Welcome To Sambar!
Welcome to Year 5, we are named after the proud Sambar deer from China and Southeast Asia.
There will be lots of things to look forward to this term including the new exciting topic of WW11 which will form the starting point for our learning journey.
Being in Year 5 means more responsibilities and opportunities to support others across the school. We expect a lot from Sambar class; we expect them to be good role models for younger children in the school, have high expectations of themselves and work hard to fulfil their potential. In encouraging the children to do this we will be using the Belmont Learning Powers of resilience, resourcefulness, relating to each other and being reflective.
Miss Allen and I are looking forward to an exciting term ahead.
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Developing Our Musical Skills
We have used this picture of refugees to help us develop our music skills this term. In groups the children composed music to tell the story and mood, thinking about melody, tempo, rhythm, pitch and duration. The children devised some very thoughtful and effective pieces.
The National Holocaust Centre
Our class, along with Taruca, had an incredible day at the National Holocaust Centre. We followed the journey of Leo, a German Jewish boy who travelled to England and safety on the Kindertransport in 1938. We had the opportunity to explore the different rooms which portray his story and examine artifacts from the period. In the afternoon, we listened to Steven Mendelsson who was forced to undertake the journey when he was a child. As we left the centre, we placed a stone in the pile in memory of the Jewish children who died during the war.
More photos can be found in the Gallery.
This term we are exploring the topic of refugees through the picture book, 'The Island' written by Armin Greder. It has inspired some very thoughtful discussions on what it means to be an outsider and the children produced some wonderful vocabulary that could be used in their writing. Having read the book, we compared the viewpoints of the Outsider and the Islanders and then re-told the story as a flashback. You can read and hear some super examples below.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
We have thoroughly enjoyed reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this term. So much so. we devoted a whole day to re-create the factory - with gigantic sweets, golden tickets, chocolate bars and even toadstools! We also produced fabulous news reports which are on display around the school.
Third Space Learning
We are very excited that our class is taking part in Third Space Maths Learning this year. In liaison with the class teacher, each child taking part is provided with personalised teaching which is linked to work taking place in the classroom and involves reasoning and problem solving. Everyone really looks forward to the session each week!
For more information about Third Space Learning, please click here.
The Sound Of Music!
We are really enjoying our music sessions on a Tuesday morning with Mr Crawford from the Lincolnshire Music Service. Our violins and violas are sounding great!
We have been enjoying learning all about the ancient Greeks; story telling the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, making clay pots and learning about what the ancient Greeks did for us. The children have also created some wonderful homework projects linked to our work on the ancient Greeks including some wonderful sculptures and 3D models.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the recent workshop with Chaila, where they had the opportunity to learn more about the Islamic faith.
Gravity Fields Festival
We were very lucky to visit the Gravity Fields Festival where we were involved in the primary discovery sessions. We enjoyed many activities including seeing the museum of the moon in St Wulfram’s Church, having a go in the Anti-Gravity box, going into the Space Dome and exploring the University of Hull’s science fair. The children loved it and found out a lot about science, especially Space, which they will be focusing on next term.
Our Class Display
One of our first tasks this term has been to create a display to represent our class name, Sambar. We used a picture of a Sambar deer with a grid on top to help us sketch pictures onto a blank grid. We were also given a section of the deer to complete using chalk pastels and put them together like a jigsaw to create a class picture we all contributed to. We think it looks great!
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