Our first topic started in great style with a carnival themed bang day. The children loved trying out some samba drumming with Simon Carver. They learned a Brazilian rhythm called Samba Reggae, which combined the sound of the huge surdo drums, tuneful agogo bells and shrill tamborims to great effect. Later that day we tried some South American fruit and vegetables such as pineapple, sweet potato, papaya and physalis: pineapple was the most popular, with physalis a close second. We also learned about the legendary Brazilian football team of 1970 and one of its heroes, Pele. Mr Lecrass then took the year group outside to brush up on their footwork and ball skills on the astro pitch. The Americas had started with a bang (literally!)
This week we visited The American Museum & Gardens, near Bath. The visit focused on the cultural diversity of the USA and Native American cultures in particular. Firstly, the children explored the exhibits on an information hunt. This showed them about life for Native Americans and settlers in the 1600s-1800s; the routes and methods of travel that the Europeans took and the places that they lived in. Next, was an artefact handling session. The children wore gloves to protect the historical items that ranged from moccasins to arrows and buffalo horns to an ancient pestle and mortar. After that, we relaxed with a spot of weaving before lunch. Finally, the groups explored the magnificent gardens and more exhibits inside the museum too, where the knowledgeable staff shared their passion for American history. This certainly inspired the Year 5 learners, who listened intently and asked some fantastic questions. All in all it has been a fantastic start to the new school year and we look forward to much more learning opportunities in the coming weeks. Next week, we will put our classification skills into action on our bug hunt on Rodway Common!