We are a mixed year 5/6 class who like to show how responsible we can be in and out of class at school. We are really excited about the year ahead. Please read below for the highlights of our year so far, including photos and please don’t forget to come back soon for updates.
Owls Class have been very, very busy this term.
Year 6 had a wonderful and adventurous week at Bowles, an outdoor activity centre near Tunbridge Wells. Everybody had a lot of fun, facing up to a variety of challenges, especially staying away from home for 4 nights!
Year 5 have become Sports Leaders! They have now all been trained and are ready to lead games and sporting events each playtime. They are looking forward to encouraging younger children to join in and to make sure everybody has a good playtime! Look out for them on the playground after the half-term holiday.
In our topic lessons, we have been finding out about the Anglo Saxons. We have looked at where they came from, why they came and investigated where they lived – looking for clues within place names to identify them. We then used the skills we have learnt in SketchUp (a 3-d computer design program) to make virtual Anglo-Saxon houses.
In RE, we have been exploring the Christian beliefs about God, looking at bible stories, church architecture and art. We thought about our own beliefs, culminating in designing a church based on these.
We have based our art this term on both our RE and Anglo Saxon topic. We found out about the Lindisfarne gospels and the art from this period, using this to design and make our own cross-stich embroidery in a similar design.
In Literacy, Year 6 pupils have been working with recounts. We have explored fiction and non-fiction recounts, personal and impersonal recounts, and recounts which build suspense and tension – and we have applied this learning when writing about our experiences at Bowles. We have enjoyed presenting both our writing in our Bowles Assembly and our book reviews earlier on in September. Year 5 have spent time reading the epic story, Beowulf, and have completed a variety of activities based on this old English text. We then went travelling around the world, finding out about wondrous places and using our research to create our very own book, ‘Year 5 Owls’ – the Real Wonders of the World’.
In Numeracy, pupils have been strengthening their place value skills by deepening their understanding, applying it to a variety of problems, and building their reasoning skills to explain their thinking and working. We have also been working on our number and operation skills; we have been developing our understanding and use of written methods and then applying these is increasingly tricky multi-step word problems.
Presentation of Biographies at Hastingleigh War Memorial.
As part of the local commemorations to marks 100 years since the ending of the Great War, Bodsham School were asked to find out about local men who lost their lives during this conflict. Over the past few weeks, the children in Year 5 have been undertaking a lot of research and have written biographies about these thirteen fallen soldiers.
Today Year 5 travelled to Hastingleigh , where we visited the war memorial. We were able to see the names of the soldiers who we had found out about during our research. Two children laid a wreath at the memorial, on behalf of Bodsham School and we spent a few moments thinking quietly about those who died during the Great War.
We then returned to Evington village hall, where we presented our written biographies of the local soldiers to Mrs Block and local councillors. We each read out the biographies of the soldiers, before placing them on Perspex silhouettes of the thirteen soldiers. These will be in the village hall on Sunday and will then be positioned around Hastingleigh and Elmsted in memory of the soldiers. We also placed hand painted poppies on to each soldier.
Look at the lovely work the children have created in Literacy and ICT this week. They wrote stories and added UFO images to existing photos.
Bodsham UFO sighting 1964
It happened on a Monday, the worst day for kids, and we had just finished a long test and we were all bothered and hot. So our teacher was so kind she let us outside for a break.
After 5 minutes, everybody went in for water but me and my friend had our water Bottles, the only sensible ones! We were playing tag and were running around the whole playground. It was so fun.
Suddenly, a flash in the sky blinded our eyes for 2 seconds – I thought it was a nuclear bomb.
In an instant,a low buzzing sound weakened our ears and then, wiss, we saw a dish-shaped object. It stayed there for 10 minutes, enough time for a camera man to come for a photo. It was the most scary time that happened in my life.
I am now seventy-three , quite an old man. I remember it just like yesterday. After the photo we were interviewed by the press. We were local heroes . Me and Jack are still best friends.
UFO sighting 1953 Bodsham
Many, many years ago, I used to go to Bodsham C of E primary school. It was a normal Monday morning, nine A.M. and I went outside with my class, of eleven people, for maths. Mrs Smith was in a fantastic mood for we were behaving immaculately, so she decided to rip up the boring numeracy tests and instead we could go outside and work out the area and perimeter of the playground.
Five minutes later, we all decided to have a break and drink some water because we were all incredibly hot. Suddenly, when we were discussing our answers, Antony shouted, “What’s that?”
“What’s what?” I answered, already wanting to find out what it was judging by the surprised tone in his voice.
“That!” Antony replied wide eyed, whilst pointing at a light in the sky. It was revolving un-naturally quietly and clearly was not a bird. It came a bit closer then started to go away again. When I saw it, I knew it was not a normal aircraft.
“Quick Mrs Smith, take a photo before it goes away,” shouted Hattie, one of the two girls in my class.
“Yes, Yes I definitely shall!” replied Mrs Smith whilst scrambling around for the camera, which was really old (she had just been taking photos of us working out the area and perimeter of the playground).
“Oh my goodness!” screamed Auden “It’s a UFO!”
“It can’t be, can it?” I thought. Again, it started to circle and come back towards us. Until now, I hadn’t believed in UFO’s. It disappeared as suddenly as it came.
Our whole class where local heroes that day and it was by far the scariest time in my life. I can remember it just like it was yesterday. All of us are still in touch and speak about it regularly.
A real UFO sighting – Bodsham school 2019
It was an ordinary day at Bodsham. We were about to have an art lesson and Miss Carter told us that we had to go in different areas around the school. My friend Hattie and I chose to go outside. She told us to sketch the sky and, if you are lucky enough to catch any birds, then definately try to sketch them.
Quite understandably, we went outside and sat on the fence that was overlooking the view. Just as I saw a good bird to sketch far in the distance, there was a very unusual object, hovering above the trees. We paused and stared at it for a while. Neither of us knew what it was. It was hovering and making a very loud noise, just like a helicopter taking off, but it was shaped like a squashed circle with bright lights underneath it. Terrifyingly, it began floating directly in front of us; I had never felt so shocked in my life.
Then we suddenly ran to Miss Carter and got her outside and see if she knew what it was. She walked swiftly outside but just as we got to where it was, it dissapered in a blink of an eye.
“What on Earth happened, girls?” questioned Miss Carter. Hattie and I were lost for words,
“Never mind,” we answered disappointedly.
When I was home my mum asked me “You don’t look yourself today Stellie, what happened?”
“You wouldn’t believe me if I told you” I sighed.
THE OWLS MUSEUM OF THE VIKINGS – THE EVENT
Over the course of the term, Owls class have been working hard to create our very own ‘Viking Museum’. Each child chose an area of Viking life to research and were challenged to create an interesting way to present their findings and/or create an artefact for our museum. Children chose a range of topics, from Viking art, to longboats and weapons, to burials to food and games.
Today was the day that we invited friends and family to our museum. When the adults came in, pupils had to talk about their projects, explaining the research undertaken, how they created the artefacts and answered many questions. Every child was an expert in their field, talking with confidence and knowledge about their area of research and their artefacts. Every visitor to the museum was impressed by the children’s projects and the creativity shown.