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Year 6 2017/18

Year 6 - 2017/18

On Monday the 21st of May, Year 6 went to the zoo!

We had a wonderfully informative time and the children's behaviour was exemplary.

A workshop on conservation issues was very enlightening and the children are keen to protect British hedgehogs as they are now close to being critically endangered.  Any ideas or support from local wildlife enthusiasts would be greatly welcomed.

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See below for all the learning we have been doing.

Term 4 2017/18 Curriculum

We are studying the following in our subjects this term:

English: Boy by Roald Dahl, focusing on biography & autobiography

Maths: Algebra, data handing and revision

Topic: Ancient Greece

RE: Understanding Christianity:Salvation

Science: Biology & Evolution

PE: Yoga

 

National Science Week (12th - 16th March 2018)

This week we have focused on discovery and exploration as part of National Science Week.

We visited the Science Museum on Monday with the rest of KS2 and had a fantastic day of discovery. See our pictures below of our time in the 'Wonderlab!'

We also learnt about the structure of materials, by making 'gloop', and studied the lives of significant scientists.

We had a wonderful week!

 

Remembrance Poppies:

Today we had the pleasure of welcoming Allie from Swale in Bloom and Sioux from Polka - Dot art centre, who came to make poppies from recycled materials.  The poppies will be part of a large community project remembering the 2,000 people of Swale who lost their lives during the war.

Visit to Canterbury Cathedral

Thursday 9th November 2017

The Big Story

We spent today learning about stonemasonry, music for worship and calligraphy. We were asked to write and lead intercessions (prayers for others). Year 6 did us proud during the worship, taking responsibility for leading worship of schools across the Canterbury diocese. See our pictures below:

Science: Chemical Change

We are continuing to enjoy our chemical change unit in science.  This term we are observing factors that may indicate a chemical change has taken place.

Electroplating using copper sulphate

Isle of Wight 2017/18

We had a fantastic time on the Isle of Wight developing our friendships, learning to trust in one another and enjoying new experiences.

We are thankful to all who made our experience such great fun!

Faversham Gym

This term ( Term 5) and week, Year 5 have been attending Faversham Gym to take part and receive expert gymnastics coaching. It is great to see the children responding so well to the learning points. They have had the opportunity to use a range of equipment including the floor trampolines, bars and vaults.  Photos taken by Josh and Sophie.

Experience Easter

On Monday, Year 5 went to St Laurence Church for a reflective Easter experience. We journeyed through the last few days of Jesus' life and considered the true meaning of Easter. Thank you ever so much to the Church community for organising such a moving experience.  

World Awareness Week

This week (6th - 10th February) has been World Awareness Week. We have created our own African Face Mask, taken part in African Dancing, composed our own Mendhi patterns, experienced Chinese food and culture with Nancy who is a missionary from China. Check out our fab photos below.

 

Compassion

Our Class Christian value is Compassion. We have been sharing the Parable of the Lost Sheep - we acted out and even made some sheep with real life sound effects. Our Fellowship of the Friends representatives, Sophie and Thomas, also planned and delivered a fantastic lesson which was interactive and fun. Look at our Powerpoint that we used. 

Fellowship of Friends

Compassion

Booms, Bangs and Thixotropic (non-Newtonian) Substances

As part of our Science lesson we started a new topic on Particle Theory and Chemical Reactions. We've so far watch flames and listened to 'whooshes' when a liquid is turned from a liquid into a gas. We also have explored matter than doesn't always acts a solid, liquid or gas but has properties of non-Newtonian substance. Check out the photos to see how much fun we are having!

 

 

Christmas Party!

Year 5 celebrated their Christmas Party on Thursday 15th December with a range of fun games. They played the 'Chocolate Challenge' and the 'Don't knock the snowman'. Enjoy the photos!  

Science: Forces

This term in Science we are focusing on forces. We used our engineering skills to learn about friction and upthrust. We made parachutes to learn about upthrust and air resistance to safely parachute an egg to earth. It was EGGtastic!!

