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Welcome to Mr Garrod's Years 5 & 6 Class Page!

"Always take pride in your work"

 

P.E. will be on Wednesday for our class; homework is usually due on Wednesday too; library books are exchanged on Thursday; reading books need to be in every day, and home-school reading bookmarks will be checked on Tuesday frown

Tuesday 18th June

 

We've had a terrific couple of weeks, delving deeply into our topic on the Ancient Greeks. The children have been considering daily life in Athens and Sparta, from their politics to their sport and schooling, and they have also been exploring the gods, heroes and myths of Ancient Greek culture.

 

Today, the children went out into the (very Mediterranean!) sun to perform the myths that they had learned by heart. We learned about Icarus and Daedalus, Theseus and the Minotaur, Pandora's Box and King Midas' golden touch. Some of the performances were very *ahem* theatrical...

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Thursday 22nd June

 

The children of Year 6 have been doing some outstanding work this week, formulating algebraic expressions from the number patterns and rules they were finding in our investigations. Today, they looked at the rules that emerged in concentric arrangements of counters, and began to consider the algebra underlying these. Excellent work!

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Friday 26th May

 

Thanks to their sporting successes, the children have earned a whole day of sports across the school - and what a fantastic day! Years 5 & 6 took part in some great archery events, with some real stars emerging. It was a brilliant morning.

Wednesday 17th May

 

Year 6 have had a very absorbing time in maths, trying to crack the challenge of Sudoku! They moved from grids of four numbers, through grids of six, up to the full-sized grids of nine. Despite the frustration of making an incorrect step, the children used their logic, deduction and concentration to great effect!

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Tuesday 16th May

 

Following a week of hard work on their SATs and school assessments, Years 5 and 6 have been leaping into their science with great enthusiasm - the biscuits may have helped things along!

 

This week, the children were studying the different phases of the moon, and demonstrating their knowledge in a very original way...

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April 2017

 

Happy Easter Holidays, everyone!

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Wednesday 22nd March

 

The challenge was on in maths today! Playing in pairs, the children had to choose a random target number (with a decimal point!) then roll a nine-sided die four times to generate a series of numbers; whoever managed to rearrange their numbers to get the value closest to the target number was the winner! We completed a first-to-ten challenge, with the children displaying excellent place value and decimal number knowledge.

Tuesday 14th March

 

As part of their work on forces, the children have been using their design and technology skills to construct catapults. Wind resistance, gravity and thrust all play a part - which designs will work best...?

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Monday 27th February

 

The class have jumped back into our science work on forces with great aplomb - it was a real 'sink or swim' investigation! Having discussed how it is that an albatross is able to float, despite being a colossal 3 metres in wingspan, we set about exploring how different materials can support a weight in water. This is the effect of buoyancy, and the children had a fascinating time trialling various structures and materials. So, how can an albatross float? You'd better ask a Year 5 or 6...

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Thursday 9th February

 

Inspired by the artwork of Anthony Gormley, the children have created their own whole-class version of his piece 'Field'. How do you think it compares?

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Tuesday 7th February - Durham Cathedral!

 

Today, we went on our long-awaited trip to the magnificent Durham Cathedral. The children were fantastic, showing great responsibility as we walked through the city of Durham and toured the cathedral, and they gathered some fascinating information about the Cathedral and its history.

 

Our class was lucky enough to be involved in the unravelling of the mystery of Bede's bones: we worked together to analyse statements, clues and relics to establish who was behind the theft of the Venerable Bede's remains from Jarrow. The children have developed a variety of convincing theories! They were also dressed as medieval monks for the task...

 

In the afternoon, we were taken on a tour by Caroline, the Cathedral Education Officer. She was supremely informative (and lots of fun), and the children gained a deep knowledge of the site and its significance. A brilliant day all round!

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Friday 3rd February - Storytelling Week

 

What a week we have had! Chosen by Mrs Leeming as 'Class of the Week', and also best attenders - 100% across the week, which is outstanding.

 

The main event in school this week has been Storytelling Week: a chance for us to learn, share and celebrate stories. Our class rose to the challenge with tremendous enthusiasm, learning the entirety of 'The Gruffalo' across the week. What a remarkable feat! Not only have they performed it as a group in our classroom, but we visited Miss Anderson's Reception class this afternoon, where the class performed it for the children there, and they were even brave enough to stand up and perform it again (no scripts!) for the whole school in assembly.

