Year 5 performed the conversations they had written between Mrs Zainab and Ayesha from the book Oranges In No Mans Land.
The children worked hard to make the conversation meaningful, concise and to move the story on, with the dilemma. Can Ayesha get over the “green line” to get more medicine for Grandma?
When they critiqued each other they noted humour, questioning and tone of voice they used when expressing themselves. There were some excellent comments made, even points to improve- making more expressions with body language which helps the voice, increasing their volume and stretching words to plead. Some were read too slowly and others too fast – there is a balance, depending on what they were saying.
Some had even written in interruptions in the conversations, which is just like real life! A good idea. Putting details in really helped move the story on.
We could see that confidence grew as they went through their performances.


Today Year 5 were looking at the similarities and differences between Norway and Wales. They have been looking at the two places in depth and today it was the economy.
They began by highlighting the similarities and differences in pairs and then joined other pairs doing the same area to compare their findings before writing a paragraph on what they had found.
There were some interesting facts to be learnt. The economy of each place is very dependent on the terrain (the way the land is- it can be flat or hilly, mountainous or barren). Also, as we have seen, both Norway and Wales are very picturesque (beautiful) and so they both have a lot of tourism (people having holidays and visiting there). Tourism creates jobs and brings the country money. That is part of their service industry. They also looked and farming and agriculture, forestry, sports and recreation as well as transport and manufacturing.
Have a look at them hard at work.


Today Year 5 looked at the relationship between numbers. They manipulated dienes to make numbers, add on and take away. This helped concrete the concepts of how many ones are in ten, how many ones and tens are in a hundred and how many ones, tens and hundreds are in a thousand.
The children then looked at adding and subtracting numbers and could see that if they added ones they may need to exchange for a ten or exchange tens for a hundred and so on.
Have a look at how they did.
Good work Year 5.

Oranges in No Mans Land by Elizabeth Laird

Today Year 5 put their conversation skills to test as they role played two characters from a book called Oranges in No Mans Land by Elizabeth Laird.
They have been reading about Ayesha from Lebanon and the dilemma she faces when she realises her Grandmother is very ill again and her medicine has finished. Should she risk her life to get some more medicine? That would mean crossing the “Green Line” and would be extremely dangerous or should she get some help from the family’s close friend Mrs Zainab?
The children role played Ayesha and Mrs Zainab to explore which way Ayesha might go- will she be persuaded NOT to go? Will Mrs Zainab offer to go instead? Will Mrs Zainab forbid Ayesha from going? Will Ayesha listen…or will she risk her own life to save her Grandmother?
What do you think she should say to Mrs Zainab?
What do you think Mrs Zainab should say to Ayesha?


Year 5 had a fabulous time this week learning about crochets, quavers and rests. They are now able to write their own short compositions using language to help them clap to the beat such as ‘fly’ for a crochet and ‘spider’ for a quaver.


Today year 5 continued with their Art topic; studying the work of Claude Monet. They learnt about him as a person, how he liked to paint and how influential he was in the area of ‘Impressionism’. The children listed the 6 main ideas that define Impressionism and next week, they’ll have a go at creating a colour palette to demonstrate their understanding.


What is it like in Norway?

Last week, year 5 started their Geography topic on Norway and Wales. They have been learning all about the country’s similarities and differences and focusing on the cities of Cardiff and Oslo. They have studied atlases and digimaps to locate various places on their maps. Today, they focused on the different climates of both cities. They learnt about what life is like in Norway, why not ask them what they learnt?

Claude Monet

Our topic this year in Art is Claude Monet. The children were given a jigsaw of one of his paintings and had to assemble it to see just what the impressionist’s work was like. They are looking forward to creating their own colour palette this week and delving more into the artist’s life and work.

Using Scratch

Computing has started in year 5 and the children have been using Scratch to generate moving characters that can talk. It’s been a lot of fun hearing them record their own voices to add to their characters…we’ve even had a talking doughnut! They are a talented bunch and can’t wait for next week’s lesson where they can build on their programming skills.


Year 5 looked at Scratch today. They began by showing all the things they have learnt from before…which is quite a lot! It was impressive to see how the class helped each other to complete a sequence and edit the sequence to change the timings etc.