Year 5 & 6
Don't forget you can update the Class 5 blog from home...... Homework is due in on a Tuesday.... Remember to bring your PE kit every Monday, Tuesday and Friday this term (we have Mrs Anderson on Monday, Mrs Vye on Tuesday and Mr Anderson for PE Friday afternoon)..
Science Week 2017
Walkern School have been taking part in our very own Science week, ablely assisted by our friends over at Barnwell School. Barnwell have been fantastic this week, supplying ideas, staff and pupils to run a wonderful, interact session for the children here at Walkern. Thank you Barnwell.
This week, Class 6 have been carrying out experiments; testing which substances are soluble and insoluble. The children then designed posters and created QR (Quick response) codes linking to our class webpage.
The Year 5's have also been extremely busy creating a bug hotel. Have a look at their amazing video to see their handy work.
At the beginning of the week, Class 6 were set the task of designing and making their own birdfeeders, many of which are now dotted around the school to encourage our feathered friends to pay us a visit.
The following slideshow shows the children hard at work observing and testing different materials.
In Class 6, we have been writing some inspirational speeches; once they were written, we used an app called Spark Video to create a short movie containing powerful language and pictures. I hope you enjoy the results.
Year 5/6 are currently looking at how to write Persuasive letters. To help the children feel engaged with this subject, we informed them that Mr Hall had notified their parents that the children would need to spend one week of their half term in school practising for their assessments. I then asked the children to write a letter to Mr Hall to persuade to drop the idea. The results have been seen on the walls outside our classroom. As you will see, the children performed exceptionally well. Please take a few minutes at Parents' Evening to look at their work.
A massive thank you to you all for playing along with little untruth!
This term we have been focusing on Forces within our Science lessons, the children were challenged to design and build a boat that would have a low water resistance.We then raced the boats and analysed who's boat performed the best.
In French, Class 6 have written some letters to our friends at Lanvallay in France. This week we have received our replies. The children have been allocated a pen pal and we plan to continue with the correspondance throughout the academic year. The photos below show the children reading their pen pals letters.
Class Blog - The blog is up and running for this year and the children have been set a task to write a short book review about their current book, if you can and have the time please take a look. Plenty of photos have been uploaded, including one of myself reading a book (Star Wars) I have purchased for the class. There is a short cut to the blog at the top of this page.
4th October - No Pens Day Tuesday
On Tuesday the 4th October, the school took part in a No Pens Day, the children were challenged to show their work without the use of pens or pencils. In Class 6, we decided to have some fun expressing some maths calculations in different ways. Can you see what the children have worked out?
Welcome to the new year. This year we have a mixed class of 22 children who have all settled in well. We have already had our first school outing - Duxford - and the children had a wonderful time.The weather was extremely kind to us, in fact it was glorious.
We have lots planned this year and are already enjoying our first class novel of the year - War Horse. It is a truly wonderful, yet emotional, story based around a horse called Joey. Set in World War 1 we will be using this text to explore and write about.
Class 5 invited the rest of the school into our Cafe Walkern. Throughout the morning, the children served a selection of French food (croissants, pain au chocolat and crepes) and hot and cold drinks. The children conversed in French with the other classes and produced a wonderful menu to order from.
This term the school's topic is Let's Celebrate (Roald Dahl), in Class 5 we will be linking our English through this topic. We're looking at the different biographies about Roald Dahl, reading The BFG and The Witches to look at and compare his style of writing. finally finishing of with some Poetry - Revolting Rhymes.
To kick the new term off in style, we have been painting our own pictures of his characters, look out for them on the main wall, these are life size paintings so feel free to measure yourself against them!
Can you name all of the characters? Give it a try, with no cheating...
The boys are measuring out just how tall The BFG actually is, they aren't just lying down on the job!
Welcome back Year 6's to the new school year and a massive welcome to the children and parents of my new Year 5 cohort. I look forward to speaking to you all throughout the year, if you have any questions please feel free to ask. Do not wait until Parents' Evening, my door is always open.
This Autumn term we will be learning about The Maya Civilisation.
Studying the fascinating Maya in this topic we will discover where and when the Maya built their magnificent civilisation as the children develop a range of skills across the curriculum. Investigating how they lived, their culture and their legacy and comparing their lives to our own.
Finding out about the legends of the Maya people. Exploring the famous creation story of the Hero Twins and the Lords of the Underworld. Using a variety of software on a range of digital devices to create a podcast of the Maya creation myth and a stop-motion animation.These will be uploaded to the class website in due course.