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Evolution Workshop

On Wednesday, we took part in an Evolution Workshop. First of all, we looked at fossils and visited 7 different tables, each which represented a different time period in history. On each table, there were a variety of fossils, pictures and information about what could be found during that period in history. We then played an evolution game where we started as a Blob and had to evolve (using luck) to a bird. After that, we looked at inheritance, DNA and natural selection.

Art Week 

This week is Art week, and our challenge was to play and reflect light so that when it shines through the dining room windows, it would look fantastic. Our class colour was dark blue and after using a range of materials (bubblewrap, cellophane, tin foil etc.), we created some incredible pieces of art that would reflect the light. We also dipped string in paint and once trapped in laminate pouches, slowly pulled them out causing the paint to smudge with amazing results. Have a look at the photos below to see what we have been up to.

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Class and Team Photographs

On Monday, it is our class photograph day. It is also sports team photos as well  so please remember to bring in your football/netball kit. 

Walk To School Week 

Don't forget, next week is Walk To School week where we are encouraging everyone to ditch the car (if possible) and try to walk, cycle or scoot either all or part of the way to school. If a car is the only viable way of travelling to school, you are able to park in the United Reform Church in the village until 9:15 and walk the rest of the way. You can also walk around the school field with a carer if you are unable to walk to school. Every time you do this during the week, you will be given a sticker to put on our class poster of the world.

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Girls Football/Boys Golf 

Friday was a busy day as in the afternoon, the boys took part in golf activities at the school whilst the girls were invited to Monkswalk to take part in a friendly, World Cup themed tournament which saw them mix with other girls from local schools. We all had a great time and it was a perfect way to end the week.

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Royal Wedding Day 

To celebrate the Royal Wedding, on Friday we were off timetable for the day as we took part in a range of themed activities. Our first activity required us to design 3 royal biscuits, where we would later choose one to decorate our own snack. These turned out great as we all enjoyed eating these in the glorious sun. We also made crowns and helped out the organisers by trying to complete a wedding seat plan based on certain specifications. We found this very tricky in deed, see if you can do this yourself.

English 

In English, we have been reading 'The Boy in the Tower'. This is a fascinating, mysterious book which has gripped us all. After reading chapters 13 and 14, we used the app 'Puppet Pals' to record a conversation we thought the two main characters (Ade and Gaia) would have after their adventure the night before.

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Spellings

 

Please find attached our spellings for this week. Your child is given a copy of this sheet every week in class and it is their responsibility to practise these at home.

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Extra Homework Task 

 

In English, we read the book 'The Watertower' and we were all completely engrossed in this fascinating book. The thriller ended on a cliffhanger and had us asking questions we still wanted answering, therefore two of the children in our class decided to buy the sequel 'Beneath The Surface'. With much anticipation, we read this together although we were slightly disappointed by the ending, therefore I have decided that as an extra homework task (instead of one of the grid tasks), you can rewrite the ending to please us all. I cannot wait to read these.

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Royal Wedding Preparations 

 

On Friday 18th May, we will be having a Royal Wedding day to celebrate Meghan and Harry's big day.  Children are able to wear their own clothes that are either red, white or blue.  On the day, the children will be taking part in a range of activities, one of which is a school biscuit decorating competition, which we will later eat altogether. We will be supplying the biscuits and basic decorating tools however if you wish to bring in your own you are more than welcome (as long as they are nut free).

Mile-A-Day 

 

This term, the whole school will be running a mile-a-day, which is 6 laps around our field. Please ensure you have your trainers at school every day.

How does light reflect?

 

In Science, we were looking at how we process images and how light reflects off mirrors. In order to understand this further, we decided to make periscopes. We then sat under a table to then look at what was on top of the surface.

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Year 5's Teach Reception 

 

On Tuesday, whilst the Year 6's were busy revising for SATs, Year 5 took the opportunity to introduce Reception to the wonderful world of Bollywood dancing. Everyone had a great time with the younger children showing us what they had learnt as they danced together at the end. Well done to the Year 5's for being fantastic teachers. 

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Year 5 Summer Homework Tasks 

 

Please see below the Summer Homework Tasks for Year 5 only. There are some tasks which you will not be able to complete until a certain point in the summer term. Please ensure you fully read and understand each task before starting them. If unsure, please speak to Mr Neiman 

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The Direction Of Light 

 

In Science, we looked at the direction of light and found that it travels in a straight line. We also made our own light beam makers and then looked at how we can use mirrors to help us reflect light.

