Our class teacher is Miss Brown. We are supported in our learning by Mrs Hughes. The children in our class are in Year 5 and Year 6.
Term 6 2023
The Performance and DT
Wow! What a term we have had practising for our performance of 'Pirates of the Curry Bean'. We have worked incredibly hard this term, building props and learning our lines. We enjoyed building props and taking ownership over the play. We have created a Tavern Bar - The Squirty Squid. We sanded down an old unit, painted and decorated it. We had a lot of fun doing this! We have also used our sewing skills to create crabs and fish.
We have studied 'Windrush Child' by Benjamin Zephinah. This book was inspiring and had us hooked! We thought hard about what it must have been like for people who came over on the Windrush and what experiences they must have had. The children wrote some very thought-provoking pieces of work centred around this text. The children then all created a memorial that they would like to have created, in memory, of those who came over on the Windrush. We all said we would recommend this book to other children our age!
Our History topic this term has been 'The Windrush, The Bristol Bus Boycott and The Civil Rights Movement.' We have been really captivated by this unit and have had some wonderful discussions. We have studied Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in depth, alongside Rosa Parks. We discussed what life must have been like for African-Americans in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. We have studied photo sources from this era to back up our reasoning. We studied the question 'Would the Bristol Buscott have happened, had Rosa Parks not have given up her seat.' This generated some excellent discussions and thought-provoking responses.
Year 5 have worked hard on Negative Numbers, Converting Units and Volume. The children have formed revision booklets to help them with converting units.
Year 6 have had fun with their Maths Themed Projects. The children have been understanding the importance of budgeting, the cost of living and future careers.
Our Science unit this term has been all about growing up, and the different developmental stages a human goes through over the duration of their lives. We have had mature conversations and understand the changes that our bodies go through over time. We have also created leaflets, with the purpose of giving them to other children once they get to our age.
The Wider Community
The History work that we have completed over the duration of the year, has been on display through the Blagdon History Association at a local event. We have had the association in twice this year to talk to us about the changes our village has gone through over the years (during World War Two and the census's). We were really proud to have our work displayed for all to see! We look forward to further visits from them.
In Sycamore Class, we were very fortunate to have another visit from the Blagdon History Association. This time, Jacky spoke to us about the population of Blagdon since the census began. We were in awe going through the population of Blagdon and found it so interesting to see how jobs have changed overtime. Jacky showed us photos of what our village used to look like (these were from the associations archives, so we hadn't seen them before).
This term, we have been exploring the text 'Hidden Figures' by Margot Lee Shetterly. This book is about 4 African-American women, who were human computers for NASA and NACA (as it was formerly known). We have explored the plight and segregation that these 4 women had to go through. In lesson 5, we acted out part of the book with the Judge and Mary Jackson were she was fighting to be the first African American female in her state to attend an all white highschool. The children really got into this role play and were sensible when acting out this scene.
We also studied 'The Promise' by Nicola Davies. We all really enjoyed this book and the meaning behind it. Most of us felt like this book could be written from a futuristic perspective as all of the trees and greenery had gone. The end of this unit saw us all write a sequel to this story. Our versions mostly took on a futuristic perspective. Miss Brown really enjoyed reading these narratives!
In science, we have been looking at life cycles and how they can differ from animal to animal. We each studied two different animal groups and their lifecycles and explored their similarities and differences.
We have looked at the gestation periods of different animals - ranging from mice all the way to elephants! We were amazed at the gestation period for African Bush Elephants - 22 months! Once we had sorted our cards, we plotted the data onto graphs and analysed the data.
This term, our Year 6s sat their SATs. They did exceptionally well, and we are so proud of them! Whilst our Years 6s took their SATs, the Year 5s took part in some projects to enrich their Science and History curriculum. They created their own animals with: descriptions, drawings and lifecycles, they researched Mae Jemison and the children produced leaflets about Jane Goodall.
School of Sanctuary
On Friday 9th May, 5 children from Sycamore Class, alongside Miss Brown and Mrs Campbell went to the Manor House in Bristol to collect our School of Sanctuary Award. The children represented the school beautifully. Three of the children spoke about their journey to England and read 'Peace Poems'.
