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June 2017 in Year 5/6

This month in computing we have started our work on blogging and wikis, learning first about online safety. We are looking forward to writing in the style of a blog. We enjoyed an afternoon in Forest School, learning how to tie a half-hitch knot and building our own shelters. We had an art day, when we completed our textiles-based art, telling the story of Kensuke’s Kingdom, each of us representing the chapters of the book in our teams. We used a range of textiles and techniques and developed our sewing skills considerably. The Year 5s also started their John Muir project, tidying the sensory garden, the pond area and other conservation activities in Forest School.

In maths, we took on an outdoors maths challenge in teams. We undertook fieldwork in our school grounds, measuring the area and perimeter of the outside area and were tasked to build as much maths as possible into our learning. This included statistics, measure, the four operations and ratio and proportion. We calculated the mean average of our results and compared our estimates with a scaled plan.

In English we wrote in a range of different styles. Using Greek myths and the Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton, we provided instructions on how to trap and escape from a cyclops and wrote our own stories inspired by the Land of the Dead.

In PSHE we looked at jobs and what we wanted to be when we grew up, in RE we compared and contrasted creation stories and in geography we looked at local issues such as traffic and parking in Hertford. Striking games became our focus in PE – a rounders bat proved trickier to handle than a cricket bat!