World Book Day

Last Thursday we celebrated world book day by all dressing up as Wally. To commentate the day we undertook a Kahoot quiz about different books with several questions on Shakespeare. We also started our new class novel ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ which is already going down a storm.

Distilling in 5RA

This half term we have been focusing in on our reflectiveness and in Year 5 we have been looking at the skill of distilling. Distilling is the ability to pick out key pieces of information for example in a reading text the key words that help us answer a given question. We used the skill of distilling in a Maths lesson when we were given worded problems. We crossed out any unnecessary words and we were then left with the essential pieces of information.

We started by highlighting the key information and deleting the unnecessary pieces of information.
We then used the information above and some previous learning about capacity to answer the question as a class.

Visit from John Hussey

Today we were extremely lucky to have a visit from John Hussey, the great nephew of Len Hussey. Len Hussey was the expedition meteorologist aboard Shackleton’s Endurance. John provided us with lots of new knowledge about his great uncle and also the expedition itself. For example, we found out Len was an excellent banjo player and this was one of the reasons Shackleton selected him for the voyage.

Trip to Moor Allerton library

We were incredibly lucky to visit Moor Allerton library were we learnt about the great Sir Ernest Shackleton who explored Antarctica on his Endurance voyage. We also were given the opportunity to take out books of our choosing to supplement our existing class library.

Sharing our learning

Today in 5RA we were incredibly lucky to be joined by 3LT who came to celebrate our learning. Firstly, we showed them our rap and dance that were both based on Icarus and Daedalus telling the story through a new artistic medium. It was so lovely to hear all the comments the Year 3 children made with one saying it was even better than our Macbeth performance.

After our performance we split into houses with Wentworth and Sunningdale going to the art studio to discuss our creation in the art studio. It was a real pleasure to see both sets of children fully engaged in artistic discussion. In the other group, the Year 5 children shared their Greek myths while the Year 3 children read their Murder mystery tales. Again it was lovely to hear the positive praise from both sets of children.

Thank you Year 3! You were a brilliant audience we hoped you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Second week in the art studio

This week the children have worked extremely hard in all aspects contributing to their celebration. Firstly, we used different dramatic techniques to help bring our writing alive. My group to understand the fear of Theseus in the darkness of the labyrinth were asked to feel around in some mystery boxes that were filled with fish and jelly something Farrah clearly enjoyed.

We undertook some complex art activities and produced some incredible work. Firstly, we used a variety of mediums to create a piece that incorporated collage, oil pastels and chalk. We then used guttering and paint to create some stained glass windows around the theme of feathers linking it to the story of Icarus and Daedalus.

We also continued our dance performance which involves a series of complex dance sequences filled with lifts and synchronised movements. Tomorrow is our art celebration which starts at 1:30pm but you are welcome to come to the cafe at 1:10pm for tea and coffee beforehand.

First week in the art studio

Over the last week, we have been working in the art studio with Mrs Johnston. We have focused on our Ancient Greece topic with a particular focus on myths. In our writing we have started to write our own myth based around the stories we have already heard. We learnt that great writers work using this process of imitation something which can be seen quite explicitly in our class novel ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars.’ We have used drama to enhance our writing building different settings such as a tower, a labyrinth and a cave.

In our artwork we created washes using watercolours and use a variety of art mediums such as oil pastel, chalk and felt tip to help create the seascape and horizon for an Icarus and Daedalus inspired piece of art.

We have also be working on a dance with Mrs Lynch that is also inspired by the story Icarus and Daedalus. The progression of this dance has been something to behold starting off as a simple idea it has become more and more complex.

Our art celebration will take place next Friday. It would be lovely if you could join your child to celebrate their ‘Greek myth’ learning journey from the past fortnight on Friday 13th December at 13:30. Refreshments will be available from from 13:10 in the school cafe.

Collaboration task

Today in 5RA we looked at our new learning behaviour of imitation which falls under the relationship bracket. We were tasked with building a structure using only dowel, newspaper and masking tape. The structure needed to support an orange and had to be 40cm. Before we began we discussed the rules of collaboration particularly making sure we respect each others opinions and the strategies to overcome disagreements. I’m proud to say three out of the five groups were successful in their mission.