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Year 5 – Simmonds Class

Simmonds Class 2023-24

Welcome to Simmonds Class! I hope you all had a very happy holiday, and feel ready and excited for the year ahead. We certainly do! Please check this webpage regularly, as it will be updated weekly with news of what we've been up to in Year 5. Homework, spellings and important letters will also be uploaded onto the pages above.


If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to contact us on: or 


smiley Mrs Ochiltree and Mr Lawrence smiley 

Friday 8th March

We’ve had a great week celebrating English Week this week. The children have taken part in Book Swaps, enjoyed a tea party, and dressed up as their favourite book characters. Well done to our best costume winners, Isla and Joey. What a fantastic effort!

Friday 1st March

This week, we were treated to a STEM workshop led by the engineers at Airbus. They taught us all about how planes are made, and the children had a go at making their own aeroplanes to race in the playground. Well done to Lexi, whose plane went the furthest! An engineer in the making!

We started our new D&T unit this week, and our first lesson was a challenge to build the tallest freestanding structure, using only paper! The children did brilliantly, and I couldn’t quite believe how tall the structures were by the end!

Friday 12th January

A little bit late, but…. Happy New Year! It’s been a great start to the year in Simmonds Class. We’ve all settled back into the school routine now, and are ready for all that 2024 will bring!


We’ve been blowing off the Christmas cobwebs in P.E., with a focus on Fitness this term. We’ve been exploring the different areas of fitness, such as stamina and flexibility, and the children have been testing themselves in each of these areas. 

In Art, we started a new unit - Plants and Flowers. The children used oil pastels to create these fantastic drawings this week. Wow!

Friday 15th December 

We’ve had a fantastically festive last week of term. There have been Christmas crafts, Christmas carols and Christmas Dinner Day!

The children have all been amazing this term, and we wish them all a very merry Christmas. See you in 2024! 

The children have had so much fun cooking with Mr Clarke this week. As part of our DT lessons, after tasting seasonal vegetables, they designed a well-balanced, seasonal meal in groups. Then Mr Clarke taught them how to make it! The children loved tasting them all. I think the most popular was the spaghetti bolognaise 😋.

Friday 1st December

This week, Year 5 started a D&T unit - Seasonal Food. We discussed the importance of trying to eat seasonally, and looked at where our food comes from. The children then tried lots of different seasonal vegetables, including carrots, butternut squash and kale. On the whole, the vegetables went down very well! I never knew cauliflower was such a favourite!


Next week, we will be designing a seasonal meal, and cooking up a storm with Mr C.

Friday 17th November 

It’s Anti-Bullying Week this week, so in our PSHE lesson, we discussed what bullying means, and things we can do to stop bullying from happening at all. The children worked in groups to create a Snakes and Ladders style game, writing things that could make bullying worse at the top of the snakes, and things that can stop bullying at the bottom of the ladders. It really got the children thinking, and they did a great job. 

Friday 10th November

We had some amazingly spooooooky costumes this week for our Spooktacular day!

Friday 3rd November

We were treated to some spooky baking with Aspens this week. The children made bread and biscuits, and decorated them for Halloween. Delicious!

Friday 20th October

The children brought in some amazing Ancient Greece projects this week. We had artwork, written work and PowerPoint presentations, each one unique and equally impressive. Well done to all of the children (and their parents!) who put in so much effort with their projects. 

Happy half term! 😀


Friday 13th October

On Tuesday this week, we celebrated World Mental Health Day with a Hello Yellow Day. In Simmonds Class, we read ‘Ruby’s Worry’ (see the video link below) and this started off a great discussion about how to deal with little worries we might have. As Ruby found out, it’s always good to talk about our worries, as it makes them smaller. We then got creative and made our own ‘Worry Monsters’. You can see some of them in the pictures below.


Friday 6th October

This week has been all about poetry! We celebrated National Poetry Day on Thursday with a brilliant performance of ‘What Do People Need?’ by Benjamin Zephaniah in our whole school poetry slam. The children also wrote their own versions of the poem, which you can see below. Well done Simmonds Class!


In maths, we have completed our unit on addition and subtraction this week. The children have worked their way through some challenging multi-step problems. Next week, we will start working on multiplication. 