School Trip - 19th May 2023
On Friday 19th May, Sycamore Class went to Bristol for a trip! We visited the MShed for a World War 2 workshop. We had a wonderful time exploring all the artefacts and thinking what they could have been used for. We got told hold an exploded bomb from this time period. We could still smell the sulphur coming off of the bomb. We also got to see a typical evacuee's suitcase, we couldn't believe how little they packed! It was fascinating to see how many of the clothes weren't manufactured, but hand-made! Finally, we explored the food from World War 2. We got to see a real ration book and some real food from this time period. The powdered eggs, when shook, still made a noise!
After our trip to MShed, we walked up to the museum. This was incredibly interesting! We got to see the Egyptian exhibit. This included seeing a real sarcophagus! We also got to see some dinosaur bones, some of the children were amazed at how big they were!
The KS2 Summer Production
This year, our play is 'Pirates of the Curry Bean.' The children have had their scripts, listened to the songs and have seen the choreography. We look forward to rehearsing and practising for our performance at the end of Term 6!
Our two books this term were:
‘The Children of the Benin Kingdom’ by Dinah Orji
‘The Unforgotten Coat’ by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
The Unforgotten Coat, had themes of migration and what it is like to be a refugee. As a class, we spoke about the difficulties refugees can face. We created pieces of writing based on this book, with a refugee who has joined our school. The children enjoyed this and created some thoughtful and inspiring pieces of work.
The Children of the Benin Kingdom, was a book enjoyed by all! The children loved this book and really got stuck into it. We particularly enjoyed how this book linked to our History topic of Benin. The children felt like the book bought our history topic to life even more, with the experiences and adventures that the protagonists had.
In Science, we continued exploring properties of materials. The children particularly enjoyed using junk modelling to create cups and see who could insulate their cup the best. We created a whole class chart and found it fascinating (and competitive!) to see whose cup was dropping the quickest in temperature.
We spent this term exploring the Benin Kingdom and what life was like for the Edo people during this time. We discovered what goods the people of Benin traded around the world. We found this task exciting because we got to see how trade links were established.
We looked at the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the roots that were undertaken during this time. The children were very mature within their understanding of this subject area.
We have studied some wonderful Literacy this term! We studied the Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. From this, we created our own Lost Things and made narratives! We found this unit ever so exciting and captivating!
We studied the Guardians 'Three Little Pigs'. We loved this unit as it offered us a different perspective from the traditional fairy tales that we all know and love. We have acted as lawyers and have explored the story from both, the Wolf and the Pigs perspectives. We were very divided as to who was actually to blame!
Science has been a very exciting unit this term! We have undertaken many different scientific experiments to explore:
- Materials and their specific properties.
- Do materials disappear when they dissolve?
- What factors will affect the rate of sugar dissolving?
- What affects the amount of gas produced when vitamin C tablets are added to water?
Additionally, we explored the impact of varying water temperatures on skittles. We found this so fun and created some wonderful patterns! We particularly enjoyed being able to eat any leftover skittles!
This term, we have been looking at 'Population'. We focused mostly on the population of Mexico, Germany and the UK. We looked at the different reasons behind the world's population and how it can change. We found the reasons for change very interesting, especially how some countries have a growing ageing population. We explored this further and came to the conclusion that medicine plays a big part in population and increases.
We found it very interesting to discuss and answer 'How do we feed the planet?'. We looked at the issues that comes with a growing and ageing population like the lack of food.
In Art, we did printing. We practised our cutting skills and created some wonderful stencils that we would like to use in our printing pieces. At the end of the unit, we had the chance to use silk screens! We very much enjoyed this unit.
We have had some excellent texts this term! We studied Anne Frank's diary. From this text, we got some very emotive pieces of writing. We all thought long and hard about the impact of WW2 on people outside our own country. We explored what life must have been like for Anne, by looking at the Annex online. This generated some wonderful, empathetic talks. We all produced diary entries, in role.
The Suffragettes Battle for Equality was another text that we explored. We found this book so insightful and interesting. We could not believe what women had to go through to get the vote! We had class debates about whether it is right to use violence to get what we want. We looked at various government acts from this time; for example, The Cat and Mouse Act. We looked at the Suffragists vs the Suffragettes. We couldn't believe how different the two groups were.
The final book we looked at was The Polar Express. We thoroughly enjoyed reading such a beautifully illustrated book. We thought long and hard about our own versions of this narrative.
Year 6 explored Fractions this term. We looked at dividing and multiplying fractions! We were pleasantly surprised that this was relatively easy for us all! We enjoyed this unit and celebrate our learning. We also looked at converting units. In this unit, we earned about approximately equals signs. This was new learning!
