Year 5

Year 5
On Monday 20th March Year 5 had a very special visit, two representatives from Touch Wood (Mrs Hendry and Miss Arnold). They started by reading us a story.  After that they asked us to get into groups of five or six. Miss Arnold gave us a card with rubbings from wood carvings and a plan of what we needed to create out of the pieces of wood that they had supplied for us. As a group we put together our pieces of wood and we lifted the frames onto the blocks of wood that Mrs Arnold had laid down for us. After that we fitted it together with metal pins. Every group had a frame of the house that would hold the roof up so that it wouldn’t fall on us, when we were in the house. 
After lunch Year 5 got to choose out of three activities, making rope out of sheep’s wool, thatching and weaving for the walls!
We weaved the walls by threading willow sticks through pieces of wood. We then put the bent willow in the walls of the house we had made.
We also did thatching by tying bunches of dried reed together and attaching them to a board with some simple knots and then we slid them on to the roof, it looked really professional.
Mrs Hendry showed us how to make string out of sheep’s wool. It was actually quite easy when you know how to do it. First you have to get some wool and then you pull it gently and put it on the floor in wisps. We had to twist it and then fold it in half, pinch it all the way up and then pull the wool tight.
In the afternoon, Year 5 had to pretend to be a painting with props from Mrs Hendry and Miss Arnold. It was extremely enjoyable because we got to go inside the house for photos.
By Bel, Alice, Amelie & Lani

@ Bristol

Year 5 went on the school trip to @Bristol. We did a murder investigation, the man that ran it put clues around the whole building. We found all of the clues and found out it was suspect 2. The bootprint was his, the shopping list was his and the cup of tea had his fingerprints on it. We took the evidence back to the lab and tested everything. We used a microscope and ethanol to help discover the suspect.

Seb Watts

Year 5 Football Festival

On the afternoon of Wednesday 28th September, Year 5 took part in a football festival, organized by OCRA and held  at Okehampton College.

During the first part of the afternoon, the children took part in a carousel of activities designed to improve their skills, which were then put to the test in a series of friendly matches.

This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to meet and make friends with other pupils in our learning community and access some expert football coaching.

Giant Swing, Barton Hall, by Tazi and Ed

On the last day Ed and I went on the giant swing, but we were in a different group to each other. You could either go all the way to the top or just half way up. The man who took us for the session was called Brandon and he told us to shout “STOP!” when we thought we were high enough, or we didn’t want to go higher. My partner was Teoni and Ed’s was Tom. We both went right to the top and it was really scary but fun at the same time.

Ed said: “The scariest bit is when you pull the releasing rope and drop down!”

Tazi said: “I think it was pretty fun because I kind of like really high things! It was so, so, so fun!”

We were so sad when the session was finished and if Ed and I could choose how many times we would do it again it would be 1000 more times, probably more. We loved it so much but sadly in a couple of hours we had to go. BOO HOO!

Ed and I had an amazing time. We wished we didn’t have to go but, at least we got to go home and see our parents!

 

When we were at Barton hall, we did lots of activities but the crate challenge was our favourite. We were attached to ropes and we had to climb up crates while people stacked crates. As well as that, we were taught to belay and backup belay. If you wanted to stop you could wobble the crates or you could get someone to push them over. One of us chose to wobble it and one of us chose a push. Both of us went up to twelve crates, although we did it separately. It was our favourite activity because it was wobbly and scary but it was very exciting and fun. The activity was about team work and helping each other. The scariest bit was when we were at the top and about to fall off.  The best bit was when you were just gliding in the air attached to your ropes. After that you would be slowly pulled down and feel like a birdie. Overall, it was our favourite because it wasn’t too scary and it was about teamwork. We had to rely on our team to get us as high as we wanted to go.

Izzy and Verity