At the end of last term all the Year 5 children spent a fantastic two days and one night camping and having fun in the forest at Redwood, near Slimbridge. They learnt orienteering skills, built dens (and even a restaurant) in the forest, problem solved, meditated in the evening sun (beautiful), climbed trees and lots, lots more. We camped overnight in bell tents and our food came from a van that visited every day. The children were fantastic and really made the most of the experience.
What fun we have had over the last few weeks designing and making our own roller coaster carriage designs. We had to thing about and include the necessary and important safety features. Mrs Barrett also gave us the challenge of seeing if it could build enough momentum to make it over the roller coaster.
As part of our class topic, we visited Giffords Circus this week. It was an amazing experience that we all enjoyed. Mrs Barrett had not been to the circus since she was a little girl and it did not disappoint. It was definitely a trip to remember!!
The children commented:
‘All the tricks were brilliant!’
‘I liked Tweedy because he was hilariously funny!’
‘It was really fun because we got to watch lots of different acts.’
Our new topic is called ‘Scream Machine’. To introduce it Mrs Barrett set up a roller coaster simulation for us to experience. Some of the responses from the children were: thrilling, scary and exciting. There were also many wild screams!
To immerse ourselves into our new class book ‘The boy who swam with piranhas’ we spent our Literacy lesson looking closely at fish. Using viewfinders and magnifying glasses we drew them as accurately as possible. Then it was time to guess what species of fish they were. The children had a great time!
On Thursday 4th April the Year 4’s went on an overnight stay to Gloucester climbing wall. Despite the torrential rain and hail the Year 4’s were all in high spirits and had a great time. We had a go at rock climbing and bouldering before having pizza and garlic bread for dinner. The children all enjoyed having a massive sleepover followed by caving in the morning. We then headed back to school in time for the Easter holidays!
What a wonderful afternoon we had this week. Mrs Barrett and Mrs Allen are so proud of the children. This was a great showcase of what the children have learnt over the last couple of terms. Thank you to all those parents that were able to attend. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children enjoyed creating their presentations!
We had a great time on Friday 29th March – we visited the Seven Wonders of the Modern World!
The Great Wall of China – we learnt how to write our name in Chinese.
The Taj Mahal – we created traditional Mendhi patterns in chalk on black paper.
Petra – We coloured in traditional Islamic symmetrical patterns.
Machu Picchu – We solved the Aztec code and calculated totals.
The Colosseum – We created our version out of spaghetti and Blu Tak
Chichen Itsa – We created our own model using Lego
Christ the Redeemer – We created our own statue out of plasticine.
The children each had their own passport and got it stamped if they completed each activity. Thank you to those children who brought in Japanese biscuits and sweets to try, and to those who shared with us some beautiful traditional Swiss music. We also enjoyed learning some new facts about New Zealand!
A well deserved, fun and thought -provoking day! :)
We had a ‘wild’ time at Bristol Zoo. The children (and Mrs Barrett) were very brave as they held a ‘giant hissing cockroach’!! They loved exploring the zoo and learning many new facts about the animals they came across. Ask your child all about our learning talk on ‘endangered animals and their habitats’. It really was a trip to remember!
Last week we had a great time at ‘We the Curious’ in Bristol. Whilst there, we took part in an enriching learning experience, learning all about ‘the water cycle’. The children also got to experience the 3D Planetarium. It was a great day!!
As part of our topic Misty Mountain Sierras, we went on an expedition to one of the highest points in our area. Here are some photos of our fun!
WOW! What a fun day we have had celebrating our hard work. The children reached reward number one on their marble jar reward and decided they would like to have a day themed all around animals. The children came dressed as animals and also brought an animal toy in for the day. We had great fun creating our own animals out of plasticine and creating stop motion animations; they were amazing! We then sat down with a bowl of popcorn to watch ‘the secret life of pets’. In the afternoon, Vinny even joined in by dressing up as a flamingo for our PE session!! It was a great day and the children are now even more determined to reach reward number two!
We had a great Topic day this week. The children looked fantastic in their outfits! Throughout the day we created Celtic knots, erupting volcanoes and even attempted our own mosaics!
Year 5 Camping at Redwood
24 June 2019
Quartz class are very privileged to be supporting the Hedgehog Republic with their research into reasons why Hedgehogs are in such decline in the UK.
On Friday, the children had a visit from Gabriel, Tamsin and Esmae. They learnt about Conduction and Convection and used this information to test the effectiveness of Hedgehog nests. The children used a control hedgehog with no nest then in groups created a nest outside using natural materials. They put their ‘Hedgehog’ (jar of hot water) into the nest and using digital thermometers, took the temperature before and after. The children were really surprised by how much difference the nest made to their ‘hedgehogs’ warmth. They will use this information to make safe and warm hedgehog houses.
The children are also looking forward to Mural Painting on Tuesday where they will help raise the profile of the plight of Hedgehogs!
Term 6 Newsletter
23 May 2019
Please click on our newsletter heading to see some changes to Term 6 including the date of our parent invite into school. A letter will be sent out to you in Term 6.
23 May 2019
Quartz class are very lucky as for all of Term 6 we will have a mini marine session every week! This week we learnt all about nutrition and a balanced diet. Watch this space for more photos of what we get up to.
09 May 2019
This term in maths we are leaning about decimals including pounds and pence. As a challenge, Mrs Barrett set the children a dominoes task where they needed to use both new knowledge and previous knowledge about measures to help find the matching pairs. It was really fun!!
Homework in Quartz class
09 May 2019
Mrs Barrett and Mrs Allen are always proud of the children in Quartz class! Over the last few weeks, the children have been producing wonderful pieces of homework related to our class topic. Here are some pictures of a few pieces handed in this week. Keep it up Quartz class! The sharing of homework, on a Tuesday afternoon, is enjoyed by all and we always learn at least one new fact that we didn’t know before.
It's a boy!!
09 May 2019
This week all members of Quartz class were excited to hear the wonderful news of a new royal baby. We decided we wanted to send on our congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The children have spent some time creating cards and notes to send on.
09 May 2019
Well done to all the children who have received a certificate for completing their current 99 club. Keep it up!
Quartz class reading challenge!
29 April 2019
WOW! Mrs Ward, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Allen are so proud of the children in Quartz class and their reading. This week we had an amazing 11 awards to give out for children progressing on our reading chart. Well done and keep it up!!
99 club certificates
29 April 2019
During the 99 club session, the children have to answer a set amount of questions in 10 minutes. If they are on ‘the challenge’, then they need to answer a set amount of questions in 4 and a half minutes. Well done to all the children who moved onto the next club this week.
500 Word story challenge!!
24 April 2019
Mrs Barrett and Mrs Allen are so proud of all the children who entered this years 500 word story challenge.
We are extremely excited to announce that a member of Quartz class has made it through to the next round.
Fingers crossed. Well done :)