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KIC Theatre 7/06/17

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On Wednesday the 7th, Year 5 had the pleasure of having Ian back in to do some more wonderufl Theatre work with them. This term, the topic was Aztecs and they had an amazing time pretneidng to be a range of Aztec people. They took on roles of farmers, warriors, gods, and they even sacrificed 2 members of the class at the end. It was great to watch! Year 5 have made excellent progress with their drama work and have reallly shown their range of facial expressions this time around.

Here are some pictures from the afternoon. There are some more in the Photo Gallery.

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Aztec Masks

As part of our Topic, we are looking at all areas of the Aztecs. We have already begun looking at what it was like to live like an Aztec and what kinds of house they lived in; rich and poor. We decided to make masks based around the Aztec God - Featherstone. Originally his mask was made out of turqouise stone but we use tissue paper, cut into sqaures, and cardboard.Have a look. They look great!

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Term 5



At the moment in Maths we are looking at Shape, Space and Measure.  So far we have learnt about angles and what they are measured in, we have learnt how to measure them with a protractor and we have learnt to draw them accuratley too. We are now moving on to looking at rectangles and their properties and being able to use this information to help  us solve some problem solving questions.


Year 5 are currently woking exceptionaly hard in English. Their writing is really coming along. At the moment we are  reading the book Stig of the Dump - one of my favourites. We have written fact files on the author, a newspaper report on finding Stig, a persuasive letter to Barney's sister, instructions on how to make Stig a sandwhich and we are not working on writing a diary in the perspective of one of the characters. Here are some pictures. More can be seen in the photo albums.

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Last week was Science week. We carried on with our topic; Properties and changes in materials. We took part in a range of experiments over the week. We investigate which material would be best suited for keeping an ice cube cold. The cling film won. On the other hand, the foil was in fact a conductor and therefore came in last. We also looked at electric conductors and insulators and experimented with a range of materials. We have found out that metal is a good conductor of electricity. At the end of the week, we looked into the idea of seperating materials. As a class, we had a go at seperating rice and salt, sugar and sugar cubes and oil and water. We have found out that all 3 could seperarted. Oil and water was a special experiment because they seperated themselves. Oil and water do not mix. The class found it fascinating. Ask them to explain to you why oil and water dont mix. Here are some pictures. More can be found in the photo albums.

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Term 4 - Science Week

What an amazing week!

This week, Year 5 have been investigating change and properties of materials.

As a class, we have participated in a range of experiments and investigations. We have asked questions, predicted, discussed variables, measured and concluded.

We started off the week by learning about natural and manmade materials. We then went on to looking and insulators and conductors of heat. This was followed by a flower expeimernt to see if we could change the colour of white flowers using food colouring. Some of the children decided to put theirs in the cupboard to see if it would work better in a dark space. Next, we wanted to see what would happen to an ice cube if we put a bubble wrap coat over it, compared to one without. We waited 20 minutes. Many of the class thought that the ice cube would melt quicker because the bubble wrap was keeping the heat in. However, we found out that the bubble wrap was, in fact, keeping the cold air in. This meant that the ice cube melted slower in comparision to the other ice cube and bubble wrap was an insulator. On Friday, we ended the week by making bread. However, some groups had some missing ingriedants. The class has so much fun making the bread and trying it afterwards. Well, almost all the bread. It was obvious to us all that yeast is an important part of making bread.

Well done Year 5. You have been Fab Scientists!!

Science week pic

Year 5 Update



An update from Jamaica in Term 3


Jamaica class have been continuing to work extremely hard as we are heading towards the end of Term 3. Here are some of the exciting things we have been getting up to. There are some more picture in the Photo section, if you would like to have a look.



This term in English, we have been focusing on our story writing and ability to make a story interesting with different techniques. The class had a go at learning and re-telling a particular story in the style of Pie Corbett. They came up with actions to match the words in the story, they drew story maps to outline the key parts of the story, they acted out the story in groups of 3, they described the characters and the setting using FANTASTIC vocabulary and they re told the story though writing. The children and I had a brilliant time being story tellers and can't wait for when we do it again. There are some photos in the photo album.


