In Geography this week, the children have been identifying the physical and human features of Heimaey, an Icelandic island. They were so inquisitive about their learning and were astonished to learn that the population difference between the island and our hometown was over 18,000 people!
They were able to compare Heimaey with Leigh-on-Sea and discuss the similarities and differences between both coastal locations. This then got them excited for our beach walk on Monday to learn about Leigh’s cockle history.
In maths, we took our learning outside. The children showed great energy, teamwork and mathematical skills whilst calculating fractions of amounts.
We had an absolutely fantastic Thursday with a whole afternoon of art! The children were overjoyed and keen to get started with adding the finer details to their Hapa-Zome fabric prints. They kept their eye on the detail whilst embroidering and embellishing to make their print ‘pop’ with loveliness.
We have been so enthusiastic with our art this week. Studying life cycles of flowers in Science has made a lovely link across to flower drawings and artist studies.
This week, we have looked at the Australian artist, India Flint, and used Japanese printing techniques like her to create beautiful textile samples. The children worked safely and creatively to produce a range of designs and really thought about the best way to get an effective print.
Next week, we will be adding details by embellishing and embroidering on top of our prints. If there are any parents with a current DBS check and are available to help us sew on Thursday afternoon, it would be greatly appreciated. Please let your child, or Miss Nash know if so.
This week in Art, we have been inspired by some close up flower artwork by Georgia O’Keefe. The children used real flowers and watercolour pencils to produce some fantastic artwork of their own.
The finished pieces look really beautiful - check out our classroom’s windows in the next week!
Welcome back Atlantic!
Our Learning to Learn day was a day devoted to friendship.
We thought about what friendship means to each of us and used drama to show different activities. The children showed helping a friend when they’d been hurt, playing games together and letting others join in if they had nobody to play with.
We spoke about diversity and individuality and how we wouldn’t want to be the same, or have friends who had identical personalities as it would be boring!
The children created friendship scenarios and then played the agony aunt to come up with a solution to the problem which would resolve the problem and make all involved happy. They demonstrated great maturity with the activity and have shown how great they are at being kind, caring friends.
In the afternoon, we decorated a pebble to represent us an individual which will be being used to create a friendship path in the school garden. We told friendship stories full of joy to make each other smiled and shared these on paper pebbles to become parts of a bigger year 5 display.
What a fantastic term it has been! The children have worked their socks off over the last 12 weeks and their amazing work and extensive learning shows this off.
We’ve end Spring Term with a fantastic class dance that we’ve been learning over the last 5 weeks. The children have worked extremely hard and really given their all to remember the dance moves and keep in time to the rhythm of the music.
We wish all the children an enjoyable and safe Easter break. I recommend rest and recover in time for the exciting summer term we have ahead!
This week we have been looking at sketches by Guy Denning, who uses simple brushstrokes and dark and light shading to create portraits full of emotions. We then used chalk and charcoal to get the correct shading to recreate a piece of his artwork. The finished pictures look absolutely great!
Our enthusiasm for science has been sky high recently and each lesson has been child centred and practical for all the class to be involved with.
This week we were looking at burning and started with a WOW moment – ask your child to explain what happened to the candle with the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar extinguisher.
We learnt what a fire needed to keep burning and observed candles to see what was happening whilst alight.
We then made predictions (using our scientific vocab) of what we thought would happen when the candles were covered with three different sized jars.
Year Five spent a glorious afternoon at the beach on Tuesday. We had researched and sketched Terracotta Warriors at school and used our learning to sculpt some stunning warriors from sand.
The children made us so proud with their team work keeping all of our ASPIRE values. The beach was left beautifully tidy with our temporary art work being left to delight local residents. It was so lovely to hear one member of the public remark on how delightful she thought our work was. “ Watching the children create these figures has really brightened my day.”
Thank you so much to all of our parent helpers who gave up their time to help make this learning experience so valuable.
The children have had two consecutive fantastic Fridays, where the day has been about dressing up and recognising the importance of each special day.
Last week, we read more than we ever have with a whole school ‘Drop everything and read’ challenge. The enthusiasm was clear to see and costumes were fantastic!
This week, we embraced red to support Comic Relief and learnt an awful lot about the charity and it’s support. As a class, we came together to share ideas for the school’s ‘Big Red Art’ project. The children had great ideas and showed lots of team working skills to combine as many ideas as possible. The end result looks great too!
The children love practical science and this week they were testing which solids were soluble and insoluble. They worked well together in groups and used the scientific vocabulary well throughout the lesson.
The Highwayman is taking over (with much excitement) as we’ve been thinking all about The Highwayman, Bess and Tim the Ostler. The children have had the chance to analyse the poem for description about the characters and then in Art, use this to sketch a portrait using oil pastels. The finished outcomes look really incredible!
We also had the chance to ask questions for the characters and had three fantastic actors, who used their knowledge of the poem to answer in the style of their character.
Welcome back Atlantic!
The children have shown a real enthusiasm for their new topics. We have started the study The Highwayman in English and really delved deep to understand the narrative poem. The children have been able to spot the figurative language features and think about the actions within the poem and which adverbs could portray those.
In geography, we are learning about rivers. They had to think about a river’s journey and had lots of questions about The River Ax, which we looked at this week, and rivers in general.
Monday 11th February 2019 – Friday 15th February 2019
This week, we have experienced factory life. Having got further through our story to hear that Lu Si-Yan is working in terrible conditions in a toy factory, we wanted the children to have a glimmer of experience before writing a diary entry exploring a day in the factory. They were quickly shown how to make a paper bag (that could be used in developing countries) and expected to then produce as many quality bags in the time given. They struggled to know want to do without much guidance and, luckily, giggled at the unfairness shown from a terribly acted ‘Supervisor Nash’.
The experience really opened their eyes at the conditions that others may be faced to work in and they showed real empathy towards Lu Si-Yan and her friends.
We have also been thinking about our individual strengths and how we could teach others. It was fantastic to watch all the children get involved and share their skills and creative hobbies with one another. The mixture of things being taught was incredible, as everyone brought something different to the classroom. Lots of the children demonstrated key teaching skills and had utmost respect for their partner when explaining, encouraging and celebrating success.
And that’s it for another half term! We wish all of Atlantic a happy, safe half term and will see the children back on Monday 25th :)
Monday 4th February 2019 – Friday 8th February 2019
Chinese Culture Day
Year Five had a brilliant day on Tuesday learning about Chinese culture. We found out what lessons are like in a Chinese Primary School and were amazed to learn that children often spend their lunchtimes practising their times tables! We designed and made noodle dishes and we developed our chopping skills. Some children were really adventurous and tried vegetetables that they had never tried before; pak choi was particularly popular. We had a go at some yoga and tried some relaxation techniques. We also designed some traditional Chinese New Year decorations. Thankyou to everyone for supporting this day. The children looked fantastic all dressed up with bright coloured red and yellow cheering up the dreary February weather.
Monday 28th January - Friday 1st February 2019
It has been very busy in Atlantic this week!
First, the breaking news, well done to Charlie, Maximos and Ronnie for their winning lever mechanism! They managed to fling their turnips across the river and were closest to the given target.
In R.E, we have been studying Buddhism and as part of our lesson this week we took part in a guided relaxation. The children responded well to it and found it was very calming (and strange) to not do anything but relax for a set time. It has given the children another way to deal with any worries or bad days they may have too.
In English, we have been looking at the characters in Spilled Water and how the main characters interact within Lu Si-Yan’s life. The children have produced some of their best writing this year having really thought about the structure and success criteria. They have managed to include descriptive sentences with varied fronted adverbial openers and relative clauses in their writing.
In maths, we have been looking at co-ordinates and line graphs and the class have blown me away with their knowledge, efforts and quality of work. On Friday, everyone received the Maths Superstar trophy! Well done to you all for being fantastic!
In art, we have started to research and sketch details of Terracotta Army warriors in preparation for sculpting them. The beginning sketches look great.
In science this week, we have been learning about levers and how they help in daily life. The children were faced with a problem that they needed to solve; Lu Si-Yan’s boat had broken and she needed to get her turnips across the river to the market.
The children had to apply their knowledge to create a mechanism that would help Lu Si-Yan and allow her to get the turnips as close to the target.
They worked well together in groups and used a scientific approach to come up with some really creative ideas.
Watch this space for the winning turnip flinging machine!
This week in English, we have continued reading Spilled Water and analysing and understanding the story. It has created lots of discussion of the different character’s personality traits, cultural differences and fairness.
Children had to create a persuasive job advert from Mr Chen, who was looking to hire a servant. They really enjoyed doing this and used lots of great persuasive language and features to highlight the good aspects of a tricky job.
Welcome back Atlantic!
It’s been a fantastic start to the term; the children have returned full of enthusiasm and shown a positive attitude towards their learning and new topics.
We have been looking at China in preparation for our Ancient China history topic. They have shown great teamwork skills whilst producing artwork of The Willow Pattern story and a great understanding so far of our new class text, Spilled Water, which we will be using in our English lessons.
In Science, we re-discovered our topic, Forces, and joined in with a story about the X Force. This was good fun and great for the children to experience and move with the story. We heard lots about some forces that we are yet to explore and went back to the classroom to investigate water resistance and upthrust. Children had to create a boat out of modelling clay that would hold the most paperclips when submerged in water. The children investigated lots of shapes, sizes and continuously discussed what was happening with their model before entering their best model into a class competition.
Well done to the winning group whose boat held 42 paperclips before sinking to the bottom!
Monday 10th December – Friday 14th December 2018
This week in Science we had lots of fun using our knowledge of gravity, friction and angles to create marble runs. We were only allowed to use the equipment Miss Nash gave us and had to work as a team to problem solve our way to producing the slowest running marble run.
It was also performance week and finally, the children could show off their Christmas Carol Concert to all the grown ups. They put on a great performance and remembered their cues, dances and actions really well. Well done Atlantic - you should be very proud of yourselves!
This week in Atlantic, we have been looking at different cultures in PSHE and turned to our peers to learn more.
