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5T ~ Macaws

We’re the Macaws!

Welcome to our class


We’re lively and positive, brilliant and bright.

We fly high and make the most of every day!


“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”

Peter Pan - JM Barrie

D.T. World Cup Biscuits

In DT, we have been designing and making our own biscuits for the World Cup. We worked really hard on our designs and used our measuring skills to successfully bake our delicious biscuits. Then, we decorated them using our design plans and created packaging to take them home in. 

Summer Music Concert

This week, we had the privilege of watching the Oatlands Summer Music Concert rehearsal which we thoroughly enjoyed. Orchestra, Jack's Choir, Mrs Kendall's Choir and many soloists and duets performed during the evening.


Everyone had worked really hard to make it a brilliant event and performed fantastically on the night as well. Well done to everyone who took part! 

Science Week

We have had a fantastic week planning our own investigations for Science Week. Some of us made slime, some made oobleck and some of us made our own volcanos to investigate. We also wrote our own secret messages using invisible ink!


A big thank you to Archie's dad for visiting our class this morning to tell us all about his job as a Director of Programme Management. It was really interesting to hear about the different projects he looks after around the world. 

Special Mentions Summer 1

Huge congratulations to Murron and Thomas for receiving their Special Mentions certificates this morning! Well done for all of your hard work this half-term, you are both a delight to have in class! 

Royal Wedding Week

Last week, we enjoyed learning all about the Royal family in the run-up to the Royal Wedding on the 19th May, 2018. We kicked the week off with a quiz about the Royals. Over the week, we researched and created posters showing the Royal family tree; acted as Prince Harry and Meghan's event planners, planning and budgeting a luxurious honeymoon for them and designed and made our own wedding hats ready for the hat parade at the end of the week. On the last day, we had a street party to celebrate the Royal Wedding. We created our own game for other children to have a go at and got to try some of the cakes people had made for the Royal bake off. All of us learned something new about the Royal family! Here are some photos from our week: 

OJS Running Track

We have used our new running track in one of our P.E. lessons to test our long distance running skills and to set ourselves a target to improve on over the Summer term. All of us managed to do at least 10 laps around the track, which is the same as 1 mile! 

Summer Book Auction Tournament

As part of our weekly review, we hold book auctions to persuade our class to read a book of our choice. We try to convince as many people as possible that our book is the best book - without giving away the ending! This summer, we will be having a book auction tournament. in class to see who can come up with the most persuasive book review. Names will be picked out of a hat to choose our competitor each week. 

Summer Term Class Book

This term, our class book was chosen by our librarians, Murron and Thomas. Following a visit to school by the author E. R. Reilly, we have picked Rashnu to read. 


Rashnu is the richest prince in the whole wide world. He is so rich that Rashnu has the world's most expensive jewel in his turban. Although Rashnu is very rich he is also very sad. This is the story of how he searches for friendship and happiness. 



Special Mentions Spring Term 2

Well done to Saskia and Adam who received their Special Mentions certificates in assembly for Spring term 2. You have both worked incredibly hard this half-term and have had fantastic attitudes towards your learning. Keep it up! 

Happy Easter! 

We have made some lovely Easter cards to give to people this weekend. Here are a few of our eggs-cellent designs! 

Homework Menu Celebration Spring 2 

Today we looked at all the homework we have done through the past few weeks. There were three topics, English, Maths and Theme/ Science. Three challenges were set in each category. You had to do at least three tasks; one from each category. In the homework celebration, Miss Toward came round the tables and looked at everyone’s homework and she thought their pieces of work were amazing. We could present our favourite pieces of work in front of our tables. Some people helped act out some poems and they were quite good. Michael made a quote 'I think it was really good because we all got to share our work with each other and make nice compliments about the work.'


'I was very interested in your work and it was well presented.'  This was a comment by Archie during peer assessment. 


By Madeline, James and Thomas T.




We had a great afternoon with Rebecca from the RSPCA who came to talk to us about how we can look after animals and support this amazing charity.

Sports Relief Week

This week, the Sports Crew and some of our Play Leaders have been organising extra sports activities. These have included hula hooping, skipping, juggling, cardio fun and ‘keepie-uppies’. Thank you to Harrogate Racquets for running the Cardio Fun session. Our respective winners will be given certificates in next week’s celebration assembly. 

Special Person Class Assembly 

Last week, we prepared a class assembly all about our special people. With Mother's Day coming up, it got us thinking about the special people in our own lives and how we can celebrate this day. We also found out some things about the history of Mothering Sunday to share with the school. 


