Year 5/6: Simmonds Class - Mr Clark

We had a brilliant time on our WW2 wow day. We used the book 'Run, Rabbit, Run' as a starting point to inspire the day. In WW2, there were a number of people who had to go on the run - we focused on the story of a family of conscientious objectors. We did some orienteering on the field, used hammers & nails to make trains in the forest school and then made cooking stands. At the end of the day, we built a fire and cooked some snacks to share. It was a brilliant day!

Our second session in the Forest School area involved us making a fire, toasting marshmallows and then using the natural resources that we could find around us to make a model of our solar system. We even used the charcoal from the fire to make our own charcoal ink to create fact sheets about the planets that we had made.

The Y6 children have taken part in the Bikeability training out on the roads around Scothern. They learned how to ride safely on the roads including turning in and out of junctions. Their behaviour and attitude all week was brilliant.

Our Dreams...

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Here is the video from our Class Assembly. After discussing the ambitions and dreams that the USA and USSR had during the Space Race, we then thought about our own dreams and what we would need to do to achieve them. 'Always Persevere', 'Never Give Up', 'Dream Big' and 'Practice Makes Perfect' were some of the things that we came up with!

Our Class Assembly went so well. The children wrote brilliant scripts; learned their lines amazingly and then performed with phenomenal confidence. We shared all of our learning from this term: our Solar System, The Space Race, The Moon Landings, talked about our Dreams and then shared some thoughts about our Church school value of Friendship.

As part of our RE learning this term, the class were visited by Rev. Paul who came in to talk to us about Creation and Science. The children had written some excellent questions and listened brilliantly well to all that he had to say. It definitely gave us a lot to think about!

Our First Forest School Session - using pulleys to make our rockets 'fly' across the outdoor area!

Our Class Novel - Wolf Brother


Our class novel this term is 'Walk Brother' by Michelle Paver.  

Six thousand years ago.  Evil stalks the land.  Only twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it.  Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined.

In this page-turning, original, and spectacularly told adventure story, Torak and Wolf are joined by an incredible cast of characters as they battle to save their world, in this first book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series.

Sikh Langar

How Your Ears Work

In science we have learning about our hearing and how our ears work!

Summer topic - Ancient Maya

Welcome to our Summer topic - the Ancient Maya

Our New Book - Journey to the River Sea!

Spring Term - Our book: 'Itch' By Simon Mayo


Itchingham Lofte - known as Itch - is 14, and loves science - especially chemistry. He is also an element-hunter: he has decided to collect all the elements in the periodic table. 

One day, Itch makes a discovery. A new element, never seen before. At 
first, no one believes him - but soon, someone hears about the strange new rock and wants it for himself. Itch is in serious danger.



- What do YOU think will happen to Itch?

- Why is the rock valuable?

- Where might he store it?

- When will he be free again?

- Why do you enjoy the book?



Spring Term Curriculum Map


The Big Night | Christmas 2018

Watch this video and think about....

- Which Christmas characters can you spot?
- How does the star feel at the start?
- How does the star feel at the end?
- Is her Mum proud? How do you know?
- What is the main message behind the video?

Rang-tan: the story of dirty palm oil

Inspired by Greenpeace's recent campaign against dirty palm oil, Parks Class have produced story openers and persuasive letters upon the subject!

You can sign the petition and tell big brands to stop using palm oil from forest destroyers here:

This week's topic: William Wilberforce

Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers

We're currently doing lots of work on fractions in Year 5/6. One of the most difficult concepts for us is improper fractions and mixed numbers. This video is SUPER helpful when working with these tricky forms of number!

Coding fun in Year 5/6


Each week of this year so far, we have completed various coding tasks on We have been learning to write simple code, debug code and use higher level instructions (such as a 'repeat' function') to make things happen on our screens (such as games and small animations).


If you want to practice at home head to:



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Let's Talk Maths! What maths can you see in this picture of New York?

The Pros & Cons Of Zoos

This week, for your, homework, we have asked you to think about the positives and negatives of zoos. This video might help!

Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives & Adverbs - Animated Explanation

Have a look to help with this week's homework.

KS2 House Assemblies and Captains

Get ready for our WOW day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park!

Have a look at these fabulous facts.

Do you know what adaptation is?


Fantastic reads to feast your eyes on!




Spelling Tips - Make learning spellings fun!

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