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.
Year 5 have been looking at toys in Design Technology. They have spent time exploring cam toys and creating small prototypes to explore how different cams move. They have worked extremely hard in designing their very own cam toy, looking closely at the movement they wanted their toy to have. We had many different designs such as: underwater, football matches, space rockets and flamingos!
The children have worked hard over the past few weeks creating their designs using shoe boxes. They created their own movable pieces and built the cam mechanism underneath. Year 5 created fantastic toys, well done!
To kick off 'Science Week' year 5 conducted their own experiment today. As the theme for this years British Science week is 'journeys' we tested how far a sneeze can travel and what can we do to prevent others from getting ill. We measured the distance and impact of a sneeze using water in a spray bottle. We set up a 'Sneeze Zone' and predicted how far the sneeze would travel. We repeated this a further 2 times using a gloved hand and a tissue protecting the nose. No surprises that the distance measured reduced with the hand in place and the sneeze didn't impact anything when the tissue was put in place. We have learnt first hand the effects of a sneeze and discussed ways we can prevent others from getting ill.