Years five & six

Where for art thou…??

We are reading Romeo and Juliet! After another successful Summer production of “Shakespeare Rocks” and one reading group tackling an abridged novel of Macbeth we are embracing our inner bard. Our class room is covered with images of the main characters we drew and worked on from the descriptions we have read. Hopefully examples of our interpretations will appear here.

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Not getting SHACKLED down by the snow

Year 5/6 have followed up their study of explorers with a focus on Ernest Shackleton. We used books like this  – as a stimuli. We created games about other explorers, wrote a factual recount of the mission and recruiting posters for Shackleton’s team.

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Materials

Year 5 and 6 are taking on modern themes, retro and festivals in our science topic. We have looked at various materials and their suitability for their role in a festival – everything from face glitter, tents, hula-hoops and drink vessels. So the people who run TT Rockstar Festival.. imagine Download without mud (or Showaddywaddy) and more maths! have asked

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ohhhh do keep up!

What a brilliant afternoon year 5/6 had with Freestyle Footballer Dan Magness. Unfortunately we couldn‘t participate in the diocese’ sports event due to the rain. Dan came to visit us and talked to the infants and Y56. His message was clear – no matter what life brings use your skills to do what you want.  He showed such control, skill

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Celebrating International Orienteering Day

“To the east, to the east..” Year 5 and 6 had a brilliant afternoon celebrating International Orienteering Day at Darley Abbey with our cluster and the amazing volunteers from the Derwent Valley Orienteers. We used compasses, modern timing devices, maps, jigsaws and the smoothie machine. The children behaved so well, being polite, challenged and competitive.    

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Flower Power

With May and the Whitsun holiday comes Wirksworth Well Dressings. Year 5/6 are busy puddling clay, watering, hunting flowers in the garden and now assembling their space focused display to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. We are doing a space and super hero based look at science and materials after the holiday. It is just the right

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May Day!

Summer is a coming in .. and Winter’s gone away. We had a brilliant afternoon learning some Maypole dancing with the year 5 and then introducing the year 6 children to it.   We mastered making one pattern, but not the smooth unwinding and really want a go at the progression in difficulty. So today saw the start of another

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We are coming to knock down the walls…

In year 5 and 6 our topic has been medieval times. We have built castles, looked who lived in them and why, even how to dress them in hand dyed fabrics! We have made siege engines to defend ourselves. Here are some reviews – I really enjoyed making my trebuchet because we got to use woodwork tools, decorating it. If

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PE from South Africa – Warming up December

In year 5 and 6 we are taking advantage of every drop of Winter sun to do PE outside. We have played three African playground games  – Dropskotch  – involving hopping and kicking with accuracy Dibeke – A form of tag added with catching and kicking skills. Three toti – A game of throwing, retrieving and running.            

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Making K’nexions to the engineers of the future

Year 5 and 6 joined in their annual construction challenge with the K’nex and Rolls Royce teams to create their own theme park or fair rides. We explored the roles of engineers and looked at some amazing modern designs and solutions to problems – linking a whale to an enormous plane! The organiser was very impressed with team work of

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