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This term, we have been dividing our learning into subject areas and learning new skills along the way. All our learning will be linked through our Commando Joe's work around Leif Erickson, the Viking explorer. In the first week, we looked at being historians and what skills a historian needs to do their job properly. We discussed how and why the Vikings left Scandinavia and invaded England, their way of life and learned about their culture.
In week two, we looked at geography and where Scandinavia is in the world. We located it on a map and looked at how the physical features of the countries impacted the Viking way of life. We spent time talking about the moral implications of the invasion of England. This week, we are looking at art and symmetry. This has given us the opportunity to create our own Viking shields and design a longboat. In the coming weeks, we will be engineers and scientists as well as learning a range of life skills and showing religious understanding. Why don't you ask your children what they have learned about the Vikings so far?
Here are some questions you could ask:
1. What does the word Viking mean?
2. Where did the Vikings come form?
3. Who were the Thralls?
4. What were the famous Viking ships called?
5. What did the mythical creature the 'Mare' do?
6. What Viking God is Thursday named after?
This term, Year 5 have been working hard with their teamwork skills and how to communicate effectively. Through our work with Commando Joe's, we have looked at what makes a good team and how being a good team member can really improve our achievement. Our classes have been split into 4 troops each, and we have worked in these for most of the Commando Joe's tasks. Our first set of activities followed the work of Levison Wood, who travelled along the River Nile, The Amazon River and across the Himalayas. However, he was part of huge support team, who all worked together to help him reach his goals.
Challenges included creating a water and wind proof shelter, budgeting, building a vehicle, transporting fresh water and working together to obtain sufficient food to feed the whole troop. Over the term, we have looked at the role of the leader and how every member of the team is vital to it succeeding. To begin with, everyone wanted to be the leader, but now, Year 5 are sharing out the roles and responsibilities and supporting each other so that every group can succeed.
We were also lucky to have two guests come into visit us on October 9th. Sgt Holden and Sgt Hunter, who are both based in Catterick joined us for an afternoon to discuss how the army works as a team and to help us learn some new skills. The first part of the session was all about drill. Each class worked together to create a drill display and Mrs Lupton was invited to judge which class's display was the best. The winning team was 5A - well done to them!
In the second part of the afternoon, we all got a chance to taste some real army rations and ask questions about military life. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and we hope to have our guests back later in the year to look at different aspects of their jobs.
The children have started a new character curriculum programme that aims to develop children's skills, knowledge and understanding whilst building?their capacity to choose intelligently between decisions that contribute to their character development and specific learning.
The children have learned about famous adventurer Levison Wood, and are carrying out missions based in the Himalayas. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the missions so far and have shown great resilience, communication and teamwork skills to successfully complete them so far.
Message from Wolsingham School
Wednesday 23 September, 4:15 - 5:45pm or 6:00 - 7:30pm
Thursday 24 September, 4:15 - 5:45pm or 6:00 - 7:30pm
We'd love to welcome you to our school for one of our Open Evenings. These will be set up in accordance with government safety guidelines, allowing you and your child to meet with staff and students as you enjoy visiting our classrooms. We welcome all Year 6 students and their parents. We offer free transport on all our bus routes for new Year 7 students. Please follow this link to book a place: https://bit.ly/3loLrVD
Parkside are planning to run a virtual Year 5 Multi-skills week. Please download the letter below for more info.
We have had some fantastic emails with your work on over the last couple of weeks, so we thought it would be great to show it off! Laila has written an amazing setting description from 'The Game' task we set this week. We love how full of description it is - you feel as if you are there! She has also been following the instructions to draw an eye and I think you'll agree, they are amazing!
Oliver has been enjoying the Aztec challenges, making a model of a side temple (with a guided tour), a flag and some fantastic quiz questions. We are so impressed with his creativity! Why don't you see if you can write a quiz for each other?
Leah has completed so much of the work we have set, which is amazing. She is really pushing herself and the effort is fantastic to see. She has also created an Aztec temple and worked through the maths and English tasks.
Finally, Kelsey has written a brilliant setting description, really concentrating on her handwriting. We loved reading it and can see how hard she is trying.
We are really proud of all of your efforts. We would love to see more of your work, or other challenges you have been completing while at home. Please send them to email@example.com
Stay safe and we are looking forward to seeing you when it is safe to come back to school.
Mrs Hunter and Mr Askew