They arrived last week and are being nurtured in their cosy incubator. They will take 21 days to hatch, so we have another 17 days to watch and wait. In the mean time, the children will be taking turns to ensure that the temperature stays at a constant temperature and that the water level to provide humidity is topped up regularly. We can’t wait to see what they look like 🐔🐔🐔🐔
Last week we were busy learning about General Elections. Year 3 children explained to the rest of the school how a general election works and how to vote. The whole school were invited to register to vote and received a polling card. On Thursday everyone registered cast their vote, either in our polling station or by posting their postal vote.
The results of the mock General Election in the Colman Junior School constituency were as follows:
237 votes were cast.
Turnout was 98%.
The Conservative candidate received 15 votes
The Green party candidate received 37 votes
The Labour Party candidate received 139 votes
The liberal democrat candidate received 22 votes.
The UKIP candidate received 23 votes
1 vote was spoilt.
The candidate for Labour is elected as MP for Colman Junior School.
On Thursday 25th May information meetings were held for Year 5 parents about the learning expectations in year 6 and the changes in year 5 after May half term. Both meetings were well attended. The notes from the meeting and the powerpoint are here for parents unable to attend. I hope that they are helpful.
Year 5 blasted off to the Science Museum in London (alas, not by rocket but by coach!). Despite the long journey there and back, the children had a great day, learning about voyages into space as well as other topic areas. Below are a small selection of the write-ups that the children did once they were back and photos of them there.
In year 5, we have been looking at the life cycles of plants and animals. To support this, 5LW have been lucky enough this half term to have eggs and caterpillars in the classroom, and we have been able to watch and observe the changes that have been happening. On Wednesday night, 4 of our eggs hatched so we currently have 4 little chicks in the classroom, and today 3 of our butterflies emerged. We will post again next week for the class to be able to tell you more about these, but for now here are some pictures that we have taken over the last few weeks in the classroom.
For the past three weeks, 5LW have been spending Wednesday afternoon science lessons outside in our wonderful grounds. Children have either been pond dipping, building bird boxes (from scratch!) or gardening in our fabulous new gardening area. Particular thanks to Andy Taylor for helping with the gardening, we are all really looking forward to harvesting some of our fruit and veg towards the end of this term.
On Wednesday 10th May, 5SH were visted by a volunteer from the RSPB who led us through a Bioblitz of our school field and wildlife garden. We looked for different types of minibeasts that inhabited our grounds and were surprised at the huge variety that we managed to find.
As you can see from the following pictures, the children enjoyed looking closely at the creatures that they managed to find!
Year 5 have been busy outside recently with gardening, pond dipping and mini-beast hunting. Here are a selection of photos (mostly of the minibeast hunts). Enjoy!
The children from Japanese Club wrote and presented a whole school assembly about Children’s Day in Japan. It is a day to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. Everyone was welcomed to the hall by a recording of traditional Taisho Koto music. Then the children told us all about the koinobori legend and showed us some of the carp they had made as well as telling us about Kintaro, the boy with super human strength. We were treated to a display of the children’s strength as they flexed their muscles wearing homemade kabuto hats. The assembly finished with talk of oak leaf wrapped mochi and a recording of the traditional Children’s Day song.
Kodomo no hi everyone!