Debate: Roman Legionary – Would you rather be in or out?

Year Five had a fantastic morning with our English lesson. Both classes have spent all week learning more about the Ancient Romans and their armies. After our visit to York last week, we built on what we already knew about Roman Legionaries (a Roman soldier) and their roles, responsibilities and treatment.

Some of the reasons we found were really positive, others made you wonder why anyone would want to be one! Today, we put all that information together and used it to plan debate points, even thinking about arguments and counter-arguments. With a bit of practice in our groups, we were ready for the real debate. Look below for some of our preparation. The teachers were so proud of what they achieved!



A Spooky Treat

IMG_0272.JPGWe were really lucky in Y5GE this morning! Lewis brought us in some gruesome-looking items. Thankfully, they were a selection of little biscuits and buns that were yummy to eat even though they did look slightly terrifying. Thank you, Lewis and family!



This week’s post is all about Bridge. And no, not the Ancient Roman waterway kind (although we learned about that too!) On Wednesday, a lovely and intelligent man named Graham came back in to see us. This week, he was with Y5GE and the next time he is in he will be spending time with Mr Hiron’s class.¬†IMG_0158

After a visit last year, he came to remind us all about a deck of cards and how we can use these to play game. We revised:

  • 52 cards in a pack
  • Four suits – diamonds and hearts (the red cards) and spades and clubs (the black cards)
  • Each suit has 13 cards – A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q and K

We practised shuffling and fanning the cards.


Each group of 4 got to play a mini-game of ‘7’ and how to make a ‘trick’ (a bridge term). The best thing? It is now a Year Five lunchtime club on a Wednesday! The next session is on Wednesday 18th October.¬†IMG_0160

Pop Art

As part of our learning of ‘All About Me!’, children in each year group created self-portraits. In Year Five, we chose to use the inspiration of Pop Art to create our very own using photos of our beautiful and handsome faces. We all learned about Andy Warhol and the basics about Pop Art:

  • Pop Art was an art movement in the 1950s
  • the ‘subject’ of the art was everyday culture – advertising, people, comics, everyday¬† objects etc.
  • Andy Warhol used silk-screen printing to repeat images
  • pop art used bright, stand-out colours
  • another famous artist of this movement was Roy Lichenstein

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A famous production by Andy Warhol: Marilyn (1962)

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Fabulous Finish Part Two

We have all been working so hard on our canvases for the ‘Fabulous Finish’. We have used the newspaper articles, photographs and headlines that we have selected (reflecting on our big question one last time!) and arranged them, using collage techniques, and gluing them down. We have created sillohettes of protesters and layered them on. Miss Hall’s class did them free-hand, whilst Miss Eden’s class used the projector to trace images.

On the protester’s boards, the children have attached slogans or quotes that they feel about change. Excellent team work was used and the end result was fabulous! Watch this space for more photos.


Yesterday, the Year Fives kept up the annual tradition and kicked off the carnival with a touch of African vibes! They had worked hard all morning learning different drum rhythms and dance moves to put together for one performance. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch; and for those of you who couldn’t, here are a few pictures:

Olympic posters

Over the last two weeks Y5 have been working extremely hard on creating their posters all about the Olympics. They are now all complete and look fantastic! They are all up in Y5NH so feel free to come look since the children have worked so hard making them. Here are a few of them.

Fun in the park

Yesterday the Y6’s and Y5 choir worked so hard in the Madagascar performance we all felt they deserved a little bit of fun before the final evening performance so decided to have some fun in the sun in the park.