Week Beginning 17th April 

English

This week we will writing our final piece on Where The Wild Things Are

Maths

We will be learning how to translate and reflect shapes 

Science

During Science, we will be starting our light unit

PE

We are starting to learn about cricket and improve our skills 

Parent Partners - 3D Shape Nets 

For our parent partner session, we looked at a range of 3D shapes and their shape nets. It was then down to the parents and their children to work as a team to create a shape net, using only one piece of paper, that would hold as many mini eggs, with a prize for the winning pair. There was also a prize for the Easter themed shape. The children (and parents) had a great time and produced some fantastic work. 

Bollywood Dance

After months of hard work, we were finally able to perform our Bollywood-inspired dance to the rest of the school and the parents. We had a great time learning the dance and everyone made Mr Neiman proud with their effort and enthusiasm. To watch the dance, you will need the password, which is Sapphire.

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Bucket Fillers

As part of our mindfulness as a class, we in Sapphire decided to create our very own buckets. The idea behind this is that we want to appreciate the 'good deeds' we do for each other by posting these on each others buckets. 

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Love Has No Labels

In PSHCE, we watched a video showing us that Love Has No Labels. We then created our own love posters to show our own ideas of what Love looks like.

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Rap Poetry 

 

As part of our new unit, we have begun to look at rap poetry. In particular, we focused on the rhythm, the beat and the rhyme. We practised a range of raps and then had a go at performing these effectively. Enjoy.

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Extra Homework Task 

As we get closer to performing our Bollywood dance, the children this week may choose to practice our dance at home or even teach it to family members and friends. Please ensure you provide proof through pictures/videos. The song is below for children to practice too.

Bollywood Dance Music

Cinquains

 

Today, we learnt about Cinquain poems. In order to fully understand the features of these unique poems, we took turns performing them in front of each other.

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Week Beginning: 12th March

English

This week we will be learning about Cinquains and Rap Poetry

Maths

We will be learning how to calculate volume of cuboids and beginning to look at percentages

Science

During Science, we will be starting our light unit

PE

We will putting together all the elements of our Bollywood dance, ready for the festival next week

Humanities

We will learning about the achievements of the Greeks in battle

ICT We will be finishing, playing and evaluating our games. 
PSHCE We will be looking at civil partnerships, arranged and forced marriages.

World Book Day 

 

After braving the snow, we enjoyed World Book Day, where we spent the day completing a range of activities around the book, The Arrival. Everyone looked fantastic in their costumes. 

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Peer Pressure 

 

Today, we have considered what to do when faced with peer pressure in a range of different situations. Look at the videos below and learn what to do when feeling pressured by friends or family.

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Week Beginning: 26th February 2018 

English

This week we will be learning about persuasive writing

Maths

We will be learning how to convert between metric measures and solve problems whilst also beginning to look at area of shape

Science

During Science, we will be concluding our Electricty unit

PE

We will continue to learn the steps for our class Bollywood dance and working on our smaller group routines.

Humanities

We will learning about Greek heroes and what made them special

ICT We will be continuing with making our games 
PSHCE We will be looking at maintaining healthy relationships and what we should do when faced with peer pressure 

Sapphire’s Stars

 

Congratulations to our Stars Of The Week this week ! 

Sapphire Class Visit The Museum

 

On Tuesday we visited the British Museum in order to learn more about our topic, Ancient Greece. We had a fantastic time as we took part in a range of activities and workshops throughout the day. Below are a range of photos from the day.

Week Beginning: 19th February 2018 

English

This week we will be editing our own Greek myths.

Maths

We will be learning about bar modelling to solve problems whilst also turning fractions into decimals

History

We will be visiting the British Museum 

ICT We will be planning our own games 
PE

We will be continuing to practice our Bolllywood dance 

PSHCE This week we will be considering the differences between acceptable and unacceptable physical contact

Half Term 

 

Enjoy half term but don't forget that we will be visiting the British Museum on the 20th February so bring in your permission slips.

Stars Of The Week

 

Well done to our Stars Of The Week! Keep making Sapphire class proud.

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Bollywood Sneak Peek 

 

Preparations for our Bollywood Dance are going fantastically. As we are sure you cannot wait to see our performance, we have decided to give you a 'Sneak Peek' of our dance. We hope you enjoy.

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Bollywood Sneak Peek

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Sapphire Become Electricians 

In Science, we had the challenge of fixing broken/incomplete circuits. Working in teams, we were able to explain why the circuits wouldn't work and fix them correctly.

