Welcome to Starfish Class!
Our Class Teacher is Lee Harris.
Welcome back with our Well being Week
What a fantastic week back after the Easter Break!
This week’s focus was about the outdoors, and our well being. The children have been working towards creating items for our new allotment area, as well as having a great time as a class completing outdoor activities.
Some of the things we got up to this week have been:
- making our own plant pots and planting flowers (we are waiting for these to germinate)
- painting the Year 1 outdoor area fence
- we learned how to make paper and made our own recycled paper
- we tasted a number of different vegetables including butternut, celeriac, turnip, swede, kale and mint
- making bird feeders from lard and bird seed, as well as learning why it is important to encourage birds to our gardens
- completing an outdoor obstacle course
- completing a scavenger hunt around the school and classroom
- making our own wind chimes
- pressing flowers which we will use to make bookmarks
The Starfish class have really had a great week and shown a number of our school values! They care about one another and their environment, they are helpful and honest, they have all persevered in our tasks this week, they have been respectful of one another, and everyone has succeeded in our tasks this week. I am super proud of all of you!
What a great term of Home Learning in the Starfish class!
The Starfish class have all had a fantastic term! Everyone has been working extremely hard at home to complete all of their learning and have done a brilliant job. I am so proud of you all, and a big thank you to all of our parents and carers too! A big well done to everyone!
This term our topic has been the Anglo Saxons, we have learned all about what their lives were like, where they lived, what jewellery they wore. Some of our activities have included designing and making our own brooches, baking oat cakes and replicating their houses.
In English we have been reading the book The View by Shaun Tan and Gary Crew. We have all enjoyed the story and its mysterious happenings. The children have created poems about the city dump, written their own endings to the story, created their own viewers for important moments in their lives over the last 10 years and written news reports about the sudden disappearance of Tristan.
In Maths we have started learning about fractions! Year 5 have really been up for some fraction action, and have done a superb job at home using loads of resources to help with their learning.
We also learned to express ourselves last week during Children’s Mental Health week. Everyday we shared an assembly and discussions, practiced some mindful activities and learned to express ourselves in different ways. Some things we got up to included taking photos, going on a walk, baking, playing a board game, drawing and painting.
Our Science topic this term has been properties of materials, and we have learned all about how some materials can dissolve, some can be removed from solutions, the difference between reversible and irreversible changes, and that these changes can be caused by heating, cooling or burning.
World Science Day in the Starfish Class
Fun was had by all on World Science Day.
We found out about different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers, and interviewed James who is a statistician. Lee and Alex also dressed for the occasion.
We explored properties of materials by creating our very own lava lamps! We learned that oil will float on top of water because of its density. The oil is also insoluble.
Do you know how far a sneeze can travel? …. 1.73m!
We also found out that magic tricks are made using Science. Can you flip a glass of water without making a mess? Can you make a ball levitate? Can you move a ketchup sachet without touching it? Can you move a can off of a table?
Art Week – Elizabeth Catlett
Wow what an amazing week we have had in the starfish class! Our artist for art week was Elizabeth Catlett. We learned that she is an American born printmaker and sculptor. She is famous for her prints and sculptures of black people and she said that the purpose of her art is to “present black people in their beauty and dignity for ourselves and others to understand and enjoy.”
We explored different print making techniques. The first was a lithograph print, where we used card and a wax crayon to create stamps.
The second technique that we learned was a relief print, and made our own stamps using polystyrene (lino-style print)
Our final piece of artwork was based on one of Catlett’s prints – Sharecropper (a portrait of a man wearing a hat) We used photos of ourselves, and then the technique of tracing and transferring our design using tracing paper. Then we carved out our design onto our polystyrene, used roller to apply black paint and created a number of prints.
Here are our final Prints:
On Friday, Year 5 came to school as Vikings! We used Viking Runes to help crack a code. We then ate like Vikings before setting off into battle. We tasted some mead (a drink made from honey) and bread that the Vikings would have ate. We then spent the day playing a Viking battle game, pillaging and robbing one another’s boats and stealing coins. It was a fantastic day, and everyone enjoyed our Viking day to end off the term.
In Year 5 we have read the fantastic picture book called The Journey by Francesca Sanna.
We loved following the journey of a family who sadly lost their Father to the war. The family had to flee their own country and travel for many days on a dangerous and tiresome journey in order to find a new safe place to live. One part of their journey was to cross the sea in a Ferry, we explored the idea of a sea creature attacking the Ferry along their way. We wrote our very own Terrible Tales of the Sea, many including the legend of the Kraken!
Welcome to Year 5
Year 5 have had an amazing start to the year! It has been so lovely to see everyone again and get to know the Starfish class.
We have all been working hard in class recapping our place value knowledge in Maths. In English we have read a lovely book called Here we Are and spoke about how we felt returning to school after lock down. This week we finished off our Topic Brainwave. In these lessons we learned about how we learn. We taught each other some new skills. We also learned about how our brain and memory works, and how to maintain a growth mindset in class. We also explored the magic word ‘Yet’. Instead of saying I can’t do it, try saying I can’t do it Yet!
In our Exit Point lesson we created 3D glasses and spoke about the two parts Attitude + Effort = Success.
Welcome to Year 5
In order for parents and carers to better understand the expectations and learning taking place in Year 5 this year, we have put together a short presentation. Please watch the following video and feel free to contact your child’s class teacher should you have any further questions.