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Category Archives: Year 5

A visit from Mr O!

As part of Year 5’s music curriculum this term, we have been focusing on the work of Lin-Manuel Miranda, in particular his use of Hip Hop and Latin music, in his musicals Hamilton and In the Heights. Mr O visited us to help us explore the genres further through various iPad apps.

We began by using Garage Band to learn more about the instruments commonly found in the Hip Hop and Latin genres.  First, we focused on hip hop.  Mr O introduced us to an app called DMI, which is a powerful drum machine.  We learnt that Hip Hop has a strong, structured percussion beat, with a snare sounding at the second and fourth beat.  We created our own individual sequences, shared them with the class and voted for our favourite.

Then we moved onto Latin using garage band to listen to samples of sounds and mix them together.  Our job was to add four samples together to create a Latin beat, which the class voted on again and chose their favourite.  Both our Hip Hop and Latin sounds were mixed together to create our soundtrack.

Now it was time to create the lyrics! We started by each coming up with two lines for our rap and used this to build our class rap.  We practised with the class, recorded it with the mic and created the final product! We had a great day, thank you Mr O!



Farmer Thompson Visits Year 5

Mr Thompson, a farmer from Northumberland, came to visit us in school on Tuesday 26th February as part of the Country Trust Project. He brought with him a friend, another farmer from Northumberland. They came to talk to us about contrasting locations; we compared how different the farm/countryside is to the city.  Mr Thompson told us about how seeds and… Continue Reading

Dissecting Lilies

As part of our Science topic on plants, Year 5 had a go at dissecting lilies. We have been learning about reproduction in plants and found out that a flower has both male and female parts. There are two types of reproduction: sexual and asexual. Living things that use sexual reproduction have sex cells called… Continue Reading

School launches science week

Children from across the school took part in the launch of Science Week 2019 by demonstrating amazing experiments to their classmates. With the help of friend of the school Technology Tom, pupils from every class (Reception up to Year 6)  presented a series of experiments on a variety of topics. Magnets, materials, lasers and ice were… Continue Reading

Just.Is Conference at St Mary’s

Last Thursday, Year 5 participated in the Just.Is conference at St Mary’s High School, a yearly conference which deals with a range of social and political issues.  The focus this year was Combating Climate Change. The day began with a tour of the school buildings; we were extremely impressed with the facilities!  Following this, we… Continue Reading

Mary Poppins

On Monday 11th February Year 5 were invited to St Mary’s Secondary School to watch their productions of Mary Poppins. The show was amazing with lots of fabulous singing and dancing. We recognised a lot of the songs and especially enjoyed ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’. It was lovely to see an ex pupil or two in the show. Can… Continue Reading

Year 5 Hoops 4 Health Tournament

On Friday 1st February, Year 5 took part in the Year 5 Hoops 4 Health Basketball Tournament at the brand new Newcastle Eagles Community Arena.  We were split into four teams and played against lots of different primary schools in Newcastle, winning many of our games!  Year 5 showed fantastic sportsmanship throughout the day; they… Continue Reading