 

A knock-out week all round for Years 5 & 6! no

Friday 3rd February

 

Not only have we been enjoying Storytelling Week to the full, but we have also been lucky enough to have a fantastic visitor to Years 5 & 6. Richard, of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue organisation, came to speak to us this morning about what to do if we encounter stranded animals on the beach, and opened our eyes to some of the amazing sealife off the North East Coast. We also learned the importance of picking up our litter when we visit the coast.

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Thursday 26th January

 

The children have been completely absorbed in the adventures of Finn, the unfortunate and under-prepared young Legend-Hunter-to-be of Darkmouth, and they have been inspired to produce some fabulous writing and artwork. A reflection of the brilliant work that has been done can be seen below.

 

As well as this, we have also plunged into our 'Local Legends' topic with great aplomb, and have been tackling the fascinating universe of forces in science. More on these to follow! In the mean time, keep your Desiccator handy...

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Monday 16th January

 

We have had a tremendous start to the new year, delving into a brand new book called Darkmouth, by Shane Hegarty. The children were, as you can see, thrilled to receive a class set for our group! We have been reading, writing and creating art with feverish interest, and the children have shown a deep knowledge of the book already, as well as a keenness to read on!

 

Great books are at the heart of everything we do, and this seems to be another cracker frown

 

 

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Thursday 15th December

 

Our work on street art has come to a brilliant conclusion with a stencilling project in the style of Banksy. We've had some very interesting discussions during the street art module, debating the ethics of graffiti and creating art in public spaces, so Banksy is a fitting subject to end on. The children were very proud of the work they made, and have produced some fabulous pieces.

Tuesday 13th December

 

We've already been very privileged this week, as we've had some wonderful visitors and it's only Tuesday! Both Miss Lindsay-Dunn and Father Alun have come in to see the class, with music on Monday and a special Christingle afternoon on Tuesday. The children got to play Jingle Bells in full on a set of xylophone bars with Miss Lindsay-Dunn, then learn about Advent and make a Christingle with Father Alun. A very enriching start to the week!

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Friday 25th November

 

Over the past two weeks, we've been out with Mr Roberts for Forest School twice a week - what an extraordinary time we've had! From making outdoor art out of woodland materials, to cooking on an open fire, to identifying trees and creating maps of the woods, to pitting our physical skills against the muddy slopes of Denton Dene, to sharing ideas and dancing like penguins in our Forest School circle, it's been a wonderful experience. Everyone has had a brilliant time, and we're sad that it has come to an end.

 

The children's knowledge has expanded broadly and rapidly through their Forest School adventures. They are now confidently classifying trees and animals, discussing fire lighting and safety techniques, identifying deciduous and evergreen plantlife, and even deliberating over the 'Wood Wide Web'... Make sure to put your tree and leaf knowledge into practice the next time you're out!

 

Here are some highlights from the past fortnight...

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Friday 11th November

 

It has been a truly remarkable week for Years 5 & 6! On Wednesday, we had the privilege of a visit from Natalie of Zoolab, who brought a selection of rainforest creatures for us to study and handle; the children were delighted to meet a giant African land snail, a trio of stick insects, a tarantula, two tree frogs, a giant millipede, two (very clever) rats, and a corn snake!

 

We've also begun our three weeks of Forest School with Mr Roberts. We went out to Denton Dene on Wednesday and Friday, exploring the outdoors, developing our tree identification, reflecting on the different features of the forest and their roles as habitats, and playing lots of exciting games! The children have had a terrific time, and we're looking forward to next week already!

 

See the galleries below for images of Zoolab and Forest School.

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Friday 4th November

 

Another fantastic week has flown by in Years 5 & 6, and the class are making superb progress. Here, you can see the outstanding reading and retrieval they have done, diving into a selection of newspapers for our new journalistic writing topic, and also the burst of logic and calculation that went into solving and creating 'identify the number' puzzles in maths. Well done all!

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Monday 24th October - Happy Halloween this half-term!

 

Monday 17th October

 

Today, Years 5 & 6 took the counting books that they made during Maths Week down to the Reception classes to share their stories. Reception made us feel very welcome, and the younger children got to meet lots of new and familiar faces from UKS2. They each read several different books, showing off some excellent counting skills; we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Once the counting fun was over, we even stepped in to help with learning through play...

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Friday 14th October - the end of Maths Week!

