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Mr O Visits Year 5

As part of our music curriculum this term, we have been focusing on the work of Lin-Manuel Miranda, in particular his use of Hip-Hop music in his musicals, Hamilton and In the Heights. Mr O visited us to help us explore the genres further through the use of Garage Band.

We began by using the app to discover more about different genres of music and the instruments commonly associated them.

Next, we focused on Hip-Hop.  Mr O showed us how to use loops of Garage Band to create a drum beat. 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 began to add other instruments to our beat, including synths, strings and brass.  Our job was to create the best Hip-Hop beat, which we voted on and chose our favourite.

Finally, 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!






WAGS Festival 2020

The girls in Year 6 took part in 2020 WAGS Festival, which encourages girls and women into different sporting activities.  We played a range of team games to get warmed up; they were great fun. We split into two teams, Nigeria and Portugal, and played against a number of different schools, winning lots of our… Continue Reading

Newspaper Writing in Year 5!

In Year 5, our first writing focus of 2020 was newspaper reports.  Our reports were based on our brand-new class text, Street Child. We began by studying chapter 2 of Street Child, titled The Stick Man.  As we read, we noted down questions we had about what was happening in the text and why certain… Continue Reading

Lights, Camera, Action!!

Within KS2 we have an amazing Film Club  which is run by ‘Into Film’ which our children can participate in. We have watched many films such as, Inside Out (where we had a great discussion about how important our emotions are to us) Monsters Inc, Madagascar, Minions, The Incredibles, Jumanji and many more. As part… Continue Reading

Hoops 4 Health Tournament 2020

Year 5 were lucky enough to take part in the Year 5 Hoops 4 Health Basketball Tournament at the Newcastle Eagles Community Arena last Friday. We played in small teams against lots of different primary schools in Newcastle, winning many of our games!  Year 5 showed fantastic sportsmanship throughout the day; they played to their… Continue Reading

Soup fun in Year 5!

In DT lessons this term, Year 5 have been learning about origin and seasonality of ingredients, healthy eating and a range of techniques for preparing ingredients.  They were also tasked with designing and making their own vegetable soup. We learnt a range of techniques for preparing ingredients, including cutting and chopping ingredients using the claw… Continue Reading

Newcastle Eagles visit Year 5!

Year 5 were lucky enough to be visited by three Newcastle Eagles players, Themba Yabantu, Eddie Matthew and Kai Williams, as part of the Hoops 4 Health Basketball Roadshow. Kai started the session by discussing how we can keep healthy, including exercising often, eating well and drinking lots of water. We participated in a ‘fitness… Continue Reading

Ancient Egyptians in Year 5

This term, Year 5 have been learning all about the Ancient Egyptians.  They lived in Egypt from 3100BC to 30BC, over 3000 years!  As part of our topic work, we visited the Great North Museum and took part in a workshop about the different jobs Ancient Egyptian people could have.  We learnt that there were… Continue Reading