Welcome to Kingfisher Class 2019-20 with Miss Hustler!
We've been really enjoying our Science topic of Light this term. It has given us lots of opportunities for experimenting, making predictions and creating graphs. Today we looked at how the angle of light affects the length of a shadow. Working in the dark is quite exciting!!
In today’s art lesson we created drawings inspired by Kandinsky’s ‘Circles’ using natural forms to create a variety of shapes.
Today we had our first lesson of our new art scheme. The children used their creativity to draw Jeffry the Maggot’s journey through treacherous thorns, the land of ice cubes and the electrician’s wires. We experimented with different pencils and pastels as well as a variety of ways to use and hold them. The children produced some amazing drawings in lots of different styles.
Merry Christmas from the Kingfishers!!
We made these snow globe Christmas decorations for you to buy at the school Christmas Fayre on Friday 13th December. They will cost £1 (all money comes back to the school), and not only is there one with your child inside, but also with a variety of Christmas scenes! We are looking forward to seeing you there, Daniel and Naomi.
We have had a fantastic morning preparing for our KS2 Celebration of Learning event! Each class have done some fantastic baking for the WW2 tearoom and we made war time orange drop biscuits! All the children got involved and had a brilliant time creating the biscuits which have turned out brilliantly! We hope lots of parents will be joining us to try them this evening (21/11/19)
This afternoon, we have had a very exciting visit from Geoffrey Daisy’s tortoise! We learnt lots of interesting facts about tortoises and were all excited to meet him at the end of the day!
In art, we have been doing an artist study on John Piper who was a wartime artist during and after WW2. He painted pictures of buildings like cathedrals and churches when they were left derelict after being bombed during the war. He captured the devastation created in the large cities and we tried to recreate this in our own paintings. We began by sketching the picture of Coventry Cathedral painted by Piper, and then painted them in his style.
Restart a Heart Day
Kingfishers and the rest of Key Stage 2 have had a great afternoon learning vital CPR and how to use a defibrillator with Pint of Life. We were lucky enough to have persephone’s dad spend all afternoon with us for ‘Restart a Heart Day’. We were even on BBC South News this evening spreading the word!
We have been learning about the significant battles of WWII. In art, the pupils have been creating beautiful pictures based on The Blitz. They all designed their own take on the sunset behind the silhouette of London's skyline and they've come out amazingly!
We have had an exciting afternoon looking at electrical circuits, seeing what we need to make a complete circuit and how a switch works! The pupils asked lots of amazing, scientific questions which really got everyone’s brains working!! I particularly liked seeing how much they enjoyed investigating and working in a group.
We have had a brilliant session with ‘footy kids’ this afternoon. The children played some brilliant football based games and played some matches against each other. They had a great time and lots of them are looking forward to joining the club after school on Fridays!
Science - Renewable and non renewable energy
Kingfishers have started learning about electricity in Science. Today they did lots of research on renewable and non renewable energy and created presentations in groups.
What a fantastic first week back! On Wednesday, all of KS2 took part in our WW2 day. We tried to understand what it was like to be evacuated in the war. We heard an air raid siren, made gas mask boxes and identity tags and even made and tasted ‘egg in a nest’ - a dish that would have been eaten during the time of the war. We then came together at the end of the day to sing war time songs. Everyone is looking forward to delving deeper into our topic!
Welcome to Year 4/5 2018-19 with Miss Hustler!
It has been an absolute pleasure to teach such a wonderful class of children for my first year of teaching. They have all done me and themselves incredibly proud and I can't wait to see what they go on to achieve in the future. Well done year 4/5 of 2019! Miss Hustler :)
We have had a lovely last few days of school. Firstly, we used fantastic maths skills to plan birthday parties with a budget. Each group then presented their party proposal to the class and we voted for the best one! We’ve decorated (and eaten) cupcakes to celebrate Miss Hustler’s birthday, completed transport and animal surveys and displayed the results on bar graphs and enjoyed sketching our beautiful pond area in the sunshine. We can’t believe we only have half a day left of the school year - but we’re definitely ready for the Summer holidays now!
After our trip to the local woods on Tuesday, where we spotted and sketched lots of British plants and trees, the pupils have created beautiful tree themed shape poems! I am so impressed with the language they are choosing and their resilience when set a challenge!
We really enjoyed Friday’s open afternoon with lots of art related activities that parents could join in with! We had flowers to sketch, mindfulness colouring and fish making out of the teabag/ink artwork we did with year 3. Thank you to Xavier and Samuel for all your help!
We've been practising measuring angles using masking tape on the desks. Everyone's really getting the hang of using a protractor now!!
SPORTS DAY 2019! All the children did themselves and Freeland proud by showing resilience, teamwork and brilliant sportsmanship! Congratulations to blue team!
