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What Makes Us Unique?

13/10/2017 at 15:47


In PSHE this week, we have been learning about how the media can manipulate photos and the impact that this can have on people. We noticed that the media has a tendency to make people look slimmer, more muscular or more beautiful – even when there is nothing wrong with how the person really looks!  The children also had a think about how this would make the average person feel, realising that people often felt like they needed to look like these ‘ideals’ in order to be accepted.

Despite this, the children pointed out that you don’t need to look like everyone else to feel good about yourself and that actually, being you was much more important. They then had a think about the things that they were most proud of about themselves and the characteristics and traits that made each of them special, unique and amazing. We thought we’d share them with you!

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What can we thank the Ancient Greeks for?

12/10/2017 at 12:12


In our topic lesson, we looked at what influences Ancient Greece has had on our lives today.  These things ranged from fashion to democracy and even to language!

Leave a comment and tell me something we can thank the Greeks for, or tell me a word we use and where it comes from.

As well as the above, we looked at Greek architecture and noticed that many Greek buildings use pillars.  This, we learnt, was called the post and lintel system and was favoured for its strength.  It is a system still widely used today.

Using cups and trays the pupils designed their own Greek buildings and we tested the strength of these buildings by using heavy books.  We soon found that the buildings we had designed could support the weight of the books easily, so we used something a lot heavier, to prove the immense strength of our structures.  See the photos to find out more…

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Pandora – Freeze Frames

06/10/2017 at 13:27


In literacy, 5B have been delving deeper into the myth of Pandora.  To really demonstrate our understanding of the story, we created Freeze frames depicting some of the main events.  Can you guess what is happening?


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Athens vs Sparta

05/10/2017 at 16:33


In history this week, the children explored the differences between the Ancient Greek cities of Athens and Sparta. We looked at a range of factors, including how the different genders were treated, the ruling systems, cultures and values and how they compared.

We learned that Athenians were ruled by democracy and the will of the people (though technically only men could vote). The women largely stayed at home and raised their families. In Athens, it was the boys who were given a formal education, while the girls were taught the skills they would need to be good wives.

On the other hand, Spartans had a much bigger focus on war, with an incredibly strong and widely feared army full of soldiers that had been trained since the age of 6.  The women were also included in the training (learning wrestling and combat skills) as well as being given a formal education.

The children also had a go at recreating a widely-used Spartan battle formation – the phalanx formation. This required creating a strong shield wall and using long spears to keep enemies at bay.

At the end of the session, the children were able to look at some Greek artefacts, ranging from pots to pendants to spinning tops. We had some fascinating artefacts overall and the children were all exceptionally careful when handling them.

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Y6 Tennis at Rawdon 27.9.17

29/09/2017 at 17:08


Just a few photos of Y6 at Rawdon Tennis Club on Wednesday:

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This week in year 5

29/09/2017 at 13:17


Another week has passed and yet again it has been packed with learning!

In maths, we finished our topic of number and place value.  We completed a Rising Stars test to see how able we were to apply our learning in a test condition.  Everyone showed a great growth-mindset during these tests, gave 100% and didn’t give up.  This is far more important than the score we get.  Our new topic of addition and subtraction has begun.  Again, to get a head start, practise your column addition and subtraction at home!

In literacy, we have continued our topic of Greek myths.  Pupils also created their own Greek setting.  We saw some wonderfully creative ideas and some incredibly scary monsters!After creating our Greek islands we then wrote some descriptive sentences.  If anyone were to read our descriptions, they would be able to picture the island in their minds! 5B have just begun to read the myth of Pandora.  At the moment, Pandora has a dilemma.  Should she open the box? Comment below and tell us what you think!

In science, we learnt that leavers, pulleys and gears are simple mechanisms that can make tasks easier.  To prove this, we create a lever out of a ruler and used another classroom object as a simple fulcrum.  We conducted several experiments to see how the position of the fulcrum affected the effort needed to lift the weight.  We found that the least effort is needed when the fulcrum is closest to the load.  We actually managed to use a 100g weight to lift a 1kg weight! When we tried a 50g weight however, we couldn’t lift it.  We wanted to experiment further though, so we extended our lever arm by taping two ruler sticks together.  This actually enabled us to lift the kg weight with just 50g! Science is awesome!

In history, we looked at some images of ancient Greek pots, with depictions of the ancient Olympics painted onto them.  By studying these images, we were able to deduce and infer information about what the Ancient Greek Olympics may have been like. This lesson was entirely online, so if you want to see how we did, check out the blog post below!

Residential: We are really excited to get a date set for our year 5 residential.  5L are going on Monday the 21st May and returning on the 23rd.  5B will leave on the 23rd and return on the 25th.  This is a really fantastic trip which receives great reviews year after year.  Many children have already brought back their slips and money and we can tell that this will be an enthusiastic group who will make the most of this fantastic opportunity.

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