Welcome to Rievaulx Class!
Academic Year 2021 - 2022
Summer Term 1
Summer Term 1 may be short, but we have lots to fit in!
Please see below for details of our topics.
This half term we will begin by using the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ as our stimulus. The children will be working on authorial intent, adding humour to their work and building characters though their choice of words. We will be looking at forms of persuasion from the point of view of everyday classroom objects who have really had enough and refuse to be mistreated and looking at how we can convince them that we will really will try better!
This half term, we will complete a unit on statistics, looking specifically at reading and interpreting pie charts. Following that, and in preparation for our assessment week between Monday 9th and Thursday 12th May, we will be taking the children’s lead and revising area they feel would be of most benefit to them. This will include fractions, amongst other things.
Over the next few weeks, we will be learning about animals including humans. We will explore the circulatory system, heart function, blood and blood vessels as well as human digestion. It will be a very fun unit of work with some exciting experiments to enjoy also.
This half term we will complete further work on a unit we begun briefly before Easter, Raging Rivers. We will learn to locate and name the rivers of the world, discover how rivers are formed and the role rivers play within everyday life. The children will be using their computing skills to produce fact cards and interactive Google maps.
In class, we will be completing the R.E unit based on the question, ‘What kind of King was Jesus?’. We will be looking at traits of a good leader and exploring messages behind parables from the Bible. We will then use our understanding of these parables to explore the traits Christians believe Jesus had.
This half term, all children in Year 5/6 will be taking part in a series of swimming lessons. The initial aim is to ensure children leave primary school being able to swim 25m. Those who have achieved that will work on more developed skills and lifesaving techniques. They will be taught and continually assessed and moved on by qualified instructors.
This half term we will be completing our Make 5 Grow project. Now that the teams are in place and the products they will produce are decided, we will begin our market research. The teams will first use google forms to make and carry out surveys before finalising their ideas and creating a shopping list within budget. Arrangements for our Enterprise Event will be shared shortly.
Our French unit for this half term is ‘Vive le temps libre’. In this unit we will be learning about different sports and hobbies that we like to do in our free time. They will use this, along with their previous work on ‘my family’ to describe themselves in greater detail.
This half term we will be using some new resources in school to complete a unit of film music. We will look at the effect of film music and think about memorable film scores and the emotions they create, before creating our own sound track for a film clip.
Today, everybody in school celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee. Each class took a decade over which the Queen has reigned and prepared costumes and a performance each to share with the school of a song from their decade. Rievaulx Class we’re given the Swinging Sixties as their decade. They looked amazing in a range of 60’s outfits or red, white and blue. Their performance of Proud Mary was also AMAZING!
This week, Year 6 have completed their SATs tests. Each and every member of the class has blown us away with their maturity, determination and hard work. There were questions that were tricky, some that were not, but not once did anybody give up. During the week, the children have enjoyed a good breakfast in class to set them up properly for the day and on the final day, celebrated the end of the assessments with ice creams and rounders. Amazing work everybody! We are so, so proud of you!
Today, Rievaulx took part in a ‘River Relay’. After learning about the course of a river, they were put to the test. How quickly could they complete the relay and organise the features into the upper, middle and lower courses?
To round off the Spring term, Rievaulx were invited to make a Viking artefact to contribute to a class museum. As you can see, each and every one of the home projects completed are amazing!
Rievaulx needed no persuasion to revise this important skill today. We got up on our feet, moved around and got busy. Not only was it excellent revision, but also a great excuse to write on the tables!
This week, Byland and Rievaulx were informed of an exciting enterprise project we will be taking part in. Today, we had to consider which skills we had to offer to our prospective team mates. It can be hard to identify our own skills, so we got a little help from our friends! There was a buzz of positivity when the class were able to see what their peers had written about them.
Rievaulx worked hard to put together their learning in gymnastics today by sequencing balancing, jumps and rolls into seamless sequences. They have worked hard to perfect each movement and improve their posture and performance. Great work.
Rievaulx have loved every minute of our dragon eye art unit and we’re thrilled to reach the end of their learning journey. Today, we brought our images and ideas to life using clay to sculpt the intricate designs needed to create stunning dragon eyes. I am sure you will agree each and every one is unique and simply stunning.
