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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

Kindness Class Assembly

Our class assembly was all about kindness. We have been thinking about how we take care of each other. In our PSHCE lesson, we learned about mindfulness. One part of this is kindness. The children thought of their own random acts of kindness after reading a book called 'Have you filled a bucket today?' 


Thank you to all of the adults who came to our class assembly! We hope you enjoyed it! 

Enterprise Afternoon

Macaws had a very successful enterprise afternoon! After designing and planning our own businesses, the children created their posters and set up their stalls in the dining hall. Overall, we made £85.92 in profit! Well done everyone. 

Enterprise Week 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.

Special Mentions Summer 1

A big well done to Joseph and Abigail for achieving their Special Mentions certificates this half-term! Keep up your hard work and fantastic attitudes towards your learning. 

Open Hour and Half-Term 

Thank you to everybody for coming to open hour! We hope you enjoyed writing our postcards for French Week with us! Hope you all have a lovely half-term. 

French Week 

This week, we have been practising our French language skills and have been learning about all things French! We have researched and written a postcard about a visit to a famous landmark in France, recreated a piece of artwork by Seurat using the Pointillism style and created a fact-file about the geography of the country. At the end of the week, we visited the French cafe and ordered food in French. 

Gardening Helpers! 

This week, we thought we'd make the most of the sunshine and the children in Macaws have been very helpful and have done some gardening! Once we had removed all of the weeds, we planted seeds in our plot. We will be growing carrots and spring onions.


Over the last couple of weeks, children in Year 5 have had the opportunity to take part in Bikeability. They have really enjoyed learning new cycling skills and learning how to ride on the road safely. 

Our Class Novel

When we have finished our current book, our new class novel will be The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton. This was one of the books we received from the Book Fair. 


It's their first adventure and the Secret Seven super-sleuths are already on the trail of a mystery! The gang are dressed in disguise, following a lead to a spooky old house in the snow...


Solve the mystery!

Happy Easter! 

Special Mentions Spring 2 

A big well done to Eddie and Sophia who earned their Special Mentions certificates this half-term! Keep up the hard work and your amazing attitudes to your learning!

Decorated Egg Competition 

Thank you to all of the children who have entered the Egg Competition this year. Your designs were very creative! 

Homework Celebration Spring 2

This morning, we have been celebrating the homework from this half term. The children have been very creative and produced some high quality work. Thank you to all of the parents/carers who have supported their children with the homework. Well done everybody!


Here are some quotes from the children....


Ella about Abigail's homework -


"I really liked your Easter Story because it was informative and just the right size."


Finn about Joseph's homework -


"I liked the book review! It was very colourful and descriptive." 


Archie about Eve's homework -


"Spicy periscope! I really like it!" 


The Big Brain Bounce

This week, we all got to have a go bouncing on space hoppers to raise money for Wellspring, a local mental health charity in Harrogate which offers counselling and training to those in need to restore hope, develop resilience and facilitate positive change. It was good fun and we got to raise money for a good cause! 

Our Science Project

In Science, we have started our new topic on Light. We have been learning about how we see things. We used salt dough to create our own models of an eye to learn about the different parts of the eye. 

Our Mother's Day Cards

With Mother's Day coming up, we found out a bit more about the history of Mothering Sunday. We made our own cards to say thank you to any of the amazing women including grandparents, neighbours, cousins and mums in our lives that have helped us and cared for us. 

World Poetry Day 2019

For World Poetry Day, we went outside to look at the daffodils to give us ideas for our own Spring poetry inspired by Joseph Coelho, the poet we researched on World Book Day. We thought about what we could see, smell, hear and feel to write our own poems. Here are some examples of our work: 



Red Nose Day

A big thank you for your support this year for Comic Relief. All the children looked fantastic in their red outfits today! We raised £239 selling red noses and £281.41 making a grand total of £520.41.


In class, we enjoyed researching the Kilimanjaro Challenge completed by lots of people including celebrities to raise money for Comic Relief. 

We're Off To See The Wizard! 

Year 5 were very lucky to get the opportunity to go to Harrogate Ladies’ College on Wednesday afternoon to watch a performance of The Wizard of Oz.


