African Elephants have had an exciting and varied term. Term 4 began with a visit to Battle Abbey, Hastings, the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. We were able to stand on the exact spot where King Harold was killed and re-enact our own battle as Normans and Saxons, complete with shields. It was a memorable experience within a beautiful setting and a fitting end to our study of 1066.
Throughout our Jubilee University week we were developing our links with a school in Columbia. Through the expertise of one of our parents, African Elephants were immersed in the Spanish language and culture.
Our topic, ‘Stargazers,’ saw African Elephants design, make and launch a rocket. We looked at air resistance, its impact on objects and the importance of streamlining. We then predicted which rocket would travel the furthest and why and what impact weather conditions had on the launch.
In Mathematics we continued to work hard on the recall of our multiplication facts at speed and have focused on multiplication and division, including the formal short methods, whilst developing mastery. Our writing this term was based around the text ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce and we have had the opportunity to write a non-chronological report, a recount and a biography. We are certainly improving our stamina for writing and developing our use of language and vocabulary.
This term has flown by and we have certainly been busy in African Elephants.
We have enjoyed learning about 1066, one of the most significant events in English History, looking at the contenders to the throne and the Bayeux Tapestry. The highlight of our topic will be our visit to Battle Abbey and the Battlefield on 28th February where we will have the opportunity to re-enact the battle.
Jubilee University was a memorable experience. Our focus was ‘Keeping a Healthy Mind’ and how that can be facilitated. We looked at the importance of exercise and a number of visitors explored different relaxation techniques with us. The highlight of the week was the visit from the British gymnast, Courtney Tulloch, who spoke to the children about the importance of perseverance and we had the opportunity to benefit from his coaching and improving our techniques. We have all kept his autograph in a special place at home.
In English we have produced some high quality writing, including a humorous poem for a competition, a narrative and a balanced argument.
In Maths we are continuing to work on the rapid recall of our multiplication facts and have focused on multiplication and division, looking at the different ways of representing this as we develop mastery.
This term in Science, we have been learning about sound. The children were surprised at how much there was to learn about this subject! We went on a sound hunt around the school and measured the decibels in every area. We also looked at how animals’ ears are different to ours and why. The thing we found the trickiest was learning the difference between volume, amplitude and pitch and identifying the sound waves. Finally, we looked at how our ears can be damaged from very loud noises and how to protect them.
What a varied and exciting term African Elephants have had! In our topic, ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’, we explored impressive mountains of the world and had a talk by our home grown traveller, Mrs Brand, who recounted her trek to Everest Base Camp. We have learned about the effects of climate change on these mountains and looked at eco-tourism and the responsibilities we have in sustaining our Earth.
We have also been involved in a community project, ‘Salus’ in which we voted to support an environmental cause. In the New Year, we will be holding a dress up day to raise money raised to adopt an elephant named, Jara.
In Maths this term, we have continued to learn our multiplication facts and are now doing regular speed tests. We have been focussing on addition and subtraction and using the column method, with up to four exchanges. We have also looked at efficient ways to subtract, estimating answers and checking strategies and developing our ability to reason and problem solve.
In English we continued with our novel study, Beowulf because of the rich use of language and our love of this text. This has given us some amazing writing opportunities, including a diary entry as a warrior and character comparisons.
This term during Science, we have been learning about the ways in which materials can change. We have planned and carried out a range of investigations, including: soluble solutions, separating solutions, how rust is formed and the chemistry of cooking. This photograph shows the investigation that we did to see which liquid causes rust to form the quickest (oxidation).
We are indeed a talented group of individuals and this term a number of us have had the opportunity to represent Jubilee Primary School in hockey and football tournaments. It was a great experience to compete against other schools with many people commenting on our impeccable behaviour and sportsmanship. We actually won the hockey tournament- a truly fantastic result on our first attempt!
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 …