Class 5 Trinity
Spring Term 2020
Week beginning 16th March.
Today we started the week off with some arithmetic strategies and then moved on to look out persuasive writing. We were thinking about emotional adjectives, rhetorical questions and cause and effect conjunctions. We are all going to be writing a persuasive advert about a country of our choice for our Going Global topic.
This afternoon it was fantastic to share the home learning projects that the class have been doing. These were inspired by our science week on Forces and Flight. The children were allowed to choose an area which they had found interesting during the science week and to further their own knowledge and understanding. Today’s session was great in celebrating these projects but more importantly allowed the children to learn from each other too. Well done.
Science Week - visit from TT Electronics
We had a fantastic morning with TT Electronics this morning. We learned about the different forces involved with an aircraft’s flight and the range of methods used to control an aircraft’s flight path We put our new knowledgeable to the test as we adjusted the elevators ailerons and rudder of a toy plane before flying it
TTElectronics then set us a brilliant challenge - we had to build the tallest, strongest tower that we could using only spaghetti and tape. We had twenty minutes to design and build our structures.
Science week - day three
In class five this morning the children have had chance to plan their own independent forces investigations. The class was buzzing with enthusiasm and it was great to see them managing balloon rocket races, confidently using Forcemeters and recording their results.
Science week - day two.
Day two of our forces and flight week and we’ve been busy with some more active learning. Year 5 children have been learning about simple mechanisms and should now be able to explain how about pulleys, gears and levers. They were quite surprised at how many of these they come across in everyday life. We talked about wheelbarrows, spanners, see-saws, bicycles and even watches.
The year 6 children had the opportunity for some outdoor learning with Mrs Harvest. They experimented with forces in water, sinking, floating and water resistance.
This afternoon we were lucky enough to have a visitor from the Devon Air Ambulance. Finding out how forces and flight are key in saving lives in our area.
Some of the amazing facts we found out included:
* they can get to nearly the whole county in 5 minutes
* the helicopters can fly at an amazing 160 mph
* the air ambulance helicopter has priority with air traffic control over every single aeroplane ...apart from one the Queen is flying in!
* Night vision goggles help the pilots to see for up to 5 miles and cost a whopping £18,000
To finish our afternoon off we all shared some flight songs and then linked sound and vibration forces in our learning.
We had a fantastic start to Science week this morning with a visit from Mr Penfold and Cassius the Harris hawk. Mr Penfold explained the concepts of gravity, lift, drag and aerodynamic shapes.
Cassius showed us these concepts in action as he flew across the hall and the playground.
Liberty said “ The shape of the bird’s wings was called Aerofoil”
Nelson was surprised how similar the hawk was to the planes he flies on.
Tom “ When I rubbed a paper clip against a 🧲 the paper clip got magnetised”.
Tom W learnt that it takes longer for the air to pass over the curved edge of a wing than the flat edge.
Martin investigated about the size of the blades of his paper spinner, as the blades got longer it took more time for the spinner to reach the ground.
Sammy wants to carry her paper spinner investigation on to see how big the blades need to be before it won’t spin.
Week beginning 24th February.
This week we have all had the fantastic opportunity to learn from each other. Over the half-term break the children all chose countries to prepare presentations on. This was for our “Going Global” topic. We have been so impressed with the speeches that the children prepared and with the confidence they displayed in sharing their learning with each other. We’ve been able to compare climates, terrains, global locations, transport links, food, currency, languages and so much more. It has also been a great opportunity for the children to appreciate how the lives of their friends are similar and different to their own. Some of the class were able to explain how at home they speak in a different language all the time! The class adults have also learnt a great deal and have definitely been inspired for their next holidays 😃. A huge well done Trinity Class.
Week beginning 10th February
This week we continued our extended our work on electricity as we investigated serial and parallel circuits. We used our new ‘Hot Wires’ sets to create a range of different circuits- including building a radio!
R.E. - A Walk Through the Old Testament
We really enjoyed our final session with Mrs Ashcroft, studying many of the key characters and amazing stories from the Old Testament.
