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First full week in Class 5

Who can believe it our first full week has been and gone in Class 5. We are delighted that all of the Class 1 reception children are with us and that our buddies are settling in well. We were very proud of them in the first celebration assembly on Friday and some receiving badges too.

So what learning took place in Class 5 last week? We took time on Friday to reflect on the week and here is what we came up with as a class.

In English we spent time looking,discussing and exploring narrative genres. While looking at different extracts we thought about the characters, setting, plot , vocabulary and writing techniques and how they related to the genre. We focused on science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and historical texts.We then chose to present our findings in a poster to be displayed in the school library. This way we can encourage others to think about the books they choose to read and encourage a love of reading.

In Maths we spent time on improving our mental methods of calculation and looked at a number of ways to do this. We realised that not everyone will agree on the same method but looked at partitioning, doubling, halving, rounding to help us. We have also been getting to grips with our times tables and recalling these much quicker.

We have also had our first PE sessions of swimming and hockey which were great fun. Some of us also started music lessons either recorder, violin or wider opps and we are all looking with Mrs Stewart on reading and writing music in class. In art we looked at using viewfinders and how these would help us create more detailed observational drawings. We also made a value strip and looked at different drawing techniques using shading and hatching in both pencil and coloured pencil.

In Science we started to look at our topic of 'Animals including humans'. Our first session looked at the scientific vocabulary used to identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and explain the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. We watched a scientfic diagram to see how blood moves from the heart, delivering oxygen and nutrients to every part of the body. On the return trip , the blood picks up waste products so that your body can get rid of them.

Did you know : The body of an adult contains over 60,000miles of blood vessels!   

A 'heartbeat' is really the sound of the valves in the heart closing as they push blood through its chambers.  Your heart beats some 30 million times a year!

We then looked at using cardboard tubes of various lengths and how we could develop this into a science experiment, as we learnt about the first stethoscope, which was invented by the French physcian Rene Laennec in 1816. He had used a long, rolled paper tube to funnel the sound.

In computing we looked at 'Big Data'and what this was and how it is used in the world. We used the internet and did a lot of discussion on e safety. We shared examples and looked at the positive and negative aspects of this. It was very interesting.  

This is not everything but just gives you an idea of what we did and all in a week. Congratulations to Rhys and Laney who are our Year 6 school council representatives who will do a great job. Finally, i'd just like to say a big well done to everyone in Class 5 for a busy, fun hard working week. Remember your homework and home school contact books,see you all on Monday.

Mrs Stewart



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Welcome to Class 5

Welcome to Class 5

I would like to say how pleased and proud I am of Class 5 already. First impressions do count and all of the children have certainly taken on the role of Year 6 brilliantly.  Positions of responsibility have been given and they are doing a great job. We have started as we mean to go on with working hard and giving our best. Thank you to all the parents who have already checked and kept in touch via the new home school contact books and hope that you and the children find them useful.


We have covered a range of writing and maths already and spoken a great deal about presentation. If you are interested in the Y6 office assistant position please remember your applications need to be with Mrs Peddie by Wednesday 10th September.


Spellings will be issued tomorrow and the children will copy these into their home school contact book. On Thursday, alongside the curriculum leaflets, you will receive another spelling sheet, with a covering note explaining what the children must do. Our aim is to keep you updated as much as possible with our learning in class through a weekly blog either by the children or myself.


See you tomorrow for another fun, hard working week!
Mrs Stewart

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Class 5 update ... SATs are done!

Class 5 Blog Friday 16th May 2014

This half term has been busy for Class 5 because year 6 have been building towards taking their tricky SATs papers and year 5 have been working hard to keep up with us! Year 6 woke up all this week for a yummy breakfast cooked by Mr. Sharp and Mrs. Harrington-Smith, so a great big thank you from all of year 6!
Life hasn't just been about tests though, so here is a flavour of what else we have been learning about (not necessarily in chronological order).

This Thursday we started looking at the work of Lowry. Mrs Racher gave us a snippet of one of his pictures and we had to scale it up and paint it carefully with water colours, at the end of the lesson we took them into the hall and arranged the big version, it looked fantastic.

Also, class 2 did an assembly, it was brilliant and their voices were so clear we heard every word even though we were at the back.

Mrs. Racher has been teaching us science this half term, we learnt what seeds need to germinate. We set up an investigation to see what might affect broad beans and the speed they would germinate. Some of them germinated and started to grow, they are now planted in the school garden.

In PE we have been rehearsing for sports day, practising all the events and getting excited for sports day!
Of course we have been doing much more but we can't fit it all in. So that is it from us but make sure you keep checking the Class 5 blog for updates!

Erin Berry and Violet Morris

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What an artistic bunch!

Thank you to Estelle and Sky for catching up on our class 5 blog which gives a brief summary of the last couple of weeks in class 5.

Last week in literacy we started to learn about explanations, discussing how they were different from descriptions. We looked at some different texts about aliens and the BMX. It was interesting leaning about Filpor aliens and how they survive. In maths we learnt about acute and obtuse angles, linking this to what we learnt previously about shapes and triangles. On Wednesday (as you may know) the choir went to the big O2! They all had a fantastic time and can’t wait to go again.

