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School Journey updates:
11am: Year 5 have arrived safely! They are settling in to camp and will have lunch soon.
We’ve only been at the Gordon Brown Centre for a day and a half, but we feel as if we’ve been here much longer already! Yesterday, after time to settle in to our tents, we toured the site, meeting lots of animals along the way – goats, pigs, donkeys, chickens and rabbits. After our tour, we did an ‘orienteering’ activity, using maps to find points hidden all around the site. The evening was filled with dinner and play, and finished off with hot chocolate and story round the campfire.
This morning, we started the day with a tent inspection, which was passed with flying colours! Have a look at the pictures to see how tidy our tents are!
After that, we went on a long walk and along the way learned lots about ruined castles, canals and much more.
This afternoon, we’re off to tackle the climbing walls. More pictures of this to follow!
Some great team work this morning. All the children were put in to groups to build a comfortable, waterproof shelter. The test comes when they all have to sit inside and have huge water pistols fired at the shelter. If you stay dry, you win!
Everyone’s really happy. No home sickness at all either! Just big smiles.
They’re all excited about the night walk this evening too.
Yesterday afternoon we went climbing! Most of us had a go at both the tilted and the upright climbing wall. There was also the chance to test our nerve on the Power Fan, which is a platform you can jump off wearing a harness which lets you down slowly. Lots of us faced our fears in some way and we finished the afternoon feeling proud of ourselves. Another campfire, with singing, stories and hot chocolate, finished the evening.
This morning we built shelters in the woods using branches, grass and other materials. They were tested for how waterproof they were using a water gun, which resulted in laughter and screaming! The children are now learning how to build a fire and then they’re going to cook some popcorn over it. Pictures to follow!
Our class theme this term is ‘The Play’s the Thing’
This term the children will be whisked away in time and place, and plunged into some of the most powerful and tragic love stories ever written. The rich language of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will inspire the children as they study the original texts, modern adaptations and the film. Through drama activities, they will get ‘inside the heads’ of the characters. They will re-tell parts of the story, write diaries and report on events for the ‘Shakespearean Times…’
In science, the children will explore how we see and how light travels. Using their knowledge of light and reflection, they will then design and create their own periscopes! Later on, they will be learning about living things and their habitats. Art will allow the children to get creative with a range of different resources, making and painting flowers, leaves and 3D hanging birds for our celebratory display at the end of the Summer Term.
Click here to read our termly overview for parents Parent Overview Summer 1 Y5