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Monday 4th June

Welcome back! Hope everyone has had a fantastic holiday and a well earned rest after such a busy half term.

Over the next few weeks we will be rehearsing our end of year performance, so please ensure that you are learning your lines at home. You will need to bring your script to school whilst we are rehearsing. 

There will be no homework set for Year 5 this week - please make sure that you are regularly reading your books and practicing your spellings (converting nouns and adjectives using the suffix -ify).

On Wednesday, it is Photograph Day, so spruce yourselves up!


Wednesday 14th March

We have had a fantastic day at Sunderland Winter Gardens exploring the rainforest and some of the plants that can be found there. All the staff are extremely proud of the children - they showed Sunderland how wonderful the children of Waverley are! 


Friday 9th March

Well done to Zara for being our class Achiever this week. She has written poems on the theme of 'Winter' this week with excellent results.

Wednesday 7th March

This week we are using the recent snowy weather to inspire our poetry writing. Today we are creating haikus - Japanese poems with 3 lines - on the theme of Winter. Together, we wrote this haiku:


Icicles hang down

solidified water drops

snow flakes fall quickly.

Wednesday 28th February

Take care in this weather Year 5 - stay safe when enjoying the snow!


Friday 23rd February

What a busy week we've had! We're focusing on journalistic writing this week and have written headlines for different nursery rhymes using alliteration, rhyme or word puns. In Maths we've been working on adding and subtracting fractions. We've found out about what life is like when living in the rainforest - apparently crocodile tastes like chicken!


Monday 19th February

Welcome back everyone! We hope that you had a fantastic holiday!


Friday 9th February

Happy half term everyone! We've had a very busy week, so enjoy the rest. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 19th February!

Friday 2nd February

This week we have been writing a report on the planet of Pandora. We have designed a six limbed creature (hexapod) that would inhabit the planet and have written a paragraph using a range of sentence structures. 


In Maths, we have cracked short division! Yay! 


Well done to our Achiever - Sienna! She's worked her socks off in Maths this week and has shown perseverance when tackling a tricky concept. Amelia must have a special mention for all her efforts in Maths too. Well done!

Kira has shown perseverance and resilience in Maths this week - all excellent qualities in a Mathematician that earned her an Achiever certificate! Well done Kira!


This week, we have been writing descriptive poems. One has focused on a tiger while another described a tropical storm. Our homework task this week is to learn the tiger poem by heart, as we will be performing them to a small audience on Friday (26th). 


Here is our shared acrostic poem to describe a storm:

Savage gale blusters the inky skies.

Teeming torrents devour nature.

Oppressive deluge reverberates on windowpanes.

Raging thunder bangs; earsplitting like a drum.

Monsoon - cataclysmic, unrelenting rain.


Happy New Year everyone!


I hope that everyone had a great Christmas break and that you're all looking forward to the exciting term ahead! Our Topic this term is Rainforests. We will be reading Fintan Fedora - the World's worst explorer as our class text. 


PE sessions will be led by Premier Sports again from Tuesday 16th January and we're looking forward to the return of Mrs McGovern, who will be teaching MFL to Upper Keystage 2.


We will continue to change home reading books and reading records on a Wednesday morning. Remember that you will probably read your entire book more than once.


Evie was our class Achiever this week. Well done Evie!

Abstract Art - from Outer Space!!!

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We are making catapults in Science Week. We've built them today and we need to test them and make adjustments tomorrow. Check back in to find out who has the winning sling shot!
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Day one of Science Week, saw us helping out an Olympic athlete! We'd received a letter from the one and only Usain Bolt, he needed our help to work out which surface he was better off training on. He needed lots of friction to provide good grip to the floor. We tested many different surfaces before making our recommendations. We used forceometers and recorded our results clearly. We tested each surface three times and found the mean average for each set of results. Getting maths in too, check us out!

