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Athens Class brought in pictures showing then and now. The class also created projects to show what their occupations will be in the future.

Art -Abstract painting from Athens class after learning about the great Artist - Wassily Kandisky

Athens class learnt how to play Rounders in P.E.

The very basic Rounders Rules are:

  1. Rounders games are played between two teams. Each team has a maximum of 15 players and a minimum of 6 players. No more than 9 players may be on the field at any one time.
  2. One team bats while the other team fields and bowls.
  3. The bowler bowls the ball to the batter who hits the ball forward on the Rounders Pitch. The batter then runs to as many posts as possible before the fielders return the ball to touch the post the batter is heading for.
  4. If the batter reaches the 2nd or 3rd post in one hit, the batting team scores ½ a Rounder. If the batter reaches 4th post in one hit, the batting team scores a Rounder.
  5. Games are usually played over 2 innings with the aim of the game to score the most Rounders.

Athens class had to role play changes in friendships in RSHE.

Each group was given a scenario of how you should and shouldn’t react in these circumstances. Children had to work as a team in order to ensure that everyone has a role within the play.


Group 1 – A fallout within a group of friends.

Group 2 – A friend calls you chicken because you won’t join in.

Group 3 – A friend keeps making excuses when you ask them to come around.

Group 4 – A friend is jealous of your success.

Group 5 – A friend from year 4 or 5 has made some new friends – they don’t include you in their new friendship.


In  English Athens Class had to pick one of the fairy tales we have just discussed. Then act out one of them, but adding their own modern twist, to flip the conventions of a traditional fairy tale!


They needed to think to:

- think about the conventions of fairy tales

- find a way of subverting this

- use: intonation, volume, tone, body language


Athens class has been focussing on athletics in P.E.

Athens class had to learn to recite poems by heart.

Athens class combined Computing and SMSC to promote green living in the environment. The children had to produce a Power-point presentation on Recycling:

 A title page

 Why recycling is important?

 What can we recycle?

 What can’t we recycle?

Athens looked at nets for 3D shapes and choose a net to make a memory box.

Spring Term 
Athens class has been looking at converting measurements of different units. A few of the children went outside to measure different objects in the playground.
Athens class has been enjoying themselves in P.E. We played a game called Strategicki. We had to divide the playing area into two by having a line of cones/spots down the middle. Create a safe zone (square or semi circle) in each half of the playing area. Divide the students into two equal teams.Team 1 have to try and get to team 2’s Safe Zone without getting caught. Team 2 have to try and get to team 1’s Safe Zone without getting caught. If a player gets caught/tagged in the other teams zone, they have to sit down where they were tagged. To get freed, a team player must run to them and touch their hand and walk them back to their team’s zone. When walking back, they cannot get tagged. Students who have made it to the opposing team’s free zone are allowed to leave if they want to free caught players. The team with all (or the highest number) of players in the other team’s end zone at the end wins.

Autumn 2

Incredible talent in Athens Class.

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In our DT lesson, we have been making Spitfires as part of our topic-World At War. We wrote instructions using imperative verbs and adverbials of time.
In our Maths lesson we have been finding equivalence for fraction, decimals and percentages. The children were read a  Mexican A Christmas Tale — With A Feathered-Snake Tail.

For years, Santa Claus has been bringing gifts to children from all over the world on Christmas Eve. But there was a time in Mexico when the man on the sleigh was threatened to be replaced by an ancient god.

The god’s name for the Mexica, or Aztecs, is Quetzalcóatl, the Feathered Serpent. It was revered by many pre-Columbian civilizations living centuries ago in what’s currently Mexico.

Some of these cultures also believed that Quetzalcóatl was a mythological white, wise, bearded leader that exiled himself. And in 1930, the Mexican government brought him back for Christmas.


For the task, the children had to: 

1.Stick the dominoes on the A3 paper so that each is touching its equivalent.

2. Colour these the same colour.

3.Have them snake across the page like Quetzálcoatl.

During our English/SMSC lesson from the film The Tiny Crusader,  the children had to create negative chains around a specific thought, followed by the emotions which could come with it, before finally explaining the behaviours that might follow. After which, they had to repeat the same thought but in a positive chain.

Under each created chain,the children had to explain why Ulric might have this thought in his life before summarising the best way to deal with it.


Athens class was learning the the straight dribble allows you to control the ball best and is the most common dribble that players use. They had to make sure that the ball never leaves their stick, allowing them to protect it from the grasp of their opponent.  


In order to straight dribble, you would have to use the basic grip.

Your stick must be in front of you but slightly to the right of your body.

Remember not to let the ball lose contact with your stick.

Just run forward while keeping your head up so you’d know where to pass.

We began our next topic in Science this term: Electricity. We looked at how important and how dangerous electricity could have been during the war and in particular The Blitz (think blackouts). We decided that transport would still need to use electricity to travel around. We used our knowledge of electrical circuits and components to show how the electricity would work on these vehicles.

Autumn 1

Welcome back!

We are so happy to be returning to school and to be reuniting with all of our wonderful pupils. We have an exciting year planned for our year 5/6 class with many so many positive experiences and exciting new learning opportunities. Working together as a class we will achieve amazing things this year and be the very best version of ourselves. Helsinki class has had a great start to the term and we can't wait to carry on learning and improving.

In our English lesson, we have been reading the story of Rose Blanche which is linked to out topic-World at War. The children used words and action to create different scenes from the story.


During our Science lesson the children were carrying out an investigation on our topic Light. They needed a box, blue tac and a torch. They were able to see the object inside the box because the light entered, bounced around and then reflected off the object to their eyes.
In DT we looked at bomb shelters, that were in use in the UK during World War Two - specifically, the Anderson shelter. We used a variety of different materials to create our own. Take a look at our efforts above!