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This is our new experience

Everyone has had a great start to the year. ( Including the teachers ) it was really nerve-wracking starting year 5, but we have survived... For now!!!

Children in Need...The hunt for the round pound is ON!

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Term 1

This term we have been looking at the book George's Marvellous Medicine  by Roald Dahl. In English we have been doing various activities for example: poetry, letters, diary entry, speech bubbles and advert.

Here is an example of our poems:

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In Science, we have been learning about changing states and, if that state is reversible or irreversible. For example: water to ice is reversible but bread to toast is irreversible. We have also been looking at whether an item is solid, liquid or gas and their properties. As well as that we have been conducting experiments on filtering in order to separate a solid from a liquid. We found out that salt does dissolve in water but you can recover the salt by boiling the water. Sand does not dissolve in water- pretty handy as we live by the beach! We will be investigating further next term.

Maths

Our focus this term has been on place value up to 7 or 8 digit numbers. Understanding is really important as it helps with all aspects of Maths. After that we moved onto Roman numerals (confusing). Did you know the Romans did not have a letter for zero? 

Designing Roman numeral posters was fun. We had to include calculations in both normal numbers and Roman. That was a little tricky.

In this term, we have also tackled addition, subtraction and rounding. 

French

French has been a lot of fun this year; learning greetings and numbers. 

Art

We have really enjoyed Art this term. Based on the illustrations of Quentin Blake, we have created pictures from George's Marvellous Medicine. First, we just used black and then after drawing another picture we painted them using water colours.

Geography

The subject for this term has been Great Britain. Finding major cities etc. has proved quite tricky, but it has been great learning about our country.

Much has happened this term- the Japanese came to teach have to write in Japanese. They also taught us a little origami. One Friday afternoon our parents came into class for shared learning. We showed them how to draw in the style of Quentin Blake.

We also read a second book, The Midnight Fox by Betty Byars. We took part in a debate and wrote a monologue. 

This term has been incredibly busy, really tiring but thanks to Mr Smith and Mrs Rowden great fun. (We have learnt lots too!)

Here are some pictures from the Japanese afternoon:

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Term 2

Welcome back after half term. Kestrel class hope you had a good holiday.

Power of Reading

Our Power of Reading book this term was The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman. This is the story of a little girl who finds a box in her great-grandfather's room. In the box was a collection of matchboxes, each containing a 'memory' from the great-grandfather's life. Kestrel class really enjoyed reading this book and completing the various activities. We had to pretend we were on a ship in a storm, lived in Italy and saw the Statue of Liberty in New York. 

It was interesting finding out how people used to live in other countries; the good and the bad.

We wrote some poems about either a statue, an antique shop or a bedroom. Also, to make our poems more interesting, we tried to include alliteration  (silent statue), personification (the winking star), similies (slow as a snail),  metaphors (the candy floss cloud) and strong adjectives, verbs and adverbs.

Here are some examples:

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Our Class Assembly

We had our class assembly this term and gave us a chance to show everyone what we had been doing. We started with The Beatles All You Need Is Love. We wrote the gathering, sending and prayers ourselves and were able to read some of our poems from Georges Marvellous  Medicine. We, also, showed our Quentin Blake style art work. The best bit though was learning to rap. As it was anti-bullying week a couple of weeks previously, we learnt a song about how bullies make you feel. Although, a really serious subject, it was great performing it and, maybe, it was a different way to reach out to people. Everybody took part and lots of people said how much they had enjoyed. We even learned to sign the hymn. 

Geography

In Geography, we continued to look at rivers and cities of the British Isles. We learnt about where rivers start and end and lots of the features of rivers. Doing loads of map work was really interesting, although some of the sources of of the rivers were really difficult to find! 

 

Science

We carried on looking at changing states of materials and and if it was possible to separate things after they were mixed. We made our own filters, some more successful than others, to see if we could separate sand and water and water and mud. Most of us could, a couple looked almost as clear as normal water. (You MUST not drink this water; it is full of bacteria)

 

 

R.E.

R.E. this term has been a little different from normal. We have been introduced to the 'big frieze.' This is a pictorial representation of the major events in the Bible.

Each picture is represented by a symbol as well. Can you match the symbols to the religious images?

 

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Our first task was to think about God and what He would be like. We learnt words like omnipotent, omniscient and holy. We tried to describe what we thought God would look like and what sort of personality He would have. Then we wrote a poem.

Here are some examples: 

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Our next task was to investigate if Jesus was the Messiah. We all created wanted posters including all the qualities that we thought a Messiah would need. Referring back to the predictions made by the Prophets Isiah and Micah, we considered how  'job application' would look today-with the use of social media.

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There were different activities throughout the term, each making us think about traditional stories (newspaper report about the birth of Jesus, artwork connected to the big frieze and designing stained glass windows).

 

Christmas

That brings us to Christmas. A trip to the panto-oh yes we did- and a Christmas party were two of the highlights. We saw The Wizard of Oz and it was Ozsome! Everyone really enjoyed it and can't wait for next year. We loved watching the Nativity plays of the younger children; they were absolutely fantastic. 

Our Christmas service at St. John's church was really tremendous and lots of mums and dads came along to share in the celebration.

Lastly, as we head off on our Christmas holidays, we would like to thank all the staff, especially Mr Smith and Mrs Rowden, for their help and support through the last two terms. 

Merry Christmas and have a happy, healthy, great New Year.

 

TERM 3

Welcome back after the Christmas holiday. We hope everyone had a great time.

Our topics for this term are:

Power of Reading- Cosmic

Maths- area and perimeter, 

Science- planets and the solar system

History- the Mayans

R.E.- the story of Moses and how can following God bring freedom and justice

P.E - swimming

Computing- basic coding

 

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