Snydale Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S72 8JR
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Welcome to The Genius Giraffes' Page!
Our class teachers are Mrs Hughes (Mon-Wed) and Mrs Harris (Wed-Fri). We are also supported by Miss Parkin.
On our page we will keep you up to date with photographs of our experiences and examples of our work.
Spelling test and new spellings given out.
Please make sure your child brings their blue folder in every Monday. Spelling scores are recorded every week.
Maths Homework due in and new homework given out. A log of returned maths homework is kept each week.
Class 12 have started 'Challenge 70' which is our class expectation to read for 70 minutes every week. This can be broken down to ten minutes reading time every day.
Your child has been given a special blue reading folder where they can log all the reading they do. The total number of minutes read is recorded every week.
To kick start our new topic, our teachers surprised us with a 'Greek Day'. We took part in various activities during the day and gained lots of valuable information ready for a new term of learning.
As part of our learning about Ernest Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica, we have each taken on the role of one of his crew members. Each crew member having a specific job role.
We made clay models to represent good luck charms or items these crew members would have taken with them on board the Endeavour. We used clay tools to shape the clay and then left them to air dry.
Can you explain to an adult what your model represents and the crew member you made it for?
Continuing with our learning about Ernest Shackleton and his expedition to Antarctica, we role-played as a member of his crew and freeze framed a significant moment. As we got into character, we wrote down what our crew members would be thinking, feeling and saying as they searched frantically for South Georgia on board the lifeboat.
Here are our freeze-frames and ideas bubbles.
What an amazing surprise we had this morning!
A book camp appeared in our hall and it was amazing. We couldn't wait to explore and get reading. Here are photographs of us in action.
We want it to stay forever!
This morning we dramatised the Endurance using our bodies and voices.
We studied the parts of the Endurance and created the shapes ourselves. Some of us added sound effects of the crew, dogs, and weather.
This gave us inspiration for our writing. It helped us to visualise what it would have been like in those treacherous Antarctic conditions when the men had to abandon the Endurance.
Here are photographs of us in action.
Today we became poets.
We took inspiration from a poem called 'Into the Weddell Sea' and wrote our own thinking about Ernest Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica.
As you can see from the photographs, we pieced together words and phrases to build up our poems.
Included in our poems were powerful adjectives, similes, metaphors and personification phrases.
We all had great fun being hands-on poem writers.
Thank you to those who have made models, drawn pictures or written poems and facts.
Take a look at our fantastic homework.
They really make our Antarctic classroom come to life!
Thank you to all the children and parents who came to the evening performance of Ebenezer: A Christmas Carol.
Well done to all the Year 5 children who acted, sung, made props or were stagehands on the night.
It was a magnificent performance!
Good luck to Class 12 for their Christmas performance of Ebenezer this afternoon and Thursday evening.
As they say in the world of show business... Break a leg!
Congratulations to Finlay, Aimee-Jo and Morgan who went along to the Enterprise Finals today at Tankersley Manor.
They presented (in the style of dragon's Den) their musical feature design to a panel of judges at the 'Louder than Life' competition.
Miss Taylor said they were amazing and represented our school fantastically.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Father David who came in to see us today.
He came to talk to us about Christian celebrations at Christmas and we asked him this very important question:
What are your inspirations for your Christmas sermons?
Can you tell your adults at home what Father David told us? What are his inspirations for the Christingle and Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve?
This week we have been carrying out science investigations using circuit equipment.
We investigated how various components are affected when different variables are changed.
Here are photographs of us during the investigations, our scientific drawings and our completed circuits.
Today we got 'Spotty' for Children In Need.
Thank you to all the children and parents who gave so generously for the Children In Need charity.
Click the link below to visit the Children In Need website to see who will benefit from your donations.
Today we remembered all the service men and women who sadly lost their lives in war.
We began our day by making poppies for a wreath which was taken to Father David's church for the Remembrance Sunday Service.
At 11 o'clock there was a two minute silence where we paid our respects to all who gave their lives fighting for our country.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Today we celebrated Father David's 60th Birthday and the grand opening of the new school building.
What a wonderful day we all had with the cutting of the ribbon, buffet lunch and celebration assembly.
We wrote Father David birthday poems and letters and turned them into a huge birthday card.
Happy Birthday Father David!
Ten lucky children from Year 5 were selected to spend the morning with Mrs Young down at Carlton Marsh.
The children investigated the natural habitats around the marsh, carried out a spot of bird watching and made pine cone bird feeders.
Brooke, Stephanie, Sophie, Daniel and Calum had a wonderful time and were a credit to our school.
Today we had some very special visitors in school.
We learnt about several birds of prey and watched them perform clever tricks.
It was such an enjoyable morning learning about these incredible birds.
Enterprise Day 2017
The rain didn't dampen our spirits as we competed in sporting challenges at the Dorothy Hyman Stadium this afternoon.
Years 5 and 6 competed in obstacle, skipping, sprinting, long distance and relay races.
We have had a fantastic first week back, working hard to learn out about where coal comes from and reading the text 'A Kestrel for a Knave'. We are looking forward to our trip on Monday to the National Coal Mining Museum. Watch out for pictures from the day.