Welcome everyone to Year 4/ 5 African Elephants
We have enjoyed an exciting start to the new school year. In our topic, ‘Traders and Raiders’, we have learned about the influence of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings on Britain. The highlight of our topic was our Immersive Day when, dressed as warriors, we invaded Jubilee Primary School. We experienced sword fighting and learnt how the Anglo Saxons and Vikings developed into a more organised group of warriors. We were also able to experience a taste of daily life, including making butter, grinding grain into flour and making sparks by rubbing flints together.
Reading underpins all learning and this term we have focussed on the book ‘Beowulf’ by Michael Morpurgo, which is an old Anglo Saxon poem. We have explored its rich language and vocabulary. This has led to a number of writing opportunities including a ‘Wanted’ poster for Grendel, a report of our Immersive Day and a setting description of the Great Mead Hall.
In Maths, we have been focussing on developing our ability to reason and problem solve which has included answering in full sentences. This proved to be quite a challenge at first but we are now using more appropriate maths vocabulary, which is helping to embed our learning. We have focussed this term on place value, including rounding to 10, 100 and 1000, as well as negative numbers, and we are learning to count in multiples of 6 and 7.
This term we also prepared a Harvest Assembly, called ‘Harvest Hope’, which considered how much we have to eat compared to children in the third world, and how we should be encouraged to share. The children all participated in singing, dancing and acting and performed their roles like true professionals-even though they had only been practising for two weeks!
Kwik Sticks Competition
Some members of our class also had the opportunity to take part in a Kwik Sticks competition at Greenfields Academy where we competed against other schools. The children said that although it was quite nerve wracking it was great fun and they would like to compete again!
2017/18 Term 6
We buckled up and put on our sunglasses, as we went on a road trip across the good old US of A! Using map skills, we navigated our way around some of the most famous landmarks, met the Iroquois tribe and, of course, celebrated Independence Day!
What a journey Canadian Bears had! From independently creating non-chronological reports to line dancing, the term was action packed. We wrote our own pledges about being a Canadian Bear, linked to the American pledge of allegiance.
In addition to our fabulous topic, we had a whole school science week, ‘Face your Fears’ and ‘Fix and Repair’ Jubilee University.
Our home learning:
Canadian Bears were asked to display their creative flare by creating an American themed piece of art work that could be used to decorate our class. The children didn’t disappoint!
Face your fears!
As part of our Jubilee University week, we covered the theme of Face your Fears. As part of our learning, we had a military assault course morning with soldiers from Maidstone Barracks. During this time, we were able to try army-rationing food, experiment with Cam Cream and take part in a physical challenge! It was great fun! Mr Joubert, one of our governors, also joined us for the morning.
Mr Joubert –School Governor
We also went to Leeds Castle where we faced our fears in the maze! We set ourselves a challenge to see which group were the fastest.
Miss Liddicoat’s team: 5 minutes 49 seconds
Miss Hodgson’s team: 6 minutes 32 seconds
Mrs Longley’s team – 4 minutes 14 seconds (but we were reliably informed that one member knew the route and had completed it many times…!)
Visit to Mont Calm Care Home
On Tuesday 17th July, we visited Mont Calm Care Home. We performed two pieces of performance poetry and sang one of our favourite assembly songs, ‘Deep Cries Out’. We baked fairy cakes and Thomas’s world famous, cheese and vegetable muffins! They were received very well!
If you would like to hear our favourite song, you can find it by clicking on the following link:
Canadian Bear Memories:
As we came to the end of our Canadian Bear journey, some of us reflected on our last year.
Take a look …