Year 5 - Kingfishers: Blog items

DT - joining methods.

Date: 23rd Nov 2020 @ 11:03am

Kingfishers have been evaluating materials and joining methods in preparation for their independent project.


Date: 17th Nov 2020 @ 4:30pm

Kingfishers have learned how to present themselves in French.  They can say their name, how they feel, their age, nationality and where they live.  Tres bon, tout le monde!   If you want to practise this at home, use the following as your script:


Ca va

J'ai neuf/dix/onze ans.

Je suis anglais/anglaise.

J'habite a Westhoughton.

Personal challenge winners

Date: 10th Nov 2020 @ 9:17am

Well done to Kingfishers' Personal Challenge Award winners 🥇 

They have demonstrated outstanding effort and achievement in their running over the past few weeks.

Our Award Winners

Date: 6th Nov 2020 @ 10:32am

Well done to this weeks Star of the Week, Times Tables Award and Spelling Award winners. 

PE - football skills

Date: 6th Nov 2020 @ 10:26am

Kingfishers continued to practise their dribbling skills - we are getting better every week!


Digital Citizenship Blog

Date: 3rd Nov 2020 @ 5:03pm

For our Digital Citizenship unit we have been looking at ways to keep ourselves and others safe online. We watched some interesting role-play videos and discussed what 'Becky' did well and could have done better. We then looked at the physical/mental impact excessive screen time can have on our bodies and sent an informative email to someone explaining why we should limit our screen time and how to do this effectively.



UKS2 Assembly

Date: 15th Oct 2020 @ 1:00pm

British Values 

This week, our UKS2 assembly focused on the British Values (democracy, individual liberty, tolerance and rule of law). We discussed what each of these meant and how we promote these values in school. 

Here are our ideas:

We then used this to help us with our Big Question "How do the British Values help us to become better citizens?"

- Rule of law teaches us to obey the law and society. This helps us to become a better citizen because we understand what we can and cannot do. 

- Individual Liberty, this helps us to become a better citizen as we know that our voices and our opinions are welcome and will be heard. It helps to strengthen us being a democratic society.

Investigating variation of leaves in our local area 🍁

Date: 14th Oct 2020 @ 4:03pm

We searched our school grounds for a a variety of leaves and used the new vocabulary we had learned to study their features. 

Creating classification keys - Science

Date: 7th Oct 2020 @ 4:05pm

We have been applying our knowledge on classification to try our hand at creating our own dichotomous (classification) keys.

We used sweets and chocolate to practise and then, once we had got the hang of the types of questioning needed, the children created their own using animals.

Virtual Mile

Date: 7th Oct 2020 @ 3:52pm

Year 5/6 completed the Bolton Schools Virtual Mile competition - they all tried really hard and set good foundations to build on in the future.


Date: 2nd Oct 2020 @ 9:14am

Well done to our Star of the Week and our Always Child - you are both amazing role models to the rest of the school; keep up the amazing work!

Ghost Story Planning

Date: 1st Oct 2020 @ 4:31pm

This week we have been planning our ghost stories. I can't wait to read the final edits!

Big Questions

Date: 1st Oct 2020 @ 4:25pm

This week we have discussed some interesting ideas about peace and how we can achieve it in the world.


Date: 30th Sep 2020 @ 7:45am

Well done to this weeks Star of the Week 

Our star has had a fantastic start to the year and has been a role model to others with his excellent attitude, manners and behaviour. Well done!


Year 5 - School Council Elections

Date: 25th Sep 2020 @ 3:57pm

Well done to the Year 5 children who took part in the School Council Elections this morning. 

We gathered in the hall to listen to a range of speeches about why they would be a good school councillor and what they would do in that role. 

We then voted democratically using the ballot slips. 



Our newly elected councillors will find out who they are in the Whole School Assembly on Monday :)

Writing - Ghost Stories

Date: 17th Sep 2020 @ 5:53pm

Today we spent some time reconstructing 'Campfire Ghost Stories' using a mixture of sentence cards. 

PE - Passing drills

Date: 17th Sep 2020 @ 5:51pm

Today we practised our passing technique in the glorious weather outside.☀️


Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 12:13pm

Kingfishers got off to an active start this week - we tested our fitness to give ourself a base to set targets for the future. We are excited tracking our progress over the next few weeks.


