Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 8 is now available.
Here is Lucas' dream holiday view - keep dreaming Lucas!
Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 7 is available now.
George must have green-fingers. He's already picking the veg he planted.
Priya has been trying to persuade her family to move to the Bahamas! Read her text here:
Priya and George have both sent in the map of their made-up country.
Here is Lucas' Flag Quiz - it's pretty challenging, I got just 6 questions correct - see if you can do better!
Priya has been hard at work this week:
Here is Dhilon's Flag Quiz and his alphabet of countries. I didn't get all the flags right when I tried the quiz - sorry!
George, like me, has been having fun creating his own bitmoji.
Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 6 is available now.
Priya has sent in the flag for her country Semico.
Dhilon managed to amass 100 points in today's spelling challenge. See his list of words below:
Freddie has drawn a flag for his new country - Clifton - which is off the coast of India. So has George - his country is Kalroon.
George and Priya have also created their own countries:
Here is George's datafile on Kalroon
Location: A small island off South America
Climate: Mostly rain, but sometimes can be very hot
Terrain: Forest and Volcanoes
Population: 2.387 people
Capital City: Finla
Cities/towns: Cruva, Vinto and Larbray
Products: Wheat and spring water to drink
Attractions: Lots of volcanoes everywhere, hiking trips and hot spring baths
Other: It is a volcanic island off the coast of mainland South America. People visit here for an adrenalin filled holiday!
And below is Priya's document about Semico, a beautiful island in the Caribbean.
Lucas and Hannah have both been very creative - they have invented their own countries, which sound like great places to visit.
Here's Lucas' datafile on Zarbania:
Country Name: Zarbania
Location: Zarbania is in the Middle East.
Climate: Zarbania is in a desert climate zone and the temperature is normally over 40°C, but can reach over 50°C in the summer. Rain falls rarely, sometimes it does not rain for months and months.
Terrain: In Zarbania it is mainly flat but there are some wadis near the west coast, these wadis fill up with water rapidly when it rains and can cause tragedies when people get stuck down there.
Population: Zarbania has a very small population due to it being a harsh environment to try to live in.
Capital City: The capital city of Zarbania is Regonogo where half of the population lives. The city was first established here because of the large Oasis for water. Around the Oasis they have planted a layer of palm trees creating lots of shade. The town’s men and women spend most of their time here playing games and keeping cool. It is a busy place and people get around on dirt bikes. The houses are built very simple, but in the shade so they can be out of the scorching sun.
Other Cities and Towns: Zarbania is made up of three towns Regonogo, Oligioto and Harties, which each have an oasis.
Agriculture: When it rains the Zarbainians try and capture it by digging massive holes, this creates a mass gathering of Buffalo to drink the water. The people then hunt the Buffalo for food. Zarbainia is also known for being the only country to farm the Maco Maco fish, which is sold to other countries as a delicacy.
Other Industry: Traditionally the people made coloured glass from the sand for stained glass windows. In modern times an industry is growing around getting electricity from the sun using MASSIVE solar panels in the desert.
Otto really knows his countries - well done!
Dhilon and Isaac both did brilliantly in today's spelling challenge!
Lucas has made a brilliant pond for his garden by upcycling an old water tank.
Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 5 is now available.
Congratulations to Vlad, who has achieved a 100 day streak on Doodle Maths - GREAT EFFORT!
Hannah's favourite things to eat are macarons. Here she is in the middle of her taste test experiment too!
George is very fond of M & Ms!
Here are the results of Lucas' taste test - he did well at identifying the tastes. He has also sent in his poster promoting his favourite food.
Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 4 is now available.
Tilly has had fun with the sensory experiments this week.
Read about the sixth sense Dhilon would like to have:
George has been on a brilliant sensory walk. Read about it here - complete with photos.
Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 3 is now available!
Here is the solution to the puzzle I showed you at the beginning of the week. I hope you got it right!
George has written about something that is special to him.
Lexie used the word NUMBERS for her acrostic poem.
