Rivington Class Blog


We started to explore our Victorian topic...

We started to explore our Victorian topic last week. In literacy we were introduced to the hideous and cold hearted character of Scrooge. Meanwhile, in Design and technology we began gathering research that would be benificial to our pop up books that we are making. We are going to create a pop…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 21 November 2017

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Lest we Forget

Lest we Forget

 

This week has seen us preparing for our class assembly on Remembrance Day which was the culmination of our mini topic on World War one. The ‘Rivington Class Pals’ did themselves and their school proud by performing a powerful and respectful assembly based around the theme of…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 14 November 2017

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Year 5 had a fantastic week.....

Year 5 had a fantastic day out at Rivington Country Park. First, we caught the bus up to Horwich and walked to Liverpool castle, using our maps to guide us. Along the way we learned about the different types of land use in the area, for instance, agriculture, leisure and utilities. Later on. We…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 17 October 2017

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This week we perfected our sketching and shading skills....

This week we perfected our sketching and shading skills and displayed our works of art in our ‘Woodland Animal Art Gallery’. The skills and techniques Liam taught us really helped us in creating the best piece of art we have done!

As well as drawing woodland creatures, we also learned about the…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 4 October 2017

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Animal Artistry

Animal Artistry

 

This week we welcomed in our guest artist, Sky Arts Portrait artist of the year finalist, Liam Dickinson. Liam walked us through his process for creating a sketch of a woodland animal. He used a variety of tools and techniques that our children then had a go at with some…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 26 September 2017

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A GREAT START….WE’RE ON THE RIGHT ROUTE!

A GREAT START….WE’RE ON THE RIGHT ROUTE!

We’ve been busy doing all sorts this week and the children have worked really hard!

Topic wise, our ‘Into the Woods’ focus is taking shape as we looked at the various map symbols we might encounter on an Ordnance Survey map in preparation for planning…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 18 September 2017

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It’s been a busy and chaotic end to the year

It’s been a busy and chaotic end to the year as we try to complete our curriculum whilst also taking part in all the end of year activities! A big thank-you to all parents for your support and kind words throughout the year, through the ups and the downs!

Here is our final outing of the year,…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 21 July 2017

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Fantastic Science day at Holy Cross RC ...

Fantastic Science day at Holy Cross RC, the children spent the morning learning about famous scientists from the past and more recent scientists such as James Dyson.  It gave the children a great insight to how science has changed over the years and how discoveries from many years ago, have…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 11 July 2017

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Archaeology and Egyptology

Archaeology and Egyptology

 

How do we find out about the ancient civilisations that shaped our world…? We dig of course! And that’s exactly what Rivington class have been doing this week as they have learned about the job of an archaeologist, the tools they use and the way they record…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 11 July 2017

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Jump into our time machine and travel back to Ancient Egypt.

History is at the for front of our studies for the next two weeks as we jump into our time machine and travel back to Ancient Egypt. We started studying the era a few weeks ago when we focused mostly on the ‘Gift of the Nile’ – the life giving waters of the Nile and how this helped create and…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 13 June 2017

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Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands

It’s been another trip out of the classroom this week as we ventured to Formby Point to investigate sand dune erosion and deposition. The field trip investigation, which was based on ‘Why and by how much do sand dunes move?’ was led by an expert from the National Trust and…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 25 May 2017

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Floods: Good or Bad?

Floods: Good or Bad?

 

This week we have examined when floods can be a help and a hindrance. We completed two case studies: Tewkesbury, at the confluence of the River Severn and Avon, and the River Nile.

The children watched videos then described the negative effects of the flooding in…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 22 May 2017

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Wat’er Walk!

Wat’er Walk!

 

Rivington Class have had a magnificent time this week investigating local, national and international rivers using atlases, digital maps and through first-hand experience. We started by looking at the features of rivers from their source to the mouth, watching videos, drawing…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 8 May 2017

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Rivington Landscape Artist of the Year

Rivington Landscape Artist of the Year

We took our sketching outside this week in a bid to draw a decent landscape picture featuring a foreground, middleground and background. The view from on end of the playground, looking down towards the town hall over the roof tops was perfect for us. In…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 4 April 2017

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E safety and Evaporation!

E safety and Evaporation!

More mega mixes science this week. Firstly, we looked at how to separate solids not dissolved in liquids, then moved onto how to separate the ones that had already dissolved. Choosing suitable equipment and using it correctly was the challenge for the first separation…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 21 March 2017

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Mixing, dissolving, reacting

Mixing, dissolving, reacting

 

We’ve really got to grips with science this week. Planning and conducting our own scientific experiments into the factors affecting dissolving, recording the results and portraying them in an easy to read and visual way before drawing conclusions.

