Monthly Archives: November 2016

Our Rainforest documentaires

Recently, we were contacted by Newsround about a competition! We had to send in a documentary about a place we have been learning about. As we have been learning about the Amazon Rainforest, we thought that would be a good place to produce a film about.

We know that to make a good documentary, we need to write it first. We wrote non-chronological reports including fun facts, titles, subheadings, diagrams and captions. The children worked really hard on these reports and have produced some amazing writing!

To turn the reports into a documentary, we used the green screen to project images of the Amazon Rainforest behind us. Well done team 5!

Here are some of our documentaries:





Miss Marsden 🙂




What great scientists we are!

Today in science, we conducted an investigation to decide which material was the best reflector. We were testing these materials so that we would know which material to use for a reflective book bag. We tested 6 materials: fabric, cardboard, paper, a CD, tin foil and bubble wrap.

To test the materials, we created our own reflection tester by pushing a torch through a hole in a piece of white card. The materials which were the best reflectors lit up both sides of the card.

We found out that the CD and the tin foil both reflected light. Although the CD was the best reflector, we decided that tin foil would be the best material to use for a book bag because it would be easier to attach.

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What did you notice about the reflective materials?

Miss Marsden 🙂


Say “No!” to bullying!

Last week was anti bullying week and team 5 took part in lots of activities surrounding the issue of bullying. We wrote letters to people being bullied offering them advice and we discussed lots of different scenarios and whether we thought they were bullying or not.

On Thursday, the whole school took part in a balloon release to send the message that Charlestown is against bullying! It was lovely to see the children standing together for such an important cause.





Where do you think your balloon will end up?

Miss Marsden 😊

Our tribal masks

We’ve had great fun making tribal masks!

First, we looked at examples of tribal masks and face paint designs worn by indigenous tribes in the rainforest. We chose colours and patterns that matched the real designs.

Then, we created our own masks using oil pastels. We used oil pastels to show the darker colours used by Amazon tribes.

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Jenson’s tribal design and mask.

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Jayden’s tribal design and mask.

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Trevon’s tribal design and mask.

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Michael’s tribal design and mask.

What did you enjoy the most about making your mask?

Miss Marsden 😊

Our introduction to non-chronological reports

Despite the cold weather, team 5 went on a treasure hunt outside today!

Their task was to collect facts about the Amazon Rainforest which were scattered around the playground.


The children then needed to work with their group to decide which subheading the fact belonged to.

The 4 subheadings were:

Where is the Amazon Rainforest?

What animals live there?

Human life in the Amazon Rainforest.

What dangers does the Amazon face?

The children had to read each fact very carefully to decide where it belonged. They have learned that when writing non-chronological reports, they need to include subheadings and relevant facts.

Here are some pictures of the children working cooperatively; I am so proud!

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What else do you know about non-chronological reports?

Miss Marsden ☺️

Rainforest dancing

What fun we have had dancing today!

Every Thursday morning, we will be working with Sarah who has come from another school to teach us dance. We are looking at rainforest dance and today the children had to pose as lots of different animals using high, low and medium shapes as well as balances.

The children worked on their own at first.

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They then put their moves together to work with a group.

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Which animals did you choose and what kind of shape did you use to represent this?

Miss Marsden ☺️

Measuring madness!

In maths this week, we have been learning about length. We know that we can measure length in mm, cm, m or km and we have discussed which measurement we would use for different things.

We have also been estimating measurements before checking how close we were! We measured lots of classroom objects and even some body parts! We then converted our cm measurements into mm.

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We had to use cooperation and resilience for this task as we were working with a partner and it was tricky at times!

Well done team 5.

Miss Marsden ☺️