The pictures below show us working together and problem solving:

Year 5 Class Worship

As a follow-up to the Year 5 trip to the Globe Theatre and the work they have been doing on Macbeth, the children performed their Class Assembly to the friends and families on Friday  25th November. With a retelling of Macbeth and recount of the trip the children did themselves proud! 

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Visit

 

 

Year 5 had a fantastic visit to London on Friday 18th November, 2016 to the Globe Theatre. The class have been studying Macbeth and so took a trip to Shakespeare's Theatre to soak up the atmosphere and experience the open air theatre. After a tour of the Globe they took part in a workshop which honed and developed their acting skill. A huge thank you to all the adults who gave up their time to make the trip happen. A special thanks to Mrs Smedley and Mrs Foreman for organising tickets and helping with the organisation!

Year 5 Horton Kirby Environmental Centre Visit

 

 At the end of out first full week we set off to Horton Kirby Environmental Centre for a 'River Study Day'. This term our topic is 'Rivers' so we thought a field trip was a great way to start our topic!

 

Equipped with their own discovery bags, the children completed a five minute walk to the river, looking at physical features on the way. After gauging the flow of the river with a quick game of pooh sticks, the children studied photos of the immediate environment in order to ascertain how the physical and human features have changed over time. The children then entered the river at two sites; each time measuring the flow and depth, and using their observations to explain why these measurements change throughout the year. Check out the photo below to see what we got up to.

Work from Year 4

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Horseriding at Whiteleaf Stables

 

On Thursday 7th July, Year 4 went to Whiteleaf Stables for a taster session. We learnt about the history of horses, had a go at grooming one, learnt about the different food they eat and everyone rode a horse. We learnt  how to start, stop and turn. Afterwards, we were all presented with a rosette and enjoyed our lunch in the sunshine.

Wingham Wildlife Park

On Monday 4th July, we had a fabulous day with Year 3 at Wingham Wildlife Park. The sun shone for us all day too! We began with a hands-on animal encounter. We had the opportunity to touch a corn snake, a Chilean Rose tarantula and a bearded dragon. We learnt about why tarantulas have hairs on them and also about how fragile they are because of their exo-skeleton.

After that, we explored the rest of the park. We went in the reptile house and saw different types of snakes and lizards as well as crocodiles. We also saw guinea pigs being fed, flamingos, meerkats, otters, tigers, tortoises, various parrots, butterflies, bats, tapirs, big cats, peacocks walking through the grounds and a range of primates (capuchins, gibbons, squirrel monkeys, Barbary macaques, tamarins). We also heard a talk about the penguins and saw them being fed!
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Ring-tailed lemur walk through

Ring-tailed lemurs walk through

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Dinosaurs
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Digestion

We had great fun on 10th May learning about the digestive system. We learnt that saliva in our mouths helps to make food smaller and easier to swallow. It also makes food sweeter because a chemical in saliva digests food into sugar.

We then explored what happens in the stomach. We used a sandwich bag with bread and crackers in and added orange juice/coca cola (digestive juices) to "the stomach" to see what happened. We didn't like what we saw! The solid food was broken down even more by the "stomach acids" and became part of the liquid.

After that, we passed the food through "an intestine" to see that all the liquid/goodness is taken out and absorbed by the bloodstream. We also discussed what happens to the solid that is left behind!

 

 

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Roman Shields

Look at our wonderful Roman Shields! We made them at home then brought them into school to practise some of the Roman army formations - the tortoise and the wedge.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

This term, we have been reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. So far, we have met Mr Tumnus and the White Witch and written character descriptions of these two very different characters. We also used drama to make predictions of how we thought the Professor would react when Peter and Susan went to tell him that Lucy had been saying she'd visited a land called Narnia through the wardrobe. Here are our photos of this:

Here's how the conversation with the Professor really went! A scene from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe where the Professor discusses with Peter and Susan Pevensie that they should believe in what their sister Lucy is telling them.

Children in Need

On Friday 13th November, we raised money for Children in Need. We had a fabulous time dressed up as our heroes or as superheroes! Also every class made something to be sold at the end of the day to parents. We made sweets (marshmallows covered in chocolate and sprinkles; marshmallows in white chocolate and coconut; marzipan shapes dipped in chocolate). Here are some photos of the finished sweets and also of us having fun making them!