We learnt all about the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece this week, looking at drawings on Ancient Greek pots to find out information. Don’t forget that projects are due in next Monday! I can’t wait to see the results of the children’s hard work 🤩. 

Friday 29th September

Another great week in Simmonds Class - how are we almost in October already?! The children have been working hard on adding and subtracting, using both mental strategies and written column methods. We also started Times Table Rocks Stars up again, and the children impressed me with how speedy they are with their times table recall.


It's National Poetry Day next week, so in preparation, we have been learning all about the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. We watched him perform a poem called 'Talking Turkeys', which the children loved. We will be learning one of his poems for the poetry assembly next week. They should have brought home a copy of the poem to practise.


In Music, we have been learning how to play the cups! It wasn't easy, but some of the children have spent their lunchtimes practising this week, and the results are below. I think you'll agree, these children have rhythm!

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Friday 22nd September 

We’re well and truly settled back into the school routine now, and the children are already impressing me with the focus and attitude in class. In English, we spent the week planning and writing up our Ellie Simmonds biographies, which are fantastic. The children also tried really hard in their first Year 5 spelling test yesterday. 

In maths, we have been working on place value in numbers to 1,000,000, which we will continue with on Monday. 

We have continued to find out about the Ancient Greeks, and I have enjoyed hearing all about the preparation the children have been doing at home for their projects. Don’t forget, they can always come and have a chat about what they’re doing if they’d struggling at all!


In PE, we are doing Dance this term, and we had fun on Thursday creating dance routines to Uptown Funk. This lot have rhythm!!

Back to School Meeting

Thank you so much to everyone who cam along to the Back to School Meeting last Thursday. For those of you who weren't able to make it, I have uploaded the PowerPoint presentation I used below. If you have any questions, please let me know.

























































Simmonds Class 2022-23

Term 6! 

I can't quite believe it but here we are, in the last term of the year! This year has been a funny one, with its ups and downs but I can honestly say we have had a blast! 

Year 5 are growing in confidence and maturity, just in time to be moving up towards the top of the school. They have been working extremely hard and will need to continue to do so in this final term. But as always in my class, we will work hard and play hard so there will be lots of lovely things to look forward to as we approach the end of the school year. Details to follow!


If you have not yet paid for the Whole School Trip to Noah's Ark, please do so as soon as you can. I completely understand that times are tough financially, but this is a full day out and one the children will thoroughly enjoy I'm sure! 


As always, my door is open anytime so anything you would like to discuss about your child before the end of the year, please do come and find me or send me an email on:


Finally, a few dates for the diary for this term: 

Friday 9th June - Dress Down Day - bring a bottle for the Tombola

Thursday 29th June - Sports Day!

Monday 17th July - Noah's Ark Trip!

Foam Disco!

Water Fight!

Art in the Great Outdoors

***Please keep checking "Gallery" for photo updates of what we get up to!*** 

Term 5! 


The Summer terms are finally here and we are very much hoping to get out into the sunshine and do some outdoor learning! Fingers crossed this pesky rain disappears very soon. 


Lots of things to look forward to this term: Coronation Day, The Dogs Trust visit and Foam Disco just to mention a few! Dates for the diary can all be found on this page so do have a scroll.


Reminder: all spellings are put on the webpage every week so if your child accidentally 'forgets' to take theirs home, no fear, they can always be found! 

Coronation Day!

Dates for the Diary:

27th March - Longleat Visitors! 

30th March - Poetry Day - in school only

31st March - Last Day of Term - Dress Down Day - bring an item for Tombola!

17th April - Back to School - Term 5 begins

18th April - Explorer Dome comes to Brentry! 

27th April - Potential Teacher Strike Day

1st May - Bank Holiday - no school

2nd May - Potential Teacher Strike Day

8th May - Bank Holiday - no school

15th May - Dogs Trust visit Brentry! 

24th May - Foam Party Disco! 

26th May - Dress Down Day - bring an item for Tombola! 

26th May - Half Term

5th June - back to school for the final term

29th June - Sports Day! 

Term 3 dates for the diary:


Monday 20th Feb - Start of Term 3

Monday 27th Feb - English Week begins!

Monday 27th Feb - Spelling Bee, Bedtime Stories- 5.30-6.30pm

Thursday 2nd March - *Potential* Strike Day

Friday 3rd March - World Book Day - dress up as your favourite book character OR come into school in PJs with your favourite book to share with the class.

Parents Evening TBC

Monday 6th March - Science Week

Wednesday 15th March - *Potential* Strike Day

Thursday 16th March - *Potential* Strike Day

Monday 27th March - Poetry Week begins

Term 2 dates for the diary: 


3rd November: Spooktacular Fireworks!

7th and 9th November: Parents Evening

14th November: Odd Socks Day

14th November: Anti-Bullying Week

28th November: Maths Week

2nd December: Virtual Museum (information TBC)

9th December: Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children

9th-12th December: France Trip

14th December: Carols by Candlelight

15th December: Christmas Lunch

16th December: Last day of Term




A HUGE well done to all of the children who put so much effort into their Ancient Greek Projects!


Well done to those who did a wonderfully informative PowerPoint:


Bailey, Pandora, Obaayaa, Fatoumatta


Well done to those who did amazing hand written fact files:


Alfie and Zaid


Well done to those who chose to make an incredible Greek model with facts:


Emrys, Massi, Mickaella, Sam, Patrick, Szymon K, Mia, Alia, Szymon K, Jack, Stevie, Fatima, Roha and Pandora (who did two projects!)


I was so impressed with every single one! You are all SUPER STARS! 

(Have a look in 'Gallery' for some pictures of the fab projects!)

Check out 'Gallery' for LOTS of photos of our AMAZING Greek Day! 

Greek Day!


Non-uniform day on 21.10.22

Just bring in a bottle of something for the tombola!


Y5 Toy Afternoon - 20.10.22

Non-electrical toys and games are welcome! 


Greek Day - 19.10.22

Hello Yellow Day 2022



Hello Yellow Day 2022:

10th October! 

Welcome back! 


Welcome to the Year 5 webpage. Here you can find information such as Homework/Letters/Announcements/Photos and more! Keep your eyes peeled! 
























































































































































































































































Welcome to Year 5 and Simmonds Class

Week ending 22nd July 2022


As the last post for the Year 5 class of 2021 to 2022, it seems fitting that we can finish on such a positive note. Simmonds Class completed their entry for the Spirited Arts competition with a collective piece, where each one of us contributed one section to the overall picture. Our picture represents the theme, "We have more that unites us than divides us," for it symbolises the idea that wherever we come from around the world, whatever our faith, beliefs and values, we all share hopes and dreams that we have love in our lives.

Dave and Tully presented the fabulous news about the triathlon results and gave out some incredibly generous prizes for the good deeds competition. Simmonds Class presented the 2nd closest estimate for Dave's time in the race....and Zackery Moss was the deserving winner of the raffle ticket draw. Here he is collecting his sports kit and running shoes: good luck with your own training, Zac!

We also managed to finish our Romero Britto lanterns to polish off our Pop Art topic. Do check out the gallery section above to see the completed versions of these 3D structures. The children's patience and dedication to finish what they had started paid off. laugh

Finally, we posed for a couple of "Farewell to Year 5" photos in the sunshine, with a particular goodbye to our lovely Virat. He will be joining a new school in September so we wrote our own messages to him, to help him remember all his friends at Brentry.

Thank you to all of you, too, for the support given this year. You should all be so proud of your children and I will take some very fond memories with me. Enjoy your summer break and good luck for year 6!


Week ending 15th July 2022


We certainly made up for the disappointment of our cancelled trip to Blaise this week by having a super fun Thursday... water fights, mini picnic, pogo jumping and other active pursuits filled the afternoon, after an art based morning, compiling a whole class competition entry for the Spirited Arts event. We will be adding the finishing touches to this next week so watch this space for the finished article. In the meanwhile, take a look through these photos of Thursday's entertainment. 

Our 3D lanterns, decorated in the style of Romero Britto, are taking shape and some have now been completed. Here are a few photos of the work in progress...finished lanterns will be displayed on here next week.

With only three more days to go until the end of term, it is very likely a few more work samples and belongings will be coming home as we complete the process of tidying up the classroom. If possible, please equip your child with a bag to enable these things to be carried home. 

Reminder: Reports were sent home this week so, in the event you have not received one, please take a look in the bottom of your child's bag! We welcome your feedback on the new format and your responses to the report.

