A Great Start to Year 5/6 ~ Autumn Newsletter Update!

It has been a busy but hugely productive start to the year for children in Year 5 and 6, working hard to develop their skills in English and Maths as well as in a whole range of other curriculum subjects.

Children have completed excellent work this half-term on our story “Wolf Brother” in English, and we know that several children have already purchased the second installment of the series… if you would like to buy this (possible Christmas present!) click the link here:

In Maths, pupils have been working on number, place value and improving their skills in their work on shape, area and perimeter too. In Science, children have been working on “Sound”, making string telephones and including a fantastic trip to Winchester Science Museum too.

In Art, children have been working on some fantastic 3D artwork, based on the work of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures.

In P.E, children in Year 5 have been improving their swimming skills, whilst Year 6 have been working on developing their cricket skills – including a very successful tournament with our Federated School!

Next half-term, children will be working on a new text in English, which will be “Boy in the Tower” an exciting apocalyptic tale! In Maths, we will be tackling fractions and measures, including some work on money too. In DT, we will be working on Bridge-Building, using our new learning about New York to assist with this, which will be our work in Georgraphy this half-term.

Thank you for all your hard work this half-term, keep up your efforts next half-term too.Image result for the boy in the tower

[Written by Mr Thorns and the Year 6 team]

Harvest Festival Assembly ~ Caring Hands

Today in assembly, the hall was filled with generous donations from children and parents across our school community, who have been donating Image result for caring hands charityproduce and goods to our school, so that we can pass this on to the Caring Hands Charity. This is to help people in our local area who have less than we do. If you would like to find out more about this charity, look at their website here

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Winchester Science Museum

Year 5 and 6 started the new academic year with a trip to the Winchester Science Museum on 25th September 2018. After a quick trip up the motorway, we arrived ready to experience the Planetarium and take part in the Sound workshops.

There was so much there to touch, pull, push, run along that it was extremely difficult to decide what to do first. Fortunately, the decision was made for us as the guide showed us into the planetarium. This was amazing. The lights went down and we could see the night sky above us. Luke pointed out the North Star, the different constellations and how stories were made up about them. We zoomed in and out of the Galaxy (a little bit disconcerting..and stomach churning!) to look at some of the other planets. We learnt so interesting facts, for example, if we wanted to travel to Mars, it would take six months to travel there and there would be no return trip!

After this, we were able to visit the new space area. This was full of exciting and wonderful exhibits. Some of us were able to step into an actual spacesuit, walk in a room that was an optical illusion and see how the planets rotate around each other. We were able to talk from side of the room to another through a large tube reminding us of the cups and strings we had made back at school.

Next was a quick lunch and then we started our Sound workshops. We were shown two metal poles – one longer than the other. The teachers heated up the poles and then turned them over. They made low and high notes. Do you know which one made which noise? We do! We also put strange hats on our heads and tried to work out where the sound was coming from. This was much more difficult than it sounds. The tubes on the hats seem to distort the sound and represented how animal’s hearing has evolved over time.

All in all, it was a great trip with many children asking to go back again…..and soon!

[Written by Mrs Landon]

Whale and Orca Experts Visit Holbrook!

Today, children across Year 5 and 6 were visited by experts from the Orca conservation See the source imagecharity. These experts provided a really interesting insight into their work, looking after and educating people about how best we can support whales, dolphins and orcas.

Children explored food chains, whale lifestyles and watched amazing footage of feeding on krill. You can watch a video of this feeding here

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Children had an opportunity to handle materials from the conservation trust, including baleen plates, sperm whale teeth and a killer-whale tooth too. Children investigated how large these creatures were, using comparisons to everyday objects… for example, a blue whale’s heart is the size of a small car!

A huge thank you to the Orca team for visiting us today and for showing us such a wonderful range of exhibits today and telling us such a fabulous range of information on these creatures… If you want to find out more, visit the orca page here for further information

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Good Learners Assembly~ Friday 5th October

This week, children across the school were presented with awards

for their hard work in a range of subjects, including fantastic collaboration with other children, working hard to improve their writing and topic work and with others forming their letters correctly.

Other children were awarded certificates for their excellent handwriting, determination to succeed and their positive work in English, Maths and Topic sessions! We also saw excellent homework and learning from outside of the classroom too, with a brilliant poster on the Egyptian Pharaohs too.

Bronze Reading Certificates (for 25 reads) were presented to: Frankie H, Declan S and Ben C!

The Assembly finished with a fantastic rendition of “Make Your Own Kinda Music” by Paloma Faith, with signing and singing led by Mr Moloney and Mrs Sivier! Well done to all the children that have done so well learning the signs too.

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Team points this week were won byTuring (Yellow) = 848 points

Aderin-Pocock (Blue) = 735 points

Hawking (Red) =  606 points

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Attenborough (Green) = 705 points

[Written by Mr Thorns]