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Year 5 @ The Science Museum

As part of their Project Curriculum, Year 5 have been learning about space.

Mrs Hannick arranged a trip to the Science Museum to discover more about Life in SPACE !!!

First on the agenda was a visit to the exhibition called 'Cosmonauts, Birth of the Space Age.' It features many of the gadgets and equipment that people need to live and work in space - spacesuits, a space-shower, a space-toilet, medical instruments and survival kits - along with some of the actual capsules that have brought Cosmonauts back to Earth, and a lunar landing craft.

The exhibition also has lots of firsts – the first dog in space; the first man, the first woman and the first civilian in space; and the first spacewalk.

Well if that wasn't enough they were off to the theatre room to feel the impact of a Saturn V rocket launch. The Discovery Motion Theatre is the ultimate multi-sensory experience allowing you to hear and feel what it was like to be part of the ground breaking Apollo mission. To get a real understanding of what it would be like to walk in space, Year 5 listened to an actress portraying Svetlana Savitskaya, the first woman to perform a space walk. After listening to her experience of space life they had the opportunity to put their questions to her. As well as being educational the day was fun and an eye opener to life in space.

Quiz Night

Year 6 held a fundraising night on Friday 29th January to raise money for their class trip to the Duke of York theatre in St Martin's Lane, London.

Year 6 are learning about WWII and are reading the book 'Goodnight Mr Tom' written by Michelle Magorian as part of their power of reading. The story is about a boy called William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London.

Theatre tickets cost quite a lot of money so Mrs Foy and her pupils decided to raise the necessary funds with a quiz night, always a popular event. From eleven teams, there could only be one winner, Team Fusion won and Henry's Heroes came second. Mrs Pettrozzi, of course, was the quiz master entertaining all. As a result, close to £300 was raised which was over the target amount. So, Mrs Foy will be putting the extra money towards subsequent Year 6 trips.

When will the next quiz night be????

Early Bird Week

As part of our attendance improvement at Orchard, we have had a week of the crazy Early Bird visiting the infant and junior gates every morning promoting the scheme.

All pupils and parents who arrive before 9am will receive a raffle ticket for a prize draw taking place on Friday in Gold Book Assembly.

You still have two more days left to collect the raffle tickets and remember the more tickets you get the better your chances are of winning!!!

Evacuee Day

Year 6 have been looking at WWII as part of their Project Curriculum this term.

On Friday 22nd January, they came to school dressed as evacuees, When they arrived at school, Mrs Foy had prepared labels with their names, present location of home and their destination ready to send them to a safer environment.

After they become accustomed with their traditional WWII names, it was off to make 'Woolton Pie'. As everyone knows food was scarce during the war and rationed so this pie was not of the luxury type like a tasty Marks & Spencer's but it was filled with all the necessary nutrients needed.

Our budding chefs got busy preparing the potatoes, parsnips, swede and leeks which were placed in a pastry case filled with gravy. Yummy!!!

Read more about Evacuee Day and photos on Year 6 class page.

Valerie Bloom

As part of Poetry Week, we had the author Valerie Bloom sharing her poetry in assembly with us.

We had a crash course on Jamaican Patois, so that we could understand as Valerie bases her poems around Jamaica. As well as her lively and energetic performance of her poems, which were funny and moving, she also took Year 6 through a workshop around the writing and creating of poems.

It was wonderful to learn how a writer begins the process of taking an idea and creating a piece of work which can leave it's audience moved by the emotion that they wish you to feel.

Pure magic!!

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