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Y5 - Larch

Welcome to Larch Class.

The Class Teacher is Mrs Stokes.

Larch Class 2023/2024

Term 4

This term Year 5 have had a visit from the Fire brigade. We learnt what caused house fires, how to prevent a house fire and how to keep ourselves safe if we were in a house fire. Article 28: The right to an education, Article 3: The best interest of the child.

In our P.E lessons, we have been learning how to play tactical games. These games have been really good fun and we have been learning how to work as a team to try to win our games. Article 24, The right to health, Article 28, The right to an education. Article 31, The right to leisure and play.

In Computing, we have been learning about search engines and the best way to search for something on the internet using key words. We have also been learning how to stay safe online.

In our English lessons, we have been learning to identify the features of a Non-chronological report. We will use this knowledge to write our own reports about Victorians. Article 28: The right to an education

RSHE - We have been learning how to stay safe online with our friends. We have also been learning about different apps we may be using and why they have age restrictions.

Term 3

In Art and Design this term, we are learning how to collage an image from space. We have also been learning about different artists who use collage to create their artwork. We have been creating an ideas bank of materials we think we will need to recreate the collage of our choice. Links to articles: 28 - The right to an education, 29: Goals to and education and 31: The right to leisure, play and culture.

In Geography this week we have been learning about some of the European countries and trying to identify some of their human and physical features. We are also learning how to use an atlas to help us find out more information about these countries.. Links to articles: 28 - The right to an education.

In English, we are learning how to write a science fiction story. We have been identifying the features of a science fiction story and key vocabulary that we will need to make our stories really interesting. We have also been thinking about the key grammar skills we will need when writing these stories. To help inspire us, we watched some short clips from different sci-fi films. Links to articles 28 - The right to an education, Article 3 - The best interest of the child.

For one of our P.E lessons each week, we are learning how to play Tag Rugby. We have been learning to to make a back pass and a side pass and how to make a Tri. We had so much fun learning how to pass the balls to each other and trying to score a Tri. Links to articles 31 - The right to leisure, play and culture, article 28: The right to an education and article 29: Goals to an education.

Term 2

Today we have a great day celebrating achieving Gold for Rights Respecting and Good in our OFSTED report. In Year 5, we decided to have a Narnia morning. We watched Narnia, we iced biscuits, had hot chocolate, marshmallows and popcorn. The children had such a fun morning. We were then lucky enough to have our celebration lunch together and a Pantomime in te afternoon. Article 31: The right to leisure, play and culture.

P.E - We have been focusing on Fitness Related Exercise. We were completing different exercises and trying to work out which ones were best for cardio.

English - Over the past few weeks we have been learning how to write fantasy stories. To begin with, we immersed ourselves into fantasy by looking at different types of settings, characters, language used, questions we could be thinking of. We then looked at the different features of a fantasy story. Article 28 The right to an education. 17: Access to information.

D.T - This term the children have been learning how to design and create a small structure and use triangulation to strengthen it. They are making wardrobes because we are focusing on Narnia this term. They have had to learn to use tools safely, such as saws and glue guns, and learn to measure with precision. Links to articles 3: The best interest of the child, 28: The right to an education, 31: the right to leisure, play and culture.

Science - This term we have been continuing to learn about forces and building on our previous knowledge of gravity. We have been learning about friction, air resistance, water resistance, levers, pulleys and gears. Links to articles 3 - The best interest of the child, 28 The right to an education.

RSHE - We have been learning about Banking in RSHE this term and have been very lucky to have Metro Bank come to our school and deliver 4 lessons on banking, interest rates, savings and budgeting. Metro Bank then invited us to go and visit the bank where we were able to see the safety deposit boxes, the vault and the Magic Money Machine. Year 5 had so much fun and were given a lovely bag full of gifts from Metro Bank. Links to Articles: 3 - The best interest of the child, 28- The right to an education. Year 5 were so well behaved during our trip. Well done everyone!

