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Virtual Velodrome and Mile a Day!

We’ve had a very busy afternoon back after the Easter break.

Due to our hard work with the BikeIt crew, we had a ‘Virtual Velodrome’ experience to see who could do the fastest lap! It made us realise how incredible the athletes are who compete in these competitions. The top times were all 23 seconds around the 200m track. Mr Paxman and Mr Cooper also had a go!

After this, we also completed our first mile run of the term. As a lot of you might already know, Totley Primary are taking part in ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ to raise money for playground and sports equipment. If each child (and staff member) runs a mile for the whole summer term, we would have ran around the world as a school!


Government support leaflets

Just before the Easter holiday, we hosted a ‘Q&A’ session during afternoon break to try and help other people understand how our Government works.

We created leaflets about local MPs and constituencies, how a General Election works, and a who’s who of people you may see on the news.


How Does Government Work?

After looking at the history of our monarchy, and the reasons behind the Magna Carta, we have finally travelled ‘back to the future’!

Today, we had a HUGE discussion about how a political party becomes Government. It was full of questions, debates and mature thinking. Here’s the video for anyone who would like another look to help understand constituencies, voting and structure of Parliament.


Message to the class :)

Hi everyone!

Just a reminder that there is a Times Table Rock Star battle underway in Year 5, so keep practising!

Also, here is the link to the website which gives you access to free extracts, and explore a range of books https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Make sure you ask permission for an adult to sign up (it’s free) and start exploring!


World Book Day!

Yesterday, Year 5 took part in World Book Day 2019. We dressed up as our favourite characters, and brought in books to recommend to our classmates.

We kicked off the day by writing our own poetry about the pleasure of books. After this, we met with Y2 Blyton, and supported them with their reading.

In the afternoon, we did some ‘Speed Reading’ where we read our friends recommended books, and jotted down the title and author of the ones that we thought were interesting. Some of these include Ice Monster by David Walliams, Birthday Boy by David Baddiel, and Geek Girl by Holly Smale. Now we can’t wait to go and buy the books!


Victorian Great Exhibition

To finish our Victorian topic, and answer the question of ‘Victorians: Dark Ages or Golden Era’, we hosted our very own Great Exhibition. Throughout the week, we designed and created our own exhibits in groups of 3. There was absolutely no help from Mr Cooper other than providing us with paper and cardboard. It was completely up to us!

The Exhibition included exhibits such as ‘Workhouses’, ‘Brunel’s Extreme Engineering’, and ‘Suffragettes’ as well as many more!

We opened our doors to the local community, and invited them to learn more about the Victorian era. We want to say thank you to everyone who attended the Exhibition, and asked us so many interesting questions.

What’s your opinion? Was the Victorian period a ‘Dark Age’ or ‘Golden Era’?


Year 5 Spelling Bee

The end of the half term only means one thing in Year 5…

A Spelling Bee!

The competition was competitive, but full of sportsmanship. All the words from Year 5 weekly tests had a chance of appearing!

After rounds of heartbreak and celebration, Froggatt beat last terms winners in the final! Congratulations!


Safer Internet Day: Consent

Linking to Safer Internet Day 2019, Year 5 discussed what is meant by consent for both the online and offline world.

We had different scenarios and examples of asking for consent including stroking a dog, sharing photos, and allowing apps to use your location. Each one brought up interesting questions and thoughts that showed that our technology has both positive and negative sides.

The most concerning area of ‘consent’  for us was the use of cookies whilst browsing the internet and AI devices -such as Alexa-which listens for certain words to be used, and collects audio data.


Year 1 – Trip to Weston Park Museum

On Thursday 17th January, Year 1 went to Weston park Museum to investigate both old and new toys. We all had a great time and even managed to get dressed up! Thanks to our volunteers for helping us all to have such a wonderful day.


Y6 encourage members of the public to ‘Choose Kind’

On Tuesday, the children took to the streets of Sheffield to campaign for people to spread the idea of choosing to be kind in an attempt to stop bullying.  This followed a couple of months of reading a book called Wonder which is about a boy who is bullied because he has a facial deformity. The children have really enjoyed this text, and it has made them think about the consequences of being unkind. We have done a lot of work and had discussions about what bullying is and its effects. The outcome of this was sharing their learning with members of the public in Sheffield City Centre by handing out leaflets that they had made and talking to members of the Sheffield community. It was fantastic to watch the children approaching people with confidence (even though some were a little nervous!) and having mature conversations. They really showed our school’s golden rules in abundance, especially the rule to be KIND and considerate. Well done, Y6, for making a difference!