28/02/14 Key Skills

A wonderful first week back! Very enthusiastic and some great learning. Thank you all.


Continuing with our data theme, a sheet looking at scales. There’s three sections, A, B and C. Choose one of the sections, try to challenge yourself!


Speak to someone at home (anyone). Discuss, do they know any myths, legends or fables? Could they tell you a well-known one? Try to re-tell this story/tale from what they have told you. Either blog it, handwrite it, PowerPoint it… Go wild! I look forward to hearing your tales.

Have a good weekend.

Go DSP! (and Mrs Haigh)

Due to the terrible disaster recently in The Phillipines, the DSP lead some fundraising across the school.

The DSP has raised a lot of money for the Philippines and to give you a hint of how much money they raised it was over £701 pounds!

Can you guess how much they actually raised?


Now hopefully the Philippine’s will have enough money to be safe for a while now.

By: Tyla, Lily, Paris, Radu, Courtney and Rohan.

Half Term

For key skills over half term, it would be great for the children to complete the following:


Collect some data into a table. This could be ages of your family, ages of your pets… Absolutely anything. From this I would like you to work out the mode, mean, median and the range of the data. How you present the data is entirely up to you, a simple table would be fine, but you could aim for a bar-chart, tally… Etc. All together you should have… Data/information, the median, the mode, the mean and the range of all of these.


We would like you to keep a diar of what you get up to. You can write your diary on paper or on the classs blog, it is up to you. When we get back to school we want to be able to read about all the wonderful adventures you have been having during your week off. The more detail, the better:

You could tell us about:

  • What games you have played.
  • How are you feeling.
  • If you visited friends or family.
  • Where you have spent the day.

Have a fabulous half term!

Key SKills 07/02/14

Literacy/Creative Curriculum: 

After our recent successful visits to Sulgrave Manor and Elizabeth Woodville, we would like to hear all about your views on the two trips. For your key skills this week, we would like you to write a review on either of the two trips (you can choose which one).

Here are some suggestions of what you could include:

  • When we got there/ what the journey was like.
  • The order of events and what happened at each stage of the day.
  • The best part of the day and why
  • What you learnt
  • If you would recommend it to a friend and why
  • What (if anything) could have been improved
  • Score out of ten and why


This was a double-sided sheet with two questions regarding reflection across four quadrants.

Have a good weekend!

Enterprise at Elizabeth Woodville!

Why did we go there? 

Elizabeth Woodville invited us to study the world of enterprise and to develop our skills. These skills were: Communication. Innovation. Independence. Determination. Perseverance. Confidence, and collaboration.

What happened there? 

To start of the day, we met 4 different schools at Elizabeth Woodville including them as 5. We had a short intriguing assembly about some famous people and how did they earned all of their money. Then us schools in our groups of 5 had a simple logo quiz which had 57 logos. After that all the schools which were merged together started a challenge of creating and selling origami. Also, we had £500 to start with to spend on paper then collect our profit of our origami and made it the correct shape and size (the swan was easy according to Kasey and the heart was easy according to Kevin). The stalls (the shop and the buyers) closed after an amount of time then re-opened and the prices were altered. There was a advanced book for hearts and swans. After all our hard work with our leaders we all had a rest and then restarted with our origami.The prices for the paper were £20 to £100 after they increased. As well as that all the costumers increased of how much they was going to sell it for from £40 to £200.

What did we learn? 

Year 5 thought that we will always need a team spirit to support our own intelligent  ideas. As well as that, all our knowledge for team work and innovation. Overall, it was a great day for learning as we all analysed the skills we used (which was a lot).

What are our thoughts of Elizabeth Woodville?

Kevin’s thought: “It’s amazing how they had changed around the money faces and how much money my team had made!”

Alicia’s thought: “You will not believe how strong our team spirit was! We communicated well and we have achieved an entrepreneur experience.”

Kasey’s thought: “What I thought that it was an extraordinary time because it was a similar to pitching which we were learning about and a good time for hard work and team work.”

To conclude the challenge, they announced the results:

In 3rd place: Alicia, Paris and Ayisha-with £1900

In 2nd place: Subway Surfers- with £1930

In 1st place:The Profits- with £3480 (consisting of Kevin, Max and Mathew)

Our day at Elizabeth Woodville was prodigious yet challenging. A day full of excitement, risks and adrenaline rush.                                                                        With experience on our arm, we can easily become a businessman/ businesswoman.

The winning team (the ones from Simon de Senlis):

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By Alicia Lam, Kasey Wright and Kevin Guan.

