This term has flown by and we have achieved so much in Australian Kangaroos. Continuing our topic on Ancient Greece, we looked at the impact the Ancient Greeks have had on us today. We looked at primary and secondary sources of evidence in history and what artefacts tell us about life in Ancient Greece. We defined the word ‘democracy’ and compared the first democracy in Ancient Greece to democracy today and studied the two city states of Athens and Sparta, as well as looking at the role of women in Greek society. It is always interesting to set this period of history on a timeline of British history- we were actually surprised at how short the period of Ancient Greece was when compared with the Bronze Age and The Iron Age.
We enjoyed our immersive day when we dressed up as Ancient Greeks and designed and made clay pots and created Greek theatre masks, as well as enjoying Greek food tasting. I’m not sure too many of us enjoyed the taste of olives and figs.
In English we have been reading ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’ by Hugh Lupton which linked with our topic on Ancient Greece. This has provided us with the opportunity to write a letter to Odysseus from his beloved wife Penelope and from our ‘Now Press Play,’ experience we wrote a diary entry from the perspective of Sophia, the slave’s master. In Grammar, we have been consolidating our knowledge and understanding of word classes, including verb tenses-we’re now experts! We have also revised our knowledge of punctuation, including the apostrophe for possession and inverted commas. We are now using our knowledge when writing.
In Maths we have been mastering percentages, fractions and decimals and have been answering some complex reasoning questions which have been really challenging us. Our arithmetic scores are amazing and we had our first 40/40 from two hard working mathematicians, during a recent assessment.
This term, In Science, we have been learning about light. We began by looking at how we see things-we see things because there is light so that is why when we sleep, it is black because there is no light. The light bounces off an object into our eye enabling us to see. To show our understanding of the reflection and the angles of incidence and reflection, we made a periscope.
It has been great to be back together again and we have all adjusted to the new routines with ease and maturity. We welcomed four new members to our school and class family-they have settled very well and have been welcomed in the true Jubilee way.
Our term began with a whole school focus on the book, ‘Here We Are’ written by Oliver Jeffers, which linked PHSCEE and English. We created some beautiful pieces of art based around the book using different medium and wrote some thought provoking poetry on the importance of looking after our world. Australian Kangaroos enjoy writing poetry and I am always impressed with their efforts.
In our Science topic, ‘The Human Life Cycle,’ we looked at the stages of development of a baby in the womb and researched different gestation periods in animals. We investigated whether the larger the animal, the longer the gestation period, drawing conclusions from our findings.
We have begun our study of Ancient Greece and have set this timeline against other periods in British and world history. Indeed, we were surprised how short this period in history actually was when compared to the Mayan civilisation and the Bronze and Iron Age in British history.
We are looking forward to our Immersive Experience on Thursday 5th November when we will experience a Greek day, dressed in togas. The day will include designing and making clay pots, experiencing Greek food and performing a Shakespearian play set in Greece.
In English, we are reading ‘The Adventures of Odysseus,’ which links with our topic and have just reached the section where the Cyclops devours the men in the cave complete with graphic description! We will be using this book to write descriptive settings, a diary entry and our own version of a Greek myth.
In Maths, we have been working extremely hard to close the gaps from the Year 5 curriculum, which had not been taught face to face during lockdown. We have mastered equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages and are now ready to begin the Year 6 curriculum, whilst becoming experts in arithmetic!
Term 5 and Term 6
Well, who could have predicted that our year would turn out as it has? We have all risen to the challenge of home schooling and have joined in live lessons at home. It has been great to be back in school this term in our Chinese Pandas bubbles.
We have enjoyed learning about the Ancient Maya civilisation including where they live, their culture, their religion and way of life. We also explored the ancient Maya writing and designed our own glyphs.
Here is a photo of Phoebe’s class glyph plus Abigail and Nathan with their Maya mat weaving.
In Maths, we have mastered fractions! We are now able to convert from improper fractions to mixed numbers, add and subtract fractions with different denominators and multiply fractions with whole numbers. We have also solved some very difficult problems, using our bar models to support our understanding.
The Year 6 boys have been reflecting on their time at Jubilee as they prepare to leave us on Thursday. They helped put together a Leavers’ Book, which I’m sure will be a wonderful keepsake for them. I didn’t realise how talented our parents were as each family performed at our Family Celebration Evening. There was a great range of talent including singing, writing and performing poems, riddles and jokes. We held our Leavers’ Assembly and Awards Evening on Monday with a lovely lunchtime barbecue and games on Wednesday.
What a busy four weeks we have had! We have enjoyed all of our learning in Chinese Pandas this term.
In maths, Year Five have been working on squared and cubed numbers, using inverse operations, multiplying and dividing whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 and using the formal method of multiplication to multiply numbers up to four digits by a two-digit number.
Year Six have been working tirelessly to prepare for their end of key stage assessments and are now spending time revising topics and closing any gaps that they may have. They still enjoy the weekly Arithmetic challenge to see who the top scorer is!
We are embedding language into every lesson, through the use of stem sentences and are developing our ability to reason and problem solve through our reasoning bubbles.
During the first half of this term we continued with our Science topic, ‘Evolution and Inheritance.’ Following on from Darwin’s study of finches, we predicted which beak would be the best for picking up certain foodstuffs and then tested this using clothes pegs, tweezers, chop sticks and flat pebbles, to represent the different types of beak.
