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Welcome to Asteroid Class!



The adults that work in Asteroid Class are Mr Newbery, Miss Sutton and Mrs Hiscock


Our new learning experience this term is called Out 'n' About 


On the 23rd  April, the children will go on a field trip to the Avalon Marshes on the Somerset Levels; they will use maps, take photographs, make field sketches and take soil samples; go pond dipping and analyse a range of habitats to help them develop an understanding of the area.


Take home task: Hand in date: 21st May 2018.

  • An adventure story, based on an Enid Blyton text.
  • A comic, which shows an action-packed incident, set in Somerset.
  • A poem, which describes an animal, a view, an area important to you.
  • A piece of artwork based on animals found in the UK.
  • A map, which shows a local area.
  • A labelled map or google maps write up.
  • Some research based on an area of the UK.
  • Something else of your choice…


Weeks 1 & 2: The opening week of this learning experience will be an action packed few days. We will begin with a writing genre in literacy of narrative. During the first week, the children will develop in depth character studies on a range of characters in adventurous situations. The second week will include a field trip to the Somerset Levels where the children will undertake field sketching, map work and visit Avalon Marshes to learn about all aspects of the environment from local experts. In literacy, the children will continue their narrative work by creating a version of their own adventure story, building on all of their skills developed so far. Within maths, the children will develop their understanding of 2D and 3D shapes, alongside more in-depth scrutiny of reflections of a range of shapes.


Weeks 3 & 4: Following their hook, the children will continue learn about the Somerset Levels; they will locate this area on a map of the county and then use Ordnance Survey maps to develop their understanding of the geography of the Levels. Pupils will identify symbols on the maps; learn about scales, grid references and contour lines. An understanding of the geography of the area will continue to develop this week as they use Google Earth to understand different views of the land and its contours. As part of our maths curriculum, the children will explore decimals in greater depth, including measurements and conversions. During literacy, the children will write diary entries, based on a range of characters from their narratives.


Weeks 3 & 4: The pupils will explore a range of themes in poetry based on a book entitled ‘Where my Wellies Take Me.’ This will culminate in the children writing their own poems, based on our locality and the Somerset Levels. Their poems will also be inspired by getting ‘Out ‘n’ About’ in our local area. During this section of the term, the emphasis will shift slightly towards art. The children will use photographs taken from their field trip to create detailed still-life sketches of the plants and animals living in this habitat; these will then be developed, over several sessions, into a watercolour of a view of the Levels. Building on their work with decimals, the children will incorporate angles, of a range of 2D shapes, within this section of the term.


Week 5, 6 & 7: The geographical theme will return during the final weeks of term to draw the experience towards a close as the children use what they have learnt about the Somerset Levels and what they already know about Wincanton and its surrounding area, to compare and contrast the two locations. Maps, aerial photographs, field sketches, town plans and Google Earth will all be used for this study. During maths, the Year 5 children will deepen their understanding of fractions and decimals. We will also develop greater fluency using and manipulating percentages through divisions. In literacy, the children will take on the role of non-fiction authors, to allow them to explore what they have discovered thus far about our locality and how it has changed over time.






Mr Newbery 




Friday Snow Work 


To support the children's understanding of the Stone Age, they could each find three 'did you know facts' about the Iron Age or Bronze Age. 


These could be be linked to diet, weaponry or the homes that the people lived in.

these can then be shared in school!


Also, do not forget that your take home tasks will be due in soon!!


Don't forget to use the 'HIT THE BUTTON' website. Here you can:


  • rehearse multiplication tables
  • division facts
  • doubles
  • halves
  • square numbers
  • factors and prime numbers



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