Our spellings are particularly challenging this week! We have been focusing on morphemes and these complex multi-morpheme words will be a real test!
To launch our new Talk4Writing unit, which is based on newspaper recounts of an oil disaster, Class 5 found out just how much damage can be done to wildlife when there is an oil slick at sea. We created ‘the sea’ using water and food colouring, then added a layer of vegetable oil. By dipping in feathers, we saw first-hand how awful such events are for birdlife.
Congratulations to our latest learner of the week, who has been showing much resilience in learning how to use a protractor to measure angles. In addition, he always shows great enthusiasm for his maths work on arrival to school in the mornings.
Well done to our Learner of the Week, who has been a real star in maths – helping his partner with her understanding. He has also produced some impressive writing and has been showing great enthusiasm for our ‘Black Gold’ geography lessons.
A huge well done to our Learner of the Week. She produced her best piece of writing in Class 5 so far this week.
Our learner of the week always presents her work beautifully and is an inspiration to all of us!
Class 5 made another interesting discovery in the school grounds this week, as they learned that the builders had found a strange, sticky yellow substance whilst digging the foundations for our new classroom. We observed a hole in the soil which was filled with this strange ‘slime’. Mrs Colbeck extracted a sample of it and we then put on our rubber gloves back in class to further examine the discovery. Interestingly, the substance changed from its luminous yellow colour to a browny/green – some pupils speculated that this could have been due to a temperature change, as the substance was extremely cold whilst in the ground.
The class were then informed that the discovery was in fact a type of fossil fuel called ‘Hektanium’, which has previously only been discovered in a forest in Norway. It is believed to be formed after the decomposed remains of certain creatures are covered with sediment and subjected to pressure and heat. All became clear as Class 5 were then introduced to their new model text – ‘Hektanium – The Changemaker’s Game-Changer?’
Class 5 enjoyed a fantastic visit to Fishbourne Roman Palace & Gardens on Tuesday. We learnt about how this fascinating site was uncovered by archaeologists in the 1960s – in its heyday it was the largest palace built by the Romans north of Rome itself. We took part in a hands-on workshop doing many of the everyday activities which Roman would have done, as well as exploring the main museum, the incredible mosaics and the gardens in the glorious winter sunshine.