Class 11



Health and Relationships

We used this session to give anonymous complements to each other. We each wrote our name on a piece of paper, which was then handed around the class.

As they went around, we wrote something we admired about that person. It could be a quality, or even a specific incident where they were kind or considerate.

How does it feel reading what people have written about you?

"It makes me happy."

"I can't believe people think I'm clever. That's nice."

"Lots of people think I'm funny. I really like that!"

"I didn't know that my friends think I'm kind."

English - The Arrival

We used hot-seating and drama to explore the opening chapters of the arrival.

We explored how the main character would have felt leaving his family, and then looked at what it would be like arriving in a different country, not understanding our surroundings or the people who were interrogating us.

We focused on body language and the tone of our voices to get our message across, even if they were sounds that our group didn't understand!

Rivers - Erosion

We demonstrated erosion by looking at what happened when we ran water through some soil, and collecting the run off in a clear plastic bottle.

"Look! The water is dirty!"

"I think the water smashes the soil along."

"It's dirty because the soil has been moved."

"I reckon there's less soil in the [first] bottle now."

Multiplication Activities

We have explored mental arithmetic and times-tables through a variety of activities.

In the one depicted, the children play a game where they turn over two cards up to a value of twelve, and multiply the values. They then flip two more, and mentally multiply them, before adding their two products together, again mentally. This is their score.

A strategy element is added - they may turn over 4 more cards and repeat the process, adding it to their score, but if they turn over an Ace, they lose their score for that turn.

Health and Relationships - Money

We used the SCARF Coram activity on saving money to discuss what children would do in a variety of situations. The children explored when to decide to spend their money, and what they think is important when making this decision.

We also discussed what we like to spend our money on.

Will we spend or save? Why? Does it make a difference if our friend is making the same decision?

Matchstick Puzzles

As part of our first week back, we have been looking at a variety of Maths puzzles that require reasoning to solve. These included matchstick puzzles, which encouraged using our knowledge of shape to create different triangles and quadrilaterals, under a variety of different circumstances.

Place Value: Coded Hundred Square

When starting our unit on place value, we looked at solving a coded hundred square by arranging fragments into the correct place. We had to use our knowledge of digits, and compare symbols to the patterns we find in a normal hundred-square, in order to solve it.

Alien Landing

We have been looking at the story ‘Alien Landing’ as part of our unit on narrative writing. As we got to know the plot, we used drama and freezeframes to represent different parts of the story. There was some fantastic acting, dialogue and facial expressions, including some very frightened children, curt doctors, and no-nonsense policemen.

Rivers – Hook Lesson

We started our Geography topic on rivers by sharing our holiday homework in classes 11 and 12. We then looked at a variety of interesting pictures about rivers, and discussed what questions we would like to ask about these.

The questions the class came up with included:

• Do these people have electricity at home?
• If they don’t, would they like electricity?
• What are they trying to protect from the flood?
• Why is the water that colour? Is it some sort of algae?
• What are those people celebrating or having a party for? I think it’s for some sort of Indian water god? Is it to do with a Hindu festival? Why are they wearing orange?
• Is it a glacier?



Home Learning

Home Learning


As part of her role as an eco-ambassador for Huish, Bianka has taken part in the WE ARE THE ARK project, run by the Nature Activist Mary Reynolds and aiming to highlight the importance of encouraging land-use that is friendly to nature. As part of the project, she created this sign. Mary Reynolds herself commented on Bianka’s work, saying " Grazyna Wikierska and her daughters stunning sign! Beautiful work. This would surely turn all the neighbors heads and rise awareness.” Well done Binaka!







Brass Lessons

Class 11 have continued to enjoy their brass lessons, and have learned a variety of tunes this term, from Mozart to the Scissor Sisters! Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to partake in our end of term concert, which was due to take place in the last week of term. Special thanks to Mr Thomas, who has been a great teacher, but who is retiring at the end of this term. We wish him the best of luck.

World Book Day

Class 11 donned some excellent and imaginative costumes to celebrate world book day. During the morning, we created some detailed comic strips retelling either our favourite stories, or our favourite parts of these stories. The illustrations and accompanying texts were brilliant, and it was lovely seeing the variation of books and authors that were enjoyed in our class!

