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Eggs, eggs, eggs! KS2 cooking curriculum this half term

17/04/2017 at 19:34


This half term, we are learning how to make scrambled eggs and poached eggs.

Jamie Oliver shows us how:

We intend to use some Farfield Farm eggs (let us know if you would rather use shop bought free range eggs) and chives. If we are lucky enough to get any home grown asparagus in May, we might prepare that too.

Scrambled eggs recipe

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The end of Spring Term!

31/03/2017 at 16:08


I think we are all happy and excited about the holidays, especially as we have been working so hard and deserve a good break!

Maths – Year 5 have now finished their topic on fractions, decimals and percentages.  They have learnt a variety of skills: adding and subtracting decimals, rounding decimals, adding and subtracting fractions, multiplying fractions by whole numbers, finding equivalent fractions, converting between fractions decimals and percentages, and also finding fractions or percentages of numbers! Wow!  Next half term our topic will be geometry.  This will involve measuring and estimating angles, drawing rectangles to the nearest millimetre, identify and classify 3D shapes, and reflecting and translating shapes!

Literacy – We have finished our literacy topic on persuasive writing and balanced arguments.  Our favourite task was designing a village in which we all took on roles of the community.  Some of us were doctors and teachers and some of us worked at the sausage factory!  We were shocked when Mrs Meen told us about the plans for a motorway, but I am sure you will all be pleased to know that after reading our letters she has decided to build around the village instead. Hurrah! Next half term in literacy our focus will be explanation texts.  An explanation text is a non-fiction text which describes a process, for example: the water cycle, how bees make honey or even how to build a creeper-proof base in Minecraft!

Residential – As you all know, we are going on residential at the end of May! Woo!! To really get the most out of our trip – to be able to understand the environment we will be staying in, we will have a topic focus of the water-cycle and we will also be looking at different types of rock formation and how to identify different rocks.  We will also learn to read maps as this will definitely come in handy for the various walks we will be going on!  To prepare for residential, your homework is to practise making your bed, helping with the preparation of meals and doing the washing up. These are all skills you need to have ready! (Parents – you’re welcome!)

Have a wonderful break.  Stay safe and be happy and remember to squeeze in some time to continue your learning at home!


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Stop Motion in 5L

31/03/2017 at 14:17


In computing this half term 5L have been exploring stop motion animation. We looked at some professional  animations (such as Morph and Shaun the Sheep) to figure out how it was done and found that they are created using hundreds of individual photographs, played one after the other. Did you know it can take more than 24 pictures to create just one second of footage?

We then had a go at creating some animations of our own. The children worked really hard in their groups to plan and eventually produce some fantastic animations!

Now we’d like to share them with you!

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Wrapping dance up with a ribbon…

29/03/2017 at 16:08


This half term, we have had a great time exploring different styles and techniques in dance. We started off by thinking about how we could use our bodies to tell a story and imagined we were fireworks exploding in the night sky. The children came up with some really imaginative movements based around a firework display.

Then we moved on to creating more intricate dances based around a theme. This half term the theme was the Wild West and the children seemed to really enjoy dancing around as if they were cowboys!

Finally, we finished off the block by looking at how different props (in this case ribbons) can enhance our movements. The children loved having the ribbons out and used them really well to develop the dances that they had created. The results can be seen below.

All in all, I am really impressed with all the children that have danced so far this year. They have been enthusiastic and willing to try all kinds of new and unfamiliar things. One more group to go and I’m sure that they will be just as fantastic!

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Mosque visit

23/03/2017 at 11:48


This week 5L and 5B enjoyed a visit a mosque in Bradford in connection with their RE topic this term entitled “What do I know about Islam?” We were made very welcome as we were shown around the mosque. They listened incredibly well as the Imam told them about the Quran and some of the prophets (as we have been doing in lessons). The children asked some excellent questions and were very well behaved.

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Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

07/03/2017 at 14:31


In PE this week we became survivalists! First, we discussed what is needed to survive and we rated these things in order of importance.  We decided that shelter is necessary for survival and went on to discuss what a good shelter needed.  The pupils agreed that a shelter does not need to be fancy; it just needs to protect someone from rain and wind a potentially provide some warmth.

The group split into three smaller groups, who then competed against each other to build the best shelter.  They were rated on:

  1. How water-proof the shelter was.
  2. How sturdy the shelter was.
  3. How comfortable the shelter was.

To test how water-proof the shelters were, we took some large bottles filled with water! You can guess what happened next!

I was incredibly impressed with all three groups.  They showed brilliant team work and used each member to their strengths. It turned out pupils were very interested in the theme of ‘survival’, so we may look into this further next week.

Below are the three shelters.

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