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Pegasus, Orion & Unicorn Yrs 5/6

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Staff

Orion - Mrs S. Hodder (Thur-Fri), Mrs C. Want (Mon-Wed)

Pegasus - Mr A. Clark

Unicorn - Miss A. Horn

Support staff:

Mrs J Britton (HTLA)

Mrs L Saunders

Mrs D Coggins

Mrs J Collis / Mrs J Mabberley

Miss S Wellham

 

yes Key Dates for this term yes

 

Monday 9th April - Inset Day

Wednesday 11th April - Dance Festival

Thursday 12th April- Year 5/6 Netball competition

Thursday 26th April - Charterhouse Parents Meeting

Monday 7th May - Bank Holiday

Monday 14th May - SATs Week

Friday 18th May - Year 5 - Weston Rocks

Monday 21st May - Year 6 - Charterhouse Residential

Friday 25th May - End of Term 5

Friday 8th June - Sports Day

Friday 22nd June - Music Extravaganza

Friday 29th June - Sports Festival with Broadoak School

Monday 2nd July - Class Photos

Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th July - Year 5/6 Production

Friday 13th July - Year 6 Leaver's Party

Thursday 19th July - Awards Assembly

Friday 20th July - 9.00 am - Leaver's Assembly

SATs Support SPaG Grid

SATs Support Maths Grid

SATs Week Timetable

Monday 14th May - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Tuesday 15th May - Reading Comprehension

Wednesday 16th May - Maths - Arithmetic

         Maths - Reasoning Paper 1

Thursday 17th May - Maths - Reasoning Paper 2

Term 5 - Maths Reasoning Support Session

 

A very big thank you to all the parents and children who came to our maths reasoning event after school today. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to work with your children in a fun and informative way. We were really impressed with the way your children challenged themselves and explained their thinking to you. Please do speak to any of the teachers if you require any have any questions about the reasoning or if you require any further support or guidance.

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Terms 5 and 6 - What lies in the hidden world

Big Idea: Compare and Contrast

 

Our final project this year focuses on Ancient Civilisations. Each class will investigate a different civilisation that was around at a similar time 900AD. They will then compare their own civilisation with British history at that time as well as the other civilisations.

Terms 3 and 4

Project: Have we made it better?

Big Idea: Cause and Effect

 

This term we will be looking at inventors and inventions through the ages and examining the impact on life today. We began this project by looking at the top ten inventions of all time, championing one of them , then researching and creating an argument to convince others that our selected one had changed the way we lived the most. We were really impressed with the persuasive tactics shown by each team as they presented their ideas. We look forward to exploring this project further with the children and delving deeper into the impact of inventions we take for granted today. Please take a look at our project web for further details of what we will be covering.

Our End of Project Presentation

We are really excited about our board games. We began by evaluating board games that were on the market e.g Monopoly, Frustration and Snakes and Ladders. We decided what we liked about them and what we would change before designing our own games. Inventions and Brunel inspired our games and we used our learning to help us create questions for our players to answer. We used real wood to make our games and painted them to make them appealing and desirable. We used drill and saws to make different parts like counters, spinners and dice. Our end products are fantastic. Take a look at our games journey.

 

Our school trip to the

SS Great Britain

This term, Year 5/6 have been researching Isambard Kingdom Brunel to find out the impact his inventions have had on the world. On Tuesday 13th March, Year 5/6 went on a fantastic trip up to Bristol to explore the SS Great Britain. The trip began with a coach ride with views of Clifton suspension bridge before we went on board to explore the SS Great Britain. The children had a fantastic day learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and took a boat ride along the harbour. Some of the children thought that the smells onboard the ship, along with the very life-like manikins are the most memorable parts of their day. Take a look at what they got up to:

Inventors and their inventions...

 

On 6th March 2018, all of Year 5/6 shared their knowledge of an inventor by presenting to another class. This was a great opportunity to share what they have learnt and also explore other inventors that were researched in other classes. Altogether, the children have accumulated a wealth of biographies and reports on many inventors and inventions that have changed the world. These range from inventions involving communication, transport and every day inventions. Well done Year 5/6.

Unicorn's class assembly: Inventors Got Talent!

 

On Tuesday 27th February, the school hall was transformed into the production of Inventors Got Talent! Unicorn class presented many different inventors and their inventions to the school and shared some remarkable inventions that have changed the world. These inventors were then judged by a world famous judging panel made up of David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Albert Einstein and Ariana Grande.

 

All of the children did an absolutely brilliant job of researching inventors, writing and editing their speaking parts before today's performance. A lot of effort and practise from everyone in Unicorn. A huge well done to you all.

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Building Bridges

We have started to learn about Brunel and his amazing inventions. We looked at the Clifton Suspension Bridge and examined how it worked. We then built our own bridges to help us understand the forces at work - compression and tension. We then tested each of the bridges we made to see how much weight they could hold. Our most successful bridge held 900 kg of weight. We had to show lots of perseverance and resilience because some of the bridges took many attempts to build.

