Ancient Egyptian Day

Year 5 had a fantastic day yesterday being transported back to Ancient Egypt for the day.

We did a quiz and learnt lots of new information. We had the opportunity to handle lots of artefacts from Ancient Egypt and discuss what was found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. We did some measuring in cubits, palms and fingers (Ancient Egyptian measurements) and played a board game.

In the afternoon we became embalmers and learnt the process of embalming a dead body. We had a funeral procession around the school.

To finish off we played a game of catching animals on the River Nile.

All the children looked amazing in their costumes and they all had a really good day.

Have a look at some of the pictures taken on the day and leave us a comment telling us what your favourite part of the day was.

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Commando Joe

Welcome to the new Birch class blog. Here you will find information about what we have been getting up to in lesson time recently.

Today, we had our second Commando Joe session of the term. We had to make an assault course to keep us fit. Here is Phoebe Steer’s report about what we did and some pictures. We are always excited to have comments from parents, family and friends about our work so we look forward to hearing your comments.

Phoebe’s report

When we were doing Commando Joe it was super fun because we were making assault courses for other teams to help us get fit. You had to get it really hard or commando Andy and commando Jazz would come and knock it over. One of the groups made you carry a heavy bucket as you weaved in and out of the tricky obstacles. They had bamboo sticks that you had to step over, but whilst walking on a plank. One of the other amazing obstacles was where you had to balance a ball on the end of an oil can but it was not as easy as you would think because people would be throwing red balls at you. Last but not least the third group made you be blindfolded so that you could not see a thing. It was also very hard because you would have to step over things and you had to feel things to make sure you got it right. The group that did that were extremely clever because they managed to make a tunnel out of a tarpaulin and a piece of rope.

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CM Sports Fundraising for Uganda

Nick and the CM Sports team came in yesterday to do a water challenge with us. This was to raise money to buy sports equipment to take to Uganda when Nick and Ash go out with Mr Stanley in the summer.

The challenge was to be the class who managed to transport the most water along the obstacle course in fifteen minutes. Birch class worked really well as a team and did a fantastic job. Here are some pictures of them in action.

There is still time to make a donation if you would like to, bring in the envelope you were given last week (or a labelled one if this isn’t available).

Leave us a comment telling us the best part of the challenge.

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Hooke Court Residential Visit

This week Birch and Pine classes went on their trip to Hooke Court Residential and Study Centre to learn about their topic, The Tudors.  While staying at Hooke Court we took part in lots of fun activities: orienteering, shelter building, Night Search and Rescue, low ropes, and a Tudor Day.  The Tudor Day included cooking Tudor recipes in the Tudor kitchen, Tudor crafts and a feast.  We all dressed up for the feast and afterwards looked at real Tudor costumes.  Year 5 really enjoyed their stay at Hooke Court and will remember the fun activities and learning about who and what the Tudors were really like.

by Sam Viel.

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Basketball tournament

Last half term Year 5 were learning Basketball skills in their lessons with CM Sports. On Monday this week we held the Year 5 Basketball tournament with children competing in their house colour teams in both basketball games and an endurance running activity on the field.

CM Sports came into assembly on Friday to announce the results for the whole school. Red team won the Year 5 competition, with Yellow team in the lead overall for the school at the moment.  They also awarded trophies to the most improved/ consistent sports person for the half term. The Year 5 awards went to Alexander Stemp and Maria Vystavkina.

Take a look at the pictures of our tournament and leave us a comment.

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Pizza making

In DT this term we have been testing, designing and making pizzas.

We taste tested a range of different pizzas, looking at appearance, smell and taste. We then looked at the eatwell plate and decided which food groups were included in a pizza and how we could add ingredients to make our own healthy pizza.

Based on this information, we then designed our own pizzas. Then we were able to make them and cook them in the cob oven.

After eating our pizzas, we evaluated them and decided what we would do differently next time. Here are some of our thoughts:

‘I thought my pizza was balanced out because it had protein and fat (pepperoni). It had vegetables (olives) and a bit of dairy (cheese).’ By Ewan Young.

‘My pizza had a lot of different food groups. The cheese was dairy and the tomato puree was fruit and veg. Also the dough was carbohydrates. For my toppings: the olives were fruit and veg, and the pepperoni was protein.’ By Mia Mavromatis.





We had a great time making and cooking our pizzas, here are some pictures of our finished pizzas. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favourite pizza topping is.

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This half term in English, Birch class have been writing explanation texts. We have been using the Wallace and Grommitt Cracking Contraptions cartoons to write explanations of how the machines work.

First we looked at the features of good explanation texts and decided what we might need to include in ours.

Then we watched the video of the Snowmanotron contraption and made some notes about how it might work.

Now we were ready to write our explanations. Here is some of our finished work.

Leave us a comment to let us know what you think.

Snowmanotron By Evelyne Charlier

Snowmanotron By Emma Boylett

Snowmanotron By Chloe Bryant

Snowmanotron By Amelia Murrell

Snowmanotron By Alex Stemp

Snowmanotron By William Borman

Snowmanotron By Rose Keane

Snowmanotron By Rachel Lapicki

Snowmanotron By Poppy Kelly..

Snowmanotron By Ollie Chads

Snowmanotron By Oliver Harrison

Snowmanotron By Mia Mavromatis

Snowmanotron By Harry Kirby

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Year 5 Snow Day work – Friday 2nd March

Spellings – make a word search of your spellings to share with your friends on Monday.

DT – Find a recipe for a pizza and write it out neatly.

Enjoy the snow!

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Year 5 Snow day work.

Education city – there are activities set on Education City to complete.

Take pictures of your activities over the day and write a poem/ diary/ letter to one of the pupils in Kafuro about your day. Try to make it as descriptive and interesting as you can. Remember all the work we have done on different sentence starters and expanded noun phrases.


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Half Term Homework


We have been looking at volcanoes in our topic work.  Your task is to make a model, or a cake, of a volcano.  Then, write a fact file about a European volcano.  Both should be brought into school on Tuesday 20th February 2018.

Maths homework:  Education City and Times Tables Rockstars.

Any problems with this please speak to your child’s class teacher.


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