We hope you enjoy looking at the work we do in our class.
'Gods and Warriors'
Science meets The Iliad! How on earth did the Greeks manage to successfully navigate the waters to reach Troy? Well, we tried to discover ... water resistance, buoyancy, understanding water movement, wind and people power (paddling and steering). So we all took to the water. Both groups had quite different experiences ... one group focused on manoeuvring, speed, agility and confidence on the craft and the other group focused on 'team work', which was essential for Agamemnon's Greek fleet! All the children had the opportunity to take a 'leap of faith' into the Thames and all came up smiling - clearly the water was very refreshing. Finally, we enjoyed a wonderful riverside summer picnic lunch together, what a treat!
'Bake Off Heats' (no pun intended). Just look at the delights the judging panel were faced with ... it was a hard task to select three entries for the next round ... really it was! Our winning three are star bakers, Delilah, Alex and Morgan. Finally, well done to all our bakers - you are stars too.
We've learned that the Earth's crust is not as stable and secure as we first imagined. We were surprised that beneath Greece there is a fault and that there are earthquakes from to time ... and yet the Parthenon is still standing! The Ancient Greek engineers were very clever, indeed. We had fun building yet another tower, but this time our efforts were to be tested on Mrs Mahony's 'Earth- Shaker' ... or as most would recognise ...a bowl of jelly! We had a lot of fun designing our structures with marshmallows and cocktail sticks, but not all of us remembered that the triangle was a very important structure. Well done to Emily who built the tallest (32cm) and most stable structure. Finally, we got to eat the marshmallows.
And here they are ... All our activities had a very 'Greek' theme. Tent building - where the Greeks had landed on the shores of Troy they needed to build their camp; Team building - to ensure you could rely on all those around you (not leave them in the lurch, as Achilles did); Wall climbing - or attempting to scale the walls of Troy; Fencing - duelling as Greeks (Menelaus, Ajax and Achilles) and Trojans (Paris, Sarpedon and the heroic Hector); Archery - a skill that both the Greeks and Trojans needed to perfect; Bush-craft - the Greeks spent 10 years on the shores of Troy, they certainly needed to know how to make a fire, keep it going and cook food over it; Bonfire fun - keeping your teams motivated! This was a wonderful residential and we all had SO much fun.
Our residential ... an amazing experience! So here are just a few photos as a taster for what's to come. As the children have come to expect, we take a lot of shots and this occasion was no exception - just over 450! So it's an enormous and time-consuming job to select a few for the website, but I'm working on it.
Ancient Greek pots, vases and urns.
Dare to be Different (D2BD) - Girls in Technology and Engineering
To see the photos of our girls day out at Silverstone, see the 'Special Events' page.
Another STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths ... just in case you forgot) project. What did the ancient Greeks need to consider when designing and building the Parthenon? Careful planning, accuracy in the height of each pillar, distribution of weight and testing at each stage. So using only paper cups and baking trays this is what we achieved ... it exceeded our expectations!
Outdoor Learning - Trees Have Personalities. Using modelling clay, the children made faces to place onto the trunks of trees. They could add any features they wished and also consider using natural materials from the woodland environment. Having taken a photo we then transformed the face in Morfo - watching the surprise on the children's faces was priceless as they saw their tree face come to life!
Oxfordshire Artweeks 2018 - We thoroughly enjoyed the freedom to explore the wonderful sculptures and gardens at Kingham Lodge. Thank you Mr and Mrs Stockwell and Mrs Colville!
Mythical legends ... we unravel Ariadne's magical string path to locate the Minotaur! This was not such an easy task as we first imagined - one of the team being blindfold (well, Theseus had to navigate the labyrinth in complete darkness!) and the rest of the team had to guide 'Theseus' using Ariadne's string clues, taking care to make sure the instructions were VERY clear! Some may recognise the Minotaur sculpture from Kingham Lodge - we'll be returning to look at him in more detail to help us in our myth writing.
