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Year 5/6 Meerkats

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We're the Meerkats!

Welcome to our class.

 

We're alert and friendly, big-hearted and wise.

We help one another and work wonders together!

 

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face

like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."

 

The Twits - Roald Dahl

 

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Class Information

We have PE on Tuesday and Friday so please have your full PE kit in school.

 

Our library session is on a Tuesday. Please remember to bring your book to school every Tuesday so it can be changed for a new one.

 

Weekly spellings are tested on a Friday and please remember to record reading and sign homework diaries. Thank you for your cooperation.

Homework Celebration - Summer Term

We have had a lovely morning celebrating the homework from this half term. I have been amazed by the quality and creativity of some of the homework. Here are some quotes from the children....

 

Georgia about Amina's homework -

 

"I love you symmetrical designs - such nice patterns!"

 

Millie M about Isla's homework -

 

"I love your game idea - so cool!"

 

Sam about Joe's homework -

 

"Amazing wordle - good job Joe!"

 

Anna about Georgia's homework -

 

"Really liked your Top Trumps!!!

 

Well done everybody and a huge thank you to all of the parents/carers who have supported their children with the homework.

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Enterprise Afternoon

What a busy time we have had! Enterprise Week has been full of activity and has been an incredibly enjoyable week, learning more about our theme of 'Healthy Body, Healthy Mind'. Our key aim has been developing skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work. The children have had the opportunity to consider the role money plays in all our lives, how to manage their money effectively, and have how to make money through an enterprise. Key skills of teamwork, communication, resilience, flexibility, delegation and patience have all been practiced this week. This all came together for Enterprise Afternoon on Tuesday 11th June when all the children ran their own stalls. There was an amazing buzz around the school. This year we were raising money to go towards Active Play equipment – the final total for Meerkats was £158.85 a huge achievement!

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Competitive Stall Winners

A huge well done to the Competitive Stall Winners for Enterprise 2019!

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Enterprise 2019

We have had a fantastic start to our Enterprise Week. All of the children have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Skipping4Schools, learning new skills and game ideas. It has been lovely to hear the children talking about their learning from fitness plans to mindfulness scripts. Planning is also well underway for our Enterprise Afternoon on Tuesday 11th June. The children have planned their stall ideas, researched marketing techniques and even decided who is going to do the shopping. A great week so far! Can I please remind parents and carers, that children can bring up to £5 in change (10p’s, 20p’s 50p’s) to spend visiting the different stalls on Tuesday 11th June.

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Skipping

This afternoon, Meerkats took part in a skipping workshop led by George from Skipping4Schools. It was a lot of fun and very exhausting. 

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Special Mentions Summer 1

A huge well done to Oliver and Leon for receiving Special Mentions this half term.

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French Week 2019

We have had a brilliant week celebrating everything FRENCH from famous artists, postcard writing and visiting the French Café toady. It has been a fantastic week, enjoyed by all!

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Bikeability 2019

This week, more of the Year 5 children have been taking part in the Bikeability programme led by NYCC. On the first day, they met their instructors and spent time learning about how to check if their bikes were safe. They then practised stopping safely and signalling - it can be quite tricky! On the second day, they spent time cycling around the local area, testing all the skills they had learned. It was a great two days and the children really enjoyed it, especially as the sun was shining!                                                    

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Special Mentions Spring 2

Well done to Elodie and Millie for receiving this half terms Special Mentions Award. You have both worked extremely hard and should feel very proud of your achievements.

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Our Class Novel

This term our English focus is a film unit about the Lighthouse. We will be writing our own narratives, linked to the film animation. We have carefully chosen our new Class Novel of ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’. We are all very excited about reading it.

 

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Homework Celebration - Spring 2 

We have had a lovely morning celebrating the homework from this half term. I have been amazed by the quality and creativity of some of the homework. Here are some quotes from the children....

 

Seth about Reuben's homework -

 

"Cool periscope. I really like how you made the glass in small pieces!"

 

Millie M about Amina's homework -

 

"Epic PowerPoint Amina. I really leant a lot!"

