Sunday, 15 January 2017

Goodbye and Thank You!

It's time to say goodbye, Team. I've loved being your teacher and we've had so much fun in St. Clare's, but it's time for me to look after my baby now!

It has been fantastic being your teacher and I have loved every minute. Even the many, many minutes spent reminding you to tuck in your shirts. Yes, all the way round. No, don’t just pull down your jumper. We can always tell!

I would like to say a huge thank you to you all, and your wonderful families, for all of the lovely cards, drawings, letters, kind words, knitting and gifts that I received this week. You have all been so generous and I feel very overwhelmed by how much care you have shown me and the baby. Please say thank you for me to your parents, carers, grandparents, families and anyone else that needs thanking but might not see our blog!

I'll be popping in to see you regularly and I might even add some bits to the blog as the year goes on, so do check it every now and again. Everything already on the blog will be staying- so you can still admire your marvellous work, play your favourite games and watch all of the videos you've come to love.

I know you're going to have a wonderful year with Mrs Hopkins and Mrs Bennett- you lucky things! 

Goodbye and thank you Team,

Mrs Parrott

A Fabulous Final Week!

Thank you, St. Clare's, for giving me such a wonderful last week before I leave for maternity leave! We worked hard this week and we were so happy to welcome the fantastic Mrs Bennett into our St. Clare's team. I know you're going to make her very welcome.

We've been continuing with our Kings and Knights topic this week. Mrs Bennett worked with you to create these spectacular crowns. We were so impressed by how different they all were!

You made some super fact files about Edward the Confessor. You'll be learning lots more about him and his interesting life in the next few weeks, including a fabulous trip to Westminster Abbey. It's one of my favourite trips in Year 5- you're going to love it! I can't wait to hear all about it.

We read Part III of 'The Lady of Shalott' this week, in which we met the dashing Sir Lancelot. We worked together to write this fantastic description of the knight:

Here are just a few examples of some of the excellent writing from St. Clare's this week (click on the pictures to make them larger and easier to read):

On Wednesday, we showed Mrs Bennett how fantastic you are at poetry. Inspired by the moment that the Lady of Shalott looks out of the window and triggers her curse, we wrote this very dramatic poem. Can you spot some similes? Metaphors? Alliteration? Onomatopoeia? Can you find all the references to the poem we were inspired by, The Lady of Shalott?

The Curse

Dark clouds cloaked the sky like velvet,

Lightning tore through the coal,

She heard thunder crash upon the tower,

The air was filled with a deafening sound,

Rain lashed upon her trembling soul.

Crash! The mirror shattered into a million pieces,

Splinters flew like shooting stars,

A hurricane of glass and the web flew out of the casement.

A foreboding feeling enveloped her,

A scream of despair.

By St. Clare’s Class

Wednesday 11th January 2017

We also enjoyed our last P4C lesson together this week. Our stimulus was this beautiful short animation:

The questions we came up with were:
1. Can old things be as good as new? Why?
2. Should all people be treated the same? Why?
3. Can you still have happiness, even when you are unfortunate? Why?
4. How can we make life better?
5. What would the world be like if rubbish took over?

We voted to discuss question 3; Can you still have happiness, even when you are unfortunate? Why?
Our discussion included homelessness, the value of money, fairness, happiness and even communism! I shall miss our Philosophy discussions!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Isle of Tune

On Thursday, we had great fun programming our own musical islands using 'Isle of Tune'. As promised, here's the link for the blog. Just click on the picture below. Enjoy!

Remember to check with an adult before playing any other games or clicking links to other websites.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Kings and Knights

We have made a fantastic start to our new topic; 'Kings and Knights'. We are already two parts in to the epic 'The Lady of Shalott' and have all been speculating about the curse that might be upon her. We rose to the challenge of writing the opening of the poem as prose. Can you remember the difference between poetry and prose? This week, we're looking forward to reading more and finding out what happens next!
To try to empathise with the Lady of Shalott, we each attempted our own mirror artwork and found it very tempting to look round at what was behind us! It was very frustrating and gave us a little insight into what her life must have been like. We wrote diary entries as the Lady and imagined how she must feel and what she might dream of.

We also had a go at weaving this week; the favourite pastime of the Lady. It was tricky at first, but we created some marvellous pieces with a little practice!

On Friday, we had a formal debate on the topic, 'The Lady of Shalott should leave the tower.'
Arguing 'for' were Delta Team (made up of Tiger and Panther houses) and 'against' were L.J. Masterminds (Lion and Jaguar houses). It was a tense and well-argued debate, with many interesting points and rebuttals. The opening statements set the debate off on an interesting path and we were soon in full flow. Following some very persuasive closing statements, the judges deliberated. It was a close call, but as a result of using better evidence from the poem, the winning team were the Delta Team. Well done! After our debate, we wrote letters of advice to the Lady of Shalott, full of the powerful arguments we had shared in the debate. Coming up soon we will be reading more of the poem and starting to learn about Edward the Confessor, Arthurian legends and much more...!

Monday, 9 January 2017

Amazing Artwork!

On Friday afternoon, for our last big art project together, we created a massive masterpiece!
After coming up with lots of nouns, we picked three that were unrelated. The three nouns we chose were: 'fireworks', 'battle' and 'flowers'.

We worked together, as a whole class, to draw an image that combined all three of these things. We had to fill the whole piece of paper:
Next, we were given colourful paints, but we weren't allowed to mix them and if we wanted to use a new colour, we had to swap with someone else. This was tricky at first, but we soon got the hang  of it!

Finally, we added the highlights and shadows with black and white paint, which again, we could not mix:

Here is our finished piece:
Can you think of a suitably marvellous title for our masterpiece?


This week for P4C, we used an alternative storybook for our stimulus. We all know the story of the Three Little Pigs, but this week we read, 'The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig! It was a very funny story and made us think slightly differently about the story we were all expecting.

We were also very excited, because we completed the numbers warm-up game for the first time! Hooray!

The questions that we chose to vote on were:
1. Is it ever too late to change your ways? Why?
2. Do you need someone else to change you? Why?
3. Is life good, even if there is bad? Why?
4. What would life be like if everything was opposite?
5. What would the world be like if everyone was rude to each other?

The question we voted to discuss was, 'What would life be like if everything was opposite?'
We had a fantastic discussion, although it did get a little surreal at times! We covered topics such as identity, gender and war in a long and detailed enquiry. Well done team!