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New Year, New Classes

It’s the start of a new Year and the children are settling well into their new classes. Year 5 is bringing new and exciting challenges and the children are enjoying getting to grips with what is expected in year 5. We are all looking forward to what this new Year has to offer. 

 

 


 

Pharaohs

Our current topic is Pharaohs and the children are really engaged with their learning, tackling tasks based on Mummification, the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, mathematical pyramid problems and much more! 

 

On Tuesday 16th May Year 5 ventured out to a remote farm in St Davids - Dr Beynon's Bug Farm.  The weather was murky, but our spirits weren't dampened as we split into three groups for our exciting activities.  We visited the bug zoo, looking at and learning about all kinds of wonderful mini beasts (and some not so mini!!); vinigeroons (who squirt vinegar from their bottoms); assassin bugs (who kill by paralysing then liquefying their prey); locusts; golden web spiders; Madagascan hissing cockroaches and scorpions were all to be seen.   
Next came the glorious Grub Kitchen, where we learned about the nutritious value of eating bugs: they're high in protein and low in fat, and farming them is kind to our planet.  Most children tried some, with mixed results!! 
Picture 1 Black ants
Picture 2 Locusts
Picture 3 Meal worms
Picture 4 Crickets
Picture 5 Wonder what it'll taste like...
Picture 6 Mmmmmm...delicious!
Picture 1 Yum!
Picture 2 Locust flour chocolate chip cookies
Then we had a 'hands on' experience, meeting Madagascan hissing cockroaches, stick insects and fruit beetle larvae.  With names like Jeff, Dave and Joe, we knew they must be friendly...and they were. Most of the children were brave enough to have a hold, and many commented on their "cute" faces! 
Gwenllian Warrior Princess and some fun activities! 
The last week of the term brought some fabulous activities for Year 5... Our topic, Warrior Princess, came to a glorious end with a dress up, pottage making afternoon; and our final day of term when the Easter Bunny was kidnapped, leading to a series of challenges, involving teamwork, problem solving and using some of what they have learned this term, to help secure his release. Thank goodness they succeeded!  

From creating the tallest free standing tower from newspaper, sticky tape and string, to drawing and naming the human skeleton from memory, before making and flying a paper aeroplane, the children succeeded in freeing the Easter Bunny and were rewarded for their efforts.

From creating the tallest free standing tower from newspaper, sticky tape and string, to drawing and naming the human skeleton from memory, before making and flying a paper aeroplane, the children succeeded in freeing the Easter Bunny and were rewarded for their efforts.  1 Teamwork!
From creating the tallest free standing tower from newspaper, sticky tape and string, to drawing and naming the human skeleton from memory, before making and flying a paper aeroplane, the children succeeded in freeing the Easter Bunny and were rewarded for their efforts.  2 Success!
From creating the tallest free standing tower from newspaper, sticky tape and string, to drawing and naming the human skeleton from memory, before making and flying a paper aeroplane, the children succeeded in freeing the Easter Bunny and were rewarded for their efforts.  3 Drawing around Jack.
From creating the tallest free standing tower from newspaper, sticky tape and string, to drawing and naming the human skeleton from memory, before making and flying a paper aeroplane, the children succeeded in freeing the Easter Bunny and were rewarded for their efforts.  4 Filling in a skeleton.
From creating the tallest free standing tower from newspaper, sticky tape and string, to drawing and naming the human skeleton from memory, before making and flying a paper aeroplane, the children succeeded in freeing the Easter Bunny and were rewarded for their efforts.  5 Flying paper aeroplanes.

We made pottage from onions, carrots, potatoes, turnip, parsnip and oats with marjoram, rosemary and thyme.

We made pottage from onions, carrots, potatoes, turnip, parsnip and oats with marjoram, rosemary and thyme.  1
We made pottage from onions, carrots, potatoes, turnip, parsnip and oats with marjoram, rosemary and thyme.  2 I love pottage!
We made pottage from onions, carrots, potatoes, turnip, parsnip and oats with marjoram, rosemary and thyme.  3 Delicious!
We made pottage from onions, carrots, potatoes, turnip, parsnip and oats with marjoram, rosemary and thyme.  4 Norman helmet
We made pottage from onions, carrots, potatoes, turnip, parsnip and oats with marjoram, rosemary and thyme.  5 Norman helmet.

