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Bisham CofE Academy

Ashley Hill MAT

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Ashley Hill

Multi Academy Trust

Swans (Yr 5&6)

Welcome to Swans Class page. 

Year 5 and 6


It was fantastic welcoming the children back last week and immersing them into our STEM days focused on engineering and design. 


Mr Chotalia 


Please note:

  • PE days- Tuesday and Wednesday
  • On PE days, pupils should come to school in full PE kit.


Teacher: Mr Chotalia                                                                                                                  Support teacher: Mrs Mothersole


Our learning last week (12th- 16th February):


Last week the pupils had a fantastic opportunity to immerse themselves into our STEM week focused around design and engineering. Firstly, pupils developed their understanding of coding through the use of micro-bits. Pupils learnt how they worked, while developing their understanding of how animations have developed over the years. Pupils then planned and designed their own animations and wrote algorithms to program the microbits. In design and technology, pupils conducted a product analysis on Dyson and learnt about the history of the company and engineers that worked there. Pupils then had to plan, design and evaluate an automatic cleaning brush. They were very proud and happy with their final designs. The children also had the opportunity to publish writing from last term and practise our class dance. 







In maths, pupils work their way through age-specific units using the CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach. This allows pupils to gain hands on experience of maths using concrete resources, this allows them to 'feel the maths' and gain a deeper understanding that they can apply to more abstract concepts. Please see below for the units we currently working on and lessons covered last week. 

Year 5: Fractions B


Year 6: Ratio










This term, the children will be completing the science unit ‘Earth and Space’. During this unit, the children will learn to describe the movement of the Earth and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. They will also describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth and how this explains the moon cycle. The children will explore the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky. Last week, pupils started to plan and write an investigation on the impact of meteors. 



This term in PE we are focusing on Netball and Dance. In Netball, pupils will learn sport specific skills developing hand-eye coordination. Pupils will learn the key elements of attacking and defending in Netball, while learning about the positions and key skills needed for each position. In Dance, we will be developing a class dance working towards the Dance Extravaganza. We will develop coordination and balance while exploring the 4 elements of dance- space, time, space and energy.