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Transition from Primary School

Year 5 Visits 

Once again our doors opened to the Year 5 classes from our Feeder Primary Schools this term. This year’s theme was ’Supernatural' and the children thoroughly enjoyed a range of cross curricular activities, challenging their creative writing skills, Mathematical problem solving skills and Artistic skills, linked to Shakespeare’s infamous tragedy.

Double, double toil and trouble,Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

What is a Witch’s favourite subject at school?     Answer: Spelling
In Shakespeare’s time people believed witches could do all sorts of bizarre things, such as: sinking ships, turning themselves into animals and casting spells. The first characters we see in Shakespeare’s famous play ‘Macbeth’ are three wicked witches, casting spells and up to general mischief. They have a profound effect on Macbeth, who meets them on the way back from war. However, the witch’s premonitions lead to treachery and murder, with the protagonist Macbeth at the heart of these evil deeds.

Literacy: Casting Spells

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
Witches’ mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock digg’d i the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingrediants of our caldron.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good

Shakespeare’s witches are notorious for their spells in Macbeth. When Macbeth meets them they are throwing all sorts of nasty objects in to their cauldron, cooking up a feast.
It was up to our visiting Year 5 children to make up their own gruesome spells. The children devised some extra ghastly spells including a range of imaginative ideas and impressive rhyming couplets.

Check out the amazing finishing products!

Maths: Puzzling Puzzles

With the support of our talented Year 8 pupils, teams of Year 5’s were set the challenge to work out as many Mathematical puzzles as possible in a set amount of time. Miss Wood was amazed at how quickly groups worked.

Drama with Miss Olsen

The class also had a taste of Drama with Miss Olsen, which included playing cooperation games to warm up their bodies and mind. This was followed by freeze framing key scenes from Macbeth’s famous scenes featuring the three heinous witches. The children experimented with using different levels, facial expressions and body language for a desired effect. There was plenty of talent on show and Miss Olsen was very impressed with the children’s drama skills.

Well done to St. Joseph’s The Worker Year 5 Class on a successful day trip to St. Patricks!
Miss Tandy


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