Greek workshop

In Year 6, our topic is Ancient Greeks, this means we had the opportunity to take part in an Ancient Greek workshop. We looked at Greek artefacts, played a Greek game called Knuckle Bones and tried on some Greek outfits!

What did you learn today?

What was your favourite part?



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Year 6 Topic lessons!

In year 6, we have been learning all about Ancient Greece! We’ve painted Greek pots and Greek shields, we’ve learnt about democracy in Ancient Greece, chosen our favourite Greek God and even did an assembly on Ancient Greece.

We have been making talking textiles to show the story of Theseus and the Minotaur!

Have a look:





Miss Jarvis x

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Poetry Day!

This week 6J literacy group performed ‘Chocolate Cake’ by our class poet Michael Rosen as part of poetry week. We listened to all year 5 and 6 perform and had a fab afternoon watching different poems and learning about different authors!

What did you like about the performance?

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Year 6 Reading Area

In 6J, we think reading is extremely important. In our reading area we have all our book recommendations as well as front covers we have designed in the style of our class author Anthony Horowitz. Our reading area is also SPY themed to match our class novel.

We also have introduced a new ‘Word of the day’ section which allows us to find out the meaning of words which we may not have heard before and for us to try and use them in our writing! Today’s word was ‘placid’ – can you remember what it means?

Take a look at some of our class in our reading area:

Miss Jarvis x


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6J Maths

In our maths lessons so far we have been learning all about place value, addition, subtraction and we are starting our multiplication and division unit this week!

Take a look at some of our class showing their multiplication facts on our working wall and using the addition SNAP game!

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6J Assembly

A HUGE well done to 6J today on their assembly, you all did an amazing job and made me so proud!

Our assembly was all about History at Oxford Grove! We shared all of our History topics throughout school…

What did you learn?

What did you most enjoy?

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Reading Day

On Tuesday, it was reading day at Oxford Grove. In 6J literacy we shared our favourite books and discussed why we like reading different genres and different authors. We had lots of different books brought in! We then started reading our new class novel which is ‘Stormbreaker’ by Anthony Horowitz which we all enjoyed :)!

Take a look at some of our literacy group’s favourite books:


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A HUGE welcome to Year 6J!

I am so excited for the next academic year to be working with my new Year 6 class, Miss Lord has already told me how amazing you all are! Year 6 is a difficult year so you need to make sure you’re all working exceptionally hard during your last year at Oxford Grove!

Take a look at our welcome video which introduces you to life in Year 6 and… roll on September!!!

Miss Jarvis x

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A year in the life of… 5L!

Well 5L… what an amazing year we’ve had!

You have all come so far and made such amazing progress. I have had my best year at Oxford Grove so far with you lovely lot!

As much as I will miss you next year, I hope you have an EVEN BETTER year with Miss Jarvis and learn EVEN MORE, especially with less than a year until your SATs!

Here are some of our best moments this year:

What was your favourite part of this year?

Miss Lord x

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Recently we have been working really hard to update our displays across school. We have been looking at the topics we will be starting in September and producing some excellent work ready to put up on our walls.

What does your new classroom look like?

Miss Lord x



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In art, we are still working on our topic of: How Did the Great Artists See Themselves?

We have been thinking about how we see ourselves. Last week, we each created a photo montage to represent our personalities. This is Sumayah’s:

She has done a great job of using the space on her page. She has made sure she has used a range of colours to make her collage good to look at but also chosen images that tell us about what kind of person she is.

What would you put on your photo collage?

Miss Lord x

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On Friday, many of our children were at home celebrating Eid with their family and friends. In school, we made cards for our Muslim friends to show we were thinking of them.

What did you do to celebrate Eid?

Miss Lord x

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This year in music, we have had a change from out usual lovely teacher Mrs Hudson. This is because Year 5 learn how to play brass and drums with Mr Dunkley and Mr Bamford. The class was split in half – half did drumming for a term and half did brass, then we swapped over for the next term.

Recently, the children have chosen their favourite from drumming and brass and they are now spending the rest of the year working in that particular group.

I think this is a great opportunity for our children to try something new and I really hope they have enjoyed it.

Miss Lord x



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Smiley Reward – Crazy Golf!

This morning, we had our Summer 1 smiley reward which we earned for our impeccable behaviour and making the right choices.

We went onto the astroturf in the lovely sunshine and Miss Lord put us into teams on 3. In our teams, we had to navigate the golf ball through 9 different courses, with different levels of difficulty. Some were easy, some were really hard!

We all had a lot of fun 🙂

Miss Lord x


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In the Autumn term in year 5, we did two exciting D.T. topics, both linking to our history focus of Vikings.

Next year, you will be doing some baking as part of D.T. and you will also get to design and make your own t shirt.

What have been your favourite D.T. topics?

