Welcome to Morpurgo Class! We are named after the British author Michael Morgurgo and will be working on several texts by this author through out the year.
The adults who work in our class are:
- Miss S.Wilson
- Mrs J.Hill
We also work very closely with:
- Mr M.Bolton
- Miss E.Stanham
- Miss H.Wilson
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries throughout the year.
Comic Relief Fun
Enjoying our games time on the MUGA to raise money for comic relief. Thank you to all who dressed up and donated money.
Democracy in real life
This morning we watched a live debate in the house of commons. We discussed what was happening and compared this to democracy in Ancient Greece. The children asked a lot of sensible questions and showed a great interest in politics.
Music - Steel Pans
We had our first music lesson with our specialist teacher Jermaine this week. He split us into 3 groups: steel pans, chime bars and drums. We discussed the names of the instruments, names of each steel pan and lots of technical music terms. As a result of this, we now understand the terms chord, base, pitch, melody and rhythm. By the end of the lesson, the children could play a short tune.
World Book Day
We dressed up as book characters and shared our favourite books in class. There were some amazing costumes!
Ancient Greece - Democracy
This week we have been focusing on what democracy is and how decisions are made in this country. We then worked on an issue that the children selected themselves. This was: 'Should there be an equal number of male and female teachers in a primary school?'. The children were then split into three groups - for, against and balanced. In these groups the children were given specific roles and created a speech for debate. Finally, we got together as a class and shared our speeches and voted on the issue.
PE - Basketball Skills
This half term we are continuing our work with Mr Burnell (a sports coach from Cockburn John Charles Accademy). We will be mainly focusing on basketball skills, invasion, defending and teamwork.
Cockburn John Charles Academy - Trip
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to watch the production of 'Little Shop of Horrors'. We were impressed with the acting, singling and overall performance. The story also allowed us to generate ideas to help us with our English work this half term.
Valentines Day - Dress up
We wore red to raise money for Leeds Children's Hospital. Check out our photos.
During Internet safety day we had an assembly with Mr Bolton, discussed the idea of consent following the theme 'Our Internet, Our Choice', played games linked to Internet safety, watched videos about and made posters for the year 5 competition.
As part of our work on Air Quality, we have had scooter training this week. This is to encourage us to be more active and hopefully scoot to school. We needed to make sure that we understood and followed the rules about scooting near to a road. It was a lot of fun.
Fun with Fractions
Year 5 have been looking at fractions this week in Maths. We had many children, in both classes, that were nervous and not overly confident when we mentioned the word fractions on Monday. Through hard work and perseverance we now have two classes of children who are confident fraction savvy children.
English - Instructions
We had a lot of fun evaluating different sets of instructions to play card games. Some of the instructions included all of the features and were very clear - this made it easy to play the game. However, some sets of instructions were really unclear, jumbled and brief. This made it hard to follow. We now know how important it is to be clear and concise when we write our own instructions.
Relay Race - Text features
How many features of instructions can you remember? We had a lot of fun working as a relay team to find as many features as we could in 2 minutes.
In Computing we are using a programme that allows us to make and choose your own adventure story. To plan, we created a flow chart on sugar paper to branch the database . We will use Inklewriter to input our plan and manage the decisions that we can make. In order to be successful, we need to use lots of computing skills. This includes: debugging, tinkering, perseverance and logic to successfully create our adventure. We will see how we get on over the next few weeks. We may be able to publish some of our adventures to the website.
PE - Tennis
We enjoyed working with our new sports coach Mr Burnell from Cockburn John Charles. This half term we are focusing on our tennis skills and hope to enter a competition against other schools at the end of the half term.
Topic - Map Work
Our topic this half term in 'Marvellous Maps'. This week we have been exploring maps and looking at compass directions. We had to use the 8point compass to guide Harry Potter around Hogwarts using these directions and then tried to direct ourselves around school and the playground.
We have also designed our own maps using 6 figure grid referencing. This is linked to our English work on Treasure Island.
Singing in the community
This week, we visited Arla Business Centre to show off our carol singing skills. We raised over £120!! As a reward for our hard work, we enjoyed a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
Well done to all of year 5 for a fantastic class assembly. The whole assembly was created by the children - including the script. Can we also say a huge thank you to all of the parents who came to watch.
Assembly Friday 7th December
Morpurgo & Pratchett class would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our class assembly, on Friday 7th December at 1:30pm. We will share photos, videos and tales from our recent visit to Robinwood.
Kung Fu Punctuation
Checking the quality of our punctuation. We love using kung-fu punctuation in our editing lessons.
Children in need
We had a lot fun dressing up and raising money for children in need.
As part of Remembrance Day, we had a visitor in UKS2 to explain what life was like during this time. We had a lot of fun dressing up, acting like soldiers and exploring the artefacts from the period. This activity helped to develop our understanding of WW1 and why we wear our poppies on Remembrance Day.
On Thursday, year 5 enjoyed a trip to Vue Cinema as part of Leeds Film Festival. Goosebumps 2 was exciting and a little bit jumpy at times. It was also really, really funny! We plan to use ideas from the movie in our computing and English lessons this half term.
