“The sunshine was like powdered gold

over the grassy hillside.”

Maud Hart Lovelace

PSHE/ECO

Years 5 visited the EnviroSort plan at Wittington, near Worcester, for a fantastic, educational visit.

The children were able to see the recycling coming into the plant and watch as it was sorted for recycling. They then had a session in the education room where they learnt about what can and can’t be recycled and the processes that are carried out. They were then able to put what they had learnt into practice by sorting some rubbish on the classroom conveyor belt.

The children will now share what they have learnt with the rest of the school and wider community.

Art: Drawing

This term Year 5 have been learning about rainforests in Geography. The children have been fully immersed in the topic by exploiting cross-curricular links in English and Art. Their ‘Book as a Hook’ has been Katherine Rundell’s ‘The Explorers’ and their art this term has focussed on developing observational drawing skills, where the children have honed and applied their disciplinary knowledge by drawing plants and animals found in rainforests-drawn from pictures. Mrs Breakwell has built on their previously learn knowledge of shape, line and texture and taught them how to use different pencils to create effect. Have a look at some of their finished sketches:

PE: Outdoor Adventurous

Year 5 followed Year 4 out onto the water and enjoyed an action packed day of outdoor adventurous fun, honing their skills, racing each other and seeing who could come up with the most entertaining catwalk performance. They came back to school exhausted, but happy. Everyone slept really well that night (including the staff)!

Art: Mod Roc

As part of their Take One Picture work, on the George Bellows painting ‘Men of the Docks’, the children in Year 5 have been focussing on the figures of the men who are depicted on the docks. They have made tableaux of the figures and explored what they think their poses might tell us about the men; what they are doing, thinking, feeling. The children then chose  one of the men to recreate their pose using the medium of Moc Roc. Previously they had made their pipe cleaner frames and this week they started to build up layers of Mod Roc. Over the next two lessons they will complete their Mod Roc and paint them, choosing a colour palette that will fit with the painting.

PE: Athletics

In PE this term the children have been focussing on athletics. As part of this, the children worked on technique and stamina. At the end of the unit the children took part in a 23-minute run, where they showed fantastic determination. It was a hot afternoon but this did not stop fast running and great team spirit.

The sports council did an excellent job of cheering everyone on.

Congratulations to everyone and a special well done to our medalists.

STEM

Earlier in the year the children in Year 5 took part in a fantastic in school STEM day. Part of the morning involved a competition and today our winning pair visited Mazak, in Worcester, to compete in the finals. Each pair from the competing schools was given some Knex and a magnet and were asked to plan, design, build and test a device for sorting three types of recyclable material (steel, aluminium and plastic). The children had one hour to complete their design and then, while the judging was taking place, they were invited to visit the Mazak exhibition, which included parts of an aeroplane engine and programmed laser cutters.

The children had a wonderful morning and came back to school with goodie bags of badges, stickers, pens and a frisbee, and full of enthusiasm for being the Mazak engineers of the future!

Lunchtime Clubs

At lunchtime on a Tuesday Mr Hall runs a Year 5 D & D Club. Currently he has three year 5 groups playing on Tuesdays, with the Year 6 groups playing on a different day.

D & D is a fantasy, role playing game, where the children design their own characters and then, as a group, these characters embark upon imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting. One person takes  on the role of the Dungeon master (DM) and serves as the game’s referee and storyteller, while maintaining the setting in which the adventures occur, and playing the role of the inhabitants of the game world. The characters then interact with the setting’s inhabitants and each other, working together to solve dilemmas, engage in battles, explore, and gather treasure and knowledge. In the process, the characters earn experience points (XP) in order to rise in levels, and become increasingly powerful over a series of separate gaming sessions.

It’s a great way to develop imagination, teamwork, creativity, problem solving skills, map work and strategy…but the main reason Mr Hall runs the club is because it’s great fun and the children love it! Thank you Mr Hall.

Music: The Big Sing

Year 5 took part in the the Big Sing, organised by Severn Arts and the University of Worcester, which took place at University of Worcester Arena on Thursday 16 June 2022.

The Big Sing is an interactive performance where key stage 2 pupils gather from across Worcestershire to sing prepared pieces as part of a huge singing workshop. It is an exciting and motivational opportunity for children and teachers alike to be part of a large-scale musical experience, led by world renowned singing leaders Ula Weber and Suzzie Vango, accompanied by a live band.

The theme for this year’s event was ‘Around the World’. Each song had been carefully chosen and was used to improve vocal technique as well as providing an opportunity for links to the National Curriculum.

Children and staff had a wonderful time and learnt lots! Thank you Mr Lister for booking this and for teaching the children all of the songs in their music lessons.

It’s a great way to develop imagination, teamwork, creativity, problem solving skills, map work and strategy…but the main reason Mr Hall runs the club is because it’s great fun and the children love it! Thank you Mr Hall.

Outdoor Learning

Year 5 enjoyed a lovely afternoon of outdoor learning, working in groups to design and make nature art, before playing some games, including ‘Follow my Leader’ where they all had to hold hands and hold on tight, as they followed the leader!