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.

Friday 22nd June 2018

Another busy week in Simmonds Class with a cricket festival on Monday afternoon, a day at Wells cathedral for Year 6, cycling days for Year 5 and week 3 of the fiver challenge! This week the children have been working on advertising their products and services.  The Mad Hatter Fudge Shop, Kernal Queens and Pro-juice all made it into the top five again.  Joining them this week are 'Spik and Span car wash' and 'Shoots Plants'.


Friday 15th June 2018

Today was week 2 of our fiver challenge.  This week's competition was to pitch their company.  We invited four local entrepreneurs to be the judges for our 'Dragon's Den'.  All of the children were very well prepared and presented their products and services with confidence.  The five teams submitted to the weekly competition, as chosen by our judges are: Ron's Macarons; Buddies for Life; Cookie Crew; Handmade Gifts by CG; and Popcorn Delight.


This week, we have also visited the Life Skills centre in Bristol and this afternoon a group of children took part in an athletics event at the University of Bath.  


Friday 8th June 2018

We started off the day with a Mad Hatter's Tea Party.  Juice was served in teapots and we all ate jam tarts.  Can you guess what our end of year play is?

We have also embarked on our fiver challenge project this week.  The first competition was to design a logo for their business.  We can submit a maximum of five entries per week.  Please click here to view the five logos which have been submitted, as chosen by Mrs Player and Mr Field.

Sunday 3rd June 2018

I hope everyone has enjoyed a well earned rest this half term.  We have an exciting and busy final term ahead of us.  Year 56 are excited to start running their own small businesses through the Fiver Challenge initiative.  For more information on the types of activities involved, look at the following website  This runs for the whole of June.  Alongside this we will begin learning the songs and our lines for the end of year play, with final rehearsals taking place in the first two weeks of July.  The dates of the performances are Monday 16th July and Tuesday 17th July.  In addition to this we will be: visiting the life skills centre in Bristol; going to Wells cathedral for the Pilgrim Day; visiting the Pig (both year groups have separate visits planned); and taking part in two sports festivals at Keynsham cricket club and Wellsway school.  

And to finish this busy term we have our school sports day and a whole school trip! 

Friday 18th May 2018

Well done to the whole of Simmonds Class for having such a wonderful positive attitude this week - lots of hard work but most importantly lots of smiles! We finished the week with a code breaking treasure hunt.  The children worked in groups to crack codes, solve clues which led them to creative challenges, find letters hidden around the school leading to a hidden message and finally, carry a pot of water with them at all times!

Here is a framed selfie from one of the challenges.




Friday afternoon art challenge: each group drew an eighth of a portrait without seeing the other sections.  We put the pieces together at the end of the afternoon and this is the finished portrait. Can you guess who this is in Simmonds class?



17th April 2018

Welcome to the summer term - hopefully the weather forecasts are correct and we will begin to see some sunshine!  Summer term means we are back using the field again for sports and this term our class will be learning to play cricket.  Every Monday they will spend the whole afternoon at the field, making the most of the summer weather, playing both cricket and rounders.  We have already had a fantastic afternoon out at Colston Hall listening to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  The theme was 'Secrets and Codes' and we heard how Shostakovich hid secret messages in his compositions, including his initials.  You can find out more about the pieces we heard by looking at the following website

15th March 2018

Today Simmonds Class visited Bath University for a workshop all about light called 'Look into my eyes'.  It was an amazing morning! The children took part in five different workshops on various subjects including lasers, metamaterials, chiral objects and crystals.  The workshops were introduced by a robot called Photon (you can see his picture below) and just before leaving we were lucky enough to visit two research laboratories.  Here are a few pictures of our day.




Earlier in the term we were visited by a story teller and we have also made our own science fiction movies to inspire our writing.


18th February 2018

Welcome Back to Term 4.  I hope everyone has had a lovely half term.  Our new topic for this term is Space.  Please see above for the new topic web.

23rd January 2018

It's hard to believe that we are already over half way through term 3.  Here are just a few of the things we have been doing this term.


This week we attended a tag rugby festival at Wellsway school.  As always, we had a great time and the Wellsway Sports Ambassadors (Year 8 and 10 Pupils) were fantastic role models for our children.  Thank you Wellsway!

   We have been learning to use our new microbits.


  And we've been learning all about fractions!    




 29th December 2017

I hope everyone has had a happy and peaceful Christmas.  The New Year is almost upon us and in Term 3 we will be learning about biomes and climate zones.  Our new topic web can be found by clicking the link above.

Happy New Year!

























Important information

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

  • Swimming is on Tuesday mornings.
  • 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.

Spelling badges are all located under the links tab at the top.


Woodlands is another great collection of websites for practising all sorts of areas of maths.

For videos to help with methods in maths scroll up and click on Maths from the menu on the right.