Monkey Puzzle Celebration Event – 14.02.2020
Monkey Puzzle had a great afternoon celebrating all the learning they have done about Allotments. They celebrated with family and friends, showcasing all of their hard work.
Everyone brought in food and drink where the main ingredient could have been grown on an allotment. We had everything from Apple Crumble to Fruit Jelly and Smoothies to Carrot Cake.
I would like to thank all the parents hard work and effort that went into producing this wonderful spread.
This week we have started our new topic in year 5; Allotment. Today, we were researching where different regions of the UK are located and the types of farming they are responsible for. We are very excited to start our new topic and finding out where our food comes from!
Monkey Puzzle used their knowledge of angles to become RAF Pilots and navigate their way across Europe. The children had to be collaborative and work together to understand the map and the task in hand. As well as finding all the bearings using a 360 degree protractor the children had to match up the city with a letter to unlock the code to rescue the troops.
As part of guided reading this week, we have been researching about the author, Lewis Carroll. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the books we have been looking at for our topic. We found out many interesting facts about Lewis Carroll, including his real name which was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. As a class, we looking are looking forward to finding out what else will happen in Wonderland.
Monkey Puzzle have been creating their own board games this afternoon based around Alchemy Island. They have had to work collaboratively to create a board game from scratch. They started by thinking of their ideas and then creating everything from the actual board games down to any resources they needed to be able to play. Some children created the characters, other magpied ideas and others were resourceful by using pieces from other games. Everyone had a great afternoon playing each others games – what a great way to end a Friday!
We have been working collaboratively today as we have started to create word webs. To begin with, we made sure we could use a dictionary correctly by finding chosen words and their definitions. After this, we wrote a word in the middle of our paper, and then we found its definition. Next, we split the word into its prefix and root word and found out what they meant. Our next step will be to find other words containing our chosen prefix and root word.
This week, we have been learning about column subtraction in maths. Today we showed resilience, reflection and collaboration when we got stuck in the learning pit. Working together we managed to solve problems and reflect on our mistakes. By the end of the lesson, some of us were able to be teachers and help anyone left in the learning pit.
Monkey Puzzle have been busy finding out everything they can about Gold. Gold has been found on Alchemy Island and our researchers need to know lots about it to inform other islanders. They have been finding out any chemical reaction so that happen, what it can be used for, why it’s a sign of wealth along with many other facts. Everyone fold this really interesting and the class worked collaboratively together to help each other out.
Year 5 have had a go at CiP words in maths today to help them understand a variety of mathematical vocabulary that sometimes can confuse them. This will help then children when different vocabulary comes up in questions and will give them more confidence in what’s required of them to work out the question.
As part of our topic, we have been looking at books that transport us to different worlds, this week we have been taken away to Hogwarts. We have been reading about Harry’s first visit into the wizarding world! Our task has been to create an advertisement to persuade the pupils of Hogwarts to visit Diagon Alley. We think a visit into Harry’s world would make a great school trip!
This morning Monkey Puzzle played Bonsai in a friendly netball tournament. We had 4 teams playing at any one time. If the children weren’t involved in the game that was being played they were practising their footwork, shooting skills and were building up their cardio endurance. Everyone seemed to have a great morning! A lot of our school values were showcased including collaboration and resilience. All thof children were excellent at supporting those less confident and working together to know when to pass the ball and cheer each other on.
This week in maths, Bonsai have been looking at polygons. We have been discussing how shapes can be categorised and the differences between regular and irregular polygons. What polygons can you spot around school or home?
In literacy, we have been using collaboration to describe a picture from Alchemy Island. First, we created a mind-map of adjectives using our senses. Then we wrote sentences using our inference skills and ambitious language to describe the setting.
Monkey Puzzle spent their Literacy lesson investigating ambitious, descriptive vocabulary to uplevel their sensentences. They worked really hard showing their understanding of learning values and how they can be used in all lesson to help them. We now have a great working wall of sentences that we can use in our narratives.
This afternoon Monkey Puzzle have been busy creating their own islands, using co-ordinates to find their way through Alchemy Island and writing detailed descriptions of their journey. A lot of the children have really thrown themselves into their new learning journey and have created excellent mystical islands full of imaginative creations.
This week, Bonsai have started gymnastics in PE. We have begun by exploring different shapes and movements to create sequences.
As part of our Sport’s Week, the children have been able to have skateboarding tuition. The was an array of abilities but all were able to develop their skills and challenge themselves.
Handed out on Monday 25th March; Tested on Monday 1st April.
Group 1 Week 11 Focus: ‘ei’ words
Group 2 Week 11 Focus: ‘ei’ words
Group 3 Week 11 Focus: ‘ment’ suffix
Congratulations to all of Year 5, who have taken part in bike ability. They have all passed their Level 1 and most have passed their Level 2!
The scheme aims to give children experience and understanding of how to keep themselves safe when riding on the road.
Year 5 completed their mile run in aid of sport relief. Well done for persevering!
Year 5 have been researching the types of dinosaur and fossil discoveries that hit the news. They have been looking at the different finds that make the headlines in order to create their own sensational newspaper stories.
A very busy afternoon in Year 5.The children took part in a range of learning opportunities with real enthusiasm.
Constructing cubes and cuboid then finding the volume.
Coding using the programme scratch on chrome books.
Painting totem poles that they have designed.
Researching aspects of the USA…to make a travel guide.
Practising arithmetic skills.
Reflecting on learning of our Native American topic.
Mrs Tickell’s and Mrs Davie’s Spelling Group Week 2 Summer Focus: spelling patterns-cious
Handed out on Friday 5.5.17
Spellings 1-7 focus on this week’s phoneme focus; spellings 8-10 are from the Year 5 & 6-word list.
Today we were exploring the meaning of new high level vocabulary which we will incorporate into our narrative writing based on an animation called: Spirited Away.
The children used dictionaries and a thesaurus to identify the meanings of words. They also built up their own vocabulary bank as well practising these spellings, grouping words that had a similar meaning and applying these vocabulary words into sentences.
Both classes are well on their way to complete all their SOLE activities.
They are well on their way to completing their mod rock figures using acrylic paints and are creating personalised monograms.
Children from Year 4 and 5 excitedly attended a cross schools badminton competition hosted by TCS. 15 schools competed altogether. Well done to all the children who participated and achieved a commendable 3 rd, 4 th and 6 th place during the morning.
It was remarked upon that all the children were great advocates for the school, especially their attitude to learning and sportsmanship, as they willingly congratulated all the winners!
In Year 5, we took advantage of the lovely weather and spent the morning on our Forest School field playing team building games. The games were all linked to our Hazeldown Values. The Stick Lift Challenge helped us to use out collaboration skills and we had to communicate with each other to make sure we didn’t drop the sticks! Tarpaulin Island was a real challenge as we had to see how many children we could fit on the tarpaulin…the only problem was that the island kept on getting smaller! The Blind Fold Walk was not for the faint hearted as we had to put our trust into our partner and be led around the field completely blindfolded!
Today 12 children took part in the first Team 3 Spelling Bee. It was a close fought event and year 5 was won by Nathan , whilst 1st place was shared by Phoebe and Adam in year 6.
The children performed extremely well and should be very proud of themselves!
A special mention needs to go to the other competitors: Kiera, Henry, Finlay, Morgan and Luke from year 5. Also Ethan, Zakary, Shana and Isaac from year 6. Well Done!