Children in Need

BBC Children in Need exists to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Their vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,800 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma. In the last grant year alone, support has helped change the lives of over 589,000 disadvantaged children and young people, right here in the UK.

Today, our children dressed up and brought in a voluntary contribution which will all be set off to Pudsey and his team. We raised a fantastic £202.10 so thank you to everybody that contributed.

Year 4 and 5 are Entrepreneurs

Yesterday, we were visited by Paul and he set up an enterprise day for us to take part in. It was a fantastic opportunity for all of us to develop our entrepreneurial skills. We had to create our very own fun day that we would set up if we were to take over Barnsley football club for the day. We had to work as a team, stick to a budget and present our ideas to the judging panel. The winning team gets to go to the Metrodome to the finals day and if they win there, they will actually get the once in a lifetime opportunity to run the day at the last home game of the season at Oakwell against Nottingham Forest. The winning team were The Snakes so congratulations and good luck in the final!


Today, representatives from the NSPCC came to talk to the children about staying safe and speaking out. The children learnt the number for Childline and what to do if they are a victim of abuse. The children worked well in groups to discuss problems and have activities to take home to remind them about speaking out and staying safe.

Science : Separating Mixtures

Year 5 were tasked with the problem of separating a number of mixtures. They were given a wide range of apparatus and resources that they had to select and then use to separate the mixtures. There were many successes but also some incidents where children had to go back to the ‘drawing board’ and think again as their first attempts had not worked.

The children used sieves, colanders, funnels, filter paper and talked about evaporation. We also learned about reversible and irreversible changes through our investigation and we will be learning more about these changes in our next Science lesson.

Our Wonderful World Collages

Over the half term break, the children were asked to complete a collage using materials they could find outside. We have been practising our collage skills in Art, so this was an opportunity for the class to use these skills making art of their own choosing. Here is a picture of the children who completed the task showcasing their amazing abilities and artistic flair!

Wolf investigation

During our reading session, the children are preparing to read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. We are the researching wolves before we begin. In partners, the children have a question to research, and will then present their findings to the class. They children have been using ipads and books to find out as much information as possible.

Football’s Coming Home!

Last week, our Year 5 and 6 boys attended a football competition in association with Barnsley College. I am really pleased to say that, just like at cross country, we have won again. I am really proud of all of the children that took part in this competition and it shows that all of the work that has been completed at after school football club has paid off. I would also like to thank Mr Rodgers (Barnsley College) who has been helping deliver our football PE lessons during school time this half term and developing our knowledge as teachers as how to deliver good or better PE lessons.

Murton Park

On Monday, Year 5 went to Murton Park and spent the day living as Viking settlers. The class had an amazing time learning how to bake bread, make a candle holder and even how to protect their settlement from raiders, which was very lucky as we were attacked by Anglo-Saxons!

The staff were wonderful and everyone enjoyed meeting Astrid, Wolf and the Jarl (even if he was a bit rude!) Thanks so much to Mrs Ellis, Mrs Richardson and especially Miss Shillito for being such a good sport!

Dressing as Vikings!
Dressing as a Viking warrior
A sailor, a warrior and a trader.
The mums of the group!
The dads!
Just doing a spot of farming.
Learning about a Viking house.
Learning about a Viking house.
Learning about a Viking house.
A lesson in how to use a Viking toilet.
Making candle holders in pottery.
Grinding grain to make flour.
Grinding grain to make flour.
Working very hard to grind grain!
Collecting wood for the fire.
Miss Shillito being motivated in the stocks!
Learning how to be Viking warriors.
Learning how to grind grain to make bread.
Practising how to charge!
Motivating Mrs Shillito
Defending our settlement from an Anglo-Saxon!

Year 5 and 6 Football

Yesterday, our Year 5 and 6 footballers travelled to Barnsley College to take part in a football competition. We were able to create three teams to ensure that everyone received plenty of game time. I was really proud to see that all of the hard work had paid off during our after school training sessions. Overall, we won the competition and brought home the trophy. Well done to all children who took part! There were some fantastic footballing displays and some people have given a very good impression of themselves for when we start the football league. There are still things to work at but we should be able to combat these problems at after school football. See you all on Tuesday!

Anglo-Saxons vs Vikings

In Year 5, we have been learning about the Anglo-Saxon and the Viking invasion of Britain. We had a debate about whether the Viking invasion of the monastery at Lindasfarne was justified. The children worked in groups to produce arguments, and then selected speakers to deliver the arguments and field questions from the opposition. The children worked very hard and raised some interesting points and worked well in groups.