Welcome to our Class 5 Web Page!
The Class 5 team this year is Mrs Bryant (Class Teacher) supported by Mrs McDermott, Mr Bush, Mrs Ford, Miss Pow and Miss Lambourne .
PPA cover will be provided on a Friday morning by Mrs Linham
This term we are continuing to work hard on developing our understanding of fractions using models and manipulatives. We have been making links with our previous learning and the children are now confidently using visual representations to show their understanding and using these visual images to reason and problem solve.
We are now able to begin looking at what we know about fractions, to help us develop our understanding of decimals and fractions and the children are doing brilliantly at making the links. Well done Class 5!
After an inspiring visit from the Explorer Dome, we finished our Space Topic by celebrating the amazing Home Learning Projects on the solar system that the children have been working hard on this term.
We had a really exciting afternoon, exploring all of the varying presentations of learning that the children bought into school and we were delighted with the effort that they had made; the encouragement that they showed each other and the pride that they took in sharing their achievements. Well done Class 5 - you should be really proud of yourselves!
We have been continuing to work hard on learning our times tables and division facts this term and many of us are making fantastic progress with our times tables challenges. This has helped us to begin looking at multiplying larger numbers.
We began by thinking about what multiplication of 3 and 4 digit numbers would look like using Base 10 and place value counters and then moved on to multiplying using the area model and grid method.
Once we were really confident multiplying using concrete manipulatives, we learnt how to multiply using written standard methods and by the end of term most of us could confidently multiply 4 digits by 2 digits using long multiplication!
We had a fantastic end to a very busy Christmas term with a beautiful carol service at St Johns. Thank you to those children and parents who supported us at the church. It was fantastic to hear their beautiful singing which was the culmination of lots of hard work in school. Well done Class 5.
We had fun celebrating Christmas in class with lots of Christmas crafts and activities, our fabulous Christmas meal and some fun games to end the term. Happy Christmas everyone!
After leading a super Remembrance Service at St Mary's Church we have now finished our topic about World War 1 and have begun finding out about what life was like in Britain in the 1930s. To launch our new topic on World War 2 we had a fantastic day at STEAM in Swindon. Thank you to all the parents and children who made a fabulous effort with their costumes to help make our day as authentic as possible and a special thank you to those parents who joined us for the day!
The children had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed experiencing what it would have been like in an air raid and also had the opportunity to learn about what it might have been like to be an evacuee - even being found new homes by the billeting officer at the end of the train journey!
Update from Osmington Bay
Once again the weather at Osmington Bay has been very kind to us and we have enjoyed a beautiful dry, sunny day!
The morning began with yet more food before we set off for our first activity, which for some of us was the tunnel trail and for others abseiling. Both provided great fun and challenges.
The tunnel trail involved lots of team building games and gave us the chance to let off steam and explore a maze of underground tunnels that included slides and chambers. Some of us were a little challenged by the small spaces and dark conditions but the sound of laughter, animal noises and squeals abounded as the children searched for animals the same as themselves and hunted for hidden objects - and the challenge became even greater as the 'light hatches' were closed!
Abseiling gave the children more opportunities to build team skills and encourage each other to conquer fears and engage in new experiences. It was a pleasure to see many of the children who we might not initially have expected to rise to the challenge, surprise us by 'going over the top' and abseiling down the tower with growing confidence and excitement - many of them returning to the top to re-live the experience!
After lunch, we had the opportunity to visit the beach and enjoy the zip wire.
The PGL site is right on the coast and just a five minute walk down to the beautiful shingle beach where we had the challenge to create monsters using natural materials found on the beach. The children used their imaginations to create monsters and then introduced them, explaining their 'back story' to the rest of the group. This was followed by the need for patience and resilience as we were challenged to create the tallest towers we could by balancing stones one on top of each other which caused a great deal of laughter and frustration in equal measure. Our time ended with team racing games; 'What's the time Mr Wolf' and a 'splashing' 'throwing' and 'skimming' competition - won in our group by Albie with a VERY impressive six bounces!!
The zip wire was fantastic fun and created a great deal of laughter and excitement and the instructor commented on how well our children listened to and remembered the instructions given to them throughout the activity. The children even found the energy (from somewhere!) to run down the length of the zip wire celebrating, when less confident members of the group had the courage to take the zip wire challenge!
Our final full day at Osmington ended with the much awaited disco and it was great to see the children excitedly preparing for the big event - many of them sporting their 'disco outfits!' Their last ounces of energy were used up on the dance floor and we returned to our rooms for our last 'hot chocolate' and opportunity to reflect on the successes of the day and the opportunity to nominate people who had 'shone particularly brightly that day.'
Tomorrow is an early start as we need to have eaten breakfast and vacated our rooms before our last activity at 9.00 am.
It has been an absolute pleasure to bring the children away this week and see each and everyone of them accomplish personal achievements and feel proud of themselves and as a staff we have felt privileged to witness this. Well done Class 5!
It has been another lovely sunny day for our adventures. After a great night's sleep the children were raring to go on the day's challenges.
The children consumed a healthy breakfast fulling up on cereal, toast, beans, sausage and fruit (yes, fruit has been consumed by a vast majority of the crew).
Group 1 then took to the skies on the giant swing. It was a great team effort with children hoisting their class mates high in the sky before the brave thrill seekers pulled the cord to release the swing. Their faces were a picture!
