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Norbridge Academy

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Annual Attendance
  • F1 Canary Class AM
  • F1 Canary Class PM
  • F2 Heron Class 95.9%
  • F2 Kingfisher Class 95.3%
  • Y1 Parakeet Class 97%
  • Y1 Penguin Class 96.7%
  • Y2 Peacock Class 98%
  • Y2 Woodpecker Class 96.6%
  • Y3 Flamingo Class 97%
  • Y3 Merlin Class 97.7%
  • Y4 Kestrel Class 97%
  • Y4 Red Kite Class 97.6%
  • Y5 Macaw Class 96.4%
  • Y5 Toucan Class 96.1%
  • Y6 Bluejay Class 97%
  • Y6 Goldfinch Class 96%
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Y5 Macaw Class

Welcome to  Macaw Class!

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Macaw Class

Welcome to our class page! We are a group of enthusiastic Year 5 children who love to learn. Follow what we get up to during school here...

 

Useful Information:

 

Class Teacher - Miss Greaves

Teaching Assistants - Mrs Cooper, Mrs Williams and Mr Crossland.

 

Tuesday - Swimming

Wednesday - French and Karate

Thursday - P.E.

Friday - Music

 

Homework will be sent out weekly on a Friday. Children who complete their homework and hand it in every week will receive a reward.

Children are encouraged to read as often as possible at home. For every three reads, recorded in the children diary's, they will receive a sticker which will equate to rewards and prizes.

 

 

Macaw Class have also taken part in our final production of The Lion King. We have all enjoyed taking part in this fantastic production and it was great to have so many family members and friends there to support the children.

Monday 8th - 12th July

English - This week children have been writing a balanced argument. They have learnt about the features of a balanced argument, planned their ideas and written a balanced argument including an introduction and conclusion. The children were able to choose from a range of topics such as;

- Should T.V be banned for under 11's?

- Should dogs be banned from parks?

- Should girls and boys football be mixed?

- Should all video games be made for over 18's only?

 

Maths -This week in Maths we have been looking at converting different units of measure. Children have been learning to convert millilitres and litres, millimetres, centimetres, metres and kilometres. We have also looked at converting between imperial and metric units of measure. 

 

 

Wednesday 3rd July

This morning, Year 5 have been using their 'Sports Leader' skills to help foundation children play a range of sport activities. It has been a lovely morning and the children have been brilliant at giving and following instructions. They were very caring towards the foundation children, who listened brilliantly. 

The children have been working hard on our school production of 'The Lion King'. We have started to bring together all the fantastic dances, acting, costumes and songs. It's going to be great!

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03.06.19

Maths

This week in Maths we have been revising all the Maths methods we have learnt so far this year. We are then moving onto our next Maths Unit: Geometry.

English

This week in English we are learning how to write a diary entry. We are learning all the features of a diary entry so that we can write our own next week. We have based our learning on a video called Evol from The Literacy Shed.

 

R.E

This week we have learnt about the importance of journeys for Hindus. This is continuing on our work about Religious Journeys.

20.05.19

Maths

This week in Maths we have been continuing with our Geometry Unit. We have been learning about different lines and angles in shapes. We have learnt about parallel and perpendicular lines and learnt to recognise and draw them.

 

English

This week in English we are learning to write a Newspaper report. We have watched a video about a cloud maker and then learnt the features of a newspaper report. We have then hot seated the characters so we can imagine that we are the cloud maker and answer interview questions. We have then put all this together to write a newspaper report about the cloud maker.

 

Art

This week in art we have put together our work from last week to create a 3D image of a Mayan temple in the jungle. Look below for phots of our fantastic work.

Summer Term

In the Spotlight

 

During the Summer Term, we will be looking at different authors and exploring different narratives to inspire our own creative writing. In addition to this, we will be going back in time to the Mayan era and will be discovering key facts about this ancient civilisation. Read below to find out what we will be learning about in the different subject areas:

 

Geography and History: In our history lessons, we will be learning all about the Mayans and identifying the similarities and differences between their ancient civilisation and ours. We will identifying their religious beliefs, recognising how to use their ancient number system and sample the traditional foods linked to this era.

 

The Arts: As part of our creative learning this term, we will designing and creating replicas of the Chichen Itza, make our own Ancient Mayan masks and use mosaics to create ancient patterns and pictures. We will also be using dance and drama to retell some of the stories of the Ancient Mayan gods.