Kingfishers Home Learning - 17th July

Date: 17th Jul 2020 @ 9:12am

Good morning Kingfishers!

I can't quite believe it is the last day of term already. The past few months have been incredibly strange however I have loved getting to know you all through these last two weeks, through your amazing work and through the zoom calls.

I hope that you all have a lovely summer, full of fun activities, laughter and memories! I can't wait to hear all about it in September. Take the time to relax and recharge ready for an important year next year.

Remember to stay active over summer. Now you have the time, try doing a daily workout or yoga etc in the morning to kick start your day. It will make you feel amazing for the day ahead.

Todays Task: 


Interest/Passion Project

Today, you are continuing with your interest/passion project. Remember to do this based on something you are passionate about or extremely interested. This could be a hobby, a person, a place, animal etc. I want you to do as much research about it as possible and present it to me in a way that can best teach me about your chosen subject. 

Here is an example from someone who did a project on China.

I can't wait to see the end results!

Have a great day, 

Mr Horsley

Kingfishers Home Learning 16th July

Date: 16th Jul 2020 @ 8:35am

Good morning!

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Well done to those of you who completed the aspirations work yesterday - you all have some really interesting career ideas. Only two more days to go for this school year - are any of you doing anything nice this summer?


Today's task - Interest/Passion Project

For the next two days, I would like you to create a project on something you are passionate about or extremely interested. This could be a hobby, a person, a place, animal etc. I want you to do as much research about it as possible and present it to me in a way that can best teach me about your chosen subject. 

Here is an example from someone who did a project on China.

I love travelling, music, sport and trying new food. I have unfortunately always been a big Blackburn Rovers fan and watch the games as often as I can.

25 years on from Blackburn's greatest day, a Premier League title ... But if I were to choose, I would do a project on American Football - I'd choose this because it is not as popular as football. I love all sports really but I have been passionate about American Football for a long time, and like Mr Dean, I used to play for a while in my younger years . I especially like the team the Green Bay Packers and I hope to go there in the future. My favourite player is (the greatest Quarterback of all time) Aaron Rodgers - it is worth watching his highlights on YouTube! You will often see me wearing their t-shirts and jumpers on PE days! Let me know what you are passionate about!

Aaron Rodgers and his offensive line at Lambeau in the snow ...

I'm excited to hear what you are interested in.


Have a great day.


Mr Horsley.

Kingfishers Home Learning 15th July

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 8:35am

Good morning Kingfishers - 


It's nice to see the wonderful July weather has made an appearance again this morning...

Make sure you all check out the Sports Day Results blog I posted yesterday if you haven't already. 

Today's task

Today's task is about  aspirations. 

I would like you to create a piece of work in your own format about:

- What you would like to be when you are older?

- Why you would like to do this?

- How are you going to achieve this. Think about what subjects you will need to excel in at school and if you will need to go to university? Will you need to do an apprenticeship? etc.

This website could help you.

Remember that you might not know what you want to do right now and that is ok. You might also change your mind in the future. I always wanted to be a teacher because my Grandad was an excellent teacher, but I also considered joining the Navy, being an engineer amongst a lot of other things.

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Mr Horsley


Date: 14th Jul 2020 @ 9:48am

I have counted up the overall scores for this years Home Olympics. The results were very close, so many of you took part and there were some amazing scores from pupils and parents across the school. The overall winners have been decided on the class which had the highest participation from its pupils. 

This years winners are....

Well done to Mr Simpson and his new Eagles class!

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Some indiviudal winners include -

Well done to everyone who took part - you all posted excellent scores and it is important to take into consideration to range of ages across school. Use it as motivation to train and try even harder for next time. If you are somebody who feels disappointed when you do not win, remember that it is OK to feel this way. What is important is how you react to this. You should always show dignity in defeat, congratulate the winner or winners and use your disappointment to motivate you next time. Every single professional athlete will have experienced defeat at some point in their life, especially in their younger years, and if you ask many of them they will tell you how much losing can help motivate them to succeed in the future.

