On Monday, the PTA treated Year 5 to a trip to The Safety Centre in Milton Keynes. It was an amazing morning of practical and useful learning which allowed the children to consider how they could avoid or solve many commonplace and daily dangers. The set-up was incredible and the children were led through a town exploring different situations in a very real and practical way. Children had to consider the stopping distance of vehicles, water safety, road safety and car seat safety. They also entered a house and worked out how to manage different hazards that could arise as well as learning how to cope with an unconscious person. What was the most useful thing you learnt? Year 5 would like to say a massive thank you to the PTA.
On Friday, Years 3, 4 and 5 were treated to a day of Spanish. They took part in five different activities including some Spanish food tasting, salsa dancing, Spanish storytelling, Spanish art and translation. The children participated fully in all learning stepping outside their comfort zones to try new things. It was fantastic to see them learning together in mixed year groups. The children shared some great reflections on their learning.
The Spanish story telling was amazing. It’s not every day you get to learn a traditional tale in Spanish.
Days like this help us learn about cultures we would maybe never visit.
I am surprised in a good way. At first I thought I couldn’t do it but I did.
I feel really proud that we learnt something new and challenging like the salsa.
Year 5 are taking part in the ‘Move and Learn’ programme run by Watford Football Club. Each week they explore different aspects of healthy bodies, diets and activities before taking part in a different sport. They will practise football, handball and dodgeball. This week, they looked at the effects of exercise on the body and how we change when we are exercising. They learnt to take their pulse and monitor how this changes through exercise.
This morning, Year 6 were treated to an exciting morning of Spanish at the Reach Free school. The Year 7 children at the school led four different activities for our children to experience. Year 6 were engaged and focussed on all the different activities and showed tremendous risk taking by having a go at the new and unfamiliar vocabulary. The children commented, “I learnt that Spanish is hard but fun so this was a great chance to learn.” and “I loved today. I never thought I would enjoy Spanish but I love it. I am glad I got the opportunity.” What did you enjoy? What did you learn?
Year 5 started a new Literacy topic this morning: they are going to write their own funny version of a well known traditional tale. We started by using clues to discuss what we knew about traditional tales. We were looking for similarities and found that many traditional tales had things in common. This meant that it took a while to work out exactly which story the clues were about. We are also going to learn one story by heart. Can you work out what story it is using the story map?
Yesterday, children from Year 8 in The Reach Free School ran an athletics event for the Year 5 children. Year 5 demonstrated fantastic listening skills and pushed themselves in each activity to achieve their best.
In Sports’ Week, Year 5 will be running a multi-skills event for Year 2 from Maple Cross and other local schools. Last week, they designed their own games. They had to come up with an idea, try it out, make any necessary changes before recording the instructions to make sure they got their point across concisely. Most teams collaborated well listening to others and adapting their ideas. The winning team (who designed a quality game but also worked well together) will have their game added to the multi-skills event!
This term, Year 5 have been investigating parachutes. After having a go using whatever materials they wanted, Year 5 generated their own questions and set up their own experiments. Most children chose to investigate the different canopy shapes. They were fantastic at learning to use a protractor and accurately drawing and measuring the shapes to make the canopies. We even had a few heptagons! We tested the shapes this afternoon. Which shape made the best parachute? How do you know?
Year 5 have been exploring how they look. They particularly enjoyed muddling up each other’s faces and trying to work out which part belonged to which person. It was amazing how challenging it became to recognise the people we see every day.
A few weeks ago, Year 5 attended a tag rugby festival at St Clement Dane’s School. Every child in Year 5 demonstrated outstanding resilience pushing themselves in every game to achieve their very best. At the end of each game, they reflected carefully and tried to improve for their next performance. I was so proud of their attitude and performance!