Welcome to Voyagers
The adults inspiring our learning this half term are:
Mrs Slamaker, Ms Bloor, Ms Jameson and Ms O'Toole (on Mondays)
Thank you to the parents attending the Open Evening on Wednesday, the powerpoint for the session is below.
This has been another busy week in Voyagers. We have started our Samba music with Mrs Powell, begun our journey of Art History and generated a lively debate discussing our RE topic: are Science & the Creation Story in conflict with each other. The debate has enabled the children to hone their persuasive language skills, which we will use to write a persuasive argument. As a class we decided that Science and the Creation Story are in conflict – Mrs Slamaker is looking forward to reading the final arguments. J
In maths we have been exploring square, cubed, prime & composite numbers. A lot of the work we have done with square and cubed numbers have led to practical sessions that have enabled the children to have a greater understanding of the concept.
In PHSE we have been discussing what makes a good friend and how we can be one. PE this half term is athletics and Voyagers have had a lot of fun in this week’s lesson challenging themselves to do a 3-step jump (a lead up to the triple jump).
Next week we will be exploring electricity and creating circuits. We also begin our final run up to SATs – we are ready!!
The start to this new half term began with our epic trip to Tile Barn. I am sure you have seen lots of the photos that showed how much we enjoyed the adventure! It was a great place for natural leaders to shine and those of a more nervous disposition to out-do their selves and exceed their own expectations – what a super experience!!
Back in school, we have used our experiences to write journals and thank – you letters to the people who made the Tile Barn stay so lovely; the activity leaders and, of course, Dom – the amazing chef who made us pancakes on Shrove Tuesday even though they were not on the menu.
During Book Week, we have been using the fantastic book, The Lost Words to write poetry and descriptive pieces about nature. All the Voyagers students have create a poem using one from The Lost Words for inspiration. Our Final Task has been to produce a piece of writing of our own choice.
In addition to writing, we have used The Lost Words to inspire a piece of art work. After creating 4 practice pieces (where we tried out our skills in sketching and pastels) we chose to produce either an A3 or A4 final piece – they were amazing!
In maths we have been exploring volume, square area and using the commutative law to find the easiest way to multiply. For example; 4 X 8 X 5 might be easier to solve as 4 X 5 X 8 – ask your child why.
After lots of research, History is culminating in a written piece that will explain why Alfred the Great was great. This has been an enjoyable unit as it has been a mix of delivered sessions and personal research, which has encouraged the children to act like historians.
Well done all those year 6 children that completed their SATs Attack homework over half term. We all need as much exposure to the types of questions we will be seeing in the May SATs tests as we can get. Our SATs revision program is now in full swing with small groups focusing on polishing up key skills and addressing any gaps in knowledge.
Good Morning Voyagers
so sorry I shall not be seeing you today :(
I am attaching some maths for you; choose which sheet you want to have a go at. Yr6 (and anyone else who wants to have a go) there are SATs questions to practise. English is Spelling & SPaG work, plus we are starting to look at Explanation texts so use the example to highlight key features.
In addition, in RE we will be exploring Justice in Christian & Jewish bible stories - I have attached a few for you to start looking at: think about the consequences - are they fair & reasonable?
All worksheets are in Word OR PDF, use which ever suits you. Reading for Varjak PAw is up to Chp21, pg 52. Wonder is August's House, pg180. New 'Wonder' books are now in school so everyone should have their own copy.
See you tomorrow,
I know you will be devastated to hear that school is closed today so I wanted to give you a couple of activities to keep you going!
There is a maths data task which is tricky, just do as much as you can and a reading comprehension task.
The reading comprehension is differentiated - there are three levels of text, each one is harder then the last so pick which text and set of questions you think you will be able to tackle-don't look at the answers!
This afternoon, it would be great if you could do some research on Alfred the Great and create a slides presentation on him, to share with the class.
Have a lovely day off - we are all looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.
The First News
The rough, rogue Bludger. by Edward HAdwen
In the Wizadry World there was a shocking Quiddich accident at Hogwarts School. A boy, who’s name is Harry Potter (and who’s the seeker on the Griffindorr Quiddich team) had a nasty accident involving the Bludger on the school Quiddich pitch!
The 600 meter Quiddich pitch was ready to be flown on by the two teams; Griffindoor and Slytherin. Both of the teams were getting ready for there rivalry match -because Griffindoor and Slytherin are arch enemies and have been for many centuries. The match started off amazing until the amazing got switched for bad! The Bludger kept on aiming for Harry and was non-stop chasing him, which was bad ,because imagine a 80 tone metal ball charging at you.
