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Spring Term Review

Upper KS2 - Years 5 and 6


We have come to the end of another busy, productive term. This term our theme has been “Seeking Safety.” It has been a very topical theme as we have learnt all about refugees and the current crisis surrounding them.  We looked at the current facts and figures and spent some time comparing these to the media coverage; learning that you can’t always trust everything you read in the papers! During our topic, we had a visitor from a local charity, ‘The Aylesbury Vineyard –Refugee Compassion’. She talked to us about the current refugee situation in Calais and the hardships faced by refugees there, which spurred us on to help her charity by donating basic supplies such as: teabags, long-life milk and sugar to be transported by the charity to help the refugees in Calais. Thank you to everyone who donated – it was greatly appreciated! 
To learn more about refugees we had a WOW Day and experienced some of the challenges faced by them in their search for safety. We worked together in teams to negotiate tough challenges such as ‘Across the River’, ‘Escaping Conflict’ and building shelters. It was an informative and rewarding day. Following on from this, in our DT lessons, we have learnt how to design and build a shelter for a specific purpose. The children have worked collaboratively to develop their ideas and then build a model of their design.   
This term we have also been very lucky to have two inspiring visitors in school to talk to us about their writing profession. For World Book Day, the author, Matt Brown, came in to see us. He read some of his stories and told us how a tiny seed of an idea can grow into an entire series of stories. Our other visitor, Dan Church, is a sports journalist. He told us all about his job - interviewing sports personalities and writing about sporting events – he also showed us the Shoot annual that he writes for. He then challenged us to write a newspaper article of our own. It was lots of fun and the children produced some interesting and unusual stories! 

As well as this, in Year 6 we achieved our Dementia Friends badge from Aylesbury Vale District Council and became a certified Dementia Friendly School. We learnt about dementia and how to support people with the illness in the community. 
5SP have also completed the second part of their Schools Linking Project. The project is set up to enable children from different communities to meet and learn about, and from, one another.  5SP visited North Marston School where they participated in forest school, toured the village and went on a local walk. They have been super representatives of Haydon Abbey School and we are really proud of them. 5SP are looking forward to welcoming the children from North Marston to Haydon Abbey next term.  

As you can see, the children have all been working extremely hard both inside and outside the classroom. We are really proud of them. 

Mrs E Bradley - Phase Leader for Years 5 and 6