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Welcome to Eagles!


We are Year 5 and 6 children. Our teacher is Mrs Handslip and we are supported in the mornings by Mrs Verrill

Easter Holiday Homework

Have lots of laughter and rest and fun.


Year 5 Reading challenge- To read at least one poem and one non-fiction book to discuss with loved ones at home.


Year 6 SATS preparation. Do relax. Please find some time to do the following:

1 Reading CGP- at least 1x poetry, 1x non-fiction and 1x fiction. Use the mark book to see how you have done.

2 Arithmatic- I have given you the list of past calculations which you have seen before. Check through them all to see which ones you are weaker/stronger on. If you have forgotten, for example the fraction rules, use your CGP maths homework book to remind yourself. Perhaps change digits to practise some of the calculations.

3 SPaG -  Use your CGP SPaG homework book to revise your grammar and punctuation. E.g. What is a pronoun? Which is a subordinate clause? Do you know your tenses?


Have a restful break

Mrs Handslip

Our year 6 pupils are having a wonderful time on their clock making project. We are very grateful to Ripon Grammar for their lovely teacher and the use of their facilities.

Our batik display is in the hall. The children were magnificent in their enthusiasm for this project. Keep sewing...

Here are two excellent examples of the children's persuasive letters-a year5 and a year 6. We are still deciding who best to send them to, in the hope that we can make a difference to others. All the children worked incredibly hard, researching and crafting their sentences to have the most powerful impact.



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Number5 of our persuasive films

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Here comes number4!

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Our 3rd persuasive ‘plea’!

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Our 2nd persuasive ‘plea’.

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The first of our persuasive films. We have been studying persuasive writing including phrases, words, facts and standard English. We have written persuasive letters and are now considering persuasive speech.

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Ain't no mountain high enough

Ain’t no mountain high enough - Year 5 please practise ready for our Easter service on Friday!

If you need me, call me,
No matter where you are,

No matter how far,
Don’t worry, brother.

Just call out my name,
I’ll be there in a hurry,
You don’t have to worry,

’Cos baby there

Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you, babe.

Remember the day,
You set me free,

I told you you could
Always count on me.

From that day on,
I made a vow,
I’ll be there when you want me,
Somewhere, somehow.

’Cos baby there 

Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you, babe,
To keep me from getting to you!

Today, Rev. Sheila spent time with us to help us explore 'The Last Supper'.


The children have been super creative putting together a Fairtrade Logo out of waste plastic. This will be displayed in the foyer of St. Peter's Church, Harrogate, to highlight the plastic problem in our world and the work of Fairtrade.

Bike ability- year 6

Reminder: On Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th March, our year 6 children will be taking part in the level 1 and 2 cycle training.The children need to be dressed in school uniform but must wear joggers or leggings and trainers. They will need a coat as they will be out all day, regardless of the weather.

Ensure that your child has a helmet which conforms to the following standard: EN 1078 or SNELL B.95

Remember by law the bike must have an audible warning e.g. bell.


If you wish their bike to be stored in school between Monday and Wednesday, we can lock it in the cloakroom overnight.

Inspiration from author Sinead O'Hart

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Today we had a wonderful, surprise visit from an Irish author,Sinead Hart. She was truly inspirational as she described her childhood and her road to becoming an author. She wanted to cultivate a creative brain; her advice was ABC-always be curious.

'Stories are like seeds; they can lie in darkness inside you for years, just waiting for the right time to sprout.'

Mount Kilimanjaro presentation from Mr Douglas 

This morning, we were really fortunate to have Leo and Fearne's dad come in to talk to Herons and Eagles about his experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa. It was really interesting and inspiring listening to his adventures and finding out about the conditions he endured whilst climbing the tallest mountain in Africa. A huge thank you to James for coming in and sharing his photos, stories and Haribo(!) with us. 

Top Trumps!

Eagles recently designed boxes from nets which they measured independently and found the volumes. This has inspired us to use our product design skills to create our own boxes of Top Trumps. The children have been exploring  classification of animals in science. This has led them to research African reptiles, African mammals and African fish. 



