Mrs Jones & Mrs Slusarczyk
Friday 19th July - theme for the next six weeks - Holidays!
I can't believe that we are saying goodbye for the year. It has flown by as it has been a very busy and full year. Take a look through the 'Taste of our Learning' to remind yourselves of just a fraction of what we got up to!
It has been a pleasure to teach this group and to watch them mature, blossom and grow in confidence. They are all ready to face the challenges and take advantage of all the opportunities in Year 6. We wish you the very best.
Thank you all for your thoughtful words, cards and gifts at the end of term. It is very kind of you. We would like to thank parents, and all the other adults, who have supported the children with their learning throughout the year.
Mrs S and I wish you all a very relaxing, joyful and hopefully sunny summer holiday.
Taste of our Learning
We have been learning about converting metric units (and taking advantage of our gorgeous outside space at the same time).
We learnt how to save lives and all got to practise CPR on plastic models. The organisers have emailed to say , “We wanted to write to you to say how much we enjoyed our day in school today with all your pupils - they were so engaged, asked brilliant questions and showed some amazing skills!” The link to some of the things they learnt is:
We had a fabulous time at the Living Rainforest. Despite the long journey to Basingstoke, all the pupils agreed it was thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile.
We have made the most of the dry weather and have played Kwik Cricket:
World Faith and Philosophy
We were so lucky to have Hamza come in to talk to us about his Islamic faith. The children enjoyed looking at his handmade prayer mats, prayer hat and headscarves. They also had some superb questions for Hamza.
Some of the students visited Perins School for a history masterclass. They had a fabulous time examining, interpreting and evaluating evidence.
Class Book Club
It is great when children are inspired by activities that we do in school. Four pupils have created their own Book Club and are reading 'The Boy at the Back of the Class'. They have written questions accompanying each chapter to get themselves thinking more deeply about the text. They have read the first chapter to the class so hopefully more children will be inspired to join in this mass reading event.
Well done to the whole class for their amazing review of their learning so far this year. The assembly was well attended by parents and grandparents who also came into the class to have a look at all the children's rainforest projects and English and Maths books.
Well done to the Year 5 team for coming second in the Perins' tri-golf tournament.
World faith and Philosophy
During our World Faith and Philosophy topic this week, we discussed our concept 'Wisdom'. The children derived their own definition of wisdom and we looked at sayings that convey everyday wisdom, proverbs from the Bible and analysed bible stories to help us to decide if the wisdom in the bible is still relevant today. The children thought about these ideas from their own point of view and from others', including Christians.
Weekly class discussion topic and School Council
Every Wednesday morning we have a question which we discuss as a class. Class teachers then report back the children's thoughts and ideas at their weekly staff meeting and the school makes changes accordingly. Last week, we asked the children to grade behaviour in our school. Behaviour around the school and its grounds is great and the children could not identify very many examples of poor behaviour. The children's suggestions about how to improve behaviour even further have been taken to a School Council meeting via the class representative.
However, the children did raise concerns about annoying and irritating behaviour and friendship issues. These issues, and how to manage them, are constantly addressed through our PSHE curriculum (including Relationships and Anti-Bullying) , Successful Learners focus and Rights Respecting Education. Through these programmes, we aim to help the children to improve their social skills, tolerate others and to ultimately be able to resolve conflict independently.
As part of our 'Relationships' topic, we discussed how embarrassed different situations would make us feel. The children then placed them on their 'blushometer'.
The children are now well on their way to completing their final versions of their bridges. They have been learning and developing technical skills- such as sawing wood to length, cutting angled joins and fixing them with nails.
Next, they will evaluate their designs and declare if they have kept within budget.
Art Open Classroom
The children worked really hard on their artists research projects. There was such a diverse range of art on show and they presented really well. Thank you to the adults who came to view the gallery during our Open Classroom. There are more artworks on view in an album in the Gallery section of the website.
Sadly, our course of swimming lessons has come to an end. The children have thoroughly enjoyed them and have made superb progress.
Year has been lucky to have Jade and Mitch visit from BAE Systems. They gave the children a real-life design brief for a device to lift a submarine so that essential maintenance work could be carried out. The pupils worked together in teams to create their designs, some of which were incredibly close to the designs that the BAE team came up with themselves. Well done!
Earlier in the week, the children had been applying their learning from their spaghetti and marshmallow bridge building to refine their designs, which they then constructed from straws. They used the Bridge Constructor app on the iPads to give them inspiration.
A fabulous time was had by all at the Petersfield Music Festival. The children were superb ambassadors for the school and sang beautifully. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came to support them.
Year 5 joined in with the whole school for a Maths Day. Year 5 planned a theme park with the aim of generating as much profit as possible. The used their mental maths, written methods and calculator skills to work out their entry price, profit and even used percentages to calculate tax.
Here is the winning team!
British Science Week
To celebrate British Science week, we invited Dr Cox to speak to us about what a doctor does, the place of medics in healthcare teams, the highlights and challenges of the career and the sort of qualities a person needs to be a successful doctor. The children had some really insightful questions and comments.