In…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 14 March 2017

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‘Problems with Gas’

‘Problems with Gas’

 

Investigating material states and their uses was on the agenda this week as we started our new topic of ‘Mega Mixes.’ We have been first looking at what constitutes a solid, a liquid and a gas, examining especially how the particles are arranged in each state of matter.…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 28 February 2017

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Space Age Music

Space Age Music

 

Starting with the learning of simple cyclical patterns, this week the children have begun to compose their own Space Age music. The idea is that by the end of next week, the children will have composed, written, practised and recorded their own linked cyclical patterns to…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 7 February 2017

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The Dark Side of the Moon

The Dark Side of the Moon

 

This week, we have been investigating the moon. Does it actually change shape as it seems to? We used our brains and a little bit of logic to explain that actually, NO the moon doesn’t change shape, it merely appears to. The different appearances of the moon are…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 31 January 2017

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The Space Time Continuum

The Space Time Continuum

 

This week we have been investigating the relationship between Space and time. Do you know what a year actual is? Do you know that a year’s time actually depends on which planet you are on? Do you know that a month is called a month because of the moon? Do you know…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 24 January 2017

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Did you know it only takes the International Space Station one and a half hours to orbit the Earth?

Did you know it only takes the International Space Station one and a half hours to orbit the Earth?

Neither did we…. until our Space expert, Mr. Allcock, visited Rivington class this week. Mr. Allcock, who is a secondary Science teacher at St. Michael’s, is helping us to get our Space Education…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 17 January 2017

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IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS..

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS..

We went on a school trip to Astley Hall to experience what life would be like in Victorian Britain at Christmas time. We learned that may of our Christmas traditions hale form the Victorian times and also from Germany. We made Christmas recipes,…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 16 December 2016

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Child labour

Child labour

As young as 5, children in the Victorian times would be sent up the chimneys to sweep and clean earning a mere 3p. This week we tried to recreate what it must have been like in the chimneys for these poor, unfortunate children. We took it in turns to climb through our own ‘chimney’…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 29 November 2016

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‘A poem paints a picture in your head.’

What a Performance

 

‘A poem paints a picture in your head.’

 

This week we have been learning some classic poems off by heart to recite to the class and anyone who would listen! We started the week by thinking about techniques that help us to remember things such as times tables,…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 22 November 2016

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Rivington Pals do battle

Rivington Pals do battle

 

Rivington Class have become the Rivington Pals this week as we study WW1 in the run up to Remembrance day. The topic, which is just for one week, is to teach the children a little more about what we are remembering on Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. We…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 15 November 2016

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Oscar Awards week

Oscar Awards week

We have been working extremely hard in the last week of term to produce our documentary films on America. We wanted them to be like David Attenborough’s films and show all the good work we have done on animal life cycles, animal diets, the Native Indians and the geography of…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 15 November 2016

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Lights, Camera….. Action!!

Lights, Camera….. Action!!

 

This week in Rivington Class we have turned our attention to the directing and filming of our ‘America’ documentary films for our writing celebration next week.

The children have been busy recording green screens and doing voice overs and commentaries for the…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 25 October 2016

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Welcome to the Wild West!

 

 

Welcome to the Wild West!

 

Saddle up… this week the children have been focusing on the WILD WEST. The children started the week by writing some whip cracking descriptions of a Western town in preparation for our stories with historical settings. See our great display of this work…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 18 October 2016

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The Circle of life

The Circle of life

 

This week our Year 5 scientists have been investigating life cycles. They have specifically looked at amphibian life cycles and in particular the American Bull Frog. We have discovered the nature of how the animal reproduces and then how the larvae of the animal…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 4 October 2016

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HOW!

HOW!

This week in Rivington class we have been studying the Native American tribes of America; their homelands, traditions and culture. On Monday, we were lucky enough to have a go at axe throwing, a hunting and fighting technique used by many Native American tribes. Mr. Worthington, who is…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 27 September 2016

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As we are settling in to Year 5 after a long holiday,

As we are settling in to Year 5 after a long holiday, it was important to start our year with a reminder about all the skills they learned last year. For this reason we have had a revision week in maths and literacy last week, concentrating on Year 4 writing skills in literacy and times tables in…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 27 September 2016

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Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

 

In Rivington Class this week we have been looking at animal science as part of our Africa topic. We have also been using our DT skills to think about preparing Healthy food in readiness for health and fitness week next week. Finally, we have also…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 15 July 2016

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What a Performance!

What a Performance!

This week we were lucky enough to have actors from the M and M amateur dramatics company at school performing a version of ‘The Jungle Book.’ The performance itself was fantastic and really sparked our imaginations. Rivington Class then followed the performance up with a…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 13 June 2016

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May the Force be with you!