This term in Maths, we have been focusing on fractions. We have learnt to order, compare, add, subtract, convert and simplify. We will be going on to multiplying fractions next week.

We have also been taking a leaf out of Year 6's book and we have started peer mentoring. I have been asking those children who have grasped a particular concept to peer mentor (support) those that need a little help. This has been great for all involved. Those teaching are able to use their reasoning skills and apply their understanding verbally and the those that need the extra support are receiving that support they need. This has been a great success and as a class, we will be doing this more often.

There are some photos of the peer mentoring in a photo album under the photos tab.

Science Week:

This week has been Science week and the class have been learning and investigating all about gestation periods for mammals and the 5 stages of development for a human. The class have had great fun investigating whether there are any patterns between mass and gestation, and mass and the number of babies are carried. It has been very interesting. Ask your children what they have found out.

Class assembly:

The class have made me so proud today (Friday 27th). They put on a great show for parents and the rest of the school. I have had some amazing comments from lots of staff and children and it has been great to see so many gain the confidence they need to stand up and talk in front of a lot of people. I have a class full of SUPER STARS! Again, photos are in an album for you to have a look at if you wish.

Healthy Roadshow:

This week, Year 5 were lucky enough to have Jess come to visit, to talk to them about healthy eating and the different food groups available to us. They learnt about why we need them and what they can do for us. They had lots of fun and there are some great photos of the children completing some exercises in the photo album.


Year 5 are continuing to read in class and at home and many have achieved their RED TED's gaining themselves a brand new book. Check this children out in the photo albums. Well done!

Just a little message to all of Year 5:

Imagine with all your mind, believe with all your heart and achieve with all your might - Miss Groves

Term 6 Homework Grid

Create a mountain leaflet

As part of our geography unit, I would like you to research a mountain that you are interested in. I then would like you to create a leaflet to persuade someone to go and visit this mountain.

How you set it out is up to you.

Remember to include:

  • Persuasive language
  • Facts
  • Pictures
  • Colour
  • Describing words

Life cycles

In Science this term, we are going to be investigating living things. In preparation for this I would like you to consider the life cycle of an animal of your choice. The more interesting the better. I would then like you to present your findings in a creative way. How you do this is up to you. Be as creative as possible.

You could:

  • Present it like a hanging mobile.
  • Using food
  • Paper plate

Gods and Goddesses

In our Topic, we are continuing discovering new facts about the Aztecs. At some point during the term, we will be looking at Aztec Goddesses and Gods. For your homework, I would like you to turn yourself into a God or Goddess. Conduct research and use the attributes from Aztec examples to help you create your own God or Goddess profile. You can present this how you like but remember to use:

  • Title
  • Sub-headings
  • Pictures
  • paragraphs


For your second creative task, I would like you to experiment with plaiting. There are many ways you could do this and what you decide is up to you. Use the internet and find a design that you like the look of. Then, choose a material that you would like to work with. Again, this is up to you. Be as creative as possible.

Most of all, HAVE FUN!


In ICT we are learning about using different programmes for different purposes. I would like you to create a PowerPoint on a topic of your choice. I want you to use as many PowerPoint features as you can and make you presentation as interesting as possible.

You could experiment with:

  • colour
  • font
  • Transitions when changing slides.
  • Animations
  • Hyperlinks (make a quiz)

It’s up to you!

Free Choice

This is up to you. What excites you about the world we live in? Is there something about you and your family you would like to share? Is there an object that is special to you, you would like to talk about? You could bring something in.

You could find out about something in the news and write your own article about it.

You could produce a piece of art, make a model or sculpture.

The possibilities are endless. Just make it different to a free choice you have brought in before.

Choice is yours!

Term 3 Homework Grid

Plan a healthy family meal.

As part of our DT topic I would like you to plan a healthy family meal. I would then like you to have a go at cooking the meal (with help and supervision), Make a note of each step from the plan to the finished product. You could even include photos of you cooking the meal, buying the ingredients, or eating it with your family.

You can present this in any way you like,

You could present it as a:

  • Diary
  • Poster
  • PowerPoint

The choice is yours.

I am looking forward to seeing each step you go through.

