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Kingfishers - Year 5

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Hello and welcome back to the final term in what has been a fantastic year in Kingfishers Class. I would also like to say that I am so happy to be taking this class up to Year 6 next year! They are a lovely bunch of children and it will be a big advantage already knowing most of them so well. I believe that they are in a good place for their final year at Drayton Community School and I have no doubt that they will finish on a high this year as well as make the staff and governors proud next academic year. I’m really looking forward to it - especially PGL!

So, the final topic is dark and gloomy: ‘The Great Plague of London’. We will be looking at how this terrible disease spread throughout London in the 17th Century. Did you know that this deadly pandemic claimed the lives of an estimated 100,000 people? That’s over 15% of London's entire population! As well as researching and learning the key facts, the children will be doing some creative writing set in London during the time of the Great Plague. Our writing focus is ‘writing to entertain’ so opportunity for the kids to tell a great story with some fab descriptions! We will also be creating some poetry describing these macabre times. As we know today, there were many misconceptions about the plague stemming from a lack of scientific understanding about microorganisms. In Science, we will be learning about the positive and negative effects that microorganisms have on our lives as well as running a few cool experiments of our own. We will also be using a microscope to view objects AND making our own ‘bacteria art’ – all will be revealed! So, lots to find out about with some very interesting links in this topic - let’s just hope there’s not an outbreak of anything before the summer holidays!

In other news, a reminder that you are all welcome on Friday mornings at 8.30am to look through your child’s books. This gives them an opportunity to show you what they have been up to that particular week. I know this is tricky for many of you due to work commitments but you may also come after school too if that is more convenient for you. I am aware that I haven’t seen some of you for a while now and it’s going to be important, especially next year that we keep in regular contact. Right, let’s get this final term on the road,

Thanks, Mr B