Welcome to Year 5/6
Meet the Team
Unicorn Class Teacher - Miss A Horn
Orion Class Teachers- Mrs S Hodder (Weds-Fri) and Mrs C Want (Mon-Tues)
Pegasus Class Teachers -Mr A Clark
HLTA - Mrs J Hughes (cover Mrs L Waldren)
LSAs - Mrs L Saunders
Mrs J Collis
Miss J Mabberley
Mrs D Coggins
PPA cover: Mrs Elms
Key Dates for this term
Farewell Year 6's
The time has come to say goodbye to our wonderful Year 6's. You have given us all such a fantastic year and we will miss you greatly. We hope you have enjoyed your time with us and your final activity week. We look forward to hearing about your adventures at secondary school - you will be amazing. Good Luck.
Annual Cross Country Club Water Fight
What an incredible performance from all of our amazing Year 5/6 children. After some long, hard sessions rehearsing they pulled it out of the bag for all four shows - including dress rehearsals and evening performances to parents. They made everybody so proud of what they can do and demonstrated that with hard work and perseverance they can all achieve gold. Well done.
A special thank you to all support staff who helped with costumes, props and support during the performances and also to all the children who showed real dedication and performed in every single show - it wouldn't have been the same without you!
We all had a great day dressed up as ancient Greeks and trying various Greek inspired activities. These included:
We all finished the day with an outdoor feast of all the food the children had made.
A really great day!
Athens V Sparta Debate
We have been learning about the city-states in Ancient Greece and trying to decide where we would rather live. Two of the most prominent states were Athens and Sparta. Both shared the same beliefs and language but varied in many other ways; they were also often at war with each other. We looked at the pros and cons of each society and decided which we preferred; we then presented our arguments in a debate. It was great fun!
Year 6 Charterhouse Camp
Follow all our adventures this week on twitter @PriUphill .
A huge congratulations to the Year 6's for the perseverance and determination you have shown this week in completing your SATs - we couldn't be prouder of you.
Year 5 - Greek Myths- Odyseuss
While the Year 6's have been busy preparing for their forthcoming SATs, the Year 5's have been learning all about the Greek myths. This week they have learned the story of Odyseuss and the Cyclops. After creating their own story maps to help them remember the key events, they then rewrote them in their own words.
The children then chose a scene from the story and created their own animation using movie maker.
Welcome back to term 5. This term our project is "What have the Ancient Greeks done for us?" where we will be focusing on the big idea of legacy and belief. The children have some really interesting questions and ideas already which we will be exploring over the course the upcoming terms. These include:
- When was Greece discovered and how has it changed over the years? Sophie
-Who ruled Greece? Did they have a government? Bryn
- What made the cities in Greece fight? Billy
- What was the life expectancy of an Ancient Greece? Mckenzie
- What did daily life consist of? Louis
- How many gods did they have and who was the most powerful? Lukas
- What still exists from Ancient Greece and where can we find it? Evie
- What did the Greeks invent? Maddison
End of our Project
What a fabulous project we have had. All of us have learned so much about space and we have enjoyed receiving our visitors in school, taking part in challenges and learning about exploration by visiting @Bristol. To end our project we produced quizzes to test both our families and our peers. They look great; we had fun making testing them - see if you can answer our questions below.
A great end to our project as the Year 5/6's shared their space adventures with the younger classes ( EYFS/Y1). The younger children really enjoyed listening to the stories and were inspired by the older children's writing. They were also very keen to share the work they had done on their own space project and wowed the older children with their knowledge and work on space. It was lovely to see the pride both year groups had in their work.
As part of our role as a space ambassador school, we were lucky enough to have a visit from the educational arm of ESA (European Space Agency) and the children enjoyed a fun workshop all about the stars.
The activities included: solar imaging, where the children were able to look at 'live' footage of the Sun in close up; a virtual reality tour of the solar system; creating a constellation with marshmallows and spaghetti; creating diagrams of the Sun and exploring how planets orbit.
It was a busy and informative afternoon.
Year 5/ 6 Rocket Making and Launching
The classes have enjoyed designing, constructing and launching their own rockets this week. They used boxes and tubes to make stomp rockets in teams of three. They then tested their rockets before competing against each other in our school rocket competition. All the teams did brilliantly well and the rockets all flew down the hall. The competition was judged on : distance, accuracy and design with the winning team going on to compete in an inter-school competition held at Clevedon School. Congratulations to Billy Frise, Tony Pham and Lukas Harvey from Orion who represented the school in the final. They had a great time at the final and were awarded a certificate for the best design.
Well done to Pegasus for a great class assembly on Space. You were all brilliant and entertained the whole school with your learning. You made us all proud.