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Week Beginning: 5th February 2018 

English

This week we will be planning and writing our own Greek myths.

Maths

We will be learning how to multiply fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers. 

Science

During Science, we will become electricians and look to spot and fix faults in circuits.

PE

We will continue to learn the steps for our class Bollywood dance and working on our smaller group routines.

Humanities

We will learn about comparing the lives led by Spartans and Athenians. 

ICT We will be blogging about Online Safety 

Class Assembly

 

This week he had our class assembly all about our topic , the Greeks. We had a great time performing it for you and we hope you learnt something new and enjoyed our performance.

Week beginning: 29th January 2018

English

This week we will be practising writing techniques to use in Greek myths.

Maths

We will be learning how to add and subtract fractions as well as looking at ordering fractions with different denominators 

Science

During Science, we will be continuing to learn about electricity by considering the voltage of cells and how they can affect the performance of components in a circuit. 

PE

We will continue to learn the steps for our class Bollywood dance 

Humanities

We will learn about the origins of the Olympic Games and looking at how they have evolved over time.

ICT We will be learning about E-Safety.
PSHCE We will be learning about stereotypes and how we can challenge them. 

Greek Display

 

Prior to Christmas, Louis- Joe and Oscar won our in-class competition to design and create our Greek display board for our new topic. The boys have spent hours creating this masterpiece. Well done boys for making an outstanding display.

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Circuit Making 

 

Sapphire class enjoyed making circuits in Science. We then drew them in our books using the corrects symbols we had learnt in lesson 

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Week beginning: 22nd January 2018 

English

This week we will be practising writing techniques to use in Greek myths.

Maths

We will be looking at Equivalent Fractions whilst also learning how to compare and order fractions

Science

During Science, we will be continuing to learn about electricity. 

PE

We will begin to learn our steps for our class Bollywood dance 

Humanities

We will be focusing on 'What were the range of ways that the Greeks improved the quality of their lives?’

PSHCE We will be looking at what secrets we should keep

Greek Day

 

Our sizzling starter to kick off our new topic, Ancient Greece, was to host a Greek day where the children could take part in a range of different activities. These included:

  • Looking at Greek clothing and headwear 
  • Trying Greek food 
  • Acting out Greek Myths
  • Playing different Greek games

 

The children have had a great day and learnt lots to start this fascinating topic.

 

Greek food tasting

 

Year 5 and 6 took turns serving each other different Greek foods.

They tried -

 

  • Greek salad
  • Pitta bread with tzatziki, hummus and taramasalata
  • Falafel
  • Spinach and feta tart
  • Halloumi 
  • Baklava 
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Greek Myth Freeze Frames 

 

In English this week we have been looking at a range of Greek Myths including:

  • The Minotaur
  • The Mares Of Diomedes 
  • King Midas and many more

In order to understand how the authors signal change within the myths, we acted out freeze frames where the story changes. One freeze before the change and one after. Take a look in the gallery and see if you can guess which myths are being acted out.

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Lesson Objectives for week beginning: 15th January 2018 
English We will begin our new unit by reading a range of Greek myths 
Maths  Formal method for division and representing remainders in a range of ways 
PE  We will be learning about our class dance, Bollywood and watching videos for inspiration and ideas
Science  We start our Electricity unit , focusing on what we know already and learning about representing circuits using symbols
History  We will be learning about the Greek empire and explore the Minoan period 
PSHCE  We will be learning about different types of relationships.

 

Masterchef Making 

 

After a week of preparation, we finally had our chance to make ur 3 healthy, balanced dishes. In front of a crowd of excited parents, we worked well in teams and produced a range of fantastic food. Well done to all the teams 

Bread Making 

 

After trying a range of breads earlier in the week, we were able to make our own bread dough with flavours of our choice. Once baked, we are going to use the bread as part of our healthy, balanced dishes we are going to make on Friday morning.

Bread Tasting 

 

We tried a range of breads today to help us decide what kind of bread and what flavours we wanted to include in our own bread which we would be making later in the week 

Masterchef Week 

 

This week we have been undertaking a range of different activities all based around food and having a healthy balanced diet. Please come back throughout the week to look at some of the things we have been up to 

Year 5 Spring Term Homework Tasks

Year 5 Christmas Homework Tasks 

As Christmas fast approaches, we have decided to include a range of Christmas homework tasks the children can choose to complete rather than the ones on the grid in their homework books. These include:

  1. Writing a Christmas themed poem. 
  2. Designing and making a 3D Christmas card. There are plenty of interesting designs to be found online.
  3. Writing a diary recount either for an Elf rushing to prepare all the presents on Christmas Eve or as one of Santa's reindeers helping to deliver the presents on the big day itself.
  4. Completing their very own Christmas list along with prices. They must then add these mentally, using the methods we have learnt in class, to find a grand total. (Place Value, Regrouping, Estimating and Equal Sum however the children are not allowed to use a calculator or column method).