Rievaulx Class have been thoroughly enjoying our Dragon Eye art unit this half term. We began by following a tutorial to draw the basic shape before adding our own intricate designs. Once we had perfected that, we learnt different shading and blending techniques. The results are stunning! What a talented bunch 🌟
Rievaulx and Byland celebrated Chinese New Year today, with their very own Chinese banquet. The children prepared all of the vegetables before enjoying fried rice and a stir fry. Not forgetting the prawn crackers and dips! Kung Hei Fat Choi 🐉
Last week, The Snuggly Snowman Coat Company called on Rievaulx Class to help them with their latest design. They were asked to investigate thermal insulators in order to decide which material should be used in the lining of their products. But which material would keep the snowman the coolest for longest?
The class worked to devise a fair test that would measure how much (or how little) their snowman melted, whilst wrapped in different materials before reporting their findings to the company executives.
Today we began our new Science unit - Properties and Changes of Materials - by exploring the vocabulary we will be using. After composing definaitions for the many properties of materials, Rievaulx used the app Creative Cloud Express to produce these amazing vocabulary posters which have really enhanced our working wall and will be used as a reference point throughout our unit. They really do look amazing!
During our PSHCE day this half term we looked at choices we can make that can influence our health and lifestyle. We asked the question, 'Is it ever right to take a drug?' and realised that there are very good reasons to take a drug or medicine when directed by a doctor or professional. We also realised that there are times when we have to make choices about our health. Rievaulx were given the task of finding out the effects of alchol and tobacco on the body and creating life size cut outs showing how our bodies are changed and often damaged by those substances.
This week, we came to the end of our current writing unit. We have spent time learning about the features of newspaper reports, looking at the difference between reported and direct speech and how to correctly use and punctuate speech in written work. After working with a model text to learn the vocabulary and structure of a news report, we went on to write our own based on the terrible events that played out in the veggie village square on Christmas Eve 2019 (as seen in the video below). As you can see from the photographs of the crime scene, the veggies were all in a bit of a 'stew'!
Jesus is the Light of the World
This week, Rievaulx lead our whole school assembly on the theme, 'Jesus is the light of the world'. They all did an amazing job and wrote and organised the whole assembly as a team. We heard about different types of lights (warning lights, guiding lights and celebration lights) before looking at how Jesus warned, guided and celebrated the lives of his followers. In reflection, the class thought about how we could reflect Jesus' light as a community by setting a good example to guide people, sending out warning messages about our environment and climate and celebrating all we have in the world.
It has been Maths Week in school this week and Rievaulx have worked enthusiastically and found that maths is more than a calculation in a book. We have shared the maths story of 'The Lion's Share', which taught us about halving fractions, before baking the Ant's cake, learnt how to create parabolic curves and taken part in a 'Beat the Teacher' challenge. Lots of fun and lots of learning!
This week in science, we investigated a different force - friction. To begin with, we came up with a definition of what friction was and recognised that it was 'the resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another.' We also realised that some surfaces surfaces and objects created more frction than others. To look further at this, we investigated the force needed to move a weighted basket along different surfaces.
Interactive Factfiles - The Solar System
This half term, Rievaulx have thrown themselves into their cross curricular science and computing project. During our Science unit, we have researched the different planets and works as a team to create written fact files. Using our reading skills, we them summarised our findings, before making use of our amazing, new computing equipment. After some tinkering time (where we learn how to use new apps and programmes), Rievaulx confidently created interactive fact files using Chatterpix and Thinglink. Scan the QR codes below to view their work.
You can also access your child's work through their Seesaw account.
Last week, the children in Byland and Rievaulx Class took part in a live stream with the author and poet Joseph Coelho as part of our Black History Month celebrations. He shared some fascinating stories about his childhood, his work and his life as an author. Both classes were truely inspired by Joseph and were keen to create their own Abecedarius poems, just like the ones he shared with us. The results were amazing!
This week, Rievaulx Class turned dectective to solve the mystery of the princes in the tower. What happened to them? Why did it happen? And most importantly...who dunnit?? They worked tirelessly; working through the evidence in order to draw their conclusions. Amazing work super sleuths!
