Pacific class have been proving just how tuneful they are as they have been creating river symphonies and playing their way towards their summer holidays.
This week in Pacific Class we have tried our hands at weaving as we’ve made our own God’s Eye creations. Check out our finished products. Lots of perseverance was required during this but once we got the hang of it there was no stopping us.
In Maths, we’ve been learning about converting metric units. We have enjoyed some practical maths lessons to practise and apply our learning about measurement.
Pacific Class thoroughly enjoyed spending our money at the Year 6 Enterprise Week this week. Sweets, cuddly toys, plants, book marks and even fortune telling were but some of the treats on offer for us. We had a great time and hope the Year 6 classes raise lots of money towards their end of year event.
In Pacific Class this week, we have been making the most of the glorious weather by enjoying some time out of the classroom as we had a go at Geocaching. We became familiar with GPS devices as we went on a treasure hunt around the school to discover a hidden message. We had lots of fun and our skills of perseverance were definitely called upon for some of the trickier to find clues.
In Science, we have been learning about the life-cycle of a plant. In order to bring our learning about the parts of a flower to life, we dissected tulips and sorted each individual part. We used magnifying glasses to explore each part in closer detail and consider how they have adapted to suit their function. We noticed that the stigma had tiny hairs on it. .
In Geography, we have been learning about fold mountains. We discovered that fold mountains are formed when tectonic plates collide. The rock of the Earth's crust is pushed up to create mountains. This happens over millions of years. We used recycled materials to make our own fold mountain. We made different fold mountains, including Mount Everest and the Andes, and labelled the physical features and surrounding countries. We’ve been excited to continue our exploration of our Mountain topic, by looking at famous mountaineers.
What an exhilarating week of learning we’ve had in Pacific Class. We have finally got to meet our new-born hatchlings (they’re pretty cute!), which has sparked our interest in learning about the life-cycle of chickens in Science. In English, we’ve started learning about the colourful works of Rudyard Kipling and have enjoyed acting out extracts from ‘Mowgli’s Brothers’. In Art, we have continued to explore printing and used leaves and flowers from our garden to create Hapa Zome prints – check out our creations.
This week, we’ve enjoyed developing our investigation skills in Science. We explored the properties of different materials to determine whether they conduct electricity or not. We created our own circuits to test this. We were fascinated to learn that an electrical current could pass through a salt water solution. Check out our photos from our investigation.
It’s been another exciting week in Pacific class. Art has proven a real hit. We’ve enjoyed sketching bird life and are looking forward to making printing blocks from these. Check out some of our sketches. In Maths, we’re moving on to our new topic of decimals and have been embracing some code breaking challenges. We’ve loved starting our new class text ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ and have been coming up with very imaginative ideas about how to care for a royal White Elephant. We can’t wait to share some of them with you next time.
Week beginning 12th April 2021
Pacific Class have returned to school with great enthusiasm and curiosity, and we very much enjoyed our Learning to Learn days this week. We had lots of fun becoming parents to magical eggs. We made protective cases for our eggs and had to care for and nurture them. We had to ensure that our eggs never left our sight, unless they were left with a trusted baby-sitter. Sadly, there were many trips to the hospital and social services for some of our eggs but a grand total of … 4 were left intact by the very end. What a great learning experience and one we will draw on in our English lessons as we move on to explore explanatory texts! Throughout our Learning to Learn days we also enjoyed researching elephants (linked to our new class text The Firework Maker’s Daughter) and we became mini-teachers, as we taught our classmates about something new. We enjoyed language lessons in Japanese and Romanian, we developed our rugby passing skills, we found out about dragons and magical beasts and we even learnt about the science of sewage. What an exciting and interesting week it has been!
Week Beginning 22nd March 2021
As we look forward to the Easter break, Pacific class have had another wonderful week of learning. We have continued to explore the Highway Man poem in English and are currently writing newspaper reports about the event. We loved creating our own shadow puppet theatres and getting to perform our Highway Man puppet shows to our class. In Science, we've been busying ourselves with lots of experiments as we discover more about the properties of materials. This week, we investigated the strength of different types of paper and will look forward to analysing our results when we're back after the holiday. We've definitely earned our break and wish everyone a Happy Easter. Stay safe and keep smiling!
