Katherine Johnson weekly class update 11/06/2021

Welcome back Year 5!

I hope that you all enjoyed a well-deserved and sunny rest during the half-term. We have had a great first week back to Katherine Johnson Class. The sun has been shining so we have begun planting some plants in our Year 5 gardening bed. Each class in the Junior school has been given a gardening bed to plant some plants of their choice. Before the half-term, we had a discussion as a class to decide which plants we would like to plant. We have planted: strawberries, tomatoes (2 different varieties), lavender, some lettuce (donated by Mrs Hammond – thank you!), a giant sunflower (again donated by Mrs Hammond) but our most exciting plant is… the walking stick kale! When this plant has fully grown (it will grow taller than some of us), it can be made into an actual walking stick! We spent some time as a class researching this – it is very cool! We found out that Kew Gardens once planted 3 of these and also made them into walking sticks. We are looking forward to taking care of our plants and watching them grow.

In English, we have begun our new writing unit which is based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We had two experiences this week (before beginning our writing), to explore the difference between the two films as well as a taste test! In our taste test, Miss Bugg gave us a variety of different chocolate/sweets and we had to close our eyes and describe the flavours and texture. Some of us were very surprised with the sour snake!

In maths, we have been looking at key words and how to find them in word problems; they give us clue as to whether we should add, subtract, multiply or divide. We have also used all of our knowledge to create our own garden patch; Miss Bugg only gave us a certain amount of money to use. This has involved us adding up the cost of our plants; using multiplication to work out the cost for water over the month and subtraction to work out how much money we have left to spend. Overall, we have had a fantastic week back in school learning!

Benjamin Zephaniah weekly class update 11/06/2021

I hope you all had a well deserved rest over half term.

We have had a busy first week back at school. Over half-term, our classroom had a move around so we had space for our new sofa!

We have started a new text in English, called ‘Journey.’ So far, we have written some great sentences which include features such as fronted adverbials and repetition.

In maths, we have been recapping column addition. We have been in a Rockstar challenge with Year 6 this week.

In topic, we have started to learn about the Vikings. We recapped the continents and oceans.

We have also been busy getting our fingers dirty in the garden. We have weeded and prepared our soil ready to plant.

For PE, this half term we are focussing on tennis. This week we learnt some tennis skills.

Martin Luther King class weekly update

This week, the classroom has been buzzing with creativity! We sculpted our milk bottles into Mayan masks then we had some messy fun with paper mache and added our own designs: we are delighted with our final results!

In Maths we have been focussing on triangles. We made our own origami equilateral triangles and the used these to explore the internal angles of 2D shapes. We can confidently name, and describe 2D shapes and say if they are regular or irregular.

In English this week, we have learnt about euphemisms and oxymorons ( ask us if you don’t know what these are). On Thursday we are starting our own piece of independent diary writing – focussing on the return from the South Pole. We are writing our diary imagining that we were one of Scott’s companions on his ‘race to the South Pole’ ( Wilson, Bates, Owen or Evans) .

Homework this week has been amazing!

Linking on from our ratio work we have had a ‘Year 6 Cookie/cake Bake off’! Well done to all of our young master chefs- I am very relieved that I didn’t have to choose a winner- they were all delicious!!!!

Katherine Johnson class weekly update 21/05/2021

A fantastic week to end this half-term!

This week we have been very busy putting our creative hats on by making Mayan masks from milk bottles (they’re very versatile!). We had to cut the milk bottle to the correct shape for our mask, then use our paper mache skills to cover the milk bottle (it was pretty messy!) and lastly we decorated them. They look brilliant – well done year 5s!

In maths, we have now finished mastering all 4 operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Well done!

Our class sentence stacker is complete for our diary in our English unit based around Scott from the Antarctic. We have worked very hard to complete our own diary entry in our independent write. Our writing has come on leaps and bounds this last half-term! I have really enjoyed seeing the children’s confidence in writing and vocabulary improve.

An enjoyable half-term had by all the Katherine Johnson Squad! I wish you all a restful and happy half-term break – the sun is even joining us for the week off! I can’t wait to hear what you have all been up too.

Rosa Parks class weekly update 28/05/2021

This week we have been learning about Sutton Hoo. We found out that much of what we know about the Anglo-Saxons comes from graves like the one discovered at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. At Sutton Hoo, there are eleven mounds or ‘barrows’ dating back to the 7th century. In 1939 archaeologists explored the largest mound and discovered a ship buried in the mound. Fragments of a mask have now been pieced back together. With our new knowledge, we have created our own Sutton Hoo masks using cardboard and paper mache. Today we have spent the day painting and embellishing them with patterns. They look super!

