Here's some of the things we have been learning about this half term:
We celebrated Children's Mental Health Week by having a 'Dress to Express' day. We talked about what stress is and things that we can do to help ourselves to relax when things feel too much. We spent the afternoon trying things out- these will be important as we grow older.
Leanne from Severn Trent visited Year 5 and 6 and gave us a brilliant assembly about the history of water, how our water is cleaned and what we can do to reduce the amount of water we waste. We (teachers included) learnt lots of new facts. Check out Severn Trent's website for free products that will help you to save water.
Year 5 and 6 were treated to a special assembly that was written and performed by a group of Year 5 children. The children worked with Mrs Gallimore to put together their own PowerPoint which explained the damage plastics are doing to our oceans and what we can do to help. We left the hall very empowered and raring to go to do our bit to help the planet!
We enjoyed an author workshop with Sam Copeland, the author of Greta and the Ghost Hunters and Charlie Turns into a Chicken. We learnt lots of disgusting facts about animals and what it takes to be an author. Thanks Sam, we have ordered Greta and the Ghost Hunters as our next class read.
Our topic this term is all about the Amazon. We started the topic by labelling a map of the world with places/features that we know as well as the Equator, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Arctic Circle and Antarctic Circle. We looked at maps and found and labelled the major rivers of the UK and the world. We have been learning all about how rivers are formed and their features. We enjoyed creating posters or PowerPoints about the Amazon River.
We love our Monday morning gymnastics sessions with Rosie. This term, we have been thinking about counter balance and counter tension and putting these together into sequences. We have also used techniques like mirroring and matching.
Isobel has been teaching us dance and how to use features to make our choreography more interesting. We used lots of the techniques that we have also be practicing in gymnastics: mirroring, matching and counter balance. We have also learnt about moving in cannon and unison. Isobel taught us a dance based on the rainforest and we worked in groups to make our own adaptations.
We thought about what comes to mind when we hear the term 'scientist'. We recorded our ideas about what a scientist looks like, what jobs they do, what equipment they use and any special skills or personality traits that they may have.
We then discussed the stereotypical scientist, and were pleased to see that we had a range of different looking scientists, both male and female. We enjoyed a story called 'Not all scientists wear lab coats' and then looked at a range of different scientific jobs, from paleontologists to parasitologists to computer scientists. We considered what type of scientist we would choose to be if we were to become a scientist.