May the Force be with you!

 

This week and last has all been a bit forced as we looked at the different forces affecting our everyday lives. We started by looking at the forces acting on us at any given point in a day. We then moved on to showing how a force’s strength and direction can be…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 6 June 2016

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“Cliff collapses and falls into the sea…. Read all about it!”

 

“Cliff collapses and falls into the sea…. Read all about it!”

 

This week the children have turned into reporters/journalists and reported on many incidents and accidents. They used green screen technology on the Ipads to record their news reports as they became Anchormen for the day.…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 16 May 2016

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Two Trips in One Week!

Two Trips in One Week!

 

This week we went on two trips…both of them were field trips which is a trip where you study geography.  The first one was to Formby Point National Trust Nature reserve where we studied sand dune erosion and deposition. After a cold start on the beach, we soon…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 9 May 2016

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Rivington class became expert designers

 

 

Rivington class became expert designer this week as they set about creating a water movement system. The challenge was set by Mr.Maloney who had heard the children were looking at shadufs (a tool used by the ancient Egyptians) to move water from the River Nile into their irrigation…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 25 April 2016

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More Mixing for Mega Mix Mad Class

 

More Mixing for Mega Mix Mad Class

 

From making cakes using ingredients written in French, to creating a Marvellous Mixture of liquids and soluble and insoluble solids … (and then having to work out how to separate them all again!) … That’s been our week in Rivington Class.

 

On…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 15 March 2016

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Rivington Class become Experi-MENTAL!

 

Rivington Class become Experi-MENTAL!

This week in Rivington class, Mr.Roden challenged us to come up with a question we would like to find the answer to related to dissolving.  Here’s what each group came up with:

 

-Which dissolves quickest – sugar or salt?

-Will sugar dissolve…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 7 March 2016

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STATE OF MATTER

 

STATE OF MATTER

This week we have embarked on our Mega Mixes topic. We have firstly recapped on what we mean by a liquid, a solid and a gas. The children were dubious about gas as it is something you can’t always see, so we decided to create experiments to prove its existence. The children…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 29 February 2016

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Play scripts become Out of this World!

Play scripts become Out of this World!

In Rivington Class this week, the children have used green screen technology to bring their Space play scripts to life. The plays, which are set in outer space, were really enhanced by the green screen app on the Ipads which plunged them into scenes on…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 22 February 2016

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The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

 

The children of Rivington 5 have, this week, been composing their own musical ‘score’ for a Sci-Fi Space movie. The score was split into three separate sequences entitled ‘Blast Off,’ ‘Moon Landing’ and ‘Walking on the Moon.’ The children first learned about musical…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 8 February 2016

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What A Wonderful Week It Has Been In Rivington!!!

What A Wonderful Week It Has Been In Rivington!!!

Our stars of the future in Rivington have been practising their acting skills this week and they performed Science Fiction plays for Mrs. Blackledge.  It was great fun and has helped the children to improve their speaking and listening…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 1 February 2016

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The Final Frontier!!!

The Final Frontier!!!

The Rivington Star Rangers have been busily working on performing playscripts this week in order to improve their speaking and listening skills.  They have worked co-operatively in groups to rehearse various space scripts.  There have been some very enthusiastic…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 25 January 2016

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Terrified and alone

Terrified and alone, Eleven, who was a Space Warrior, crash landed onto Planet Persius.  Quickly he realised that he was in serious trouble.  So, he made a call to NASA and commanded an immediate extraction!  Year 5 hope that he would escape unhurt…but would he?

 

We were visited by the…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 25 January 2016

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Film Stars of The Future!!!

In Rivington this week, we have working with our talk partners to think of space vocabulary to describe our planets.  Do you know what a DE :DE sentence is or a ‘The more, …the more… sentence is?  Well, we have also been learning to use these different types of sentences in our writing.  Ask the…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 15 January 2016

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Temperatures rise in Year 5

Temperatures rise in Year 5

The thermometers have been out this week as we measure the temperatures of one another and various other items in our negative numbers maths topic. The children dealt with negative numbers in the context of temperature, money and elevation and tried to work out…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 8 January 2016

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Victorian Christmas at Astley Hall

Victorian Christmas at Astley Hall

 

Rivington class enjoyed a school trip straight out of history this Wednesday when they walked down to Astley Hall. The trip, which was meant to give the children an idea of what a true Victorian Christmas would consist of, was very enjoyable and…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 18 December 2015

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READ ALL ABOUT IT….. READ ALL ABOUT IT…..

READ ALL ABOUT IT….. READ ALL ABOUT IT…..