All Harry’s team mates were getting quite suspicious of Slytherin tampering with the Bludger. However Oliver Wood exclaimed, ‘’The Bludger briefcase was kept in Madam Hoochas office and has not been opened since last practice.’’ Which was confirmed by Madam Hooch.
The rain started pouring and everything was intense, with the bludger chasing Harry. The match was nearly to the end when the Bludger knocked Harry off his broom; as he fell to the ground, everyone gasped! Hermione Jean Granger and Ron Weasley were the most worried about Harry of course (because they are the best of friends). Harry was laying on the ground silent until Mr Lcokheart went over to him and woke him up. When Harry woke up, Mr Lockheart casted a spell on Harry called skele-grow and it was supposed to fix the bone, but instead it got rid of all his bones.
Harry is now is now safe in the Hogwart hospital wing and now resting his no-bone arm. Harry’s team won the Quiddich match and Griffindoor is very happy.
Friday 2nd December
What a super week for Voyagers. In geography we have taken part in a Trade Game to learn more about how countries have to trade the goods they have for those they need. In DT we have tasted a range of festive drinks and created our own smoothie complete with a flyer to advertise how great it is to others. In English we have just finished writing up our newspaper report on our Fair Trade day - copies will be posted here once they are typed up. All Voyagers have shown great perseverance & determination in swimming and all have improved.We are now getting ready for a very busy couple of weeks leading up to Christmas!
Voyager have made an interesting start with Geometry this week and have been acurately drawing angles & 2D shapes. In addition, they have create 3D models and identified the 2D faces that make them; this is a precursor to recognising and drawing nets of 3D shapes. In Science we have been furthering our investigation into the human body and looked at the effect exercise, drugs and alcohol have on the heart and circulatory system. In English our alternative fairy tales have been planned - with some interesting twists - and we are looking forward to writing them and publishing them for our younger classes to read. A fabulous week!
This week has been very interesting in Voyagers as we have been investigating the heart & circulatory system. We have even made our own 'Blood'! In English we have re-discovered our love of fairytales and used Lauren Child's 'Big Bad Book' story to kick start the unit. Our aim is to write our own alternative fairytale. In maths we have reviewed what we know about time and learnt how to read a 24hour clock. We have also been interpreting and creating graphs. As you are aware, the class reader this half term is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; everyone appears to be enjoying it so far.
At the remembrance Service in the church this Friday, Voyagers read out prayers.
Friday 4th November
Welcome back to a very exciting half term in Voyagers. We have kicked off with the exploration of poetry celebrating individuals; 'Still I Rise' by Maya Angelou and compared it to 'This is Me' from The Greatest showman. this has led to some powerful poetry from Voyagers as they describe their own strengths. In maths we have been working on percentages and fractions with homework (due Wednesdays) consolidating the learning. In Science we are investigating how the human body changes and plotting the 6 stages of life using pictures, graphs and text. Swimming is still one of our PE activities for the next 5 weeks.
Friday 7th October 2022
This week Voyagers have been learning more about Space and undertaken their own research of a planet of their choice. They will be able to use this knowledge next week when we write up our own information sheets. In RE we have been gaining an understanding of what the 5 Pillars of Islam mean to Muslims and thinking about the most important things in our own lives. In literacy we have very nearly completed the reading of 'Holes' and hope to watch it at the end of this half term. We have also been investigating non-fiction texts to create our own success criteria for our writing. Maths has been tricky as we begin using multiplication knowledge to multiply and divide numbers - test my knowledge at home :) Art has continued to be inspirational and we are looking forward to completing our final project.
Friday 10th June 2022
many thanks to the parents that were able to support us and watch their child's Salsa dance today, it was great to do it in front of an audience.
This has been a great start to our final half term. We have been completing our South America topic creating carnival masks and showing our final salsa dance (which will be on the class website later). In English we have been using our geography skills to respond to the statement 'Copacabana is a world away from East Meon' which has produced some great persuasive writing. In maths we have been deepening our knowledge of decimals, fractions and percentages and displaying our learning in a number of ways. Year 6 have started a 'Theme Park' project which will require all their mathematical skills and creativity to complete.
Roller Coaster Challenge
Team Work & Uniqueness award to Golf Gangsters
Design award to Footy Gang
Decoration award to Six Sixes
Structually Sound award to Thomas
Well done every one - have a great Easter
We have had a great finish to the spring term in Voyagers Class!