Year 5 looked at multiplying and dividing. We learnt how to use short division methods, as well as formal methods for multiplying. We enjoyed this unit and found the challenge and concept of new learning fun! Finally, we began to explore fractions. This was deepening our learning from previous years. We found the use of mathematical manipulative helpful!
In Science, we explored 'Earth and Space'. We watched a mesmerising video that showed us the scale of the Earth in comparison to other planets, even galaxies! This hooked us right into the unit and we couldn't wait to find out more! We created 'Hitchhikers Guides to the Galaxy' booklets, to showcase our learning of Earth and Space. We looked at creating pnumonics to help us remember the planets and their order. Miss Brown took us all onto the playground with inflatable planets. We looked at the movement of the planets in relation to the Sun, Earth and Moon. We really enjoyed doing this and remembered a lot!
In History, we looked at World War 2. We were very fortunate as we had a guest speaker come in to talk to us! She informed us all about what Blagdon was like in WW2. We learnt a lot about: what life was like for the people who lived here, the American soldiers who stayed in Coombe Lodge, the evacuees who came from London and the surrounding areas, the 'Phoney Village' and the blockade built on Blagdon Lake! We had a wonderful afternoon, we were very excited when Jackie (from the BHA) let us wear real WW2 fireman's helmets!
We explored what events led to World War 2, how Britain prepared for the war, whether or not Dunkirk was a victory or disaster, the impact of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, how the Allies prepared for D-Day and finally, the legacy that was left behind.
In Topic 20, we explored Population. We looked at the key vocabulary that we would need for the unit. We also looked at some various countries to understand their demographics.
What a fun unit this was! We made shelters, this linked to our WW2 topic. We explored a variety of shelters to begin with. We wanted to make sure we fully understood the concept of them. We also built up our skills on how to use knives and saws. When we made our shelters, Miss Brown poured a variety of different things on them - sugar, potatoes and water - to see if we had met the design specification, most of us did!
Wow, what an exciting start to the new academic year! We have really enjoyed settling into our new class and getting to know where everything is!
In English, we have studied our whole school text 'Journey' by Aaron Becker. We went into the school hall and saw a wonderful scene from the story set up on the stage. We thought carefully where all the objects were placed and what was around us. When we went back into the class, we consolidated our learning of preposition phrases and wrote an excellent piece of work.
At the end of this unit, we all worked hard to create a sequel to this book. We added in additional characters and sent them off on a journey they would never forget!
We are currently studying 'Can We Save the Tiger?' by Martin Jenkins. This book has created some very thoughtful responses about extinction and what it means for the planet. We have all chosen an animal that is close to extinction and have so far created; persuasive speeches and non-fiction pieces.
To summarise our time in camp, we all generated recounts! We all had such a fabulous time on camp and wrote happily about our time away. We used our 'Professional Publishing Portfolios' for the first time and created excellent pieces of work.
In Maths, both year groups have studied Place Value. In Year 6, we explored numbers to 10 million! In Year 5, we have looked at numbers to 1 million.
Currently, Year 6 are looking at the four operations. We have shown great resilience in this unit and have worked hard. We looked at multiplying 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers.
In Year 5, we have looked at addition and subtraction. We have explored the column method and have worked hard to ensure we are writing this in the right way. We have also looked at exchanging.
We have really enjoyed our Science unit so far. We are learning about Evolution and Inheritance. In our first lesson, we created some mind-maps showing what we already know. We will add to these at the end of this science unit to show how much our learning has grown.
In our second lesson, we looked at inheritance. To explore this in-depth, we looked at Little Miss and Mr Men. We then created the offspring that they could have! We learnt a lot in this lesson and created some fantastic offspring with detailed sentences explaining what they inherited from their parents.
Then, we explored how lizards and snakes have adapted overtime and what characteristics help them to survive in their environment. We found this interesting and generated some insightful pieces of work.
Next, we did an experiment using: tweezers, chopsticks, bulldog clips, pegs and sugar cube tongs to see which 'beak' would be the most effective at collecting food. In our groups we fed back our data and summarises that the best item to collect food were the chopsticks. We then discussed how this related to Darwin's Finches. We summarised that the chopsticks were the most effective because of their length and we could vary the pressure that we put on them.