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend and stay safe wink


Week ending 8th July 2022


We have had great fun this week, and shown an inordinate amount of patience and resilience, in finishing our plastic mat weaving, and the results below speak for themselves. Patterns, bright colours and layers of work are all key features of the Pop Art style and our examples demonstrate those elements well. 

This week also saw the deadline for project submissions...and the children did not disappoint! It was an absolute joy to read through biographies of artists, information about the Pop Art movement and to receive such an array of different personalised versions of art in these artists' style. Many thanks to all the children who completed a project and a massive well done to you all: you did yourselves proud. Marks were handed out and we are in the process of presenting them to the class. 

A few more examples of the children's art work can be found in the gallery section above....they include some Romero Britto designs and some "illusion" versions in the name of Op Art.

Much of this work has been supported by our ex pupil Michael, who we were lucky enough to have on work experience this week. Many thanks go to him and he has earned himself a well earned rest this weekend!

We have also been making headway on our mystery stories. We have introduced our characters and settings; identified the crime and the victim...and are now composing our lists of suspects, motives and clues. The plots are certainly thickening! Miss Adams took the class on Friday morning for maths lessons on translation and reflection, which the children enjoyed, and we are all now looking ahead to the penultimate week of year 5.

DON'T FORGET: We are walking to and from Blaise next Thursday and there are still a few unreturned permission slips. Please ensure these are returned before Thursday!

See you at the Summer Fair no doubt: bring your sun hats laugh


Week ending 1st July 2022


Sports Day was a superb way to finish off a testing week of assessments and the sun shone down on us as well. The morning session of rotating activities, based around the Commonwealth theme, worked really well, with the children of all ages taking part in their teams. Check out the photos on FB to see the fun.

The afternoon saw the more traditional races, including egg and spoon, relays and sprints, with grand finals in many of these races. Year 5 competed with great spirit, determination and talent, which was great to see. Many thanks to Progressive Sports, Miss Millard and Mrs Jack for putting the whole day together.

We have continued to work hard on our Pop Art topic and have almost completed our portraits in the style of Roy Lichtenstein, using Ben Day dot paper. Some great likenesses, I think you'll agree.

A letter was sent home today, highlighting a planned trip to Blaise on Thursday 14th July. It will involve a pond dipping workshop, some nature activities and a general play session on the equipment, all part of the class end of term treat. Please note that a pair of wellies/waterproof footwear is required, in addition to their walking shoes... and that adult helpers are needed to secure numbers for supervision. Do please let me know as soon as possible if you can join us for the day in this role. angel

In the event the letter has not made it home to you, I have attached it to the letters section above.

Final reminder: the deadline for the Pop Art home project is this Monday, 4th July.


Week ending 24th June 2022


The sun has shone down brightly on us this week and it seems to have given us all a renewed amount of motivation. Simmonds Class have worked hard on coordinates, in all four quadrants, in maths; features of mystery writing in literacy; completing our felt cases in DT and have also begun our portraits in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. A few projects have also been finished and submitted, serving as a timely reminder that the deadline for all other projects is next Monday, 4th July.

A few photos of completed phone cases are shown below.


Some completed projects

Red Team win again!

Sports Day is happening next Friday, 1st July, and a letter went home this Friday to outline the details and what each child should wear.

I have given the children the weekend to try and add some finishing touches to their projects. I have also suggested that they look through the word list for year 5 which can be found under the spelling icon above. Knowledge of these spellings will support their writing and the upcoming end of year assessments.

Enjoy the weekend everyone. laugh


Week ending 17th June 2022


It seems a long time ago since I last posted here, courtesy of the half term break and a bout of Covid, but it has been great to get back into the swing of things and start our new topics. In literacy, we have been learning about the key features of mystery writing and, judging by their ability to create tension and suspense with their language, I am already looking forward to the stories the children will be producing across the next few weeks. In numeracy, we have practised using the protractor to measure and draw angles, as well as calculating angles around a point and along a straight line. Our DT project began in earnest, with designs for a felt mobile phone case and the first steps to learning different types of stitches. Alongside that, we have introduced the Pop Art topic and completed the first couple of lessons, which introduced onomatopoeic comic strips and the famous style of Andy Warhol. A selection of our work is shown below and our completed class display on Plants and Flowers can be found in the gallery section above.