What do you like most about D.T.?

Miss Lord x

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We have recently started a new art topic in Year 5.

Our learning question is: How did the great artists see themselves?

We will be looking in particular at David Hockney and how he interpreted people’s faces to produce some great portraits.

This week, we have looked at some of the art David Hockney has produced and we have tried to copy it. This allowed us to experiment with oil pastels. We looked really carefully at the colours used by the original artist and noticed that a face isn’t just one colour.

This is Rida’s interpretation of one of the portraits:

Rida has a great background and has used the space well.

What do you think Rida could do to improve?

Miss Lord x

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The Highwayman

In Mrs Bains literacy group we have been reading a book called the highwayman . On one hand it was sad but in the other it intimidating. The main characters are Bess and the Highwayman . Let me tell you what the story was all about …

The Highwayman was galloping on his horse and saw Bess . Bess the landlords black eyed daughter, the Highwayman fell in love with her . They made a plan to gallop off to the west and roll down the hill near the sunset. Will be continued…

Then Bess got kidnapped to trap the Highwayman to arrest him because he stole from some people . Then Bess shot her self just to save her true love ! 

I hope you enjoyed my quick summary here are some questions :

. What did Bess do to save her true love ?

. Who is Bess the daughter of ?

Thank you the answers are :

Shot her self and Bess is the daughter of the landlord.

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This term we have been using Purple Mash to develop and extend our coding skills.

5L are already excellent at coding but this term we are introducing different and new commands. In the past couple of weeks we have looked at using ‘if’ and ‘when’ commands. For example we were using a knight to guard a castle; we created a command that meant IF he moved too far to the right, he would turn round and walk to his left.

This allows us to create more challenging programmes and games on Purple Mash.

I love computing because you lot are always teaching me new things!

Why do you love computing?

Miss Lord x

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Yesterday afternoon, we did some cross-curricular writing in our science lesson.

We watched videos and researched information about Neil Armstrong, then used everything we had learned to create a fact file about this significant individual. This links to our science topic of Earth and Space!

I learned lots of things about Neil Armstrong that I didn’t already know. For example, did you know he was only 15 years old when he got his pilot’s license?

Click on the photo to see Dyari’s writing. He has made so much progress since the start of the year and he is doing really well 🙂 well done Dyari.

Miss Lord x

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Spring 2 Smiley Reward

On the last day of term we had our smiley reward which recognises good behaviour across the school. Children who have earned enough stickers to fill their smiley chart are able to attend a treat organised by Miss Harvey.

This time we had lots of fun in a sport-themed smiley reward! The UK Military School visited us again with lots of great activities to help us learn about teamwork.

What was your favourite part?

Would you like this smiley reward again?

Miss Lord x

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Prestolee visit Oxford Grove!

Last Friday, we were visited by children from a Year 5 class at another school!

Prestolee’s Year 5 came to visit to take part in an African drumming and singing day with our Year 5s.

We worked hard all day to learn songs (both singing and drumming!) to perform to our parents in the hall. It was a great experience for our Year 5s who have made some lovely new friends.

Can you tell me about your new friends 5L?

Miss Lord x


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Life Caravan

On Wednesday, 5L went into the Life Caravan!

Our learning topic this year was friendship. First, we listened to the talking brain to learn about the effects of drugs and alcohol on our bodies. We then discussed how one of the main reasons people begin smoking or taking other drugs is because their friends tell them to. This is why it is really important that we know how to say no, or feel comfortable to change our mind about something we have said to our friend.

It is really hard to say no, especially to our friends. But I hope you feel more confident doing this now 5L!

What was your favourite part?

Can you think of a time when you would need to say no to someone?

Miss Lord x


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International Women’s Day

Today we have been learning about International Women’s day in 5L and we learnt about Emily Davison and Emmeline Pankhurst. In 5L we did some reasearch and found out that Emmeline had created the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). Emily Davison is very famous because she jumped in front of the kings horse and people think that Emily tried to attach a sash saying Votes For Women. In 1914 World War One began and all of the suffregetes had to help and work. In 1918 the war finished and everyone went back to their everyday lives, but the women still weren’t allowed to vote. All of the women were very annoyed at the fact that they weren’t allowed to work or vote, and they told everyone that they managed to work when they were at war so they can work now. Later in 1918 married women were allowed to vote if they were over the age of 30, this is when life for women started to change. In 1928 women were allowed to vote from the age of 21, this probably made the suffragettes very happy because at the time men were allowed to vote at the age of 21. A few days later Emmeline Pankhurst sadly died on the 14th July 1928 aged 21. Emily Davison was also a very well know suffragette and went to jail 9 times and died on 8th June 1913 for her injurys from when she was trampled by the kings horse on the 4 June 1913.


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World Book Day

Today was World Book Day and in Miss Lord’s literacy group we celebrated this by discussing some of our favourite books.