Rievaulx have been busy trying to answer the question, 'Does the moon change shape?' today. After learning about the movement of the Moon in relation to the Earth and Sun, we learnt that whilst the moon appears to change shape throughout the month, these changes are in fact caused by shadows cast on the moon. To conolodate our learning, we used Oreo cookies to create living diagrams, showing the different moon phases.
Today, we used our computing 'tinkering time' to get to know an app that we will be using to enhance and present our learning in science and history this half term. Chatterpix allows you to animate any object and give it a voice! Below are some examples of our work.
Today, Rievaulx launched their new Earth and Space topic with a STEM activity. The teams were tasked initially with using any prior knowledge they had to label the fruits with the names of the 8 planets in our solar system. They were instructed to consider the size of each planet before making their decisions. After a few tries (and a lot of shuffling around) the teams managed to complete the first part of the task. After that, they were given other tasks such as ordering the planets using a small number of clues, working out which of their fruit planets match which diameter and labeling their distance from the Sun. An amazing, memorable start to our topic.
We are officially Year 6!
This week, the children in Year 6 were presented with their leaver’s hoodies. The children were all thrilled with their new uniform. However, with this privilege comes great responsibility! As the head of the school, Rievaulx Class are role models to all and it is expected that they follow the school rules at all times in order to continue wearing their hoodies throughout the year.
Academic Year 2020 - 2021
Year 6 Leaver's Treat
After a challenging year, Year 6 were taken for a game of bowling and lazer quest at Selby Superbowl. They have all worked so hard and shown so much resilience throughout their time at Wistow School and their treat was very well deserved.
The lazer quest game did not end without controvesy though, as Mrs Cox felt there may have been some problem with her equipment following a disapointing total score!
Robinwood - July 2021
After a long wait, we finally made it! We all had the most amazing time, laughing with our friends, taking on new challenges, pushing ourselves to the limit and having so much fun. There wasn't a minute to spare, with every day packed with tasks and activities both at the centre and within the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors that surrounded us. We have many, many photographs and will keep adding to the galleries below.
The Maya Society
Today we discussed how in Britain today, we live in a constitutional monarchy, which means we have a King or Queen that reigns over our country and a goverment that makes the decisions and rules the country. But how does this compare to the Ancient Maya?
The Ancient Maya lived in city states, each of which had it's own king. The societies living within the city states had a heirarchy, with Kings at the top and labourers and slaves at the bottom. You were positioned in society depending on your job and your wealth. We spent the afternoon investigating the roles the people in each section of society had and what kind of life they lived before creating a giant pyramid to show our findings.
Andy Warhol - Blotted Line Technique
This week we have learnt a printing technique used by Andy Warhol. It invloves using tracing paper to produce a line drawing on, before using black paint to create a fine outline. By completing the outline a small bit at a time, you can then fold the paper over and print it on to the other side, ready to paint with watercolours. Some of Riexvaulx used templates for their firat attempt whilst others created their own images and outlines. The results were amazing!
Bird Beak Investigation
As part of our topic on Evolution and Inheritance, today we conducted an experiment to find out how and why bird's beaks have evolved and adapted in the way they have. We have observed that different birds all have different beaks. Why is this? We tested a number of 'beaks' along with different foods (including seeds, squishy bugs and worms) to see which beak shape was best adapted to survive in its enviroment. The results were sometimes surprising!
Walk for Well-Being
Today the whole school took part in our sponsored 'Walk for Well-being'. The sun shone and as a class we completed an amazing 633 laps, totalling 264,594 steps! Amazing work everyone.
Today, we spent the morning in the Peace Garden getting into the role od real life survivors. To begin with, Mrs Storey set the scene and talked the class throught the events. What the class did not know was the story they were listening to, about an air accident and survival in the rainforest, was a true story of survival.
As they listened, the class imagined the sights, smells and emotions they would have experienced if they were living this nightmare, before being challenged to build dens and survive for 9 nights in the Amazon Rainforest.
All of this discussion and drama has lead to some amazong recount writing, telling the story of Juliane Koepcke, also known as The Girl Who Fell From The Sky.
