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  • Learning Outside the Classroom Day

    We investigated friction by measuring how far a toy car travelled on different surfaces.

  • Gingerbread City

    “How would you design a community centre fit for the climate crisis?” 

    On Monday 14th November 2022, this was the challenge Tori Flower set Year 5 as part of a co-design project with The Ryde School and the Museum of Architecture. She ran a workshop where they explored the consequences and causes of climate change, looked at buildings (suggested by leading architects and experts) that were designed with environmental sustainability in mind and the children drew their own designs and voted on their favourites.  The powerpoint below shows the process the children took to get their final designs.

    Gingerbread City

    There were so many amazing ideas – including a building which collects rain water to use in a natural swimming pool, a green roof to play football on and using the centre to recycling toys.

    The best of their amazingly imaginative ideas will be made into a gingerbread building for the 2022 Gingerbread City exhibition (3rd dec-2nd Jan @ 6-7 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8J). Each child also decorated a biscuit with their initials which will feature in the final baked building.

  • Imperial War Museum – Duxford

    In Year 5, the children have been learning about the changes at the start of World War 2, evacuation and rationing. To consolidate their learning, they recently visited the Imperial War Museum Duxford. The children started by visiting the Land Warfare exhibition where they saw tanks and military vehicles and discovered how fighting on land has changed since World War 1. From here, they explored the AirSpace hanger where they saw the Mosquito plane that was created at the DeHavilland factory in Hatfield. After lunch the children took part in a documentary challenge workshop. They were given cameras and tasked with making a mini documentary on the people and objects they feel the world needs to know about. This helped to develop their historical inquiry skills and deepen their understanding of the impact of war on people’s lives in the past.

  •  Planetarium comes to school!

    Our knowledge about space increased when an inflatable Planetarium came to school. During the day everyone had a chance to go inside and have a quick lesson, but Year 5 enjoyed a full hour of astronomy facts as it was one of our science topics.

    First of all we had to split into three groups because if we all went in at once then too much oxygen would be let out  and it would start to deflate!! When we got into the dome it felt like you were in the middle of an igloo because it had a cold breeze .

    Until Milly turned on the projector, you looked up to see a pitch black sky with shining stars dotted around. We got to look up close to all the amazing planets and found out so many facts about them like how many moons they have or how the Northern lights are created!!

    We would like to share with you some of your favourite facts that we got from this amazing afternoon.

    Sheena learnt that: Even though Neptune is the furthest from the Sun it isn’t the coldest. Uranus is!

    Our moon is the size of Australia!

    Summer stated that: Although Mercury is the closest to the Sun, it is not the hottest planet because Venus actually is.

    A few people concluded that the Moon craters are made when asteroids reach its atmosphere.

    Shivani said: I learnt  that the inside of the sun is 15 Million degrees hot!

    Our Moon is the fifth biggest Moon in our solar system.

    Evan commented: Venus is the biggest planet in our solar system!

    Bethany had a good fact which was: Saturn has a ring round it and that ring is made up of rock and ice (mainly ice).

    Scarlett told us that the inside of the sun is hotter than the outside.

    Freja wasn’t  the only one but did say that: Even though Mercury isn’t  the hottest it is the planet that’s temperatures change the most.

    Deon asked how many stars there actually are and Milly replied with: no one really knows because no one has ever counted!

    Krisha said: Mercury has no air, no water, and has extreme temperature.

    This last fact is something we all found very interesting so we all want to share this with you:

    We learnt how the Northern lights are made! This is what happens: The rays of burning gas get released from the Sun’s atmosphere and launched out into space and then the burning gas reaches earth’s atmosphere. It mixes with the gasses, nitrogen and oxygen and turns into a display of colourful lights!!!

  • Hatfield House

    To start the term, we went on a whole school trip to Hatfield House. We had a focus of Maths and Geography.

    Year 5 first followed the blue trail on the map they were given. They then followed the blue trail using the map and marked on any points of interest e.g. the Elizabeth Oak Tree, the Chinese Bridge, the Jubilee and Wake Woods and the Elephant Dell. Once back at school, we plotted these points carefully and identified their grid references.

    In the afternoon, we were given random distances on cards to estimate the distances of. We were able to use 1 metre tape measures to help us understand how far 1 metre was and used it to help us estimate longer distances. Once estimated, we measured them accurately using trundle wheels.

    Finally, before the rain sent us under shelter, we learnt how to use a compass to identify the four cardinal directions and what we could see at each of the points.


  • Science at The Ryde School 2021 – 2022


    Class 5 have explored the parts of a flowering plant. They dissected a lily and identified the parts that help them reproduce.






    The whole school had a visit from Mrs Thomas who came to speak to use about hedgehogs and how to protect them. Class 5 were very interested as they have worked hard to create different habitats for living things in the school grounds.





    They had a STEM workshop led by the local STEM ambassadors. They had to use a range of skills including coding and knowledge of levers to crack a code and open a safe.

  • National Gallery

    Class 5 went to The National Gallery in London on Tuesday 12th July.

    On the way we saw Buckingham Palace and drove along The Mall.

    We were amazed to see some of the paintings we have studied in class like A Shipwreck on Stormy Seas by Vernet and The Fighting Temeraire by William Turner.

    We Surprise! By Rousseau and we were surprised to see that the tiger looked strange and we remembered that he used plants from botanical gardens and second hand sketches of tigers to make his painting. This meant the painting has a surreal element as he never actual saw a real tiger or real jungle.

    “It was the best trip and it was inspiring because we got to see famous paintings. I liked Whistlejacket because the horse was detailed but it had nothing else in the background,” Phoebe.

  • Water Sports

    Class 5 have been taking part in water sports sessions every week for 5 weeks. We have taken part in a range of activities including paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking. Every week, we have had to overcome different challenges some of us have felt nervous, some of us found it difficult to steer or control a canoe and others found standing and staying upright on the paddle board difficult. Although we have all had to face different challenges, we have loved taking part in the water sports and we have worked on our resilience, problem solving and we have all tried something new! Well done class 5 these are great life skills.

  • Outdoor and Adventurous Week

    Class 5 have had a great week taking part in outdoor and adventurous week 2022. They have taken part in a wide range of activities which have tested a range of different skills, including; their team work, money handling, communication skills and problem solving abilities.

    Some of the activities that we did this year included; den building, creating Viking gods from clay, making natural mobiles and completing an orienteering route.

  • Cooking and Nutrition

    In Design and Technology, we have been looking at traditional British dishes. We discussed what national dishes are and how they are influenced by what is grown or produced in different places and how often traditional dishes from all over the world are eaten and celebrated by other people too.

    We have made a number of British dishes including crumble and shortbread. We used our cutting and peeling skills to make apple crumble. When making traditional Scottish shortbread, we used our fingers to create breadcrumbs with the flour and butter to make sure it was incorporated.