We’re going to the opera!

In fact…we’re writing. composing and performing it!

On 6th October, Year 5 began an exciting music project with a visiting music education group called Mahogany Opera.

Here we are, warming our voices up:

We will be working with Mahogany Opera to create a Snappy Opera. This will be a 10 minute opera with costumes, set, movement and singing and it will be based on our own ideas.

Here we are, coming up with inspiring ideas for a song:

During the project we will have the support and expertise of a composer, librettist and director who will support us to devise the opera, stage it and perform it for an invited audience, including our grown- ups.

Coming up with amazing mixed-up animals to be the characters in our opera:


This ……is an ‘incognito frog’…mysterious!

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, the BBC are coming to school to film us working with Mahogany Opera for a news feature on the BBC News website.

Watch this space!

Year 5 Assembly – The Selfish Giant


A very Selfish Giant!!

On Thursday 5th October 2017, Year 5 wowed the school and lots of parents with their retelling of the Oscar Wilde story  ‘The Selfish Giant’.  With action and sound, the story came to life, with the class showing their fantastic acting and speaking ability.

Y5 work on Rudyard Kipling Just So stories

Year 5 have been reading the Just So stories written by Victorian Author, Rudyard Kipling. They have made Collages to go with the story ‘How the Whale got his throat’.

How the whale got his throat

How the whale got his throat

Linking with the school’s anti-bullying week. The class created posters of  the ‘Just So Rhino’. In the story, ‘How the Rhino got his skin’, the bullying Rhino got what he deserved – a skin full of cake crumbs, which itched and itched.

Don't be a Just So Rhino!

Don’t be a Just So Rhino!


Black History Month in Year 5

Year 5 visited the Museum of Docklands as part of their study of Black History. They used the idea of  ‘Abolition Tableware’ to make their own pottery.

Year 5's Abolition Tableware, celebrating the abolition of slavery

Year 5’s Abolition Tableware, celebrating the abolition of slavery

The children also made silhouette pictures, to represent the ill-treatment of slaves to go with our poems.

Hope for Freedom

I am playing, joyful

They are here, packed with guns, bombs and threat.

Petrified, terrified, chains caged me,

Lost, imprisoned, confined and panicked,

Nowhere to go, no food, no water,

Just slaves!

Cries and tears fill my mind,

Helpless and exhausted, we arrived

Like hell, no privacy, captivity,

Cries and screams.


Finally, hope has come,


Alive and free,

Smiles fill me up,

I am free!

by Tasnim






Gorsefield pictures

Our first day at Gorsefield was rather wet but with our waterproof coats on,  we set off into the village of Stansted Mountfitchet to visit the castle.

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A wet afternoon at Mountfitchet Castle.
(no dampened spirits though)

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Feeding the chickens.

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Trying on Norman armour.


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We nearly left some classmates behind!!