It has been wonderful hearing your news and seeing the effort that so many of you have been putting in this week to produce some excellent pieces of work.
I know for some of you, it’s also been a bit tricky getting into new routines but keep trying, start each day afresh setting yourself new goals and feel proud of the things you do achieve. I know you can all do it!
Thank you for all the work you’ve shared. Here are a few examples from this week. Well done!
Have a look at some of the characters we came dressed as today for World Book Day in Class 12. We looked amazing - well done, everyone!
What book characters can you spot?
Year 5 tried the technique of pouncing to copy portraits of William Shakespeare as part of Arts week. We used a pin to outline the portrait, then pushed charcoal through the holes of the copy to make a 'join the dots' copy into our sketch books. It was a difficult technique, but we were pleased with our finished portraits.
Our International Day started with a discussion and learning key facts about Africa, plotting the countries on a map using our atlases, looking at the physical and human geography of Africa.
We attended an African dance workshop where we learnt an African style dance from our instructor Claire.
We researched our own facts about Africa using the laptops and iPads. Some of us also investigated Africa using Google Earth and looked at how far away it was from the UK and how large the continent is.
Our final task was studying African art by Gakonga (Kenya). We thought about the colours, images and techniques as well as discussing the feelings that the artwork created.
Over the last 6 weeks we have participated in a PSHE and drama programme organised by the charity CrimeStoppers. It has helped us look at our community by focusing on healthy relationships, online safety, diversity and crime so we are empowered to cope with some of the challenges we may face. We have had great fun taking part in lots of drama, discussion and made many thoughtful comments. Some of us have been filmed, while others will be performing at Westlands. We have all learnt the CrimeStoppers number where we can report things anonymously 0800 555 111.
This half term, we have been investigating databases using PurpleMash 2Investigate.
We thought about the use of databases in our lives: holidays, house hunting, shopping, SIMS (school database) etc.
We completed some research on the solar system (linked to our Science topic) and created some TOP Trumps style forms.
Finally, we were ready to create the database using 2Investigate.
For our English homework we wrote the next part of a story called the Evil Genie that we had studied in our Guided Reading Sessions. Class 11 and 12 teamed up and enjoyed listening and sharing our stories. We spotted how different they were even when we had a similar theme to write about.
On Wednesday 20th November Class 12 enjoyed a fascinating morning with Wessex Water at Sutton Bingham Water Treatment Works and Reservoir.
When water enters the treatment works it is first filtered to remove any large impurities like sticks and leaves. Then aluminium sulphate is added and the water is stirred, so that all the dirt sticks together. The dirt can then be skimmed off and taken to the sewage treatment works, and the water is filtered through sand and activated carbon, before chemicals are added to make the water safe for drinking.
After the treatment works, Tim, our guide, escorted us over the road for a closer look at the reservoir. The reservoir was made around 70 years ago when a dam was built to stop some of the water flowing through the river. The reservoir stores water to ensure there is enough to go around in times of high demand. It is also a popular area for leisure activities such as sailing, fishing and canoeing. We really enjoyed our trip, and learnt a lot about how Wessex Water work to keep our water supply clean and plentiful.
This morning we welcomed Mrs Eveleigh for our first clarinet lesson. We learnt about the different parts of the mouthpiece - who can remember which part was the ligature? We were then given a delicate reed to attach to the mouthpiece before trying to make our first sound. This was very tricky initially but with perseverance and a lot of puff, we all managed to create a sound. To finish our lesson, we even managed to play our first piece of music,‘Batman’ using just the mouthpiece.
Tonight we will bring home a letter asking for parental permission so we are able to take our clarinets home to practise, starting next week.
REMEMBER clarinets must be in school every Tuesday morning as we have our lesson at 9.00am.
A great start to learning our new instrument, Class 12!
On Tuesday we performed our class clarinet concert. We have spent the year learning the clarinet, how to read music, composition and performance skills. This culminated in us sharing some of our favourite pieces with parents on Tuesday. We have been learning some complicated, Grade 1 pieces and performed the theme tune to Wallace and Gromit, the song Giants and Skyfall. Chester & Kyra bravely played a duet they had practised in class and we all showed how much our musical skills have developed over the year. Hopefully, some children may decided to continue to learn the clarinet next year through private lessons. We’d like to say a big thank you to Mrs Bell and Mrs Eveleigh who have taught us this year. Well done Class 12.
This week some of us were lucky enough to visit Westfield Academy for a Science Day. There were four sessions throughout the day, so we learnt a little about biology, chemistry and physics. In our first session we did some taste and smell tests to study our senses, threw tennis balls at a glass screen to look at how our nervous system reacts, watched the teacher make 'elephant’s toothpaste’, mix vitamin tablets with water to make film canisters pop and use a plasma globe to make hair stand on end - and all of this was just in the first hour!! In our biology session we dissected a chicken wing to learn about the different parts bodies are made up of. For chemistry, we had to solve a crime to see which pen (and which criminal) had written a fraudulent cheque by using chromatography paper to separate inks. Finally in our physics session, we made circuits to turn on a light bulb, and then added in switches and buzzers to see how we had to change the circuits so that it still worked. We then looked at how to properly draw a circuit.
It was a fantastic day and a massive thank you to the Westfield science department for the hard work they put into the day.
Today, as part of our geography topic on India, we worked in teams to create a vegetarian curry for our lunch. This involved peeling and chopping carrots, onions, potatoes and garlic. When we had prepared all our ingredients we cooked them in a saucepan on the hob, adding lots of spices such as chilli powder, ginger, cumin and coriander. We added tomatoes and water to our ingredients and simmered it for 25 minutes before our delicious curry was ready.
