Remembrance Day at Downham

On Friday 10th November, Year 5 went to visit the memorial at Downham for Remembrance Day.  There were four other schools there.  The service was short but enjoyable.  There was a lot of professional music [well, it was Year 7+, but it sounded professional ~Mr M].  At the end, two people from each school laid a poppy wreath on the statue.  Mr Headley-Morris took a class photo of us by the memorial.  There was even a real soldier at the service.  Finally, we went back to school.

~ Julia

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Athletics

On Thursday 9th November, a group of year 5 and 6 children went to Bonus Pastor to take part in an Athletics competition. They took part in field and relay races.
The field events the children took part in were speed bounce, standing long jump, javelin and chest push.
The relays we took part in were a 2 by 1 lap relay, a 4 by 1 lap relay, a 2 by 2 lap relay, a 4 by 2 lap relay for boys and girls teams and a 4 by 1 lap mixed relay.

The children won the competition, we are very proud of them. Thank you to the parents who came to support us.

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BMX track in Beckenham Place Park

There is a open day this Saturday 30th September from 2pm-5pm. The children can bring their bikes or scooters and try the new BMX track. For anyone who does not have a bike they will have some at the track and helmets.

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A visit from the Fire Bridgae!

Today, Year 5 had a visit from the London Fire Brigade.  We learned all about how to stay calm and safe in a fire.  The three main words were:

PREVENTION*

DETECTION*

ESCAPE

We looked at some real photos of rooms that had been on fire and had to deduct what had happened (this is really helpful because we’ll be using the same deduction skills in our reading).  We even got to watch a room burn completely.  It only took 8.5 minutes for everything to be engulfed in flames!

We were told how important it is to ensure everything is switched off and unplugged at night time… except the fridges and freezers!

*These words follow the same spelling rule that we are revising this week.  How good is that!

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Para Athletic Championships

On Monday 17th July years 4,5 and 6 were lucky enough to be able to go the World Para Athletic Championships. The children saw track and field events for 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres and 800 metres. The track events the children saw were long jump, shot put and discus.

While there the children saw Sophie Kamlish beat her own world record in the 100 metre sprint for Great Britain.She ran 100 metres in 12.90 seconds wow! The atmosphere in the London Stadium was amazing and the children cheered on all the athletes but especially team GB.

Everyone had a wonderful day!

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Trees for the park

On the 23rd March, Year 5 crossed the road to Beckenham Place Park to meet up with the park wardens and groundsmen. Our mission: to help renovate the park by planting a few trees. There were 75 trees waiting in bags, and the children were eager to get started. Surprisingly, they not only succeeded in planting those, but more trees were fetched. Oak, Hazel, Sweet Chestnut… Just imagine our astonishment to find out at the end that 205 trees had been planted in around an hour! The children were happy to contribute to protecting the natural environment. As one of the year 5 children said: “Every puff of oxygen helps the world a bit more!”

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School Councillors Visit The Mayor

The School Councillors from Years 5 and 6, Michaela, Che, Llywella and Rex,  spent an informative morning at the Civic Suite . When they arrived they completed a quiz about the London Borough of Lewisham, looked at Mayoral Regalia included former and current mayoral Maces and tried out the Mayoral chair. They then went into the Council Chambers , where they met the Deputy Young Mayor of Lewisham, Tekisha Henry from Sedgehill. She explained how she was elected and what her role is . They then went to meet Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor of Lewisham. He showed them his Mayoral Chain and Badge and explained the work of Lewisham Council. The Councillors asked him about their policies and questioned him on his achievements and role as Mayor.

At the end of the morning Sir Steve announced the winners of the quiz and we were delighted to hear that it was………..St Augustines!  A fantastic end to a thought provoking and interesting morning.

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The Science of Materials

Year 5 are enjoying their science topic about materials and their properties. They are sharpening their practical skills through a number of experiments. The photos here show them using a range of techniques to separate mixtures of various kinds. How many can you spot?

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Y5 robot invasion…

As part of our study of Science Fiction, several children in year 5 chose to make a robot at home. They made these charming characters using only household items such as bottle tops, foil and cereal boxes. “Don’t worry – they all have a self-destruct button… just in case they get out of control!” one of the robot makers has assured us. Well done to all who had a go!

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Year 5 Trip to Tate Modern

On Monday 7th November, Year 5 visited Tate Modern as part of their Art unit on Surrealism. They visited several galleries, had a go at sketching some of the works, and after lunch had a look at the London sky line. A fun time was had by all

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