Easter Celebrations in Rievaulx Class
We have had a lovely day in Rievaulx with lots of Easter celebrations in our bubble. We have made some beautiful Easter cards for our families, had some amazing entries in the Easter garden competition and had fun taking part in an Easter egg hunt.
How do flowering plants reproduce?
Today we spent some time revising the names of the parts of a flower before learning about the role each part plays in the reproduction of flowering plants. In order to get a better understanding of flowers and their indiviual parts, we dissected lilys before creating living fact files.
After spending some time learning about cam mechanisms and how they create movement, Rievaulx were then tasked with investigating the movememnts that different shaped cams created. This was a really important investigation as once we know how the shape of the cam effects the movements of an object, we can design and make our animal automators.
World Book Day 2021
We have had a brilliant day in Rievaulx Class celebrating Worls Book Day. As you can see, our outfits were amazing with some very creative choices! We have taken part in whole school competitions, completed a class quiz in teams (including a nail-biting tie breaker for the runner up place) and held our very own Spelling Bee.
For the next two weeks we will be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight. Buying fairtrade products improves the lives of farmers and their families around the world. We began by identifying the countries of the world that produce the most fairtrade products. As you can see, Rievaulx went about this task in many different and creative ways.
The Life of Sir David Attenborough
Following on from our work on Rainforests and our science lessons with the conservation team at the North York Moors, this week we have started collecting information about the life of Sir David Attenborough. To help us write a biography that tell his life story chronologically, we have worked at collating our research and creating timelines.
Dress to Express
As part of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, Rievaulx were given the theme of 'Dress to Express'. These amazing videos really capture the personalities of those who created them. Simply brilliant.
This Is Me
The Frech Prince of Bel-Air
This week Rievaulx were challenged to sculpt flowers using different materials. We experimented with wire and paper, learning how to bend and fold the materials into these amazing creations.
It's Snow Time!
What better week for the snow to arrive than Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. Fun in the snow was just what we all needed, wether at home or in school.
Getting to know the Rainforest
Rievaulx have been completing a number of creative tasks whilst learning about the layers and inhabitants of the rainforest. Here is a collection of the work completed at home and in school. You can see how creative the children have been, all selecting different tasks to keep themselves excited, enthused and engaged in their learning. Amazing work!
As part of our work on grouping and classifying animals, Rievaulx were asked to create a new creature with the characteristics of their chosen animal group (mammal, fish, bird, reptile, amphibian, insect, arachnid, annelid, mollisc, crustacean or echinoderms). Can you guess which group these creatures belong in using the features they have been given?
This week in Geography, Rievaulx were asked to create a weather report for an area of the rainforest. They were asked to be creative and produce this in any way they chose. We have had some excellent work sent in. Well done Rievaulx!
Rainforest Weather Report
Rainforest Weather Report
Buzz Wire Games
To finish off our Electricity unit, Rievaulx were challenged to use their knowledge of circuits and conductors to create a steady hand game. They had to design a circuit in which a buzzer would sound if the loop touched the the wire. They all worked really hard and by the end of the day, we had lots of games to share with our friends.
This half term, Rievaulx will be getting into the wartime spitit by making something new out of something old. Our task is to design, make and evaluate a cushion a child could take with them when they were evacuated from their homes.
Today, we learnt how to do running and back stitch and how to attach a button.
Academic Year 2019 - 2020
What can we learn from Viking poo??!!
We often ask how we know about the past if people who lived during that period are not alive today. This is often down to the work of archaeologists who unearth preserved clues to the past. Today, Rievaulx were given the chance to investigate what the Vikings ate by looking at their poo! There were some interesting finds including fish bones and stones!
Diocesan Day 2020
Rievaulx were privileged to spend the day at York Minster today. We had our very own tour guide for the day and were shown and told about many aspects of the Mister's long and detailed history. We learnt about its Anglo-Saxon origins, the three fires that threatened to destroy the building, the stories behind the magnificent stained glass windows and even got to see what lies beneath the floor of the Minster. Rievaulx were in awe and asked many interesting questions and showed their excellent knowledge when answering questions.
