Year 5 Trip
Last week we had our trip to Butser Ancient Farm and a picnic at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. The children were given a welcome talk at Butser inside a round-house with an open fire. This provided the children with an understanding of life in the Anglo-Saxon times and gave them the opportunity to ask their own questions. We then went off in our groups to complete 2 different activities. The first involved colouring a piece of chalk with a leaf and carving a Viking Rune into it. The second was a hands-on activity of clunching and daubing. The children had to hammer lumps of chalk into smaller pieces, before using this to create a mixture of mud, chalk and water. They enjoyed getting their hands messy to smear this thick substance onto a wall- although some less so than others.
A big well done and thank you to those children who were well behaved and represented our school with pride.
This half term we are learning to play tennis focusing on our serving and rallying skills. The children have shown great teamwork and their skills are progressing well.
In science we are learning about the life cycles of animals and how these vary depending on the grouping of the animal. The children have looked at these individually and in comparison to one another. This week we discussed the 6 different stages of a human life cycle. This will feed into our PSHE lessons in the coming weeks where we will discuss the changes our bodies experience during puberty.
Our current English unit has immersed the children in Norse Myths. We have unpicked the main features, looked at the personalities of some Gods and Goddess who feature in these, as well as describing the settings of the different lands: Asgard, Midgard and Jotunheim. From this, the children have planned and written their own myth. They have worked super hard on applying the writing skills they have learnt across the year to produce pieces which reflect their effort.
The Year 5 Team
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Bikeability week is fast approaching; here are the last pieces of information to be aware of.
Timetable for the Week
Due to the Henry Beaufort transition days and the Music Concert, we have re-structured the week and placed each child in a group (which they are aware of). The timetable of this is below which shows which days they will be cycling on. Please note that some children will have their provision over two days and some children’s will be over three days.
Bringing in Bikes
We have not got storage space for 90 bikes so we ideally need your child’s bike to come in and go home with them each day of their provision training. If this poses a problem, then a limited number of bikes may be stored in the year 6 shared area; however, it is the child’s responsibility to bring their bike in at the end of the school day.
Bikeability run their training over different time intervals. One of these sessions runs over the lunch period meaning that they may be back too late for hot lunches. If your child’s provision session does run over the middle session (11:00 – 1:00), then please could you provide a packed lunch for the days required. If this is a problem, please speak to your child’s class teacher or the office.
It is essential that your child is dressed appropriately for their provision in order to ride safely and comfortably. Shorts, leggings and some tracksuit bottoms would be suitable alongside trainers. These items should already be in the children’s PE kits so there is nothing additional which they need. The children can change into these at school or wear them for the whole day of their provision if they wish.
We hope that the week runs smoothly and the children learn some life-long skills.
Year 6 Team
On Wednesday we enjoyed our school trip to Old Portsmouth where we visited Portsmouth Cathedral. In the Cathedral we learnt about what makes it special. We looked at all the special objects like the Pulpit, Altar, Organ, Font, Lecturn and Golden Barque. We had many positive comments throughout our time in the Cathedral about how well behaved the children were and the wonderful questions they asked to extend their learning.
We dressed as Monks and had to be silent when we put up our hoods.
We learnt about the Ichthus Fish .
We looked at the Organ and saw the Ichthus Fish too.
We learnt about the Golden Barque.
We then walked down to the sea front and had our lunch. The children walked sensibly and made us proud. We all enjoyed our lunch in the sun and then a little drawing whilst watching the boats.
What a wonderful day we had! Thank you to all the parent helpers who were able to make this a successful trip. Thank you to the children for making us proud and showing others how amazing Year 2 behave. It was a pleasure to take you out of school.
Year 2 Team
The children have had a fantastic afternoon and all have made a super effort with their outfits. Thank you parents!
Here are some of the photos from the big day! Zoe and Cody were our bride and groom with Ashdon as the best man. Bridesmaids were Millie, Lara, Chloe, Freya and Sophie. Mother and Father of the groom Amelia and Charlie.Mother and Father of the bride Max and Florence.
Everyone else were guests at the wedding. We enjoyed a wedding breakfast of iced biscuits and squash.
Due to Sports Day next week we are having an extra PE session on Friday morning. Please send your children dressed in PE kit to school on Friday. They do not need any school uniform this day as in the afternoon they will change into their Special Clothes for the wedding! Please send your child’s special clothes in a named carrier bag.
If you are finding it tricky to find the correct plain colour t-shirt please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Thank you for being so flexible with these changes.
Can you believe it is the final half term of the academic year?! This year has flown by and we have a busy, but exciting, few weeks ahead! Here are some of the diary dates we have coming up:
Thursday 14th June- Year 5 trip to Butser Ancient Farm
Friday 15th June- Sports Day
Thursday 28th June Brighton Hill Taster Day
Shortly, we will begin learning the songs to our Year 5 and 6 production of Peter Pan. The children are very exciting about this and we cannot wait to start rehearsals.
In the last week of Summer 1 each class participated in a line dancing workshop with a dance instructor. The children engaged well and show great enjoyment.
It has been fantastic to see the positive impact our new behaviour policy is having and each time more children are receiving their full amount of reward time. We had 3 different themed classrooms the children could choose between which involved:
Challenge room- Building the tallest tower with marshmallows and spaghetti and the strongest tower with newspaper.
Games room- Lots of party games, singing and dancing!
Arts and crafts- Collaging, drawing and creating friendship bracelets.
Those children who lose some of their reward time spend time reflecting on their behaviour, the reasons why they haven’t achievement their full amount of time and what they could improve on. We would appreciate if you could support us by talking this through with your child.
Green Fingers Market
At the end of the half term, it was a joy to see the children sharing their learning with their parents, carers and family members during our Green Fingers Market. We were overwhelmed with your generosity when purchasing your children’s plants and we would like to send a huge thank you. We raised a fantastic £110.20!!! This money has been donated to Cancer Research which was decided by the children.
The Year 5 Team
We hope you have all had a wonderful half term with your children and you all enjoyed the sunshine when it arrived! The children thoroughly enjoyed making their gardening bags at the end of last half term and learning about plants. Our plants learning will continue this term with our new topic of ‘Nature Detectives’, which will see us grow some of our own plants. We are all looking forward to our trip to Hillier’s Gardens in a couple of weeks, where we will get to explore many different plants from those found in our school grounds.
In English this term, we will be writing our own stories based upon the story ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ and thinking about different places that might be at the top of the beanstalk. As part of our maths, we will be continuing to practise our counting and writing of numbers accurately and talking about how we know numbers are bigger or smaller than each other.
Reminder: Please can we ask for your child’s PE kit to be in school everyday, as sometimes we need to change the day we carry out PE. Also as sports day approaches, we like to have extra practises of some of the activities.
Thank you for your continued support,
Year 1 Team