We aim to run every day if we have no injuries. We run as much of a km as we are able to in the time given. Sometimes we complete the four laps to make a km, sometimes less. It gives us the chance to get fresh air, run and chat as well as get fitter. Some of us are very proud of how we are now able to run several laps without stopping- something unthinkable when we started many months ago.
In PSHE, we have been thinking about how we could describe ourselves, learning more about each other and appreciating ourselves.
Dragons from year 4 and 5 visited with £1000 of Dragons' Den Dosh each ready to invest in one of the lucky teams ideas. Each team had five minutes to persuade the Dragons that there idea was the most promising. The Dragons were great at listening and asking questions; thanks to the practise with parents the teams were prepared with answers and confident.
The children had worked incredibly hard as a team to make their products, adverts, leaflets and practise pitches. This was the day when all that perseverance paid off. First parents visited and interrogated the teams on their ideas. They asked some questions that made the children think on their feet, be creative with their answers and made them wish they had time to make adaptions before the real 'dragons' from year 5 came with the 'money' after break. Before parents left, we asked them to fill in evaluations: the overwhelming response was positive with comments about how confident children had become and great teamwork was evident, there were also lots of suggestions that the teams had more space and quiet to present their products next time.
Year 6 girls and boys had a wonderful afternoon yesterday at KHS where year 10 and 11 pupils refereed their tournaments with teams from many other local schools. Great skills and sportsmanship were shown. Training at clubs paid off: both A netball and football teams won the tournaments; the football B team earned 4th place and the girls netball team 5th place.
For many, it was their first tournament and they were thrilled to be part of the Gorseland team!
In our RE, we have been learning from different Hindu stories about success. The Sesame Seed Scholar encouraged us to think about perseverance, breaking down a huge task, in this case learning Sanskrit, into manageable chunks. We then reflected how this idea could help us with our learning and the challenges we face in our own lives.
To help us understand the story we used role play and shared different Hindu stories in groups.
We are now in our penultimate week of preparation. Inventions are being built, targets set by teams for achievement each session are being reviewed and hopefully ticked off. There has been sawing and drilling; careful design of posters, business cards,persuasive leaflets and logos but above all great communication that has won through over potential clashes of ideas.
When asked how could their team work better, some groups reflect that it could not be better- they are a terrific team!
During the last two weeks we have been revisiting fractions and angles. This week we are moving onto fractions of amounts, percentages and solving reasoning practise questions on these areas. Most children are remembering to bring in completed optional homework- well done!
This Friday, a full set of Maths practise papers (Arithmetic and two Reasoning papers) will be given out for the Easter Holidays-please choose how
you use the papers best for your learning: timed and check; working through questions with support from an adult or answering a few questions
a day and checking as you go.
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