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Year 5/6- The Architects Class

August 2015
I hope you have all enjoyed your summer holidays!
I just wanted to thank you for all the lovely messages, cards and presents you gave me on our last day of school, I was overwhelmed!
Good luck in year 7, I know you will do your best! Enjoy your new schooling, wherever it may be.

 

 

For those of you staying on in Smarden, year 6 will be hard work, but you can do it, just try your best and remember to come and see me every now and again, I want to hear how well you are doing!!

 

 

22/07/15
Last day of school!!
The leavers ceremony was very emotional for us all, but in particular for the parents of the children who were leaving primary school, your little ones are growing up!  Try not to be too sad, as they will do us all proud in their new adventures.  I feel very honoured to have been part of their journey and they will each stay in my heart, as part of my first class in Smarden.   Good luck to each of you and enjoy your summer :) 
                                                   Mrs Horton

13/07/15
We've got chicks!!!!!!! Come in and see the little fluff balls :)

05/07/15
Good luck to all of the year 6's who are off to visit their secondary schools this week - I'm sure you'll enjoy every minute of it.  Make lots of new friends, be polite and try your best!  Tell us all next week :O)

17/06/15
Congratulations to all the winners at the Award Ceremony earlier today, but in particular, congratulations to all of the Architects - well done :)
 

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Congratulations also to Mollie, who received the pupils' vote, your photo has mysteriously disappeared - did you have anything to do with this :O?

15/06/15
Please be aware that I put the incorrect date of the Smarden Awards on my newsletter last week - it is this Wednesday 17th 1.30pm at the Charter Hall!
Sorry for any inconveniences

We performed a trust activity this morning to see if we could trust the people around us.  Working in pairs, one had to keep their eyes shut, whilst the other navigated them around the class and back to their seat in one piece.  Interestingly, the girls were much better than the boys!
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11/06/15
We enjoyed learning about the respiratory system today in Science with a number of fun activities, including finding out if we can displace 2 litres of water with one breath!
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05/06/15
Wow, what an amazing morning we had at the Julie Rose!  The sun shone brightly on us as we performed each of our sporting events and we all absolutely loved it!  Check out the latest news page for more photos.
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04/06/15
We had our first lunch break on the field today and we loved every single minute of it, in fact, we really weren't sure what to do!  Here's hoping the sun stays out so we can play on it again tomorrow!
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01/06/15
Welcome back to the last term of the year!!!!
It's a long term, but it's jam-packed full of fun activities, lets get going :)

20-22/05/15 Kingswood Residential
I have posted information about our trip to Kingswood on the Latest News Page of our website!  Go have a look and see what we got up to!

14/05/15
I've been busy this week doing many other things and I haven't had chance to put a post on the website, but I just want to let you know how incredibly proud I've been of the year 6's this week.  They all worked very hard and did their very best in every test they took, plus they kept smiling :)  Brilliant job!

07/05/15
Look at these beautiful pictures, I'll be keeping these up for a while, they are wonderful!
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06/05/15
We are learning about Michelangelo and his style of painting.  This afternoon we are using our desks as an individual Sistine Chapel and we are going to attempt to paint underneath them!  I'll apologise now if we get paint in our hair :)

01/05/15
Around the World in a day, signing our passports as we went - what a complete success this was for all of us.  Our class really enjoyed painting in Africa, making costumes in Asia, creating pom poms and cheerleading in North America, making festival masks in South America and designing our own Boomerangs and Didgeridoos.

A BIG thanks to Kirsty Barber and Jess Brogan for coming in to help in our class to help. Kirsty, if ever you want to come and clean the classroom, you are welcome any time!


28/04/15
Today we have been learning about Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter, if you see the programmes on TV, please encourage your children to watch and see how enthusiastic he is about nature.  We have also been playing games about natural selection for Science, Gabriel - this is for you!  http://www.sciencechannel.com/games-and-interactives/charles-darwin-game/

25/04/15
We have had a good first week back learning about Australia and we are excited to learn more about it next week especially with the Round the World day.

24/04/15
Happy St. George's Day!
The children enjoyed acting out the story of St. George before we wrote about it.  Have a look at our pictures - it was interesting to see their props!
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20/04/15
Welcome back to Term 5 and Countries of the World which is our new topic!
Ms Breach and I have lots of fun things to teach you, as well as to help the year 6's complete their SATS competently and confidently.  We also have our residential, so let's get learning!

26/03/15
Thank you for coming to the Church this morning to celebrate our Easter Assembly, we had a lovely time and really enjoyed the other classes performances.  We hope you enjoyed our seasonal poetry!

Please remember to come to our class assembly tomorrow, we've got lots to share with you.

25/03/15
We had a letter in the post today, thanking us for donating money to Shelter at Christmas - thank you to everyone who made this possible!!

