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Welcome to the Shark Class Page

Years 5 and 6        Teacher -  Miss Ayers

2021 - 2022

Sharks have had a really busy start to the year from whizzy science experiments to making and eating our own bread.

PSHE SRE: Healthy Me

In PSHE we have been looking at looking after ourselves and understanding how to navigate difficult situations we could find ourselves for example using first aid or making good choices. 

In this lesson we looked at the recovery position and some basic first aid.


In PE we have been learning new skills in hockey. We have looked at how to dribble the ball, jab attack and block.

We have also played some 2 vs 2 games to further fine tune and apply our skills.


In music we have been reading music notation and using a glockenspiel to play the melody. You might recognise the backing track we have been playing along to!



Buddhism Day  

We had a Buddhism day where we looked at different aspects of Buddhism. We went on a litter pick as one of our activities we went on a litter pick.

When litter picking around our local area we thought about how we are looking after own environment and caring for others. We were amazed at how much litter we found in such a small area.

Remembrance Poppies

In class we created our own poppies from clay to help us remember those who have had a positive impact on the way we live today.

We created a whole school display of different poppies to mark remembrance day.

Dental Health Visit 

We had a fantastic workshop all about oral health. We look at how best to brush our teeth and what routines to do to maintain good oral health. 

We were amazed at how simple it is to keep our teeth healthy with a good routine.


In Science this half term we have been learning about light and delving into space as we explore space.

 We looked at how we needed light in order to see and were surprised how in the absence of light nothing can be seen.

We looked at the effects of sunlight on UV sensitive beads. We will be testing out different sun creams to see how effective they are protecting us from UV and UVB rays.

We created fact sheets all about the moon. We were amazed as to how many animals went into space.

We made a spectroscope to show how white light can be split into different colours.

Design and Technology

In design and technology we have been learning all about bread. 

Before we started designing and making our own bread product we needed to try bread products already on the supermarket shelf (a very tough job but we had to do it!). 

We went through the entire process of kneading, proving, knocking back, baking and of course eating the final product.

We learnt about why kneading is important and how to test to see there is enough gluten in the dough by carrying out the windowpane test.

We then experimented with different shaping techniques which helped us to choose what our final product would be like.

We used our knowledge of shaping, flavours and designing to achieve our final product. 

The end products were fantastic!

It was great to see the whole process from design to making and evaluating.

Sharks would be able to run the most amazing bakery.


In Religious Education this term we have been investigating the question: Who or what is God?

We have looked different religions: Christianity, Sikhism and Humanism. 

We looked at the Holy Trinity and what it means. 

We created our own knowledge organiser on Sikhism.


In music this term we have been creating our own songs linked to our community.

We have been learning about the importance of the number four in our music so we can keep time.

Ormiston Denes Academy visit

We were lucky enough to have a visit from staff and pupils from Ormiston Denes Academy. It was a great opportunity to ask questions and find out a little more about what high school is like.

What made it even more exciting was that the pupils that came to talk to us were from Corton!

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Science Week 2021

We had a very busy Science Week covering all the different areas of biology, physics and chemistry.

Sharks had an amazing science week completing so many different activities and taking part in live science experiments.

We created posters to show our understanding and learning throughout the week.

 Art: Water Colours

In Shark class we have been learning different water colour techniques to see how we can create different textures and tones.

We experimented with using different amounts of water and using wet or dry brushes of paper.



In PE we have been learning different yoga positions. Control and transitioning between the holds were really important. 

During the unit, we built up to creating our own routines to demonstrate control and flow.

Spring Term learning

Sharks have had a busy final week learning about Ancient Egypt. We came to the end of our class book and it really had the biggest twist which no one expected! Inspired by the book Sharks created the most fantastic character profiles, acrostic poems and our own Egyptian portal stories.

In DT we made our own Egyptian bread which looked fantastic. We also constructed our own working Shadufs. We found out that the Ancient Egyptians were incredible inventors. 

We learnt about staying healthy by creating our own colourful plates. Amazing rainbows all around for so many Sharks.

We also continued with our coding skills were we had to create a game making sure we used the correct coding sequence to make it work. This really did make us think.

An absolutely fantastic week had by all the Shark children!

Sharks have had another busy week!

We have researched mummification in English and some children producedsome amazing videos and instructions. We are also getting close to the end of our book. We have got to know the characters really well and written diary entries and persuasive texts.

 In Art we have shown true creative flair in making our own Egyptian necklaces.

Coding has been going strong again in Shark class. MsWarner set the challenge of making two characters dance. 

We also looked at what hobbies we have in class from bakers, karate and lots of sports. Such a range of skills and interest we have within this class.

We are getting close to the end of our RE topic. The children answered their enquiry questions. What a lot of information they have learnt in the topic. 


In English we have been reading more of the book Secrets of a Sun King. The storyis getting very exciting! We wonder how Lil will solve her problem! We have created some super writing linked to all we have been reading.

We have also been very active this week! Sharks have danced to walk like an Egyptian which was absolutely fantastic as you all put in so much effort!

