TERM 1 -
Year 4 -
This term we began our year by thinking about what makes our class a team and how we will achieve all we want to in Year 4.
Year four have been learning all about The Stone Age. We looked at the text ‘Ug’ and wrote our own Stone Age stories. We have really enjoyed learning loads of Stone Age facts this term and have been able to use them in writing amazing non-chronological reports. We also had a visit from Portals to the Past, which was great fun and added a great deal of depth to our knowledge base.
We have been also been making cave paintings in art and writing a film soundtrack in music.
Year 5 -
In Year 5, we have started our year with exploring new beginnings through drama, team building activities and circle time. We were lucky enough to explore space in the Bristol Explorer Dome. We’ve also had the opportunity to start taking part in Band. This is an opportunity for us all to learn how to play a brass instrument and understand how to read music which we have thoroughly enjoyed so far! Throughout the term we have been studying the Marvellous Mayans, learning all about their ancient civilisation. We were lucky enough to have a Mayan Day, where we learnt about many aspects of Mayan life. We wrote and read myths to year 2s.
Year 6 - This term, Year 6 have been learning all about the Vikings. At the beginning of the topic, the children were immersed in the life of Vikings in an action packed Viking Day. We dressed as Vikings, learnt many things about their lives, examined Viking artefacts and even staged a Viking battle. Year 6 finished the term writing fantastic newspaper reports about a Viking burial. They turned their writing into a real-life newsroom report and used the iPad’s to help them film. Finally, they finished the term with an exciting world day celebrating Aomori Nebuta Matsuri (a festival of light). The children beautifully decorated hats and headdresses to represent what they wore during the festival.
TERM 2 -
Year 4 - This term we focussed on our topic of how we process our food, looking at teeth, digestion and nutrition. Explorer dome gave us a wonderful visit in which they explained all about the digestive system and we even got to see real life endoscopies of the whole process. We even had time for a few jokes. Next term both Columbus and Churchill have PE coaches on a Wednesday morning.Both year four classes have performed their class assemblies this term and very much enjoyed that artistic process. We have also welcomed Mrs Smith into the Fair Furlong team and she has had a very successful term. CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CHALLENGE: As we have learned lots about what makes a balanced diet we’re challenging Year 4 children to create their own healthy, balanced meal. Draw and label a picture or make the meal for your family and take a photo of you enjoying it! We’re looking for something nutritious, inventive and delicious, Happy Cooking!
Year 5 - In Year 5, we have started our year with exploring new beginnings through drama, team building activities and circle time. We were lucky enough to explore space in the Bristol Explorer Dome. We’ve also had the opportunity to start taking part in Band. This is an opportunity for us all to learn how to play a brass instrument and understand how to read music which we have thoroughly enjoyed so far! Throughout the term we have been studying the Marvellous Mayans, learning all about their ancient civilisation. We were lucky enough to have a Mayan Day, where we learnt about many aspects of Mayan life. We wrote and read myths to Year 2.
Year 6 - Term 2 began with an inspirational visit from a polar explorer. She spent the day with us leading exciting experiments that demonstrated how difficult it is to survive in the freezing poles! Here we are investigating how blubber keeps animals warm. This ‘wow event’ helped us gain an understanding of our topic for the term. In Literacy, we wrote stories based on Shackleton and his expeditions and explanation texts on surviving in the polar regions. Our science and geography learning helped us create top trump cards where we compared the adaptation of four different penguins. We ended the term on with a Christmas themed week. We wrote instructional texts on how to build and create a ginger bread house… learning from our own mistakes!
TERM 3 -
Year 4 -
Year 4 have been studying Ted Hughes’ amazing text, The Iron Man and trying to get to grips with the vivid language used. We have written our own stories about a character related to the Iron man, and have made our own Iron Men. We have also looked at the science behind electricity. We designed a scientific investigation in which we tried to discover which materials are conductors and which materials are insulators. We made predictions, designed an experiment, collected results and formed conclusions. Next term, both Columbus and Churchill have PE coaches on a Wednesday afternoon and we will be looking at coordination skills and how these relate to different sports.
Year 5 -
Term 3 began with Maths week. The children were faced with a number of puzzles, problem solving, mazes and art all with a Harry Potter theme. During the term, Year 5 have been learning all about rivers. The children learnt about the different stages of a river and made a 3D model of a river’s journey. In Science, we have been learning about life processes and how different animals and plants reproduce. We dissected plants to investigate the process as well as collected clippings of plants from around the school grounds to look at how people clone plants and why they would want to do so. The 5th of February was Internet Safety Day. Throughout the day, year 5 discussed the meaning of permission and what it means. We explored the importance of asking and being asked for permission as well as the importance of saying no if it makes us feel uncomfortable.
