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Class Estuary is made up of Years 4 and 5. We follow the New National Curriculum with much of our learning planned around the current topic or theme. These topics run either for a whole or half a term.

In order to enhance our learning, we regularly go on trips and welcome visitors who may provide us with real life experiences and knowledge.er Plan

Weekly homework is set which usually comprises of spellings, a times table focus and another piece of topic, literacy or maths. As the children become more independent learners, the homework may often be in the form of a research project with a choice of how it is presented.

The pupils in Class Estuary also have a number of jobs which promotes their independence and ensures the smooth running of their lessons. The Year 5s, however, also run a toast bar during the first break-time for the rest of the school. The money raised doing this is used to buy equipment and sometimes given to charities of the children’s choice.

Towards the end of the academic year, the Year 5s are invited to apply to be buddies to the ‘Rising Fives’ who will be starting school in the following September. They then meet their buddies in the Summer Term, thus helping them settle into Huntley and providing a familiar face when the ‘big day’ arrives.

Ancient Egypt – Autumn Term 1 Curriculum Overview

 

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Shared Writing Week

Shared Writing Week

This week we have enjoyed Shared Writing Week across school. In every class we have explored the book by Kobi Yamada called ‘WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA?’. The writing that we completed this week was shared across the whole school!

The book follows a young boy who suddenly gets an idea! It shows us his journey of feelings as he hides, grows and shares his idea.

Class Stream wrote Acrostic poems about ideas.

Class River wrote instructions about looking after a precious idea.

Class Estuary wrote newspaper reports about a world changing idea.

Class Ocean wrote 2 contrasting diary entries from the perspective of the little boy.

On Friday we gathered in house groups and shared our excellent writing. Teachers and children were wowed by neat handwriting, original ideas, descriptions, genre features, emotions and clear, loud reading. It was a very inspiring sharing time!

It was fantastic to see so many confident and proud writers.

We are already looking forward to the next Shared Writing Week!

Please come and see some samples of our work displayed in the school hall.

 

Greek Day

 

On Tuesday 26th March years 4,5 and 6 had a Greek day to celebrate their learning of Ancient Greece as their topic. What a wonderful day we had.

To start the day we were greeted by Nikademus who sent us through the portal to Ancient Greece, where we began with a quiz.

 

We then tested our logic with some traditional Ancient Greek games.

Before we learnt some battle strategies, we had the chance to test our javelin skills by throwing them at Nikademis, this obviously was very entertaining!

After break was when the real fun started. We had the opportunity to try on real Ancient Greek armour and explore the weaponry used during battle; this was very exciting. We couldn’t believe the size of some the swords and how heavy the shields were; We found out that the soldiers carried these for miles!

Next it was time for the feast! We enjoyed a lot of Greek Cuisine and are very grateful to Greek On The Docks for supplying such amazing food for us to try. We think everybody at least tried something new! Also thank you to Mrs Mason for organising this and also giving up her time to go and collect the food!

After having such huge amounts of food, we were ready and energised for the afternoon’s events. We began by learning some very cool battle techniques, and used them to create an army and charge at the teachers!!

During the second part of the afternoon, we competed in an Ancient Greek style Olympic games. Well done to the Spartans for achieving the most points, although this was a very close competition and everyone did well. We think Mrs Hulse helped gain the Spartans some points as her aiming was much better than Miss Bramley’s!

It was a shame to see such a brilliant day coming to end, but we finalised it by re-telling a myth through drama. This was very entertaining.

Miss Bramley, Mrs Hulse and Miss Stroud were so proud of you all, for your fantastic participation, enthusiasm and excellent behaviour. Watching the enjoyment you were all experiencing through the whole day was very rewarding!

We would like to thank all of the parents and helpers who created such brilliant costumes for the children (we know this is not always an easy task). Everyone looked amazing and your cooperation is very appreciated!

We hope the children had a brilliant day and could share lots of their new knowledge and experiences 🙂

Dean Field Study Centre 29th June – 1st July

This years residential for years 4, 5 and 6 was a very fun and exciting one, when we visited the Dean Field Study Centre in Parkend.

After all arriving and having our first evening meal on Friday, we then went out for our birds of prey display. Unfortunately it was too hot to fly the birds as they would just go and hide in the shade, however we were still able to meet many of them, including an eagle owl, hawk and an 8 week old baby barn owl (who was very cute). Not only this, we got to explore through owl poo to see what they had eaten (yuck!). We all had a chance at holding the birds and this was a very fascinating experience.