We have looked at the Bust of King Tuntankamunand then recreated our own following step by step instructions from MsWard. Such amazing Artists we have in class!

We have continued on our coding adventure. This week really showed what amazing coders the Sharks have become!

Science was another dive into different rocks and this week we looked at sedimentary. We looked at work happened when we put rocks into water and see the weight change. We found out that a sedimentary rock will gain mass. 


Netball Season

In PE this term we have been learning how to play high 5 netball. 

The children needed to learn the positions and roles within the game. They worked on pivoting, correct passes, defending and attacking.

During the game, not only did they have to apply their netball skills on the pitch and as a team they also needed to take on the different roles and responsibilities around the game. These roles included: team captain, coach, referee, score keeper, equipment manager and media. 

The children displayed such maturity and teamwork throughout! 

A great season!



Buzz wire game

In science we created our own steady hand games. This was a great opportunity to test out our understanding of circuits and how to complete them.

Some of the games were very tricky!

British Values Day

We celebrated British Values in class. We looked at different elements such as democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance. 

We created our own posters all about what our school is like and how we show British Values.

Street Child  

 In English we have been reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty.

 Street Child

We have completed some character studies, writing in role.

Here are some of our freeze frames from part of the story.


In science we have been learning about electricity.

We have created and tested different circuits. 

We also looked at what static electricity is. We were amazed at how much static electricity can have an impact of materials around it.

Our main scientific skill we have been focusing on is planning an experiment.

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Food around the world

Our Design and Technology topic this term is all about food around the world. We have been looking at where food and ingredients come from.


We also have started to create some dishes that might be popular in different countries. We have started with Mexico. 


We made Quesadillas and tomato salsa. we also tried re-fried beans which had a mixed response! 

Careers Morning

Year 5 had a visit to Ormiston Denes Academy for a careers event. They had the opportunity to talk to different people about potential careers.

It was really interesting to see what jobs are available locally.

World Book Day 2020

We had some really creative world book day costumes inspired by different books we have been reading.


We were so inspired by the different books that we did some Maths and English related to different stories.

Rock Steady

It was great to see the shark children who are in Rock Steady practice their song. Such a good example of teamwork and working to achieve such amazing music.


Chinese Art


We have been exploring Chinese Art. We have looked at the importance of brush strokes and how so many of the pieces of art had a rich history or story behind them.


We studied 'The Four Gentlemen' and recreated our own versions.


We really needed to focus on the pressure we used with our brushes so we could recreate the different thicknesses and strokes with our work. 

Animals including humans.

In Science we have been learning about the human body along with comparing it to other animals. We started off with looking at the skeleton and the functions of it in both humans and animals.

We carried out an investigation into the importance of bone structure. We lefts some bones in water and in vinegar for a week to see how the properties would change. We were shocked to see that the bones became bendy and almost slightly translucent.  

We also made our own model hand. We looked at how it was a good and bad representation of how our fingers move.


In music we have been learning to play different notes on our clarinets. We have started to play along to 'Living on a prayer'.

We are now really starting to see an improvement with our playing and are having less squeaks!

Crucial Crew

Year six attended the crucial crew event at Lowestoft Community Church. We took part in different scenarios and looked at how to keep yourself safe as well as making the right choices.

There were a number of volunteers there that helped guide us through what would be a good choice.

We learnt so much from our visit and are now officially part of the Crucial Crew!

Crime and Punishment

Our topic this half term is all about crime and punishment. We have been looking at the different the Romans and Anglo-Saxons and have discovered how brutal the system was.

We looked at how people would pay for their crimes through different body parts being used as payments!

Children in need

Shark class came dressed in a variety of different Pudsey and inspired outfits to raise money for children in need. 

The school managed to raise over £200 for a very good cause.

Computing: website design

In computing we have been designing our own websites. We created different tabs and pages linked to various information so that it can be navigated easily.

Before we made the websites we had to do research into what makes a good website and how they are set up.

We then planned our own site based on our target audience and made sure that they could get to the information they needed. 



In music we have been learning to play the clarinet. It has been great to see the improvement week on week and see how different notes are being played.

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 Maths Problem Solving

In maths this term we have had a focus on reasoning and problem solving. We have been working to find patterns and rules which helps us make connections.

Using equipment helps us to explain our understanding and convince others of what our answer is and why.

Parent lunch

Over this half term we have had some of the adults from Shark Class come to share lunch with their children. 

It was a fantastic opportunity to take time out of their busy day to discuss and enjoy some good food.  

WW1 remembrance poetry

We created poetry inspired by remembrance day. We also used chalk pastels to create a graded pictures with silhouettes.

Super Shark Sport!

Shark class have been working hard on their ball skills and working as a team. 

Warner Brother's studio Tour

We have had an exciting start to Shark Class with a Trip to the Harry Potter Studios in Leavesden.


We entered the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and became behind the scenes experts for the day. We rode on broomsticks, had tea with a giant and even had a close encounter with a dragon! 