13/03/15
We enjoyed a lovely game of Benchball first thing this morning.  We enjoyed it so much we didn't even want to go for break :)

 

 

04/03/15
Thank you to the mums and dads who came in to learn mathematics with us, we enjoyed showing you how we learn.  We will be checking your learning by giving you a test next week, ok perhaps not :)

26/02/15
I was very proud of the Architects today, because we had a serious issue to debate in our philosophy lesson - badger culling.  When asked, the whole class were against the killing of badgers in the wild to help save cattle.  I gave them roles to portray both for and against the cull. Also, we had 3 judges scoring the arguments.  The best argument turned out to be 'DEFRA', people who were for badger killing!  What a great job they did :)

23/02/15
Welcome back to a new term!
I hope you had a lovely half term and are feeling refreshed and ready to learn lots of new things.  This term we are going to continue looking at the Romans, have a look at living things in science and in particular animals of the United Kingdom, as well as have another look at being journalists in Literacy.  We've also got the hall to use now, so we should be able to play some indoor games, continue learning the Ukulele and keep improving our Art work.  There's so much to do, come on, let's get going.......

12/02/15
We had a fantastic day at the British Museum today and we were extremely proud of their behaviour because they were all brilliant.  I will put up some more pictures, but to keep you going, here are a couple ......

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11/02/15
Don't forget your packed lunch, warm clothes and a coat for our school trip to the British Museum tomorrow.

10/02/15
We had a creative day today to launch our Roman topic.  We started by exploring a painting of Julius Caesar and Vercingetorix which was created over 2000 years ago.  We will continue to explore as archaeologists and explore what happened to a Roman family when a revolt was created.  Ultimately we will be exploring how the Romans changed the way people lived, both the locals and the Romans who relocated to Britain.
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You can see from the photos above that they enjoyed doing some acting to explore this.

05/02/15
Don't forget to come to our class assembly tomorrow morning (about 9.15) at the Zion chapel! 
Here we are...
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28/01/15
WE HAVE MOVED!!!!!!  Just before 5pm this evening we were finally able to enter the new building, which means that in the morning I will be welcoming you all to our new classroom :)  Miss Breach and I are very much looking forward to seeing you - don't forget your slippers!  Bye Bye old Class, thanks for all the memories!

 

 

Earlier today, we also finished our science experiment with shadow puppets!  We enjoyed using our literacy story and making it into something fun, hopefully we all learnt something along the way too!

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22/01/15
We have been collecting data samples to create our own pie charts and bar graphs.  It was a good opportunity to learn new things about others and ourselves (some of us didn't know our shoe sizes until Mrs Horton showed us how to see the size on our shoes!)
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19/01/15
We enjoyed our Ukulele lesson today because we played the chords to 'Bare necessities' from the Jungle Book, here we are concentrating....
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15/01/15
We have continued our writing theme this week by writing about a dragon slayer, which the children loved and I was asked a number of times if we could just watch How to train your dragon!  They have also all enjoyed making a map of the UK, which we are very much hoping to put up in our new classroom the first week we get it...
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09/01/15
We have completed our first week back at school and have been working hard.  We have been practising our literacy skills all week with the theme of mystery and myths.  Not only did we write a story about a girl and a fox, but we also wrote up the legend of the Giant's Causeway!  Our descriptive writing is getting much better and I am very proud of them, however we need to improve our peer and self assessments, so next week we are going to focus more on this. 
We were also lucky to have two new students join our class - welcome boys, we hope you are happy with us :)
We finished the week with science and we investigated light through objects...
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05/01/2015
Happy New Year and welcome back to term 3!  Miss Breach and I would just like to say a massive thank you for all of the lovely cards and presents you gave us for Christmas! 
We hope that you have all enjoyed your break from school and that you enjoyed spending time with your friends and loved ones.  The break will have given us all the opportunity to recharge our batteries and get ready for some more learning and we've got an exciting term waiting for you, as we are focusing on the United Kingdom, so without further a do, let's get learning :)

16/12/14
I was very proud of our class this morning for our Christmas service - they did so well, especially our Head Boy and Head Girl!  Brilliant job
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10/12/14
We finished creating our Victorian Shoeboxes today, look how well we did and we even creating Christmas decorations to go in some of them :)
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09/12/14
We had an exciting day, baking our gingerbread houses for the charity Shelter - we had some up' and downs but as you can see from the pictures, we've all enjoyed ourselves.
We started the day by making the dough (from scratch).
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Then we drew our templates to build the house with, first on paper and then we translated this onto the dough, which we cut out from and baked in the oven.
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Once cooled, we made our icing using icing sugar and lemons and piped the pieces together so that they made houses, some were more successful than others - it wasn't as easy as it looked.
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Thank you to our visitors - Mrs Naden and Mrs Sorrell, without whom, we may not have finished articles.
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01/12/14
Well done to all of the children who performed their play this afternoon :)
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28/11/14
We tried being electricians today, some of us could fix Mrs Love's doorbell and others tried to fix the lights in Mr Hillier's shed :)
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25/11/14
We tried some circuit training for P.E this week - the children LOVED it!
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17/11/14
This week its National Anti-Bullying week . The whole school will be thinking about being kind to others, caring for people, being safe in the community and on the Internet.  We have a number of activities planned across the week including taking part in assembly on Friday, some Literacy, Art and PSHE.  Remember that on Friday 21st, all children can come into school (without donations) wearing something blue.
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14/11/14
Thank you to all of the parents who helped our class bake/bring in cakes to sell for Children in Need - they were a massive success and I'm sure we raised lots of money!

