Arts Week has had a seaside theme and each class has made a beach hut! The children came up with the design, name and constructed and decorated their class hut.
As you know Year 5 have been studying the Amazon Rainforest and as part of this topic we went to Morden Hall Park to study the River Wandle (which wasn't disappointing at all!)
We spent the morning being geographers and then played in the adventure playground, did a scavenger hunt and had a picnic lunch before returning to school.
On Thursday, all of Year 5 made their way to Sutton to visit the Synagogue. It is tucked away on Cedar Road in Sutton, and one of our staff, who actually lives very near didn't know it was there!
The children have been learning about Judaism in RE so it was great to visit and see everything they had been learning about.
Year 5 have been composing and performing raps about the rainforest and environmental issues. They worked in groups and all were excellent. Here's a couple for you to see.
Korf Ball is a game very popular in Holland. It is similar to basketball and netball. Last week we had two visitors, Max and Rixt, who play for a team in Holland, to introduce the game to the children. They had a great time!
After the session they were given information about a Korf Ball club that is being set up in Cheam.
I think we have had one of the most popular lesson of the year this week in our topic work - chocolate tasting.
Cocoa beans grow in South America so we have been learning about chocolate, how it is made and all the stages the bean has to go through before we can eat it. We are in the middle of making commodity chains to show how all these stages link together. The children are all beginning to understand about Fairtrade and how little of the profit made actually goes to the farmers.
We also did some data handling and plotted line graphs to show preferences.
Year 5 have been writing poetry this week inspired by the Amazon Rainforest. We worked collaboratively and came up with some lovely descriptive pieces.
Our topic this term is based on the novel Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson.
It is the tale of an orphan girl called Maia who begins a new life in the Amazon Rainforest. As well as reading the novel we will be doing lots of work based on the rainforest and Brazil. We have even been doing some Samba dancing (see Twitter!)