Legend of Science - STEAM Task 10. To build the tallest tower (to stand without support) for Troy using only ...80cm of FOIL! The shortest structure was a mere 26cm - but we had two joint winners with towers reaching 89cm! We all agreed it was not as easy a task as it seemed.
Bridge over the Styx ... UPDATE!
We tested our bridges once again using standard weights. The results were remarkable, no ... astounding!
Great Greek Bridge - it initially held 5kg 75g, but today it could take 10kg 600g!
Iliad Bridge - originally holding 5kg 75g, it could now hold 10kg 800g!
Tunnel Bridge - a disappointing 3kg 625g initially, it managed a little more weighing in at 3kg 650g! It was the sides of the structure that were weaker.
Bridge Quadruple - initially this bridge held 5kg 800g, today it amazed us by holding a whopping 14kg 700g!
Super STEAM Bridge - we were shocked that this structure held 8kg 700g, but today it held almost three times as much ... the stupendous sum of 22kg 840g!
We really enjoyed the project - it was 'bridgetastic!'
The final pictures from our Bridge over the Styx project.
Our first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)... or as Mrs Mahony prefers, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Maths) project. As part of our LABOURS OF LEARNING to become LEGENDS of SCIENCE, we were challenged to build a bridge to span the River Styx - yes, you've guessed it ... out of sticks! We studied different bridge designs and discovered that the most common 2D shape used in strong and stable bridge designs was the very versatile triangle. So we discussed, debated and planned what our groups would make - each group had exactly the same resources (lollipop sticks, wooden pegs, one A3 sheet of paper and PVA glue), but our designs couldn't have been more different. Finally, we tested the weight that each bridge could hold, but unfortunately our standard weights had gone walkabout, so we used the class dictionaries which weighed 750g each ... some useful multiplication practise was possible. Next week we'll test just how close using the non-standard weights were. It was so much fun - only another 15 tasks to do!
Our class book,'The Outsiders'by Michelle Paver ...
an excellent story by a master storyteller. The language is just superb and will inspire the children to aim even higher!Please get a copy of the book as soon as you can, thank you.
Fairtrade 5 Cafe - the culmination of our learning about 'Fairtrade' - the DT (food tech), the countries (geography), the plants (science), the art, the difficulties and unfairness in the commercial world (Maths, PSHCE, BV), it really made us think.We questioned whether health or education was more important - and found we couldn't answer, and that's probably the problem those in Fairtrade communities have too. So our Fairtrade 5 Cafe gave us the opportunity to do something for others less fortunate than ourselves. We created Fairtrade art, we made information booklets, we found recipes, we cooked and baked, we decorated, we served and sold - and we made almost £300! It really was a Year 5 team effort. So enjoy the photos of our work.
Oxfordshire Book Awards 2018 - discussing books: respite from the hard work preparing for our Fairtrade Cafe! Our vote was unanimous, but we won't reveal what we voted for until the rest of the school has completed their voting.
How strange? Our class book, Michael Morpurgo's 'Alone on a Wide Wide Sea' has already raised some interesting issues of 'survival', but watching the BBC News tonight really brought these issues to life. So, year 5 please read the information - it will help you understand that the horrific problems faced by the hero of the book, Arthur Hobhouse, were based on fact.
World Book Day 2018 - as usual ... some fabulous costumes. The children loved the event, so 'thank you' to all parents.
Rugby: Try-ing hard, beating the cold! Well, year 5 certainly picked the coldest day of the week to practise rugby drills! We were very lucky to have a day of rugby training delivered by Hector and Chris (two student Teachers from Winchester University) which certainly put us all through our paces. The boys were excited but the girls were the first to admit that they were really worried about taking part in such a ‘macho’ sport! Fear not as they threw themselves into the spirit of the game with gusto and showed the boys that rugby was something that they could all enjoy. A massive ‘thank you’ to Hector and Chris for your enthusiasm and encouragement! We WILL be ready for the partnership rugby tournament in May.