10/11/14
I hope you all had a fabulous time at the Smarden Spectacular and saw our guy on the bonfire!  We have another busy week ahead with a class assembly (Designers), Cross Country and Children In Need all on Friday, there are exciting times ahead :)

06/11/14
We are nearing the end of our first week back after half term and it's been a busy one. We have been enjoying making a guy for the bonfire ready for Saturday's firework show.  Also, just a reminder that we are collecting money for the British Legion's Poppy collection tomorrow morning!

17/10/14
We hope you enjoyed our assembly this morning - we thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you for coming to make it special for us all. Here are a few snaps taken by a fellow student - thanks Tilly!
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We also delivered our harvest boxes around the village: -
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16/10/14
DON'T FORGET TO COME AND WATCH OUR CLASS ASSEMBLY AT THE ZION CHAPEL TOMORROW - 9.10ish!

10/10/14
We shared our learning with the whole school when we demonstrated our science on the Minnis this afternoon - we were launching rockets!  The sun shone, the rockets flew and some of us got a little wet, but it was great fun for a Friday afternoon :)
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Check out our photos from the Minnis below!

09/10/14
Thank you for coming to our Harvest assembly, a big thank you also to Mrs Brooker at the Zion chapel.  We were proud of Scarlett, Connor, Louis and George who read their Harvest poems beautifully.
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07/10/14
We enjoyed an Internet Safety Talk today with Kent Police force.  It was very informative and we all learnt something new including Child Line's phone number which is what we are signing here: - 0800 1111

 

 

03/10/14
Due to the class already working very hard and being very well behaved, we re-ordered our day to fit in a class treat in the afternoon - movie time!  However, before that happened, we enjoyed experimenting and investigating forces on a paper plane.  What made our planes go faster, higher etc.

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30/09/14
We used our imagination to practise our French skills to create shops.  We worked in partners with one being a shopkeeper and one being the customer and the goal was to only talk French - English words with French accents didn't count either but they provided us with lots of humour to end the day.  It was clear that our class definitely has some brilliant actors.

25/09/14
Today we were exploring the Artful Dodger and we spent some time being Oliver and meeting Dodger for the very first time.  We imagined how they might talk and what they might look like - don't worry, no Architects were hurt in the lesson :)
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24/09/14
We have added a build blog to our page to let you all know what's happening to the school, please scroll down to read it!  This page will be updated by the children!

23/09/14
We had a lovely time at the sports afternoon yesterday!  Thanks to everyone who helped 

 

 

22/09/14
Please remember to bring coloured tops to represent your house for sports day tomorrow

16/09/14
We enjoyed using our new high-vis jackets when we went for an afternoon stroll to pick up leaflitter for an Art lesson.  We also used the opportunity to think what it would be like to be a pilgrim walking through the countryside on long expeditions to shrines.

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Mrs Horton and Mrs Wilson
would like to welcome you to the Architect Class!!

 


We are very excited to welcome the Year 5s and Year 6s to our class.  Due to the current school build, we are all named after jobs associated with building work.  We are the Architects, a more specialised role for us older children!

Until Christmas, our School wide creative topic is Kent and we will be exploring this through our lessons wherever possible.  Smarden is blessed to have a wonderful Historic Society, so we will work with them as much as possible, so that the children can fully appreciate their own local environment.

For the next few weeks in Literacy, we will be looking at recounts - the different types, the language, etc. but as the term progresses we will be looking at stories written by Charles Dickens, who spent a lot of time here in Kent.
 
In Numeracy, we will be looking at 5 & 6 digit numbers and using our knowledge to add and subtract them.  We will then move on to working with decimals and securing our knowledge of place value with real life problems.

In Science, we are revisiting Forces, but hope to move on from basic explanations, to securing our knowledge (and extending it) with exciting experiments.  I am sure the children are going to love some of the investigations we have planned!


We have already been thinking about classroom behaviours and choosing which will best help us to explore, learn and achieve together and  I am sure we will continue to do this in order to maximise our learning together.  I strongly believe that we should be one class family and will encourage teamwork as much as possible!


We will be having PE every Monday and Thursday afternoons, provided the weather is amenable, so please remember to bring your PE kit!


I hope you will all feel part of our class family and proud to be the oldest children in the school.  I know I can count on you to be good role models for the younger children in the school, especially to the new Builders class who are experiencing school for the very first time :)

If you or your parents have any queries or questions at any time, please don’t hesitate to ask us, or if it’s easier, you could send an email, whatever is easiest for you.
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