Welcome to the Year 5 & 6 page!
We try to update this page regularly so you can see what
we have been learning about, the displays we've produced
and the fun activities we've taken part in.
Letter from DEFRA
We have now received a reply from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs! Our letter about unsustainable palm oil was passed on to DEFRA and now we've had a letter from DEFRA telling us more about what the UK government is doing to support sustainable palm oil production. We learnt the UK is an active partner of the Great Ape Survival Partnership which will help orang-utans. DEFRA also told us about the Darwin Initiative which supports biodiversity projects around the world.
Letter from No 10!
What a start to the new year! We have had another reply to our palm oil letters; this one has come from the Prime Minister, Theresa May. Mrs May's Correspondence Officer thanked us for our "wonderful letters" and confirmed that they had been passed onto DEFRA - the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as that is the Government department responsible for palm oil use.
Christmas crafts day
A very creative day in Class 4.
Maths and baking!
Using our ratio and proportion skills, we worked out how much of each ingredient we needed in order to make enough gingerbread dough for our group. The dough was rolled out and we chose which cutter we wanted to use.
D-I-S-C-O as Ottawan sang!
Our treat for filling our ping pong pot to the halfway mark, is a disco! How many people get to strut their funky stuff at a 15 minute disco at 9.15 in the morning?!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Spoiler alert...in Art we've been making our Christmas cards. If you don't want to know which is yours, look away now!
Naughty Elf receives Angel Mail
The children have been busy writing and receiving their Angel Mail and in a surprise move, a letter was even delivered for the Naughty Elf!
Our palm oil display
Thank you to Mr Screeton who works in our class on Wednesdays and Thursdays. He has displayed some of our letters and replies in the hall.
We've received another reply!
We've received a reply from Nestle to our letters raising our concerns about their use of palm oil. Can you spot the deliberate mistake?!
Science - periscopes and pinwheels
In Science we have been looking at how our eyes work and in our practical lesson, we made pinwheels and periscopes.
And so it begins...
Here comes the Naughty Elf.
Thanks very much to all at FOSS for arranging the Christmas Fair. Thanks too to all those who braved the inclement weather and came along to support it. We had several stalls in Class 4.
In Art, we took the theme of the centenary of the ending of the First World War and designed silhouettes which we put over a painted background. We have displayed some of them outside our classroom. We also added some poetry.
We are very excited to report that we have received our first reply to one of the letters we wrote, about the issues of unsustainable palm oil. As you can see, it was from Ms Elliott in response to our request to adopt an orang-utan. If we can raise the £36 needed for a year's sponsorship, Ms Elliott says we can go ahead! In answer to a couple of pupils' questions, the orang-utan doesn't actually come to Fangfoss!
Our class worship
We sat and listened to the story of the boy with the loaves and the fishes during our class worship on Compassion. We came up with examples of how we'd shown compassion.
Writing a persuasive letter
In English we have been learning about how to write a persuasive letter. We have also been learning about the environmental issues surrounding the production of palm oil. Putting what we'd learnt into practice, we wrote letters to companies who use palm oil asking them to produce it sustainably or use less. We posted letters to Cadbury, Nestle, Defra, Herbal Essences and the Prime Minister.
17 children from Class 4 took part in the Sportshall Athletics event at Woldgate School. Thank you to all the parents who transported children to Woldgate and back. Well done to all those who took part. They really did try their best and St Martin's came 4th. Sportshall Athletics is an indoor form of track and field for children between the ages of 4 and 16. It was created by George Bunner MBE to provide a safe and warm environment for young athletes to train during the cold and dark winter months. The first ever Sportshall competition took place in 1976.
Let's have a debate!
In English, we have been looking at how to write a balanced argument with rhetorical questions, honing our debating skills and learning to counter a point. During the Dogs Trust workshop, we were set the task to come up with arguments about what was important when owning a dog for instance, training, exercise. It led to a heated debate!
The Dogs Trust
Emma from the Dogs Trust came into school to tell us about the work of the charity. She also told us how to be safe around dogs and how to care for them. She came into the classroom and we had fun with the challenges she set us.
In Science, we have been learning how we hear sounds. We did some experiments using tuning forks and water and rice and a drum. We also spoke and listened using yoghurt pot telephones.
