As part of both our RE focus on Christianity, and our science work studying properties and changes of materials, we have spent time making gingerbread with Chef John. We have looked at how there have been changing states between liquid and solids as well as irreversible changes through mixing and baking. We had lots of fun making them and are looking forward to using our artistic talents when decorating them tomorrow.
A massive thank you to John for volunteering his time and skills.
Ms Howard and Mrs Firkins are looking forward to seeing you tonight at the Harwich Illuminate Festival. Don't worry if you haven't returned the form - everyone is welcome to come along with their parents to celebrate this event and to get together with other members of our community.
See you there!
We've now entered the second part of the Autumn term and, before we know it, Christmas will soon be upon us. But before we get caught up in the festivities we will be looking at a range of different topics.
In science we will be focusing on materials and their properties; an exciting opportunity for the pupils to get engaged with observing chemical reactions using every day objects.
In RE we will be focusing on Christianity and a range of stories from the Bible, including the creation story.
We have made the decision to have an additional history unit this term as we have been invited to take part in the 'Harwich Illuminate Festival' and be part of the lantern procession from Ha'penny Pier on Friday 24th November. Further information about this event will be sent out in the coming weeks.
PE will be used to cover the sport of hockey on a Monday (outdoor kits will be required now the weather is turning), and gymnastics on a Thursday. We will be learning a range of balances to be performed with a partner.
ICT will see us continuing with our coding and programming units of work as well as using a range of software for research and presentation.
Art and D&T will be covered through the making of lanterns and a giant sculpture of Christopher Jones; The Mayflower School traditional Christmas hoops which will be on display in the hall; The opportunity to design and create Christmas cards and wrapping paper.
French will continue with the 'Town' unit we began during last half term, with the children learning compass points, directions and a range of different amenities available in different French towns.
Having thoroughly enjoyed our previous music focus of 'rock', we will be moving on to an introduction of jazz music and we will be listening and appraising a range of pieces before beginning to play and then compose music in a jazz style.
Please ensure that you are signed up for Marvellous Me so that you can be kept up to date with your child's achievements and have the opportunity to celebrate our classes successes.
As we are rapidly heading towards half term, I thought now would be a great time to say thank you to all the parents and carers who have been supporting their children with the transition from year 4 to 5.
During this half term we have been focusing on myth writing and Ancient Greece. We have learnt about the Olympic Games, democracy, and how Alexander the Great spread the Greek ideology throughout the area. One of our favourite lessons was re-enacting the Battle of Marathon on the school field.
Our myth writing has been fun and exciting and I am looking forward to reading their final pieces in the coming weeks.
As you are aware, the homework project is due in on Monday 16th October and we are all very excited to see what the children have decided to research and show in their presentation.