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Pandora – Freeze Frames

06/10/2017 at 13:27


In literacy, 5B have been delving deeper into the myth of Pandora.  To really demonstrate our understanding of the story, we created Freeze frames depicting some of the main events.  Can you guess what is happening?


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Athens vs Sparta

05/10/2017 at 16:33


In history this week, the children explored the differences between the Ancient Greek cities of Athens and Sparta. We looked at a range of factors, including how the different genders were treated, the ruling systems, cultures and values and how they compared.

We learned that Athenians were ruled by democracy and the will of the people (though technically only men could vote). The women largely stayed at home and raised their families. In Athens, it was the boys who were given a formal education, while the girls were taught the skills they would need to be good wives.

On the other hand, Spartans had a much bigger focus on war, with an incredibly strong and widely feared army full of soldiers that had been trained since the age of 6.  The women were also included in the training (learning wrestling and combat skills) as well as being given a formal education.

The children also had a go at recreating a widely-used Spartan battle formation – the phalanx formation. This required creating a strong shield wall and using long spears to keep enemies at bay.

At the end of the session, the children were able to look at some Greek artefacts, ranging from pots to pendants to spinning tops. We had some fascinating artefacts overall and the children were all exceptionally careful when handling them.

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Y6 Tennis at Rawdon 27.9.17

29/09/2017 at 17:08


Just a few photos of Y6 at Rawdon Tennis Club on Wednesday:

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This week in year 5

29/09/2017 at 13:17


Another week has passed and yet again it has been packed with learning!

In maths, we finished our topic of number and place value.  We completed a Rising Stars test to see how able we were to apply our learning in a test condition.  Everyone showed a great growth-mindset during these tests, gave 100% and didn’t give up.  This is far more important than the score we get.  Our new topic of addition and subtraction has begun.  Again, to get a head start, practise your column addition and subtraction at home!

In literacy, we have continued our topic of Greek myths.  Pupils also created their own Greek setting.  We saw some wonderfully creative ideas and some incredibly scary monsters!After creating our Greek islands we then wrote some descriptive sentences.  If anyone were to read our descriptions, they would be able to picture the island in their minds! 5B have just begun to read the myth of Pandora.  At the moment, Pandora has a dilemma.  Should she open the box? Comment below and tell us what you think!

In science, we learnt that leavers, pulleys and gears are simple mechanisms that can make tasks easier.  To prove this, we create a lever out of a ruler and used another classroom object as a simple fulcrum.  We conducted several experiments to see how the position of the fulcrum affected the effort needed to lift the weight.  We found that the least effort is needed when the fulcrum is closest to the load.  We actually managed to use a 100g weight to lift a 1kg weight! When we tried a 50g weight however, we couldn’t lift it.  We wanted to experiment further though, so we extended our lever arm by taping two ruler sticks together.  This actually enabled us to lift the kg weight with just 50g! Science is awesome!

In history, we looked at some images of ancient Greek pots, with depictions of the ancient Olympics painted onto them.  By studying these images, we were able to deduce and infer information about what the Ancient Greek Olympics may have been like. This lesson was entirely online, so if you want to see how we did, check out the blog post below!

Residential: We are really excited to get a date set for our year 5 residential.  5L are going on Monday the 21st May and returning on the 23rd.  5B will leave on the 23rd and return on the 25th.  This is a really fantastic trip which receives great reviews year after year.  Many children have already brought back their slips and money and we can tell that this will be an enthusiastic group who will make the most of this fantastic opportunity.

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Was it all fun and games for the Greeks?

25/09/2017 at 12:23


As part of our work on the ancient Greeks, we are looking at how they made their lives better and what they did to ‘entertain’ themselves. During this lesson the children are going to learn two invaluable historical skills: source analysis and historical enquiry. Using the information available to us from limited primary source material, we will try and create an image about the ancient Olympics.







Job 1:

Source analysis and understanding – look at the sources and comment on what they tell us and how you know.

Hint – Use this sentence starter if you want to…

I think (what can you tell me)… because (What in the source tells you this) …

Use this information to draw out conclusions about the ancient Olympics. What do these sources tell you and how does this help create an overall image of the events?



Job 2: Extension:

What information do these sources NOT tell us?

What do we need to know to improve the accuracy of our conclusions?

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Another week in year 5!

22/09/2017 at 14:31


Its been another fun week in year 5.

In maths, we have been continuing with our learning around place value.  We have been increasing and decreasing numbers by a hundred, a thousand, ten thousand, one hundred thousand and even a million! Phewww! We have also been learning how to round big numbers. It is almost time for us to move on to our next topic which will be addition and subtraction. To get a head start at home, practise your column addition of large numbers, more than 2 numbers or decimal numbers.

 Literacy has been a lot of fun.  Pupils have read a range of different Greek myths and everyone has their own favourite, from the myth of Medusa to the myth of Perseus and Polyphemus!  We will doing lots of writing around Greek myths.  Some of this includes writing from a different characters perspective and creating our own Greek setting and describing it.

In RE, we learnt about why the Western Wall is a special place for Jewish people. We even wrote a prayer or a wish (or just a nice message) which we would say if we were at the wall.  I couldn’t believe how many unselfish pupils there are in year 5.  Many wished to end hunger, terrorism and injustice. Many wished the temple could be rebuilt for Jewish people.

In History, we created a scaled timeline and plotted onto it the different period in Greek history.

In Science, we explored forces in water and learnt that water resistance is actually very similar to air resistance.  For example, we managed to demonstrate again how by giving an object a large surface area, it would fall more slowly. We also weighed the objects in the water and found that their weight changed!


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