British Values Curriculum Day

Today we looked at what are British values and how our values shape us as people and as a society. We introduced the topic of democracy and the role of the UK parliament. We set up our own parliament in class and debated the introduction of a new bill. The children quickly understood that passing a new bill was not quite as a easy as first thought and that in order for anything to progress compromises were needed.

In the afternoon we got to buddy up with our Y2 class where we discussed the importance of tolerance and respect. The children in pairs made their own ‘Respect Super Hero’ and explained what their hero’s superpower was.

Y5 met Axel Scheffler

Y5 were extremely lucky to take part in a very special school event with author and illustrator Axel Scheffler hosted in partnership with the British Library. We took part in a live virtual broadcast where Axel showcased his beloved collection of miniature books, including a tiny handmade version of The Snail and the Whale and a book he made for his daughter’s dolls’ house. He also revealed some wonderful miniature treasures from the British Library, which are currently on display in Newcastle City Library.

Children then followed his step-by-step guide to making a miniature book. All children have made their very own book, each with a story and individual illustrations. These will be displayed in our school library.

Y5 Author Visit

This half term Y5 worked on completing a narrative piece of writing. They wrote an extra chapter to the book ‘Viking Boy’. The writing produced was of such a high caliber we decided to share it with the author of the book, Tony Bradman. Tony spoke to the children and answered lots of their questions, inspiring our budding writers of the future. 

Reading in KS2

This term we’ve teamed up with Collins e-books to offer all year 5 and 6 pupils free access to the whole-range of banded books online. You should shortly find a sticker in your school diary, which will list your personal login details for the platform. Follow the video below, as Mr. Cross shows you how to login to the reading platform from home.