Monthly Archives: October 2021


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?