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'Learning to change the World' 'Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God' - Micah 6:8
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                                                             Term 6

Key information:

PE days for  Term 6 will be- Indoor PE on a Monday and outdoor PE on a Wednesday with Bristol Sport.

This term we are looking forward to finishing Skellig and answering our question ‘Why do we care?’

We can’t wait to create our own winged angels using photography in art.  Keep popping back to find out how this units ends. 

Carnival day has finally arrived!

Today, we got to process behind out Year 5 float based on the theme of ‘Earth’. We used our drums, wore our masks and ‘skirts’, danced and thoroughly had an amazing time.

 We processed as a school and came together on the field where we performed our dance to the rest of the school, Year 6 and many parents and carers. The ‘vibe’ was truly magnificent and it flowed through one and all.

Day Three: Today we started off with an extremely energetic dance session. We learnt all our moves to the Year 5 song- ‘Waka Waka’ by Shakira. It was great fun and we all got rather warm! Some of us also helped to finish off the Year 5 float. One of the final aspects of our carnival preparations was to make our own carnival skirts- all linked to our theme of earth.

Day Two: Today we finished off our drums and created some amazing flowers using twisted wire and a range of exotic colours. The final results were quite impressive.   

Carnival Week

What an amazing start to our week long celebration of everything carnival. We started off the first day with a drum making session. We used recycled items to make our drums- an essential part of a carnival celebration. In the afternoon, we had a session on how to make music using an on line app. It was great fun and we got to compose our own music by creating layers of base, drum and percussion.   

Sports Day


We had an amazing Sports Day today. Everyone showed great perseverance, sportsmanship and determination. First of all, we competed in our houses in field events from throwing at a target to tug of war, from skipping to basketball shooting. Then we ran sprints, team sprints and long distance. 


Throughout the afternoon, the weather as perfect which enabled us to have a great sporting event.

Well done all!

Paralympic Athlete 

Today, we were lucky enough to be visited by a Paralympic athlete who showed us some great exercises to keep us fit and healthy. He told us all about his footballing journey and motivated us to keep focussed on our hopes and dreams.

Rock and Roll!!


Today we had an amazing workshop led by ‘Rock Steady’. We were introduced to several rock instruments and some of us even joined in by forming an impromptu band!

In September, Rock Steady will be running lessons. Look out for these if you are a budding rock star!!

We the Curious:

Today we all had an amazing trip to We the Curious. This fun packed science day involved a session in the planetarium, time to experience the various ‘hands on’ science equipment and interactive displays and an excellent workshop on ‘Earth, sun and moon’. Not only were we able to show off our new science learning from this term but were able to build on what we had learnt to further deepen our understanding.


As you can see we had lots and lots of fun!




Today we started to learn about space! This involved learning about the planets in our solar system. Not only did we learn their names but we also used different fruits to help understand their relative size to each other.   We used:  Peppercorn: Mercury, Cherry tomatoes: Venus and Earth, Blueberry: Mars, Watermelon: Jupiter , Large grapefruit: Saturn, Apple: Uranus  and an  Orange: Neptune.

Term 5

Key information:

PE days will remain the same for Term 5- Tuesday and Thursday.

Why do we care?

This term we will be answering the question, 'WHY DO WE CARE?'  We will kick start the term by listening to a variety of carers from our own community.  A nurse, a volunteer from the homeless project, a paramedic and a mum will visit our school to share their roles with us.  From this, we will plan and carry out our own act of kindness to make a difference in our own life. We aim to present our act of care on an A4 sheet of card to create our own class book.  We hope to then widen our thoughts to see how we can make a difference to the world.  This links nicely to Global Goal number 3 - Good health and wellbeing.  To inspire us with all of this, we will be reading the book Skellig by David Almond.  This book will take us on a magical journey where care and compassion are the underlying themes of the story.  We will be writing biographies about Mary Seachole, creating magazine articles about how people care and re-writing our own versions of Skellig with care at the centre of our plot.  We are hoping this term that we can make a difference to those closest to us and further afield. Watch this space.....



Our computing for this term was looking at tessellation. We looked at a couple of websites where we could create simple tessellation and then used Scratch to program a sprite to draw some regular shapes creating tessellation. 

