This term, we have been improving our Excel skills by designing a theme park plan, calculating the visitor spending and the running costs. We have presented this information in tables using formulae and pie charts!
A huge thank you to everyone of you who, for my very generous gift - I love it! It was such a thoughtful present and my toes have very much enjoyed being nice and warm. I am looking forward taking my daughter Isobel to the zoo to enjoy some family time. I do hope you all had a magnificent Christmas and I can't wait to see you all on Tuesday 4th January to start a new term.
We plunged into STEM week with enthusiasm and creativity to burn. The class were passionate about helping to save and protect the environment and world we live in and this produced some wonderful discussions throughout the week. We designed inventions for the future, created items of clothing from recycled materials, constructed LED torches and made covers for them, recycled cardboard to make clipboards and discussed ways to help prevent climate change. One of the highlights of the week, was getting to use some thermal imaging cameras around the school which was pretty cool!
F1 STEM Day at Q.E
Class 5 attended the Q.E Grammar school to take part in a fantastic STEM Day, The day was all themed around the F1 in schools challenge and the children competed in teams to design, make and test their own F1 car model. Initially, within their teams they discussed and created team names, logos, colour branding and initial car designs. We then made prototypes and discussed the physics behind making a fast, aerodynamic car. The children’s ideas were amazing and so creative – team names included: The Conquerors, Bolt UK, Storm, Pantha and Fiesty Phoenixes and bold bright team branding was very clear. For the next stage, we explored different body shape designs, types of wheels, extra features such as wings and spoilers. After, the teams constructed and built their models they tested them in the smoke air tunnel, edited and tweaked their designs and made some wonderful team posters to help promote their teams. The day culminated in a competition to see whose car was the fastest –getting the chance to test them on their air powered track. After a very exciting competition there were two teams left to fight it out for the title – Bolt UK (Max and Oscar) and The Conquerors (Dotti and Emily C). With each team taking one win, their overall average time decided that champions which was Dotti and Emily C. Some other awards were handed out too: Overall Champions – Ilona and Seth, Best Design – Ingrid and Isaac, Teamwork Award – Millie and Harlow and Dotti and Emily C.
What an amazing day we all had – one we will remember!
During RE Day, our focus was the Hindu festival of Diwali. We learnt about key aspects of the religion, Hinduism and the history behind the festival. We then designed our own Rangoli patterns, learnt about mandalas and painted our own onto stones. We enjoyed some Bollywood dancing and made friendship bracelets. Finally, after learning about the story of Rama and Sita, we produced Scratch animations retelling the story in the I.C.T suite. I think that the day was enjoyed by everyone.
Last term, the class were lucky enough to have Mr Daintree come and teach them how to play the recorder. They learnt how to play the notes, record the notation on paper scales and write their own short musical pieces using particular notes. Have a listen to the class playing 'Hot Cross Buns' together.
We held our own ancient Greek Olympics this week, which saw us all compete in 5 events: long jump, shot putt, sprint, javelin and a long distance race. The winning boy and girl for each event were awarded a prestigious laurel wreath!
Book Week was amazing in Class 5! We read the book Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo which was set in World War 2. The class loved the book and the work that we did on it was exceptional. Throughout the week, we wrote letters home as an evacuee, descriptive writing using photos as a stimulus, acted out a chapter of the book and turned parts into cartoon strips. We enjoyed reading to Class 2 and Class R, making fact posters about child evacuations and even created some chalk Blitz art.
In Class 5, we have been enjoying our Fantastic Friday sessions so far. We have listened to calming music, explored swirl patterns, had time to build things out of Lego with other people and reflect on our school experiences this year.
Khan Maths homework to be completed by the evening of Wednesday 22nd September. The spelling test will be on Friday 24th September and your English homework needs to be handed in by Monday 27th September. Please feel free to email me your homework if that is easier to email@example.com.
In groups we rehearsed and performed a section of the Greek myth Pandora's Box. The performances were funny, detailed and told the story accurately.