I'm sure you've all seen the handsome science work USA children brought home tonight. It was all-hands-on-deck as we had a special visitor from Wrenn Academy delivering a science lesson on the human skeleton, a topic that goes hand-in-hand with some of our human body work this term. Some of the children needed a helping hand with the more tricky bits, but I was there to lend a hand to those who struggled to assemble the tendons, carpals and phalanges. The bone names were difficult to remember in the theoretical part of the lesson, but a more hands-on approach was hands-down more memorable. At the end of the afternoon, a show of hands was a weird sight; on the other hand, shaking hands in the cloakroom would have been odder.
MUSEUM OF ANCIENT GREECE
Some photos of the afternoon are below.
Well done to the winners of our photo quiz this afternoon, guessing the Greek inventions on our class display, and thank you to all who took part. The correct answers (that have names on) came from:
Water clock - Colin's dad
Jumping weights - Sarah
Toothbrush - Kat
Automatic doors - Jens N
There were lots of other correct answers, but they either have no names on them or the name was illegible (come on parents - you're worse than your children!).
End of WW1 Centenary - 1918 - 2018
Our class have been studying WW1 war poets this week, and inspired by what they have read and learned, each of them has written a poem in tribute to those poets, and all who lost their lives or loved ones in the Great War. The book can be downloaded below, along with the original poems we studied all week.
I am hugely proud of their efforts, and how respectfully and seriously they all undertook this task.
Parents' Evening follow-up (8/11/18)
Here are a two of the documents some of you asked me about last night at parents' evening meetings.
The Maths curriculum map shows the order each class is studying different areas of maths this year. The 'Reading Support' one has some suggested questions / prompts which would be good to promote discussion when reading to or with Y5/6 children.
If there's anything else you need, or have thought about after our meeting last night, please contact me by email or see me after school (from next week - I still have a few individual appointments this week).
Today the children worked to design and build a working clepsydra (an ancient Greek invention, a water clock) to accurately measure 1 minute. The results were impressive, with 6 pairs measuring a minute to within 4 seconds, three of them being within 2 seconds. The winners were:
1st: Ross & Amy - 1 minute 0.66 seconds
2nd: Lily & Harley - 58.39 seconds
3rd: Fynn & Samia - 1:01.90
4th: Dougie & Emily - 1:02.22
5th: Jake & Alanna - 1:02.96
6th: Abi & Mavi - 1:03.99
Well done everyone. Some pictures of the fun and learning are below.
New school year, 2018-19
Great Doddington Primary School
11th & 12th July 2018
Tickets available now.
YEAR 6 BIKEABILITY GROUPS
Everyone who returned their form will be doing Level 1 Bikeability on the first morning back, Monday 4th June. This will go ahead whatever the weather, so dress for the conditions on that day (you can come to school in your PE / cycling kit), and remember to bring school uniform to change into for the afternoon.
I have worked out groups to avoid clashes with the cricket teams on Wednesday. If you pass level 1, you will be doing level 2 as follows:
Tuesday 5th June, 9am - 3pm
Archie B, Archie L, Joseph, Baydon, Max, Lauren, Stefanie, Katy M, Amelia W, Phoebe
Wednesday 6th June, 9am - 3pm
Kieran, Amelia C, Konstantin, Rylee, Isaac, William, Charlie, Clinton
All cyclists will return to school between 12:10 - 1:10pm for their usual lunch hour. Any hot dinners booked are unaffected.
Maths SATs Morning Booster Classes
In the weeks between Easter and SATs, I will be running morning booster classes in Maths for year 6. They are optional, but can really make a difference, with the chance to work in smaller groups and tackle any specific problem areas or worries they might have. If your child encounters an area of Maths that they find difficult in their revision books, this is the ideal time to bring them in for some extra individual support.
Booster classes will take place in class USA from 8:00am to 8:45am on the following dates:
There is no need to sign a permission letter, or to attend every one; if you can only make one or two of them that’s better than none at all. Just turn up with your Maths revision books between 7:55 - 8:00am (please be prompt – arriving after 8:00 is really disruptive for everyone else) with your Maths brain ready to go.
I've had several requests for the book I've been reading the children this term. It is called 'Horowitz Horror' by Anthony Horowitz, and is age-appropriate for years 5-6, and full of well-crafted scary / suspense stories that have really caught the imagination this term.
