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Norbridge Academy

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Annual Attendance
  • F1 Sparrow Class AM 93.9%
  • F1 Sparrow Class PM 93.9%
  • F2 Puffin Class 95.6%
  • F2 Sandpiper Class 95.2%
  • Y1 Pengiun Class 98.5%
  • Y1 Robin Class 98.3%
  • Y2 Peacock Class 96.2%
  • Y2 Woodpecker Class 98.1%
  • Y3 Flamingo Class 96%
  • Y3 Merlin Class 98.3%
  • Y4 Cuckoo Class 97.5%
  • Y4 Hummingbird Class 98.5%
  • Y5 Macaw Class 97.2%
  • Y5 Toucan Class 96.4%
  • Y6 Bluejay Class 97.3%
  • Y6 Goldfinch Class 96.7%
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Y5 Toucan Class

Welcome to Toucan Class

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Toucan Class is a group of 28, Year 5 children, who are enthusiastic towards their learning and are always being the best they can be. They are taught by Miss Jackson and are helped by Mrs Williams and Mr Crossland.

 

To find out more about what we are learning in class, visit our class blog: toucan2018.norbridgeblogs.net and our class twitter page: @Toucan_Class

Weekly Attendance: WB

P.E / Swimming: Children will have a weekly P.E session with Mr Scott on a Thursday afternoon. Children will also be taking part in a swimming session on a Tuesday morning. Please ensure your child has their kit in school for these sessions.

 

Karate: Children will have a weekly Karate session with Sensei Dave on a Wednesday afternoon.

 

Social Media: On the notes of your child's reading diary, you will find the login details for the class blog.

 

Book Bags: Your child will have a reading diary and a library book. Please ensure your child brings their reading book and diary to school every day. Children will have the opportunity to change their library book each week and diaries will be signed each week too. Don't forget to record any reading that your child does at home as this will help them to earn stickers on our reading chart so that they can attend our reading party.

 

Water Bottles: Please bring fresh drinking water every day.

 

Homework: Homework will be sent home each week. Homework will be based around the national curriculum to help your child reach age-related expectations. There will also be a list of spellings sent home each week, along with a times table focus and children will be tested on these the following week.

Summer Term - In the Spotlight

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Curriculum Overview - Summer Term

During the Summer Term, we will be shining the spotlight on 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.

English Activities

WB 22.04.19 - This week was Creative Writing Week. The purpose of this week was to create our own narratives linked to the theme, 'Journeys'. We used the 'Little, Red Boat' animation as a starting point to help us plan our own story ideas. After writing a first draft, we edited our work before writing a final draft and adding it to our class book. You can watch the animation we used to inspire our writing by clicking on the link below:

"Little Boat" by Nelson Boles | Disney Favorite

A beautifully crafted short film about the journey of a little boat finding struggles, hardship and acts of humanity and kindness.

WB 29.04.19 & 06.05.19  - Over the last two weeks, we have been focusing on letter writing and developing our understanding of emotive and figurative language. We used the short video, 'The Piano' to help us imagine life during the war and we discussed what life was like in the trenches. You can see the video below and you can read some our letters at: toucan2018.norbridgeblogs.net.

The Piano - Amazing Short

Amazing Short

Maths Activities

WB 22.04.19 - This week, we secured our understanding of adding and subtracting decimals by solving multi-step word problems linked to money, mass and measure. We used place value grids to help and used the column method. To end the week, we used a place value grid to multiply decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.
WB 13.05.19 - This week, we began our new topic linked to geometry and properties of shapes. We discussed the different types of angles and practised measuring angles with a protractor. We then began to calculate angles on a straight line. Finally, we recognised the difference between parallel and perpendicular lines and practised drawing these.

Spring Term - Out of this World

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Curriculum Overview - Spring Term

During the Spring Term, we will be blasting off into a journey through space for our topic, 'Out of this World'. We will be learning about Earth and comparing this to other planets. We will be developing our awareness of how to look after our planet and how to be more sustainable and we will be researching facts about famous explorers.

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.

 

The Arts: As part of our creative learning this term, we will be using different materials and tools to create our own space art and we will make clay models of rockets. 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.

 

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. 

 

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.

