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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Summer Term B

Week Three

On Monday, we were treated to our second session of Hat Trick PE and football was the game which we were focusing on where we played some skill development games and then participated in a tournament. At the end of the game, we talked about who we thought stood out the most and why. This was a really good way for us to communicate and socialise with others.


Earlier on Monday, we talked about relative clauses involving the book we are currently  reading, called Dragon Mountain. For example Year 5, who are reading Dragon Mountain, are really engaged with the class text. The other relative pronouns you can use are where, who, which and that. Why not have a go at making some up of your own.


On Tuesday, we also learned even more about Chinese art, such as calligraphy and explored the theme in willow patterns on pottery. We also learned how to use the ink pens in different angles as well as how to do different strokes when writing our names while developing our calligraphy skills.


By Brandon and Fay

Week Two


This week, the Year 5 children have been sculpting Chinese dragons; the pupils enjoyed this activity a lot. We learned how to sculpt  using shaping tools. The pupils also learned how to use different textures and techniques once the dragon's bodies were formed. We made them using clay and a tiny bit of water, which is called slip, this stuck two pieces of clay together.  All of us enjoyed this marvelous activity.


Not only did the Year 5 sculpt, we also learned different brush techniques when painting bamboo with ink. This was the start of our Chinese topic The Four Gentlemen. They the four gentlemen are bamboo, plum blossom, orchid and chrysanthemum. For some strokes we had to keep the brush horizontal, for the trunk we dipped half of the brush into the ink and used it on its side to create a thicker stroke. Finally, we put all the things we learned together and made one big picture.


On Friday, some of the parents/carers of the children, came to our school to experience the pupils' Bush Craft lessons. We did a carousel of activities. In the bush craft area there was a fire and you could toast marshmallows, make paracord people and drink hot chocolate. Later that morning, the parents went litter picking with their children. However, Mr. West nearly stole the show with his top of the range pizza oven and he treated the children to a slice of pizza or two.


Could this week have been any busier and we hope you enjoyed our blog.


Amelia and Jamie.

Week One


Stop press! This week in school, Miss Croll has let the children create our weekly blog. Speaking of blogs...What is a blog?  In class we have been learning about and describing the real meaning of what a blog is. As we type this, we are all doing our own personal blogs about our favourite memories from this year.


Not only have we been Computing experts, we have also been doing Irish dancing in PE. Our feet were going so quick we almost fell over! However, we really enjoyed it and everyone's faces were purple after which meant we all worked extremely hard.


In Maths we have been learning about adding and subtracting decimals within one whole. Top tip- when adding decimals always make sure the decimal point is lined up and don't forget a zero as a place holder. 


Strictly speaking, sometimes our blog is actually vlog. What is the difference we hear you cry? A blog has mainly photos and information whereas a vlog includes videos too.


We hope you have enjoyed our weekly blog/vlog. Each week, other children in our class will take a turn at updating our page so watch this space!

Year 5 students


Irish Dancing