Kidscape Anti-bullying Workshop

Kidscape Anti-bullying Workshop 1 Danny from Kidscape came to talk about bullying.
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Spiderwick Chronicles


We used magnifying glasses in Literacy this week as Year 5 were getting up close and personal with The Spiderwick Chronicles. Upon close inspection we realised we could see so much more that we initially thought about the illustrations. It gave us much more food for thought and encouraged us to ask more questions.

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Ash Wednesday.


We learned about Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and the reason behind the tradition of pancakes.

Father Alan annointed those who wanted with the ashes and we submitted the things that we wanted to give up or take up.

Restorative Yoga


Mrs Lynch's class have been mentally and physically preparing for their learning with restorative yoga.

Restorative yoga focuses on mental and physical well being - can relax you and aid a peaceful night's sleep. There are some very natural "yogis" in our class. Take a look at the photos, how professional do we look?


We absolutely loved our trip to Durham. The cathedral was amazing. We saw the tomb of St Bede and St Cuthbert and walked the corridors of Hogwarts. We saw an amazing lego model of the cathedral containing over 300'000 bricks!



Welcome to Mrs McGettrick's Year 5/6 Class

Spring Term 1st half


Welcome back and Happy New Year. I would like to welcome Mrs Lynch to Waverley. Mrs Lynch will be covering Mrs McGettrick's class for the two terms of her maternity leave. I am delighted to inform you that she had a baby girl on December 30th named Emily Diane McGettrick and weighed 8lb 7oz. They are both doing tremendously well. Mrs Lynch has hit the ground running and has had a great first week with her class.


Autumn Term 2nd half

Tuesday 13th December

We enjoyed a visit from father Alun today, who told us all about the Christingle service. We learned about the symbolism of each component, sang a Christingle hymn, then made our own. We will light them at home.




Thursday 1st December

It's Christmas craft day today! We've had a lovely day making different decorations in each of the Upper key stage two classes.



Friday 11th November

Today we commemorated Armistice Day by writing Remembrance Day poems as well as a two minute silence before break time. We thought about the conditions that the soldiers had to endure and the consequences of war.



Wednesday 9th November

Today Natalie from Zoolab came to visit, bringing with her creatures that we would find in the rainforest. We had lots of fun holding or touching them (if we were brave enough!) and learning lots about each one.



Tuesday 1st November

Welcome back! I hope that everyone has had a great half term holiday!

Thursday 13th October

Today we've had fun playing counting games with Mrs Armitage's class. We were impressed by their enthusiasm, maths skills and how well they could take turns. Everyone enjoyed themselves!





Wednesday 12th October

We've had a great day! Today we've begun making our counting books, so we've been writing our stories and illustrating each page. We were challenged to make our way through a money maze to find the largest and smallest amounts possible too. W're going to create our own mazes tomorrow. We've also had Nanna bingo this afternoon - a big thank you to Nanna Watkins for being an excellent bingo caller! We thoroughly enjoyed it! We have played some maths games today too - dominoes and different variations of Monopoly! Mrs McGettrick didn't know that there were so many different versions of the game! Thank you to those children who brought in their sets for us to play.


Reminder: your homework task is due in tomorrow: writing a counting rhyme for a Nursery child.


Monday 10th October

What a great start to Maths Week! We have had a very busy day - we have sung an action song, estimated how many coins will be in our Copper Coin trail, begun to think about writing our own counting story to share with our Nursery children, and (for homework), we are writing a counting rhyme to teach to Miss Broderick's class on Friday.


This afternoon, we have investigated the five coins that are in Mrs McGettrick's purse. Some of us used a systematic approach, using the coins, while other children found different quantities. We found out that the smallest amount was 5p (5x 1p), while the largest amount was £10.00 (5 x £2). One group found 53 possibilities - and there were many others that we hadn't found!




We have had a busy autumn term so far. We are currently very much enjoying our Forest School sessions with Mr Roberts. Mrs McGettrick is very impressed by our knowledge of the local foliage. We are experts at naming and identifying the trees, plants, berries, birds and insects that all live in our local Dene. We have explored their habitats and food chains too! We've even had the chance to build shelters for the local elves!


