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Bedwell School,
Bedwell Crescent,
Stevenage,
Herts, SG1 1NJ

01438 351198

admin@bedwell.
herts.sch.uk

Headteacher:
Mrs J Moore


© Bedwell Primary
School, 2017

Class 10 (Year 5)
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Latest News x

  • Hockey Festival
    In the penultimate week of term we put the sunny weather to good use with our Year 5/6 Hockey Tournament. We headed out onto the playground, where we were split into teams of 4 and ran through the rules before getting stuck into the action. For the vast majority of us, this was the first time we had ever played competitive hockey, so the tactics and pace of the game took a bit of getting used to - but by the time we reached our second and third group games, we were into the swing of things, and the performance levels (and scoring) started to shoot up. After break, the top two teams in each group went through to an elaborate knockout system. As there are no goalies at our age group, there are no penalty shoot-outs - which meant that some of the games had a lot of extra time. However, eventually the team of Harvey, Nathan, Jimmy and Hannah won through to become our first champions!

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  • Marriotts Visit
    At the beginning of July, we were invited to go to Marriotts School, to attend a ‘Humantopia 5 Live’ workshop. Humanutopia have been working with Marriotts for the past three years and the project involves recruiting Year 9 Heroes, who are then trained to work with younger year groups. Five primary schools from Stevenage were invited for the day, with 140 Year 5’s and 100 Heroes working together, completing group activities and playing games to promote teamwork and confidence.

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  • Chessington Trip
    Our day got off to a slightly dodgy start when our coaches got stuck in traffic, which led to us leaving 40 minutes or so later than planned - but fortunately, once we got moving we whizzed down the motorway and were soon at the theme park. Once inside we split into groups and headed off towards the fun! Fortunately, the queues were mostly tiny (and in some cases non-existent) and as a result we crammed in as many rides as possible. Some of us also chose to check out the famous zoo, (and an awful lot of us were keen to go on the Gruffalo ride, too!) It was great to see so many of us overcoming our fears and strapping ourselves into some of the scarier looking rollercoasters, including Dragon’s Fury and Rameses Revenge (and getting very soggy on some of the wetter rides, too), and by the time we clambered back on the coach that afternoon, we were exhausted but very, very happy!

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  • PGL 2017
    Some of us were fortunate enough to go away for the weekend to the PGL activity centre at Marchants Hill in Surrey. Throughout our time there we participated in a whole host of new experiences including: raft building, zip wire, giant swing, trapeze (leaping off the top of a post and trying to catch a bar or kick a giant ball) and an incredibly muddy ’challenge course’ (which saw us getting absolutely filthy!) Everyone had a fantastic time, with some of us conquering fears and challenging ourselves to climb, jump and fall further than we ever had before!

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  • Macbeth
    Earlier this year, Year 5/6 were fortunate enough to not only watch, but take part in a performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The world-famous play was brought to us by The Young Shakespeare Company and through a lively presentation, we were able to follow and understand this age-old story.

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  • Cross Country
    Our Year 5 cross-country team headed down to Fairlands Park for this year’s Stevenage Festival. With over 200 other Year 5s involved in the races, which saw us running half-a-mile around the middle lake, the competition was fierce - but our girls team, in particular, performed spectacularly, with Millie Widdows winning the bronze medal after finishing 3rd, just ahead of Amy Randall (4th), Emmie Batten (5th) and Libby Barber (7th), with Mica Smith and Victoria Renwick completing the squad. As a result, the girls won the overall gold in the team competition, and proudly collected their medals before heading home.

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  • Life in the Amazon
    This half term, we have been learning all about life in the Amazon Rainforest. We have learnt about a variety of animals that live there (such as: cheetahs, piranhas, sloths and tree frogs) and were then able to produce a fact file including the information we had researched. As well as this, we explored the arguments for and against deforestation and then produced a balanced discussion before coming to our own conclusions. In addition to all of this, we have produced pictures of animals from the Amazon, inspired by the work of the artist Nick Gustafson. A collection of these pictures can be seen below:

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  • English - Persuasive Writing
    Our ‘hook’ into this term’s writing saw us climbing, scaling, balancing, dodging and retrieving gems in a spy inspired agility course! From this we were able to think of the different skills and attributes it takes to become a secret agent. Once we had identified proficiencies such as stamina, dexterity, intelligence and co-ordination, we then went on to exaggerate these talents and flatter our chosen audience as we applied for a job with one of the world’s top spy agencies. Along the way, we also explored the features of persuasive writing, looking at the way we can use exaggeration, rhetorical questions and evidence to make our arguments more convincing - all of which we drew together to produce our final application forms. You can see a few examples of our work here.

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  • Science
    Our science work has included lots of practical experiences this half term. Not only have we looked at the different properties of various materials, we have also investigated which materials make the best conductors and insulators of heat and electricity. Following on from this, we created questions that we would like answered relating to how quickly sugar dissolves. We explored which liquids make the sugar dissolve the fastest, if the amount of stirring speeds up the dissolving, if the temperature of the liquid makes the sugar dissolve quicker and if the amount of liquid affects the dissolvability. Our next steps are to work out why we got the results we did (and why some of us got unexpected results!)

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  • Computing
    Using our new found knowledge of different superheroes, we created challenging quizzes for the other class and published them online by using the website Survey Monkey. Class 9 created questions relating to Iron Man, and Class 10 devised their quiz about Batman. Once we had completed the survey, we collated the responses and will be analysing the results in the coming weeks before presenting the data as charts and graphs, using Excel software. You can try the surveys out yourself by following the links below:

    Class 9 Iron Man Quiz

    Class 10 Batman Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

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Our School Councillors:
Olga Zajaczkowska & Jacob Herron

Our Summer Term Topic:
Life in the Amazon
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English:
Next half-term’s English will take us back to non-fiction writing, focussing on the features of persuasion. We will explore the type of language needed to get an audience to agree with your point of view, through the use of a story map. We will then be able to apply these skills to writing linked to our Computing and Humanities work.

In addition to this, we will be continuing to develop our skills of inference and deduction during Guided Reading, as well as focussing on different prefixes within our spelling lessons. Grammar will include the understanding of terms such as ‘fronted adverbials’ as well as continuing to get to grips with relative clauses, modal verbs and cohesion.

Maths:
Our maths work this half term will include going back to our core operations, really ensuring that we have fluency in numbers up to a million (including whole numbers and decimal numbers with up to three decimal places). We will practice counting forwards and backwards in 10s, 100s, 1000s and 10 000s from any starting point, as well as continuing to speed-up our recall of tables facts, which we will be tested on every week. We will also be exploring data handling this term, analysing information presented in bar and line charts and using this to answer complex questions.

Science:
We will begin by investigating the force of gravity, linking in with our Earth and Space topic and carrying out experiments to discover the effect that it has on unsupported objects. Following this, we will then move on to explore friction, including air and water resistance and the effect that these can have on moving objects in real life situations.

Humanities:
We will be studying the Amazon Rainforest, locating it on a variety of maps and globes, and discussing the large variety of habitats (both plant and animal) that are found there. This will include looking at the geographical features of the rainforest and identifying what makes this area particularly special (and endangered). We will then research different species of animals, before learning about the importance that the rainforest has for the Earth as a whole.

The Arts:
Linking in with our Amazonian topic, we will produce pastel artwork in the style of Nick Gustafson. We will be referring to the six areas of art and thinking about how to create stylised, colourful and eye-catching pictures. We will be emphasising the use of careful observation and identifying shapes to build an image.

 


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