Great days at Hooke Court Dorset

We have just returned from Hooke Court – happy and tired ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Œ. The children were amazing and had so much fun. During the first evening we settled quickly, making our beds (which was interesting!! How do we get the duvet into the duvet cover!!) and then eating before being taken on a night walk. We visited an agricultural college in the depths of the forest, beautifully peaceful. We saw evidence of badger, fox and deer tracks, and even found the smallest of frogs.

We returned full of excitement, ready to bed down so us teachers thought!!! And looking forward to the following day.

Up bright and breezy – first pitter patter of steps was at 5.30 am ๐Ÿ˜ณ and then showers before a team meeting in the common room. Here, we mapped the day out and then had breakfast. Shelter making was fun, we spoke about triangular based pyramids, prisms and ridge poles. We then proceeded to make a den that would fit us all in, before accustomising it and creating our own chants …. I’m sure we could be heard by the village if Hooke at this point. Kayaking was fab, I don’t think the children could have got wetter and only two fell in the lake! The crocodile game was the favourite ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€.

In the evening we had campfire fun, all I will say to that is, children have you asked your parents how they booga loo????

Our final morning on site gave us the opportunity to bridge a moat. The children had to problem solve in groups of 10 whilst their island was gradually getting smaller. They had to make a stucture that would support all of them when the tide had come in- some interesting thoughts and designs before at last, Dan our instructor, guided them through. After this they were taught how to make a slack line. Excellent tight ropes were made and used at this point. All these newly acquired skills then supported the children in making a bridge across the moat to save half their team!

A set of tired children climbed back on the coach with lots of memories to take with them.

Thank you Year 5, definitely a highlight of the ย year ๐Ÿ˜€.

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ย A musical treat ๐ŸŽผ

Today we have taken a walk to the Town Hall in Cheltenham to be part of the music festival.      

Very inspirational! 

We began the day by being entertained by The Brass Monkeys and the Estonia choir. They literally raised the roof. We were introduced to different brass instruments and were given opportunities to listen to them individually. 

 Highlights were when the band played a medley of tunes from the stages – Matilda and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ The choir then sang a song of Silence – the whole room stopped and was transfixed: magical, beautiful and peaceful …  

Shortly after this, we thought about how music was written.  We even attempted to compose our own piece by deciding on which instruments we wished to be part of our music; a little bit like putting the pieces of the jigsaw together.  Lots of options to choose from and we even had an important part as the final piece was performed. 

The afternoon allowed the children to look at and handle a variety of instruments, and we definitely have some budding potential, which was really exciting. 

In short, another hot day which the children all dealt with admirably, thank you Year 5 for a fab day; Viking WOW next ๐Ÿ˜Š


Super Humanities Day at Bournside School

Year Five had a superb day at Bournside on the 4th July 2017! We started the day with Religious Studies and a History workshop about American Independence Day -which was today!

We split into two groups and we played a game and we had to answer questions about life choices. We thought about codes for living and how we make decisions in life. 

In the afternoon we had a talk about going to university, did you know that there are 50,000 courses to choose from? Some surprising ones are Acting, circus skills and how to look after horses!

To finish the day off we made a water life cycle story, including all of the stages of water droplets ๐Ÿ’ฆ. 

We loved it! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€


Sports Day at St J’s

The sun was shining and all came together for some high energy activity to warm up the athletes!!! A Zumba session, and it was fab! Lots of cheering and smiles as the teachers lead it ๐Ÿ˜€

After this, the children took to the field which was fully prepared with many challenges for the children to undertake. We had jumping the hurdles, relay fun, blind fold beanbag throwing, obstacle delights and much more! The children were amazing as they united together, team by team, to accumulate the most points for their house. Sportmanship defined the day and it was a true pleasure to witness. Very well done to all who competed and ran their socks off ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ and a special hooray for Water, who ran the lap of honour, celebrating their victory ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸYou definitely were shining stars! 


Well done Class 12 โญ๏ธ


Happy Easter Year 5

After a very busy term, the Easter holidays have finally arrived. Thank you for working so hard ๐Ÿ™‚

The term started off with a Maya visitor and has ended with a street food market, a visit to skill zone, the completion of our RE film project and a performance from The School of Rock. 

As we say goodbye to Maya civilisation, we welcome the Vikings …. Come prepared for invasion and raids …. for power and struggle…. as we ask ‘Who was the King of the Castle!!’ 

Happy Easter

Best wishes,

Mrs Harris



Skill zone visit

Today, Year 5 took a visit to Skill Zone in Gloucestershire. ย The children were placed in a number of different situations, whereby they had to consider best decisions that would ultimately effect themselves and others.

Situations included safety in the park, road/car/rail safety, safety within a house, sensible decision making when confronted with the choice of a short cut through a dark alley and how to react to peer pressure when near rivers and the sea.

An incredibly interesting morning, which encouraged the children to think and use their senses to work out what maybe a good idea and what definitely was not. ย Each opportunity was designed to equip them with confidence, so they are able to tackle situations safely as they gradually become more independent.

A very important message came across throughout all activities – There is only one of YOU and we need to keep YOU safe!

Making right decisions is imperative especially the older the childrenย get. ย They were asked to consider peoples motives and how to potentially remove themselves from awkward situations. ย Another key message was, when thinking about personal safety always follow your instincts.

I hope the children enjoyed it as much as we did and found it interesting and worthwhile.


Would you go down a dark alley to save yourself 5 minutes?



What would you do if someone asked you to help them find their dog in the nearby woods?


Gases in the Air!ย 

Wow, what an exciting afternoon, spent at The Ladies College in the company of Dr Harrison.

We were asked to explore what we breathe in and then we looked at what gases we find in everyday objects. Lots of explosions and wow experiments that were used to capture our interest. 

We explored nitrogen and what happens when liquid nitrogen meets  air, which is 220 degrees hotter than this liquid.  We also learnt what would happen if our hands were placed in this dangerous substance. The flowers were a great hit ๐Ÿ˜‰ and the reversible balloon! 

Another favourite gas we investigated was oxygen;  we even had a go at making oxygen like our fellow plants!! A messy experiment, but nether the less we did it.