Year 5 and Year 6- such a busy week!

What a week!

We waved off the Year 5’s and 6’s who were going to Thurston then started our own fun learning activities.

On Monday, we had a Healthy Heart Workshop. We learned how to keep our hearts healthy through exercise and eating well. Angela and Katie showed us how to make tasty smoothies using fruit and vegetables. We even liked the spinach!


Call my Bluff is a team game where we found the meaning of some tricky words. We made up false-bluff answers to challenge the other teams to guess the true meaning. Do you know what these words mean: portmanteau, xenophobia, photosynthesis, phial, hurly-burly, drone (and this last one is not the flying camera meaning…)


On Thursday we were Greek Murder detectives. We were given a photo of the victim Agathon, who was strangled with his olive crown, he had won at the Olympics.  We had to listen to interviews and scrutinise the evidence and agree who was to blame. This is what we thought…

Group One –It was Tyrol the slave because he says he’s been stealing so he may have stolen the ring that was at the scene. He was at the temple so that he might have seen the letter that was on the body. During the interview it was like he had rehearsed it.

Group Two- Valeri the jealous wife was guilty… there was a ring on the photo next to the body and the newspaper said it had been lost. They never interviewed her but the neighbour said they were always fighting because Valeri wanted to go to the Olympics.

Group Three- it was Zarek…he is Tyrol’s master. We think he killed Agathon and he was giving Tyrol money to take the blame





Friday at last- we raced our balloon powered buggies- Charlie’s went furthest by balloon power and James’ was the best push! The maths trail was an energetic challenge. We had to use our map reading skills as well as our maths to find clues around the school grounds and calculate the answers! That was a fun way to learn. The afternoon was more relaxing; we made natural paint pallets using found materials and then used photosensitive paper to make prints. WOW! We hope you like our work.

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Independence Day

This week we learned about July 4th– Independence Day in America. Isaac’s great aunt was a teacher in America and she told us all about how three hundred years ago, America became independent from British rule. We told her what we remembered from reading The Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom, where America was on the globe and some of the different language uses such as restroom. She taught us sign language to save our voices and Ms Armstrong’s.

The signs are yes, no, water, toilet, thank you and you’re welcome. Can you tell which ones are which from our photos?



Year 5

This week we have been learning about how rivers change from source to sea. We studied the River Tees. We learned how waterfalls form by looking at photos of High Force. The soft rocks get eroded then the overhang falls so the river flows through a gorge. At the base of a waterfall is a plunge pool which can be very dangerous!

In science, we are learning which materials are the hardest. We predicted which materials could be scratched by a nail then we tested them. Have a look at our pictures…Natan found a different property when he looked through a perspex cylinder!


Busy Week in Year 5

Keeping Safe!

We have had a lot of visitors into school teaching us how to keep safe. Last week, PC Paul talked to us about e-safety. We were able to tell him about Kidsafe’s  ‘tell a trusted adult’. He reminded us to avoid older children who were making the wrong choices too. The theatre group was really good. They acted out a bullying scene between teenagers and through a workshop, showed us how each person involved may have been feeling and why they acted as they did.

The fire service came into our class to teach us about the ‘Triangle of Fire’ oxygen, heat and fuel. We watched a DVD which showed how quickly fire can spread in a room. Now  we know that we shouldn’t leave our chargers plugged in during the night just in case they overheat! Some of us don’t have smoke alarms but the fire officer said our parents can just contact Tyne and Wear fire service and they will come out and fit a new one for free!

Year 5 took part in a photo competition this week and won! Jessica, Leanne, Skye, Jessica and Sasha were very pleased with their Easter egg prizes!

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World Book Day

World Book Day- a reading good day!

On World Book day, we dressed up as our favourite characters from a book and designed a new book cover for it.  In preparation for the Spelling Bee, we had to learn forty words from Harry Potter books. The three winners went into a whole school final while the runners up came and cheered us on. When we had our assembly, we saw how many books everyone had donated to the school- our library is going to be fabulous!

Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday, father told us that when we make a promise for Lent, it might not be to give something up but to try to be a better person.

My Lenten Promise…

To pray more and reflect this Lent.

To try to do things before I am asked to.

Read more often as I only read at the weekend.

Spend more time with my mam and dad so I can tell them how much I love them.

I will not drink fizzy drinks during Lent.

Try not to have unhealthy food for a snack.

Give up time on my X-box so I can spend it with my family.

We hope we do some of these after Lent

Super Science!

Year 5 have enjoyed planning and investigating ‘Do all springs stretch the same amount?’ We learned that the springs made with the thickest metal were harder to stretch than the tightly coiled springs. Those were really stretchy!

We have been learning about Viking art. Next half term we are going to design our own mythical creature, draw and paint it then describe it in French!

Watch out for our work…


BBC Terrific Scientific Taste Challenge


Year 5 have Great Taste!

What a week we have had!

We took part in the BBC Terrific Scientific Taste Challenge. We had to put natural blue food colour on our tongues and count how many fungiform papillae (pink bumps) were on our tongue. If we had 0-5 we were Non- tasters, 6-10 were tasters and 11+ made us supertasters. We had 15 supertasters in the class- 15%; the national average is 25%!!! Watch the live programme at 11am on 31st January to see if we get a mention.

Open Morning

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On Friday, our parents came back in for our second Parents’ Open Morning. They were learning about SPaG, spelling, punctuation and grammar. We really enjoyed having our parents in to help us learn and look forward to extra help with homework.