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Welcome to Revelstoke Class, 2017 - 2018

We are a Year 6 class.

Our teacher is Mrs Townsend and our L.S.A. is Mrs Eason.

This term we are learning about World War II.

Soon we will have some exciting learning to share with you, including our trips to Cobbaton Combat Museum and Carswell Farm.


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WWII talk by Mr Tew

Last Wednesday, Mr Tew kindly brought some of his collection of WWII artefacts into Revelstoke Class. We found out lots of interesting facts about military equipment that we hadn't yet discovered. The whole class would like to extend a big thank you to Mr and Mrs Tew for giving up their afternoon to speak to us: we really appreciate it.


Our Autumn term visit to Carswell farm

Junior Life Skills at Ivybridge Leisure Centre

We took part in nine workshops and learnt many skills which we will be able to use to keep ourselves safe in potentially dangerous situations, for example how to swim out of a rip current and the importance of effective hand washing.

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Interviewing a WWII evacuee

Mr Fenner kindly came into class to talk to us about his experiences as a WWII evacuee. He brought lots of artefacts to show us and it gave us the opportunity to interview someone who was actually there at the time. Thank you Mr Fenner, we learnt a huge amount and your stories were very interesting.

Cobbaton Combat Museum

During our visit we saw an incredible collection of World War II memorabilia, both military and relating to the 'Home Front'. We had a fantastic day and have been inspired in many different ways to broaden and deepen our learning about the era.

In Art this term, we are learning about relief printing. We will be designing our own WWII propaganda posters, then printing part of the image with a lino-cut print of our own design.

Here we are practising our printing techniques with some ready-made printing stamps.

Class 5 2016-17

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Welcome to Year 5, Class 5 at Newton Ferrers. We are now a class of 27 with Mr. Thomas as our teacher. This term we will be studying a range of exciting subjects including: forces as part of our science learning; the recorder in music and; Ancient Greece in our learning enquiry. 

Book Reports came in thick and fast...

As a return to school, Year 5 were asked - as their first piece of homework - to create a book report on a book that they had particularly enjoyed. It was gratifying to see how many children rose to the challenge. Reports are displayed in the Reading Corner in our classroom - do take a look when next you're in.
Have a read of Francesca's report on Harry Potter below.

Air resistance experiments

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As part of our learning about forces- and specifically air resistance - we have been making parachutes. We were only allowed to have one variable: some chose the size of the 'chute, others the type of materials used.
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Parachutes were tested (from the balcony in the hall) to see if our predictions were correct.  

Music Lessons

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This term, Mrs Sewell and Mr Thomas have been teaching us to play the recorder. So far we've only learned G, A, B, C and D but we're managing to play simple tunes in unison, most of the time! 

Build me a Trojan Horse...

So they did! Here are some of the Trojan Horses that appeared in Class 5 during the second half of term. We had papier mache, lego, collage, hardwood, balsa wood and even gingerbread! They were fabulous to behold and really made the learning come to life. A big thank you to all involved in their construction!

A "tail" of 2 horses!

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These two fine specimens came into school first and last. On the left, our last entry into the Class 5 Champion Trojan Hurdle was Zeb's edible (and very tasty) Gingerbread Horse, complete with Jelly Baby 'Trojans'. On the right, Zac's (almost) larger than life entry, which has certainly dominated the classroom and been admired by all.

Painting geometric patterns

Having made our Greek vases (using balloons and papier mache), we are now decorating them using the geometric designs we learned about with Mrs. Townsend in Art classes. 

Coffee and Cake at Christmas

We're back in the swing of learning now, with Christmas already a fading memory. However, we thought you'd want to see the photos of our Cake and Coffee musical extravaganza (on the last Thursday of the Christmas term). The crowd at Holy Cross were wonderfully appreciative - squash and biscuits went down well too!
A visit from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

As part of a visit to a number of classes, Years 5 and 6 were lucky enough to receive a very interesting talk today from Gemma, who works locally for the RSPB.  The topic: birds and their habitats; other creatures and their impact on birds; and finally the symbiotic relationship between people and animals.


Despite the weather, the children decamped to the playground and outside areas to survey the school's suitability as a home to our feathered friends.


Perhaps unsurprisingly, given our semi-rural location, we scored very highly as a suitable home for lots of different types of animals. Before leaving, Gemma was able to impart some suggestions for how the school could become an even more hospitable site so keep an eye out for "bird friendly" projects in the future.

Spring Visit to Carswell Farm.

Our second trip to Carswell Farm was another great success. We spent the morning examining the relationship between soil, grass and milk as well as performing our own soil analysis. In the afternoon, we visited the five hundred cows at the dairy farm. We saw some brand new calves and the milking machines in action. It was brilliant to see the process first hand.


Thanks (again) to Mesdames Guyver, Sanders and Williams for being our parent helpers on the day. 

Forest Schools Spring 2017

This half term, Class 5 have had the opportunity to take their turn at Forest Schools sessions, which have taken place on Friday afternoons in the woods above the tennis courts in Noss Mayo.


The children have learned about plant and animals indigenous to the woods as well as practical skills such as knife and saw work. They have also studied a series of basic knots and have combined these skills to make chairs, tables, bow and arrows from wood.


With an emphasis on safety and fun combined, it's been a great way to end each week.    

End of Term trip to Dartmoor Zoo

Heralding summer term's science based topics was the perfect end of term treat -  a trip to Dartmoor Zoo. Children were able to get hands on with lizards and snakes in the new Education Centre as well as apply their learning on natural selection to design an animal would would escape extinction in a given scenario.


There was also plenty of opportunity to see lions, tigers, bears, wolves, the infamous lynx and a host of other animals in what was a great day enjoyed by all. 

An Ace Start to the Summer Term!

What better way to end the first week back in school than a spot of tennis on a sunny Friday afternoon?


Year 5 are getting to grips with stance, ball control and accuracy and are already enjoying the opportunity to have a good run around but also build on their previous skills.


Don't be surprised if there's a lot of interest in watching Wimbledon this year...

RNLI Fly the Flag at Newton Ferrers.

Children in Class 5 (along with Classes 3,4 and 6) had a fascinating talk from 2 of our local Lifeguards today. They learned all about how the organisation is funded, how much it costs to run annually and answered questions about the various flags and signs we see on our beaches.


After the talk had finished, they had the opportunity to inspect the van (see photos) and asked a number of very intelligent questions - including what safety procedures were in place to ensure that they don't run people over when driving on the beach! An excellent end to the day.

Our Final Carswell Visit of 2016/17

Our third trip of the year to Carswell was all about wool and bees. The children learned about wool: how to wash, scour and mordent it   before carding and shaping it into a bee design. This was very appropriate, as there is now a display hive at the farm as well which allowed the children to get very close indeed! 

Granny Galactica

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Wow! The year 5/6 musical Granny Galactica was a tremendous success. Year 5 should be very proud of themselves - they rose to the occasion magnificently and learned some A-Level Physics at the same time.


If you missed it, poor you - you missed a treat!