Cherry Year 5/6
WELCOME TO CHERRY TREE CLASS PAGE
We are Cherry Tree Class. We are a mixture of Year 5 and Year 6 children and our classroom is on the ground floor at Laira Green Primary School. Our teacher's name is Mrs Nightingale and our Teaching Assistant is called Mrs McGahan.
We love to work hard; our favourite activities are: maths word problems and puzzles, writing character descriptions and stories and lots and lots of wonderful art!
Since September, we have read HUNDREDS of books and love to talk about them every day and we pride ourselves on our great scores in our quizzes.
We have recently been listening to an audio book (and reading along with the text) of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and we LOVE IT SO MUCH! We heard the last episode today and we all cheered when Scrooge discovered the joy of being cheerful.
Please read on to hear about some of the great things we have been up to, recently.
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R.E. connected to Easter
Spring Term 2018
In Cherry Class we had some questions that we talked about:
Why do churches use stained glass windows to remember Christ’s death and resurrection?
What might the first Easter have been like for people at the time?
We read some stories about the first Easter and how Jesus was betrayed by Judas. We used these stories as inspiration for us to write some short narratives about this event, including dialogue (we have been learning how to punctuate speech within text).
We looked at some photographs of stained glass windows. We then tried to create our own stained glass windows, based upon the story of the crucifixion and ascension of Jesus, using oil pastels.
Here is some of our writing and some of our artwork:
WELCOMING OUR FRENCH VISITORS
Cherry Class were very lucky to host 8 children from a school in Brest, France, last Tuesday. They joined in all our activities: maths problem solving, writing direct speech using speech marks, Artwork around the significance of stained glass windows to Christians. The children were lucky enough to have Isaac available to translate as we went along - fantastic work, Isaac!
Here are some photos of us all working together...
JUNIOR TEN TORS PRACTICE WALK.
Here is a report of our exciting trip by Esha from Cherry Tree Class:
Junior Ten Tors
Yesterday the year 6s only went on a very exciting trip to Dartmoor. we were practising for the real ten tors. its wasn’t very much but my legs did ache a lot because it was a very long walk but it was very fun.
Firstly, we walked on a really muddy path and my shoes got soaking wet and they were so wet I had to stop to empty the water from my shoes and then after that happened I nearly fell into the water/mud. [ I think next time I go on walks like that I will wear wellies of some sensible shoes because I wore trainers and they got very muddy and very wet].
Secondly, we went over so many rocks my shoe laces got stuck in them and iIwas a little worried. Also I was in Miss Nightingale’s group and she was the best team teacher ever she numbers us 1 to 10 I was number 2 and Amber was number 1.
We also got some snow and people were throwing it at each other and then we passed Sheeps Tor which we went up before and that was really fun. So we got to the top of the hill were you could see it and the view was amazing and I didn’t want to leave because the view looked was so sandy. It looked like a sandy desert from where we were standing and then we walked down the hill and went up another hill and it was so tiring I couldn't walk anymore. But I got up my courage and started walking again. I sort of stopped to have a break, but that doesn’t matter all that matters is walking and getting healthy and strong.
By Esha, Cherry Tree Class
DISSECTING AN EYE IN SCIENCE
The brave children of Cherry Class carried out an eye dissection last week. They were each given a pig eye - which came from a local butcher. They had to examine it carefully with a magnifying glass and identify the schlera, cornea, pupil, lens, optic nerve etc. They turned it over and over and took their time to examine they eye and find out everything they could. Initially, some children were a bit reluctant but they soon managed to join in and start learning.
A while later, the eyeballs were cut (the scalpel was very tricky so we ended up using scissors) and the aqueous humour came out. It was very simple then to remove the lens. If you put the lens onto some text, you can see how it magnifies the words.
The children identified the retina and all the blood vessels within the eye. As a whole, the class were fascinated with this activity and learnt so much more than they had from a diagram!
Well done, Cherries!
" 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS" WRITING
At the end of the autumn term, we studied the famous poem 'Twas The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore, which was written in 1823. It had some tricky words and phrases and some old-fashioned items mentioned in the poem, so it needed lots of work.
We were then set the challenge of re-writing the poem as a narrative (bit like a story) in our own words. If you want to read your work, click on these links:
Eagle huntress Cinema Visit
As part of the “Intofilm” nationwide initiative, three classes of children from Laira Green Primary School were lucky enough to go to the cinema. We watched a film called Eagle Huntress. It was filmed on location with a Mongolian family with particular focus on their eldes daughter, Aishalpan and showed spectacular scenery in a very bleak landscape. Aishalpan was determined to follow in her father’s footsteps and learn to hunt with an eagle. That involved capturing an eaglet when it was aged around three months, training it to fly and return to Aishalpan’s arm, then teaching it to hunt for foxes in the snow and bring them to the family. The birds are very heavy when fully grown and Aishalpan had to hold the eagle on her forearm whilst riding a pony at full gallop!
All the children enjoyed the film and were able to contrast their life and their school with those of Aishalpan and her friends. It made the children think deeply about their responsibilities and the amount of work they have to do and the amount of free time they have available.
We are currently preparing some fascinating writing at school about the people in the film and the gender issues that were presented.
Manor Court Visit
Cherry Class went up to see the residents of Manor Court last Friday. We walked up the hundred steps, along past High View School and past the shops. We turned right and we were there. The residents were sitting in comfortable chairs, having a chat or a nap or talking with visitors.
The children from Cherry class took their topic books and their art books to show the residents what they had been working on. It can be difficult to chat to someone you have just met but the Cherries were amazing and kind and thoughtful. They showed their work and chatted to the residents about what they had been learning at school.
Our children then sang two songs: We’re the Victorians and Roar by Katy Perry. They got lots of applause and smiles!!
The children from Cherry Class, Laira Green were a credit to the school. We intend to go to Manor Court again very soon!
Cherries Poppies for newsletter
Cherry class visited the war memorial on Plymouth Hoe to look at the poppies.
Here are some of their views on what they saw:
We use poppies for Remembrance because poppies were the first plants to grow on the battlefield and are really strong flowers to represent the people who have died. Armistice day is commemorated on the 11 of November at 11 a.m.
The artificial poppies were there to commemerate the lives of people who gave their lives so we could be free & would have a happy life. There were at least 13,000 poppies at the Hoe. Every year poppies go on sale so they can raise some money for people in the family of the soldiers.
We wear poppies because they were the first plant to grow on the demolished battlefield; the black represents the mourning of our loved ones and the red represents the the blood spilled on the battlefield.
The wars were for our freedom to save our country and It is crucial to respect those who fell in the battles.