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Welcome to Class 5

Cooking at Newent Community School

In Science this term, we have been learning about inventions and scientific advances.  We became Crime Scene Investigators and used chromatography to identify from 6 suspects who had sent a threatening letter to Humpty Dumpty!  We sampled pens taken from the suspects’ houses, using filter paper and petri dishes, we watched as the colours of each pen separated over the paper.  We were then able to match it up with the note taken from the scene of the crime and find out Whodunnit!

During the Summer term, Class Five have been really lucky to have Gloucester Rugby coaches with them once a week to coach tag rugby sessions.  All of the children have been amazing, with the coaches commenting after just two sessions that the childrens’ attitude is ‘second to none’ and that the standard of rugby in the class is ‘incredibly high’.  Well done Class 5!

We have been writing our own Greek Myths inspired by the Twelve Labours of Heracles.  We then turned them into mini cartoons, in the style of Marcia Williams.  We had a lot of fun doing them!

We have been really lucky to have Joe in to teach us some super gymnastics.  We have been challenging ourselves to try new things!  Firstly we were doing rolls, handstands and cartwheels.  Then we had the apparatus out and were using the springboard to get on to or over the box.  We had to use a lot of power and trust that Joe wouldn’t let us fall!

Just back from half term and the children spent a fantastic day learning to build and control a robot using a computer.  The children worked in teams to complete given tasks and win points!  The points were totalled up at the end of the day and the winning team was Shayna, Owen and Dmitri.  So many other teams were really close, gaining lots of points for super teamwork.  Well done to all of you!

At the end of January we visited We the Curious Science Centre (formerly @Bristol).  We enjoyed a hands-on workshop about the Moon, Earth and Sun and learned some very interesting facts.  We then had some time to look around the many exhibits.  The human hamster wheel proved to be very popular!  After lunch we went to the Planetarium for a 3D trip through the solar system.  The children behaved beautifully and impressed the Science Centre staff with their knowledge.

Our Christmas production was centred around the theme of Christmas around the world.  Class 5 presented Christmas in Poland.  We had great fun rehearsing and learning a very complicated Polish carol!  The children acted, read and sang beautifully.

On 21st November we had our Knex Challenge afternoon.  Mrs. Kelly taught us all about engineers and what they do.  We had to work in small teams to design and make some playground equipment.  We had to use different mechanisms such as levers and also to make something suitable for children of all ages.  The winning team was Jessica Smith and Ellie-Mae Righton who created six different pieces of equipment. 

Well done!



This term we had a Dance lesson with Debbie Reid and we learned a Viking Dance! 

We managed to keep our ‘mean faces’ for most of the dance!


We were visited by Dan the Skipping Man and had a lesson which taught us everything from basic skipping moves, up to some tricks and games with the long skipping rope.

We really enjoyed it and learned lots of new things!