This week Thames Class started a new unit of work in English, Newspaper. We started off the week by reading a newspaper article about Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk and found the shape of it as well as thinking about what information was included in each section.
On Tuesday we read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and identified the crimes she committed in the story and the victims. We then role played a journalists interviewing the Three Bears to help us think about how the victims of the crime felt.
This week in Science we have been learning how nutrients and water are transported around the body. We learnt that this process involves both the digestive system and the circulatory system and there are many different parts to this process. Here are some of the posters we created in groups to describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported around the body.
On World Book Day Thames Class enjoyed spending time in the library and sharing books with Windrush Class.
On Thursday 6th February we went to King Alfred's to attend an athletics competition. Eight schools took part including Appleton. At the event there were many activities; standing long jump, triple jump, vertical jump, chest push and javelin are the field events. The track/running events are: 1 by 1, 2 by 2, 4 by 1 relay, paarluaf, the over under relay and obstacle relay. Out of the 8 schools we place 2nd. We were proud to come in a high position and were awarded with certificates.
By Freya & Heather in Year 6
This term in PE with Miss Jackson Thames Class have been working on their rhythmic gymnastic skills.
Today in Science we learnt about the components of blood, their functions and the different blood groups. We started the lesson by writing a sentence that defines blood, we revisited this at the end of the lesson and refined our definitions. To help us understand each component we made blood using Cheerios, red & yellow food colouring, marshmallows and porridge oats. First we dyed the Cheerios red and these represented the red blood cells. Next we added the marshmallows, which represented the white blood cells, and the oats which represented platelets. Before finally mixing yellow food colouring with water, which represented plasma, and adding this to the mixture.
We then went on to refine out definitions of blood before looking at microscopic images of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. We then used these images to work in groups to create paints and drawing of each component.
On Thursday 6th February children for Year 5 and 6 competed at the Vale Primary Sportshall Athletics competition at King Alfred’s School. The children competed in a variety of track and field events that included the obstacle relay, over under relay, vertical jump and standing triple jump to name just a few. The children were absolutely brilliant and every member of the team tried their best and cheered their team mates along, they were a real credit to Appleton School. Overall the team came a fantastic second place and will represent the Vale at the Oxfordshire School Games finals on Thursday 2nd April.
1st Long Furlong 504 points
2nd Appleton 420 points
3rd Wantage 416 point
4th Stanford 372 points
5th West Oxford 338 point
In PE last week we played a game called Dodge It. The aim of the game was to get three children in each of the opposite groups sitting down at once and to do this we had to hit them with a soft ball below the shoulder. If a you were hit by a ball you had to sit to down. However, if someone sat down catches a ball they could stand up again and if someone already standing catches a ball they could tag a member of their group who is sitting down and they can stand up again. The game was complete when three of the four groups have three children sat down at once.
The week as part of Evolution and Inheritance unit of work we thought about how some animals and plants are adapted survive in extreme environments before designing our own plants and animals for these types of environments. First we thought about the kinds of features that would ideally allow our animal and plant to survive successfully in a given environment before using a set of design questions to help us draw a technical illustration of our living things.
This term in Thames Class we are studying Rivers as part of our Geography. In our first lesson we learnt about the features of a river system. We discovered that a river can be divided into three stages, upper, middle and lower course and that each section has a different set of features. We then created annotated diagrams of a river from the source to the mouth.
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