Len Hussey – member of Ernest Shackleton expedition

In Year 5, as part of our topic about Ernest Shackleton, we were privileged to have a visit from John Hussey, whose Great Uncle Len Hussey was part of the expedition team accompanying Ernest Shackleton to the Antarctic.   Len Hussey had the very important job of meteorologist on the expedition,  and was one of the men  successfully brought back alive after an amazing feat of rescue when the expedition went wrong.  The rest of Mr Hussey’s life was very interesting and inspirational also – clearly a very impressive and capable individual.

Antarctic Art!


5MJ worked hard in the Art Studio today.  We listened to some music to inspire our artwork – The March of the Penguins and Antarctic Symphony by Vaughan Williams.  We then looked at a painting called “Water” and used this to inspire similar paintings in shades of blue.  Some of us made colour wraps based on our music inspired pictures.

Library Visit

Today we went on a visit to our local library. Firstly, we were given a card between our partners and we had to answer the question that was printed on it. Then Beltina, Davina, Edward and Rewan were chosen to read paragraphs from a book about Ernest Shackleton. Furthermore the children were allowed to borrow 1 book each to take to school.

Reading is very important because it increases your vocabulary, it gives you a wider imagination and is very relaxing. Reading also improves your grammar, punctuation and spelling.



5MJ Arts Fortnight Theseus and the Minotaur

Our first week in the Art Studio with Mrs Johnston has flown.   The focus is around Greek Myths and in particular Theseus and the Minotaur.   We have started to put together a dance about this myth and the children have come up with some very impressive physical representations of the Labyrinth through dance.


We have practised making Labyrinths using various materials including wooden blocks, shells, pen and paper and Lego.  We have then drawn our own Labyrinths and are now in the process of making them into a relief with Modroc and newspaper. I am very impressed with Leah and Hafsa who have managed to do this brilliantly, both accurately and carefully.   Through Drama we acted out Theseus making his way through the Labyrinth, unable to see and in terror of the Minotaur ahead of him.  We then used this experience to inspire our writing of a description of Theseus’ journey through the Labyrinth.

Ancient Greeks

Macbeth Production!

Our production of Macbeth was brilliant!  Thank you to all parents who attended and supported us in this celebration of all our work on this Shakespeare play.  The children really enjoyed this project and a lot of them showed increased confidence and engagement.