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Theydon Bois Primary School

Purlieu Class

Purlieu Class 2022/2023


Year 5

Mrs Daines and Mrs Khachy







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Maya Masks

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Purlieu were busy today creating very dramatic Maya masks. After finalising their design, they created individual masks using modroc and card. Their designs were based on the masks they have studied in the history of the Maya civilisation. The masks will be decorated next week.

Pancake races on the village green.

During Mental Health Week, Purlieu developed their understanding of Growth Mindset by drawing butterflies.  This was not a simple art project, but one which developed the pupils ability to both critique each other's work and to use this positive criticism to develop and improve their own work. The photos show the six stages from initial drawing to final draft.  The pupils worked in pairs and, after each draft and focusing on only one area each time, gave each other postitive, kind and specific feedback to help improve their work.  The results of this peer feedback can be seen in the the photos of their drawings.  Once all six versions were completed, the whole class enjoyed viewing everybody's excellent work.

Trip to the Science Museum

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End of Autumn term - Christmas Jumper Day and Dinner day.

We had fun today and raised money for the school.  The day started with a fun Celebration assembly followed by TaskMaster played in class.  The winning team got to be Santa and give out the presents to the class.   You all looked very festive in your jumpers.  Happy Christmas everyone. 

Design and Technology - We have had a very exciting time this half term creating fairground rides that are controlled by a computer programme via a 'Crumble'.  This exciting piece of kit was loaned to us by a local secondary school.  The childen had a lesson from a Secondary teacher and were then allowed to experiment and 'play' with the equipment.  

We then investigated fairground rides and how they moved and tried to replicate this with the use of cardboard and a lot of tape!  Lots of 'learning by doing' with this project together with developing problem solving skills and working effectively as a group. 

The pictures you see are various stages of development and the finished items all worked.  Purlieu are so proud that they are able to use computers and their design technology skills in this way. 


Music -  this term we have been studying the 'Mamba' by Leonard Bernstein.  The drawn pictures show emotions felt when first hearing the music and the others show us trying to recreate the style of music as a group. 


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Primary Panathlon Multisports Champions

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Purlieu Class Newsletter - Autumn 2022

Rounders Skills - PE