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 Ancient Egypt 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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Emotional Wellbeing Workshop
We had a great morning with Jane and Cheris from Healthy Minds learning about Emotional Wellbeing. We began by talking about different kinds of emotions and the way our body feels when we are worried about something. We went on to think about things that make us feel happy and people who are important to us. Finally we tried some breathing exercises to help us feel calm.
Our Egyptian day with Partake launched our new series of learning journeys based on Ancient Egypt. During the morning, all of the children explored different artefacts, smells and often gory process of mummification and in the afternoon re-enacted an Egyptian Burial service. Everyone is now keen to begin exploring the legacy of Tutankhamun in further detail.
The Day The War Came
Our final piece of work on the topic of refugees was based on the book, 'The Day The War Came' by Nicola Davies. This is a very powerful and thought provoking story about a refugee child and what happens to her when she flees to safety. In pairs, the children used their D&T skills to design and make their own small chairs and we all worked together to make a large chair for our display.
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 amazing, but reflective opportunity to go and visit the National Holocaust Centre. This fitted in with this term's topic 'Star of Fear, Star of Hope', focusing on the Kindertransport and the Jews during WW2. The trip gave the children the opportunity to follow the fictional story of Leo, made up of true events by real people who actually used the Kindertransport. This trip enabled them to really understand what it was like during that time and giving them the chance to use their knowledge in their work back at school. The trip finished by watching a video of a survivor, Steven Mendelsson, talking to us about his life during that time. This brought the whole day together, to listen to someone talking about a real life experience. Our pupils made us proud the whole day; the respect and consideration they showed for others was phenominal.
More photos can be found in the Gallery.
To find out more about the National Holocaust Centre, please click HERE.
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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