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Swallows - Year 5

Summer Term 2019


Welcome back to the summer term.


We are already getting excited about our topic this term - Our Blue Planet.  We have been discussing the environment; talking about climate change, and are looking forward to analysing the data from our plastic waste log and Palm oil log which we are all doing for our homework (me included!).


We will be looking into how we can make a difference and help make our world a better place for future generations.


Watch this space for further updates of the work we are doing in class.



Leeson - day 3

Leeson - Day 2 evening

Leeson - Day 2

Leeson - Day 1 evening

Leeson House Day 1

Shaftesbury SAVED project - 11th July 2019

Science - learning about Air Resistance

Professor Know-it-all

Bee Craft

Identifying the parts of a flowering plant

Pollination - understanding the process

Understanding Climate Change

Diorama Homework Projects

Science - flower dissection


We began our science topic on Living Things by dissecting a flower.  We talked about the male and female parts of a flower and began talking about reproduction.  The children really enjoyed finding out about plants and flowers and are looking forward to the rest of the unit of work.

Science - flower dissection.

We have been devising story boards for our stop-frame animations. Our brief was to create an animation telling a conservation story of our choice. We worked in small groups planning our animations and devising back drops and models. 


Watch this space for our final animations!

Stop-Frame Animation Planning

Spring Term 2019


Swallows class are well underway with our Anglo-Saxons and Vikings topic and have been enjoying a variety of activities linked to this.


We are particularly looking forward to working with Julian Richards and Claire Ryley later in the term to look at our local history and explore some of the wonderful links our part of Dorset has with the Saxons and Vikings.


Below you will find some photos of the things we have been up to in class.  Our focus for the first few weeks in English has been the Viking Saga of Beowulf.  We have enjoyed lots of drama activities linked to this and have created a re-enactment of one of the first Viking raids on 'Holy Island' in Lindisfarne,


As always, please do not hesitate to pop in if you have any questions.


Mrs McCall

Viking Day

Olivia Orangehair defeats the Saxon army

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The fearsome Olivia Orangebeard takes on the Saxon army and defeats them with her fierce demeanour.

S.A.V.E.D Project - trip to Shaftesbury Abbey

Here be Dragons!!

Swallows open afternoon - Creating dragon eyes and making sails for longships (oh and eating cake!)

‘Digging’ in our classroom

NSPCC Number Day. Friday 8th February. 


Today we all dressed up with our favourite numbered tops or cool spotty or stripey clothes to celebrate number day. We raised over £115 for the NSPCC. Year 5 mixed with year 6 for fun maths games and challenges. Here are a few pictures from our day. 


NSPCC Number Day 2019

Safer Internet Day 2019


We had a great day talking about how we can keep ourselves safe on the internet.  We asked the question "What is the internet" and tried (with some success) to draw the internet.


We then devised our own Safer Internet Pledge and agreed a series of statements which will help us to keep ourselves and our friends safe on the internet.


We hope you enjoy looking at some of the photographs below.

Safer Internet Day 2019

Introducing Swallows Space Travellers

Space Homework


The children have worked so hard over the holiday producing some amazing space related homework projects.  Below are some photos of the wonderful creations!

Peter Thorpe


Peter Thorpe is an American artist, obsessed by space.  He creates amazing abstract pictures and collages using a variety of mediums.


Swallows were inspired by his art, and decided to create their own version of his work.  The results are stunning!

Art inspired by Peter Thorpe

Titanium - creating a timeline

Swallows Book Sale

To Infinity.... and Beyond!!


We have had a great week discussing our topic - Space.


We were interested to know how far away from the sun the planets are, so we went outside armed with toilet rolls and chalk to recreate the solar system on the playground.


We were all very surprised to see how far away the planets are, particularly the gas giants.

Toilet Paper Solar System

Maths Games