Ernest Shackleton

Singher wrote a great paragraph about Ernest Shackleton’s feelings as he saw his beloved ship “Endurance” crushed by the ice:


As my heart sank faster than the ship in front of me, I stood open-mouthed and speechless.  Feelings crushed my heart.  The howling wind was biting on my face however nothing was as devastating as my beloved shelter being smashed in the icy cold water.  I panicked.  I was in agony, I was stressed!  Tears rolled down my numb cheeks.  The towering chalk white cliffs stared down, leaning over to see the chaotic scene.  As the weight of responsibility on my shoulders got heavier, my heart pumped faster.  what was I going to do with all my crew?  Where will we stay? Thoughts whirled around my head making it hard to think.




Discussions with a real Explorer!

Year 5 had a very exciting Skype conversation last week with Lauren Owen who  is training to explore Antarctica. She spoke to the children last week from her home in Bristol and is now in Norway training. She was able to provide us with some great insights into what living and trekking in the snow was like, how cold,  but beautiful.  She even told us about the toilet arrangements,  and how they managed to stay warm and cook and eat.

Please see School’s Twitter feed for the latest update from her.  We will be replying!

Visit to Moortown Library

5MJ visited our wonderful local resource of Moortown Library on Monday.  We were shown some great books about our topic Antarctica and Ernest Shackleton and then had to build lego representations of the Antarctic or Ernest Shackleton’s story.

Finally everyone chose a book from the library that we are going to keep in our classroom to read.

Don’t forget to use the library.  There really are some excellent books there and also some upcoming activities such as chess lessons!

Antarctic provisions

5MJ have been making Antarctic sledging biscuits with Mrs Walker.  These are a simple biscuit with flour, salt, butter and with or without oats.  You can also use white or wholemeal flour.  We made them and then we are going to compare which is the tastiest combination of ingredients.  We are leaving them a few days before comparing as the biscuits were traditionally taken on expeditions when they would need to be able to be kept and eaten later.

Persuasive Slogan!

As part of the Air Quality Programme, we have been tasked to communicate, campaign and encourage a change in our transport decisions. In order to produce an effective campaign, it is vitally important that we create a strong slogan that supports our message. This week can you find a message that catches your eye?   It may be in the form of a newspaper article or a television advert.

A wet walk in the woods!

As part of our Arts fortnight, 5 MJ went for a walk in the woods.  We were observing the trees, thinking about the good that they do for the environment and looking for visual representations of some descriptive phrases that we had taken with us.

We were able to see quite a lot of the features of a wood which we had been thinking about,  to better understand what they were and how they could be described.  We appreciated the variety of trees in the woods and the variations in the  colours and textures of their bark.

We will never again think that a tree is just a tree!


Checking air quality!

On Monday,  a group of 6 year 5 children went out with Andrew Ryde from Leeds City Council.  He took us outside to test our air quality with an NO2 reader.  An NO2 reader tests the quality of the air outside and inside of our school.  Andrew has a diesel car so we could see how much pollution comes out of it.  When we put the NO2 reader near the engine,  the reader started beeping.  This means that if you were in a room with that bit of air, it would be deadly.
Stella 5MJ


Inspiration from Greek Myths

Descriptions of the Minotaur!

A strong, horrible stench comes out of the horrid beast.  It has muscular arms and legs that you can’t forget, just one pull and he could rip you in half, a stomp strong enough that it could make an earthquake!  Teeth that drip blood out every second, curvy horns made of bones that can stab you any time.  This mythical beast is like no other.  It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are, if the minotaur is in motion, it will hunt you down and kill you at the more unexpected time!

Susan  5MJ