I have asked the children to take a look at the homework page. There, I have outlined the expectations for the home project timetable and listed the spellings we will focus on next week.

Please look out for raffle tickets that will be sent home next week, related to the "good deeds" incentive, introduced by Dave and Tully in assembly this week. 

Enjoy your weekend everyone laugh


Week ending 27th May 2022


What a fantastic week to end off term 5! The beginning of the week saw the return of our French travellers, who clearly had an amazing time. We enjoyed a very entertaining session hearing all about their exploits and adventures. Many thanks to all the dedicated staff who took care of them and provided such a great experience. Many photos have been put on the Facebook page if you would like to check in.

We met Francesca from the "Moments Not To Be Wasted" programme, an initiative to combat the food waste in the UK, and learned many new tips and tricks on how to store food effectively.

We worked extremely hard to finish our art project with activities on paper modelling, wire sculpting and examples of decoupage, all following the theme of Plants and Flowers. A few final touches and we will complete a whole class display of our work, with a photo to come shortly. 

Without a doubt, the highlight of the week was our Jubilee Celebration on Thursday. Assemblies to honour the Queen's role and hard work throughout her reign filled the morning, with an extended lunch break to fully enjoy the wonderful banquet style picnic afterwards. Below is a selection of some of these moments.

Jubilee assembly, picnic and scrumptious buffet

Moments Not To Be Wasted Zoom lesson

Plants and Flowers in different media

Sadly, we did have to say our goodbyes to Millie, who is leaving to start at another school, following her house move. We made a card to send our individual messages and, collectively, wish her all the very best for her new adventure. Do let us know how you settle in, Millie! smiley


I have given out a homework task, and it relates to our final home project of the year. As explained on the sheet, it has been handed out early in case any keen beans want to begin the research and gathering of ideas during half term, but there is no requirement to do this. There will be plenty of opportunity to complete it before the deadline if the children decide to leave the work until next term. The subject is Pop Art, our art theme for term 6, and the task has been attached to the homework section above in the event it didn't make it home!

Have a wonderful half term break. I will be on year 6 camp during the first week back but look forward to catching up with you all on my return in week 2.


Week ending 13th May 2022


The weather has been completely unpredictable this week but we were able to fit in our much awaited outdoor art lesson on Hapa Zome hammer printing. We achieved some fantastic results and the children were deservedly proud of their hammering skills, used to "bruise" out the dye of flowers to good effect. Here is a sample of their finished products and some showing the class, busy at work.


Week ending 6th May 2022


Despite a three day week, Simmonds Class have completed some challenging maths work on multiplying and dividing by multiples of 10; learned how to use a comma accurately in multi clause sentences; developed sketching and shading techniques within artwork and enjoyed a great afternoon's session of racing rounders. Photos of some of the work samples and activities are shown below.

Sketching and shading in pencil and colour

Racing Rounders on a Friday afternoon

Team Points Champions


  • Yoga will be on Monday so please ensure your child comes to school in the appropriate PE kIt
  • Homework can be found in the homework section above. This week's task is the consolidation of when and where to apply the comma as well as spelling rules for plural words.


Week ending 29th April 2022


We have had a busy and active week to kick off the start of term 5. Simmonds Class provided huge support to help with the "Just Give" match funding  event. Posters were designed and displayed; cakes were donated and put up for sale; sponsored circuit activities were undertaken and counted....and as a result, Brentry School raised over £400. A late couple of donations on the Friday morning, totalling £100, meant the final amount was £509. Doubled, according to the price match, means that we have secured £1018 for the tree champions and their work towards being "A Force For Nature." Well done to all the participants and many congratulations for raising such a fantastic amount of funding as a whole school community. laugh


Below are some of the photos from the week's events and lessons. 


Y5 count up the efforts for the sponsored circuits

Flower sketching begins our new art topic: Plants and Flowers


  • School is closed on Monday 2nd May due to the bank holiday
  • Homework is due in Wednesday 4th May
  • School is closed on Thursday 5th May due to Polling Day
  • Outdoor games will be on Friday so children will need to come to school in PE kits


Week ending 8th April 2022


It has been a terrific week to end off the term for it has been filled with exciting tree day activities, an afternoon's munching of Oreo biscuits (!) as we learned about the phases of the moon, and a well deserved reward session of picnics, parachutes and playground fun. On top of that, the children worked through finding fractions of amounts and writing all about what made the Quokka so happy laugh We were supported throughout by our lovely student Mrs Grose who made a fantastic contribution to the class in such a short time.

