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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.

 

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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 we heard the siren we rushed into the air raid shelter, it was very scary and dark, but we were all very brave and made it out from the bombs alive!

Then it was time to meet the headteacher of our new school! She taught us lots of things, including “make do and mend”, the toys we would be playing with and the new clothes we had to wear. We all looked very smart in our new outfits!

Soon it was time to wave goodbye and set off on the steam train to our new destinations. On our journey we kept our spirits high by singing some wartime songs, accompanied by some very talented musicians; Not only this Farmer Wells and Brad managed to chase and catch a German spy in the station!! After lunch on the train we were very lucky to talk to some real evacuees from WW2, who shared their experiences and this was extremely interesting.

 

To end the day, we met some of the heroes who helped put out many fires during the war and were lucky enough to even have a go at using their methods to put out fires of our own!

We had the most incredible day and an experience we will never forget!!

 

Thank you to everyone at home for helping us find suitable clothing for the day and for Miss Stroud and Brad for being evacuees with us!

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 Rowling and Dahl for identifying the culprits in the team game of cluedo!

 

Miss Bramley, Miss Dawson and Mrs Owen were so proud of all of the children for attempting the climbing wall. A lot of children did reach the top and pressed the button . . . for those who didn’t, it’s having a go that counts and we are very proud that not one child gave up and didn’t try!

Well don everyone, what a super day, and a brilliant attitude from you all!

Our values, as well as resilience,  shown today:

Perseverance

Trust

Responsibility 

Respect

Courage

Wisdom

Thankfulness

 

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

Sport’s Day

We had fun on Sports day even though it was VERY HOT! Well done to the winning house- Dahl Continue Reading

Founder’s Day

This is your Life- HRH Elizabeth 2nd We celebrated the life of our Queen and looked at different events which have occurred during her 90 years. Continue Reading