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Year 5 - Maple ARCHIVED 2015 - 2016

Welcome to Maple Class.

Your class teachers are Mrs Hill and Mrs McAdam supported by the magnificent Mrs Margrie.

Please take a look at some of the things we have been learning about.

 

This half term in Design Technology, Maple class have been designing and making moving toys using cam mechanisms. These are our finished products.
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In Maths, Maple class have been working on percentages. To deepen our understanding and learning of this concept, we set up a role play shop in the classroom We selected items to sell in our shop and priced them all up. We then held a 'flash SALE' where we reduced all of our prices by a variety of percentages. We then worked out the new prices for our products. Some of us shopped for a few items and we worked out how much savings we'd made by buying in the sale. We will now be able to shop in the sales confidently!
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Today as part of Armed Forces day, we took part in an obstacle course lead by CQMS Hitchen. The children loved being put through their paces. We also heard the bagpipes being played, were allowed to sit on one of the White Helmet's motorbikes and tried on some army kit. All in all we had a great day learning about the various roles involved in our Armed Forces
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Today Spetisbury School celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday. In the afternoon, the classes were in mixed age ranges creating  things for the celebration.. In Maple classroom we made union flags to wave and decorated plates (for our cake). The year five children were excellent teachers, helping the younger children to make their flags. We also made a page to go into a special birthday card to send to the Queen. We think it will bring a smile to her face! We then had cake and a drink and sang the national anthem. Finally we sang a big Happy Birthday to her Majesty. We all enjoyed the celebration.

 

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On Thursday Maple and Oak class visited 'Streetwise' in Weymouth.

At the start of our day we took a safety quiz to find out what we already knew about keeping safe.

We were then taken into a section of the fire station which was set up like the inside of a house.

Different dangerous scenarios were reconstructed and acted out (in a safe manner) and we learnt how to

prevent these situations from happening, also what to do if some of these situations did actually happen

in our homes. We learnt about the importance of smoke alarms and having a fire plan of action.

From safely behind reinforced glass, we saw just how quick a fire can take hold and learnt how to call the

fire brigade. 

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After lunch, we went outside to a mock up of a typical street. Here we learnt all about road safety.

We learnt about the importance of wearing a helmet when cycling and even Jeff had his own helmet and jacket!

We all had a turn at driving the mobility scooters and feel we are definitely more street wise!

At the end of the day we retook the safety quiz and you'll be pleased to know that we increased our score from 60% to a very impressive 95% showing just how much we'd learnt! Please ask us for some tips on keeping safe.

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In Maths this week, we applied our knowledge of multiples by playing 'The Multiples Game'.                                

Having a good recall of our multiplication tables certainly helped with this. Some of us developed super strategies to     block our opponents  and worked strategically to achieve four in a row.                                                              

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This week week we have been looking at the properties of 3D shapes. We have focussed on the faces, edges and vertices of various shapes. We then looked at the nets of 3D shapes. We enjoyed constructing 3D shapes from nets and Polydron. We are now able to recognise the nets of various 3D shapes and achieved fullmarks in the Espresso 3D shape quiz!
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This week in our spelling lesson we have been trying to master the 'i before e except after c' rule.

We have looked at different guidelines for using this tricky rule and have found lots of words that follow the rule but also some exceptions. We have made up memorable sentences to help us remember some of these words. We then made some posters giving guidance and top tips to help us use this rule in our spellings.

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In Science this week we have been looking at the planets. We have carried out some research using books and the internet. We then presented our learning using ICT. Some of us have created factfiles on our planet and some of us have made a 'What Planet Am I?' lift the flap quiz. Can you guess the planet from our well researched clues?
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This term the children are being introduced to our new French scheme of work 'Early Start French'.

Not only will they be learning to speak, read and write in French, but they will also be given an insight into the French culture through video clips, photos and songs etc.

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at exactly where France is and how we could possibly get there.

We then thought about what we would expect to see on arrival in France. While we were thinking about this, we had a little taster of some typically French food. We tasted some brioche, croissants, baguettes and boursin cheese.

We all agreed that they were very tasty!

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We are starting the Summer Term off with some exciting science work on 'Fabulous Forces'. We conducted a science investigation, to investigate which factors affect the speed at which a parachute will fall to the ground. We looked at the size of parachute, amount of weight attached to it and the material it is made from. Working in small groups, we planned the investigation, to ensure that it was a fair test. Next, we made the parachutes and finally we went outside and dropped the parachutes from the castle in the school play ground. We used the i pads to time how long it took for the parachutes to fall to the ground. After recording our results, we then returned to the classroom to interpret these. We concluded that the larger the parachute, the longer it took to fall to the ground; the smaller the amount of weight, the longer it took to fall to the ground and that the bin bag parachute fell to the ground more slowly than the fabric and sugar paper one. The class thoroughly enjoyed the investigation and have learnt a lot about the forces of gravity and air resistance from this work. 
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On Tuesday mornings, we are having tennis coaching. We have been learning how to perform a forehand accurately by moving our feet into the correct position, pointing at the ball and hitting it smoothly. We are good at standing in the 'ready position' when we are waiting to receive the ball. In just a short space of time, we have improved our tennis skills lots and have some good players in the class. We are also developing our Athletic skills, ready for sports day. This week, we were improving our sprinting technique. We have some very fast runners, so our races are very entertaining. 
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We went to Leeson House and had a brilliant time. We did lots of exciting activities such as: walked from Leeson House to Worth Matravers where we conducted a village study. We also did a night walk, visited Corfe Castle, did pond dipping, orienteering and team building activities. It was great fun and we learnt lots as well as developed our team building skills. We slept in Dormitories, which was fun too. We had to make our own beds, which was a challenge for some of us! While we were away, it was Hannah's birthday, so we all had some yummy chocolate cake to celebrate!

 

This week in school we have been comparing our village of Spetisbury with Worth Matravers. We came up with lots of great similarities and differences, which has shown how much we learnt. from our stay away.

 

Here is a slide show to show a selection of the activities we did.  

We all dressed up as Pirates during Book week. Our costumes were amazing. We all wrote amazing pirate stories and designed fantastic sea monsters, which were part of our stories. We also did some pirate orienteering around the school grounds, which we really enjoyed. At the end of each day, we heard different stories, which was a lovely end to the day.
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This week we have been learning about Capacity in Numeracy.

We have been converting metric units, solving problems, investigating, estimating and measuring accurately.

This term we have been learning about the Groovy Greeks.
In P.E. as well as playing Indoor Hockey, we have choreographed a War Dance.
Picture 1 In P.E. we have created a war dance
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In Art and Design we have designed, made and decorated Greek pots.

 

 

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