AF Harrold

Last Thursday 21st June, WCM were lucky enough to have an author in for the day. AF Harrold (real name Ashley!) began the day with an assembly and performed some of his own poems. He was also known best for writing the book ‘The Imaginary’, which was a Sheffield Children’s Book Award nominee.

When he came into Year Five for the first workshop of the day, he had the classes in stitches. He added funny endings to words for nouns in rivers, and then how it changed when the same thing was in the sea. He also wrote a birthday poem for Emily in Y5GE.


Building Polydron

Last week, we finished our maths block on shape. One of the lessons was based around the objective of recognising 3D shapes from their nets and different representations. Part of this learning involved taking the 2D shapes (in polydron form) and building their own 3D shape. Each group then used the shape to describe it’s properties. For example, those who built a cuboid were able to describe it had 6 faces: 2 square and 4 rectangles. I’d even say that some of the children didn’t even know they were doing learning!

Parachutes… The Sequel

As promised, here are further details of our follow-up science lesson on air resistance. Having previously learnt that the larger the surface area, the more air resistance would be present it was time to put our theory into practice. We began with constructing the parachute from the templates each group had drawn. Some of us had to go back to the drawing board in order to maximise the surface area – but we were very resilient!

Whilst some of us were cutting the shape out of the material chosen (bin bag was the favourite choice – lightweight and flexible) others of us were constructing the cuboid needed to hold our precious cargo. Soon, we had parachutes ready to test!


We braved the winds and had a jolly good time dropping our parachutes! Some of the semi-precious cargo was lost from the baskets – however a time of over 3 seconds was recorded for the longest drop. We had lots of fun being creative, more importantly we were able to reflect on the results and verbally conclude our scientific findings. In a couple of weeks we’re going to try again and we’re going BIGGER!


We are really enjoying getting more hands on with science, this half term, after moving onto forces. Our main science objective is:

– explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object

Last week, we looked at what made some objects fall slower or quicker than other objects. The children picked two objects and challenged them to race!

We then linked what we knew about gravity to why one fell at a faster pace than another. Even more excitingly, we are going to create and make our own parachutes over the next two lessons. Next week, we will be setting our parachutes free over the balcony! More on this later.

Gymnastic Sequences

Last half term, all Y5 worked hard during their indoor PE lessons. They were aiming to use a wide range of gymnastic proficiencies and combine them together. Each lesson there were three objectives for them to aim for and work through:

BRONZE – To work with a partner/ group to demonstrate a range of level 6, 7 and 8 proficiencies.

SILVER – To create a three-part sequence, mirroring or matching, that demonstrates a range of level 6, 7 and 8 proficiencies.

GOLD – To perform a three-part, mirrored/ matched sequence, which uses all gymnast behaviours consistently and a range of level 6, 7 and 8 proficiencies.


They did fantastically well – look at them in action!