The cooks in the school kitchen kindly coked rice to accompany our meal and we layed the tables in our groups before we dished out our curry. It was delicious and we enjoyed our lunch which we followed up with a sweet brownie! A great team effort everyone - well done!
Just a few extra photos from Thursdays activites:
The children are all enjoying the fantastic weather and all the activities at PGL. They have had visits from Mr Hillier-Nickels and many other staff members and looking forward to their disco tomorrow night.
This half term, we have taken part in an engineering project in Year 5. Firstly, we looked at different inventions and how they had helped people overcome problems or made life easier. Then we had to think of an issue that affects people and design something that would help solve it. We drew and annotated our designs before writing a letter to convince a panel why our invention was a good idea and how it would work. We had lots of imaginative ideas! Tell your adult all about your design.
To finish our project we were visited by an engineer, Mr Deane, who talked to us all about engineering and some of the projects he has worked on. We looked at different aircraft and sea craft. We watched a video about engineers who have built submarines. Mr Deane showed us an experiment to demonstrate how a submarine floats and sinks in the sea. We had to use our thinking skills to overcome a few problems we encountered. We then got the opportunity to ask lots of questions. I wonder who will become the engineers of the future in our class.
Thank you very much to the Road Safety Team who came and talked to us on Monday about how to stay safe on the roads, especially when crossing. It was a good reminder of all the things we should all do when we are using the roads. We were also lucky to receive some great gifts to help us remember the messages and stay safe when we are out and about. Perhaps you could share what you learnt with your families.
We would like to congratulate Anabelle for coming runner up in the Yeovil Community Arts Association 500 word short story writing competition. She wrote a fantastic, creative story about the creatures that live at the bottom of the lost property bin. We were lucky enough to go to Yeovil library to support Anabelle as she received her prize. This was attended by the author Tamsin Cooke, two YTFC players and the Mayor.
Tamsin Cooke then gave a talk and shared with us her top story writing tips in a fun, interactive, action-packed way. Many of the class shared their ideas and joined in the acting as we recreated the scenes from the story we created together. We all had a great morning! Well done to all of you who entered such fantastic stories and to Anabelle for her original idea.
We learnt about how the Tudors often used salted foods on long voyages to help with their preservation – essential as refrigeration hadn’t yet been invented!
We used a slightly modern version of the old recipe - their biscuits didn’t use butter or milk, just water! We made sure to carefully measure all the ingredients out before mixing and rolling the dough. It’s safe to say that the salty “hard tack” biscuits were met with a mixed response, but at least we didn’t have to tap them to get the maggots out!
We are really excited to have received this email and want to say how proud we are of all your story writing efforts with huge congratulations going to Anabelle. Please read on...
‘The Yeovil Community Arts Association ran their children's short story competition, and we would like to thank all the pupils of Years 5 and 6 for entering such fantastic stories. Tamsin Cooke said it was the hardest task she had ever done to select the top few.
The good news is that your student Anabelle is one of our three runners-up. There should only have been two as part of the competition, but the standard was so high and the stories all so different, and each excellent for being so, that we have three runners-up.
There will a presentation with the author Tamsin Cooke who will also be giving a talk.
Thank you Huish for putting in such a superb effort. Also, congratulations to Anabelle.’
After several practises and a huge collaboration with all the children in Year 5, we brilliantly performed our version of the Highwayman poem by Alfred Noyes. It was amazing to see the fantastic reading, acting and choral performance which was arranged with lots of contributions, enthusiasm and ideas from everyone in Year 5. A huge well done to you all!
This week we celebrated book week with a focus on nature and poetry. We were lucky to have Pete the Poet join us on Thursday and teach us about performance poetry. He also helped us with our poetry writing and we explored lots of new vocabulary. We thought about the kingfisher and shared lots of ideas before writing our own poems in groups. We created some fantastic images through the power of words.
Also during the week, we have practised our performance of The Highwayman poem and have written our own poem about trees after exploring our school grounds to gain inspiration. We were surprised by how many stories we had about trees that were special or significant in our lives.
In the afternoons, we created some beautiful artwork using pastels and watercolours on the theme of nature and the book ‘The Lost Words’.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents & grandparents who joined us today for our clarinet concert. A huge well done to all the children who played, sang, introduced and organised the concert so brilliantly. It was incredible to see the difference from when we first started in September, where the children learnt to put their clarinets together in the right order and then tried to make a sound (or a squeak), which was very tricky. To now, when they are able to read music, understand the dynamics of a piece and have found real enjoyment in playing a variety of notes and music individually and as a group. We are enormously proud of all your achievements.
We have been looking at lots of Science this year and been finding out about and testing different materials.
We have been learning the clarinet on Tuesday morning and have made amazing progress! We are looking forward to sharing this with our family in our mid-year concert on Tuesday 12th February.
We have been on two great trips in the first term to Ninesprings and Sutton Bingham where we looked at the journey of a river and how our water is treated.
What is a factor?
Today we made arrays to discover the factors of different numbers before moving on to using our times tables to help us find all the factors of a number. We discovered that numbers with only 2 factors (1 and itself) are called prime numbers.
What is a multiple?
Today we looked at what a multiple is and used different sided dice to create multiples. We investigated which multiples we could make.
We used our knowledge from Year 4 of dividing 3-digits numbers by a 1-digit number to divide up to 4-digit numbers by a 1-digit number.
Using place value counters, we partitioned the number and then grouped it to understanding the short division method.
We transferred this to the written short division method.