Photos below of last week's visit from Mrs Whitefield's brother, who has lived in France for many years and speaks French fluently. As you can see, the children enjoyed a French breakfast and the Year 6s even got to go down to Merlins to play some French counting games!
Week beginning Mon 19th June
It has been an exciting week in Eagles! Last Tuesday, Mrs Whitefield arranged for a visitor to come in who has lived in French for over 20 years. He spoke to the children about life in France, they shared a traditional French breakfast together and tried out their French food vocabulary! A fantastic experience for the children, which really bought the topic to life. Photographs to follow...
On Friday, we were lucky enough to be invited to Marling School for a science morning. They showed us some fantastic science experiments which involved a lot of bangs and flames! Very exciting! Then the children had chance to carry out their own science investigation to answer the question 'which metal is the most reactive?' They had to handle scientific equipment, record their results and discuss their conclusions using scientific vocabulary. It was a great way to find out about the fantastic science experiences they have ahead of them at secondary school and I think it certainly made the year 6's very excited about next year!
Week beginning Mon 12th June
This week we decided to take the children out on to the fields to try-out for district sports. The events were running, jumping and throwing and the children all had a go with some great results! It was a beautiful afternoon and lovely to be out in the sunshine.
In maths, the year 5's revised their calculation skills. In English, some of the children are designing a band and holding a secret gig, whilst others are designing their own theme park! Happily, on Thursday Mrs Whitefield was back and the children were all really pleased to see her!
Week beginning Mon 5th June
The children have shown real interest in the general election over the last few weeks so we decided to capitalise on this and hold our very own school elections! They split into groups and came up with their own political parties. Next, they worked on their manifesto - deciding on which issues were most important to them. We had a whole range of ideas, from astro-turfing the school football pitch and extra playtime, to healthy lunch options and improved IT equipment! They then set about advertising their party in order to get as many votes as possible. They took some fantastic photos of their party leaders in very serious poses! Then they made posters, leaflets, potted histories of their leaders and finally wrote their speech for assembly. Each party had 5 minutes to persuade the rest of the school to vote for them and then Merlins, Owls and Kestrels went to the ballot box! The result was a resounding win for the Year 6 girls! It was a great week and I hope it gave the children a real insight in to the general election.
PGL Day 3
We’ve had a really fantastic day enjoying the sun and surf.
The sun has been shining at Beam House and we certainly made the most of our time on the beach this morning with body-boarding. This afternoon, some of us went blindfolded through the woods on a sensory trail and some of us went up the high-ropes. Also, two groups got very muddy on the challenge assault course. This evening, we played Wacky-Races which involved lots of silly games and running around. Looking forward to more surfing tomorrow!
See you tomorrow back at school!!
Well...what a day! It all began with a trip to the beach where all the children had a go at blokarting, which basically involved them zooming round, going round corners on two wheels and getting blown over - a lot! This afternoon, we had a number of activities in our groups. One of the real highlights for us was watching the children on the high ropes - as you can see from the photographs, they really were high and all the children had a go with many of them going all the way round over and over again! What we were most proud of though was how they supported each other through the experience, encouraging each other in need and rushing round to help those who weren't so confident to ensure everyone was able to get the most from the experience. Another exciting activity was the challenge course - the children loved getting covered in mud almost as much as Miss Tedaldi enjoyed soaking them!
Fantastic first day here at Beam House, the sun has been shining and the children are now settled in their rooms. We had lunch on the beach and an afternoon playing in the sun. After dinner, we have had a great evening playing Robot Wars! We're looking forward to a day on the beach tomorrow.
Week commencing Tues 8th May
We made it!!! SATs tests are all completed and PGL is just around the corner! The children are a little excited to say the least...! Year 6 have all worked incredibly hard this week and all of us here are incredibly proud of each and every one of them. The year 5s also deserve a mention for working in extreme silence! They have had a great week completing projects and working with Mr Wride. The final copy of their secret project is on it's way and will be appearing on the blog soon...watch this space!
I just wanted to share with you some photos of the year 6 children in their brand new leavers hoodies which we gave them this morning - I'm afraid they are beginning to look like teenagers already (!). This afternoon, in celebration of their enormous efforts we spent some time enjoying the beautiful sunshine and then finished off with a year 6 cinema show - a well earned treat indeed.
Week commencing Tues 2nd May
Welcome back to school after the Easter holidays! We hope you had a fantastic time and a good rest. We are of course very close to SATs week now and the year 6 children have had a letter explaining the timetable for the week as well as inviting them in to breakfast club each morning from the 8th May.
We also had our final PGL meeting in preparation for our trip on 19-22nd May. We have been given some fantastic activities including lots on the beach and everyone is very excited! Don't forget, your PGL medical forms need to be completed and returned to school ASAP so that we have all the relevant information we need for the trip in plenty of time.
Please see below, our topic web for the coming term as well as the homework sheets in case they didn't make it home! There are a lot of exciting projects ahead and the children are particularly excited about finding out about the general election as well as the art, animation and cooking!
