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This half term our learning question is, 'What did the Romans ever do for us?'
We have begun this topic by exploring the different invasions that the Romans made from their base in France and looking at how roads and transport systems were developed.
In art, we have been looking at the history of mosaics. Did you know that it was actual the Ancient Greeks that developed mosaicing? The Romans liked the designs and processes so they continued and further developed this way of working.
At the very start of this academic year, we welcomed Donna (school nurse) into our class to deliver our RSE lesson. We focused on two different session, one looking at 'Growing and Changing' and the other about 'Human Reproduction'. These were very informative session and we learnt a lot.
As part of our adventure sessions, we developed our knowledge of route planning and risk assessing and devised our own self-led journey. We were dropped off in Clappersgate before navigating our way over Todd Crag and Loughrigg and finally ending up back at school. When we returned to school we pitched our tents ready for our overnight camp.
We were then joined by a friendly Viking who showed us how to hunt wild boar, grind wheat and defend ourselves - Viking style!
Following a good nights sleep, Maple took to the the high course at Brockhole's Tree Top Treks. Lots of laughter could be heard as we made our way over and across all of the obstacles and down the zipwires.
We really enjoyed taking part in our open water swimming challenge at Coniston. We practised our life saving skills by learning how to correctly position ourselves if we were to help someone in danger as well as which pieces of equipment could be used. Throwing the ropes accurately proved to be a challenge but with some practise we all manages to 'rescue' our partners in the end.
After lunch, we took to the water. It was pleasantly warm and we all enjoyed taking part in the different challenges set for us by Jacqui.
This half term we are taking part in Adventure Mondays!
Over the last couple of weeks we have been developing our first aid skills and taking part in scenarios with Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue. We have also practised our map reading skills by navigating our way around an orienteering course at Guards Wood in Coniston and taking part in a whole class walk up Lingmoor Fell.
This half term our learning question is, ‘Why do people visit the Lake District?’
To begin this topic we had a very enjoyable day at Coniston with WaterPark. Using rafted canoes, we sailed to Peel Island (otherwise known as Wild Cat Island in the famous book Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome). It was a brilliant day and we worked well as team to navigate our way there and back. When we got back to WaterPark, we had a go at some kayaking before ending the day very wet after doing some pier jumping!
Maple have been super busy with lots of outdoor learning opportunities being taken this week. We have been looking at Ramadan and Eid in our RE lessons and celebrated them by making and baking rotis on the campfire in the forest. In our maths lessons we have been looking at problem solving and reasoning and took part in some very enjoyable activities which involved lots of teamwork and thinking 🙂🔥🌳
This half term our learning question is, ‘How come the Victorians were so inventive?’
Our class text is The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler.
Who doesn't love an Easter scavenger hunt?!
We had to use our knowledge of coordinates, grid references and compass points to navigate our way around a challenging scavenger hunt. The aim was to find all of our teams coloured blocks, which we could then 'cash in' for treats to fill our Easter baskets. Lots of fun had by all (and lots of brilliant maths on show!)
After we had tested our structures against the powers of an earthquake, we finished our learning on natural disasters by simulating a wild fire. This involved us lighting a small area of ground around the structures and watching how wind speed and direction propelled the flames towards the structures. It was amazing how quickly the wind direction could change the path of the fire (and how fast the structures turned to ash!)
In DT we were set the challenge to design and make a structure which would withstand an earthquake. We were given limited supplies and had to use all of the items wisely to make the tallest and strongest structure. We had to work well as a team - as bonus points were awarded for team spirit and perseverance!
To test the structures, they were put under a series of earthquake simulations (Mr Pegg and a tray full of tennis balls!) to determine which were the most structurally sound. All the teams did really well and after much discussion and evaluation it was deemed all structures were successful.
In our art lessons, we have been looking at the artist Hokusai. In particular, we have been studying his work, 'The Great Wave'.
We began by revisiting the colour wheel and developed our knowledge on tertiary colours and those that can be defined as warm and cool on the wheel. We then used different media (pencils, water colours, wax and pastels) to create our own warm/cool coloured pictures in the theme of the sun and the moon.
