Today the children have been learning about the history of Children In Need and how it started one November Day back in 1980 - which of course is a really long time ago to our Year 5s! During their reading, the children developed an understanding how the charity developed from a tradition established during the 1930s, whereby there would be a 5 minute radio plea on Christmas Day for those children who were less fortunate. This then progressed into a televised plea as technology progressed, until, finally becoming a telethon on national TV.
The children established an understanding of Sir Terry Wogan's legacy and how he was the face of Children in Need for many years.
To help raise money for this amazing cause, the children were invited to wear spots for the day, as well as taking part in Spot-tacular event, chasing and finding as many spots as they could around Park Street. And, because Team DB are fabulous, they found all 50 in no time at all. Throughout the day, the participated in maths events, as well activities during out Incredible Us! time.
During the Autumn half term Teams JD, DB and LF have been studying the similarities and differences between Wombwell and Whitby. As part of their Design and Technology learning, the children were asked to research, design and create a box to contain a holiday souvenir.
The children spent time researching what a holiday souvenir is, looking at what holiday souvenir would be appropriate for the ize of box they were designing as well as looking at different shaped boxes, their construction and what would be a useful box itself.
The children then moved onto designing their box, considering how the box would be constructed and how it would be held together. We spent some time constructing prototypes of various shapes and sizes, enabling the children time to evaluate which one would be the most appropriate for its use.
The children then created their own boxes using the craft skills they had learned during the day. We then spent time evaluating each others' boxes, identifying what went well and how we could improve our designs for furture DT activities.
This week in Team DB we have been very busy in all areas of our learning.
In Literacy, the children have been working very hard in their writing these past few weeks. We have been sudying poems by our class author, Michael Morpurgo. The children have been reading poems and short stories written about nature itself and trees, from his text, 'My Heart is a Tree'. Based on Morpurgo's love of nature, the children have been focussing upon adding similes and metaphors into their writing, as well as adding powerful adjectives and expaned noun phrases.
In our maths learning this week, we have been continuing our learning about decimal fractions. We have been developing our understanding about tenths and representing these using diennes, fractions and decimals.
During our P.E. session this week, we have been sequencing our Bollywood style dance together. We worked as a whole class and used various moves and different dance styles, including the Peacock, Lotus, The Prayer as well as various foot movements. The children have enjoyed listening to the different music styles from Indian culture.
Teams JD, LF and DB participated in a DT Day this week. The objective was to design and create a box to hold a seaside souvenir. The children had aleady chosen a shell as there object, as this casually linked to their Art learning.
The children researched their project first, looking at different box designs and which would be better for their own box,
The children were tasked with designing, creating a blue print desing to then actually creating their boxes.
The children had great fun drawing their boxes and then creating them for the end product, They had to decide WWW and EBI, whilst providing constructive feedback to their peers.
This half term we have continued our learning about Islam. We have learnt that people who follow the Islamic religion are called Muslims and that the faith was founded in Saudi Arabia. We know that Muslims believe in one God, who is called Allah and that he has ninety-nine names. During our lessons, we have also learnt that the Islamic faith follows the 'Five pillars of Islam' and these are the main beliefs of the religion. ,
We had the privilege of a workshop, led by Imran, a follower of the Islamic faith. Imran focussed on the importance of prayer, the times in which Muslims pray and how they pray within a mosque. He brought artefacts for the children to look at and also taught the children the key features of a Mosque building. The children thoroughly enjoyed listening intently to Imran, and were very enthusiastic about taking part in a workshop activity. The children explored the different headress worn by Muslims as well as looking in detail at the various prayer mats used by both adults and children.
Today in R.E. the children have been developing their understanding about the Five Pillars of Islam:
Shahadah - the Muslim statement of their faith;
Salah - Muslims pray five times each day;
Zakat - giving to those in need;
Sawm - fasting during Ramadan;
Hajj - the pilgrimage to the Holy City
The whole class got out of their seats to explore the Five Pillars around the classroom, matching the statements to each of the Five Pillars.
This week in PSHE, we have been discussing and learning about how Together Everyone Achieves More by working as a TEAM. We discussed about how working independently is ok too and what benefits they thought they could have by working together as a team. The children wrote what they thought was important about working together as a team actually means.
Air guitars at the ready! Today we saw the children of Park Street come to school dressed as a TT Rockstar. During the morning Team DB, Team LF, and Team JD experienced a battle of the band, with each team vying for first position. We're proud to say that Team DB won with the most points! After practising their timestables partaking in various activities, the children themselves displayed that they enjoyed competing with each other, and with Mrs Bamforth, using the laptops. We have encouraged the children to continue practising at home as they were reminded that we have a Team leader board along the corridor as well as the Top 10 Class Display board for each week.
Congratulations went to Kobie-Joe, AJ and Mason for being the Top 3 players in Team DB! Well done to everyone!
Today we held Park Street's very own TT Rockstars Day, where the children and staff were invited to dress up as a TT Rockstar. It was amazing to see all the various costumes, facial paints and hairstyles across every year group.
In Team DB, the children participated in many different times tables acitivities, including a competition between the Teams on TT Rockstars itself. The children are showing their competitive side in wanting to be the Team of the week winners!
Keep practising Team DB, you are really showing what TT Rockstars you really are!
During this half term the children have been investigating and learning all about coputer systems and networks. As part of their learning, we have been looking intently at how search engines work on the internet, as well as ensuring internet safety. The children understand that we do not share information about ourselves readily, and to be wary when internet sites ask us persoanl details about our lives.
The children have been learning about cookies and how websites can store information about the searches that we make, readily making suggestions for future browsing. The children have been using different search engines to locate information and how the words that we enter can impact the results that are found.
They have enjoyed exploring Google and Duck, Duck Go and finding out how one search can result in millions of results! They are also developing their understanding of how search engines prioritise the results for them to use.
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