 

R.E:  For our R.E lessons, we will be understanding the meaning of 'journeys' and define religious reflections and expressions. We will be identifying some of the religious journeys people can undertake during their lifetime.

 

Computing: During the Spring Term, we will develop our understanding of radio broadcasting and creating our own podcasts to share on the school blog.

 

Science: 'Properties of Materials is the main theme for our science lessons this term. We will be investigating different materials and describe them according to their properties. We will also be investigating chemical changes.

 

Music: During the Summer Term, we will continue to play as a class band with Mr Bellingham. We will secure our understanding of musical composition and we will replicate traditional Mayan sounds.

 

P.E: We will continue to have our weekly PE sessions with Mr Scott, where we will participate in a range of track and field events in preparation for Sports Day.

 

French: Madame Walsh will continue to teach our weekly French lesson. We will be developing new vocabulary and skills during this time.

 

Venture Experts: This term, we will continue with our Venture Experts sessions on a Tuesday afternoon. During this time, we participate in a range of activities with different teachers, including radio and broadcasting, STEM, musical theatre and digital media.

25th - 29th March

English

This week in English we have been writing a story. The children have planned, drafted, edited and written a final draft of there own stories. They have really enjoyed coming up with their own main character, setting and plot and using a range of descriptive techniques to bring their stories to life. We have then blogged our stories on our class page. Head over to macaw2018.norbridgeblogs.net to take a look!

 

Maths

This week in Maths we have been adding and subtracting decimals. We have had to make sure we are really confident with place value to add and subtract decimals. We then moved onto sequencing decimals. 

 

History and Geography

This week we have learnt a little bit about the Mayans as this is our topic for Summer Term. We learnt a few facts about the Mayans and then created Mayan masks.

 

 

18th - 22nd March

English

This week we have been planning and starting to write our own stories. We have all come up with our own main character and setting and described them using the writing techniques we have been focusing on over the last few weeks. We have started our first draft and they are already brilliant stories. We look forward to sharing our finished stories with you.

Maths

This week in Maths we have been adding and subtracting decimals less than and greater than one.

 

Creative Writers Day

On Wednesday we had an exciting visitor. We had an assembly to show us 'The Night Zoo Keeper', watching a short animation about the night zoo keeper. We then got to log onto a blog page and create our own creature to go in the night zoo!

 

 

Magna

Today we have been to Magna for our Year Five trip. We got to explore all areas of Magna and take part in two exciting workshops. In the first workshop, we looked at the stars and different constellation. We then talked about rocket fuel and watched a model rocket fire along a string using fuel. In the second workshop, we learnt about hot air balloons and learnt how heat can make things rise. We then looked at creating a chemical reaction, using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. We really enjoyed our day and really learnt a lot of new information. 

11th March - 15th March

Maths

This week in Maths we have been learning about decimals. We have learnt to count on and back in tenths and hundredths and learnt to order decimals. We have then applied our knowledge of fractions and learnt to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages. 

 

English 

This week in English we have been learning about the features of a narrative story, building up to writing our own story next week. We have focused on using relative clauses, adjectives, adverbs and fronted adverbials to improve our writing. We based our writing on a short film called 'The Dream Giver' - you can watch it here https://www.literacyshed.com/dreamgiver.html  

S.M.S.C

This week in S.M.S.C we have looked at commitment and what it means to be committed. We thought about different religions and how they are committed to their faith. We then listed all the different things that we are committed to. 

Science Week

11th - 15th March

This week has been British Science Week. Each class has taken part in a Science activity to celebrate Science learning. We really enjoyed taking part in a range of activities and completing experiments. Take a look at the photos below.

Monday 4th March

Space Centre Trip

Today we went on our Year Five trip to The Space Centre. We had a fantastic time exploring and really enjoyed learning about Space. Take a look at some of the pictures from our trip below. 

25th February - 1st March

 

Maths

This week in Maths we have started to look at decimals. We have learnt how to write decimals, write and convert decimals to fractions and understand thousandths. We have placed decimals on a number line to help us understand the value of tenths and hundredths and used place value grids and counters to show how many ones, tenths, hundredths and thousandths a number has.

 

English

We have been learning about the features of a recount this week. We have looked at what the different features of a recount are and practised using each feature. We are going on our class trip to The Space Centre on Monday and we will use the features we have learned this week to write a recount about our trip.

 

Science

In Science this week we have learned about forces. We have looked at the different types of forces and then thought about what different forces are acting on objects at different times. W played a special game of 'forces bingo' to help us remember what the different forces are.

