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Election Time /

Today we completed this year’s SMSC project looking at British Values and specifically democracy. The children in Y5 held an open hustings where the 8 political parties were grilled before the votes were cast.

It was a heated debate in the school hall and tempers were flared as each party vied for recognition and support.

It was great to see the adult’s faces in the room as the candidates and fellow party members strongly expressed their opinions and fought for what they believe in.

It was definitely DEMOCRACY in action.

The results are in and posted around school. The Civic Party won a closely fought election by a simple majority of one. They also received nine second choice votes.

All the children have worked really hard over the last few weeks writing manifestos, preparing speeches and producing lots of publicity to convince the year group to vote for their party. I am really proud of what they have achieved and I agree with Barnsley East Stephanie Peacock, who recently said we may have a future local MP in Y5!

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A hero speaks to Y5! /

Today Y5 had the opportunity to meet Troy Conner, veteran Parachute Regiment, who told us his life story. It was informative, moving and very thought provoking.

Please ask the Y5 children to tell you Troy’s story.

Here are a few photographs from his visit.

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Game Design: Our characters are taking shape! /

So… It’s been a really busy start to the half term for our topic! Our topic this term is: Young Entrepreneurs: Think it, Code it, Sell it. We are working in pairs to create a business and video game! So far we’ve created our business and we’ve designed some logos to advertise our business.

Take a look at our final logos here:

elite techware

enter kight

Galaxy Gaming

HK Disasters

HM Rockstars



JJS rocking tech



Smash games


This week our focus has shifted from our business and onto our video game. We’ve began designing the characters for our game in preparation for later on this week where we’ll actually begin to code our games! These images are screenshots of the characters we’ve began creating so far, they’re just one frame and aren’t animated yet but hopefully it gives you an idea of what we’re going to be creating! 🙂

What have you enjoyed so far about our topic? What are you looking forward to?

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An Interview with Primrose Everdeen… /

This half term in Y5 our literacy focus is to write a high quality newspaper article reporting about the Hunger Games, we’re focusing on the beginning of the Hunger Games story where Katniss volunteers as tribute to replace her 12 year old sister: Primrose Everdeen. This morning in literacy we switched place with Primrose and tired to see things from her point of view, we took it in turns to hot seat and interview one another as Primrose.

We came up with lots of questions which an interviewer might ask Primrose during an exclusive but in the end we narrowed it down to these three:
– What is your opinion of the Hunger Games?
– How did you feel when your name was picked and you were chosen as the female tribute to represent District 12 in the Hunger Games?
– Do you think Katniss volunteered as tribute for your sake or for the sake of your mothers?

What do you think? If you were Primrose Everdeen how might you answer these questions?

Mr T





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Which political party would you vote for? /

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    • 17 April, 2018
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After the visit of Stephanie Peacock, our local MP, the children in Y5 have been split into 8 groups and will be starting their own political party.

Today they were thinking about a name, logo, slogan and 4 main manifesto pledges.

I am so impressed with how they are working together in their groups, assigning each other jobs and prioritising workload. I am really looking forward to seeing this develop over the next few weeks before we hold the political hustings just before half term.

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Democracy in action /

Today Y5 grilled our local MP Stephanie Peacock. She attended a 45 minute Q&A session in the school hall.

We were all really proud of the mature, responsible approach from our children.

Stephanie commented, that hopefully in the Hall was a future Member of Parliament for Barnsley East!

What did we learn about democracy from our visitor?

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Serious head hurt learning in Class 10 Maths… /

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    • 25 February, 2018
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This week in Class 10 maths we have been revising some skills in preparation for our spring assessments. One skill which we enjoyed revisiting was learning how to calculate the area of compound shapes. Some of us were calculating the area of compound shapes involving two quadrilaterals whilst others were calculating the area of compound shapes involving a rectangle and a quadrilateral. Once we had proven to Mr T that we were area masters he set us a new task (an incredibly challenging one!). We had to investigate the area of compound shapes, he gave us the total area of some shapes and we had to investigate the possible measurements for them. This task required us to have a lot of resilience within our learning but by the end of the lesson we had all become Area Masters!






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An Interview with Joann Fletcher /

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    • 11 January, 2018
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Our finished Stop Motion Movies! /

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    • 11 January, 2018
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Take a look at the video below to see what Class 10 have been up to throughout the Autumn Term, after completing the construction of our Stop Motion Studios we then filmed our own movie by APP smashing between Stop Motion creator and iMovie.

Click here to see our finished product… We hope you like them!

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Our Learning Journey – Building our Stop Motion Studio Studios /

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    • 11 January, 2018
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Check out this video of us creating our stop motion studio sets, you’ll see the whole of our learning throughout the Autumn Term – take a look to see how we turned a few strips of wood into a Stop Motion Studio!


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