Exciting Learning in Year 5

Year 5 have been engaged in some exciting activities this term. Last week they visited the Ragged Museum in East London. They dressed up as Victorian school children, and briefly experienced life in a Victorian School. This week their classrooms appear to be moving back in time to the same period, judging by the changes to their doors.

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This afternoon Mr Ferguson’s Maths group were engaged in a very challenging activity in the hall. They were attempting to locate an object using coordinates, but in order to do so they had to up-scale the four quadrants on the hall floor.  As Tubbenden children do so well, they approached the challenge with great resourcefulness, reciprocity and resilience. Well done children!

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Life Bus Lessons

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The Life Bus has been with us for over a week now, and the children have been enjoying a wide range of lessons on it. I popped in this afternoon to watch Red class learning about the organs of the body. They were instructed to talk like Doctors, and use the correct names for the different organs. There was great enthusiasm for identifying the organs on the life-sized dummy, especially when they lit up! Earlier in the session they’d been thinking deeply about ‘feelings’. Thank you for contributing to the cost of this excellent resource, which will be with us until Monday.

James Turvey

In the Nursery this week…

In the nursery this week we have been continuing to focus on the topic of Growing with activities including using vegetables in cooking activities and making posters showing all the things plants need to grow. We also celebrated St George’s Day! Next week the topic will be changing to Dinosaurs.

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The morning children enjoyed a trip to the Life Bus where they learnt about the things we need to grow and keep our bodies healthy with the help of Harold the giraffe puppet.

The morning children enjoyed a trip to the Life Bus where they learnt about the things we need to grow and keep our bodies healthy with the help of Harold the giraffe puppet.

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The morning children making fairy cakes.

The morning children making fairy cakes.

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The afternoon children making courgette and potato soup. We talked about where the ingredients came from and helped each other to measure the right quantities out. They even washed up afterwards!

The afternoon children making courgette and potato soup. We talked about where the ingredients came from and helped each other to measure the right quantities out. They even washed up afterwards!

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We celebrated St George's Day this week by acting out the story of St George and the Dragon which was great fun!

We celebrated St George’s Day this week by acting out the story of St George and the Dragon which was great fun!

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Thanks to some lovely sunny weather we have been making the most of the outdoors.

Thanks to some lovely sunny weather we have been making the most of the outdoors.

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We explored measuring throughout the indoor and outdoor environment using tape measures.

We explored measuring throughout the indoor and outdoor environment using tape measures.

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Practising writing our names and letters was much more fun when we used lots of different colours and made them look like rainbows!

Practising writing our names and letters was much more fun when we used lots of different colours and made them look like rainbows!

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We made posters to show the things that plants need to grow.

We made posters to show the things that plants need to grow.

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We now have a self-display area in the classroom where we can put any of our work that we are really proud of up for everyone to see.

We now have a self-display area in the classroom where we can put any of our work that we are really proud of up for everyone to see.

Year 1 Launch Event for Plants Topic

On Monday we held a launch event for our Plants topic. Parents and Grandparents came in to help the Year 1 children create their own garden using a variety of media.

The event was very successful and everyone created beautiful gardens. There was a real buzz in the classroom and both the children and adults were very excited to create such lovely gardens.

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In the Nursery this week…

In the nursery this week we have been focussing on the topic of Growing and learning lots about what plants, people and animals need to grow strong and be healthy.

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The children have been learning about what plants need to grow. The children crouched down pretending to be seeds and 4 children at a time took it in turns to be the sun and the rain and walked amongst the seeds. The children then pretended to grow in to tall strong plants.

The PM children visited the Life Bus and learnt about what they needed to do to help their bodies to grow and be healthy all with a little help from Horace the Giraffe puppet.

 

The PM children visited the Life Bus and learnt about what they needed to do to help their bodies to grow and be healthy all with a little help from Horace the Giraffe puppet

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The children have been planting seeds and are excited about looking after them and watching them grow. Fingers crossed we may have quite the harvest of vegetables soon ready for some cooking activities!

The children have been planting seeds and are excited about looking after them and watching them grow. Fingers crossed we may have quite the harvest of vegetables soon ready for some cooking activities!

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We are growing Cress Heads in the nursery this week and the children are enjoying taking responsibility for looking after their very own plant. We think our decorated pots with feet and faces look pretty snazzy too!

We are growing Cress Heads in the nursery this week and the children are enjoying taking responsibility for looking after their very own plant. We think our decorated pots with feet and faces look pretty snazzy too!

 

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Orienteering

Before the Easter break, Galahad class were very excited to be the first children to try out Tubbenden’s very own orienteering course!  Buzzing with enthusiasm after the excellent geography map-work lessons, they were extremely keen to test their 4 figure grid reference skills.  Each group of children were given a map of the school grounds and a list of grid references, each revealing the location of clues which collectively would lead them to a prize.  All groups worked fantastically, demonstrating great teamwork, communication and speed, along with a hint of competitiveness!

(Please note: the hats were for ‘Wear a Hat Day’, not for providing special orienteering powers)

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