This term has been dominated by learning in science. We have investigated a range of forces; gravitational, centrifugal, centripetal and friction and realised that in order to understand how forces work, one really has to experience them first hand. With this in mind we have explored ways in which these forces are at work in the world around us, and learnt about their uses. We also enjoyed the many opportunities to work directly with scientists of different disciplines that Science Week presented. One of the highlights was our nature study in Royal Fort Gardens, where we studied the habitats of insects. And it is always fantastic when the learning we do in school sparks new interests and inspires children to take their learning further in their free time, sharing their enthusiasm and newfound expertise with their families; following our experiments with plaster of Paris modelling, several pupils have taken this to another level and created plaster models at home. This charming giraffe is such an example.

In English, we have enjoyed delving deeply into the world of Skellig, studying the novel with the same name by David Almond. We made small clay models of this mysterious, mystical character drawing on our impressions from the text.

“I thought he was dead. He was sitting with his legs stretched out, and his head tipped back against the wall. He was covered in dust and webs like everything else and his face was thin and pale. Dead bluebottles were scattered on his hair and shoulders. I shone the torch on his white face and black suit. “What do you want?” he said. “