We have completed our fabulous fairground rides - and they worked! the skills involved ranged from electrical circuit building; accurate measuring & sawing; following safety procedures when cutting materials; creative design work and, most importantly, the ability to learn from mistakes, address snags and solve them.
This week in maths we multiplied fractions and used that knowledge to solve problems. In English we wrote our own roller coaster poem using personification and poetry features. In history we have compared our present Queen Elizabeth II to a tudor monarch that we studied last term. Did you know Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest reigning monarch?
In RE we created posters and web pages to spread the news about Jesus' miracles. On Friday we had our roller coaster construction challenge.
What a perfect week to end on!
by Bobby, Marley & Finley
Friday 25th March 2022
This week we have completed our explanation writing in English and are getting ready to publish it next week. In addition we have begun to explore poetry; in particular 'Pencil me in' by Benjamin Zephaniah. In maths we have been exploring 3D shapes and the 2D shapes that make up their faces. Which 3D shape is made up of 3 rectangles and 2 triangles?
In science we have continued our work on forces and investigated friction. Using different materials, we experimented to find out which material would make the best brakes. Thank you to all those parents that helped to provide a wide variety of vehicles to test. In RE we have been discovering new miracle stories and discussing how Christians might interpret them.
18th February 2022
Good morning Voyagers, the maths today is building on our work yesterday; most of us will be doing the squares worksheet. Yr6 and if you are confident with conversions you can do the triangles & circle worksheet. the English today would have been a continuation of our write up; however this isn't possible so I have put on a reading comprehension.
This afternoon, why not create your own sacred place and perhaps write a poem about it.
Have a safe day and a great half term :)
Voyagers have concluded their debate this week as to whether deforestation is a bad thing, and written very persuasive speeches which include the facts they have been learning. In maths we have been exploring the links between percentages, fractions and decimals and finding fractions of amounts - this has been tricky but we are all coming through to the other side!!
In science we have begun our journey to investigate evolution and inheritance. We have been learning about the finches on the Galapagos Islands and Darwin's theory of evolution.
During our computer programming session we created lego models that moved - this has been very exciting and quite intricate work; especially when checking if the model works, and finding the snags.
What a super week!
We have completed our stories based on the Kapok Tree and edited them with our peers to get their feedback. In maths we have been exploring decimal fractions and percentages and no-one has cried which is encouraging.
Investigating the Amazon Rainforest has led to a debate on whether deforestation is a good or bad thing - this will be used to inform our writing next week when we start looking at non-fiction writing and creating a report on rainforests.
In music we have listened to the sounds of the rainforest and used body percussion to recreate them. We have also made our own rainsticks and will work in a group to create the sound of the rainforest. Here is a choir to listen to creating their own rainforest sounds.
This week in Voyagers we have been writing our own version of The Kapok tree from the viewpoint of an animal of the rainforest. to help us with this task we have revisited the 'present perfect' form of verbs which have the helper verb 'to have' in addition to the past tense of the verb - The man has decided not to cut down the Kapok tree'.
In maths we have been improving our multiplication and division skills and have solved scaling problems involving money and mass. Our relief maps have been completed and we have discussed the reasons for deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest and are gearing up for a debate as to what compromises can be made to encourage sustainability.
Adventure week with Voyagers
Wednesday - we have been playing on giant inflatables and taking part in Team Building games and activities.
Monday was a trek around the East Meon Circuit - a very muddy trail but fun! :)
Tuesday saw us at ASC Watersports centre; unfortunately the weather warnings kept us off the water until the afternoon but we had great fun with climbing and archery.
No Pictures of the paddleboards I'm afraid as we were all on the water.
This week Voyagers are at Minstead Study Centre
After breakfast, Voyagers headed to top meadow to begin the day as a water droplet traveling on its journey. This was quickly followed by an investigation of the local Fleet River and some stream dipping.
We were lucky enough to use some flow meters to measure the speed of the river at different places.
In the afternoon, we tried our hand at den building and were all successful in creating effective dens which we then used as a shelter when being hunted by Goshawks.
This evening we played Capture the Flag and finished the day with hot chocolate & a story.
We arrived safely at Minstead study centre to find glorious weather waiting for us. After making our beds, we had a tour of the centre then made our lunch. As the weather was fine, we ate in the meadow and also fed grass and ivy to the sheep - Lady BaaBaa, Baa-riana Grande and Briney Shears.
After lunch we set off on a walk through the New Forest where we discovered a myriad of biodiversity in the changing landscape.
