Spring term has started and we are in full swing, learning new things every day. Our current whole school topic is, ‘Whole Wide World’ where we have been linking our learning to Geography of the world and natural disasters. We also have lots of exciting school trips planned for this term, including a trip to the theatre and our Year 5 residential to Emmaus Youth Village in Consett.
We are Presenters
As our current topic is whole Wide World, we are currently studying the Wonders in our world. We have focused on The Giant’s Causeway, Christ the Redeemer, The Great Barrier Reef and The Taj Mahal. During one of our lessons we had to create group presentations to present our findings. We discussed how there may be many times in our life when we may have to plan and deliver a presentation.
We also discussed the group presentation skills that would make a successful presentation such as: good eye contact, speaking loudly and clearly, ensuring we are facing our audience and having positive and enthusiastic body language.
We have supported CAFOD by donating money for CAFOD Family Fast day. Each teacher provided a soup kitchen and we reflected on how thankful we are that we have food to eat each day. We prayed for those who are less fortunate.
Before Christmas we travelled to Durham City to explore the Cathedral and the city grounds. We learnt about Saint Cuthbert and why Durham Cathedral was built in its location. We also practiced using compasses to navigate our way down by the riverside.
In Year 5 we explored cyber safety during our E Safety week at school. We discussed the importance of keeping ourselves safe online and how we can do this well.
Stay and Pray
Before Christmas, each class was responsible for leading an Advent Stay and Pray collective worship for parents and family members. Our Stay and Pray was based on Jesus as the light of the world. Our children were extremely refelctive and peaceful and all parents were extremely pleased to have been invited.