We also looked at how a whale may have evolved, then working with our partner, we created four models in play dough, showing the evolution of the whale.
World Book Day on March 5th afforded us the opportunity to share a book as a whole school. We enjoyed reading the story ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’ and wrote a diary entry from a different perspective, in the role of the giraffe and her journey to Paris. We depicted Zeraffa’s journey with paintings of some of the famous landmarks she would have encountered on her way.
We continued with our topic on ‘The Frozen Kingdom’ looking at how icebergs are formed, the effect of global warming on the Arctic and Antarctica and the movement set up by Greta Thunberg, a climate change activist. The highlight of this term was our visit by Al Sylvester, who spoke about his expedition to Antarctica. He regaled us with his stories of washing his clothes and showering whilst on expedition but more importantly, how teamwork and resilience were of the utmost importance, echoing our values here at Jubilee.
It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through the school year. We have really enjoyed our learning this term in Chinese Pandas.
In Art, we have created a 3D model of Shackleton’s expedition to the South Pole which links to our topic ‘The Frozen Kingdom’ in which we have looked at how animals have adapted to the arctic conditions, as well as the physical characteristics of the Arctic and Antarctica.
The children are enjoying our English text ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ by William Grill’. We have looked at persuasive devices used by authors and have written a letter of application to become a member of the crew of Endurance as well as a diary entry from the perspective of a husky dog.
In maths, year 6 are busy working towards their end of key stage assessments in May. They are enjoying healthy competition amongst themselves each week when completing their arithmetic tests. Year 5 have been working on solving addition and subtraction word problems and deciding which method is the most efficient to use, including using inverse operations, as well as multiples, factors and prime numbers. We are embedding language into every lesson, through the use of stem sentences and reasoning and problem solving when completing reasoning bubbles.
Many class members have been able to represent Jubilee in various sporting events this term, including sports hall athletics and football. Considering most of the other children competing from other schools were in year 6 the children all did exceptionally well. I was so proud when a teacher from another school came up to me and said that she had been chatting with a colleague in her staff room that morning and had said to him that she just loved Jubilee! They come along, give of their best and thoroughly enjoy themselves, whereas she felt that her own school were somewhat competitive.
Chinese Pandas have had a very productive and exciting term, which seems to have flown by. The children seem to have matured so much since the beginning of the academic year, taking a real pride in all that they do and persevering with tasks, even when they find them challenging.
We have continued with our topic on World War 11, which the children have thoroughly enjoyed, gaining a deeper knowledge of this significant period in history. We have researched the process of ‘Evacuation’, re-enacted the Battle of Britain in outdoor learning, and explored the influence of propaganda in World War 11 and the Holocaust.
This has led to some high quality pieces of writing, including an information text, a dairy entry and a descriptive setting, linked to our novel study, ‘Goodnight Mr. Tom.’
The culmination of our topic will be the Immersive Day on our first week back, when the children will dress as evacuees and experience an air raid, make a meal from rations and use Morse code.
In Maths, in Year 5, we have continued with our work on place value with numbers up to 1,000,000 and are now working on addition and subtraction of numbers with more than four digits. We are enjoying the challenge of our new ‘Power Maths’ books and are developing our use of reasoning skills through the use of stem sentences and reasoning bubbles. In Year 6 we have worked on common multiples, common factors, prime numbers, square and cubed numbers and the order of operations as well as practising our arithmetic on a daily basis.
In Science, we had great fun designing and building a ‘Buzzer Game,’ developing our skills of team work and perseverance, even when they did not work in the first instance!
One team from our class represented Jubilee Primary School at the Lego STEM final at Medway Park, in which they had to design, cost and build a castle. They had great fun competing against a number of other schools and achieved a fantastic third place. Watch out for these designers and engineers in the years to come!
This term has been a busy one for Chinese Pandas and much has been achieved. The children have worked extremely hard and are developing maturity and independence, taking responsibility for their own learning and setting themselves challenges and goals.
We are enjoying our topic on World War 11 and have looked at the causes of the war, the countries involved and the impact it had on our nation. We are continuing with this topic next term, looking at significant events, including The Battle of Britain, the D Day landings and the Blitz. We will also look at the Holocaust from the perspective of the Kinder transport mission, which rescued thousands of Jewish children from Germany.
In English, our novel study closely ties in with our topic and we are reading ‘Goodnight Mr. Tom,’ the story of an evacuee and the relationship he builds with Mr. Tom. This has led to a number of writing opportunities, including a diary entry and an information text. We were also very fortunate to be able to interview someone who had been evacuated from London in the war and we heard her very honest account of her experiences.
We have been focussing on place value in Maths and are continuing to develop our reasoning and problem solving skills. Through our daily arithmetic questions we have looked at the most efficient ways to add and subtract and are continuing with the rapid recall of our times tables and division facts.
Our STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths] day was amazing! The challenge was to build a Lego house, following a plan, using a specified number of Lego bricks and working within the constraints of a budget. It proved very challenging for some groups but with perseverance and team work the results were fantastic. One group was selected for the county finals and they were awarded third place. We have some budding engineers in the making!