We enjoyed listening to the orchestra perform some of the famous songs from the show, including ‘Over The Rainbow’ and ‘We’re Off To See The Wizard’. The actors that took part in the production were brilliant and one of our favourite characters was the scarecrow who needed a brain. During the interval, we even got to have an ice-cream. We had a fantastic time and lots of us wanted to watch it again!


World Book Day! 

For this year's World Book Day, we drew our favourite book covers to be displayed in the classroom. We worked really hard to produce some lovely, vibrant pieces of artwork for our reading corner. 


During our English lesson, we watched a poetry masterclass from Joseph Coelho, a poet who has written many poems about nature. We learned about creating simple poems using a leaf for inspiration and put these together to form our own class board about Spring time leaves. 


We then went to different themed classrooms where we shared stories from different genres and found out about some new books to read. After this, we completed a 'Bookworm' quiz, designed book tokens and shared our favourite books with our adults in school. Overall, we had a lovely day focusing on reading! 

Extreme Reading Homework

Over half-term, we would like the children to take a photo of themselves reading in an unusual or interesting place and to bring in a copy of this photo for our reading corners. Thank you for your continued cooperation with homework. Have a lovely half-term! 

Special Mentions

A big well done to Ella and Martin for an excellent half-term! Keep it up! 

Homework Celebration Spring 1

Well done everybody! You all worked really hard on your homework for this half-term. There were some fantastic models of the solar system, guides to staying safe on the internet and information leaflets about keeping ourselves healthy. 

Arts Week

Our theme for Arts Week this year is Diversity. On Monday, we went on a trip to Harrogate Theatre. We had a tour of the theatre and found out some interesting facts about shows and how theatre is run. Then, we took part in a visual impairment workshop and learned about using audio description to describe things that others might not be able to see. 

For our Art project, Year 5 have been creating our own self-portraits inspired by Freida Kahlo. We surrounded our self-portrait with objects and words that are important to us. We used iPads to create a Pic Collage then drew these onto a canvas. Then, we used watercolour paints, pastels and poster paint to add colour. We even got to show our designs to our visitors from Craft Aid International. 


The finished products look fantastic and the children worked very hard on their designs. Well done, Macaws! 

We got to take part in a dance workshop lead by a visitor from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. We thought about how we can use movement to communicate with others. 

Planetarium Visit

Year 5 and 6 were lucky enough to have a planetarium visit in school! We got to go into the dome and experience space travel for ourselves. During our visit, we learned about the moon, the different planets and the star constellations. We produced some fantastic recounts about our visit.

Health Week

This week has been Health Week! We have had a fun week learning about how we can keep our minds and bodies healthy. We also got to take part in a Zumba dance workshop and a Judo taster session. Throughout the week, we kept a food and exercise diary. 

Diving Talent Workshop

We took part in a Diving Talent Workshop to see whether we had the skills to become a diver. 

Science Fiction Stories 

In English, we have been planning and writing our own Science Fiction stories. I was really impressed with all of the pieces of writing and I am proud of how much effort we put into writing our stories. I have chosen some to publish on our website. Well done Ella, Joseph B. and Penelope! 

NSPCC Number Day

For NSPCC Number Day, we did different activities linked to a number. Our number of the day was 345. In Maths, we investigated consecutive numbers and any patterns we noticed between these. In English, we wrote stories linked to the number with exactly 345 words! Our class raised £14.65 in silver coins for charity. Thank you for your donations. 

Our Class Assembly

On Friday 1st February, we did our first Macaws' class assembly. We have spent the week preparing our lines and thinking of what we would like to share about our lessons. We hope you enjoyed finding out about what we have been doing this term! 

Spelling Shed 

We have all been given a username and password for 'Spelling Shed'. This is a new website which we are trialing for the next few weeks. In our English lesson today, we had a go on the website using our class iPads and enjoyed using the different games to help us practise a range of different spellings. Everyone has put their log-in details into their homework diaries to be taken home. 

Our Class Story 

This week, we have started to read our new class story: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O'Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.

