As this will be my last post for 5S, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all of your support throughout the year. The children have all worked extremely hard and as a consequence reaped the results that they deserve. I am in no doubt that they will have a successful transition to Year 6. They are all certainly ready for the summer holiday; as am I! Thank you so much for all of your kind wishes and generous presents too; I really appreciate it.
I have loved teaching the children in 5S this year and I am sad not to be with them again next year. They have been an absolute pleasure.
Thank you once again and have a wonderful summer.
From Mrs Steward x
We had an amazing day yesterday in Cambridge. We started with punting on the river Cam which was a real treat. We had an excellent guide and discovered many interesting facts about the area. This was followed by a walking tour during which we had to find and solve clues to a murder! For a while we thought it was going to be a character called Nathan, which provided great amusement, but he was eliminated from our enquires right at the end of the trail. We finished off the day in the Fitzwilliam Museum where we spent time examining the intricate tapestries and then the armoury. It was a fun packed day but an exhausting one, as you can see by the following photos.
The children have been very busy designing and building fairground toys for their final D.T. project. The children had the chance to look at a variety of rotating fairground rides before designing and making their own ride using a rotating mechanism that they also constructed. The children all worked completely independently and I'm sure you'll agree they've done a wonderful job. I was so pleased with them that Mr Stock was even invited to come and inspect their rides and he was equally impressed. I have added the results of their efforts in the following slide show.
Apologies for not writing a blog last week, but it has been so hectic lately and the arrival of Ofsted certainly didn't make things easier!
In Science, we have been investigating different materials by making boats and then testing their durability. Although our predictions were mostly accurate, there were a couple of surprises!
Continuing with the Science theme, we had an amazing time when we visited Northgate for a Science lesson this week. It gave the children a real taste of what Science has to offer when they transfer there in Year 7, as we were in the laboratories experimenting with liquid nitrogen! Everyone was so enraptured with the lesson that I think they could have kept Mr Snowdon occupied with questions for another hour at least!
The second sports day that we had on Wednesday was a great success and I was really impressed with the sportsmanship that 5S displayed in the way they supported each other, their commitment to racing in difficult (hot) conditions and their general sporting conduct. Well done everyone!
The children have been brilliant and are still working so hard as we are busy trying to make sure that we complete all of the projects and units of work that we currently working on... keep going everyone, only two more weeks to go!
It has been a very busy week with Sports Day and Refugee week and the children have worked very hard. I am sure they are now ready for a restful weekend! Although Sports Day was cut short courtesy of the thunder storm, the children competed excellently and showed great sportsmanship. I have attached just a few photos of the day, as I was so busy cheering the children on, I forgot to take many more - sorry! I'm looking forward to seeing the conclusion of the Sport Day when the finals of the 100m, the 400m and the relays will be run.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Today sees the start of Refugee week which means for this week in school, many of the lessons taught will be linked to refugees. In literacy for example, we will be studying a book called The Whispering Cloth which is about the H'mong people. We will then be producing our own 'whispering cloths' in art. Why not spend some time this week talking to your children about refugees, especially as immigration is such an emotive topic at the moment?
During last term's art lessons, the children studied the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser where the common themes of his work utilised bright colours and rejected straight lines. The vibrant drawings that the children produced in response to their study of this artist are very impressive and so I have included a sample below for you to enjoy.
This week in literacy we began studying the Michael Morpurgo novel Private Peaceful. As is the case with every book that we study, the children had to firstly predict what they thought this story was going to be about using only the front cover initially and then subsequently using an alternative front cover and then the blurb. The quality of the writing has really improved throughout the year and the children are much more adept at including ambitious vocabulary and a range of sentence structures to engage the reader. I have included a couple of examples below for you to read, which demonstrates the quality of writing being produced now within 5S. The children have received this novel enthusiastically and I am confident that as the children become more engaged with the story of Tommo and Charlie Peaceful, this will be reflected in the quality of the literacy work that they produce.
By Ben Thomas
By Emily Clarke
To finish our literacy unit on Romeo and Juliet, the children composed and performed Shakespearean insults in the Secret Garden. They were unsurprisingly very insulting to one another, as you can see in the video clip below!
Firstly, welcome to the Summer Term! It's hard to believe that we are already two thirds through the year!
We have started the term interestingly, when on Friday 21st April, Year 5 were visited by 2 representatives of the Ipswich Buddhist Centre. Swadipa Vasey and his wife, Carumani, spent the afternoon talking to the children and introducing them to this fascinating religion. The children witnessed the setting up of a shrine (with stupa, candles, flowers and incense), listened to the story of how Buddhism began 1,400 years ago and even practised some breathing exercises listening to the bell. This is an exciting topic and we are sure the children will be talking about their learning at home with you over the coming months!
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