Parachutes

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?

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Tag Rugby Festival

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!

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Alien Vote

Year 5 invented their own aliens designing them to perfectly suit a particular planet. They then wrote about their first encounter with their alien.  They should be so proud of the writing they have produced. They have used beautiful language and worked hard to include the cohesive elements we have focussed on.

To finish off their piece of alien writing, Year 5 voted on their favourite alien and piece of writing. The winning alien will feature in our next piece of writing.

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The Reach Free Storytellers

On Friday, Year 3 and Year 4 were lucky enough to have some story-telling visitors from Year 8 in The Reach Free School. The Year 8 children had written and illustrated their own stories and came to share them with the children in our school. It was wonderful to see how engaged all of the children were. Year 3 and Year 4 loved the experience.

“It has inspired us to use our imagination more.”

“I spotted that they were “showing” not “telling” in their stories.”

“They were so active. They did more than just read the book. They were so enthusiastic.”

“It was fun to talk to new people who we don’t learn with all the time.”

“I loved how descriptive they were. Their language was quite powerful.”

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Space Questions

Today, Year 5 explored their new topic. They looked at the resources and began to ask questions. What would happen if there was no moon? What would happen if a planet disappeared? How do astronauts sleep? Who is Neil Armstrong? Why is there no gravity in space?

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We can’t wait to investigate these questions now.

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