We had an amazing morning at the Sikh Gurdwara in Oxford. Everyone was so welcoming and we learnt so much about a different culture and religion. We all felt very lucky to be given the opportunity to visit such a special place of worship after learning all about Sikhism in RE.
On Thursday this week, we went to Dorchester Abbey to take part in ‘Festival of Voices’. The children have worked so hard all term learning the songs in music, and they did a brilliant job singing with 5 other schools. It was lovely to see so many of our parents in the audience, the children loved sharing the songs with you.
As always, they did Freeland proud behaving beautifully during the rehearsal, concert and outside in the garden for dinner.
World in Union - Festival of Voices
We had a lovely morning taking part in the 'Thy kingdom come prayer space' at St Mary's Church. The children took part in lots of interesting and peaceful activities which they enjoyed respectfully. Thank you to Reverent Sue for organising a lovely session.
Year 4/5 have been testing a fun way to practise learning all our different SPaG terms. We played ‘SPaG guess who’ where partner 1 writes a grammar term (e.g. adverb) on a post it note and sticks it to partner 2’s forehead. Partner 1 then gives clues and examples of the word until partner 2 guesses correctly!
We've ended Wednesday out in the sunshine with year 1 showing what brilliant role models year 4/5 can be.
Year 4/5 have been really enjoying our ‘Real PE’ lessons this term. They have been working hard on their agility and coordination to build skills for games of throw tennis and benchball. We are also focusing on teamwork and make sure that each team has time to discuss their strengths and what to improve on next time at the end of the games.
Today, we held a class debate. We looked at one of Ernest Shackleton's last reported quotes that stated:
‘I chose life over death for myself and my friends… I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown. The only true failure would be to not explore at all.'
The pupils decided whether they agreed with the quote or wanted to argue against it. Every child contributed to their side of the argument and they came up with some brilliant and well-reasoned responses.
We have had a brilliant afternoon investigating the density of different liquids. Most of the children were amazed to find that the golden syrup sunk below the water because it has a higher density and that the oil floated on top because it was the least dense.
We then moved on to looking at different objects when they were dropped into the liquids - the 1p coin sunk straight to the bottom, the grape balanced on top of the syrup and the pen lid floated on the oil. The class came up with lots of reasons to explain why this happened and showed an amazing understanding of density.
What a brilliant start to term 5! Our new topic 'What a Wonderful World' is in full swing and we have learnt so much about Antarctica already. We are using 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill as our text which is a beautiful book with amazing illustrations. Today we had a go at recreating some of the natural imagery of Antarctica that Grill focuses on in his drawings. The class chose which image they wanted to recreate, then used oil pastels and coloured pencils to creature texture - we think that they have come out brilliantly! The children then evaluated their work and tomorrow will be writing setting descriptions based on their chosen scene.
Rehearsals are in full swing for our Easter Service on Thursday 4th April at 10am. Year 4/5 have been working so hard at learning the song 'Resurrection Day' for our part of the Easter story and can't wait to perform to the school, parents and carers! Here's a sneak peek!
'Resurrection Day' Rehearsals
'Resurrection Day' Rehearsals
We have had an amazing afternoon of Science creating our own water cycles in a bag! The children loved designing their own water cycle on the bag and dying the water blue so that they can see the precipitation clearly. We have taped them to the windows where the sun shines in so we can watch the water evaporate, create condensation and then we can watch the precipitation enter the 'sea' again.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely mums!! The children have worked hard all week creating Kenning poems especially to describe their mum! We hope you love them! See you on Monday for the final week of Spring term!
We have been learning all about the Spanish Armada this week. The pupils ordered the key events, created storyboards and some even prepared and performed TV news reports! These pupils challenged themselves and were really brave acting the reports out in front of the class - we all really enjoyed listening and learnt lots!
We had an amazing Science day to end British Science Week! We learnt about all about DNA, how to stitch up a wound (on a banana), scientific data and viruses. Thank you so much to Mrs Tacon and Dr Linnell for organising such a brilliant and interesting day!
Today, in Science, we focused on reversible and irreversible changes to do with temperature. We investigated how quickly chocolate melts and then how long is takes to harden again. All the groups created their own tin foil boat for the chocolate to rest in and used stop watches to time the experiment.
Team World Book Day 2019!
Today we've had the amazing opportunity to go inside an explorer dome and have a session all about sound! We were able to consolidate our knowledge, after just finishing the topic in class, and build on the learning we did. In preparation for science week next week, this was a fantastic way to get us all excited, and learn some new facts in a very cool way!
We have had a brilliant afternoon of exciting science experiments today! First, we looked at why custard is known as a non-Newtonian liquid. We found that when we hit the custard hard and quickly, it felt solid. However, when we ran our fingers through it slowly and gently, it was liquid. We then moved on to our focus on gases for the lesson, specifically carbon dioxide found in fizzy drinks!
We watched how the CO2 bubbles carried the raisins to the top of the fizzy water bottle and then when the bubbles were released, they fell back down and this was repeated. This helped us to understand how the carbon dioxide worked and made the drink fizzy.
We then moved on to our main experiment: finding out which drink was the fizziest and therefore which has the most carbon dioxide. We weighed the drinks when fizzy (before being opened) then shook them and left them without lids over night to go flat. The next afternoon we made predictions, created results tables and then weighed our drinks once flat. We found fizzy water was the fizziest drink because it had the biggest difference in weight between being fizzy and flat (9g)! The pupils then drew bar graphs to show their findings and wrote conclusions!
It was a very busy afternoon, but we all learnt lots and felt very excited by our science topic of states of matter!
Year 4/5 have made it to the end of a long week of assessments (we did celebrate with biscuits at break time!) They then spent the afternoon starting to make Tudor houses, which was very exciting! They learnt how to safely use the hand saws to saw the wood to the correct length, how to handle the hot glue guns, and how to cut right angle pieces of card to support the corners of the wooden structures.
I was really proud of how sensibly and carefully all the pupils worked, I'm so pleased I can trust them all to be so safe and conscientious. They are definitely going to create some Tudor masterpieces!
Key stage 2 had the most incredible day in London yesterday. Visiting The Globe Theatre was an amazing opportunity and our tour guide was so informative, we learnt even more than we knew already. The exhibition at the theatre had lots of exciting things to look at, including how the sound effects used to be made.
Everyone then enjoyed a brilliant walk in the sunshine along the southbank and past Trafalgar Square to get to The National Portrait Gallery. We saw so many brilliant London landmarks.
After arriving at The National Portrait Gallery we saw all the fantastic Tudor portraits including Henry VII, Henry VIII and all his wives! We then spent the rest of the time in there sketching our favourite portraits.
We are all incredibly lucky and grateful to have had the opportunity to attend such a fantastic school trip. A huge thank you to Mrs McCarthy for organising, to the Freeland school society for putting money towards the trip and to our fantastic parents, Mrs Davies and Dr Linnell for helping.
We've finished painting our clay Tudor Roses and all the children did a brilliant job. It's amazing to see all the different takes on the classic Tudor Rose.
All the children who made it into school today have had a fantastic morning playing and being creative in the snow. It's so lovely to see them all enjoying the outdoors with their friends! We're now back in the warm writing snow themed poems and continuing our work on Macbeth.
I couldn't be more proud of the class today and their amazing efforts in English. We spent the whole morning working on the witches' spell from 'Macbeth':
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Firstly, each table learnt a couplet from the spell by heart and then performed them one after the other to create the whole spell as a class. (See video below!)
After this, some pupils analysed the spell's rhyme, rhythm and syllables, whilst others created their own ingredients for the spell using the same techniques as Shakespeare himself!
It's amazing to see how much the class are enjoying and engaging with 'Macbeth', and it makes me really happy that they are all so inspired!
Whole Class Witches' Spell
British Sign Language
Today in Science we investigated further into hearing. We looked at British sign language and why it is a really useful skill to learn. The pupils learnt how to sign their names, how to sign some useful phrases and Cohen and Ben even learnt how to sign a conversation!
After sketching and making collages of the Tudor Rose, this week it was finally time to make them from clay. All the pupils did a brilliant job of creating their own take on the Tudor Rose, and had lots of fun doing it. We can't wait to paint these when they've dried out next week and see how they turn out!
Today in Science we have been investigating sound and vibrations by making and using string telephones!
Year 4/5 have loved learning about the Battle of Bosworth in History. We had a fantastic afternoon re-enacting it as a class, and now all pupils are experts!
We've been learning about 'The War of the Roses' in History and how the Tudor Rose came to be. Today we had an arty afternoon making Tudor Rose collages out of different materials. Here are some fantastic examples.
We are really enjoying reading Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' in our English lessons. Today we acted out a key scene in groups and wrote letters to Lady Macbeth. 'ALL HAIL MACBETH... KING OF SCOTLAND!'
Happy New Year!! Firstly, thank you all so much for all of the wonderful Christmas presents I received at the end of term, it was so thoughtful of you. Year 4/5 have had a fantastic start to the term already. In Science we have started our topic on sound. We have been talking about how quickly sound can travel through solids, liquids and gases. To investigate this, we role played the different forms as a class and practised being molecules vibrating when a sound happens.
Merry Christmas from Miss Hustler and Year 4/5!
