Our topic for the Summer Term is:
'Central American Adventure'
We will be studying the Geography of Central America in the first half of term (Where in the World it is, what countries there are, what the topography and climate are like), then looking back into its history in the second half of the term to learn about the Mayan civilisation (how the Maya lived, what they believed and what happened to them).
If you have any interesting resources or contacts linked to this topic, please let Mr Searle know.
WELL DONE Henry and Albie
The Christ Church School Football Team had their first match on Thursday 4th October. The team is mostly made up of Year 6 children, but two Year 5 boys got their chance to play in this match and both had stunning debuts.
Henry Pope proved to be a strong and purposeful midfielder, teaming up with Alex Killacky-Wheeler particularly well. Albie Neveu was up front with Harry Langdon in the first half and hit a brilliant shot early on in the game, which rebounded off the cross bar from a tight angle. In the second half, Albie then replaced Charlie Smith in defence and again proved that he was more than a match for the larger boys on the other team.
A great start to your football careers at Christ Church, boys - well done!
Forest School Visit
On Friday 12th October Mrs Pope and Mr Searle will walk with the children in Year 5 to Dean Close School. Dean Close have kindly allowed children from Christ Church to use the outdoor learning area in their school grounds.
Please make sure the children have outdoor clothes and boots in school on that day.
History with students from the University of Gloucestershire.
On Wednesday 10th October Mrs Thomson. a lecturer at the university, will bring a large group of her student teachers to Christ Church. They will be leading a session with the Year 5 children, which will focus on an air raid which took place on Cheltenham during the Second World War.
Literature Festival Events
Year 5 will be going to two events as part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.
On Monday 8th October they will walk to Gloucester Road Primary School to listen to Lisa Thompson talk about her writing. Lisa Thompson is the author of 'The Goldfish Boy' and 'The Light Jar', both about vulnerable young people in difficult situations.
On Wednesday 10th October they will walk to the Festival site in Montpellier to listen to Mitch Johnson. He will talk about his debut novel 'Kick', which Mr Searle is currently reading to the Year 5 class. PLEASE make sure all children have a packed lunch on this day as we will be having a picnic lunch in the park.
Leaving 'The Blitz' and heading to the safety of the countryside!
Year 5 were lucky enough to experience what it was like for the children of the 1940s to leave the familiarity of their homes and say goodbye to their families when being evacuated during 'The Blitz'. We were met by Farmer Brown at Winchcombe station and told about the journey we were to go on. The air raid siren then sounded and the children were taken to the ARP shelter and experienced the darkness and noise of a bombing raid. After hearing the all clear siren we were shown several artefacts from the war and given the opportunity to try on various military uniforms.
It was then time to board the train and travel to the countryside of Broadway. Spirits were lifted by singing songs from the 1940s and thoughts of missing home were quickly forgotten. At Broadway station the children had the chance to look up close at the steam engine and then return to the train to talk to some people who shared their own emotional experiences of being evacuated during WW2. Their stories were fascinating to listen to and everyone learnt a lot.
War time lunches were eaten on the train before returning to Winchcombe and learning the skills needed to be part of a 'Fire Party' should fire break out after bombing raids.
We all had a great day out which would not have been possible without the volunteer staff on the GWSR train line.
We will be trying to answer these questions and many more whilst also learning about the rituals the Mayans carried out and the famous Mayan temple - Chichen Itza. We will be uncovering artefacts from the Mayan times and we are hoping to go on a trip to enrich our learning later on in the term. Details to follow at a later date.
Monday 5th March
Year 5 had a fun filled trip to Cadbury World where we learnt many fascinating facts about the Mayans who were the first people to cultivate and consume cocoa. We dressed up as Mayan characters as well as learning about their temples, the sport of Pok-a-tok, and the Mayan creation story. We then had great fun in the 4D cinema riding roller coasters and meeting the Caramel Bunny. After lunch we went around the main exhibition where we entered the Central American Jungle and met both Mayan farmers and local Kings. Mr Cadbury then told us about the development of the company we all know so well today and how the famous chocolate is made. We then rode around in cars and met the Chuckle Beans before creating our own chocolate combinations and most importantly tasting them!
We all had a great day out and are looking forward to continuing our work on the Mayans this term.
Monday 22nd January
Today we started making our Mayan Masks with Mrs King. We began by creating designs in our sketch books before the real fun of using 'Mod-rock' started. We built up our designs in layers, being careful not to make them too heavy. Our masks are now drying and we cannot wait to paint and decorate them soon.
Did you know... in the times of the Ancient Maya, the bigger your headdress the more important you were in the society!
New Tournament Photographs Added!
Autumn Term 1
Year 5 have been lucky enough to receive 6 weeks of Lacrosse training from the staff at Cheltenham Ladies College. It was great fun learning a new sport, especially with the use of such impressive facilities.
Tuesday 19th September
Year 5 had a great day the Mosque and Gloucester Cathedral. This was a really informative day for us all. Children learnt about 'The 5 Pillars of Islam' and were taken on a tour of the Mosque. We also learnt about the clothing that some Muslims choose to wear. We compared the layout and architecture of the Mosque with that of the Cathedral and learnt about the significance of some of the features of the Cathedral, such as the stained glass windows and the alter.