Photos of the week's activities are shown below.

What are the phases of the moon?

An afternoon's reward session in the sunshine

A few more photos can be found in the gallery section above, showing our Friday morning arts and crafts session on making woodland creatures out of different materials.

There is no set homework for the break but I would like to remind the children that it is always a good idea to  keep sight of those tricky spellings on the year 5/6 word list and to keep them fresh in mind. yes

Additionally, there are on going activities listed in the homework section, with links provided, as well as those tasks found on the isolation pages.

Thank you to all of you who donated such generous amounts of food for our picnic and enjoy the two week break with your fab children. 



Week ending 1st April 2022


After a week of assessments, the children thoroughly deserve a restful and sunny weekend, so I shall be keeping my fingers crossed for them that the weather is kind. 

Many thanks to all those children who completed and handed in their home projects today. A selection of some of their masterpieces are shown below. 


  • Tree Day on Monday requires the children to come to school wearing their old clothes, as many of the activities will be completed outside. Spare footwear is essential.
  • Last swimming session is on Tuesday. Please ensure children bring in their towel and costume.
  • Spellings to learn have been attached to the homework section above.


Week ending 25th March 2022


The week has once again zoomed by but the children have completed some high quality work in that time. We visited Blaise High School on Monday to watch their performance of Shrek: The Musical, which was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. The secondary school students had clearly worked hard and it was so nice to see some former Brentry pupils up on stage. Some great singing; comedic acting and a wicked Scottish accent made the whole production a joy to watch.

Many, many thanks to all the performers and Sam Harper, drama teacher, for the invitation.

Our landscape paintings were finished and a few examples were selected for our class display.

In numeracy this week, we have covered some very tricky calculations involving the multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers. Within literacy, we have described different landscapes using a variety of figurative language, such as similes, metaphors and personification to provide imagery for the reader: their work was a joy to read. We have also looked at the importance of love in RE and identified how images can be altered for the purpose of advertisements and media coverage.

Spelling homework has been added above, alongside a reminder that the home projects are due in next Friday, 1st April.

I have asked the children to wear PE kits into school on Monday for a gym session in the afternoon.

Red Team steal the team points win this week


Week ending 18th March 2022


Science Day kicked off the week on Monday and Simmonds Class had plenty of fun experimenting with all things colourful. We discovered the impact of water on coloured pen and learned about chromotography; we also tested a selection of everyday acids and alkalis with indicator paper and "grew" a rainbow with absorbent kitchen towel. Photos of the day's activities are shown below.


We continued the theme of colour with an art lesson linked to our geography topic, painting landscapes of eastern European locations. We experimented with mixing colours to produce different shades and applying the paint in different ways to create a variety of texture. Here are a few examples of our work in progress.

Friday was a day of celebration, dressing up and kind donations. We combined Red Nose Day with a superheroes and Ukrainian Day so we had a wide selection of costumes, thoughtfulness and funny looks! Many thanks to all of you for your generous donations to such worthy causes and I trust Year 6's cake sale at the end of the day provided the finishing touch. Here are some photos of all the fun.

Yellow Team celebrate in style



We are walking to Blaise High on Monday afternoon to watch "Shrek: the Musical" and will not return to school until 4:30pm. Those parents who are picking their child up from Blaise at 4:00pm should make their way to the school's reception where Mrs Price and Mrs Vale Guerreiro will be supervising.


Swimming continues on Tuesday morning so please ensure your child comes to school with the necessary swimwear and towel.


This week's spellings can be found in the homework section above.


Week ending 11th March 2022


It was an amazing coincidence, having written about the journey of Ernest Shackleton in 1915 and the sinking of "Endurance," that she was discovered this weekend, only 4 miles from where she sank and so well preserved! Simmonds Class thoroughly enjoyed watching the interview from the expedition's leader and seeing how well the boat had survived these past 100 years.