 

We have had a superb time during Maths Week - the class have been creating counting books for Reception, participating in the school-wide Coin Trail Challenge, playing maths and logic games like sudoku, calculating the costs of deforestation in our topic lessons, and managing figures in the Money Maze. Maths brains have been sizzling, and everyone has had a brilliant week.

See our Maths Maze gallery below!

Friday 7th October 2016

 

The new school year is well underway, and the school has a fantastic new website, too! Now that we're up and running, Years 5 & 6 will be posting every week to give updates on the children's progress and the amazing work we've been doing.

 

We've had a marvellous first month back. The children have been reading Holes by Louis Sachar, and doing some exceptional writing inspired by the book. Watch out for yellow-spotted lizards!

 

Across the rest of the curriculum, we've been looking at data and representation in maths, the amazing topic of 'Rainforests' in our geography, and 'Living things' in science. The children have also been creating digital rainforest projects in computing, and producing some superb works of street-art inspired drawing and design in art. We've even been treated to a sing-a-long with Bon Jovi by Miss Lindsay-Dunn!

 

It really has been an incredible few weeks. Below is a gallery that reflects a day in the life of Years 5 & 6...

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Enjoy your summer holidays!

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Friday 10th June 2016

It has been a while since we last posted, but Year 5 have been very busy in the meantime! The class has plunged headfirst into the strange and magical world of The Spiderwick Chronicles, armed with nothing more than imagination, intrepitude, and a mysterious Field Guide...

They have been writing brilliantly, and also using their art and design skills to produce some marvellous things.

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If you ever need someone to tell you the difference between a Boggart and a Brownie, come along to Year 5!

Wednesday 13th April

A bridge too far for Year 5? This week, in design and technology the class are continuing their work on bridges by trying to build the strongest bridge designs that they can, inspired by some great bridges from around the world. Next week, we will test their success!
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Wednesday 23rd March

Year 5 have had a Ning Nang Nong-ing good time this half-term: here they are celebrating World Poetry Day with a bit of vintage Spike Milligan nonsense verse...
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Tuesday 1st March

To deepen their knowledge of our geography topic, 'River Deep, Mountain High', the children in Year 5 have have been researching glaciation. They have combined their digital literacy and non-fiction reading skills to prepare some outstanding presentations. Good teamwork and communication essential!
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Monday 22nd February

Year 5 have dived straight back into their English work after the half-term with amazing enthusiasm; we plotted a story mountain today that will serve as the foundation for some superb writing in the weeks to come, and hopefully we will begin to add to our remarkable new Robe of Skulls display! (Courtesy of Mr Roberts!)
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Monday 8th February

An excellent start to the week for Year 5! We have begun February with two Waverley trophies: Class of the Week, and Best Attendance. What an amazing achievement.

 

 

The class have also been limbering up their logic with a fascinating maths investigation: could you design a box for 24 sweets, with 6 sweets of 4 different varieties, where the sweets were all arranged so that no sweets of the same type were adjacent? It is trickier than it first seems!

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Our older pupils were also lucky enough to get a visit from Technology Tom, who looked closely at the design of bridges with the children.

 

They looked at different types of bridge design.

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Friday 22nd January

Read all about it! Shock and dismay spreads through Year 5 at the Great Book Theft of 2016!
Our class were stunned to arrive in the classroom at nine o'clock to find a crime scene; every single reading book had been taken, leaving the bookcase bare-shelved! For a class that loves to read, this was a terrible discovery!
However, the aspiring journalists of Year 5 quickly sharpened their pencils and began writing up a report in the hope of raising awareness about this heinous crime.
Some, though, were unable to contain their emotions...
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Monday 4th January 2016!

The New Year is upon us! I hope everyone enjoyed a fantastic Christmas holiday, and all the children of Year 5 are excited to be getting back to school!

Important news: I would like to advise everyone that from the beginning of this term, P.E. will be on a Wednesday afternoon - do not forget kit!


Current Achievement Headlines

Across the school almost 87% of our pupils currently achieving their age related expectation from year 1 to year 6 in reading, writing and maths. By the end of December we are aiming to have almost 90% of pupils at their age related expectations.
 

