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We are currently studying the text 'The Jamie Drake Equation' by Christopher Edge. We are really enjoying the story and are eager to find out more about Commander Dan Drake's mission with the light probes. So far we have analysed the book cover by inferring meaning as well as making careful observations and predictions. We have also looked in more detail at the authors use of vocabulary and his carefully written sentence structures. We have just completed our informal emails from Jamie to his dad (we decided that letters just wouldn't reach the International Space Station!) to explain about meeting Professor Forster and to tell dad exactly what she has done!
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Our challenge question this half term is .... ‘Is there life on Mars?’
In our first geography lesson we have explored comparisons between the physical features of Earth and Mars. Did you know that Mars has the largest Volcano in the whole Solar System? The Olympus Mons reaches a staggering 16 miles above the Martian crust! Wow!!
To end the Autumn term, the whole school took part in the nativity performance of 'Shine Star, Shine!'. Maple class took some of the lead roles and were brilliant in the acting and singing. The following day we had our annual Christmas lunch at the Langdale Estate. A lot of fun was had by all.
Maple class took part in the Indoor Athletics event held at the Lakes School on Wednesday 11th December. Everyone had fun competing in lots of different events; some which we had tried before, others that we had never done.
The whole school took part in a felting workshop with Julie Harrison, to help produce our new school banner. Year 5 and 6 were responsible for creating the foreground of the image. They took inspiration from the school surroundings and created an amazing picture out of the felt. This is now up in our entrance hall for everyone to see.
This half term we are studying the book 'Number the Stars' by Lois Lowry.
We have been fascinated by the story so far and have produced some lovely pieces of written work. These can be seen on our English display in the classroom (or a sneak peak can be seen below . . .)
We continued our sporting week by welcoming Dave from 'Skip2bfit' on Wednesday. We always enjoy his visits into school and we laughed and joked our way through a very high impact skipping and boxing session. Dave comes with lots of stories, advice and inspiration to help us develop our growth mindsets. Both he and Leon spoke about the need to persevere and work hard to achieve your dreams and this is exactly what we will strive to do!
Leon Baptiste visit
On Monday 25th November we were fortunate to have Leon Baptiste, gold medal winner from the 2010 commonwealth games, in school to put us through our paces with a challenging circuit. We then spent some time with him playing memory and team work games before hearing all about his career. He was very inspiring!
Outdoor Classroom Day
On Thursday 7th November we took part in Outdoor Classroom Day. Maple class were tasked with the job to create a poe-tree, using our superb woodland as inspiration. Even though the weather was against us, we had a great time and created some fantastic poems (which can be seen on display in our classroom - come and have a look!)
Maple class had a super day out of school on Wednesday to participate in the INTO
film festival at Penrith. We watched a film called ‘2040’ which was made by an Australian man who wanted to explain to his 4 year old daughter what life could be like when she was 25 if people made changes to the way they live today. We came away very inspired about the things that we could do and we are excited to study this further as part of our topic after Christmas.
In our PE lessons this half term we have been focusing on netball. We have learnt about the different passes, positions and rules of High5 netball. We have enjoyed developing our game play and strategies.
In our English lessons, we have continued to study The Clocktower.
We have been creating back stories for the Perpetual Dancer using themes from fairytales.
This half term in our Humanities sessions we will be looking at the challenge question ‘What qualities make a good leader?’
We will look at key leaders through time and develop our point of view on whether they showed good leadership qualities compared to others.