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 year including some wonderful topics which will form the starting point for our learning journeys. We will start the year focusing on Ancient Greece, in the spring term we will learn about WWII and the summer term will see us focusing on Egypt and the Nile.
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.
Mr Togher, Miss Allen and I are looking forward to an exciting year ahead.
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2017 - 2018
I can’t think of a better way to spend a Friday - a lovely walk to Belton House, an art session and some science! We even spotted Bellmount Tower!
Whilst there we explored the canopy, calculated the age of the trees and also listened for their heartbeat! We also explored species diversity beneath our feet. Using our quadrants we identified and counted many fascinating species. This data will be great for using in Maths!
You can find more photos in the Gallery.
Modern Slavery Workshop
Recently we took part in a special workshop run by the charity, 'Just Enough' where we learned about slavery. Banned in 1833 due to the efforts of William Wilberforce we found out that slavery is still happening in our country and around the world; to 40-45 million people in fact. We discussed how to spot signs of modern day slavery, how to report it and learned how easily it happens. It was a fun interactive way to get across a serious message and the class were inspired by the thought that one person can change the world.
Some comments made afterwards were: "It was amazing!", "I think it is a really good workshop and it is amazing what Phil did.", "It is sad to know there are 45 million slaves.", "Today was really fun and I would love to learn more. Thank you.", "It was a great experience and excellent workshop thank you. Loved it."
What Is Faith?
We had a wonderful day at the Cathedral and Faizan E Medina Mosque in Peterborough! We learnt so much about faith and belief in two beautiful buildings.
Science Week Bridge Building Challenge
We spent great afternoon building bridges! The teams could use only 6 pieces of paper, 1m of tape and scissor. The first attempt went really well with 3/9 bridges holding the chocolate bars - one bridge held 30 of them! After the second attempt there were even more successes!
World Book Day - 'Below Zero'
Our chosen book this year is 'Below Zero' by Dan Smith, which we are thoroughly enjoying! During our English lessons we have used inference and deduction to get to know one of the main characters Sophia Diaz and during art we have designed our own front covers of the book. We shared these on Twitter and were thrilled when author Dan Smith responded. We were even more excited to receive a letter and a signed Below Zero postcard!
We have been investigating tessellation to learn about angles in regular polygons. What a great investigation and some brilliant reasoning!
The children have produced some fabulous travel guides on our theme of Antarctica. The standard of content and presentation was very high, as you can see and hear below.
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.
We have some superb writers in our class! Continuing our Victorian theme we have explored the text of 'Oliver' and written a paragraph to describe how it would feel to 'ask for more'. You can hear a great example from Millie below.
We had a super day at the Workhouse, with everyone really enjoying getting into character. It was a great experience which enabled us to have a better understanding of what it would have been like to live as a pauper during the Victorian times.
You can find more photos in the Gallery.
Hundred Word Challenge
The class were set a challenge to write about the photo of a poppy field in 100 words. Ellie composed a fabulous poem which you can hear below.
We had the opportunity to explore part of the Peak District during our recent residential visit to Castleton. During our stay we carried out a series of history and geography activities. As Roman soldiers the children developed the necessary skills and tactics to defeat the vicious Celts. Their siege engines proved very effective! The children really enjoyed their 'three rocks walk' where they discovered many different sea creatures, a red river, the secrets behind two mysterious circles and a road that decided to slide down the mountainside! The highlight of the visit was undoubtedly the exploration of the Treak Cliff Cavern where the children discovered the origins of the Blue John mining in the area. Everyone had a great time, but were really tired with all that walking!
More photos can be found in the Gallery.
Facing The Dragons' Den
Whilst the rest of the class were at Castleton, ten members of our class took part in a three day Dragons' Den project. They planned, designed and made their own inventions and then had to make a pitch to the Dragons (otherwise known as Mrs Harrison and Mrs Shales!) to see if they would invest in their ideas. They came up with some brilliant inventions and worked really hard throughout.
As part of this term's topic, 'The Workhouse', we are reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty. Keal has produced a powerful piece of writing about two characters in the book - you can hear him read it below.
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