Year 5 Blast Off!

On Wednesday, we opened our minds and widened our eyes as the universe unfolded above us in a pop-up planetarium.  One class at a time, we looked up at the wonders of space.  This was no simulation: these images were the real thing.  Every crater we saw on Mars or on the moon is actually there, photographed and documented.

We may not all want to do it for real, but no doubt there are budding engineers and scientists ready to contribute in some way to this exciting frontier area.

Thank you to Neil, who set everything up and let us handle space rock.  He also made us proud to live in a part of the UK where components for space craft are built and developed.

Year 5 Science – Speed Dating

Year 5 have been speed dating this week…speed dating each of the planets!

After five minutes of becoming an expert on their specialist planet, it was then a matter of speed to find out as much information about each of the other planets in a three minute date.

We think eight dates in an afternoon was really quite tiring, not to mention the fact we were also expected to make a fact file on everything we had found out – what a busy afternoon of science!

History Research in Year 5

Once again, pupils are trying their hand at teaching in Year 5.

Our learning unit homework was to research an Anglo-Saxon or Viking person of our choice and there were certainly some grizzly characters around to rival Grim Graham!

Congratulations to all who used creativity and independence as well as communication skills.

Special mentions to Tom (who read aloud to the whole class really confidently and took questions), Fin S (whose presentation looked like professional publishing), Kai (who put together a comprehensive powerpoint) and Holly (whose larger than life – literally – Viking caught all our attention).

HATS coming next to Year 5!

Any unused hats out there (fabric ones especially) we could use to investigate how hats are made, how they are similar and different, etc. please bring them in clearly stating if they are to be returned!!!


Year 5 – Orienteering

A big thank you to Ms Mays and her able assistant, Hilary Pickering, for coming in to work with us on orienteering.

We have gone from walking around a grid of cones to careering around the wild open spaces (of our field) and our map reading skills were very evident to see.

What fun in the brisk spring sunshine.

Thanks also to our friends in Year 6 who helped with all the admin and setting up.

Year 5 – Let’s Make Some Dough!

First we tasted all sorts of supermarket breads. (Ask us which we preferred and why.)

Then we tasted a basic stoneground, wholewheat recipe.  That divided opinion!

Yesterday we researched possible flavours from the time (Anglo-Saxon or Viking) and

ways to shape a bread roll.

At last, we completed the process and they went into the oven, all ready to share with parents/carers the next day!

Year 5 Orienteering

Thanks to the help of our orienteering expert, Ms Mays, we were able to really develop our skills.

Today the focus was on reading a map or route accurately and we followed routes as well as working out the different symbols we might encounter.

Next week, we move on to a real course…

Year 5 You CAN get the staff!

I am sure you have seen the advertisements aiming to recruit new students to the wonderful world of teaching.  Apparently it’s a hard sell…..well, no such difficulties here.

Lucky Mrs Graham can make herself comfortable while the children teach each other. Today, volunteers used the smartboard to demonstrate progress in a very particular skill: adding numbers where the decimals simply don’t match up (235 + 4.5 + 87.36).  What had seemed tricky the first time we tried it, became routine with a little bit of practice.

Thank you to those brave souls who tested out their skills and provided WAGOLLS for the whole class.  Even better, they talked us through their methods.

Year 5 Tribal Warfare is Alive and Well!

Not content with stealing our flags, those pesky Rockin’ Rollers are trying to wipe the smile off our faces in other arenas too.

We are pleased to report we triumphed in a terrific display of teamwork and sending and receiving skills (Hot Potato for those of you who don’t know).

Tug of war went less well…… but we live to fight another day.  Growth mindset.  Believe, strive and achieve.