English Activities

WB 07.01.19 - To introduce our 'Out of this World' topic, we started to explore explanation texts and identified their main features. We then designed our own machine that would make the British astronaut, Tim Peake,  a meal in space. Next week, we will write our first draft of the explanation text and apply our editing skills to improve our writing.
WB 14.01.19 - Following on from our learning last week, we wrote our own explanation texts for our food machines. We focused on including a question for a title, subheadings and details about how the machine works. You can read some of our explanation texts at: toucan2018.norbridgeblogs.net
WB 21.01.19 - This week, we began to identify the features of a diary before considering the emotions Tim Peake felt during his journey to space. We participated in a range of drama and speaking and listening activities to gain a perspective of Tim Peake's life as an astronaut. Finally, we planned our own diary entries in the role of the famous British astronaut. Take a look at the photographs below to see us using drama to act out some of Tim Peake's activities on the ISS:
Picture 1 Activities on the ISS
Picture 2 Activities on the ISS
Picture 3 Activities on the ISS
Picture 4 Activities on the ISS
Picture 5 Activities on the ISS
Picture 6 Activities on the ISS
WB 28.01.19 - For our English lessons this week, we wrote a first draft, edited and completed a final draft of our diary entries from the perspective of Tim Peake. You can read our diary entries at: toucan2018.norbridgeblogs.net
WB 25.02.19 - In our English lessons this week, we have been developing the skills needed for writing our own narratives. We practised writing setting descriptions and then created a character profile based on our ideas for our own stories. We discussed the five parts of a narrative and began writing our introduction and build up for our space stories.
WB 11.03.19 - This week, we developed the skills needed to write effective setting descriptions. We recapped how to use relative clauses correctly and practised writing expanded noun phrases with adventurous adjectives. We explored different examples of figurative language including similes, metaphors and personification. Finally, we applied all of these features to our own planet descriptions.

Maths Activities

WB 07.01.19, 14.01.19 and 21.01.19 - To start the Spring Term, we are completing a unit of work on fractions. We started the week by identifying equivalent fractions before converting improper fractions to mixed numbers. We then completed number sequences and started to compare and order fractions. Following this, we developed the skills of adding and subtracting fraction, including those with whole numbers.
WB 21.01.19 - In our lessons this week, we have applied our understanding of fractions to solve a range of word problems. We have practised adding and subtracting fractions, including those with whole numbers.
WB 25.02.19 - For Maths this week, we started our 'Decimals and Percentages' unit of work. We identified decimal numbers with up to three decimal places and recognised tenths, hundredths and thousandths in a number. Finally, we compared decimals with their equivalent fractions and identified these on a number line.
WB 08.03.19 - Decimals and Percentages were the focus of our Math's lessons this week. We began the week by understanding what a percentage is before converting percentages to their equivalent fractions and decimals. Finally, we answered some test-style questions to apply our knowledge and practise problem solving.

Science Activities

WB 28.01.19 - For our learning in Science this week, we discussed the impact that Sir Isaac Newton had upon history and his definition of gravity. We then worked together in groups to create some informative posters before sharing the facts with the class.
Picture 1 Researching and Presenting Facts
Picture 2 Researching and Presenting Facts
Picture 3 Researching and Presenting Facts
Picture 4 Researching and Presenting Facts
Picture 5 Researching and Presenting Facts
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WB 04.02.19 - This week, we developed our understanding of air resistance and completed an investigation. We tested different sized gyrocopters to identify whether size affects the speed at which they fall to the ground. We made predictions before we completed our activity and wrote detailed conclusions to explain what we had discovered.
WB 08.03.19 - This week was British Science Week. To participate in this annual event, we completed different activities linked to the theme: Journeys. We researched facts about the Euro Tunnel and made posters to celebrate 25 years. We then discussed the different types of aircrafts before making paper aeroplanes and gliders. We practised flying them outside before discussing the effects of air resistance. To end the week, we talked about the different vehicles which can be used to complete journeys before finally designing our own vehicles. Take a look at some photographs from our week below:

RE / SMSC Activities

WB 28.01.19 - For R.E our lesson this week, we have learnt about the six main Islamic beliefs and the Five Pillars of Islam. We worked together in small groups and used drama to represent these. Finally, we drew pictures to represent each of the six beliefs.
WB 25.02.19 - For SMSC this week, we discussed the meaning of 'faith' and 'discrimination' and how people may be discriminated against. We then created our own posters to give advice for how to overcome discrimination in the community.

An Interview with a Journalist

On Friday 11th January, Year 5 were give the fantastic opportunity of meeting the BBC journalist, Lance Hardy. They asked a range of questions to learn about his exciting career, before hearing about his most recent project. Over the coming weeks, Lance Hardy will be working with selected children to research a famous football match from the past: Worksop Town V Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Watch this space!

Visit to Magna Science Museum

On Monday 18th March, Year 5 went on an educational visit to Magna Science Museum in Rotherham. We enjoyed exploring the four main areas: Earth, Fire, Water and Air. We participated in two workshops. The first, 'Rockets and Balloons', saw us learning about the different forces and how chemical reactions occur. We then spent some of the afternoon learning about different stars and planets. Take a look at some photographs from our day below:

Visit to The National Space Centre 

On Monday 4th March, Year 5 went on an educational visit to the National Space Centre. We enjoyed exploring the different areas and learning about significant space missions throughout history. We visited the planetarium and enjoyed learning about the life of an astronaut and their time in space. Take a look at some photographs from our day below:

Autumn Term - Invaders and Settlers

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Curriculum Overview - Autumn Term

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.

