Career and Aspiration Week

This year as part of Career and Aspiration week the children had the opportunity to interview a range of visitors about their jobs including a meteorologist, a midwife and fire service. They also enjoyed watching a magic show by Wacky Woody a children’s magician and learned about working with animals by taking part in activities with Steven ‘the bug man’ from Wild Workshops.

Thank you to those parents that gave up their time to speak to the children and helped to make the week a success.



Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar workshop

On the 13th February we ran a Spelling Punctuation and Grammar workshop for Parents and Carers in School.

Thank you to the people that attended and found the SPaG workshop helpful and informative.

I have added the PowerPoint and some games with hyper links that the children can access at home.

Mrs Rafferty

Phonics Co-ordinator

Welcome back Year 5

Welcome Back Year 5!
We hope that you have had a lovely break and are excited to get going again. Spring Term 2 is action packed with lots of things to look forward to, including World Book Day on March 1st and our highly anticipated trip to PGL 26th– 28th March.

Our focus this half-term will be on non-fiction writing. We will be looking at the story ‘The Man Who Walked Between’ by Mordicai Gerstein. The book tells the true story of dare-devil Philippe Petit, who walked, lay, knelt and danced on a tightrope wire between the roofs of the twin towers in 1974. We will use the story as inspiration to write our own newspaper reports for the New York Times and also create biographies about the incredible life of Petit. We will continue to develop our understanding of Year 5 SPaG and learn new spelling rules for the Year 5/6 key words. We will be focusing on how to apply all our SPAG work into our own writing.

We will continue to be in mixed groups across Y5 for maths. We will be consolidating our knowledge of multiplication and division and looking at using this to help find fractions of large amounts. We will then be focusing of fractions by revising finding equivalent fractions before moving onto improper fractions and mixed numbers. We will be looking at using bar modelling as a method to help us with our work on fractions. We will be focusing on the Using and Applying aspect of Maths through Problem Solving Challenges.

Please remember to carry on practising your times tables up to 12×12.
Aim to be a Times Tables Rockstar this half term if you’re not already!
Our topic this half term is Types of Change. We will build on our knowledge of materials by looking at reversible and irreversible changes. We will be mixing materials together to learn that in these changes new materials are made and that these new materials are often in the form of gases. We will explore dissolving and then use evaporation to recover dissolved solutes and will recognise that these are reversible changes. To develop our skills of Working Scientifically, we will use evidence gathered from our own and others’ investigations into dissolving and evaporation to draw conclusions and offer explanations.


We will continue with our topic this term, Grand Designs. We will be learning all about famous landmarks both in Great Britain and around the World! We will look at famous architects before working in teams to design and construct our own buildings!

We will continue with our new PHSE scheme ‘Jigsaw’. Our theme for this half term is ‘Healthy Me’, where children will explore how to recognise and explain peer pressure and be able to suggest a number of strategies for dealing with this. Through this, children will also explore thoughts and feels that may be associated with those pressures.

Computing – Graphical Images
We will be using Sketch Map, Book Creator and Seesaw programs to design our own structures. Children will be exploring drawings/illustrations representing both 2D and 3D worlds. The children will need to think about who they are designing their building for and other elements such as what materials they might use.

PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PE KIT. Make sure you don’t get RED on your Assertive Mentoring! Children should have black pumps, black shorts and a plain white t-shirt.

We will continue to have a creative approach to our homework this term. You will be given Maths and Spelling homework each week as well as being able to choose from a range of creative activities in Topic.
Homework is given out on Friday and is due in the following Wednesday.
Homework handed in on Wednesday is GREEN.
Homework handed in on Thursday is YELLOW.
Homework handed in on Friday is RED.
We read in class every day, so make sure you always have your Reading Log in school.
Please make sure you also read regularly each week at home and ask an adult to sign your Reading Log for you. We will sign your Reading Log every WEDNESDAY to check you have read at home, so please don’t forget!!

Parents & Carers are always very welcome to call in to discuss any aspect of their child’s learning, any other area of their school life or just to say ‘hello’. We are available anytime before or after school, except on Mondays because that’s when we have our Staff Meeting.
We are really looking forward to a great half term with you all!
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Turner, Miss Wood & Mr. Dawson


Spring 2 – Welcome back Year 4!

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Welcome back Year 4! 


We hope you all had a fantastic break and are look forward to coming back to school.
Below are all the exciting things we will be learning about this half term.


This half term we will be looking at a book by Salvatore Rubbino, called ‘A Walk in London’. We will be investigating techniques the author uses to build suspense, as well as exploring a range of other texts such as Harry Potter and Narnia. Based on these texts the children will use a range of features to create  their own piece of writing on their local area, Denton.

Again, this term we will be working hard to improve our spelling and will be a huge focus within our morning work and woven within many other curriculum areas. As the Year 4 team, we strongly recommend that children practise the many common exception words and spelling rules for Year 3 and 4. If spelling is an particular area that your child wants to improve, please use the word lists and suggested spelling games below.