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Primary Pounds- our year 5/6 enterprise project.

Today we launched a project to raise funds for Craft Aid. A locally run charity working here and in Equador, with people who are differently abled. Students from St Aidan's, helped us to understand the work of Craft Aid, who would benefit from funds raised and how to effectively plan  a successful fundraising. The students were inspiring and brilliantly prepared. 

We know from reading the Parable of the Talents, that God calls us to actively use our skills and abilities to make a difference in the world; not to be nervous but to have faith that he has given us what we need to achieve more for Him.

So watch this space...our 'primary pounds' will grow to support God's work.


Exciting news! Zawadi are coming! Tuesday 29th January.

Our year 5s and year 6s are going to have the opportunity to be involved in an enterprise project, 'Primary Pounds'. This project will be led by students at St Aidan's CE High School who are part of a charitable group, Zawadi.

Zawadi support two projects: Neema Crafts, a craft centre in Tanzania which was set up by a Harrogate couple Andy and Susie Hart, and Craft Aid International. This is a Harrogate based charity run by Susie. Both projects support people who are 'differently abled'.

Please take time to look at the awesome work of these two charities.

2nd week back and we've studied classification of living things; biomes of Africa; watercolours of these; touch typing and 3D shape nets. Gosh we are on fire!

Welcome back! We hope that you are refreshed and have had lots of family fun over the Christmas holidays. Mrs Cairns and I are very excited about our new topic -Africa. A big topic for a big continent.

Please can I remind you all that Times Table Rock Stars are set on a two week rolling programme. They are set for you to practice at home and to develop your Rock Star Skills. I have noticed from  the admin page those who are practising madly at home- well done to you.

Your log-in is in your planner but don't hesitate to ask if you can't find it.

Dear parents/carers

If you would like to support your child/ren in their understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG), I would like to recommend downloading the  'SPaG Gold' app. They may practise wherever you go- such fun!

It can be bought from the Apple store from £3.99 and is published by Pearson.

SPaG Gold is aimed at year 6 and lower KS3

SPaG Silver-  years 3,4,5

SPaG Bronze KS1


Other Apps. are available too! Try the Educational App Store.





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A brilliantly presented 'playlet' expressing the joys and sadness of evacuees.

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Our awesome author visit

Today, Edward Traynor whose pen name is Billy Bob Button, delivered a fascinating workshop on how to write a best selling book. He described how the reader is his starting point; that each of his books have 5 sections and that he uses adjectives, verbs and adverbs to give music to his writing.

Amy wanted to know who his idol was- a left handed tennis player! Molly wanted to know which was his first book- Wizards Bookshop. We also learned about his many notebooks in which he keeps lists and drawings of hats, doors and monsters.


Year 4 and 5 WW2 Assembly

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Today the Herons and the Eagles joined together in the 'Houses of Parliament' for a debate. They learnt how to share and to listen to each other's views respectfully. They were opportunities to change minds and offer alternative view points.  At the end, the speaker of the house held a democratic vote to come to a conclusion. The children learnt that they will not all end with the same opinions, but need to 'disagree well' and accept the majority outcome.

Electric Eagles!

The children have been playing bingo to learn common electric symbols; these symbols have supported the children in their drawing of electrical circuits. They were challenged to create a lighthouse which could house a simple circuit. Finally, after reading about Alexandro Volta, we experimented with ways to make a lightbulb brighter or a buzzer louder.

People’s Book Prize Winner Visits School

The award-winning, bestselling children’s author, Billy Bob Buttons, will be visiting this school on the AFTERNOON of Tuesday 4th December.                        

He is the author of sixteen very popular children’s books including Felicity Brady and the Wizard’s Bookshop, the bestselling Muffin Monster, Tiffany Sparrow Spook Slayer, The Cool Kids Book Prize winner, WIDE AWAKE, and the UK People’s Book Prize winner and bestseller, I think I Murdered Miss. Last year, this book sold over 40,000 in the UK alone and won the 2014 UK People’s Book Prize.