On Saturday and Sunday we were split into our 3 groups to go off and complete a range of activities. One of the activities was problem solving, where we had to apply a lot of skills, but mostly team work, to complete a range of very tricky challenges.

The zip wire, climbing wall and leap of faith was when all of us displayed huge amounts of courage and we all had a go at everything, conquering many fears. After huge amounts of perseverance and determination, we had great fun and some us even became so brave we could hang upside down from the trapeze bar!

Caving was a very popular, but very nerve-racking experience (particularly for Miss Bramley); we spent two hours underground sliding and climbing our way through very tight spaces and getting very dirty. We had the most incredible experience doing this and Miss Bramley was so proud of everyone going underground, it was very dark and very scary!

Unfortunately we don’t have any pictures of caving or tunnelling for you as it was too dark and dangerous to carry things with us, however we can you lots about it at home!

On our last night we did some orienteering up in the woods, where we worked in partners to find our way around a map and stamp off locations. Well done to the winning duo Josh and Blake! Once we got back we celebrated our last evening with a movie night and ate way too many sweets. We ended up going to bed very late, and it is fair to say some us were that tired we missed half of the film and had to escorted back to bed!

 

Miss Bramley would like to thank all of the children to their super enthusiasm and excellent behaviour over the weekend, it was really was a pleasure to take you all away.

Thank you to all of the parents for your drop offs and collections, and for making sure all of the children had everything with them they needed.

A massive thank you also to Miss Dawson and Brad for giving up their weekend to come with us, we wouldn’t have been able to go without you being prepared to give up your time, it really is appreciated!

 

Miss Bramley hopes all of the children had a fantastic time and all took some great memories away with them!

Bellboating Regatta

On Thursday 28th June, years 5 and 6 attended the regatta at Tewkesbury Sailing Club. We had an absolutely brilliant time and worked really well as a team.

We displayed many of values, including perseverance, courage and responsibility.

 

Thank you so much to all of the parents that came and helped us, and to Mrs Owen for taking us!

 

Netball Festival

On the 22nd June, the girls from years 5 and 6 participated in the Netball Festball at Denmark Road.

The girls showed fantastic skill and team work throughout the day, with A team and B team showing excellent sportsmanship and support to each other throughout the whole tournament.

Despite the extremely hot weather, we played brilliantly well, reaching the very close finals, and what a long way Huntley Netball team has come this year! We also had players who have never played before even scoring goals . . . It was definitely a day to remember!

Well done girls, Miss Bramley could not have been prouder of you, you were a superb representation of Huntley Primary School!

Thank you to all of the parent drivers who made the day possible to go ahead!

World War 2 Evacuation Experience

On Tuesday 12th June, the children in class Estuary were sent back to 1940 and became evacuees for a day! Once we arrived at the station, we were met by Farmer Wells who helped organise us into our new roles, but not before keeping us safe from the danger in the sky! As soon as… Continue Reading

Resilience Day!

We have had a fantastic day today developing our resilience and (for quite a few of us) overcoming some fears.   We started the day with some great team building exercises, with increasing challenge and difficulty – including being blind folded and having to trust our team to give us accurate directions. Well done to… Continue Reading

Bristol Zoo

On Wednesday 18th October we had a great time exploring the zoo, despite the weather being terrible, we made the most of the day. We saw a whole range of animals, including lions, monkeys, seals, penguins and meerkats; even some really strange animals such as a sand cat and mousedeer!! We were all agreed that… Continue Reading

Tag Rugby Tournament

On Friday 24th February, Class Estuary participated in a tag rugby festival at Westbury On Seven following our 6 week training with the Gloucestershire rugby coaches. We entered 2 teams into the tournament, with both teams playing exceptionally well and team 1 even winning the whole tournament! Miss Bramley couldn’t have been prouder with the… Continue Reading

Remembrance Day Biscuits

Today Class Estuary had lots of fun baking and decorating biscuits to raise money for the poppy appeal. We had to use lots of maths skills to measure the right amount of ingredients and we learnt to follow a recipe accurately. We spent the afternoon making our own icing and decorating the biscuits to look… Continue Reading