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Welcome to Eagles!


We are Year 5 & 6 children. Our teacher is Mrs Handslip and we are supported on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings by Mrs Verrill

Our class governor is Julia Russell

In geography, Eagles have been exploring the country of Germany and comparing it to the county we live in - North Yorkshire. They created leaflets containing persuasive language to encourage the reader to visit.

Eagles have begun to explore sound. They have made guitars this week and written their method so that you can make one! I am impressed with the use of imperative verbs and fronted adverbials.

Our class text this term is The Ickabog by JK Rowling. It is a fun and silly fairytale full of monsters and rediculous characters. The children have created their own 'Ickabog' and drawn a map of the Kingdom of Cornicopia.

Sleigh racers

More Christmas fun

We have made Christmas Survival Boxes for our families!🤣

Christmas fun in Eagles

Today the whole school took part in a wonderful Christingle service.

Developing our sewing skills making Christmas Decorations,

Our year 5's have produced a very professional reading of a Hairy play! They have focussed on prosody (reading with musicality) to entertain their listeners.

Waistcoats Wonder!

Sam, our incredible dance teacher, helped us to learn this dance in less than one hour! It shows off the amazing waistcoats that Eagles designed and created.

Whilst year 6s have been getting to grips with BODMAS, the years 5s have been exploring the orders of square and cubed numbers.

Waistcoat design and make

Thank you for the 44 bags of clothes donated to the Refugee Centre. They are hugely appreciated.

Eagles have made unbelievably brilliant trailers for our class text, 'The Unforgotten Coat'. Three of them are on power point. When you watch them, please play Mongolian music or the Beetles in the background! Two have been made on IMovies. I have yet to work out how to transfer these; I will find a way!

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.


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Heidi is Eagle’s Hoola Queen

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French lessons via TEAMS!

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We are spending one more week on our history topic, the Anglo-Saxons and Scots. Then we will move onto 2 weeks of science, Animals including humans. Here are our knowledge mats to share with you families.

Reading at Bishop Monkton

An information video all about the new reading curriculum at Bishop Monkton.

The following videos set out Eagle’s homework expectations. I do hope they are helpful.

1 Spelling punctuation and grammar using C.G.P. books.

2 My Maths on line homework

3 Weekly spellings

4 Reading


Year 6 parents and careers, we shall share SATS information after half term.


Homework information pt. 1

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Eagles info. Pt. 2

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Info. Pt . 3

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Info pt. 4

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 Maths Shed & Spelling Shed  NEW! 


Good morning Eagles!


I hope you are all well! To help you to practise spellings and maths skills at home we have taken out a subscription to Maths Shed and Spelling Shed. There are lots of games and fun activities to play whilst obviously still learning! To access the website simply go to and then enter your username and password. I will email your parents your username and password this afternoon.

Any problems, or if you just want to say hello and tell me how you're doing, drop me an email. 


I hope you enjoy exploring Spelling Shed and Maths Shed!

Mrs H 

Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks?

You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.

All you need is a free library card; to download the app and then away you go!

 Matthew Wilkinson, Montaine Spine Race Competitor, visited our year 6 to give an inspirational account of his gruelling experience in the 2020 race. He described how this 268 mile race up the spine of England, tested the athletes to their limits. The competitors climbed over the equivalent height of Everest; battled foot rot; blizzards; sleep deprivation and darkness. The children asked excellent questions: How did you prepare for the race? Did the competitors support each other? What were you thinking at the start of the race? Matt brilliantly gave an insight into the reality of an Ultrarunner.
Do you have any audio books to donate to our school library? If so please leave them at the entrance. Thank you in advance!

Thank you to those who attended the Parent's Information meeting on reading and times tables. Please find attached the power point on the importance for reading for pleasure; suggested fiction book list and a useful guide to talking about books with your child.

Live from Eagles. Introducing Benjamin our visitor from Peru.

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On Wednesday we were visited by Susie Hart from Artizan International. The children spoke openly about their experience of disabilities. Our guests shared their mosaic skills with the Eagles

As you will be aware, we have just finished our first SATS mocks. You children have been amazing. They are now aware of the learning ahead of them. Please support them by encouraging them to practice using online games. Those which support maths facts and calculation will be great and especially those which support Spelling, punctuation and grammar (spag). I have attached free ones l’ve found here but there are many more apps. which can be downloaded.