 

English Activities

WB 17.09.18 - For our English lessons this week, we developed our vocabulary choices and wrote some setting and characters descriptions. We applied similes, metaphors and personification and developed our understanding of relative clauses and how these can add further detail to our writing. You can read some of our setting descriptions at: toucan2018.norbridgeblogs.net
WB 24.09.18 - This week, we discussed the key features of narratives and applied these features to write our own short stories about 'The Lighthouse'. We watched the opening scene of a short animation to inspire our writing before writing our own stories linked to this. We used paragraphs for organisation and we used the plan, draft and editing approach in order to improve our vocabulary choices and use of punctuation. 
WB 01.10.18 - During our English lessons this week, we watched the short story; 'The Black Hat' and wrote our own alternative endings. We applied many features of description and thought about the five parts to a narrative.
WB 08.10.18 - This week, we explored the features of persuasive writing and began to understand how to write formal letters. We researched the topic of 'poaching' and began to think about reasons why poaching should be banned. We then applied features of persuasion in our own letters to the government.
WB 05.11.18 - For our English lessons this week, we learnt about the meaning behind Bonfire Night and wrote some detailed firework descriptions. We then began to identify the features of a newspaper report and practised applying some of these features in different contexts. You can read some of our firework descriptions at: toucan2018.norbridgeblogs.net
WB 12.11.18 - We continued to focus on newspaper reports in our English lessons this week and we applied the features of newspapers to write reports about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot. We focused on including direct and indirect speech, relative clauses and parenthesis. You can read some of our reports at: toucan2018.norbridgeblogs.net

Maths Activities

WB 17.09.18 - 'Rounding to the nearest 100,000' was the focus of our Maths lessons this week. We began to recognise which digit to use in numbers with up to five-digits when rounding and solved number problems. Furthermore, we practised using Roman numerals and recorded different numbers using these.

 

Can you write the current year in Roman numerals?

WB 24.09.18 - This week, we continued to develop our understanding of place value; recognising numbers with up to 6-digits and being able to record these in both numerals and words. We compared two numbers using inequality signs and used a number line to help us round numbers.
WB 01.08.18 - In our Maths lessons this week, we began our addition and subtraction topic. We practised using the 'whole-part' model to help us recognise the parts of two and three digit numbers and used a place value grid to add numbers with up to four digits.
WB 08.10.18 - We used formal written methods and mental strategies in our Maths lessons this week in order to help us add and subtract numbers with up to five digits. We secured our understanding of 'exchanging' and began to explain our choice of methods to solve different problems.
WB 05.11.18 and 12.11.18 - Over the last two weeks, we have focused on multiplication and division. We have explored factors and discussed the factor pairs for different numbers. We began to recognise prime numbers and understood the meaning of squared and cubed numbers. We then applied this understanding to help us solve problems with multiplication and division.

The Arts Activities

WB 17.09.18 - In our Art lesson this week, we researched the work of Andy Goldsworthy and explored some of his 3D sculptures and natural art. We then gathered own natural materials before creating our own land-art. Take a look at some of our creations below:
WB 08.10.18 - This week, we designed and sketched our own animal habitats before heading outside and using the natural resources to replicate our drawings. Take a look at the photographs from our lesson below:
WB 05.11.18 - To celebrate Bonfire Night, we created chalk firework pictures. Take a look at our artwork below:
Picture 1 Chalk Firework Pictures
Picture 2 Chalk Firework Pictures
Picture 3 Chalk Firework Pictures
Picture 4 Chalk Firework Pictures

Karate

WB 05.11.18 - In our Karate lesson with Sensei Dave this week, we have been perfecting our kicks. Take a look at some of our action shots from the lesson below:

Hathersage 2018 - Group A

On Sunday 23rd September, 22 children from Year 5 departed to Hathersage for a three-night residential. The children participated in range of activities including a night walk where they found Little John's cave, a five-mile hike to Stanage Edge, orienteering and stream studies. The children showed resilience, independence and they continued to be the best they could be. A fantastic trip was had by all! See below for photographs:
Annual Attendance
  • F1 Sparrow Class AM 93.9%
  • F1 Sparrow Class PM 93.9%
  • F2 Puffin Class 95.6%
  • F2 Sandpiper Class 95.2%
  • Y1 Pengiun Class 98.5%
  • Y1 Robin Class 98.3%
  • Y2 Peacock Class 96.2%
  • Y2 Woodpecker Class 98.1%
  • Y3 Flamingo Class 96%
  • Y3 Merlin Class 98.3%
  • Y4 Cuckoo Class 97.5%
  • Y4 Hummingbird Class 98.5%
  • Y5 Macaw Class 97.2%
  • Y5 Toucan Class 96.4%
  • Y6 Bluejay Class 97.3%
  • Y6 Goldfinch Class 96.7%

Safegaurding Information

Designated Safeguarding Leads

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

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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