Locating Allotments

This week in Geography, Pine class used a digital map service called Digimap to find and locate all the different allotments we have in Chelmsford. Through careful map work and research, we found out that Chelmsford has over 20 allotment sites and nearly 1000 allotment plots available to rent!

Allotment Memorable Experience

Also on this morning, we had the opportunity to explore different fruit and vegetables. The children had to feel and smell a variety of foods to try and work out what different produce they had. We had some excellent guesses and we all encountered some new vegetables we had never seen or heard of before!



Letter to the Pope!

In History this week we looked at why Henry wanted to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. We pretended we were Henry VIII and wrote persuasive letters to the Pope, trying to get him to allow Henry his desired divorce. We had some incredibly imaginative letters, including Evie’s, who managed list a number of reasons why Henry wanted to end his marriage.


This week in Science we have been learning about air resistance. To do this, in pairs we had a made a parachute holding an egg using different equipment. The aim was to make a parachute which allowed each egg-stronaut to  safely land on the ground. We had some success, but also some cracked eggs!

Year 5 Library visit

On Tuesday Pine and Poplar visited the North Melbourne Library. We listened carefully to the librarian, who told us how the books were organised and then we had some time to explore the library. Some children even brought their library card and took out a book!

Layer Marney Tower

To start off our new topic in Year 5, we took a trip to Layer Marney Tower, a traditional Tudor building. We had a whole day of exploring Tudor life including:

  • Climbing Layer Marney Tower
  • Holding and trying on a knight’s armour
  • Archery
  • Tudor games
  • The Maypole
  • Tudor school
  • Using a quill pen

We all learnt so much information about the Tudors, which will really help us in this topic!