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Classes  »  Class 5 - Mr Craigen

Class 5’s Kite-building
Following initial input on some of the greatest Chinese inventions (paper, gunpowder, the compass), we learned a little about the history of kites in China. Then, we made prototypes using a variety of materials to see what worked best: tinfoil, plastic bag, paper, card, tissue paper, newspaper and material, straws, dowling and balsa wood.

We tested our prototypes in the playground. Sadly, a windless day was very unhelpful!




To get a better idea of how they would work, we flew the prototypes in front of the classroom fan and discovered that the lightest materials worked best on the low setting, but were harder to control on the highest setting. We also noted that the tissue paper tears quite easily, whereas the big bag was fairly tough but still light. Our prototypes did not have tails and we deduced these might help to keep a kite steady as well as look good.

Finally, we designed and made our own kites. The first to be finished was a very successful plastic-bag-and-balsa kite with ribbon tails, which flew very well in front of the fan.

 

When we get a good, windy day, we will fly them all outside!
Class 5’s Kite-building
Following initial input on some of the greatest Chinese inventions (paper, gunpowder, the compass), we learned a little about the history of kites in China. Then, we made prototypes using a variety of materials to see what worked best: tinfoil, plastic bag, paper, card, tissue paper, newspaper and material, straws, dowling and balsa wood.

We tested our prototypes in the playground. Sadly, a windless day was very unhelpful!




To get a better idea of how they would work, we flew the prototypes in front of the classroom fan and discovered that the lightest materials worked best on the low setting, but were harder to control on the highest setting. We also noted that the tissue paper tears quite easily, whereas the big bag was fairly tough but still light. Our prototypes did not have tails and we deduced these might help to keep a kite steady as well as look good.

Finally, we designed and made our own kites. The first to be finished was a very successful plastic-bag-and-balsa kite with ribbon tails, which flew very well in front of the fan.

 

When we get a good, windy day, we will fly them all outside!
Ancient Shang Tomb Discovered in Class 5!
On Tuesday 10th November 2020, after much digging in the ancient ruins of the Shang capital, Anyang, in the playground, Class 5 discovered an undisturbed and complete Shang tomb in their classroom!



Looking at the evidence, the children deduced that this must be the tomb of a very wealthy person as there were many expensive artefacts and shells, which were used as money. They also concluded it was probably the tomb of a warrior because of all the weaponry, or a priest because of the religious artefacts. Some even wondered if it could be a woman as there were many carvings and lots of hair pins.

It turned out to be the tomb of the warrior queen, Lady Fu Hao, who led armies into battle on many occasions, and led religious ceremonies for the nation on behalf of her husband, the king Wu Ding.

Finally, Class 5 wrote diary entries of their tremendous discovery. What a day!

The Shang Dynasty
Class 5 have been really enjoying their China topic, exploring its physical and human geography, the mysteries of the Shang dynasty, and even learning a little bit of Chinese!

 

Tang Shang, founder of the Shang dynasty, next to some fantastic homework projects, and our class display with lots of facts, and home-learning.
Science: Plant Dissection
In Science, we have been recapping the parts and life-cycle of plants. We have even dissected flowers so that we could identify the key parts involved in reproduction.

Class 5 Charity – Compassion UK



Through Compassion UK, Class 5 is continuing to sponsor Rodrigue Attivon, an 11-year-old child who lives in Togo with his mother, father and three siblings. His favourite activities are art and ball games, and in school he enjoys reading and history. 

Rodrigue lives in a village of approximately 630 people where the main occupations are animal herding and small market trading. Typical houses in this area have cement floors, cement or brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The principal diet is beans, cassava, fish and maize.

Our sponsorship helps Rodrigue to receive Bible teaching, health care, personal and social education, nutritious food and home visits, all of which he is encouraged to share with his family. 

We have been sponsoring Rodrigue for five years, now, with financial support and regular letters, and we are pleased to be able to continue to do so this year.