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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

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.

World Book Day 2020

We are thoroughly enjoying World Bok Day 2020 sharing our favourite picture books.

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. 

Congratulations Anisha!

Anisha had a great time representing OJS at the North Yorkshire Schools table tennis qualifier, during February half term, in Scarborough. She won all three of her matches 3-0 and therefore came first in the under 11 girls competition. This means she has qualified to represent North Yorkshire in the national finals in Wolverhampton in April!

Well done Anisha!! Good luck for the National Finals!

Special Mentions Spring Term 1

A huge well done to Freya, Martin, Ruby and Beau for receiving Special Mentions this half 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 some of the homework. Here are some quotes from the children....


Alex about Beau's homework -


"I love your 'would you rather' maths questions because I like the theme - FOOD!"


Immy about Theo's homework -


"I like your internet safety poster - it's so detailed!"


Ava about Ruby's homework -


"I really like your snake bracelet! it was very creative. I also loved the facts about it!"


Boo Harry's homework -


"I like your timetable - Emmerdale!"


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

NSPCC Number Day 2020 in Meerkats

We had lots of fun celebrating NSPCC Number Day! We enjoyed counting the money that we had raised as a school, making angles stars and writing stories about our special number of...360!


Watch this space to find out the total money raised for the NSPCC!

Our Class Assembly

Thank you to everyone who came to support us in our class assembly. We have enjoyed learning about the different mathematical calculations and sharing it with the rest of the school. We hope that you enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed performing it!

Coming soon - NSPCC Number Day 2020

National Number 2020 will be held on Friday 7th February 2020. 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.

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 for Spring Term:

  • Science: Materials 
  • History: The Romans 
  • RE: What would Jesus do?
  • PE: Real PE 
  • Computing: Coding and animations 
  • Music: Composition and singing in rounds
  • Art: Turner and Mindfulness 
  • French: Cher Zoo and breakfast

Class Novel

Our first class book of 2020 is 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson.


Here is the blurb...


"An orphan ,whose name is Maia, sets off on an adventure of a life time .Her only family live in Manaus, which is halfway across the world .The Carters have two twins ,called Gwendolyn and Beatrice, on the outside they look like two sweet, little girls with chubby cheeks and golden curls, but on the inside they’re actually selfish little brats who don’t even like each other.

Maia befriends an orphaned actor named Curtis, he was adopted by an acting group called ‘The Pilgrim Players’ but he is dying to get back to his foster-mother. She also finds a friend in a boy called Finn Taverner whose grandfather wants to take him back to Westwood estate back in England. Curtis wants to take Finn’s place.

Will Maia ever belong? Will the plan work?"

Reading book winner

Well done to Woody for achieving the book award for autumn term. 

Special Mentions Autumn 2

A huge well done to Holly, Ella, Immy and Woody for receiving Special Mentions this half 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....


Georgia about Ben's homework -


"I like your maths game. It is very interesting!"


Arran about Henry's homework -


"I love your lever catapult because it is really fun to play with!"


Toby about Harry's homework -


"Great thinking and well done building it!"


Theo about Jessica's homework -


"I like your game it was very colourful and 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.

It's Christmas!

To really get us into the Christmas spirit, we have arranged for every child to take part in in a ceramic bauble making workshop. Children will learn about different materials and techniques to create a unique piece of art to take pride of place on their family Christmas tree.


The workshops will take place on Monday 2nd December. Every class will work alongside specialists to design and create their own ceramic bauble. Once the baubles have dried, the children will be able to take their bauble home in a lovely gift box.


We are sure that the children will love taking part in this creative Christmas workshop.

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.' 

VR Anti-Bullying Workshop

A huge thank you to the PTA this week for funding a fantastic anti-bullying workshop. Every child accessed the workshop via their own virtual reality headset, and worked through various scenarios, discussing the best option for the characters they met along the way. This was a very engaging and thought-provoking activity that the children really enjoyed. We really appreciate all the fund-raising that the PTA do to enable us to give the children these wonderful opportunities.

Image Theatre - Robin Hood

Last week, we had our annual visit from Image Theatre. The children thoroughly enjoyed the performance!

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. 


We have been offered the opportunity to take some of our pupils for a set of 6 table tennis lessons at Harrogate Racquets Club. This term, this is being offered to Meerkats Class. This is a great opportunity for your child to experience professional table tennis coaching, led by a specialist coach.

Special Mentions - Autumn 1

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

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.

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!


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.

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!


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.

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! 

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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