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Thursday 15th June 2017

All over the place.

This has been as hectic as hectic has ever been, Y5 da Vinci class (Van Gogh too) have been doing things from indirect speech to the life cycle of a chicken.

Y5/6 are busy doing the play with the help of Miss Burns, Miss Fozzard, Mrs Masters and Mrs Purser. Y5/6 love the songs the most.

After that, we did calendars and timetables, which tested our knowledge on days of the month.

On Tuesday morning, 16 of the finest athletes set off to St Ives rangers athletics track, all 16 did 4 events, which included: vortex, 600m, 75m sprint and standing long jump. Buckden came back with a smile on their face and with a lot of first places. Emily Anderson had a stunning race by storming through and winning by a foot at the finish.

On Wednesday, Da Vinci and Van Gough had an egg- celent afternoon learning about the life cycle of a chicken!?

We all enjoyed learning about our chosen animals.

Have a Pantastic day!

By Louis and Jack

THURSDAY 8th JUNE 2017

To infinity and beyond!

That’s where we’ve headed this week as we returned to our forces topic for a fantastic 2 days of rocket science. It was a blast (pardon the pun…)!

Having discussed the different forces acting on a rocket, we discovered how to build a basic paper one. After that, we chose one of three investigations: Does the size of cone affect flight?; Does the material of the rocket affect flight?; Does the material of the cone affect flight?

Having built all of the rockets we needed, it was launching time! Unfortunately, we needed an extra piece of equipment that we were not expecting…a rain coat! Despite the gusts of wind and pouring rain, we braved the great outdoors.

With our soggy results in hand and with a few rockets stuck up trees, we planned how we would present our findings to Years 4 and 6.

Wednesday was conference day, where we got to teach Years 4 and 6 all about rockets and let them have a go at making some. We particularly enjoyed this, as we got to launch lots of rockets in the sunshine.

In the afternoon, we had a visit from the Royal Institute of Science- we saw all sorts of things from electric gherkins to making poo!

With so much science going on, time flew by. However, our maths lessons this week ensured we knew exactly how much time was flying by as we tackled some time word problems and read a variety of clocks.

Time also features in our Y5/6 play, the preparations of which are well under way…

With our soggy results in hand and with a few rockets stuck up trees, we planned how we would present our findings to Years 4 and 6.

Wednesday was conference day, where we got to teach Years 4 and 6 all about rockets and let them have a go at making some. We particularly enjoyed this, as we got to launch lots of rockets in the sunshine.

In the afternoon, we had a visit from the Royal Institute of Science- we saw all sorts of things from electric gherkins to making poo!

1706 - Rosie 1      1706 - Rosie 2       1706 - Rosie 3               Preparing our rockets

With so much science going on, time flew by. However, our maths lessons this week ensured we knew exactly how much time was flying by as we tackled some time word problems and read a variety of clocks.

Time also features in our Y5/6 play, the preparations of which are well under way……. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, CROCODILESo, as time is passing us by…in the twinkling of an eye…we have one last thing to say:

So, as time is passing us by…in the twinkling of an eye…we have one last thing to say:

May the Force be with you!

THURSDAY 1st DECEMBER

Ho Ho Ho, it’s the 1st of December and the Christmas season has definitely begun.

In music, we have been enjoying learning Christmas carols in preparation for the Buckden Light Switch On this Sunday!

In Maths, we have been focussing on drawing cute factor bugs and determining which numbers are prime, squared or cubed. We also had the opportunity to be teachers on Wednesday, when our parents came to see our maths lesson-we did an excellent job at explaining the bar method.

Our favourite thing this week has been designing and creating maps for our own villages-we loved drawing these so much that we didn’t want to leave school!

Must go, we’ve a carol concert to prepare for, be good (Santa might be watching!)

THURSDAY 24th NOVEMBER

Phew, we’re half way to Christmas and what a busy few weeks we’ve had!

In maths we have been using the bar method to help us multiply fractions and find percentages of whole numbers. We have also pondered over a range of timetables for buses, trains and schools. Most recently, we have created exquisite line graphs (Miss Burns was VERY fussy but they really are beautiful!).