Pacific Class have hit the ground running as we settle back into school life! How great it has been to be reunited with our friends again (..and to meet the chicks. Shh - don't tell anyone that we re-homed them in our classroom for a little while)! We've enjoyed loads of fun team building activities, including a 'Race to the Island' game (in the photos you'll see us working together to not fall into the 'raging river'). We've also been busy starting our learning about the Highway Man in English, with lots of drama activities. In Maths, we've been growing in confidence learning about decimals and we've had lots of Maths challenges and practical activities to explore.
This week Pacific class celebrated Christingle with a special Zoom assembly from Father Clive. We all learned how to make a Christingle and found what each part of the it represents. We then created our own Christingle to take home for the Christmas holidays.
I just want to take this opportunity to wish Pacific class a wonderful Christmas break and well deserved rest. Thank you for all your kind messages. I have really enjoyed teaching you all this past term and I look forward to hearing how you’re all doing as you progress in year five. I am sure I will see you soon. Remember I am only around the corner. Mr Bond
This week we continued our Lowry Art project. We have so far looked at examples of Lowry’s work, created our own match stick people and then moved on to sketching buildings. We have now started to design our own Lowry style Christmas scene ready to create before the end of term.
This week we looked at different ways to separate materials. We observed a variety of mixtures and used evaporation, filtration, sieving and magnetism to sort the materials. We found that some changes are reversible and some are irreversible.
This week Pacific class have started to look at letter writing and the emotions we feel when receiving a letter. We were each assigned a random member of Pacific class to create a letter for. The purpose of our letters were to make the recipient smile. We hope that our letters each achieved this goal and put a smile on our recipient’s face.
Monday 16th November 2020 – Friday 20th November 2020
This week Pacific class have been investigating different materials to find out if they are soluble or insoluble. We also discussed reversible and irreversible changes that we can spot at home in our kitchens. We also learned some new terminology too: solute, solvent and solution.
This week Pacific class have been preparing to create a biography all about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. First we used lots of sources to collect information about his life. Next we used post it notes to organise our facts under different sub headings. We worked with our learning partner to rearrange these facts in an appropriate order ready to create our own biographies about his life.
This week we continued our work on angles. We found that there are 180 degrees in a triangle and also on a straight line. To prove this, we cut all of the vertices off of a triangle and reassembled this together to make a straight line.
The Pacific ‘Vikings’ had a great day on Wednesday! With the help of ‘Thor’, we enjoyed Viking porridge and told Viking stories. We also played Viking games, made Viking candles and even danced like a Viking plus many more exciting activities too. Thank you to everyone for getting into the spirit and wearing some amazing Viking outfits. Have a great half-term everyone!
This week Pacific class have been using freeze frames in preparation for their Robin Hood dialogue. We discussed body language, facial expressions and how we can use these features to develop our writing further. We will now use these freeze frames as inspiration for our own dialogue between Robin Hood and a new mysterious new character.
This week we started our new English topic of Robin Hood. We started to read the backstory of various characters to find out more about the characters and have now created our own backstory for a new addition to Robin’s group.
This week Pacific class have been investigating water resistance. Using plasticine, we created a variety of shapes to find out which shape would be more streamlined in the water. We will be applying what we found out this week to create our own miniature ‘longships’ next week.
This week Pacific class worked on their sketching. We started to look at the styles of many Viking artefacts and then tried to sketch some of these styles ourselves. We will be using these sketches as inspiration in our art lesson next week.
This week Pacific class started to create parachutes ready for our investigation next week. We have been looking at balanced and unbalanced forces and the impact that air resistance can have on gravity. Great team work on show in each group and some really interesting questions asked. Well done everyone!
This week we enjoyed taking part in our first gymnastics lesson of year five. We organised ourselves into our own groups and we organised ourselves into our own groups and were each given a prop by Mrs Lawrence. Our goal this half-term is to create a gymnastics routine, as a group, that combines the use of our prop. We are looking forward to planning, rehearsing and perfecting our routines to perform to the rest of the class!