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Music – Graphic Notation

11/10/2016 at 12:16


In music we have been learning about graphic notation – a form of music composition in which instead of musical notes, symbols or words are used instead.  A symbol placed higher on the staff is a higher pitched (or higher frequency) note.  A symbol placed lower is a lower pitch/ frequency.

Will learning about pitch and frequency we listened to a recording of a note getting progressively higher.  Did you know that as you get older, your ability to hear higher pitched notes gets worse?

With your family, listen to the recording of the note getting higher.  You will notice that the older members of your family stop hearing the note before you do! This is because their ears are not able to hear the higher pitched notes!


After creating our piece of graphic notation in pairs, we rehearsed then performed to the class.  You can watch our performances below!

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Year 5 Girls’ Climbing Event – Wednesday 5th October 2016

08/10/2016 at 14:43


On Wednesday, Mrs Harding accompanied 16 Year 5 girls to take part in a special climbing festival at the Climbing Depot. The event was part of Women’s Sport Week and as such was an ‘all female affair’.  Mrs Harding had this to say about the festival:

‘What a lovely morning I have had with 16 Year 5 girls climbing at the Depot!
Once we arrived, the girls completed a task in small groups which was to draw a climber and what they thought a climber needed to have or be.
Once on the wall, the girls were split into two groups where each group did different activities such as: climbing challenges which involved finding objects hidden in the wall or completing pull ups once the children had reached the very top of the wall.

After the girls completed the wall challenges, each girl wrote a note to someone who had never climbed before giving them advice and encouragement.

All girls were polite to staff and the public and were a credit to the school.

It was a pleasure to take them.’

I would like to thank Mrs Harding for taking the children to the event and have included some pictures for your pleasure.

Best wishes

Mr Cooke




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Odyssey Freeze Frames

05/10/2016 at 16:35


This half term, we have been looking at ‘The Odyssey’, a Greek myth of epic proportions. Today, 5L had a go at creating freeze frames that represented some of the incredible events that Odysseus endured. I think the children captured each event well!


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5B Literacy and CLAUSES!

05/10/2016 at 13:00


We have become familiar with a wide range of Greek myths over the last few weeks.  To get to grips with the myth of Pandora, we created freeze frames to highlight some of the main points of the story (so far).


  1. Prometheus gives the humans fire.image1
  2. Zeus finds out and he is VERY angry!image2
  3.   He creates a beautiful woman called Pandora, to give as a gift for Epimethius.image3
  4.  Pandora and Epimetheus get married.image4
  5.  As a wedding gift, Zeus gives Pandora a beautiful box but tells her she must not open it.image5
  6.  Pandora begins to go crazy, not knowing what is inside.  She longs to open it…image6


Our character, Pandora, found her self with a bit of a dilemma. We decided to create a conscience alley to help Pandora reach a decision of whether she should open the box or not.

As an extra challenge, pupils were asked if they could use a clause in their advice to Pandora.  We have spent this week learning about different clauses, including relative and conditional clauses.

Apologies for the lack of sound – I will be sure to fire my recorder. Pupils should be heard giving Pandora advice, which may contain a relative or conditional clause, or both!  E.g: If you open the box, which I know is very tempting, Zeus would be angry with you.

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5L and 5B

04/10/2016 at 14:10


Last week, both Year 5 classes continued to impress, proving that they have settled well into the new year.

In Literacy, we continued our work on the Odyssey, looking in more detail at some of Odysseus’ adventures. We even created our own newspaper articles about Circe’s island and Odysseus’ return to Ithaca!

In Maths, we started to look at negative numbers. There was a little bit of confusion at first, but before long the children really got to grips with the work and were extending their knowledge about number and place value.

In Topic, we had a look at what sources could tell us about different events. We looked in particular at what we could learn about the Ancient Olympics from different vase paintings. You can have a look at our findings for yourselves as we posted some pictures of the vases and some of our ideas on the blog! 5L also discussed what we knew about some of the different Greek gods and goddesses (and found we knew quite a bit!).

Finally, in Science we were learning about forces, particularly the forces gravity and friction. This was very enjoyable, as it meant we could drop different objects to see how gravity affected them and then design and create parachutes to help slow an object’s fall. It was very interesting to see all of the different designs that the children came up with!

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5B Parachutes!

04/10/2016 at 13:15


A part of our science topic, we looked at both air resistance and gravity.  We made parachutes and experimented with different variables.  Not only did we learn a lot but it was great fun too!

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