Fairlawne’s Sustainable Learning:
In class over the past few weeks, Fairlawne have been working in groups to create a sustainable city. Sustainable means we avoid using up natural resources. Fairlawne had a big challenge on their hands.
They had to make their cities and plan them with careful thought. Energy had to be renewable such as solar, windmills and hydro. These particular energy sources where used in almost every city. Food was a big choice. The cities could have gardens on their roofs to grow fruit and vegetables or the cities could have a river so they could have fish. Transport had to be sustainable too. This included walking, cycling or using a creative way to make cars or buses sustainable.
The cities had to include buildings too, such as a hospital, police station, supermarket and many other public and private properties. Nature had to be a big part of the city. If it didn’t have nature it would not be sustainable.
Fairlawne also made a charter for their cities. It had to include their aims for the city. The aims had to be based on the main features of the city: energy, food, waste, transport and nature. Fairlawne had a wonderful time planning, creating and sharing.
(Written up by Elisabeth Year 6)
Fairlawne visited the woods to inspire some creative writing . .
This week we have completed a DT topic. We looked at the plastic pollution of crisp packets and set ourselves the challenge of making more environmentally friendly versions.
Golf at Poultwood
Horton Kirby May 2018
Science – Light
Den Day for Save the Children
DT week – Quiches!
Tudors May 2017
Tonbridge School Athletics May 2017
Detling May 2017
Another term has flown by and we are already excitedly looking forward to all the exciting activities and learning that the summer term will bring. Every child has made excellent progress this term and confidence is very high. Children are now independent learners who can carefully identify their own next steps and act on advice from both their peers and the adults that they work with. This has resulted in some fantastic learning and impressive pieces in books.
Next term brings with it our end of key stage 2 tests for year 6. Everyone is working hard to prepare for these assessments: reviewing topics and extending learning where necessary. Lessons in Maths and English will embed and deepen this year’s learning for all year groups and the end of term will bring some exciting independent and group investigation topics in both subjects. We also have several exciting topics planned, starting with Tudor and Stewart Monarchs in History and Sound in Science. Later in the term, our Design Technology week will focus on cookery, when we will plan a healthy meal to enjoy together. In Art, we will develop African Art alongside our Geography topic focusing on the diverse continent of Africa. In RE we will study Sikhism and our musician of the term will be Evelyn Glennie. We will develop our ocarina and percussion skills and will also focus on developing singing skills as we prepare for our end of year production of Hansel and Gretel. The children are already excited about this and are preparing audition pieces before roles are assigned at the beginning of May.
To support our learning in History, we will be visited by Oliver Naylor from Steps in Time, who will act out a Tudor drama before we then visit Hall Place in Bexley, a Tudor House where we will be able to dress up and learn more about the Tudor period. We also have a whole school trip to Port Lympe to look forward to.
As the year 6 children prepare for their transition to secondary school, we have a number of transition activities planned, including a bus trip to Tonbridge and an ADAD drama at Stocks’ Green School. We will also help the new Reception class children familiarise themselves with their new school and our year 5s are already looking forward to becoming new buddies for the newest members of our school community. This term will end with our production of Hansel and Gretel and our traditional end of year Leavers’ Service. We can’t wait for all the exciting events this term will hold and look forward to enjoying lots of sunshine so that we can make the most of our school grounds and local area.
Storytime March 2017
Stay and Play DT February 2017
Creative Writing – The Tear Thief
RE Drama – Jesus heals a blind man
Steps in Time
We have another busy term ahead. Our main topics are the Romans, the Circulatory System and Mountains. To help us learn more about the Romans, we will be visited by ‘Steps In Time’ and will later visit Lullingstone Roman Villa and Eagle Heights. In English, we will be using the books ‘The Tear Thief’ and ‘The Tin Forest’ to inspire both creative and non-fiction writing, something which the children are becoming very skilled at. The enthusiasm and progress made in writing this year has been a pleasure to witness, and I am really looking forward to reading what the children continue to produce. In maths, we will continue to develop skills in using decimals and percentages before extending proficiency with calculations and problem solving. Nearer half term, we will be working with time problems, and weighing and measuring.
In Music, we will continue learning the ocarina before moving onto recorders nearer Easter. Our musician of the term will be Hoch. In Art, we will be developing mosaics and collage work, as well as learning about the work of Hoch, our artist of the term. During the week beginning 20th February, we will be holding another whole-school Design Technology week. Fairlawne Class will be designing and making a range of vehicles, hopefully including a few Roman chariots. In addition to our main learning areas, year 5 will be cooking a delicious Farmers’ breakfast at the Chaser at the end of March and we will open the classroom for a ‘Class Museum’ at the end of March.
