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Throughout the year the children are guided through a series of Learning Adventures. Below is a review of the last Learning Adventure with some associated photos, ENJOY!

Summer 2 Newsletter (Pine Class in the UK)

Summer 1 - We are the future

 

Summer 1

 

After our ‘Pole to Pole’ adventure Year 5 went forward in time…to the future! Year 5 have been amazing and thoroughly enjoyed this adventure.

 

In English the children used pictures and information from their home learning to write some outstanding autobiographies, all of which were beautifully presented. Then, we used our experience with coding to write detailed instructions for our parents to animate a character!

 

In Maths we have been focusing on fractions as well as continued place value and the four operations in a mini-adventure that looked into the ‘Future of Work’. The pupils worked extremely well to process all the data drop information for a cryptocurrency company. So well in fact, they graduated from trainees to become employees!

 

Through our adventure learning, Year 5 have tackled the issue of cyberbullying and learned how to get help if they need it. Before tackiling coding the pupils worked on their instruction skills by solving a number of challenges. The children then learnt how to use Scratch animation, coding and debugged their own animations and games.

 

Our ‘When I Grow Up Day’ was a highlight! The children dressed up as what they want to be when they grow up. Throughout the day they took part in preparation, job interviews and work experience in different areas of the school. The children can all be proud of the feedback they received from staff.

 

In RE, our pupils have worked incredibly well on the theme of ‘community’ and have compared our own ideas to ideas within the Islamic religion.

 

This whole adventure has been great to share with the pupils- next time we stay at home in our ‘Pine Class in the UK’ adventure.

 

Thank you for your continued support with homework and reading, it is greatly appreciated by us all.
 

Best wishes

Mr Rouse

 

 

 

 

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Summer 1 Newsletter (We are the future)

Spring 2 - Pole to Pole Continued.....

 

Spring 2

 

Our ‘Pole to Pole’ adventure moved firstly into the rainforest and then to colder climes! The year 5 team are so proud of the way Pine class has worked this term and thoroughly enjoyed our learning adventures!

 

In English studying the incredible Phillip Pullman fantasy book ‘Clockwork’ inspired some amazing atmospheric writing and we created our own persuasive descriptions and charity pitches as part of the Jude’s Ice Cream Challenge for Schools.

 

In Maths we continued to work on our calculation and reasoning planning a South American expedition. The children also had to interpret timetables and graphs to plan their journeys. Following this, the pupils explored fractions, decimals and percentages to calculate the nutritional information of their ice cream and used their number skills to calculate the cost of a litre of their ice cream.

 

The children used their geographical skills to investigate South America and the rainforest biome, learning about the different layers and how they are connected. This led to learning about the life cycles of flowering plants and animals that live in the rainforest.  

 

After the hot and humid jungle we needed to cool down. Our successful trip to the Jude’s Ice Cream Factory inspired the class to take on the Jude’s Ice Cream Challenge for Schools. The children worked in teams to conduct market research, develop an ice cream flavour and their design for an ice cream pot, and produce a marketing strategy. The winning team was rewarded with some fantastic t-shirts and the opportunity to sell 120 tubs of Jude’s Ice Cream at Sports Day with 100% of the profits going to their chosen charity, Cancer Research UK.

 

In RE, our pupils have worked incredibly well on the theme of ‘salvation’ and have studied the Easter story to support their understanding.

 

This whole adventure has been such a joy to share with the pupils- next time we head forward in time to the future because “We are the future!”

 

Thank you for your continued support with homework and reading, it is greatly appreciated by us all.
 

Best wishes

Mr Rouse

 

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Spring 2 Newsletter (Pole to Pole continued)

Spring 1 Pole to Pole

 

What a start to 2019! The year 5 team are so proud of the way Pine class has worked this term and we have ALL thoroughly enjoyed this very ‘cool’ adventure!

 

In English we have enjoyed writing Scott of the Antarctic diaries and writing and filming our news reports on the Larsen C iceberg carving.

 

In Maths, we have been working on our shape knowledge including estimating and calculating angles. The children used their knowledge to complete their amazing Antarctic Obstacle race and create their icebergs for their news reports.

