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Emperors

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. 

 

Keep coming back to our page to see all of our wonderful work!

We thought we would share all of the wonderful things that Emperors have been up to while we haven't been able to be at school. It has been great to keep in touch with everyone in Team Emperors!

Home Learning / Bubble Week 6

 

Now some of us are learning at home, and some of us are learning in a "bubble" at school.

Our learning has included:

- writing and illustrating our own picture books

- learning about writing algebraic formuale

- creating our own mathematical board games

- Bubble 5 are writing a song for the Leavers Service

- completing daily SPaG and Arithmetic tasks

- reading a range of picture books, all with moral messages

Home Learning / Bubble Week 5

 

Now some of us are learning at home, and some of us are learning in a "bubble" at school.

Our learning has included:

- writing acrostic poems

- using our mathematical knowledge to solve a Murder Mystery

- writing our own compositions and instruments in Music

- completing daily SPaG and Arithmetic tasks

- finishing our class book - Slime by David Walliams

 

Year 6 also created a peace pole, which would have been presented at our Winchester Cathedral service, although sadly this has been cancelled this year. We have made the peace pole for our school garden, which we're really proud of!

Home learning - musical instrument creation!

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Home Learning / Bubble Week 4

 

Now some of us are learning at home, and some of us are learning in a "bubble" at school.

Our learning has included:

- writing a suspense-filled story

- writing our choice of text inspired by our shared love of ice cream

- learning about statistics including using line graphs

- writing our own compositions in Music

- completing daily SPaG and Arithmetic tasks

- continuing with our class book - Slime by David Walliams

 

We also completed SPORTS DAY this week, with activities that we could complete at home and at school.

Home Learning / Bubble Week 3

 

Now some of us are learning at home, and some of us are learning in a "bubble" at school.

Our learning has included:

- writing a setting description of an imaginary world through a fairy door

- learning about different numbers including prime and square

- scaling recipes up or down in Maths

- learning about metamorphosis and creating informative posters about lifecycles that include this

- working on batting and fielding skills in rounders

- completing daily SPaG and Arithmetic challenges

- continuing with our class book - Slime by David Walliams

Home Learning / Bubble Week 2

 

Now some of us are learning at home, and some of us are learning in a "bubble" at school.

Our learning has included:

- writing an informal letter from an object, inspired by The Day the Crayons Quit

- learning about percentages and identifying percentages of amounts

- identifying and estimating angles and finding examples of angles in real life

- learning our names in semaphore and thinking about the angles needed for each letter

- completing challenges set by Calshot Activities Centre

- learning to read music to perform a piece together using Boomwhackers

- working on batting and fielding skills in rounders

- completing daily SPaG and Arithmetic challenges

- continuing with our class book - Slime by David Walliams

Happy Birthday Miss Edwards!

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Home Learning / Bubble Week 1

 

Now some of us are learning at home, and some of us are learning in a "bubble" at school.

Our learning has included:

- writing a letter to our future selves about life in lockdown

- learning about adding fractions, and making a fortune teller to show this information

- creating presentations about the lifecycles of chosen animals

- developing our sketching skills around the school garden

- working on batting and fielding skills in rounders

- completing daily SPaG and Arithmetic challenges

- continuing with our class book - Slime by David Walliams

Home Learning Week 6

 

Week 6's home learning has included:

- writing a newspaper report about events in Alice in Wonderland, which we have now completed

- learning about Escher's art work in Maths and creating our own designs using tessellation

- creating junk model sculptures of plants

- completing daily SPaG and Arithmetic challenges

Home Learning Week 5

 

Week 5's home learning has included:

- writing a factfile about a World War II veteran

- completing challenges about co-ordinates including games of battleships

- completing activities linked to VE day, including making bunting and designing teacups

- continuing to read class book Alice in Wonderland

- completing daily SPaG and Arithmetic challenges

Home Learning Week 4

 

Week 4's home learning has included:

- writing a diary entry as a character from Alice in Wonderland

- completing challenges about data handling

- creating sketches of Spring flowers, thinking about perspective and shading

- recording videos for Skippers Class of us reading books to them

- continuing to read class book Alice in Wonderland

- completing daily SPaG and Arithmetic challenges

Home Learning Week 3

 

Week 3's home learning has included:

- writing a description of a character from Alice in Wonderland

- identifying fractions around the house (especially in food!)

- creating posters to show fractions, decimals and percentages

- designing and making costumes for our production of Alice the Musical

- continuing to read class book Alice in Wonderland

- completing daily SPaG and Arithmetic challenges

Home Learning Week 2

 

Week 2's home learning has included:

- writing a biography about a family member

- learning new card or board games to play

- creating art work of comic writing inspired by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein

- continuing to read class book Alice in Wonderland

- completing daily SPaG and Arithmetic challenges

Home Learning Week 1

 

Week 1's home learning has included:

- writing poetry about our school values

- baking delicious treats while measuring and converting between imperial and metric units

- creating art work of food packaging inspired by pop artist Andy Warhol

- reading the first 2 chapters of our new class book Alice in Wonderland

- completing daily SPaG and Arithmetic challenges

George's poem

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Oscar's presentation on Japan

 

We were very lucky to have Oscar and his mum share their knowledge of Japan with us. Oscar led a very informative presentation, and then all of the children had the chance to try some traditional games and activities, such as using chopsticks. Enjoy the photos - they definitely show how challenging some of the games were!

Digestive system experiment

 

We have been learning about the digestive system, and we completed an experiment to prove how the digestive system worked. We used orange juice to represent stomach acid, then added food (biscuits and banana) and water, and took it in turns to churn the food, which is what happens in the stomach. We then poured the mixture into some tights, which represented the small intestine. A lot of the liquid came out of the small holes, representing how nutrients pass through the intestine's walls into the blood stream. A tea towel (large intestine) absorbed the rest of the liquid, and then the remaining waste was squeezed out of the tights, representing our stools! Disgusting but fascinating stuff!

Our visit to Winchester Military Museum

 

We visited Winchester Military Museum to support our Science topic of nutrition. We looked at ration packs given to soldiers, and considered the balance of fruit, protein, carbohydrates and fats. We learned about the calorie content of these ration packs, and why it needs to be so high for people serving on the front line. We even got to try some apple and custard rations...you can see our reactions in the photos! 

 

In the afternoon we considered how rations are packaged to ensure that they are safely delivered. We completed a challenge to post a biscuit back to school - we will find out how successful this was soon!

 

We had the opportunity to look at other areas of the museum throughout the day, with the chance to try different uniforms and a quad bike proving very popular! We look forward to building on our knowledge from this trip once back at school.

Emperors' Class Newsletter Spring 2 2020

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.

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.

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!

Building Bridges

 

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.

Victorian Day

 

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!

Science

 

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!

English

 

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.

History

 

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.

We also learned about how long the Maya Civilisation lasted compared to our previous History topic of the Ancient Greeks. We used a toilet roll to create a timeline, with one sheet representing 15 years. The bottom line is the Maya Civilisation, lasting 3500 years, with the top line representing the surprisingly short 630 years of the Ancient Greeks.

Computing

 

In Computing we have been creating and cracking coded algorithms. We have used Scratch to animate our names. 

Lucy.flv

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George.flv

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Collective Worship

 

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.

Gym

 

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.

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