St. Joseph’s Pupils in Child Labour Scandal!

 

St. Joseph’s Rivington Class have this week been involved in a horrible child labour scandal after it emerged that evil Mr. Roden was using his pupils to sweep the chimneys of local houses to earn HIM…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 11 December 2015

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As well as intensive Christmas performance rehearsals this week .......

As well as intensive Christmas performance rehearsals this week, Rivington class have been continuing with their work on Victorian transportation, creating another page with another working mechanism for their pop-up books. After studying the life of a Victorian navvy; the work they did, the risks…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 11 December 2015

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Victorian transportation ....

As well as intensive Christmas performance rehearsals this week, Rivington class have been continuing with their work on Victorian transportation, creating another page with another working mechanism for their pop-up books. After studying the life of a Victorian navvy; the work they did, the risks…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 4 December 2015

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WE ARE ALL PALS IN RIVINGTON CLASS

WE ARE ALL PALS IN RIVINGTON CLASS

This week in Rivington class we have been undergoing PALS training. PALs is a young leaders scheme which aims to give 9-11 year olds their first experience of leading fun activities based around sports with younger members of the school community. The children…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 30 November 2015

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MORE?

MORE?

Mr.Roden has been asking for more from Rivington with regards to their narrative writing. We have been reading and responding to both ‘Scrooge’ and ‘Oliver Twist’ adaptations by one of the most famous of Victorian writers, Charles Dickens. The children have taken part in lots of drama…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 20 November 2015

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Rivington Remembrance week ...

Rivington Remembrance week:

A time for remembering and celebrating those that have given their lives – “For your tomorrow, we gave our today!”

In preparation for Year 5’s assembly, we have studied some classic war poetry and turned our hand to writing our own to use in our display work and…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 13 November 2015

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Classic Poetry recital.

Classic Poetry recital.

The children have this week learnt and performed a number of classic poems from our rich literary history.

First up was ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth. The children all ‘Wondered lonely as a cloud’ as they went through the process of committing the poem to memory…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 9 November 2015

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ICT skills on Google maps

This week we have been using our ICT skills on Google maps to plan our own American Road trip. We used the help tool to find out how to measure distance. We then used the distance tool to plot and measure the distance from city to city on our trip and then calculate the distance of the entire…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 19 October 2015

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The children have had a fantastic week this week..

The children have had a fantastic week this week and have definitely improved their behaviour for learning. We have produced some fantastic final drafts of our P.K. Pinkerton historical narratives and they are on display around the school.

As part of our American topic, we have moved across…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 12 October 2015

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Rivington class have been very busy this week working on the topic of angles in maths and story writing in literacy. We’ve also designed our own databases in ICT!

Rivington class have been very busy this week working on the topic of angles in maths and story writing in literacy. We’ve also designed our own databases in ICT!

In literacy, the children have been writing a Wild Western style narrative set in the fictional town of Carson with the fictional…

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Posted by Sean Maloney on 5 October 2015

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Such a busy last week in Rivington Class…

Such a busy last week in Rivington Class and the school generally. The children have had transition day on Tuesday, which is where they move up to the next class to try it out! Check out the pictures to see what next year’s Year 5 got up to. We’ve also had the end of year mass, St. Joseph’s got…

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Persuasive adverts, persuasive postcards, tag rugby, holy cross science day and much more:

Persuasive adverts, persuasive postcards, tag rugby, holy cross science day and much more:

It’s been a busy week in year 5. We’ve been up to Holy Cross for a science day where we got to do exciting experiments that caused fizzes and explosions! It was really fun.

We also took part in the Tag…

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Ummmm thinking persuasively!

This week in Rivington class, the children have been thinking persuasively! They have studied various writing techniques used by marketing companies to persuade the viewers/readers to buy a  product and then used these techniques to come up with an advert to sell a given product. The drama…

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How animals and their habitats vary across Africa…

This week we are looking at how animals and their habitats vary across Africa.

We have looked at the work of naturalists and animal behaviourists, whilst carrying out our own studies of plants, insects and amphibians in the ‘Garden of Eden’.

We will be comparing our findings with plants,…

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This week the children have studied the varied landscapes and climates of the Africa…

This week the children have studied the varied landscapes and climates of the African continent, from Sahara desert and savannahs in the North, rainforests conditions on the equator and the arid lands of the south.

In maths the children have been working on time problems and in literacy, they…

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In Rivington Class…

In Rivington Class, this term, we have been learning about witches potions. We have been reading the Macbeth poem, and have created our own poems similar to Shakespeare’s version. Over the term, we have mixed Harry potter’s theme tune in audacity. Then, we have recorded our poems onto this. After…

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