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Oak Class Y5/Y6

Welcome to Oak Class.

This is where the journey through Broadhempston reaches its finale. In this class, our aim is to equip the children with the skills they need to succeed as they take those first steps away from Broadhempston onto the next part of their educational journey. There is lots of work to be done but lots of fun to be had too! The class is taught by Miss Barlow supported by Mr Tanner on a Tuesday afternoon, Mrs Garner on a Wednesday afternoon and Miss Steer throughout the week. We are all looking forward to an exciting year including a residential and lots of adventures and opportunities along the way. 




Summer term

A well deserved rest

After a very busy few days, Year 6s spent most of today chilling out at Forest School. There were plenty of treats on offer including hot dogs, an amazing sponge cake with a chocolate digestive topping and hot chocolate with mini marshmallows. The children spent some time whittling and lopping before taking on the tallest freestanding tower challenge where points were awarded for height and construction (and perseverance in some cases). Well done Year 6s for all your hard work this week - we are really proud of you!

Modroc mess

We had fun making a (creative) mess on Friday building up the base layers for our Greek theatre masks using modroc. Once they have set, we will sculpt the exaggerated features according to whether it is a comedy or tragedy mask. We can't wait to see how they turn out.

Turning penguins into parrots

In our computing unit this term, we have been creating vector drawings and learning how to use a variety of tools to make the picture more detailed and effective. Today, we modified existing objects to create new images turning penguins into parrots!

Shocking results

This afternoon, we got hands on in science with our electricity investigations. We started off creating our own circuits using different components and drawing the circuit diagram using recognised symbols. We then investigated how the number of components or voltage of the cell/battery affected the brightness of the lamps.

Spring term

Check out these dance moves!

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A fast and fun first dance lesson learning the basics of the lindy hop.

Flat-file database introduction

Our first computing unit of the year is flat-file databases. In today's lesson, we created our own paper records and timed how long it took to sort them alphabetically - it was not quick! We then used a computer-based database to examine how data can be recorded and viewed, compared different views, sorted fields and created charts with the data.

How to sort a paper database with a flick of the wrist!

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Now to the untrained eye, it may look like we spent Friday afternoon throwing bits of card all round the classroom however, it was a demonstration of how to sort the paper records that they made in last week's lesson. By clipping off the corners of the cards for the fields that were 'false' then holding the corner for the field they wanted to sort by and shaking them, all the false cards would drop out leaving you with the 'true' fields. Ideal for the 10 cards we created, but we weren't so sure it would work for a database with a few thousand records!

Make four sentences ...

How hard could that be? Much harder than everyone imagined! Starting our work on active and passive voice in English, the task given to the class was to make four sentences using all of the word and punctuation cards that they were given.


Creating a divine being

After being introduced to some theological terms and reading some biblical texts, we created our own divine Gods using key words to describe their character, power and actions. 

What a great way to spend the afternoon!

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We had our first ukulele session today and we have already learnt four chords. The cheerful sound really brightened up the afternoon although the warm up took a lot of brain power! 

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Cracking Contraptions!

Our English unit is based on Wallace and Gromit's cracking contraptions and we have reached the point where we are thinking about what contraption we would like to invent. We spent our lesson on Friday jotting down our ideas and doing some sketches - so far we have a dog groomer, a library book sorter, a litter picker, a room cleaner and a cat scratcher to name but a few.

A full day of forest school

There was lopping, chiselling, fire lighting, den building, knot tying, hot chocolate, popcorn and a walk up to the Beacon at the end of the day!

The art of war

In art, we have been learning about the war art of Paul Nash. The children chose a painting and used various grade lead pencils to create a line and tonal study of it. Nash depicted images of war destruction in his work and using oil pastels, in the style of Nash created their own version of the scene prior to the destruction. They worked very hard on adopting the style and colour palette to gain these successful results.

How do you pronounce that?

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We were discussing the complexities of the English language today and trying to group spellings with the letter string 'ough' according to how it is pronounced. It was tough and took a lot of thought but they ploughed on and got through it.

Dance showcase

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The audience were transported to the 1940s when we performed our dance showcase to the rest of the school at the end of a very busy half term. The hard work certainly paid off - looking good Oak Class!

