On Wednesday this week, Malcolm Sinclair came for a special assembly. He teaches British Sign Language (BSL) to children across Norfolk. He signed to us about growing up in family of both Deaf and hearing people and now living with a family of hearing people, all of whom use sign to communicate.
He signed how he loves visiting Colman Junior School because there are so many children who are keen to communicate with him. He showed us how much fun BSL can be and how useful in some situations, for example when you are a long way away from someone and don’t want to shout! Thank you Mr Sinclair. We will keep practising!
To kickstart year 5’s Space topic, this week in science 5LW have been learning about our solar system. After learning about the Sun and the order of the planets, each table was provided with 8 pieces of fruit and told that each fruit represented the size of a planet on a much smaller scale. 5LW worked as detectives with a set of clues to decide which fruit represented which planet and place them in the correct order. We were surprised to find out that if the Earth was the size of a cherry tomato, then Jupiter would be the size of a melon and Mercury would be the size of a tiny peppercorn!
Next, we used toilet roll to build a scale model of the solar system. Using a scale where 1 square of toilet paper: 57,910,000km (the distance between the Sun and Mercury), Earth would be 2.5 pieces of toilet paper away from the Sun whereas Neptune would be 76.3 pieces away!
On Wednesday 18th April, Jo Phillips, came into assembly to share with us the way a news report is written and made. During the assembly, she gave us some ideas about selecting a good story, writing the story in simple language for the ear and some tips to keep the news report to exactly 3 minutes.
As the sun was out, we were able to play with our new equipment on the field. Our new equipment was purchased, with the money raised from events organised by the School Council. As you can see, we had fun exploring what was new inside the boxes.