 

Art

In Art this week we are focusing our learning on the environment and how we need to protect the environment. We looked at the damage pollution causes and used charcoal to create an image to show the effects of pollution.

4th - 8th February 

 

English

This week in English we have been learning about the features of a newspaper report.  We have learnt what the features are, identified them in a newspaper report and planned our own newspaper report.

 

Maths

This week in Maths we have been continuing our work with fractions and have been multiplying fractions. We have looked at multiplying proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers.  

 

Science

In Science this week we have been continuing with our Space Topic and have learnt about the movement of the moon. We have created a model of the movement of the moon and explained what happens during the movement of the moon.

 

R.E

This week in R.E  we have been learning about Islam and the Mosque. We learnt about tradition in a Mosque and then created our own Mosque's out of paper and card.

 

21st - 25th January

 

Maths

This week we have been looking at fractions. We have been adding fractions with the same denominator,  adding fractions with a related denominator and converting fractions to find common denominators.

 

English

This week we have been learning about Tim Peake and his journey into Space. We have been looking at the training he had to go through to get to his first flight to the ISS. We then started to think about what thoughts and feelings he would have had at different parts of his journey. This is all in preparation for writing a diary entry next week.

 

Science

In Science this week we have been learning about our solar system, the order of the planets in our solar system and some features of each planet. We created a poster to show where each planet sits in the solar system in relation to the sun.

 

 

Spectacular Space Blogging

On Wednesday evening children were invited to stay at school and take part in some fun activities for our Spectacular Space Blogging event. A fantastic 32 children chose to stay at school for the event and enjoyed activities such as; making flying rockets (using paper, balloons and straws), creating a telescope and making Moon Rock rocky road, which was delicious! 

 14th - 18th January

This week we have been really busy learning about fractions, Explanation texts and getting a better understanding of our class topic, ' Out of this World'. 

 

Maths

This week in Maths we have been working on fractions. We have learnt how to simplify fractions, convert mixed number fractions to improper factions, converting improper fractions to mixed number fractions, using fraction as division, ordering fractions and converting fractions to equivalent fractions! If you would like more fractions practice head over to this website and select fraction games...

www.maths-games.org

 

English

This week in English we have been learning about Explanation Texts. We have learnt what an Explanation Text is, what features it has, how to apply those features to our own writing and written our own Explanation Text. We invented a machine for Tim Peake to use while he is in space that creates his favourite meal. We wrote an Explanation Text to discuss how it all works. Head over to our class blog page to read our work.

macaw2018.norbridgeblogs.net 

 

Topic

This week in History we learnt about the history of Space Travel and 'The Race to Space'. We learnt about the first space craft to be sent into space, the first animals to go to space, the first space shuttle to orbit the Earth, the first space shuttle to land on the moon and the first people to land on the moon! We found it really interesting and enjoyed watching videos of Astronauts in space. We then created our own timeline to help us remember the events in the 'The Race to Space'.

 

 

Spring Term - Out Of This World

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During the Spring Term, we will be learning all about space for our topic 'Out of this World'. We will be learning all about the 'Race to Space', comparing planets, looking at the Earth and it's place in space and finding out how to look after our planet.

Read below to find out what we will be learning about in the different subject areas:

 

Geography and History: In our geography lessons, we will be developing our understanding of how to look after the planet and will recognise the importance of recycling. We will explore the history of flight in our history lessons and consider how space travel has changed throughout the years.

 

Science: 'Earth and Space' and 'Forces' are the two themes for our science lessons. We will describe the Earth and compare this to other planets and stars. We will recognise and understand forces such as gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.

 

The Arts: As part of our creative learning this term, we will be using different media to create our artwork. We will also be using drama to re-enact the moon landing and creating music to represent space. We will also complete an 'upcycling' project to link with our focus on recycling.

 

R.E: For our R.E lessons, we will be learning about the Islamic faith and will consider the question: What is faith? We will learn the story of Mohammed and consider Islamic beliefs and lifestyles.

 

Computing: During the Spring Term, we will develop our own games using 'Scratch' and design and evaluate our own web-pages.

 

Music: During the Spring Term, we will continue to play as a class band with Mr Bellingham. We will develop our understanding of musical composition and we will replicate the classical piece by Holst for a planet of our own.

