Year 5 Goings On
We visited the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, as part of our study of the rainforest. It was humid, hot, tropical and we were surprised at how enormous the leaves were, compared to us!
We saw bananas growing, the coffee plant, bamboo, cocoa and beautiful periwinkle flowers. We realised how much of our lives are linked to the rainforest – and how important is it to preserve and look after it.
During Maths and Sports Week, we had the opportunity to develop our archery skills – it was great fun!
Dare to Believe!
We were invited to the ‘Dare to Believe’ event, organised by the Youth Sport Trust and Allianz, to celebrate the Winter and Paralympic Games 2018! We took part in four different sporting challenges – balance boarding (representing snowboarding skills), a slalom and target relay (representing the biathlon), indoor curling (which we loved!) and hockey (using pucks, just like ice hockey).
We were privileged to meet Montell Douglas, who had just returned from Pyeongchang, where she had represented Great Britain as a member of the bobsleigh team. How inspiring!
In February, we built small robots and then programmed them. Our Lego models came to life! It was great fun - we worked in small teams, made our robots move exactly where we wanted them to go... and recorded sounds for them to make. Imagine controlling a robot which lands on Mars!
We visited the rainforest! Well, a small replica inside some of the glass houses at Kew. We got to feel the heat, humidity and see some of the amazing plants which grow in that environment. Our favourites were bamboo, bottle palms, periwinkles and banana. The flowers on the banana were unexpectedly beautiful.
The wide variety of greens within the rainforest has inspired our art lessons this term. We worked on colour mixing, to achieve the shades of green we imagined were in the Amazon. Do you like the different textures? We used our brushes in different ways to give these effects.
We have been practising our drawing skills, focusing on rainforest animals. What do you think of our red-eyed tree frogs? And the snake?
Year 5 went to Surrey University with Mrs Lee, Mrs Howard and Mrs Boot. We had a fantastic day working with the students. The first thing we did was be part of a court case. We had to, in our groups, decide who was guilty-the three little pigs or the wolf! Mrs Lee was the judge and it was great fun.
The university kindly gave us a picnic lunch and we ate it outside near the lake. We rolled down a hill and played games.
After lunch we built balloon-powered cars. We had to design the cars and then have races against each other. The team called Ghost Riders won. Thank you to Mrs Harrup for organising this wonderful experience for us.
Here are some quotes from Year 5:
“I felt very inspired by the university and I hope to go there one day to study.” Chase S
“It was really nice and I had the time of my life!” Hassan J
“Fascinating, fun and educational all at the same time.” Harrison S