Design and Create a Quiz

I would like you to create a quiz. The quiz needs to be based on a European Country but which country is up to you. Use the internet and books to aid your research and come up with a variety of questions. The way you present your quiz is up to you. Your questions might be true or false style questions, multiple choice questions or they might be questions that don’t give any clues or help. Choice is yours.

We will be having a go at your quizzes in class.

Make a model of a Tudor Throne

Using the internet, I would like you to research the kinds of thrones Tudor Kings and Queens would have sat in. From this, I would like you to create a model of a Tudor throne.

You can make your throne using materials of your choice.

You could;

  • Make a fact card to go with is using your research.
  • Make it from junk, lego or even on the computer.
  • Label your throne.

Or something completely different.

Plan and complete a Science Experiment at home.

Over the last two terms we have been competing lots of Science experiments in class. I would like you to complete your own experiment at home.

Remember you need a question to start; you need to predict the outcome and you need to write down how you completed your experiment as well as your results.

This experiment can be on a topic of your choice. This term we are looking at Animals including Humans, particularly how humans develop. You could complete an experiment into height using family members. This is just one example.

The choice is yours!

Write a Story.

This term we are considering how to write stories. We have written descriptions for characters and we will be going on to writing descriptions for settings and learning how to open a story effectively.

I would like you to create your own story. The theme is Kings and Queens.

You could:

  • Write just one chapter


  • Write and present it as a book.

Choice is yours!

Free Choice

This is up to you. What excites you about the world we live in? Is there something about you and your family you would like to share? Is there an object that is special to you, you would like to talk about? You could bring something in.

You could find out about something in the news and write your own article about it.

You could write a song or poem and them perform it to the class.

You could produce a piece of art, make a model or sculpture.

The possibilities are endless.

Choice is yours!

Term 2 Homework

Jamaica Expectations

As a school and as a class we are constantly discussing growth mindsets and how a positive attitude can go a long way. “I can’t do it YET, but I am going to keep trying.” I would like you to use this mindset and positive attitude with your homework for this term. I have created 6 boxes of activities/tasks for you to have a go at. The tasks cover a variety of areas that we will be looking at in class as well. You can choose when you want to do your homework and how you would like to do it.  Take pride in the presentation of your work and be as creative as possible. Use the skills you learn at school and at home to complete the tasks.

  • If you need help; ask someone, but don’t let them do it for you.
  • Keep safe when using the internet; remember the rules.
  • Keep saying when using any tools or materials.
  • Have fun! You could visit places, take photos, look in books or libraries.
  • Use your homework book to present your work.

Things to remember:

  • Read every night.
  • Practise times tables.
  • Bring your planner to school.
  • Bring a water bottle to school.
  • Correct PE Kit in school every day.

I can’t wait to see what your produce.

Remember: HAVE FUN!

Design and create a ship

In Kensuke’s Kingdom, we learn that Michael and his parents sail off around the world on a ship called Peggy Sue. I would like you to design and create a ship of your own. The only thing I ask is that your ship must be able to float when put in water. The rest is up to you.

Question to think about:

What will it look like?

What will you call it?

What will you use to make it?

Which materials will be suitable for floating on water?

Choice is yours!

Research a country

I would like you to pick two countries you have never heard of before and find out as much information as you can. I would then like you to create a grid and write down all the similarities and differences these countries have. This could be to do with the geography of the countries, animals, weather, festivals etc.

Then, I would like you to choose the country you are most interested in and create a leaflet. Use all the information you have gathered and use persuasive language to persuade the reader to visit the country.

REMEMBER: Look at your London Eye Leaflet we created in English if you can’t remember how to set it out.

Choice is yours!

Create an educational game

I would like you to create a game that will help you and your peers with your learning. Your game could be based on a theme like Pokémon Go, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Ancient Greece, multiplication and/or division or even forces.

You could re-create a game you are already familiar with like snakes and ladders.

You could:

  • Make a board game
  • Use dice
  • Make figures
  • Make a playground/PE game
  • Make top trumps
  • Make instructions

Choice is yours!

