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Gordon Primary School


Pearl - Year 5

Class Teacher - Mrs Olding        



Following a whole-school election, the children decided to name this year's classes after gems and precious stones. The pearl is an organic gem formed inside molluscs such as oysters. They are formed when an irritant such as a tiny stone or grain of sand gets inside the mollusc's shell. A lustrous substance, called nacre, is secreted around the object to protect the soft internal surface of the mollusc. As layer upon layer of nacre coats the irritant, a pearl is formed.  This process of building a solid pearl can take up to seven or eight years. The most valuable pearls are perfectly symmetrical, relatively large, naturally produced and shimmer in the light. The main oyster beds lay in the Persian Gulf, along the coasts of India and Sri Lanka, and in the Red Sea.  


To read the Autumn 2018 Information Leaflet for Year 5 Parents click here.

To read the Spring 2019 Information Leaflet for Year 5 Parents click here.

To read the Summer 2019 Information Leaflet for Year 5 Parents click here.