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

01438 351198

admin@bedwell.
herts.sch.uk

Headteacher:
Miss E Shaw


© Bedwell Primary
School, 2018

Class 9 (Year 5/6)
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  • 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.

  • 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!)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    For their ‘Invention’ stage of our work (where we try to include lots more of our own ideas to produce original, independent writing), we drew on our work on Ancient Greece and wrote instructions for using a Trojan Horse. The challenge here was to balance the key elements of the existing, ancient story of the Trojan Horse and the Greeks victory over the Trojans with lots of creative new ideas (along with clever punctuation and sentence openers), but we think that Sania pulled off this balancing act brilliantly (and even managed to hit all her writing targets along the way, too) - see if you agree by clicking on the thumbnail below:

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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:
Owen Wheddon & Patrycja Waszkiewicz

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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
  • Science
    We have begun to explore the different forces that impact upon our planet. Our focus so far has been mainly on gravity, investigating the discoveries of one of the most famous scientists in history, Sir Isaac Newton, and learning how gravity is measured using a Newton Meter. We took part in a practical lesson where we measured the amount of gravity acting on various classroom objects, such as bags, shoes, pencil cases and even a chair. Our focus going forward will be to look at levers and pulleys and the forces acting upon them. Additionally, this term everyone in Years 5 and 6 took part in a relationships workshop, and all of the adults involved in the sessions were thoroughly impressed with the mature way in which we handled this topic.

 

 

 

 

 

Latest newsletter - download here

Spring Term Topic Plan - download here

Our School Councillors:
Owen Wheddon & Patrycja Waszkiewicz

Our Spring Term Topic:
Save Our Planet!
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English:
Our next English unit will see us returning to story writing, this time focussing on Warning Stories - where the main characters are given a warning, ignore it and then have to face the consequences of their actions... Our model story is based around an adventure on frozen-over Fairlands Lakes, so we will begin by visiting the Park to explore the setting, collect descriptive language and act out our own version of the text, all of which will help to get us ready to write. We will also be investigating the use of reported and direct speech in stories, and the way that characters can change throughout a text. Once we’ve done all that, we’ll finish by independently writing Warning Stories of our own.

Maths:
Our maths targets for the next half-term will focus on fraction calculations. We will be learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, using equivalent fractions to support our working and simplifying answers where possible. Key to this knowledge is quick recall of tables facts, so we will continue to practice our times tables every day, and be tested on them individually every week. Later in the term we will also be looking at the properties of 2d and 3d shapes, grouping these in a variety of ways and learning to change their position through reflection and translation. We will also learn to calculate the area and perimeter of a range of shapes.

Science:
We will be investigating the way that light travels, exploring what happens when it hits a mirror and how shadows are formed. We will begin to learn how our eyes and brains work together to allow us to ‘see’ things, how cameras work and how rainbows are formed. We will also put our knowledge to practical use by building periscopes.

Humanities:
We will be investigating the impact that humans are having on our planet and thinking about how we are changing the world - for better or worse. We will be investigating energy production, the oceans, mining and recycling, and identifying ways in which we can protect our planet against damaging change. We will also look at the way people around the world are being affected by (and reacting to) climate change.

The Arts:
In DT we will be investigating recycling, learning how to create new paper from old and comparing the properties of new and recycled materials . We will then focus on the way we could improve recycling in our school, designing and constructing recycled replacements for classroom equipment which we will test-out and evaluate.

 


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