After half term, Miss Eden’s new Golden Time activity will be dominoes! This is all due to a power cut and Y5GE! As many of you will know, there was a power-cut just before lunchtime on Friday. This meant that there could be no assembly so we all needed to do tasks in class. Miss Eden chose to teach her class dominoes and they loved it!

One child was overheard saying “This should be a Golden Time activity.” So now it is! Here they are in action!


Day or Night?

Since coming back to school after the Easter Holidays, the Year Fives have been learning about the Earth and Sun and how these two parts of our universe makes day and night and seasons. After learning lots of facts about the Earth rotating on its axis every 24 hours, and how it also revolves around the sun (orbits – every year approximately), it was time to present our knowledge with a moving diagram!

Ancient Mayans – Who were they?

Over the week, all the children in Year Five have been bringing together their existing knowledge of the Mayans (from our guided reading sessions with The Chocolate Tree and the Hero Twins) and independent and group research. Part of the task was to use the range of non-fiction books to write facts, aiming for note form, on slips of paper. In the following lesson these pieces of information were grouped and sorted.

The outcome for this teaching sequence was the children writing a paragraph about a selection of the facts. Next week, they will be working in groups again to form a presentation on their area of the research into the Ancient Mayans.


Y5GE’s May Queen and Jack-in-the-Green

It was a real pleasure for me to crown our May Day representatives today. The vote was a secret ballot, completed by the children, with accompanying reasons for their choice. McKenzie and Lewis were our fabulous winners! However, the voting was really close for both of May Queen and Jack-in-the-Green – so well done to everyone who got a vote!

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Y5 Ancient Mayans

This week in Y5 we have been developing our knowledge on the Ancient Mayans. We have been researching topics which include housing, jobs, Ancient Mayan literacy and numeracy as well as Mayan clothing. Within our writing, we are working on including parenthesis to add extra information, apostrophes for possession as well as adverbs to show degrees of possibility. All of Y5 are enjoying learning about the Ancient Mayans and we should have some interesting and informative posters produced as a result.

Y5GE’s Reading Mileage Badge Winners

Well done to all the children in my class that worked hard collecting 40 or more reads this term in order to win their badge. I am proud of you all, whether it was the bronze badge you received or your silver! Here’s to next term’s badges – we need to beat 20!


Year Five go orienteering!

Yesterday was a fantastic day for all those children in Year Five. In light of the learning we have done on maps, orienteering in PE and about the London landmarks in our writing lessons, we went down to Hillsborough. Each class was taken on a guided tour of the landmarks by Mr Hiron and Miss Eden. We stopped by Hillsborough Leisure Centre, the Cadbury/ Bassetts factory, Owlerton Stadium, the Barracks and the Walled Garden in Hillsborough Park, whilst the teachers did their best tour guide impression! This is definitely not a WAGOLL for being guided by the children in London.

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The tour was good, but the orienteering session run by Pauline in the park was the best. We were finally able to consolidate all of the skills that we learnt in PE and we did ourselves proud. Each pair used maps to orientate themselves around the park and find the controls. It was made even more fun as each pair also had an electronic dibber! They even got a print out of their times! What was equally as impressive was how resilient they were for running all over the park for an hour, particularly as we walked 5 miles that day in total! Great practice for London.

Here some of them are in action:

And here are some of the things the children said about it when we got back:

I like how we were encouraged by the dibbers and how we encouraged each other. I also really like the way there were no boundaries and it was electronic, which was more fun.



I know a lot more about Hillsborough Park now I have been on this orienteering visit.



I really like the way it recorded our time so we knew what to beat.



I really liked the way how the dibbers worked (that you had to put it inside the controls and the start, finish and clear).



Is it a bird, is it a plane, it’s an egg!

This morning has been very egg-citing! The children in Y5GE were egg-cellent! Okay, enough of the egg jokes! All of Year Five have been finding fractions of quantities. Today was Y5GE’s turn to apply this to an Easter Egg hunt with a sweet reward. Mr Hiron’s class will be doing it early next week.

The first step was the hunt itself! Baskets at the ready we went searching in Amy’s Garden:

Upon returning to the classroom, each egg had to be cracked open (another joke – sorry!) and inside was a fraction of quantity question! The children had use their knowledge, practice and the WAGOLL to solve the questions:

With the prizes on show, the mission did not end there! The children then needed to use the alphabet grid to decode the magic word for the prize – there was great team work involved. All children were successful!

Fabulous Home Learning

Lewis Johnson strikes again! On Wednesday morning I was delighted to be given two fantastic models, made from air drying clay. Each one was a perfect representation of two of London’s most famous landmarks. Both of the landmarks we have been learning about in class for our London Residential Guidebooks, and we will see them in May. The first model was Elizabeth’s Tower – more commonly and incorrectly named as Big Ben!

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The second was a model of the iconic London Eye!

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Ice Skating

As you will know, we had the Ice Pad in school on Wednesday. After spending Tuesday evening setting it all up, the team were ready for the children to skate. Everyone who went on was really brave, particularly those who weren’t very sure before hand. They all had a good go, and even those who fell got straight back up and carried on!