Exploring feeling through a setting description

Have a read of this:

‘Day after day, a vast heavy veil had been driving over London from the East, and it drove still, as if in the East there were an Eternity of cloud and wind. So furious had been the gusts, that high buildings in town had had the lead stripped off their roofs; and in the country, trees had been torn up, and sails of windmills carried away; and gloomy accounts had come in from the coast, of shipwreck and death. Violent blasts of rain had accompanied these rages of wind, and the day just closed as I sat down to read had been the worst of all.’

How do you think the character is feeling? Why?

Can you spot any devices/tools that the author has used to make their writing more interesting?

Black Country Museum

Yesterday, year 5 braved the snowy weather and journeyed to Dudley to visit the Black Country Museum as part of our history topic ‘The Industrial Revolution’. We were warmly welcomed by our knowledgeable guide for the day who helped us step back in time. The children learned so much about life in Victorian times and were incredibly well behaved despite the cold conditions. In fact, if anything it only enhanced our experience.

Snowy Day in Dudley



Today we went to The Black Country Museum in Dudley and had a brilliant time! From a frozen canal to a blacksmith working in the snow it certainly was cold. However, everyone was wrapped up well and enjoyed a variety of experiences related to The Industrial Revolution. “Ladies before gentlemen” was the order of the day and thankfully nobody needed to have their mouths washed out with soap!

Our New Topic

On Monday, we started reading the book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ and I shared with you that ‘Kensuke’ is pronounced differently in the Japanese language.

It is actually pronounced ‘Ken-skey’.

Can you find out what this name means?

28 Day Plank Challenge

All 3 year five classes have agreed to do a 28-day fitness challenge. It involves planking (as in the diagram below) and building up stamina to hold that position for increasing periods of time.

The details are set out below and everyday we will remind children of what they need to do. We will ensure that all children get a chance during a school day to complete that day’s challenge. Obviously we are not at school for all of the Challenge so we are relying on you children to keep checking here to see what you should be doing at the weekends and during half term.

If any other classes or adults at school or at home want to join in please feel free to tell us about your progress!

We will Blog our progress throughout the month!


Day 1 – 20 seconds.

Quick photo just to prove we did it!  Hopefully we will get better at holding our position as the month goes by.

Day 2 – 20 seconds.

Day 3 – (Saturday) 30 seconds.

Day 4 – (Sunday) 30 seconds.

Day 5 – 40 seconds.

Day 6 – Rest Day!

Day 7 – 45 seconds.

Day 8 – 45 seconds.

Day 9 – 60 seconds.

Day 10 – (Saturday) 60 seconds.

Day 11 – (Sunday) 60 seconds.

Day 12 – (Monday) 90 seconds.

Day 13 – (Tuesday) Rest Day!

Day 14 – (Wednesday) 90 seconds.

Day 15 – (Thursday) 90 seconds

Day 16 – (Friday) 120 seconds (sorry for being late)

Day 17 – (Saturday) 120 seconds

Day 18 – (Sunday) 150 seconds

Day 19 – (Monday) rest day

Day 20 – (Tuesday) 150 seconds

Day 21 – (Wednesday) 150 seonds

Day 22 – (Thursday) 180 seconds

Day 23 – (Friday) 180 seconds

Day 24 – (Saturday) 210 seconds

Day 25 – (Sunday) rest

Day 26 – (Monday) 210 seconds

Day 27 – (Tuesday) as long as you can!

Just to finish off this post, on our final day we had two children in Class 12 who managed to plank for 10 minutes. They know who they are – congratulations 🏆

Young Voices

What a brilliant day!

Nearly 60 children from both Ecton Brook and Bellinge Campus left at lunchtime bound for Birmingham. After a gruelling rehearsal, umpteen trips to the toilet and food, it was time to shine. My goodness, the children sang, danced and cheered until they were horse!

Precision timing and teamwork meant that we left promptly at the end and made good time returning none too late.

Congratulations to all the children, who were simply brilliant and to all the parents and carers who came along to watch – we hope you were all up dancing!

Saints Study Centre

In Year 5 there are loads of opportunities for children to learn new things in new ways; our collaboration with Saints Rugby Club in just one example.

10 lucky children from each Year 5 class were chosen to enjoy learning in this unique environment and yesterday was their Induction Day.

They spent the whole day at the rugby club enjoying games, science lessons, making paper helicopters and making slime amongst other activities. If the smiles on their faces when they arrived back yesterday were anything to go by, they obviously enjoyed themselves. The name Atomic Tom cropped up a lot when they were telling us about their adventures – not sure who he is!

Thank you to Mrs Conoley and Mrs Pallett for supervising the children who, we are led to believe, behaved immaculately.