Spring 1 Homework Menu 

This is our homework menu for the first Spring half-term which is due in on Tuesday 19th February. Many thanks for supporting your children at home with these tasks. 


There are also MyMaths activities set up for the children to access linked to what we are learning in class and weekly spellings will be given out at the start of the week. 

Our New Year's Resolutions 

Happy New Year! 


During our first week back after the Christmas holidays, we have been thinking about our New Year's resolutions and how we can use this time to have a fresh start or try something new. We have each written our resolution on a rocket shape which we will put in our new Space themed reading corner. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Just to wish all the children and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


A big thank-you for all of the lovely gifts and cards, it is very much appreciated! 


Miss Toward 

WW2 Visitor in Macaws

On Monday 17th December, we had two visitors called Richard and Julia who came to our class to talk about World War Two and share stories about somebody who was involved in the war. Richard talked about his father who was a pilot that flew a spitfire. He also had a passion for photography. Richard brought in some photos that his dad took and some pictures of the planes he flew.


While he talked about his dad’s experience in the war, Julia taught some children how to make a world war two make-do and mend rugs. She cut up some old clothes and the chosen children used them to weave in the old flour sacks (that had been cut into squares). We had a great afternoon learning a new skill!


Written by Penelope and Lilly

Our Christmas Display

We worked really hard on our Christmas displays and coloured in different sections. The theme of our displays this year was the Christmas Story. Our class focused on Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and how there was no room at the inn. 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Macaws! 

In Macaws, we have started our Christmas activities. We have made some lovely Christmas cards to take home and will be making calendars for 2019 and Christmas decorations. 

WW2 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.

D.T. Make Do and Mend Project


In Macaws, we have made a start to our D.T. project linked to Make Do and Mend. We will be designing our products in the upcoming weeks and starting to make them.

Children in Need Day 

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!  

RE Visitor 

This afternoon, we had Eve's mum in to talk to us about Humanism values. In R.E., we have been learning about humanist values are similar to what Christians believe. We have been learning about different religions and beliefs linked to our British Values, tolerance and mutual respect of different beliefs and faiths. 

Anti-Bullying Week 2018

This year, the theme of Anti-Bullying week was Choose Respect.


We have been learning about the different types of bullying, including cyber-bullying and how we can help. In class, we made digital footprints and thought carefully about how we can use technology safely and respectfully. A digital footprint is a trail of ‘footprints’ that you leave behind you every time you go online.


STOPTake time out before getting involved. Don’t share or like negative comments.

SPEAKAsk an adult or friend that you can trust for advice. Use the report button for the social media it’s happening on.

SUPPORT Give the person being bullied a supportive message to let them know they’re not alone. Encourage them to talk to someone they can trust. Give them a positive distraction from the situation.


At the start of the week, it was Odd Socks Day! It was a great opportunity for the children to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!

Anti-Bullying Show

With Anti-Bullying Week coming up next week, we had the opportunity to watch the Anti-Bullying Show - The Power of One. Our visitors told us about the different roles involved in bullying, including the bystander. We learned about physical, verbal and cyber-bullying. Next week, we will be doing different activities linked to anti-bullying. 

Autumn Open Hour 

On 8th November, it was open time! After learning about Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies, we worked with our adults to design a poppy and write a poem about Remembrance. Thank you to all the adults who came to work with us! 

Special Mentions Assembly 


A big well done to Sophie and Tom who were awarded with a Special Mentions certificate for their hard work this half-term! You have both settled into Year 5 really well. Keep up the hard work! 

Our First Year 5 Homework Celebration!


In the last week, we enjoyed bringing in and sharing our homework with the class. We had all worked really hard on the activities for our homework. Well done, Macaws! 

Autumn House Event


Today, Friday 26th October, a fantastic, musical-theatre inspired House Event took place. Each of the four houses entered a comedy act, a dramatic performance, a song and a dance. The standards were incredibly high and our three judges: Mrs Wilkinson; Mrs Gerry and Miss Barratt had a difficult decision to make when it came to the scores. They each awarded a score out of 10 to the acts, giving a maximum of 30 house points to each act. The Green House were unfortunately unable to enter their comedy act.

