Marksbury C of E Primary School

Marksbury Cof E Primary School

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Year 5/6 

Hello and welcome to Simmonds Class

The topic web for the term can be viewed here

17th February 2020

Year 5 and 6 finished a short but busy term showcasing all of their learning from Term 3 during Thursday teas at St Peter's Church.  

Parishioners and parents were treated to an eclectic mix of history, science, art, poetry and stories.  For history, the children had researched a period of the Shang Dynasty and chose to present this in a variety of different ways.  These included posters about the first Shang king, Cheng Tang, a power point about Cheng Tang and a play telling the story of the fall of the Shang Dynasty, when corrupt King Di Xin was overthrown by Wu of Zhou and the Zhou dynasty was founded.  This term Year 5/6 have learnt that approximately 30 kings ruled for around a period of 600 years from 1600 to 1046BC.



In addition to this, the children showed their artwork.  They were influenced by Japanese prints of volcanoes and used watercolours to paint images in this style.  

Some children chose to recite our class poem of the term.  We have been learning a poem off by heart each term and in term 3 our class learnt Oliphaunt by J.R.R Tolkien.  

A fantastic explanation was given as to why we only ever see one face of the moon and the audience had a demonstration of how night and day occur due to the rotation of the Earth.


Finally, everyone was completely wowed by a reading of a science fiction story based on a short film - Planet Unknown.  

It was a lovely end to the term and a real celebration of the learning which has taken place this term.  Next term, in addition to continuing to learn about the Shang Dynasty, we have many exciting things planned.

Watch this space to see us on World Book Day, at Bath Taps into Science, at the Bath Abbey Easter experience and our visit to watch the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra!


4th January 2020

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a calm and peaceful Christmas and New Year.  

Our new history topic for terms 3 and 4 is the Shang Dynasty.  In addition to this, we will be learning about Earth and Space in science. We also have a visit to Wellsway for a tag rugby festival booked in for later in the term.

Mill on the Brue - November 2019





Simmonds Class have had a very busy Term 1.  We have practised earthquake drills (Drop.Cover.Hold on) and written our own instructions for this; written newspaper articles about natural disasters; and we also wrote our own short disaster stories.  As part of this, Belinda returned from her travels and visited our class to tell us about what she had learnt when visiting Christchurch, New Zealand.  She told us about visiting a museum called Quake City and we learnt about liquefaction - we were able to use some of these facts in our newspaper articles.

We have also made papier mache volcanoes and are looking forward to making our own eruptions using bicarb and vinegar next term.  In addition to this, the children produced art work in the style of Margaret Godfrey.

A highlight of our term was when author Mary Anne Yarde visited for a workshop on writing myths and legends.  We had a fantastic morning with the children working in groups to write their own stories.  Mary kindly published these on her blog so the children are now published authors.  Take a look at their wonderful stories on the link below:

We ended our term with a whole school topic on the local area.  We visited The Pig at Hunstrete - our presentation at the end of the topic included information about the different soil types in the local area and how this affects land use; we also used local OS maps to look at the difference between urban and rural areas.

Photos from the academic year 2018 to 2019

Fundraising visit to the Pig raising money for Julian House


The Palladian Bridge in Prior Park Landscape Gardens




Science Fair 2019

Science - Forces investigations

Visiting athlete 

 Science - forces investigation


Tag Rugby Festival at Wellsway school.


Science - classification

DT & Geography - Mountains

The Pig Visit - Ration Cooking

Carrot Cookies.



A visit to Stonehenge

Stonehenge challenge time!










Important information

Here are a few things you might want to know about being in year 5 and 6: 

  • You should have your PE kit in school all week.
  • In Simmonds class you still need to keep reading at home, especially out loud to adults.  When you have read an adult should sign your reading record.  
  • Homework books and reading records will be collected on Friday each week.  

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