School Grounds Day

The weather was very kind to us today and we’ve all had a fantastic day.

Our job this year was to renovate the old bug hotel (which some of the class helped make two years ago) and build a new one.

We started with a Science experiment to try and prove what sort of conditions bugs enjoy the most. We placed overturned bowls around the school grounds in various locations and came back to them at the end of the day to see how many bugs had already moved in.

We then split into teams with one team renovating the old bug hotel and the other one building a new one. The new hotel has been built in the top corner of the field above the play trail.

We then did some watercolour paintings to do with bugs. We ended the day by going back to our experiment to see if any bugs had moved in.

Here are some pictures of our day.

Homework

Our Easter homework is: Reading comprehension and an Arithmetic Test, both due on Wednesday 26th April 2017.

Education City, again due on Wednesday 26th April.2017.

The children will need to revise the spellings they have had this term for a test on the Tuesday we come back too. They should have brought a sheet of these home with them, but if not they are here (the children know which group they need to learn):

Mrs Rorke Spring Term revision Mrs Davies Spring Term

The children should also be reading regularly over the holidays either to an adult, or discussing their book with an adult.

Thank you for your continued support with the children’s learning, have a restful break and we will see you all on Tuesday 25th April.

 

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Spellings and Homework

Last week in Year 5 we started our next unit of English on narrative writing. We were intrigued by a picture which was revelled to us on Monday. We wrote descriptive phrases for it and decided what the four children in the picture may have been saying. We made sure our speech was correctly punctuated when we wrote what the children were saying.

Spellings:

Mrs Rorke & Mrs White’s groups: shield, science, patient, perceive, receive

Mrs Davies & Miss Cole’s groups: therefore, though, although, thought, through.

The children will also have their personal spellings to learn.

Homework:

DT: research a famous chef who uses seasonal locally grown produce. Due Friday 31st March 2017.

Education City: Maths activities, Due Wednesday 29th March 2017.

Maths homework tasks on time will be set tomorrow, to be completed by Monday 3rd April 2017.

 

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Year 5 Science Week

This week was Science week and Y5 did two experiments on ‘Colour in the natural environment’ and ‘Wind speed and direction’.

We used bubbles to find the wind direction. We followed the bubbles and used a compass to find the average wind direction. Then we timed how long the bubbles took to travel ten metres and used this to work out the speed of the wind.

Here are some pictures of both classes doing these experiments.

Spellings:

Mrs Rorke/ Mrs White’s group: belief, thief, grief, friend, obedient

Mrs Davies/Miss Cole’s group: straight, strange, strength, suppose, surprise.

Homework

English: determiners Due Friday 24th March 2017

Education City Due Wednesday 29th March 2017 (This will be set on Wednesday 22nd March, so giving the children a week to complete the games).

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French Fashion Show

 

Ohh La La, what a  fantastic show the children put on today. I am very proud of all the children in Birch class who worked very hard to get their costumes together; write their words; learn them off by heart and then have the courage to parade up the catwalk. Not to mention the wonderful French singing. They looked and sounded fantastic.

Here are just a few of the pictures we took of the event. Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend today.

Homework:

Education City is due on Friday 17th March 2017

English Modal Verbs sheet Due Friday 17th March 2017

Maths will be set on Monday and is Due Monday 20th March 2017

Thank you for your continued support in helping children to complete their homework. Remember spellings, tables and regular reading should also be being done.

 

 

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Spellings

The class spellings for the week commencing 6th March 2017 are:

Mrs White/Mrs Rorke’s group: temperature, thorough, twelfth, variety, vegetable.

Mrs Davies/Ms Cole’s group: purpose, quarter, question, recent, regular.

Homework:

Education City Due Thursday 9th March 2017 (set Thursday 2nd March)

Maths will be set tomorrow and is due Monday 13th March 2017.

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Volcanoes

Thank you all so much for your help and support over half term with our volcano project. The children brought in their model/cake of a volcano over the last two days and we had a fantastic exhibition of them after school today.

All the children have put an enormous amount of effort into their models and cakes and should be very proud of the end products. As some parents commented, no two volcanoes were the same, everyone had a different idea. It was so good to see all the different ways of representing a volcano.

