Welcome to Kingfisher Class.
On Wednesday 21st June, we were invited to a Creative Arts Workshop at Valley Park school. During the day, we were able to: make our very own name plaques out of clay, learn and sing a new song, played some drama games and then put it all together to create a performance at the end. Once we had finished our lunch, we were taken around their school farm to see the animals. It was very hot but a lovely day!
This term, year 6 have been coming in to help us with our work! This is making us feel more confident about going up to year 6 and is giving us a chance to ask questions about what is to come. It is extremely helpful and we are enjoying it and will do for the rest of the term!
At the end of our year 5 writing week, we got together at our school with Molehill and Treetops on the afternoon of Friday 16th June. We were able to look at each other’s work and see what they had been writing about over the week. Once we had looked around and had some light refreshments, awards were chosen for best piece of writing and best presented piece of work from each school by a teacher. The winners are shown in a picture with their certificates.
After planning our businesses, it was time to work! Soapy Oaks Car Wash got washing the cars for the teachers. Burgers by Bargain Burgers and ice creams from Cool Creamy Cones were sold to the whole school on Wednesday and Friday morning, which were delicious! It was an extremely successful week and we managed to raise Â£150 for Guide dogs for the blind charity.
On Monday 12th June, we went to Kidzania, which is in Westfield shopping center (London). After a long two hour journey, we finally arrived and we were completely overwhelmed. The children had a chance to try out different professions such as: window cleaning, being part of a pit crew, banking, dentistry, the fire brigade, ambulance crew etc. Once we had completed a job, we were paid with Kidzos, which we then spent in the shop or on face paint towards the end. It was extremely fun!
As a run up to our trip to Kidzania, we have been planning our own businesses to create within the school. We have attended a meeting with Mrs Tipple to confirm our businesses, planned what we want to do and had a trip out to Morrisons to buy the resources to get our businesses started. One group chose to cook and sell burgers, another chose to sell ice cream cones and the last decided that they wanted to wash the teachers’ cars.
On Wednesday 7th June, we had Dan come in to teach us how to make algorithms to program and instruct a sphero ball on a program called Sphero Edu. We were able to control the direction, speed and timings of the ball through the app. We had different challenges… our first, was to make the ball go to the cone and back. The second, was to program it to move around a square on the floor. Our final challenge was outside, we had to program our spheros to go around various posts and loop back around to the beginning. We really enjoyed ourselves.
On Monday 5th June, we were so lucky to haveÂ Paul and Pedro and Big Dave and Gordon come and visit us. In the morning, we had an assembly where they told us about the charity Guide dogs for the blind and explained how their dogs help them in their day-to-day lives. In the afternoon, we were able to meet the dogs, experience sight through various types of glasses and set up a course where we guided each other through wearing blindfolds and holding a can to help us feel what was around us. Some of us also got the chance to play blindfolded football! It was great fun and a real experience.
Maths Challenge – are there more than 1 million bricks that make up our school?
In maths week, one of our challenges was to see if the school is made up of more than 1 million bricks. We works in pairs and all had different ways of working it out. One pair believed there to be more that 2 million and others thought it was lower than a million. None of the children were willing to count each individual brick…so I guess we will never know.
On the 22nd May, we were extremely lucky to have some people come and have a talk with us about apples. We learnt a lot of interesting things, such as: how to grow them, the different types of apples and where apples are grown. During the workshop, we were able to try two different types of apples, some fruit bars and apple crisps. We were also able to make our very own fresh apple juice using the juicer. It was very fun and we enjoyed ourselves very much.
This week for P.E., Kingfisher class have been taking part in Battlestation exercises. They have all worked really hard with them and they all had lots of fun.
Returning from the Easter break, we got straight into our Topic with our very own WWII experience. We came in dressed up as children from WWII and learnt in similar conditions to what they had to live in. Our classroom was completely blacked out and the only light source we had were flickering tealights. Air sirens sounded throughout the week, we had to take cover underneath our tables and pray that the bombs would not get us. Throughout the week, we did a variety of things related to WWII. These are listed below:
It was a great way to start off our topic and we all learnt and had fun in a creative way.
On Tuesday 28th March Kent Fire and Safety team came in to give us a fire talk. We found out many things such as:
We also got warned of hoax phone calls and what could happen if you were to pretend to phone the emergency services. It was very informative and interesting! A big thank you to Geoff and his team!
On Wednesday 22nd March we had our very own World Food Day. We had a professional chef come in to help us cook some delicious food. The dishes we made were: singapore noodles, nasi goreng and chicken tikka masala. Kingfisher class prepared, help cook and ate/took some of their dish home. The children also got a chance to taste some fruits from around the world dipped in a warm chocolate sauce. Certificates were given out for: best team work, most delicious dish, and best dressed dish. It was a day enjoyed by all!
On Thursday 9th February, we invited parents in to be apart of our African themed afternoon. We had two main activities: Baking and African Art. For baking, the children and parents made, baked and decorated their own African Animal biscuits, which all looked and smelt delicious! For the African Art, the children and parents designed and made their own African necklaces and masks. The afternoon was great fun and thanks again to the parents who came.
On Thursday 10th November Kingfisher class went on an adventure to St. Martinâ€™s church.Â We were greeted by Esther as soon as we walked in.
Firstly, we sat down and listened to Esther while she explained that we would be following a trail around the church.Â We had to look for candles and answer questions about the information we found there.Â Maddie and I went to the organ first and had a look at the hymn books.Â Then we went to the high altar, it was very exciting!
Once Maddie and I had finished our first candle we went to the prayer corner.Â I wrote a prayer and pinned on the board with prayers that other people had left.Â After that we went to the back of the church to see the font and look at the stained glass windows.
At the end we went into the quiet side chapel and Esther explained what it was used for.
Going to St. Martinâ€™s church was great fun and Esther explained everything when we asked questions.
Year 5 â€“ Kingfisher Class
At the end of term 1, we had our first parent afternoon of the year. We were so pleased to see so many parents turn up and it was great fun. Throughout the afternoon we: filtered dirty water, tried out some different knot skills, identified animals, tent relay and the clothes challenge. Thank you to all of the parents who attended, it was lovely toÂ see you all working with the children.
We were in charge of hosting a MacMillan coffee morning for Oaks. We started by choosing the cakes that we wanted to bake in our groups. Then, we went to Morrisons to buy the ingredients. After this, we baked our cakes in our groups, ready to sell to the school and parents. It was a very successful morning and we all enjoyed the experience greatly. We managed to raise Â£181.75 for MacMillan Cancer Support. Thank you to all of those who bought our cakes and we hope that you enjoyed them!
At the beginning of term 1, year 5 went to Mote Park to do their permanent orienteering course there. We spent the afternoon in groups, running around looking for as many symbols as we could. It was tiring yet very fun!
Our topic in year 5 this term is explorers, Miss McBride set up an orienteering course around the school grounds for the children to do. The children were discovering the name of the first explorer that they would be looking at: Shackleton. The children enjoyed themselves and found it a good learning challenge.
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Good teaching is allowing pupils to make up for previous gaps in their learning. Pupils have good attitudes to learning because teachers plan activities which maintain pupilsâ€™ interest and enthusiasm. Pupils are proud of their work and this is reflected in their books, which are very neatly presented.Ofsted
The academy provides well for pupils of all abilities. The most able pupils are given work which is at the right level and are encouraged to do as well as they can and so they make good progress.Ofsted
Pupils enjoy reading and use the well-stocked library to choose a different book each week. Daily reading sessions, together with well-taught phonics (the sounds that letters make) help to secure pupilsâ€™ good achievement in reading.Ofsted