Class Pine 2018-19

Welcome to Pine Class - Year 5 :)
What a fabulous start to the Spring term...
Tuesday 8th January - A Greek workshop led by Martin Newman @Portalstothepast
Introducing the children to Greek life and culture
The children had a Greek quiz and discovered lots of interesting Greek facts;
They used problem solving to complete Archimedes’ Stomachion – the oldest known mathematical puzzle;
They played an Ancient Greek game called Petteia;
The children used roleplay to perform the myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece;
Some of the children were able to try on the different helmets and they all held the different swords;
They explored the differences between Athens and Sparta;
They had a mini debate to understand democracy;
and they competed in the Olympic Games using javelins and hoops.
Thursday 17th January (PSHE)
A talk from PC Darren Peters about how to keep ourselves safe online.
Monday 21st January (RE day)
The children enjoyed reading and discussing Sikh stories, understanding the themes within them and why they are important to Sikhs and non-Sikhs.
Keep an eye on our website to see all of the exciting things that we get up to this year!
Autumn 1 Design Technology
We used different embroidery stitches to create our bookmarks and coasters.
Autumn 1 Music
Drumming with Miss Gardner
Wednesday 26th September 
We visited the Tarmac Truck at Berry Hill Rugby Club.
Thursday 1st November - maths/art day
Pine Class conducted an investigation with Smarties.
The children decorated the front cover of their booklets. 
Estimating and predicting
Before opening the Smarties, the children had to estimate how many there would be in their packet, how many different colours and the most popular colour.
Sorting and classifying
The children sorted their Smarties into piles of each colour to see if their predictions were correct.
The children counted to see how many Smarties were in their packet altogether and used this to estimate how many would be in the whole classroom.
The children presented their results using a bar chart.
Tuesday 8th January 
An amazing Greek workshop led by Martin Newman from @Portalstothepast
Spring 1 - Art with Mrs Walker
We have looked at different styles of Greek pots and used this to create our own design which we sketched in our art books and reviewed after discussion.
We used papier mache to cover a balloon with three layers of newspaper. Then we added a base and a neck which was covered with two layers of white tea bag paper.
We will review our pot and add paint. Our image will be drawn and cut out then applied to the pot.
Spring 1
Our finished Greek pots!
Tuesday 12th February - maths money workshop
'Fraud Scene Investigators'
This workshop required pupils to help solve a fraud which had been committed.
Friday 15th February - Dementia workshop
A big thank you to Kim and Roger for providing such an informative and interactive workshop on dementia.
World book day - 7th March
We focused on 'Dolphin Boy' by Michael Morpurgo.
The children enjoyed sequencing the story and using this to storyboard or draw a picture of their favourite scene.
Art with Mrs Delahoy
As a response to ocean plastic pollution, the children created a radial weaving design using a recycled CD as a loom and single use plastic bags cut up into strips to create plastic yarn. They also created a class dolphin mosaic using used/unwanted plastic items.
Skill Zone, Gloucester - 19th March

SkillZONE is a state-of-the-art life size village. It is a fully interactive learning environment to teach people of all ages how to recognise dangerous situations and stay safe.

There are 16 zones, which cover a range of scenarios including road, rail and water safety, an internet cafe, as well as opportunities to cover home and personal safety.