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This week has been a very exciting week for Year 5. We have been to King James to experience life in secondary school, and we have had a taster of some exciting lessons.
We kicked off the week by learning about possibility in math where we worked out the likelihood of something happening. After that, we had really interesting science lessons. In 5T, we had to solve a murder using the knowledge that we had acquired; 5A solved who had killed Dumbledore by testing different chemicals in over the Bunsen burner to see what colour the flame went.
In art, we were able to be very creative and used the wacky imagination of Jon Burgerman to inspire our art. We created our own characters and instagrammed them to get a like from the artist himself before showing the skills that we had learned in basketball earlier in the year.
Our favourite music teacher (Mr Smith from King James) taught us how to play the keyboard, which no other schools got to do, instead of the guitar as we have already done that at school with him. In Reporting from the front line, we had to write letters home from the trenches. Before we did that we learned about how disgusting the conditions were - especially the trench foot and dead bodies.
In religious studies, we did not learn about god or learn anything religious. We had to discuss who we would leave on an island if we had to save everybody else out of a group of people. Many people said the professional footballer because he had had a good life, which many of the boys who like football argued strongly against as he brought joy to people's lives.
At The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, we were able to make and eat their own pizzas before making a fruit kebab, which we enjoyed outside in the sun. On the final day, the lesson that stood out for everyone was drama. We got to play some warm-up games and then learned a dance with the 6th Form children from King James.
The children from Crook had a fantastic week and they were impeccably behaved.
On Wednesday, we kicked off our Explorer Kids topic by visiting Hamsterley Forest. We had a carousel of activities on the morning including coordinate sink my battleships, find the treasure, symbol bingo and nature compass building.
After this activity, we attempted to put into practice the skills we learned to follow an orienteering route through the forest. Unfortunately, Mr Askew took us to the start of a different route, so our children had to navigate us to the start of the correct route. Luckily, we had some very good navigators.
Once we had completed the route, the children were rewarded with lunch, and then had free time to explore the park!
Everyone had a great day, and the children were impeccably behaved.
This week, the children have used their designs to make their Maya inspire fajitas. The children cut the vegetables and meat and cooked it themselves. They learned about food safety and washing their hands when cooking. It was an enjoyable afternoon and apologies if some children did not eat their tea that evening.
We have kicked off our summer term by looking at sources from the Ancient Maya. The children had to discuss what the objects were, their purpose and who might have used them. They then had to discuss which type of evidence that they thought was the most important for learning about the Maya.
Keep an eye out for the letters that we have sent out on Friday 3rd, May as these have all the important dates and information for this term. Please contact us if this has not made it home and we will be able to provide you with another copy.
Over this last week, the children have had some fun and exciting new experiences. Last Friday, 5A were part of a multi-school performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The children had been working really hard for weeks with Miss Gentles on the performance and this showed. They loved the experience and were a credit to the school and Miss Gentles.
This half-term, we have been looking at 'Super Scientists'. The focus this week was on forensic scientists and the role that science plays in capturing criminals. The children had the opportunity to discover the different types of testing that they use, and suggested ways that this would help to identify a criminal.
On Thursday, we started our D.T project. We designed our products, which were pouches or bags that would use applique in the making. With the help of parent helpers, the children were able to practice different types of stitch that they can use in the making of their products next week. Keep an eye out on her for our final products!
On Monday, Year 5 visited St Catherine's Church, Crook to experience the Easter Journey. The children visited 8 scenes from the story in order to experience Holy week and Easter. Each scene was interactive and included drama, animated film, crafts and storytelling. The children really enjoyed the experience and learned much more about the importance of Easter to Christians.
Today we had Red Nose Day, where the children brightened up the school by wearing red. To finish off the celebrations, we had a whole school conga line making its way around the halls of the school.
Well done to those children who entered the Science Fayre. Steven, Isobel and Ava from 5A, and Ava and Ruby representing 5T.
A reminder that on Monday, children can come to school dressed as mad scientists for our Science Day. Donations of £1 will go towards funding the Science Boffins that are coming in to work with each class during the day.