Mrs Hawes and Mrs Lund – Year 5 and 6

Autumn 2017

Week Beginning 13th November 2017


This week we found out about the system for classification developed by Carl Linnaeus known as the Linnaeus System. We then applied his levels of classification to help us play a fun game of ‘Guess Zoo?’


The invasion of Lindisfarne by the Vikings was our focus in History this week. We enjoyed hearing various accounts of how it occurred depending on whether you were a local Anglo-Saxon or a rampaging Viking. We then went on a fact hunt in small groups to locate the key information about this historical event. We are aiming to make use of our facts by writing a newspaper report about this event.


In English we have been using our editing and proof-reading skills to improve our Harry Potter themed newspaper reports. We found it was useful to colour code or edit and use the resources available to us, such as: sample newspapers; dictionaries and thesauruses. We considered where we could make use of newly learnt structures including relative clauses and use of the passive voice. We also enjoyed the opportunity to be creative when we watched a Pixar short to inspire a piece of narrative writing.

Week Beginning 6th November 2017


We demonstrated our understanding of classification by grouping animals by species and sub-categorising by other factors.


This week we reviewed the Viking raids to Britain. We discussed the timeline for key events in this period and went on a fact hunt for information about Viking Arts and Crafts; Religion and Gods; Jewellery and Clothes and Daily Life at this time. We used the information to create posters or fact files to share our understanding.

Sharing Assembly

We were delighted to share our understanding of Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution during Sharing Assembly this week. We took the opportunity to explain the terms inheritance and evolution, as well as to demonstrate how we included this knowledge within our diary excerpts written from Darwin’s point of view. During this assembly we also shared our work on Aboriginal art. We discussed the presence of specific symbols and how some of us had created dream time journeys within our final pieces.


This week, Year 5 and 6 have been demonstrating their understanding of the phrases: J’adore (I love), J’aime (I like), Je n’aime pas (I do not like) and Je deteste (I hate/ detest). They used these phrases to talk about activities they enjoy and those they do not.



We continued our new PE unit which focuses on Dance. The ongoing theme for this unit is Harry Potter and the music used is ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ taken from the film score. This week both Owl and Kingfisher class enjoyed creating their own choreography for the next 32 beats. We were trying to suggest the control and flight of a broomstick in our series of movements.

Week Beginning 31st October 2017


After our enjoyable art day (with the focus on Aboriginal art) at the end of last half term, the children were given an opportunity to revisit their final paintings. We reviewed the role of symbols and ‘Dreamtime’ stories within the Aboriginal culture and how the children had made use of these ideas in their paintings in varying degrees. Many children concluded that their ‘finished’ pieces actually required further development in the use of colour and tone, as well as the layering of various symbols and shapes.



We have begun to look at a new genre of writing this week – newspapers. We have explored the layout and key features. The children now have a better understanding of the power of a headline and why newspaper reports are ‘front-loaded’ with information. We have all begun to play with the language of headlines. Some of us have even attempted the use of puns.


This week, Year 5 and 6 have been looking into how and why computer networks work. To enhance our understanding of the connections within a network, Mrs. Bowen demonstrated using string to connect us within our own network.


We have begun our new PE unit which will focus on Dance. The ongoing theme for this unit will be Harry Potter and the music used will be ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ taken from the film score. This week both Owl and Kingfisher class enjoyed learning the choreography for the first 16 beats. We were aiming for complete unison of movement across each of the two classes.

Week beginning 16th October 2017


This week, Owl class enjoyed an art day with the focus on Aboriginal art. As part of this topic we discussed the role of symbols and ‘Dreamtime’ stories within the Aboriginal culture. The children looked at colour and tone within samples of this style of art and noticed the link between the colours used and the pigments found within the Aborigine’s environment. As a class we then experimented with various symbols, shapes and colours before applying these tested skills to create final pieces.


Topic – Our Visit to West Stow

On Tuesday, all of Key Stage 2 went on a visit to West Stow, one of England’s great archaeological sites. At West Stow we enjoyed the extensive indoor galleries and the recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village. It was wonderful to explore the history of this period via a range of archaeological finds; to watch a film about the known history of West Stow and even have an opportunity to dress up as an Anglo-Saxon. Many thanks to Mrs. Hawes for her organisation and to all the adults who gave up their time to accompany us on the trip.

