Last week, Year 4 enjoyed a trip to the Reach Free school. They learnt how to play handball out on the astro and how to perform a complicated mix of jumps, turns and landings on the trampoline. Year 4 were brilliant at having a go at these new skills even when they felt a little nervous.
Year 4 explored the various Stone Age cave paintings that have been discovered around the world. They used the styles of the different caves to create their own versions of the paintings. It was brilliant to see so many children taking risks in their learning by trying out new ideas, reflecting on what worked well and using this to create their final version.
Year 4 explored the power of their words this afternoon. They spoke kindly to one apple and used hurtful words to another. Although both apples looked the same, when we cut them open, one had been damaged and bruised by our words. How did it make you feel?
This week, Year 4 have been learning ten spellings that do not fit any rules that they have learnt so far. We have been discussing different ways to remember the tricky spellings. We practised the spellings by writing on each other’s backs and guessing the words. What tricks can you remember?
This afternoon, Year 4 hunted for clues about their topic by exploring artefacts and images. They raised some really interesting questions and were able to give good reasons for their opinions. Between them, they correctly guessed that our new topic is The Stone Age. What would you like to find out?
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their sleepover – so much so that there was only 3 hours between the last one falling asleep and the first one waking up! They played games, set up and decorated their tents before cooking and eating their dinner.
Year 5 had a fabulous week out sailing filled with sunshine, singing and learning. The children all demonstrated that they could capsize and right their boats as well as sailing around a course (even when there was hardly any wind!) They worked hard to support each other helping to rig and de-rig each other’s boats. The children demonstrated a great understanding of the positions of the boats and sails required to best use the wind.
Year 5 had a brilliant day out on the lake. They learnt about appropriate clothing before finding out how to rig and de-rig their boats. They were then challenged to remember all this by paddling out around a buoy returning each time to add an extra piece of equipment to rig their boat. It was amazing to see the progress they made in such a short space of time. All the children persevered, even when they found it really challenging, until all the boats were successfully ready for sailing. Luckily, the wind picked up a bit and Year 5 spent the afternoon sailing, exploring how to steer and getting quite wet. What was the most important thing you learnt, Year 5?
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.