Dougie's colour by numbers is ready to colour in. Look at the detail he has put into his drawing - well done, Dougie!
Here's George's Maths poem.
Otto has completed the crossword from today's work - well done.
George has a lot growing in his garden. He is particularly proud of his lettuce.
Click on the link above to read Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 2, released today.
Dhilon also decided on an acrostic poem. Read his document below:
Lucas has been busy. Here is his acrostic Maths poem and a colour by numbers, which he has turned into a competition for his family!
If you planted any seeds earlier in lockdown, I hope they’ve been growing well. Here are my beans - they’re at the top of the sticks now and we’ve got the first flowers. Also, the first tomatoes have appeared.
Here is Danni's Maths Poem - she went for an acrostic.
Thank you to the 19 member of Year 5 who took part in the Children's Book Quiz. You created the questions and some of them proved pretty challenging!
1. Isaac 27,936 points (all questions correct!)
Well done to all these children who had a go too:
Hugo, George, Tristan, Lucas, Dhilon, Otto, Kenann, Lexie, Matthieu, Priya, Lena, Freddie, Vlad and Dougie.
Otto decided to write a letter this week to the people who publish the Oxford English Dictionary. See if you agree with his argument:
Vlad has been busy this week - here are his alphabet sentences, some words beginning with unusual letters and some great 3D lettering - Well done, Vlad!
Here is Hannah's alphabet sentence - 26 words all in alphabetical order.
Here is George's 3D lettering, which looks very effective. Hannah has had a go too.
Isaac and Danni had a lot of fun creating these alphabet sentences:
George spent a long time perfecting his illuminated letter. Lucas has worked hard on his too.
Many thanks to the following children who have sent in questions for our children's book quiz. Look out for details of the quiz next week:
Priya's mini book is full of colourful pictures:
Added to the Shakespeare's Wooden Leg page today:
Lucas' artwork for a front cover
Priya's front cover
Lucas thinks fiction is better than non-fiction. Do you agree? Read his text below:
Otto found a really challenging book to read and made a list of tricky words.
Click on the link above to go to the Shakespeare's Wooden Leg page. Added today - George's artwork for a front cover.
Here are the pages of George's mini book. He drew a black and white cartoon story inside.
Which Guinness World Records would you like to have a go at? Here are Hannah's ideas:
Click on the link above to the Shakespeare's Wooden Leg page - added today:
Hannah's book review
Hannah found a big book and learned some amazing facts from it.
Priya's game, called Name Five Things, is all finished, complete with a very smart box. Well done for working so hard on it, Priya!
Isaac managed to find a huge book about cooking. Read what he found out in it:
Here are the highest scoring words using all seven letters from last week’s Scrabble challenge.
Can you work out the Scanagrams that Lucas and George have sent in?
Here are some completed board games.
Mon 1st June
George has already been busy with the board for his game - it's called Food Fantastic!
Freddie has completed an amazing painting of sea-life!
More unusual sports from Andrew:
Y5 review Mr Searle's story: Shakespeare's Wooden Leg:
Priya has finished her story and written a sports commentary about getting up!
Here are some lockdown sporting crazes:
More obstacle courses from Otto and George.
George has finished writing his story - it is 5 chapters long! Here are some photos:
Look at Dhilon's slides (below) for his selection of unusual sports - some very weird ones there!
More obstacle course fun. Here are some photos of Tilly's and a video of Matthieu's.
Here is a video of Issac completing his assault course. He has been very creative with his choice of obstacles.
Bertie has baked a cake especially for all his friends in Year 5. He hopes you are all keeping well. Eat a piece 'virtually' today and think of the Christ Church school family. Think particularly of poor Jude, who has managed to break his arm during the lockdown! We're all sending you our best wishes, Jude.
FOOD ART FUN!
An update on Dougie's fund-raising. He has managed to raise an amazing £1450 for his chosen charity CLAPA. That's a brilliant effort - well done, Dougie!
A great example of a diagram about seed germination - well done, George. And Dougie planted sunflowers before Easter - they're growing well.
