This has been an extraordinarily busy term. We have had many highlights. The children really enjoyed learning about Lent and Shrove Tuesday with Mrs Clark, in her informative assembly, followed by an exciting inter-house pancake race in the playground. Well done to green house the worthy winners and expert pancake flippers.
Book week began with a launch assembly where all the teachers dressed up as crayons and presented the story ‘The day the crayons quit’, much to the delight of the whole school. This inspired some lovely writing later in the day which can be seen on the board outside Year 5. We enjoyed our daily poem and the visit by the author Catherine Doyle. Many of us (including me) are now reading the book ‘The Storm Keeper’s Island’ and thoroughly enjoying it. We hope she remembers to send us some chapters of her next novel to read (which is yet to be published).
For homework last week, we explained that we were entering the Primary Leaders Award by inventing something to help solve an everyday problem. Using their many impressive ideas, we wrote persuasive pitch letters to accompany our designs. Mrs Casewell will now send our superb letters to the engineering team at the University of London and we will wait to see if they wish to take any of our designs further. So many of the solutions were useful ideas to solve every day problems or to help our environment. I particularly liked the design to stop you eating when you were full!
We have been incredibly lucky to be treated to two science related visits. The first a science show at Sevenoaks School – It’s only water or is it? The second this week, when we took part in experiments to discover the amount of vitamin C in the foods we eat. Thank you to the Walthamstow Hall lower sixth chemists who prepared and guided us through the various experiments in their laboratories.
Prom Praise for Schools telling the story of ‘The Exodus’ through music, song and dance has to be the highlight of the term for Year 5. How lucky we were to be invited to the Royal Albert Hall to participate as part of the massed choir. The experience was both intimate and unforgettable. We returned to school after the event with some very happy and very tired children! Thank you Mrs Clark for organising this and Mrs Hughes for teaching us the songs.
Finally, it was lovely to see you and discuss your children at parents evening. I would like to say a big thank you to you all for all the support and encouragement you always give your children, especially during our recent Book Week, invention homework and Prom Praise.