We have used a short film sequence called Alma to act as inspiration for our writing. This has helped us to think about techniques such using hyperbole and oxymorons. Ask us what SHAMPOO stands for !
Below are some examples of our work :
She pondered at the window. It looked like a monster. Grrrr! An evil monster. There were little sage green leaves that were tiles. There were three panes of glass with frost gathering on them. It was beautifully hideous and invitingly scary. James R
The window icy and spine shivering it looked like a gigantic monster roaming for its next victim. It was dim and dark like a demon’s soul... It was the worst experience I ever had. Then a familiar figure appeared it was, it was ME... At that moment I knew something was wrong. By Adam Norman
she smiled.Alma ran back to the shop like the wind and the keen child opened the door. She paused, she glared.The young girl was fascinated by the dull shop.There was a creak and a scrape one step after another. And another.She jogged a little.But stood on something.That something was a doll an exquisite doll riding a bicycle.The child stood it up and it quickly scurried to the door.She looked back up.It was gone.Completely.
Our new topic “Going Global” is a really exciting topic with lots of opportunities for us to learn about life in other countries, the many different cultures and customs from around the world, as well as making many links to different areas of the curriculum. In art, we have started by looking at a variety of African patterns and artefacts, exploring inspiration from animals, wildlife and the local environment. See the pictures below:
SEEDLINGS (THE GAMBIA) ASSEMBLY WITH RUTHY
We had an update today from Ruthy, comparing life for a child in The Gambia with life for a child in the UK. Ruthy shared lots of photographs of children from the school and told us about school life, homes, and food.
Week beginning Monday 13th January
Now that we are all settled back in at school our learning has really picked up. In literacy this week we have started a unit of work about a short film called Alma. We’ve been experimenting with different adjectives and figurative language to describe a particular scene in the film. In Maths we have been learning about Ratio, the power of yet has certainly been important but we’ve made real progress and are now feeling more confident to solve these types of problem.
On Wednesday afternoon Mrs Ashcroft joined us for the first of our sessions walking through the Bible. We learnt about 9 characters from the beginning of the Old Testament. The session was very active and engaging. Who would have guessed that Maltesers, spaghetti, marshmallows and arm wrestling would help us to understand the Bible stories. See if you can remember the different actions to share at home.
Here are some letters to remind you!
Our topic for the Autumn Term 2019 is all about the local area, with a 'WOW' start in Georgeham - the Year 5 residential trip. Please refer to the attached topic plan for more details of curriculum coverage linked to our topic this term.
Week beginning 16th December
Over the last few weeks we have been studying and comparing Christmas adverts. We have looked at 'Mog's Christmas Calamity',
'Love from Mrs. Claus' and this year's Edgar the dragon advert. We evaluated the impact of the sound track and the imagery from the Spanish Christmas Lottery advert from 2015. We then brought the central character 'Justino' to life, writing a diary extract for few magical days in the advert.
Here are some of our extracts:
Justino here. 10pm - my alarm clock screeches again! Another day, or should I say night, of work about to begin. It's pitch black outside, but bright on the bus. Camia has fallen asleep on my shoulder again, but to tell the truth it makes me feel appreciated. As I open the door of the gloomy factory, loneliness smothers me. I clock in and head for the lift!
By the time I get to my office, it's 11.20pm and time for my rounds. I just hope that the torch in my battery doesn't run out. As I pass a conveyor belt, I hear a creak...I spin around...and it's ...a mannequin!! I carry on and come to a desk; I see a picture of a lady and her dog - it reminds me of the power of friendship.
Justino here. 10pm, so that means an hour of travel. At this point I'm used to it; I feel like an owl...a lonely owl!
(Ah Patrick, you always fall asleep on me!)
I'm just going to bring a radio with me for company. Hoping to see the mannequins sooner or later, hopefully sooner!
Finally checked all of the mannequins, just about to take a group selfie with them. Still wish I had real colleagues...like I used to!
Tomorrow is going to be Carmen's birthday; it's going to be fun for her...I'll make sure of that!
We finished the week by creating our own IMovie Christmas adverts!
We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a happy and healthy 2020!
Week beginning 2nd December.
