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    Summer Term - June

    Finally, Summer Term!  You can always count on good weather in May!  You can also count on the British Museum for a fantastic school trip.  We saw mummies, ancient artefacts, sarcophagi and attended a brilliant Egyptian workshop given by an expert in the field. 

    With May behind us, June looks to be more like the month of March – filled with lots to see and do.  There’s plenty to come musically with a reed workshop, jazz concert and music evening celebrating the children’s talents.  There will also be the traditional annual Sports Day and the Sunday Fun Day.  We hope to see you there!

    I think by then; the children will be ready for the summer holiday.  😊

    Spring Term - April

    Well, what a busy time 5Y has had this year!

    The children worked well in all subjects in January and February, but they looked ahead to the exciting month of March!

    March 

    It started with the launch of Book Week.  They explored “Where’s Wally”, had a day of no writing (hurrah!), exhibited great teamwork and thinking skills at a workshop and got to dress up to boot! 

    However, probably the children’s favourite day in the Spring Term was the Snow Day!  For those who managed to make it in to school on Thursday, there will long be a memory of the cheer that went up when the Snow Day was announced for Friday!

    It was then back to reality (sort of) as we had our Class Assembly on Crime and Punishment.  Who knew 5Y had magical powers of time travel!  Everyone had a part and they showed the school and parents everything over the centuries from stocks, transportation, gaols, judges and highwaymen.

    But it wasn’t long before the drumbeat called them to a very special assembly – African Drumming of course!  The children were brilliant!  They improvised solos, used different drums and gave a fabulous rendition of “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” 

    This was a great lead-in to our trip to the Tower of London.  We could not have asked for better weather on a bright March day.  The class showed great patience as it was very heavy traffic; but all worthwhile once we arrived.  The visit fitted very well with our Crime and Punishment topic in History.  They were excellent answering all the questions that our guide asked much to his amazement.  The class saw Traitor’s Gate (very cool) and all sorts of terrible torture instruments (yikes).

    With all the exciting events happening, we did take time to think about the mission, memories and sacrifices of Jesus.  The culmination of these topics was a lovely celebration of the children’s liturgy for Easter.  We are very grateful for the love of Jesus.

     

    Autumn Term - December

    The rest of Autumn Term seemed to fly by for 5Y.

    There was lots of work completed in all subjects:  myths written; recounts told; word problems solved; forces investigated with paper helicopters; timelines completed, and Hope prayed for in RE. 

    The children had a super trip to the Science Museum where they were able to explore the museum, gasp at the enormous models of rockets and modules that visited outer space.  They loved the IMAX film about the space station but most of all, thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on workshop at the end of the day.

    The children were also fortunate to visit William Perkins this term where they were entertained and amazed by the orchestra.  Although the children found the trip was a long walk, they were well rewarded and very happy to have had the opportunity to hear such talent!

    The term ended with two events:  a lovely African Drumming concert that saw a few children overcome their nerves and put on a loud and upbeat performance followed by the Carol Concert which saw the children act out the nativity and sing like angels. 

    Well done to all!

     

     

    Welcome to 5Y!

    Autumn Term

    September is off to an excellent start!  We have had 100% attendance, smart school uniforms and eager to learn children this week.  I look forward to this positive trend continuing.

    We have interesting and exciting topics to learn about this half term including:  stories from other cultures in English; the solar system in science; place value and fractions in maths and, African drumming lessons begin.

    Well done to all the children in 5Y for their wonderful start.  Let's keep it up! 

    OCTOBER

    I am proud to announce that 5Y has a winner in its midst!  The school held a competition to create a PSHE poster with the best one becoming the front cover for each class’s PSHE book.  Many congratulations to the winner, Allan!

    Congratulations also to those in 5Y who took part in the recent triathlon.  Carmel, Natalia, Maks, Maurycy, Josh, Alex, Hubert and Patrycja returned to school proud of their achievements and flying high from an exciting day out!

     5Y continues to delight me with their excellent attendance.  The class has won the top awards twice so far this year.  😊

    Thinking of this good news leads me to the children’s work in RE where they have been focusing on the topic “Ourselves”.  The children wrote lovely pieces about the unique qualities God has given them and how they share these qualities with the world as God intended.  I am looking forward to the same attitude for our new topic of “Belonging”.

     We also recently completed our first topic in maths about place value, with a lesson playing maths’ games using the skills learned.  The children had lots of fun and so did I.  We have moved on to the topic of fractions which can be quite tricky, but the children have accepted the challenge and continue to work well.

     In English the children have impressed me with their written work.  Their stories from other cultures were most entertaining to read.  5Y’s new topic of traditional tales has sparked their interest, with the children discovering all about fables - they are eager to try writing one themselves. 

     Our topics in science, history and geography have also captured 5Y’s imagination.  In “Earth and Beyond” the children have learned about day and night and how seasons happen.  They wrote some lovely poems about space which have been used with their artwork to create a display and a class book.  The children were astounded to discover just how enormous the universe is and were completely captivated by a video about space.  Back on Earth, the children were awe struck by amazing pictures and information about Hampton Court Palace.  Try asking them how many people were fed each day when Henry VIII was in residence – the number is quite astonishing!

     Finally, every Thursday afternoon the hut resounds and shakes to the beat of 5Y’s African drumming!  The children love their lessons, work hard to follow their wonderfully talented instructor (not me!) and learn their    lines.  Each lesson there is something new to learn and a game to play.  The children should be proud of their skills and just might enjoy demonstrating to you what they have learned.

     A very well done to 5Y!  More of the same, please.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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