Meanwhile, Foxes class continue to have big adventures in maths outdoors; this week we have been studying area and perimeter.
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The Adventures of Area and Perimeter
Meet our new house guests. These tadpoles, which came from Josh's garden pond, are currently being studied by Foxes class in Science. They love eating peas! Some of the sunflower seeds we have planted have germinated and are rocketing up. We are still waiting for others to show themselves but are hopeful that it won't be long before they too reach for the sky! It's possible that the Class 5 windowsill lacks the optimum light and warmth for germination, so we are trying a new position - the school greenhouse.
Foxes love homework!
Here are some pictures of Class 5 pupils demonstrating to their friends how many ways they can cut a piece of paper into half from their maths homework investigation.
One of our Foxes claims that there are infinite ways to do this. What do you think?
Outdoor Hands-On Learning
Class 5 are making the most of the wonderful weather and beautiful environment this term by taking our learning to the Outdoor Classroom. In maths, today, we developed our understanding of fractions in a hands-on way, using sticks to create a fraction wall. Some of us chose to work alone, in deep thought, visualising and manipulating our ideas. And some of us chose to work with colleagues, sharing ideas and using challenging questions to solve problems. Take a look at some of the photos we took of our work...
Finding sticks of similar length
Comparing, measuring and dividing the sticks
Off Task! But we’re still learning.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Setting the stage for success in Term 5.
Foxes enjoyed a fantastic trip to Chatham Dockyard. We were greeted by very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable members of staff; some of them had worked at the site for decades and were able to tell us about their own personal experiences of being involved in the making of the submarine: HMS Ocelot.
The activities, which supported our class-based learning in Topic (Water Worlds) and in Science (Forces), were fast-paced throughout our visit; we built and tested rockets as well as boats, squeezed on board the submarine HMS Ocelot and performed poetry on board the battleship HMS Cavalier!
It was an action-packed, fun-filled day and, throughout, the staff frequently commented on how well the children could answer their questions and carry out the challenges presented to them!
There is so much to see and do at Chatham Dockyard and what we saw and did was just the 'tip of the iceberg'.
Class 5 would highly recommend another visit, possibly during the summer holidays, as there is so much more to see and do there; special activities and events are put on for children during school holidays - check their website for details.
Many thanks to the parents that joined us on the visit and helped make the visit so successful and enjoyable.
Well, no sooner was the classroom cleaned up nicely after Arts Week, did the junk modelling come out again! This time, Class 5 have started making their wonderful fairground rides. So much care and attention to detail went into their inventions; the children have clearly developed some very useful designing and engineering skills throughout their years at Sheldwich. However, it was the atmosphere in class today, with the children effectively collaborating with excitement and enthusiasm, that was simply joyful! We can't wait to see the finished products!
Thrills n Spills
ARTS WEEK - FINISHED PRODUCTS
Class 5 have been enormously inspired by our English topic, The Titanic. The children have enjoyed compiling their research creatively in their personal 'lapbooks' and have produced some descriptive and emotive written diary accounts from the perspective of one of the passengers on board the 'Unsinkable Ship!' Here is a small selection of the wonderful work by Foxes Class.
Our Topic, this term, is Thrills n Spills! We are learning about the history of theme and amusement parks, how fairground rides work and so much more. In these pictures, the children are making models of Dobbies or Carousels from lego and Knex. They had to describe how they would be powered, with ideas ranging from manual pushing to jet engines!
In Gymnastics, specialist teacher Ms Poulter, from Canterbury Academy, has been teaching the class how to create and perform balance routines.
We began the term, in Maths, by learning how to read and convert the time in 12 hour and 24 hour clock as well as reading timetables. Class 5 then moved on to adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators and finding fractions of amounts. We will soon be looking at Place Value and how to read and understand the value of 6 digit numbers.
Hockey training with Keir Starley
We were lucky enough to have Keir Starley, an England hockey goalkeeping coach and Oscar's uncle, come into school and run a hockey training session with the class. We picked up lots of tips and even got to see all of his medals! Thanks to him for giving up his time.
Oceania landmark pencil art
The class have produced some outstanding pencil drawings of landmarks from the continent of Oceania. We focused on using a range of different pencil types to create depth, texture and shading.
Science Day - Skeletal System
On Science day, we looked at the skeletal system. We had a go at labelling some of our key bones and then drawing our own skeletons and labelling them. The challenge was then set to design and create something that will protect a chocolate teacake from breaking when we dropped it from a set height - there were some very creative ideas.
Tinga Tinga Art
We have been looking at balance and control in gymnastics. Particularly, how we mount and dismount equipment.
Class Trip - Maidstone Museum
We had a jam-packed and wonderful day at Maidstone Museum on our class trip. Having two hands-on and practical workshops in the morning was ideal. Firstly, we handled a range of ancient Greek artefacts and replicas and we had to decide what the theme of the items were. We then had the chance to make their own clay theatre masks and oil lamps which were marvellous. The class showed great focus and attention whilst completing the task. The afternoon session gave us the chance to explore the museum and complete the i-pad trail. This was met with opportunities to dress up in fashion through time which was enjoyed by many!
Ancient Greek Vases
Ancient Greek Olympics
We had a go at staging our own mini version of the ancient Greek Olympics and competed against each other in five events; sprinting, shot putt, long jump, javelin and long distance. The winning girls and boys from each event were crowned champions - literally, receiving an olive branch wreath.
Science - Separating mixtures
Names in Greek
We learnt about the Greek alphabet and had a go at writing our names using it!
In topic this week, we have looked at the importance of temples to the Greeks and why they built them. We learnt that the built them as homes for their gods or goddesses and that they had a statue of that god in the temple. They were often made from stone or marble and had either Doric or Ionic columns. We then had a go at making our own.