A few unusual sights on my walk today. I was lucky enough to spot two woodpeckers visiting their nest-hole, the egret was back at the pond and that egg is enormous (the size of a small car!) - I'll let you know what hatches out of it in the next few weeks!
Year 5 have been busy cooking.
Today's exercise took me to a different pond. It was full of life and I managed to take some photos of what we saw.
Another successful upcycling project!
VE-Day 75 Commemoration
I hope you did something special.
Here are two great examples of an endangered species slideshow.
Dougie has been Fund-raising
Well done to Dougie, who has had his head shaved for a charity that is very close to his heart (CLAPA). He has raised £450 so far - a brilliant effort. I have included a link to his Justgiving page below.
You might like to keep track of your running/walking/cycling over the next few weeks. It would be interesting to see how far you move. Below is a document with details of a MOVE MORE challenge, which starts today!
I hope you enjoyed yesterday's upcycling task. Below is a photo of Priya's pencil pots - a very practical idea and a document from George with a series of photos showing how he made a new planter for his garden - truly impressive work!
The animal photos are still coming in - well done Freddie, Vlad and Hannah!
Friday 1st May
Thanks for sending me your great animal photos. I'm impressed with your photography skills - all the subjects are central, the photos are well framed and the focus is spot on. Hugo did well to capture a squirrel on the move and Lucas was lucky to spot a small common frog on the ground on his walk. Isaac's alpaca is very cute and lambs don't stay still for long, so Dhilon did well to capture those two. Lexie's swan is very elegant and the pet pics capture their characters very well: Mario looks playful, Andrew's dog looks energetic and Priya's budgie looks super intelligent.
Wednesday 29th April
Lucas also took part in yesterday's quiz - he did really well too, but used an odd username, which I didn't recognise. Thanks, Lucas.
Lucas' other news is that he has now raised £500 from his head shave - brilliant effort Lucas!
Tuesday 28th April
Today's Kahoot Quiz
Only 8 members of the class took part in the quiz about Shakespeare's Wooden Leg today - that's a bit disappointing. Where are the rest of the class?
Hannah 27,230 points
Well done also to Dhilon, Matthieu and Dougie.
Finally spotted an egret at my favourite pond today. Didn't have my camera with me, but had good views of this beautiful bird through the binoculars.
Species added to the lisst today:
Little Egret House Martin
Well Done Lucas!
Lucas has had all his hair shaved off for charity - he's raising money for the NHS.
If you would like to donate, there is a link to his page below:
Thursday 23rd April
TODAY IS SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY
(That's William Shakespeare, not Shakespeare Smith!)
As a bit of fun, have a go at my little quiz below (you might also want to give it to an adult at home to see if they do better than you! I suggest you get them to correct the quotes that are wrong.)
Remember that the questions on the Maths worksheets get harder as you move on - just like our DoIt - Twist It - Deepen It in class, so don't be surprised if the last one or two prove challenging.
Question 7 on Tuesday's worksheet was a good example. My solution is below if you are still puzzling over it!
Tuesday 21st April
I managed to remember to take my camera on today's walk to Horsbere Brook, so have included some of my photos for you.
New species to add to the list:
Grey Heron Little Grebe Pied Wagtail Rook Coal Tit Green Woodpecker (heard, but not seen)
Another walk to Horsbere Brook, but we took a different route today, which was more wooded.
Species added to the list:
BIRDS: Jackdaw Greater Spotted Woodpecker Willow Warbler
BUTTERFLIES: Large White Speckled Wood Brimstone
I haven't seen the Easter Bunny this morning, but spotted this cheeky Easter Squirrel in the garden - I hope he hasn't found my eggs!
Monday 6th April
Another local walk to Horsbere Brook today - it's becoming my favourite destination for my daily exercise.
Six new birds to add to the list:
Jay Reed bunting Kestrel Swallow Wren Blackbird
I was particularly pleased to spot a reed bunting - I haven't seen one for quite a while. They are not garden birds, but you may be lucky enough to spot one amongst reeds by a pond or lake.