We had some entertaining dramas and had chance to show off our lovely cards that we had made to give to our special people. Well done Macaws! 

News Reports 

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been learning about writing newspaper reports. We have looked at the key features of this text type, investigated a crime scene and planned our own newspaper reports about the crime. 


We went outside to investigate a car that had been abandoned in the delivery car park. In the boot, we found loads of Roman artefacts that we think might have been stolen. We made a note of our observations and then interviewed our suspects: the Year 5 staff! We wrote up our investigation into some brilliant newspaper reports. 


After this, we wrote our reports into Newsround scripts ready to perform in class. 


Enterprise Day

On Monday 12th March, we took part in Enterprise Day. We have been working hard over the last couple of weeks to plan our businesses, set our prices and go shopping for equipment for our stall. The theme for Macaws class was Peter Pan, so we thought of loads of ideas to link our stalls to this book. 


In our class, we made approximately £33 profit! Well done to all the teams for such fantastic teamwork and a successful day of enterprise! 








World Book Day 2018

On Thursday 8th March, we celebrated a belated World Book Day, where we all brought in our favourite books from home. We had fun sharing them with other members of our class and wrote some fantastic ‘Brilliant Book Reviews’ about them.


First, we had a visit from poet Annaliese Emmans Dean who gave us a brilliant assembly, telling us all about her books. She performed a selection of these to us. In the morning, we visited different themed reading rooms and looked at different types of books. These included: poetry, fantasy, picture books, newspapers, animal stories, history books, myths and legends, audio books, comics and Roald Dahl stories. Some children were lucky to go out with Annaliese to a workshop to develop their poetry writing skills.


We all had a great day celebrating reading and all the different books we enjoy!

Our New Homework Menu

Before half-term, we shared our homework with the class. There were some fabulous pieces, from timetables to building designs. Everyone gave and received positive comments about why we liked particular pieces of their homework. 

Special Mentions

A big congratulations to Lara and Jonny who received their Special Mentions certificates in assembly on our first day back for all their hard work and their amazing attitudes in class over the half-term. Well done to you both! 

Arts Week 2018

This week at Oatlands, it's been Arts Week! We've taken part in loads of fun activities. 


First thing on Monday, we went to a processing clay workshop where we learned the different steps involved in making Oatlands clay. We all got chance to have a go at the different steps. During open hour, we made our own pollen clay sculpture using the sketches we did in our Art lessons with Miss Joseph. We also made our own sculptures based on our designs we created, inspired by the sculptures we saw at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and thought about what we wanted them to represent. On Thursday, we went to a contemporary dance workshop and added our own steps to a routine we learnt. 


A big thank you to all of the adults who came in during open hour to see what we've been doing! 

Our Trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park

In preparation for Arts Week, Year 5 went to visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park to get some inspiration for the sculptures we would be creating. We took part in a workshop where an artist took us to look at different sculptures around the park and got us thinking about what they represent. We enjoyed playing hide and seek at one of the sculptures. Inside, we made our own sculptures out of paper.


Despite the mud and rain (and even snow!), we had a fantastic day and enjoyed looking at all of the different designs. 

Our D.T. Project -   Light-Up Houses

Over the last few weeks, we have been doing Design and Technology. We started by looking at different buildings in Harrogate then chose our favourite to recreate. Once we’d got our final designs and materials lists ready, we were able to start constructing.


We worked together in teams to saw wood for the frame, attach them together and design the sides for our buildings. Finally, we made the switch and circuit using our learning from Science to light our buildings up. The finished products were impressive!

Playground rule poster competition

This week, we have been thinking about our playtime rules and how we can make them safe, happy and fun. We had competition to make posters which will be displayed in classrooms and around the school. The winners in Macaws class were Saskia and Hugo. Well done to everyone in the class for designing such creative, informative posters! 

Christmas Afternoon 

This week, we have had a Christmas afternoon where we made our calendars for 2018. Following the Victorian theme we've had in Year 5 this term in English, we created a silhouette of our side portraits and then decorated the backgrounds to make them look even better. We hope everyone at home likes our calendars for next year! 

Victorian Day 

On Thursday 7th December, Year 5 had a Victorian Day to help us understand Charles Dickens and the Victorian era which we have been doing lots of different types of writing about in English. In the morning, we watched different scenes with characters from the Victorian times including Queen Victoria, Mr Fairfax (a mill owner), Florence Nightingale, Mr Obadiah Pitt (a school headmaster), Fanny (chambermaid) and Bill Sweeney who taught us some Victorian songs. After break, we had a drama workshop where we acted out being people in higher and lower society. In the afternoon, we watched a production of A Christmas Carol and people were chosen to act out parts in the story. We all really enjoyed Victorian Day!