Benjamin Zephaniah class weekly update 28/05/2021

Wow! What a busy and exciting week we have had.

We finished our class sentence staker for ‘Star in the Jar’. Everyone then planned their own story based around the ‘Star in the Jar’. The ideas have been amazing.

In, maths, we had a challenge to answer as many questions as we could that were hidden around the classroom. The challenge was a success. We also won the Rockstar battle against Year 5!

In topic, we have been getting creative making our own Anglo-Saxon helmet. We started by making the headpiece, then the mask before adding paper mache. It has been fun but messy. I think we’re all ready for a break now!

Katherine Johnson class weekly update 21/05/2021

Following on from our last weekly update, we have had another great week in Katherine Johnson Class!

We had an extra fun experience day in English, where we practised pulling a sled with weight on it. This is because Scott from the Antarctic and his team used to pull a sled with more than 100kg on it! We tried pulling Miss Bugg (who isn’t quite 100kg!) and then had some sled races! I think we realised how difficult and tiresome it is pulling a sled.

In English this week, we have begun writing our diary entries and our class sentence stacker is looking great. The class sentence stacker is where we take a sentence from different children in the class and put them together to create our own ‘class story’ or in this case class diary based on Scott and his teams experience racing to the South Pole.

In Maths, we are learning a new method to divide: bus stop method! We have enjoyed learning about what division means (sharing) and also what happens when sometimes we cannot share or divide a number equally – we’re left with remainders. We practised this using matchsticks and seeing how sometimes numbers can not be shared equally.

Martin Luther King class weekly update 21/05/2021

After our final experience session, pulling each other around on sledges, we have finally started to write our own diary imagining that we are Scott of the Antarctic. The quality of the writing produced this week has been amazing- everybody has tried really hard to ‘Deepen the moment’ by adding extra detail, up levelling vocabulary choices and experimenting with ideas for phrasing. I can’t wait to read what you write next Year 6!!

On Monday, we joined with 6 other schools (via Teams meeting) and attended this year’s ‘Norfolk’s Crucial Crew.’ We learnt alot about internet safety and were surprised to discover that now we were 10/11 we were responsible for our own actions in the eyes of the law, so we needed to use social media responsibly and respectfully. In topic this week, we have been learning about the Mayan creation Story and we have just started to design our own comic strips to retell the story. Next week we will be making masks so please remember to save your empty milk bottles and bring them into school ( washed out). Another great week Yr6- Well done all of you!

Rosa Parks weekly class update 21/05/2021

Over the last few weeks we have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons. We have learnt about where they originally came from, how they impacted Britain – especially East Anglia – and we have found Anglo-Saxon place names on a map. We learnt that the ‘ley’ in Mundesley use to mean ‘forest clearing’ and the ‘ham’ in North Walsham meant ‘small village’. We enjoyed using Google Earth to find some more of these endings including ‘ton’, ‘stead’. Continuing our Anglo-Saxon learning, we completed some independent research to find out facts about different aspects of Anglo-Saxon life. We have started to make pop-up books which include a number of different pop-up mechanisms. These pop-up books are looking really good and we can’t wait to show you!

Today we finished our English unit ‘Star in a Jar’. We have produced some wonderful writing filled with adjectives, alliteration and similes. Take a look below at some example paragraphs written by us: ‘The sky began to boom, bang and fizz, it sounded like a volcano that was about to erupt. Tom thought to himself ‘Are the stars coming to get their little lost friend?’ Magically, the stars connected together to make a dazzling, glittering, glistening chain. It was as silver as metal. Down into the garden, they spiralled and danced, shining and lighting up the sky around them.’ ‘Tom launched a note into the starry night sky glittering, gleaming, dazzling. Engulfed in light, he could hear the flow of water, the rustling of trees in the light breeze and shuffling badgers. Cheerful, lively, elated, Tom knew the stars would reply. Tom knew his illuminated sign was the right thing to do.’

Benjamin Zephaniah weekly class update 21/05/2021

The week we have continued with our text ‘Star in the Jar’ in English. Every lesson we add sentences to our class sentence stacker. We have had some great sentences including ‘The trees sagged, the leaves wilted, the moonlight dimmed, while Tom saw that the star was sad.’ and ‘Enchantedly, the stars joined together to make a magical, sparkling, glowig chain.’

In maths this week, we have been looking at the relationship between the 2, 4 and 8 times table. We solved worded problems and even wrote our own.

We have continued with our topic on the Anglo-Saxons. The week we have been researching facts to use on a poster all about the Anglo-Saxons.