The children have all done lots of research and created interesting presentations in their own style to share with the class.
It’s been great to share their work, become ‘the teacher’ and listen to our classmates and ask questions about their work.
At the beginning of the week, we were lucky to have some BTech drama students in to perform a short play to us. The performance was all about confidence and self esteem. It was enjoyable and inspiring to watch and sent a great message to all students.
Year 5 had an amazing Viking Day and experienced what life would have been like for them.
The child were able to take part in a selection of activities in the morning and learnt how to make candles, herbal medicines, Thor’s necklace, woven longship sails and clay elf stones. They took part in shield training, illumination painting and a rune writing workshop. In the afternoon, they experienced an archaeological dig and discovered lots of old artefacts.
They had the chance to ask questions and deepen their knowledge about Vikings and were well prepared with great questions to find out more about the Vikings!
Overall a great day for all. Thank you again to the parent helpers who came and took part with us and to all pupils who have spent time to create excellent longboat models for homework.
We’ve been busy in Atlantic this week!
In science, our new topic is forces and we’ve started our learning by investigating gravity and the amount of force on certain objects. It was great to measure a range of items with a Newton meter and record our findings.
In English, we are beginning our acting careers.. now!
Reading, writing and performing play scripts linked to the classic text, The Wind in the Willows, has been enjoyable and we can’t wait to carry on next week.
Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
This week in Maths, we have been looking at measures and took our learning outside to learn all about metric and imperial equivalents.
It was great to work together as two classes and help each other!
Monday 5th November 2018 – Friday 9th November 2018
This week in Atlantic, we met our Reading Buddies and read them a story we had written. Both classes loved meeting to read together and talk about the books we liked.
We also had a lesson all about World War 1 to understand what Remembrance Day is all about and why it is important to remember and pay our respects. The children worked in groups and wrote some excellent poetry relating to the war.
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
This week in Atlantic, we have been learning MORE about the Solar System and matching aliens to their home planet. It was really lovely for everyone to share the facts that they’ve researched during our ‘Space’ homework activities.
In PE, we have continued playing Throw Tennis, but this week we added a competitive streak and changed courts to play other teams. We had to vary our tactics against different teams and work together as a team, stronger than before, to increase the points that were being scored.
Monday 15th October 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018
In English, we’ve been understanding how characters are portrayed and how other characters feel about them. We’ve explored the language used by the author and used the text to help us write interviews to question the main character. We worked in partners to create a interrogative interview to find out more about our character and were all eager to perform to the class!
In PE, we’ve been playing a game called ‘Throw Tennis’. We start in teams and need to earn points as the ball is bounced out of play. We had to work well as a team and discuss strategies which would help to earn more points. This was a challenge as Miss Nash kept adding more rules into the game, so we had to keep thinking as we were playing!
It’s been a fantastic first half term back to school and I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable half term holiday. See you back on Tuesday 30th November.
Miss Nash J
Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018
We have been really interested in our Science topic so far this term and had a whole day of ‘Space’ on Friday.
We learnt all about the history of the 1969 Moon landing, found out lots about Saturn V, Apollo 11 and the astronauts, who were part of the mission, and wrote newspaper articles to mark the event.
We also designed rockets and launched them on the playground. It was great observing which designs went the highest and discussing why.
Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018
This week in Geography, we have been using photographs of a farm in the Cambrian Mountains to investigate the different landscapes and how the farmer earns a living despite living in a difficult area. We had great ideas of what problems he may face and spoke about how climate change could affect his crops, animals and daily routines.
We have also had a fantastic PSHE lesson, we started by playing the game ‘Stand Up’ and could visibly see the differences between people in our class. Everyone in the class participated in our discussion excellently and we are all aware of how everyone is unique and should be accepted and celebrated for their individualities.
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018
In Maths this week, we’ve been doing lots of subtraction. After we had learnt different methods, we took our learning outside and incorporated movement into our lesson. Whilst outside, we worked with a partner to explain exactly what we need to do to calculate the questions accurately and help encourage each other to work at a faster pace.
In English, we have been experimenting with a range of story openings and writing our own stormy settings; including descriptive vocabulary, structured sentences, dialogue, similes and personification. They have been great fun to write and we’ve enjoyed thinking about uncontrollable storms and describing them to have a clear picture of what is happening.
In French, we’ve been discussing our siblings and creating class surveys of how many brother and sisters each of us have.
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
This week, Atlantic have been investigating shadows.
We went outside in groups tracked a person’s shadow at several time intervals throughout the day.
Then we discussed the position of the Sun and Earth’s movement and how this makes our shadow move during the course of a day.
Thursday 6th – Friday 7th September 2018
Welcome back to school!
Atlantic class have started year 5 learning about ASPIRE and thinking about how these values can help us to achieve our future aspirations. They have shown excellent examples of Growth Mindset through a variety of activities. We know we need the right attitude towards our learning to do our best!
As a class, we have been on a ‘Mission to Mars’ to inspire some creative writing, developed our teamwork and communication skills with some outdoor games and learnt all about the Atlantic Ocean and what our class name means.
All of that in only two days, what will the rest of the year bring?