Welcome to Waldridge – Years 4/5
Waldridge class are already off to a flying start with one of our classmates winning a Head Teacher’s Award for being an excellent role model. As well as totting up a good few sets of three house points we have also awarded each other Student of the Week which we vote for ourselves.
We often cross our subjects over and in our drama lessons we have been acting out the Legend of Romulus and Remus since we are learning about Ancient Rome. Pair work, small group work and rehearsing are all part of our tasks before we head outside to perform our short plays in the open air just like the Romans would have done in their amphitheatres. Also, a morning visit to Chester-Le-Street combines Art, History and Science all in one go! We discovered that viaducts were a legacy left behind by the Romans then we sketched them putting in detail and shading and finally we got right underneath to hear the great effects of a sound echo.
Our gymnastic lessons have taught us how to perform jumps, rolls and perfect landing so we can put a gymnastic sequence together. Some of us had never done a forward roll but now we can.
In English we write information texts using topic books, learn good dictionary and thesaurus skills to make our writing more exciting and it has been fun since we have been reading Horrid Henry for inspiration on how to write our own stories within a familiar setting. We learn how to spell words using fun games such as Spelling Hangman, Spelling Bees and using creative ways to make our words stick in out minds.
In maths we learn our tables and test ourselves using Big Maths. We also learn lots of quick ways to work with large numbers like using a strategy called smile. It’s really easy! Sometimes we like to push ourselves and many of us can now read numbers in the millions which we have learned through practising in our daily challenge! Many of us find fractions a challenge, so we use fun games to help us understand.
Many of us attend French Club and get to learn from Marcel. This year Marcel is planning on teaching us lots of new French words but also about French culture like how to play French Boules, greet by kissing on both cheeks and how to write in French too.
In Waldridge class we love our science and our teacher loves us to explore through experiments. Here we are exploring sound and testing the pitch and vibration. Sometimes we can get a little confused so a game can help get the facts straight. Before each topic we will always ask questions on what we are curious about or what we want to learn. By the end of the unit we know the answers.
We often take short trips outside to help our learning. Since our topic was The Romans this was a perfect opportunity to explore our local history and research what the Romans left behind in Chester le Street. Viaducts, concrete, forts and roads are just a few to mention.
More children have won the golden stars class trophy. This is an award selected by fellow classmates to those children who have proven to be a good role model in and around school for working hard and show helpfulness and kindness amongst other things.
Our class pet Moonif has been helping us to learn our compass points. He rolled around a giant compass with no directions and we had to say which direction he was travelling. He gained valuable exercise as you can see from the photograph he was gaining a bit of weight. We learned through Moonif that it is important to exercise and get moving if you are eating a lot, which he does!
We celebrated St Andrew’s day with learning about Scottish traditions. Flag making, local food tasting and learning the Highland fling were just some of the traditions we studied. We have more planned through the year where we will be celebrating St David’s, St George’s and St Patrick’s Day too.