Mrs Hibberd was full of praise for this year 5 pupil who worked with the rest of his class to write about the elusive goblin! A RESOURCEFUL learner.



This is the 'wart wanderer'. It is poisonous to the touch.


Look at some of the descriptions below.



But beware - they can be dangerous and malicious according to the species described below.



They have some terrible habits.

Our older pupils have looked closely at the religion of Islam recently. They were visited by local Imam Mohammad Rahman. His role is that of a chaplain to muslims within the community. He told us all about his beliefs and talked to the class about Islam.



Our pupils asked some interesting questions based upon what they already had found out. This included:

Do you pray early in the morning? Do you have a prayer like the Lord's prayer? How do you devote your life to Allah? Do you have a religious book? Why do you fast? What happens if you miss prayer? How many visit the Mosque daily?



We were very interested and Mohammad invited us to visit him at the Mosque to continue our study.

We had another visit from Miss Lindsay-Dunn yesterday. We learnt about musical notes: crotchets, quavers and semi-quavers. A crotchet is a single beat. A quaver is half a beat and semi-quavers are quarter beats. When keeping a rhythm, we say 'tea'(for a crotchet), coffee (for a quaver) and coca-cola (for a semi-quaver) to help us. 
We read some musical notes, followed their rhythms and made up our own 4 beat rhythms, which we performed for the class.



Year 6 gave an amazing drumming performance to the whole school. They started the day by working on songs and drumming arrangements.


It was important to get into the rhythm with actions to the songs - 'eye of the tiger' was the favourite.


They then worked on harmonies - Mr Outterside was in the groove too!

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They worked in different groups - they learned about the need to watch the conductor closely.
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They played different rhythms and utilised different techniques.


They used vocal arrangements alongside the driving rhythm.


Well done - a great show.


Today we have been raising funds for Children in Need. Some of us dressed as Superheroes. Can you guess who we are?

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We will be reminding our pupils about the sacrifice of those who died in conflict.


Our older pupils have designed a wonderful poppy display based upon the Woodhorn Colliery Weeping Window.

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A beautiful tribute.
Just a little announcement: your homework project 'My Family' was due in on Wednesday 11th November, but I am going to extend this until WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER. 

Wednesday 21st October

Father Alun came to talk to us today about Christian paintings as part of our 'Faith through Art' topic. We looked at lots of paintings; discussing what the artist had represented and the feelings that they had conveyed about their faith.
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Tuesday 20th October

Today we tackled the tricky concept of time! We have been studying inventions from a long time ago, but found it difficult to understand just how long ago some periods in history are. We worked together to create a class timeline of world history.
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Friday 16th October
Today we worked with Mrs Sample's class to compose a short piece of music. Our task was to convey the feelings that we feel when reading Scriptures. We listened to each group's piece and guessed the emotions that the composers were trying to convey.
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Monday 5th October
Today we had the pleasure of Miss Lindsay-Dunn teaching us some local songs. We learned two new songs: 'Underneath the Sea' and 'the Hexhamshire Lass'. We impressed Mrs McGettrick by quickly learning the song words. We sang 'Underneath the Sea' in a round. Well done everyone!

Friday 25th September
Today we are celebrating Dahlicious day! We have all made a tremendous effort to dress up as a character or in Roald Dahl's favourite colour - yellow! Don't we look fab? 
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Wed 16th Sept

Our class have been looking at limericks. They decided to write them about their pirate characters.
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'One-eyed Jack me hearties
I'm the pirate king of all parties...'

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Monday 7th September

Welcome back everyone! We have had a lovely day, beginning to get to know one another.  Everyone has settled in well. The day flew over - time flies when you're having fun! We're all looking forward to a great year ahead!
Tuesday 7th July
What a busy term we've had so far! Walbottle, St Cuthbert's, Sacred Heart and Excelsior transition days, a trip to Belgium, a visit from an author (Fiona Shaw) and we had a lovely discussion with Father Alun and some of his parishoners!

