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Wake & Shake: Elton John

This week, we focused on one of the UK’s most celebrated and award winning artists, Elton John, and realised that he sound has changed from a rocky, upbeat sound to slower, heartfelt songs. All of them include the iconic piano sound!

Artist: Elton John

Songs: I’m Still Standing, Saturday Night’s Alright, Candle in the Wind (reading lesson), Crocodile Rock, Tiny Dancer, Your Song, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, Rocket Man, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart


Check out the photo montage from our trip to Thornbridge!


Africa land use activity

In Y2 Blyton we have been learning all about Africa and what it is like. In one lesson we learnt about the different land uses. Have a look at our amazing maps to show the different land use in Africa.

Exploring Space

Last week, we used a Playstation 4 game called ‘No Man’s Sky’ to help us experience what it would be like to fly through Space, explore undiscovered planets, and even fly at light speed! Thinking about all our senses, we described flying through an asteroid belt as well as our emotions for the build up to pressing the light speed button…

Along with this, we also explored the surface of Mars to realise that there are vast canyons across the planet. Year 5 looked at the missions that the Mars Rovers have done and how they drill and collect soil samples. To take our own samples, we erupted an ancient volcano multiple times, then decided where we should drill. Check out our soil sample!

Can you work out how many times this volcano erupted?

Year 5 Wake & Shake

Each week, Year 5 start their day by listening to a song by a certain artist and having a dance! The artist will change every week to help explore a range of music and eras. We have also started looking at the lyrics of a song during reading lessons to support our inference skills.

Here are the first few weeks of artists and songs we have listened to:

Elvis Presley – Blue Suade Shoes, Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas, All Shook Up

Jackson 5 – ABC, I Want You Back, I’ll Be There, Who’s Lovin’ You

Blondie – Heart of Glass, Call Me, One Way or Another, Maria

Come back to Y5s page to see more each week!

Sun, Earth and Moon

To help our understanding of the Solar System, we have started by staying relatively close to home. We have explored different scientists’ theories through history, and whether they were geocentric or heliocentric ideas.

Then, we have created Sun, Earth and Moon models to show how they move in relation to each other, but the most fun we have had so far was on Thursday when Mr C brought in lots of Jaffa Cakes! This helped us understand how the phases of the Moon are created, and help us remember each phases name. We also used a ping pong ball and light to see the phases change right before our eyes!

FS2’s first week at school

We’ve had a fantastic start to the year with our new Donaldson and Ahlberg classes. Here’s a sneak peek at what we’ve been getting up to!

Ahlberg’s fun day out at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

What an incredible school trip we had last Friday to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Not only did we have super weather, but the children were super, and the parent helpers too!
Stephanie, who gave the children a special sculpture session, captivated the children from the beginning. They thought carefully about their questions and comments and had some wonderful ideas about the art that we looked at. We sang songs, explored abstract sculptures and sculptures with hidden treasures. We even had a go at making some of our own sculptures which has carried on back at school.

Next week we will be learning all about Picasso and his realist and abstract work so please feel free to explore this at home too.

Here are a few photos of our fantastic day out:

Year 4 Cadbury World

Year 4 enjoyed a delicious day at Cadbury’s World last week.


Check out the clip below about our day.


It was great to year comments from the public and Cadbury staff alike about how polite all the children were.


“We went on an amazing, yummy trip to Cadbury’s World on Friday. Firstly, we visited an Aztec pathway and found out that in the Aztec times, 1 pumpkin would cost 2 cocoa beans, 1 rabbit would cost 10 cocoa beans and 1 slave would cost 100 cocoa beans. I loved it when we got a pot of milk chocolate (it was melted) and we chose up to 2 fillings to mix in. I chose popping candy and Crunchie to put in my pot. It was delicious!” Alice.

Egyptian Shadufs

With the weather so amazing recently, Y5 took a stroll into the woods this morning to create our very own Egyptian shadufs.

Shadufs were a way of collecting water from the Nile up the banks to the farmland, and they had a variety of structures.  We went down to the local stream, and created our own shadufs by the bank using only natural resources (and some string from the classroom!). In teams, a structure was made, and counter balances were also added by using appropriate sized rocks. Check out the incredible finished shadufs!

For all the photos and shadufs, visit our class blog