On Friday 31st March the year 5 classes were invited to an Easter story activity session at St Mary's church in Haverfordwest.  5W enjoyed a morning session whilst 5R went in the afternoon. We had a lovely time, with members of the church performing a sensitive retelling, with musicians and props. Children were invited to join in and take on roles as disciples, palm wavers and people of Jerusalem, all enjoying the interaction.  

Following this we had squash and homemade biscuits whist we made palm crosses and filled in Easter word searches.

The children behaved impeccably, showing beautiful manners and Prendergast values! Our thanks go to all at St Mary's for an enjoyable experience. 

Picture 1 Our palm wavers
Picture 2 The last supper
Picture 3 The oldest working organ in Wales
Picture 4 Making palm crosses

Rydyn ni'n dwlu ar Llangrannog!

  The children in year 5 have recently returned from a fantastic and successful trip to Llangrannog and it's fair to say that everyone had a brilliant time! The children showed excellent values throughout the trip and their positive behaviour and attitudes were commented upon by others at the site. We are all so proud as staff of their impeccable behaviour.

  Everyone took part in most activities and a number of children overcame fear and apprehension, demonstrating great determination and courage in trying activities that they may not initially have been confident in trying.  Each and every child encouraged others within their groups, working well as teams to ensure that everyone had the chance to reach their full potential. 

  In addition to days and evenings filled with numerous activities, the children and staff alike filled their tummies with delicious food, with curry, meatballs, lasagne and other culinary delights on offer during our visit. 

  We are sure that you will have already been inundated with stories about our time at Llangrannog however we have included a few photos from our visit, which we know the children will love telling you about and more photos will be added as and when we are able to transfer them from the 4 full iPads that returned from Llangrannog with us.

  Diolch yn fawr to all children and parents for helping to make this such a successful trip.

Tobogganing fun!

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Rio showing terrific values helping Osian on the high ropes.

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Llangrannog 2017

Apologies for the lack of updates, but the wifi signal is very temperamental and the children are very busy packing as much fun into the day as possible! 

We have already experienced the swimming, skiing, high ropes and much more!  Everyone is looking forward to what today has to offer, with a disco this evening too. The children are being well fed, enjoying a delicious lunch yesterday and a lovely evening meal. 

 

On Tuesday 28th February Year 5 enjoyed a fabulously fun trip to Folly Farm where they experienced the fiercesome forces in the fun fair and play area that they have been learning about in class.  

Potential energy was converted to kinetic energy as gravity pulled them down the slides. The pull of centripetal force was felt as they whizzed around on the Jets and the Skid, and the bumper cars showed the effect of balancing forces very quickly! 

We had a terrific day-lots of laughter, a frisson of fear and, for some, new found courage.  The children behaved impeccably, and were commended upon this by other visitors at Folly Farm.

 

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Bumper Bonanza

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Scary Jets

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Wheeeeeeeeee!

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For our Scream Machine homework some of the children built some terrific rides using 'junk'.  We were really impressed with their creativity and ingenuity. Well done!

Tegan's Super Slingshot!

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Tegan made a fabulous Sling Shot ride.

Casey' Pirate Ship ride was fabulous, and Livia's drop ride, terrifying. Super work, girls.

Casey' Pirate Ship ride was fabulous, and Livia's drop ride, terrifying.  Super work, girls.  1
Casey' Pirate Ship ride was fabulous, and Livia's drop ride, terrifying.  Super work, girls.  2

Sol's Super Marble Run

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Made from tubes, plastic bottles, boxes and sticky tape, Sol's marble run was truly terrific. It worked perfectly every time and even used bottle tops to 'catch' the marble at the end.

What do you think of our amazing prototype drop ride?

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James, Isaac and Harvey created this fantastic model of a drop ride today. They even included elastic strips to support their passenger (the egg!) at the end of their drop.

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Welcome to Year 5!

The children have been working very hard so far this half term, learning lots of interesting things about the Pharaohs, working on a variety of skills in Maths Makes Sense, studying the Greek myth of Prometheus and Pandora and a variety of other subjects.  

 

 

 

 

Things to remember

 

  • PE lessons are on a Tuesday afternoon.

 

School Calendar

 

Once again, year 5 have the responsibility for organising and creating the 2017 school calendar, to be sold at various events.  Should anyone have a business that would like to sponsor the calendar and would like to feature within the calendar, please get in touch via letter to the school.

Diolch.

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