 

Reuben about Joseph's homework -

 

"Cool Maths facts - well done!"

 

Katey about Evie's homework -

 

"Love the film review, I think ill watch it!"

 

Well done everybody and a huge thank you to all of the parents/carers who have supported their children with the homework.

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The Egg Competition

A huge thank you to all of the children who have entered the Egg Competition this year. Your creativity this year is amazing. 

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The Big Brain Bounce

This afternoon, Meerkats took part in the Big Brain Bounce. The event was organised by School Council, who wanted to raise money for Wellspring. All children bounced around the running track on space hoppers. It was great fun and we hope to raise awareness of how to keep our mental health healthy!

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National Poetry Day 2019

We have been busy this morning writing our own poems about daffodils. We used the outdoor space and a masterclass from Joseph Coelho to inspire us.

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Eyeballs.....

To launch our new science topic LIGHT, we had a little bit of fun. Each child had an eyeball to touch, smell and taste. I was really impressed with those children who were brave enough to taste it without looking at it first. The children were very relieved to find out that they were actually eating lychees stuffed with raisins, not real eyeballs!!! Mrs Scarth even had a taste!

It's RED NOSE DAY 2019

We are having a fantastic morning learning all about Mount Kilimanjaro, as part of our Red Nose Day celebrations. A huge thank you to Layla, who has shared her parents experience of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with all of year 5, this morning. We have also researched and designed new Red Noses for 2020. 

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World Book Day 2019

Today we have been celebrating World Book Day 2019. We have shared our favourite stories, created new book covers, designed a book token and much more! A huge thank you to all of the parents and visitors today - the children loved sharing their reading with you! 

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Special Mentions Spring 1

Well done to Seth and Holly for receiving this half terms Special Mentions Award. You have both worked extremely hard and should feel very proud of your achievements.

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Homework Celebration - Spring 1 

We have had a lovely morning celebrating the homework from this half term. I have been amazed by the quality and creativity of some of the homework. Here are some quotes from the children....

 

Oliver Cross about Jake's homework -

 

"Best piece of work I have ever seen!"

 

Ted Crossland about Seth's homework -

 

"Well done Seth - its very descriptive!"

 

Amina Ndikumana about Layla's homework -

 

"I like your design, its very colourful and I like all of your work - well done!"

 

Anna Kirkup about Millie M's homework -

 

"Your planets are ACE! So much time and effort put into the facts - well done!"

 

Well done everybody and a huge thank you to all of the parents/carers who have supported their children with the homework.

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Arts Week 2019

We have had a fantastic start to Arts week with a visit to Harrogate Theatre. We learnt all about how the history of the theatre as well as how they support visitors who are visually impaired. In Maths, we have been looking at the Fibonacci sequence and using this to create our own pieces of art!

Planetarium Visit

This week, Year 5 and Year 6 children experienced the Planetarium, as part of our science topic on Earth and Space. The Planetarium is a massive dome that projects images and videos of different planets in the solar system. We toured the solar system, landed on the moon, flew through Jupiter’s moon and glided along the ice rings of Saturn. It was an amazing experience enjoyed by all!

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Health Week

As an introduction to Health Week, Meerkats took part in a Zumba taster session. It was lots of fun, but quite hard work!

Diving Talent at OJS

Today we have been very lucky to take part in a Diving Talent search. Two members of the diving squad from the Hydro led a gymnastics sessions for Meerkats. All of the children received a certificate and a voucher for a free taster diving session at the Hydro. Well done to all of the children for their hard work.

Safer Internet Day 2019

To celebrate Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, we welcomed Tim Pinto into school to deliver some E-Safety workshops for the children. Tim talked to the school about the importance of understanding what 'consent' means in a digital world and how to ensure that we fully understand what we are agreeing to online. We discussed understanding the Terms and Conditions when signing up for new apps, games and programs. Tim also talked to the children about PEGI ratings on games, how these are decided and what they tell us about the game’s content and suitability.