We had a writers workshop and found out some amazing facts about how special effects were used and how the movies were created.


2018 - 2019                 Years 5 and 6

The year six sharks have been working really hard and showed such good teamwork and dedication to the SATs test this week. 

It has been lovely to see them come together to support each other and really show how amazing our children really are!

Boy in the Tower

In shark class we have been studying the book: Boy in the Tower by Polly Yo Hen.

Boy In The Tower 

We have written news paper reports and police incident reports based on the events. 

When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way.

We also gained inspiration from Tuesday by David Wiesner. It's amazing what can happen on a Tuesday night when all is asleep!

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Here is an example of one of the reports that were made.

Reason for investigation

Reports have come in linked to disturbing events late at night, on the night of Tuesday leading into Wednesday morning. Complaints have been brought to our attention and the amounts have risen dramatically. We have interviewed the local residents for what they witnessed. This occurred in the Town of Pleasant Ville.

Recount of interview with Amelia Smith

Amelia Smith was asleep on her rocking chair when she felt a strange feeling but did not think anything of it. She said when she woke up from her nap she realised the TV was on when she was positive she had turned it off before she took a nap. She also brought to our attention that it was a show that she had never been interested in- which makes this even more surprising. Wednesday morning approached, she went for her daily walk when she noticed lily pads scattered all over the floor. This was not a sight she saw every day and she stated it was one of the most unusual days of her life.

Recount of interview with John White

John White experienced something similar to Amelia Smith but with some difference He reported this to us: “I was having my 9pm snack, as you do. Suddenly, a frog noise buzzed into my ear. I scanned the kitchen but there was no sight of anything. I guessed it was just me imagining it.” Mr White did not do anything about it until he had realised he is not the only one who had a strange night on Tuesday 7th April.

World Book Day

The class transformed into the most wonderful array of characters for world book day. We carried out activities based on the book 'The land of Neverbelieve'. 

We created islands and creatures to live on the island.

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Victorian Britain

We have been looking closely at what life was like during the Victorian era. The children have created some fantastic homework linked to the topic from bridges to inventions. 

Lovely to see fantastic home learning happening with the Shark children.

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We have also been recreating our own versions of cityscapes inspired by L. S. Lowery. We had to really focus on perspective and how to make places, objects and people seen closer or further away.


Gingerbread houses

Shark class made some fantastic gingerbread houses.

We carried out a product design to see what was available. Once we had looked at other houses we then designed our own.

It was a really big learning experience and was a lot more challenging than we originally thought!

The trickiest part of the project was constructing the houses and making sure they actually stuck together.

Plants and Photosynthesis

We have just started our new topic in science. We started our topic off with looking in detail at leaves and classifying them into different groups.

We were fascinated by the detail we could see using the microscopes.

Street Child

We have started to study the book Street Child

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We have been acting out the different scenes in the story and getting to know all the difficult times Jim went through.

Crucial Crew

Year 6 had a very informative time at Crucial Crew. They took part in different activities, learning how to stay safe and how to act responsibly. 

It was a good opportunity to learn about fire safety. The children got to experience a simulation of a house fire and what they needed to do. Also, the children were able to find out how to prevent such an event happening.

STEM Afternoon

Shark class had a fantastic time at Ormiston Denes taking part in a STEM afternoon. We learnt about different types of electricity and had great fun with the interactive exhibits. 

It was great to see such good teamwork!

It is amazing how electricity, magnets and forces work.


Shark class started their new RE question: How do Christians bring hope at Christmas. 

They made over 100 chocolate chip cupcakes to give out to all the children in the school to spread hope.

Such care was taken to make the cupcakes! 

Science Learning Cafe 

We investigated the speed of chemical reactions with rhubarb. We were amazed how quickly the Potassium Permanganate went colourless because it reacted with the Oxalic Acid.

It was great to see so many parents in to share learning with their children. 

Visit to Ormiston Denes Academy

Shark class had a fantastic time experiencing life in a High School. 

We took part in mission impossible where we had to decode different cyphers to identify the clues.

In Science we created hoop gliders and slime (Yes! Slime in school!)


In PE, we played team games and used strategies to try and complete the challenge. 

PCSO Visit

Shark class had a visit from PCSOs Norman Drew and Nigel Sutton. They spoke to us about staying safe online.]

We also discussed the age limits for different online social media sites and games.

Particle Theory 

The Whoosh bottle was a great way of showing particle theory in action. It was an extremely fast reaction and we could see how the liquid turned to vapour with explosive results. 

As you can see and hear! The experiment was very fast reacting! 

 PE: Team building

In one of our weekly PE lessons, we have been learning to work as a team to overcome obstacles.

Home learning 

Shark class have really taken home learning to another level so far this year! For our topic work linked to Ancient Egypt, the children have been creating board games, their own shaduf as just a starter!

What a creative group of children we have in Shark Class!


We have been learning about African Drumming. We have been layered together two different rhythms.

We learnt about the different parts of the drums.