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Clockwork

We have been enjoying the book Clockwork by Philip Pullman. The story is a dark tale with many twists and turns and centres on an apprentice ( Karl) who has to make a new figure for the town clock. Meanwhile Fritz the storyteller is relaying his latest tale to the townsfolk when all of sudden real life and fiction start to cross over. We have loved debating the plot and issues that have arisen from the story and the work we have produced has been fantastic.

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Amazing Artwork

Look at this fantastic picture of the Titanic drawn by Fred from Orion as part of work on the history of boats. The incredible detail makes it look 3D. Such care and determination shown - wonderful work.

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Inventions through time

We made our own timelines of key inventions that have made a difference to life today. Each class then researched a different topic area: Orion looked at transport , Pegasus looked at communication and Unicorn looked at everyday inventions. All of the classes investigated the inventors related to their topic areas and wrote biographies about them. They used rubrics to build their skills of biography writing and this has resulted in some fabulous factual pieces of writing. We look forward to sharing what we have learned with the other classes.

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Best inventions presentations

All three classes researched key inventions and then planned and delivered a persuasive presentation to convince the rest of the class that their invention was the most important. Reassuringly, most children voted for important, life saving inventions like penicillin.

 

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Ice Skating

The children had great fun learning to ice skate on Weston's indoor ring. We were so impressed with the determination and perseverance they showed to master this difficult skill. They also supported each other and worked together to ensure that everyone was successful. A fabulous time was had by all.

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Terms One and Two

Whose footsteps do we follow in?

A local study of Uphill during the first and second world war.

Final Presentation of Learning

Remembrance Exhibition and Walk

After all the hard work, the children enjoyed a very successful day hosting parents and members of the public in the Victory Hall and taking them on their remembrance walk around the village.  Well done to all of the children involved.  We have received lots of appreciative comments with visitors being very impressed by the children's knowledge and presentation. 
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Poppy pictures

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World War One Trail and Exhibition

The children in Years 5 and 6 have been working really hard to research and learn about World War One . As part of this work they have been researching the soldiers that lived in Uphill who went off to war and sadly lost their lives. On Friday 10th November, they will be commemorating these soldiers by holding an exhibition of their work at the Victory Hall and offering tours around the village to visit the soldiers homes and learn all about them. We would love to see you on the tour. Each tour will leave the Victory Hall at the following times:

Pegasus Class - 10.00am

Unicorn Class- 11.15 am

Orion - 1.30pm

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Orion's Class Assembly

On the 7th November, Orion held their class assembly based on the causes and effects of World War One. The children confidently shared the work they had done in an interesting and informative manner. Well done Orion - it was a great reminder of the need to remember those soldiers who gave up their lives for our country.

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Conditions in the Trenches

The children have been learning about the awful conditions that the soliders faced inside of the trenches. After researching each one they then had to rank them from the worst to the best using a "diamond nine" template, justifying their decisions and thoughts. As you can imagine,  the discussion and debate around this  was very interesting.

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What was it like to be a soldier?

On Friday 29th September we were very lucky to have a visit from World War 1 expert Josh Cottrell. He bought with him a huge array of replica uniforms and weapons and spoke to us about what it was like to be in the trenches. He talked about life on the front and showed us some videos of the biggest battles. We were very fortunate because he also let us try on coats, hats and artillary belts. We each held a typical rucksack that many soldiers would have had to wear all day - it was very heavy and none of us could imagine wearing it for long. Josh was great at answering all our questions and we all learned a great deal.

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Joining Up

We have been learning about why people wanted to join the army and examining some of the propaganda posters that encouraged them to do so. One of the most famous posters was designed by Alfred Leete in 1914 who lived in Weston Super Mare. After examining many different types, we then had a go at designing our own.                 Variation of Leete's poster of 1914

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Introducing our Project

Our first project this year is entitled, " Whose Footsteps Do We Follow". This project looks at how life in Uphill was affected by both World Wars. During the first half term ( up until October) we are focusing on World War One, looking at the causes, conscription, life in the trenches and the battles fought. We will also be reading the book Private Peaceful to help us understand from a fictional point of view what life was like then.

To launch our project we worked with the Churches Conservation Trust to examine how Uphill has changed since the World War One. Each class visited the old church on the hill to hear not only about the history relating to it but also to look over the village and identify how Uphill would have looked during the war period. The children then designed stained glass windows in commemoration of something the soldiers would have missed about Uphill when they went off to war

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Welcome to the New School Year

Welcome to 2017. We are really pleased with the way the children have settled into their new classes. We have had an exciting start to term

getting to know each other and exploring our starting theme of courage. As part of this theme the children learned poems which they then performed to other classes . They also produced some lovely artwork linked to it.

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Meet the Teacher session. If you were unable to make the date then details of what was covered are in the attached letter.

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Useful websites for Years 5 and 6

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