Oral story telling


Today, in preparation for writing a setting description later this week, we orally rehearsed a section of our Power of Reading text- Skellig. The section of the book was when Michael went into the dilapidated garage for the first time, not quite sure what he was about to encounter.

Oral retelling

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Oral retelling 2

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Outdoor PE


This term, not only do we have Bristol Sport helping us develop our dance skills, we also have Bristol Rovers teaching us tactical games skills outside. These skills can be adapted for any game. We are loooking forward to all the exciting games that we will be playing during our sessions. 



Year 5 are learning about volume and how to calculate the amount of space something takes up. We experimented with cubes and found that no matter how you change the shapes of ten cubes, the volume of the shape stays the same.


We’d like to thank all of the carers who came to visit us today and tell us how and why they care for others.  We have come away feeling really inspired to make a difference.  Some of us are already planning how we can help the homeless of Bristol and are going to bring spare items from home into school so Trish can take them to our street friends. 


We also enjoyed planning our own act of kindness for someone we love to show them that we care.  We can’t wait to carry out our mission and present our acts on a page for our class book all about caring.

Dance in Year 5


This term Year 5 are lucky to have their indoor PE sessions with Bristol Sport. We will be looking at dance and learning how to build up a sequence using different shapes and forms.

Term 4

Key information:

This term the children will have indoor PE  on a Tuesday  and outdoor PE  on a Thursday.

What forces act upon us every day?

The Highwayman

This term, we are lucky enough to study The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. We have showed great maturity and have already enjoyed re-telling verses orally and re-telling our own versions. The text will support us and feature in much of our writing across this term.

Online safety


Today we discussed the difference between Internet friends and in-person friends. We questioned whether we actually ever really know if they are male or female, old or young.  We know never ever to give out any private information and always use common sense.



Today we finished our 3D modelling of the highwayman, Tim the ostler and Bess the Landlord's daughter. Can you spot Tim with wind swept hair and Bess with her long plaited hair tied with a love knot? We are quite proud of our final results.

Planning a fair test


Today we tested the questions we planned earlier this week. We carried out the test making sure that it was a fair test and that we only changed one thing. We now all know how to design, plan and evaluate a fair test. 

Play Leaders


Two members of our class, who are play Leaders, have been invited to a special training session where they learnt how to plan and lead games. Following this training, which forms part of a Healthy School Award, our two budding leaders led a class game of 'Castles'. With clipboard in hand, they led the session with expertise and confidence.

Well done!



The theme of our science learning this term is forces. Following our investigative WOW day we set about leaning about levers, pulleys and gears. We had a go at designing our own 'machine' which involved using a beam, fulcrum, load and effort. We had lots of fun changing the position of the fulcrum- the pivot. 

World Book Day 2019


We started the day off with ‘Booky Breakfast’. Many of the teachers shared their favourite book whilst we munched on a croissant.


In class, our text of the day was slowly revealed, bit by bit. We made predictions about what the text was about and who the author might be. Some our predictions were right, some were not. Our text was ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. This amazing story was read chapter by chapter. Although there wasn’t enough time to read the whole text, we were inspired to try and find a copy of our own and discover what eventually happens to Michael. We then went on to do some Japanese inspired art work and design our own desert island, just like the one that Michael landed on in the story.


In the afternoon, we braved what the weather wanted to throw at us and built shelters as if we had been marooned on a desert island….just like Michael. We even got to taste some marshmallows as a reward for working together and building our shelters. 



Our art focus this term is 3D art. With this in mind we have started our project. We are using plastic milk cartons to make the three main characters in The Highwayman- Bess, Tim the Ostler and of course the highwayman himself.

WOW day

What a day! We spent the day exploring the forces that act upon us.  We loved every minute: making slime, throwing eggs out of windows, building towers, running around without shoes on, tug of war and so much more.  Think you can now call us force experts. 

Term 3

Key information:

This term the children will have indoor PE  on a Thursday which will be led by Bristol Rovers- please note this could also be outside and outdoor PE with Bristol Sport on a Tuesday which will be tag rugby.

Who were the Vikings?

