As part of our topic on area and perimeter, 4C spent a maths lesson outdoors. We took metre sticks and worked in groups to measure then find the perimeter of all sorts of things – drain covers, number squares and panels on the gazebo to name a few. It was great fun and a fantastic, practical way to learn.
Year 3 have started reading their new novel for the summer term. To introduce the novel we used a secret story sack and we took it in turns to choose a clue to our new novel. Inside the sack there was a cabbage, bar of chocolate, packet of bubble gum, a bucket and a number 5. Can you guess what the novel is?
In assembly a few weeks ago, Miss May set the whole school different challenges based on our learning in RE around the theme of Easter. We then came together in a whole school assembly this week to share our learning and what we have all found out. Year 3 were asked to find out about the question ‘What do Christians remember on Palm Sunday?’ and produced amazing palm trees with reflection leaves. Year 4 looked at the question ‘Why is Lent such as important period for Christians?’ The children shared their learning and talked about Lent being a time of preparation and reflection and that by observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians remember Jesus’ sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert. Year 5 focused on the Last Supper and re-enacted the last meal Jesus had before he died. They thought about the emotions the disciples would have felt and what it would have been like to have been there. Year 6 explored the question ‘Why are Good Friday and Easter Sunday the most important days for Christians?’ The children began by reflecting on different feelings by listening to music, and comparing emotions associated with the different pieces. We then linked this to the emotions behind Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We completed research where we all had different questions to answer to find out about these two important days for the church. We then created a tree of hope to reflect on our own experiences.
Throughout this week, the staff and children of Cockton Hill Junior School have had a brilliant time working alongside parents and relatives to showcase and share some of the fantastic maths which goes on in our school. Each afternoon, a different year group has been set the challenge of hosting a ‘Maths Mission’ event for adults to celebrate learning and skills. From multiplication games, challenge puzzles and questions using the four Maths operations, the children have been excellent ambassadors for the school, showing their adults how we answer different questions. When arriving, every adult was greeted with a welcome mint imperial and was shown a poem as an appreciation from the school for attending the event and celebrating achievements with us. Year 6 Maths leaders led the afternoon and were each assigned a work station to run. The Year 6 children were excellent role models for the school and every year group showed Maths can be fun, creative and exciting. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and to the children for their super work.
Article 31 Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. 4H took part in their second art session at King James. The children made origami flowers and then worked in groups to create petals from tissue paper. All of this work will be put together with the work produced by 4C and will be part of an exhibition later in the year. Fabulous work Year 4!
Artcile 29: Your education should help you learn to protect the environment. We have recently registered with the Woodlands Trust for their ‘Green Tree Schools Award’. The aim of the award is to encourage children to complete environmental projects and take part in outdoor learning, whilst inspiring them to appreciate trees. We gain points for completing activities and progress through bronze, silver and gold awards to the prestigious platinum level. We recently received our bronze award and are well on our way to silver. We have completed tasks including visiting a local woodland and taking part in Switch Off Fortnight to save energy.
Article 29 – Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully and respect other people. Y6 have worked with Durham Enterprise Team. They had the opportunity to become managers, accountants, buyers, sellers or members of the production team. Over a series of trading ‘days’, the teams made and sold origami ducks! The purpose of the day was to make as much money as they could. Mrs Murray and Miss May saw some fabulous negotiations, examples of teamwork and more importantly – resilience! Well done Y6.
We celebrated Sport Relief by completing various sporting activities. Some played dodgeball, showed hoola hooping skills, penalty shoot out, ran relay races, completed sprinting challenges and some participated in team games. We all had lots of fun joining in and keeping fit.
During Geography this week, we have been learning about grid references. We had fun locating places on a map and transferring them to our large grid. We know all about Eastings and Northings now!