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Year 5 and 6
Term 1, 2017 – 18
What a terrific start to the new school year! Everyone has settled into the new routines and is approaching their learning in class with great enthusiasm and resilience to keep trying.
In English we have studied ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have used this as a catalyst to write in different genres: character studies, writing persuasive letters to persuade or dissuade Michael from the trip, a newspaper report and our own adventure story, which we shared with each other. We also really enjoyed our ‘Where’s Wally’ inter-house writing competition; it really showed off our writing skills.
In Maths we have been focussing on Number and Place Value and the Four Operations, ensuring that we can read, write, round and compare numbers to a million. Then we applied this knowledge to problem solving and reasoning, using the four operations. We have spent time explaining our reasoning as to why answers are correct and if they are not, where mistakes have been made and how we can rectify them. As this year we are exploring different approaches to Maths, we plan to share a ‘Maths Workshop’ for Parents in Term 3.
In our Science we have been exploring ‘Evolution’: investigating fossils and how they are formed, inherited traits and how they slightly change over generations, how animals have adapted to their habitat and how Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos Islands a influenced his theory of evolution. We were very lucky to have a visit from Mr Creepy Claws, who bought in a number of his animals and discusses their adaptations over time. At the end of this topic we produced a Powerpoint presentation explaining our learning.
Our project work was based around the Water Cycle and Rivers; we used the Rivers and Water Cycle songs (which they all enjoyed singing!) to know the processes and features. A highlight for was producing an informational page to explain to Butterflies about the Water Cycle. Sharing it with this class made them think very hard about their presentations and how they made sure the younger children understand. It was lovely to see them using different teaching styles, many of which included arm movements and signing.
Finally a real highlight was teaching Butterflies the Haka; it was so special to watch them working together and seeing the enjoyment on all their faces.
Mr. Jacobs visited the Beavers to chat with us about his memories of his Father’s service as a medic in WWII. He kindly shared some memorabilia belonging to his father. We appreciate that Mr. Jacobs shared these items and memories that are so personal and precious to him.
We had a wonderful time on our visit to Dover Castle and the wartime tunnels. Our workshop on Ciphers and Decoding was enjoyed by everyone. We learned that in all the codes ever used, there has only been one that has never been broken. Just ask a Beaver which one it was.
The Year 6 Beavers revised tirelessly for the SATs and we are all very proud of them, regardless of what the results may be.
To celebrate the end of SATs, the Year 6s invited the Year 5s and Bears to share in their joyful celebrations-a movie and popcorn were more than welcome.
The Beavers, looking ahead as always, have begun preparations and rehearsals for their Leaver’s Play. Watch this space!
What an exciting and busy term we’ve had!
We began with a visit from Mr. Brian Stockwell, Liam’s grandad, on February 28th. Mr. Stockwell was a Physics teacher at Ashford School for Girls. Many years ago he won a competition to send an experiment into space. After eight years of hard work, they succeeded in sending their ‘Chemical Garden’ into space on the Endeavour Space Shuttle. Mr. Stockwell very kindly shared this experiment with us. Please have a look at the pictures for some of our very own Chemical Gardens.
For World Book Day we had a grand time dressing up in our pyjamas. It was especially fun to share our books with the Badgers and Bears. The Beavers also had the pleasure of listening to Mrs. Bronger, Mr. Massey and Mrs. Goodwin share their favourite books.
During Science week we found ourselves incredibly active, with most of us improving our fitness by the end of just ONE WEEK! Burpees and squats gave some of us incredible workouts-very brave!
On March 17th we had another special visitor, Poppy’s Great Nan, Mrs. Kite. We enjoyed hearing all of her lovely stories, thoughts and experiences as a young 14 year old girl living in London during the Blitz. She very kindly listened to us serenade her with ‘I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts’ and patiently watched us dance the ‘Lambeth Walk’ for her. We had a great time and we think she did too!
To finish off our Term and our topic we had a WWII exhibition on the last day of term. The children got to entertain our guests and show off all of their hard work they had completed at home and in school throughout the term.
We have had a wonderfully busy term!
We enjoyed having Ms Hyams join us for a couple of Science Lessons and the Bears came in to share their lovely Chinese New Year work.
We have completed our swimming this term with everyone having a fantastic, well-earned bit of ‘fun time’ on the last day.
Our Earth and Space topic kept us all busy, with projects coming in every week. The children were so excited and pleased to be able to share all of their learning and hard work on the last day of term at the Earth and Space Exhibition. Thank you to everyone who attended and took part in our astronaut training stall.
As part of our topic learning, we were lucky to have Mr. Pendleton and Miss Roberts (Our Lives coordinators) who gave us a fabulous talk about their experience and learning at the Kennedy Space Center.
We observed Safer Internet Day with our E-Safety prefect, Leo, leading a lesson on keeping ourselves safe while using social media. Thank you, Leo!
Please enjoy the pictures of our visitors and exhibition.
What an exciting, busy term it has been! Unfortunately we spent the larger part of it without our beloved Mrs. Bronger but we’re so pleased she’s back with us. We thank Mr. Massey very much for all the support and help he gave our class.
We commemorated Remembrance Day once again with a visit from members of the British Legion. After a service at the Bredgar Cenotaph, we invited them back for tea and cakes where the children asked the men and women about their military experiences. You can see a wonderful video of the day on the t.v. in the school’s foyer, compliments of David and Karin who lead the ‘Our Lives’ Club.
The Beavers participated in an Athletics competition held on the Isle of Sheppey. There were many other schools present and we placed very well. Congratulations Beavers!
The Year 6s were very privileged to make a trip to the Houses of Parliament. We were incredibly lucky to be able to walk through the House of Lords and House of Commons as neither were in session until later in the day. The icing on the cake was a visit from our very own MP for the Sittingbourne area, Mr. Henderson! We have included a photo from the one and only place we were allowed to take a photo! (Lots of security!)
Years 5 and 6 had their Enterprise Project competition this year once again. They worked well within their year groups to choose products to produce, create a cost list and develop a work rota to sell them at the Christmas Fayre. The Year 5s made a profit of £41.50 and the Year 6s made a profit of £43.25! Well done to everyone involved!
Finally, we worked like hammer and tongs to bring together a very special Christmas Service for the families of Bredgar School and community – with a dash of international culture included.
The Beavers would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year!
Year 5 and 6
Term 6 for the Beavers has been full of emotion; lots of excitement, nervousness and sadness. We have even had time for some visitors.
A magistrate came to our class and helped us to understand the job and the types of decisions made therein. We had a great time role playing the different job roles that interact with the magistrate. Check out the photos!
To help our Year 6 leaver’s transition into their new secondary schools, the ‘old’ year 6s made a visit. We were very happy to lay on a tea party for them and they very kindly answered all of our questions. It was great for the staff to see the old students and great for the Year 6s as they were able to settle some of their nerves.
Finally, the piece de resistance was our fabulous Talent show! The Beavers proudly displayed their talents, tricks and knowledge; wowing a very excited crowd.
All of the Year 5 Beavers and staff would like to wish the Year 6 leavers the best of luck at their new schools and know that you will be missed.