As it is the penultimate week of school the children have been tested using the 2016 Reading and SPAG SATS. The children took on this challenge in an exceptionally mature way and did very well. Every single member of the class passed the SPAG tests and the children also did very well in the reading test. The children should be very proud of their work and increasingly focused on what they need to achieve next year.
Inspired by our scream machine topic, the children have designed and started to build models of their own roller coasters. The variety of designs and different ideas on display shows the brilliant talents of these children in different ways. Next week we will decorate and complete our designs for the end of term.
This week in English the children planned and wrote a story inspired by the short film Alma. The children planned their own endings to this story and spent the early part of the week sharing ideas and discussing different ways to end the story. The children worked hard all week to draft and re-draft their beginnings and endings. We are looking forward to publishing this writing next week.
In science this week, the children have been investigating forces and air resistance. The children thought carefully about the variables involved in their investigation and how they could control these variables to create a fair test. Each group took three measurements and used their year 6 maths skills to calculate the mean average so that they could increase the reliability of their results. Finally, the children used their results to draw conclusions about air resistance.
This week was our final week before our end of year data was due. The children completed a mock sats test to see how far they have progressed with their learning and to identify areas for further improvement. The children did very well under test conditions and applied their skills to the problems included in the test. Almost all of the children passed the test and achieved year 6 expected standard. This puts them in a brilliant position and with a whole year of learning ahead of them they should continue to make excellent progress.
In English, the children published their final assessed piece of work towards their assessment. As with maths, the children applied their skills and showed great improvement over the work from earlier in the year. The writing, based on scary stories, showed a much greater awareness of composition and careful thought was put into the work to achieve the right balance of dialogue, action and suspense.
On Monday, year 5 went on a trip to the Conkers Outdoor Education Centre. We took part in bush craft. Children were challenged to build their own shelter with the items they could find in the forest. Following this, children built their own fires and lit them with flint and steel. The children also explored the indoor exhibits and the outdoor play areas.
On Tuesday, year 5 and 6 visited Dovedale. The children crossed the famous stepping stones and walked along the river dove to the caves where we had lunch before retracing our steps along the river. Some of the braver children paddled in the river next to the stepping stones.
A highlight of this week, and for many of the school year, was our annual sports day. The children were divided into 4 teams and competed in a range of track and field events. Members of the sharks class competed determinedly and all of the children had an excellent morning. It was also great to see so many parents of children in the class attending.
This week the children completed a piece of writing titled The Chained Oak Tree, inspired by the ride Hex at Alton Towers, and the legend surrounding it. Some excellent stories were produced by all of the children.
Following our trip to Alton Towers the children have been debating and writing about the question of whether or not schools should go on trips to theme parks. This questions and the discussion surrounding it has also produced some brilliant and well balanced pieces of writing by members of the class.
On Monday, the whole of upper key stage two went on our trip to Alton Towers. This was to introduce and inspire the children with our new topic 'Scream Machine' which we will be covering in Encompass Curriculum between now and the end of the school year. The children had the opportunities to experience different rides and also participated in a workshop focusing on sciences and forces. This was a great start to the new half term and the children were a credit to the school with their exemplary behaviour and positive attitudes.
This week has also been health and well being week. Unfortunately sports day was postponed due to poor weather on Tuesday. Despite this children were still given the opportunity to learn about and investigate healthy eating and different food groups. Sports day has been rescheduled for later in the term.
This term in English we will be writing some scary stories. We were inspired by some of the rides at Alton Towers to begin writing our own version of The Chained Oak Tree inspired by the ride Hex and the real legend surrounding the Towers.
This week in science we investigated separating materials. Children were given three mixtures (water and gravel, water and sand, water and salt). The children then investigated the different ways that these mixtures could be separated.
The children started the week by publishing their writing from week 30. Their retells of Journey by Aaron Becker incorporated a range of year 5 skills and the children continued to show great improvement with their composition.
This week we continued to solve problems involving measure. Children used concrete manipulatives to investigate and estimate volume. We have also continued to work hard in our arithmetic lessons. This week we completed a year 6 arithmetic paper for the first time and over half of the children achieved the year 6 national standard. Three of the class also achieved greater depth at year 6 arithmetic. We will continue work hard towards the end of the term so that as many children as possible can fulfil their potential and be in the best possible position for the start of year 6.
This week in science the children investigated changes of materials. Children added water to 'crystals' from Alchemy Island to see how they would change. The children measured the size of the crystals at the start of the investigation and then at regular intervals. This data was then recorded as a table and a line graph. The children used their data and graphs to make conclusions about the changes in materials that had taken place.
This week we have been re-writing Journey by Aaron Becker. The children have adapted the events from the story to create their own fantasy stories set in the imagination of the girl from the book. Next week we will innovate our work to create a sequel or alternative story set in Alchemy Island.
This week our learning in maths has focused on measure, perimeter, area and conversions between different units of metric and imperial measurements.
After two weeks of planing and designing our board games the children began to create their boards this week. We will continue this project next week when the children will be adding the final details to their plans.
It has been a short but extremely busy week for all of the children in Sharks Class.
This week the children have continued to work hard in our arithmetic lessons. We are covering different areas of the curriculum where misconceptions have been identified. In just two weeks the children have improved their test scores significantly and many children are now ready to move on to year 6 level tests. We are looking forward to more improvements over the coming weeks.
This Thursday we completed our first published write of the term. The children worked extremely hard for the first two weeks to produce some excellent setting descriptions setting the scene for our narrative stories in Alchemy Island.
Our DT project this half term is to create a board game inspired by Alchemy island. The children have approached this task enthusiastically and there are lots of brilliant game designs and ideas in development. Next week we will be creating the boards using some of our art skills form last term.
It has been a hectic start to the summer term. We have dived straight into our new topics and the children are excited to find out more.
On Monday, the children took part in an Alchemy Island Wow Day. This will be our topic for our English this term. It will also provide cross curriculum links to our encompass. The children will be finding out all about Alchemy Island through geography, science, computing and music lessons. We will also be working on a DT and Art project to create an Alchemy Island themed board game.
Our Wow day included a riddle from the alchemist which needed to be solved. This riddle contained clues for the children to work out where on Alchemy Island our journey would begin. The children then spent time exploring the school grounds looking for potential portals to Alchemy Island. These pictures where put into keynote or powerpoint presentations. To finish our wow day the children write a setting description describing Alchemy Island and composed a short soundtrack to their journey through the portal to Alchemy Island.
In our first science lesson of the term we investigated the properties of materials sent to us from Alchemy Island by the Alchemist. The children investigated the durability, transparency, conductivity and solubility of a range of materials.
Now that we have finished swimming, the sharks class will be back to normal PE lessons in school. Our first PE lesson took place on Thursday. Our new topic is football and the children enjoyed a great introduction to this topic. It was great to see the children listening to feedback and doing their best to find space on the football pitch and show good team work by passing the ball to team mates.
This was our final week of swimming. The children did their final swimming tests. It was brilliant to see lots of children reaching new achievements and improving on their performances at the start of term. Well done to Malaika who achieved her proficiency award after lots of hard work. Many other children achieved their beginners and length awards.
This week in English we published a final piece of fictional writing based on Varjak Paw. The children have made lots of progress this half term with their composition. We have also started working on another discussion text also inspired by the events in Varjak Paw.
This week in maths we have been continuing to work hard on developing our understanding and reasoning of fractions. Some children have been attempting to prove their understanding by creating keynote presentations in response to reasoning challenges.
This week we have been creating an advertising campaign to promote the protection of Polar Bears. The children made a keynote presentation, a poster, a radio advert and an iMovie. We also planned a piece of writing for next week using our year 5 compositional and persuasive skills.
This has been a very busy week for the sharks class.
On Monday we had swimming as usual, the children are continuing to work hard towards their next award or achievement.
On Wednesday it was our class assembly. We also had parents visiting our class in the morning.
All of the children are looking forward to Friday when there will be opportunities to take part in various activities and events for red nose day and mothers day.
This week at swimming sharks class had further success. Ameera successfully completed her beginners award and there are many other children who are now incredibly close to this milestone.
Awards this week were given to Muskaan for her consistently positive approach to school work and to Lily for producing a superb piece of published writing based on the book Varjak Paw.
This was another busy week for the children in sharks class.
The children continued to do well at swimming as more and more of them are achieving their beginners certificates including Aisha, Chloe and Charley. The more advanced swimming group are also doing well including Yumeth who achieved his length award.
This week the school re-introduced weekly awards for children showing school values and producing exceptional work. This week these certificated were awarded to Charley and Mika. Both of these children have shown great improvement. Charley in her swimming and Mika in her attitude towards her work, which has improved brilliantly.
This week at Swimming several children achieved their beginners award and length. This shows continued progress from children at all levels and is very pleasing to see.
This Thursday was world book day. Throughout the day the children spent time taking part in a range of reading activities. We read several chapters of our new class text, Varjak Paw. Later, we recreated chapters and scenes from these chapters using drama. These freeze frames were then used to create a slide show on the iPads which the children then shared with the rest of the class.
This week at swimming the advanced group were doing races using front crawl and backstroke. The beginners group started swimming full lengths of the 25 meter pool instead of widths as they continued to make brilliant progress.
The performance we watched on Wednesday was about E-safety and staying safe online. There were 3 actors in the show.
All of the children are looking forward to golden time this afternoon.
This week we had the rainbow readers assembly for this half term. Lots of members of the sharks class were awarded the yellow badge for continued reading. Two members of the class, Arshia and Aadam, were awarded green badges for reading 125 times.
Swimming, which was incredibly fun, helped us to learn more new skills. We learnt a new way of swimming which was with 'frog legs' for breastroke kick. At the end of the lesson we were jumping in and diving through the water to retrieve objects.
The half termly maths assessment is an assessment we do every half term to see where we are with our maths skills. We have now covered almost all of the year 5 objectives at least once. This gave us an opportunity to show what we have learnt. Once we finished the first maths assessment we had a choice between a greater depth assessment on either geometry or measure.
In science, we began to write a non chronological report about arctic animals or creatures. For example arctic wolves, caribou and many more. We worked hard to include lots of features in our writing. We used ipads to research the animal we had chosen to help us write our reports. With our information we wrote our facts down in a mind map in our science books before writing our report. Some children also did some research at home to help write their report.
This week has been e-safety week. We have learnt about the risks of pop ups on computers and how we should be careful not to click on these. We also discussed the importance of staying safe on line. For example if someone puts a photo of us online we should talk to that person and ask them to take it down. In addition to this, we have talked about the importance of using passwords on online accounts and using different user names for online games to protect ourselves. We discussed about not putting our actual faces for profile pictures on apps or games to also hep protect ourselves online.
On Tuesday, we had somebody from the Police force to help us to stay safe online. We watched a video clip about an older adult grooming a ten year old child. We had opportunities to discuss the events in the video and the potential dangers inlcuding the use of phones and the internet. We also spoke about ways to stay safe in different situations. This video is available to watch on youtube if you are interested.
On Monday afternoon, the shark class went swimming. We learned a new skill, swimming backstroke. The more advanced group were given floats to practice their leg kick and then focused on their arms. The beginner group picked up where they left off last week. Some members of the class made great progress and no longer need a wogoll to swim across the pool.
On Wednesday 1st February, we went on a trip to Macclesfield Forest which is in the Peak District and it was a touch walk for all of us. Our challenge was to climb a tall hill that went up into the clouds. Thee focus of this trip was to gain inspiration for a piece of writing. Along the way, in our notebooks we had to write a story by numbers which about the things that we saw as we were walking through the forest. The conditions were very challenging, it was misty and cold. It was extremely muddy and steep and some of us slipped as we made our way up the hill. Unfortunately, we could not go up to the top of Shutlingsloe due to the low visibility caused by the mist.
Friday was NSPCC numeracy day. We each bought in a pound for the charity and to help raise money for some more maths resources in school. Throughout the day we took part in lots of maths activities. We began by reading the book, 'At the same moment all around the world'. This lead us to some work about time zones around the world.
This week we went swimming for the second time at Fenton. The class was split into two groups. The beginners group went into the deep end, where the children made great progress and built up their confidence in the water. The other group, who were swimming without support, stayed in the shallow end, where they swam in a variety of ways including with floats to practice their leg kick. Next week the children are looking forward to working on their backstroke.
On Monday afternoon, it was our first day of swimming. At swimming, which was at Fenton Manor, we learnt all of the safety procedures and rules of the swimming pool before beginning. Due to the fact that it was our first lesson, we began with a quick swimming test. Two members of the class achieved their Beginners award. Well done Lily and Owen for this achievement. The exercises that we did for the rest of the lesson helped people with less confidence to feel more comfortable in the water. We are all very excited for our next swimming lesson on Monday.
On Monday we did not have our usual routine. We spent the day learning about different religions. Our class focused on Judaism. In the morning we had a special assembly where two members of staff discussed the different types of religions and we found out that there are over 730 religions in the world. We also did some work about our own cultural identities.
