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The Year 5 and 6 children have made a great start to the Summer term and are all eager to learn. We have planned an exciting term of lessons, a broad outline of which can be seen in the Curriculum Information bulletin for the Summer Term 2018 on this page.


Please look at the attached pages to see some of the fun learning activities that we have taken part in so far.


The Emerald Class teachers Mrs Penniall and Mrs Ruggiero.smiley



Curriculum Bulletin Summer Term 2018

A1 Sports

A1 Sports Day-Monday 2nd July 2018

On the 2nd of July, Great Gidding had the privilege of attending A1 Sports. Most of the children from year 3 to 6 were very lucky and were able to take part in the activities that took place. We started with bean bag and bucket which we had to have a year 6 boy and girl, a year 5 boy and girl, a year 4 boy and girl and a year 3 boy and girl. This was the format for all the races. The other races were sprint, throwing, long distance, short relay and long distance relay. Everyone that went had a part to play and were all encouraging whoever was racing. Our team had great sportsmanship and it was great to see that no one gave up. We were very successful and for the first time in over 2 years, we came 2nd overall! Everyone from Great Gidding went home happy that night and we are all very proud of our school and happy with our accomplishment.


By Aimee Hutchinson Year 6 PE Ambassador.

On Monday 21st may 2018 all 3 classes had a day of outside team building activities. Led by Doug Finlayson, the manager of HSSP, Emerald and Amethyst classes took part in lots of orienteering activities and team building games. The year 6 led groups of younger KS2 children to complete the tasks. Great fun was had by one and all.

Year 5/6 Netball Tournament Tuesday 15th May 2018

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Aimee and JP's Blog about the Netball tournament.


Today [Tuesday 15th may 2018] a chosen team of year 5 and 6 travelled to Hinchingbrooke School  to take part in a high 5 netball tournament. The A team captain was Aimee and the B team captain was J.P. The other members of the teams were Luke, James, Chloe C, Holly, Taylan, George A, Ava, Morgan, Jack and Lily. The A team were playing the first match and successfully won 3-0. They won the next match as well. The A team then moved onto the semi-finals where unfortunately they lost 1-0. Their final match was to decide whether they  would come third or fourth - in the end we came 3rd overall.

The B team had a very successful tournament, winning their matches 3-0, then 6-0 thanks to Ava's accurate shooting. They went through to the final, winning their match 1-0. In the end the B team were awarded joint first place with Holywell school. Great Gidding is extremely proud and happy with the success of today, especially as we are such a small school.

Curriculum Newsletter - Autumn 2017

Emerald go to Hilltop!

After a great journey the children have enjoyed biking and the giant zip wire with all achieving so much already.

A few pictures of everyone having fun.


Day 2

An amazing range of skills tested today with the treetop trail and high ropes. The children were so impressive and achieved so much pushing themselves to complete some truly testing tasks! We are so proud of them all!

Day 3

What a morning! The children have experienced the swing of a lifetime on the super swing and then worked together to tackle some complex team games. The afternoon has been smelly and dirty with bush crafts which involved lighting fires and toasting marshmallows followed by the assault course. Need we say more? Enjoy the pictures.

Room inspection time!

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Small Schools Tag Rugby Tournament 1st November 2017

Small Schools Tag Rugby Tournament          1st November 2017 1 A and B Teams ready to play!
Small Schools Tag Rugby Tournament          1st November 2017 2 Great teamwork.
Small Schools Tag Rugby Tournament          1st November 2017 3 12 matches played in all.
Small Schools Tag Rugby Tournament          1st November 2017 4 Joy at winning the play off match! Upside down!!

Tag Rugby

Tag Rugby 1 Emerald class playing Tag rugby.
Tag Rugby 2 Preparing for Small Schools Tournament.
Tag Rugby 3 Learning to throw ball backwards!

Invasion and settlement games.

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Netball After School Club

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Football Team

Football Team 1 Team pre match.
Football Team 2 Football match v Crosshall Junior School.

Take One Picture Week.

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Monday March 13th to Friday 17th March was the first ever 'Take One Picture Week' at Great Gidding School. The chosen picture was 'Bathers at Asnieres' which was painted by Georges Seurat in 1884. We had planned lots of interesting lessons based around this painting, including art appreciation, history and of course art! The week culminated in a trip to the National Gallery in London where the children could see the actual painting in all its glory.

The class thoroughly enjoyed creating their own version of this famous painting. Four groups each painted a separate quadrant and when finished they all combined to make an Emerald masterpiece! All the children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in such a creative and exciting week.

Our visit to Ely cathedral.


On the 4th of October we travelled to Ely cathedral for a schools day called Care for the World and our neighbours.

We prepared for the day by writing a class prayer which we swapped with another school. Whilst there we took part in 2 workshops: one about the importance of clean water and our water use and the second about the change in environmental factors affecting our world.

Emerald at Ely

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Our Visit to Duxford


Our topic this term is Great Gidding past and present. Linking to this we wanted to find out what it was like for Gidding during the war, including the experience for evacuees.

So on the 18th October we were lucky enough to have the chance to visit Duxford Imperial War Museum. We had a fantastic day especially as we were treated to the sight of two spitfires taking off and landing.


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Our science topic this term has been all about forces. We have explored how to capture forces, identify different types of forces and been able to work as part of a remote support team for the National History Museum solving problems involving making parachutes and testing surfaces for the least amount of friction.


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Watch this space as we have an exciting paralympian and world champion visiting our class and school on Thursday 25th November!surprise

World Champion Paralympian Athlete Lauren Steadman visits Emerald Class.

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On Friday 25th November 2016 Emerald class were delighted to welcome former pupil Lauren Steadman to spend the morning with them. Lauren answered all their questions and was happy to pass her silver medal from Rio around the class. Lauren looked at the children's English books as we had written about her race in the Paralympic Triathlon event and had followed her career.

Later, Lauren led a warm up for the class on the school playground, before doing a 'Golden Mile' around the playground with the class. To add to the day's excitement Lauren was followed by a BBC Look East cameraman and reporter and also a photographer from the Hunts Post newspaper.


Year 6 blog: "After running round the playground with Lauren, the 5 year 6s got a private interview by the Look East cameraman and reporter about the experience of Lauren Steadman coming back to her old primary school. The interview was made up of questions such as: "Did we think that we could become an Olympian like Lauren?" The Para-Olympian was also interviewed separately about the experience. All-in-all, it was such an inspirational visit." Written by Xavier, Sophie, Maisie, Thomas and Daniella. Year 6.