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Alder - Year 5

Teacher: Mrs Efrat 

Support Staff: Ms Roberts and Mrs McCartney

Welcome to Alder Class 


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Fun Fair Physics


Yesterday, Tuesday 2nd April, both Year 5 classes went to the Fun Fair at Crystal Palace Park to learn about some of the physics of the Fun Fair.  Despite the rain, we all had a great time trying out 4 different fairground rides and thinking about some aspects of physics involved in them.  We discussed various forces and simple and complex machines.  Please ask your child what they can remember from the day.

The Twister

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The Music Maker

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The Dodgems

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Book Week in Alder Class

Book Week in Alder Class 1 World Book Day 2019
Book Week in Alder Class 2 The Day the Crayons Quit

Alder's Book Week Door Cover


For our door display, we decided to create a book cover for Cosmic, the book we are focusing on in literacy.  We all discussed various ideas and this is what we came up with.  We are all very proud and hope you like it too.

Parents Reading in Alder


This morning (Wednesday 6th March), Alder had the pleasure of Mekai's mum coming in to read the first chapter of 'The Magician's Nephew.  This book was chosen as Mekai's mum told us all she loved reading the classics as a child.  Everyone really enjoyed it.

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Art Inspired by, The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt


Here is some art work Alder class have made whilst learning about tints and shades.

Tint vs shade: everything between white and a pure colour is a tint and everything between a pure colour and black is a shade.

The Day the Crayons Quit

By Drew Daywalt


On Monday, we read The Day the Crayons Quit.  It is a story about a box of crayons and a boy called Duncan.  His crayons all decide to write him letters complaining about the way he uses, or doesn't use them and they all quit and leave him.


In literacy, we had to try and empathise (put ourselves into their shoes) with the crayons.  We had to show their feelings through facial expressions and body language.  Here are some photographs of our freeze framed feelings.

Our topic this term is:

A Cosmic Adventure


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Over the Christmas holidays, the children were given a project to work on related to this term's topic.  Below, are some pictured of their work which is now proudly displayed in Alder class.

Book Flood Day - 20th December 2018

After learning all about Iceland's tradition of Book Flood, which they celebrate on 24th December, by giving books to each other and reading them on Christmas Eve whilst drinking hot chocolate and eating chocolates, Alder class thought it would be a great idea to have our on Book Flood day.


The classroom was turned into one large reading corner and everyone brought in their onesies or pyjamas and slippers so we could all relax in comfort and share our favourite books and spend the day reading.


Great fun was had by all, especially drinking hot (warm) chocolate and eating chocolate whilst reading.


Here are some photographs of the day.

Bookflood 20th December 2018

14.12.18 - Book Flood Day Letter

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10.12.18 - Pixl App Letter

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07.12.18 - P4C - Philosophy for Children Homework: What are the ingredients of a true friend?

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05.12.18 - Behaviour Expectations for Learning Letter

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Year 5 Curriculum Leaflet - Autumn Term

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Alder's Trip to Sedgehill


On Tuesday, in the freezing wind and rain, Alder class visited Sedgehill Secondary School for a tiny taste  of Year 7 lessons.  They were introduced to a secondary school timetable and experienced the following lessons:

  • Art
  • History
  • Dance


During the art lesson, the children learnt to mix colours in preparation for creating a collage next week in our follow up session.


Following the art session, they headed to the sports hall for a short break.  The hall was large enough to have various games of basket ball and football all going on at the same time.  Much fun was had by all - not just the children!


After the break, it was time for history.  For their taste of history, children listened to the story of Alphonse the Camel and the Camel killer.  They had to use their detective powers to find evidence in the story to  work out what they think contributed to poor Alphonse's death.  This was a great  opportunity for the children to practise their newly acquired speaking and listen skills.  What they found frustrating was that there is no right or wrong answer!


Dance, was the final session of the morning.  The children got the opportunity to work in a dance studio and created their own Haka style routine.  


As you can see from the photographs below, the children had a great time and are, hopefully, looking forward to next week's return visit.

Sedgehill Art Session

Break in the Sports Hall

History - Alphonse the Camel and the Camel Killer

Dance - Alder does the Haka

13th November 2018 - Creekside Discovery Centre


The long awaited trip finally arrived.  Alder class were very excited to be visiting Creekside Discovery Centre for our walk in the river.  We started off with a short session in the classroom to find out more information about the river we were about to walk in.  We learnt that Deptford Creek is part of the River Ravensbourne and it is tidal.  One interesting fact we learnt was how Deptford got its name: a 'ford' is a place in a river where it is possible to cross through the water which is where the 'ford' part comes from; 'Dept' is from depth, meaning deep.  Deptford simply means, deep ford.  Another interesting fact is how Catford got its name.  We all thought it was because of the big cat!  But no - the name came first.  Apparantly, long ago, it was the place where farmers could get their cattle across the river so it became known as 'Catford'.


We also learnt about different features of a river:

  • meander  - a bend
  • banks - the sides of the river
  • direction of flow - the way the river is moving
  • flood defence walls - walls built high enough to prevent the local area flooding
  • tidal marks - the marks on the walls that show where the water reaches at high tide
  • erosion - what happens to the banks as the water flows fast and carries the mud from the bank away making the banks smaller and flatter
  • deposition - when the water slows down, it deposits the mud making the banks wider and higher


In order to walk in the river, we all had to wear waders (extra long wellies), waterproof coats and carry a wooden stick to stop us from falling over.  The river was flowing much faster and a bit higher than usual, due to the recent rain.  As a result of this, we were unable to walk as far up it as planned; however, we still had a great time looking for artefacts on the river bed, having a duck race and fishing!  We found lots of different creatures.  It was great fun.


Then it was back to the Centre for lunch which was much needed.  We were lucky enough to sit outside in the sunshine to eat it: unexpected in the middle of November.


After lunch, we had a quick session in the classroom and then we went back out to stand on the bridge and sketch the river.  As we were sketching, the direction of flow changed.  We could see this as the leaves floating on top of the water suddenly changed direction going back up the river the way they had just come.  No, this wasn't magic; the tide was coming in.  


We all had a great day.