We have begun a new literacy unit on poetry this week and have been identifying different types of poetic devices poets use to bring imagery and emotion to their writing. It is clear that we have some budding poets in our midst and I am looking forward to seeing what else the children can produce.

In numeracy, we have continued through the many aspects of fractions and practised how to make conversions between mixed numbers and improper fractions: the class have worked extremely hard on this and fully deserve the gold stars they have earned this week. laugh

Below are some photos of the information posters we have been working on for our science topic on Earth and Space. Some great fun facts have been learned and it was good to see such great presentation skills on show at the same time!


  • Homework for the next few weeks will be the continuation of the home project, "A Country in Eastern Europe." Spellings have been given out, found in the homework section above, and an outline of where I believe the children should be by now in terms of their project's progress.
  • Parent Evenings are taking place next week, Monday and Tuesday for Year 5. Please check your email for the link to the Zoom meeting at the time you signed up for
  • Swimming Session 3 will be on Tuesday morning so please ensure your child comes to school with their costume and towel.
  • Any last permission slips for the Shrek production on Monday 21st March need to be returned early next week in order to secure enough adult supervision for walking the children to and from Blaise High.
  • Science Day takes place on Monday 14th March so children are allowed to come to school in their "messy" clothes!

Is there no stopping Red Team's winning streak?!


Week ending 4th March 2022


Welcome back to school and the beginning of term 4. We have hit the ground running once again, with an exciting English week and plenty of opportunity to bring our reading, writing and story telling alive. An evening of Bedtime Stories; the annual Spelling Bee competition, Dress Up Day and the story swap meant all things literacy were the order of the day. Below are some of the photos taken from these events.

We also introduced the new geography topic, "A Study of Eastern Europe," where we will be looking at the landscape, climate and human demographics of the countries involved. "Earth and Space" is our science unit for the term and we have already identified the planets that make up our solar system. See if your child remembers any of the mnemonics we looked at to help put these planets in order (distance from the sun).

The homework task can be found in the homework section above: it is the next home project, involving research and presentation of one country in eastern Europe. A power point has been put together to help with ideas and can be found on the isolation page in the Humanities folder.

Finally, launching our PSHE puzzle, "Healthy Me," we practised putting each other in the recovery position, a useful skill to have in the event an emergency situation presents itself. 

Red Team Win again: keep up the great efforts



Week ending 18th February 2022


School closure lessons for today, Friday 18th Feb, can be find in the isolation page above. I have focussed the lessons on what we had intended to cover in class but have adapted them slightly so you can access them easily from home. Do send me anything you would like me to see, such as further art work, book reviews or photos of science experiments: my email address is

We managed to take a few photos today of the completed artwork on collages of Britain and its flags. Some, you will see, are still works in progress but the care and resilience the children showed in completing this task was great to see. Their efforts have paid off, as the end products demonstrate.

Some children also had a go at completing a piece of art in the style of Banksy, using a stencilled approach, and creating a personalised "tag" as would be graffiti artists. 

Please remember:

Simmonds Class will begin their course of swimming sessions on the first day back after half term, Tuesday 1st March. Please ensure your child comes to school equipped with towel, goggles and swimming costume. Also, long hair must be tied back: no jewellery allowed.


Many thanks and I trust you all have an enjoyable break.


Week ending 11th February 2022


We have had an experimental time in Simmonds Class once again, with our science investigations into forces. This week, we attempted to make the perfect parachute, using our knowledge of air resistance and its effects. We changed just one variable in our tests, such as size, shape or type of material the parachutes were made of, and tested to see what elements made a difference to how fast or slow it travelled to the ground.

Below are a few photos of our investigations

We also began the new numeracy unit on Fractions and it has been great to see the class hit the ground running with this subject. We have covered fraction equivalents, comparing and ordering fractions, as well as simplifying fractions. The homework task provides an opportunity to consolidate the idea that the numerator and denominator need to be multiplied or divided by the same amount to be an equivalent fraction. 

We have now finished our geography topic on Modern Britain and its Marvellous Maps, completing it with an interesting lesson on how land use has changed after time. (As a heads up, we will be learning about Eastern Europe next term and a second home project will be set relating to this). 

Green Team are back in the game, having won the most team points this week, so congratulations to them.


