We had a really busy end to our first half term in Class 5! In Science we investigated how our bodies react to exercise and finished our unit by using glitter to represent how germs are spread. We put some glitter on our hands and then rubbed them together, shaking them with our classmates. We realised how quickly and easily germs spread, so practiced good hand washing!
We then finished off the week by creating some lovely winter scenes. We painted some Autumn sunset backgrounds, adding a tree silhouette and fox to finish our picture off.
This week we completed our globes by cutting out and sticking on the 7 continents. We had so much fun making them and can’t wait to use them to help us remember features of the world!
We have already been back at school two weeks, and had a really exciting start to the term! This week we started creating our own globes for our Geography unit of work, which we are going to use to help us name the World’s continents and oceans. We began the process by carefully covering a balloon with newspaper, PVA glue and kitchen-roll. Next week we will be going on to paint our globes blue, ready to stick our continents on.
Class 5 enjoyed their last trip of the year, to Gore Farm this week. It was a lovely sunny day and we started by bug hunting and pond dipping. We found newts, water boatmen and dragonfly larvae! We then enjoyed a lovely walk down to the woods and competed against each other in groups to make stick dens. We had to think carefully about where we put our dens and worked brilliantly in teams to create them together. We had so much fun!
Class 5 had a very exciting day at Haynes Motor Museum! We all had a go at three different activities. This included learning about the parts of a car, then having a go at making one by ourselves. We soon realised it worked better as a production line, because there are so many parts to remember and some of them were very fiddly! We also had a look around the whole museum, and had the challenge of finding as many car mascots as possible. We finished off with a guided tour and learned about cars throughout the ages – Miss Tucker had to dress up and chose two people to ride on the earliest invented car with her. It was very high up! We also all had a go at sitting in one of the first American cars…they were massive! We learnt so many new interesting facts ready for our new transport unit.
Class 5 finished the first busy summer term with an African themed arts week. We had so much fun mixing colours to make sunset pictures and especially enjoyed designing and painting some tribal masks which you can see below!
Our recent Geography topic has been all about Kenya! Following on from our exciting trip to Longleat, we had homework over Easter to write or create something related to Kenya. Everybody worked really hard and some of us created safari animals, which have gone on display in our own mini safari!
During our Kenya topic we also learnt all about the Maasai Mara, a tribe who live in South West Kenya. We each created a fact file about the Maasai Mara and watched a video on their traditional jumping dance. We were so impressed at how high they could jump that we went outside to have a go to ourselves!
Class 5 were really excited to receive the ‘cleanest classroom’ award last term. We’ve been working really hard to keep our classroom tidy and rewarded with some tasty treats, as well as £50 to spend on our class! We bought lots of new, exciting books for our classroom, which we have enjoyed reading and sharing as a class at the end of each day.
Class 5 have been really excited this term to begin buddy reading. Every Thursday they bring in one of their favourite stories and read it to somebody in Class 1, who also do the same. This has helped class 5 develop their reading skills and we have also been practicing using expression in our voices when we read! We then talk about our stories and which parts we enjoyed the most.
On February 6th we were very lucky to be able to celebrate China Day! We spent time learning all about the Chinese New year and then had a special visitor who taught us some traditional Chinese dancing, using the famous dragon and lion costumes. We then spent the afternoon making lots of Chinese decorations including pig Chinese lanterns, colourful paper dragons, detailed pictures, spiral dragons and used pink paper strips to make pigs. We then enjoyed learning some traditional Mandarin phrases, which we practiced and shared with our friends.
Class 5 have also been working really hard on our maths this term. We spent a couple of weeks looking at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, going on shape hunts to find common shapes in the classroom. We found that rectangles and cubes were most commonly found and can be seen in items such as lunchboxes, drawers, books and doors. To help us understand more about 3D shape we were set a challenge…using only marshmallows and spaghetti we had to carefully create 3D shapes! We started with a cube to practice our skills and then some of us moved on to more difficult shapes such as cuboids and pyramids. We also discovered that it was impossible to make some of our 3D shapes such as spheres, because they have curved edges and faces, and our spaghetti was straight!
We started off the beginning of the year with a bread unit, which included tasting and then eventually making our own bread rolls! We tasted lots of different exciting breads including pitta bread, tortilla wraps and white and brown bread and looked at which other breads can be found all over the world. Our overall favourite was the white bread, but not many of us liked the tortilla wrap on its own.
After we had sampled the breads, we then spent time learning about how bread rolls are made. We created our own instructions for making bread rolls and then had a go ourselves! We really enjoyed weighing out the ingredients but found the kneading part tricky. We waited patiently for our bread rolls to rise and then sampled them…yummy!
Class 5 have been working really hard for the past term to make some lovely continent balloons. First we had to carefully papier-mâché a balloon. We then painted our balloons blue and stuck on the seven continents using green paper. This has helped us learn and remember the continents of the world.
Class 5 have settled well into Year 2 and have had a really exciting start to the term!
In R.E we have been learning all about Christian weddings. To help us understand what happens during a Christian wedding, we held a year group wedding of our own last week. We all chose our favourite smart wedding outfits and watched the bride and groom (alongside their best men and bridesmaids!) get married. There was even a best man’s speech and wedding cake for us all to try…it was so much fun!