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Red Squirrels - Yr 5

Welcome back Red Squirrels

Welcome back to some of my old squirrels and to some brand new ones! Hope you all had a fantastic summer and are back full of energy and enthusiasm!

We are the Red Squirrels class taught by Mrs Martin. There are only 19 lively squirrels in our class this year! 

My door is always open and I am more than happy to meet with you to discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to pop in and introduce yourselves or come for a chat at the end of the day. 


100% Attendance!

What a way to end the year! Well done my lovely Red Squirrels. I shall miss you!

Magnus STEM day


On Tuesday 9th July, Year 5 went to the Magnus Academy to take part in a STEM day with other schools in the area. 

One of the challenges during the day, was to make a wind up elastic band car from the materials given.


"Our team consisted of Cohan,Jack,Madyson,Jaime, Jayden and Lexie. We named our team Glitterball/Food fight!

We made an amazing car with a spoiler at the back.

When we set it off in the final race- it zoomed past the finish line and we came first. We were proud to win a trophy for John Hunt. We also got medals for great team work"

Stories in the sun!

This week we have been writing adventure stories about our climb up the Wrekin , from Ironbridge. We have really enjoyed the lessons and today we paired up with a friend and read our stories to each other. We sat outside in the fresh air - it was lovely.

Our tiles arrived back from the Jackfield Tile Museum. They look amazing!

International Day - Mexico!

HOLA! We had a great day today learning about Mexico. We came dressed in the colours of the flag - red , white and green. We created a fact file about Mexico - we learnt about the religion, the language,  population , currency and lots more. Then after play we looked at the Day of the Dead Festival ( Dia de los Muertos) which is held every November for three days. Families come together to remember and celebrate their loved ones that have passed away. We made smiling skeleton masks and model skulls. We finished the day by learning the mexican hat dance and sampled nachos with salsa, guacamole and sour cream dips. A great day! ADIOS AMIGO!

Ironbridge Residential

We had a brilliant time away in Ironbridge. We loved the Youth Hostel and some of us had bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms -some were even better than our teacher's rooms!! Mr Betts encouraged us to keep them neat and tidy with his strict daily room inspections!

We began the day by climbing the Wrekin in record time. The views from the top were incredible. The next day we visited Blists Hill Museum, where we travelled back in time and wandered around a Victorian town. We even visited the bank and changed our money to pounds, shilling and pence!

Day three we made tiles in the Jackfield Tile Museum and had lots of fun in the evening at our own talent show. 

On the way home, we visited Cadbury World. We enjoyed sampling the free chocolate and watching a short film in 4D. It was an amazing end to our trip.

Everywhere we went  - members of the public commented on the children's excellent behaviour and manners. Well done Year 5.

Dragons Den

We were all in the hall together this week ,whilst Year 6 took their SATs tests.

We worked in teams to design a new product. We had to think of a company name and logo, produce a labelled diagram and then produce a costing sheet, including details of training, materials, packaging and advertising.

Today was exciting because we had to present our business ideas in a persuasive way.

We had a smart fridge, a make up station, an indoor playground, a wi fi block, an i pad book, a vibrating chair/ flying car, mood changing contact lenses, travel pack , an animal back pack, a video game and a handbag charger.

The children asked some really thoughtful and interesting questions about the products. Luke, in particular, was very concerned with some of the health and safety implications!! Ethan was an extremely confident and persuasive salesman, with an answer for everything!

I think we definitely have some budding entrepreneurs! Well done to everyone for all your hard work. 

My personal favouite was the handbag with a phone charger. I would love to have one of these! What a brilliant idea! Love the song too " Charge it up, before you go go!!"


Inspiring engineers of the future!

We had a really interesting talk from the Highways Agency about how to keep safe on a construction site. We learnt about the different jobs that the Highways Agency involves and the different routes that can be taken to train for them. We liked the sound of apprenticeships where you can train on the job and get paid at the same time!

Comic Relief - Red Nose Day

We raised over £500 for Comic Relief! We had all came in red, had a playtime cake sale, an afternoon 'danceathon' and to end the day Mrs Mole sat in a paddling pool of baked beans!!

Looking great dressed in red!

Enjoying the danceathon!

Time Travelling at Southwell Minster.

