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  • Production of Porridge

    This term, Year 4 and Year 5 performed a musical play called ‘Porridge’. We especially enjoyed learning the songs and dances as they were catchy and fun to sing. We had to work really hard to learn all our lines as well as when to come on and off the stage. Our parents enjoyed coming to watch it as much as we enjoyed performing it!

  • Dance Festival

    Year 4 and 5 were offered the opportunity to take part in a local dance festival at the Campus West Theatre. They used their dance lessons to create and learn a routine around the theme of the Olympics and chose to dance to the music ‘Chariots of Fire’.

    They loved the experience of performing on a real stage and the experience of being backstage.

  • Year 5 Parent Forest School activity

    Year 5 parents and carers joined the class for two activities focusing on trees.

    One was to plant tree saplings donated by the Woodland Trust of rowan, wild cherry and silver birch along the field edge to increase biodiversity of the trees in that area of the school grounds.

    The second activity was estimating the age of at least one of the mature trees on the field near the wild area.

    Each group chose a tree and used their prior knowledge to name the tree species.  They then used a calculation based on the girth measurement of the trees and an average tree growth of 2.5cms per year.

    Having calculated the estimated age of the tree, they then worked out when the tree might have been planted or when the seed germinated and considered what events were happening at that time in history when the tree was beginning to grow.


  • The National Gallery

    Year 5 enjoyed their educational visit to the National Gallery in London.  After a coach trip in, past lots of sights, the group eventually arrived in Trafalgar Square.  On entering the National Gallery they got to appreciate many famous and priceless artworks in the flesh.

    The children were excited to see the different sizes, styles and levels of detail that different artists had used and to learn about the stories behind some of the famous artworks from our resident art expert Mrs Thompson.

    After a slightly grey lunch sitting out by the infamous Trafalgar Square fountains, the children had a chance to climb on the plinth of Nelson’s Column before heading back inside to soak up some more of our capital’s culture before heading home.

  • Forest School and Science Activity

    Year 5 have been very lucky to have enjoyed forest school this term.  Not one to waste a learning opportunity, Mrs Sutton decided to combine Forest School and Science, by making good use of the camp fire.

    The children have been building on their previous knowledge of materials and have been looking at reversible and irreversible changes. So, putting the campfire to good use, the children investigated which changes would be reversible or irreversible through burning, mixing and heating.  The children burnt wood, paper and cardboard.  They then looked at melting chocolate and marshmallows, both independently and combined, to discover the effects, as well as popping popcorn.

    They were also joined by Mrs Thompson to help us investigate whether mixing and cooking pancake mix was reversible and of course check out her pancake flipping skills!

  • Coding

    Class 5 have been very busy coding in computing this term.  First they learnt how to code the micro:bit, the children learnt how to use create an algorithm to turn the micro:bit into a graphical dice.  They had to create their own programme and design their own LED outputs to represent different digits.  Some of Class 5 even challenged themselves to represent all the digits 0-9!

    To continue their coding work, Class 5 then used Scratch to create their own interactive quizzes based on some of the learning they have done during the term.  Children chose to quiz each other on fractions, space, the water cycle and WWII.

  • Brass Concert

    Over the past 12 months, Class 5 have been learning, practising and preparing with their brass instruments.  Initially they were practising in their three separate groups (two cornet and one baritone) and gradually integrated to create a brass orchestra.  The children have worked so hard and finally all their determination paid off culminating in a wonderful and inspiring performance to Class 5 parents and Class 4.  Class 5 parents were rightfully proud of the incredible achievements of their children in just one year and Class 4 found the experience aspirational, as it will be their turn next!

  • Romeo and Juliet

    Class 5 were lucky enough to take part in an interactive drama workshop based on William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.  Together with Class 6, the children played some of the parts and there were lots of conversations sparked about the themes and language used in the play. The workshop left the class enthused about studying the play further and they were able to create some brilliant story poems and their own versions of the story.

  • Learning Outside the Classroom Day

    We investigated friction by measuring how far a toy car travelled on different surfaces.

  • Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies

    The children in Year 4 and Year 5 worked incredibly hard to rehearse and perform this production to the school and their parents. The children enjoyed the rehearsals as well as learning the songs, dances and the DREADFUL JOKES. It was enjoyable for the children as well as the adults. Dreadful jokes and silly sock phrases was thought to be the best part (as some may think). Some children learnt once you’ve done your first scene you’ll find there is no need to be nervous, but really it was all the children’s hard work that was the best part. They were truly wonderful!