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Spring 1 in Elephants

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What a strange half term it has been!  Never-the-less, we have kept calm and carried on learning both in school and at home.  Rather than having one main topic, we were able to cover a range of 'micro-topics' each one lasting a week.  This has allowed us to explore lots of different things and we've thoroughly enjoyed it.

In our first week, we explored poetry, and created beautiful poems all about winter. We even painted wintery scenes using watercolours here in school, to go alongside our awesome poetry. We learned all about Lego in our afternoon sessions, finding out lots of things- from where it was invented to how many LEGOLAND theme parks are around the world.  

Another week we all really enjoyed was based around Space. Whilst we have been looking at Earth and Space as our science topic, we also found about the first African-American female astronaut, Mae Jemison, in Reading. She is an amazing person! All of the children, both in school and at home, had the chance to research into Galileo, and we had some amazing posters and creative pieces telling us all about him. As part of our Music, we listened to ‘Mars: Bringer of War’ from the Movement of the Planets, by Holst. We drew what it made us think of, and we were all surprised at how differently we had all interpreted the music.

Throughout the whole half-term, we also looked at our PSHE topic which was all about 'Dreams and Goals'.  We talked about what we wanted to achieve both in the short term and long term.

In RE week, we learned all about Hinduism and the concepts of Brahman (the one central God that Hindus believe in) and Atman (the soul, or part of Brahman in all living things).  We found it fascinating learning about different cultures and what other people around the world believe.  

It has definitely been a different half term for us all, but we have learned a lot, and had some great fun!

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Autumn Term 1 2020 Blog

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We have had an excellent start to Year 5 in Elephants class. It has been really busy, but also fun.
In reading, we have been looking at a book called Viking Boy. It is an adventurous book about a boy called Gunnar, it is set in Viking times, and it also involves lots of gruesome things happening to characters!
In writing, we have done three different text types – we especially enjoyed writing our diaries pretending to be the main character in our reading book.
We have also been busy in maths – learning about 6 digit numbers, addition and subtraction, and lots of rounding!
Our history topic has been the Vikings – we found out about their homes, their boats, where they came from, and our favourite fact is that they didn’t actually have horns on their helmets!
In science we have been looking at materials and have done an experiment where we separated substances, but our favourite bit was looking at irreversible reaction – particularly the yeast!
In music, we have loved having Mr Moulton coming in and teaching us percussion.
Perhaps the best bit of the term has been making our own pencil cases in DT (although learning to sew was a bit stressful at times!). 

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World Book Day

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Yesterday on the 5th March 2020 we had World Book Day. We all dressed up as our favourite book character. Mrs Gaffney was dressed up as Gangsta Granny and Ms Horton was dressed as a hungry caterpillar. We brought in a favourite book to share with everyone.

We did normal lessons in the morning but in the afternoon it was a whole other story. We designed a tin forest based on a book we have read in class. We used a blunt pencil and drew tin trees, tin plants an tin everything. When we had done that, we cut out different coloured petals and stuck a few on.

At 2.30 we had a book swap and read lots of books. This is how it works. You need to bring in some books you want to swap and then you get that many tokens! 

Eventually, it was sadly the end of World Book Day.

Written by Mia, Andrew and Evie 

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Spring Term 1 2020 Blog

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We have really enjoyed this half term.

On the 28th January everyone in Year 4 went on a fun filled trip to the Ipswich Museum. Our teachers thought this would be a great thing to do as our topic was Ancient Egyptians. 

It was a great day. We made clay Shabtis and got to handle some Ancient Egyptian artefacts!

We all had an amazing time and would like to go back again soon!

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Autumn Term 2 2019 Blog

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This half term we have enjoyed learning about ‘Predators’ as part of our science work.

We learned how to sort and classify living things.  As part of this we learned the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates. We really enjoyed our lesson outside when we went hunting for invertebrates.  Someone said they found a poisonous spider, but we were not convinced!

We loved reading the Water Horse, by Dick King-Smith. We thought the story was exciting and loved the characters.  We ended the term by watching the film, which was great but very different from the book.

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