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Stop-Motion in 5L

09/02/2018 at 16:08


Over the course of this half-term, Year 5 have been learning about stop-motion animation as well as planning and producing their own animations. The children have really taken on board everything that they have learned and created some fabulous little videos that we’d like to share with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed creating them.

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A Scientific Mystery…

09/02/2018 at 15:46


This week in Science, we have been exploring a mystery material. This involved trying to figure out what it was based on the properties that it has.

The children made some fantastic predictions about what they thought it might be – supported by their observations about the appearance and feel of the material. Some thought it might be some sort of washing powder or detergent, others thought it might be something food related, like bicarbonate of soda.

What do you think it might be?

After our predictions had been made, we started to add some water to the material to see what would happen. Each time a small amount of water was added, the material absorbed it and then expanded. The children wrote down their observations and made a final prediction based on their results.

The goggles were not really necessary, but the children wanted to feel more scientific during their experiments.

With our experiments complete, it was time to reveal what the material actually was: Sodium Polyacrylate. This is a super-absorbent material that is sometimes more commonly referred to as fake snow (or that powdery stuff you get inside babies nappies). You can have a look at it in action below.

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5B at the museum

08/02/2018 at 14:38


5B had a fantastic time on our trip to Leeds City Museum.  We took part in two workshops and a self guided tour (which included enjoying exhibitions not just related to the  Anglo-Saxons!)  Please enjoy browsing our gallery of photos.

5B – Comment on a photo to tell me:

  • What you were doing when the photo was taken.
  • What you learnt from the activity.
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Allerton Cat Rescue Centre say thank you!

29/01/2018 at 08:08


Several pupils in 5B recently ran a stall at breaks and lunch times to raise money for Allerton Cat Rescue Centre.  They baked buns, created book marks and raffled hand-made sock-cats! (see photo below)

I think you’ll agree that their total of £65.10 is very impressive!  All the money they raised has gone on cat food for the cats and kittens as well as on vet bills for any poorly kitties at the centre. Brenda, who runs the centre, was very grateful when Miss Bradley dropped of the cheque and was amazed that such young people could be so thoughtful and kind, and successful in raising such a large amount!

Below is a picture of Brenda with one of the many kittens who are still hoping to be adopted. 

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5B Anglo-Saxon Story

29/01/2018 at 08:00


As practice for our end of half-term extended piece of writing, we worked in groups to write an Anglo-Saxon themed story.  The class split into groups, with some writing the beginning of the story, some writing the build up, some writing the main event, some writing the resolution and some writing the ending.

Our success criteria:

1. Expanded noun phrases (could begin ‘with’)
2. Relative Clauses (who, that, which, where, when)
3. Speech (use inverted commas!)
4. Use was/were, their/they’re/there, your/you’re correctly!

See our finished stories below!

One starry night, on the edge of the moor, there was a mead-hall filled with warriors that were as brave as lions.  The mead-hall was full of precious gold.  Rubies hung on the window. Priceless trinkets everywhere.  There was one brave warrior called Bear.   He was strong, courageous and artistic.  He loved inventing stuff like new weapons and armour.  Bear, whose family was very proud, was in the mead-hall boasting and showing off his scar with purple blood surrounding it. “My scars are the best.  Everyone loves them!” Bear said to the king.         “Yes, yes,” replied the king with a grin. The king was called Hrothgar.                                                                                                                                 “You killed a dragon!? Chanted everyone. Knock, Knock…

A tall man called Bob ran into the mead-hall in terror. He kneeled in front of the king and said, “”King, I saw something bubbling in the swamps”, while he shivered, out of breath. Bob also told King Hrothgar that a villager was drawn out of the village and had been devoured by an evil monster called Freep. Bob felt worried, shocked and scared because the person who was lured and devoured was his friend and he loved him because he was like a brother to him.

Taking great care with every step, the fearless Bear wandered into the dark creepy cave near the mountains of Kalkathor in search of Freep. All of a sudden, a huge fist whacked him round the side of his face. Then, another giant hand punched him in the chin.  Bear, who was in a lot of pain, screamed as he collapsed on the rocky floor with miniature pebbles. Bear stood up and retaliated with a destructive kick to the centre of Freep’s stomach. “You little brat.  I’ll gobble you up just like your 30 Anglo-Saxon friends!” boomed Freep.

“No you wont.  I’ll get revenge for them.” replied Bear. Angrily, Bear punched Freep in the chest, which was already red and sore.  He then hit him with his sword.  His sword with blood all over it got stuck in Freep’s leg.

In a flash, Bear noticed that the horrid monster had a soft spot right between his eyes which was really squishy. “What are you staring at?” Questioned Freep who was puzzled. “Why do you need to know?” replied Bear sarcastically. In a wink of an eye. Bear grabbed a spear, which was stuck in a tree, which was covered in golden leaves, as it was autumn.   Bear stabbed Freep in his soft spot.  The monster’s blood, which was black, came splurting out of the hideous body. “Raaa!” Roared Freep, who was about to die.  The monster fell at Bear’s knees and cracked his head.  Bang! Bear swiped his head off. He grabbed Freep’s severed head and held it up as a trophy with pride.

Bear reached the village and showed the king, who had broad grin spread across his face, Freep’s disgusting head with shiny teeth covered in blod. “Wow. Well done Bear! That was very courageous of you.  Now you can boast with riches too and you will be hailed a hero!” praised the king to Bear. “Take a breath sire and thank you.  It was easy though, “replied Bear.  “I am your best thane.”                                                       “Yes, quite Bear,” smiled the king.

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Music in 5L

26/01/2018 at 16:12


Over the last few weeks in 5L, we have been trying out a new scheme of work in music. It involves learning a new song in depth each half-term (being able to perform it with both our voices and instruments). Our song for the current half-term is Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’, which the children have very much enjoyed performing.

In our music lessons this week and last week, we spent time learning each section of the song (verses, choruses and bridges) to the point where we have been able to perform it. I was blown away by how well the children performed and I’m sure you will be too!

We also had a go at using the glockenspiels to play along with the music and though we are keeping it simple to start with, the class did quite well at staying in time with the beat. We will hopefully build on these skills in the lessons to come.

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