Move and Learn

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.

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Traditional Tales

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?

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Game Design

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!

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Televisions . . . . . do they damage our brains?

Today in assembly Key Stage 2 were presented with an emotion graph from Ms Thanki. They noticed how it only contained negative emotions. Ms Thanki shared some ideas about the graph . . .

“Its something I do most days”

“I do this after school but not before school”

“Sometimes I do it on my own and sometimes I do it with my family.”

“It something I enjoy but I notice how it is having a negative impact on my brain.”

 

Each class have been given an envelope with questions to discuss. What do you think?

  • Should children have televisions in their bedroom?
  • What is too much television?
  • How does television affect children’s brains?

 

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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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Meet an Expert

To conclude our STEM fortnight, on Friday, we were privileged to have Mr Dion-Fehily, a medical engineer, visit us at Maple Cross. He spent time inspiring our Year 5&6 learners of a career in engineering, time in years 1&2 creating lights at the top of a castle and Year 3 showcased their Viking longboats.  A great morning of engineering!

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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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