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A massive well done to our Year 5 children who achieved the mystery dojo total of 52 for this half-term! The children have done this by showing excellent learning behaviours and demonstrating that they have the Gem Power to be successful.
The children had the choice of gaming, art or a karaoke party. As you can see from the pictures, it looks like the children really enjoyed their treat for having an excellent half-term, with many saying that it will make them work harder to get a treat again next half-term
Since coming back from the holidays, there has been a big change in the classrooms and hallways of Year 5. We have introduced new reading corners in our classrooms, with a large selection of new books that children can access. We want the children to have a love of reading.
Our children have also been contributing to our topic displays in the hallways and classrooms. They have created excellent maps of South America, including the key natural features such as the Amazon Rainforest, Cape Horn, Andes Mountains, and the Atacama Desert. More work will be going up through the topic, so please pop in to see it.
At the entrance that the children come in, there is a 'Work to Bee Proud of' wall showcasing the best work from your children. Again, feel free to pop in at the end of the day to have a look at their exemplary work.
This week we have launched on new topic for the half-term, 'How can we protect the tribes of the Amazon', by having a day with no contact with the rest of the school. As part of the day we made our own bread and baked it over an open fire, ignited our own fires, began to research and produce information for our displays, and learned about traditional dance including writing their own tribal songs.
On the afternoon, we tried 'wild hog' from the Amazon rainforest like the indigenous people of the area would have to hunt. We also performed our dances to the rest of the year group to give a show of strength.
In the rest of the topic, we will be focusing on the continent of South America linking it with the Sustainable Development Goals, and particularly the impact that we are having on our Earth through the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
We really hope that the children have enjoyed today as much as we have and will remember this learning for years to come.
Year 5 were kindly invited to our town Methodist chapel by Reverand Ray Anglsea. We celebrated the approach of Christmas and had a Christingle service with Chrisrmas hymns. The orange of the Christingle represents the world, the red ribbon; the blood of Christ, the four cocktail sticks; the four seasons, the sweets; the fruit and the candle; the light of Jesus. A lovely service that filled us with festive spirit!
Every child loves to wake up on Christmas day with a gift to make them smile - this is why some of our children at Crook primary have grouped together and decided to donate presents for some of our pupils at school. Thanks to Ebony for her thoughtful idea!
Over the last few week we have been really busy in Year 5. We had our termly parent reading afternoon, where parents came in to read non-fiction texts with our children. The children enjoyed having parents in to help find facts and new vocabulary to add to our class vocabulary. Thank you to the parents and family members that gave up their time to support this.
Our children have also had the opportunity to try a new sport. We had a local judo teacher come in to Crook Primary School to give children a 30 minute lesson on judo. The children really enjoyed the session, and if anyone did not receive the pamphlet about the opportunity to take your children to the local club, please contact Mr Askew.
The children have become scientists and tried to solve the problem of children not being able to access clean drinking water. This links with Sustainable Development Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation. The children had a pack of equipment in which they had to predict which would give us the cleanest water. From their results, they then tried to solve the initial problem by providing a step by step guide on using the equipment to have the cleanest water. Some children then used their previous learning and suggested that they could use evaporation to get water back from the solution.