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  • 14
    Jul

    School Prefects

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    The time has come for the current Year 5s to consider whether they would like to be School Prefects in Year 6. Applicants must write and post a letter to school or email to slt@berkeley.gloucs.sch.uk by July 24th. The letter should be addressed to Miss Robbins and Mrs Vizard. The letter should include what you think makes a good prefect and the skills that you think you have that suit the role.
  • 14
    Jul

    End of Term Clear Out!

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    Please can each child bring in a large sturdy bag for life this week ready to bring books and various bits home at the end of the week. Also if any children have borrowed a reading book from the classroom and are finished with it, please can it be brought back in this week. Also, if any children want to borrow some reading books for the Summer holiday, they are welcome to have a look in the class library and Bertie The Bus. I have already started building my own 'To be read pile' while we enjoy the holidays.
  • 13
    Jul

    Lung Capacity

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    In maths we have been looking at volume and capacity, so we had a go at measuring our lung capacity. We are investigating into whether being taller will result in having a greater lung capacity. To do this they children had to fill bottles with water and then blow through a pipe to fill the bottle with as much as air as possible. We had some interesting results which we will investigate next week.
  • 13
    Jul

    A night in the Amazon Rainforest

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    Stranded in the rainforest with nothing to eat, drink or keep you protected from the harsh weather conditions. How do you make it through the night? Children have been collecting various twigs and leaves to build a miniature shelter that could protect them from rain in the Amazon. The children drew designs and some had to make changes to these plans after realising it would not work. We allowed them to use saws and string as they would probably be able to use vines to tie in real life. Some children have managed to create some well thought out shelters that would serve them well should they ever find themselves stranded in a rainforest!
  • 09
    Jul

    Kukulcan Pyramid

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    The pinnacle of the Ancient Mayan city, Chichen Itza. The Kukulcan Pyramid or El Castillo is one of the significant reminders of the Mayan civilisation. We had a look at this fascinating building and its unique design feature involving the sun. We then had a go at drawing a 3D sketch of the pyramid. The results were rather impressive.
  • 08
    Jul

    Measuring Distance

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    In maths today, we used trundle wheels to measure distances of various points around the play ground and school. Some children initially found their estimates were way off, but they were more accurate after the first measurement. We converted these measurements into different distances to test our multiplication and dividing knowledge as well. Interestingly, we discovered that the running track may not be the distance we all thought it was!
  • 07
    Jul

    Treat Day

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    Scott have won our last treat day of the year! This will be a fun inflatables morning in the pool. Please can children bring swimming kit, sun cream and an inflatable if they have one.
  • 07
    Jul

    Mola Art Cushions

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    The class have been doing stitching and Batik in art with the aim of producing small cushions with Mola art designs on. If you have any old cushions/ cushion filling at home and would be happy to donate them so we can use the filling that would be a great help. The pillows they are making are 30 cm length and width.
  • 07
    Jul

    Personal Characteristics

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    We considered personal qualities and characteristics of famous people which inspired us this week, and we then discussed the personal qualities that we have as individuals. We had a look at and found the definition to many new characteristics and discovered that many of them fitted us as individuals. Loquacious was our favourite and fit the description for several people!
  • 23
    Jun

    Marling Trip

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    The kids explored so much on this day. The first challenge was a senses quiz where by they had to match smells to flavours of tea. Following this, they made their own perfumes. It was great to use some more advanced laboratory equipment which is not accessible at Berkeley. Naming and labelled their perfumes proved one of the biggest challenges for some! After this, they explored some technology on computers which allows you to design nets for 3-D shapes and then engrave them using a laser.