What a fantastic day we had at Southwell Minster today, despite the rain and wind!

We split into five groups and went with our 'pilgrim leaders' who took us to the various activities throughout the day. As usual, our children were exceptionally well behaved, answered lots of questions and had excellent manners. I was so proud of you all.

Thanks to Mrs Kirk for helping on our trip.

Looking at the images and symbols in the stained glass window

Making prayer bracelets and learning about baptisms.

Having fun being a 'cathedral chorister' !!

Using torches to find all the beautiful faces and creatures carved into the pews.

A moment of quiet reflection after a wonderful day.

World Book Day

What a huge effort everyone put in for World Book Day. We had such a variety of interesting book characters!

The staff of each Key Stage had a theme too! I wonder if you spotted us all?!

Well done to everyone!

Pen pal letters from The Gambia

We were excited to receive pen pal letters from The Gambia last week. We enjoyed learning all about their school, hobbies and their families. 

We have written back and told them all about our life here in England.

World War 1 time Capsules

We presented our time capsule homework to each other this afternoon. It was so interesting. There were so many different ideas. We had chests full of old photos, 'tea stained' letters, medals, packs of playing cards, handmade cigarettes, prayers, Bibles, candles, old coins and much more.

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents that worked with the children on this project. They were all amazing!

World War 1 time capsules - Take Care homework

Teya even made a short video for her World War 1 time capsule! Love it!

Still image for this video

The National Space Centre.

We had a brilliant day at the Space Centre. There were so many different areas to explore. We were lucky enough to attend  a special effects show in the planetarium, about the solar system. It was amazing and we had to really try hard to remember we were stationary, as it felt like we were moving and spinning in space!

We also climbed 144 steps to the top floor of the centre and the braver ones amongst us dared to travel in a glass elevator, all the way up to the top! The views were amazing!

As usual, John Hunt children did themselves proud with their excellent behaviour and manners. A great day was had by all!

Visit to The Academy

Year 5 were invited to visit Newark Academy last week to try out some 'taster sessions'

Red Squirrels were lucky enough to have a dance workshop. The children learnt some basic steps with the teacher and then went into groups and designed their own dance. They then gave feedback to each other. It was great fun!



Year 5 caught reading in weird and wonderful places!

Hurray!! Well done Red Squirrels - Tidiest classroom at last!!

Young Voices 2019

On Tuesday, some of our Year 5 children who are in the school choir, had a fantastic experience at Sheffield Arena, singing with 5000 other children.

We arrived just after lunch and rehearsed all afternoon with the conductor and band. 

At 6.30 parents arrived and the stadium was full.

At 7pm the concert began. After the months of learning the songs and dances, it was time to sing our hearts out! We all loved every minute from start to finish. The lighting, band and special guests( especially Tony Hadley!) were all amazing. So proud of John Hunt- you rock!

Happy New year!

We hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas , the children have certainly come back refreshed, with energy and enthusiasm!

We would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for all the lovely gifts at the end of term. Thank you very much.

It's going to be a really busy term  - please find the Spring newsletter below.

Please encourage the children to read every night, learn their spellings ( using the correct unit in their spring term spelling log) and complete and return homework by the deadline. Many thanks.

As our new science topic is Space, we are hoping to arrange a visit to the award winning National Space Centre this term . Details to follow.

Christmas Craft Afternoon.

You all looked great in your Christmas jumpers! 

We had a lovely afternoon on Friday and enjoyed working with our friends, parents and grandparents.

Thanks for joining us, special thanks to Mrs Kirk for making the beautiful calendars with the children.

#Project Encouragement.

We loved the idea of the project launched by the team at Newark Parish Church to 'flood the town with encouragement this Christmas'

We thought of all the people we appreciated and wondered if they knew how valued they were? Some of these people are just doing their everyday jobs and don't expect any thanks.

We talked about how good it made us feel to be encouraged by others but also how good it feels to encourage others.

We all wrote a message to someone - they were to Mums, Dads Grandparents, hospital staff, swimming teachers, opticians and paramedics to name just a few . We hope they enjoy a lovely surprise!

Yay!! 100 % attendance at last! Well done Red Squirrels!

Christmas Party

We enjoyed our Christmas Party on Tuesday. We had fun and played the usual favourite games! Thank you to you all for your generosity - we had so much food!

