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John Cross CE

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Believe and Achieve

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John Cross CE

Primary School

Believe and Achieve

Class 4: Year 5 and Year 6

Year 5/6 Topic Booklet: Farm to Fork  

Y5/6 Summer Term Topic Book

Autumn 2023

Our community tea party.


We invited the community into our school to talk with them about World War 2. We were extremely interested in the stories that we were told and the artefacts that we were shown, especially the uniform worn by Dorothy's father who fought in the war as well as the Land Girls' uniform worn by William's great grandmother. Also, we were fascinated to hear about the Home Guard who patrolled the roads at night looking for Germans landing by parachute onto the country lanes, how everyone had to wear ID, the food shortages and early memories of VE day. It was a lovely afternoon and a fantastic opportunity for the younger generation to learn from our seniors. 

Automata Toy  : DT

Our woodwork skills were put to the test throughout this project as we learnt how to saw, drill and glue using a glue gun. We learnt how to use cams and followers to create figures which moved up and down vertically. We were very excited when we turned the axles and the followers successfully moved how we intended them to.

Spaghetti Bolognaise ( D T)

Having taste tested pasta sauces and examined the ingredient declarations on the labels, we then researched and adapted spaghetti bolognaise recipes to create a new recipe. We then learnt how to chop, fry and grate ingredients safely before working as a group to create our own dish.  Mr Reynolds taste tested the results and voted Harry, Jack, Jasper and Rhy's as the tastiest. Finally, we ate shared out our bolognaise and enjoyed eating a bowl of it with pasta. Yum! What a success!


The Magistrates visit to school

The magistrates visited our class last Tuesday and  delivered a very interesting and challenging presentation about how and why people land up in the courts ( including talking about peer pressure, drugs and alcohol). They then set the classroom up as a court room with the children taking part in an imaginary ( but realistic) court case. The children then had to discuss appropriate sentences given a range of options.


World War 2 at The Museum of Lancashire


We had a fabulous trip to The Museum of Lancashire where the children were met by staff who were dressed up in war outfits from the 1940. Our class favourite was the spy recruitment where a fearsome lady taught the children how to jump out of an aeroplane without knocking themselves out and then tested them to see if they could convincingly answer questions well enough to be recruited as a spy! The children also participated in activities to do with the code cracking at Bletchley Park, used photographs to spot enemy boats and acted as a squadron to build ( model) defences on a coastline by communicating through the chain of command. 

Our visit to Bilsborrow Farm


Thank you to William and his dad for showing us around the farm. We had a very exciting and interesting visit where we learnt lots about how calves are reared and milk is produced. It was definitely the calves that stole our hearts!  


Our visit to Dewlay Cheese.


Thank you to the staff at Dewlay Cheese for a very informative and memorable visit. We particularly loved the cheese tasting!


Acting out our playscripts.


We planned our playscripts based on a chapter of our class novel and then individually wrote our own version. We then returned to our original group in order to act out one of our team's playscript. It was important that we ensured our scripts and our acting showed good characterisation and we were able to create drama and tension.


Year 5/6 visit to York, the Jorvik museum and DIG! 7th March 2023

The year 5/6 children had a fantastic day out in York as part of their history and geography topics.  

When we arrived at St. George's carpark, the children were given maps to navigate us to our first destination, DIG on St. Saviour's road.  Our route took us through The Shambles, a medieval street, which has even been used as a filming location in the Harry Potter films!

At DIG, the children were able to find out how we know so much about how people in the past lived, by digging with trowels to discover things from the Viking, Roman and Victorian eras.

After that, we had to navigate our way to the Quaker Meeting House on Friargate, where we had our lunch.

Finally, we made our way to the Jorvik Viking museum, where the children were given a talk from a viking about building remains found, before they embarked on a ride back in time to see what living as a viking was really like!

19/1/23  Y5/6 Printmaking with repeating patterns!

Y5/6 used printing ink and a polystyrene printing block to create printed repeated patterns after looking at the work of William Morris. 
















We had visits from a gorilla in school this week, along with a zookeeper named Gemma, who brought some of her creatures into class to show the children.  We learnt that Thomas the gorilla came from the DRC (Democratic republic of Congo) in Africa, and had lived in the rainforest there.  Just like the Amazon rainforest, the Congo jungle is near the Equator, and just like the Amazon, humans are changing the way the habitat is for creatures like Thomas.


It was also great to support our learning about variation and adaptation in science, along with our rainforest topic, and the big question of 'Are we looking after God's creations?'. 


Summer Term Y5/6 Curriculum Booklet

Y5/6 Winmarleigh Hall Residential March 2022

City Mosque Visit March 2022

Planet Surface Abstract Art, Sketchbook Work and Poems!

Year 5 and 6 children produced some fantastic topic work related to space.  First they experimented with colour and texture in their sketchbooks as they tried to create an imaginary planet surface.  They looked at abstract artists such as Jackson Pollock, Miro and Rothko for inspiration and techniques.  Finally they produced a finished painting using tissue and cardboard to build up layers.

In English, the children looked at real Hubble Telescope images to inspire their poetry writing before producing finished poems about the galaxies and universe.

Rally Car Visit

Thanks to Simon Bowen who paid us a visit in his Ford Fiesta rally car this week - it was great for the children to sit in the car and hear it running!

Well done on a 6th placed finish in the North West Stages Simon!

Spring Term 2nd half curriculum Overview

Spring term 1st half Curriculum Overview

Spring term 2022

Our topic themes for this term are 'Earth and Space'

and 'Inventors and Inventions!'  

Our loan books from Lancashire Library Service arrived, with

lots of facts about inventions and inventors to read about!


Design Technology

As part of our 'Inventors and Inventions' topic, we have started our very own inventions, making Automata toys in DT!  In our first two lessons, we have been constructing the frame for our moving toys by measuring, cutting, drilling and gluing the wooden frame.  We will then start to make the cams and cam followers, before assembling our moving toys. 

Progress so far...

PE enrichment

Thank you to the Flower Bowl at Barton Grange, who offered our Y5/6 children a free 2 hour coaching session at their fantastic curling facility!  The children and staff had a brilliant time, learning new skills and getting quite competitive!


Autumn Term 1st Half 2021

Welcome back to the new school year!  We're looking forward to an exciting term, hopefully without any interruptions.  On our class page, you will find what we are learning each half-term, along with other items such as photos and work examples.  We'll update the page regularly so that you can see all of the fun learning that is happening in our Y5/6 class.

Autumn Term 1st Half Curriculum letter

Anglo-Saxon Illuminated Letters powerpoint and examples

Anglo-saxon History Powerpoint below:

Class 3 Beacon Fell Geography Trip 20/10/20

Year 5 and 6 had a fantastic day at Beacon Fell Country Park on Tuesday as part of their Geography curriculum.  The weather stayed dry, and the children took part in a number of activities over the day.  These included map-reading, orienteering and working in small teams to complete tasks.

We're lucky to have such a super place to go just 15 minutes drive away!

There are more photos in the gallery section of our website.

Class 3 good work assembly, 25/9/20

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Welcome to our class page!  Class 3 is taught by Mrs Bryson, Mr Reynolds and Mrs Green our class HLTA.

On this page you will find curriculum information, along with examples of our work!

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