Yr 5 - Pine

Welcome to Pine Class!


As part of our Religious Education topic of Judaism, we had a Jewish music workshop. We learnt about the Jewish culture and had a go at learning some of the music. Here is a snippet of what we learnt. We thought the musicians were very talented and asked them some fantastic questions about their religion and music.


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Pine class have been learning about the properties and changes in materials. We had lots of fun with balloons to learn about reversible and irreversible changes. When a balloon is blown up and then deflated, this is a reversable change made to the material. However, Once the balloon is popped, the change made to the material is irreversible. Ask us about reversible and irreversible changes

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Happy Easter everybody, from our Pine Class bunnies

Pine class had a wonderful time sailing down the River Thames and exploring Greenwich park. They were very excited to see the London Eye after studying the London Eye Mystery in Year 4. Although it was very chilly, the boat trip was awesome as we got to see lots of London’s attractions, learn about rivers and wave to people on the many bridges (which brings you good luck apparently!) The children behaved perfectly and represented our school with pride. Well done Pine class.


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As part of Science week, we investigated ‘How far can you stretch a curly wurly?’ The children were set with the task of beating the World Record holder for the longest curly wurly stretch. We didn’t quite beat the record, but every group made it past 1 meter and the classroom smelt delicious.

The children of Pine Class have been random reading! As part of World Book Day, we decided to go to different parts of the school to enjoy some quiet reading. Can you spot us reading in lots of different places? Some of us got ourselves into some questionable places. Today has been lots of fun!

We have had lots of loud fun during our keyboard lessons in Music. The children have learnt a couple of different songs. So far, we have practised using our fingers and thumb correctly to play C, D, E and F. I think they sound pretty good!

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We love drama in Pine class. The children have recreated an action scene from within the story we have been studying. I love the use of body language and facial expression to show so many emotions. We have some fantastic actors and actresses.

The Great Pine Run I am so proud of the Children of Pine Class. The endeavoured to run 10 laps of our hard-area, so that they could raise money for our Spring term trip and every child ran more than they needed to. The children thoroughly enjoyed reading Harry Miller’s Run, which inspired us to complete this challenge. The whole-school came to support us with children chanting, posters made and lots of music and plenty of water. Well done Pine class!

Clay Flowers In Art, Pine class have been learning about sculpture Phoebe Cummings. She is a British artist who works with clay. We were inspired by her unique, detailed flowers and had a go at creating our own installation. Although we got very messy and had some collapsed sculptures, it was lots of fun! Once our sculptures have fully dried and if they don’t fall apart we will be bringing them home.

In our ZONES of regulation lessons, we have been learning more about the different ways we might feel when we are in the yellow, red and blue zone. Together, we have come up with tools and strategies we can use to help us return to the green zone. We had fun doing a drama activity where we tried to create all the emotions on the ZONES board. Can you guess how we are feeling?

For Jeans 4 Genes day, we learnt about different genetic disorders which impact the lives of thousands of children around the country. We learnt about the impact our fundraising has on children’s lives including special equipment, medical research and family support. We learnt about the forming of our genetics from our parents and created our own DNA using delicious sweets.

We recently went on a nature walk around the school grounds, searching for plants which reproduced sexually and asexually. The children did all the photography and I am so impressed with what they managed to shoot. Here is a sample of the wonderful photos taken.

In English, we have been studying Treason by Berlie Doherty. To deepen our understanding of the characters we created freeze frames and thought bubbles from a very emotional scene. These drama techniques lead to some wonderful acting and impressive writing. The story is very thought provoking and the class are having many high level discussions about Tudor civilisation.

In Science this term, we are learning about the reproduction of plants. To understand this, we needed to learn many new pieces of vocabulary including the parts of the plant which contributed to reproduction. To do this, we had a great time dissecting lilys and labelling the parts. Pine class smelt wonderful!

A warm welcome to everyone as they start their year 5 journey. I am pleased to see happy faces and enthusiastic learners on the first day of term. The children looked very smart and had a wonderful first day setting our expectations for the year. I am very excited for the journey we will be taking together in Pine Class this year.

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