2018 – 2019
Topic: Beast creator
Year five’s first topic was ‘Beast creator.’ A highlight for children and staff was a visit from the bug man, who brought in scorpions, spiders, beetles and even a snake and chameleon in to school. As part of the topic the children learnt all about minibeasts, their adaptations and how they survive. We also witnessed metamorphosis by watching caterpillar larvae turn into butterflies. Our project ended by spending some time in forest school building a bug hotel.
Year 5: Martin the Bug Man Visit
Year five were very fortunate to have an exciting visit from ‘Martin’ the bug man on Thursday, he spent the whole morning sharing his unusual pets. He taught them all about the animals, their features and adaptions and how he cares for them. As well as learning lots of interesting facts the children were allowed to hold some of them.
Year 6: Wildwood Trip
Year 6 ventured to Wildwoods on Thursday 20th September to support and enhance their topic learning about ‘Darwin’s Delight’. The children enjoyed learning about adaptation and inheritance during a one-hour workshop in which they explored skulls and made predictions through discussions using pictures as well as dressing up. Observations and comparisons were made on animal habitats during their walk around the forest. The children had an amazing day!
Year 5: Reading Aloud
Year 5 have been learning to write persuasive letters in literacy. Once completed, some of the children wee given the opportunity to read them loud in our reading tent.
2107 – 2018
Topic: Peasants, Princes and Pestilence
This term in year 5, we have been studying the topic ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence.’ We have been learning all about medieval knights and the terrifying plague. We have been exploring the symptoms of the plague and have written diary entries from the point of view of someone living during that time period. We even got to write up our entries using italic pens and try our hand at calligraphy! Drama has also played a big part during this topic and we have had the opportunity to act out battle scenes with props and create dramatisations of what it might have been like to live with the plague.
Topic: Gallery Rebels
As part of our topic Gallery Rebels, we looked at different 19th and 20th century artists and how they used colour in their paintings. Through studying famous impressionist paintings, we have written vivid and detailed descriptions. In Science we investigated how light travels and how we see objects, using mirrors to study how light is reflected. We also enjoyed exploring our drawing skills in pencil and charcoal of everyday objects as still life. Mrs Tong also visited our classrooms for a ‘automated drawing’ workshop that encouraged us to draw without over-thinking. It’s harder than you think.
Topic: Scream Machine
In our ‘Scream Machine’ topic we made drop rides. We made them with mechanisms. It was REALLY fun. We had to bring in stuff to make it. The value ‘teamwork’ was used to actually make it because you had to work as a team. The main mechanism was the hardest part because what you had to do was loop the string around a wooden pole then tie the bottom of the string to the cart. It was awesome!
When our topic was Scream Machine, Kestrels class created some drop rides. A drop ride is a free fall drop mechanism. We made a carriage travel upwards with string then it drops! Most of us used cardboard, string and a stick like material. It was very fun! We took three days to finish off and fix our mistakes. At first, many children were confused at how the mechanisms worked but after using perseverance and teamwork, we achieved our goal.
Topic: Child’s war
During term 3 we travelled back in time to WW2. We re-enacted how it would feel to be life as a child in war times, listened to stories from people who lived at that time and wrote our own narratives with flashbacks of war memories. As part of our topic learning, we also learnt how electrical circuits work and used this knowledge to send Morse code using buzzers and lights. At the end of term, each class organised a street party to celebrate the end of the war – even Winston Churchill made a guest appearance! Our parents were invited so we made spam, paste and jam sandwiches which were enjoyed by all.