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In topic Year 5 have been working on developing a variety of skills such as team work, confidence, resilience and self-belief. We visited Hamsterley Forest to put our skills into practice.
We were really impressed with how the children worked together and demonstrated the skills taught.
You'll never guess what we found out... money actually does grow on trees (not very useful in the wild though).
In our 'Make a Difference' topic the children were set the challenge of identifying an issue that they would subsequently aim to make a difference to through the following areas: raising awareness, raising money and taking direct action.
The children raised awareness by creating leaflets, posters and a website. They identified how it would be difficult to take direct action to make a difference to the issue of cancer, and therefore raised money by taking part in an hour-long 'Dance in the Dark'.
Personal trainer, Rob, offered to come into school for free to dance with the children and we were also donated glow sticks from shops in the area. We would like to thank everyone for their donations and we will keep you posted on how much money we have raised.
The following has been written by pupils of 5O, who would like to let you know about our Make a Difference topic. We would like to remind you that our fundraising 'Dance-a-Thon' is taking place tomorrow at 10:45 and family and carers are welcome to attend. As we will have a fundraising bucket, please bring your donations with you tomorrow. It's all for a good cause! Thank you.
Make A Difference
Together We Can Help Make A Big Difference
Over the past few weeks in 5O we have been looking into problems that stop our world from being peaceful. We had the choice to help people who eat unhealthy, people who no longer have a warm place to sleep, or people who have cancer. Together as a class we all took a vote and we decided we wanted to help make a difference to people who have been affected or have cancer. We came up with ideas like doing a sponsored run, putting up posters to raise awareness, or just have a calm fair for people to enjoy. As a class we think everybody should have a chance to say their thoughts and feelings. We also understand that this topic may be upsetting to others as we have shared a few tears over some of the things that have been caused because of cancer we are trying our best to make all of our information free from upsetting people. We are also carrying out activities to raise as much money as we can and all of the money that we raise will be going to Cancer Research. So all donations would be appreciated.
by Emily Nichol
What Is Cancer?
Cancer starts in cells in our body. Cells are tiny building blocks that make up the organs and tissues of our bodies. They divide to make new cells. This is how our bodies grow, heal and repair. Cells receive signals from the body telling them when to divide and grow and when to stop growing. When a cell is no longer needed or can't be repaired, it gets a signal to stop working and die.
by Katie Newman
Year 5 finished off a half term's worth of work in English today when they sat down to watch Wonder (a film based on our class novel). The children earned whole class dojos as they sat so politely to view the touching, yet funny film. We shared laughs, tears (including those of Miss Oxley and Miss Bryson!!!), and smiles as we followed August Pullman's journey of starting a new school.
What a lovely way to finish our half term of 'Making a Difference', especially when the children have completed their own story inspired by Wonder. We were particularly struck by the words of August's teacher, Mr Browne: "Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much."
Remember - we are all wonders!
This week, the children in Miss Oxley's maths class were very excited when they found out that Mrs Hammell had given them special permission to do something usually unheard of - write on the desks with whiteboard pen!
The children discovered and measured angles all around the classroom using a protractor. They showed a lot of curiosity finding patterns and checking their team's measurements.
We've also been practising our throwing skills in anticipation of the big event - Sports Day! We can't wait to invite you all to come and see our progression in PE.
This week Year 5 have been working on their self-esteem. They have learnt about how believing in yourself can help you achieve in life. We have some lovely art work that we would like to show you. The children have helped each other to write positive qualities about themselves inside a self portrait made in the style of our current class novel 'Wonder'.
They have taken inspiration from August (the main character in our story) and realised that we are all different but that this makes us unique and special.