Weekly Update (24.01.2020)
Year 6 Residential: Please make sure that you are up to date with payments for the trip. If you have any questions relating to this, please contact the office, who will be able to advise.
While we have started writing our own myths - based on tectonic plates - we have been practising our use of powerful imagery and vocabulary. Some children are writing about how tsunamis began, some about why earthquakes happen and the rest about other phenomena relating to tectonic plates.
Unsurprisingly, tag rugby has become slightly more competitive this week with the children taking part in small games, allowing them to put what they have already learnt into practice. NB: Many children are still coming to school without a full PE kit - they MUST have a full change for PE, including footwear, please!
Our topic work has moved on from tectonic plates, and we have been discovering where some of the World's most famous volcanoes can be found (and the relationship with the tectonic plates). To do this, the children were using their understanding of lines of latitude and longitude, giving them grid references to help them locate the volcanoes.
The Year 6 children have been looking at fractions and percentages this week - in particular, the relationship between the two. The Year 5 children have been focusing on fractions too, but with a focus on improper fractions and mixed numbers (and how to convert between them).
In science, we have been running an investigation into how different types / intensity of exercise affects our heart rate, which means the children have been seen walking, jogging or sprinting around the school at various times this week! Our results have been plotted on a graph to show the relationship between exercise and pulse.
Next half term: Trip to Morwellham Quay
Week beginning May 11th: SATs week - no holidays! (please note that the Friday before is a Bank Holiday, so you might want a low-key weekend if your child is taking their SATs!)
Year 6 Residential: From the 1st to the 3rd of June, we are taking the Year 6 children on a three day residential. Please check School Gateway for payment instructions. If you haven't yet done so, please confirm that you would like your child to be part of the trip to the Mendip Activity Centre.
About Year 5 and Year 6!
Our cohort is made up of three classes: Oak (with Mr Craig), Rowan (with Mrs Collidge & Mrs Hawkins) and Ash (with Miss Barriball).
This term, our topic is World War II, so we will be sketching and producing propaganda posters in art; looking at the main events of World War II in History; locating the major Axis and Allied nations in geography; creating Morse code machines in science and writing diaries, adventure stories and instructions in English. Of course, there will be much more on top of this!
We are really lucky this term to be receiving music tuition from Mrs Mann, who will be leading our ukulele sessions (see letter below). In PE this term, we are going to be developing and performing routines showing off our balance. We will also be improving our ball control in weekly hockey lessons.
The Year 5 children will be off to the Eden Project for a residential trip on Thursday the 19th September for one night. While there, they will be enjoying a workshop on World foods, exploring the site and touring the domes after the visitors have all left - see below for a kit list! Later in the term, we are planning a whole cohort trip down to Porthcurno, where the children will learn about telegraph and Morse code machines during the war, enjoying the wonderful beach (if the weather's nice!) and learning about the history of the area - particularly in relation to World War Two.