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Year 5/6 Meerkats

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


We have had a very busy first week in Meerkats. 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 Thursday and Friday so please wear your full PE kit to school on those days.


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

Our topics this term:

  • Science: Forces
  • Geography: Mapping (Local study)
  • RE: Being a Christian
  • PE: Table Tennis and Real PE (dance)
  • Computing: Designing webpages
  • Music: mini musical performances
  • Art: Architecture
  • French: Les Portraits and Les Cadeaux


Next week is the UCI Championships so we will be focussing our learning in Maths and English towards this.

WB 7th October - The Year 6 children are very excited about East Barnby and Year 5 children are also looking forward to Science Week. If you are able to visit school to share your knowledge of Science, we would be very grateful.


Special Mentions - Autumn 1

Well done Boo and Arran. You should be extremely proud of your hard work this half term. 
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Homework Celebration - Autumn 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....


Yuna about Lily's homework -


"I like your fact file because it was descriptive language and your facts!"


Woody about Toby's homework -


"I really like your letter of encouragement to Ayesha because you have praised Ayesha as well!"


Immy about Maisie's homework -


"I love your Canada poster/leaflet- its jam-packed with stuff!"


Arran about Isaac's homework -


"I love your leaflet because it is colourful and has great facts!"


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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Year 5 Science Week

A huge well done to all of the Year 5's this week. We have had a fantastic week learning all about science. All of the children have enjoyed planning their experiments linked to our Science Superheroes:

Comparative and fair testing

Observing over time

Pattern seeking

Identifying, classifying and grouping

Researching using secondary sources


A massive thank you to Mrs Moore, who really helped to bring science to life!

Open Hour

A huge thank you to all of the parents and carers who visited our class this morning. We hope that you enjoyed our UCI cake designs and budgeting skills. A big well done to those parents and carers who had a go at Times Table Rockstars!

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We have started our first geography topic of the year - Mapping. We tested our knowledge of directions using a compass to guide our partners from one place to another.

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Year 5 Roman Numerals

This morning, we have had a great time testing our knowledge of Roman Numerals by completing a Treasure Hunt! The children thoroughly enjoyed finding the clues, solving the calculations to reveal the winning word which was...Oatlands!

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This term we are investigating the range of forces and their uses. Today, we tested our ability to defy gravity...did it work? We also measured the force of an object using Newton meters.

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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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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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