On Thursday 5th December the choir sang at Tesco’s in Newton Abbot. It was a fantastic, but nervous experience singing to such a large amount of people. They all did extremely well spreading festive cheer whilst people were shopping. Members of the public commented on how amazing the choir sounded. A massive thank you also goes to parents, carers and friends who came to Tesco to support the choir in this event. May it be first of many!
This week, we had the privilege of being visited by Ellie Jackson, an author who writes passionately about the impact of plastic in our oceans. She shared with us the story of Duffy the sea-turtle, which had a powerful impact on the way we think about disposing of plastics (and everything else). It has inspired us in Year 5 to really think hard about how we could contribute to preventing plastics from having such a terrible impact on the Earth’s eco-systems. Watch this space…
Andrei Burton, a world-class trials-biker, visited our school today to provide our children with a heart-pumping performance. We watched as Andrei did things on his bike that defied gravity and left us all amazed by what he was doing. To top off his performance, he invited an unsuspecting Mr Hankin to the front. He got a real close-up view as Andrei jumped his bike over him several times! Check out this video…
While Andrei was performing, he talked about the importance of practicing and being resilient. His message to the children was keep doing what you love and eventually you will master it like he had.
Check out the photos below – don’t miss the special slow-motion video of Andrei jumping over Mr Hankin!
Thanks for coming Andrei!
Lexi and Aimee asked members of our class for their thoughts:
I liked the way Andrei Burton was so close to the children watching when he did all of his stunts. Nicola
I liked when he rode up the towers and jumped on one wheel. Ayesha
I liked it when he jumped across the ladder of death and when Mr Hankin nearly got run over. Ebonie
I enjoyed it when he did stunts. Charlie
I liked it when he nearly ran over Mr Hankin. Amelia
I liked it when he jumped on the ladder of death and nearly ran over Mr Hankin. Leo
I like the fact that he is very talented. Ruby
I held my breath all the way through, especially when he started jumping over Mr Hankin! Thank goodness that wasn’t me! Mr Worth
I learned that you don’t need to be good at something to have fun. Harvey-Jack
I learned that it is hard to do stunts on a bike. Brandon
We learned that anything is possible if you always try and try again. Lexi and Aimee
Today, Year 5 spent an unforgettable day at Wildwood Escot, where we got to experience Anglo-Saxon life in their Anglo-Saxon village, Edcot. What a day we had!
The first thing we did was get lost in the massive maze – Mr Worth was the last one to the middle! After that, we toured the different houses that would have been found in Britain from the Bronze-Age up to the Saxon Period whilst learning all about them. Shortly after, we were let loose to enjoy the activities on offer: dressing up in Anglo-Saxon clothes, wielding Anglo-Saxon weapons, blacksmithing, woodworking, wheat-grinding, cooking and playing Anglo-Saxon games like skittles. It was a great start to the day.
After lunch, we celebrated Mrs Louise’s birthday – she was so surprised! We then went off on a walk around the park to see the animals: wolves, lynx, birds of prey and wild-boar in ‘Jurassic Pork’. After that, we had a go at the dreaded drop-slide challenge. Well done to all that braved even climbing to the top, let alone those that went down “the quick way”.
We learned so much from our day out and really enjoyed it. Thanks to everyone who made it possible!
Today, Year 5 were lucky enough to use virtual reality to dive into an ancient Egyptian adventure from the comfort of a cool classroom!
The children spent some time exploring an ancient tomb that contained lots of treasures to collect and learn about.
After emerging back into this reality, they shared what they found and talked about what they would like to see in a future VR experience – I personally love the idea that some children suggested of becoming Beowulf and battling monsters like Grendel.
Over the past few weeks, Year 5 have been enjoying some really exciting swimming sessions – everyone has had something awesome to say about the three sessions that we have enjoyed so far! Check out what everyone has had to say below!
Skye: I enjoyed it when me and Lexi got to swim on our backs without floats.
Jamie D: Swimming with flippers because it was really easy and really fast
Kai: Putting on the flippers
Nunez: I enjoyed when we got to jump in the deep end.
Ayesha: I enjoyed all the encouragement from other people as they were all shouting my name and cheering me on.
Liam: I really enjoyed learning how to swim with the flippers. It was my first ever time and it was really fast.
Katie: I am looking forward to going into the deeper bit of the pool. Even if you can’t swim, it’s ok.
Mia: I enjoyed learning how to swim like an octopus.
Chloe-May: I really enjoyed swimming with other people in the pool and encouraging them.
Chloe: I enjoyed learning new skills that I didn’t know I could do.
Corey: Our group were doing it with one float and swimming with one arm.
Finley: I like being in the pool with my friends, using the floats and flippers and cheering on Ayesha.
Sophie: I enjoyed being in the deep end.
Ebonie: I enjoyed being with my friends and doing something that I love.
Brandon: I lost my flipper, so swam back and said, “I’ve got a problem…”
Ruby: I was the fastest swimmer in my group with the flippers!
Jack: I enjoyed rescuing Brandon’s flipper.
Amelia: I enjoyed watching Liam jump in because he belly-flopped.
Rio: I liked swimming really fast with the flippers.
Bethany: I enjoyed being able to go swimming with my friends and swimming without a float.
Charlie: My three favourite parts were using the float and the noodle, swimming on my back and play time.
Harvey: I enjoyed being in the deep end because I had to dive deep to rescue Ayesha’s flipper.
Nicola: I enjoyed learning how to swim with my friends and helping Aimee because she has never been swimming before.
Leo: I’ve enjoyed swimming with Jack and Corey.
Jamie M: I really enjoyed going really fast with the flippers on.
Year 5 have been fortunate enough to get involved in an exciting opportunity offered to us by Exeter City Football club.
We have been enjoying playing new games and learning new skills together – and what glorious weather to do that in!
It’s no secret that Year 5 love a bit of a sing-song, so at the end of term, I introduced them to an awesome rap about the planets. They got into it pretty quickly and enjoyed learning about the planets this way.
Rio and Charlie definitely deserve a big shout out for putting their all into their raps!
(I’ve been cutting some quick clips of children getting really into it. Watch this space!)
Today, Year 5 went through astronaut training, which was as close to the real deal as possible in a school!
Teams had to work together to demonstrate they had what was necessary to become an astronaut!
The children had to tackle a memory challenge that also tested their fitness!
Another challenge was the dreaded ‘Time and Space Challenge’ in which children had to get into an incredibly dark and cramped space. Whilst in there, they had to lace and tie a shoe, but they also had to come out when they thought exactly 2 minutes had passed. A truly tricky test!
Children also worked together to complete the ‘International Space Station Docking Challenge’. With one or more team-mates blindfolded, clear instructions had to be given otherwise there would be a disaster!
Putting on their astronaut gloves, children had to tackle tricky puzzles whilst wearing notoriously difficult-to-work-with astronaut (garden) gloves.
Finally, the children had to complete the “Team-Building Challenge” in which they had to build the highest tower possible using paper, paperclips and whiteboards – no verbal instructions could be given!
Everyone in Year 5 is working towards becoming an ‘Internet Legend’.
To achieve that, we all need to understand what it means to be sharp, alert, secure, kind and brave on the internet.
This week, we have been learning about being ‘Internet Kind‘. We have completed loads of activities that have got us thinking about how we can spread positivity online to block out negativity and make the internet a kind place to be. We also learned about the importance of reporting cyber-bullying every time we see it.