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Tolerance Week: 15th - 19th May

 

This week, we will be exploring our value of Tolerance by hosting a school 'election'.  

Throughout the week, we will be creating party manifestos, balancing budgets and setting up a campaign trail.   

Welcome back to the Summer Term.

 

With only a mere few teaching days until SATs, we are all working incredibly hard.  

We have been revising through lots of different games.

We know how important SATs are, but Mrs Thomson also wants us to remember:

 

For Science Week 2017, our class created an 'egg drop experiment'.  Here are our finalists...

We were lucky enough to be invited to the Oxford Premier of 'War Horse'.  We were priveledged to a see a sneak preview of a few of their songs, and we met Joey.  It was a magical experience.

 

Crime Scene

On Monday 20th March 2017, Elm Class was broken in to! We were able to do a lot of detective work, as many clues were left.  

After lots of investigating, we were able to pin the crime on ...'The Highwayman'.

Science Week 2017

13th - 17th March

We have had an extreemly busy Science Week - SO FAR!

We started off the week by looking into the history of Katherine Johnson (protagonist of Hidden Figures), she calculated the trajectories, launch windows, and emergency back-up return paths for many flights from Project Mercury, including the early NASA missions of John Glenn and Alan Shepard, and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon, through the Space Shuttle program.

We then created our very own rockets and predicted their flight path based on our knowledge of trajectories.  

Last of all, we had an amazing visit from Ramesh Rameshwaran to show off some incredible chemistry!

We have been exploring the moral injustice of corporation tax evasion.  ActionAid contacted Elm class to see if we would like to trial their Key Stage 2 tax resources.  They had teamed up with SAPARE (P4C).  Elm class agreed and had a fantastic P4C session on tax.  We were so succesful that 'First News' wrote a special report about it!

Elm Class 2016-17

 

 Welcome to Elm Class

2016-17

Our sciencetopic this term, is 'Light'.

 

We started off the topic, by conducting an experiment: Does distance make a difference to the size of the shadow.

Our topic for English this term, is persuasive language. 

As we are hoping to be the first school palm oil-free school, we decided that this would be a good place to start.

After spending time researching facts and statistics, we had a structured debate.  We were producing VERY passionate arguments!

Sarah with her 3D drawing.

This term, we have been exploring the concept of ‘Freedom’.  One of our ‘Chilli Challenge’ homework pieces, was to create an artistic interpretation of ‘What freedom means to you’. 

One of our Year 6’s has created an incredibly thoughtful and creative piece.  Using her Christmas gift of a 3D pen, Sarah designed and made an image of her running at an athletics competition. This is her representation of freedom.

Making grammar fun!

We have been learning about the active and passive voice through a murder mystery game. We had to choose our characters (subject and object), a location and a murder weapon.  We then turned these into active and passive voice sentences.   Have a look at some of our examples below...

Our Subject - Cinderella
Our Object - Woody

Welcome back to the Spring Term.

Our value is Freedom - we will be exploring this topic in depth, we would love your input!

We have a very busy timetable with some exciting topics to cover.

 

This term our science topic is Electricity, we have already had an exploratory lesson, where we created working electrical circuits.  

Some of us got VERY excited when our circuit worked!

December 2016

Our science topic this term has been 'Evolution and Inheritance'.  We have been very lucky to be visited by a Professor of Archaeology from Oxford University (none other than Mrs Thomson's Dad!), who very kindly came to share his knowledge of fossils and evolution.  We were able to handle casts of a modern human skull (10,000 years old) and a cast of a Neanderthal skull (40,000 years old).  The class were also able to handle a real life fossil - which was 1 million years old!

Evolution Talk - Professor Higham

After our exciting Evolution talk, we were finally able to use our 'Balloon Drop'.  Abigail helped us to drop the balloons - which were filled with assessment questions covering our entire topic.  We did so well and were able to answer every single question!