Coffee and climate change

We had a very busy day today which started with a trip to KEVICC to attend the Fairtrade Conference. This year, the theme was coffee and climate action and we learnt about the challenges faced by farmers due to climate change and the actions they were taking to mitigate them. We made our own climate pledges and explored the benefits of Fairtrade before following the coffee bean from the cherry in Rwanda to the roaster in Ivybridge. It was a great morning packed full of information and activities and we can't wait to share it all with everyone back at school as part of our Global Neighbours project.

Making a mountain out of a .... blanket?

In geography this week, we continued our work on mountains and explored how fold mountains are formed. We watched a recreation of how the Himalayas came to be (70 million years condensed into two minutes) before having a go at creating our own blanket mountain ranges.

An English mash up!

We came to the end of our English unit today using My Secret War Diary and the children put together some very creative diary entries based on the style of the book but using the adventures of Olive from our class reader Letters from the Lighthouse.

Retelling an extract from The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Spanish.

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Disco light show

We started our programming unit in computing this week using crumbles. The children created simple circuits, programmed the controller to make an LED switch on and then used an infinite loop to turn the classroom into a flashing light disco!

Safe, strong and free

The CAP workshops got underway today and we explored what it meant to be 'safe, strong and free' using class discussions and role plays.

Shaking all over!

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Map reading for tourists

In geography, we practised four and six figure grid references on a fictional map before moving on to an OS map and answering questions about what makes the Cambrian mountains appealing to tourists.

Hands on at the farm

We had a chilly but full on day at Occombe Farm today. As well as making a pizza from scratch and foraging for toppings in the farm garden, we had a tour of the farm showing how they have diversified to generate additional income. We then went behind the scenes of the working farm to learn about how they organically rear their cattle and sheep. We also visited the 'maternity barn' where the children were able to handle the day old lambs before returning to the polytunnels to plant some peas to bring home and grow on. An amazing day that enabled us to see in real life what we have been learning about this term in science, geography and DT.

Fairtrade Coffee Morning

After being inspired by the Fairtrade Conference earlier this month, we held a coffee on Tuesday morning at the Village Hall. Parents and members of the community were invited to come along for a chat and to try one of the amazing homemade cakes. We raised over £150 and the children were the perfect hosts. The only problem our visitors had was choosing what cake to have!

Sunny but chilli!

The sun was shining for our last forest school session but when things turned a little nippy, we had hot chocolate and a homemade chilli on hand to warm us up. Making the chilli was the final part of our DT project where we had to produce savoury dishes using a variety of methods which gave us the opportunity to brush up on our knife skills. With den building, hammock hanging and using the bow saw to make wood circles for Easter decorations, it was a great day. 

Autumn term


What a great first day in Oak Class (despite the wet playtime!) We spent the morning going over routines, timetables and plans for the autumn term, talked through ideas for our class charter, decided Ormie the Pig was a fantastic role model for growth mindset and then spent the afternoon creating calligrams. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year and everything we will achieve together.

Wildlife caption challenge

On the first day back, I challenged Oak Class to come up with captions to go with some finalist photos from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. They did not disappoint! 

How close to 100?

In our practical maths session this morning, Oak Class had to see 'how close to 100' they could get. Using a 100 square and two dice, the children took it in turns to roll and had to draw an array somewhere on the grid using those numbers. The aim of the game is to cover as many of the squares as possible and you get three lives for the arrays that you can't place. The closest we got was 99!

Investigating systems

For our first computing lesson in Oak Class we looked at systems, starting with a bicycle then moving onto Amazon lockers. To help us understand the process of inputs and outputs, we designed talking teddies and presented our ideas to the rest of the class.

Exploring brushstrokes in Chinese art

Oak Class became students of Chinese art today and studied the Four Gentlemen: bamboo, plum blossom, orchid and chrysanthemum. These plants have been used commonly in Chinese art for more than a thousand years, not only for their beauty but for the characters and symbolism that they have been given. The children used a page in their sketchbooks to explore the different brushstrokes to create each element before putting it all together for their final composition.

Wet and windy forest school!