Please take time to have a look at all the lovely volcanoes in the following pictures and leave us a comment about them.

Homework

Education City Due Thursday 9th March 2017

English (Causal conjunctions) Due Friday 10th March 2017

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Spellings Week Commencing 13.02.2017

The spellings for this week are as follows:

Mrs Rorke and Mrs White’s groups:  shoulder, signature, sincere, sincerely, soldier

Mrs Davies and Miss Cole’s groups:  perhaps, popular, position, possess, possession

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More Diaries

This week we have been busy writing our second diary entries – when the expedition leader had gone off to try and get help to rescue the stranded crewmen who were sheltering in a makeshift camp of upturned lifeboats and canvas.

Meanwhile we have been typing up and editing our first entry, so here are a few more of these.

Dear diary

Another boring day stuck inside our lonely, Icy prison. Outside the howling winter wind continues to batter our ship. We are still stuck in the ice cold pack ice held fast by the cruel, sharp fingers of ice. I fear the timbers are breaking or weakening as the days go by. However, I know that we will survive, Endurance is going to break free. It will break free won’t it?

Shackleton insists that we go out in groups to do stuff. Running around is nice and we take the dogs for walks -we also get some exercise – my dog is called Luna because she is as white as the Luna moon, and as beautiful. We also built dog loos – igloos for dogs where they can sleep – we built them out on the pack ice for all the dogs because with everyone inside it is too cramped for the dogs to be there to. I cut out blocks of ice by using our chainsaw.

After we built dog- loos we also set up cosy tents on the floe to give us some cover from the annoying, cold as ice wind while we are working out there on the floe. We normally take temperatures; counting or cataloguing the epic wildlife  – I spotted three seals today and a rare snowy owl – and we also measure and take temperatures of the howling freezing wind and record it.

While we are not outside we are stuck in the warm cosy ship (Endurance). Sometimes I just sit down and listen to the sounds around me; the laughing from downstairs; the creaking of timbers; and the hard pack ice outside. Most of the time we are playing rummy and telling funny, practical jokes. I managed today, after a massive attempt, to finally get my hands on the banjo. I wondered how old Jimmy managed to get it all the time. So today I went in his cabin, we are not meant to go in other people’s property/cabin but it was urgent I needed the banjo for once. I found it under his bed, no wonder he managed to get it all the time, and I rushed down the stairs and started a merry song. We stayed up till 12 today and I am lying here at 1 still writing.

As cold as ice as we are, I know that even if we do not make it through with Endurance we will survive. But I know that we will break free, sometimes it takes some time to move, pack ice. We also chat sometimes about what is happening back home and the war we left behind. I also wonder about the loved ones I left behind. I hope they are ok and are not dead. I am depending on my wife to make me some hot soup when I get home so it would be heart breaking if they are actually dead, but I believe they are alive and well.

Quickly Endurance break free from the lonely prison. Break free and we can carry on with our epic adventure. Endurance will break free won’t it? We will break free and carry on with this adventure, I know we will. It is only a matter of time, as I said, we will survive I know it in my heart.

By Hallam Wakeford

Dear diary

Today [super early]I took the scruffy dogs for a cold walk over the ice. After, I went to go and see the boss when I was stopped by Joe, “want a game of cards tonight I beat you I will win!” he said with a smug face.

“Ok,” I said, walking away quickly. We all know Joe cheats at cards, he said it himself.

When I came to the boss’s door I was stopped again [its getting annoying now] It was Jake!

He told me that the boss was busy so I went to go and get some food from the cook. As sung as a woolly bear I sang and ate my tummy filling meal, I had a smile on my face.

I didn’t bother to go and play cards with Joe, I know it’s a bit mean but last time he made a fool out of me! So instead I sat by the deck with my cigarette alone [I like being alone, it helps me think]

Well I am going to sleep I hope we get out of the ice so we can carry on with our ADVENTURE!!!

Farewell.

By Arwen Booty

Ice trap

 

Dear diary

Another day stuck in the ice. Bashing against the boat the wind howled fiercly. While the pack ice joins together it starts to get colder very quickly, it feels like an ice prison here.

