Alien Writing

Year 5 have begun writing about aliens! We started by learning about each planet before designing an alien that we thought would be well suited to the environment on a particular planet. Each alien had to have three adaptations to ensure it could survive on its planet. Some aliens inhaled hydrogen and used it to power their hoverboard legs to remain above the surface on a gas planet with a hydrogen based atmosphere. Some aliens were furry to keep them warm. Some aliens used their tentacles to propel them above the surface. Some had huge eyes to help them see through the storms. I was amazed by the thought that went into them. We have now begun using language creatively to describe the aliens. The children are choosing and placing words and phrases to ensure their reader is either disgusted, scared or intrigued by their alien.

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Three Decimal Places…

Year 5 were presented with a joke and a code. To work out the answer to the joke, they had to crack the code. This involved some complex ordering of numbers with up to three decimal places and the careful positioning of them on number lines. We tried different methods for ordering numbers and the children then used which one they found the most useful. They were extremely resilient with some returning again and again to questions to get the positioning on the number line as accurate as possible.

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The Imaginary

This afternoon, the new class reader for Year 5 was revealed. The children were allowed to explore the front and back cover and the blurb. From this, they were asked to observe closely and comment on the things they noticed. We then tried to work out which fiction genre it could be. I was blown away by the depth of discussion that occurred and how closely and carefully they observed.

“The boy is hanging on the branch while the girl is hanging on a snake-like branch. This could mean that the girl creates the boy from her imagination as she is hanging onto something that can’t be there.”

“The girl on the back is see through. You can just about see the man through her. She must need him to exist. The cloud of smoke above them could be the energy she requires to be imagined.”

“The images on his shirt and shorts are reversed. Perhaps he isn’t what he seems.”
“The boy is running. I wonder if he is running from something or to something.”

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Double Page Spread

Following their trip to the Royal Observatory and their learning on Space, Year 5 have been presenting their learning as a double page spread. They had to use full sentences but other than that, they could be as creative as they liked. They took so much time and care to really value this learning and that is reflected in the outcomes.

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The Gingerbread Man

Nursery have been reading The Gingerbread Man and came in today to find that the gingerbread men that Mrs Biss had made had gone!  We sat down and thought about where they might be.  Some children thought they’d run away and some thought they might be hiding.  It needed investigation! The children took magnifying glasses to look closer and clipboards to note clues.  Some drew maps so they knew what parts of the classroom/playground had been explored.

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Frozen experiment in Nursery

The Nursery children came in today to find the little people characters had been frozen in ice – how were they going to free them? Some children thought it was a good idea to bang the ice while others decided it might help if they added water to them.  Finally the ice melted and the people were freed – what could they have used to speed up the process?  Watch this space ….

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Year 1 Adjectives

In year 1 we have started a new topic in literacy. A mysterious present was dropped into school over the Christmas holidays. We have been guessing what is in the present. Year 1 learned what an adjective was today. We created a list of adjectives and used them to describe what we thought was in the present. We cannot wait to unwrap it tomorrow in our next literacy lesson!

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Royal Observatory

Yesterday, Year 5 had a brilliant visit to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The journey itself was an adventure eliciting gasps of amazement as we exited the tube at Canary Wharf and headed over the Thames on the Docklands Light Railway. After a steep climb up to the Observatory, we were rewarded with an incredible view of London. The children explored the museum hunting for facts that no-one else would notice. Did you know that when you look in space, you are looking into the past? Did you know that Jupiter has a hurricane twice the size of Earth that has been raging for 350 years? After our fact finding mission, we were treated to a journey through our universe at the planetarium. It was filled with incredible visuals to help us understand space. We then stood on the meridian line before heading up a narrow, spiral staircase and into the observatory dome where the huge telescope was waiting. It was a brilliant trip where our children represented our school beautifully and they have come back filled with information. Today, Year 5 have begun presenting their findings.

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