Extra Enrichment

Year 5 have worked extremely hard at home this year, and as a consequence, have won the Homework Award ten times, earning them 100 minutes of Extra Enrichment Time.

The children voted to wear their own clothes, watch a film and make ice cream sundaes.

It was a lovely afternoon and a great way to finish the school year.

Well done, Year 5.  It’s been a pleasure teaching you!

Summer of Safety

This week, the whole school is learning about how to keep safe.

We are enjoying sessions  linked to road safety, rail safety, swim safety, fire safety, personal safety and sun safety.

A range of visitors (NSPCC, Network Rail, Lifeguards, Fire Service, etc.) have been coming into school to deliver assemblies to help us to learn about how to keep safe.



Our Class Assembly

This afternoon, we presented a snapshot of our learning about Ancient Greece.

The children worked in small research groups, each with a different focus.  They wrote their own lines and rehearsed in small groups.

Mr Mitchell, Mrs Durant and I were really pleased with their teamwork and confident delivery.

Well done, Year 5!

Harry Potter Day at Walton-le-Dale High School

Today we went on a very special visit to Walton-le-Dale High School for a Year 5 Primary Liaison Day.  The theme for the day was Harry Potter and the sports hall had been completely transformed into Hogwarts!

First, we enjoyed a military style PE session with Y5 children from St Aidan’s.

After that, we headed to the Maths department where we worked in small teams to complete a range of challenges with  a Harry Potter theme.  Grace, Kelsey, Millie and Jenny really impressed the Maths teacher with their excellent estimating.

Following a delicious lunch and a chance to play on the field, we went to English.  We searched for spells and watched a movie clip about the Riddikulus Spell.  The teacher asked us to generate our own ideas for transformations and we planned a piece of descriptive writing.

All too soon, it was time to return to the hall.  On our way in, each of us was handed an envelope – we were also given strict instructions not to open it yet.  When all the children had reassembled, Dumbledore asked us to open our envelopes…  Most were empty, but a few contained a Golden Snitch.  If you were lucky enough to find one, you could collect a prize.

We had a fabulous time at Walton-le-Dale, and tonight, your child will be bringing home a bag of goodies to help them remember their wonderful day.


Pandora’s Box

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Using the Greek Myth, Pandora’s Box, we have been learning about how to skim and scan through a text to draw key events.  We then developed our ability to summarise, reducing the text considerably into a comic strip format.

Invasion Games with BRFC

This half term, Year 5 are working with the BRFC staff in a series of lessons designed to improve their invasion games skills and tactics.

Please ensure your outdoor PE kit is in school everyday.




Shadow Investigation

We investigated how our shadows changed over the course of a day.  We observed how they changed, taking regular measurements and charting their position.

We concluded that our shadows changed because, as the Earth turns on its axis, the Sun is in a different position in relation to us.


A Right Royal Sports Day!

The sun was shining and a great time was had by all as we enjoyed our Royal Wedding inspired Sports Day.

The events included:

  • Royal Mail Sack Race
  • Golden Egg and Silver Spoon
  • Hobby Horse Hurdles
  • Royal Family Obstacle Course

The sprint  and long races were fiercely contested, with everyone putting in maximum effort to get a ‘personal best’.

Well done, Year 5!  You showed excellent sportsmanship!

Meeting Natasha Farrant

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Wednesday 9th May 2018

Dear Diary,

Today I did something I never thought I’d do – I met an author. After lunch, we all had to find a partner and walk across the road to St Bede’s.

When all of us had lined up in their hall, we all saw Natasha Farrant, author of The Children of Castle Rock. She told us what had inspired her to be an author, which was her getting ideas from reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Natasha also explained that it took her 2 years to write The Children of Castle Rock.

As time passed, she told us that we were all going to make an idea for a story. The people she picked to be her assistants were Gabby, Magdiel and Lillie- Rose from Year 6. Gabby was the pop star who couldn’t sing, Magdiel was an aristocratic Panther and Lilly- Rose was an evil unicorn who ate pop stars.

Soon, Lillie- Rose ran after Gabby (as part of the story). It was really fun! Everyone laughed!

To end the day, most people who had bought or brought a book, went into a line to get their books signed by Natasha Farrant. Today has been fun, I hope I can do it again.



Thursday 10th May 2018

Dear Diary,

Yesterday afternoon ks2 went to St Bede`s to see Natasha Farrant, the author who wrote The Children of Castle Rock!

When we were inside the school we sat down waiting for the St Bede`s children to come in the hall. When Year 5 sat down I saw Neve behind me, my friend in St Bede`s.  After every one sat down, Mrs Plant introduced the author. Natasha talked about the book that inspired her to be an author (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis).  She talked about her childhood and ingredients in a cake Recipe, Scotland and jewellery.

Then came the really funny part that I could hear very, very clearly… Natasha chose three girls in Year 6: Gabby, Magdiel and Lillie Rose. Gabby was chosen to be a popstar who sung very badly and made every one laugh (even the teachers).  Lillie Rose was an evil unicorn who was chasing Gabby all around the front of the hall and Magdiel was aristocratic panther.  Natasha had a box of settings and she chose someone in year 3 to pick and they picked ‘sea’. They were thinking how might they feel in the sea, they felt sick!

After that, it was time for Natasha to sign our books (if we had one). The line was so long that Mrs Martin had to take the other children back to school.

That was the best day ever.


Multi-skills PE

Come rain or shine, Year 5 and Year 6 are busy preparing for the Clayton Cup later this term.  On Friday afternoons, we’re working together in four colour teams.  We rotate around a range of activities (netball, cricket, football and hockey), practising the skills required for the competition’s events.