It is available for £5.99 on Amazon.
Class USA have been studying horror and suspense fiction this term. We have written a class ghost story - every child has contributed in some way to this story, so it is a real team effort. Enjoy.
Breath by Class USA
James was glad to be in the water - those changing rooms were gloomy, eerie and oddly worrying. Although he normally spent as long as he could admiring his own reflection, the mirrors at Hellingborough indoor swimming pool made him feel nervous, like a pair of concealed, blood-shot eyes were watching him. Now he was in the water, where he was most at home, swimming his fifty lengths he did every morning before the pool opened to the public. There were four other members of staff there this morning, but instead of swimming lengths like James, they were all sat around chatting in the little hot-tub pool at the side. Even Paul, the lifeguard who should have been watching at the side, was 'chilling' in the tub. Despite this, James was enjoying having the main pool to himself, before the stickies came in and warmed up (and topped up) the pool a bit.
"Oi James!" yelled Paul. "I bet you can't do two lengths underwater."
James already knew Paul was an idiot (only last week, on James' first day, Paul had pushed him off the high diving board, and James hasn't felt well since), but he didn't want to lose face in front of the rest of the staff. Accepting the challenge, James took a deep breath and plunged into the deepest, darkest water.
The first length was easy. Silence. Stillness. Solitude.
Towards the end of the second length, however, he knew he was in trouble: his arms and legs seemed to slow down; he could hear his rapid heart-beat accelerating; his lungs felt squeezed, like someone was inside his chest gripping them tight.
Ascending from the depths, he noticed a dark, fast-moving silhouette out of the corner of his eye. Was the lack of oxygen making him imagine it? He turned. Beneath him, wearing an oddly old-fashioned swimming costume, he saw a woman with the palest skin he'd ever seen and long, dark, wavy hair glide past.
In the changing rooms, James and the other staff chatted about nothing in particular as they got dried and dressed into their smart red and yellow uniforms, ready for the pool to open to the public in ten minutes. Not wanting to appear peculiar, James decided not to say anything about the mysterious figure in the pool to the people he was working with all day.
At six o'clock, the others went off to their jobs, leaving James alone in the changing rooms - he didn't start work until 6:30.
Whistling his familiar tune, Bob the caretaker came mopping and sweeping into the changing rooms.
"Hello James. Are you OK? You look a bit pale today," enquired Bob.
"Funny you should ask that. I've just seen a strange, very pale woman swim under me in the pool just now," replied James.
"You must be imagining it. There haven't been any women swimming this morning - the female changing rooms are still locked."
Shocked and confused, James rushed out of the door to the female changing rooms. He yanked the handle, but soon noticed it was locked, just like Bob had said.
Sprinting through the male changing rooms, past a bewildered Bob, he hurried into the pool area, but found the female changing room door locked on that side too. Staring into the translucent, rippling water, he was surprised to see that the mysterious female swimmer was nowhere to be seen. There were no wet footprints (apart from his own) at the poolside either.
James charged to the office. He thought the security camera footage might show her ... but despite playing it back five times, he was the only swimmer in the pool that morning. Maybe he imagined her - after all, he was struggling to breathe at the time.
Spinning the office chair around, before he could get up he came face to face with a photo of a swimmer - she was pale skinned, with long wavy dark hair, blood-shot eyes and was wearing an oddly old-fashioned swimsuit. Next to the photo, a plaque read: 'In loving memory of Jane Coral, Olympic swimmer, 1878 - 1898.'
Computing - Sketch-Up art galleries:
During this term, USA have created their own art galleries, using different tools, and sculptures, which many have imported into their galleries. I'm very impressed with their hardwork and resilience - they look great!
School Council reps for Y6
Following an election in class last week, the school council representatives for year 6 were chosen. Congratulations to: Katy M and Archie L.
(If either of these is selected as head boy / girl, the runner-up in the election will take their place as the extra Y6 school council rep).
Year 5 reps were chosen by an election in Miss Shelton's maths class (just year 5s).
The PowerPoint of the meeting is available to download above, for those unable to attend.
If you don't have my email address, you can contact me by clicking this link.
The report of our year 6 children meeting astronaut Tim Peake was featured prominently in last week's Northants Telegraph.