Welcome to Emperors' Class Page.
The children in Emperors class are aged 9-11 and are in years 5 and 6.
Mrs Clark, Miss Edwards and Mrs Lightfoot are the class teachers.
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Violent Volcanoes at our Celebration of Learning!
This week we thought about how we would share our Geography learning with our parents at our Celebration of Learning at the end of half term. We decided to make volcanoes out of papier mache to demonstrate eruptions using bicarbonate of soda, red food colouring and vinegar. We talked about the chemical reaction that causes this effect. We also made seismographs out of boxes, using suspended pencils to record the movement of the tables, as a real seismograph would. We shared these with our parents, as well as our newspaper reports from English.
We look forward to continuing learning about natural disasters after half term.
Muslim visitors for RE
Following our learning about Submission in RE, Ellie invited in a family friend who is a practising Muslim. We were fortunate that he also invited the Imam of his mosque in Southampton. They explained the role of Submission in their religion, and we were really grateful to be able to ask questions, which really deepened our understanding of the topic.
Chinese New Year dancing
We were really lucky to learn a traditional parasol dance to celebrate Chinese New Year. We learned about why this year is the year of the rat, and thought about using the parasols at different heights. We had to work as a team to make sure we didn't crash into each other! We also got to try Chinese dragon dancing, which was great fun and again relied on us all working together.
Year 5 MFL workshop
Year 5 visited Test Valley School to participate in Modern Foreign Language workshops. We learned Italian greetings, and found out about Italian food. We recorded food that we loved and hated on paper plates and used them to help us speak to each other about our preferences. We then learned numbers 1 - 11 in Spanish, and played a game of bingo. We were also taught colours in Spanish, and the names of some animals, and we used this information to sing a version of Old MacDonald had a Farm. We had a great morning and enjoyed sharing what we had learned when we got back to school.
Emperors' Class Newsletter Spring 1 2020
Volcanic art work!
We have started our new Geography topic on natural disasters, with a focus on earthquakes and volcanoes. We looked at some examples of art work by Jackson Pollock to inspire our paint splatter volcanic art work. We all got slightly paint splattered but had lots of fun!
We finished our Victorian topic by building bridges in Design and Technology, inspired by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We worked in groups to create a design that would be wide enough for a toy steam train, and would be strong enough to hold a given weight.
We are really proud of our designs, and we're really excited as they are now on display at Beaulieu Motor Museum!
Sharing our learning
We have been working hard in Emperors and Swallowtails to develop our writing. We spent an afternoon sharing our work with each other - Swallowtails read their newspaper articles about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and Emperors read their diary entries of life as a Victorian school child.
We all learned from hearing each other's work, and look forward to sharing more of our learning together next term.
We experienced what life was like at school in the Victorian period. We followed the school rules of only speaking when spoken to, standing when an adult entered the room, and that children should be seen and not heard.
We worked in rows of boys and girls, and completed lessons in handwriting, times tables, bible studies and natural studies. All of these lessons were completed in silence, and those of us who were writing with the wrong (left) hand had to write with the right one! We also participated in drills of marching around the school hall for exercise.
Those of us who didn't follow the rules experienced the cane, and if we couldn't answer questions we had to wear the dunce's cap! When our classroom returned to normal, we all agreed that we prefer modern school!
We have been learning about light, and how it travels in a straight line. We have completed a number of experiments to prove this, and we have looked at how light is affected by travelling through different mediums.
We conducted an experiment on refraction and what happens when light travels through air and then water. You can see from our faces how surprised we were at the results!
We also investigated how shadows are affected by the position of lights, and proved that shadows are the same shape as the object because light always travels in a straight line.
We were lucky enough to have a guest teacher, Mr Sopowski, who brought in equipment kindly loaned by Romsey School. He taught us how to make pin hole cameras, and we could explain why the image was inverted. We also investigated how light was reflected from mirrors and refracted in glass blocks and prisms.
History trip to Beaulieu Motor Museum
As part of our Victorian topic, we visited Beaulieu Motor Museum to experience what life as a child in Victorian times was like. We spent the morning in Palace House learning about the jobs that would have been available to us. We learned about etiquette, cleaning, and being seen and not heard! Some of us found this trickier than others! Miss Clark, the governess, explained about the different roles in the household such as footman, kitchenmaid and housemaid. She also assessed our posture and checked our fingernails!
In the afternoon, we learned about the invention of the motor car. We looked closely at the changes in the early car designs, and thought about how these differ from modern cars. We also had the chance to look at the development of the car through to the fastest cars on the planet and saw some famous cars from films.
We finished our day with a trip on the monorail. What an amazing day!
We are all enjoying reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty in English, and it is really helping our understanding of what life was like for poor children in Victorian England. The main character in the book, Jim, has found himself in the workhouse following the loss of his home and the death of his mother, and he is contemplating escape.
We all considered the pros and cons of escaping from the workhouse, including the risk of punishment if caught attempting to leave; the struggles of being alone on the streets of London; and the fact that while the workhouse is awful, it does guarantee shelter and food. We created a 'conscience alley' to share our views and try to convince Jim to either stay in the workhouse or escape.
We will find out soon what he decides to do in the book, although most of us think it is worth the risk that he should escape!
Design and Technology
To finish our History topic on the Maya Civilisation, we have been designing our own chocolate flapjacks! We all incorporated cacao and honey into our recipes, and also chose from a variety of different chocolates, dried fruit and nuts. We all had to include an example of seasonal fruit, with a choice of British apples, pears, raspberries and blackberries.
We shared our delicious inventions with parents at our Celebration of Learning.
In History we have continued our topic of Which invention is best? We sampled a traditional Maya hot chocolate recipe using milk, cacao beans, cinnamon, nutmeg and, for some of us, chilli! This was truly HOT chocolate! We then used a technique that we know that the Maya used as it is pictured on pottery - we poured the hot chocolate between cups so that it would be "frothed". We all tried it, then some of us added honey to sweeten it as cacao has quite a bitter taste.
In Computing we have been creating and cracking coded algorithms. We have used Scratch to animate our names.
Year 6 led Collective Worship on the theme of Friendship and Collaboration. We each wrote what friendship means to us on a jigsaw piece, and they all slotted together to show how we collaborate. We acted out the bible story of Jesus and His Disciples, and sang You've Got a Friend in Me.
In Gym we have been thinking about how we control our bodies when balancing. We have been working in pairs or groups to create balances in preparation for our final performance routines. Next week we will be looking at movement.