In English, with the help of Miss Hull, we have displayed some of our Ted Hughes-inspired poems on OUR POET-TREE outside the classroom.
Class worship - Diwali
In class worship, we learnt about the festival of Diwali, otherwise known as the Festival of Lights. It's celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.
Crime & punishment history project
We invited our families into class to see the projects we have been working on as part of our History topic. We have been learning about crime and punishment throughout the ages and some of it was certainly quite grisly! In small groups or as individuals, we researched a particular era and then presented our findings using PowerPoint, models, posters and interactive quizzes. Our visitors enjoyed seeing our work.
Ted Hughes inspired writing
In class 4, we've been looking at the poetry of Yorkshire-born poet, Ted Hughes. So far we have studied "The Warm and the Cold" and "Leaves". The good weather meant we went out and used our senses, looking and listening and smelling for inspiration in order to write poetry.
Science - healthy eating
In Science, we've been looking at seasonal food, where our food comes from and healthy eating. In small groups, we planned some healthy dishes and then we prepared them. One group made houmous, one group made vegetable soup, another group did pesto and another group made a fruit salad. We also made a cheese sauce, tortilla chips and pitta pizzas. The proof of the pudding was certainly in the eating!
Outdoor classroom learning
During Science, Class 4 have been learning about the body. We enjoyed an outdoor treasure hunt task. We had the answers to various science questions and the clues were hidden around the playground and the quiet area. We had to match the clues to the questions. We used the knowledge we had learnt in previous lessons. Do you know the answers to these questions?
School Council and Eco Council
We have voted for representatives from Class 4 to go on the School Council and the Eco Council.
Ruby and Theo were voted onto School Council.
Freya and Isaac were voted onto Eco Council.
There were plenty of nominees, all of whom did a short submission about why they wanted to join the council, but we could only choose four children.
Today's Class Worship was all about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah which this year takes place between 2-10 December.
Our Proud Wall
Each week, we choose a piece of work we are proud of, to display on our Proud Wall.
PE - hockey skills
In PE, Class 4 have been learning the skills needed to part-take in a game of hockey.
One of the first activities Class 4 did when they returned from the holidays, was to create some God's Eyes. A God's Eye (in Spanish, Ojo de Dios) is a spiritual object made by weaving a design out of yarn upon a wooden cross. Often several colours are used. They are commonly found in Mexican and Mexican American communities, among both Indigenous and Catholic peoples. The children each found a couple of sticks, crossed them over and then chose the wool. They look great hanging in our Reflection Corner.
On Thursday, 19 July 2018, the leavers (including Mr Edwards!) and Miss Brindley enjoyed an outing to York for their leavers' meal. The weather was superb and after the meal at Stonegate Yard there was time to enjoy the sunshine and an ice cream.
Dream On - KS2 performances
Many thanks to everyone who made this year's production a great success: parents who helped on the night with the chairs and the stage; FOSS who sold delicious refreshments; staff who chaperoned on the evenings as well as all those involved beforehand. It was a full house for both performances and the hard work of everyone really showed. Congratulations and well done.
KS2 summer production of "Dream On"
A full dress rehearsal took place yesterday (16.7.18) and it's first night tonight at Bishop Wilton Hall. The children have worked very hard to be ready and we're sure the audience will love it!
Service for Mr Edwards
A leaving service for Mr Edwards, organised by the governors, was held this afternoon (12.7.19) at St Martin's Church. Presentations were made by church wardens, ex pupils, Mr Sloman of Woldgate School and Revd Jan.
Penalty shoot-out in aid of the NSPCC
Class 4 have today (29.6.18) taken part in a penalty shoot-out during their PE lesson with Mr Simms. Each child had 60 seconds to score as many goals as possible. If you are able, please sponsor your child. They will come home with a record of their score. Monies need to be returned to school by Monday 9 July. Many thanks for supporting your children and the work of the NSPCC.
Rehearsals are going well for this year's KS2 performance of Dream On, an entertaining tale with a nod to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Don't forget to order your tickets for the show which takes place at Bishop Wilton Village Hall on Tuesday 17 July and Wednesday 18 July at 6.30pm. Tickets are £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children.
What an inspiration!
In today's morning work, Class 4 had to come up with a class motto. There were plenty of inspirational examples. Here are just a few of them.