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Long Jump - 

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Washing Basket Challenge - 

Casey D (Owls) - 17

WOGymnastika: Mustafina Receiving Her Olympic Gold Medal (GIF)

Star Jump Challenge

Neve F (Kingfishers) - 104

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Chloe P (Kingfishers)

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Parent Champions!

A special well done to Mr Winstanley and Mrs Prescott for your excellent scores! You are this years Parent Champions!



Thankyou to everyone who took part. I am looking forward to next years already.


Mr Horsley

Kingfishers Home Learning - 14th July

Date: 14th Jul 2020 @ 8:27am

Good morning Kingfishers!

I had great fun on the Zoom meetings with some of you yesterday - I am looking forward to the next one already and I am really looking forward to starting our new class in September. Well done again to everyone who completed the transition task yesterday.

Today's task

I saw that Year 3/4 had done this task yesterday and the results looked amazing therefore I thought I would magpie it for you to try today. 

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Build, draw or paint your dream house. Perhaps it’s a castle or a tree house. Maybe it is as tall as the sky and has a slide for you to reach the bottom. Write 5 sentences about your house to tell us more about it. Talk about the colour, the rooms, the height, the size …. anything you like! Don’t forget to blog them when you have finished.


For me, I would definitely have to have lots of green house-plants, a darts board, an indoor football pitch and a huge fish tank - maybe I could put some sharks in there.

Here are some examles from Y3/4

Have a fantastic day everyone!


Mr Horsley

Kingfishers Home Learning 13th July

Date: 13th Jul 2020 @ 8:18am

Happy Monday everyone - not long to go until it is officially the summer holidays. I hope you all enjoyed a nice weekend. What did you all get up to? I went on a nice bike ride and watched some football on Saturday.

Zoom calls start for some of you this morning - remember to change your display name to your first name so I can make sure it is you and let you into the meetinglaugh.


I will also be totting up the Health and Fitness Week scores today to see which class has been crowned the winners. I will post the results later in the day.


Today’s task:

Today I would like you to complete a book review about your favourite book from yesterday. Use a piece of A4 paper. Draw a picture and write the title of your book in the centre. Then, around the outside, use bubbles, sections or clouds to tell me about the characters, setting, the main events and why you like it.

When you have finished, colour it in!

Here is an example from Y3/4 -

You could also use the template attached below.


Have a great day everyone,


Mr Horsley


Date: 9th Jul 2020 @ 6:51pm

Today will be our last day of the Virtual Health and Fitness Week - in my opinion it's the best one yet. I would like to start by thanking all of you who participated and challenged yourself this week. I have honestly been blown away by how many people participated this week and I hope that you have all had fun. Hopefully, some of you may have taken something from this week that has inspired you to try and make every week a Health and Fitness week in the future! 

Activities for today

1) Let's get warmed up with a 5 minute workout from Joe.

If you are feeling an extra challenge - you could try one of his full workouts on the link below.

2) Activity Bingo - today is your last day to finish the activity bingo - can you get gold?

3) Balloon Tennis - 

Challenge someone in your house to a game of balloon tennis! I used two chairs and tied a piece of string to make a net. If not, a piece of string, ribbon, scrunched up t-shirt etc. would do the job! Try not to let the balloon land on your side of the 'net'!


Extra challenge - tie an old rag or dishcloth into a knot and use that as a slightly heavier 'ball'. You could use an even heavier pair of socks for an even harder challenge!


Water Bucket Shuttle Run

I saw this idea on Twitter and thought this would be great fun. Get two buckets, one empty and one full. Place them at opposite ends of the your garden. See how much water can you transport to the other in 5 minutes. Measure the water you have transported at the end and let me know how you got on - I am going to give this a go tomorrow! (A bit of Maths involved in there for you too Mr Simpson!)


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Home Olympics - Final Event

In my opinion - the hardest yet! They may look simple but this is a very tiring activity which will test your core stregth and stamina. This is a core activity that many professional athletes do daily to help keep them super fit and healthy.

The task is to see how many you can do in one minute.

Have a rest in between and try this 3-5 times to see how high you can get your score!

There will be a survey sent out on School Spider later today to submit your final scores for the week. Then we can see which class has won this years Home Olympics!


Have a great day everyone. I hope you enjoy the activities planned. Send in your pictures and videos for me to check out and repost.


Mr Horsley




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