The Autumn Term has all been about setting the standards for
our Year 5 studies.
Our first topic has been a study of the Tudors, including a
fantastic song with Mrs Ley. We have learnt about Kings Henry VII and Henry
VIII. We know that the Battle of Bosworth Field was the last battle in The War
of the Roses and was fought between Henry Tudor and Richard III. Linking with
our studies we are creating fantastic Tudor portraits.
In maths so far we have covered perimeters, time and we have
looked for patterns within our maths calculations.
In English we have been reading a book called Treason. An
adventurous story about a boy called William Montague, who started life in
Montague Hall before his Aunt Carew prepared him for life in London as the page
of Prince Edward (Edward VI).
Our RE studies have taken us to the subject of creation
where we have compared the theory of Big Bang with the Bible beliefs of how our
Earth was created by God in seven days.
We are lucky enough to have swimming lessons at Downham Pool
and we are really improving our strokes.
On Tuesday 8th October, Year 4 visited the British Museum, where they explored
the European Galleries as part of their topic work on the Anglo-Saxons. The
children learned more about the discovery of the Sutton Hoo burial mound and
were able to see the famous Sutton Hoo burial helmet, together with a collection of
coins, purses, belt buckles, swords, shields, jewellery and many other gold
embroidered artefacts. They were able to understand how we can learn more
about the Anglo-Saxons’ way of life by studying these artefacts. Year 4 were also
given plenty of opportunities to record their observations and develop their
sketching techniques by paying attention to the intricate details of the objects on
Year 1 and 2 took part in the training program, aimed at reducing the number of scooter accidents. The training is lively and fun. It took place in the playground and then the children were taken onto Dunfield Road.
The children enthusiastically helped Post Office engineer Tommy Flowers to build Colossus, the world’s first programmable computer. They found out how this clever technology cracked secret coded messages and learnt about codes and ciphers to understand the principles of early computing technology. During the workshop they worked as a team to reconstruct a human Colossus and reveal its vital role in the D-Day landings. The children also had a chance to ride the Mail Rail and experience a journey back in time through the original tunnels and station platforms of London’s 100-year-old postal railway.
The children visited Crofton Roman Villa in Orpington, where they were able to see some of the remains and architectural structures from around 2000 years ago. They took part in a rotation of sessions including a guided talk by the resident archaeologist, an exploration of what life was like in the Roman villa, examining artifacts and replicas. The children also enjoyed dressing up like a Roman Emperor, Empress or Citizen.
Year 6 had a fabulous time visiting Chislehurst Caves. They greatly enjoyed the educational, yet fun experience learning about the importance of the caves during WWII and about the thousands of people who sought refuge during the aerial bombardments. Many of the children left with spooked-out faces, but they all agreed it was a worthwhile visit. The Year 6 pupils enjoyed themselves so much that they are already making plans to return with their friends and families and share the unforgettable experience.
Our third trip with Mrs Weatherhead took us to the magnificent
Royal Courts of Justice in central London.
After learning about the differences between civil and criminal
law we took part in our first mock trial. We were all given a role to play in
the case against Tommy Peel. Tommy was instructed to appear to face charges
because he was breaching a Noise Abatement Order and had been fighting in the
The two legal teams put forward great arguments and asked the
witnesses some very challenging questions. The witnesses were very confident
and answered truthfully as the court usher had asked them to promise to tell
the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
At the end of the trial the judge (Giorgia) had the responsibility
of deciding if Tommy was innocent or guilty. It wasn’t easy to come to a
decision but in the end she found that Tommy had not breached the order.
We were lucky that the sun was shining and we were able to have a picnic in Lincoln Inn’s Field.