Viking Boy


We are very excited to introduce our new book Viking Boy! We will be studying this during Term 3 to find out what happens to Gunnar on his quest to seek revenge on his father's brutal murderer. We will find out lots about Viking life on our voyage which sees Gunnar grow from boy to warrior. 



Year 5 have been exploring input devices and using them to play and create online games. At the end of our learning, Year 5 were challenged to make their own controller using conductive and insulating materials, while also designing the controller to be fun and easy to use. We loved creating and making our own designs using several stages of evaluation and construction. 

Coming to a cinema near you….


Part of our final challenge was to plan, record and star in a short trailer about the Viking invasion of Lindisfarne. We used iMovie to produce some quite punchy film trailers. Not only did they feature some rather menacing poses but they also briefly set out the key features of what happened when the Vikings first landed and took the monastery on Lindisfarne.

Watch and enjoy!

Trailer 1

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Trailer 2

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Trailer 3

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Trailer 4

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Safer Internet Day 2019


The focus theme of this important day this year was 'consent and permission'. Throughout the day, we learnt about how important it is to be aware of what you are consenting to when online and what to do if you do not wish to give your permission for anything connected online. 

Fraction fun!


This week we moved on to learning about fractions in maths. Today we looked at finding different unit fractions and ordering them from smallest to largest and largest to smallest.

Expanded noun phrases


We were excited to start learning another of our writing targets today- T7 to use expanded noun phrases throughout our writing. To start with we cut up some sentences to identify the noun, adjectives, intensifier and the prepositional phrase. Finally we had a go at writing some of our own sentences based around our text ‘Viking Boy’.


This term we are really lucky to have Bristol Sport in teaching us tag rugby.  Already I can see some budding rugby players of the future!

Viking art


We enjoyed bringing shields and longboats to life using collage.  It did get a little messy but we enjoyed recycling Christmas leftover wrappers and paper to create our masterpieces!

Viking WOW!


WOW! What a way to start 2019..... we went back in time to the Viking Period. Ulf Tarkinagson came to visit us bringing lots of artefacts, armour, games and knowledge from the 8th Century.  We have had so much fun and have learnt so much! Check out our photos below. 

Term 2 

The Princess’ Blankets.


We are very excited to explore our Power of Reading text this term - The Princess’ Blankets.  On our journey we will be exploring how the arts can enhance storytelling.  We will create performances with drama techniques, produce music and get artistic with paint.  Investigating properties of materials will also feature on our journey and we will be testing a range of materials that might help keep the poor princess warm. As well as this, we are hoping to make our own class blanket in time for Christmas! 

Our weaving is finally finished!


We have completed our weaving and Miss Mills very carefully removed it from the loom and mounted it onto card so that it could be taken home and given as a Christmas card.

We are all very proud of our final products and I'm sure that you will be extremely impressed too!

Art Day

What a day! We loved looking at textures, tones and shades today to re create the ocean blanket. After practising each skill, we combined each one to produce our masterpieces. 

Science- Changes over time.


Year 5 are investigating how our environment changes over time, and how we measure this. The secret garden was a wintry treasure trove of fallen leaves, worms and sticks! We enjoyed sketching the environment. 

Visit to a Gurdwara

Year 5 visited the Gudwara today! We learned so much about Sikhism and had a really interesting visit.  During this session we were comparing different places of worship for different faiths. It was really interesting to see the similarities and differences between the Church and the Gudwara. We talked about the holy book, (the Guru Granth  Sahib) saw where it was read and kept, and we even had some drinks and biscuits at the end. We were so grateful to the volunteers that showed us around! 

Visit to St Stephen's Church

Year 5 visited St Stephens church as part of our R.E. learning. We discussed the actual parts of the church, such as stained glass windows and the altar, as well as asking lots of questions about Christian belief in general. We even rounded off with some singing! We really enjoyed our time at the church. 

Anti-Bullying Week


This week, as a school, we have been focussing on anti-bullying. We have thought about what bullying is, how it makes people feel and how it can be prevented.


We have also had a visit from a touring performance group. We watched a performance all about bullying and its effects entitled- A Bully’s Paradise. We learned lots of information through an interactive show and at the end we were able to determine: what bullying is; the different types of bullying and what to do if we see it happen.



