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On Tuesday 19th June, Year 5 and 6 enjoyed a fantastic day at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village as part of our History work.
We started off our visit with a trip around the museum where we discovered how the Anglo-Saxon language has influenced how we speak today and studied a range of artefacts that were discovered in the area around West Stow. At the end of our time in the museum, Stephanie, our guide, produced a range of artefacts which we had to generate questions about. These ranged from a set of tweezers to an cow jaw to a piece of original Anglo-Saxon pottery. We were fascinated by the range of materials and skills that the Anglo-Saxons had.
After lunch (and the traditional 'School Trip Lunchtime Photos'), we entered the Anglo-Saxon village. Here we wandered from house to house trying to answer questions and identifying the different building methods and thatching which had been used by the experimental archaeologists at West Stow. We visited a wealthy family's house, complete with wolf skin hanging on a post; the Sunken House, the first design of house which was built at West Stow; the Old House and the Work House, which contained a loom for weaving.
Before we left to come to school, we all met in the Hall to have a question and answer session with Stephanie. It was brilliant to have our questions about the Anglo-Saxons answered by an expert (rather than relying on Mr. Gray's and Mr. Newcombe's limited knowledge!) and we learnt so much.
Today we were visited by PCSO Skeggs. He came to speak to us about the importance of staying safe online as we move towards transitioning from primary school to high school. We discussed the various apps and social media platforms which are popular at the moment and the importance of sensible and responsible use of these - including the consequences of their misuse in the short and long term.
It left us with lots to think about and was a really vital and important topic to discuss.
To find out more about staying safe online click here.
Find out about Year 5 and 6's residential trip by clicking here.
The 'Beast from the East' arrived with maximum impact last week resulting in no school for 3 days!
To make sure the Wolves got out and enjoyed the snow (as if they needed any encouragement). Mr. Gray set up a competition to build the best snow sculpture or snowman. As you see the entries were of a very high standard. Mr. Newcombe and Miss O'Neill were given the tough task of choosing the winner.
We had a great day celebrating History Day!
As you can see from the photos, we had to dress up as a pre-World War 2 historical figure. A quick look around the classroom saw Abraham Lincoln sitting next to Ada Lovelace, Albert Einstein chatting with Emmeline Pankhurst while Admiral Nelson and Cleopatra compared half-term plans!
In the morning, we worked within our family groups across the school and learnt about a different historical figure - this included a hands on activity which was related to the historical figure.
In afternoon, we returned back to our class and created a poster about the historical figure that we had learnt about. Each group then presented their information to the rest of the class to share their newly gained knowledge. Our day finished off with water-colour painting of self-portraits and a look at the research that had been a homework challenge.
Thank you to the Wolf Pack parents for the excellent efforts in helping the children look the part, it really added to the day and made for some memorable moments!
Mr. Gray set the Wolves a challenge in Maths. 'Bryony's Triangle' (click here to have a go at home) involves folding a a square of paper to create a lotus flower before colouring in the smallest 'petal' of the flower. The challenge is then to work out (as a fraction) how much of the original paper square has been coloured in.
This problem caused a lot of discussion and a bit of frustration but the Wolves kept persevering with the challenge!
This week the Wolves finished their 'Design a Slipper' project with Mrs. Fielder.
After spending time carrying out market research; designing and making the slipper; and producing promotional material, it was time to show their work to the public (Elephant class and Miss O'Neill). The feedback was positive and the Wolves have finished the project with lots of new skills - so their no excuses when scouts and guides badges need sewing on or knees in trousers need sewing up.
As part of our history unit on the Ancient Greeks, the Wolves (and their Penguin friends) visited the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
The day consisted of two sessions. The first part of the day was spent in the art studio. Here we learnt about the different types and uses of pots and pottery during the ancient Greek period. We looked at photos and replica pots before designing our own pots.
Some of the Wolves incorporated sporting themes into their designs while others used repeated patterns – incorporating the different brush strokes. The staff were so impressed that they have asked permission for some of our work to be uploaded on to the Fitzwilliam Museum webpage.
After lunch, we headed up into the galleries. When we were there, Kate, our guide, told us a Greek myth to explain the seasons; we learnt to be historical detectives while looking at a beautiful sarcophagus; and learnt more about pottery – the many different people who played a part in the creation of the beautiful pots and the stories that they tell.
It was a wonderful day, full of learning. Hopefully some recounts of the day will appear on the webpage shortly.
As part of the British Legion's Poppy Appeal, the Wolves have been responsible for raising money for the appeal by selling poppies, bracelets and 'snap-bands' during playtimes. The Wolves volunteered to give up their free time to organise and sell the items. It was great to see the care and kindness shown to their friends, especially the younger children.
The Wolf Pack also led for the reading and singing in our Remembrance Assembly when we were joined by two paratroopers from the Colchester barracks.
We have been using Story Stepping to plan our next independent write. As part of our unit looking at the book 'The Eighteenth Emergency' by Betsy Byars, we will be writing a story about a child overcoming a problem with a bully.
For each step, we had to add an adverbial phrase, a preposition, an exciting verb and an expanded noun phrase.
At the end, we put it altogether (watch the noisy video) and we will be using the plans to write our stories tomorrow.
We have now finished our artwork influenced by Picasso.
We began by studying a selection of Picasso's Cubist work focusing on his guitar collages.
After sketching guitars, we aimed to make the form of the guitar recognisable even though its proportions were distorted and its general shape disjointed.
We are really proud of our work and it looks great on the walls outside our classroom.
Applying for high schools for 2018-19
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As part of our unit on Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book and Just So Stories, it would be useful if the children were familiar with the stories of 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi' and 'Mowgli's Brothers'.
Wolves Class 2016-17
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