Visit to Stockbridge Technology Centre
On Monday 25 June, Class 4 enjoyed a visit to Stockbridge Technology Centre near Cawood. The children learnt about food production and were able to pick their own peas (and ate them straight from the pod); tomatoes, lettuces, radishes and strawberries. They also heard about how the produce is used in medicines and the pharmaceutical industry. They also made healthy pizzas as well as strawberry buns. The weather was fantastic and they all brought a goody bag home!
Activity day at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park
Along with other local schools, Class 4 enjoyed a day of survival skills at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park on Tuesday, 19 June 2018. The two teams had a go at several activities including building a shelter, filtering water, rowing and getting across to an island before hoisting a flag they'd made. Some participants got wetter than others but we all had a great day.
Design & technology challenge
Year 6 spent Thursday afternoon at the KP Club near Pocklington at the Woldgate School Design & Technology Challenge. The teams were tasked with designing a form of transport to take a large number of people to work without causing congestion on the roads and stopping other traffic. All the children contributed to the ideas and worked well as a team. The Woldgate staff were very impressed with all the teams and we came second. Well done. Thanks to Woldgate School for organising not only the event, but the transport and refreshments too.
The Forbidden Corner
Using the money they raised "Making £5 Grow", Class 4 had a fabulous time at The Forbidden Corner. Some of them got soaked; some of them nearly got stuck and some of them found a way to get neither wet nor soaked. After enjoying a lovely lunch, the class went off exploring and towards the end of the trip, enjoyed an ice cream in the lovely June sunshine. Thanks again for all the support during the Grow £5 project.
Class 4 was invited to Fangfoss Pottery in order to make some tiles to replace those that had been damaged at Jubilee Park. Firstly, the children watched a demonstration by Gerry and learnt about the process of making pottery from Lyn. They then moved upstairs to make their tiles.
Eastern Europe project day
Class 4's Eastern European studies culminated in an open afternoon where parents and Class 3 were invited to come and see the projects the children have been busy working on. The guests also had the opportunity to try some delicious and some not-so delicious fare! There were displays about Moldova, Croatia, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia. One parent remarked how great it was to see what the children had been up to in their Geography lessons and how enthusiastic they were when talking about their chosen country.
Tidying the wildlife area
On Wednesday morning, as Year 6s were busy with SATs, the Year 5s started to tidy the wildlife area. The first job was to weed. Lots of buckets were filled and emptied into the compost bin. The children were very enthusiastic and worked hard, despite the inclement weather.
Making Maths pizzas
On Monday and Tuesday, when the Year 6s were busy with their SATs tests, the Year 5s were using their maths, art and cooking skills to design and cook pizzas. Some children chose to have 25% pineapple on their creation whilst others had 1/8 of ham. They understood the importance of hygiene and safety as they prepared the food. The delicious fare was shared with the rest of the class.
Creating shrines in RE
Following on from our visit to the Buddhist centre in Pocklington, we've been creating shrines in Class 4.
Staff from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Sports, Play and Arts department came into school recently. We enjoyed taking part in the activities. The weather was kind to us and the games we took part in, gave us a greater understanding of disabilities such as being blind.
Performance poet visit
Thanks to the generosity of F.O.S.S, the school was able to enjoy a visit from multicultural poet Donavan Christopher, aka Rappaman on Monday, 23 April. He spent the day in school and following an all-school assembly, led workshops in each class. We had a great session with him and he was very impressed with the raps we came up with.
Catch us in the Pocklington Post!
Exploring Eastern Europe
As part of their Geography lessons, Class 4 had a visit from Meriem and Mehmed who are from Bulgaria. The children listened as Meriem and Mehmed described life in their native country. During their presentation, they told the class about the beautiful buildings, the weather, the customs, religious beliefs and tourist attractions from that part of Eastern Europe. The class then tried reciting the Bulgarian alphabet. They also had the chance to try some traditional Bulgarian food – lutenitca and lokum (Bulgarian delight).
