We have had a busy, exciting week in Arctic 5 this week. On Tuesday morning we were treated to a wonderful concert from ‘The Music Man Project’ and, as the children have learnt some of the lyrics in singing assembly, were able to join in with some of the songs and actions. We also enjoyed a visit from the author Ellie Irving where she shared how she had to really persevere (one of core ASPIRE values!) to get her first book published. She then shared with us the process she goes through to create her characters and we were able to have a go. Everyone looked fabulous in their World Book Day outfits and we enjoyed a range of story telling activities.
We have had another busy week in Arctic class this week and Miss Scott enjoyed meeting with parents at our learning conferences, sharing so many positive things about the children’s progress and attitude to learning. On Friday we enjoyed a day of science related activities, learning about the phases of the moon and animals that have been sent into space. We used grapes to show the different stages of the lunar cycle and had a debate about the ethics of sending animals into space. Some really mature ideas were raised, well done Arctic!
This week in English the children have been learning how to build suspense in a story. We explored situations that could be used to build tension and role-played in groups. This helped us think of all the senses and describe rather than tell how characters were feeling. In science we were looking at shadows and how they change throughout the day. The children couldn’t believe how long the shadows were in the morning!
We put our cooking skills into practise again this week! Using the skills they learnt last week, the children chopped, grated, shredded and rolled their ingredients to make some delicious spring rolls to link with our topic about China. We will be evaluating next week in order to make improvements to the next batch we make!
Another busy of learning in Arctic 5! In DT the children learnt how to chop food safely. They used these newly learnt knife skills to chop fruit and then, the best bit, they got to eat the fruit!
Monday 9th – Friday 13th December 2019
In light of the general election this week the children campaigned for Prime Minister and presented their manifestos. Arctic Class definitely have some politicians in the making! They shared some wonderful ideas, including how they would help protect the environment, reduce plastic pollution, promote animal welfare and raise the salaries of teachers and nurses. They have my vote!
Monday 16th –Thursday 19th December 2019
Arctic enjoyed making Christmas centrepieces this week.
Monday 2nd December – Friday 6th December 2019
Christmas season is upon us! Arctic 5 started the week using their creative skills to make Victorian themed decorations. They applied their ASPIRE values, persevering with the tricky, intricate stages of the making process. Our wonderful kitchen staff also provided us with a delicious Christmas dinner this week.
We have had another busy week of learning in Arctic class and have also completed lots of ‘laps to Lapland’ around the playground.
In maths we have been focusing on the topic of multiplication and division, using arrays to help show multiplication facts and factor bugs to show composite, square and prime numbers.
We have continued to read The Railway Children in class and are really enjoying the story. The children took part in a hot seating activity to consolidate their comprehension of the text, before completing some written tasks.
In R.E. we continued to learn about Jesus’ teachings and read another parable, The Forgiving Servant. The children acted the story out and then thought about ways they could show forgiveness in certain situations. It is clear Arctic class is full of kind, forgiving children and it has been wonderful to hear that they are still carrying out their acts of kindness, both at home and school.
In R.E. we have been looking at parables and Jesus’ teachings. This week we read The Good Samaritan. The children came up with their own acts of kindness to help them spread kindness and show that they ‘love their neighbour’. They are going to try to complete as many acts of kindness as they could in one week.
Arctic Class playing their spelling games that they made to help them practise spelling ‘-cious’
and ‘-tious’ words.
Arctic Class were very excited to choose their banded books from our newly organised library full of wonderful brand new books. It was pleasure to see the children so engrossed in their books during silent reading this week.
In science the children learnt about suspension bridges and used their knowledge of forces to create their own suspension bridge. We then had a competition to see whose bridge could hold the most mass. The winning bridge held 1kg before collapsing!
What an exciting week we have had! We began the week with our Viking Day. Thank you for all making such a fantastic effort with costumes- the children looked wonderful! We had a great day and the children were able to demonstrate their Viking knowledge and learnt lots of new, exciting information.
We have had another exciting week of learning in Arctic 5. We were very lucky to be involved in the ‘Borrow the Moon’ project where the children were able to see real samples of moon rocks, meteorites and fossils. We also carried out an activity looking at evidence and conspiracy theories to decide if the moon landings really did happen- we decided they did!
Arctic 5 have been enjoying story telling this week. After practising in class, we gathered around the fire pit to listen to their stories. They used expression, body language and some wonderful description to help keep their listeners engaged.
On Monday, some of the coaches from Southend Diving came in to carry out a short lesson with the children. There were some very impressive skills being demonstrated; Arctic have some divers and gymnasts in the making!
This week we began reading the legend of Robin Hood. .After reading the first chapter we discussed what we would like to ask the characters if we had a chance to meet them. We then carried out a hot seating activity where the children demonstrated some brilliant acting and asked well-considered questions.
In Science we have been continuing to extend our knowledge on forces. Here, the children are creating Viking longboats out of plasticine. They had to investigate what shape boat held the most Vikings (paperclips)!
This week we have been researching Viking longboats. To contextualise our learning, we dramatised life on a longboat, taking into account its size (at 18-25 metres long only one would fit on the playground)! The children considered how the monks at Lindisfarne would have felt when they saw these boats coming towards their monastery.
In science we were investigating the impact of gravity and air resistance by carrying out some simple tests. The children were given a range of objects to drop at the same time, from the same height. They were surprised to find that, despite the difference in mass, the objects landed at the same time. We then tested a feather to see, first hand, the impact of air resistance.
We have had a busy week of learning! The children were introduced to Power Maths, our new scheme of work for maths and have been enjoying applying their learning in their new work books. We also learnt a song to help us remember how to round accurately. It’s very catchy so we won’t be forgetting how to round numbers now!
In English we have been reading Norse myths. We read several different creation stories and have identified lots of the features we need to include to make our writing interesting. This is in preparation for when we come to write our own creation stories.
The children spent their first two days of Year 5 applying their ASPIRE values. Their first task was to make a catapult. They had a limited number of resources so had to plan carefully how they were going to construct it. They showed determination and perseverance and as a result every group produced a working catapult.
They were also introduced to their topic (the Vikings). They worked in groups to research Viking villages and then created their own Viking villages in shoeboxes. I was so impressed with their creativity and at how well they all worked in a team and respected each other’s ideas. As a result they produced some brilliant work. Well done Arctic class, we are going to have a fantastic year!