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Y4/5 Forest School Learning

posted 15 Jul 2018, 14:46 by Richard France

Y4 and Y5 Forest School Programme 2017-18
All children in Y4 and Y5 have experienced a block of Forest School sessions this year.  Activities included making wooden jewellery, fire-lighting, shelter making, outdoor art, lashings and using tools such as bowsaws and loppers.

As you can see from the photos below, different groups had very different weather experiences, but all developed skills and knowledge, as well as increasing their resilience, resourcefulness, creativity and kindness.

Next year the programme will be extended to all year groups.



Y45H - French and Music!

posted 11 Jul 2018, 02:58 by Richard Hanks

This term Y45H have been learning to play and sing a french song by Manu Chao called Je ne t'aime plus.

Children learn the words and had a go at translating them, it wasn't as easy as it looked! And, despite the jaunty music, we found it was a little depressing!

Je ne t'aime plus… mon amour
Je ne t'aime plus…tous les jours

I do not love you anymore… my love
I do not love you anymore…everyday

We also needed a lot of practice to get the rhythm, tempo and song structure so that we could perform in Celebration assembly. Take a look at a quick video we made:

Y45 Spelling Set 34 - Assessment 6 July 2018

posted 1 Jul 2018, 23:49 by Richard Hanks

TASC - Life Cycle of a Flowering Plant

posted 26 Jun 2018, 04:19 by Richard Hanks

In Year 4/5 we have been learning about the life cycles of flowering plant. For a final lesson, the children were challenged to work together in TASC groups to present their learning. We had a large range of outcomes, including:


Narrated videos


Refugee Week Assembly

posted 23 Jun 2018, 01:39 by Richard Hanks   [ updated 23 Jun 2018, 01:44 ]

Dore Primary is a Rights Respecting School, we put rights at the heart of what we do. We understand our rights and also recognise and support others who may not have access to all the rights set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This week's Year 4/5 assembly was about 
Refugee Week. Mr Hanks shared his exploits in the Small Park Big Run event in support of education projects in Palestinian refugee camps, which are the same size as Meersbrook Park where the run took place.

The children were also introduced new Magid Magid, our new Lord Mayor who was at the run and is a refugee himself.

We watched the North Star Fading animation inspired by the real lives or Eritrean refugees.

Finally, we looked at 20 simple acts we could do to help.

The children were inspired to go away and complete their own simple acts of kindness, see the Refugee Week website for more information.

Year 4/5 Spellings for assessment 29th June

posted 23 Jun 2018, 01:26 by Richard Hanks

Y4 Cricket Competition

posted 8 Jun 2018, 03:09 by Richard Hanks

On Tuesday, Mr Hanks and Mr Hall had the pleasure of taking a Y4 Cricket team to Hollinsend Cricket club to compete against ten other schools.

It was a fantastic day. The team worked together so well, supporting each other and offering feedback as they recognised strengths and weaknesses. They also recognised good play in other teams which was lovely to see.

They also competed very well, in fact only loosing one match by a handful of runs. This meant we ended up in third place overall. 

The children have been inspired to play more cricket in and out of school as a result of the enjoyable day. So the Year 5 team will be even stronger!

Thanks to the children and parents who supported us.

Y5 Athletics trials

posted 16 May 2018, 08:42 by Richard Hanks   [ updated 17 May 2018, 03:40 ]

The Year 5's enjoyed a fantastic afternoon on Mercia field demonstrating and developing their athletic skills in a range of events:
  • Long jump
  • Sprint
  • Long run
  • Throw
  • Walk
There will be a Y5 and Y6 inter-school competition after half term for some of the children who went quickest or furthest.

Torrijas in Y4/5G - yummy!!

posted 30 Apr 2018, 08:06 by Sian Granville

We have Miss Laila in our class from Madrid and as a part of learning about a country we felt we needed to taste some Spanish food. Miss Laila suggested torrijas as they are a traditional Spanish treat around Easter so this afternoon we made some. Now we see why they are so popular! They are a way to use food which might otherwise be thrown away (stale, dry bread) with ingredients which are easily available (eggs, milk and sugar) plus they are a source of lots of energy as Spring arrives and there is work to be done. Quick and easy to make why not make some and see whether you agree?


A dramatic week in Y4/5G!

posted 23 Apr 2018, 00:17 by Sian Granville

What a great start back after the Easter break - Spring weather and lots of enthusiasm for our new Viking topic. We started by looking at our time line to see how the Vikings fit into the history we already know.

Drama is a great way to think about history as we try to put ourselves into the shoes of the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons in the 9th century. We are starting to learn that the Vikings were more than just violent invaders and it's been fascinating to see how their influence continues today through our language and culture. Mrs Warburton also led a lesson this week when we worked on a scene from The Firework Maker's Daughter which really allowed the children to act out the five different characters (plus their inner-crocodile!).
Altogether, a very positive start to the new term - well done everyone!



The time line takes shape as we discuss how the different eras fit together.



Tough questions for the Vikings and Anglo Saxons as we ask about their motives and feelings about the historical events we're starting to study.

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