What an exciting week it has been in Atlantic Class.
Our investigation question in Science on Monday involved asking, “What makes the best kitchen roll?” The pupils were completely in charge of planning their own investigations.
On Tuesday, we ventured by train into Southend to visit Southend Museum. We learned to identify some of the star constellations that we can see in the sky in the planetarium. We also were lucky enough to get up close and personal with an AngloSaxon Prince( well some of his remains anyway) discovered in Southend. Our day was rounded off by a delicious lunch At Tang’s Buffet where we had the opportunity to sample some Chinese delicacies. Mrs Mansell was enormously pleased and proud to receive many compliments from members of the public regarding the exemplary manners of all our pupils.
In Art, we have moved from working in 2d to working in 3d. We explored how to strengthen clay structures in preparation for sculpting some terracotta warriors next week.
World Book Day was brilliant this year. Not only did all of the children look wonderful in their costumes, but we were really inspired by a visit from Ellie Irving - a local author. She gave us some great tips about how to write brilliant stories, which was great, as we are currently in the midst of planning a story for the LNSPS Short Story Competition (deadline 24th April). In other news, we enjoyed some more brilliant outdoor learning with Mrs Brown this week and we’ve been investigating thermal insulators in Science.
In Science this week, we have been testing materials to analyse which materials would make the most suitable food preparation surface.
We were quite surprised by our results. We have been looking at effective ways to present our results and this week, we have had a go at scatter graphs.
In Maths, we have begun a unit on fractions. Fractions can be really tricky to get to grips with but we have used lots of games, models and images to help us and Mrs Mansell has seen some great progress. We are getting really good at comparing and ordering fractions. Next week, we will be investigating what happened when we add and subtract fractions.
Look out for some Spelling Bee information in book bags this week. Atlantic Class has some very competent spellers and we have high hopes of success in the forthcoming LNSPS Spelling Bee.
Mrs Brown has taught us so much this week. Not only have we made some beautiful music during our whole class recorder lessons but she also showed us how to use GPS trackers to find our way around. Although we were already fairly good at finding our way around the playground, the next time we put our orienteering skills to the test will be on our residential trip where it might be a bit trickier deep down in the woods.
The sweet sounds of recorders actually playing in tune stopped me in my tracks this week. Mrs Brown has worked minor miracles in a matter of weeks and listening to Atlantic class performing their recorders work was a real joy- not a squeak to be heard!
In Science Mrs Hayhurst shared her telescope with us and gave a fascinating talk. We are really looking forward to seeing it in action on our residential trip next term.
We also made thirty varieties of spring roll this week. The team work on display was fantastic and I am sure that you all enjoyed the end results, if indeed they made it as far as the school gates.
It was lovely to see so many families at Learning Conferences this week. I am so proud of the work ethic of all of the children in Atlantic Class and can’t wait to see where they go next in their learning adventures.
This week in English, we have been working hard to use techniques to build tension in our writing. Some carefully considered drama helped us identify physical reactions to anxious situations.
In Science, we investigated how shadows change during the course of the day and reflecting on how this exemplifies what we know about how the Earth and Moon move.
In Re, we have been thinking about the reasons why some people of faith may choose not to regularly visit a place of worship and we have considered alternative approaches offered by some Christian communities to become more inclusive.
In Science we wondered if it might be possible that we could all be made of stars? We were amazed by what we discovered.
In English, we have been working hard on our editing skills and it is so heartening to see the progress being made. The character descriptions are really thoughtful and showcase a maturing understanding of human relationships.
We ended the week on a real high with spring roll making. We hope you enjoyed the fruits of your children’s labour!
Atlantic 5 have been comparing Chinese and English primary schools. The children were surprised to find out that they were surprisingly similar except for lunchtimes which are quite different.
In DT we learned some chopping skills and enjoyed a yummy fruit snack. (Impressive skills meant that all digits remained intact).
Mr Hautler enjoyed teaching Maths on Thursday and he was very impressed by how independently all of Atlantic Class worked even when our work on area was tricky!
My what a busy week it has been. Atlantic Class have certainly hit the ground running. On our Learning to Learn Day we investigated how our brains worked, made models to explain our understanding and worked brilliantly in teams ensuring we kept our ASPIRE values uppermost in our minds. We also reflected on ourselves as learners and were encouraged to be honest about the barriers we face when trying to develop growth mindsets.
In DT we have started our new project to create “The World’s best spring roll”. We had a fabulous time evaluating a variety of vegetable spring rolls currently available in local supermarkets.
Some were more appealing than others but Year 5 can certainly give you a well-researched recommendation if you ask them. Next week we will develop our chopping skills in readiness for making spring rolls.
In Science, we are continuing to think about where the Earth fits in terms of its position in the solar system and we researched and compared planets.
In English, we have started to read the very thought provoking Spilled Water by Sally Grindley. Immersing ourselves as factory workers for the morning gave us a real insight into the challenges faced by people working long hours for low pay and made us reflect on the idea of what is needed for a safe and happy life.
Atlantic Class have been a pleasure to teach this week, working with determination, independence and showing real curiosity and empathy. I am really looking forward to an exciting term ahead.
Atlantic Class were incredibly excited to see all the new books on offer in our library when they returned back after the half term break. There is something rather special about being the first person to read a new book. You could hear a pin drop during quiet reading time this week. As a teacher it was so lovely to hear sighs of disappointment where I said that reading time was finished for the day. Our library is now much more clearly organised and accessible and I was so pleased to receive lots of offers from the children in the class to be library monitors in order to help keep the library neat and tidy.
Monday 14th October 2019 – Friday 18th October 2019
A big storm struck. One too many people were killed by the ferocity of the terrible destructive force of the worst storm in history. Lives were wiped out in an instant. As if things weren’t bad enough, the Gods, having just recovered from the storm, were then attacked by an unexpected meteor. Everything was burnt to a crisp as it crashed into Asgard, creating a vast hole in the ground and a wide-spread fire.
The meteor had landed in a remote part of Asgard deep within an enchanted forest. From within the creacked muddy ground in the crater that the meteor had created, something came out; it was a goblin and he had a spider’s web in his hair. He entered abandoned cabin.
Meanwhile Thor was trying to fight the continuing horrible weather in Asgard with his brother Loki.
Edited as a class