Practising Spellings At Home

Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words

Year 3 Spelling Rules and Examples

Year 4 Spelling Rules and Examples


In our first week back we will be exploring different strategies to solve word problems involving money.  We will then continue to develop our fluency skills, testing out new methods and re-visiting old ones to consolidate our knowledge around multiplication, division, subtraction and addition. Following this we will be learning how to convert forms of measurement and calculating the area and perimeter of shapes.

It is crucial in Year 4 that the children are still developing their fluency with their times tables up to 12 and a range of number facts, such as pairs that total 100, halves and doubles and counting in multiples of 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 and 1000.

Therefore, please make the most of your child’s Times Table Rockstar account to strengthen their knowledge of the times tables and see their rock status grow!

The children also have accounts for Active Learn where they can revise and apply their knowledge through tasks that cover the entire Year 4 curriculum. All activities can be accessed when using a laptop or desktop. However, some are limited when using a tablet or an iPad.

The children should all have their logins now for both of these accounts, if your child has lost their login details then do not hesitate to ask for new ones!


Grouping living things is our next topic we will be exploring in Science. Through this topic children will initially begin by looking at the purpose of grouping living things and how this a can be done, children will then learn to use classification keys. Finally, using their knowledge and understanding of  living things the children will plan, carry out and conclude an investigation on habitats.


This term we will begin a new topic ‘What did the River Tame do for us?’

Through this topic we will look at the History of our own local area, Denton.  Additionally, we will be be using fieldwork to observe and record the human and physical features of the local area using a range of methods including sketch maps, plans and graphs and digital technologies.

Religious Educations

We will be continuing to focus on last terms question which was, ‘Why is Jesus Inspiring to some people?’ Continuing to explore the meaning of the word ‘inspiring’ and who the inspiring people are in our lives.


This half term we will begin our project ‘Hurray to Hollywood’. In this project, children will explore filming techniques such as angles and lighting. The children will then produce their own small films using imovie.


Gymnastics is our focus this half term, within this topic we will be developing the use of physical strength, flexibility, balance, control, power, agility and coordination in order to perform a variety of exercises.

We will continue with our swimming lessons at Denton Swimming Baths. Please make sure that you come prepared with your full kit.

4D’s lessons are every Wednesday and 4M’s lessons are every Friday.


Our theme for this half term is ‘Healthy Me’, where children will explore how to recognise and explain peer pressure and be able to  suggest a number of strategies for dealing with this. Through this children will also explore thoughts and feels that may be associated with those pressures.


In Year 4 homework is given out each Friday and is to be returned every Wednesday. This half term the children will have a spelling activity each week and either a reading task or mathematics task based on our learning in class. The children can also choose from our ‘A Walk in Denton’ homework menu! Homework can be presented in any way the children wish, so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!

F.A.O Mrs Macdonald or Miss Dobie  to

A Walk in Denton Take Away Homework Sheet

Spring 2 Spelling Menu

The children are also asked to read at least twice a week to someone at home. We ask the children to record this in their Reading Log.

Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of your Assertive Mentoring profile

On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED

The river Nile – Jayden

  1. A few facts about the river Nile.
  2. The River Nile is about 6,670 km (4,160 miles) in length and is the longest river in Africa and in the world. Although it is generally associated with Egypt, only 22% of the Nile’s course runs through Egypt.

2. In Egypt, the River Nile creates a fertile green valley across the desert. It was by the banks of the river that one of the oldest civilizations in the world began. The ancient Egyptians lived and farmed along the Nile, using the soil to produce food for themselves and their animals.

Where is the  river Nile?

The River Nile is in Africa. It originates in Burundi, south of the equator, and flows northward through northeastern Africa, eventually flowing through Egypt and finally draining into the Mediterranean Sea.

Where is the source of the river Nile?

  1. The river Nile’s source starts at Lake Victoria, Africa’s biggest lake, is generally thought of as the source of the River Nile. On the northern edge of the lake, water pours over a waterfall, known as Ripon Falls, into a narrow opening which some people believe is the beginning of the River Nile.





by Jayden 4D

Grand designs by Taylor

.The Taj Mahal is a famous mallsoleum in India

. A mallsoleum is a building that contains burial chambers.

. The Taj Mahalnis lockated in Agra, a city in the littar parades region of northern India.

. It was built as the final resting place for mumtez Mahal, the third wipe of Mughal emperor shah Jaham.

. The name Taj Mahal means ” crown of places.

. Construction took around 20 years , from 1632 to 1653.

Grand designs by millie

Facts about the Burj Kalifha

1. Did you know that the Burj kalifha is the is the tallest building in the world?

2. The Burj kalifha stands at a great 828 metres.

3. The Burj kalifha is in Dubai United Arab Emirates .

4. The Burj kalifha has more than 160 stories!!!

5. Did you know that it has the fastest lift ever , which goes 10 metres per second?

6. Did you know that 12000 workers worked on the building everyday?

7. The Burj kalifha is not classed as a modern wonder of the world.