 

P.E: We will continue to have our weekly PE sessions with Mr Scott, where we will develop our Lacrosse and Tennis skills. We will also be taking part in a weekly swimming session, as well as a weekly Karate session with Sensei Dave.

 

French: Madame Walsh will continue to teach our weekly French lesson. We will be developing new vocabulary and skills during this time.

 

Venture Experts: This term, we will continue with our Venture Experts sessions on a Tuesday afternoon. During this time, we participate in a range of activities with different teachers, including radio and broadcasting, STEM, musical theatre and digital media.

Christingle Service

13.12.18

Today we had our Christingle service. We learnt all about the story of Jesus and advent and made our own Christingles.

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Maths

10.12.18

This week in Maths we have been continuing to look at multiplication and division. To make sure we had a good understanding of different multiplication and division methods we have been looking at applying these skills to solve word problems.

English

10.12.18

This week in English we have been focusing on writing an advert using persuasive writing features. We have looked at the features of persuasive writing and learnt how to apply writing features that we already use, such as expanded noun phrases and similes. We have also read another chapter of our class book 'The Butterfly Lion' and created an advert for the circus, which the lion is being sent to.

English 

03.12.18

This week in English we have been focusing on our class book 'The Butterfly Lion'. We have taken on the role of a character from the book and used drama to get into character. We also made character profiles of each character to show how well we have come to know the characters.

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Maths 

03.12.18

This week we have been looking at multiplication. We have tested our multiplication knowledge and learnt written multiplication methods to assist us when multiplying larger numbers. We also looked at solving word problems involving multiplication.

Maths 

W/C 12.11.18

This week in Maths we have been looking at Area and Perimeter. We have learnt how to calculate the area of a square or rectangle, how to work out the perimeter of a rectilinear shape and how to estimate the area of an irregular shape.

English 

W/C 12th November

This week in English we have been looking at writing a newspaper article. We looked into the features of a newspaper article and learnt all the important aspects needed to write an interesting, gripping article. We then planned our own article based on the events of the 5th of November and included interesting facts about Guy Fawkes, that we had researched ourselves.

English

W/C 5th November

 

This week in English we have been learning how to write a Newspaper Report.

We have learnt about the features of a Newspaper Report and done our own research on Guy Fawkes to use in our reports next week.

Maths

W/C  5.11.18

 

This week in Maths we have been focusing on Multiplication and Division.

We have been learning about multiples, factors and prime numbers and learning how to apply this knowledge to solve problems.

 

Autumn Term 2

Maths 

22.10.18

This week in Maths we have been looking at using tables and graphs and interpreting the data. We looked at using two-way tables and line graphs and have tried drawing our own line graphs.

SMSC Day

Monday 15th October

Today children from Year Five have taken part in SMSC Day. We have focused our learning on the Bible, where it came from and who wrote it. We learnt about the age of the bible and who contributed to writing it. We learnt that it was written over hundreds of years and by around 40 different people. We created a Dove, to represent the Holy Spirit, as some people believe that the people who contributed to the bible were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Children wrote letters to their friends about a miracle Jesus performed, just as some people believe Matthew, Mark, Luke and John did to form the Gospels. We then created a moving boat picture to remind us of some of the stories that are in the Bible, such as when Jesus calmed the storm.

Science Week

Monday 8th October - Friday 12th October

This week children from around school have taken part in different space activities to celebrate World Space Week.  Children researched life as an astronaut, created Alien life forms from the imaginary planet Betelgoose and even created UFO’s to transport their aliens! We also enjoyed an assembly to share all our thoughts and the activities we completed with the rest of the school.

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Maths

08.10.18

This week in Maths we have been looking at using different methods for addition and subtraction. We have focused on using column method for subtracting and then  testing different mental methods to see which one worked best for us. We then learnt to check our work using an alternative method.

English

1st October 

This week we have been writing using descriptive techniques. We focused on the quote from 'The Butterfly Lion' .

"All my life I'll think of you, I promise I will. I won't ever forget you".

Using this quote we planned, drafted and wrote our own story, writing this quote into their stories somewhere.

Maths

17.09.18

This week in Maths we have been looking at place within 100,000. We compared and ordered numbers, looked at the place value of each digit and looked at rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000. We also looked at using Roman Numerals and converting them into numerals.

English

17th September

In English this week we have been looking at writing a narrative story. We have looked at a short silent film called 'The Lighthouse' and used this to base our ideas for our stories. We looked at using metaphors, similes, expanded noun phrases and exciting adjectives to improve our work.

