So here we are at the end of another week - and what a week it has been!
English this week has been full of rhyme and rhythm, simile and metaphor, personification and contemplation - poems were been created. The class have all made their own poems about our walk to Cosdon Beacon, some as a team with Mrs Bonnett, some writing independently (with a sprinkle of help), and some, who sadly couldn't make it to the walk, have written their own poems about their family walks. Each pupil has done an excellent job and I can't wait to see them decorated and on display. Well done Year 5!
Maths has been a challenge, with multiplication and division being a tough nut to crack. The resilience and attitude the pupils have shown has been fantastic and I could not be happier with how they have approached this new unit.
Then we reach the elephant in the room, Friday's pyjama extravaganza to raise money for Children In Need! The children had a great, slightly more relaxed day, beginning with a Joe Wicks led workout plus stickers to be awarded (everyone got themselves a sticker). We had another problem solving Friday in maths before we ventured into the world of Magdelene Odundo for art, ending with golden time and the first whole-school assembly in the hall in a long while.
What a fantastic week, I think year 5 have earned themselves a good rest over the weekend!
On Monday, the school had some special visitors. A wandering team of scientists and social workers from Exeter University came to each class to teach us more about COP26 and climate change.
Last week, we began a new English topic based on, 'Where My Wellies Take Me...' by Clare and Michael Morpurgo.
The story book began as a collection of poems about the countryside, loosely based on Clare's childhood walks in and around the village of Iddesleigh. The story of a walk, taken by the character Pippa and written by Michael Morpurgo, links the poems together. Illustrations by Olivia Lomenech Gill help bring the story to life.
We went for our own local walk on Friday, up to the top of Cosdon Beacon, with a Dartmoor Ranger. On the way we looked at the countryside around us, learning about trees, animals and the formation of the beacon itself. Here are some photographs from our day: