We had a fantastic time at Amwell Nature Reserve today! We learnt that this site used to be an old quarry but now it is a fantastic place for wildlife. We went into a large wooden 'hide' and used binoculars to look at all sorts of birds across the huge lake. We even tried to identify some using the charts on the wall. We saw cormorants, black-headed seagulls and coots to name a few. We also saw a family of Canada geese with their little chick!
Amwell Nature Reserve 19th June 2019
BMX Workshop with Mike Mullen
Mike Mullen (3 x UK Pro BMX halfpipe champion ) came to school today to run workshops for us.
In assembly he told us about how he first got involved in BMX, after he saw some on TV. As his skills improved his confidence grew (growth mindset). He showed us his skills, jumping over 6 members of staff on the playground! Then it was our turn to have a go! We were all challenged outside our comfort zone and it was great fun learning to do tricks on the bikes! We learnt to say...'I can' instead of 'I can't.
Cemex Groundworks Visit 5-6-19
Hear My Story - Themed Week May 2019
Sketching and watercolour painting at Kingfisher Island
Painting umbrellas; Inspired by 'Umbrellas' by Renoir.Using watercolours and oil pastels we learnt how to use shades and tints to show light.
Prison Me No Way.
Practising our French skills before visiting the Ooh La La French cafe!
Ooh La La - French Cafe
Maths- Using our knowldege of place value to multiply and divide by 10, 100, and 1000.
Today we started our board game project. We are having lots of fun this morning trying out various board games that involve maths skills.
BBC teamed up with Blue Planet Live and offered a chance for schools across the country to take part in a Live Learning Lesson. Presented by CBBC's Naomi Wilkinson, this interactive programme for 7-11 year olds looked at the importance of the Earth's rich marine life. Guided by expert wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly, we explored what constitutes a healthy ecosystem and discuss the threats to our oceans such as plastics and overfishing. We heard from Steve Backshall live from the Bahamas as he demonstrated what sharks can teach us about ecosystems, how human behavior can threaten shark life, and how the UK is connected with animals across the world. Linked to the Key Stage 2 science and geography curricula, the lesson celebrated schools across the UK that have positively benefited the environment at home and abroad. Years 3, 4 and 5 were fortunate enough to be able to take part in this experience and even had our schools name broadcast on air, written at the bottom of the screen – much to the cheers of our children as they spotted it. It was a fun and interactive opportunity for our children to take part in this interactive lesson and a lot was learned on how simple actions can have a big knock on effect to our world and ecosystems.
Live Learning 14th March 2019
During our Live Learning session today we were set the challenge of deciding where
to locate a new bridge in 'Cantilever City'. We had to consider all sorts of factors before
we could decide! For example:- Should we build it across the narrowest part of the river,
even though that would affect the nature reserve.Tricky! Lively discussions followed!
Thanks to all the adults who attended.
World Book Day and 30th Anniversary of the 'Elmer' books. 7th March 2019
We celebrated World Book Day alongside the 30th Anniversary of the Elmer books (David McKee). We dressed up in any colour we liked from Elmer! After a fun assembly, where we played games and did a book quiz, we wrote our own book reviews of 'Elmer and the Wind'. In the afternoon, we shared stories with year 2-2 in a 'story swap.'
Year 5-1 Class Christmas Party. We had a lot of fun dancing and playing games.We even played 'Pin the nose on Rudolph'
Christmas Shopping Day
The children were very excited to have a Christmas shopping experience, kindly organised by the PSA.
We hope you enjoy your gifts! Happy Christmas for Class 5-1!
This morning we tested a variety of different size parachutes by dropping them from the balcony above the dinner hall. We worked as a team dropping 3 parachutes a number of times and calculating the average speed of fall. We discovered larger parachutes fall slower because there is more air resistance and smaller parachutes fall faster because there is less. Here is one group testing a larger parachute.
Reaching for the Stars on the climbing wall 26-9-18
Factor Bugs VideoWe have been learning about factors in Maths (using factor bugs to help us). Here is the link to a video that explains factor bugs (this may support your home learning). Make sure you don't watch Youtube without a parent's permission/supervision.
Thank you so much for all the fantastic costumes today. We loved seeing what Year 5 would like to be when they grow up!
Themed Week: Reach for the Stars Sept 2018. We flew our home made kites on the field!
Creativity Week - making African inspired masks
The children in 5:1 are having a fantastic time this week. They have researched African carnival and then started making their own masks. They are working brilliantly as teams. So far they have added 3 layers of papier mache and painted the masks. Tomorrow they will add decorations - more photos to follow!
The children had a great time this morning working with the Little Inventors to design something which could prevent our food being wasted. They came up with some great ideas. We will wait to find out whether any of their designs will be made for real use!
As part of our Wild Wonder Day, the children had a great time taking photographs of patterns in nature. This will be a part of our Art topic linking with the Victorians. The children also learnt about plastic pollution and wrote some powerful speeches about how we can avoid polluting our planet with plastic.
Olympic Wonder Day
The children really enjoyed listening to the visiting athletes speak about their journeys during Assembly and then had a great time during their workshop learning some techniques for Long Jump.
The children really enjoyed their dance workshop yesterday provided by Perform. They learnt a routine based on Oliver Twist and thought about how to show character through the dance moves.
The children had great fun at the Skipping Workshop. It was a bit windy outside but they were able to learn and practise some new moves with a skipping rope!
Our topic this term is Earth, Sun and Moon. The children have learnt about the sizes of the Earth, Sun and Moon. They have also been learning about how day and night are caused. They measured the length of a shadow throughout the day and now they understand that the sun does not move but the Earth does! They are finding the topic really interesting and challenging!