- 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!
- The Easter Journey
On Thursday 23rd March, we were invited to visit St. Andrew’s and St. George’s church to build on our understanding of the Easter journey. We have been following the events that led up to Jesus’ crucifixion during our assemblies, and this visit allowed us to gain a greater knowledge of how the disciples felt and what they did as individuals.
Taking part in different scenarios (such as the Last Supper, the washing of feet, Judas’ betrayal and the resurrection) taught us to consider events from an alternative point of view, and we finally pieced together a jigsaw that showed different aspects of Jesus’ journey including loyalty, humility, sacrifice, love and faith.
- 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 matches within our groups. The victors of each group then progressed into the semi-finals with the winners competing in an all Year 5 final! We were so proud to have beaten the Year 6’s and some of us have already been highlighted as being challengers for rugby team selection next year. The morning was great fun, and lots of us who haven’t played competitively before came out as victors! Well done to the winning team of Victoria, Owen, Riley and Brandon.
- Socks In Time For Christmas...
As a school we responded to an appeal from a teacher working with Syrian refugee children who are living in the Oinofyta camp in Greece. As the winter draws in, they were in desperate need of socks for the 100 children in their care. Bedwell responded magnificently, with hundreds of pairs of socks, gloves and scarves being donated. These have now been parcelled up and sent to the camp - we hope to have news upon their arrival soon!
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.
- 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.
What we've learnt about this term:
We really enjoyed taking part in a felt making workshop earlier this term. Although it didn't immediately sound like the most exciting title for an activity, it actually turned out to be a really fun session, thanks in no small part to the enthusiastic support of our visiting artist. Each of us built a picture in different coloured wool, which was then soaked in water and soap, before being thoroughly rolled to compress the fibres (and make the whole thing stick together). In no time at all, the felt pictures had dried and we were extremely pleased with the results, some of which you can see below...
- English - Superhero Biographies
At the beginning of term, we were paid a surprise visit by Iron Man, who invited us to find out all about his life. From then on we have been totally immersed in superheroes, and have worked hard to write biographies about our favourites. To support our work we learnt an example biography (using pictures and actions to support our work), explored structure and language features, answered comprehension questions based around the text, and then used this to inspire our own writing, including action scenes, news reports and full biographies. You can see a few examples of our work here.
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
Linking with our science work, we have created some highly effective planet pictures. Using chalks we blended our colour choices together to create a spherical effect - and, as you can see from the examples below, the finished pieces were really effective:
Our Summer Term Topic:
Life in the Amazon
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.