This week, we have started to read the book ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. We used Talk 4 Writing to develop and map the first chapter, looking closely at characterisation and description of the Victorian setting.
Stay and Play DT
Talk 4 Writing
Hugh Christie Visit
Welcome back to a new school year! Fairlawne Class are already planning many exciting trips for the year, starting with a visit to Horton Kirby Education Centre to investigate the river and learn more about local habitats and classification. This gets us off to a good start in both our Geography and Science topics, bringing learning to life in an engaging way. We will also be exploring our local area and putting ourselves in the shoes of British Wildlife as we read and write using Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox as a stimulus. As part of this, we are looking forward to a visit from Folly Wildlife Rescue, a local charity that cares for wild animals who are sick or in danger, plus the amazing opportunity to meet Vincent the Fox thanks to Amazing Animal Encounters.
Throughout the term, we will be learning to play the ocarina and listening to the music of Benjamin Britten. In Art we will be learning to sketch and use watercolours, and focusing on the work of Monet. In RE we will be looking at the different books and stories in the Bible before moving on to preparing for our traditional Christmas Service in St Giles’s church. We have also planned a whole school Design and Technology week for October, where we will be making moving fairground rides. This is always an exciting project with many different designs being created.
After half term, our topics will change to Victorian Crime and Punishment for history and Environmental Change for Science. As well as our Christmas Service, we will also prepare our class museum and welcome our PCSO into school to explain how laws have changed since Victorian times and give us an insight into modern policing.
Summer Term in Fairlawne Class
The Summer Term is always an exciting one as we prepare for our year 5/6 residential trip to Windmill Hill and make the most of opportunities for learning outside.
Year 6 will begin their term preparing for SATs, polishing their skills in reading, writing, maths and spelling and grammar. This year there is the added anticipation of what the new style tests will reveal, but all the children are very positive about the challenge. To prepare our older children for their transition to secondary school, we have scheduled Bikeability training and Safety in Action for the first part of the term. Later on they will be joining peers at Stocks’ Green School to take part in a ‘Moving On’ drama and a relationships workshop. The term wouldn’t be complete without our Leavers’ Service in July for which a few extra tissues will be required.
Our topic on the Normans will continue into the first part of the term, but by half term we will move onto looking at the fascinating Mayan civilisation. We will also develop our geographical understanding of the world by researching capital cities and the significant mountains and rivers in various countries. Already the children are proficient and creative writers, and the coming term will give the children the opportunity to develop their writing more independently as they choose topics and genres for themselves. We will be using picture books to extend thinking, and creating some suspense narratives before we move onto look at the intriguing workings of the famous Shirt Machine.
In maths the children are now ready to apply their skills to problem solving, and this will be a key focus of the term. Our eagerly anticipated Murder Mystery unit will offer the opportunity to apply a range of concepts in the discovery of dastardly criminals!
Having focused on History, Science and Geography during topics so far this year, time this term will be spent developing Art, DT and music skills in more depth. We will continue our study of key artists, this time looking at Seurat and Monet, and use the BBC 10 pieces to complete our study of key composers.
To finish our term we will design our own stalls for the Summer Fete and prepare for our final class museum of the year. By then we should all be ready for a well-earned summer break!
As we move into a new term, Fairlawne Class will be focusing on Asia as a contrasting continent, using the book ‘A Village by the Sea’ by Anita Desai in English to develop an understanding of the geography and culture of India. As we celebrate Chinese New Year, we will then move on to study China, focusing on a specific locality and comparing this with our own local area. In Science we will begin to look at the interesting topic of evolution before developing investigation skills in a range of key areas. During January, we will be taking part in the ‘Shake Up Your Wake Up’ initiative, organising a whole school breakfast, with year 5 also visiting the Farmers’ Market to buy produce before cooking a full English Breakfast at the Chaser Inn.
As we move into term four, we will focus on Tonbridge Castle and Battle Abbey in order to develop our understanding of British history as we move on from the Vikings to the Norman Conquest and their subsequent settlement across the British Isles. Throughout both terms, we will continue to develop our knowledge of famous artists, beginning with Henri Matisse then moving on to Marc Chagall. We also hope to spend time on the Common painting winter watercolour scenes to be contrasted with our summer painting from last year. In RE our main learning area is Judaism, but we will finish the term with a class assembly about Easter at the local church.