Ash Class

Please checkout the Forest School tab and the Ash Forest School Diary for the pictures from this term's sessions.
Planting a Tiny Seed!
We chose a seed to plant (radish, pea, sunflower or tomato) and had to think carefully about the steps so that we could then write instructions. 
We have taken them home to observe them grow. Mr Baptie has planted one of each for us to observe in class.
RE – Sensory Easter Story 
Mrs Milne taught us about the Easter story using all of our senses. We had to eat bread for Passover, taste salty crisps for Jesus' tears, smell Myrrh for when Jesus' body was in the tomb and eat a small chocolate egg to represent new life…that is just to name a few!
We then chose one aspect of the story to write about.



Spring 2 – Stunning Start!
We were so lucky to have Phil from Jaws 'n' Claws come and visit us. We had the chance to see, feel and hold a range of unusual animals! In class, we will each be choosing our favourite and researching them to find out more. It was a fanastic afternoon and a great way to start our topic. Thank you to the PFA for funding this experience. 
We used compasses to try and find a Heffalump. We followed the directions and map carefully, which led us to the Heffalump snacks!
After playtime we saw a real Heffalump! We will soon be creating our own maps. 
Church Visit
In RE we are learning about Baptism. We went with Mrs Milne to the church to learn more about the ceremony that takes place.
Skateboarding Workshop!
We had great fun learning how to skateboard. We learnt the basics and even attempted some tricks. We used a lot of perseverance and succeeded!
We have started our new Jigsaw topic – Dreams and Goals.
We have thought about what we would like to achieve in school and how we are going to reach our goals. We discussed how we need to take small steps to get there and what the first step will be. In our books we use NS for 'next steps' and we talked about what this means in our learning.
Biscuit Experiments!
We carried out our tests to answer our questions from the previous science lesson! Jack found out that the ginger biscuit was the only one that sinks. A lot of us surveyed the class and found the pink wafer to be the tastiest. Some of us discovered that the ginger biscuit disintegrates the quickest!
It was a lot of fun…and very yummy!
Jigsaw – Friendship
In our PSHE Jigsaw work we have been looking at friendships.
We have made our own friendship tokens to give to others when they are kind or show a nice act of friendship. 
Book Look Test!
In science we have been working scientifically. We are generating our own questions to then test. We started off by exploring the different biscuits and had to think of as many questions as we could about them. We then sorted them into questions you could find out from a book or the internet (Book), ones that can be answered by observing the biscuits (Look) and those that can only be answered by carrying out a test! We came up with three test questions and then we each chose which one we will carry out next week. We will be testing:


Which biscuit does Ash class find the tastiest?
Which biscuits float?
Which biscuits disintegrate in water?
Festival of Trees
In readiness for the Festival of Trees event at Holy Cross Church, we have been making our robin decorations. We have used salt dough and had to weigh out the ingredients!
This term we are focusing on working scientifically. We had to carry out a simple test to see which was was the quickest way to melt butter. 
The first way we tested was by placing the knob of butter into a bowl. We then placed the bowl in the warm water. The second way was very messy! Some children had to use their hands to melt the butter. We found out that using our hands was the quickest at melting the butter. We discussed that this was because we were also able to squish the butter with our hands. 
Healthy Eating Workshop
We were very lucky to have Kim and Eve from East Sussex Health come to speak to us about how to stay healthy. We learnt about the different food groups and even got to make our own healthy rainbow!
The Great Fire of London
We have been learning about different sentence types. We went into the hall and pretended to wake up duing the Great Fire of London. We created still images and wrote what we thought our learning partner was seeing or doing. We then came back to class to write a short piece of writing in character. We had to include a statment, question and an exclamation!
Snap, Crackle, Pop!
We have started our new topic by writing our own firework poems. We focused on imagery and repetition. We have also used 2paint to create firework pictures and have made our own safety posters!
Fabulous Finish!
To end our 'Castle' topic we had a magnificent medieval banquet. We enjoyed a traditional feast and then performed our medieval dances. Some of us performed our own choice of entertainment and then we played party games.
Y5 also enjoyed watching some of our work, including a rendition of 'The Grand Old Duke Of York'.
Awesome Home Learning!
We have worked hard this term on our home learning grids. We had to complete a range of activities from the menu provided. Below is just a snapshot of our work!
Hever Castle Trip
What an amazing day we had at Hever Castle! The weather was kind and the autumn colour was stunning. We showed off all of our learning and could name so many features of the castle! We learnt about Henry VIII and his six wives as well as the history of the castle. We then had time to explore the grounds before we set off back to school. We all had a great time!
Castle Making Morning
We became designers and makers as we used our joining skills to make a castle. We had to make turrets, crenulations/ramparts, a drawbridge and flags.
It was a really fun morning with lots of DT learning!
We are very lucky to have Jess coming in to teach us (and Mr Baptie!) some key aspects of dance over the next few weeks. We have learnt the 6 areas of body movement and also began to work in unison with a partner.
Every week of this half-term we are learning about a different unit of measure with Mrs Milne.
This week we learnt all about capacity! We had to use the correct vocabulary and also find out the capacity  of different containers. We learnt that there are 1000ml in 1L.

Keep Germs Away!


We were very lucky to have the School Health Service come and visit us. They taught us all about germs and how to keep them away. We learnt how to correcly wash our hands!



We had to use an online paint program to create our own coat of arms. We then made a shield and stuck our coat of arms on. We are working hard to improve our control of the mouse when using laptops and computers. 
Castle Making!
In DT we are practising joining techniques in readiness for our Castle Making Day. We have learnt how to create turrets with a coned top. 
Next we will learn how to create a drawbridge!
We have been getting to know each other by playing some team building games.
First we had to try and work together to get the balls into the bucket.
Then we had to help our learning partner get to us…but they were blindfolded!
We came up with strategies to help them.


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