After experimenting with different colour combinations and medias, we then went on to recreate our own
pop-art version of Hokusai's 'Great Wave'.
This half term our topic questions is, 'What are the causes and impact of natural disasters?'
We began by researching different types of natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes) before creating detailed information texts on them.
We then moved on to think about what it would be like if we were part of a natural disaster response team. We looked at lots of different pictures as well as making decisions about what our priorities would be when attending a disaster area. We took it in turns to be in the 'hot seat' and questioned by our classmates; this really helped up develop our ideas and vocabulary for when we wrote a diary extract.
To finish off the Autumn term, we have been looked at the all time classic 'A Christmas Carol'. We have explored the reasons why Scrooge felt the way he did about Christmas and made predictions about what the three spirits would show him. Finally, we concluded the piece of work by watching 'The Muppets Christmas Carol' to compare the two tales.
We have really enjoyed reading our two class texts this half term. As part of our learning, we have been creating our own 'wonders' taking inspiration from both texts. So far we have written about what would power our own emporiums; a war themed room, in honour of Remembrance Day; added backstories for Sharpe and Mr Silver to the 'Library of Souls' and finally a new city engineered from our imaginations. Over the next few weeks we will finish our books by writing two final rooms: an acorn small world and a Christmas themed finale.
23rd November 2020
This half term in Science, Year 5 and 6 have been looking at the topic 'Materials'. We have spent time recapping the properties of materials before investigating which materials work well as thermal and electrical conductors/insulators and which are soluble/insoluble. We have had to plan the experiments taking into account the principles of fair testing and revisiting our understanding of independent, dependent and controlled variables. When collecting our results we have created tables and graphs to show our data and analyse our results.
11th November 2020
Today we have been remembering our war heroes by taking part in a Remembrance service and by creating a display of handmade poppies on our school gate. We really enjoyed taking part in a webinar to learn about World War 1 and it definitely made us think about the sacrifices that were made.
9th - 13th November 2020
We enjoyed taking part in Maths Week 2020 by participating in lots of problem solving and reasoning activities throughout the week. We had to work as a team and really dig into our reserves of perseverance and resilience to tackle some of the problems presented to us.
This half term we will be looking at the question, 'Who else lives in a world like ours?'
We will be studying the texts 'The Nowhere Emporium' by Ross MacKenzie and 'The Strangeworlds Travel Agency' by L.D Lapinski.
14th October 2020
In our class text 'The Wild Way Home', the two main characters cooked hazelnuts on a fire... which gave us an idea - what could we cook on a fire? Cue lots of discussions about favourite camp fire cuisine and recipes. We finally settled on making soup and bread - from scratch! The end product was declared 'delicious'. Maple were able to identify lots of different learning taking place - from history and science through to maths and DT. The level of teamwork was brilliant to see and we also managed to tick lots off in our Skill Tree Passport! A very enjoyable morning in the woods!
7th October 2020
In RE, we have been looking at lots of different celebrations from around the world. Today, we looked at Sukkot (the Jewish harvest festival) and learnt about the Sukkah. Sukkahs are traditional made with 3 sides and all the materials used are natural. We decided that we would try and create our own miniature versions using materials found in our school grounds.
We enjoy going outside to complete various activities during the day. We often go outside to take part in problem solving challenges such as the 'Number Circle' and 'Build It Up'.
14th September 2020
Maple enjoyed a very pre-historic day with Ro from WoodMatters. We travelled back to the Stone Age where we discovered how to make Stone Age axes and cord, experienced working with copper, got creative pigment painting as well as developing our hunter gather skills. We also learnt about the Stone Age to Iron Age timeline and how skills and knowledge progressed during this time. A really brilliant day was had by all and it was such a great way to kick start our half term topic.
11th September 2020
In our art lessons, we have been looking at Stone Age paintings. We have looked at where they have been found and the meanings behind what was drawn.
Using natural resources found within our school grounds, we created our own pigments before drawing hand prints and symbols on to the school building using moss and twigs.
This half term, Maple are studying The Stone Age with our questions being 'What can we tell about the Stone Age from what they left behind?'
We will be looking at the text 'The Wild Way Home' by Sophie Kirtley. Our class reading book will be 'Holes' by Louis Sachar.