Play play play!
Today year 5 reached the fun part of their ‘play champions’ training. They had the opportunity to be imaginative, creative and use their play skills to utilise all of the equipment that has arrived in our new play shed. After learning all about the UNCRC Childs right to play, year 5 will now carry forward their training to ensure exciting and creative play times for the rest of KS2.
What an exciting immersion day into our new topic! Children responded to an advert for market research to support a new Welsh chocolate enterprise by being chocolate tasters for the day.
Working in mixed year groups, children tasted a variety of different chocolates against a range of criteria and scored each out of 10. They then used their Numeracy skills to work out the mean average for each criteria.
Year 5 then spent the afternoon planning where to take our topic next, coming up with lots of key questions such as; how is chocolate made?
We look forward to exploring and learning all different aspects of chocolate through all areas of the curriculum.
The Great Orme Copper Mine and Country Park
What a fantastic day had by year 5 and 6 at the Great Orme! The trip began with an exciting ride on the Edwardian Tram to the summit of the Great Orme, where we were met by our lovely guide Leslie. We learnt so much about the geography, animals and habitats on the Orme and soaked up the breath taking views of Anglesey, Snowdonia and the Conwy and Flintshire coastlines. We then had the chance to hunt for fossils on the Orme, we were lucky enough to find so many ancient fossilised plants and shells!
After our picnic lunch, we headed into the Bronze Age Copper mine led by our archaeologist guide. The children were fascinated about how the Bronze Age people dug out such an impressive, deep mine using basic tools found on the beaches. We learnt about how the Malachite was smelted down to create Copper and that Copper produced on the Great Orme has been found across Europe!
The children were outstanding during the whole trip, their behaviour and manners were noted by staff and the public. They really were a credit to our school. Da iawn blwyddyn pump, enjoy the pictures!
Food Webs and Food Chains
We explored different food chains and food webs, understanding the fragility and reliance within a food chain.
Jam Sandwich Fractions
To learn about fractions year 5 spent their golden time today making jam sandwiches and cutting them into a variety of different fractions!
Some interesting cutting techniques were spotted!
Northop Hall Over the Years
This afternoon we welcomed Ian, a local resident of Northop Hall, to talk to us about the changes to the village since he was a child. The children prepared some excellent questions to ask Ian, the children gained so much from listening intently to stories of his childhood and memories of the village and how it used to be.
We are very appreciative of Ian coming in to spend his afternoon sharing his stories and knowledge with us, it will help us greatly with our field work on the local environment and changes over time. Diolch yn fawr Ian!
Blwyddyn Newydd Da
On this chilly January morning , the children have come back to school ready to rock and roll! We began the day with some outdoor maths, the children organised themselves to create a human positive to negative number line. This will help us to understand the concept of negative numbers and temperature over the coming term. Let's pray for some negative temperatures to measure over the coming weeks!
A Visit from Father Christmas
Today we made some WW1 trenches out of clay and other materials, based on our designs.
The children used their understanding of life in the trenches that they have built up this term so far to add some extra details to their trenches, such as rats and mini diaries!
Techniquest Light Dome Experience
This week, Techniquest brought in their light/ colour dome for us to experience. This was brilliant as it ties on perfectly with our light topic in Science this term. The children experienced the effect of wearing 3D glasses on different types of light (UV and light produced by Hydrogen) along with their understanding of how light travels in straight lines being reinforced in a number of exciting ways!
Year 5 Love to Read!
We really enjoyed our visit to the book fair this week and year 5 enjoyed showing me all of their favourite authors. Good to see you so enthusiastic about books 👏🏻
As part of our Welsh culture week, we tested our culinary skills by making some delicious Welsh cakes to fit the occasion! We used our measuring skills to weigh out the ingredients first. Da iawn pawb! 👨🏻🍳👩🏻🍳
Science Big Question:
'Does the size of torch affect the brightness?'
Year 5 investigate.......results to follow!
Tales from Wales
We had a very important talk from the NSPCC this week, all children listened very carefully and contributed some very grown up ideas.
Health and Well-being Week
This week to kick off health and well-being week, year 5 have participated in a yoga session which has improved our mindfulness today!
We are also busy researching different areas of health and mental health, we will be producing mini books to support and educate other children on this important topic.
First day in Year 5
The children have really enjoyed their first day in year 5 and have really taken on board the high expectations for upper key stage 2 already.
The class really enjoyed some team building activities and growth mindset challenges to kick start the year the right way!
I am looking forward to working with your children this year and watching them continue to grow and develop.
At school we have received a letter from a mystery evacuee who was sent to live in the village during WW2. In the letter, a box containing items that were special to the evacuee is mentioned which was buried somewhere around our school site from before the building of our new school.
Today we went to find the box, an exciting adventure which led us to discover an old, rusty box containing lots of exciting items!
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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