Welcome to The Swans' Class, 2019-2020!
We are Year 5 and 6!
Our teacher is Miss Leo and our L.S.A's are: Mrs Cross and Miss Challis.
This term, our overall theme is 'Journeys'. In history, we will be looking at the journey through time and understanding chronology. In geography, we will be learning about the journey our water takes from Moor to Sea. In science, we will be learning about the journey it takes to become a butterfly.
Please find our topic overviews for this term below so you can find out what we are getting up to!
Come back to look at photos of our work!
We have started our block of forest school learning. We started by being set a cooking challenge and building a fire.
African Drumming Workshop
We've had great fun this morning taking part in our African Drumming workshop. The children showed excellent listening skills and responded well to the new rhythms they learnt. We hope you enjoy our final performance!
BBC Radio Two 500 Words Challenge
The children in Swans Class have planned, written, edited and published their own unique short story to enter into the 500 words challenge competition.
I am delighted to be able to share some of the final edits that have been submitted.
Phases of the Moon
The children have been learning about the different phases of the moon. We talked about what they are called and how they look in the sky. We recreated a model using oreos to represent the moon.
PE - Dance
The children have been developing their ideas and positions to choreograph their own dance routines linking to our topic, Space.
Physics Masterclass at KCC
Two children are attending six weekly Physics masterclass sessions at KCC. During these they have looked at space and light. They have made a scaled solar system using toilet roll and their own telescope. It looks like great fun!
Crazy Hair Day for Children in Need!
The children have just started a unit of work on Gymnastics. To start with the children have thought about how to hold a strong position and what makes an excellent performance.
The children took part in an Ancient Greek day. During this day, the children came dressed up and completed some art activities, a mini Olympics and tried some Greek food. It was a busy and exciting day!
Ready Steady Cook!
This week in forest school the children were given a selection of ingredients and they had to find a recipe they could follow to make something tasty. We had cookies and bread made and cooked on the fire. The children had to find the sticks and light their own fire so they could cook their food.
It was a very exciting and yummy morning!
Year 6 Junior Life Skills
The children in Year 6 attended Junior Life Skills at Quayside Leisure Centre. Throughout the morning the children took part in different workshops presented by The Fire Service, RNLI, Spiritualiser Bus, The Dog Trust and Police. It was a very practical and fun morning where the children learnt lots of essential life skills.
South West Outdoor Festival
Swans class were invited to an outdoor festival run by the National Trust. It was an exciting day filled with lots of activities, including: caving, slacklining, mountain bike demonstrations and some goat yoga! The children really enjoyed themselves and showed excellent teamwork and enthusiasm throughout the day.
Today we had our first forest school session. We made knots, created natural art and used the knots to make some swings.
Synonyms and antonyms: Swans class played a guessing game using synonyms and antonyms.
Christmas crafts at Buckfast Abbey
Year 5/6 Practising passive voice sentence structures using playground equipment
Year 6 Experiencing some aspects of trench life, especially tasting ration packs, listening to sounds of war and feeling the mud!
Year 6 Maths: making a linked line of number cards by reading numbers up to 10,000,000
Year 4/5 Maths Investigation
Learning about which objects reflect light and why
Swans designed and tested their own experiment about what material would reflect light in a periscope. They made a periscope with retro reflective and with mirrors. They then tested which worked and which didn't and discussed why this was the case.
Problem solving in Maths
Years 5 and 6 problem solving during their Maths investigation, "One is a snail and ten is a crab!"
Celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday
As part of their celebration of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, the children in Swans class looked at his 'Revolting Rhymes' and how he had used the endings of well known fairy tales in each of them. Working in groups, they created their own alternative endings to a fairy tale ending of their choice.