On Monday morning, the school was evacuated due to an emergency. All of the children lined up outside the school and walked to the church hall where we spent the morning. Everyone behaved exceptionally in a difficult situation and we made our way back to school after break.
On Wednesday afternoon, the whole school had a surprise in the hall. This surprise was a pantomime of The Snow Queen. It was about a girl who was playing with her friend and he got lost and was taken by the Snow Queen. It was all about the quest to find her friend. During certain scenes there was a dancing crow and the children were encouraged to join in. The children in our class have written our own reviews of these performance and these will be attached to this blog.
On Friday, the school was covered in snow. Our teacher didn't arrive on time because of the traffic so we registered next door with year 6. Due to our new topic, Frozen Kingdom, we took the opportunity to go outside and take pictures of the Snow using the ipads. We then had a chance to play in the snow to inspire our new topic. We spent the rest of the day writing about the snow and working on our class displays for the new topic
Everyone in the class had to design a gadget that could be useful in a spy story. We designed the gadgets to look like everyday objects that a child might carry with them. This project was inspired by chapter 6 of the Alex Rider book - Stormbreaker.
During the next lesson we planned and wrote a story about spies using the gadget as part of the story. We planned our stories using a story mountain. In our plans we included our gadget as part of the resolution to our story.
In our science lesson this week we were writing instructions about how to make a circuit with extra components. Firstly, used a selection of components to create different circuits. We then created a first draft of our instructions including the different features of instructions.
In our English lessons this week we began to read a new text called 'Tom's midnight garden'. We began this week by writing setting descriptions describing Tom's garden.
On Thursday, 8th December, KS2 had a rehearsal for the winter production which will take place next week. All of the classes went to the school hall for practice. The production will be based on the theme from the snowman. Each class performed their own song on stage. We have also been practicing our song in music lessons with Mrs Barker. We had some actors from our class who act out part of the song and also have solo parts in our performance.
We made a light bulb dimmer. We added components to a circuit to create more resistance which caused the bulb to dim. To turn the bulb on and off we used a switch and pressed it ourselves to test! As a team in our table groups, we used our school values:Friendship, Respect, Determination and Excellence!
HOCKEY......During PE this week we have enjoyed practicing the sport with Tom, our BEE ACTIVE coach ,trying to improve our dribbling skills. Afterwards we had lots of fun playing matches in teams of four.
During our maths assessment based on fractions, we found them quite a challenge. However, after lots of practice and determination we improved our knowledge and ability to answer questions correctly. We are super proud of ourselves!
We cant wait to tuck into a delicious Christmas dinner and of course popping our crackers!!! Lots of coloured hats and jokes we're sure will have ourselves and our teachers giggling the afternoon away.
This week, on Wednesday 30th November, we had our class assembly, which was about the re-introduction of wolves to the UK. We discussed the different arguments and pupils from our class wrote their own poems and read them out at the end of the assembly. We presented our research in small groups of 4 or 5 and we spoke about different animals being re-introduced to England and Scotland. These animals included the moose, the lynx, the pine marten, the wild boar and beavers.
In science, we did an experiment to see if a lemon could be used to light up a lightbulb. We gathered some lemons and other equipment we needed. This included copper, nails, wires and bulbs. First, we put the copper into one side of the lemon. Next, we put the nail into the other side of the lemon making sure that the copper and the nail did not touch. We then used the wires to create a circuit connecting the bulb to the lemon. Unfortunately, we were not able to light the bulb using the lemon in this way.
On Monday, we did PE but unfortunately our PE teacher was ill so we did PE with Mr Bevan. We learned some dribbling and passing skills. Then we played a game to put these skills into practice.
Week 10 - Anti Bullying Week
This week has been anti bullying week. We have been focusing on creating posters about the different types of bullying. These posters were made using the class iPads. Children utilised the templates in the pages app to create professional looking and persuasive posters. In addition to these posters the children also used keynote to create a presentation about the reasons why people bully.
At the start of the week the children took part in an anti bullying workshop. The children observed a number of bullying scenes performed by actors. Following the scenes, the actors did a hot seating exercise giving the children an opportunity to consider the thoughts, feelings and motivations of the children involved.
On Monday, we also did PE. In PE we are doing hockey. This week, Tom (our PE teacher) taught us how to use space on the pitch, by giving us two different pitches to play on, one was narrow and one was much wider. That taught us about awareness of space and teamwork.