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This term our curriculum topic is 

Citius, Altius, Fortius.

Faster, Higher, Stronger


We will be studying the ancient Greeks as well as looking at the history and origin of the Olympics in a build up to the next Olympic Games in Rio on August 5th 2016.


Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.



Widening Horizons Peninsula Dental School Visit

There are still many Widening Horizons trips and visits to take place - we have already had two so far this term!  Here are a list of dates for your diary:



Friday 13th May

Construction at City College

Wednesday 18th May

Peninsula Medical School

Wednesday 8th June

BBQ at Firestone Bay (Parents are welcome!)

Tuesday 14th June

FLYBE at Exeter Airport

Monday 20th June

Hospitality at City College

Tuesday 5th July

Graduation Ceremony(Parents to be invited


Spring Term 2016

Our new creative curriculum topic this term is:




Genesis 1:26

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

This term our topic is Planet Protectors. We will be focusing on the continent of South America and the Amazon Rainforest. We have a fantastic trip to the Eden Project planned in late February so look out for the letter!

Widening Horizons Spring Term 2016 

We have been extremely lucky so far, as we have been able to go on two different visits to the National Marine Aquarium in Y5. Our recent visit saw us go behind the scenes to explore and learn about the various jobs at the Aquarium. Here are a few pictures from the visit:

Y5 Fire Safety

Y5 took party in a fire safety course at St Andrew's to ensure that they can identify fire hazards in the home, make a home escape plan and know what to do in the case of an emergency when ringing 999. It was a very informative session & the Greenbank Fire Brigade commented about how well-behaved the children were!

Autumn Term 2015 Review



'Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage that continues to count.'
Winston Churchill

'Shh Walls have Ears'


This term our new creative curriculum topic is 'Shh Walls have Ears' and directly links to World War 2! We will be finding out a great deal about World War 2; in particular how codes and ciphers were used for secrecy and how Plymouth was affected by the Blitz. Curriculum letters and posters will be sent out soon and links to them will appear at the bottom of this class page.

Please keep visiting this page as we will regularly be posting children's work and pictures of them involved in the Widening Horizons Project.


Widening Horizons Plymouth Music Zone


Plymouth Music Zone invited Y5 to take part in a music making morning as part of the Widening Horizons Project. The children took on the roles of sound engineers and performers to write, sing and produce their own song about family and friends. They were given the opportunity to experience the many jobs/roles involved in the music industry:


* Musician

* Music Leader /Apprentice Music Leader

* Sound Engineer/Producer

* Administrator & Finance Officer

* Development Director

* Executive Director

* Music Programme Manager

* Building Manager

* Song writer

Stained Glass Windows


Year 5 have recently visited The Minster Church of St Andrew to learn more about the stained glass windows they have. The ancient glass was destroyed during the Civil War, and none of the comparatively modern glass survived the destruction of the Church in 1941 during World War Two. The six stained glass windows now in position were all designed by John Piper and made by Patrick Reyntiens. Here are a few pictures from our visit:

The Piano by Aidan Gibbons

Year 5 are currently in the middle of a fascinating unit of work based on a short animation called 'The Piano' by Aidan Gibbons (The link to the video file can be found at the bottom of the page). The children used a World War 2 diary extract to write their own diary extract to accompany part of the animation. They are truly AMAZING!
A few examples can be found at the bottom of the page but here is Faye's extract:

Sorry if my writing is not the neatest. I have not eaten properly for what seems like weeks months even. My heart I can nearly see pumping repetitively against my fragile rib cage with the adrenaline. As I look down, I watch my friend’s motionless body. His eyes are so glassy I can almost see my bloodstained reflection. Tears roll down my cheeks as I overcome this horror.
I breathe in the sinister, pungent smell of corpses as the flesh starts to rot. The constant thud as bodies hit the ground. I can only hope that I won’t be next. I need to tell someone the tragic events of today as it is still hazy in my mind. Nazi footsteps creeping closer… closer. My dearest friend… I betrayed him. The air was still. I was so selfish. He looked at me for a clear signal, never, ever will I overcome this guilt. We sheltered behind a wall, I nodded. He gave me a reassuring smile, spun around and leaped out of safety. He shot into the darkness. That bullet, well, it hit him first. I should have gone myself, then I would not have to live through this guilt. The ground shook or so it seemed as his last breath accompanied him on his fall. Being a medic I raced over, I could save him , I could, I could. As he was in my arms, he slipped into darkness. He is now living a life where he would be forever happy. This is a comfort but I still feel guilt.   
By Faye  

Medic Month

As part of the Year 5 Widening Horizons Project, Year 5 had a visit by paramedics, nurses and doctors. They talked to the children about their jobs and let them use some equipment. It was a fantastic afternoon!
Click on the link to find out more about Widening Horizons



Year 5 have produced some amazing homework about World War 2. Some children even used the computer! Please see the links below to see Jocelyn's powerpoint and Issies word processed document. Impressive!

STEMFest at the National Marine Aquarium



Year 5 have been fortunate enough to take part in the 4th year of the STEMFest at the National Marine Aquarium. The National Marine Aquarium opened its doors again for the annual schools' STEMFest (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) event. Now in its fourth year, STEMFest brings school pupils from around Plymouth and the South West into the Aquarium for a very special day of hands-on, interactive activities culminating in a brand new STEM show in front of the fantastic Eddystone display.

The event was a fantastic success, as the pictures below show:


Using charcoal, chalk pastels and graphite pencils, Year 5 have been exploring various techniques to create a variety of different effects. They watched video tutorials to help them: