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Year 5 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

Welcome back! We hope that you have all had a lovely summer holiday.


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

Class Information


We have PE on Monday and Thursday so please wear your full PE kit to school on those days with long hair tied back and earrings removed.  


Please remember to record reading and sign homework diaries. Thank you for your cooperation.

Welcome back

Happy New Year! We hope that you have all had a restful Christmas break. Please find below the Curriculum Overview for Spring 2020 and the Homework Menu for the first half term. 

Our topics this term:

  • Science: Living things
  • History: The Romans
  • RE: What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?
  • PE: Real PE
  • Computing: Coding
  • Music: mini musical performances
  • Art: Architecture
  • French: le petit dejeuner



West End Schools - The Lorax Workshop

We had a fantastic afternoon with Emily from West End Schools. We were looking at Dr Seuss' story 'The Lorax' and in teams choreographed our own dance routines to sections of the book. We then put our routine to music to retell the story only using dance moves. 

Road Safety Talk with Lauren Doherty

This afternoon Stray FM award winner and road safety campaigner Lauren Doherty talked to us about the importance of road safety. Lauren shared her story about how she was hit by a van, left paralysed and in need of lots of operations. She kindly answered lots of our questions and left with us a key message that we should always take care when crossing any road. 

World Book Day 2020

We have really enjoyed sharing our favourite picture books today with our classmates and some of the children from Year 3. As well as this, we have also spent the day writing a book review, learning how to give animals human characteristics to write a story about them and making our own bookmarks to use so we don't lose our page! 

Our School Trip to the Yorkshire Arboretum

We had a fantastic day visiting the Yorkshire Arboretum as an introduction to our science topic: Living Things. We enjoyed measuring the height of trees through our legs and the mini beast hunt and pond dipping activities with the guides and volunteers at the Arboretum as well as getting to eat in the great outdoors.  

Active Play Workshop

We really enjoyed our afternoon with King Camps taking part in different games and activities. We cannot wait to use some of these ideas on the playground with our friends! 

Special Mentions - Spring 1

Well done to Alex and Iona. You should both be extremely proud of the hard work you have put in this term.

Homework Celebration - Spring Term (first half)

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


Mason about Will's homework -


"I like your meatball recipe because they sound really nice!"


Oli about Olivia's homework -


"I like your triangle game because it gets your brain thinking!"


Claudia about Luke's homework -


"I love your lasagna method. I would love to try it!"


Matthew about Henry's homework -


"I like your Roman coins because they look awesome!"


Esme about Evelyn's homework -


"I think your Roman artefact is very impressive! Well done!"


Arthur about Maggie's homework -


"I like your platinum fact file, it taught me loads!"


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

NSPCC Number Day 2020

We really enjoyed completing a range of maths activities and writing about our number... 365! Thank you for all the silver coins you brought in to help us raise money. 

Our Class Novel

Our first book of 2020 is Philip Pullman's 'Northern Lights'. 


Here is the blurb... 


'When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies - and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about. 


Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her - something with consequences which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights...'  

Special Mentions - Autumn 2

Well done to Flo and Archie. You should both be extremely proud of the hard work you have put in this term. 

Homework Celebration - Autumn Term (second half)

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....


Esme about Mitchell's homework -


"I like your pulley. It was very entertaining!"


Benny about Iona's homework -


"I like your maths problems because they were very interesting!"


Matthew about Mason's homework -


"I like your pulley because it was fun to use!"


Claudia about Annabel's homework -


"I love your board game. It was fun to play!"


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

Shhhh ... The Secret Santa Shop has arrived! 

We really enjoyed visiting the Secret Santa Shop to buy Christmas gifts in support of Horticap. We hope everyone enjoys the gifts the children brought for them. 

Christmas Dinner

We all really enjoyed our Christmas Dinner at school, wearing our Christmas Jumpers and having our eco-friendly crackers. We wish every day could be Christmas dinner day!

Maths in Macaws


We've been learning about factors and ended the week completing a challenging game using our skills and knowledge on factors to help us complete the two different tracks. We had lots of fun applying our knowledge this way. 

Our Class Assembly


Thank you to everyone who came to support us in our class assembly. We have enjoyed learning about Philippe Petit from our class story, The Man Who Walked Between The Towers, and sharing it with the rest of the school. 

Bauble Workshop


We had a lovely start to the Christmas season this week by have the opportunity to paint our very own baubles. On the baubles we painted the Nativity scene and really enjoyed the activity. 

Image Theatre - Robin Hood


We recently enjoyed another exciting visit from Image Theatre with their musical performance of ‘Robin Hood’. Everyone got involved in the fantastic songs, and some even got to try out their acting skills! 

Highlights included an amusing archery competition, the songs with their actions and plenty of jokes!

VR Anti-Bullying Workshop


We were very lucky to use VR headsets to complete an Anti-Bullying workshop. We had the opportunity to see a scenario take place, listen to the views of everyone involved and ask some of the characters questions. 

Children in Need

We really enjoyed being dressed in our pyjamas and completing the Joe Wicks Big Move to raise money for Children in Need. 

Table Tennis

We are really enjoying our Table Tennis lessons at the Harrogate Racquets club. We are learning lots of new skills and cannot wait to develop them further over the half term. 

Class Novel

Our class book for this half term is 'The Man Who Walked Between The Towers' by Mordicai Gerstein. Here is the blurb... 


'In 1974, as the World Trade Centre was being completed, a young French aerialist, Philippe Petit, threw a tightrope between the towers and spent almost an hour walking, dancing and performing tricks a quarter of a mile in the sky.' 

Special Mentions - Autumn 1

Well done to Oli and Annabel. You should both be extremely proud of the hard work you have put in this term. 

Science Week


What a week! We have really enjoyed completing lots of work focusing on Working Scientifically. We made cornflour slime, learnt about forensic science from Mrs Moore, saw which fizzy drinks made geysers and made our own board games based on the engineering work on the Euro Tunnel.   

Open Hour


A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who visited our class this morning. We hope you enjoyed the UCI cake designs and budgeting skills. The children certainly did! 

Pupil Voice Groups

We have had a very busy week this week electing our Pupil Voice groups for Macaws. 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! 

Class Novel

Our first class book of the year is 'Oranges in No Man's Land' by Elizabeth Laird.


Here is the blurb...

"This was my chance. I slipped under the chain and bolted down the deserted street, running into no man's land as fast as my flip-flops would let me...."


Ayesha lives in a battle-scarred building with her Granny. Outside, a war is ripping the city apart - but Ayesha doesn't even know why the two sides are fighting.


Life gets even scarier when Granny's medicine runs out. So Ayesha takes matters into her own hands - and in her search for a doctor makes the forbidden journey across no man's land....

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