On Wednesday we enjoyed a science morning with Lundy Class. We were learning about out teeth and the digestive system. Who knew it could be so much fun finding out about the oesophagus and intestines? Maybe it was hearing a teacher say “poo” that was most exciting!
Week beginning 25th November
Trinity Class worked together as a team to make Christingles for our special service. We each worked with younger children to help them create their own Christingles too.
Today Sophie from Edukid came in to talk to us about the work of Edukid. We found out about the life of children in Cambodia and our sponsor child Sup Sopheap who is 9 years old. She taught us several phrase in Khmer, sus-a-day means hello! If we were counting to 5 we would say Moi, Be, Bi, Boen and Bram.
Beauty and the Beast
Trinity Class have been studying Geraldine McCaughrean’s beautiful traditional tale, Beauty and the Beast. We looked at a wide range of writers’ tools including similes, metaphors, alliteration, personification and contrasts. We also spent time thinking about Beauty and the Beast as am analogy of the key themes of the book.
Our film reviews for Abominable.
Abominable. The great journey. Wriiten by Madison.
The plot of this film includes a teenager called Yi, who finds a yeti on her roof. Yi names him Everest. Yi and her two friends, Jin and Peng, go on a magical journey through a hot desert, down the Yellow river to take Everest home. His home is in the Himalayas, a wealthy collector wants the magical yeti too.
I think this film is very magical and should be recommended for all ages. I love the film because it is very musical and it has a great message which is to never give up. I think this is the best movie. I actually have no negatives to say which is amazing! I would definitely watch it again and especially hope there is an Abominable 2.
An Abominable adventure. Written by Lacey.
This magical movie is a poweful animation. There are a number of key characters: Peng, who is dreaming of being a basketball player, Jin who is just addicted to his phone and Yi. Yi is a good and kind friend.
Music plays a key part in the film as Yi plays the violin. This creates magic but also acts on the audience in a powerful way. It made me feel like we should all believe in ourselves.
This animation was released in September 2019. I loved Everest the yeti (hummed by Rupert Gregson Williams) and also Yi - voiced by Chloe Bennet.
I would definitely recommend this film. I think it was aimed at young children but most would get something out of it. This amazing film is 97 minutes long which is probably just right. If Abominable 2 comes out I will be so happy!
Abominable...just an animation? Written by Kai.
The film Abominable is an extrememly entertaining animation movie and is about a young yeti who is yearning to get home to Mount Everest, the highest altitude on Earth. With Yi (Chloe Bennet) and her two cousins Peng (Albert Tsai) and Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) accompanying the yeti, newly named Everest, on a mission to unite him to his habitiat.
In my opinion despite this film being rated U/PG I think it is suited to people of any age and anyone would thoroughly enjoy it.
If Abominable 2 were to come out there's no doubt I would watch it.
Class Assembly November 13th.
Well done Trinity Class. What a great assembly and what a busy term we’re having! It was so good to see you all presenting so clearly and confidently. A special mention of all the technology too. The films and animations you had created to demonstrate your learning were outstanding and extremely informative. I’m sure the song about percentages will rattle around your heads for a while too 😀
Trinity and Lundy classes had a brilliant day visiting Ilfracombe. We walked around the town looking at features we would expect to find in a coastal town. We considered the impact of the local industries- particularly tourism and fishing.
In the afternoon we visited the Embassy Cinema to watch the film Abominable, courtesy of the fantastic Into Film initiative.
Appledore book festival - Guy Bass
We enjoyed a fantastic talk from author Guy Bass this morning. He entertained us with stories from his childhood and inspired us to explore the world of our imaginations for our own story ideas. He brought to life an excerpt from his new book The Unimaginary Friend, we can’t wait to discover the new worlds that Skeleton Keys will find!
st. George’s House
We had an amazing week at St. George’s House - rock climbing, surfing, canoeing, orienteering and fencing to name but a few of the activities. Everyone faced their own challenges.. We all stepped out of our comfort zones, gave it some ‘grrr’ and achieved some awesome successes!! What a fantastic week, we certainly ‘lived life to the full’! John 10:10 A huge thank you to the wonderful staff at St. George’s House for helping us to make some truly epic memories!