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Friday 26th February


We have had a great first week back after the half term break, and some lovely work has been produced on refugees.  This has helped develop empathy and deepen understanding.

Next week is World Book Day and I have planned a range of wonderful reading related activities which I will share with you throughout the week.  You all have a love of reading and we want to keep that up.

We are all very much looking forward to the wider re-opening of school on 8th March.  It will be wonderful to have everyone back together.


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Young x

Suggestions to support your child with home learning



Please find below, details of a workshop for young writers being organised by Cast Theatre.


Accessing Microsoft Teams via an X-box or Playstation



Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you are all coping with the first day of home learning!

Please find attached a timetable for the remote learning via Microsoft Teams which will commence on Monday at 9am.  It is really important that your child follows this timetable as closely as possible so that they keep up to date with the learning.  We are able to monitor engagement with the learning via Microsoft Teams and non-attendance will be followed up. There will also be virtual 'check-in' meetings as a class twice a day.

I also attach a sequence of learning so that you know the range of subjects and learning activities that we hope to cover over the next few weeks. In addition, there is a Microsoft Teams user guide/explanatory booklet to assist if you are experiencing difficulties.

If you are having difficulties accessing Microsoft Teams due to a lack of equipment at home, please find attached some information about how to access it via an X-box or Playstation console, which might be of assistance.

If your child was not in school on Monday, exercise books for home learning are available to collect from the school office.

Any queries, please let me know.

Mrs Young


Welcome to Year 5!


Classroom staff

Mrs Young: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 

Mrs Johnson:

Thursday, Friday. 

Learning support assistants: Mrs Hamilton/Mrs Sunderland


Please keep checking the website for important information and updates on all the exciting learning that will be taking place this year.



Monday/Thursday - Outdoor

Swimming (begins after February half term)

Please ensure correct kit is brought into school for PE days.



Reading books should be brought into school each day and a record of any home reading recorded in the reading diary. This does not need to be restricted to their school reading book and many children will now be moving off the reading scheme onto 'free reading'.  All children are encouraged to read widely and develop a love of reading. Here is a small selection of suggested, age appropriate texts.


Spellings will be sent home every week to practise.  Children will be tested on their spellings on a Friday morning


An overview of the learning which will be taking place this year can be found on the documents below.






If you are absent from school due to illness/self isolating, here are some educational websites that you might wish to access (if you are feeling well enough!)


If you wish to contact a member of staff about your home learning activities, please contact us via e-mail on




We have reached the end of term and would like to say well done to all Year 5 for their hard work, enthusiasm and positive attitude to learning this term.  Some wonderful work has been produced and we are so proud of them all. All children are making progress and have adapated brilliantly to the new routines and procedures in school.  We would also like to thank all parents for your continued support and co-operation. In addition, we would like to thank you all for your Christmas cards, gifts and good wishes.  They are all greatly appreciated and valued.

We wish you all have a wonderful, peaceful and relaxing Christmas and look forward to working with you again 2021!

With very best wishes, 

Mrs Young, Mrs Johnson, Mrs Hamilton and Mrs Sunderland.


Our certificates this week for making super progress this term went to Nathanael and Sophia. Well done!

Our beautiful Christmas cards

Christmas Dinner 16th December 2020

Zoom Santa 15th December

This week's certificate winners are Ollie and Cruz for collaborating really well with their class work. Well done boys!

Our lovely classroom

As the end of term approaches, we thought it would be nice for you to see our beautiful classroom, which celebrates all the wonderful learning we have done this term.

RE The Visitation

In RE this week, we enjoyed using art to explore the story of the Visitation, where Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth.

Doncaster Stories Reading Challenge Quiz

Congratulations to Year 5, who participated in the Doncaster Stories reading challenge quiz.  We did brilliantly, winning 20 new books for our school.  We also enjoyed the Tom Gates drawing session.  Well done - what amazing readers and illustrators.

Congratulations to Anish, Hugo and Belle this week for their wonderful art work. It was just so difficult to choose, we ended up with three winners.


Today we have been learning about Prime numbers and why they are so important in Maths. A prime number is a number with exactly two factors - 1 and itself. In class we completed an activity to identify prime numbers.  This is shown on the first video below.

Children have been given a sheet to support their learning at home.  It will be useful to watch the second video at home first.

Please return homework by Monday 7th December.

Thank you.

Friday certificate winners

Congratulations Tayzer and Jaiden who are the winners of this week's certificate for their fantastic reading!  Well done boys!

Fr Darren's visit to class

Today we welcomed Fr. Darren into class, who spoke to us about the Sacrament of Marriage.

The Mayflower/Thanksgiving Doncaster Stories Zoom session

On Thursday 26th November, to coincide with Tkanksgiving Day in the USA, we enjoyed another fabulous session via Zoom with Phil Sheppard from Doncaster Stories.  Phil is also the author and illustrator of ‘Discover Mayflower: Journey to the New World’.  


The session involved a short talk about being the author and illustrator of the book and the fascinating local history involved, followed by a short illustration workshop.  Following this, Phil led the children in writing a rhyming couplet on the subject of ‘Thanksgiving’  This also linked with well being, enabling children to think about being grateful to those around them (family, friends, school workers, NHS etc).


The rhyming couplets from all of the participating schools’ will be compiled into a poem, and then published into a video.


Another fantastic engaging afternoon from the wonderful team at Doncaster Stories.



Friday certificate winners

Well done to Colby and Kajus who are this week's certificate winners for being a good friend. They are both so kind and supportive and are wonderful role models to their peers. 

