Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

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Swift Class Blog


We are so happy to be back in school! In art, we have started to draw our own self-portraits.  We are using mirrors to help us.  In P.E, we have been doing lacrosse with Miss Dodsworth and will be doing netball this afternoon with Mrs Lloyd.  In English, we have been learning all about nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.  We have created really interesting sentences using these.  In Geography we learnt a rap to help us remember the capital cities in the British Isles. Some children are looking forward to going to Canterbury Cricket Ground to watch a real match!



In English, we have stated our space fact file.  We will be finishing them this week.  We went onto the field to help our science learning.  We saw how far away the planets are in our solar system by mapping it out with our steps.  We made up a rap in topic about the different continents.  We are continuing our special cricket lessons with our cricket coach Harrison.  We have been particularly stretching our brains to find numbers to 1,000,000.



This week some children visited Canterbury Cricket Club and watched a game of cricket.  It was England Vs India and although England played really well, India is currently in the lead.  In science, we learnt about the theory of the Earth being spherical.  This was thought about by a man called Aristotle.  He observed how the bottom of a boat disappears and wondered why.



We have started to read The Iron Man in English lessons.  So far, it's very mysterious.  During our maths lessons, we have had special visitors come to see our learning.  They were very impressed with our mathematical thinking!  We have had a very exciting maths week - we had a visit from Dr Sophie Carr who taught us about The Drake Equation.  Dr Sophie Carr loves to use other symbols instead of numbers and showed us how to do this.  As it's International Languages Week, we have been learning a German song and will be learning more German today.



This week, Year 5 visited the Science Museum in London.  It was so fun! We visited the space exhibition and saw a model of The Eagle which is the rocket which flew Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon.  We saw an amazing hologram which changed to represent all the planets in our solar system. After this, we visited WonderLab where did loads of crazy experiments - it was so cool! We couldn't resist stopping by at the gift shop to buy something to remember our day. This week in English, we will finish writing the opening to our story, in the style of The Iron Man.



This week, we had a special visit from our KS2 Author Champion, Lucy Strange.  She taught us how to use mood boards to help us start to create stories.  She also gave us top tips, such as:

- make the reader fell like they're there

- have a clear vision in your head

- control your language choices.

We have also watched this week's Masked Reader.  It turned out to be Mrs Porter!  She read Auggie and Me by R.J.Palacio.  Even though Mrs Porter was our teacher last year, not all of us recognised her voice!



Yesterday, we took part in the Mud Run.  This was to raise money or Cancer Research.  We had loads of fun and got really muddy!  We also had our photos taken this week - perhaps our parents will buy them.  On Monday, we had our last day of cricket with Harrison.  We have learnt how to bowl and how batting.  Last Friday, we planned our rockets with our partners.  Tomorrow, we will be making our rockets and loads of parents are coming in to help.  We can't wait! Today, we will be meeting our buddies in Year R.  We're so excited!

We have really enjoyed our extra PE slot this term. We have learnt cricket skills with Harrison,

Dr Carr came in and did a maths workshop with us.

Our amazing trip to the Science Museum

Lucy Strange, our Author Champion, came and worked with Year 5. She gave us tips and tricks to improve our descriptive writing. We then made mood boards to help with our writing.

Maths Investigations in Swift class

Thank you to all the parents who came in and helped us build our rockets. What a great way to finish our Space topic!