Group 2 had a slightly more sedate start with archery. There was lots of concentration as they all aimed for the golden centre of the target.
By 10:30 it was time for a biscuit (thank you for all of your generous donations) and the groups swapped over.
The morning flew past and it was again time to eat. We luckily has tacos and wraps for lunch as many of us had lost our cutlery in an archery competition - I will let the children explain on their return.
For the afternoon we again headed out to Portland for another water adventure. This time, raft building. The added dimension to this challenge was that we were wearing our own clothes (except for buoyancy aids). It did not escape the adult's notice that the instructors got to wear wetsuits!
In teams we built rafts using mental poles and barrels tied together by ropes. We then, rather unwisely in my opinion, headed for the water. As you can imagine there was lots of laughter and many squeals of delight as the rafts bobbed precariously on the sea. After everyone was thoroughly soaked we returned to dry land and warm showers.
Tea this evening was followed by another energy filled activity. This time children were sent off, with their adults in tow, to the corners of the site on a photography challenge. By hot chocolate time everyone was exhausted and ready for another good night's sleep. Fingers crossed!
We've had another fantastic day at Osmington Bay. The weather is being super kind to us. After a remarkably peaceful night's sleep (most children had to be woken at 7.15 this morning) we had a busy time conquering the climbing wall and developing fantastic team building skills by playing sensory games and completing sensory challenges whilst wearing 'blind fold' goggles. We were so proud of their cooperation skills and the way they supported and encouraged each other to complete the team challenges. Well done Class 5!
After lunch, we set off to Portland, where we changed into wet suits, windcheaters and buoyancy aids and took to the sea in kayaks. After the opportunity to paddle the kayaks, we had great fun playing water games which resulted in almost all of us getting soaking wet.
After more food, we finished the evening with a 'whodunnit' involving PGL staff dressed up as amongst other things chickens, pirates a gorilla and vikings distributed around the site and children chasing around the site in the dark (with adults in tow) collecting clues and trying to solve the mystery of the 'Snappy the kidnapped crocodile!'
After much anticipated room inspections, hot chocolate, cake and story time the children have gone off to bed ready to re-charge their batteries for another busy day tomorrow.
We have had a super first day. The weather has been beautiful and the sun shone on all of us as we took on our first challenge of the trip, the trapeze. Our accommodation is really lovely and the children are very happy with their room buddies.
The excitement of dangling high in the sky created healthy appetites and the children loved their tea. Doughnuts for pudding were a real hit!
This evening the children have used up their final reserves of energy locating flags and solving clues about countries around the world. Some great general knowledge was on show!
We have all enjoyed hot chocolate and a night time story. Fingers crossed for a good night's sleep.
The children are just finishing completing our focus on place value in maths. We have been so impressed with the way they have applied themselves to showing a conceptual understanding of the value and structure of numbers up to a million.
We have spent time creating 4,5 and 6 digit numbers using Base 10 and place value counters, smashing numbers up in to parts and wholes, partitioning and positioning numbers on number lines; comparing and ordering numbers; counting backwards and forwards in powers of 10 and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000. It has been fabulous seeing their confidence grow and seeing them taking risks in their learning and beginning to explain their understanding and reasoning to one another. Well done Class 5! Keep believing in yourselves!
See below to find out more about what the children experienced 2017 - 2018
We had a fabulous day at the SS Great Britain today discovering all about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his amazing inventions. We began the day with an excellent tour of the ship and learnt lots about life in first class accommodation and steerage. The children had great fun exploring the decks and asking excellent questions to further their learning. Then after lunch, we had a fantastic workshop where we found out more about the inventions of Brunel and his incredible feats of engineering. At the end of the day we had the chance to explore the new Being Brunel museum and look into the mind of Brunel as well as visit many of his rooms in his London home.
A fantastic day was had by all and the children represented their school beautifully. Well done Class 5!
We have begun learning about The Americas this term and have done lots of atlas work to discover the countries of North and South America. We have begun considering the different biomes represented in The Americas and have compared landscapes and climate across The Americas and in the UK. We have begun to consider how the lines of latitude can help us make generalisations about climate and the type of biomes we might expect to see there and how the lines of longitude help us to understand different time zones.
As part of our study of the United States of America, we have looked at the work of Ansell Adams and have made collages of his work to show different landscapes found in the USA.
This term the children have been continuing to think about how they can improve the quality of their writing by adding extra detail to their writing using relative clauses and adverbials.
We have concentrated specifically on the techniques authors use to develop characterisation and have been learning to SHOW what our characters are like through the things that they say and do rather than TELLING the reader. We have also begun to use figurative language to develop characters and settings and have been considering how we can build mystery and suspense in our writing.
Here are some examples of our fabulous writing!
After leading a super Remembrance Service at St Marys Church we have now finished our topic about World War 1 and have begun finding out about what life was like in Britain in the 1930s. To launch our new topic on World War 2 we had a fantastic day at STEAM in Swindon. Thank you to all the parents and children who made a fabulous effort with their costumes to help make our day as authentic as possible.
The children had a super day and thoroughly enjoyed experiencing what it would have been like in an air raid and also had the opportunity to learn about what it might have been like to be an evacuee - even being found new homes by the billeting officer at the end of the train journey!
Welcome to our Class 5 web page!
Mrs Bryant, Mrs Ford, Mr Bush, Mrs Bessant and Mrs Beadle welcome you to our class page!