Week commencing 27th March
We were very lucky this morning to be invited in to the Masjid-E-Noor mosque in Gloucester. We have been learning all about the Islamic faith during our RE lessons this term and it was fantastic to have it bought to life for us. We were shown around the mosque by two of the Imams who lead the prayers. They started by telling us all about their faith and how they worship and then we had a tour of the mosque - including the room where they wash before praying. We were then lucky enough to hear the call to prayer and find out about the timings and the structure of their day of worship. The children were fantastic ambassadors for our school and showed respect and interest throughout with some really insightful questions - well done!
Week beginning 20th March
This week's homework was to create a piece of art based on the concept of a battle. There was a real range of interpretations including a collage, a clay sculpture and lots of fantastic line drawings.
This week, year 5 have been learning about prime numbers in maths with Mrs Whitefield and even came up with their own song to help them remember! In English, with Mr Wride, they have been working on some 'Top Secret' writing of their own choosing. They have worked well, with determination and skill, but is the world of Uplands ready for the result...?
Year 6 are now really into revising for SATs as there are only 4 more weeks in school until we take them for real. They have done a fantastic job so far and today was brilliant as everyone got over 30 in our Friday arithmetic test for the first time and a lot of people achieved their highest score yet - I am so very proud of them all! Thank you also for all your support and encouragement at home.
In Topic we have continued our work on comparing Christianity and Islam in preparation for our trip in April. In Music, the children have been using layering of instruments and rhythms to compose their pieces as a group.
On Thursday afternoon, we found out all about King Alfred the Great and why he is the only king given this title - we found out about his life achievements and also discussed how reliable the sources were.
This week we wanted to share with you a fantastic animation which took a lot of time and effort and includes over 800 photographs! We hope you enjoy it.
On Thursday afternoon, we were very lucky to try out different Anglo-Saxon crafts including weaving, spinning and wattle and daub. We all got dressed up in authentic costumes and even had Anglo-Saxon names for the afternoon. You can see the results of all our hard work on display in the classroom.
Week beginning 6th March
This is one of my favourite homework tasks of every term - use a learning power at home!
As always, there was a real range of submissions - from frogspawn to Buckingham Palace and jellybeans to oat cakes!
Special mention must go to these two who work together each week to create a video for our entertainment!
This week, year 6 finished our theme park leaflets and in maths learnt about interpreting statistics, including pie charts and finding the mean average. Year 5 continued their work on area and perimeter and in English have been working on paired writing; this involves co-creating characters, settings and situations which can then be developed individually or in tandem. In addition, the pupils have had great fun using masks in drama to develop physical technique - as you can see from the photos below.
One of the highlights of the week was our first lesson about the Vikings, which involved pretending to be Anglo-Saxon spies. Each spy had to sneak a look at a Viking boat for 5 seconds at a time and then describe it to their partner in 1 minute - before going back for another look! It was fast and furious learning and the descriptive and technical language used was fantastic! As you can see, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
Week beginning Monday 27th Feb
This week's task was to create a fact file about the Vikings, as we will be moving on from the Anglo-Saxon to the Viking period in our topic lessons next week. There were some fantastic interpretations including two extremely entertaining and improvised videos! Well done everyone!
Our slideshow of photos this week shows the range of activities we have been up to in the afternoons, these included: learning how to talk about our families in French; playing a french traditional song on the ocharina and composing our own battle songs using a range of instruments in music.
In year 6 we have finally got to grips with algebra - It was a lot easier than we thought it was going to be! In English, we have created our own theme parks based on a range of ideas, from Harry Potter and fairy tales to fast cars and, would you believe it, coins and cats! We have had a lot of fun thinking of rides and attractions that would persuade people to visit and will share the final products next week.
In year 5, the children have been finding out about area and perimeter in maths with Mrs Whitefield and some children even chose to spend their lunch time calculating the area of the playground because they were enjoying themselves so much! With Mr Wride, Year 5 have been working on their creative writing skills through poetry and the writing of 'blurbs' to accompany their own imaginary novels. They have written two poems using structure and pattern, as well as creating their own lively imagery and have explored contrasting human emotions.
This week's homework was to explore the word of the week 'history' - it was interpreted in a number of fantastic ways including an edited video of interviews on the subject, a dinosaur sewn by hand and an incredibly detailed sketch of a castle amongst others. Well done everyone!
This week has been a busy one - straight back to work after half term! Before half term, as part of our topic 'Let the Battle Commence...' We found out about the incredible Saxon treasure that was found at Sutton Hoo. This week we started writing newspaper reports telling the story of Mrs Edith Pretty and local archaeologist Dr Basil Brown who made the incredible discovery in 1939.
Welcome back after half term! Here are some photos from Genius week - where we discovered all our talents and shared our interests!
Excited and ready to go, we started Genius week by looking at the skills and talents we already had and were surprised to find we had lots of Geniuses among us. We taught our skills to other members of the class and enjoyed being the experts. Circus skills had us juggling, spinning and balancing....
Stroud Fringe watch out! Later in the week we tried out different music and sporting activities. On Thursday we were lucky enough to have some of our lovely parents come in and share their skills.....we weren't even embarrassed by them...we were proud!