Today a group of Year Five children who are in Miss Black's AAA group attended a back stage tour of the Gulbenkian Theatre. They were shown around the lighting and sound box and asked brilliant questions about why the room is black, why it's positioned at the back of the audience and how the sound system works. They also were shown the performers' backstage changing rooms, complete with mirror lights and showers. The children eagerly stepped onto the stage to be seen on a monitor that the Stage Manager uses to give cues to the backstage crew and performers instructions.
We were lucky enough to be allowed into the Projector room of the cinema. Here, the children learnt about film reels, programming sound and a sequence of adverts that the audience see before their film begins.
For Terms 3 and 4 the Year Three children were invited to choose any period of history that particularly interested them. There was no right or wrong way to present their learning, just to find out something new and share that with their friends. The children and their families certainly worked hard! Some children chose to gain a deeper understanding of the topics we'd been learning in the school day by researching more about the Stone Age, Romans and life during World War Two, some children had family members who flew aircraft and took part in the battles!
On Wednesday 21st March, Year 6 took part in the annual HBJS Battle of the Bands. Mr Miles had worked hard with all the classes on learning a piece of music by artists such as Ed Sheeran and Justin Timberlake. Mr Townsend, HBJS's drum teacher, had the important and tricky job of judging the competition. He commented on positive areas from each class performance such as good rhythm and keeping together to the music.
All term, Year 6 have been working hard at home to create a musical instrument of their choice, inspired by our Brazilian topic. As well as this, they designed and made their very own carnival mask using colours, styles and patterns from the Brazilian culture.
Tuesday 27th March – Chessington trip
Yesterday, despite the rain and the early start, we set off for Chessington - full of excitement and in high spirits, only to be damped by the usual rush hour traffic! However, we still made it in good time and were soon parked and off the bus, raring to see the animals! First stop was the amazing underwater world complete with sharks, rays and starfish (among others). Staying on an aquatic theme, we toured the penguins and fell in love with their laid-back approach to us visitors.
Leaving the high seas, we walked straight into a demonstration of a beautiful owl, expertly handled by his handler. Hot on his tail with his handler and keen to model just how dextrous he is, was a racoon! Who knew they were so clever?
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