Alternatively, your child can choose to complete one of the tasks remaining on their homework task grid.

Heart Making 

 

In Science this week , we were learning all about the Human heart and its structure. To get a better understanding, we all made our very own hearts out of clay. Take a look at the results for yourselves.

What will we be learning?

 

Week beginning: 13th November 2017 

English

This week we will planning and writing our final piece of work in our Literary Heritage unit.

Maths

We will be learning about mental strategies for dividing and selecting appropriate strategies for multiplying and dividing.

Science

During Science, we will be learning about the structure and function of the Human Heart. 

PE

In Netball, we will be focusing the different types of passes and creating space in order to receive the ball

Humanities

We will be focusing on ‘Why did so many Vikings leave home?’

Class Debate​​​​​

As part of the end of our topic about the Anglo-Saxons, we held a class debate on whether the period should or should not be known as the Dark Ages. After some fantastic arguments, counter-arguments, questions and answers from both sides, it was the team who were against the Anglo-Saxon period being known as the Dark Ages who emerged victorious. 

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Children In Need

On Monday 13th November, Sapphire Class will be holding auditions for The Children In Need Talent Show. Each child is welcome to enter however it will cost £1 per child in order to do so. After seeing all of the auditions, we will all vote for our class winner who will represent us in the final on Friday afternoon. Children are welcome to bring in any props or equipment to support their act so please bring these in on Monday. On Friday 17th November, along with the talent show, we will be having a pyjama day, again costing £1, in order to raise money for Children In Need.

The Joy of Reading

 

On Monday 30th October 2017, Year 6 went to the University of Hertfordshire for The Joy of Reading event.  We listened to the award-winning author, Elizabeth Laird, who told us about how she writes characters and uses her real-life experiences to develop her plots about current issues (including refugees and poverty)!  We certainly learnt a lot during the afternoon.  At the end of the session, we got the opportunity to have a picture with Elizabeth Laird.

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Chiltern Open Air Museum 

Sapphire Class visited Chiltern Open Air Museum on Tuesday 3rd October. We started our morning touring the grounds as we looked at what life was like during World War 2 as we explored a house and we even got to play with some very old toys. 

 

Our first workshop of the day allowed us to try our hand at archaeology. We dug up a range of artefacts as well as putting pots back together and sorting through rubbish to find clues. 

 

After lunch we entered a Viking hut where the children took part in a range of activities to prepare the hut ready for a special visit from the Bishop who tried to convince us to become Christians. We wrote messages in Latin, made impressive broaches, learned how to thatch a roof and even got to try on armour. 

 

We had a great day and learnt a lot of interesting facts about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.

Rosh Hashanah Day 

 

On Monday 25th September, Sapphire class learnt about Rosh Hashanah. We had 3 activities throughout the day.  First, we researched Rosh Hashanah with Mr Neiman and created posters to display what we learnt.  Then, with Miss Winwood we made stained glass windows with representations of Rosh Hashanah to display in our classroom (due to cycling proficiency we are still making them this week, once they are completed we will show you a picture of our finished display!).  In the afternoon,we made honey biscuit dough with Miss Buttle (we hope you all enjoyed these at home). 

Year 5 Running Festival

 

On Friday 15th September, all of Year 5 participated in a Cross Country Running Festival. With great effort and teamwork, we won both the boys and girls competition. Well done to all the children for taking part with great enthusiasm and representing the school proudly.

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Viking Day

On Wednesday 6th September, Sapphire Class took part in a Viking Day where we came in dressed up in some fantastic looking costumes. To begin, the children had a carousel of activities including making Viking name prints, warrior bracelets and creating candles. In the afternoon, we did an archaeological dig to investigate the source of different Viking artefacts and where they may have been found in a Viking Village. The day finished with the Viking leader demonstrating to how to make a metal cast of a clay pot made by Frankie earlier in the day. We had a fantastic time and learnt lots of interesting and fascinating facts. What a start to the year. Please see the pictures below.

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Upper Key Stage 2 Long Term Plan

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