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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, 2018

Class 5 (Year 5/6)
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Latest News x

  • Reading Week
    Our Spooktacular Reading Week was a real success, giving us all the chance to take part in a series of fun and engaging activities. Early in the week, we visited the library, where we were issued with our very own library cards. We then took part in workshops with two established authors. Dan Friedman is a writer who has had his range of football related books turned into a popular children’s TV series Jamie Johnson. He told us all about the way he changed careers from a journalist working with the England squad to a successful children’s author. In addition to this, we also met the hilarious Steve Cole who kept us entertained with his energetic, all-action tales.

    During the week, we also took part in a reading treasure hunt, buddy reading with younger children and our Book Swap - all leading-up to our Big Read day on Friday, where we all came to school in our pyjamas and settled down for a long, cosy read with our favourite books (and teddy bears!)

  • Streetdance
    On the penultimate day of term, members of our Street Dance club showed-off the moves and techniques they’ve been working on over the last few months, alongside our Year 2 and Year 3/4 dance groups. Their fantastic routine wowed the rest of the school, and it was great to see the progress that the group has made from this time last year.

  • Netball
    Our Year 5/6 Netball teams have had a stellar start to the season. In their first game, the Girls side recorded an impressive win over Lodge Farm, with shooters Sara and Victoria showing impressive accuracy in the D and Millie and Emmie showing great court awareness to find space and get our shooters the ball at every opportunity. In their second game, the Girls travelled to The Leys and again put in a dominant performance, with Gracie, Joy and Demi proving incredibly hard to break down in defence and ensuring that the ball stayed in the attacking third for the majority of the game. Finally, at the start of December our mixed team (with Cristiano, Bradley and Brandon joining 4 of the girls) played their first ever game, and after a scare at the start which saw them two goals down to Moss Bury after the first couple of minutes, they found their stride and ran away with the match to win 13-2.

  • Crucial Crew
    Year 6 headed down to Bowes Lyon House on 20th September to take part in Crucial Crew training. The aim of the sessions, which are run by a local charity and visited by every school in town, are to help us to behave safely as we grow up and become more independent - and therefore we were all really focussed throughout the afternoon, recognising how important this training could be. Over the course of our session we took part in a series of workshops, learning how to stay safe around railways and animals, how to check our houses are fire-safe and how to put someone in the recovery position. The section focussed on the dangers of using your mobile while crossing the road was a real eye-opener, too - none of us were able to complete the signpost challenge while texting, which is hopefully something we’ll remember when we’re out and about.

  • Romeo & Juliet
    Earlier this term, Year 5 and 6 were lucky enough to not only watch, but to take part in The School’s Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the performance, the actors explained, quizzed and enlightened us about how the characters were behaving and why various events happened. We all had the chance to join in at different times during the performance (especially in the party scenes) - and some of us were even given named parts, a few lines and a key role to play in telling the story. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and we definitely now know more about this famous play.

  • Rugby Festival
    Year 5 and 6 took part in the first of our inter-class tournaments of the year earlier in the term, which saw us splitting into mixed teams of four or five and playing in a set of round robin tag-rugby matches within our groups. The victors of each group then progressed into the semi-finals, with the winners meeting in a hotly-contested final. All the adults involved were really impressed by the way everyone involved threw themselves into the action, with many of us showing previously hidden talents and putting themselves in the frame for a potential place on the school team. Some of our more experienced players, meanwhile, demonstrated their leadership ability, coaching their teams and helping those around them to improve their play.

  • Table Tennis
    A busy half-term has also seen our Table Tennis team in action at the Stevenage Festival. Sports Crew (in the shape of Bradley, Cristiano and Victoria) took on responsibility for team selection and training, so it was great to see the Girls team battling their way to third place (and bronze medals) overall, while the boys were unfortunate to lose their playoff and finish in fourth place.

