Class 5-6 2015-16 Archive

Below you will find archive class information for Class 5/6.


Holy Week

Using textiles, we collaborated to produce images associated with events in Holy Week.


The Last Supper

We have used collage techniques, photography skills and paint to think about The Last Supper.

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Using large sheets of paper, we made 3D crosses.

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We have made chalices using collage techniques as part of our work on The Last Supper. As part of our work on water, we have used our knowledge of circuits to build lighthouses.

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Using our investigative maths skills related to time, distance, ratio and measure, we planned a school trip.

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As part of our weekly ICT, we have been creating news paper reports about Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet:

Today we made movie trailers and re-enacted scenes from the play.

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Using our knowledge of electrical circuits, we made festive decorations.

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Today we sampled some traditional French foods.

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Muddy Monday Maths:

We have been learning about factors and prime factors.

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Romeo and Juliet:

We have started to explore the prologue.

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Muddy Monday:

As part of our RE work, we designed and made memorial gardens for Badger from the story Badger’s Parting Gift.

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As part of our Creative Curriculum topic we have been learning about river features. Using a lot of PVA glue, we created a papier mache model of a river system.



This week, we have been designing nets to create sports cars.
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Thank you for all the super models, posters, poems and paintings that promote E-Safety.

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We collaborated to build paper bridges that would allow a small toy car to cross a 40cm canyon. We had a budget of £100 to spend at Bob’s Building Supplies (who unfortunately only stocked paper, paper-clips and sellotape).

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Muddy Monday:

We hunted for clues to find out about the continents of the world.

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Maths Investigation:

We collaborated to work out how many people it would take to hold hands around the world.

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hristmas Lunch:

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Mona Lisa:

We used our literacy and ICT skills to create stories titled “Who Stole The Mona Lisa?” then collaborated to reproduce Da Vinci’s famous artwork.

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LI: Produce Mondrian inspired art and calculate area and perimeter.

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3D Christmas Decorations:
Using a lot of PVA glue we tried to make Christmas baubles.

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Photo Art:
We used ICT to manipulate images.

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Muddy Monday:
We took inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy to create rangoli patterns.

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We have been looking at how Parliament works. We then formed our own political parties, created manifestos, set up a polling station and held democratic elections. The Transform Party won the majority of the votes.

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Thank You:

Thank you to the children in year 6 who sold poppies for a very worthwhile cause.



This half term our value is RESPONSIBILITY. We have produced art work and written stories to reflect the fact that we are all responsible for making the world a happy, peaceful and enjoyable place to live.


Muddy Monday Spelling Tig:

We attempted to “tig” all the children wearing stickers with the correct letters to spell the given word.



As well as writing descriptively about the impact of an earthquake, we have completed crosswords and made seismographs.


Muddy Monday:

Using a map of the school grounds, we found clues and answered questions about negative numbers.


Autumn Fun:

We had fun in the beautiful autumn leaves.


Inca Tunics:

After learning that “commoners” wore tunics in the ancient capital of Cuzco, we designed our own.


Muddy Monday:

To help with our literacy work on character descriptions and information texts, we made Bog Babies.


Potato Clock

Using potatoes, 2 zinc strips and 2 copper strips, we created batteries to power a clock.

A potato battery is an electrochemical battery. Chemical energy is converted to electric energy.



After discovering that a packet of crisps contains 130 calories and 8 grams of fat, we mad out own healthy alternatives. Although they looked delicious and smelled great, they were perhaps not as crispy as they could have been. After baking the crisps we designed our own packaging which involved using our photography skills.



This week, as part of Healthy Living Week, we have made IMovies featuring vegetable superheroes.


Book Fair:

Thank you to the children in years 5 and 6 who have helped to run the book fair.


Life Education Van:

As part of Healthy Living Week, we learned about the difference between legal and illegal drugs and the impact that medicines can have on our bodies.



Having drawn around each other in the playground, we measured height, arm span and leg length etc then converted the units of measure.


Inca Communication:

There was no written language in the Inca Empire, so couriers were used to send messages orally over distances of thousands of miles. We attempted to pass messages across the school field, but things didn’t go to plan.

To record numbers, the Incas used a quipus – which was a series of knots on strings.

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The Scream:

This week, Class 5/6 have produced work based on Edvard Munch’s Scream. As well as using batik techniques and colour mixing skills, the children have written setting descriptions.

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Team Building:

The first day back after a lovely long holiday involved team games and getting to know you activities.

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Flower Arranging:

In preparation for the Leavers’ Service, year six arranged flowers for the church.


Church Retreat:

Year 6 spent the morning in Church reflecting on their time here at Ettington and thinking about their hopes and dreams for the future.

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As a class, we have worked hard to raise money for UNICEF. The fantastic cakes, the treasure hunt and the non-uniform day raised a whopping £243.11 for a very worthwhile cause. Thank you for all of your help and donations!

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Year 5/6 Trashion Show:

We attempted to make “outfits” out of newspaper.

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Tag Rugby:

Despite the rain, year six had a great time at the tag rugby tournament in Shipston.

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Weston Super Mare:

Year 6 had a fantastic and well deserved day at the beach in the sunshine to celebrate all of their hard work this year.