 

The pupils have researched the ice caps and polar exploration and used drama to explore the conditions polar explorers would face.

 

A highlight must be the visit of the ‘explorer dome’ which took the children on a journey through different climates which they explored through practical activities.

 

Our investigations into the properties of materials included a separation challenge during our parent event to decontaminate some medicine. Due to the children’s careful scientific working, this was successful and Mrs Lucas has made a full recovery!

 

In RE, our pupils have worked incredibly well on the theme of ‘Temptation’ and have been studying the story of Adam and Eve to support their understanding.

 

This whole adventure has been such a joy to share with the pupils- next time we head into the jungle as our ‘Pole to Pole Adventure’ continues!

 

Thank you for your continued support with homework and reading, it is greatly appreciated by us all.
 

Best wishes

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Year 5 Spring 1 Newsletter (Pole to Pole)

Autumn Term 2 - Earth, Space & The Universe (Continued) Blog

 

Year 5 returned from half term full of energy to tackle their learning adventures. We began with our 215 mini-adventure to decorate our soldier for the installation at Vigo Recreation Ground. The children read biographies of different soldiers and presented a summary to the class to help us to choose our soldier then investigated life in the trenches and the causes of World War I. The pupils read and responded with art to war poetry before finding out more about the events our soldier had missed because he had given his life for his country. We created headlines from these events to form part of our finished soldier.

 

This term in English we have enjoyed writing our non-chronological reports, writing as experts on a newly discovered planet to create a class ’planetary guide to the galaxy.’ The children also investigated figurative language as part of our ‘Universal Poetry’ mini-adventure, creating and performing our poems to each other.

 

In Maths, as well as continuing to develop our mental maths skills, we have been working on our understanding of multiplication and division, which has enabled Pine Class to defeat an alien invasion of Pilgrims’ Cross!

 

In Art, we were inspired by different styles of painting to create our own images for our planetary guide to the universe. The children have also really enjoyed investigating forces and trying to save ‘Yolk Skywalker’ on his re-entry to Earth. The pupils have all worked incredibly hard towards our Christmas production of ‘Mr Humbug Sees the Light’ learning the songs and actions and creating props for the Year 6 actors.

 

In RE, pupils have got to grips with some difficult concepts. They learned about prophecy through incarnation contextualised in the Christmas story.

 

Next term we return to Earth with our ‘Pole to Pole’ Adventure!

 

Thank you for your continued support with homework and reading, it is greatly appreciated by us all.

 

Best wishes

 

Mr Rouse and Mrs Lucas.

 

 

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Year 5 Autumn 2 Newsletter (Earth, Space & The Universe continued.....)

Autumn Term 1 - Earth, Space & The Universe Blog

 

What a start to our New Year, we are so proud of the way Pine class has returned to Pilgrims' Cross and the confidence they have shown with the new year 5 curriculum!

 

This term in English we have enjoyed writing incredible Star Wars action narratives (they were epic!) and have begun creating our own planetary guide to the Universe! As part of our International Space Week detour we explored the reasons for and against space exploration and wrote persuasive letters to Sam Gymiah MP, minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

 

In Maths we have been working on place value and problem solving with addition and subtraction to create some amazing planetary guides for the classroom and solving problems from the International space station! The whole class has been working really hard on using the formal written methods for calculating and organising their work clearly!

 

Year 5 Science was started with our ‘wow’ rocket launch and the pupils have been astounding me with their own research on our solar system. We have learned about the phases of the moon and the reason for day and night on earth! In music, we have been listening to and reflecting upon the work of Gustav Holst (The Planet Suit).

 

In RE, pupils have worked incredibly well on the theme of ‘Belief through Creation and Fall' exploring Christian beliefs and Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

 

We can't wait to continue this adventure next term!

 

Thank you for your continued support with homework and reading, it is greatly appreciated by us all.

Best wishes

Mr Rouse and Mrs Lucas.

 

 

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Year 5 Newsletter - Autumn Term 1 & 2 (Earth, Space & the Universe)

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