Henry VIIIs Wives

In History, we have begun to study Henry VIIIs wives, and what we can learn about the quality of Henry’s reign, his personality and the Tudor monarchy from this. As part of our lesson, we had a discussion about whether Henry made the correct decision on choosing each wife – we stood up to indicate our agreement with certain statements. This led to discussion about whether he should have persevered with marriages for the sake of alliances, the relative importance of alliances and having a son, and whether upsetting the pope was worthwhile in any situation.


Class 11 and 12 have conducted their auditions for our performance of the highwayman to the rest of school! We were amazed by the expression and clarity of all of the children’s speaking and acting – well done Year 5!


We have begun to learn about fractions in our Maths lessons. So that we can fully appreciate what the integer, denominator and the numerator represent when looking at mixed numbers and improper fractions, we have been using counters to represent different aspects of the fractions we have looked at.


We have continued to have visitors as part of the ‘What Would You Do’ and Crimestoppers drama project. This has led to furthering our understanding of what it means to be part of a community, and some children have been selected to take part in filming for an event which will be screened at Westlands!


We have begun to look at the poem “The Highwayman” in more detail in our English lessons. In order to help understand the different scenes and characters, we have been using hot-seating, mime and drama to explore different aspects of the poem!


We have been studying division in Maths. In order to aid our understanding of what exactly the bus stop method is and represents, we have used place value grids and counters to visualise exchanging and what it entails.


We have been looking at 2 digit by 4 digit multiplication in Maths. As part of the unit, we played some games using dice which required us to pick the best places to put digits in order to be closer than our partner to a target. This aided our understanding of place value as well as our ability to estimate quickly.


We have begun looking at the epic poem “The Highwayman”! To start off our topic, we paired up then practice reading out a stanza, using our voices to convey emotion. This led to a discussion about rhythm and rhyme in poetry.


For our English homework we wrote the next part of a story called the Evil Genie that we had studied in our Guided Reading Sessions. Class 11 and 12 teamed up and enjoyed listening and sharing our stories. We spotted how different they were even when we had a similar theme to write about.


We have been using concrete and pictorial methods in Maths in order to visualise and understand how and why exchanging works when completing division calculations.This has given us a secure knowledge as we’ve moved onto more abstract questions and problem solving tasks.


In our spelling lessons, we have continued using a variety of activities to prompt our understanding of vocabulary and the recall of different spelling rules. This has included miming or acted more complicated verbs, whilst a partner spells out the word being mimed.


Here is a selection of concrete and practical activities we have been doing in maths in order to investigate and understand square numbers, cube numbers, factors and multiples.

To conclude our unit on column multiplication, we have created games to reinforce our knowledge of this.The games had to include working out 2 digit by 3 or more digit calculations in order to progress.


We have now had our first two sessions with the “What Would You Do?” drama company, in association with Crimestoppers. We looked at what issues could face our local community, and then used freeze frames and group discussion to show our different solutions to these.


As part of our hook lesson to introduce our new History topic, The Tuodors, we created a class-sized timeline in order to understand where our topic fits chronologically, before looking at a variety of unusual (and sometimes disgusting) tudor artefacts. We tried to work out what these could be before finding out what they actually were. Some of the artifacts were types of Tudor games, and we then had the opportunity to play some of these!

Rivers Part 2

To conclude our topic on rivers, children independently designed, made and labelled some models of river basins. They included labelling different river and geographical features, as well as labelling these.


As part of our topic on rivers, we had a debate on the human impact of rivers. Children were asked to make groups and then take opposite sides on a variety of debates on topics such as the use of river by industry, wildlife conservation and whether rivers should be used for watersports!


To conclude our topic on area, we have measured and calculated the compound area of the KS2 playground. We used trundle wheels, meter rules and our knowledge of rectilinear compound shapes in order to achieve this!


We have been creating our own political parties in the run up to the General Election. This included inventing manifestos, thinking about how the country funds policies and creating election posters!


Step-up days

We have recently enjoyed step-up days to both Preston and Westfield. During these days, we have had the opportunity to try our hand at a range of secondary activities, including investigating heat and flammable materials, creating kites, cooking, making model cars and sculptures in DT and watching some of the secondary school dance groups. Class 11 and 12 left these step-up days excited for the opportunities that will come their way in the future!

