CLASS 5 - YEAR 6
Class 5 have been exploring the history of Christianity in Cornwall and why it can be seen as a spiritual place.
First of all, they went to the school peace garden and sat quietly to listen to the sounds around them. When they heard the 'ding' of the triangle they stopped and fed back what they heard. Here are some of their ideas:
- Cars in the distance
- Children playing in the distance
- A crow
- Wind breezing through the trees and bushes
The children said they felt calmer outside and were able to clear their minds more easily.
Back in the classroom the children used maps to explore significant places that indicate sites of spiritual inquiry or Christian settlements. They found:
- Stone Circles (Hurlers, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall)
- Menhirs (Men-An-Tol, Element, Cornwall)
- Barrows (Minions, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall)
- Places beginning with 'Lan' such as 'Landrake'
- Places beginning with 'Eglos' such as 'Egloskerry'
Did you know that 'Lan' means a place of sacred enclosure such as a church or monastery?
Did you know that 'Eglos' means church?
The class discussed reasons why people might see Cornwall as a place of spiritual inquiry and they came up with:
- The scenery
- The slower pace of life ('cities are busy and no one stops to say hello')
- Landmarks that are spiritual
***** 500 Word Story Competition *****
Y6 spent part of their afternoon taking part in the BBC Live Launch Lesson for the 2018 500 word story competition. During their English lessons over the new few weeks they will be planning, writing, editing and redrafting their very own stories... all on their own!
During the Live Lesson they did 3 activities:
Activity 1: Ideas mash up
Activity 2: Put your character in the hot seat
Activity 3: Story endings
Once the stories have been written they will be judged by the teachers and 2 will be sent to the local cluster competition and the BBC 500 word story competition.
**Happy New Year**
Who's the Mummy?
Class 5's topic for the Spring Term will be based on the Ancient Egyptians. Mrs Dart has lots of exciting activities in store... watch this space for updates about what the children have been up to!
Class 5 have an extra class mate! Elfred has joined us for the run up to Christmas. He is 5ft tall and far too big for a shelf, so he sits in our book corner and keeps an eye on all of the children. His favourite book is 'Christmasaurus' by Tom Fletcher. We are using this book to inspire our own writing. Somtimes he leaves messages on the lightbox...
Class 5 worked together to make a wreath for Marhamchurch war memorial. They used plastic bottle bases and an old green coat as the base materials.
First they coloured the bottle bases in with permanent markers so they were red with a black centre. Next, they held the plastic bases above a tealight candle. This made the plastic shrink and curve so that they looked like a flower with petals. Each child made a poppy which was then attached to a wooden base with split pins. Green leaves made from an old waterproof coat were then added. Finally they tied a ribbon around it, with the words 'We will remember'. Two of the children took this to the Remembrance Service on Sunday 12th November.
Y6 TRIP TO DAVIDSTOW CORNWALL WAR MUSEUM
On the 2nd of October, Class 5 went on a school trip to Davidstow War Museum! When we first arrived, the tour guide (called Steven) came on to the bus saying "RIGHT YOU 'ORRIBLE LOT! WHO'S READY TO HAVE SOME FUN?" After we got off the bus, we went into the War's 'Cinema'. While we were in there, he taught us about the background of WWII so we could understand it more. He also told us about soldiers called Gurkhas. He told us that they weren't allowed to put their dagger away until it had drawn blood. Because there were thousands of them, each one couldn't kill a person everyday, so they couldn't put their dagger away, so they would cut their thumb (it had now drawn blood, so they could put it away).
On the first day back the Year 6 children were evacuated during their topic launch lesson. They were busy doing their work (comparing classrooms today to those in 1939) when suddenly a siren sounded and they had to evacuate to the 'bomb' shelter. Mrs Dart then made them continue to do their work even though there was a lot of noise and they were really squashed together! The purpose of the activity was to find out what it might have felt like to be evacuated. Check out the photos below...
Over the summer holidays the new Year 6s were asked to answer some SATs style questions and to create a project on an aspect of WW2 that interested them. The children produced some fantastic work and got to share it with each other. There were projects on...
**WELCOME SUPER BUDDIES OF 2017-18**
Another new school year is about to begin and the new super buddies are all set. On their transition morning the children found out what to expect from life in Year 6 and on the second morning they got to meet the Reception children they will be buddying. To start off the year Class 5 will be finding out about World War II... updates to follow soon...
...2016 - 2017 Archive...
Y6 Production 2017
'An Inspector Calls' is a well known play written by English dramatist J. B. Priestly. Our school play this year has a very different plot!
Without knowing why, the teachers of Pepperton Primary School are summoned to an emergency staff meeting! Could it be to discuss the recent Year 2 trip to a chocolate factory, when all ‘freebies’ were eaten on the bus home, leading to travel-sickness on a scale that has never been witnessed before? No, it’s worse than that! Headteacher, Mrs Wright, delivers the news that, although this is the last week of the summer term and lots of end-of-year activities have been planned, the school is to receive a visit from the inspectors….tomorrow!
We are really looking forward to performing to the rest of the school and our relatives!
Ancient Egyptians - Who's the Mummy?!
On Monday 5th June 2017 we discovered what our topic was for this term and it was Ancient Egypt!
On the fifth we went into class and sat down and we had to fill in sheets with pictures on and what we know and want to find out. We learnt about hieroglyphics and we had a go at working it out. It said 'I am a lucky charm used to watch over this dead body.' It was so fun.
They have different jobs like slave, soldier and pharaoh and they all have hard times.
Did you know?
Water All Around Us...
For the summer term the topic focus is 'Water All Around Us'. So far the children have considered all of the different ways they use water around the home and how they can save water. Why not experiment with this yourself by using: http://www.thewaterfamily.co.uk/
In Geography the class have been working on 'Raging Rivers'. This has included sessions on:
Watch this space for more information about the work Class 5 have been doing and the events they have taken part in. There is a lot to pack into the summer term... SATs, bikeability, sports day, transition days at secondary schools, Bristol Residential, Y6 end of year production, Oscars evening, leaver service and lots more!
Around the World Continuation...
Welcome back to the second half of the Spring term!
Because there is so much to learn about the world around us, we will be continuing with this topic until Easter. Instead of looking at natural disasters the children will be making comparisons between countries and posing their own questions to investigate.
In the first week back they have started to unpick persuasive argument letters... they have enjoyed this a lot and will be writing their own 'complaint' letters next week. Eternity and immortality were explored in RE this week and the children came up with some very interesting ideas. They also unpicked diary entries from Serge in their French lessons! For more information about what we will be learning about this term please see the Spring Term 2 topic web.
Around the World
Class 5's Spring Term One topic will be based on 'Around the World'. Before the Christmas break the children created a word shower of ideas - some of which will be used as key areas for learning in January.
**NEW CLASS PETS**
On Wednesday 18th January Class 5 had a surprise in the afternoon. They had not realised that in the morning Mrs P had snuck into school with part of a bramble bush and some stick insects! These are now safely living in a tank at the back of the classroom. The children each chose three names for them and these were picked at random... we have Fredrick, Eric and Trevor (although we aren't sure how well we will be able to identify them).
The stick insects need a diet of fresh leaves and usually eat bramble leaves. They have a life expectancy of 6 to 12 months. The tank has a piece of netting over the top which is held in place by an elastic band - this is to stop them from escaping! They like to get as a high as possible and would reach the top of the classroom wall if they did escape!
Spring Term English:
In English this term we have been learning about newspaper articles. For a newspaper article you need to write about the 5Ws.
You need to put all of these things in the first paragraph. You also need a title and quotes, newspaper date and maybe a picture. We have been looking at a car wash article and a volcano one.
By Joss, Asfiya and Cora
Spring Term Maths
So far in Maths Class 5 have been learning about angles. Emily, Georgina, Joss and Jude have been working out missing degrees for shapes that go over 360 degrees. A five sided shape is 540 degrees. Every time a sided shape becomes bigger (6, 7, 8 etc) you add 180 degrees. 540 degrees + 180 degrees = 720 degrees. The next day we did lots of missing angles and so did the rest of the class. We have recently been learning about circles. In a circle you have: diameter, circumference and radius. The diameter is double the radius. We used a piece of string to work out the circumference. With our WALHT (We Are Learning How To) we have five colours (least challenging to most challenging) red, orange, green, blue and purple.
