Welcome to Bluebell Class. Our teacher is Miss Sell and she is supported by Mrs Coldicott and Mrs Husk.
Mrs Coldicott takes our class when Miss Sell is having her planning time and Mrs Davies takes the class when Miss Sell has her Assistant Headteacher release time.
We will be holding auditions next week. Practise from the scripts and use the short YouTube clip to help you to practise your singing performance.
The characters here may not be the character you want to be, but we will be looking at your voice projection, expression and animation. It's your time to impress me!!
www.myminimaths.co.uk (amazing for general practice, generates worksheets)
(fun maths related games)
www.topmarks.co.uk (amazing for general practice through games)
www.sumdog.com (fun maths related games)
www.timestables.me.uk (a free online times table test)
www.grammar-monster.com (for all your grammar needs including tests and definitions to help understanding)
www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zv48q6f (good all-rounder)
www.topmarks.co.uk (good all-rounder)
www.primarygamesarena.com/Subjects/English (fun English related games)
Today we took part in the Setpoint K'Nex Challenge. We were given the brief of producing a crane that could lift a bucket up and onto a box. We worked in pairs to create our own cranes and then tested them. Our class winners were Lucy C and Charlotte!
This week we have worked really hard to create a first draft of our own creative stories. We made a plan and then used all the skills we have developed over the term to create each section of the story. We then worked with a peer to have a final read through and edit our work before producing our final drafts.
Today we set up our science investigations to find out what conditions mean that mould grows quicker. We had to think about which variable we would change and which needed to stay the same to keep it a fair test.
Some of us were testing if bread in the light or dark will grow mould the quickest; some are testing the temperature the bread is kept at with bread placed outside, in the fridge, at room temperature or even on a radiator; some groups are testing if a damp or dry piece of bread will grow mould the quickest.
We look forward to observing the changes in our pieces of bread over the next week.
Today was World Book Day and in Bluebell Class we spent the day being inspired by the classic book 'Alice in Wonderland'. We thought about what a 'Wonderland' was and then designed our own Wonderland. We then analysed the way the author C. S. Lewis showed how Alice entered into her Wonderland and we used it to inspire our own writing. Finally, we joined Alice in Numberland and solved lots of problems related to the story of Alice in Wonderland. We had a fab day and all looked fantastic in our costumes!
Today year 5 and 6 were lucky to be joined by a Hockey Coach, who will be coming to deliver 3 sessions. They worked hard and wrapped up against the cold conditions outside!
After learning lots of new grammatical skills in our English lessons over the last half term, we are now combining them all and writing our own stories. We have planned out our ideas and have worked hard this week to write a section at a time, remembering to edit and improve as we go. Here are some examples of our writing so far:
We have been learning about the structure of the Earth in IPC. So far we have made a paper model to learn about the different layers of the Earth and have written a description of our journey through the layers to the centre of the Earth. Today we used our modelling skills and made a plasticine model of the earth, we particularly enjoyed the dramatic moment when we cut through our spheres to reveal the layers we'd built up. We were trying really hard to make our models accurate and make sure the layers represented their thickness well.
On Friday Year 6 made the exciting trip to The O2 Arena in London to take part in the Young Voices Choir, the largest school choir concert in the world. They have been practicing in class for months to prepare for this concert and had to learn several songs and dance moves to join in with the other 7705 pupils from other primary schools. They performed songs by Ed Sheeran, Toto, Stevie Wonder and Rag'n' Bone Man and more alongside artists such as jazz singer Natalie Williams, vocal harmony stars the M4gnets, and Alfie Sheard.
The children (and adults) had an amazing day and enjoyed the unique experience singing together and performing in one of the world’s greatest arenas alongside professional artists brings.
Details about the Young Voices choir can be found here: http://www.youngvoices.co.uk/about/young-voices/
This week Year 6 have spent time revising the skill of short division in their maths lessons. We learnt how to use manipulatives to help us solve these questions!
In English we have been working really hard to identify and use authors skills from a variety of different genres. We ended the week writing our own setting description based around a haunted mansion we explored together.
During our RE lesson this week, we learnt about the miracles of Jesus. We discussed the difference between magic and miracles and then, in groups, we acted out a different miracle. These included: feeding the 5000, the parting of the sea, turning water into wine.
This week we have been really busy with Christmas crafting - here we are using colour gradients to make our 2018 calendars to take home.
Today we walked to church for our Christingle Service. Year 6 were fantastic role models as they walked with their Year 1 buddy. They also represented Hillmead fantastically as they held their Christingles during the service.
Today Year 5 and 6 were invited to Birchwood School to watch their Christmas production of Annie. We really enjoyed the opportunity to see older students showcasing their talents.
Today we carried out the Science investigations we had planned the week before. We were aiming to find out which biscuit is the best for dunking and we planned our own way to investigate this in groups. Some of our methods worked well, some of us had to re plan and adapt our initial ideas.
This week we have been analysing and writing our own poems. We studied Rudyard Kipling's poem 'if' and thought about how the poet managed to create a poem that provided advice. We then thought hard about the advice we would give to Olympic Athletes on Tuesday and constructed our own poems. By Wednesday we were thinking about the advice that could be given to a Hillmead pupil starting in Year 6.
Here are some examples of what we produced:
We received an exciting package of letters from our German Pen Pals (who go to school in Friedberg) and this week we wrote our replies to them - we look forward to their next letters already!
This week Year 6 went on their week long residential trip to Hilltop in Norfolk. We all had a fantastic time, completed lots of challenging and exciting activities and built our teamwork skills throughout the week.
During the week we took part in: Trust activities, The Vertical Challenge, The Assault Course, Archery, Crate Stacking, Mountain Biking, The Super Swing, Coastal Erosion, Orienteering, Tree Top Trail, Team Tasks, The Big Zipper, Owls and Mice and our Disco!
Here are just a few pictures of us getting stuck into our week:
We have been really busy in Year 6 learning how to identify and write using the passive and active voice. This was really tricky and we have done really well to master this skill.
We have also been learning about different theories about how planets move in science.
Today Year 5 and 6 took part in the K'nex challenge, delivered by SETPOINT:
'The challenge encourages the pupils to develop and demonstrate their problem solving skills, their imagination, creativity and ingenuity as well as early project management skills. The pupils start the challenge by drawing their ideas first and then building their solution, adapting their initial designs as they learn what works and what doesn’t!'.
Year 5 split into pairs and set to work creating a bridge that would hold a 50g weight, span the length of an A4 piece of paper and include a mechanism that allowed it to move to allow ships through. The groups worked hard and created a variety of bridges - the instructor commented on how original some designs were!
Year 5 busy building bridges:
Some of our IPC topic activities in action...