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Columbia Grange School

Little Steps, Big Aspirations For All

Class 5 Spring 1


What's in the Castle?




Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

We all really enjoyed discussing the holiday and our gifts and then writing about it in literacy.

In maths we used 2D and 3D shapes to fill the castle silhouette.

We didn't have yoga this week so we practiced our dance routines from go noodle.

In art we looked at the artist Jolseph Mallord William Turner and a picture of a castle that he had done. We used pencils to copy his work and they were very good.

This term we are using the bus on a Wednesday so we visited Hylton Castle and enjoyed looking around the old church attached. We then went to Aldi to buy our snacks for this half term.

We had lots of fun doing Rebound,write dance and ball pool in the afternoon. We then celebrated 2 of the children's birthdays in the class with a special birthday snack.

We all joined in really well with Attention Everyone and created a lovely castle picture for our display.

In cookery we made our own castle shaped sandwiches they were delicious.

We finished the week off with swimming and we all tried really hard getting dressed and undressed.

Have a lovely weekend :-) 



The Small Knight and George and the Royal Chocolate Cake!

This week we are going to delve into the book about the missing Royal Chocolate Cake!! Can we find the missing chocolate cake or will it be missing for the Royal party?....we shall see!!

We have enjoyed reading this new story this week. We have used brilliant reading skills to talk about the pictures and order the story. We wrote or used symbols to construct sentences about the story. We have tried to use our phonic skills to write and read words.

It was a cold, blustery day on Wednesday when we went on our educational visit. But we braved the cold and walked around Lumley Castle in Chester-le-Street. The children described the castle as 'big' and 'old'. They compared Lumley Castle with their previous visit to Hylton Castle; saying Lumley Castle was 'bigger'. 

In cookery, the children baked chocolate cupcakes and some of them enjoyed eating them later in the day. We are definitely improving our cooking skills; mixing, pouring, spreading. 


Yoga was a hit in Class 5 this week. All of the children enjoyed and followed instructions very well. 

On Friday, the children came into school with smiles and could tell me they were looking forward to swimming and that they like swimming. They did very well building confidence and learning the structure of the lessons (getting in and out of the pool safely, walking around the pool, and swimming up the pool in the lanes).


The Small Knight and George and the Royal Chocolate Cake!


This week we started with....

On Monday morning we entered the classroom and there were lots of muddy footprints and chocolate cake crumbs we just knew that the Brigands had been in our classroom over the weekend and stolen the royal chocolate cake! We found lots of clues in our classroom and the letter from the king asking us to help him find the chocolate cake. We solved the clues and found the chocolate cake in the hobbit house!

In maths this week we have been doing lots of addition work. We added knights onto the castle and counted with cubes to help us. 

In ICT and topic this week we made shields, swords and spears to go in our role play area.

In Literacy, we looked at photos from our discovery on Monday and sequenced them we then used Colourful Semantics to make our sentence.

We did lots of yoga positions and followed the instructions for the yoga game.

On Wednesday, we visited the castle ruins at Newcastle and then we visited China Town supermarket for some Chinese style snack. The whole class did some really good number formation in write dance then we used oil pastels to recreate work by Joseph Mallord William Turner.

We made gingerbread knights in cookery this week by following the recipe-even though one of the adults missed out an important ingredient they still tasted yummy!

On Friday, we went swimming. Some of us were practising kicking our legs and some of us were practising getting our faces wet. We all did a super job.




Who has that long, golden hair? Who is stuck in a castle? It's RAPUNZEL!

This week it was the princesses turn. We watched some clips from the Disney's Tangled film. We practised asking and answering 'Why' 'Who' and 'Where' questions. We made marks and wrote characters names' and used pencils to colour them in. 

Last we we focused on addition. This week we have used practical activities to develop of knowledge of subtraction. Some of us have even been doing word problems.


In Art, we used Pointillism to make a fairy-tale castle and in ICT we used a computer program 'Clicker' to write a letter to the Small Knight from our Literacy story  We have been trying really hard sounding out and blending words to read and write.

This week we visited Bothal castle and said it was much bigger than Hylton Castle. 

In Attention Everyone we enjoyed making our own castle picture with Rapunzels long hair.We all did a great job of listening.

Rapunzel continued...

This week we finished watching our tangled story in literacy and we answered lots of questions about the story. We are doing really well with answering questions and we have even begun to ask some of our own. In literacy this week we have also been doing some phonics sounding out words and putting them into sentences and recognising sounds. We linked our literacy to ICT this week and used purple mash to re write parts from the story.

In maths this week we have been very practical.Rapunzel was stuck in the tower and the water in the moat was too full!We had to use our mathematical words to empty it. We also followed the instructions to make special potions just like Rapunzel. 

In art we discussed what junk modelling we needed to build our very own castle.

We visited Newcastle Castle this week and enjoyed climbing the many stairs we then went to the Hancock Museum and put our initials on bricks that went onto an interactive castle.

In cookery we followed the instructions,gathered our equipment and made our own sandwiches they were very tasty. 

We finished the week by practicing swimming on our backs with our ears in the water.


Not your Typical Dragon

This week in literacy we started with a sensory story. We all really enjoyed the story and whilst listening we got to taste,feel,touch and hear. The dragon in this story is very funny! We also looked at castles we had visited and using colourful semantics we made sentences describing the castle. 

In maths we made numicon castles and printed with numicon using our estimation skills and counting skills. We used the large numicon to create a big castle and we played a numicon game.

In literacy we moved the beebot around the castle we had to be very careful with our directions or the beebot fell off the castle! 

We practised our breathing exercises in yoga and did some new yoga moves.