Sports Crew Training

Although our new Year 5 Sports Crew have been chosen, they were unable to attend their training session due to the residential trip. To ensure that we didn’t miss out, last year’s Sports Crew agreed to attend the training in their place and take on the new role of mentors this year. In their roles as Sports Mentors they will pass on the training received from the WSSP leader Ms. Baker. The training consisted of a review of the role of the Sports Crew within school as well as opportunities to share ideas for non-competitive, competitive and inclusion activities to take back to their own schools. The six children who attended collaborated well and showed a fantastic understanding of the Sports Core Values.

Week beginning 9th October 2017

English: On Tuesday, Year 5 got to grips with our new dictionaries.

Science: In Science, we continued our work on evolution by studying Charles Darwin and his journey to The Galapagos. We then wrote diary entries in role as Darwin, before peer editing them on Friday.

STEM: On Tuesday, Year 6 enjoyed a trip to Soham Village College and took part in a range of STEM-based activities.

Forensic Science Day: Kingfisher Class loved taking part in the forensic science activities and are pleased to say that we found the guilty party! Thank to Mrs Dunham for organising such a fantastic day.

RE: In RE, we continued our work on Hinduism by studying Diwali. This included making lamps and trying some traditional food.

Week beginning 2nd October 2017

English: In English we have begun our unit of work on ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’. After reading the first two chapters, we worked in groups to find information that would aid us when writing a diary entry in role as Harry Potter.

Mathematics: In Maths, this week we have been revising written methods of addition and subtraction as well as developing our knowledge of decimals. We enjoyed playing a game to help us order decimals accurately. If you want to play this game, you can find the details here:

Homework: For homework, all the children in Kingfisher Class learnt their own versions of the Jabberwocky. These were performed in class on Wednesday afternoon.

Week beginning 25th September 2017

English Challenge: On Wednesday, a team of year sixes from Kingfisher and Owl Class took part in the English Challenge. We are delighted to have won this round and now go through to the final at Ely Cathedral.

Mathematics: In Maths, we have been working on both our problem solving skills and our ability to explain our thinking by working collaboratively.

English: We have been working in small groups to perform ‘The Jabberwocky’. This is preparation for performing our own poems next week.

PE/Maths: As part of our OAA unit, we worked together to create Roman Numerals (as we had been revising our knowledge of them during our Maths lessons).

History: In one of our History lessons this week, we investigated different Anglo Saxon artefacts – sharing our thoughts about what we thought they might be.

Science: During our science lesson, we continued to develop our understanding of evolution by learning about Charles Darwin. We enjoyed our ‘information treasure hunt’.

Week beginning 18th September 2017

Maths – We have been improving our rounding skills and ended the week by applying these in order to play a game.

Music – This week in music we learnt to play the notes ‘B’ and ‘A’. We began reading music and have even begun preparation for playing a duet.

English – We have continued writing our own versions of The Jabberwocky. On Friday we edited our poems with our learning partners.

Science – In Science this week, we continued our work on evolution by exploring the idea of adaptation. We considered the adaptive traits that particular animals and plants had which allowed them to survive in their particular habitat.

Choral Day – On Tuesday, Year 6 went with Mrs Hawes and Mrs Cowan to a choral day at Ely Cathedral. The day was ended with a fantastic concert (performed by the children) and we were delighted that many of the parents chose to attend.

Week beginning 11th September 2017

Maths – We have been revising place value and particularly enjoyed playing ‘Beat My Number’.

Grammar – In our grammar lessons, we have been thinking about what a sentence is. We worked in pairs to create a mind map and then put some of these onto our working wall.

English – In preparation for writing our own poems based on ‘The Jabberwocky’, Kingfisher Class have been creating word banks around a topic of their own choice.

PE – We have continued our OAA lessons with Mrs Everest. This week we have been working on positive teamwork interactions.

Week beginning 5th September 2017

Welcome to our first ever Kingfisher Class!

PSHE – We used Art as a way of exploring giving useful advice to each other. We then discussed how it felt to work in our comfort, challenge and panic zones.

PE – We had a go at ‘Rainforest orienteering’.

Mathematics – We explored the ‘crossing the river’ problem, with a focus on modelling the problem and recording our solutions.