Year 5 Anglo Saxon and Viking Experience Day

Wow! What a fantastic day Year 5 had!

We had a special visitor in school who delivered an Anglo Saxon and Viking workshop. It was fantastic to be able to see and touch all of the replica games, clothing, weaponry and other artefacts from this period.


Looking at every-day life for the Anglo Saxons. What did they wear? Why did they make and wear jewellery? Did they have slaves? What did they use their horns for?

The children had a go at writing their names in Anglo Saxon runes.



Grinding grain to make flour using quern-stones.


Did you know that fighting was only a very small part of Anglo Saxon and Viking life? Nevertheless, Year 5 loved finding out about the various weapons and armour that they would have used. It was all rather heavy!

Playing some traditional Anglo Saxon games.


Our enquiry challenge for the day: what are all of these items? What were they used for? Who would use them?

Find Your Brave

As part of Child Mental Health Week, Year 5 have been exploring the concept of bravery. To start or discussion, we talked about what bravery is and what things come to mind when we think of bravery.

       We then discussed how being brave makes us feel and challenges and obstacles we may face when we try to be brave.   

Finally, we listened to the song This Is Me from The Greatest Showman. We discussed the meaning of the song and talked about how being our true selves is sometimes the bravest thing we can do.

Creative and Performing Arts Workshop

Earlier this week, Miss Staines took 15 Year 5 pupils to Sirius Academy West to take part in a Creative and Performing Arts Workshop. The day was based on the musical School of Rock and throughout the morning the children took part in a dance, drama and music session. In drama, the children refined their acting skills while performing a scene from the musical; while working with a dance teacher, they learned a dance to one of the songs from School of Rock and in music they learned a song from the musical. In the afternoon, the children were selected to perform in either the drama, dance or music piece to the rest of the children in a celebration assembly at the end of the day. Reegan S was selected for a starring role in the dance piece and Chloe H and Megan D were chosen for starring roles in the drama piece.

Megan D, Chloe H and Charlie K performing in the drama piece.

Reegan S, Laura S, Poppy T and Ryan R performing in the dance piece and Darcie C, Zayne N, Declan G, Imogen T, Harry R, Dylan D, Ruby P and Cole O performing in the music piece.

A huge well done to Zayne N, Declan G and Reegan S who won prizes for their enthusiasm and outstanding performing skills throughout the day.

Viking Shields

To launch their new topic, Anglo Saxons and Vikings, Year 5 designed and created Viking Shields. First of all, we looked at some sources of evidence, depicting original and replica Viking shields and discussed the size and shape of the shields; the materials used to make the shields and the colours commonly used to decorate them. Using these ideas, we designed and constructed our own replica, Viking shield.
































Megan D, Mia-Louise Y, Cameron C, Ronnie H, Darcie C, Leila BH, Declan G and Dawood M with their fantastic Viking shields.

Year 5 Bikeability

Year 5 have had a fantastic week with the Bikeability instructors. We’ve had such a wonderful range of achievements and successes, from learning how to ride a bike from scratch, to riding on the road for the first time and even being able to turn right into a side street whilst altering road position and signalling. It has been amazing to see all of the children’s positive attitudes, resilience and new-found confidence in their cycling. Well done Year 5! Miss Jones and Miss Staines are so proud of you!


Coding Success

The children in Miss Jones’ class have enjoyed their coding lessons using Purple Mash. They’ve been learning how to write their own code and have been spotting problems and errors in code and correcting these.

A couple of weeks ago the children in the school choir were lucky enough to be involved in recording a new Christmas song with Viking FMs Cash for Kids. “A Winters Dream The Thousand Voices” is now available for Pre-order and will be released on Friday 6th December. Available on Amazon Music, iTunes and Google Play. Please support the charity and our Choir by downloading the song. Our wish is that is gets to Number 1 in the charts.

Super readers in Y56!

WOW! What an amazing couple of weeks reading we have had! Children have been working so hard on Lexia and Reading Plus there has been no shortage of certificates! Well done children, keep it up!

Y56 Intra House Cross Country 2019

Today, Y56 once again held their annual intra-house cross country competition. The weather was horrible with lashing wind and rain. Nevertheless, everyone who took part completed the course in excellent time.

The top 24 finishers will go on to represent the school in the Hull Active Schools competition next week with our top 6 runners entering the ‘A Race’ and next 18 running the ‘B Race’

Well done children and good luck next week to those qualifying children!

Top six girls (LR): Dana P 6th, Lexi A 4th, Paris W 2nd, Courtney LS 1st, Ruby C 3rd & Imogen T 5th. 

Top six boys (LR): Jacob L 6th, Brinley T 4th, Archie G 2nd, Jamie C 1st, Oliver M 3rd & Isaac Last 5th. 

Y56 Girls braving the horrible conditions!

European Day of Languages!

Ola! Bonjour! Guten Tag! Ciao! Yasuo!

On Thursday Y56 celebrated European Day of Languages 2019 with a tour of different European countries to learn different languages.

Children got to grip with Spanish, French, German, Italian and Greek! They completed lots of small activities and worked hard to master new words and pronounce them clearly – well done children!

Layla created a super German cartoon strip using basic conversation language

Y5JON have a super time learning Spanish!

The Greek language went down well but not everyone was keen on the olives!