Oh what fun we had on Tuesday when we took part in the Red Bull Go Kart Challenge at Chalkwell Park! The Go Karts looks wonderful and the hastily organised cheerleading was equally brilliant. It is always so lovely to see children working together as a supportive team to complete a task. Glorious weather made for perfect picnic conditions and it was wonderful to see so many families eating and laughing together. The racing was great fun and despite some dodgy driving, all of the Go Karts and their drivers remained intact. We were joined by Sacred Heart School who also had brilliant Go Karts. We all had a fantastic time learning outside. More outdoor learning next week. What an exciting summer term we are having!
Fractions can be really tricky to get to grips with. Sometimes using practical equipment can really help to make things clearer. Mrs Cole was really impressed with the fractions models that her set made this week. Judging from the smiles on the faces, it was a really fun activity too.
Well done Teo and Eythan.
Dear Mr Hautler
Thank you for your recent email, explaining that standards in year 5 are too low and your proposal to improve things.
Much as we agree that we should always expect children at LNS to achieve high standards, there are one or two points we would like to raise.
Firstly, we would like to take issue with your assessment of our standards. Actually many of us exceeded expectations on the latest set of tests that we completed. Are you aware that many of us actually sat a Year 6 Maths paper? In fact, Ellie didn’t drop a single mark. I am surprised that you don’t remember awarding Ellie a sticker for outstanding attainment and progress. It is true that some of us haven’t yet made all of the expectations for Year 5 but that does not mean that we haven’t been working hard. We would urge you to remember that one or two of the children in Year 5 are beginner English learners. You have always encouraged us to develop an open mind-set and that means accepting that sometimes learning takes a little longer for some of us than others. We ask you to remember that we are trying hard and we firmly believe that we will all reach our potential in the end. Could we respectfully ask that you look again at the data and consider progress as well as attainment?
Secondly, we really don’t believe that the solution to raising standards is to force us to attend Saturday school. Many of us have valuable plans at the weekend. Many of us also invest in our education outside of school hours; over half of us attend private tutoring sessions. Surely you agree this demonstrates just how committed we are to our learning? Furthermore, our weekends are spent with our families. Anyone with a heart would agree that family time is precious and should not be interfered with? Lots of our activities on a Saturday are designed to enrich our education for example a good proportion of us take part in dance, drama, art and sports clubs. These clubs are costly and we would not necessarily be entitled to a refund if we were not to attend. Have you considered the other costs of Saturday school? Mrs Mansell would have to be paid overtime (and that isn’t cheap) and the site team would also have to do overtime. We are always asked to make sure that we don’t take time off during the school week, we are asked to arrange appointments outside of school time, your proposals would make it very challenging to do this. When else can we attend important events such as weddings and birthday parties?
Far be it from us to pour cold water on your ideas for improvement. We don’t want you to think that we are just whinging lazy layabouts. So with that in mind, we would like to propose a compromise. Perhaps Saturday school could be offered as a voluntary service, that way those people that couldn't afford private tuition would be helped for free? As you are clearly the most competent teacher (being the head), we would ask that you be the person to lead the Saturday lessons. Mrs Mansell needs a well-earned break at the weekend -she works so very hard during the week.
Please do let us know what you think of our proposals. We look forward to seeing you bright and early on Saturday morning.
from (your soon to be exceeding expectations) year five pupils.
On Tuesday 11th June year 5/6 had their sports day. Each class invented their own race, Pacific 5 decided on a Taco race on the theme of Mayans. This was really fun. The race was made up of running to dress in a Mexican hat, flower garland and blanket around our shoulders. We then ran to a table that had Tacos and Salad, we made a taco and ran to the next station. This contained cups of water that we picked up and ran with along with the taco.
Photography and reporting by Eythan andTeo.
It has been a real week of joined up learning in Pacific Class.
We have been investigating the incredibly diverse ways that plants can reproduce themselves. Millie found some wonderful examples of crab apples in her garden that showed one part of the process beautifully. We have started to grow potatoes and we have also been out and about in the school garden taking cuttings. We enjoyed the wonderful way that goose grass disperses its seeds by sticking it on our jumpers.
In art we have really tested our perseverance skills by attempting to sew embellishments onto our printed materials. Mrs Mansell was so proud of us. Monty amazed us all with advanced skills but the rest of us mere mortals eventually we realised that we would need to make adjustments to our designs as the fabric just wasn’t strong enough. Did we give up? Absolutely not! We adjusted our designs, sourced fabric with more suitable qualities and got cracking! What a great week of learning it has been.
We have been closely examining flowers in our science lessons and so too in art. This week we experimented with Hapazome printing.
This involves placing flower petals, stamens, sepals and stalks on to material and then using a hammer to transfer the natural dyes onto the material.
It was great fun but just the tiniest bit noisy as Pacific class really enjoyed the hammering out part of the activity.
Next week we will sew embellishments on to our prints to highlight the features of the flowers.
Monday 18th March 2019 – Friday 22nd March 2019
Year Five spent a glorious afternoon at the beach on Tuesday. We had researched and sketched Terracotta Warriors at school and used our learning to sculpt some stunning warriors from sand.
The children made us so proud with their team work keeping all of our ASPIRE values. The beach was left beautifully tidy with our temporary art work being left to delight local residents. It was so lovely to hear one member of the public remark on how delightful she thought our work was. “ Watching the children create these figures has really brightened my day.”
