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John Cross CE

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Believe and Achieve

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John Cross CE

Primary School

Believe and Achieve

Spring Term: The Great Plague

Well done!

Our class football team came 2nd this week out of 6 teams. We battled hard to draw 2 and win one game.  Great job everyone!

Our Class Worship

Our class worship answered the question, What happens when the trust gets broken? William, Henry and Ronnie put a clip together of willing volunteers from the playground who told us when they have broken something. We then told and acted out  4 different parts of the story of Peter and Isaac asked all of the school whether Peter was showing trust or distrust. All of us used puppets to sing to a song about Peter walking on water in which Zach and Henry did an expert  job of using their puppets to be Jesus and Peter. We included a reflection time, song and prayers. We answered our question by telling everyone how Jesus forgave Peter for not trusting him and this restored their friendship so much that Jesus even trusted Peter to set up the first church.


The Great Plague

Here is our topic plan for this gruesome topic! 

World Book Day

On Friday 3rd March, we enjoyed lots of different reading and storytelling and writing activities dressed up as an adjective! 

Here are some pictures of our day.

People from around the world

We met four people from different countries and asked them lots of questions about their country and how they celebrate Easter. It was very interesting.

How did the plague spread?

In 1347 the plague was spread from Asia to Europe and by 1348 it had reached the shores of Britain. We imagined that we were pilgrims ( travelling by land) or traders ( travelling by sea) and played a game to learn how easily the plague spread from country to country.


Why did plague doctors wear such unusual outfits?

What was it like to live in London in 1665?

We read the Lord's Mayor's instructions and assigned roles ( randomly) to recreate a 'street scene' in the classroom. We had two families whose babies ( dolls/teddies) had contracted the plague and so they were visited by the doctors and searchers. Down the street, there was a shop where money was placed in vinegar in order to sanitise it before purchases could be made. The bell ringer shouted 'Bring out your dead' whilst the hunter chased down stray cats and dogs. 



What do micro-organisms look like?

It was very interesting to discover that there  are millions of micro-organisms ( or microbes) all around us some of which are harmful and some of which are really useful. We had a look at pictures of these and then made some out of playdoh. To tie in with our topic on the plague, we looked at the bacteria which caused the plague and the virus which causes Covid - 19.


How can we reduce the spread of diseases?

We worked in groups to carry out an investigation to look at how sneezing into our hand or a tissue can reduce how far droplets from sneezes spread. We used a spray bottle with coloured water to create our 'sneeze' and then measured the length and width of the 'sneeze'. Following this, we then put a cardboard hand in front of the sneeze before finally     'sneezing' into a tissue. We concluded that sneezing into our hands dramatically reduces the distance that the sneeze spreads but sneezing into a tissue and putting it into the bin was the best way to reduce the spread of infections.

How can micro-organisms help us to make food?

We learnt that yeast helps bread to rise and measured whether the bread rises faster or slower when sugar is present. This helped us to understand that yeast is a living organism ( fungi/fungus) and observed that it releases bubbles of gas as it is working.

Art:  Tie-Dye

Firstly, we learnt how to fold our T shirts. We had three different options which were spiral, crunch or fold which would create the pattern on our final product. Once folded, we tied them up tightly by using elastic bands. Dressed in gloves and aprons, we then applied the colours to our T -shirts thinking about what the effect of mixing these might have on our finished T-shirt. The next process was rinsing the T-shirts and finally, a fixer was applied to ensure that the dye didn't run straight out of the T-shirt.

Here's the result: 

Learning Italian

Danila from Lazio visited us last Wednesday and taught us the Italian numbers from one to ten and some Italian greetings. After that, she explained to us what life is like in Lazio which we found fascinating because it quite different to ours due to the hot climate.


Art: Making Maracas 


Inspired by STOMP, we used recycled plastic bottles to make maracas. We decorated them with traditional African designed before trying them out!

Here are some pictures of our final products:



Computing: Creating spreadsheets

Firstly, we created tables to show the favourite flavour of ice-cream in the class. Following on from this, we then created bar charts from the data, ensuring that we labelled up the axes correctly and gave the chart a suitable title. Here are some of the results:

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