Year 5

Year 5 Bikeability

Children from year 5 undertook level 2 cycle training through Pedal Power. This involved biking on local streets, giving them a real cycling experience. At Level 2 the children had to:

  • prepare for on-road cycling
  • start and finish an on-road journey
  • recognise typical hazards
  • let others know what you are about to do
  • know where to ride on the road
  • pass parked vehicles and side roads

The children did really well as they undertook the training in harsh weather, with the cold and rainy conditions adding an extra element to the experience.  Well done to all those who took part and gained confidence/ understanding when cycling on the road.

INTO Students visit CJS to share their ideas around our assembly ‘Magic Maths’

Students from the A Level Newton Programme enjoyed the opportunity to pass on some of their experiences of maths and the importance of maths in their lives and intended future careers.  All the students are studying A Level Maths and they presented some of the methods and tricks they were taught as children in their respective countries – China; Hong Kong; South Korea; Turkey; Russia; Georgia; and Malaysia.  They were very impressed with both the maths ability of the children and their excellent behaviour. A big thank you to Ms Smith for this and all our Community Engagement activities at Colman Junior School.

written by Bob Parsons

Year 5 visit to the Cathedral

On Friday, 8th December Year 5 took part in one of the Christmas workshops at Norwich Anglican Cathedral. They journeyed from Nazareth to Bethlehem, meeting some of the characters from the Christmas story on the way. It was very special visit and enjoyed by all.

Year 5 Korfball Tournament at CNS, Saturday 25th November 2017

We entered two teams of very eager, excited Korfballers, with some very new inexperienced players.

The teams were absolutely amazing, scoring loads of goals, working hard together as a team and being supportive of each other. The new players learned more about the game of Korfball and enjoyed practising lots of skills.

After a very busy afternoon, Colman Black finished in fifth place and Colman Blue finished in seventh place, out of nine teams. Well done!

Thank you very much to all the parents who supported and applauded our teams.


Keeping Safe is …

Our theme this week is ‘Keeping Safe is …’, so in assembly today, we had PC Barton and PCSO Meri come in to assembly to share how we can keep safe in our community.

They talked to us about ‘unfamiliar strangers’ and ‘safe strangers’, recognising and handling dangerous situations and when to use “No, Go, Yell, Tell”.

Year 5 CASMA Concert Letter

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The Power of Words

On Thursday, 19th October Year 5 and 6 enjoyed a visit from children’s author and conservationist, Nicola Davies. She wowed with stories from around the world of leopard tails and peacock spiders, of ibex and humpbacked whale – a real inspiration for all budding writers.

Year 5 Harvest Food Letter

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Diwali is the Hindi Festival of Lights and is celebrated by millions of people around the world. This year it falls on October 19th 2017, so in assembly today, Sushma shared with us the reasons why it is celebrated and ways in which it can be celebrated.

She presented her PowerPoint with confidence and enthusiasm.

thumbnail of Diwali assembly

A fantastic assembly.

Well done Sushma.

For further information see the BBC website

Year 5 visit to the Catholic Cathedral – Norwich

On Wednesday 27th September the Year 5’s visited the Norwich Catholic Cathedral. Having arrived at around 11am the year group was split into their class groups. 5HS began with a tour of the great stain glass windows, whilst 5LW were taken for a tour of the Cathedral itself and some of it’s many treasures.

The children had a brilliant time, and were taken back by the enormity of the Cathedrals giant stain glass windows and high ceilings. Throughout both activities the children engaged fully and asked some fantastic questions to both the deacon and Mrs Garrod who were leading the activities. Please enjoy the photos below.

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

On Tuesday 19th September, Mrs Carpenter, a parent and member of the Norwich Hebrew Congregation Synagogue came into school to share the ways Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish Day of Atonement mark the Jewish New Year. Mrs Carpenter explained why this is a time to be sorry, and make a fresh start. Instead of January the Jewish New Year begins in autumn. It is important at New Year to repent, turn from bad behaviour and set your course to good in the coming year. Mrs Carpenter also demonstrated and explained why celebrations include food: apples and honey, time spent in the synagogue and the blowing of the Shofar (it is a ram’s horn. One of the world’s oldest known wind instruments)

Below are some great photos and a link to the BBC webpage.

Eaton Park Science Walk

Children from 5HS spent Monday afternoon in Eaton Park on a Science Walk. As part of our topic on plant reproduction, their aim was to spot local examples of seed dispersal. They were amazed to find so many ‘real life’ examples right on their doorstep, including sweet chestnuts, lily pods, pine cones, sycamore seeds (helicopters) and of course, conkers. We were very busy so only managed a few photos this time, but you can see what fun we all had.

Miss Bridgham