The Lost Spells

We were so proud to receive a beautiful certificate for our contribution to the video mentioned below.

The Lost Spells

As you may be aware, Year 5 have been involved with a wonderful project with Doncaster Stories.  This is a project to purchase a copy of a beautiful poetry book called 'The Lost Spells' for every primary school in Doncaster.  As part of this, our Year 5 children were involved in the production of a video, which shows the power of the poetry in this book.  They also had the opportunity to talk to the author and illustrator via a recent Zoom session. We hope you will be able to support the project in some way, however small.  Please take the time to watch the video, featuring our Year 5 children via this link, which also provides more details about this fantastic and worthwhile project.  It is also available on the Doncaster Stories Facebook page. We are so proud of Year 5 and their enthusiasm, interest and engagement with poetry as part of this. 

We enjoyed using drama techniques to explore an extract of the story 'Arthur and the Golden Rope'. We used this to help us consider the intentions of the author.

Certificate Winners Friday 13th November

Well done to this week's Friday certificate winners, Oscar and Adam for their wonderful writing.


During Judaism week in RE, we studied the Jewish festival of Passover (Pesach).  During Passover, Jewish people remember the story of Exodus when Moses led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.  The name ‘Passover’ comes from the belief that the angel of death (danger) ‘passed over’ the houses of the Israelites, leaving them unharmed.  It is an important festival for Jews, and they gather with their families for a celebratory meal. 

The Seder plate is an important part of the Passover meal, and the food on the plate is symbolic of different parts of the Exodus story.

At Passover, Jews thank God for their freedom and ask him to protect those who are still enslaved throughout the world.  It is a joyful occasion, full of hope and of thankfulness to God for His protection, guidance and sustenance.


Certificate winners Friday 6th November

Well done Oliver and Ben, who are this week's certificate winners for their wonderful contributions in RE lessons.

Question and Answer session with Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris

On Wednesay 4th November, we were lucky enough to participate in a live session via Zoom with the creators of the hugely popular books, The Lost Words and The Lost Spells. This was organised by Doncaster Stories and included children from a number of different Doncaster primary schools.


During the live session, author Robert Macfarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris performed poems from their new book and answered questions from each participating school.  The video of Doncaster schools (which includes us!) performing ‘Jackdaw’ was premiered.


It was a fantastic opportunity and we were delighted to take part.






Home learning

Some more lovely home learning from Year 5.

Nathanael has made a Viking shield (he loved it so much, he also made an extra one for his little brother!) and created an informative powerpoint presentation on Venus.

Hugo has produced this lovely oil painting of the planets and a fabulous poem about the Moon. 

Patrick has done some excellent research on the planets and produced a very well presented information leaflet.

Jaiden and his little sister enjoyed making poppy wreaths, a poster and poppy garland for Remembrance Day

Home learning photos

More fantastic home learning from Sophia, Oliver, Jared, Isabella, Alfie and Lauren.

Home Learning photos

Over the past few days, we have received more wonderful home learning from the class.

Aidan planned, designed and created a fabulous Viking shield, and created some detailed work on constellations he observed near his house.

Dorian has also created a very impressive shield.

Adam has done some research into Viking gods and different aspects of Space.  He too has produced a striking shield. 

Lauren has created an Anglo-Saxon crossword.  Hopefully, we will have time to share this with the class.

Well done everyone!

Home learning from Alfie and Jackson

Alfie and Jackson have made some excellent Viking shields.  Well done boys!

More home learning!

This week, we have received some lovely pieces of home learning.  Luca has created a fabulous Viking shield and an information leaflet about Saturn, which contains some interesting facts. Jaiden has produced an informative presentation about the Moon, Isabella has written an excellent film review of ET, and Belle has written some facts about Mercury and Venus, which she learned from a YouTube clip.  Well done everyone!

Jaiden has produced a very informative powerpoint on the Anglo-Saxons.

Patrick has researched Anglo-Saxon gods and goddesses.


As part of National Poetry Day, Year 5 are involved with a wonderful project with Doncaster Stories.  We enjoyed exploring and reciting the poem 'Jackdaw' from a beautiful book called The Lost Spells by Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris  Here is a sneak preview of our performance!


Still image for this video


Still image for this video



We had a wonderful, educational visit to Danelaw on Friday 9th October. After an introductory talk, we became fully immersed in the Viking way of life.  We ploughed the field, learned about Viking homes, ground wheat to make flour, collected firewood, did pottery and practised guard duty. This came in very handy, when we had to defend our village from an Anglo-Saxon that afternoon!

All children showed enormous interest and enthusiasm, and were complimented by the staff for their fantastic conduct.  Well done Year 5 - it was a memorable day of learning!

Investigating Anglo-Saxon place names




On Monday afternoon, Year 5 participated in a virtual Roald Dahl day activity via Zoom. This was organised by Doncaster Stories, a fabulous project which is working hard to further engage children with reading. It involved a fun, interactive Roald Dahl themed quiz, drawing and poetry. Two other classes from Doncaster schools participated and we won lots of Roald Dahl books for our school! Thank you to Doncaster Stories for inviting us to take part.




We had a fantastic first day back in school yesterday and it was so lovely to see everyone. We used a beautiful book called 'Imagine a Day' to write a poem - all about the power of our wonderful imaginations. Everyone worked hard and did their very best.  There were some incredible ideas and amazing language! Here is a small selection.