Welcome to Rievaulx Class!
Academic Year 2020 - 2021
We are all super excited for the Summer Term to begin! Below are details of the learning we will be doing and the themes and topics the class will be involved in.
Due to our love of our current class reader, 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell, this half term we will be looking at survival stories. To begin with, we will shared a number of real life survival stories from the book 'Survivors' by David Long before completing research in order to write survival guides. Once we understand the environmnets we will be writing about and have lots of knowledge of tales of survival, we will then work on writing our own survival stories. When writing our stories we will be looking at improving our use of vocabulary and sentence structures to really enhance the experience for our readers.
This half term, Year 6 will be introduced to some new themes such as algebra and ratio. Whilst these are new units, we will be making clear links to prior learning and looking at how the mathematical knowledge we have feeds in to all other units of study. Now we are back in class, Year 5 will be returning to their fractions unit and working on this for the rest of the half term. This unit will look at calculating using fractions. Something that is essential to this unit is fluency in multiplication times tables. Please use Maths shed daily to support this.
This half term we will finally get to start our topic on Mayans, a topic that we decided had to be enjoyed as a class, in school and so we moved it to the start of the summer term. We will be learning about the life of the Mayans including their religion and beliefs, food, number and letter systems and studying where in the world they inhabited.
This half term we will be completing a unit of work on Evolution and Inheritence. In this unit we will look at inherited and aquired characteristics before investigating how animals can adapt and evolve over time. We will also learn about Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution.
This half term we will be studying the work of Andy Warhol and the Pop Art movement. We will be learning new techniques and printing designs and images.
For the whole of the Summer Term we will be studying and extended unit that oses the question. 'What is it like to be a Muslim in Britain today?' In Summer Term 1, we will learn the importance of the 5 pillars of faith.
We will link computing to out Art work this half term, looking at how we can use technology to manipulate and alter images.
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
Read all about it!
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.
Design Technology and RE
As part of our Religious Education theme 'Salvation', we have discussed the meaning and symbols associated with 'Salvation'. Then we have taken our time to plan a design on dotted paper, which we then transferred onto binca material. We learnt how to use running and cross stitch and some of us are planning to add additional materials on later on in the process.
We also have been learning how to knit. Over the day, Mrs Sampson has worked with us and we have all had a go at knitting a few rows for our Easter scarf that will hang on our Easter cross. It was a busy day for us all, everyone was incredibly focused and you could have heard a 'needle' drop
Rievaulx class have been busy this week writing the diaries of a group of crayons who have decided to quit, due to a variety of amusing but true reasons. They were inspired by the book 'The Day The Crayons Quit' and really enjoyed the sense of humour in the story. We started by working in groups and working together to write a diary and then worked on adding humour to engage the reader. As we shared them, many of us were laughing - objective achieved!
Then we selected our own colour crayon and drafted our own diary, which included a range of disastrous, yet quite amusing situations!
Dear diary ...
Gas Mask Fun!
We have had a great day today, making our very own gas mask boxes from scratch! We were given some measurements and basic instructions and then we had to take our time to measure, plot and create the basic net of the box. Then we had to cut and build the box slowly, making it sturdy. We followed the steps and the end result was fantastic ... take a look!
World War 2 Assembly
Rievaulx delivered a fantastic assembly this afternoon, based on their topic of World War 2. They shared with parents, teachers and children what they have been learning about. They shared a song sung to lift spirits, talked about the making of different types of air raid shelters, showed Blitz art work, performed a podcast from a script written in literacy and more!
It was clear from the faces of the audience that this assembly was amazing and the children's passion for their learning shone through!
Bonjour la classe!
Rievaulx have been learning about family in their French lessons. They have worked on their conversational skills and we have to say, they sound fantastique!
We asked each other about names, age and where we lived. Then we moved on to talking about families.
We then pretended that we were a member of The Simpson family and spoke and wrote about our family!
As part of our topic we have learnt about the Blitz.
We learnt about how it was dangerous living in a big city during the war. Cities were the target of enemy aircraft that flew over at night and dropped bombs.
At 4:56pm on 7 September 1940, the air raid sirens wailed as the German Air Force, the luftwaffe, launched a massive raid on London. Over 350 bombers flew across the Channel from airfields in France and dropped 300 tonnes of bombs on the docks and streets of the East End of London.
Blitz Art Work
We are now working on some art work in a range of mediums, to recreate the Blitz. To start with we have used water colour paints to create the back ground, then planned and designed a silhouette of the London skyline. After that, we added in the search lights with ready mix and then used felt pens to create the luftwaffe (German planes) beginning their air raid! Take a look:
Drafts of Our Stories So Far
The End Result!
CLASS ASSEMBLY - SAVE THE RAIN FORESTS!
Rievaulx shared with the whole school and parents what they have been learning about in topic. The children talked about deforestation, sustainability and gave handy hints on little things we can do to help look after the Earth.
Sports Hall Athletics
Rievaulx all enjoyed taking part in the school's cluster tournament at Selby high School. The children all got turns to try to beat their own personal bests and other pupils from primary schools. They all had a great time!
As part of our display in a day, we all took digital photos of each other and then cut the images in half. We then had to look at proportion and detail in order to draw the missing half of our faces. It was tricky but the results were pleasing!