Welcome to Turtles Class!
Our Class Teacher is Lee Harris and our Learning Support Assistant is Blanche Gilmartin.
The Ancient Maya Civilisation
Today Turtle class did their entry point lesson to our new topic: The Mayas.
We had a great lesson drinking hot chocolate and learning that we have chocolate today because of the Maya. They used to make this delicious hot drink with crushed cacao beans and water, sometimes adding a little chilli or cinnamon.
Not only did we sample some chilli hot chocolate, but we had some tortilla chips too. Corn tortillas are a Mayan staple and are enjoyed with most meals, especially stew and rice.
We are looking forward to learning more about the Mayas!
Christmas is in the Air
Year 5 have had a very festive week this week. We have done all things Christmassy, which has included singing some carols with Lisa, making Christmas crafts in preparation for our sale next week. We even walked in the pouring rain to the church to watch the KS1 Nativity. It was so rainy that we had to take off our shoes and socks and dry them on the radiator! And of course, today was Christmas jumper day and Christmas Dinner day, where we enjoyed a delicious roast dinner and laughed at some cheesy jokes. It has been a great week with lots of fun had by all.
KS2 Visit the Theatre
On Wednesday 4th December, Y4, 5 and 6 attended their enrichment trip. This term, the children were able to experience the wonders of the West End as we travelled into London to watch the matinee performance of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’.
For many of our children, they have never had the opportunity to visit the theatre or experience a west end production so we felt very lucky that we were able to take our Y4,5 and 6 pupils. Looking around the theatre, there were lots of faces filled with awe and wonder as the children witnessed a stunning theatrical experience, exploring culture from around the world and understanding the concept of the ‘Circle of life’.
One of our pupils told us that it “was the best thing I have ever seen in my life!”
Coral Live Lesson in our Classroom!
Today our class took part in one of the Coral Live Lessons where we signed on at 11am sharp! The session was streamed live all the way from the Caribbean where Scientists are working on ways to protect our coral reefs and oceans.
We were greeted by Jamie who guided us in completing 2 investigations. We explored the effects of ocean acidification and learned how the rising amount of Carbon Dioxide caused by Global warming are in turn causing raised levels of acidity in the oceans. We placed a piece of chalk into some vinegar and observed how the vinegar started to dissolve the chalk(calcium carbonate) in the same way that acidic sea water will start to dissolve coral.
It was a great lesson, which we all enjoyed! The best part was when Jamie read our shout out!
Our Star Nebula Artwork
A big thank you to those parents who came along on Wednesday morning. We had lots of fun learning about Harvest and making our own bread rolls. It was an opportunity for the children to reflect on how and why Harvest is celebrated in England, as well as find out more about Harvest all over the world.
Thank you for all of your generous donations of food throughout the week.
Order, Order Silence in the Court!
This week in Turtle class we have learned about Galileo the Italian Astronomer. He tried to prove that the Sun was the centre of the Universe and got sent to court as no body wanted to believe him.
We had to write an argument to present in court in favour of Galileo’s Theory, in order to help prove his innocence!
Everyone did an amazing job at presenting their evidence based on facts, as well as using persuasive language.
Galileo was found to be…. Innocent!
Last week we started our Learning Journey as Space Explorers.
We were given a very important mission:
- The International Space Station is running out of vital supplies. Your task is to build a rocket that will deliver these supplies from Earth to the space station. You can only use the materials that you have been given. Good luck!
The children worked in groups to create their Rockets and then launch them from the Earth in the hope of reaching the Space Station.
We used our Cool Communicating skills, as listening and communicating our ideas, was vital in creating a rocket as a team.
Autumn Term 2019
Welcome to Autumn Term here at London Colney Primary School. We have lots of exciting lessons and activities ready for the children to enjoy and learn. Regular updates will be posted here.