Year 5 - St Patrick
Year 5 enjoyed their immersive visit to Charlton House on Wednesday 4th
October. The children were greeted by a member of staff dressed up as a
housemaid who introduced the children to Victorian etiquette - how to behave as
a servant. Year 5 enjoyed the role play session where everyone played a a
different member of the household, learning about the Victorian class system.
Then a range of Victorian household objects were enjoyed and to finish the
experience the children learnt a dance.
Deptford Creekside Discovery Centre
St Patrick went to visit Deptford Creekside Discovery Centre for their Geography topic: Water World. When the tide was low, children had the opportunity to walk in the river (tributary), trudged through the muddy banks and observed the wildlife that existed around. They also got to fish for wildlife in the water (which were returned) for first-hand experience of the food chain cycle that occurs in Deptford Creek. They also took part in a workshop where they analysed historical items that told a story about Deptford’s past. They learned about what water usage was like in the past and how water is treated before it reaches our houses today.
Greenwich Park Art Trip
For Year 5’s art topic, children went to Greenwich Park to view the flower garden. During our visit, children analysed the patterns and colours of the different types of flowers and trees and chose a few to draw in detail using a variety of artistic techniques. All children worked extremely hard on their art pieces. After both classes completed their drawings, the three top detailed art pieces were awarded certificates in each class.
It was nice to see the different colours of flowers -Haggen
I enjoyed drawing the flowers and the trees – Elsie
Drawing the trees and flowers made me use my wild imagination to produce a beautiful art piece -Isabella
I enjoyed frolicking in the grass -Kendra
I loved inspecting the trees’ patterns – Sophie
I enjoyed seeing all the colours in one place like a rainbow -Alex
On the 18th January, Year 5 visited the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Blessed with blue skies, we walked to Greenwich Park ready for our educational tour. Splitting into two groups, we were led by two very knowledgeable astronomers who had the answers to all of our questions! The day began with a fascinating show in the Planetarium which took us on a journey through the universe. After, we took part in an informative workshop all about the Earth, Sun and Moon, before finally locating the historical ‘Prime Meridian line’ - where East meets West.
The following was reported by some of our Year 5 pupils:
“I thought it was amazing, the Planetarium was unreal. I thought I was dreaming.”
– Haggen, St Patrick
“I liked touching the 4.5 billion year old asteroid.”
– Max, St Patrick
“The Planetarium was impressive. I was amazed by all the planets in the solar system.”
- Khloe, St Elizabeth
“I enjoyed the self-led activity because we got to work together. It was fun to work as a team to complete the word search and then we had the chance to create our own comic.”
- Dylan, St Elizabeth
Adults and children alike – we all came away having learnt something new about our solar system!
Students enjoyed a visit from Network Rail workers. Students listened as they discussed the countless career opportunities Network Rail offers. Students participated in the workshop by becoming designers and engineers. Their task was to design and construct a skyscraper using only A4 paper and sticky tape. The challenge was to create a structure that could stand on its own and reach one meter in length. Students worked collaboratively with their peers to adhere to the task guidelines.
Students had the following things to say after the workshop:
I enjoyed learning about the different jobs involved in Network Rail. It made me think I might want to work for them when I’m older! – Harvey
My favourite part of the workshop was building the skyscapers because we had the chance to feel like we were engineers – Elo
Year 5 children attended an Animal Show, where an expert spoke to the children about a range of animals from arthropods to reptiles. The children engaged with their new learning by being up close and personal with living animals. The children came away from the experience with the knowledge and understanding of habitats, ecosystems, and interesting facts about each animal. See our student reflections for what they took away from this valuable learning experience.
On the 8th October, Year Five were visited by Haz, an internet safety specialist! He talked to us about how to stay safe when using the internet, social networks, apps and games. We were given key guidelines:
- Be a friend, not a bully
- Pause before you post online
- Don’t get played while playing online
- Online friends are not always true friends
- Keep your account details private and secure
- Don’t be a phish! Be cautious of phishing emails.
Fire Safety Talk
On the 9th October, Year Five were visited by the London Fire Brigade to learn about fire safety. The children learnt that fire kills, destroys homes and spreads quickly. They were also taught that smoke can be as dangerous as fire, how smoke alarms work, and how to make sure they are working properly. The children were also taught how to prevent fires from occurring, what to do if there was a fire in their house and how to call 999. Thank you to Hazel from the LFB Education Team for paying us a visit!