This morning 5R have been reading poetry from "Be the change" ,written with Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens. After evaluating some performances of poetry yesterday we used applied some the techniques identified to our own performances today.
This week we looked at the question ¿Cómo te llamas? Which translates into English as what is your name?
We practised our pronunciation of the question then went onto learning how to respond to it with: yo me llamo...
We also learnt how to then ask the person what their name is once we have responded to the original question. We found some of the pronunciation tricky today but enjoyed trying! Some of us even tried to add the question from last week into our conversation!
As part of our mini-topic based around Earth Day and raising awareness of climate change, we have created some sculptures based around the plastic bottle artworks of Veronika Richterová, a Czech artist who demonstrates the potential to find beauty in garbage.
Verionika Richterová, who cuts, heats, twists and melts plastic bottles together to create her masterpieces, is well-known for transforming plastic materials in a number of ways. She calls her work PET-ART as PET is the abbreviation of polyethylene terephthalate, the technical name for the common plastic she works with.
We sanded, cut, manipulated, shaped, and painted our bottles to create our own versions of Richterová's butterflies.
As part of our mini-topic for Earth Day we have been reading Greta's Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went On Strike To Save The Planet. We have learnt lots of facts about Greta Thunberg and how she is fighting for climate change.
We have looked at some of the pages from the biography in detail today, and realised as a class that we all thought different sections of information were the most important: this what formed the beginning of our blackout poems.
Using the variety of pages from the biography, children circled the words or phrases that stood to them and created an image related to these words or theme of the page to 'blackout' the rest of the text.
On a Monday we do our weekly arithmetic session with Mrs Russell. Recently, some of Mrs Russell's maths group have taken on the responsibility of acting as maths tutors during these sessions. This has really helped the children in Mrs Hall and Miss Lancaster's maths groups and we can now see children becoming more confident with their arithmetic methods. Keep up the hard work!
On a Tuesday we are now learning a new language! Lots of us were very excited to hear that we are now learning Spanish! Many of us have traveled to Spain for a holiday or will be traveling to Spain in the future so we are really looking forward to learning Spanish.
We started our language unit by thinking about where in the world Spain is and about the Geography of Spain. We discussed many things that are associated with Spain such as foods, traditions and football teams! We were able to name many Spanish cities thanks to our knowledge of Spanish football teams!
This week we looked at the question ¿Cómo está? which translates into English as how are you?
World Book Day 2020
Thank you for the fabulous effort made by 5R for world book day! There was some brilliant costumes on display! We managed to share a story at 5 different points today and it was lovely to have time together looking at different stories and enjoying them together.
Battle of Marathon
Today we created freeze frames showing how people reacted to the Battle of Marathon. Our freeze frames included: Pheidippides, an eye witness, a Persian soldier, a reporter, an Athenian soldier and a Spartan soldier. The reporter then interviewed each of the characters and we recorded the quotes to use in our newspaper reports about the Battle of Marathon.
Media - Stop Motion Animation
This afternoon we applied all of our learning on stop motion animation and created a short animation based around the Ancient Greek Olympics.
Using the stop motion app, the children created their animations. The children thought about the background they needed for their animation and thought about how how they could strengthen their clay models to allow them to be moved easily without any breakages. The groups thought about how they needed to keep the camera in the same position and used the overlay function on the stop motion app to allow them to see where they took their previous still.
The stop motion animations were then edited by importing them into iMovie and adding sound effects, music and title slides. We hope you enjoy the finished animations!
This afternoon we had a visit from PC Luke Carson. Luke spoke to us about our use of technologies that connect to the internet and the dangers that can come with these technologies if not used responsibly.
We thought about the different social networking platforms that we have access to and how we need to think carefully about what we post on these networking sites. Luke also spoke to us about legislations and laws that effect children from the age of 10 years old. This gave 5R lots to think about and there was lots of discussion points after the session with Luke.
Media - Stop Motion Animation
This afternoon we expanded our learning on stop motion animation and started to think about how we can make objects move.
Using the clay once again, we thought about animals or people could move and how we could make a short sequence of stills to show this movement. We will now use these skills to create a short animation based around the Ancient Greek Olympics.
Media - Stop Motion Animation
This afternoon we learnt about stop motion animation. We looked at examples of stop motion animation from the last 100 years and then looked at the techniques used for clay motion animation.
We had a go at using the technique of entering and exiting either horizontally or vertically with a ball or a cylinder. We used a "black hole" for exiting vertically.
Our class blogger Freya took part in today’s whole school assembly with Mr Hodges. Mr Hodges and the bloggers spoke to everyone about the identify we create for our selves online and how we need to be careful about how we portray our selves online as this creates an impression of us to others.
Today 5R have planned a modern version of Theseus and Minotaur. They have taken inspiration from ready player 1 to plan a narrative set in the future where Theseus enters a virtual reality gaming world to defeat the Minotaur. There has been a real buzz in the classroom today and we can not wait to see how our modern myths turn out!
Greek Inventions: Souvlaki
Today we investigate the Greek Souvlaki. We looked at images of an ancient Greek Souvlaki without any information about it and tired to figure out what the ancient Greek's used it for. After learning about the Souvlaki and understanding how different a cooking method it was to the methods being used around the world at the time we tasted some chicken souvlaki and other Greek foods available to us now. We evaluated the foods thinking about their taste, texture, appearance and smell.
