5LW have had a really fun and engaging day today making Brazilian carnival costumes and props. They each made their own tabard and rainforest animal mask to wear, and then they made animal structures to carry made out of willow, cling film and tissue paper. Everyone worked really hard to get these finished and it was fantastic to see everyone supporting and helping each other. We look forward to showing off our work, along with our samba dances that we have created in PE, in a carnival procession after half term.
For the past term, year 5 have been learning songs themed around the 6 Indian seasons, some of which are in other languages such as Tamil and Hindi. On Wednesday, 33 of our year 5’s had a full afternoon rehearsing these songs and learning dances at the OPEN venue in Norwich before the evening performance in which they performed as part of a 300 strong choir alongside the band Keyo. This was a fantastic experience for these year 5’s, and the event was enjoyed by all.
What a way to finish the #casma2018 South Asian Fusion performances!! Huge thanks to everyone involved and the 27 schools who worked so hard and performed so brilliantly this week! #ACEsupported @Comeandsingco @khiyoband @namaste_norwich pic.twitter.com/Wd2PK7XcPT
— Norfolk Music Hub (@NMHub) February 7, 2018
Last week children in Year 5 and 6 enjoyed meeting Mitch Johnson and hearing all about his debut novel, Kick.
Kick tells the story of twelve-year-old Budi, an Indonesian boy who works in a sweatshop and dreams of becoming a footballer. The novel is endorsed by Amnesty International UK because it upholds and illuminates many children’s rights. The event encouraged us all to think about where in the world our clothes are made and the conditions facing workers.
There was an opportunity for children to buy signed copies of the book, which we also have in our school library and it has been fantastic to see so many children reading Budi’s story for themselves.
All groups gave very strong arguments with those arguing against deforestation narrowly winning the debate.
Save our rainforest – save our world!
Stop the chop!
Have a ❤ – do your part!
On Monday 8th January, Geoff Moulton came into assembly, to share with us the amazing work Water Aid complete around the world. During the assembly, he make us aware that many people across the world do not benefit from clean water and decent toilets. With the help from donations, Water Aid have transform millions of lives every year in 28 countries with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
On Friday 12th January, we are having a Non-uniform day to raise money for Water Aid by bringing in a £1 and wearing blue and white.
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
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.
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”.
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.
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.
A fantastic assembly.
Well done Sushma.
For further information see the BBC website www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15451833
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.
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. http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zgqnv4j