Year 4/5 have had a fantastic and very productive first term. I am incredibly proud of how much progress they have made! Wishing you all a very merry Christmas! See you on Tuesday 8th January 2019!
We had an amazing School Christmas Day! We made Christmas hats, pop up Christmas cards, finished our Christmas tree decorations, had a delicious Christmas meal and even got to watch a special staff pantomime of Jack and the Beanstalk!! Only 1 and a half days to go!
This morning we sung at the Freeland House Christmas service. The residents really enjoyed listening to the songs and said that the children brightened up their day!
This week we finished creating our Roman shields and practised marching with them in unison. The pupils have loved studying the Romans this term and acting as Roman soldiers with their shields was a great way to end the topic.
We had a fantastic morning out at The Oxford Playhouse watching 'Dick Whittington and His Cat' with year 5/6. The performance was brilliant and all Freeland pupils behaved impeccably. A huge thank you to The Freeland School Society who made this trip possible!
Make sure to check the 'Woodlands 2018' section on the 'Class News' tab to keep up with how our year 5s are doing on the Woodlands trip!
Well done to the fantastic year 4/5 children who took part in The Big Christmas Sing at Oxford Town Hall this week. They sung and performed brilliantly and made everyone involved very proud!
Our trip to St Mary's Church - written by Alex
On Thursday 15th November 2018 class 4/5 went to St Mary’s Church in Freeland. We walked down in pairs because we wanted to learn more about prayer.
Firstly, we sat down on the pews where Reverend David was waiting for us (I was sitting next to Josh). Silently, we listened to Rev David speak about how Christians prayed. Before very long he had moved on to talking about hassocks – cushions that help Christians pray. They help you pray by you kneeling on them.
Secondly, Rev David showed us some other things around the church for example the stations of the cross (paintings that tell the story of Jesus being crucified) which are labelled with Roman numerals up to 14. There are other things like a candle holder and stain glass windows that showed stories in the bible.
Thirdly, we went to the font (the place where people are baptised) to talk about baptism. The font is always located by the door. Once Rev David said that someone had brought water from the river Jordan where Jesus was baptised.
On the roof, Rev David said that if he chased bats out of the church he would get sent to prison however if he sent out a homeless person he wouldn’t go to jail, which is outrageous. In the walls, there is a room called the parvis which is actually very rare in a church it has lots of stuff that the church isn’t using.
In summary, I enjoyed my visit to the church because Rev David taught me a lot I didn’t know.
In Science we are focusing on dental hygiene and tooth decay. We have looked at the similarities between tooth enamel and eggshell so today we have started our EGGsperiment. Every day this week, we are going to monitor how our hard boiled eggs are affected by different liquids. At the end of the week we will see if our predictions match our conclusions.
Bhangra Dance Workshop
Today, we have been celebrating Divali through Bhangra dance workshops. Selina taught us some basic Bhangra moves which we put into a sequence, before creating our own moves to add to our dance sequence. The pupils really enjoyed the dancing and loved seeing Miss Hustler and Mrs Lench get involved too!! Here is a fantastic example of half the class performing to their peers.
On Friday, the school was lucky enough to have an assembly from Mr Tancock who taught us all about the work he does as a first response officer. We then had fantastic workshops, in small groups, where we learnt about saving lives and CPR.
Reverend Sue joined Year 4/5 for their RE lesson this week. All term we have been learning about the importance of prayer for Christians and other faiths. We have had some very interesting discussion and the children were eager to ask Reverend Sue some questions.
During the session Reverend Sue talked about how Christians pray and what they can use to help them. The children were encouraged to listen to some music and reflect on it, creating artwork.
Year 4/5 have had a lovely last day of term. They particularly loved the visit from Bed Edeh, the GB athlete, who inspired the pupils with his story of how he got into rugby. We had a brilliant workshop with Ben, who showed the pupils how to hold, throw and run with a rugby ball. Have a fantastic half term everyone - see you on Tuesday 30th October!
We have had a fantastic day out at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester. We built on our knowledge of The Romans and got to see, touch and even hold lots of amazing Roman artifacts. We dressed up as Romans, learnt to spell our names in Latin, admired beautiful mosaics and took part in an investigation where we used evidence to decide what type of Roman we were. All year 4/5 pupils were on their best behaviour and represented Freeland School wonderfully!
After learning about Roman shields and designing their own a few weeks ago, today in year 4/5 we finally began making them! We used paper mache to make the centre piece of the shield, and are looking forward to painting them in the next few art lessons.
We had a fantastic first week back to school after the Summer holidays. We began learning about the Romans, and in English we have focused on the story of 'Romulus and Remus'. All the pupils enjoyed learning the story, and then acting it out in groups in front of the class. All pupils did a great job and managed to give constructive feedback to other groups.