Lego League Begins!

We have 12 children from Year 4 and 5 who are taking part in the ‘First Lego League’ challenge this year. With support from two mentors and Mr Andrew, they will be creating a masterpiece over the next 11 weeks and then coding it to move however they want it to. They will be creating a poster and then presenting their creations at the Lego League Festival in July. They will be in teams of 6 and we can’t wait to see what they produce! In session 1, they met their team mates, discussed their hobbies and then created an area where a character could do some skateboarding! In just 15 minutes we were very impressed with what they came up with!

A Masterclass in Crumbles!

In Term 6, Year 5 will be using Crumbles in their Computing lessons, eventually leading towards building and coding a flood defence system to link with our Geography topic. Mr Gerrie, from Amazing ICT, got us ready by giving us an introduction to the kits. We learned how to use the crocodile clips to link the battery pack, Crumble and Sparkle, and then created a code to create a sequence of flashing lights. The children were brilliant and debugging their codes and showing resilience and we are excited to use the kits properly later in the year!

Sonnets in Year 5

Year 5 have been tackling Sonnets in their English lessons recently. We analysed a range of Shakespeare’s sonnets and found out about their syllable and stanza structure. We then explored the reasons we love our planet and then wrote a sonnet with all our ideas in! The children worked extremely hard and should be proud of their final outcome!

Library Visit

Mr Andrew’s class visited Madeley Community Library this morning. The children were very excited to visit as 13 of the class had never visited a library before. All the class were given the opportunity to sign up for a library card and 15 children were given their card today which enables them to take up to 16 books out at a time!

The class had a tour of the library, looked at all the different sections, listened to some poetry and then explored the books. Those who were given a library card were able to use the scan machines to take a book home too! We will definitely be going back next term!

Digital Leaders

Our Digital Leaders have been given their badges today which they have been very excited about!

As a Digital Leader, they are the children in school responsible for:

  • Supporting teachers by ensuring they have the IT equipment they need for their lessons;
  • Ensuring e-safety is discussed throughout school by leading assemblies;
  • Testing our new IT equipment we purchase as a school;
  • Speaking to children to think about how we can make Computing as good as it can possibly be in school!

Lego Robotics Workshop

Our Year 5 children and a selection of children from across Year 3 and 4 had the opportunity to take part in a Lego Robotics workshop today in school to enrich our Computing offer. The children had to create a ‘Monkey Drummer’ from Lego pieces and then code it to drum! They explored engineering concepts such as cams and were shown how it links to real-life engineering jobs! The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves! Thank you to Nick from JuniorSTEM (Home | JuniorSTEM | Lego Robotics Workshops KS1 KS2) for running the sessions in school today.

Year 5 Make Stuffed Toys!

Mr Andrew’s class have worked extremely hard recently on designing and making a stuffed toy in their DT lessons. Mrs Harvey has taught the children the skills necessary to produce a toy, such as how to blanket stich and add appendages to their main body. The children should be extremely proud of their work and will be brining them home before the Easter holidays!

Kieran Larwood chats to Year 5

Mr Andrew’s class were extremely fortunate today to have a video call with Kieran Larwood – the author of the ‘Podkin One-Ear’ series of children’s books. He answered questions about the book and being an author in general, and even read some of the book for us! The children really enjoyed it and hopefully will remember it for a long time!

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