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Last week, Year 5 had the excellent experience of being coached by top coaches and players from the Durham Wildcats at Parkside Academy in Willington. It was amazing to see how enthusiastic the children were to participate and learn about the sport.
The children went from learning some key skills to playing in small sided games and putting these skills to the test. It was like many of the children had been playing the sport for a while. The children had a great afternoon and we look forward to continuing this into our PE lessons.
5T have enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with Alexandra from Durham University learning how to write and speak some phrases in Mandarin.
Time is flying in Year 5! We cannot believe it has already been three weeks since the half-term. This week we had our first Mini-Police group of the year visit the Durham Police Training Center. They had the opportunity to see how the police trained for incidents and were able to sit in the back of a riot van. The children could have been trainee officers as their knowledge was fantastic and their behaviour was exemplary.
As part of golden time on Friday afternoon, we went out into our outdoor area and planted trees that had been supplied by the Woodlands Trust. Our parents came in to give a lending hand and to make sure that Mr Askew and the children were kept right. Thank you for your support!
Over the last couple of weeks, the children in Year 5 have enjoyed using their research of the architecture of Ancient Greek temples to design and create their own sculpture of an Ancient Greek temple using clay.
In the last few weeks, we have had celebrated Halloween with our annual fancy dress competition. All of the children looked ghastly and scarier than the teachers before their morning cup of coffee! The winners were decided on homemade costumes as part of our 'Year of Challenge'. Our winner was Oliver with his Invisible Man costume, which was really impressive!
In class, we have been focusing on column addition and are now moving onto column subtraction. The children have shown a lot of effort and it is really impressive how much the children have remembered from previous years. The children are really good at exchanging and following each step so that they get the answer.
5T had a fabulous afternoon at Parkside on Wednesday when they took part in a Rugby festival, which involved a range of activities to develop their skills within the game. The children's favourites were 'Fox and Hounds,' 'Stealers,' 'Bulldog,' 'Agility Slalom' and 'Changing the Pass.' They are looking forward to applying these skills to games within their PE lessons.