This Term, 5AH will be developing our hockey skills to help us perform better in a game situation. These skills will include passing, possession, shooting, dribbling and working as a team. Have a look at how our lessons have been going so far: 

Science investigation


Today 5AH became scientists!

We conducted an investigation into which material would be the best conductor of heat for a pan and why. As a small group, we used a heat source- a hot water bottle, and tested three different materials- wood, plastic and metal. At the start of the investigation, we took a temperature reading and then repeated this every minute for 5 minutes. Once we had looked at the data, we concluded that metal was the best conductor of heat and this would make the best material for a cooking pan.


Today we looked at volume and capacity in class. We compared different household bottles and containers and looked at their capacity. We then went onto measuring different volumes of water using scaled measuring equipment. 

Maths is so much fun in our class. We loved getting a feel for mass today. We weighed lots of items and got a smell of cheese .......not just from our lunch boxes! 



For our WOW day we thought about patterns and explored different ways art can make us feel. We listened to some classical and heavy metal music and drew whatever came into our minds on the page. We then thought about how art can represent feelings and created our own patterns. Finally, we weaved our own patterns using a loom board and a range of materials.

Term 1

LoE:Can I help save the Amazon Rainforest?

This Term, we will be exploring the Amazon and asking ourselves: 'Can I help save the Amazon Rainforest?'Through this enquiry, we will explore where the Amazon is situated and understand how the climate differs from here to there. We will discover the wonderful creatures that inhabit it and explore why this incredible biome is under threat.
This term, we will be reading the story of 'The Great Kapok Tree'. Through this text, we will be finding out why the Amazon is such an important place and discussing what we can to do to persuade people that it is worth saving.

Prove it!


Our challenge was to create a campaign video that persuades the public how to protect the Amazon Rainforest. We hope you enjoy them!

Group 1

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Group 3

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For our WOW day we were lucky enough to have ‘Jungle Jonathan’ come in to school with his collection of exotic rainforest animals. We encountered a tarantula, a scorpion, stick insects, a gecko and even a snake! We learnt about the effects that deforestation is having on these animals' homes. We are looking forward to finding out about what we can do to help prevent this from happening.



We loved pulling apart a flower to identify all the parts to help us learn about pollination and fertilisation. Each part of the flower was identified and labelled, we also discussed the role it played in pollination. 

Pupil Voice 


Today we held our Pupil Voice elections. After listening to the candidates we then decided who we wanted to vote for. We made sure that we didn't tell anyone who we were voting for- it was a secret ballot after all!  

We can't wait for the results to be revealed!



Today, we went to Red Class in the Infants to share our amazing science mini books about the life cycle of various animals, amphibians and insects. Our challenge was to create a mini book explaining the life cycle of an animal that a younger child would understand.

As you can see Red Class children were extremely interested in our science mini books!

Adverbs of possibility


We are excited to move on to our new target in writing this week! We explored the idea of adverbs of possibility and investigated how best to put them in our writing! Firstly, we had to decide what the meaning of each word was, and put them on a scale. We thought a human washing line would be best! Finally, we added them to sentences and created our own. 



We are observing things over time. We predicted what our secret garden might look like next term.  We enjoyed sketching what it looked like today.



We are very lucky to have specialist gymnastic coaches from Bristol Rugby to help us improve our leaps, turns, flips and balance.  Watch out Team GB, we will see you in the next Olympics!

We have really improved our swimming skills this week whilst having lots of fun.
Take a look at how exciting our prove it basket looks. 

Purple Learning!

As a class, we have been reviewing what being a ‘Purple Learner’ is all about this week. Today, we looked at collaborative learning and unpicked what it feels like, what it sounds like and what it looks like working in a group on a collaborative task.

Our mission, for our collaborative task, was to produce a document or presentation on how to survive a night in the Amazon rainforest. We were introduced to the task by reading the first chapter of the text ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell, which creates tension by describing the moments before a plane crashes in the rainforest. We shared lots of ideas, thought about what we would need to survive and by talking together, we worked collaboratively on the task.