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Royal Mail letter writing competition

Recently, we have had a great time discussing our dream jobs and have a complete range of ideas about what we would like to do when we are older. We learnt about how to write a formal letter so we could write our letters of application.

Here are a couple of examples which are on the Good Work display in the hall:

 

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Gymnastics

On Thursday 5th November, we had our first Gymnastics session at Faversham Activity Centre. We thoroughly enjoyed using all the different equipment there.

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Harvest service

For our Harvest service on Thursday 15th October 2015, we decorated vegetables because our song 'Harvest Samba' mentions bringing vegetables and sharing them.

E-Safety

We discussed various different situations and used drama to show what we should do.

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Becket

Our class is called Becket and it is named after a previous Archbishop of Canterbury called Thomas Becket. Come and read some of our work on display in the entrance hall to find out more!

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Rainforest Reading

Here is our rainforest reading area! We have written book recommendations to help each other choose interesting books.

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3... Augustine Class!

 

This is our class page where you will find information and pictures of the things that we learn in Year 3!

 

All of us in Year 3 would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We would like to thank you for all the gifts we received at the end of term and look forward to seeing you all in 2015!

Mr Wood and Mrs Staker

Our class text for Term 5 will be the Ilyad and the Odyssey. We will be learning about Greek Myths.

 

 

Our topic for this term is Stone Age settlements which will be a local study into the history of Swale and the surrounding area related to said topic.

frownSwimming will be held on Wednesday mornings this term. Please ensure your child has the correct kit. Thank you! frown

Mr Wood bought the whole class an Easter egg for their hard effort this term. Unfortunately he didn't make life easy - the children still had to work to find them across the entire school field! Rumour has it that Mr Wood has a close friend in the Easter bunny...!
We had great fun dressing up for Topic Day and creating our own cave drawings on the paving slabs outside the classroom. Which is your favourite costume?
Congratulations to Thomas who wrote a fantastic poem which won for Bapchild in Fulston Manor's Poetry Competition. He was also the runner-up of the entire competition in the local area. Well done, Thomas!
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Choir Club is on a Wednesday after school with Mr Wood. 

We are singing lots of funky songs and using instruments and we would love to see you there!

Augustine Class say that they are the 'coolest class in the school!'
We had an awesome time acting out the Battle of Bosworth with Year 4. We won the battle! However, there were casualties and poor Mr Wood was slain in battle!!

We had a great time acting out the Battle of Bosworth with Year 4. There were, however, some casualties. Poor Mr Wood was slain!

We had a great time acting out the Battle of Bosworth with Year 4. There were, however, some casualties. Poor Mr Wood was slain!  1
We had a great time acting out the Battle of Bosworth with Year 4. There were, however, some casualties. Poor Mr Wood was slain!  2
We had a great time acting out the Battle of Bosworth with Year 4. There were, however, some casualties. Poor Mr Wood was slain!  3

We loved dressing up for World Book Day in March. Can you name all the characters on show?

 

 

A special congratulations to Lauren and Jacob who won the dressing up prize for Year 3. Well done to them but an amazing effort from everybody. It was a super day!

World Book Day - We had great fun dressing up as our favourite book characters! Can you name all the characters here??

World Book Day - We had great fun dressing up as our favourite book characters! Can you name all the characters here?? 1
World Book Day - We had great fun dressing up as our favourite book characters! Can you name all the characters here?? 2

Term 4:

 

Our topic for this term is the Stone Age to the Iron Age. In English, we will be studying Paddington Bear and discovering his exploits and his personality! We look forward to show you some of our learning soon!!

Christingle Service 2014

For photos from the wonderful Christingle Service this term, please visit the Year 4 class page. The children were superb and we are all very proud of them!

Our School Council Representatives for this school year are:

 

Harrison G and Darcie.

 

Our Eco-Warriors for this school year are:

 

Jaime and Jacob.

Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.