Beech

Summer Term

Our topic this term is ‘Treasure or Trash’. We will be finding out about what it would be like living on a rubbish dump in Nigeria through reading ‘Rubbish Town Hero’ and we will be considering the impact humans have on Earth. Below is the overview, newsletter and spellings for the term.

Treasure and Trash overview sum 2018 Beech

Beech general letter to parents Summer 2018

Y5 Spelling Overview Summer Term 2018

Week beginning 23/4/2018

We have had a wonderful fun filled week. Firstly we have completed our letters from last week and they are ready to be sent off to the local businesses that the children have chosen. We have carried on our work on plastic pollution and we are now working on newspaper articles to promote this important issue. We hope to publish these in local papers. We also enjoyed a relaxed afternoon having our Blue Smiley movie afternoon. The children loved it! We have been testing the properties of plastic in our science lessons.

 

Week beginning 16/4/2018

The children have come back with a renewed energy and have been working really hard. They have enjoyed finding out about how plastic is impacting on our Earth. As part of this, we have been writing to local businesses to persuade them to take action on this area. We have also been designing our drain murals to reinforce the message at school about where litter can end up. Here we are measuring out the area and beginning our designs. Some of our girls have even created their own Eco Crew and have presented to the whole school to encourage less littering. What fab citizens we have in Beech class!

Week beginning 26/3/2018

This week we have been very busy enjoying performing in our music concert and performing our self-penned Greek plays. We were thrilled to receive a Greek hamper from Morrison’s after Mya, Amber and Kyle wrote a fab letter of persuasion. As a result, the parents and the children were able to enjoy a fab Greek feast.

 

Week beginning 19/3/2018

This week as well as practising our self-penned Greek plays, we have been debating issues from Ancient Greece. We have been discussing the issue of girls not having equal access to education in this era. We decided what we would have thought if we had lived then. We then had a group debate followed by a class debate. Next week we will be using these ideas to write letters of persuasion to the Athens council describing their point of view.

Week beginning 12/3/2018

Wow! What a week (so far!)! Beech class have had an inspiration packed few days! We kicked off the week with a visit from ‘Dave the Yarnsmith’ who shared with us a variety of Greek tales, but not before we solved some pretty tricky riddles. This led us to have a go at writing our own riddles, some of which were more than a bit difficult to solve!

Later that same day we had a visit from Mani a scientist from EDF who talked to us about different sources of energy. He got us thinking about fossil fuels and led us to consider a variety of more sustainable ways to power our homes and school.

On Tuesday we met the fantastic Young’uns and took part in a wonderful workshop involving a voyage back in time. We sang a sea shanty aboard our ship whilst we sailed off to 1381 England to meet some very unhappy peasants. We heard about their plight and took part in the peasants’ revolt by way of a rap battle! We also took part in a rousing whole school rendition of the ‘Beans and Rice’ song!

On Wednesday we were treated to an amazing concert by our very own Mrs Jennings and her family’s band. We were introduced to a range of instruments, many of which we had never seen before.

Who knows what Thursday and Friday will hold…?!

Keep a look out as photos to follow!

Peasants’ Revolt Rap Battle:

On Friday we were delighted to welcome back Rachel Besley who taught us the Lindy Hop last term. This term she taught the children all about Greek dancing. We learnt a number of dances including the national dance, the Kalamatianos and the ‘Zorba the Greek’ dance. The children had a great time and we hope they teach you some moves over the weekend!

8/3/2018

Today we enjoyed raising money for the Brain Tumour Charity by wearing our bandanas while also finding out about the brain during a carousel of science activities led by Science Ambassador, Liza Taylor from the Mundipharma company. We learnt about how the brain sends messages about pain while putting our hands in iced water, learnt about how sensitive we are by drawing dots on each other and finding out how quick our reactions are by dropping rulers! We had a great time and then watched a dissection of a sheep’s brain. The children impressed our visitor with their superb questions!

Book Week Fun…

Our Glorious Greek Day…

 

Beech general letter to parents Spring 2018

Glorious Greeks overview Spring 2018 Beech

Welcome to Beech class page! Keep an eye on this page for updates and information about what we have been busily learning.

Week beginning 22nd January 2018

Beech class are fully immersed in our topic, ‘Glorious Greeks’. They have just finished writing some fantastic non-chronological reports about a wide variety of ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses. Please have a look at the wonderful display and guide book in our classroom! We have now begun work on writing our own Greek stories… watch this space!

Beech have also been honing their multiplication and division skills for the past few weeks and now can use written methods successfully. Ask your child to show you how! Remember to keep those times tables skills ticking over- the children have discovered just how important these facts are! We are now working with fractions, again our times tables skills are invaluable!