World Book Day
The children, again, demonstrated great teamwork, problem solving ad logic as they worked to solve the Mystery of the Golden Pen. There were some fantastic costumes on show too. The children have also written up official crime reports to summarise their findings.
The children showed excellent teamwork and great thought was put into their preliminary bridge designs. Following on from this, they will evaluate these structures and build on their strengths to create a refined design of a bridge, which they will construct using more substantial materials .
This week (and every other week from now), the children benefited from a great session with a tennis coach. they practised skills to develop hand-eye co-ordination.
Take One Picture week
This week, the whole school has been focussed on the painting 'The Castle at Muiden in Winter' by Beerstraaten. One of the activities involved the children creating music to accompany their suspense writing set within the castle.
Safer Internet Day
The children took part in role play activities to explore ideas around personal information, permission and consent, as part of our work on Safer Internet Day, this week.
The children had a great time learning new circus skills in their workshop to celebrate Chinese New Year. They needed balance, core strength, focus and perseverance to succeed. Well done all of you!
A specialist PE teacher from Perins School came into Langrish to deliver a special PE lesson for year 5. The children tried out a number of inclusive sports, including seated volleyball. We will be looking for opportunities to squeeze some of these sports into our busy PE curriculum time.
All the children enjoyed the two cultural days, as they completed a whistle stop tour of Europe. The children took part in a variety of activities, in mixed age groups, to help them learn about seven different European countries. Look out for more information and photos in The Nutshell.
We kicked off the year on Monday by making clay monkeys, inspired by the work of artist Frida Kahlo, as part of our South and Central American Art topic.
The Snowman book project
The children have worked so hard to publish their Snowman books. Once they were all completed, they shared their books with Year R, Year 1 and Year 2. Their stories were fantastic and the finished books looked superb.
Thank you so much to all the buskers who added to the festive atmosphere and raised money for FOLS.
The children had a fantastic time designing, making and decorating their gingerbread houses. There is an album of photos in the Gallery.
We are meditating for five minutes at the beginning of each afternoon in order to refocus for our learning. You could also try this at home, maybe just before bedtime. There are lots of short videos for meditation for children on You Tube.
Year 5 attended a pizza-making workshop at Pizza Express where they learned about food from around the world from the restaurant manager, who has worked at many top restaurants around the globe. He also talked about his experiences training to be a pastry chef for Gordon Ramsey, at Claridge's in London, and the commitment and hard work that it takes to make it in the restaurant business.
The children have been working scientifically during various practical sessions this half term. They have been investigating reactions, dissolving and whether lemonade is the same mass before and after it has gone flat.
The children were lucky enough to attend another workshop this week- this time 'Romeo and Juliet'. They used freeze frames to explore different aspects of the play.
Year 5 World War I Day
The children looked great in their costumes and thoroughly enjoyed learning about the The Great War. They have written some superb war poems, produced very effective silhouette art and took part in a drama workshop. The day ended with a minute silence and each class performed their section of the whole school production.
We enjoyed a fantastic time at Ditcham park's performance of 'Comedy of Errors' this week. The children really enjoyed it and were super ambassadors for Langrish.
Thank you so much to all the parents and grandparents who came to support the children at their class assembly about Diwali. The children planned and prepared it themselves in just three days! So a magnificent well done to them all. The class room was buzzing afterwards with conversations about the children's learning. This support is so important for the children's progress, so thank you once again.
Thank you much to Head of Drama, Susie Wey, for coming into school to run the workshop. The children were amazing; confident and resilient.
Well done to all the children on the presentation of their immigration projects. They were amazing; very informative, well researched and all so different!
We have been investigating the suitability of different materials for different jobs this week. For example, which materials would be most appropriate for a black-out blind, switch or insulating cup holder.
During our gymnastics lessons we have been learning about shapes and balances. Which shapes and balances have we practised? Which ones are shown here? Practise them each day to improve your core strength.
At the start of each new unit, we complete an 'Anchor Task'. These are concept based investigations which allow us to assess the children's understanding of the new concept. This week, we completed a task using the part-whole model to check understanding of addition and subtraction.
Have a look at our 'Immigration' topic learning wall. What can the children tell you about what they have learned so far. Can you find definitions for the keywords?
Year 5 joined Year 3 this week to investigate whether they could run faster than Usain Bolt. Do you think they can?
Our Class Charter
We have completed our class charter, which is up on display in the classroom. The children decided upon the articles from the UNICEF rights of the Child and then thought about how adults in school will ensure that all children access these rights. The charter formed a starting point for a discussion about what our learning environment should be like. Ultimately, this has resulted in our Class Rules.
Roles of responsibility
Well done to all those who put themselves forward as candidates this week. You all gave superb speeches. Many of the class have been chosen to be librarians and we also elected our School Council Rep, Arts Ambassador and Rights Respecting Reps.
Fire Service Visit
The children enjoyed the workshops with the Hampshire Service this week. They learnt about fire safety in the home and road safety too.