This half term our topic is Anglo Saxon Britain. In our first lesson we discussed what we already know, what we think we know and what we would like to find out about the Anglo Saxons. Then, we added this information to our topic display so that we can use our ideas in future lessons.
Morpurgo class really enjoyed our taster session with a judo coach. We found out about the history of judo and worked on throws and defending ourselves. We had a lot of fun and hope to try it again in the future.
Today we spent time finding out about WW1 and the significance of the poppy. We then designed and made poppies of our own. We hope to decorate the year 5/6 staircase with these designs in time for Remembrance Day.
Topic - Group Work
This week we have been researching the questions we still have about space. We have paired up with children from the other class and used the laptops and books to create group learning logs. We have displayed our findings in many different ways and look forward to sharing our logs with the rest of the class.
We have been working on Mystery Stories this half term and enjoyed sharing them with Pratchett class. Here are some examples of our amazing writing:
Rapidly, Jasmine and Billy rode through the rough and bumpy forest. They were heading to home due to the weather. The rain became increasingly worse and worse. At that second, a loud popping noise came through the forest like a volcano ready to explode!!!
“Can you hear that?” exclaimed Jasmine .
However, before Billy could even answer, he saw a vivid light appear out of the corner of his eye. What was this? Jasmine and Billy stared at each other. They shouted “Aliens” in shock. Within a blink of an eye, the vivid light of the spaceship was right in front of them. Were they about to die?
At that second, the boys halted. Somewhere above them, there was a deafening screeching sound. In the reflection of the slippery ice, they saw what looked like a huge black space ship!!
“Uhhhuhhh w…w…what was that?” exclaimed James.
“What was what? But do you hear that?” questioned John.
The boys froze with fear in their eyes. “Almontians!” shouted the boys (They did not say the same thing). One thought aliens, the other martians. What was happening? Were aliens about to attack? Before they could even blink, the flickering lights were right in front of them. What was going on?
Unfortunately at that moment, James and John saw it zooming around them. Its engines rumbled like thunder. Suddenly, it disappeared, but it left a smoke trail.
As fast as a cheater, Ellie and Taylor frantically followed the rusty space ship into a dark and gloomy cave.
“I don’t like this,” whimpered Ellie.
“Me either,” cried Taylor, gritting her teeth.
Suddenly, the space ships engines rumbled like thunder. It was like a lion ready to pounce! The horrified girls did not know what to do. Before they could even blink an eye, an oozy and slimey alien was in front of them… Just then, Ellie and Taylor fainted …
As the moon was beaming brightly, Leo bolted up, screeching uncontrollably. Kai was staring around blankly-they were all alone and laying in a weird, large and damp cavern. How did they even get here? And what about the weird stone? Just before Kai and Leo could say anything to one another, a huddle of paramedics were hurrying in wildly and throwing them on to stretchers. Kai and Leo were really confused – was the purple rock real, or did they imagine it?
Due to our great attendance this half term, we have already earned an extra session in the school garden. We decided to do our Guided Reading lesson in the garden and really enjoyed it.
Science - Planets
This week we have been thinking about the planets in our solar system. We found out how far each planet was from the sun and represented this on the school field. Neptune is further away than we ever thought possible! We then thought about how the planets orbit around the sun and the time it takes for each planet to do this.
More reading buddy fun
Once again, we were joined by our year 3 reading buddies. We shared books together and had lots of fun. We were very impressed with the year 3 reading ability and were really proud of the year 5 children who helped them.
Problem Solving in maths
The children worked in groups to solve tricky maths problems. We tried to show our understanding in more than one way and prove that our answers were correct.
Sharing our amazing story openers with the children from Pratchett class. We have thought very carefully about how to structure our writing and include descriptive features. We have also focused on how including dialogue can move our stories forward.
Please ensure that your child has returned their consent forms to the class teacher by Friday 28th September. Can we also remind you that all monies owing should be paid by Friday 16th November. If there are any problems please contact Miss Wilson the Headteacher.
This week we have been finding out about the planets in our solar system. We worked in groups to debate statements and then worked on the shapes, positions and movement of the planets. Finally, we did some independent research on the planets.
This week, year 5 teamed up with year 3 to read a selection of books. We are going to do this every couple of weeks to help improve our reading skills. The children enjoyed reading with the younger children and sharing their books with them.
English - Drama
This week, we took on the role of characters from the story Alien Landing and acted out what we though they would say to each other. We then used these ideas to add dialogue to the original story. Morpurgo class definitely includes some future actors!
Roald Dahl Dress Up
The children enjoyed dressing up as Roald Dahl book characters. They shared which character they were and the books that they are from. Check out our awesome outfits.
Trailer making - Computing.
In our computing lesson, we absolutely loved exploring trailers using the IPads. We found out how to add recordings and photographs to make a trailer for a movie. In the next few weeks, we hope to make trailers linked to our English shared text and Topic work on Space.
ACES PE Lesson
Morpurgo class really enjoyed their first session with our PE coaches from ACES. We particularly liked the warm up game Pacman.
We are enjoying using Go noodle to increase our fitness levels and wake up our brains.
English - Talk for writing
During our English lessons, we have been learning the mystery tale 'Alien Landing'. The children have started to learn the text off by heart and have enjoyed creating actions. We look forward to writing our own mysteries in the next few weeks.