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Mr Dixon

Term 5

5SD have been working incredibly hard at developing our fraction skills this term. We have been using different methods to help us find equivalent fractions, add and subtract fractions with different denominators multiply. Here we are showing some of our conversions to help us subtract fractions with different denominators.

We have been studying Hip Hop music this term, looking at the structure and changes in tempo. Each week we have studied a different Hip Hop artist along with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme tune, which we have then accompanied with singing and playing the glockenspiels.

Term 4

To celebrate world book day, we worked on some potato art! We thought of our favourite book characters and discussed why and then created a potato model of them, which was great fun. Can you tell what characters they are?

As part of science, we have been looking at the life-cycles of living things. We saw the lifecycle of birds first-hand when we received some chicks for two weeks. They arrived as eggs and we kept them in an incubator where there hatched. We then were able to hold them and write reports about how they have developed over time.

Term 3

In art this term, we were inspired by the work of Henri Rousseau and his jungle landscapes. We first of all planned a sculpture of an animal that we would like to create and then used junk to make it! Can you see what our animals are?

For science, we’ve been looking at micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses and the role they play in our world. This was especially interesting considering what is going on in the world right now!

We also looked at classifying animals and used a branch key to help identify animals by using key characteristics.

In English, we learnt how to structure formal letters. In collaboration with our topic of rainforests and our research on deforestation, we decided to write letters to the Brazilian Ambassador in London to try and persuade him to talk to the Brazilian government to stop or cut back on destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Mr Dixon collected up all the letters from the year group and posted them to Ambassador Arruda. Fingers crossed we get a response soon!

Term 2

In Art, we have been making our own clay dragon eyes. We started off designing them using different shading techniques to add depth and texture and then practised our use of clay. Once we were happy with our clay, we painted them to make them really stand out and finally glossed them. We hope you like them!

We would like to thank all parents and carers for your support this term – it’s been really busy but we have done a lot of fantastic learning and we are all very proud of 5SD. Happy Christmas everybody – have a well-deserved rest and see you in 2021!

Thank you to Mr Hunter for organising the fantastic Christmas concert with ‘Bristol Plays Music’. It was great fun to be part of the concert with schools all over Bristol and we loved learning the songs as well as the sign language that accompanied them. Here we are during the concert – you might even see our picture in The Guardian newspaper!

We have been doing lots of reading this term, whether it’s our current class book ‘Boy at the Back of the Class’, our work around ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, in Guided Reading or our own books for pleasure. We thought we’d show you some of our more relaxed reading moments!

Term 1

In science, we have been studying changes in states of matter between solids, liquids and gases. Here we looked at non-newtonian fluids that make liquids act like solids when force is applied to them! You could always have a go at trying it at home too – all you need is cornflower and water.

We are lucky to currently have Future Stars taking us for PE throughout Thursday afternoons. This term we are working on our balance in the gym while practising our dribbling and passing skills in basketball. It’s been great fun!