Thank you so much to all of our parent helpers who gave up their time to help make this learning experience so valuable.
Pacific Class all looked amazing today with a fabulous array of characters from much loved books being represented.
We enjoyed the chance to “drop everything and read” at various points during the day.
We took part in various book quizzes, shared favourite stories and poems and listened to Roald Dahl talking about his writing process.
It really has been a real day of celebration. I hope the children enjoy choosing a new book with their World Book Day tokens.
Spring has sprung in Pacific Class despite the stormy conditions.
We have taken receipt of some frog spawn which we are hoping to nurture. Some pupils have been researching how to look after our frog spawn and are now froglet experts. Check back in a few weeks to see us release our young frogs back into the school pond.
This week in our PSHE lesson in Pacific Class, we have been considering the effects that smoking has on our bodies and reflecting on the reasons people might choose to start and stop smoking. I have been so impressed by how well informed the children are and how mature they have been showing empathy and respect when discussing risks and consequences.
We were amazed and appalled to discover just how many harmful chemicals are inside cigarettes.
Monday 11th February 2019 – Friday 15th February 2019
Monday 4th February 2019 – Friday 8th February 2019
Chinese Culture Day
Year Five had a brilliant day on Tuesday learning about Chinese culture. We found out what lessons are like in a Chinese Primary School and were amazed to learn that children often spend their lunchtimes practising their times tables! We designed and made noodle dishes and we developed our chopping skills. Some children were really adventurous and tried vegetetables that they had never tried before; pak choi was particularly popular. We had a go at some yoga and tried some relaxation techniques. We also designed some traditional Chinese New Year decorations. Thankyou to everyone for supporting this day. The children looked fantastic all dressed up with bright coloured red and yellow cheering up the dreary February weather.
Check out this Willow Pattern inspired plate. We think the detailed pattern work is just stunning. The student who made this showed our Core Value of “Perseverance” by working in her own time to get it finished.
We had great fun testing our “Turnip Flinging” machines out in the playground this week. We used our knowledge of levers to create them. Some of our turnips flew an impressive distance but we definitely need to keep working on consistency of direction. “Take Cover!” was heard on more than one occasion.
Next Tuesday is our Chinese Culture Enrichment Day. Don’t forget to check back soon to see what we have discovered.
The weather has taken a wintry turn this week and Pacific class revelled in the opportunity to enjoy the play opportunities offered by a brief snow flurry.
It was lovely to see so many smiling faces enjoying the fresh air.
In other news, we have been creating some beautiful art work based on the famous Willow Pattern. Be sure to check back next week to see our gallery.
In Science, we have been investigating levers and have made some amazing catapults. Next week, we will be putting them to the test to see which pair of Learning Partners will win our engineering challenge.
Pacific Class have started studying Buddhism this week and reflecting on healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with stress.
I have been so impressed that the children have been able to share some great tips and advice and that they realise that talking about how you are feeling can be really helpful.
We made mindfulness flowers to help us focus on the positive forces in our lives and watched them magically blossom in the water.
In Science we have been investigating air resistance and utilising our knowledge to adapt a spinner to make it stay in the air for longer.
Monday 17th December – Thursday 20th December 2018
Christmas Party 2018
All enjoyed the afternoon festivities after a hard term of learning. Keep working hard next term with your new teacher Mrs Mansell. It has been a real privilege to teach you all. Remember you now need to be Perfect Pacific 5!
The Great Marble Run
This week with have investigated friction and designed the slowest marble runs possible.
Monday 26th November – Friday 30th November 2018
Year 5 had an amazing Viking Day and experienced what life would have been like for them.
The child were able to take part in a selection of activities in the morning and learnt how to make candles, herbal medicines, Thor’s necklace, woven longship sails and clay elf stones. They took part in shield training, illumination painting and a rune writing workshop. In the afternoon, they experienced an archaeological dig and discovered lots of old artefacts.
They had the chance to ask questions and deepen their knowledge about Vikings and were well prepared with great questions to find out more about the Vikings!
Overall a great day for all. Thank you again to the parent helpers who came and took part with us and to all pupils who have spent time to create excellent longboat models for homework.
This week we have started to learn about play scripts. We have learnt how dialogue can be changed into a play and we had a go acting out a script for ourselves. On Thursday we have our Viking Day and Friday we are going to sing in the choir competition.
Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
Monday 5th November 2018 – Friday 9th November 2018
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
Some of our space homework
Monday 15th October 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018
Thank you for all your time coming to Parents/Pupil consultations. Remember your children are all working really well and have been amazing this half term.
Here are some photos of the different activities we do during Wednesday afternoon.
Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018
This week we have been sketching planets with the different media of pen ink and charcoal.
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
The Science topic this term is Space; we have been investigating how the sun appears to move in the sky and acted out the movement of the Earth and Moon around the Sun.
Monday 10th – Friday 14th September 2018
This week Pacific 5 have been researching the oceans and continents of the world using Ergo Pads. We have also being writing a holiday story with a surprising twist at the end.
Thursday 6th – Friday 7th September 2018
We have been enjoying using the new Now Press Play exploring the mission to Mars. We have also found out about the Pacific Ocean. In class we are learning how to help and work with each other, as well as developing our own independence.