Tuesday 1st December

Having studied some of our great inventors over the past term, the children of Year 5 have now begun to create their own inventions in search of a patent. Two intriguing contraptions have already been submitted: can you begin to guess what these might be...?
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Wednesday 25th November

All this term, Year 5 have been developing their essential computing skills, including how to manipulate images, manage files, research online and apply their English language knowledge to their digital work. Much of this marvellous learning can be seen in the presentations they have prepared on The Invention of Hugo Cabret. What skills do you think have been used here?
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Monday 20th November

Over the past fortnight, Year 5 have been working on composing and perfecting original playscripts. The results have been brilliant, but the proof of a great script is in the performance, of course...
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Tuesday 3rd November

Did you know that the energy of electricity can be used to transform a piece of metal into a magnet? Well, Year 5 have launched into the new half-term with aplomb by creating their own electromagnets with basic items from around the school. The results were very impressive!
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Thursday 22nd October

The Week of the Bogle is coming to an end, though who knows if the Lemington Bogle will make an appearance again over half-term??

Throughout the week the children have produced some wonderful work, describing their own bogle creations, planning electronic traps to snare a bogle, writing first-hand accounts of bogle haunting, and becoming journalists to write about a major bogle incident. All this, whilst learning The Ballad of the Lemington Bogle!

Have a great half-term, everyone - and watch out for strange sights and sounds in the autumn gloom!
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Monday 19th October

Autumn in making itself felt, with misty mornings and darkening evenings, and the week of the Bogle is upon us! All week the children will be thinking about the myths and superstitions of Northumberland folklore, including that well-known and eerie creature, the Lemington Bogle!
Today, the class began by researching some of the creatures of local myth. They worked hard and produced some compelling posters.
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Friday 16th October

Not only have the class been doing some outstanding writing today, creating story openings inspired by the short film Lune l'Autre, they've also been producing marvellous art!
Working from the great illustrations that Brian Selznick drew in pencil forThe Invention of Hugo Cabret, the children attempted shading with cross-hatching themselves. The final pieces compare very favourably with Mr Selznick's high standard!

 

 

Tuesday 6th October

BZZZZZ! FLASH! The sights and sounds of electrical circuits in high-voltage action overtook the classroom this afternoon as the children used their knowledge of electricity to ignite bulbs and vibrate buzzers. What project will we take on next, as our science work continues...? 

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Monday 5th October

Our class was very lucky to start the week with a visit from Miss Dunn, who taught us some amazing vocal warm-up skills and fabulous songs to sing. The class learned how to go up and down the scale to exercise their voices, how to sing in a round, and they also started to learn a traditional North East song. What a treat!
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Friday 25th September

Today was 'Dahlicious Day' at Waverley, a celebration of Roald Dahl's amazing stories, and Year 5 joined in with great enthusiasm. The class became BFGs, sending dreams out into the world; recited the mysterious words of 'Esio Trot'; created some dubious concoctions in maths; and designed their own chocolate bars to rival those of Willy Wonka. Also, everyone got dressed up! Many children came as Roald Dahl characters, and some just wore his favourite  colour: yellow.
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Thursday 24th September

We have had a great week working on 'My Mother Saw A Dancing Bear': the children have written poetry and prose inspired by the poem, and they have dived into live performance and role-play acting with great enthusiasm! Everyone in the class can now recite the poem from memory.

We started off thinking about the thoughts and feelings of the bear in the poem...

 

 

... Then the children took turns to play the part of the bear, answering questions from an interviewer...

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Friday 18th September

Today, Year 5 was the pride of Waverley: 100% attendance for our class! This means that everyone came to school every day this week. It is a brilliant achievement, and all of the children should feel very proud. Thank you and well done to the parents and people at home, too, for helping everyone to make it!

Now, let's see if we can do it again!
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Monday 14th September

Today we launched our new topic: The Inventors! We will be looking at the inventors and inventions that have shaped our world throughout this term.
The class started off with a brilliant discussion about what an invention really is, then tried to place some important inventions into chronological order. This revealed some fascinating surprises: who would have guessed that a helicopter was invented before the bicycle?
We're looking forward to discovering more amazing things in the weeks to come.
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Thursday 10th September

We've had an excellent week so far, working brilliantly on the Charles Causley poem 'My Mother Saw a Dancing Bear'. The children have performed it, mapped it in pictures and written about it through the week, and today they worked together on a question that was difficult to answer: is it ever right to make animals perform for our entertainment?
Working together in groups, the children explored their ideas; most decided that it was sometimes right, but not always. What do you think?
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Discussion is a fantastic way to develop our thinking and ideas: we'll be having lots of class debates and discussions through the year.
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