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Y5 Cuba Class Mrs Beanland/Mrs David

Welcome to Cuba Class!

This year, the theme for the class names is countries. Our Year 5 class chose Cuba, which is a large island in the Caribbean sea . We wanted to choose a country that was on a different continent to ours and we were intrigued to find out more about the geography, culture, language and music of Cuba.


We will update this page regularly and we hope you will return to see all the things that we have been up to in Year 5. As always, if you have any urgent questions or concerns, please get in touch through the office or for less urgent matters, write to our class e-mail at, which we will be checking weekly.


From your teachers, Mrs David and Mrs Beanland, and your LSA, Mrs Mukha.

Some useful bits of information:


* Our indoor and outdoor PE sessions will both be on a Tuesday this year. We are asking for children to come to school wearing their PE kits, with shorts underneath jogging bottoms and a dark jumper to keep them warm when necessary. Please make sure that hair is tied back on these days, and earrings and other jewellery has been removed. 

A reminder that our school PE kit consists of a plain white t-shirt, with plain navy or black shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms and a plain navy or black jumper.


* We will be sending you home with reading books and are now able to visit the school library again! Please read at home as often as possible and bring your book back into school when finished to replace it with a new book. We also still have our membership to Bug Club, an online reading platform, and the children should have their login details. 


* We still have membership to the online times tables games at Times Tables Rock Stars and have reminded children of their login details.


* Spellings will be sent home on a Wednesday to be learnt and discussed before a spelling test the following Wednesday. They will be given in sentences to help children to understand the meaning and usage of the words, and children are encouraged to think of other words that fit the weekly spelling rule. 




Stubbington Residential - Cuba class



What a fantastic first day at Stubbington! After arriving and unpacking in our dorm rooms, we have been out and about building dens and taking part in a variety of team building activities. Already we have been really working together to complete a series of different challenges and coming up with different solutions to the problems we have been given. We have also enjoyed plenty of free time and the adventure playground, football pitch and tennis courts have already proved to be very popular.  

This evening, we have written our postcards (keep an eye out for them in the post soon!) and have learned lots of facts about different wildlife that live in and around Stubbington.  We are looking forward to a peaceful night's sleep (fingers crossed!) ready for a busy day tomorrow. 


We have had an action packed day today - reading maps, hiding gnomes and a trip to the beach! This morning we explored the site and located different points marked on a map. We then hid gnomes and created our own maps for other groups to find. We were very successful as we found 9 out of 10 of our hidden gnomes. 
This afternoon we went to the beach and created our own rock pools. We filled them with a variety of living creatures that we loved hunting for in the pebbles. We also went fossil hunting with a lucky few finding their own mementoes to bring home. We finished by building some magnificent sand castles with all sorts of modifications and decorations to make them stand out. 
This evening we have experimented with clay to see what we could create and are looking forward to visiting the badger hide - fingers crossed we see lots of wildlife! 



This morning we began the day with a trip to Lee-on-the-Solent to compare it with where we live. We did a traffic survey, completed a questionnaire and then drew a map of the local high street. Throughout the work the children asked questions, were able to identify similarities and differences and behaved brilliantly. 
This afternoon, we completed the ‘eggstreme’ challenging of catapulting an egg without it breaking. After working together to earn tokens by completing a series of tasks, we then used these to buy supplies to protect our eggs. Much discussion later, we had 4 designs ready to test. After a few tense moments, we are pleased to report 50% of our eggs survived (unfortunately the other 50% were scrambled!) 



As one of Cuba class mentioned to me today, "we have really seen every type of weather in one day!" What a great day it has been, in the sunshine, wind and snow. This morning the children faced the challenge of the Earthquake - where they used teamwork and communication skills to avoid the burning lava! Carrying key pieces of survival equipment (ladders, first aid boxes, shovels), they worked together to climb over walls, tunnel through mounds and dilapidated houses and even swing across a pool of the "lava" itself. The children managed to talk and support each other with every new challenge. After another filling lunch, we then developed our compass skills in our orienteering session. The children began the session with very little experience of using a compass and by the end were navigating themselves around an orienteering challenge by setting their bearings by lining up the north arrows ("putting Ned in his bed"), finding the necessary angle and pacing themselves to find the clues. We were so proud of their perseverance and they should be proud of the new skill they have developed. All this was followed by such a busy final evening, including an arty session doing observational sketching, a visit to the games room to play pool and table tennis, a team challenge to create a maze, and finally a "crime scene investigation" to solve the mystery of the stolen treasure and find the guilty pirate.


Sadly, it is the end of the week and so Cuba class have had to say goodbye to Holly dorm and the Stubbington Study Centre. After waking up and stripping their beds, they went for their final breakfast and then moved onto our last activity - Stubbington Fox. We were encouraged to think about how foxes feel and act and why they may be seen in different ways. We also considered the possible dangers to foxes and the ways in which their numbers are brought down. To illustrate the feelings of both foxes and chicken farmers, a few Norwood children were asked to take part in some role play which they performed beautifully. After this the children became the foxes, hunting the grounds for their "food". This was a hunt for clues with a difference, as the children had to be stealthy and hide from pesky "farmers" who were out to get them. We had so much fun with this activity and it was a great way to end the trip. After packing our bags and a final feed it was time to get on the bus and head back to school. It really has been a fantastic week, we have had compliments from other adults at the centre about how polite the Norwood children were and we were really proud of the way they engaged with the whole experience, from their enthusiasm, engagement and the way they have developed their skills of working as a team.