Dinner included fresh salad picked from the study centre gardens. Our evening activity was a camp fire where Matilda told a very good story.
Finally, we had hot chocolate and a story before heading to bed; sleep tight everyone.
Monday 1st March 2021
We have a fantastic week planned starting with the introduction to Book Week. I hope you have fun this week and get a chance to explore the World Book Day website that has lots of exciting activities.
In addition to our usual English sessions, each day will have an extra activity linked to the school book, 'Rain before Rainbows'. All the video introduction for these session can be found in the Book Week folder in the VRL. Some of our class have read this book with me in a PHSE lesson, but we are looking at it from a different perspective. Maths is changing direction to geometry with co-ordinates, reflection and translation of shapes.
Enjoy your week
Monday 22nd February 2021
Welcome back and get ready for a fantastic week of learning. At 10am on Monday we are having a whole class meeting to start the week - can't wait to see you all!
This week is hedgehog week at East Meon and every afternoon there is a linked activity for you to do, these can be found in the 'Hedgehog Week' section of our video library. In maths we will be exploring area and volume and in English we will be creating fact files using a wide variety of punctuation.
As usual, videos introducing each session can be found in our resource centre - https://east-meon-ce-primary-school.primarysite.media/
Enjoy your week
Captain Sir Tom One Hundred Challenge
Watch the video in the resource centre to learn about Sir Captain Tom Moore and how he is inspirational. Complete your own challenge in memory to him.
Also watch the video of Captain Tom Moore’s story ‘100 steps’
Monday 8th February 2021
Good morning Voyagers, we are looking forward to another great week of learning. I have added some art linked to our mountain work this week which I hope you will enjoy.
I will be setting up Maths workshops on Wednesday and our final reading session on Thursday.
I hope you have a successful week,
Take care everyone
Welcome to Monday 1st February 2021
This week we have a lot of exciting activities planned. The geography for Monday & Tuesday has a rather chunky passport activity to print out - I will print some of these out and leave them in the school foyer to save you printing out too much at home.
Again you will find both word documents and PDF to make your life a little easier, with the exception of the geography this week which is only available as a PDF or hard copy from school.
Maths this week is looking at word problems and English we will be researching, planning and writing an article for a holiday magazine.
We will also have a maths workshop and an English/ reading session via google meet so look out for the invite.
Take care everyone
Good morning Voyagers
We are continuing our North America topic, it was great to see so many of you researching and presenting your findings about the different climates across North America's continent. I really enjoyed the short stories you sent in last week, this week we will be exploring non-chronological reports. In maths we are investigating fractions, decimals and percentages. Don't forget to join me for your tutorial on Thursday.
We have added word documents and PDF this week so you can choose which format suits you best :)
Happy Monday Voyagers
We are stating a topic on North America this week so I will be interested to find out what you discover. In English we will be writing a short story from a .different viewpoint. In maths we will be improving our knowledge and skills with fractions. Don't forget to join me for your tutorial on Thursday. bring your book and answers from Wednesday's reading activity.
We have added word documents and PDF this week so you can choose which format suits you best :)
Good morning Voyagers
What a great start to our home learning! Hopefully any snags accessing the resources each day have been solved and we are full steam ahead. This week we are still investigating light, we will be perfecting our multiplying and dividing methods and writing a flashback story in English. Also this week we will be reading our new books, taking part in Wellness Wednesday and having a go at Mrs Smith's craft project. Good luck.
I am so gutted that I will not be seeing you in person. I will do my best to continue to challenge you and support your learning. This week we are starting with formal methods in maths and looking at flashback techniques in English. We are going to start the half term with a science unit of Light.
There will be videos for each day in the Video Resource Centre and the work sheets for you to complete will be here on our class page.
I will send a link for a group chat on Thursday.
In October, Voyagers toured the school to share with parents our current learning practice. It has taken a while to upload videos due to their size so they can now be found in the video resources library in Voyagers class videos.
Friday 4th December
This week in english , Voyagers , year 5 and 6, have been formatting a newsletter plan about our Fair Trade day at the start of the week on Monday 30th November.We also practised writing a news report about Jack and the beanstalk and the dead giant at the foot of the felled beanstalk.After writing our introduction and first paragraph , we all chose our favourite statement and why we decided on it. Eg ; “Throughout the whole of Monday 30th November , roughly around 9 am , Voyagers , year 5 and 6 , commenced with their fair trade day”. - “This sentence was my favourite because it contained 2 pairs of parentheses and an even amount of information.”