National Story Telling Day 2018 - we thoroughly enjoyed sharing stories with Y1. What was really interesting was that they were keen to tell/read us the stories to us, and some of them are excellent readers too! We enjoyed it so much that we want to have a regular story sharing session, not just once a year.
Bikeability - 2018
For the children beginning Cycling Proficiency on Monday, 5th February, don't forget that you need your bicycle and helmet in this Friday (2nd February) for checking prior to the course.
For the children starting their course the week after half term (from Monday, 19th February), you will need to bring your bicycle and helmet in on Thursday, 8th February for checking.
We have almost finished our class book 'Floodland', and our next book is 'Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea' by Michael Morpurgo. In addition to extending their knowledge about the force and power of 'water' it will also enable them to broaden their understanding about one of the most important and influential British children's authors ever! So please order a copy ready for the start of the next half term. Thank you.
We had so much fun in the KS2 Netball tournament and if you want to see more photos, look at the 'Sporting Events' page on our website.
Capturing images of different environments - using tissue paper, acrylic paint and oil pastels . You could be looking at an oblique view of sunlight filtering through leaves or the river running beneath a canopy of foliage. You could be looking at an aerial view of mountainous, desert, jungle, polar terrains or even the urban conurbations on a map. But, they might just show the detailed close-up view of leaves or organisms. What can you see?
Homework/Research ... Use the following websites to investigate different aspects of climate change and the waters that affect our planet. Consider how Global Warming will affect FLOODING (linking with our class reader!) not only for the human population but also for the habitats of plant and animal life, upon which we rely. It is an excellent resource to help you with your understanding of the issues that affect our planet.
Investigating different foods,in their natural state, and how we could use in 'Survival'.
Rio Cinco (River 5) as named by the class. Watch out for future work on the Rio Cinco project.
OUTDOOR LEARNING: investigating 'Rivers' part 1. We'll be learning about how the water cycle affects the course of a river, flooding and changing the state of the land, environment and habitats. Unfortunately, the video of the running river is too large to put on our class page!
Our class reader - we will be using this fabulous book to enhance our learning about survival.
'Thank you' for all the thoughtful gifts. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Mrs Mahony, Mrs Yeatman and Mrs Hill.
Our last day together in 2017 - we played the 'Shape Game'. It is a game relying on knowledge of shape, accuracy drawing, cutting and speed. This year our game include 'Tudor style' chance cards adding more thrills and fun
Science -How can you extract almost drinkable water from soil on Mars? We used filtering - using different materials.This investigation will stand us in good stead in our spring topic of Survival.
Chipping Norton Christmas Tree Festival - This year we decorated a tree on behalf of our school. We used the theme of 'A Very Merry Tudor Christmas' - and so we decorated it with Tudor roses, dried orange and apple slices, chain links and to adorn the top of our tree, a crown of course.
Y5 and Y6 present a Very Merry Tudor Christmas. Do look at the special events page for more photos.
The pomanders are finished - and look wonderfully colourful almost like a treasure box of jewels. Some of the class also took the opportunity to sketch and colour their pomander. They were impressed with their efforts ...and so am I.
Freeze frames from our 'Imitation' of an extract of our last class book, 'Spy Master - First Blood'. We have the perfect landscape to capture the story and the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience putting the book into real life..
How to get rid of some 'interesting' Tudor smells ... wear a POMANDER! We've been hard at work learning how to use oranges and spices to enhance the air, keep away germs (no colds in Y5!) using very natural ingredients. The smell in our classroom was divine, and we haven't finished the project yet!
The monarch's heads are really beginning to take shape.
At last ...ART! We have now begun our work on 3d modroc models of the six Tudor monarchs. We have included Jane who was queen for only nine days too ... just in case you were wondering who the sixth one could be. It is going to be a tough project because the children will need to look at the features of their monarch from different angles and then construct as good a likeness as possible, More photos soon to show how their work progresses.
