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.
Joy of Reading 2018
Today we went to the University of Hertfordshire to listen to author and poet A F Harrold. He was great entertainment and read us his poems including a very funny one about cornflakes. Never again will Year 5 think of them in the same way!
Learning about negative numbers in Mathematics
Using games is a great way to learn maths. Year 5 enjoyed trying get their counter to the end of a number line first.
What beautiful weather we had for our Royal Wedding celebrations. We played traditional circle games, led by Year 6 children, followed by cake, squash and ice lollies, kindly supplied by the PSA. We also sang the National Anthem and listened to traditional British songs.
We had a fantastic time with the Team GB athletes this week, we tried sprinting relays with Deji and Jack. We got a question and answer session with them afterwards, and we were fascinated by their journey to becoming professional athletes.
Thank you to everyone who came to our live learning afternoon! We had lots of families coming in to see us and we had a fantastic learning experience.
We made mind maps about the Manchester Ridge Backed Dragon and learned about the differences between open and closed questions. Which ones did you think were more effective? Following this, we acted out a role play for a television interview with a presenter, dragon expert and director.
Here are some photos for those unable to attend, and some some from us continuing the lesson the next day (with the props!).
The Chocolate Game
In addition to our farm to fork week, we also played "the chocolate game". We worked in teams as a part of the cocoa bean supply chain. We discovered that in a non- fair trade system, some people got a lot more money than others, when they weren't necessarily the ones that had worked the hardest or were the most deserving. We grew, bartered and bargained our way to the end to see how a fair trade system can work for everyone,no matter what the climate, supply or demand is like.
Farm to Fork Week
Class 5:2 loved seeing the farm animals in the playground, the farmers were very informative and we were even allowed to stroke and feel the animals, an exciting opportunity for everyone! We have shared some fantastic work outcomes about which processes need to happen for food to get from the farm to being ready to eat from our plate. We took part in a variety of activities in the carousel around school. The one in our class was art inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
We celebrated Chinese New Year in style! We made 4 Chinese dragons and the best one was chosen to be in the parade. We watched videos of traditional Chinese dragon parades to model the way we needed to dance and move our bodies to make the dragon move.
This week two beautiful reindeer came to Howe Dell Primary School. It was great to see them and to ask the expert lots of questions. We were also lucky enough to go Christmas shopping and to choose beautiful presents for our friends and family. Today we made our Christmas hats for our Christmas lunch tomorrow. What an exciting time of year!
Today year 5 went to the University of Hertfordshire to meet the author Elizabeth Laird. It was very interesting to hear about the inspiration for her stories.