Congratulations to our stars this week. Llongyfatchiadau.
Year 5 got the opportunity to talk to author Caroline Lawrence from her London home via Skype today. We finished her book “Escape from Rome” before Christmas and got the chance to tell her our favourite parts of the book as well as any questions we had about the characters that remained unanswered. They are now excited to read the sequel “Archers of Isca” which they were given when Caroline visited last year. A huge thank you to Caroline for taking the time to speak you us!
After refreshing their time knowledge this morning, Year 5 were tasked with applying their skills by sorting out 24 different passages of time into ascending order. Examples were a fortnight, time taken to run a bath, time taken to read a book, a million seconds amongst many more. The children worked in 3s and there was some great discussions taking place especially over things like time taken to walk to school, as this was different for each child. We will be continuing our coverage of time throughout the rest of the week.
We have completed our Design and Technology project for this term in Year 5. We have made catapults similar to the ones the Romans would have used to conquer the Celts. Under supervison, the children used glue guns to create their wooden creations. A big thank you to Mr. Smith who created the project for us.
What a wonderful afternoon in Year 5. We listened to our favourite songs, performed our favourite dances and played a variety of games including musical chairs, musical statutes, pin the tail on the reindeer and many more! The children also had great news to finish the day, we found out we are currently sitting top of the UK leaderboard in the National Sumdog Competition with just 2 days to go! Hopefully we can stay there.
Year 5 were very lucky to have a Skype Call with the National Museum of Scotland today. We were able to see lots of their Roman artefacts and ask questions to the experts at the museum. It was a great way to finish off our Roman and Celt topic. On to Africa in the New Year…
Year 5 pretended to be YouTube stars today. After drafting and improving their instruction writing, they got to put their new skills to the test by making a YouTube style instructional video of their choice! From playing tennis, to washing hands, they covered a lot. They will now edit the video over the coming days and it will be available to see on their J2E accounts next week!
This morning, Year 2 and Year 5 pupils enjoyed a live web chat with Mr. Stonham’s cousin Darren. Darren lives in Iceland and he told us all about their various Christmas traditions. The children listened attentively, and asked lots of thoughtful questions. They enjoyed learning about the thirteen trolls who leave treats for children, the difference in daylight hours and about the unusual food eaten by people out there (including reindeer!). A big Diolch yn Fawr to Mr. Stonham for organising this morning’s web chat.
This week the Safety Soldiers pupil voice group worked on gathering ideas for improving road safety outside our school. The children discussed the issues and how unsafe parking affects different people. They came up with some fantastic ways to improve road safety, and will be working on them in the coming weeks.
Year 5 enjoyed their weekly music lesson, provided by the music service. They are learning all about the various notes and their length as well as timing and rest during a piece of music. There could definitely be some future Britain’s Got Talent Contestants among us!