This week in literacy we have been continuing work on explanation texts, watching some video clips of inventions by Wallace and Grommet, we drew story maps and them wrote them out once we had decided on a logical order. In maths we have been drawing and reading angles using a protractor. We have just started looking at co-ordinates on a four quadrant grid. On Wednesday and Thursday we all took part in Arts Days, with the theme sky and sea. All five classes have had an amazing time and we showcased all our amazing work on Friday morning.

My favourite activity was painting on the canvases because it was really relaxing when we were doing it and I was pleased with the end product. Estelle.

I enjoyed story mapping this week, it was something I had never done before and it really helped my writing, as I knew exactly what to write. Sky.

I had a wonderful couple of days working with children all across our school, they all listened really well and I was amazed how well they all applied such a variety of skills across the two days. The sheer volume of work was amazing at the end of a mere two days. I was really grateful for all the parent helpers who helped me with my activities. All the teacher’s enjoyed creating a display on Friday night and we hope that some parents might be able to come and have a really close look at the wonderful work produced during open sessions on Monday. Mrs. Racher

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Another busy week in class 5!


This week in class 5 we have done lots of exciting things. On Monday, in geography, we have been locating volcanoes on a world map, using degrees. It was very tricky but we managed it. On Tuesday, with Mrs. Archer we were learning about the effects of illegal drugs and their names. In music, we sang an African song in a round, it sounded great. On Wednesday we started with French then after that we had literacy, we had to write a formal letter of apology. In the afternoon we were learning about the festival of Passover and the special food they ate. Then we made some salt dough to create models of the food. It was so much fun!

On Thursday we were learning about forces, mostly air resistance. Mrs. Archer got a glass of water and a piece of folded card and tipped it over and removed her hand. The air resistance created a vacuum and the card stayed! Until she nudged it and the vacuum broke and the water went everywhere! WARNING! Do not try this at home!

Today is our family week session and we are very excited to see what Mrs. Racher has planned for our families to do. We bet it’s going to be great! (Mrs. Racher would like to add it was great! Everyone got really involved and persevered with the challenging problems which were set, thanks so much to everyone who came!)

There is also a netball match today, against Codicote, it is a home match. Good luck! On Wednesday Choir are going to the O2, we are nervous but excited about it and we hope that they have a good time, we will be really proud of them, good luck to everyone involved.

Well that is our blog for this week. Goodbye!

Aimee and Katie. F

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to out Class five blog!

We've had a great week in class 5.  In literacy we've been learning about formal language and designing informal information posters.  This lead on from our work on apostrophes.  Also, in maths we have been working on 2D shapes, mostly quadrilterals, and  all their marvellous properties!  We are glad we have gone over this as it will help us with our SATs.  Earlier on this week we learnt more about the Earth's many layers and went inside a deadly volcano (sort of).  The damage a volcano can do is really fascinating.


All of the choir are really excited aout the O2 and some of us will be going to the Royal Albert hall.  We have all been working really hard towards it, learning the moves and the lyrics.  We are sure we will really enjoy it.


As most of you will know we have recently heard about an exciting new trip coming up to go and see the magnificent Peter Pan on Ice!  All of can't wait and we are sure it will be amazing!


Well it is goodbye from us now, but there will be a new pair of bloggers next week with more news from Class 5.  So it's goodbye from us and good luck to our first ever lacrosse team in their match at Barnwell next week.


Katie. A and Izzy. H

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SATs over, but no time to rest!

With the SATs done for year 6 it has been excellent for the children's minds to set on other parts of the curriculum which are not officially assessed!  Over the past few weeks the children have been busy honing their sketching techniques.  They looked at different ways of shading, the effects of different grades of pencil, how you can create different textures using pencils, ways to get a feel for perspective and much more ... all of this led to their final landscape drawing of our beautiful church.  Some examples can be seen on the gallery, please take a look, I am sure you will agree the children have really showed their artistic flair.  I know class 5 are now excited with lots of different events coming up in the not too distant future, such as auditions for our annual production, sports day, school journey and of course the up and coming talent show which the year 6 children are busy planning for Friday.  It's going to be a busy time andI am looking forward to spending these last few weeks with year 6 having lots of fun ... and learning something too!

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This half term we have being carrying out a book study of the well known classic The BFG. We have used this brilliant piece of writing to explore lots of different styles of writing, looking at play-scripts, descriptive pieces, how characters are developed, diary entries and much more. This week we focused on the style of Roald Dahl and talked about what techniques he uses in this book, and many of his others. Class 5 had a specific chapter to try and write, being told only the basic events within the section. Here's a great example from Charlotte which really shows how she emulated the style of Roald Dahl, as well as using brilliant story writing techniques.
"The Head of the Army marched in with his head held high. "Take a seat." said the Queen. He sat down. Sophie sat there examining him. "As you said, Queen we have a very big problem. Giants!" yelled the Head of the Army.
"Oh golly! The giants is probably hearing you in Giant Land!" announced The BFG. The Head of the Army ignored him.
"There have been reports of children going missing in all different parts of the world M'am." explained the Head of the Army.
"we only have eight hours," said The BFG
"Then what are we doing standing here, we must shoot them all!" bellowed the head of the army.
"Violence is not the answer," confirmed the Queen.
"Then what should we do!" Growled the head of the Army, jumping up from the chair, his black moustache began to shake as he spoke. Sophie had to bite her lip to stop her from laughing.
"I has an idea," said the BFG.


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