Rock Steady Workshop
This morning 5R were lucky enough to take part in a "Rock Steady" music workshop. We learnt about what is needed to make a good band and had a go at playing some of the instruments that bands use, including the drums, keyboard and guitar.
Year 5 and 6 worked together to keep a steady beat while some pupils used the instruments to play the music for the chorus for "We Will Rock You" by Queen.
Democracy in Ancient Greece
This afternoon 5R split into the two city states of Athens and Sparta. We re-created how the two cities were ruled. We had a discussion about which city would be better to live in and why. The majority of 5R decided Athens would be a better city to live in because they would have a say and didn't have to be in the army if they didn't want to!
This afternoon 5R took some time to think about the term "Racism".
The children thought about what the word Racism means and how it makes them feel. We talked about where we have seen racism and why it happens. The class were very mature and empathetic about the topic.
We watched a BBc clip where a girl retold events that had happened to her during her time in school and looked at poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah.
It would not be very good if you all had the same colour,
It would not be very good if you all had the same mother.
It would not be very good if we were from the same place,
It would not be very good if we all had the same face.
It would not be very good if we all wore the same clothes,
It would not be very good and every smart kid knows,
You’re not even the same as your own sister or brother,
So it would not be very good if we were copies of each other.
I don’t want to get personal, excuse me if I’m rude,
It would not be very good if we all ate the same food.
It would not be very good if we all had the same grin,
And it would not be very good if we all liked the same thing.
In my humble opinion we have to learn to share,
Because life would be quite strange if we all had the same hair.
We should celebrate our difference, the world’s full of different people,
But even though we’re different, we are all equal.
This week we challenged our selves to see how quickly we could use our skimming and scanning skills to find words in a text. The words that we found were mostly new vocabulary to us so we spent time afterwards using our meaning breakdown strategies to figure out what they meant. We discussed why the author might have chosen to use these words and how some of them would have different meanings in different contexts.
Happy New Year from 5R!
Privacy and cookies policy
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
1.1. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of the users of our services. Our services include and will hereby be referred to as 'Our Services' (our websites used to promote eSchools services and tutorial resources, specifically
and https://academy.eschools.co.uk), 'School Websites' ( designed by eSchools and populated by individual schools themselves) and 'Platforms' (individual online services that provide teachers, learners, parents and governors with information, tools and resources) as well as our smartphone app. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information across these services.
2. Collecting personal information on Our Services
2.1 We may process or temporarily store the following kinds of personal information:
information about your computer and about your visits to and use of Our Services (including but not limited to, your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths)
information contained in or relating to any communications that you send to us or send through our website (including, the communication content) via online forms
any other personal information that you choose to send to us via online forms
manually inputted details of users added to the platform
details of users as integrated by our providers at Wonde via your MIS (if applicable to your package). For further information on integrated data please see our Data Sharing Agreement
2.2 Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person's consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with the terms of this policy.
2.5 Schools are also able to add analytics tools and can therefore gather information on visits to and use of their website (including but not limited to, IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths). Individual visitors can manage their preferences through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
2.6 Session IP addresses are retained to monitor and safeguard against improper usage of our services.
2.7 Content on the platform (added by staff, governors and students) and website content is added directly by School Users. This information is only used for to display on the platform in the way the user intends and is not used for any other purposes by eSchools. At a time when a school ceases to use our services the content is removed within a 14 day period as detailed in our agreement with the school.
2.8 Some of our services require the school to provide access to information they require for use with those services. For example a school using our communication tool, Letters Home, which enables schools to contact parents by email regarding important school information. In this situation a school will provide eSchools with access to the email address(es) they wish to send their communication to. Schools have granular access to ensure only the required data is shared and accessed by eSchools. The data is frequently updated to ensure that eSchools only retains up-to-date data.
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administer our services
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send you email notifications that you have specifically requested. You can manage your preferences at anytime through your eSchools dashboard.
keep our services secure, safeguard against improper use of our services and prevent fraud.
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3.2. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
3.3. eSchools understands our obligation to be mindful about the data we process and only process data that is required to fulfil our obligations in providing our services; to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user.
3.4. We will not pass your information to third parties; except for the purpose of fulfilling our services to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user or where we are required to do so by law.
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4.1 We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
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to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
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to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information;
to the school in the case of improper use on the platform by individuals
4.3 Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.
5. International data transfers
5.1. Data directly collected by eSchools may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy. Any third party we use is within the EEA or they hold an existing EU SCC, as in line with requirements under the GDPR. No other third party are permitted to access the school’s data.
5.2. Personal information that an individual adds to our websites may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
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6.1. This section sets out our data retention policies and procedures, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.
6.2. Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
6.3. Data collected through analytic cookies will be retained for 26 months. Individual visitors can adapt the data collected through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
6.4. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
To the extent that we are required to do so by law;
If we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk). Data will no longer be kept after the termination of the contract with the school.
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7.2. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. The web service we employ has a broad range of accreditations and certifications and the data centres used ensure the data stays within the EEA.
7.3. eSchools use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which creates a secure connection and uses two keys to encrypt data in transit. Despite this, you acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data.
8.1. We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
8.2. You should check this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes to this policy.
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9.2. We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
9.3. You may change your cookie preferences at any time as referenced in 2.4.
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We will only provide communication about the eSchools platform to school staff/governors who can manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
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