By Georgina and Tailea
Spring Term Topic
in topic we have been learning about natural disasters. We have been researching on laptops and LearnPads about tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, earthquakes, avalanches, forest fires and bush fires.
Tornadoes can go at least 480mph and kill thousands of people in seconds.
Things that are good about Year 6...
PSFA Cake Sale Money
Early this year Class 5 and the PSFA had a cake sale and raised £84.10. The class can decide what they would like to use this money for... the children have started to have a think but some research needs to be done into the cost/ possibility of some of the suggested activities! We will also be discussing what the children would like for the classroom.
What we have been doing in English
In Literacy we have been learning about 'The Christmasaurus'.
First, we did some diary writing as William Trundle. We wrote about a girl called Brenda Payne (the meanest girl in the school)
and how William became enemies with Brenda Payne.
We are eventually going to be re-writing the Christmasaurus but first we did precising which is writing the Christmasaurus not in detailed writing.
By Kelsi and Georgina
Festivals and Celebrations
This term Class 5 have been learning about festivals and celebrations. As it is nearly Christmas, we have been decorating the class. There are celebrations around the world. We have learnt about how people celebrate their festivals and traditions. We found out how Muslims celebrate Weddings and Christenings. Class 5 coloured some lanterns. On our display we have a bottle of cola, a swiss roll, a party bag and balloons. It is really fun learning about festivals and traditions.
Festivals and Celebrations
This half term we have been learning about festivals and celebrations. We have found out that around the world lots of different
celebrations are held, for example, St. Patrick’s Day held in Ireland and Chinese New Year held in China. There are also the commonest celebrations like Birthdays, Christmas and Easter.
We are going to look into Christmases around the world, and how different countries celebrate it.
By Kara T
Christmas,is a time to celebrate Jesus' birthday. In the classroom we have been making Christmas decorations. Throughout December every morning people open doors that have chocolate behind them which is what we use to countdown to Christmas day. Our class book for this term is called THE CHRISTMASAURUS. It's about a little boy called William Trundle who loves dinosaurs. And in the North Pole there is a dinosaur called the Christmasaurus who wishes he wasn't so different.
By Kelsi,Emily and Jake
World War II
The first half term of Year 6 our topic was World War 2. We have learnt about how the war started and how food was rationed. People in the war could only have small amounts of food because they had a certain ration book to say how much they could have in a week. Most of the food that was rationed came from farms and across the sea.
On the last week of learning about WW2 all of Year 6 watched a film called Goodnight Mr Tom. The film is about a boy called William Beech who was evacuated from his horrible mum in London. He was evacuated to the countryside where he met a man called Mr Tom. Mr Tom looks grumpy but he is really kind to William. This story is the case is for all the children who were evacuees. We really enjoyed the film and hope you would to.
By Georgina and Emily
BY JOSS AND TAILEA
Last half term we went to Truro Cathedral and The National History Museum. We separated into two gropes, one went to the Cathedral first, and the other went to the Museum [The Year 6 went to the Cathedral and year 4 and 5 went to the Museum].
IN THE CATHEDRAL:
In the Cathedral we saw some of the following;
IN THE MUSEUM :
We learnt about the Bloodhound and made mini versions.
WE ENJOYED THE TRIP THANK YOU FOR TAKING US !!!!!
New School Year
The children have returned to school and are settling into life in Year 6 (Class 5). Before the summer the children met their Reception Buddies who they will be looking after when they begin school next week.
So far the children have been getting to know Mrs Dart and have been finding out about Y6 roles and responsibilities. Aswell as this they been thinking about their aspirations - come and see the display board outside the classroom to find out more.
Y6 have also been trying to work out what their topic will be for this half term by looking at the clues on the topic display board... they will find out on Monday 12th if their predictions were correct!
Watch this space for topic webs, homework menus and updates from the children on what they have been learning.
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