Hathersage - 23.09.18-26.09.18

 

This week we have had a fantastic four days in Hathersage! We arrived on Sunday afternoon and got settled in at St Michaels , finding out where we were sleeping, packing our rucksacks and having a packed lunch for dinner. Once we had all eaten, we tried on our walking boots and set off on a night walk with our torches. We walked up to a church to visit Little John's Grave and walked back through Hathersage to see what the area was like. 

One of the activities we did whilst we were there was the Stanage Edge Walk. A five mile walk from the centre to the top of Stanage Edge! We packed our lunch and set off at about half past ten. We learned map reading skills, how to use a compass and named some berries, plants and trees on the way. At the top of Stanage Edge we climbed down to Robin Hoods cave and looked at the amazing view from The Balcony. We started the climb down and had to be careful as it was very windy! Once we got back to the centre we showered, had lasagne for dinner and played some games outside, before settling down with a film and hot chocolate. 

In the morning we had our breakfast, put our boots on and headed to the Manor, where we had a go at orienteering! We had to follow the maps all over a huge, hilly field to tag our cards. After lunch we put our waterproofs and wellies on and headed to the stream to conduct a stream study.  We searched the stream to see what creatures we could discover and used identification cards to help us name them.

On the final day we packed our bags and headed out to the park to enjoy some games before having a swim in an outdoor pool. We enjoyed our final packed lunch at the pool before heading back to school on the coach. 

What a fantastic week!

Autumn Term

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Our Autumn Term topic will be 'Invaders and Settlers'. We will be travelling back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons, before learning about the invasion of the Vikings and the battles with the Normans. We will also be developing our geographical skills through our residential trip to Hathersage.

Read below to find out what we will be learning about in the different subject areas:

 

Geography - In our geography lessons we will be securing our map-reading skills and participating in stream studies. We will explore the outdoors through orienteering courses and participate in fieldwork studies.

 

 

The Arts: As part of our creative learning this term, we will be creating woodland pictures and replicating the sounds of the stream. We will demonstrate Viking battle re-enactments and creating shields and Viking longboats.

 

R.E.: For our R.E lessons, we will be learning about Christianity and will consider the question: Where does the Christian bible come from? We will learn and re-tell many stories of Christianity found in the bible.

 

Computing: During the Autumn Term, we will continue to develop our coding skills and practise these skills using new coding applications and websites.

 

Science: 'Living Things and their Habitats' and 'Animals (Including Humans)' are the two themes for our science lessons. We will describe the differences in life cycles and recognise the changes as humans develop to old age.

 

Music: During the Autumn Term, we will be learning how to play a range of instruments as part of a class band with Mr Bellingham.

 

P.E.: We will continue to have our weekly PE sessions with Mr Scott. We will also be taking part in a weekly swimming session, as well as a weekly Karate session with Sensei Dave.

 

French: Madame Walsh will continue to teach our weekly French lesson. We will be developing new vocabulary and skills during this time.

 

Venture Experts:  This term, we will continue with our Venture Experts sessions on a Tuesday afternoon. During this time, we participate in a range of activities with different teachers, including radio and broadcasting, STEM, musical theatre and digital media.

Annual Attendance
  • F1 Canary Class AM
  • F1 Canary Class PM
  • F2 Heron Class 95.9%
  • F2 Kingfisher Class 95.3%
  • Y1 Parakeet Class 97%
  • Y1 Penguin Class 96.7%
  • Y2 Peacock Class 98%
  • Y2 Woodpecker Class 96.6%
  • Y3 Flamingo Class 97%
  • Y3 Merlin Class 97.7%
  • Y4 Kestrel Class 97%
  • Y4 Red Kite Class 97.6%
  • Y5 Macaw Class 96.4%
  • Y5 Toucan Class 96.1%
  • Y6 Bluejay Class 97%
  • Y6 Goldfinch Class 96%

Safegaurding Information

Designated Safeguarding Leads

  • George Huthart
  • Catherine Bartlett
  • Camilla Mercer
  • Megan Williams
  • Lynne North
  • Sally Townsend
  • Kelly Whittington

CEOP

Awards

  • Food for life
  • QES
  • Healthy Schools
  • Eco Schools
  • Outcomes School Award
  • Ofsted
  • Pupil Premium 2015
  • National Support School
  • The Primary Network
  • Pupil Premium 2016
  • Artsmark
  • International Schools Award
  • Investors In People
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