Every year, he meets with approx. 50,000 primary school children to deliver his popular literacy workshops. Throughout the afternoon, he will be delivering the workshops to the Herons and the Eagles focusing on Planning a Story, Adventure Writing and Characters. 

There are a selection of his books in our library right now!



 A quick reminder that Friday's assembly will hosted by our year 6 children. They will be sharing their adventures at East Barnby. Our year 5 children will be joining with the Heron's class on 23rd November to share work from our WW2 topic.
Coming soon! Monday 19th-23rd November.Coming soon! 19th-23rd November at 3:30pm in the hall.

Year 4 and Year 5 Ripon Rural Carol Concert Lyrics and Backing Tracks - the concert is on Monday 3rd December so please make sure you know all of the words before then. Thank you!

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Video of Signed We Wish you a Merry Christmas.MP4

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Dear Herons and Eagles. We have an exciting opportunity for you to follow your interests and explore our World War Two topic further. See the attached flyer!

We have seen all sorts today to bring our WW2 topic to life; miniatures worlds in a light bulb made by a prisoner of war; lampposts which were white but painted black on the first day of the war; the Queen working with the engineers and unexploded bombs.

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Don't forget that the Herons and the Eagles will be visiting Eden Camp on Thursday 18th October (note the change from 16th). This will be an amazing opportunity to bring our WW2 history topic to life. The children will experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Home Front and the Front Line.

The site can be chilly so please do make sure that you have an extra layer under your uniform and you have a warm coat.

Please take time to look at the website

Childhood by Frances Cornford

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National Poetry Day-what a fun afternoon we have had with our performance poetry.

It's great to be back with our year 5s. Today we have been continuing our science topic on forces. The children have been carrying out fair tests;exploring which seed spinner designs are more effective at using air resistance to slow their fall to earth.

Our last full day! What an amazing time we have had. Some of us built dens and roasted marshmallows deep in the woods. Whilst others went on an awesome mountain biking expedition across the Danby Moors. These were our favourite activities until this afternoon...body-boarding! Tonight we have had the final dorm inspection followed by 'Boshop Minkton's Got talent' and the DINKEE LINKEE quiz-you'll have to ask!

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow but not before we've scrambled a beck.

 I am very proud of all the achievements of each individual in this group. They are supporting each other, challenging themselves and showing a willingness to embrace all the adventures offered to them. As we speak they are chilling together with cards, pool and giant Jenga. Today we have experienced a mountain adventure day which consisted of rolling down banks, 'weasling' through the Wainstones and playing 'Capture the Flag' on a stunning if not a little windy hill top. Back at base we have had huge laughs sledging with lots of washing up liquid and moving along a night-line, blindfolded, to work on instructions and developing trust.

I am randomly and quickly adding a few sample photos from the 150 or so we are taking each day. If you child is not on them don't worry, you will have plenty more to see on our return.

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We have been so blessed with the weather. After an excellent night sleep, we went as one group, on an awesome canoe adventure. With 3 children per canoe, we trekked down the river stopping on 'Lunch Island' where we played a game which consisted of finding objects which should not be there! As part of the John Muir Award the children are learning about conservation, exploration and discovery. We discovered pretty quickly that welly boots get stuck forever in thick mud and that certain children are drawn to water! I'll let you find out who on our return. We were treated to a wonderful end to this adventure as we turned the corner to see the welcome view of Whitby Harbour. Tonight, the children have been challenged to work together to 'save the duck' on the Low Ropes Course. A full and eventful day has been rounded of with silly songs and super stories around the campfire.

We have all arrived safely at East Barnby. After lots of hilarity getting our bunks in the dorm ready, we headed out in two groups for our first activity. One group enjoyed the sunshine on the moors. We mountain biked around Danby Beacon, testing our balance and coordination. The other group headed Sandsend way to build dens and campfires at Falling Foss Woods. As we speak the children are hunting for aliens which have escaped from the tuck shop! 

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We have been reflecting on the beauty of our world. This led to some BIG questions!

Experimenting with different media to create a fiery background for our 'blitz' pictures.