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The Owls are a class of Year 5 & Year 6 with their teacher Mrs Alannah Palmer and TAs Miss Emily Martin and Mrs Jade Jones. 

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Distance Learning:
April 12th: Maths   English  Other learning
April 20th: Maths     English    Other learning
April 27thMaths     English    Other learning   Comic Book sheet
May 4th   Maths     English    Other learning
May 11th  Maths     English and story sheet    Other learning
May 18th  Maths     English     Other learning
June 1st  Maths     English     Other learning

The end of the most bizarre half term

posted 23 May 2020, 01:19 by Alannah Palmer

Can you believe it? A whole half term of distance learning/ home schooling/ school closures - whatever you wish to call it! At the beginning, it seemed like this would have been impossible but the resolve and positivity of the population has been truly inspiring and something to be proud of. 
I have truly missed teaching Owls: hearing their voices ask questions (and challenging nearly everything I say!), seeing their smiles of joy as they achieve and play, being there to offer reassurance and support when they need it. However, it has been a quiet relief to avoid SATs week, for the year 6s, and the toll that plays on their minds and confidence. 
Although not the same, it has been wonderful to see your learning and adventures that have been shared with me over the past 8 weeks. It seems we are creating a generation of bakers, nature enthusiasts and bike riders - I'm backing the team GB cycling team in the 2032 Olympics!
I would like to take this time to acknowledge a few members of Owls:
Beau - has been consistent with all of his learning at home. He has worked hard through out the term and continued to entertain me with his writing.
Keira - has also be consistent with all of her learning. She has taken the time to improve herself and seek additional help and challenges when needed.
Lizzie - has been taking on lots of new challenges and worked very well with her sister to be creative, active and curious.

I won't be setting any work next week as it is half term but I'm happy to continue receiving emails and Tapestry posts to share anything you have been up been up to. If you would like some inspiration for a half term task, I have shared a beautiful and creative task Isla did last week. The instructions and photos are below.
Wishing you all a wonderful and safe half term. 
Take care
Mrs Palmer

Frozen Flower Eggs - by Isla Taylor

Today, we tried a new experiment with egg shells, flowers, and water.


On a bike ride a few days ago, in the countryside we came across some flowers which we picked. We picked about 15 - 25 flowers of all shapes, sizes and types. We took them home, and got out some egg shells, which we poked a small hole through. 


We put the flowers inside the egg shell and filled them up with water. We froze them for 1 - 2 days. Once the time had finished, we rinsed the frozen eggs in warm water for the egg shell to come easily off the ice. 


When they had been taken off, all there was left was a frozen egg, with all the flowers inside. Since it was ice, the flowers could be seen clearly through the eggs. After that, we put them in small glasses to hold them up, and took many photos from all angles. We made a black backdrop out of card for the eggs to sit on, with the black background. We had then got my Ipad, and did a time-lapse of the eggs melting.


More Lockdown Learning

posted 10 May 2020, 07:08 by Alannah Palmer

This week I set a poetry task and have received some wonderfully creative and thoughtful pieces. I have included some of the poems here:

By Oliver Lucas:
My Controller 
When my controller is in my hands, I feel as happy as a toy being played with, 
It connects me with my friends like lego bricks forming a plan of a building, 
Its camo colour makes it like a hiding soldier in fields of green, 
Time goes fast while I play the day away like a supercar speeding down the road, 
It vibrates my hands alerting me when a important part in the game is happening like a fire alarm going of in your ears,
Its a steering wheel, gun, sword, fist and its always changing like a chameleon.

By Bethany 

The iron

The iron is like a red hot whale,

Blowing out steam,

It’s a rampaging rhino,

Who takes all creases as a personal insult.

It charges across the fabric and flattens out the creases,

It’s a camel spitting at the stubborn creases,

That will not bow down before it.

It’s like a monarch,

All high and mighty,

It rules over the fabric,

And every crease has to obey it.



By Isla Taylor inspired by the paintings of Jasper Johns

Paint Brush Poem


My paint brush glides bright colours across the canvas,

Hovers across the page carefully.

Directs materials across the paper,

Guides the paint to create beautiful art.

Brushes across the paper with care and precision,

As it travels calmly across the page.

Spreads liquid across the canvas rapidly,

Creates bright art with colours splashing everywhere. 

The paintbrush breathes color across the canvas tenderly, 

Leaving life wobbling across the page.

Quenching its thirst with liquid colour,

Slithering and sliding across the smooth surface.


