Blue Reed Aquarium Trip

The Year 5 children had a fantastic time on Thursday visiting the Blue Reed Aquarium in Tynemouth. The children had time to explore and loved seeing all the different marine life. They took part in a workshop learning about the different types of animals and the differences between them. They even had the chance to get up close and personal with a star fish and have a feel of it. Following this, the children loved watching the seal show and got a little bit wet when they stood in the ‘splash zone’. We had just enough time at the end of the day to visit the shop and pick up a souvenir. What a great day.

Creative – The Sound of Music

The children started their creative topic on ‘The Sound of Music’ with a                  research lesson on tablets / laptops. The children researched the ‘Sound of Music‘ first and found out when it was made, its cast, the plot and its setting. Once the children had found this information, they began researching Word War II (the time period that the musical was set). The children found out when the war started, the countries that were involved and the reasons for the war starting. At the end of the lesson, the children fed back their findings to the rest of the class.

Literacy – Kenuske’s Kingdom

In our literacy lesson, we created a timeline of the events that happen in chapter 6 of Kensuke’s Kingdom. We then wrote a play script based on these events, focusing on using adverbs effectively in our stage directions and structuring our writing properly. This lesson, we edited and improved our play scripts so that they could be used to create the best performance possible. For example, we included movements in our stage directions so that the characters would not just stand still and deliver lines. We then got into mixed ability groups and selected one of the play scripts to perform, based on which play script met the success criteria best. We rehearsed, then performed in front of the class. Whilst each group was performing, the rest of the class watched the play script on the visualiser, and we worked together to identify any particular aspects of the play script (e.g. a particular adverb in a stage direction) led to a particularly good performance.


RE – Mission

We began our RE lesson by noting the difference between apostles (those sent out) and disciples (followers).

We learnt that Paul explained to the people living in Ephesus how everyone has a special role to play, and if each one is committed to it, it will help everyone.

It was he who gave gifts to people; he appointed some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, others to be pastors and teachers. He did this to prepare all God’s people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ. And so we shall all come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God; we shall become mature people.

We must grow up in every way to be like Christ.

Ephesians 4: 11-13, 15

The children got into small groups and used these words of Paul to produce a guide on how to fulfill responsibilities for others to follow.


Ourselves Liturgy

The children completed an end of topic liturgy on Wednesday to mark the end of our RE topic on ‘Ourselves’. The children got into groups to decide what to do for different parts of the liturgy. We began by gathering in a circle around a focal point (which the children created) and passed around a cross; remembering a loved one. Next, we listened to Colossians 3:12-17 and responded to this by dropping a pebble in some water and reflecting on the words. Finally, we passed around a candle and remembered a happy memory.

We began this lesson by rereading  what happened at the end of the chapter as Michael feel overboard into the sea. We discussed what would happen when Michael’s mum and dad couldn’t find Michael in the morning. We discussed how there weren’t mobile phones readily available in those days or access to the internet so newspaper articles were vitally important in spreading news. An article about Michael’s disappearance would need to be written!

Before the children began to wrote their articles, we looked at some of the features of an article. One of these features was a quote from someone who knew Michael. To help generate ideas for this, the children got into small groups and assumed different characters. Each child had the opportunity to be in the hot seat as the rest of the group asked questions. At the end of the lesson, some children were chosen at random to be hot seated in front of the rest of the class who asked questions. These ideas will be used in tomorrows lesson when the children can use the answers as quotes in their articles.

Negative Numbers Tug of War

In our lesson on finding the difference between a positive and a negative number, the children used their knowledge to play a game.

The children were put into pairs—one of the children was positive and moved from left to right, the other child was negative and moved from right to left. Each child started at zero and took turns to score points. These points were used to move left (negative) or right (positive). The first child to reach their total was the winner!

The task was differentiated so that each pairing could decide the way that they scored points and the total they needed to get to:

Green —picked two cards and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 100 points and the other needed to reach –100 points

Orange —rolled two die and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 50 points and the other needed to reach –50 points

Red —rolled one dice. One player needed to reach 10 points and the other needed to reach -10 points

Rounding Game

Following on from our previous lessons rounding 6-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 we looked at using our rounding knowledge to play a game.

The children worked in mixed ability pairs to put together a jigsaw of triangles to make a hexagon. Each triangle had a rounding related question or answer on its sides which needed to be matched up. Once the children had matched up all the questions and answers in the correct place, they had formed their hexagon. The children then moved on to playing a game of dominoes with the triangles. These fun activities tested the children’s ability to round 6-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 which they did very well.

Kensuke’s Kingdom Roleplay

In this lesson, the children got together in mixed ability groups to carry out some roleplay based around Kensuke’s Kingdom. First of all, the children were shown an example play script of Jack and Jill. The children worked with a partner to discuss the purpose of a play script and the features. Some children were given different roles from the play script and acted it out. Using this to help them, the children go into groups of four to plan out their own play script for their roleplay. The children decided who would be doing each part: Michael, mum, dad and narrator. Once they had written out their plan, the children were gieven time to practice their roleplay. At the end of the lesson, they showed their roleplays to the rest of the class. This will help the children in the next lesson when they write up their play scripts into their books.

Being Unique

We began our lesson by looking at Paul’s letter to the Colossians  and answered some key questions. We then discussed how we are all unique. The children shared what made them unique with the rest of the class.