Opera North Big Sing

Well done to our class for a terrific performance at the Opera North Big Sing tonight.  They coped remarkably well with the rehearsals and a lot of waiting around in the sweltering heat.  Here are some of the class, in their Opera North T-shirts, waiting to perform.



Warburtons – Bread Making

Today, we had a visit from Steph who works at Warburtons.  She discussed with us the importance of healthy eating and showed us a video about how bread was made and packaged.  We got to try different types of bread, which had been freshly baked that morning, and we made our own bread into a shape and design of our choice.

Welcome Back

Welcome back for the last term of Year 5.

We have started our topic of the USA, which the children have shown a great interest in, and it’s great to see some of the imaginative flags that have been made over the half term holiday, including lego, lolly sticks, beads and loom bands.  Thank you to everyone involved.













The children are working in groups to research a particular state in America which will include finding out about the following features: the position of their state, the climate, the time zone, journey times, famous landmarks, and finding out all the interesting things to do there.  They will then work on persuading me to go there on holiday with my family so they must make sure there is something there for all of us to enjoy.


In maths, we will be focusing on time (including reading timetables), angles (which will include calculating, measuring and drawing angles), transformations (reflection and translation) and shape.  We will continue to practise our number skills and our multiplication tables using Times Tables Rockstars.

In Literacy, we will be studying the book ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar which is set in Texas, USA.

We have two important music performances coming up in the next few weeks:  The Key Stage 2 Music Festival at the Metrodome on Tuesday 19th June (10:30 – 12:00) and the Opera North Big Sing: World War 1 Concert at the Barnsley Civic on Tuesday 3rd July (6 pm – 7 pm). The children are working hard towards these and we had a very enjoyable rehearsal with the Opera North artists on Wednesday.




Key Stage 2 Music Festival

Year 5 have been invited to play their brass instruments at the Key Stage 2 Music Festival on Tuesday 19th June in the Metrodome Arena, Barnsley. This is an excellent opportunity for children who have been learning to play a musical instrument as part of a whole class to celebrate their progress and achievements by taking part in a large scale event in a professional venue.

The children will be using public transport to get to and from the venue and will return to school for their lunch.  Don’t worry – the children won’t need to carry their instruments onto the bus!  All the instruments will be transported by Mr Swallow in his van.

The performance will start at 10.30am and last approximately 1 ½ hours.  The concert is open to the public with tickets on sale on the door for £2.50. We hope that you will be able to come and support the children with their performance.  A letter will be going out this week.


The Secret Garden

In class guided reading, we have been reading ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which is set in Yorkshire.  It has been great fun learning how to read, write and speak Yorkshire dialect.

The children’s writing has been amazing and many examples are on display inside our classroom.  They have described the moment when Mary first finds the secret garden.  Not only was their writing full of description, they have worked very hard to include many of the features that we have been learning in Literacy lessons, such as the following: the use of hyphens for compound adjectives; colons and semi-colons for lists; and dialect for speech.









We also have had great fun making our own shoe-box secret gardens.