This half term our topic has been Great Memories, Bright Future.
As part of our English work, we have been working on the short video "Ruckus". It tells the story of two robbers who attempt to steal a large ruby from a freight train. We made freeze frame collages to plot the events of the story.
We also captured freeze frames as we listened to the story of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony. In this piece of music, Beethoven tries to show the feelings of a group of people who leave the city for a day out in the countryside. We imagined the sort of activities they could get up to on their day out.
We also created music and art work to aid our contemplation and mindfulness. We looked carefully at the blossom on the trees in the playground and composed music based on our listen to Japanese instruments. The Cherry Blossom festival is an important part of Japanese culture.
We went on a geography walk around the local area to investigate human and physical geography. These are some of the images we took and plotted on our maps.
This half term we have been continuing our topic Running Wild.
Maths and Enterprise Week
For our project during Maths and Enterprise week, we were challenged to make a profit on a sale. We chose to make pizza. We were given £20 capital and had to decide how to spend it. We costed our ingredients from a range of supermarkets - Aldi and Sainsbury's proving cheapest (although other retailers are available). We then had to decide on which topping we could offer. We prepared our market research questionnaires and record the results in tally charts and bar graphs. We found out the most popular pizzas would be cheese and tomato and pepperoni. Then we had to estimate how many slices we could sell and how many pizzas we would need to make to provide that number of slices. Fortunately we had been studying fractions in maths (Fractions seems to be all about pizza and chocolate bars!) so we were able to come up with an answer. We decided that 50p a slice (with 10p extra for certain toppings) would be a fair price that people would be prepared to pay and would still leave us a profit. We created an advertising campaign using posters around the school.
Mr Long bought the ingredients and we all took turns in preparing our pizzas which were sold on Friday afternoon.
Science Week Drama
We had an actor visit us to create some drama work about climate change and ecology. Here are some photos of what we got up to.
Our Science project has taught us about the heart, the lungs and blood. Here we are listening to the beat of each other's hearts.
We were lucky enough to have some coaches from Platform Cricket come in to improve our skills. We can't wait for the next Ashes Series!
We visited the library to hear a story by Ranti Akintobi at Thamesmere Library. We learnt a lot about how we should and shouldn't structure a story, what to include and what to leave out and the importance of having a good editor or self-editing skills.
Our Spring topic is Running Wild. This is a Science and Geography based topic which looks at Evolution, Adaptation and Inheritance as well as the impact of deforestation and other human activities on the state of the environment particularly regarding the areas described as Tropical Rainforest. Our Jubilee Key for Life is to be Eco-friendly and our Equality foci are focussing on the rights of animals and of the planet.
A Lion In Paris
One of our English texts was A Lion In Paris by Beatrice Alemagna.
Here we are using physical actions to help us remember the story:
Part of our Science work has been finding out about fossils. We created our own fossils using clay based on ammonites and other fossils we had researched. We think the famous Victorian paleontologist Mary Anning would have been proud of us.
Singing from Sparkyard
In Music we have been using our Thinking Voices to help us maintain the pulse and rhythm of our singing. We used some silly actions to help us remember.
Our English texts this half term were The Tiny Crusader and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. In Maths we practised multiplying and dividing and started work on perimeters. Our Science work involved Electricity and we carried on our history topic including looking at the work of some protest singers from the folk genre. We also had great fun in rehearsing and performing our contribution to the KS2 Christmas Concert.
Here are some photos of us performing our post-performance dress rehearsal.
Dancing With A Dragon
We have used the medium of dance to tell the fantasy story of a dragon. Our dragon has been fast asleep in a mountain cave and so when it wakes, it is covered with dust and cobwebs. It stretches its limbs one by one, starting small and growing larger and finally drags itself along the tunnel that leads to the cave entrance (Music=Red Nettle). From here, it surveys the land far below. It sees a valley with a sparkling river and (possibly) a waterfall, a small town with a farmyard, a castle and a dark wood. the dragon swoops and flies over this magical land (Music=Beyond The Clouds). Far below, in the deep woods, strange creatures twist and turn amongst the trees. At times it is hard to tell which is tree and which is animal (Mysterons Theme). The villagers are hard at work in the nearby town building and creating new structures (On A Building Site). Suddenly, the shadow of the mighty dragon obscures the sun and they march off to confront this fiend (March of the Mods). On surrounding the creature, they begin to attack it (Hi Jack) but it transpires that it is a friendly dragon so cordial relations are restored and our dance finished with a stately party (Praetorius - Dances From Terpsichore). You can see some of our work in the photos taken by Tea.
World War Mind Maps
As part of our history topic, The World At War, we researched primary and secondary sources. We shared some of findings as a group and created these World War mind maps.
The 13 Storey Treehouse
We had a visitor from and did some work in our new Reading Room. The text we worked on was called "The 13 Storey Treehouse" by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.
It came recommended by Marcus Rashford!
Welcome back! A new year and a new class name!
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and was the host city for the Olympic Games in 1912.
As a combined Year 4 and 5 Class we are going to have great fun and work really hard to achieve some amazing success this year.
Our first topic is called "World At War". We will also be studying Light and Electricity in Science as well as focussing on Addition, Subtraction and Place Value in Maths. Our set texts will include Rose Blanche, The Tiny Crusader, The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe and the video text The Piano.
Science -investigating light and how we see
The great scientist Ibn al-Haytham declared that we should never take someone's word for things but should test them through our own experience. Here we are taking his advice and testing the idea that light travels in straight lines from its source to our eyes. We are using torches and mirrors and creating periscopes and kaleidoscopes to test our theories.
English - Rose Blanche
While reading the book Rose Blanche, we acted out the beginning of the story.
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