Y5NG have introduced Spelling Supremos: pupils who have a secure knowledge of the words expected to be correctly spelled in Year 5.
These pupils are spreading their knowledge and skills, mentoring their peers. Every morning, they meet two or three other pupils for 10 minutes to help them practice and improve their accuracy.
Joseph said: “This is fun and I think it will help us improve in our spelling tests.”
We hope working like this will help us all improve our spelling.
Forgive us if we are a little tired today: we have had a busy time.
In addition to our English and Maths lessons, we have also fitted in
a visit to an ancient tomb. In the dim light we saw strange artifacts
and intricate decorations – or were they a form of writing?
The visit has sparked our curiosity and, among other things, we
would like to know:
Why does the rope have red markers or tassles?
Why are there several different kinds of writing on the stone?
- Why do the weighing scales have no measurements?
- Are the leather pouch things water carriers and if so, why do they have a heavy, stone base?
We will share our findings as we proceed. In the meantime,
Mum’s the word: we don’t want to attract tomb robbers!
In science this week we have been investigating the properties of materials.
We tested a selection of materials to see which were the most flexible, permeable, absorbent, transparent and magnetic. We designed our own fair tests and thought carefully about the variables.
What a lot of science fun and learning we had!
A quick update after another eventful day at Stubbington Study Centre.
Our day began with all children sleeping in until the 8am wake up bell and some having to be woken by staff after that. After a hearty cooked breakfast, room checks and a quick hunt for coats and in one case a pair of clean, dry socks, we set off to see if any animals had spent the night in our 5*hotels (read yesterday’s blog).
Of all our ‘hotels’ set out, four still has residents…curled up fast asleep and rudely awoken by a class of 31 children staring at them. For many children this was their first opportunity to see a mouse up close and after measuring them, we spent some time studying them carefully and creating detailed sketches.
In the afternoon, it was time for ‘Earthquake’ an assault course with a difference. In teams of 8, the children had to carry a range of survival equipment around the obstacles. Their feet were not allowed to touch the floor and they had to get around obstacles that included tunnels, water swings and moving bridges. This activity was thoroughly enjoyed by all the children, many of whom did not want the activity to finish.
Then to this this evening – The S Factor – the weekly Stubbington talent show. All week the children have been learning songs to perform, with their team, at this grand finale. The children all participated singing their team song, with actions and enthusiasm. The show was won by the Kestrels, which included some girls from Fordingbridge Juniors.
We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow afternoon,
Miss Lewis, Miss Gritt and Mr Morrison