Mixed Up Materials
Open Maths Lesson
Thermal insulators and conductors
PSHCE Day - Keeping Myself Safe
We focused on two different areas of this theme during our PSHCE day this half term. We began with looking at what we should do if we are the 1st, first-aider at the scene of an accident or injury. We discussed how important it was to keep ourselves safe as the person helping is the most important (if they are injured, they cannot help). We also talked about how and where to find help and ways to stay calm until that help arrives.
We then looked at risk taking behaviours in relation to drugs, alcohol and tobacco. We discussed the choices involved in those behaviours and how difficult those behaviours can be to change due to them becoming a habit or even an addiction. We looked at the effects of substances on our body, sticking post it notes on different areas effected. We finished with a role play exercise to highlight how difficult it can be to say no, especially to our peers, even though we think the decision could be risky or dangerous.
Kevin the Carrot faces the Leafy Blinders
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Catapult Competition - Let the games begin!
The Dreadful Menace
Rumble down, tumble down!
Thank you FOWSA!
Buzzing with our new books
PSHCE Day - Me and My Relationships
During our PSHCE day, we focused on friendships and especially how many friendships are developed and maintained online in our digital age. We talked about the meaning of the word 'conflict' and how conflict face to face and conflict online might differ. The children talked sensibly about how messages are easy to write and send but cannot be retrieved. They also talked about how it's harder to walk away from conflict when it is online, as turning a device off doesn't mean a message won't be there when you go back. We then looked at different text message scenarios and gave advice to both recipients.
We then conducted an experiment. We took two identical apples but treated them differently. We paid one apple lots of compliments and we were particularly unkind about the other, making comments about its appearance and its taste etc. Every time we were unkind to the apple, we dropped it on the floor. Both apples still looked the same until they were sliced open. Once inside, we could see the brown bruises within the apple we were unkind to. These bruises were not visible from the outside but were deep inside, hidden away. This sent a powerful message to us about relationships and how our actions impact others.
To finish off the day, we took some time to think about all of the wonderful things our friendships give us, creating friendship blackout poetry to give to those were cared about the most.
Celebrating Black History Month
Biographies to be proud of
Phases of the moon - more foody science!
Caythorpe Court - September 2019
Writing that is 'out of this world!'
Creating models of the Solar System
Rievaulx have had an amazing start to our science topic this half term. We are working on gaining enough knowledge in order to create documentaries to rival that of Professor Brian Cox and his Stargazing series.
This week we used a range of fruits and other objects to make scale models of the Solar System.
Can you name the planets in the Solar System in order?
Our Class Trip To Eden Camp War Museum
What a superb day Rievaulx have had! Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum is a large Second World War-related museum near Malton in North Yokrshire and that is where Rievaulx have been on their school trip.
It occupies a former Second World War prisoner-of-war camp of 33 huts. After the prisoners left, the camp was used for storage and then abandoned. Its grounds then became overgrown. As the museum was being set up, much clearing, as well as repair and renovation of the buildings, was required.
The children all had great fun exploring the museum. The end of the day was made all the more special, as the children got to meet a World War 2 veteran and they all got to have a chat, see his medals and shake him by the hand.
Rievaulx have been working on their writing and using strange and wonderful images to inspire them. They looked carefully at the scenes and then chose one to write about, using a variety of language and grammatical sentence structures. The aim was to hook the reader in and make the reader want to read on and I think that they have done an amazing job!
Lights ... Camera ... Action!
Rievaulx class have been in rehearsals today, getting ready for their class production. They have been learning lines, new songs and will be preparing costumes and props over the next few weeks.
Scarecrow Festival Set Up
Rievaulx were ready for action this week, as they set up for the Wistow Scarecrow Festival 2019.
Working together, they created the fantastic ocean scene, made from all the children's recycled art work and displayed the important message of "SAVE OUR PRECIOUS PLANET!"
They then set up Sir David Attenborough, who was filming the scene, making sure that his video camera was in the right place for that perfect shot!
Take a look at them working together and the end result:
Science - Light Kennings
Miss White explained to us all about Kenning poetry, that it is a two word or a metaphorical phrase in place of a one word noun and was used a lot in Anglo-Saxon poetry. She then set the challenge for us to work in groups to describe a light source in the form of a Kenning. Take a look at our Kennings, we were all incredibly pleased with them.