The Great Exhibition of the North: The Innovation Trail
On the 27th June, we were lucky enough to go into Newcastle to explore some of the fantastic exhibits for the Great Exhibition of the North. We started the day at a Newcastle Building Society building which had been modernised from and old Post Office - there was lots of interactive features, including a CAD program we could use to build anything! Along our trail, we also investigated the 'Hyperloop' train, George Stephenson's Rocket, the first building to be lit by electricity and much more. Take a look at our photo story to see what we got up to.
Helping Build the Cob Oven
Along with the rest of the school, we have been taking part in building the cob oven. As the idea for the oven developed, it was decided that it would take the shape of a chicken's head - this was where we came in. We were asked to design the feathers of the chicken's ruff (the feathers around their necks). We drew out our designs on paper, then pressed them into clay. The feathers were created by pouring in plaster which were left to dry in the sun. Take a look at how we did it...
A Job for Year 5
We received a very special message from the new Year 4 teacher, asking us to help them with some maths explanations.
The Last Leg
So our final day at Kielder has come and we thought there was no better way of spending it than back at Camp Newburn. Some of us finished the wood crafts we have been making all week whilst others made music with improvised drums, before we collected our things and headed to the coach.
We have had a fantastic week and have challenged ourselves to do more than we thought we could, doing activities we wouldn't usually get to partake in and just being in the forest, transforming natural resources into useful objects. All parents can be proud of their children and how they conducted themselves all week. As teachers, we think every single child has pushed themselves to their limit, whether that be at the top of the tower or becoming more independent and responsible for themselves in their daily routines and we hope to see you at the class assembly to tell you about everything we've achieved.
The Tower of Triumph
We've had an action filled day in the forest today; tomahawk throwing, archery, low ropes and climbing the tower of terror! Throwing axes proved to be a very competitive activity where we had to try and cut playing cards with our tomahawks - lots of the children managed to take home their cards as proof of their success. Our morning also consisted of an archery lesson with Chris, who taught us how to safely use and collect the bows and arrows, and we aimed at the target whilst playing in teams.
Arguably, the most fun we had today was on the low ropes. It looked like a normal park area UNTIL we had cups filled with water taped to our helmets and had to make our way around the course to fill our team's jug. Whilst most of our activities were fairly close to the ground today, one of them was not. Climbing the fifty foot tower challenged us all and every single one of us pushed ourselves to go further than we thought we could - our teachers are incredibly proud.
Is there anything better than after-dinner snacks, hand-cooked by us on the camp fire? We don't think so. We roasted lamb koftas with warm pitta breads and followed them up with s'mores whilst Mr. Vyle told the mysterious story of a missing family. It was the perfect end to a brilliant week in the woods.
Bell boating, abseiling and zooming down a tree-top zip line, all in a day's work here in Kielder.
Starting on the reservoir, we split into three teams and boarded the boats to paddle our way across the lake. After a bit of a struggle with the strong winds (and some children relaxing), we eventually could take a short break and play our favourite game with the instructors - Camouflage.
Following a quick lunch, we headed out to the FIFTY FOOT tower, in our harnesses and helmets, to thrill seek. Every pupil pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and most leapt to success from the edge of the tower!
Our second day has been well-spent becoming friendlier with the forest. Our camp acquired some new features - many of us made dens, using natural resources and some things from Mr. Vyle's handy kit, and we have renamed our camp to 'Camp Newburn'. However, some of us have been creating much smaller pieces and have skilfully sculpted pewter jewellery, clay beads, butter knives and sheaths, as well as some wooden animals! The camp fire allowed us to snack on popcorn and zahtar pork!
Dinner was a delicious curry followed by chocolate fudge cake, which fuelled us for a walk back to Leiplish where Mr. Vyle told the infamous story of the White Lady...
A great start to our Kielder week. The weather has been cold and sunny as predicted by the weather stone. What a show Ray from Kielder Bird of Prey centre put on for us. My favourite was seeing Grace feeding hungry Grace the falcon, she also lost her hat to the black kite.
After a "spot on" fish supper we went out to explore the woods. Miss Wall went on an adventure following the mystical trail of the mud map to find some clay. Meanwhile Mr. Vyle, Mr. Forrester and Miss Gibson enjoyed a lovely cheese ham toastie thanks to Lily. We also decorated our camp with some rustic candle holders with tea-lights in.
The Ultimate School Trip
Well...what an amazing weekend we had! We can't express how fantastic it was for our whole class (and some very lucky staff) to travel to Sol Katmandu, Majorca with Jet2 and experience the most fun filled weekend possible. Year 5 have made lots of memories and are super grateful for the opportunity given to us by Jet2, WST and the resort - we didn't know how else to say a huge thank you but to do what we do best and put it together in a video. Hope you enjoy!
Year 5 have come back from the Easter holidays ready for the summer term BUT we arrived back into school and we were met by some unexpected visitors! All week, small doors have been appearing along our walls and skirting boards; we even heard knocking, footsteps and sawing from behind them! Look at the chaos they caused in our classroom!