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Welcome to the Comanche Class page. Here you can see some of our displays and find out what we have been doing recently. We are a Year 4 and 5 class and are taught by Mr Smith.

The Summer Term means that we begin to focus and prepare for sports day. We have been reviewing video footage of our sprinting techniques to improve our performances. When we focus and work hard, we achieve competition winning results! We have been developing pictures for a range of competition entries and hope that some of our class continue to pick up the prizes.

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Looking back at the Spring Term: Using actions and movements has helped us plan, step and include key features in our writing. Learning phrases and actions helps us have a bank of ideas when it comes to writing our own versions, making writing easier and much more fun. In our science lessons we have been investigating forces, with a focus on friction. We conducted a fair test experiment to see how different designs changed the rate of fall due to air resistance.

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The Year 4 children in Comanche had a trip back in time to find out more about what life was like working in a Cornish mine and how China clay was produced at Wheal Martyn. Experiencing how it feels to sit at the controls of different aeroplanes gave the Year 5 children an insight to what it might have been like to be a pilot through different periods of aeronautical history during a visit to Newquay Aviation Heritage Centre.

Picture Dough Comanche Picture

This half term gave us an exciting opportunity to learn more about the wonderful history of the Ancient Egyptians, finding out about constructing the pyramids and their daily lives. In English, we wrote newspaper articles about discovering the great tomb of Tutankhamun and used story maps to write an adventure of Flat Stanley solving a mystery in the pyramids.

In computing, we have drawn 3-D pyramids using Sketch Up and wrote sequences of commands using both Python and 2Code: a text based coding language and a building blocks system that ‘links’ commands together.

We have been practising our hand to eye coordination in PE focusing on throwing and catching. This term we began to apply these skills to badminton, following the flight of the shuttlecocks carefully.

Comanche Work Comanche Coding

Looking back at the Autumn Term: The second half of the autumn term was busy in the lead up to the Winter Fair. Tree decorations were prepared to sell to raise money as well as the creation of the North Pole Knockdown game which was a great success! We needed to focus on our designs and use our art skills to produce high quality finished products.

In mathematics, we have used a variety of resources to help us represent out thinking and working. Cuisenaire rods were extremely good at representing fractions and values to help us find equivalent fractions and when adding and subtracting fractions.

Comanche Decoration Comanche Rods

In English, to help us write clear instructions, we made our own kites, making notes on each step and carefully thinking about what each part of the kite needed next. It helped us be really informative when we added a hints and tips box to avoid certain pitfalls!

Comanche Kite Comanche Gate

We have started the year as we mean to go on in Comanche, working hard to be the very best we can be. Settling quickly into our class has helped us make lots of new friends and has allowed us to get to know each other’s strengths and achievements.

As part of PE, we have been improving our hand and eye co-ordination and developing our core ball skills. This helps with many of the ball games which we play and can is an important skill to practise. Our first topic this half term has been about World War 2, learning about how it changed the lives of people in our local area, across England and the rest of the world. We learnt how children might have felt being evacuated away from their families and looked at the main events from the war. During our topic we also researched dances from the period and created our own routines that included the Lindy Hop, hand jives and the Charleston which we performed to other pupils.

Comanche Display Comanche PE

Year 5 children from Comanche had a fascinating visit to Davidstow Creamery, learning about the processes involved in turning milk into cheese. Seeing the machinery and the control room was exciting and we learnt all about how the process has changed over time. The huge quantities of milk used and cheese produces meant that there were lots of opportunities for us to use our mental maths strategies. The Year 5 children even had a chance to make their own cheese!

This term, the Year 4 children visited Truro Cathedral and The Royal Cornwall Museum. In the cathedral they find out more about Christian celebrations, learning about how a Christening takes place. Unexpectedly for the children, there was a chance to see a real Egyptian mummy as well as find out more about the history of Cornwall.

Comanche Davidstow Comanche Cathedral