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Sycamore and Maple class had a fabulous time creating some brilliant lanterns ready for the Illuminate Festival on 24th November. They created their own individual fish lanterns; helped to create a giant puppet lantern; and were even part of the creation of the Mayflower.

The children can carry their creations at the Illuminate Festival on Friday 24th November - starting at the pier (letters will be going out to parents/carers regarding this event).

Well done for representing your school so beautifully!

Sycamore class are experimenting with different materials this half term.  We had dirty and sandy water and had to decide which material best filtered the water to make it clean again. We made predictions, based on our prior knowledge, and wrote about the things we would change if we were to do the experiment again. Ass your children about the results of the experiment!

Changes of State

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This week Sycamore class have been following out written instructions by mummifying a tomato. We covered the tomatoes in a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and salt, and then wrapped them in bandages (kitchen roll). We will check back in a few weeks to see if the mummification process has worked and the tomatoes have been preserved. 

Mummifying a Tomato

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Continuing with the Africa topic, this week Sycamore class have teamed up with Maple class and have been learning a traditional African dance. Gumboot dancing originated in south Africa in the 1950s when miners were not allowed to communicate while working. In often pitch black conditions, the miners would communicate using the slapping of their boots to create patterns.  Both of the year five classes have enjoyed slapping and stomping and are beginning to learn a routine. 

Gumboot Dancing

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Our topic this term is Africa, including Ancient Egypt. We are learning how to structure and write a good set of instructions, and have started by following instructions on 'how to mummify.'

We needed to be able to carefully follow the steps of the instructions so that we didn't get confused. We used the numbered steps and the time connectives to help us read these in the correct order.

Some of us were far too keen to become dead pharaohs and be mummified in front of the whole class!

How to Mummify a Pharaoh

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Adventuring into the unknown regions of Africa, Sycamore class got their hands dirty discovering the hidden secrets of Ancient Egyptian life and were in awe of the cultural diversity of the African people. The children carried out an archaeological dig to discover jewels from Ancient Egyptian pharaohs; they tried on the garments of native African tribes; they searched through atlases and non-fiction books to find out a little more about the continent; and they had a go at writing their own hieroglyphics with papyrus paper.

The children are so excited about getting started with their topic work and there are a lot of plans in the pipeline for this term! They were touched by the story of the charity: Porridge and Pens and are looking forward to raising some very important funds to sponsor a child in Ghana.
By the end of the term, there will be lots for you to see and hear when the children invite you in for an afternoon of roaming our African museum.

Discovering Africa

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Brian, The Class Hamster

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Catching Dreams


In topic, Year 5 are currently learning about The Americas. Because of this, in art, we are learning about american inspired art and artists. In February we learnt about the artist Leonora Carrington, as well  as being an artist, she was also involved in making murals, textiles, costumes, poems and masks. We learnt that although she was born in Britain, she lived most of her life in Mexico, where she was very famous and popular.  Leonora is viewed as a Mexican artist because of this. Carrington painted dream-like images, using fantasy characters. Inspired by her dream like work, our class made dream catchers.



This year Sycamore have worked so hard in Maths and have explored loads of different problems, ideas and challenges. This term we've been tackling fractions; ordering, comparing and now we are adding them. Our class have learnt this year the importance of talking about and explaining maths, here are some pictures of the children working together to solve problems (Yes we are writing on tables - we needed room to explain it). 

Chase Lane Dragons Den


In Science last term Sycamore class were learning about forces. As part of their learning they were challenged to pair up and design a mechanism that uses pushes, pulls, levers and cogs. Once they had carefully designed their mechanism they were asked to prepare a pitch to present to the dragons. Just like the TV show the children presented their mechanisms to the dragons, who were suitably stern. All of the dragons were incredibly impressed with the children's knowledge and ideas. See below for some pictures of the mechanisms:

Science experiment for air resistance and gravity 'Lego Drop'

In our class we are learning about forces, so we decided to carry out a Science Experiment called 'Lego Drop' to help us learn about Air Resistance and Gravity. The idea of Lego Drop was to drop Lego figures from the top of the adventure playground and see how long they took to fall. To stop them falling too quickly we made parachutes. We worked in partners. We had to make our own parachutes out of any material of our choosing. We discussed what we could change for our experiment because it is all about a fair test. 


We got to choose what we could change, we could have changed:


  • length of string 
  • where you put the string on the Lego man
  • shape of parachute 
  • material of parachute 
But you could only change one thing and all the others you couldn't.
Once we planned the experiment we then created three parachutes. We had templates to draw around most of our class chose to change the material.after we had created them we had to put them in our trays waiting for drop day.
On the day Mrs Tucker and Mr Baxter stood on the adventure playground's highest point by the slide and dropped  the parachutes  one at a time. Whilst they were doing that we had to time how long it took for our Lego figures to drop and record them in our science books. When the parachutes dropped they spiraled down whereas without one the Lego figure just plonked. 
Then once we had finished we were asked to look at our science books and tell Mr Baxter what the best parachute was and the worst parachute. The whole class loved it! We found that the lighter the material the more surface area we had and therefore the more Air Resistance. One material was the best and that was... the tissue paper! '
Jessica and Cheyanne Year 5 
'Mummifying' A literacy instructional unit

In Literacy we are learning about instructions, our instructional text is 'How to Mummify an Egyptian Slave'. To show us how these instructions work Mr Baxter decided he was going to link our topic to Literacy so he brought in a skeleton with fake heart, lungs, liver, intestines and a brain made of play dough. He also brought in Canopic jars but they were actually mugs from the staff room. He even had a temple background on the board to make it feel like we were actually in a temple. It was hilarious for some but disgusting for other. My favourite part was when Mr Baxter was pretending there was blood everywhere, my least favourite part was when Mr Baxter put the hook into the mouth and pulled out the brain. Uncle Bill is still mummified at the back of the room.


 Scarlet Year 5