RE trip to York Mosque and the Buddhist Centre at Kilnwick Percy
On Monday 16 April, Class 4 went on an RE trip. Firstly, they visited the Mosque in York. The Imam there talked to the children about his faith and asked them lots of questions about their knowledge of Islam. He was very impressed with what they knew. The children in turn, asked many questions of the Imam. They also got a chance to look in the new mosque which is being built as the old mosque is too small now. From York, the class travelled to the Buddhist centre just outside Pocklington. After lunch the children re-enacted Buddha's life story and took part in meditation. Again they answered questions and asked many questions. Their behaviour was impeccable and they were a credit to the school!
Thanks to everyone who helped and supported us during our Make £5 Grow project. There were nine teams and we sold a variety of products from bird feeders to buns to painted stones. In total, we were given £105 by Virgin Bank and our total profit to date is £841.15 with money still coming in. We'll be spending the money on a class trip to The Forbidden Corner in North Yorkshire.
Make £5 Grow - selling in Virgin Bank in York
On a wet and windy Friday, Miss Brindley and Mr Edwards ventured into York with GEMpire, one of class 4's Make £5 Grow teams. The team, made up of Bethany, Eve and Lily, was chosen by Virgin Bank staff to go into the branch and set up a stall to sell the class's products to the public. It was a valuable learning experience for the girls as they had to target their market and really work hard to secure sales. Don't forget, the last sale takes place after school tomorrow (Tuesday 20 March). Many thanks for all your continued support.
Orienteering at Woldgate School
It was a busy old Tuesday after school for Class 4. As well as doing the Make £5 Grow sale, four pupils took part in an orienteering competition at Woldgate School. Despite the very wet and muddy conditions, they all made it round - some getting a bit muddier than others! Well done Amy, Bethany, Finley and Matthew. Thanks to the parents who provided transport.
WORLD BOOK DAY
Because of the snow last week, World Book Day was rearranged and staff and children got into the spirit coming to school as their favourite characters. Horrid Henry, Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Paddington Bear...the list is endless!
Mrs Brown from St Martin's Messy Church came into Class 4 recently to tell the children all about Messy Church. The class took part in fun activities including making butter - this activity reminds us that the Spirit changes us. The children had to make a hat with three sheets of newspaper - the three sheets represent the Trinity and another task saw them blowing three bubbles in one - again representing the Trinity. The next Messy Church is here at school on Sunday 18 March at 3.30pm. All ages welcome.
Make £5 Grow
Due to the inclement weather, this week's sale was held indoors and again sales were brisk. Thanks to all those who supported Class 4. Next week's sale will be on Wednesday 7 March after school.
It's Class 4's Make £5 Grow sale tomorrow (Tuesday 27 February.) Weather-permitting, it'll be held on the playground after school. In the case of inclement weather, the sale will take place in Class 4's classroom. Due to the Parent Consultations' evening, next week's sale will take place on Wednesday 7 March. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you and your money!
MAKE £5 GROW
Class 4's first Make £5 Grow sale took place on Tuesday 20 February in the playground after school. It was very well supported. The children did amazingly well and a good deal of money changed hands! Thank you to everyone who bought something. There was a good variety of stalls from bird boxes to painted rocks; from glitter tea lights to handmade biscuits. Next week's sale takes place on Tuesday 27 February. On the week of the parents' consultation evenings, the sale will take place on the Wednesday (7 March) instead.
PITCHING OUR MAKE £5 GROW IDEAS
Just before we broke up, representatives from Virgin Bank in York came to Class 4 to listen to the children's ideas and to give out advice. The children asked questions and their ideas were judged and prizes given out. One lucky team will be going to Virgin Bank in York to sell theirs and other children's wares.
A TASTE OF PASSOVER
In RE, Class 4 has been learning about the Jewish festival of Passover when people remember how the children of Israel were led out of slavery in Egypt. The class enjoyed some traditional Passover foods - Charoset - which with its chopped apples represents the mortar used by the slaves; Matzah crackers - representing the fact that the Israelites couldn't wait for their bread to rise and red grape juice (wine) representing freedom from slavery.
Today is my last day at St Martin's School, after having worked here for over 8 years it's a very sad day for me. The school, children and staff are wonderful and I shall sorely miss coming here each day. Miss Brindley and Class 4 are fabulous and do brilliant things...keep being amazing, love Miss Andrews xx
This half term we have been learning about Anne Frank by reading her diary and moving on to writing radio play scripts based on her story. Below are the recordings of our plays, we hope you enjoy listening to them...