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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.


Old Victorian Classroom Trip


Tree Planting!

Year 5 children helped plant trees around the school site today. They helped to dig, fill, bash and drill.


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


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?