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Year 6 have been working hard to ensure that they can cycle safely on the roads.

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Red Riding Hood:

Having written our own versions of the story containing flashbacks, we then made iMovie trailers and basket shaped bread.

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This half term we have been inspired by Lowry to collaborate to produce nail art and a 3D sculpture.

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We did it!

Year 6 have worked so very, very hard this year to learn some incredibly complex grammatical terms and carry out complicated mathematical calculations. We are all extremely proud of every single one of them. Once it was all over, we enjoyed cake in the sunshine (although the frowns in the photo – caused by the sun- suggest otherwise).



This term, we have used ICT to create a sense of perspective and have used Lowry’s art as inspiration. Additionally, we have designed 3D nets to make different vehicle models.

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As part of our work on Anderson shelters we have been making different structures.

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LI: To name and measure parts of a circle

We measured the circumference, diameter and radius of “crop circles” on the school field.

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As well as developing our uni-hoc skills, we have been taking turns to lead the warm up activities.


Some of us have been looking after the gardens and have built a scarecrow to keep the birds away.

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Meet the Teacher Presentation:

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We have been talking about how having an avatar can help us to stay safe and anonymous online.

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We are learning how to program a computer and make characters and objects perform different actions.


Dig For Victory:

Having used the internet safely for research, we found out about the government campaign that encouraged people to grow their own food. We also planted a few potatoes and runner beans.

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In addition to writing as evacuees, we thought about what we would pack if we had to evacuate from our homes



Having looked at the series of 7 paintings by Van Gogh (one of which sold for over £50 million in 1988) we had a go at creating our own version of “Sunflowers”. We then collaborated to write personification poems.


LI: Divide by powers of ten and understand the effect.

We had to think carefully about the relationship between units (mm, cm, km) to make scale drawings to convey the reality of the dimensions of our solar system.

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Christmas Lunch

Turkey and all the trimmings, with a Christmas sing along was enjoyed by all.

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As well as writing letters to Papa Noel, some of us performed scenes from the Nativity in French.


Blue Peter

As part of our Creative Curriculum work on Africa, we have learned about water scarcity. Having shared our thoughts and findings on this issue with Blue Peter, we were all awarded a Green Badge!

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Christmas Art:

Folding paper, we made 3D structures of trees and angels for Christmas.

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Having looked very briefly at the story of A Christmas Carol, we took on the role of different characters and used dramatic techniques.

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Compton Verney Visit

Four of us have been to Compton Verney to look at and produce art related to the periodic table. Working with children from other schools, we will produce pieces of creative writing based on our experiences.

Mud mosques:

Muddy Monday has been really muddy:

Having looked at images and features of the mud mosque in Mali, we attempted to make our own. We weren’t very successful, but we had lots of fun! (Sorry parents about the extra washing).

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Cameroonian Banana Bread

After sampling different fruit breads and muffins, we made Cameroonian themed banana muffins using food hygiene skills.

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Anti-bullying Week:

As part of Anti-Bullying Week, we have: re-enacted conversations that might be misconstrued; defined what bullying is; designed and presented posters to promote the messages “Say No to Bullying” and “Make a Noise About Bullying!”; discussed cultural differences; looked at what makes us angry and have thought about ways to diffuse aggressive situations.

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Water Scarcity:

As part of our work on water scarcity, we transported water in buckets around the school field. It was hard work, but it made us think about how lucky we are to have immediate access to clean water. In some developing countries, people have to walk up to 6km a day (over 12 times the perimeter of the school field) to get access to clean water!

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LI: To know how to keep our property safe

Today we had a visit from the Community Police Service who talked to us about staying safe. We are now armed with invisible pens that we will use to label all our valuable possessions with our postcodes, just in case they are ever lost or taken.

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Black History Month

During October, we researched the life and work of Martin Luther King before creating art work. We also researched other people, including Desmond Tutu, Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela, presenting our findings in different ways (which included information texts, paintings, sculptures and word art).

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Class 5/6 have been learning about osmosis and have acted as natural water pumps. We transformed yellow flowers to blue flowers using coloured water.

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We have bravely attempted to play along to Bon Jovi’s Living On A Prayer, using recorders and other instruments! Can you imagine the noise?

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Class 5/6 have been reading Alice In Wonderland so this week we used our collaboration and computing skills to produce movie trailers to advertise the film in a persuasive way. We made props and costumes, directed our trailers and created “production companies”.

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Maths Decimals 1-2:

As part of out Muddy Monday maths lesson, class 5/6 marked decimals on number lines.

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We collaborated to produce a collage of a Ghanaian market scene, discussing visual and tactile qualities of materials.


Creative Curriculum:

To celebrate the fact that the Queen is now the country’s longest reigning monarch, we created a collage with postage stamps.

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The class democratically elected School Councillors, Eco Councillors, House Captains and Vice Captains.

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Tuck Shop:

Year six have demonstrated their entrepreneurial spirit by running a tuck shop at breaktime.

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Collaboration and Perseverance

The challenge was to be able to step through a piece of A4 paper using only a pair of scissors and making sure that the paper remained in a sin gle piece. We used or learning habits to tackle this task in different ways.

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