Upper and Lower School Rocket Building Afternoon
WOW! What a day we've had. We were lucky enough to do some learning with the younger children ( EYFS/ Y1).
The challenge was set to make a rocket that would go the furthest on our rocket launcher.
First, we had to plan and design our rocket. We talked about the cone on top of the rocket. We also talked about the shape of the rocket and what fins we would have on the rocket.
Then, we made the rocket. We cut out all the shapes we needed and stuck it onto the rocket.
Finally we tested the rocket using a launcher. The problem was the launcher wouldn't launch our rockets, we had made them too big. We thought this was marvellous as it mean next time we could amend our rockets and learn from our mistakes. Instead we threw our rockets to see which one would go the furthest. We learnt about how rockets launch, the shape they need to be and working with younger children. It was such a brilliant afternoon of learning.
Safer Internet Day
This years campaign focused on exploring the "power of image" in todays digital society. After much discussion about the use of image and photo across the internet, we decided we wanted to test it out. Many of us believed that if the image was really boring nobody would like it so we tried it out with two carrots. Look what happened! We were really surprised by how far it had travelled.
The Great Pluto Debate
We read the story about Pluto's history and the decision made to reclassify it as a planet in 2006. We then looked at expert opinions and wrote our own letters to the president of the IAU ( International Astronomers Union) to try and convince her to change her mind. Please read some of them below.
Our New Project Launch - Where is Our Place in Space?
This week we launched our new project by learning about the planets. As well as learning lots of facts we also participated in art and DT activities which included: making and decorating space biscuits, designing and constructing mobiles of our solar system and using paint and pastels to create pictures. We had great fun. A sample of work is below.
Uphill Flood Book Launch
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.
Practising our Christmas Carol Concert in the playground
Santa's Balloon Sleigh - Christmas Investigation
We have been investigating the factors that make Santa's balloon sleigh travel the furthest . We looked at whether the amount of air contributed to the distance traveled. We made the balloon fit different circumference measurements to try this out. We also looked at whether the gradient of track made a difference to distance it traveled. We had great fun.
Our Project Completed
We have really enjoyed our project " How does the world rage?" We have learned so much about natural disasters around the world and in our local area. Look out for our published book entitled Uphill in the Floods - it is due to be released in January.
Interviews with local residents
Thank you to: Mr Gerry Williams ,Mrs Joyce Williams and Mrs Brenda Hughes who delighted the children with tales of the floods in Uphill. They expertly recounted their experiences, telling many stories of local residents. We learned that the police came in boats to rescue villagers, live animals were swept into houses and the church provided hot meals and drinks to those who needed them.
Our past and present photo walk
After looking at the course of the River Axe we then looked at the damage that was caused during the 1981 floods. We examined photos that were taken in December 1981 and then walked around the village to find them and then retook new photos to show how the houses and areas had changed.
Welcome back to Term 2. We are continuing with our project - How the World Rages however this term we are focusing on what natural disasters face our local community. To help us explore this we will be learning completing a study on the River Axe. We will also be learning how the community survived both a tsunami and a devastating flood.
Our River Axe Walk
Luckily the weather was kind to us and we managed to walk 8 km along the River Axe. During our trip we identified lots of different features of the river, answered questions and drew diagrams. This gave us a really good understanding of how the river works and the dangers it can present.
End of Term 1!
Well done to all the children for a great start to the year. Everyone has settled into their classes well and worked really hard all term. The Year 5s are getting used to the higher expectations of the year group and our Year 6 children have been great role models not only in class but, through their prefect responsibilities, across the school.
Wookey Hole Trip
The children had a great trip to Wookey Hole where they had the opportunity to learn about how the river Axe had created the spectacular cave system and to see the river emerging from underground. They also thoroughly enjoyed exploring everything else on the site. The mirror maze, 4D cinema and the play area (they're still not too old!) caused lots of excitement. A really good day...
Year 5/6 Netball Competition
On Friday 14th October Year 5/6 all took part in our first level 1 (intra-school) competition of the year. Each class competed in four teams to claim a place in the final. The whole of 5/6 came out to watch and cheer on the two teams that got through. There was lots of excitement and a well fought match to the end. The winners were Team A from Unicorn. Well done to all the children, who showed some great netball skills which they have developed over the term.
Orion Class Assembly
Well done to Orion for leading the first class assembly of the year. The children performed brilliantly as scientists, Romans, fire fighters, Gods and children to discuss and explain the different natural disasters that face the world.
Our project for the first two terms is 'How does the Earth rage? and we made an exciting start with a WOW day of natural disasters!
The children experienced volcanoes, tornadoes and tsunamis all in one day.