We had to walk the dogs, it made everyone angry because they did not want to get frost bite. But they did walk the dogs anyway. I got bored very quickly as well as the others so we played poker (cards) we played music too and sang (it’s quite boring).

When we go to sleep its very annoying how cold it is so we wrap up warm. Ernest Shackleton keeps saying things that I don’t even understand. He told us that it won’t be long now, but things didn’t go as well as planed – the ice is beating us. And Endurance cannot get through the ice working together we are now sending work parties out. We all hope tomorrow will be the day we all go home. I don’t think so, the ice sparkles like twinkling stars. It’s a huge place. We’re all quite sad because we might never see our beloved family ever again but there will be a way to get home.

We all wonder what the future will bring. It’s an inhospitable land and we don’t like it one little bit. Break free Endurance, break free from the bitter cold ice, we all want to adventure around Antarctica.

By Bella Wright

Dear Diary

Many days on the ice. Our powering ship is losing the everlasting battle of wind and snow. We are safe and happy in the ship, the outside is a bone chilling wind. At the moment I am cleaning my fishing rod down below deck; it’s an icy wasteland out there. I’m feeling really optimistic, I have to hunt for our miniscule rations to keep them safe enough for each person to get a meal. We set up tents outside to store food for when a snowstorm comes. At the moment I’m playing the banjo (I’m good.)

Today was really bad, we were attacked by a polar bear. It destroyed our tents, but I caught it. Sadly I had to kill it (he just wanted food). We are all back on the boat now. We are all feeling great, the bear was so tasty. I ended up playing many games of darts. Before I went to bed I had to check the supplies one last time for stowaways.

Day 12 in the ice: we are running low on rations. Its winter so all the animals have hidden away so we are not able to hunt for food. I’m the fisherman, so I get fish through a small hole in the side of the boat. I only got 12 today, not enough for everyone but we don’t mind about it. Shackleton said we have to sleep fully clothed. The storm is battering the ship, but we are all hopeful that we will survive.

Sadly we are many miles from the war we left behind hoping our families are okay.

Our dangerously low rations just grew a bit, we found a seal to eat so we were full. When we are not on the ice white fields of ice we salvage wood and things from the flooded areas of Endurance: a once royal ship but now a desperate rusted wind whacked wooden box of rats.

As worried as a patient waiting for an amputation our minds are racing, we play cards to occupy our minds for an evening of hopefulness. We are all trying to stay happy and hopeful when we are eating thinking is this our last meal? Will we survive till tomorrow, we must, or die an icy death.

By Joe Startup

Homework:

Maths work on Division Rules is Due Monday 13th February 2017.

Education City Due Wednesday 15th February 2017.

English writing – Show don’t tell – Due Friday 17th February 2017.

Also, please remember it is our Class Assembly on Wednesday 15th February at 9.15am, all parents are very welcome. The children will need their PE kits for this assembly.

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The spellings for week commencing 06.02.2017 are as follows for the groups:

Mrs Rorke and Mrs White:  restaurant, rhyme, rhythm, sacrifice, secretary.

Mrs Davies and Miss Cole:  often, opposite, ordinary, particular, peculiar.

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Ice Trap Diaries

Over the past few weeks we have bee studying the book Ice Trap by Meredith Hooper. This tells the story of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to walk across Antarctica in 1914 and his courageous rescue mission when things went wrong.

The children have been writing diary entries as one of the crew on the expedition. We have completed an entry at the beginning of the expedition, when the crew were drifting on the ship Endurance, stuck in the pack ice.

Here are some of the children’s diaries.

Eloise Winnan Dear Diary ice trap

Maddy Kirby Ice Trap Diary

Luke Permain ICE TRAP

Jamie Rigault Ice Trap

Leave us a post and let us know what you think of our writing. Also look out for our second diary entries in a few weeks time when we will be writing towards the end of the expedition when the men are waiting on Elephant Island for Shackleton to rescue them.

Homework

Whole school task to design a shield for the child’s team. Due Tuesday 28th February 2017.

Education City – Science. Due Wednesday 8th February 2017.

Science – create a fact file about Sir Isaac Newton. Due Friday 10th February 2017

Maths work will be given on Monday 6th February, to be due on Monday 13th February 2017.

 

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