It was so lovely to hear so many children talk about how much they love reading!

This is Bindi’s work. Her favourite book is James and the Giant Peach – a good choice!







Can you tell me your favourite book?

Miss Lord x

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Fencing & Archery

Some children in Year 5 have started a new after-school club: fencing & archery!

This is a brand new club to be offered to Oxford Grove children and we had lots of responses from children who wanted to take part.

I hope you’ve been enjoying it 5L! It looks amazing!

Miss Lord x


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Music in Year 5 is extra special because we learn drumming and brass with Mr Bamford and Mr Dunkley.

Each child in Year 5 gets a chance to learn both brass and drumming.

After Easter, the children will be able to choose from drumming or brass – they will then spend the rest of the year developing their skills with their chosen instrument!

Have any of you made a decision yet 5L?

On the 23rd March, we are looking forward to children from another school coming to visit us. On this day we are hoping to make new friends and share our musical talents with one another. We can’t wait!

Miss Lord x

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Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day 2018 was on the 6th February, so today in our computing slot we discussed what it meant to be safe and kind online.

The children had lots to say about who they played games with or chatted to online. I was pleased to hear that so many of our children take steps to ensure they are always safe. For example, some children said that they were too young for certain social media sites so they didn’t have an account on them, and others said they knew the importance of keeping their bodies healthy so don’t spend too much time staring at a screen!

As homework, I asked all of 5L to do ONE good deed online this weekend. That could include liking someone’s photos, sending a compliment or a nice comment, working together with your friend to win a game, etc.

Can you comment to tell me your good deeds 5L?

Miss Lord x

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Art in 5L

We’ve been doing loads of art in Year 5 recently!

Last week, we were really lucky to have a visitor in school who helped us contribute to a whole-school art project, which is now up for display right outside our classroom!

We worked really well together to decorate huge, colourful birds by layering tissue paper with PVA glue.

Then later in the week, some of us began creating our Mayan masks, linked to our history topic. They look great, and the other children will get chance to make theirs in the coming weeks!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this 5L!

Miss Lord x

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Maya letters

In year 5 we have been learning about the Mayans. We are going to be doing an assembly on the Maya Civilisation. We know that the Mayans were very smart and made there own alphabet and number system. I have been researching and  have looked into the writing and number system of the Mayans as some extra homework.

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Maths areas and working walls

This week, Mrs Day and Miss Lowe have set up a lovely new maths area in the 5L classroom. You can see that they have put lots of time and effort in to make it look amazing! As well as looking fabulous, it contains tons of fun activities to practise maths skills in different and exciting ways.

Can you tell me about the maths areas in your maths classrooms?

Miss Lord x

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Over the past two weeks we have been very lucky to welcome two visitors into our school on two separate occasions. The first was a representative from A-Life who came to teach us how to keep our bodies healthy.

During the morning, we played games and completed activities, to do with food, exercise, water, etc.

Then in the afternoon, we took part in a fitness circuit – 45 minutes of non-stop exercise! There were a few pink faces by the end of it!

Do you remember any ways in which we can keep our bodies healthy 5L?


The second visitor was from Football vs. Homophobia. We learned and discussed what homophobia is, and how it can affect people. Tatiana from 5B won a t-shirt for her fantastic answer!

Miss Lord x

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Since we got back to school from our lovely Christmas break, we have started a new history topic – The Maya Civilisation.

Most of us had never even heard of this time period, this group of people and their culture. So far we have learned all about where they came from, and imagined what their life would be like by looking at pictures and researching using non-fiction.

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We have also linked this to our art topic, by researching art from different cultures including the Maya Civilisation. We are going to be focussing on masks, and eventually make our own Mayan mask!

What would you like to know about this part of history 5L?

Miss Lord x

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Spelling can be a really tricky area for some of us. That’s why we have been doing lots of extra spelling work recently to improve your skills.

You should be learning new words and spellings in class, as well as being sent homework involving this.

How many of these Y5/Y6 spellings do you already know? Click on the image to make it larger.

Can you think why good spelling is so important?

Miss Lord x



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During the Spring term, year 5 are going to be looking at ‘invasion games’ in their P.E. sessions. This will include Miss Lord’s favourite – hockey!

What do you already know about hockey?

How can we make sure we stay safe whilst still having fun during P.E.?

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Miss Lord x

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This week we have been catching up on our D.T. topic – How could I improve a Viking longboat?

We decided to use our knowledge of forces to create streamlined boats, and our previous learning on circuits to create a boat that could move without too much hard work!

Here are some of the completed boats:

Although they look GREAT, our boats definitely weren’t perfect and we talked about this in our evaluation.

What were some of the problems with our boats?

What would you do differently next time?

I hope you enjoyed this topic!

Miss Lord x

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