A challenge was set out last week for you at home to send a picture of a blue flower to Miss. Lovelock. This could be achieved in any creative way desired - photography, painting, drawing, model, cake - the choices were endless. Every picture sent was so wonderful, we thought we would share them to spread the joy! Here are your creations!
Years 4, 5 and 6 were treated to a forensic investigation workshop last week in celebration of 'British Science Week'. We had a great time being forensic investigators who were tasked with solving a crime. We had to seal off the crime scene, gather evidence without contaminating it and explore different finger prints and DNA to work out who the suspect was. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed getting involved and solving the crime.
Following the successful participation of all classes from Years 1 to 6 in the qualifying rounds of Great Linford's Great Big General Knowledge Quiz, the top three children from each class progressed into the finals. Again, questions ranged from English and Geography to History and Sport.
Years 1, 2 and 3 competed in the downstairs final which was hotly contested with the winning margin only 200 points and a score of 19,738. All children did a fantastic job and enjoyed themselves greatly which was fantastic to see. In third place was Jake, in second place was Stefan and the downstairs champion who lifted the trophy for his class was Nicholas.
Years 4, 5 and 6 competed in the upstairs final. The lead continued to switch between year 4, 5 and 6 children throughout the final with all enjoying the roller-coaster this created! In third place was Eli, in second place was Mishael and in first place (by only 1 correct answer) lifting the trophy for his class was Jamie. Congratulations to all who took part!
We took a large squad to the athletics festival. All the children participated really well and did their best which was amazing!
Amazingly, 5 of our children came in the top 16 in Milton Keynes and they came to the MK Athletics finals last Saturday. The children showed determination, resilience, competitive spirit and great sportsman ship and we were very proud of them no matter how they did.
Our results in these finals were brilliant! Well done to:
- Jaime for coming 2nd in the whole of Milton Keynes in the Senior Boys Triple Jump.
- Joshua for qualifying for the finals of the Junior Boys 75m and coming 7th
- Geraldine for qualifying for the finals of the Junior Girls 150m sprint and coming joint 3rd!
- Tahera for competing in the Junior Girls Vortex throwing event and coming in the top 10.
- Sofia for competing in the Junior Girls Long Jump event and coming in the top 10.
Amazing! Thank you to all the staff and parents who came to support and gave up their Saturday!
As part of the Young Coders competition some of year four and five were involved in this year, they were given the opportunity to spend a morning at Bletchley Park (The National Museum of Computing). Amongst other activities, we had a tour of the museum and used BBC microcomputers to program a rocket trajectory game. We also saw the world's oldest working computer and each got a turn to operate it. We finished the morning playing on a range of computer games from different decades. Mrs Lovegood was horrified to learn the children thought a game she played during her childhood was " positively ancient". A great morning had by all!
In computing, Year 5 have been getting to grips with concept maps. We have learnt that concept maps are visual representations of ideas. We now understand the connection and links between ideas we have. We created our own concept map and discussed good and bad points about it. We then made our own concept map for the design of our own game.
Year 5 have been working hard practising songs for the Music Festival this term. The songs were based around the Space Race, a topic we were fortunate enough to learn about back in Autumn. We got to sing alongside a live band and had a conductor keeping us on our toes. We enjoyed singing with a number of other schools in Milton Keynes.
Today year 5 started their new art topic looking at colour! We explored the different types of colours on the colour wheel such as primary, secondary and tertiary. We then explored what a complementary was and how to find them on the colour wheel. Everybody practiced their mixing skills when Miss Scoggins challenged them to make their own colour wheel only using the primary colours!
Over the next weeks, we will be exploring how artists use different colours and begin looking at George Seurat. We will be taking a particular interest in pointillism.
Last half term, year 5 worked alongside our fantastic local potter: Andrew Macdermott. As part of their on-going learning about natural disasters, Andy worked with the children to create clay 2D/semi 3D interpretations of 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa' by Hokusai. Each piece was hand-formed with clay and glazed by the children with various blues, greys and whites to capture their own unique version of the Wave Painting. They even had time to make small erupting volcanoes.
Year 5 had a great time this week exploring earthquakes as part of our natural disasters topic. We had to design a structure that could withstand an earthquake using only cardboard, marshmallows and wooden sticks. We then tested our earthquake-proof buildings in an earthquake simulated in a tray of jelly. We had lots of fun and also learnt a lot.