when they have stopped growing - Photos now added)
Visit from a scientist
On Friday 14th February we had a visit from Thomas Sorenson, a scientist who studies crystals at Diamond Light Source in Harwell. He talked to use about atoms and how small they are - did you know that if the atoms inside an apple were the size of a marble then the apple would be the size of the earth! It was then our turn to be atoms, we had to behave as atoms would in a gas, liquid, solid and a crystal. We also looked at examples of crystals and Thomas explained how he studies the atoms in crystals at Diamond Light Source. After that we had a go at building a model of a crystal using marshmallows and cocktail sticks! (The models were very tasty!!) We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Thomas.
As a follow up to the work we did in science on electrical circuits we have been making torches in DT.
They have been quite a challenge - but most of us have managed to get them to work.
We had a great day out, deep in the Oxfordshire countryside, at Hill End evacuee training camp. So different from where we live on the outskirts of London in an area know as Clifton Hampden! When we first arrived we were met by Private Clarke of the Home Guard and Peggy, who had been employed by the local farmer to work on the land. They checked our labels and ID cards and then marched us up to the camp where we met Mrs Jones, who helped the local billeting officer. During the day we took part in training exercises that would help us prepare for life as an evacuee.
The training included
We also went for a local walk with Private Clarke where of course we only saw some cows and badgers! (Remember Loose lips sink ships)
Below are some pictures from Mrs Wake's group, for pictures from the other two groups please look on the Year 3 and 4 page.
We have just started our science topic on forces.
We carried out an experiment to see if things weighed the same in air and in water. First we weighed some objects in air using a Newton meter and then we measured the weight of the same objects in water. We found out that things weigh less in water and the things that floated weighed nothing at all!
As part of our topic on World War II Years 5 and 6 have started learning to knit. This has taken a lot of concentration and a lot of patience from our adult helpers!
Thank you for helping with last week's homework. The children were proud to share the information about their family in war time and we all found out a lot. It was very interesting to see all the different jobs people were doing at the time, both in the armed forces and on the home front.
Welcome to a new term.
Our topic for Terms 3 and 4 is World War II - The Home Front
Click on the link below to see our plans for Term 3
During our first week back we have been thinking about Our Dreams for the Future. These include working with animals, helping others, becoming a fire fighter, joining the army, travel, playing football for Liverpool, becoming an archaeologist, going into space as an astronaut, studying the performing arts at college and even winning a gold medal at the Olympics.
We have also been setting our own goals for this school year. We also thought about what we would need to do to achieve our goal and who might help us.
During the last week of term we took part in several Tudor activities.
On Monday 16th December we had a Tudor feast. We worked in groups to produce Tudor dishes - Vegetable pottage, Potato salad, Cheese tart, Spiced pears, Jumbles, Gingered bread, Spiced apple juice. We enjoyed tasting all of them.
[see photos on the Year 3/4 page]
On Tuesday 17th December we watched an archery demonstration, we also looked at different types of arrows and some of us had a go at pulling the bow. [see photos on the Year 3/4 page]
In the evening we took part in a Tudor carol concert in the church. We dressed in Tudor costumes and sang carols and played tunes from Tudor times. [see photos on the Year 3/4 page]
Here are the Tudor recipes and the recipe for Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge
Over the past few weeks we have been making Tudor houses.
First we made a wooden frame. We had to measure accurately and saw the wood carefully so that all the pieces fitted together. Next we reinforced the corners of the frame using cardboard triangles. After that we made the walls from card, we had to think about the net we needed to draw and cut out. Then we decorated the walls to make them look like Tudor houses. Finally we stuck the walls to the frame and put the roof on, some of us had a tiled roof and others used straw.
We found making the houses a real challenge at times but we are very pleased with the results.
We have been finding out about how our eyes work. We carried out several experiments to find out about
We have also been investigating how light is reflected by a mirror and how mirrors can help us see round corners.
Last week in English we listened to examples of radio adverts and picked out the good features - what made them persuasive and memorable. We then worked in groups to make our own radio ads, advertising "Tudor products".
Please listen to our adverts. Are you tempted to buy our products?
(We used a video recorder to record our radio ads, so don't be put off by the black screen)
We have been making Tudor style samplers in DT.
First we practised our running stitch and cross stitch using card with holes in.
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.
Over the past couple of weeks in English lessons we have been reading and writing poems.
We have written our own versions of "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll and "The Witches' Chant" by William Shakespeare.
Here are a few examples
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 at the sports centre.
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 is handed out on a Thursday and needs to be brought back into school on the following Monday. Your child will usually have 2 pieces of homework to complete.|
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 after our maths evening, for other practical ideas to help your child with their maths. If you have any questions please come and see me.