 

 

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NSPCC Number Day 2019

National Number 2019 will be held on Friday 1st February 2019. The focus for the day is all about NUMBER to raise money and awareness of the charity NSPCC. All children will be taking part in fun activities linked to their special class number. We are also asking children to bring in silver coins (small change or pocket money) to raise money for the NSPCC – Can we fill our number with silver? A huge thank you in advance for your continued support.

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Time in Year 5

We have started the new term with a mathematical focus on time. This includes reading time, converting time, timetables and problem solving.

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Spelling Shed

We have tried a new website called 'Spelling Shed'. All of the children enjoyed practising their spelling using this site. Have a look and see what you think...

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Times Table Rock Stars relaunch....

This week we have been looking again at Times Table Rock Stars. We have thought about how we can access it more at school and home. Our class agreed that playing more on TT Rock Stars really does improve our multiplication and division skill. It also is a lot of FUN!

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Happy New Year - Our new Class Novel

This term our focus is Earth and Space. We will be writing our own science fiction stories and learning all about SPACE. We have carefully chosen our new Class Novel of 'A Wrinkle in Time'. We are all very excited about reading it.

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It's CHRISTMAS!

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Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Meerkats! A huge thank you for the well wishes, cards and presents. 

Special Mentions

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Well done to those children who achieved Special Mentions this half term. What a great effort!

Homework Celebration - Autumn 2 

 

We have had a lovely morning celebrating the homework from this half term. I have been amazed by the quality and creativity of some of the homework. Here are some quotes from the children....

 

Georgia Murray about Freya Rhodes and Holly Westmoreland's homework -

 

"I love your PowerPoint - well done!"

 

Joe Kinnear about Ted Crossland's homework -

 

"Cool word problems Ted! Really good maths!"

 

Evie Robson about Isla Gouldson's homework -

 

"That's really cool cow pants! Have you ever thought of being a designer?"

 

Well done everybody and a huge thank you to all of the parents/carers who have supported their children with the homework.

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Christmas has arrived...

We have been busy creating our beautiful Christmas crafts. Here is a sneak preview!

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Our Christmas Display - The Three Kings

Over the past two weeks we have been looking at the Christmas story. We have focused on the Three Wise Men for a class display.

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Make Do and Mend

This week we have been extremely busy completing our 'Make Do and Mend' outfits. It has been hard work, but we think they look fabulous!

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World War Two Tea Party

 

On Monday 3rd December the children from Year 5 and 6 welcomed Grandparents and relatives to a World War 2 Tea Party to share experiences and artefacts with the children. Some adults brought in artefacts like: ration books, medals, telegrams and badges. Once the stories had been shared, everyone got the opportunity to try some of the WW2 recipes the children had made using a weekly ration allowance. The children were really creative with their ideas and brought in things like: chocolate potato cake, scones, elderflower jelly, oat biscuits and carrot cookies. After the children had eaten their food, they went into the hall to sing some songs from the era. They sang ‘We’ll meet again’ and ‘Run Rabbit’, singing these songs brought back lots of memories for all of the visitors.

 

We really enjoyed the afternoon because it was interesting to find out about people’s lives during the war. Thank you to all of the adults who came to the Tea Party to share their stories, to parents who came to help and to the teachers who helped the afternoon happen.

Odd Socks and Children in Need 2018

What a busy week it has been! It was good to see so many children wearing odd socks to school on Monday. The children have all had the opportunity during the week to take part in activities based around this year’s Anti-Bullying Week theme of ‘Choose Respect’. Some of their work will be going on display in school shortly.

 

Spots was most definitely the theme on Friday! Thank you for your support. We raised £334.20 which we will be sending to Children in Need!

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Supporting the Local Community.

Well done to Isla and Evie, who received a fantastic award for their voluntary work within the local community. Amazing girls - well done!

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Colonel Crossland Remembrance Assembly

 

A huge thank you to Colonel Crossland, (Ted and Barney’s dad), who kindly gave up his time this morning to lead our Remembrance Assesmbly. Colonel Crossland explained to the children why we wear poppies and what it is we are remembering on the 11th November each year. Colonel Crossland also explained and showed the children a blue cornflower badge, which the French use to remember the fallen. We then held a collective minutes silence, which everyone respectfully observed. The children were particularly interested in the story of ‘Sergeant Stubby’ – a boston terrier. Follow his story on the link below.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/0/ww1/28227518

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Open Hour

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who joined us today for Open Hour. We had a lovely afternoon looking at the importance of poppies. The children have produced some beautiful designs and very reflective prayers.

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The Power of One

On Thursday 8th November the whole school watched a fantastic Anti-Bullying show called 'The Power of One'. The show explained the different types of bullying and the roles that different people can play - the bully, the victim and the bystander. It taught us how to become an upstander and support others when they are being bullied. The show was very entertaining and taught us some very important and valuable messages.

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Special Mentions Autumn Term

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Well done to those children who achieved Special Mentions this half term. What a great effort!

Homework Celebration.

 

We have had a lovely morning celebrating the homework from this half term. I have been amazed by the quality and creativity of some of the homework. Here are some quotes from the children....

 

Millie Adrian-Horrocks about Emily Mortimer's homework -

 

"Love your homework Emily. Amazing work!"

 

Oliver Cross about Joseph Isherwood's homework -

 

"This is amazing work Joseph!"

 

Holly Westmoreland about Freya Rhodes' homework -

 

"I love your homework, especially the evacuation letter!"

 

Well done everybody and thank you to all of the parents/carers who have supported their children with the homework.

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Autumn Poetry

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In English, we are writing autumn poems. For inspiration, we went on an autumn walk around the school grounds thinking about the our senses.

Weekly Review!

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This week we have introduced the Smarties Game as part of our Weekly Review. The children pick a smartie and answer the question linked to that colour. A great way to get us talking and eat some chocolate!

Our new CLASS BOOK

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We are very excited to be reading Goodnight Mister Tom, as our class story for this term.

 

Young William Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back to London...

Year 5 Visit to Eden Camp

 

On Tuesday 9th October, Year 5 visited Eden Camp to learn more about our History topic - World War II. The experience helped us to imagine what life would have been like for children during World War. We visited various huts, each with a different theme e.g. the Blitz, evacuees, and rationing just to name a few. Some huts were particularly realistic and quite scary, but definitely worth visiting. We all enjoyed the day and would definitely visit Eden Camp again. A big thank you to all of the parents who accompanied us on the trip.

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National Poetry Day 2018

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On Thursday 4th October, we celebrated National Poetry Day. As a class, we explored The Piano animation and thought about the changes over time and his emotions. In groups, we wrote a verse of the poem focusing on the wife's spirit, the war scene, the birthday party and the present day. We put our verses together to form a full narrative poem! 

The Daily Mile

We have been enjoying doing the Daily Mile this week! Every day, we will be going out onto the running track to run, jog or walk for 15 minutes. We will aim to increase the number of laps we can run each week. Wish us luck!

Open Hour

A massive thank you to all of our visitors this morning. The children really enjoyed working alongside you, sharing their knowledge of rounding in Maths. Well done to all of those adults who had a go at Times Tables Rock Stars - some very impressive scores.

Pupil Voice Groups

We have had a very busy week this week electing our Pupil Voice groups for Meerkats. Well done to all of the children, who gave a speech - they were very impressive. The elected Pupil Voice groups are now very excited about their new roles and responsibilities this year! 

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Our First Week...

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Our Class Book

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Our first class book of the year is 'The Mozart Question' by Michael Morpurgo. We have chosen this book, as it links beautifully to our World War II topic this term.

 

Here is the blurb...

"The time has come, I think, not to lie anymore."

 

When cub reporter Lesley is sent to Venice to interview a world-renowned violinist, the journalist is told she can ask Paolo Levi anything about his life and career as a musician, but on no account must she ask him about the Mozart question; never the Mozart question.

Paolo, however, has realised he must finally reveal the truth.

We have had a very busy first week in Meerkats. As well as getting to know each other better, we have made birthday cards, bookmarks, completed a piece of writing all about our summer and much more.  It has been a fantastic start to the year!

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