Here’s a picture of an antonym and a synonym sorting game.

Sir Alan Sugar watch out! Eagles have been adapting recipes to create a Healthy Christmas Snack book for the Robins. Their research skills and their discussions have been brilliant to listen too.

We have created these amazing orreries to explore the order of our planets. We have also found out that Copernicus thought the solar system was geocentric (earth-centred) and Galileo proved that it was heliocentric ( sun centred).

God and the Big Bang

Leeds Minster


On Wednesday, we took part in a fascinating day of debate centred around faith and science. We were privileged to be led by 3 fascinating experts in the field of science who led us through ideas about the birth of the universe, the beginnings of life and scientific uncertainty. We all agreed that it was a brilliant day.



We have put together 2 minute presentations on the Earth, the Sun and the Moon. The children had 40 minutes to research and then deliver using the inspirational communication skills of Brian Cox.

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Day 4

Wow, what a fantastic day. This morning we had a wet, soggy but happy time scrambling in a beck. The children squeezed their way through lots of small passages between rocks; slipped their way over slimy stones and put their heads under waterfalls. The teamwork and support of each other was outstanding. Near the end of their beck scramble was a giant boulder that they used as a slide into the water.

After lunch, group 2 took part in a challenging and beautiful mountain bike ride across Danby Moor whilst group 1 went den building in the forest.

Tonight has been hilarious. Mrs Verrill and Mrs Handslip were highly entertained with Boshop Minkton's got talent. We followed this with a camp fire and silly songs and a final game of night group tig. We both agree that this group have been fun, adventurous, supportive of each other and a  real pleasure.

We will be leaving East Barnby at 1:30pm and intend to be back at school between 3 and 3:30pm.

Day 3

Today we went sailing on Scaling Dam reservoir. We were excited to be joined by Sam and Mrs Cowling. Firstly we learned how to build the boats and then were told what to do if the boat capsized. We had fun practising our sailing skills close to the shore; one boat between two. Some of us rather liked being in the water  instead of on the water! But eventually we managed to sail the boats expertly across the reservoir like ducks following their mum...sort of. The funniest part for the adults was the return to shore when most of the children 'accidentally' slipped out of their boats!

Tonight we have been sledging. After hot chocolate the children were ready for an earlier night.

Day 2- After a successful night sleep and a hearty breakfast, we  were prepared for the day's adventures. We launched our canoes at Ruswarp and spent a hilarious hour getting our paddling strokes correct in order to go in a straight line- mostly achieved! Along the way we saw herons, a salmon ladder and a cormorant; we played ball games in the river and had lunch on 'Lunch Island' before gliding into Whitby harbour. 

A large dinner was devoured, dorm inspections carried out by and we then started to think about our John Muir Award. Greta's speech in New York was watched and added a lot of passion to our discussion about conservation.

The children have raided the tuckshop and are now preparing for Silly Olympics. We are all well and looking forward to a day of sailing tomorrow.

We've arrived! We are happy, tired and full. After sorting out dorms, we have spent the afternoon bodyboarding at Sandsend. Mrs Verrill and I agreed that we had never seen so many children laughing their neoprene socks off. They have all eaten well. Tonight they will learn about the John Muir Award and the search the site for aliens...obviously!


What a great start to the year.

We are so excited about East Barnby. For those who couldn't attend the meeting, please don't hesitate to ask any questions. Attached is a kit list for you. There is no need to purchase anything. Your child will be kitted out with waterproofs, wellies etc. They are welcome to bring £5-10 to spend in the tuckshop. Here they will be able to buy sweets or East Barnby gifts if they wish to. We shall have access to the tuck shop on 2 of our evenings. 

Please do not bring any other food or snacks; there will be plenty to eat! No electronics please.

We shall be leaving after registration and return to school before 3:30pm on the Friday. If this time changes, you will be contacted by text.

Don't forget to check the class pages each night for an update and some photos of the days adventures.

