Stebon Primary School

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Learning is very good at Stebon because expectations are high and the teachers give us confidence. Imtiaz
As a child at Stebon, I am happy to be here as I have good
friends. Emad
There are lots of activities that are really fun like tournaments in the summer. Sadia
You can do excellent things in art and do loads of projects and experiments. Shahriyar
This school is a safe, happy and friendly place to be. Jannah
I think the atmosphere is cheerful because learning is
fun! Fahim
I would say that teaching is of a high standard. Abidah
Everybody respects each other. We have an anti-bullying policy and playground buddies who help you find friends. Zainab
It is a wonderful place to be where everyone is treated the same. Muhibur
Playtimes are the best because we have lots of games to play with. Sadiya


Year 5 ~ Martin Luther King Class, Alfred Russel Wallace Class & Nelson Mandela Class
Interpersonal Intelligence

MLK          Alfred Russel Wallace       NM

Y5’s class names are borrowed from 2 men with an extraordinary ability to reach out to people’s hearts & minds.

Martin Luther King was a leader of the civil rights movement struggling for racial equality in the USA in the 60s. He believed in peaceful protest but was killed by people who did not agree with his views. Today there are monuments and streets named after him. His ‘I Have a Dream’ speech still inspires us today to work for a better world.

Alfred Russel Wallace was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, and biologist. He is best known for independently creating the theory of evolution through natural selection; his paper on the subject was jointly published with some of Charles Darwin's writings in 1858. This prompted Darwin to publish his own ideas in On the Origin of Species. Wallace did extensive fieldwork, first in the Amazon River basin and then in the Malay Archipelago, where he identified the faunal divide now termed the Wallace Line.

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid activist and the most well-known political prisoner in living memory. He was also the first black South African to be president of his country. What we admire most about him is that, despite being abused, humiliated & imprisoned for 27 years, his message as president was about forgiveness. What a man!

Autumn term – Meet the Greeks


The beginning of year 5 sees us stepping back in time. We walk between two pillars to enter the classroom where we find sculpture & bits of pottery & Spartans & Athenians preparing for combat. There are artefacts & ancient maps, Olympian athletes & writing on the walls that we can’t read but that looks strangely familiar. This term is about the ancient Greeks.

The Greeks invade (nearly) every aspect of our learning; they were great mathematicians & scientists so geometry plays a key role in our maths work but we also solve lots of particularly Greek problems. We look at the sun, stars & moon, forces & light & dark. We read & write plays like Greek tragedies & myths & legends & learn about democracy & how we can change the things around us. We think about whether we would have preferred to live in Athens or Sparta & why. We make pots & sculptures & learn the Greek alphabet. We also learn about the 5 pillars of Islam this term.

Our trips in the autumn term include going to the British Museum & even a visit to the Olympic site not far from our school.

By the end of the term we have made a display of our sculptures, written our own myths & created & performed a musical masterpiece to teach the rest of the school about the ancient Greek gods.


Spring term – Spy Kids 


In the spring term we go deep undercover; the classroom door looks like the entrance to some high security nerve centre with an electronic keypad & retina scanner. Inside the room there are high-tech gadgets &‘classified’ signs, fingerprints & encrypted codes, secret cameras & camouflage netting. We are the spy kids – shh! The walls have ears – and our first mission is to locate our headteacher who has been kidnapped & cunningly replaced with a spookily lifelike double.

Gadgets & codes infect every part of our learning this term; our learning objectives become ‘missions’ that we always choose to accept! We read & write explanations & reports & look at spy novels by significant authors; our maths involves patterns & relationships & code-breaking; science & DT are about electricity, electronics & making things work. We examine electronic sounds in music & study & imitate the urban street artwork of Banksy.

We visit the Science Museum & the Design Museum to try out the latest potentially useful gadgets.

By the end of the term, we have made film clips, invented a spying gadget to pitch in the Dragon’s Den & carried out scores of successful missions, not least of which is to rescue the real head. Not bad for a term’s work.


Summer term – Keen to be Green 


In the summer term, there’s only one mission - & that’s to save the planet. We are keen to be green so our classroom becomes an eco-haven; the predominant colour is green not least because we start to grow things in it. Inevitably, though, our learning takes us outside a little more often that we’ve been used to. We take charge of the peace garden; we identify areas for planting & get to it.

Energy efficiency & conservation become our key drivers this term; we take on persuasive posters & letters; we write ‘An Inconvenient Truth’-style documentary – an explanation text to show everyone what’s going on; we look at data in maths, what it shows us & how we can represent it to give the message we want. We also look at measures & some really big numbers. We consider our rights & our responsibilities, examine the water cycle, living things, life processes & pollution. But it’s not just theory – we get our hands on the school’s electricity monitor & set ourselves the challenge of reducing the school’s energy usage. We create & implement a raft of strategies to lower consumption & waste & measure our success. Andy Goldsworthy is our artist of the term.

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to visits. We go to the ecology park on the Greenwich Peninsula, to the Soanes Centre nearby & to Mudchute Farm on the Isle of Dogs to visit animals & allotments.

By the end of term, we have built an insect hotel, grown, eaten & sold our own veg, attempted to bolster butterfly numbers, reduced our school’s carbon footprint & hopefully changed a few people’s perspectives on the way!