What a jam-packed term this has been. We have had many fun moments such as ‘Pyjamas for Palmer’ day, ‘mad hair’ day, KS2 inter-house sports afternoon, Mother’s Day Celebrations and the traditional Easter egg hunt whilst discovering all about the meaning of Easter through the Prayer Stations in St John’s Church and our Easter Service.
STEM week was a fabulous experience. It began with an enthralling and explosive assembly by John Gordon-Reid. We then had the opportunity to take part in a series of interesting experiments with John which tested our current knowledge and made us think ‘outside the box’! During the week, we all wrote persuasive pitch letters to recommend the production of our own invention. We are hoping for a positive reply.
The Discovery Zone was an array of amazing science led by Year 6 who set up the experiments and explained the science behind them very well. Thank you, Year 6. The Student Teachers brought a mental maths workshop to year 5 where we all took part in 3 or 4 challenging maths games. We all examined and printed our own fingerprints; took part in extra science lessons and were very lucky to be take part in science lesson with Mrs Casewell looking at acids and alkalis. Thank you Mrs Casewell for our superb lesson and a super science week.
We finished our work on the Viewer by Shaun Tan and Gary Crew with a in-depth discussion of the meaning of the book and what had happened to Tristan (the main character). The book raised as many questions as it answered but has given us the basis for some wonderful creative writing.
In maths we have continued looking at fractions and decimals so we will be working towards percentages.
On Friday 24th March, St John’s was privileged to be invited to the first National Trust’s Children’s Book Festival at Knole House. We set off, with very little knowledge of the author’s we were going to meet but we were delighted with our afternoon spent at Knole House. We were given the opportunity to draw alongside Tony De Saulles, the illustrator of the Horrible Science Books. He often disguised what he was getting us to draw until the last brush stroke when a bug or a plate of fish, chips and peas would emerge on the page! Next, we met M. G. Leonard who has written Beetle Boy and kept us all enraptured with her knowledge of beetles. Ask any Year 5 which was their favourite beetle that she discussed and why!
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Have a very happy Easter and see you all in term 5.