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Yr 5 Curriculum Update


We completed our work on the Tempest and greatly enjoyed writing play scripts from Miranda and Prospero’s perspective.  We also wrote about our recent visit to Captain Phillimore’s woods.  We had an excellent trip and wrote about the activities that we took part in; symbol creation and  creating a scene from the Tempest.


Alongside working out our profit margins for our business and enterprise projects we have been completing a unit on fractions.  We were able to find fractions of amounts and adjust dependant upon the number of the numerator.

We have had an excellent year and the children have made outstanding progress.  We both would like to thank the parents for their never-ending support this year and we wish the children all the best in Yr 6.

Mr Flynn, Mrs Bradbury & the Yr 5 team.

Woods shelters!

On September 30th, Year Six walked to Captain Phillimore’s woods. After making mazes, we then proceeded to choose a Greek monster and make a shelter for it. Lots of people did monsters such as;

Cyclops, Ceberus, Sirens and Medusa.

My group did Ares’s Arrow Shooting Birds. We made targets for the birds to shoot at, and they also had a perch, a bowl of seeds, a balcony, and lots, lots more! Other people’s shelters included roofs, and more details such as Animals, food, the creature itself, and it all looked absolutely fantastic! We had one game of hide and seek, then we went home, utterly exhausted, but having had a brilliant day in the woods!

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How to build a Bivvy

Every year Y6 spend their last days in the woods by making a bivvy and then sleeping under it for a night.

This is how to make a strong and sturdy bivvy:

1. First you need to clear out a flat area, remember to make sure that there are no sticks left on the floor as it is not comfortable to be sleeping on them especially as you are not sleeping on a mattress!

2. After you have cleared your area collect lots of heavy sticks, this will help a lot in the night if it is quite windy or rainy.

3. Get the right size tarpaulin, this will save a lot of time when it comes to packing up and it ensures that you will not get wet if it rains. Don’t worry it’s not common for it to fall in on you in the night!

4. Make sure your string is tight as it will have tarps on it and tarps are quite heavy for string.

5. Look for any small bumps on the floor as just a small stick or stem can dig in to your back and can hurt for a long time.

6. Hang your torches from the ceiling as it will act as a ceiling light.

7. Make sure you sleep as close as possible to the nearest person, this will help keep you warmer in the night as it can get very cold!

8. Try to keep your shoes outside as you do not want to get mud on your bivvy ground sheets!

Have a look at our pictures. Do you think we did a good job?

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Year 4 trip to Captain Phillimore’s Woods

Year 4 spent yesterday at the woods.  To begin with we took some time to explore how the woods had changed since our last visit; the rain had certainly encouraged the grass and trees to grow, causing it to look very different!  We enjoyed reflecting upon our current topic, habitats, moulding clay into woodland creatures and identifying how they are adapted to their environment.  Among others, we created owls, foxes, hedgehogs and squirrels! 

Following our modelling, we used our imagination to create a suitable homes for our animals.  Some were incorporated into hollows of trees, others were built on fallen logs or propped up against trunks and branches.  We carefully placed our clay animals into their homes and shared them with each other.

Captain Philimore’s Woods

The sun rose, birds chirped, another beautiful day had begun. Whispers of excitement disturbed the peace, and thirty small children slowly appeared through the trees.

They sat beneath me, my leaves and branches towered above their heads as they ran through the woods yelling with joy and happiness.I smiled silently inside as I gazed at them adoringly as I did every year with each group of children that came. Little did they know, they had a lot more excitement to come.

Years passed, and I watched the same group grow and change each time they came. Finally, they were older than all the other children who came to visit, and it was time for them to spend the night.

Bivvies were built, songs were sung.The camp fire roared underneath me and I could feel the warmth from the flickering flames below.

The sweet smell of hot chocolate rose into the air and nightfall slowly began to close in. Shimmering stars emerged in the dark sky as the once-tiny children prepared themselves for the long night ahead.

I sighed as the frosty wind whistled through my leaves. I heard a long creak from one of the other trees nearby and a group of exhausted looking girls stumbled by. Were they in danger? The tree must’ve been close to falling down.

I wondered what had happened as the night passed me by, and the morning sunlight shone brightly in the sky.

A fox, its vivid scarlet fur blowing in the gentle breeze and its amber eyes gleaming in the dappled sunlight, crept underneath me, and sniffed around where the children had sat last night. It was quickly disturbed by a yawn from a nearby tent that sent it flying into the thick undergrowth nearby.

Birds sung their cheerful melodies and, one by one, the children appeared from their tents. Breakfast was soon over with, and all bivvies packed away. The children walked away quietly down the silent field, no doubt remembering boggarts and prayer sticks and other memories from before.

I stared as they went, wishing them a quiet goodbye as they glanced back, turned the corner, and were gone without a word.

By Catherine Y6

Y6 Bivvy

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On Thursday the 6th to Friday the 7th of May Year 6 slept in Captain Phillimore’s woods overnight.

We went down to the woods on Thursday to build our bivvies (out of string and water-proof sheets). Everyone worked really well together so they went up really quickly and luckily none of them fell down.

When we arrived at the woods that evening we sang songs around the camp fire and had a mug of hot chocolate to warm us up. Mmmm. Then we got into our bivvies ready for the night. Some of us actually fell asleep!

The following morning we had camp fire sausages before taking down our bivvies, doing a scavenger hunt and returning to school. Overall everyone had a great time despite how little sleep they had!


Year 4D “Tropical” Woods Visit

Glorious weather allowed us to have a tropical visit to Captain Phillimore’s woods on Tuesday. The walk to the woods which is approximately 2 miles was fun but we had to stop a couple of times to drink our water as the temperature was soaring so it took us a little longer to get there!

We had a fun packed day exploring the woods for all the different types of leaves on the plants and trees and then sketching them in our books. In partners we then completed a scavenger hunt which some of us found a little tricky!

We ate our packed lunch with the sun shining down on all of us, it was wonderful.

In the afternoon we shared with each other a special “something” we had found in the woods and why it was special.

Luckily our teacher had reminded us all to keep some water in our bottles so we were all able to have our last sunshine water stop on our way back to school. It was a wonderful day and the sunshine helped keep the smiles on our faces all day.

Year 6 woods trip

Calling all year six`s

On Friday the 11th of May Swanmore Primary`s year 6 classes stopped revising for SATs and went to the woods.We had to pretend that we were desserted on an island and we had to make a shelter to live in.We also made things like food storage areas and pens for the animals we had caught.Then we played hide and seek and went back to school.We all had a great time! To each and every year six out there you have 2 challenges.


Did you take a day off on Friday the 11th or were we the only ones?


Do any of you have a special place like our woods that only your school can go to?


Year 3D on a Trip to Captain Phillimore’s Woods!

On the 24 April Y3D went to Captain Phillimor’es Woods. On the way there and back it was sunny but very muddy and at the end our boots were muddy, as you can imagine! We made Memory sticks { not the ones you put in the computer!} that we wrapped with wool using colours that we saw which would reminded us of our special day in the woods. We saw some of the things that Darren had built out of the trees that had fallen down. Darren is the person who looks after the woods; he keeps the trees trimmed, cuts down the brambles to keep us safe and teaches adults how to make things out of wood. When we first went into the woods we saw a huge sea of bluebells,it was amazing! Here are some of the things we thought stood out:

the white flowers
the mud
the bluebells
the green plants
playing hide and seek
the changes
the leaves
the birds
the cows!
the scenery
the puddles
the wild garlic
the fun
the wildlife
the memory sticks
the insects

So many memories! It was a never forgetting day!
By ELeanor Martin and Sopie Brame