Sulgrave Manor ...a spectacular Tudor home on a dry, sunny autumn day ... who could have asked for more? We all enjoyed the Tudor experience and who would have believed that ALL the children would enjoy dressing up a la Tudor? We learned so much about the period - clothing, food, living, and exploration. But it was dressing up that had the greatest impact from the very first. We realised that the clothing was actually very comfortable to wear - although we didn't have the problems of not wearing any undergarments! Indeed, there were audible groans from both boys and girls, at the end of the day, when they had to disrobe and return to the 21st century. Some of the girls are already talking about designing and making their own Tudor costumes - an idea for DT perhaps? An enormous 'thank you' to all our Y5 parents for providing the children with additive-free, wholesome Tudor lunches, and a big 'thank you ' to Angus and Oliver for the wonderful tarts and to Isabella for my marchpane sweet. Unsurprisingly, the children were an absolute delight, and their enthusiastic and polite behaviour was positively commented upon. Do look out for our report in the newsletter at the end of the week.
Isabella and Eva made some superb Tudor sweets from 'marchpane' which we know as marzipan. I'm sure you'll agree that they look fantastic, well done girls.
Orange, purple or white ...which is the original colour of carrots in the Tudor period?Surprisingly, the purple. If people from the 16th century were eating carrots today, they would definitely steer clear of the strange looking orange vegetable!
Tudor cookery - to prepare us for the considerably plainer diet of the Tudor era (well, for more ordinary citizens) we made pasties 'Tudor style' ...NO potatoes! But, the pasties were delicious. And what can you do with left over pastry? Well, make jam tarts of course! The Tudors believed that fresh fruit was unhealthy and even dangerous so they preserved many fruits and made jams. Not only did we enjoy the cooking experience (Thank you SO much Mrs Yeatman, you are a real star) but we really enjoyed tasting ... or indeed, guzzling our wares. Now we have more ideas for our Tudor lunchboxes for our trip to Sulgrave Manor.
Tudor Life Project
Due in 6th November
Details of the homework project are in the document (and don't forget the copy in your jotter). Enjoy!
Use the websites as above to help your research about this fascinating period in history. For the work we'll be doing shortly these websites will be invaluable!
Our trip to the magnificent Tudor palace ...Hampton Court.
Our fantastic Tudor portraits - how many can you recognise?
Answers: Henry VII, Elizabeth of York (his wife), Margaret Beaufort (his mother), Henry VIII (his second son), Princess Mary (Henry VIIIs's youngest sister, Charles Brandon (Henry VIII's best friend), Lady Jane Grey (Princess Mary's grand daughter and queen of only 9 days), Catherine of Aragon (Henry VIII's first wife - divorced), Queen Mary I (Catherine and Henry's daughter), Anne Boleyn (Henry's second wife - beheaded), Queen Elizabeth I (Anne and Henry's daughter - Good Queen Bess), Jane Seymour (Henry's third and favourite wife- died), Edward VI (Henry and Jane's only son), Anne of Cleves (Henry's fourth wife and unkindly referred to as the 'Flanders mare' - divorced), Katherine Howard (Fifth wife of Henry, cousin of Anne Boleyn - beheaded), Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk (friend and adviser to Henry, also uncle to Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard), Katherine Parr (Sixth and final wife to Henry, she is also buried at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe), Mary Queen of Scots (a troublesome monarch, but mother to the King who united Scotland and England), Walter Raleigh (explorer and adventurer), Thomas More (Henry Vii's trusted adviser until 'The Great Matter'), Thomas Cromwell (an able politician, adviser to Henry VIII who rose from being the son of a humble blacksmith) and William Shakespeare (perhaps the most famous playwright the world has ever known!).
How did you do?
Autumn Term 2017 – Y5 class book.
Our book this half term is ‘First Blood’, the first book in the ‘Spy Master’ series by Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler. Set in 1532 at the court of King Henry VIII it is an exciting tale of secrets and intrigue.
We will be completing our reading work at school and for homework (comprehension and grammar) based on this book so I would be grateful if you will order this for your child as soon as possible.
Information for the autumn term. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask.