"Always take pride in your work"
P.E. will be on Wednesday for our class; homework is usually due on Wednesday too; library books are exchanged on Thursday; reading books need to be in every day, and home-school reading bookmarks will be checked on Tuesday
We've had a terrific couple of weeks, delving deeply into our topic on the Ancient Greeks. The children have been considering daily life in Athens and Sparta, from their politics to their sport and schooling, and they have also been exploring the gods, heroes and myths of Ancient Greek culture.
Today, the children went out into the (very Mediterranean!) sun to perform the myths that they had learned by heart. We learned about Icarus and Daedalus, Theseus and the Minotaur, Pandora's Box and King Midas' golden touch. Some of the performances were very *ahem* theatrical...
The children of Year 6 have been doing some outstanding work this week, formulating algebraic expressions from the number patterns and rules they were finding in our investigations. Today, they looked at the rules that emerged in concentric arrangements of counters, and began to consider the algebra underlying these. Excellent work!
Thanks to their sporting successes, the children have earned a whole day of sports across the school - and what a fantastic day! Years 5 & 6 took part in some great archery events, with some real stars emerging. It was a brilliant morning.
Year 6 have had a very absorbing time in maths, trying to crack the challenge of Sudoku! They moved from grids of four numbers, through grids of six, up to the full-sized grids of nine. Despite the frustration of making an incorrect step, the children used their logic, deduction and concentration to great effect!
Following a week of hard work on their SATs and school assessments, Years 5 and 6 have been leaping into their science with great enthusiasm - the biscuits may have helped things along!
This week, the children were studying the different phases of the moon, and demonstrating their knowledge in a very original way...
Happy Easter Holidays, everyone!
The challenge was on in maths today! Playing in pairs, the children had to choose a random target number (with a decimal point!) then roll a nine-sided die four times to generate a series of numbers; whoever managed to rearrange their numbers to get the value closest to the target number was the winner! We completed a first-to-ten challenge, with the children displaying excellent place value and decimal number knowledge.
As part of their work on forces, the children have been using their design and technology skills to construct catapults. Wind resistance, gravity and thrust all play a part - which designs will work best...?
The class have jumped back into our science work on forces with great aplomb - it was a real 'sink or swim' investigation! Having discussed how it is that an albatross is able to float, despite being a colossal 3 metres in wingspan, we set about exploring how different materials can support a weight in water. This is the effect of buoyancy, and the children had a fascinating time trialling various structures and materials. So, how can an albatross float? You'd better ask a Year 5 or 6...
Inspired by the artwork of Anthony Gormley, the children have created their own whole-class version of his piece 'Field'. How do you think it compares?
Today, we went on our long-awaited trip to the magnificent Durham Cathedral. The children were fantastic, showing great responsibility as we walked through the city of Durham and toured the cathedral, and they gathered some fascinating information about the Cathedral and its history.
Our class was lucky enough to be involved in the unravelling of the mystery of Bede's bones: we worked together to analyse statements, clues and relics to establish who was behind the theft of the Venerable Bede's remains from Jarrow. The children have developed a variety of convincing theories! They were also dressed as medieval monks for the task...
In the afternoon, we were taken on a tour by Caroline, the Cathedral Education Officer. She was supremely informative (and lots of fun), and the children gained a deep knowledge of the site and its significance. A brilliant day all round!
What a week we have had! Chosen by Mrs Leeming as 'Class of the Week', and also best attenders - 100% across the week, which is outstanding.
The main event in school this week has been Storytelling Week: a chance for us to learn, share and celebrate stories. Our class rose to the challenge with tremendous enthusiasm, learning the entirety of 'The Gruffalo' across the week. What a remarkable feat! Not only have they performed it as a group in our classroom, but we visited Miss Anderson's Reception class this afternoon, where the class performed it for the children there, and they were even brave enough to stand up and perform it again (no scripts!) for the whole school in assembly.
A knock-out week all round for Years 5 & 6!
Not only have we been enjoying Storytelling Week to the full, but we have also been lucky enough to have a fantastic visitor to Years 5 & 6. Richard, of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue organisation, came to speak to us this morning about what to do if we encounter stranded animals on the beach, and opened our eyes to some of the amazing sealife off the North East Coast. We also learned the importance of picking up our litter when we visit the coast.
The children have been completely absorbed in the adventures of Finn, the unfortunate and under-prepared young Legend-Hunter-to-be of Darkmouth, and they have been inspired to produce some fabulous writing and artwork. A reflection of the brilliant work that has been done can be seen below.
As well as this, we have also plunged into our 'Local Legends' topic with great aplomb, and have been tackling the fascinating universe of forces in science. More on these to follow! In the mean time, keep your Desiccator handy...
We have had a tremendous start to the new year, delving into a brand new book called Darkmouth, by Shane Hegarty. The children were, as you can see, thrilled to receive a class set for our group! We have been reading, writing and creating art with feverish interest, and the children have shown a deep knowledge of the book already, as well as a keenness to read on!
Great books are at the heart of everything we do, and this seems to be another cracker
Our work on street art has come to a brilliant conclusion with a stencilling project in the style of Banksy. We've had some very interesting discussions during the street art module, debating the ethics of graffiti and creating art in public spaces, so Banksy is a fitting subject to end on. The children were very proud of the work they made, and have produced some fabulous pieces.
We've already been very privileged this week, as we've had some wonderful visitors and it's only Tuesday! Both Miss Lindsay-Dunn and Father Alun have come in to see the class, with music on Monday and a special Christingle afternoon on Tuesday. The children got to play Jingle Bells in full on a set of xylophone bars with Miss Lindsay-Dunn, then learn about Advent and make a Christingle with Father Alun. A very enriching start to the week!
Over the past two weeks, we've been out with Mr Roberts for Forest School twice a week - what an extraordinary time we've had! From making outdoor art out of woodland materials, to cooking on an open fire, to identifying trees and creating maps of the woods, to pitting our physical skills against the muddy slopes of Denton Dene, to sharing ideas and dancing like penguins in our Forest School circle, it's been a wonderful experience. Everyone has had a brilliant time, and we're sad that it has come to an end.
The children's knowledge has expanded broadly and rapidly through their Forest School adventures. They are now confidently classifying trees and animals, discussing fire lighting and safety techniques, identifying deciduous and evergreen plantlife, and even deliberating over the 'Wood Wide Web'... Make sure to put your tree and leaf knowledge into practice the next time you're out!
Here are some highlights from the past fortnight...
It has been a truly remarkable week for Years 5 & 6! On Wednesday, we had the privilege of a visit from Natalie of Zoolab, who brought a selection of rainforest creatures for us to study and handle; the children were delighted to meet a giant African land snail, a trio of stick insects, a tarantula, two tree frogs, a giant millipede, two (very clever) rats, and a corn snake!
We've also begun our three weeks of Forest School with Mr Roberts. We went out to Denton Dene on Wednesday and Friday, exploring the outdoors, developing our tree identification, reflecting on the different features of the forest and their roles as habitats, and playing lots of exciting games! The children have had a terrific time, and we're looking forward to next week already!
See the galleries below for images of Zoolab and Forest School.
Another fantastic week has flown by in Years 5 & 6, and the class are making superb progress. Here, you can see the outstanding reading and retrieval they have done, diving into a selection of newspapers for our new journalistic writing topic, and also the burst of logic and calculation that went into solving and creating 'identify the number' puzzles in maths. Well done all!
Today, Years 5 & 6 took the counting books that they made during Maths Week down to the Reception classes to share their stories. Reception made us feel very welcome, and the younger children got to meet lots of new and familiar faces from UKS2. They each read several different books, showing off some excellent counting skills; we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Once the counting fun was over, we even stepped in to help with learning through play...
We have had a superb time during Maths Week - the class have been creating counting books for Reception, participating in the school-wide Coin Trail Challenge, playing maths and logic games like sudoku, calculating the costs of deforestation in our topic lessons, and managing figures in the Money Maze. Maths brains have been sizzling, and everyone has had a brilliant week.
See our Maths Maze gallery below!
The new school year is well underway, and the school has a fantastic new website, too! Now that we're up and running, Years 5 & 6 will be posting every week to give updates on the children's progress and the amazing work we've been doing.
We've had a marvellous first month back. The children have been reading Holes by Louis Sachar, and doing some exceptional writing inspired by the book. Watch out for yellow-spotted lizards!
Across the rest of the curriculum, we've been looking at data and representation in maths, the amazing topic of 'Rainforests' in our geography, and 'Living things' in science. The children have also been creating digital rainforest projects in computing, and producing some superb works of street-art inspired drawing and design in art. We've even been treated to a sing-a-long with Bon Jovi by Miss Lindsay-Dunn!
It really has been an incredible few weeks. Below is a gallery that reflects a day in the life of Years 5 & 6...
Friday 10th June 2016
It has been a while since we last posted, but Year 5 have been very busy in the meantime! The class has plunged headfirst into the strange and magical world of The Spiderwick Chronicles, armed with nothing more than imagination, intrepitude, and a mysterious Field Guide...
They have been writing brilliantly, and also using their art and design skills to produce some marvellous things.
Monday 8th February
An excellent start to the week for Year 5! We have begun February with two Waverley trophies: Class of the Week, and Best Attendance. What an amazing achievement.
The class have also been limbering up their logic with a fascinating maths investigation: could you design a box for 24 sweets, with 6 sweets of 4 different varieties, where the sweets were all arranged so that no sweets of the same type were adjacent? It is trickier than it first seems!
Our older pupils were also lucky enough to get a visit from Technology Tom, who looked closely at the design of bridges with the children.
They looked at different types of bridge design.
Friday 16th October
Not only have the class been doing some outstanding writing today, creating story openings inspired by the short film Lune l'Autre, they've also been producing marvellous art!
Working from the great illustrations that Brian Selznick drew in pencil forThe Invention of Hugo Cabret, the children attempted shading with cross-hatching themselves. The final pieces compare very favourably with Mr Selznick's high standard!
Tuesday 6th October
BZZZZZ! FLASH! The sights and sounds of electrical circuits in high-voltage action overtook the classroom this afternoon as the children used their knowledge of electricity to ignite bulbs and vibrate buzzers. What project will we take on next, as our science work continues...?
Thursday 24th September
We have had a great week working on 'My Mother Saw A Dancing Bear': the children have written poetry and prose inspired by the poem, and they have dived into live performance and role-play acting with great enthusiasm! Everyone in the class can now recite the poem from memory.
We started off thinking about the thoughts and feelings of the bear in the poem...
... Then the children took turns to play the part of the bear, answering questions from an interviewer...