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Blackman Class - Norwegian Restaurant Day

Our DT topic this term was Food Technology. We linked this to our Geography unit where we have been studying 'Our European Neighbours' - specifically looking at Norway.

Today, we have prepared and made a traditional Norwegian smoked sausage stew called 'Lapskaus' as well as a traditional Norwegian ginger biscuit called 'Pepperkaker'. We have used many different skills. Most of us really enjoyed the 'Lapskaus', although some were a little uncertain about the swede in it. The Pepperkaker, however, was a real hit! We all loved the sweet spicy biscuit! We've had a great day! Even our Home Learners joined in with the Food Tech, and created their own versions of our dishes at home! We're really proud of the work they've produced too! 😀




Blackman Class - Science

This week in Science, we have continued our learning about plant reproduction. We learnt about both insect and wind pollination in plants, and then used that knowledge to organise a range of statements into a Venn Diagram. We had to think carefully about whether the statements referred to insect pollination, wind pollination, both, or neither. There were some really tricky statements that challenged us, but we showed resilience and tried hard to use any prior knowledge to help us.
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Last week, Blackman Class' Science went BIG! To help us learn more about classifying living things, we went onto the playground to create our own BIG Classification Key. We had to come up with suitable questions to classify our whole class, making sure our questions could only be answered ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ and that the result split each group as equally as possible. We took photos of each step, and created this amazing 'Blackman Class Classification Key'!


Blackman Class have had a taste-tastic start to the new term. This week, we have carried out a Biscuit Taste Test. We tested five different types of biscuit (such a hardship!) and made notes about their appearance, smell, texture, packaging, and of course....their taste! All this was in preparation for writing our Cold Write persuasive texts. In our writing, we had to convince Mrs. Taylor that our chosen biscuit was the best! 🍪
Science Week
Wow! What a week of crazy scientific fun! Blackman Class loved making an almighty mess with the cornflour slime. We've had a delightful whiff of vinegar in the classroom all week - next week, we get to see what has happened to our vinegar-soaked eggs...we'll keep you posted! We've made a plethora of flying machines - helicopters, areoplanes and even rockets! We've explored reflections and practised writing backwards! We've watched our raisins dance up and down in the fizzy water as the bubbles of carbon dioxide clung to each raisin, and then popped as it reached the surface. And finally, we loved watching the beautiful patterns from our skittle experiment appear before our eyes! It's been quite a week! Science is awesome!
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Back in the Autumn Term, Blackman Class mummified oranges as part of our Egyptian Experience Day. Now, some months later, it was finally time to unwrap our mummified oranges and see how well they had been preserved! I loved seeing the reactions of the children as they carefully unwrapped their oranges! We found that the orange had not rotted at all....but was now very hard and dry. Our embalming seems to have worked well!


In our Blackman Bubble this week, we have been inspired by the artist, Vincent Van Gogh. I'm sure you'll agree that the children have all done a fantastic job! 🌻
Blackman Class managed to make the most of the remaining snow on Tuesday, and created our snowy class mascot. Sadly, he decided not to hang around too long! ⛄

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In science this week, Dahl and Blackman Class have been recreating the digestive system! And quite frankly - it was disgusting!

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In our Topic lessons this week, Blackman Class have been learning about volcanoes and earthquakes. As part of our lesson on volcanoes, we used ModRoc (Plaster of Paris) to make our own 'Shield Volcanoes'. We painted them to look authentic, and then created our own 'eruptions' using bicarbonate of soda, water, washing-up liquid, red food colouring and vinegar! We had great fun watching our volcanoes erupt!

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In Science this week, Blackman Class have been learning about human teeth, as well as some fun facts about animal teeth! They have also learned about the different types of teeth in humans. Finally, we discussed the differences in teeth between herbivores and carnivores. We used mirrors to check out our own teeth and to identify the different types of teeth.

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Science in Blackman Class and Dahl Class

This week, with the children in school, we have been learning about Static Electricity. The children learnt how static charges occur and what happens when they are discharged. They then explored how to create their own static charges with a balloon! Great fun was had by all! This same lesson was set in the Year 4 and 5 remote learning for Wednesday afternoon. If your child has accessed this lesson, then please let us know how they got on. And if you have any crazy balloon pictures of your own that you're happy for us to post on here, please send them to us via Facebook messenger.
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Blackman Class – Y5 – Science – Electricity POP Task
To finish off our electricity topic with a metaphorical bang (rather than an actual one!) we have designed and made some ‘light up’ Christmas pictures! We thought carefully about how to design our picture so that it could incorporate one or two ‘lit’ elements. Once we had drawn our pictures and coloured them in, we got to work making our electrical circuit. We had to choose the correct components to make it work, and then we used our circuit to make our pictures really shine! 💡 ⛄
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Blackman Class - Ancient Egyptian Day
On Tuesday 23rd November, we held our Ancient Egyptian Day. Many of us had come dressed as Egyptians – even our teachers! We began the day by sharing all of our Ancient Egyptian knowledge gained in our topic so far. Mrs Taylor was very impressed by how much we had learned already. Before starting our first activity, we quickly recapped the processes of mummification. We then got to work mummifying an orange. This included scooping out the innards, which some of us found disgusting. However, Mrs Taylor said that we should just be thankful that it wasn’t an actual brain we were scooping out! After that, we dried out our orange before packing it with spices and natron (a mix of salt and bicarbonate of soda). Once it was filled with the natron, we carefully wrapped it up in bandages. We will have to wait for a couple of months before seeing how well it has been preserved.
After break, we learned about Egyptian writing, and studied hieroglyphics. We then had a go at writing messages to our friends in hieroglyphics, which they had to decipher. It was quite tricky because some symbols represented more than one letter.
In the afternoon, we designed a Canopic Jar or Sarcophagus, which we then got the opportunity to make out of clay. Mrs Eaton showed us different techniques of how to work with the clay, and how to add in the detail. We were all really pleased with how well our clay sculptures turned out.
The final part of the day was all about Ancient Egyptian food. We learnt about the most common foods that the Ancient Egyptians would have eaten, and then Mrs Hirtsch prepared an Egyptian Banquet for us. We got to taste: cucumber, celery, melon, dried figs, dates, pomegranate, grapes and bread. This was all washed down with some wine (well….it was blackcurrant squash – but close enough).
We all had a brilliant day, and it was a great way to bring all of our history learning to life.

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Blackman Class - Story Planning

This week, we've been continuing our work on Warning Stories in English. We discussed how these types of stories are structured, and studied how our model text had been planned out. We then had the chance to plan our own version of a warning story. After we'd planned our stories, we shared our work with a partner so that we could articulate our story plan.



Blackman Class went 'ninja' this week, when our Commando Joe mission involved retrieving bells from one hoop, and navigating an obstacle course to return the bells to the other hoop, all whilst trying to go undetected by the blindfolded ninjas! There were some interesting tactics used, not all of them successful. However, we learnt many valuable lessons during our attempt! Great work, Year 5!

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Ancient Egyptians

Blackman Class have been continuing their learning about the Ancient Egyptians. This week, they have focussed on what life was like for rich Egyptians. The children researched what a typical rich Egyptian would have worn, and also what a celebration feast would have included. I wonder if you would have enjoyed an Ancient Egyptian Celebration Feast?