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  • Groovy Greeks
    Over the course of the term we have worked hard to find out what it would have been like to live in Ancient Greece, how the tiny countries and city states that covered the area were governed, what happened in Greek schools, theatres and sports events, and what gods these ancient people believed in. As you’ll have seen throughout these pages, we have used this topic as a starting point for a great deal of our work in English, Art and DT - and we’ve also produced some impressive extended writing in our Humanities lessons, including this character description by Daniele:

    Ares : God Of War
    If you were ever unfortunate enough to encounter Ares, the first thing you would observe would be his xanthous golden armour, made from the finest gold, dug from a mine hidden beneath Mount Olympus itself. Every word he speaks demands violence, shouting, “Death to the enemy! Leave no prisoners!” wherever he goes. As he is the God of War, his mighty and dexterous powers are flight, immortality, strength and physicality. His confidence is as great as Donald Trump’s as he orders men across Greece to fight!

    His armour is complete by an angelic, crested helmet. Everywhere he goes, he carries a crimson spear, dripping with blood from his last, satisfying battle. Moving towards his next skirmish, he strides proudly and seriously. He is as bloodthirsty as a vampire preparing for its next meal, yet as he moves towards his next fight, he simply smirks...

  • Art
    During our Art and DT lessons, we have thought about the masks that the Ancient Greeks would have worn when performing in the amphitheatres. These were used by the male only actors who could then adopt any character through the use of different masks. We chose to base our designs on Greek gods – see if you can recognise any!

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  • English - Instructions
    This half-term, we have explored our first non-fiction genre of the year - instructional writing. We began by learning a model text, which told us how to use a ‘Minotaur Blaster’ (check out the pictures of us using the ones we built ourselves below), and explored the language and structure of this text. We investigated a range of other instructional texts, too, focusing on the intended audience of each, and the way this effected the way that they had been written and presented.

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    We then moved on to devise our own ways to trap or destroy mythical monsters, tying in (loosely) with our Groovy Greeks topic, which we turned into plans for our independent writing. Supported by lots of shared writing, we wrote these ’How to use…’ pieces over the course of the following week, spending lots of time editing our work, assessing each others writing and supporting other members of the class in improving their work. We then presented their final pieces using ICT - click on the thumbnails below to view two examples of our finished work:

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  • English - Myths with a twist
    Earlier in the term, we completed our first fiction unit of the year, examining, exploring and then writing our own genre-shifting stories - you can find out more about them (and read some brilliant examples) here.

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Our School Councillors:
Kyle Watson & Daniele Mazuolyte

Our Summer Term Topic:
Magnificent Mayans
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English:
Our next story writing unit will see us learning to build suspense, surprise and a spooky atmosphere as we focus our work around ghost stories. We will be exploring a model text which uses a non-linear structure (jumping around in time) and examining how authors tie stories together in clever ways. As the story is set in the Victorian era, we will also explore the way speech can be used to show different periods in time. Following on from this, the focus for Year 6 will shift to reading for the remaining weeks leading up to our SATs in May, as we aim to build on all the fantastic work we have done this year and secure the very best scores possible in our tests.

Maths:
As we build towards our SATs tests, we will be revising every part of the maths curriculum, from fractions to shape and measures. In particular, we will return 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), to prepare us for the arithmetic test. We will continue to focus on a different topic each week in our Booster sessions, as well as ensuring we speed-up our recall of tables facts, which we will be tested on every week.

Science:
We will be developing our understanding of animals by looking at the role of the heart, lungs and blood in humans and other animals. We will investigate the way that water and nutrients are transported around animal bodies, before exploring what it means to be ‘healthy’ and identifying ways in which we can lead healthy lives.

Humanities:
We will be travelling back in time to 900AD to discover the Mayan civilisation of Mexico and Central America. We will be investigating their daily lives, comparing their homes, schools, clothes, food and warriors with other historical civilisations we have already learnt about (eg. Greeks, Romans and Normans) and finding out what made this Empire famous.

We will also be exploring Mayan Gods and religion, comparing their huge pyramids with those made by the Egyptians (and even making our own cardboard versions in the hall). Finally, we will be exploring Mayan Art and using this to inspire our own work.

The Arts:
We will be looking carefully at Mayan shield designs, thinking about the types of images used and comparing these with the Ancient Greek shields we investigated earlier in the year. We will then be designing and making our own shields, choosing which materials and paints to use to achieve the best effect.

 


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