It was a wet and windy day at Forest school but the weather didn't dampen our spirits or spoil our fun! We whittled sticks to wrap our bread dough around to bake on the fire and we took inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy and created our own leaf art - we had to be creative to stop the wind from blowing it all away! We sculpted tree guardians out of clay, used our knotting skills and patience to make twig stars, tried to 'turn the tarp' and warmed our hands around a cup of hot chocolate.

Transferring information

This week in computing, we looked at how message packets are transferred using agreed protocols. We created our own network with human routers transferring packets from one device to another using the most efficient route. There was a bit of a backlog at one point (and it was running almost as slow as the school's internet) but the packets made it to their destination in the end!

Editing Mother Nature 

After a morning of Christmas songs and brass bands (82 days to go...), we uploaded the photos we took during forest school and used an online program to edit them. A sneak preview is included below but you will need to wait for our art exhibition to see the rest!

Creating a clay Green Man

With expert help and guidance from Jenny and Kate, we spent the morning creating our own clay Green Man - a symbol of an ancient spirit of nature that dates back more than 4,000 years. Once the face had been sculpted, we made leaves and creatures to add to our creation and also had time to make a unique class plaque. We can't wait to see the final result.

Autumn trees art project

One of our big art projects this week was to recreate a piece of autumn themed art by modern artist Jay Lee. We began by dotting our canvases with acrylics and then blending them to create the background. We studied and compared artwork by Monet and Constable and created an autumnal colour palette to use as inspiration for our final pieces. 

A proud moment

Not only did we get through to the semi-finals in one of the groups at the tag rugby festival on Friday, we also won the Sportsmanship Award. I am so proud of the perseverance, resilience and positive attitude that everyone showed. It was very well deserved. 

Chinese inventions

We started our DT unit this week looking at how four great inventions from China shaped the world. We explored moveable type printing then looked at the process of paper making from nearly 2,000 years ago before doing some ink tests on a variety of paper.

Spot the difference

What does a hissing cockroach and a flamingo have in common? That is exactly the question we were trying to answer this afternoon in our role as taxonomists by classifying animals according to their similarities and differences.

An afternoon of culture

Oak Class welcomed Sandyha to class today who is a Cultural Champion. There was some great learning and discussions around diversity and racism.

Children in Need

We had a great day with the children wearing their pyjamas or onesies to raise money for Children in Need. Thank you to the school council who baked some delicious cakes for the whole school. Thanks for all your generous donations!

Forest school

Oak class enjoyed Forest School last Thursday. All the children successfully lit a Kelly kettle - it took a lot of perseverance from some of them but they got there!

A poetic journey to Bethlehem 

We started our new English unit today by analysing the poem Bethlehem, A Christmas Poem by Carol Ann Duffy. The children discussed the text and identified challenging vocabulary and imagery. 

Rolling, rolling, rolling! 

In gymnastics, we have been learning balances, partner balances, different types of jumps and various rolls. Maintaining the headstand balance was a challenge but everyone had a go! The children then worked in small groups to choreograph these into short sequences for a floor routine to music.

Flying high

Continuing the theme of Chinese inventions, in DT this week, we were investigating kites. We talked through important properties of materials before making some prototypes from a variety of materials to test to see which would be best to use for our final product.

A rich history on our doorstep

We had a fantastic day at Buckfast Abbey on Friday. There were some real awe and wonder moments in the Abbey with the statistics around the organ and the incredible stained glass windows that told many stories. The retelling of the journey of the three wise men was a real 'Jackanory' moment and provided us with some inspiration for the poems that we are currently planning. We were also able to add our ideas to the tree of hope which asked what present we would like to give to the world this Christmas.


Topic web for this half term - summer 2

Forest school March 2021

We're back in school on 8th March!

Back to school topic web!

Important Information Regarding Home Learning

Writing about the Battle of Hastings

Oak and Sycamore enjoyed a fun day in the woods. They found dragon eggs, and in groups, made nests for these eggs. The afternoon was spent creating amazing dens - some even had gardens and vegetable plots as well as decorations inside! It was wonderful to see the creativity, resilience and collaboration of the children throughout the day.

Guide to Teams

Letter 30th September

Class 3, 4 Parent Letter September 2020

Hello from your Teachers!