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Autumn Term 2018

On Wednesday 5th December, Diamond Class explored some of the natural patterns found on the skin of some well-known African animals: pythons, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes and zebras. The children then explored using pastels, felt tips, water colours and collage for each of the animals.

On Friday 30th November, Diamond Class did their class assembly which informed the audience about their topic ‘What Will We Find at the End of the Rainbow?’ which was about Africa. After this, the children showed off their amazing homework projects: recipe boards, word searches, Top Trump cards, collages and A-Zs. Well done on some exceptional pieces of work.

On Wednesday 21st November, Diamond Class spent the morning trying to get their heads round fractions. The children first explored proportions within their own bodies and then used this understanding to calculate the height of a giant based on its footprint.

After this, the children had to explore the fractions of a chocolate bar that they would receive at different tables…this really got the brain working and allowed the children to use their recent work to real life, and for some, important decisions!!

On Friday 16th November, Diamond Class took to the field for a cross country practice in preparation for the competition happening on Friday 23rd November. It gave the children the opportunity to test out their pacing strategies as they were running for 12 minutes. Good luck to you all this week!

As part of the Year 5/6 topic on Africa we have started to look at African art, in particular the patterns used in their textiles. We began by looking at symbols and suggesting the meaning they might have.

We went on to recreate these symbols by drawing with both charcoal and wax crayon.

On Wednesday 24th October, Diamond Class spent the day learning about the South African flag. In the morning, the children used mathematical drawing techniques to create a replica of the flag; they made templates and also researched the history of the flag. In the afternoon, the children made felt flags. It was a super day and the children all produced lots of careful work. Well done and also a BIG thank you to all the grown-ups who helped thread needles!

This term, Diamond Class have been working on ‘Bridges’ in their gymnastics lessons. They have been looking at different ways in which they can use their bodies to span a gap. They have then had to use equipment to create similar shapes. Well done on a fantastic range of shapes.

On Thursday 11th October, Diamond Class had a hockey session with John Nash from Chesterfield Hockey Club. The children learnt how to hold the stick, control and dribble a ball using the flat side of the stick and then applied these skills into some drills and small games. If children are interested in finding out more about the sport, the club run sessions at St Mary’s on Wednesday evenings – see details on leaflet!

At the end of September 2018, all of Diamond Class trained to be Mini Leaders. The session was run by Alan from Chesterfield SSP and a great afternoon was had by all. The children will now work alongside the lunchtime leaders to help run activities and games for the rest of the school. Well done and good luck in your new roles!