Hygge (Pronounced Hoo-ga)

AS you will know, the Year Fives have been having some wonderful ‘Being Brilliant’ sessions with author and scientist Andy Cope. He taught us about a principle called ‘hygge’. The word originates in Denmark and has no direct English translation. However, it is all to do with well-being, and Andy told us the best words to use were ‘snuggliness, comfort and cosiness’. During the Monday morning session, we were asked to think of examples of ‘hygge’ for different seasons.

Here are Y5GE, in class, today experiencing a winter hygge!



Year Five Parent Celebration

At 2:40pm,  the Year Five classrooms were full of children and families. It was fantastic to see the children so proudly sharing a wide range of their learning and talking about it with their parents. Each child had their chosen books ready on their best pages, and their brand-new WCM University Files! Thank you so much for all who came!

Even those children whose family could not make it shared with someone else! We are very proud of our learning in Year Five!

We also loved performing two of our Christmas songs and our Ancient Roman poem!

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Charity Appeals – Word!

During the week, both Year Five classes have taken to the ICT Suite to do some work on the charity appeals they have been writing (more on this another time!) Today, Y5GE used Microsoft Word to type up their drafts so far. The template had been given to them, based on the WAGOLL, but the words were their own.

The appeals themselves were a mixture of factual description containing adjectives, such as:

continuous, severe, helpless, powerless, over-worked, never-ending, fierce and deadly

Unfortunately, the disaster we are appealing for is very real – a mudslide in Mocoa, Columbia on 31st March this year. The facts we were presenting were that 45,000 people were affected overall, 329 of these tragically lost their lives, 2 bridges collapsed, 3 aqueducts and sewage systems were compromised; and that was just the beginning.

The second part of the appeal contained emotive language. (Emotive language = a deliberate choice of words used to elicit emotion). In the lesson itself, we used trouble-shooting on how to use the shift-key to select the different punctuation we needed. We also learnt that the blue wiggly line under a word was to help indicate a grammatical error: such as ‘there’ needing to written as the homophone meaning belonging to – ‘their’. The main learning point though was the undo arrow! For some reason some people’s photographs kept disappearing!

Next lesson, our aim is inserting pictures, using text boxes and word art.

Magazines are reading too!

Last week, we had an exciting series of guided reading sessions. Miss Eden had been out and purchased a range of magazines:

National Geographic for Kids, Horrible Histories, Gaming magazines, Lego Ninjago, Lego Star Wars, Superhero Girls DC and many more. The first session was us just enjoying the magazine and exploring the range available. The second session we began to summarise what we had already read, and used this information to recommend our chosen magazine to other people.

On the final session that we used the magazines in, we used our Rocket Retriever skills to collect the funny jokes we had all been reading and sharing, along with interesting facts! We can’t wait to pass them on to Mr Hiron’s class for their turn!

A Rainy PE Lesson

Unfortunately, no sooner had Miss Eden’s class got outside for PE and started passing and dribbling drills to practise their skills, did the heavens open and it started bucketing down! We gave it a chance to pass and braved the wet, cold weather but continued. Abandon playground!

This wasn’t, by any means, the end of the PE lesson! We came in and continued to watch the ‘Top 50 Epic Football Skills’ video we had begun watching whilst getting changed. We reflected on what made the skills “epic” – was it their ball control, the team work used, that they could find spaces to pass and predict the spacing?

After this, we got back into our pairs and devised games and training strategies that gave us the opportunity to practise the skills. Not only did each pair have to explain how their game worked, but we also talked about the aim (bigger picture) and how to add parameters to extend/ change their game. We had some really imaginative ideas and the drawings don’t do them justice!


In Year Five, we are currently learning our multiplication and division Year Five objectives. This week, we are using a number of hands-on and more interactive activities involving multiplication. This links nicely into our class pledges involving passing our times tables and Taekwondos.

Here are some photos of just some of our activities:

Home Learning

This post is to say a massive thank you to those families who are working hard with their children to produce some excellent home learning. The excellent home learning has been for both the maths and Ancient Roman menu learning. Here are some below:

As you will have received today, we are having a focus on getting high-quality theme learning. This week’s focus is to produce a maths game, based around Ancient Romans and current maths knowledge. These games will be laminated and played in two week’s time – so get busy! Use your packs and the examples from the photo below. We look forward to seeing them.

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Tectonic Plates

This week, Year Five began to look at the geographical reasons that volcanoes are formed. They learnt all about tectonic plates, how they react with other plates and where they are in the world.

The afternoon started with a puzzle. Could they put the pieces of the Earth’s crust back together?

PPA This Half Term

Mr Hiron and I received this intriguing photograph and message from Mrs Reid today…


Mrs Reid’s shopping trolley looks interesting as we prepare for a new theme for our PPA days. What do you think we will be doing with all of this?

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