Author Archives: Amelia Chau

Shakespeare Week – Year 5

It’s Shakespeare week at Thomas Buxton and Year 5 have been studying Macbeth – Shakespeare’s great tragedy. This week has been focused on debating and performance skills. In class we have been debating key ideas in the text using ABCDebate (agree, build, challenge, delve deeper). This lesson we practised responding to other’s points by delving deeper e.g asking for evidence or clarification.

Year 5 also took part in a performance workshop where they learnt how to act and developed their own interpretation of the play using their performance skills. It ended in a gruesome battle!

Here are some photos of the children’s work.

Science in year 5…

This half term, we have been studying materials and their properties.  As classes, we decided what we wanted to investigate!  We asked ourselves, which solutions did we want to create to test our theories?  We learnt that some materials took longer dissolve than others – some didn’t dissolve at all!  We timed our experiment and presented our data in a graph.   

Year 5 have been gardening!

We have been very fortunate to have had a visitor from Spitalfields City Farm this week!  We learnt how to plant some vegetables and plants which we hope will grow over the next school term!  By the end of the school year, we could have a plethora of healthy vegetables to harvest!

We’ll need to take care of what we have planted – I wonder how we’re going to do that?


We even got the chance to pick some mint leaves and take them home…

The day we met Michael Rosen…

As part of our World Book Day celebrations last week, 30 year 5 and 6 children attended an event hosted by the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services!

At Thomas Buxton, we held a short-story writing competition: the challenge was to write a short story in 500 words or under.  There were 30 deserving winners; they won the opportunity to see Michael Rosen performing – some of the children even got to meet him!

Michael recited some of his poetry and told us a little more about himself.  As ever, he was entertaining, humorous and above all else: inspiring!

After the performance, he was kind enough to sign some of his books for us.

Thanks Michael!



Netball in Year 5!

In year 5, we’ve been lucky enough to have Yvonne from England Netball come in to teach us over the past few weeks!

We’ve really enjoyed developing our netball skills – most of us hadn’t played the sport before!

We’ve been learning about the rules of netball, passing and receiving the ball, and how it is vital to work well as a team.

We had to really focus on our hand-eye coordination skills – it’s not as easy as it looks!

Marvellous Mantras in year 5!

Year 5 would like to wish you a happy new year!

We’ve started off the year in a VERY positive mood in year 5!

We spent some time creating our own positive mantras to help us deal with challenging situations, whether they’re in the playground, in the classroom or elsewhere.

Every time we find something difficult or challenging we are going to think about our mantra – it’s one way we have found that we can tackle problems with positivity!

Mr Hodges’ favourite is ‘Persistence is key…’ – this is vital for us to remember when we find something difficult or challenging!

Space in Year 5

Our topic this half term has been all things Space-related.

During our science lessons we have investigated how the sun’s light affects us on Earth.  We used a torch to simulate the sun and discussed how the axis of the Earth impacts on how we experience seasons.