Monday, 26 June 2017

Hindu Temple

5D had a wonderful day on Thursday 22nd June, visiting Bhaktivedanta Manor Hindu Temple near Watford. They spent the day deepening their understanding of the Hindu faith. When they first arrived, after a very excitable coach ride, they had a presentation explaining the foundation of the Hindu faith, the Trimurti and about other hindu Gods. They also heard stories from the Hindu holy books and some children were dressed as certain Gods and Goddesses.  They listened attentively and shared their knowledge and asked excellent questions.

They spent the rest of the day visiting the farm and learned about why the cow is sacred to a Hindu. They loved the cart ride and feeding the cows and then had the opportunity to walk around the beautiful gardens and visit certain shrines. The children were also treated to a special facepainting session and they dressed as Hindu warriors or goddesses and visited the main temple shrine during a prayer session. They were very respectful and we were very proud of them!

We all sat down to a delicious lunch of basmati rice and pea and paneer curry with indian crackers and chips, before having  final facepainting and souvenir shop sessions. It was then sadly time to make our way home!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Week beginning 08.05.17

We finished reading 'Oranges in No Man's Land' this week in Literacy. The children really enjoyed the book and have produced some fantastic pieces of writing-including a diary entry, balanced argument and recount. We have being focusing on using descriptive language and short sentences to build tension in our writing. Next week the children will begin writing their own version of the story.

In Maths this week we have been ordering, comparing, multiplying, dividing and rounding decimal numbers up to three decimal places. We will be reading and plotting co-ordinates next week.

The children have been learning about reproduction in living things in Science. For homework this week, I have asked the children to illustrate and explain the life cycle of any mammal that isn't a human.

We have now finished our topic 'transformation' in RE. The children have learnt about Saul's transformation to Paul, and how Paul went on to spread the good news to the people in Rome. Next week we will begin our new topic 'Freedom and Responsibility'.

The children are enjoying learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. They used their research to produce some fantastic pieces of writing: including menus, newspaper articles and job advertisements!

Just a reminder that next week is cycling week. The children will be going out on the roads in small groups for approximately an hour and a half every day. Details about where the children should leave their bikes have been sent on parentmail. In addition, swimming sessions start next Friday. Please remember your child's swimming kit, including a swimming hat. It should be a very enjoyable week.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and are feeling suitably rested and ready to face the summer term!

The children have made a brilliant start back and impressed me with how quickly they have settled back into life in year 5.

We have been looking at adding and subtracting amounts of money, and solving challenging problems involving money, in Maths this week and will continue to do so this week.

This week in Literacy we will begin our fiction unit 'Oranges in No Man's Land'. This is the story of a young girl trying to find her family amid the crisis of civil war in Beirut.

We will start our new Science topic 'Living Things and Their Habitats' this week by looking at how plants reproduce.

We will also begin our History topic 'Vikings and Anglo Saxons' by looking at who they were and where they came from.

A final reminder that cycling week is fast approaching. If you are yet to hand in the permission slip and would like your child to take part, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Be Spirited Week

We are half way though our Be Spirited Week and the children have really impressed me with their thoughtful and reflective nature.

They have visited the different prayer stations in the hall and taken the time to talk to God.

In class they have written some superb letters to God, in response to scripture. They have also designed some wonderful colleges which represent the different Fruits of the Spirit.

Our Be Spirited Week will come to an end on Thursday as on Friday we have Mass, the Easter egg raffle and an end of term assembly. A reminder that the children will finish at 2:15.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break-it sounds like you have lots of exciting things planned. I look forward to seeing the children on Wednesday 19th April.