Present information about a topic of your choice

I would like you to research and investigate a topic of your choice. This could be something you would like to find out more about, something we are doing in class, or a question you might have. This is a chance for you to aid your own learning and teach yourself something you don’t know already.

You can present this any way you like.

You could:

  • Make a poster
  • Make a mini book
  • Make fact cards
  • Create a PowerPoint
  • Or something completely different.

Choice is yours!

Write a book review

I would like you to choose a book that you have read and write a review about it. These reviews will go up in the book corner for other children to read. You will need to think about who is reading your review and what they would like to know about the book. In the end, they will be deciding whether they would like to read this book based on what your review says.

You could:

  • Discuss the characters, settings and plots.
  • How did it make you feel?
  • Discuss the style of writing the author uses.
  • Discuss the use of illustrations, maps or photos.
  • The good parts and bad parts.

Choice is yours!

Free Choice

This is up to you. What excites you about the world we live in? Is there something about you and your family you would like to share? Is there an object that is special to you, you would like to talk about? You could bring something in.

You could find out about something in the news and write your own article about it.

You could write a song or poem and them perform it to the class.

You could produce a piece of art, make a model or sculpture.

The possibilities are endless.

Choice is yours!


Science Week
Jamaica's Class Assembly - 27th January 2016
KIC Theatre
Healthy Roadshow
Kic Theatre 70617
Science week Term 5
English: Pie Corbett fortnight
Making sandwiches
    Dymchurch Curriculum MapYear 5 - Jamaica
    Full English (Reading and Writing) and Maths curriculum details can be found in the Docs tab above
    Term 1 & 2Term 3 & 4Term 5 & 6
    Kings & Queens
    Science  Earth and Space
     Forces  Animals inc Humans
    Properties and changes of materials
     All living things

    Geographical similarities and differences between UK, European county and North/South America.

     Locate world's countries, using maps - focus on Europe.

    Local study - Use fieldwork to observe measure record and report features of local area. Sketch maps

    Climate zones, biomes, vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and Earthquakes.

    Latitude, Longitude, Equator, Hemisphere, Capricorn, Cancer

    History Ancient Greece - Greek Life, achievements and influences on western world
     A study of British history: Tudors, Monarchs
    A non-European society contrasting with British history: Aztecs, Mayans


    Birth; Birthdays; Bar/Bat Mitzvah; Marriage, death, death rituals


    Ceremonies, Confirmation, Marriage, Funerals - Christmas


    Jesus and Authority Trouble with the Sabbath
     The question about paying taxes, healing Miracles


    The world wide church



    The journey of life, Birth, Marriage, Death/Life after Death Pentecost

     Living a Moral Life

    Stories with a moral and examples in everyday life


    Food - cleaning, hygiene, cutting using a small knife, grating, making salads

    Food - Taste and talk

    Textiles - Applique

    Food - Following a simple savoury recipe, finding ingredients in cupboard/fridge

    Food - measuring, planning a health family meal

    Mechanisms - Cam mechanics

    Construction - nets of shapes, cutting and scoring

    Art  Collage - variety of materials

    Printing - screen printing

    Drawing - felt tip and metallic pens

    Drawing - observation, different pencil grades for effect, still life portrait

    Textiles - fabrics - fraying, kotting, plaiting, dyeing

    3D - Paper mache sculpture

    Painting - inks

    PE Netball and Gymnastics
    Team Building and Dance
    Pop Lacrosse and Gymnastics
     Tag Rugby and Handball
     Swimming and Kwik Cricket
     Athletics & Rounders
    Music Appraising - describe, compare and evaluate using the elements
    Composing - develop ideas with reference to musical elements, suggest impovements
    Singing/performing - improvise melodic and rhythmic phrases as part of a group performance

     Unit 5.1

    Developing an interactive game

    Unit 5.2

    Cracking codes

     Unit 5.3

    Fusing geometry and art

    Unit 5.4

    Creating a web page about cyber safety

     Unit 5.5

    Sharing experiences and opinions

     Unit 5.6

    Creating a virtual space

    PSHE  New Beginnings
     Say no to bullying
     Good to be me
     Getting on and falling out
    Going for goals
    Relationships & Changes
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