During Creative Week, Year 5 had the opportunity to work with Mr O to learn Samba Drumming, which links to our study of South America. We had an amazing day learning all about the different types of drums and enjoyed creating and practicing our own rhythms.
Well done to all our pupils who achieved a bronze or silver attendance award this morning. What a great turn out of parents and carers also!
On Tuesday 2nd April we held our Easter Assembly. Each year group had a question they had been working on relating to Easter.
Year 3 – What do Christians remember on Palm Sunday?
Year 4 – Why is Lent such an important period for Christians?
Year 5 – Why is The Last Supper important to Christians?
Year 6 – Why are Good Friday and Easter Sunday the most important days for Christians?
Children shared stories, pictures and work they had been working on in class to answer their question.
As part of World Book Day our school took part in a competition to design a national book token. Here are our winners!
Our project was linked to our Science topic on space. The children investigated how the Lunar Rovers that went to the Moon in the 1970s. They then had to construct a model that had an electric motor and used pulleys to make the axel turn. The children had a great time racing their final models.
As part of Maths , Science and Technology Year 5 and 6 have taken part in an architecture workshop. The children learned how to construct strong 3D shapes and used then to construct larger and larger geometric structures. The children had a great time working together and learning about structural engineering.
Year 5 had at an amazing time at the Centre for Life on. We explored forces in the Curiosity Zone, brain activity in the Brain Zone and then saw a science show linked to kitchen experiments where some of our pupils assisted the scientist. Jordyn put her hand through a bubble without popping it and Tyler explored a mixture that could be both a liquid and a solid depending on how roughly it was handled!
To tie in with our Space topic, we watched a show in the planetarium, which told us about the dark side of the moon, the phases of the moon along with loads of other interesting facts such as why the word ‘lunatic’ was associated with the lunar cycle. We were lucky enough to view the artwork of Luke Jerram which displays the lunar surface in incredible detail on a seven-metre-wide sphere that is suspended in the air. It was massive, magnificent and mesmerising and we enjoyed sketching sections in our sketch books.
On Friday 1st March, Year 5 were visited by Zoo Lab. They brought in some of the animals that might be found in the Amazon Rainforest. We learned about the different layers of the rainforest and how they create the perfect habitat for different animals.
On the forest floor, you might find giant cockroaches that have two brains – one in their heads and one in their bottoms! You might also come across giant land snails whose excrement (poo) is always the same colour as the food it has eaten!
In the understory, you may see curly haired tarantulas who can fire out their bottom and leg hairs to warn off predators. The hairs pierce the skin and make it feel like a nettle rash that can last up to 3 weeks – ouch!
In the canopy, it is the perfect habitat for snakes. We met a corn snake, which wouldn’t be found the Amazon, but it is part of the constrictor family, which do live there.
A rainforest has an emergent layer, but it’s mainly birds, monkeys and butterflies that you would find up there which are hard animals to bring to a school. We are however looking forward to ‘hatching’ butterflies when we study Lifecycles in Science in the Summer Term!
On Friday 11th January, 2 teams of Y5 children visited Temple Park to take part in Hoops4Health run by the Newcastle Eagles. Both teams played extremely well, with Biddick One winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 2 and Biddick Two winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 2. But, the standard of basketball was exceptional and we didn’t make it into the play-offs. Well done to everyone involved – excellent sportsmanship, determination and skill.
The children have all been answering different questions in RE about Christmas and what Christmas means.
Children in Year 3 have been answering the question, How and why is Advent important to Christians?
Children in Year 4 have been answering the question, Why do Christians call Jesus the light of the world?
Children in Year 5 have been answering the question, What are the themes of Christmas?
Children in Year 6 have been answering the question, What do the gospel stories tell us about the birth of Jesus?
They have found many things out and taken part in many creative activities.