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!