In English we have enjoyed writing gruesome descriptions of Grendel’s cave, focussing on: colons and semi-colons; fronted adverbials; and brackets for parenthesis. This week we have written letters based on the story, ‘The day the crayons quit’ (they’re incredibly funny!).

In art we have made the most wonderful (although somewhat terrifying) prow heads out of clay and are hoping to glaze them next week!

Following our excellent singing for Remembrance Day, we have started preparing for Christmas; fa la la la laaaaa la la la la.

Well, that’s all our news for now, but tune in next week to hear how we’re getting on (and possibly for some more terrible Christmas puns).

FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER

In topic we’ve been learning about biased views, discussing how our only knowledge of Viking invasions is from the Anglo-Saxons’ perspectives, especially the Monks as they were the only people who could read and write.

In English we’ve continued with our persuasive writing-our brochures are looking fantastic; expect an influx of tourists this summer! We’ve also been learning about quotations and how we can include these in our writing.

Maths was rather ‘fractious’ (pardon the pun) on Monday as we began to look at equivalent fractions and adding fractions with different denominators- it was tricky but as the week has gone on, we’ve really improved and are beginning to see that fractions really can be fun!

Science involved lots of new vocabulary! We carried out an experiment to determine which materials were solutes that dissolved in our solvent, water, to create a solution. Miss Burns was VERY impressed with our write up for this-best piece of work so far, go da Vinci!

In art we have begun to design prow heads for our Viking ships, which are incredibly intricate and scary!

In Music we joined forces with Year 6 in order to prepare a beautiful song for Remembrance Day in November.

Enjoy the weekend!

FRIDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER

Another week has flown by in da Vinci class!

We’ve continued to learn all about Viking invasions, using atlases to help us map Viking voyages from Scandinavia to Britain and further afield.

In English, we have been learning how to speak and write persuasively! We started the week by trying to persuade Miss Burns to paint her car pink with green spots (she wasn’t convinced), eat eyeballs and bathe in a bath of baked beans. Needless to say, we had some way to go in our persuasive techniques and by Friday we decided it was best to channel our persuasive energy into our ‘Visit Britain’ brochures. We have begun to use a range of persuasive language techniques and to include some beautiful illustrations.

In Maths, Paul and Mary Berry made guest appearances for the Buckden Bake Off Technical Challenge, where we had to use our conversion skills to create delicious biscuits. Following tasting, and with minimal soggy bottoms in sight, it was clear that da Vinci had mastered the g Kg conversion technique!

In science, we teamed up with Van Gough to learn all about thermal insulators. We discovered that these insulating materials don’t just keep things warm; they can keep things cool too- heat is prevented from moving.

On Friday, Miss Burns brought a little bit of the seaside to our classroom as we tried out the techniques of sieving and filtering, using sand, baking beans and water. We also learnt a new word; insoluble…the challenge for next week is who can remember what it means?

FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER

We’ve had a super week in da Vinci class, with a lot of house points flying around- was Miss Burns feeling generous or were da Vinci pupils just that fabulous… who knows, perhaps a bit of both?

We’ve been learning all about Viking invasions, looking at the boats they travelled in, what they brought with them and understanding why they came to Britain. By examining a range of artefacts, we considered the difference between invading and settling.

In science we have been doing lots of hands on experiments, considering electrical and thermal conductivity. We’ve built our own circuits and tested a range of materials, determining whether they are conductors or insulators. We’ve also got nice and cosy with hot water bottles (in this weather it was VERY cosy!), timing how long it takes for heat to pass through materials to our hands.

In Maths we’ve been helping a special friend and current ‘Bake Off’ contestant solve volume and capacity problems. Will he finally be awarded Star Baker after our helpful solutions? You’ll have to tune in next week to find out!

In English, we’ve enjoyed writing our creation of the world stories, ensuring we include the audience through asking questions and using brackets.

A great week all round, we cant wait to come back on Monday!