I would also like to give a special mention to Niamh - she has written and performed a fantastic poem about the current lockdown and pandemic.

Also, Mason - was an awesome scientist, exploring forces in action everyday. He created some great videos and explanations.

Thank you to everyone for your continued hard work and sacrifices to keep everyone safe.

Lockdown learning

posted 1 May 2020, 06:15 by Alannah Palmer   [ updated 3 May 2020, 11:15 ]

Just because we are not in school and our learning is now done in a new type of normal, doesn't mean we shouldn't be celebrating everyone's efforts and share our experiences. I wanted to do a blog this week to show off the incredible work people have been doing at home and thank you all for your continued efforts, positivity and engagement in your own learning or your child's learning.
We have had some really interesting quizzes shared, linked to some books that members of Owls have been reading. If you've read any of them, have a go at answering the questions.

The Parent Agency quiz


Harry Potter: All books quiz


ALEX RIDER





Many of the members of Owls have also continued to practice their spellings: learning new rules and noticing errors. They have been reading some tricky texts by Charles Dickens and answering questions to explore the complex language. I've also shed a few tears over some writing about a Time Capsule that reflects the current climate: we're really able to focus on what and who is most important to us at a time like this.
In maths, we have been applying our understanding of measure and been reviewing our understanding of co-ordinates. Well done to Oliver L for providing the shortest route in the Minefield challenge.
We have been able to see lots of photos and learning on Tapestry. Congratulations to Lavinia for your Judo success and progress; Maisie, thank you for your creativity with your book wheel and Ned, well done with your Japanese inspired boat and sword. Please keep sharing. Stay home and stay healthy.
Take care
Mrs Palmer



Distant Learning

posted 24 Mar 2020, 06:15 by Alannah Palmer

Hello Owls,

It has been strange not seeing you and working with you in our usual way. However, I have enjoyed seeing some of your tapestry posts and people have already shared some work with me on google classroom. Keep up with this and if you have any questions, please message me and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

My aim to get more creative with google classroom as time goes on so watch this space! Oh and be patient as I am learning!

I've been looking at the problems by Gareth Metcalfe. We use these problems in lessons and have really helped to develop pattern spotting and other reasoning skills.
A new video is posted once a day. Feel free to access this and share your ideas with him or me.
http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/

Stay home. Stay safe. Stay positive.

Mrs Palmer

A very busy week

posted 7 Mar 2020, 00:11 by Alannah Palmer

This week we went on a trip to MorwellhamQuay. We went on a mine train through George and Charlotte mine. All of us found it very interesting. The miners used long metal pipes and hammered in into the walls of the mine since they didn’t have drills. Afterwards, they would fill it with gunpowder and blow it up. Surprisingly, only one miner died in this particular mine, due to the explosions, falling rocks and flying dust. It was amazing how dark it was, once we were in the mines.


We also got to be students in a Victorian school. The teacher went from nice to mean and Alexis and Ned got caned (whipped with a thin stick). We all had to write ‘Good handwriting is essential’ on a slate board with a slate pencil. We were heavily judged, whether we had good handwriting or not. We had to write right-handed which was really hard for some people. They got really told off by Miss Towns.


Because they couldn’t go in the mines, women and girls went to work on the ragging floor. On the ragging floor, they would break rocks down into dust so that the copper would be left and all the sulpur and the iron would be gone.


We also got taken to the Assayers Sylon. The assayer melted the copper to separate it. He got £200 a year which was A LOT of money back then. The Assayers Sylon was connected to his cottage. We couldn’t go in there though. An Assayer had to be a boy. It couldn’t be a girl because they would be busy working on the ragging floor. You had to be well educated and know how to do your work well. If you didn’t, you’d be sacked.


 This week we learnt about greater and lesser horseshoe bats and how the population has decreased nonetheless there are still  ways to help like planting some flowers so the bugs and other animals are attracted to the pollen. Bats will be able to catch them easier for food. Another way to help is don't let your cat stay out late at night because they are one of the main predators of bats. 


A fair amount of bats live in the uk. The bat we were learning specifically about was the greater horseshoe bat. The name comes from their shape of nose. Instead of using their mouth to echolocate, they use their nose. It is specially designed to do this. Because of this, their nose is shaped like a horseshoe. That’s how they got their name.