Brass Concert

Thank you for coming to watch Class 11s brass concert. All the children have had a wonderful time learning their instruments and Mr. Thomas has been an excellent teacher throughout Year 5. What a great sound Class 11 made!

Pick 'n' Mix

In class 11 we took the opportunity to share our space pick ‘n’ mix homework. We loved seeing all the hard work that had been put into the projects and there was some incredibly creative and interesting work. Thank you to the parents for all your help with these pick ‘n’ mix tasks!


As part of our final lesson on shape, we had a go at solving a number of tangram puzzles. Tangram is a traditional Chinese shape puzzle that requires a good sense of space and problem solving. We had to make different shapes by arranging different pieces of the tangram puzzle. The children really enjoyed it and wanted to do even more!

Science Day

This week some of us were lucky enough to visit Westfield Academy for a Science Day. There were four sessions throughout the day, so we learnt a little about biology, chemistry and physics. In our first session we did some taste and smell tests to study our senses, threw tennis balls at a glass screen to look at how our nervous system reacts, watched the teacher make 'elephant’s toothpaste’, mix vitamin tablets with water to make film canisters pop and use a plasma globe to make hair stand on end - and all of this was just in the first hour!! In our biology session we dissected a chicken wing to learn about the different parts bodies are made up of. For chemistry, we had to solve a crime to see which pen (and which criminal) had written a fraudulent cheque by using chromatography paper to separate inks. Finally in our physics session, we made circuits to turn on a light bulb, and then added in switches and buzzers to see how we had to change the circuits so that it still worked. We then looked at how to properly draw a circuit. 

It was a fantastic day and a massive thank you to the Westfield science department for the hard work they put into the day.

PGL 2019

The children are all enjoying the fantastic weather and all the activities at PGL.   They have had visits from Mr Hillier-Nickels and many other staff members and looking forward to their disco tomorrow night.


Class 11 visited Preston to take part in a Science lesson on forces. We made parachutes and attached different masses to them, recording the varying times it took for the different loads to reach the floor. We had to stand on the tables to get enough height for the parachutes to open! We enjoyed the lesson and it was exciting to experience what Science will be like at secondary school.

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

As part of our work on Tudor explorers, we designed an interview with Sir Francis Drake. All that we knew before we started was that he was a famous Tudor sailor and explorer who knew Queen Elizabeth. From that, each group decided on some questions before researching the answers and practicing a TV style interview! We then used green-screen to help the final interviews take place on-board Tudor ships. Some groups even used pictures of The Golden Hind (Drake’s ship) itself for their interview.

Road Safety

We had a visitor from Somerset Road Safety who explained different ways to stay safe on the roads. He reminded us of why we stop, look, listen and think, and we discussed how we need to be aware of electric cars and other quiet vehicles. We also talked about sensible and safe places to cross the road.

Wednesday 13th March 2019 - How were Tudor “Hard Tack” Biscuits Made

We learnt about how the Tudors often used salted foods on long voyages to help with their preservation – essential as refrigeration hadn’t yet been invented! We also discussed what else sailors could have done, including taking livestock with them or catching food along the way.

It’s safe to say that the salty “hard tack” biscuits were met with a mixed response, but at least we didn’t have to tap them to get the maggots out!

Wednesday 6th March 2019 - How did Jesus get sentenced to death?

We looked at the crucifixion story and chose six parts of the tale to freeze-frame in groups. We paid special attention to how we could convey the different characters’ feelings with facial expressions and body language. We also sequenced the story to make sure we could remember the order, cause and effects of Jesus’s death.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

We made model Tudor Houses using wood, card and paper. We were careful to include lots of features, including galleries, small windows, thatched roofs and wooden beams to support the wattle and daub.


We have been learning instruments on Wednesdays and have had a wonderful time practicing and learning new songs – we are looking forward to upcoming opportunities to showcase our talents in front of the school!


We have been learning instruments on Wednesdays and have had a wonderful time practicing and learning new songs – we are looking forward to upcoming opportunities to showcase our talents in front of the school!


We have approached a number of reasoning and problem solving tasks in maths this year – this includes solving problems based on numbers written in different scripts, developing strategies to beat out talk-partners in games and creating out own mathematical games and problems.

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