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May 2017 in Year 5/6

Science featured high on our list this month. This was kicked started at the very end of April when some of us went to a special Bioengineering event at Queen Mary University of London where we learnt, for example, about the knee joint and why mechanical forces were important in helping the cartilage tissues grow and stay healthy. This was swiftly followed by a STEM workshop at St Joseph’s School, Hertingfordbury, where children experienced a fascinating carousel of specialist activities to enhance their science and engineering learning. In class, we continued our work on forces and gravity.

In English our focus was biographies, autobiographies and obituaries. We recalled some of our own childhood memories, wrote a biography of a famous person and a spoof obituary for the dodos. In maths we continued to hone our problem-solving skills and went outside to improve our mental maths.

Our work in art became 3-D as we started to look at a range of containers, improving our sketching skills and perspective. We looked at the colourful work of contemporary British designer, Clarice Cliff and created designs inspired by her.

Our topic this term is Ancient Greece and we have created our own Greek temple in our classroom. In PE, athletics has taken centre stage as we have been improving our running, jumping and throwing skills.