Thank you to Lavinia and Alana for this very detailed and informative blog



Where is Spring?

posted 28 Feb 2020, 10:31 by Alannah Palmer



This week in topic, we were doing things on the industrial revolution. For example, cutting out special cards that had Victorian inventions on (e.g the xray made by Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen.) We did games using these cards like ‘What am I?’ and Find the missing card: we would ask questions like was it between 1850-1860? 


In forest school we had pancakes with honey on. Some of the activities we did were making rattles with bottle tops and wire and painting leaves. All of us had to saw pieces of wood because it is a skill. The most ‘wet’ activity was a Victorian game where you would get a hoop and a stick and try and move the hoop with the stick, most of our hoops got blown away. The last activity was to make dream catchers with willow or make fishes. 


Year 5 went to Plympton Academy. We made romen flatbread. To make it you need butter, flour, water, salt and baking soda. Then add all of the ingredients but put little drops of water at a time. We dry fried it in a pan. We then got our flatbread and popped our ingredients in it. The ingredients were Ham, cheese and salad. Then we eat It.

Thank you Greta, Mekhi and Harry            

A bittersweet Friday

posted 15 Feb 2020, 03:43 by Alannah Palmer   [ updated 15 Feb 2020, 03:44 ]


At forest school we didn’t go into the woods because it was meant to get quite windy so we just stayed at school. We had a choice of what we could do with the materials we had. People used their imagination and creativity especially with kites and cooperated with the kites too. We did whittling sticks, weaving willow, paper kites, sandpapering wood cookies with grade 60, 80 and 100 paper, friendship bracelets and made bottle top rattles. Also, sadly, it's Grace’s last day, we will all miss her greatly.


Thank you to Toby for our blog and Keira for the photos.

Try new things and be your own brave

posted 8 Feb 2020, 00:31 by Alannah Palmer   [ updated 8 Feb 2020, 00:35 ]



This Thursday owls class went to Plympton Academy to watch ‘School of Rock’, a member of our class was even in it! It was a good play, we even got cookies for a snack. We also got a box of apple or orange juice.

On Tuesday the year sixes went for a 5k walk to practise for Ten Tors. While the year sixes were out, the year fives and fours played a game called Taboo. Taboo is where one person has their back to the board when the other person describes the word on the board without using certain word. After that, the year fours and fives did P.E.

In maths, we did division and remainders. In PSHE, we made bravery posters with a brave character from books or film. E.g Superman because he fights villains and that must take a lot of guts.

On Monday, we learnt about poor and rich victorians. We used a thing called L.A.C.E to analyse the sources. We made documents describing the paintings and making our assumptions. We soon learned how brutal their lives really were!


By Mason and Lizzie



An extra special post

posted 1 Feb 2020, 08:17 by Alannah Palmer

Thank you Bethany and friends for your special Tea Report. A great example of real life maths.

                       Cups of tea


Did you Know that every year the Sparkwell school teachers - Mrs Palmer, Miss Lovick, Miss Sparkes and Mrs Hyams - drink 2380 cups of tea a year?! Two teachers drinks 600 cups a year, another drinks 980 while the other drinks 200. Two of the teachers have sugar, one teaspoon. Over the year, they have 2.4kg, that's nearly three bags and 800g of sugar.The teacher who has 2.4kg of sugar has the equivalent of 27 sharing packs of Haribo Starmix whereas the other has 9. The teachers go through 30 packs of tea bags which costs them £63 per year.

Do you prefer division or muddy puddles?

posted 1 Feb 2020, 08:09 by Alannah Palmer

This week we started our division which is our new maths focus. Miss Palmer set us some challenges and gave us counters for helping out with. We learned how to separate the big number and divide it by the smaller number. Some people did the bus stop method but it wasn't your usual bus stop! We also had to separate the big number with long division.


It was also the ending week of JanuRead. It's where another teacher comes in and tells us a story. Every week the type of text is different. First it was non-fiction then it was fiction and finally poems.      


This Friday at forest schools we had a welly walk and went down to the golf course site. We had some free play and then came back to school to try  some new games that we could do down in the forest.

One game is called truth, truth, lie. It is where you tell two truths in any order and one lie. For example: if I said I have read all of the books in my room, I have a pet cat  and I like reading, someone would guess which is the lie and whoever gets it right gets to have their turn. 

Another game we played was Catch the Dragon's Tail. It is were ten or more people get into a line and the person at the front is the dragon's head and the person at the back is the dragon's tail. The dragon's head has to catch the tail without breaking the line. The other eight players are used  to create the body of the dragon.


Thank you to Daniel and Alana for this week’s blog.



           


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