Week ending 4th February 2022


It has been another busy week, with science investigations, developing hockey skills, polishing off our balanced discussions and applying our written methods for division to a range of challenging word problems. Yet again, the children have excelled themselves and I have been genuinely delighted with the progress so many of them have made. Below are a few pictures of our PSHE miming task, matching up different professions, before we researched some information about our ideal jobs. The slideshow demonstrates our science investigation on how gravity works on different objects: I am hoping to get some of the video clips from our resident camera operator, Zach, onto the gallery section above, so watch this space!

Red team sneaked the win this week!


Week ending 28th January 2022


Year 5 have made good headway on their balanced discussions this week, covering a variety of issues, from debates on junk food being banned, to whether trees should be cut down or boys and girls should play football together. It has been great to witness the children's growing awareness of arguments for and against each issue and to see their increasing ability to put forward reasoned statements.

We have also begun to look at dividing numbers by a single digit, using a formal written method.

Below are some photos of our science lesson on simple force mechanisms, our portrait sketches on famous Great Britons and, once again, Green team celebrating the most team points earned across the week. Further photos can be found in the gallery above, showing our collages on all things British. 


Week ending 21st January 2022


The week seems to have flown by once again but we have made some good progress with written methods for multiplying 2 digit numbers by other 2 digit numbers in maths and begun to look at the key features needed for discussion (or balanced arguments) within literacy. We also had a fantastic session of tree planting Thursday afternoon where well over 50 new trees were planted by year 5 in the school grounds to help support habitats as well as provide shaded areas for whenever (IF ever laugh!) the sun gets too hot.

Here are some of the photos of our team work. 

A quick reminder: Outdoor games take place on a Friday so your child should come to school wearing a suitable PE kit for cold weather. Indoor PE is on Monday.


Week ending 14th January 2022


Congratulations to Simmonds Class for surviving their first full week back in school after the Christmas break laugh

It has certainly flown by, with a revision of conjunctions, sentence starters and multiplication facts to fill the days, as well as completing Area and Perimeter in maths;  Forces and what they can do; geographical symbols on ordnance survey maps and thinking about our lives when we grow up (with a little help from Matilda).

Below are a few photos of our antics...including some fiercely fought arm wrestling (all in the name of science!) and some fabulous balancing acts in PE to demonstrate counter tension.


Balances to show counter tension


Week ending 7th January 2022


Welcome back to a new term and a new year. I hope you all managed to enjoy the break and escaped suffering from the on going COVID spread. The children seem well rested and have made a very positive start to term 3, launching into our first geography topic of the year, Modern Britain. The homework task is related to our initial discussions about what Britain is...and the children have been asked to create a collage of things associated with Britain and "Britishness." This is due in next Wednesday.

We have also been busy calculating perimeters, using a range of conjunctions in our writing and discovering our "inner actor" by performing religious stories through role play. Below is a selection of photos from our week's endeavours: the "most likely" to win future Academy awards must include Shabab, for his stern portrayal of Muhammad, outraged at the treatment of the camel, and Bethany and Belle, for their creative rendition of the front and back of the camel itself. laugh

Some exciting news to finish: Michael has joined us in Simmonds Class, having recently moved to England from Austria, and we are delighted to welcome him to year 5. We all hope he enjoys his time getting to know us...and look forward to watching more of his fab skills on the football pitch!

Researching information about Britain


Week ending 10th December 2021


Big congratulations go to the whole of Simmonds Class this week for making it through a tough old week of end of term assessments and still having smiles on their faces by the Friday! They displayed a great attitude towards the tests and have absolutely done you and themselves proud. 

We enjoyed our final session of Forest School with Caterpillar and presented her with a heartfelt card full of messages about how much we had learned and experienced from our Wednesday afternoons. We also replenished her supplies of hot chocolate and marshmallows since we seem to have consumed quite a plentiful amount over these past weeks! Photos of the fun are shown below. 

We drew our history topic to a close this week with an interesting and thought provoking debate on the legacy of slavery. We discussed its impact on racism today, the taking down of Edward Colston's statue in Bristol last summer and learned about some key abolitionists who helped make the slave trade illegal. We then followed this theme up through our PSHE lesson, and highlighted any links to the discrimination of religions, too, in RE. The photos below demonstrate the thoughtfulness, I think, of some of our discussions