The scores were as follows:



Red Kites

Blue Jays

Yellow Hammers

Green Kingfishers






A great big ‘well done’ to all the children who entered – they had a huge audience and we were all thoroughly entertained!


Harvest Festival 


We had a wonderful assembly to celebrate Harvest Festival with a special visitor, Reverend Kim, from St Marks. Thank you to her and to all the parents and children for your fantastic support in making harvest donations this year in aid of the Harrogate Homeless Project. Your contributions make an important impact and the donations were gratefully received.

Class Story: Goodnight Mister Tom 

We are currently reading Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian as our class story. It links to our World War 2 theme which we are really enjoying. After half-term, we will be focusing on this story even more as part of our English lessons. 


Willie Beech is evacuated to a tiny English village in the country just before the outbreak of World War II. A lonely and deprived child, he finds himself living with the reclusive, gruff old widower, Thomas Oakley. Although the two find it hard to adjust to their life together at first, they gradually develop a strong, mutual bond. Willie begins to enjoy life and make new friends in the village.

However, everything is thrown into confusion when Willie is suddenly recalled to London by his neglectful and abusive mother. After several weeks with no letter from Willie, Tom Oakley becomes concerned for his welfare and sets out to London in search of him.

Karate Workshop

We really enjoyed getting the opportunity to take part in a karate taster session. They learned about the discipline, skill and practise involved in learning karate.  

Our Trip to Eden Camp! 

On Tuesday, Year 5 went on a trip to Eden Camp as part of our History theme on World War 2. We got to see air raid shelters, find out more information about lots of different aspects of the Second World War and even watch a puppet show where we all got splashed! 

National Poetry Day

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! 


Jemima and Eve brought in poetry books to share with the class and Joseph and Finn performed our class poem. 

Macmillan Coffee Morning and Open Hour

Last week, our Year 6 School Councillors and House Captains held a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan. A big thank you to all those who attended and to those who donated amazing cakes, buns and muffins. We raised an amazing £404.76.


A big thank you to all the adults who came to open hour! We hope you enjoyed taking part in our Times Tables Rockstars challenge and working with the children to complete their jigsaw puzzles using their knowledge of rounding whole numbers and decimals to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. 

Weekly Review 


This week in our Weekly Review, we have been discussing working as a team. The children discussed some of the attributes of working in a team and why team work is important. Together, the class made a thought bubble with some of their ideas. 

Table Tennis at Harrogate Racquets 

We have had our first session at Harrogate Racquets Club learning to  play Table Tennis. We practised rolling the ball across the table and then moved onto trying to get the highest rally! Finn and Kai were the champions of the individual rally challenge. A big thank you to all the adults who helped out with our trip. 

Our Reading Corner! 

This is our new World War Two themed reading corner! 

Our Pupil Voice Groups

This week, we have spent time electing our Pupil Voice Group representatives for our class. A big well done to all of the children who worked really hard on their speeches and gave a speech. They were all fantastic and the votes were very close! 


School Council - Joseph B and Holly 

Eco Committee - Eve 

Digital Leaders - Abigail and Ferdy

Arts Committee - Penelope and Molly  

Sports Crew - Kai and Georgia

Librarians - Sophia and Ethan 

French Ambassadors - Luke and Lilly 

Maths Investigations 

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. 

Our Class Story 

We have started reading 'The Butterfly Lion' by Michael Morpurgo as our first class story for the next couple of weeks. 


Here is the blurb... 


€"All my life I'll think of you, I promise I will. I won't ever forget you."€


Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.

First Week Back! 

This week in Macaws, we have spent time getting to know each other better. We have made birthday cards, bookmarks and also worked hard on some lovely pieces of writing telling us all about our summer. We have also worked together as a class to write our class charter and thought carefully about which rules we think are the most important so that we can have a safe and happy classroom. We have had a busy but excellent start to the year! 


Our P.E. lessons will be on Wednesday, when we will be going to Harrogate Racquets for Table Tennis lessons, and on Friday in school each week. 

We will be going to the school library on a Thursday to change our reading books. 

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