Balloon Drop - Science Assessment

Appreciation Week

This week, we have been celebrating 'Appreciation Week'.  We have explored the value of Appreciation through many different and exciting ways! The week concluded with an 'Appreciation Postman' delivering the appreciation cards that everyone in the class had made each other.  You can see from the look on our faces, how special it was.

Appreciation Cards

Appreciation Cards

In grammar, we have been learning how to construuct sentences in both, the active and passive voice.

Junior Citizen

During their two hour visit all children experience six different safety scenarios and each child is given the opportunity to practice making a 999 telephone call. All learning sessions are designed to be interactive, where children are taught a variety of life skills which focus upon how to keep themselves safe whilst potentially helping others who may be in difficulty or distress.

Based on the controlled learning experiences provided, children are encouraged to make decisions which they may face during a real life emergency. Following attendance, each child receives a free work book to allow the learning experience to continue back at school or at home.

The Junior Citizens Trust mission statement is "to provide education to children and young persons who are residents of the County of Oxfordshire on a wide range of health and safety issues".

Learning the recovery position
Internet Safety - All is not what it seems!
Making a 999 call

The Mannequin Challenge is a viral video craze featuring people imitating mannequins and freezing for the camera while music plays in the background. Many people are sharing videos using the hashtag #MannequinChallenge.  Elm class decided to explore the theme of #powerforgood during Anti-Bullying Week 2016.  We came up with different scenarios in which children could implement the #powerforgood to make a real difference.

Stopping phone trolls
Using the #powerforgood to stop verbal abuse
Exploring cyberbullying
It's not ok!

We have moved on to exploring the evidence of evolution - fossils! 

We were lucky enough to use real-life fossils.

Fossil Exploration

During our Science and English lessons, we have been learning about Evolution and Inheritance.  We completed an experiment to show the process of adaptation:

Experiment

Elm class have been introduced to a ‘writing for pleasure’ table in our classroom. Pupils are encouraged to have a turn at the table and just…write!  It has already proved very popular with imaginations running wild.  Ask your child if they have had a turn.

We love to discuss current events during our 'P4C' sessions.  Today, we were discussing the question we created last term: 'Should we judge people based on where they are from, or what religion they follow?'.  We were debating whether the punishment handed out to Olympian Louis Smith was appropriate.  We formed our opinions based on our own knowledge of the situation, our personal views and a list of 12 undisputed facts surrounding the 'racist incident'.

We are very proud of the members of Elm Class who competed in the Inter-School athletics competition.  

We have started creating our 'Botanical Drawings' in our art lessons. 

We have learned different techniques which help us to draw accurately.  These include: drawing with a grid and incredibly, turning your picture upside down, to focus purely on the lines and shapes.

National Film Week

 

As a celebration for Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, Year 5 ad 6 were luck enough to see Steven Spielberg's production of the BFG.

Everyone came out of the theatre, awestruck.

Elm class' responses to the film:

"inspiring", breathtaking", "epic", "astonishing", "gob-smacking"

Elm class have proven themselves to be budding philosophers.  Our first P4C seesion saw us debating who the 'Odd One Out' between four very high profile politicians, as our warm up activity. 

We then went on to listen to a performance of Roald Dahl's 'The Pig', creating concept maps and encouraging philosophical discssion.

The class created a question to debate next week: Is it human instinct to be cruel to animals?'

Elm class have proven themselves to be budding philosophers.  Our first P4C seesion saw us debating who the 'Odd One Out' between four very high profile politicians, as our warm up activity. 

We then went on to listen to a performance of Roald Dahl's 'The Pig', creating concept maps and encouraging philosophical discssion.

The class created a question to debate next week: Is it human instinct to be cruel to animals?'

Elm class have been introduced to a ‘writing for pleasure’ table in our classroom. Pupils are encouraged to have a turn at the table and just…write!  It has already proved very popular with imaginations running wild.  Ask your child if they have had a turn.

ofsted e-safety