'Dance off' with the remaining three in musical statues!

Some examples of our amazing Alchemy Island homework. All so different and so creative! Well done Red Squirrels.

Investigating the absorbency of different papers.

We enjoyed dropping water from a pipette onto different papers today to see how absorbent they were. We tested a variety of papers including tracing paper, chip shop paper and kitchen roll. 

We made some really sensible predictions , but were amazed how the tracing paper kept all the water on the surface in a globule. We found out that the Jey cloth and kitchen roll were the most absorbent.

Children in Need Day

What a great day we had on Friday. It certainly was a day to remember!!

We came dressed in spots, placed any loose change that we had on an image of Pudsey bear. Then we voted for the teachers who had bravely put themselves forward for the 'pie in the face' extravaganza! ( Thank you to my lovely children for not voting for me!!)

Mrs Mole, Mr Betts and Mr Jones had the most votes and what great sports they all were!


Testing the effects of heat on different materials.

As part of 'Materials and their Properties' topic we investigated the effects of heat on certain materials. We tested a variety of materials including chocolate, butter, material and metal. 

We enjoyed watching the different reactions. We found out that some materials can have a reversible change - for example chocolate, which melted and then hardened when refridgerated. Some materials have an irreversible change, where the change lasts forever and a new material is formed.

100% Attendance - Well done Red Squirrels - keep it up!

Beaumond Blue Day

We all came to school dressed in blue to support the work Beaumond House Community Hospice does in Newark.

As a school, we raised over £350 . Well done everyone.


We have signed up to a great interactive Maths game called Prodigy. It can be played both at home and school.

Your child will bring home their username and password tonight, ready for the weekend! Enjoy!

National Grandparents Day

We had a lovely morning with our visitors this morning. It was so lovely to see grandparents sharing books with their grandchildren. Thank you all for coming.


School Councillors elected.

Last week,the children that wanted to stand for school council presented their manifestos to us. 

I have to say I was impressed with each and everyone of you, it takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of the class and speak on your own.

We then went to the polling station to cast our votes on secret ballot papers.

After the votes were counted and verified , I am pleased to announce our school councillor for the Red Squirrels is Teya Phillips , supported by her deputy Beth Royle.

Congratulations to you both.

FAB  4

Well done squirrels. We managed to get joint first position on the FAB 4 league table for our regular reading this week. What a great start. Keep it up!

Harvest Festival

On Friday Matt Elsey led our harvest assembly for the whole school. 

It was great to see all the food on the tables as we came into assembly.

Matt and the Salvation Army will be delivering it to food banks in the area.

Thank you for your generosity.

Year 5 Parents Expectation Meeting

For those who were unable to make the meeting last week . Please see the PowerPoint attached below, which gives details of what was discussed at the meeting. Thank you.

Our new topic - Alchemy Island

It's time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We're going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island!

Can you find the gold hidden deep in the Island's mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map, unravel the riddle and begin your adventure

On the way, you must do all you can to learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy. Be creative and try to impress the island's team of ace alchemists! Will they praise your scientific expertise? 

You've got your map, co ordinates and everything else you need to make your way across the island. Don't forget to pack your imagination!


Year 5 will be swimming every Monday afternoon until February half term.

Please ensure your child is able to remove earrings themselves, tie their hair back and wear the correct swimming attire.

Girls -one piece costumes. Boys no 'surfer style shorts'. The swimming teachers request that they wear trunks.

Thank you.

Daily Mile

Year 5 are trialling the 'daily mile' this term. We have had a successful week so far, running or walking (or a bit of both!) 4 laps of the field. The weather has been kind to us and it has been a fantastic way to start our mornings, running in the fresh air with our friends.

The aim of the daily mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and well being of our children. 
We put on our trainers and are out first thing in the morning. It's lots of fun! We are certainly starting to feel fitter and we have our own little goals to achieve each day.


"I believe The Daily Mile will have a huge impact on young people's lives, helping children across the UK to be fitter, healthier and happier. I'm delighted to be supporting The Daily Mile, and hope that every child has the opportunity to take part in this fantastic initiative."

Colin Jackson, Olympic 110m hurdles Medallist

We had a go sketching squirrels in the style of Sarah Taylor . She loved them!