Year 6 -
Year 6 began with Maths Week which had a focus on solving problems and a Harry Potter theme. Next we had a trip to Caldicot Castle where we learned about life in Britain at the time of the Norman Conquest. We met a real knight - Sir Thomas d’Harcourt and ate our lunch in a real medieval banqueting hall. This historic castle was the setting for our story writing. Later in the term a historian visited school bringing with him medieval armour and weapons. We held weapons we’d never seen before and wrote a report about them. We were very lucky to get the opportunity to hear Dr Suzie Imber, a scientist, talk about the competition she entered to do training exercises suitable for an astronaut. She was a great role model and very inspiring.
TERM 4 -
Year 4 -
Year 5 -
Year 5 have been learning all about the Victorians this term. We all became child labourers for the day to experience what children had to do during the Victorian times. Then used this experience to write a persuasive letter to change the working conditions of these times and how child workers were treated. We then turned our classrooms into classrooms from a Victorian school to see how school life in Victorian times differed from the present day, which we have used to create a story based on the Street Child. We also spent book week exploring an alternative version of Little Red Riding Hood (Lon Po Po), which began with the children exploring and analysing a crime scene. They then used the week to explore the book and the Chinese culture and finally ending in a performance using their handmade story boxes and props.
Year 6 -
Term 4 started with an immersive event looking at a day in the life of an evacuee. The children were rushed under tables when an air raid siren was sounded. During the day, they made identificiation cards, learnt about rations whilst making a jam sandwich and made their own gas masks.
Throughout the term, the children have used a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to gain an understanding of war time life. They wrote heartfelt letters home to loved ones that gave details on all of their learning this term. Book week also took place this term! Year 6 studied ‘The Sleepers and the Spindle’ and learnt how it was different compared to the original traditional tale ‘Sleeping Beauty’. They created fantastic art work and a class board game based on the book.
Year 4 -
The wonderful world of the Ancient Greeks has been the year four topic this term. As well as learning about Ancient Greek culture, mythology and politics, we have been learning about the great contributions the Greek world has made to our own civilisation. We also really enjoyed a visit from ‘Nikoloitas’ who showed us much about the differences between the Athenians and the Spartans.
Next term year four will be focusing on the water cycle and we will have sports coaches on Thursday morning, so please make sure your child has a PE kit in school.
Year 5 -
Year 5 have spent their term continuing their learning about Victorians. We looked at different engineers that designed structures and buildings in Bristol during the Victorian era. As part of our topic, the children also visited SS Great Britain in Bristol, taking part in a number of workshops.
In science, we have been learning about forces. We have explored gravity and how it acts upon objects. We also created outfits to investigate how air resistance causes us to run slower. We completed the term by looking at the effects of friction on moving objects.
Year 6 -
Year 6 began term 5 looking at a diary entry by Dr Frankenstein. We got into the mind of his character and used this to create our own diaries in the same style. After, we created a suspense story that detailed the creation of Dr Frankenstein’s beast (they were truly spine-chilling!), before writing newspaper reports on the ensuing events. The main event this term was SAT’s week. All the children made us extremely proud by the mature way they coped with what was a challenging week.
To finish the term, we spent a week on a Science and DT project exploring electricity and circuits. We had the task of designing and building a torch using limited materials. The photos below show us testing these materials and creating our final product!
Year 4 - During Term 6 Hibiscus class enjoyed the sun at Yeo Valley as part of the Farm to Fork project and Nutmeg class learnt about how germs spread!
Year 5 - The highlight of Year 5’s term was the science topic and trip. We learnt all about plant reproduction and finished the topic with a trip to the Botanical Gardens. We loved learning about all the rare and strange plants from all over the world and seeing how different they are compared to the plants living in our climate. In Literacy, we have studied ‘The London Eye Mystery’ story and have written newspaper reports about the disappearance of the main character. We used our knowledge of newspaper reports to create a report about Sports Day! Sports Day was such a success – the children especially enjoyed competing in the water race.
Year 6 - Year 6 had a really exciting final term at Fair Furlong. To help boost our writing before moderation, we did a Bush-tucker trial and made Poo! In teams we had to taste a variety of delicacies such as Koala anus and Swamp slime all edible (not real) nearly all disgusting! At the beginning of the term we had a very busy Healthy and Safe week. We completed a basic first aid course, and learned how to respond if we came across someone who is unconscious. A highlight was our trip to the Create Centre. Here we learned different life skills, such as taking care near railway lines, making emergency calls, staying safe in the home and buying simple groceries in a shop. Many of the children starred in the Phase 3 performance and it was a great success. We had a Circus Skills Leavers event and wonderful trip to Legoland.