Look at this beautiful creature found today on the edge of our wildlife garden by some of our children. Cleverly identified as an Elephant Hawk moth by one of our class. Have a wonderful break everyone and see you in September!😎
On Thursday 12th July, it was Year 5’s turn to visit the Norwich synagogue. After a long, brisk walk there, our year group was divided into two groups. One group went into the main hall to learn about Judaism in general, whilst the other group learned about the practice of Shabbat.
It was a fantastic experience and the children were not only really interested in all that was being taught, but also thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to handle the artefacts and participate in a mini mock-up of Shabbat too.
Please enjoy the photographs of the many things the children saw and did whilst they were there.
“I learnt that their special scroll, the Torah scroll, is very important to them. They cannot touch it because they would leave marks and it would be disrespectful to God. The Torah scroll is made from stretched animal skin called parchment. However, it feels like plastic and the deer skin one felt soft and fluffy.” Sarah
“My favourite part was when we got to try the wine (grape juice) and the special bread (challah loaf). Although I liked that, I also enjoyed learning what parchment is really made from.” Lily E
“We learned a lot of things such as: They wear a small hat called a ‘Kippah’, they do not eat pork and they have a special candle holder named a ‘menorah’. Every Friday, they have a day called a rest day. They celebrate this by having a very special meal time. They use the plaited menorah candle and a Shabbat candle to celebrate light and fire.” Sophia L
“I have learnt that every Friday when the sun goes down, they set up the table and the woman of the family puts a scarf over her head and lights the two candles, called ‘Shabbat candles’, which are very important.” Samantha
“We looked at some clothing, which was a ‘Kippah’, which traditionally men wear on their heads and a ‘Talut’ which drapes over their shoulders” Lucy E
“… All in all, it was an educating, exciting experience that I think all of the other pupils loved as well!” Maggie
A group of children from across the school walked into the city centre to watch Fantastic Mr Fox at Norwich Theatre Royal. It was a fantastic experience and the children loved the story of cunning, greed and the power of friendship.
On Monday 10th July we were visited by David Solomons, author of ‘My Brother is a Superhero.’ We loved hearing about the inspiration for his popular series of books and suggesting our own idea for a superhero. Children were inspired by the visit and are already busy reading the adventures of Luke and his superhero brother. Don’t forget to look for the signed copies of the series in our school library.
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!