Today we focused on the Latin American artist Frida Kahlo whose troubled life produced fueled incredibly powerful artwork. Our young artists learnt about her life and explored some of her famous surrealist paintings. They then tried different techniques with oil pastels before produced amazing mixed media artworks based on Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. All the adults in Year 5 are incredibly proud of the children today for their focus and creativity.
This morning, Y5 attended an assembly with Severn Trent Water. We recapped the water cycle and looked into how water is cleaned to make it “potable” in the home. The children also thought about how to stay hydrated and how to spot the early signs of dehydration.
Today in Code Club we followed a tutorial to create a game inspired by Pong which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year! The children added variables to show the score increasing, Game Over screens and other features to entertain or challenge any gamer.
Star Coder this week was Kyron in Y5 for his resilience. He showed excellent logic and evaluation skills to help him debug his algorithm.
Today we had a fantastic gymnastic demonstration with Jason Tucker, a Commonwealth Games gymnast and his budding protégé Harry. They discussed the need for repetition in practise as well as how to deal with high pressure situations.
Well done to the Code Club today for creating games where you had to find and click a sprite to open up the next level. Advanced coders were able to modify the code, sprite and backgrounds and add in a variable that counted the amount of time it took to complete the game.
As part of Healthy Lifestyle Week, Y5 were lucky enough to have a Q&A session with professional footballer Harry Flowers. He spoke about working hard to achieve your goals and developing a positive attitude to following your passions. He spoke about the importance of developing skills across different areas.
The children listened really carefully and asked some really thoughtful questions.
Today pupils from Y5 and Y6 were lucky enough to enter a planetarium inflated in the school hall. They had the chance to watch immersive videos about the solar system and potential life forms in other galaxies before asking questions to a Space expert. This really helped spark the children’s imaginations and helped them retrieve learning from the Year 5 Space unit of Science.
Thank you Ali for talking to our year 5s! They loved learning all about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and how you can help people overcome their anxiety and phobias. We will definitely be taking on some of your top tips about being aware of our thoughts compared to our feelings and how we can have a positive impact on our mental health if we face our anxieties! It is a truly inspiring career choice and one we knew very little about before your visit.
What a fantastic start to Code Club today! The children logged created log-ins to Scratch by using the QR scanners on the Chromebooks. They programmed projects based on a sample code and many children put their own creative spin on this. My particular favourite was from our Coder of the Week, Soumil, who created an animated baseball themed story which you can see below.
I also loved Niamh’s safari scene, Evie’s space code and Travis’ complex code involving colour changes, sounds and movements. We discussed how to add “events” to make actions start within our programs. The children worked really well to tinker and modify their programs and debug when necessary.
https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/703257160 (Click “See inside” to find out how to run the sequence)
Thank you to all the staff and parent volunteers that helped us to run our Geography visit today. We were so lucky with the weather and managed to study three sites along the valley (upper course, middle course and lower course). Although lunch was somewhat disrupted by some rather confident sheep, hopefully the children will remember the changes in the stream. We tested the velocity of the water by timing a ping pong ball along a set distance and made measurements across the channel. Children had a go at field sketches and annotated how the river had affected the landscape, and in some cases how humans had impacted the environment.
Newdale Primary and Nursery School
Tel: 01952 387720
Headteacher: Miss R Cook B.Ed (Hons) NPQH
School Business Manager: Mr John Griffiths
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