Weekly Review

We have been doing a weekly review and looking back at all the things we have done in class over the week. This week, we have thought about the things we have accomplished that we have been proud of. Here are some of the great things we have achieved:

‘I am proud that I am getting my handwriting neater than it was last year.’   Filip


‘I am proud of my maths work this week and all the work I have completed on my own.’ Murron


‘I have finished my book ‘Wonder’ which was really good!’ Daisy


‘I have accomplished reading my book ‘Mr Men Mr Birthday’ from Waterstones which I got on the book club trip.’   Hugo


Kuba and Clara were both proud of themselves for reading new books, and even reading different books at the same time! Lucas and Adam were both impressed with themselves for getting their pen licences recently. We are also holding book auctions in class where one member of the class tries to convince the rest of the class to read a book, without giving away the ending. This week, Clara recommended Wonder which we all thought sounded amazing!  

Time Travelling with a Hamster

We have been reading Time Travelling with a Hamster as our class novel.  In the story, Al’s – the main character -  dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was twelve. Al is on a mission to travel back to 1984 in a secret time machine and save his father’s life. All without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer. So far, we are really enjoying this book!

Our Christmas Display

In Macaws, we have been looking at the Nativity and what it means for Christmas today. We worked in teams to create a part of a storyboard showing the events that happened in the Nativity story and thought about what we could write to tell the story. We also worked as a team to create a Nativity scene – some of us made the characters, some of us made mechanisms to make our display move and some of us designed stars that show our hopes for future Christmases. We worked really hard to make our Christmas display look fantastic!


What is the message of the Nativity?


Nativity is the word used for the story of Jesus’ birth. Christians celebrate Christmas by retelling the story of the nativity through plays, church services include carol singing and people give and receive presents and cards. This reminds Christians of the gift of Jesus beginning his life on earth.



SMSC and British Values


  • Spiritual – We enjoyed exploring other peoples’ beliefs about Christmas and learning about other faiths.
  • Social We worked as a team to create different parts of our display.
  • Cultural – We have developed understanding of the beliefs of different faiths.
  • British Values – Mutual respect and tolerance. Through learning more about different faiths, we are more aware of how important it is to show respect towards others.

Image Theatre - The Wind in the Willows 

This Friday, we spent the morning with our special guests from Image Theatre. We learned songs to sing during the show which we all really enjoyed! Some members of Macaws even got to take part in the show and became characters from The Wind in the Willows. We all had a fantastic morning. 

Children in Need Day

For Children in Need day 2017, we all wore something spotty and colourful to raise money for charity. We had a great day doing 'spotty' activities including designing a cupcake that could be sold at a cake sale. As a school, we raised £405 from £1 donations and Old Round Pounds. 

 Anti-Bullying Week 

This week, it has been Anti-Bullying Week. The theme this year has been 'All Different, All Equal’.

We have been celebrating what makes us, and others, unique and how important it is that everybody feels valued and included in school. The week began with a whole school assembly to launch anti-bullying week.


A highlight of the week was Odd Socks Day where we all wore odd socks to show our individuality!  


During circle time, we talked about the different types of bullying and the effects that bullying can have. We also came up with some ideas for how we can help to beat bullying.


In Macaws, we also made our own hand prints representing what makes us unique. It was lovely to see everyone in Macaws celebrating what made them different and talking to each other about bullying, difference and equality. Here are some of the ones we made: 

Remembrance Sunday

Last week, we learned about Remembrance Sunday and why we wear poppies during this time in November.

On 11th November, one year after the First World War ended, a newspaper announced that it was ‘Peace Day’. When church bells struck 11, people stayed silent to think about the soldiers who had died. Poppies became used as a way to remember soldiers who died in battle.

We took part in an art competition held by 6 Regiment RLC to support the efforts of the Poppy Appeal. We designed a poppy around the themes of remembrance, hope and growth. Here are a few of our fantastic designs!

Welcome to Macaws!

We have had a brilliant start to the new school year and have all settled into our new Macaws class really well! We have got to know each other and our new class routines.


So far, we have listened to the speeches for our pupil voice groups and elected our new Librarians, School Council, Eco Committee, Arts Committee, Sports Crew and Digital Leaders.


We are all looking forward to the exciting things we have planned for our first term in Year 5!

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