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Week 3

The hayfever and the heat may have eased off but the hard work in 5/6B has continued this week! As we start to begin the countdown to the end of the academic year it has been great to see the children keep up their excellent work ethic, particularly with some of the challenges we have had this week (notably algebra but more on that later). We have been keeping an eye on our class pets this week who have begun their transition from caterpillars into butterflies. Many thank to Mrs Williams to lending a hand moving them from their pot to their new home.


In English this week we have started to look at our new text, A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. This is the first time that I have taught this text and the first time I have looked at it since 1999 when I was at Sheldon School in year 8 in Mr Ellis' English class. The children have absolutely loved watching the BBC animated version and have also got to grips with some of the Shakespearean language and insults (canker-blossom being a favourite of the class). In maths we have been working on our understanding of algebra. This has certainly been a challenge looking at expressions, formulae, substitutions and equations but the children have really impressed me with how quickly they have picked up a new concept. Especially impressive has been the year 5 children who are learning something that isn't really featured in the curriculum until year 6. In geography we have continued our study of rivers with the children looking at the different features we would see in a river. We looked at meanders, tributaries, gorges and a whole host of other features and even managed to talk about oxbow lakes (for the geographers out there). The children completed some beautiful work labelling a river with the terminology that we learnt in the lesson. In DT I was very lucky that Mrs Crow agreed to do the cooking on Thursday and the children made an array of salads using not only vegetables but also couscous, potatoes, pasta and rice. It was again great to hear that the children were so willing to try things that they may not necessarily have had before. In PE we looked at the art of bowling in cricket, a notoriously difficult skill to pick up but the class did amazingly well. They were soon an array of beamers, yorkers, full tosses and swinging deliveries on show. The class also did some rounders with a close fought game ending in a 4.5 - 4 scoreline. Finally in RE the children looked at human rights and discussed as class their opinions on what should be basic human rights. 


As a class we also took part in the Race for Life event organised by Mrs Newbold. It was great to see so many of the children running and it sounds like a lot of money has been raised for a great cause so thank you. This weeks song is an eighties classic from Simple Minds. Bonus points for anyone who can name the film that made it famous. Little known fact the song was originally written for Billy Idol but was then given to Simple Minds to perform. 




Mr. H

Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)