In Geography, we are looking at Fieldwork. In our first lesson, we used atlases to explore where various geographers carried out their fieldwork. Using the atlases and what we had learnt in the lesson, we transferred the information onto world maps. It was interesting to see all the different areas that fieldwork can take place.
We have also explored how geographers collect their data. We learnt that geographers collect their data in a variety of ways. We decided to create a field sketch of the school, using OASIS as our guide.
In the following lesson, we looked at data and how we can collect it. We wanted to look around our school and see which area we found the most appealing. Lots of us voted for the front garden!
At camp, we also read maps during orienteering. We found this exercise fun and we were able to successfully locate the different areas.
In Topic 20 this term, we are looking at World War 1. This is because our History topic next term is World War 2. Our first lesson explored how World War 1 began and has allowed us to build upon our underpinning knowledge. We have so far explored: what World War 1 was, the causes of World War 1 and The Battle of Arras.
In RE we have been looking at Sikhism. The question that we are answering over the duration of this unit is 'How far would a Sikh go for his/her religion?'. This has been an interesting unit for us. We have explored our own commitments in this unit and have had some excellent class discussions. We have looked at the Story of Khalsa and found this interesting and insightful.
In art, we have been looking at space! We have studied two artists in depth: Julie Perrot and Peter Thorpe. We have been looking at their work and analysing some pieces; saying what we like and dislike.
We have also been using oil pastels. We have experimented using oil pastels and how to effectively create pieces of art. We have practised our blending skills.
Academic Year 2021 - 2022
This term started off with a mystery Maya visitor! Professor Jones came in and taught us all about the Maya and showed us what life was like for them. During this visit, we had so much fun! We explored what the Maya wore and what food they ate. This links to our history topic this term. In class, we have looked at the discovery of the Maya Civilisation, The Gods and Religions that they worshipped and Maya writing.
Our book in English this term, is the Last Wild by Piers Torday. We have discovered what life would be like in a dystopian world. The children have thought carefully and considerately in this unit of work and have produced some fantastic pieces of work. We particularly liked describing the main character in this story - Kester - as he can't speak, but can communicate with the remaining animals. We had a class discussion centred around the importance of animals and what the world would be like without them.
In Science, we are exploring the circulatory system. We have found it so interesting looking at the different parts of the heart and the various components needed to ensure our circulatory systems are functioning properly. We have also enjoyed looking at the components in blood. We now understand what blood is made out of and how certain cells within our bodies can stop the blood from moving freely around the body.
We have been most excited about practising for our school play this term! Our play is 'Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies'. We have all really got into our parts and have truly made them come to life! We are practising really hard and cannot wait to show our grownups what we have been doing!
We spent a day working on, and consolidating our DT skills to create some props, backgrounds and costumes for the play. We used a variety of materials to help us with this and have produced some excellent creations!
Year 6 have enjoyed their transition days to their various schools, and have all come back absolutely buzzing about becoming a Year 7!
In Term 5, we built up our sewing skills to create the final product of a cushion! We had so much fun during this unit of DT! We learnt a variety of sewing skills, such as running stitch, back stitch, cross stitch and over stitch. We had to think carefully about what stitches we wanted to use on our final product. We explored the use of embellishment and applique to discover what we liked the most.
In English this term we have been exploring 'Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief.' We have really enjoyed this book so far and have worked hard in our learning. So far, we have produced a fantastic piece of writing, based on a predicted chapter. We really enjoyed thinking about what may happen next... especially as we had just found out which God was Percy's father! We have also created a leaflet advertising Camp Half-Blood. We used extracts of text from the story to create our leaflet, we found lots of clues as to what the camp could be like! In addition to this, we created a map, using the text extracts. We had a lot of fun doing this!
In Maths, we have carried on with properties of shape. We have tried hard to remember the amount of angles in a triangle, square and rectangle in Year 5 and in Year 6, we have had to remember the angles in a quadrilateral!
In Geography, our topic is Energy and Sustainability. We have found this unit insightful and interesting so far. We have learnt about sustainable energy and unsustainable energy. We found it interesting learning about all types of energy sources available to us. In class, we have had lots of discussions about this topic, and we have been having some wonderful class discussions!
In Science, our topic is Living Things and Their Habitats. We have been looking at how we can order and characterise animals! We had a go at creating our very own characterisation charts, which went really well!
