Just a message to say sorry that I didn’t get to say goodbye to you guys before I had to leave. I hope you have all had a great week at school despite the unsettled times. Thanks for being a super class for the last two terms; we’ve had such a great time and learnt so much!
Be good and work hard whether you’re at home, at school or with family members over the next few weeks. I can’t wait to come and visit you all already…and then there’ll be two of me!
P.s. Here’s a picture of Blu – he’s gone out to pick up some toilet roll.
Thursday was World Book Day! The children dressed up in amazing outfits representing some of their favourite characters. We had breakfast together and read some stories. Year 5 looked at a book called ‘Quest’. In Year 4, we had already read ‘Journey’ – the first picture book. Quest, the sequel, was equally as amazing and we did some fantastic writing and drama around this.
Last week, we also had a visit from the school nurse to talk to Year 5 all about hygiene as we grow up. It was an interesting talk and we did some activities revolving around this afterwards.
This week, the whole of Key Stage 2 went along to St. Charles’ church to participate in our Ash Wednesday mass. Thank you so much to all of the parent volunteers who came along with us and thank you to the children who were fantastic.
We celebrated the start of Lent by doing spiritual art surrounding Jesus on the cross. We discussed how Jesus was tempted in the desert for 40 days and what kind of things we’d be giving up for Lent to help us to always remember Jesus sacrifice for us.
In our new Design Technology topic (Marbulous Structures) we looked at free standing structures and what was important to make a structure strong and stand independently. We had a class competition to see who could build the highest, strongest structure and tested them out. Well done to Europe who won the competition with a fantastic tower!
On Thursday, Y5 rented their very own peasant! Louisa came to visit our school with a wealth of knowledge all about Tudor and Stuart life. We sang songs, played games, did dances, dressed up, made candles from plants, and more!
This week, Year 5 visited St. Cuthbert’s High School to check out a portable planetarium which was run by staff from the Kielder Observatory. We learned all about the movement of the stars, planets and about different constellations. We then (after juice and biscuits) had a workshop all about the different types of light. Can you remember what types there are? We were able to make bracelets which changed colour when they were exposed to the sun!
We also painted our clay masks this week. Using the metallic acrylic paints, we got our masks looking like real artefacts from ancient Egypt! Some of us even mixed the paints to make some original colours and shades.
On Monday during Art, Year 5 (following a rigorous researching, planning and designing phase) were ready to sculpt their Egyptian masks out of clay. We had such fun trying to erect our designs.
In Music, we had our clarinetists play for us this week and teach us all about how to operate and play the clarinet. Thanks to some of the children for some fantastic music! We also had a pupil who brought in her panpipes to teach us about the types of sounds that a different type of woodwind instrument makes.
In RE, we have come to the end of our mission topic. To celebrate all that we have learned, some of the children planned a delightful collective worship for the whole class to enjoy. We did this out in the forest school area.
Finally on Friday we learned a little about what Brexit actually means and what it means for Britain leaving the European Union. The children had some great questions such as, ‘Will our holiday prices go up?’ and ‘Will we still be able to play in the Euro’s?’.
This week in music, some of the children offered to show us their woodwind instruments – the saxophone. They explained to us how they work, how to hit different notes and what the purpose of the reed was. Each of them also performed for us and showed us just how hard they’d been working on perfecting their skills. Year 5 were blown away at how impressively they played. Well done!
Also on Friday, we had house time in each of our house groups. Over in St. Hilda’s we made lucky money packets (討紅包; pinyin: tǎo hóngbāo) to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Can you remember what the new year’s animal is?
This week in French we worked on our conversational skills. We learned how to politely ask for a drink in a cafe or restaurant and learned how to react (as if we were the waiter). We performed our role plays to the rest of the class to show what we had learned. Your pronunciation was fantastic!
In RHE, our focus for this week was this moral statement:
“Be self-disciplined and able to delay or even deny myself.“
We have discussed what this means and we decided to set both short and long term goals for ourselves. What would you like to achieve by the end of the year? What do you want to achieve by the time you are 50? We also discussed what we may have to give up or delay in order to reach our ambitious goals.
Finally, well done to the children who already have over 100 entries in their reading records! You are half way to becoming a reading ninja! Well done and keep on reading!
Welcome back and a happy new year to you all! We’ve had a fabulous first week back in Year 5.
In English, we have started a new unit of work in which we are going to write an explanation text. We have delved into the world of Pandora. Check out the video we are using:
We started by looking at all of the new vocabulary used in this video; some of it was quite complex! Can you remember what bio-luminescent means?
In History, we have started the slimy Stuarts! This week we learned about James I of England who thought his power was part of the divine right of kings. Do you remember what the ‘union of crowns’ was?
We have started two new units of work in PE. Gymnastics (with Mrs Damti) and Tag Rugby.
In RE we have started our new mission topic. We used straws to blow paint to create an effect that the positive words (such as freedom and joy) were overshadowing the negative.
Our math homework is now completed through an online app or website called ‘Mathletics’ which we trialled in the Autumn term. This means we will no longer be issuing 4-a-day; however, children will be set new activities every Monday which should be completed by the following Sunday. Thanks for your on-going co-operation with this!