We visited our Church (St - Augustine's) to see Reverend Jim. He taught us the meaning of the Lords Prayer. Links to Article: 14 - The right to thought, belief and religion.

Computing - This term we have been learning how to send a message using Semaphore. The children had great fun creating their own messages and seeing if their partners could work them out. Links to article 17: Access to information, 28: The right to an education

Term 1 

In our science lessons we are beginning to learn about different types of forces. This week we have been learning about pushes and pulls and understanding what gravity, air resistance, water resistance, friction and tension are. Links to articles: 28 The right to an education.

Today we had a visit from Soundsteps Music School. It was so much fun! We loved listening to the music and guessing what he was playing on the keyboard. It was so aspirational.

In our English lesson we are learning to write a non-chronological report about Medieval Britain. We used different sources to research what it was like in Medieval times. Links to article 17: The right to access information. Article 3: The best interest of the child and Article 28: The right to an education. We are already really enjoying this quest.

Larch Class 2023/2024

Larch Class 2022 - 2023

Summer 2 - Our Learning Quest is: Around the World in 80 Days

Art and Design - This week we have been learning to measure precisely to make a template, using squared paper, for our mobile phone cases. Links to Article: 28 The right to an Education. Christian Values: Koinonia and Hope. British Value: Respect

English: We have been learning to recognise the features of a formal letter. Links to Article: 28 The Right to an Education. Christian Value: Koinonia. British Values: Democracy and Respect.

Computing - This week we have been learning to explore virtual galleries thinking about they way art is displayed and why it is displayed that way. Links to Articles: 28 The Right to an Education, 17 The Right to Access Information. Christian Value: Koinonia.

R.E - We have been learning about what Muslim people believe about the way they should live their lives and why. We have learnt about the Five Pillars and this week we have been focusing on our own views and ideas about fasting and pilgrimage. We had a Hot Seat sessions where we could share our views. Links to Articles: 14 - Freedom of Thought, Belief and Religion. British Values: Respect, Democracy.

Summer 1 - Our Learning Quest is: Beast Creator

Geography: This week we conducted a field study survey of our local area. We walked around Slade Green identifying its land-use, looking at traffic, noise levels, cleanliness and trying to identify any changes in the area. We used our British Values of Respect and Democracy for this lesson as we each had our own opinions. This also links to Article 3: The best interest of the child and Article 28: The right to an education.

English: This term we are learning about minibeasts. Today we visited Forest School to look for minibeast to help us when writing our non-chronological reports next week. Links to Article 3: The Best Interest of the Child. Article 28: The Right to an Education.

Geography: This term we are focusing on our local area. Today we have been looking at maps and aerial photos of Slade Green and we created our own maps. We were also learning how diverse Slade Green is and which changes have occurred over time and why. Links to Articles 3: The Best Interest of the Child and Article 28: The Right to an Education. British Value: Democracy.

Science: In science this week we have been learning about irreversible changes. We heated up an egg white to see what happened. We even touched the materials before and after heating to see if they felt different. We learnt that when we heat up an egg white, the material changes and cannot be reversed. Article 28: The Right to an Education. British Value: Democracy

P.E - In P.E this term we are learning the skills needed to play a game of Rounders. Today we learnt the rules of the game and how to bat and bowl a ball. We really enjoyed our P.E lesson today. Article 3: The Best Interest of the Child, Article 6: The Right to Life, Survival and Development, Article 24: The Right to Health.

Spring 2 - Our Learning Quest is: A Spoonful of Sugar

Today we took Year 5 to Kent Life for a Victorian Day. The children learnt so much about the Victorian era and had so much fun making Rag Rugs, pretending to be grocers, butchers and bakers, experiencing lessons in a Victorian classroom and much more. Well done Year 5 for being so well behaved! Articles; 28- right to an education, 3 - the best interest of the child, 31 - Leisure, play and culture.

This week we have been celebrating World Book Day. We had fun dressing up as our favourite book characters and reading/sharing books with others and in strange places. We also enjoyed having parents come into school for our Book café. Thank you to our parents for coming in to share books with us!