Our Fabulous Day at Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor

Yesterday we went to extraordinary Sulgrave Manor. To start off our fantastic day we began with a play about Henry VIII (mainly his wives), Edward VI’s disease (Tuberculosis), Mary’s killing spree and Elizabeth’s golden age.

During this time, Thomas galloped on a horse to Rome to see the Pope (William W), who was guarded by Jack. Lucy was Catherine of Aragon. Ricards was Henry VIII. Alina was Anne Boleyn. Maisy was Lady Jane Grey. Lily J was Catherine Howard, who had her head cut off by Liam the executioner. Mrs Greener was Catherine Parr. Evie was Jane Seymour, and died very glamorously. Archie was Edward VI. Selin was Bloody Mary and Laycee was Elizabeth. And to finish off, Hollie was Anne of Cleves.


Our Favourite Parts:

Radu: I liked the whole Tudor family play, because it was funny when Thomas rode (galloped) on the horse. Although, as well as this it was very dramatic and taught us well.

Thomas: I enjoyed writing my name in Tudor font using the Tudor alphabet. We found out here that Jack’s name was written as “fart” in those times, but still pronounced the same!

Lucy: I enjoyed making a fire with two flints and then using a striker.

Dan: My favourite part about Sulgrave Manor was a bit of everything. The learning because there was a variety, my favourite part of learning was also funny, the wee pot (which had a rude name).

Kasey: I enjoyed it when Lily J and Alina had their heads chopped off! Also, I thought the same as Radu, when Thomas was on the horse (it was rather humorous).

Rohan: I liked Laurence Washington’s house and talking about the food. I especially liked the Blacksmith’s house outside, because he explained how rats could eat them and how they were often deaf.

Tianna: Same as Dan, I liked the wee pot. If only we had them now!

Jamie: Similar to Rohan, I liked looking at Laurence Washington’s house because it was old fashioned.

Evie: I enjoyed dying during the dance.

Tyla: I liked going to the Tudor school and writing with the quills and ink, it was very different to our pens nowadays.

Alicia: My most memorable part of the day was learning how to write my name in Tudor times so I still remember how to write my name today (in Tudor font).

Alicia Name

Paris: I liked when we did the play because it had some humour and devastating deaths. I also liked the Laurence Washington House since when we walked into the chamber, the doors made me intrigued because there were many doors, and I mean many doors!

This is What We Learnt:

During Tudor times, when the maid had to go to the toilet, she would hook the baby to the wall. This is because rats may go and eat the baby’s cheeks, nose and/or eyes, when it is laying in the cot. Due to the fact they were swaddled they wouldn’t be able to defend themselves.


If a person had red (ginger) hair, their wee would be the best for watering plants! It became quite expensive.This only applies to boys!

In the schools, regardless of which hand you naturally write with, you had to write with your right hand. Kevin, Rohan, Tilli and Jack would be rather stuck! Since, being left-handed was considered a sign of evil.

We learnt that when they had finished baking bread they used the bottom of the bread as a plate, due to all of the ashes that would be underneath the bread. Generally only the poor people would eat this bread, and they would use it as a plate. Once they had finished their meal they could eat the plate (as it would have soaked up all of the juice/gravy).

Laurence Washington had a brick chimney. This chimney showed off his richness. One of these bricks cost £10 on those days, therefore a chimney cost a lot! That is a lot because in Tudor times a blacksmith would earn 5p a year, which apparently was a good amount for him.

There was a young boy called the spit boy, who only wore a leather apron. He would turn the spit to cook the meat by the fire. If sparks went on him and he got a nasty burn, they would use a slug or a snail to heal his wounds. This wouldn’t always work as it would often get infected. They would either cut his arm off or they would hope it would heal. If his arm was amputated he was called an ex-spit boy.

Anne Boleyn was actually innocent, she didn’t have any boyfriends, they were all rumours to conspire to get her off of the Throne. Also, Anne Boleyn had a wart on her hand, from this they thought she was a witch, as witches had 6 fingers! In fact, Catherine Howard was the woman who had another fiancée. If you were a fiancée, you were contracted to marriage, it’s not like nowadays!

When rich people slept, they had a roof above their heads attached the beds, because there were no low ceilings. These roofs also keep the warmth in, and keep the bats and birds out. They slept sat up, rather than lying down, because they believed if their mouths were open the devil would enter them and possess their souls (not nice). Young children would sleep in the same room as their parents, as they weren’t old enough to have a candle.

Anything else? Feel free to comment your extra ideas!