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?

Year 5 Assembly – Ecton Brook Campus

Well, what an Assembly! The children did themselves proud once more (with a little help from Mr Woods). Thank you to all parents and carers who came – please feel proud of your children they were amazing 😀

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.


Magical Party Day

What a show, what a meal, what a day it’s been!

From a magical entertainer, past lunch and a trip to the coolest nightclub this side of Tokyo, we have had a brilliant day. Charades and Pass the Parcel in the classroom and, of course, a visit from Santa  –  everyone enjoyed the day.

One school day left in 2017!

A Magical Christmas Performance

Class 20 had the privilege of leading the Christmas production on the Bellinge Campus. The children were involved in lots of different ways, including helping with the set, playing the music, collecting classes for their part as well as being amazing performers.  They were absolute super stars and made us extremely proud. 

Teachers in the making.

This afternoon, as part of our Science,  we planted some plants and bulbs.  Because we used re-cycled plastic bottles, we will be able to watch our plants grow from above and below the soil. To make it more exciting we used our very own Ecton Brook compost 👍

One group was taught by Mrs Male and then each child needed to teach another child until everyone had finished. Eco friendly and co-operative work in one afternoon – smashing 😀

Check back later this week to see what they look like when we display them.

Flipped Learning for Friday 8th December

This Friday during your ‘Friday Write’, we would like you to write a piece showing your understanding of why Christians celebrate Christmas. Ensure you do enough research so that you can retell the story of Christmas from the viewpoint of one of the central characters. For example; Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel etc