End of term round-up

With the Spring Term over, we can reflect on a terrific term of learning in Class 5. Pupils have really enjoyed the ‘Black Gold’ topic, which has inspired some fantastic writing and purposeful learning in geography, as well as some important moral discussion and debate around energy production and its effect on the environment.


We have also been very impressed with learning in Maths, as pupils have developed their reasoning skills and got better at their times tables and basic skills. Science has also been a real highlight, with our ‘Fantastic Forces’ topic and numerous practical lessons, which has seen the creation of paper helicopters, rocket mice, marble runs and water rockets! Pupils have really developed their art skills in the Picasso unit and we have some wonderful work up on display in the classroom, as well as in sketch books.


Sadly, we have had to say thank you and farewell this week to our student teacher, Mrs Erdbeer, whose placement at Priory School has ended. In addition, Miss Druce and Mrs Young will no longer be TAs in our classroom next term. We made class cards for all of the departing adults, which were presented in worship.


Looking ahead, the Summer 1 curriculum newsletter will be published during the first week back, with our new topic titled ‘Coast to Coast’. We would like to wish everybody a very restful and enjoyable Easter break.


Mr Croutear & Mrs Kelly

Solar Farm Visit!


On Tuesday, Class 5 visited the West Solent Solar Farm, near Lymington, to learn about this amazing community project and how it is producing renewable energy, as well as re-generating the local environment. We were shown around the site by Cathy and Roger, finding out about how the solar panels work. We also enjoyed quizzing Cathy about her opinions on different types of renewable energy, including wind turbines, which we have studied in depth as part of our ‘Black Gold’ topic.

Year 5 Tag Rugby – BCS Tournament

On Friday, twelve pupils from Class 5 represented Priory School at the Bournemouth Collegiate School Tag Rugby tournament, participating with eight other schools.


Despite limited training, the squad did terrifically well, really bonding as a team over the matches played. Priory won 5 out of their 8 games, drawing one and being narrowly defeated in two. This ensured a second-placed finish, a fantastic achievement. In fact, Priory went up against the eventual winners, Park School, in their final match, in with a chance of being champions. Although they did not quite achieve it this time, the team showed great potential and this Priory School rugby team will go from strength to strength in Year 6.


Learning Update

After the snow break, Class 5 returned this week to continue their learning on fractions in Maths – see below for an amazing example of counting on in fraction steps! In English, we have been enjoying writing about a new character from our class story, ‘Shadow Forest’, as well as listening to the first few chapters of the classic novel ‘The Wolves of Willoughby Chase’. We will be using this as a writing stimulus next week. In addition, pupils have been demonstrating their progress in English and Maths by carrying out some assessments this week. The attitude to these has been terrific, and made teachers very proud.