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Swallows - Year 5

Welcome to the Autumn Term

 

 

To Infinity and Beyond..!

 

Please see below the curriculum map and medium term plan for this term.  Our areas of learning are subject to change according to the children's interests.

 

 

Green Screen - Creating a TV programme for kids!

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Filming our first TV episode using green screen technology.

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Children in Need - Celebrating Difference

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Children in Need - Celebrating Difference  2 Children in Need - odd or spotty socks

Friendship Week 2017

 

Swallows have been looking at friendships this week.  We have been talking about our experiences and sharing examples of what we consider to be a good friend. 

 

We watched an animation called 'For the Birds' and talked about the bullying issues it raised.  We discussed what we meant by bullying and used STOP to help us remember this (Several Times On Purpose).  We talked about the conversations the birds were having and discussed the impact of this on the Big Bird.

 

We acted out the animation adding our own dialogue.  After some discussion we wrote a persuasive letter to the smaller birds asking them to think about their behaviour and consider the impact of their actions.

 

We have talked about  the different ways we react to people who are being unkind and discussed some strategies for managing difficult situations.  We have also used role-play to act out some different scenarios.

 

The children felt empowered when everyone was asked to write something that they like about each member of the class on a piece of paper.  There were smiles all round as the children read the wonderful comments other children had written about them. We all shared the comments which gave us the biggest smile.

 

Finally we reflected upon all we had learnt over the week, these thoughts were added to our display which we will keep in the classroom to remind us of our work this week.

 

 

Friendship Week

Friendship Week 1 Writing positive messages to each other
Friendship Week 2 Writing positive messages to each other
Friendship Week 3 Writing positive messages to each other
Friendship Week 4 Writing positive messages to each other
Friendship Week 5 Writing positive messages to each other
Friendship Week 6 Writing positive messages to each other

Friendship Week

Friendship Week 1 Acting out "For the Birds"
Friendship Week 2 Acting out "For the Birds"
Friendship Week 3 Acting out "For the Birds"
Friendship Week 4 Acting out "For the Birds"
Friendship Week 5 Acting out "For the Birds"
Friendship Week 6 Thinking time... 'What is bullying?'
Friendship Week 7 Thinking about what the birds were feeling.
Friendship Week 8 Thinking about what the birds were feeling.
Friendship Week 9 A Swallows strategy for 'blinding with kindness'

Practising for our TV programme

Practising for our TV programme 1 Reporting on all things 'space'
Practising for our TV programme 2 Presenters preparing for green screening
Practising for our TV programme 3 Following direction to set up positioning
Practising for our TV programme 4 Preparing for filming tomorrow
Practising for our TV programme 5 Reporters at the ready
Practising for our TV programme 6 Space presenters
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Count on Me - Guitar

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Forces - defying gravity

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Solar System Homework

 

WOW!  What an amazing array of wonderful solar systems your children have created this half term!  

 

Everyone had a chance to talk to the class about their models, explaining how they had made them and including interesting facts about the planets.  We were super impressed with the amount of effort going into their homework and would like to thank all of the parents for their support with this.

 

We are trying to find imaginative ways of displaying all of the work in the classroom, so make sure you pop in to have a look at the work created.

Swallows amazing solar system homework!!

Our Solar System

 

We had fun using fruit and vegetables to represent the planets in our Solar System.  We compared sizes and discussed how the gas giants are far larger than the inner planets which are made of rock.

 

We went outside to look at the distance between the planets, we were surprised by how vast our solar system is.  We talked about how we can sometimes see Mars and Venus in our night sky and how far away they look.  This gave the children some perspective about how far apart the planets are.

Our Solar System

Our Solar System 1 The sun (the green fabric) and the planets.
Our Solar System 2 Poor Sophie was very far away as she held Neptune!
Our Solar System 3 The fruit and vegetable Solar System

Harvest Service

 

We all really enjoyed the Harvest Service in church this week.  In case you missed it, or couldn't quite hear the words, below are the words your children generated and were then turned into the 'Harvest Rap'.

 

 

Now God made the world, a wonderful place

He made everything, full of taste

We thank Him for spuds, broccoli and peas

Everything that’s good for me.

 

So our God is great, we’ll give you a tour

He made our cereal, Weetabix and more

He gave us the sunshine and the honey bees

He gave us the flowers and awesome trees

 

Pumpkins, carrots, Brussel sprouts and beans

Parsnips, cabbage, all our greens

We hope to help those who are in need

And think less about, our own greed

 

So we ask you God to hear our plea

Help those who have, much less than me

Help the farmers who work to grow our food

We share with them our gratitude

 

So we give thanks to God this harvest time

And we hope you like our harvest rhyme

So we end our song and take off our hat

And we thank you for hearing our harvest rap

 

Mrs Day did mange to take a short video, which I will attempt to post on here for you shortly.

Harvest Rap!

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Swallows third guitar lesson

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Taking maths outside

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Swallows 1st Guitar Lesson

 

We all enjoyed our first guitar lesson today, we are learning classical guitar and found out all about the parts of our guitar today.  Once we felt confident we all had a practise of our first song.  Our guitar teacher was very patient and by the end we had learnt our first tune!

 

We have all been given a guitar to practise with at home and are already looking forward to next weeks lesson.  Guitars need to be back in school by next Wednesday to ensure nobody misses out on Friday.

 

Happy strumming Swallows!

 

 

Swallows Guitar Lessons

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Talk for writing

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We have been learning our story using actions, images and Kung-Fu punctuation to help us remember the story.
We have been challenging each other to remember the story as we learn.

Street Dance

Street Dance 1 Working out our moves
Street Dance 2 Using 'popping' body moves
Street Dance 3 Using space around our bodies
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Swallows Trip to Weymouth

 

We had an amazing day at Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre.  The children really threw themselves into their activites, enjoying Kayaking  and paddle boarding in the morning and rock climbing and caving in the afternoon.

 

Everyone challenged themselves to try something new and they all succeeded.  There were smiles all round as they reached the giddy heights of the climbing rock at the back of the centre and we were blessed with great weather despite the storm the night before!

 

A big well done to all of the children - I was so impressed with their excellent attitude and great teamwork!

Weymouth - Kayaks, paddle boards and rock climbing

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Space Poetry

 

Today we started thinking about our space poetry. We listened to 'Space Oddity' by David Bowie and considered what the story was behind the lyrics.  We looked at other poems, and noticed how their meanings changed depending on how you 'performed' the poem.  In our pairs, we practised saying the poems out loud using expression and intonation to see if we could really understand the hidden meaning she in the words.  Some of us then performed the poems to the whole class.

Space Poetry

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Rights and Responsibilites - Our Class Charter

 

This week we have been thinking about our rights in the classroom and discussing our class charter.  We have thought about the responsibilities we all have in the classroom and the ways we can ensure we have equal rights.  We are hoping to have completed our class charter by the end of the week and it will be on display in the classroom for the rest of the year to remind us all of our responsibilities to one another.

 

We have also been discussing our whole school text 'Willy the Dreamer', talking about our hopes and dreams for the future.  We are looking forward to sharing this with you on Friday in our sharing assembly, 2:30pm in the church.

Rights and Responsibilities - Our Class Charter