Mrs Handslip

What a knight; what a production! X

The Year 6 took part in a Ripon Cathedral Leavers Service today. We were in awe of a amazing building which is 1300 years old and is ours! The children make promises and hopes, displaying them on Rainbows. Four of the girls read John 2 v.1-11 (beautifully). Jesus changed the water at a wedding to the best wine- he can make us the best that we can be too. This was a lovely memory.

Primary Pounds Enterprise Project

I am so proud of our Year 5 and 6 children. They were tasked to raise money for Harrogate based Craft Aid International. The money raised would support differently abled people in Harrogate, Ecuador and Peru. They organised themselves and ran Mad Hair Day, a cake sale and Boshop Minkton's Got Talent! What a brilliant show that was- pictures to follow.

Our children have raised £319.00 to support people in developing skills, purpose and an income.

God uses us to do His work. You are all brilliant and we are all proud of you!

11/6/19 - Le Touquet...we have arrived.

Cluster Cross Country at Newby Hall 3/6/19

Mad Hair Day - raising money for Craft Aid International. £165 raised so far!

Our Year 4, 5 and 6 Production this year is......What a Knight! 

You have all been given a copy of the script and song words. Please practise your lines and song words as much as possible over the next few weeks. 


Thank you,

Mrs Cairns and Mrs Handslip.

02 The Castle Of Camelot.mp3

04 King Arthur Aint Arf A Bad King.mp3

10 How To Be Me.mp3

15 One Of A Kind.mp3

18 Were On A Quest.mp3

22 Reprise_ Were On A Quest.mp3

30 What A Knight .mp3

Please note: Mad Hair Day date change due to swimming. Thursday 23rd May.

Cakes will be on sale after school.

Please give generously for the year 5 and 6's enterprise challenge initiative to raise money for Craft Aid International.

Puberty talk for YR 5 and YR6 pupils Wednesday 5th June 9:30-10:45

Letter attached with links to the films.

Look what the year 6 have made with the expertise of Ripon Grammar!

Experimenting with UV light. Ultra meaning ‘very’ and violet being the colour of light. The children could see the effect of the sunlight on the beads. We then ‘protected’ them from the sunlight with moisturiser, factor 15 and factor 50 sun screens. The beads changed accordingly. The one with moisturiser went dark violet; the factor 15 went light violet and the factor 50 prevented any change as long as there were no gaps in the cream.

Our year 6 enjoying  pancakes and strawberries at SATS club breakfast.

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Mad Hair Day! Friday 24th May

Year 5 and 6 invite you to come to school in your normal uniform but with mad MAD HAIR!

There will be a prize given to the maddest hair in each year. 

We have not gone MAD. Please bring a pound donation as we are taking part in 'The Primary Pounds Enterprise Project' , supported by St Aidan's High School. We are raising money for  Craft Aid International. Please take time to have a look at their website to see the fabulous work they do with 'differently abled' people in both Harrogate and Ecuador.

There will be a cake sale after school too!

Important SATS information and dates:

SATS week begins Monday 13th May. Please ensure that you are fully rested in the week leading up to this.

We shall begin each day with a shared breakfast. I shall be at school with cereals, toast and orange juice from 8:15am, Monday through to Thursday.  This will give us a chance to relax and chill together.

Our afternoons will be with the Year 5s as normal enjoying a range of practical learning such as PE, science and topic.

Here is the timetable of the tests:

  • Monday May 13th 2019: SPaG Test- Grammar/Punctuation- 45 minutes
  • Monday May 13th 2019: SPaG Test- Spelling- 20 minutes
  • Tuesday May 14th 2019: Reading Test- 60 minutes
  • Wednesday May 15th 2019: Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)- 30 minutes
  • Wednesday May 15th 2019: Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)- 40 minutes
  • Thursday May 16th 2019: Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)- 40 minutes

These will be in our classroom. The yr5 will be in taught in the zone.


Friday 3rd and Friday 10th May: We will have our final 2 DT sessions in school followed by our final 2 Brain Academy sessions. Pick up will be 4:45pm as usual.

Relax and enjoy our time together. There is nothing you haven't done before (except eat Mrs Handslip's toast). You'll all be fabulous.

Summer Term Learning- The Maya- a geography/history based topic.

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.



...and finally!

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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

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. 



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.





Spring Term 2019

Spring Learning Overview 2019-Africa

Our Wonderful W.W.2 Exhibition