In our D.T lesson this wee we have been looking at a variety of Victorian dishes. We decided to recreate the classic Victoria Sponge Cake and make it a more healthier version. Article 3 - The best interest of the child.

In Science this week, we have been learning that some materials will dissolve in liquid. We conducted a fair test to discover what affects how well sugar dissolves.

Today we have been learning which materials allow electricity to pass through them. Which materials are conductors and insulators. Pupils created a circuit with a break in it. They then added different materials to the break to see if they were conductors or insulators.

In Science we are learning about properties and changes to materials. Today we have been comparing and grouping items according to their conductivity of heat. We conducted a simple experiment to see what would happen if we placed butter on a metal spoon and on a wooden spoon and held it over hot water. We have learnt that metal is a conductor of heat and that is why we use metal to make things like saucepans and radiators. Article 28 - The right to an education.

Spring 1 - Our Learning Quest is: Earth and Beyond

Spring 1 - Earth and Beyond Parent Quest Letter

Amazing Homework!! Well done to the children that have created some amazing 3-D models of planets. We have added these to our class display. Article: 28 The Right to an Education, Article 29 - Goals to Education

In our Art lessons we are learning that collage is the artistic technique and explore artists that use it. Links to Article 28 - The Right to an Education. Christian Value of Koinonia and British Value of Individual Liberty.

Religious Education - In our R.E lesson this week we were focusing on what the connections are between biblical text and Christians ideas of God. We used this information to created a class image showing what we have learnt that Christians believe about God. Links to Article 14 - Freedom of Thought, Belief and Religion.

RSHE - This term we are learning about basic first aid. With our new knowledge we are beginning to make our own First Aid booklets with instructions on how to carry out basic first aid. Links to articles: 3 -In the Best Interest of the Child, Article 28 - The Right to and education.

Autumn 2 - Parent Quest Overview - Through the Portal

In our D.T lessons, we have been learning how to design and strengthen a small structure by using triangulation. We have been making Narnia wardrobes and have really enjoyed it!

Today, Year 5 went to Trinity School to watch their production of High School Musical. We were so proud of all the children as their behaviour was impeccable! Well done Trinity school, the performance was amazing and we all loved it. Links to Articles: 29 - Goals for Education. 3 - Best Interest of the Child and our Christian Values of Hope, Respect and Koinonia.

This week we joined a virtual assembly about Internet Safety. The children really enjoyed this and interreacted appropriately and answered questions in a mature manner. Links to Articles: 3 The Best Interest of the Child, Article 16: The Right to Privacy, Article 19: Protection from Violence, Abuse and Neglect

In Computing this week, the children have been learning about Morse Code. They really enjoyed using Morse Code to send messages to their peers and trying to decode them. Article 28 - The Right to an Education

Thank you so much to the children for joining in and dressing up for Spotty Day for Children in Need. Thank you for all your donations!

Well done Larch Class for participating in Anti-Bullying Week and wearing odd socks to show that it is okay to be different. We are all unique! The children created Anti-bullying posters, Reach Out Hands, to show who they could talk to if they were worried and Reach Out Rainbows. Links to Articles: 2 - Non-discrimination, 12 - Respect for children's views, 13 - Sharing thoughts freely and 19 - Protection from violence.

In our D.T lessons we are learning how to design and make a wardrobe from wood. The children began the bottom of their wardrobes today and have begun to use triangulation to strengthen their small structure.

This week, Year 5 visited Reverend Jim at St Augustine's Church. The children really enjoyed their visit.

Larch Class have settled in well to Year 5 and are working hard in all subjects.

In history the children have been learning about the impact that Black Death had on Britain. They presented their findings by creating large scale fact files.

In computing the children are learning to create their own game. So far they have planned their own ideas, created backgrounds and moving characters.

In science the children have been learning about gravity and how to measure weight and mass. They enjoyed using the Newton Meters.

We have been having fun learning our times tables this week and trying hard to beat our highest score.

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