We have also looked at plant categorisation and we learnt about flowering and non-flowering plants. We created a fact file about these plants and the work we produced was excellent.
In week 3, we explored whether we thought all bacteria was harmful or unharmful. We created leaflets displaying our knowledge in this area, we also researched using the iPads and found out some very interesting things!
Also, this term, Year 6 completed their SATs! I am very proud of how hard they all worked! Now we can look forward to our end of year performance!
This term so far has been super! This week we performed at The Playhouse in Weston in 'Dance Their Socks Off.' We were crazy scientists for this show and performed a four-minute dance to a huge audience. This was a great experience for us and despite the nerves, we were amazing!
This term also marks our new topic - Mediaeval and Tudor Monarchs. This week, we have studied the period from 1066 and looked at whom the rightful heir to the throne was. We had a class debate and discussion and surmised that William I was who we felt was the rightful heir.
In English, we began our new book 'Rain Player' by David Wisniewski. We have had such fun learning about the Ancient Maya game 'Pok-A-Tok'. We were unsure however if we would like to play it!
In Maths Year 6 have begun learning Algebra. We found it useful to be able to draw pictures to help us visualise the algebraic equations.
In these pictures you can see the amazing Ancient Egyptian contraptions that we have made! We made these contraptions, linking to our science topic of 'Forces', to show the affect that friction can have.
This week (week 3) we have worked hard in English to research the Ancient Mayan's, linking to our English book 'Rain Player'. We have attempted to research a variety of areas, with the aim of presenting our knowledge to our peers. We are also going to attempt to write an essay - we can't wait to show you our results.
We have had lots of fun this term looking at our science topic, Forces. During this experiment we used an old-fashioned whisk with gears to see how long it would take us to whip cream. We were surprised when it took us over 300 whisks!
During Science, we have been exploring water resistance as part of our learning around Forces. We made boats using junk modelling, and we timed how long it would take us to move from one side of the container to the other. We had to think carefully about what materials we used as we didn't want the boats to sink! The fastest time was 9 seconds.
We have been doing lots of fantastic learning across all curriculum areas. We are studying Biomes in Geography and have learnt about the various biomes and the features of them.
In English this term, we have studied 'The Princess's Blankets' by Carol-Ann Duffy. We thought this was a fabulous unit and created some superb writing outcomes; we created our own fairytale!
We are currently studying 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan. We are really enjoying this insightful book and have had some wonderful class discussions about it.
We are encouraged to use a wide variety of vocabulary in our English work. In our classroom we have a word wall on display, where we add any words we have never heard before or are unsure of their definitions. This has been a really useful tool to aid our learning.
In Science, we are exploring Forces. So far, we have looked at gravity and Isaac Newton. We found this particularly interesting and learnt all about the Theory of Gravity! We undertook our own experiment using Newton Meters to collect data on the weight of items in the classroom. Importantly, we have also looked at the difference of weight and mass.
In Math's we have been looking at Decimals, Percentages and Fractions. We have looked at the relationship between these three mathematical areas and have secured our understanding.
In Art, we are exploring 'Cityscapes'. We have had a lot of fun creating beautiful pieces of art in this unit. So far, we have explored the work of Charles Fazzino. We discussed his pieces of work and really liked how bold and bright they are. Based on Fazzino, we have created some super pieces of 3D pop art. In lesson 2, we looked at Leonid Afremov's abstract art work as a basis for our final product. We explored the use of palette knives and how they can be used.
In Term 2, Class 4 spent 6 weeks learning about lighthouses, their functions and how they worked! We had so much fun exploring how to build lighthouses. We firstly started with creating basic structures and worked our way up to creating magnificent pieces of art!
In November, we began our learning journey of The Industrial Revolution. We explored the key features of Victorian society and what it was like to be a Victorian during this time. In particular, we looked at living and working conditions. We had discussions and decided, whilst the Industrial Revolution helped our lives today, we would not have liked to have lived then! We were shocked to find out about Victorian schools and made leaflets advertising our own Victorian schools! We found it fun to be in charge of our own curriculum!
In December, we explored 'Grimms Tales' in English. We particularly enjoyed this unit of dark fairy tales. Our unit ended with us creating some deliciously dark tales!
In October 2021, Class 4 and Class 1 went together to go apple picking in our local orchard. Class 4 enjoyed the responsibility of looking after our youngest pupils.