On Thursday 16th March, 23 children in Years 5 and 6 had the wonderful opportunity to sing at Norwich Cathedral as part of a schools’ project. Leading up to the event, we had some brilliant workshops in school run by the Head of Vocal studies at Norwich School. The children worked very hard learning all the songs for memory and learning their different parts.
Despite an eventful journey to the Cathedral after the mini bus broke down, the concert was fantastic and the children sung brilliantly. We were also able to hear a demonstration of the Cathedral Organ (the fourth biggest organ in the world!) and enjoyed listening to the professional Cathedral Choir sing to us.
A huge congratulations must go to all the children who took part. Thank you as well to all the families who were able to come to the concert and show their support, it made it even more exciting seeing you in the audience!
We celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Book Day in style at CJS with a variety of events. Everyone looked fantastic in their pyjamas ready for our bedtime story sessions. It was great to hear different members of staff reading their favourite story. We also had a huge response to our decorate a book bag competition and all of the entries looked fantastic in the hall. Children loved browsing and reading each other’s favourite books. In addition children were able to use their £1 free World Book Day token at our fantastic book fair. At CJS we know that reading for pleasure is a hugely important part of children’s learning and it was great to see so much delight being taken in favourite books both old and new.
5SH enjoyed reading their books during one of our World Book day events. Can you work out who the mystery giraffe is?!
Today, we showed off the crafts we made in a procession to Samba music for the rest of the school.
5SH have been researching South America and finding out about their traditions and celebrations, including carnival.
On Wednesday 1st February, our expert willow sculptor, Mrs Howe, visited the school to show us how to make willow sculptures, costumes and headdresses, all in preparation for a carnival parade of our own, taking place in front of the rest of the school on Monday. (Photos of that to follow next week).
As you can see from these photos, our project kept us very busy; creating Rainforest creature sculptures by forming willow, then covering it with bright colours, and making collars and headdresses.
In Literacy this term, 5SH have been reading ‘The Vanishing Rainforest’ by Richard Platt. This week in class, we held a debate on the following motion:
‘The Yanomami Tribe have a right to what they were by the developers’.
Before we filmed the debate, the children worked as part of either a ‘proposition’ group who supported the motion or the ‘opposition’ group, who were against the motion.
As you will see from the video, the debate brought up some great arguments, both for and against the motion.
On Wednesday 25th January, we were visited by some Chinese students from INTU at UEA. They came to give year group assemblies about the Chinese New year and answered many questions that the children posed about life in China. Year 5 enjoyed listening to them describe their New Year festivities . They also explained how Chinese letters and words are often symbolic. For example, the word for mountain orginates from a pictorial symbol of a mountain. Some children were delighted to see how their names were written in Chinese writing.
This week we have been having tons of fun leading up to the Christmas break. On Wednesday 14th December we dressed up in our Christmas jumpers and enjoyed having our Christmas lunch all together in the dining hall. Can you spot the ‘special guest’ in our line up to show off our jumpers?!
Then, on Thursday 15th, we had our Christmas party. The children decorated the tables and shared some delicious food!
On Tuesday 15th November, 5LW visited Chiswick House care home in Norwich. The class performed a selection of songs for the residents, including songs about Remembrance day and harvest festival, along with a couple of songs that they had chosen themselves.
Afterwards, the class had time to talk to the residents, and asked them some lovely questions about their lives. Some of the children even drew pictures to give to the residents. The children behaved brilliantly, and this proved a memorable occasion both for the residents and for the class.
On Monday 21st November, Year 5 went to visit Christchurch. While we were there, Reverend Patrick Richmond gave us a ‘tour’ around the church, revealing to us many of the links between the art and artefacts that were there and their connection to the Bible and Christ. We didn’t realise that the roof itself was shaped like the bottom of an ark or that Heaven is depicted as blue, which is why Mary is painted wearing blue cloth. We also had a very interesting talk and activity with Vivien Humber, learning all about Eaton and it’s local history.
Below are some pictures of our time there.
On Monday 14th November, 5SH went to visit Hawthorns residential care home in Norwich. The children sang lots of different songs to the residents, including songs about Halloween and Remembrance day. It was wonderful to see the room gradually fill up with more and more people who wanted to hear them sing.
Once the children had sung all their songs, there was time for them to chat to the residents and talk about their lives. Some of the comments from the children afterwards are as follows:
Teegan – It was really exciting to meet the people. One of them liked learning how to use sign language to say “Good morning” and “Good afternoon”.
Carla – It was really nice to know that a resident called Gloria knew my sister and had lived on the same street as us. She told me about her time at school and how the teachers would throw ink bottles at children’s heads if they were naughty!
Sam – Lovely to hear what they had to say about baking and when they were at school.
Bertie – Spent ages having really good conversations about the RAF with Ted and learned how Ted had found his teacher rell intimidating and scary.
Emma liked talking to them because they say lots of funny stuff!
The children were fantastic, making sure that they got to speak with all the residents and giving them a happy, memorable afternoon. Every single child should be pleased with how they conducted themselves in what was a new experience for many of them. They did CJS proud!
In our P.E. lessons, year 5 have been putting together a zombie dance to the song “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. It was looking so good that we thought it would be a great idea to perform it for the rest of the school on Halloween. Here it is for you to watch at home.