Throughout this week in maths , the students of year 5 and 6 have been working on: shapes , angles and coordinates. We have been identifying how many degrees all the angles on different sorts of shapes such as : quadrilaterals and triangles add up to.We have also participated in plotting coordinates on a graph and which side of the graph is an x axis and a y axis. We have a short sentence to remember which way we start at, for example ; along the corridor and up the stairs or along the corridor and down the stairs.
This week in DT, we have been tasting different types of food from all over the world for example, Stollen. On Thursday we were learning about how to protect ourselves from food poisoning and cross-contamination.We learnt that after chopping up raw meat displayed on a different coloured chopping board to a vegetable chopping board you would either have to clean the knife thoroughly with soap and hot water or you could use a different utensil.
At the start of the week , Monday 30th November , we all participated in a Fair Trade day. At the start of the day , we split off into two different groups to start different activities. The first group went into the lodge to taste different fair trade chocolate and hot chocolate , they were all asked to rate the taste , they were also asked to report if it was a part of Fair Trade and the texture/look of it. Once they had finished tasting the snacks, they created factual fortune tellers that were based off of Fair trade and how it affects others.The other group , who had stayed in class , discovered the journey of a cocoa bean and how far it had to travel , we were focusing on a story of a young lady who only earned 74p per day but when she joined the Fair Trade she earned more than expected. At the end of the day , we all gathered together to have a debate on whether school/education was a want or a need. Many people were confident that it was a need but few thought it was a want , luckily at the end of the debate we all decided education was a need.
In these strange times we have been attending assemblies in our own classrooms so we don’t spread germs. Every Thursday , the pupils have been presenting their own assemblies to show to the class.We still compete to see which house fills up their jar with gems the quickest but instead of this celebration in the hall we now do our assemblies as a class
By Maisie + Darcey.
Friday 9th October
This week in Voyagers, we have been practicing our techniques in art and creating our own mystical planets and landscapes.We have been attempting to try different ways we can add a pop of colour to add our own look to our work of art! This week Voyagers have been testing out different mediums to find out which one we are more confident to use for our planets. Many of us have decided to use more than one medium in our work. Multiple pieces of artwork (all of them) were extraordinary. If we had to decide on one we would all be here for 100 years.The most popular choice for the medium was watercolour - easier to blend and fill up the page.
Voyagers have been creating our own unique versions of our class book: Holes.
For starters, we planned out our stories and introduced our characters, Stanley being the main character. Our plans started with the introduction, next was the build-up to add tension. We all planned out how we were going to create a problem, then we found a resolution to the problem which obviously resulted in an ending - either happy or sad. If all the versions of the book were compared, you could easily notice the difference. They were all very imaginative and well thought out.
This week in maths in voyagers we have been learning about converting,simplifying and adding fractions. We have also learnt about multiplying and equivalent fractions. Sometimes it was really challenging and hard but we made our way through it. Maths intrigued us to carry on and to never give up! Today (Thursday 8th October 2020) we used paper and folded them to create different amounts that helped us multiply different fractions.Our techniques to multiply fractions is quite simple. First of all, we multiplied the numerator (the top number) together and then timesed the denominator (the bottom number) with each other eg; ½ x ½ = ¼ !
By Cecily Alderman , Maisie Montgomery and Freya Hebditch.
Friday 2nd October
Another great week in Voyagers class. This week we have been developing our artistic skills by experimenting with different art mediums from sketching to collage, using the planets as our inspiration. Following the visit to the Planetarium, Voyagers presented their knowledge of Space to the rest of the class. In English we have been experimenting with relative and subordination clauses and have started to write our own short story based on Holes. Maths has been tricky as we investigate fractions and decimals.
Mia and Millie delivered a well presented class assembly celebrating Harvests and God's Gardens.
Friday 25th September
We have had such a great week. In English we have been reading more of Holes by Louis Sachar. Voyagers have used 'Hot Seating' to get into the minds of the main characters before writing diary entries. Science has been very exciting! We have investigated soil samples using a variety of separation techniques including sieving, filtering and evaporation. In addition we tested the soil's acidity before discovering which sample came from Mars.
Our next experiment looked at microorganisms and the possibility of life on Mars - no life in our Martian soil sample but definitely some on Planet C.
Of course the highlight of our week has been the trip to the Planetarium where the children had an amazing time. Voyagers proudly displayed their growing knowledge of the Solar System and asked very good questions of the experts.