Also, 3 different butterfly species today:
Peacock Comma Orange Tip
A Gloucester Walk - Bird-spotting
On Friday afternoon I went for a local walk in Gloucester to a small nature reserve called Horsbere Brook. I took my binoculars with me and managed to spot 20 different species:
Herring gull Mute swan Moorhen Mallard Magpie Carrion crow Chaffinch Skylark Coot Wood pigeon
Great tit Blue tit Long-tailed tit Goldfinch House sparrow Buzzard Pheasant Collared dove Starling
Nothing particularly special on that list - but egrets have been seen there - and even an otter!
See if you can get out and about on a local walk in the next fortnight and see what you can spot.
FRIDAY QUIZ RESULTS : Science
Another good turn-out for my Science quiz; Matthieu rejoined the quizzing crew, but there was no Bertie or Jude this time.
Quite a different look to the top 5 this time - and GEORGE did make it, well done!
There will be a WEEKLY QUIZ after the Easter break, but you could of course make up your own quizzes to try out on your family and friends!
Thursday's Quiz Results
Well done again to all those who took part yesterday - 19 of you this time: the most we've had all week. Welcome, Bertie for the first time!
George has been just outside the top 5 all week - maybe Friday is your day, George!
Good luck with your quizzing.
Wednesday Quiz Results
Well done to all those who took part in yesterday’s quiz: Mountains and Mayhem
Arlo, Andrew, Danni, Dhilon, Dougie, Gabi, Hannah, Harry, Hugo, Isaac, Lena, Lucas, Matthieu, Nathan, Patrick (Y6), Priya, Tristan and Vlad.
Tristan 25,419 points
The scores were very high, so you clearly remember this work really well.
Good luck with today’s quiz: Class Books
Doodle Maths and Doodle Tables
There are a few children who did not doodle last week. If you have forgotten your login details, please email school and we can sort that out for you.
Tuesday's Quiz - The Results
A Celebration of the Number 30!
Well done to all those who took part in this one - a very similar group of children to Monday's, although no Priya this time.
Patrick from Y6 joined in and scored very well indeed.
Top 5 Y5s:
Hannah 14,686 points
I don't know who Fred the Red is - possibly Freddie. Please use a name that I will recognise. Remember, you can only take part once!
WW2 QUIZ RESULTS
Well done to the 17 members of Year 5 who took part in Monday's quiz:
Arlo. Danni, Dhilon, Dougie, Gabi, George, Hannah, Harry, Hugo, Isaac, Jude, Lena, Lucas, Matthieu, Priya, Tristan and Vlad
Thanks also to Finn in Y4 who gave it a go and beat some of the Year 5s!
Isaac 20,028 points 15 out of 15!
Harry, I had to disallow your second and third goes - please only do the quizzes once!
Please message the rest of the class, so that they all know to take part for the rest of the week.
Home Learning Week 2 (beginning 30th March 2020)
See documents below. The first document outlines the plan for the week. Other documents will be needed for some of the activities. Have fun learning. Please email me if you have particular problems - Mr Searle (email@example.com)
THE DAILY QUIZ
Next week (Monday 30th March - Friday 3rd April) I will be setting the Year 5 children a quiz each morning. Quiz details will go up on this page each morning at 9:30am. The subjects will be: WW2, 30, Mountains and Mayhem, Books and Science.
In order to take part in the quizzes, you will need to have access to a tablet or phone at home with a free app called Kahoot! downloaded. I will be able to see all your results and will post high scores on the class page the next morning.
Our topic for the Spring Term is:
Mountains and Mayhem
We will be answering the key question: How do volcanoes erupt?
We will investigate the structure of the Earth beneath our feet and find out about tectonic plates. We will research how mountains are made and use maps and atlases to locate the World's major volcanoes and earthquake zones. We will discover how movement of the tectonic plates can cause earthquakes and volcanic activity. We will write an explanation text to show the different types of volcano and how they erupt.
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.