Last Wednesday, we had an exciting day while working with Technology Tom. We designed and made a moving fairground ride; then we wrote a program using Scratch to control it. We were pleased to see our rides being controlled by the computers! We had a great day!

Friday 12th June
Year Six have had another busy week! On Thursday, we had a great time during our African drumming workshop. We learnt different rhythms and composed a piece that we performed for KS1 and LKS2. We impressed our drumming teachers by learning the rhythms quickly - we are a very talented bunch!
On Friday we visited the Great North Museum. We enjoyed looking at the exhibits in the morning. In the afternoon we took part in the OWL Careers Expo, where we talked to many local employers, honed our CV writing and interview skills and made a rocket with Technology Tom!



UKS2 spent some time learning to keep rhythm with some African drumming.

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Friday 1st May
Today our maths group have had a tricky puzzle to solve - Tangrams! We had to use 7 shapes to create an isosceles triangle.
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Thursday 2nd April
We've had a very busy week again! We have designed and made catapults but we still need to test them! Mrs McGettrick can't wait to see whose will launch a ball the furthest!
Father Alun came in to see us yesterday. He is an expert in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and showed us lots of mythical monsters. We really enjoyed finding out about how manuscripts were made and asked him lots of questions. Father Alun was impressed by our knowledge too.
Mrs McGettrick was really pleased to find out that both our teams played brilliantly in the Quicksticks tournament last night! Well done to everyone who took part and a huge congratulations to the winning team!
We've worked really hard all term - well done Y6! Enjoy your Easter holidays. 

We've had a very busy week! Mrs McGettrick was very proud of us during our trip to Durham Cathedral. Everyone worked really hard throughout the day; showing interest during the tour. We were detectives trying to solve the mystery of who stole the Venerable Bede's bones - we need to discuss the evidence to identify the guilty suspect! Our class were great ambassadors for our school - well done Y6!
Mrs Marshall was very impressed by out tackling skills in hockey this week - we've made a lot of progress in such a short space of time.

Mrs McGettrick and Mrs Watson took year 5/6 along to the 360 room at Milecastle.


Their writing workshop was based upon life during the Great War and Michael Foreman's book about the Christmas truce.

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They looked at images from the book and compared them with photographs projected around the room.
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Teachers from Milecastle helped us with images from the trenches - Mrs McGettrick told them of our trips to Flanders.
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Monday 3rd November

Today we visited Mrs Dalkin's class to share our adventure stories. They were all very impressed and thought our stories were fabulous.

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Some children visited Mrs Dalkin's class this afternoon to show off their 'text mapping' skills. Year 3 and 4 were very impressed.


Our new curriculum involves getting our students out of the classroom to investigate things first hand.


We were taught to look closely as a scientist would -using a magnifying glass.

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UKS2 have been thinking about how creatures are adapted to their environment. We looked at the way the tortoise has evolved with particular features that help it to live a very long life.


The tortoise has a shell that helps it to breathe - it is also for protection from predators in the wild.


Look at the sharp claws that help to secure the tortoise to the ground or to propel in forward.

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Mrs Brickwood told us all about Holly and the importance of conservation - she has a licence for Holly but cannot transport her outside the area. Some tortoises are endangered in the wild and cannot be kept as pets. Holly does not hibernate either - Mrs Brickwood told us about this process and how she looks after Holly.

Summer Half Term 1 2014
This half term, three days a week, year six are attending booster lessons for reading and writing with Mrs Sample and Mrs Herbert.
Year five will be reading The Chronicles of Spiderwick and improving their reading and writing with Mr Thoburn or Mrs Hibberd

Our topic this half term is 20th Century Britain! 

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In Science this half term we are learning about Interdependence and Adaptation!



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