Den Building Day!

Posted by merrimanl on Thursday Jun 15, 2017 Under Uncategorized

All of Year 5 had an amazing day building dens.

Tags : | Comments Off on Den Building Day!

Stop Those Monsters!

Posted by merrimanl on Monday May 15, 2017 Under Uncategorized

This afternoon Year 5, along with children from Years 4 and 6, got to meet sci-fi author Steve Cole!  We’ve been reading Invisible Inc. as part of the Leeds Book Awards so it was especially cool to host him in our school!  Monsters, aliens, and salad were main topics of conversation from the same author of Astrosaurs, some Dr. Who and young James Bond stories.

We were inspired to add a bit of humour into our writing (remember the vampire cucumber, the chair biting your teacher’s bum and an alien who can only be defeated by Trump’s wig or OAPs?!) and interviewed Steve about his inspirations.  A ukulele and keyboard as well as lots of audience participation added to the afternoon fun!

Steve even autographed books and reading records!  What a fab afternoon!



Tags : | Comments Off on Stop Those Monsters!

Larch Stole the Stage!

Posted by merrimanl on Monday Mar 27, 2017 Under Uncategorized

This evening, Larch Class took the stage at Opera North in Leeds.  The performed their very own written, composed, and choreographed opera segment to over 250 people.  At the end of the performance, everyone was rightfully beaming with pride and this is no doubt a memory we will all keep with us!  Well done Larch- you made yourselves, your families, staff, and GLPA proud!

Please add a comment below and let the children know what you thought about their performance.

Do you have any photos or video to share of tonight’s amazing performance?  If so, please share.




Tags : | 2 comments

Looking for exciting new reads?

Posted by merrimanl on Wednesday Mar 15, 2017 Under Uncategorized

We’ve been studying Pie Corbett and using his writing strategies in class.  Pie has recommended some top Year 5 books.  Check them out here:

For top readers, check out Pie Corbett’s recommendations for Year 6 reads here:

Let us know if you read any of these by commenting below!  Tell us your favourites!

Tags : | Comments Off on Looking for exciting new reads?

Hansel and Gretel performance materials

Posted by merrimanl on Tuesday Mar 7, 2017 Under Uncategorized

As promised, here is a preview of Larch Class’s Opera!  We are all so excited- listening to this has given me goosebumps!
Please rehearse all songs, lines, and movements at home.  (It’d be great to see some comments below to know that you’re having a go.)
We need to have everything memorised as soon as possible and certainly in preparation for our last workshop as well as our performance on 27 March at Opera North.
Tickets and further details will be sent out as soon as Opera Quest finalise arrangements.


Dancing Song

Hansel and Gretel Extracts OperaQuest (updated 170303)

The Wolf Chase – libretto

The Wolf Chase – score

Tags : | 3 comments

Fire Safety

Posted by merrimanl on Friday Mar 3, 2017 Under Uncategorized

This week we had the fire service come to discuss the importance of fire safety with Year 5.  All children were given a booklet to share at home which discussed the importance of safety issues including smoke detectors and a fire escape plan.  If your house is not currently fitted with smoke detectors, these can be fitted, free of charge by our local fire-fighters.

Tags : | Comments Off on Fire Safety

Whoopsy Whiffling World Book Day

Posted by merrimanl on Friday Mar 3, 2017 Under Uncategorized

Year 5s left us feeling hopscotchy with their costumes celebrating GLPA’s Roald Dahl-themed World Book Day!  We enjoyed Dahl inspired reading, maths, drama, and squibbling! It was all a tremendously frothbuggling day!

If you love Dahl-speak as much as we do, test your knowledge in this quiz-

Tags : | Comments Off on Whoopsy Whiffling World Book Day

OperaQuest 2017

Posted by merrimanl on Thursday Mar 2, 2017 Under Uncategorized

Larch Class is one of only four classes in the Yorkshire region selected to work on the OperaQuest project.  This includes five professional workshops where children write, compose, and perform their own opera scene.  See some workshop photos below and watch this space for the post of our script and music to practice at home.

An exciting component of the project includes visiting Leeds Grand Theatre to see the critically acclaimed, professional performance of Hansel and Gretel.  Check out Opera North’s website for insights into the performance, songs, rehearsals and the actors:

Tags : | Comments Off on OperaQuest 2017

Operaquest2017 by MAX D

Posted by larchblog on Thursday Mar 2, 2017 Under Uncategorized

On Monday Operaquest2017 came to school until then we was reading but finally we when to the hall and we saw 3 people called Michael, Johnathan and Adam. At the start we played a clapping game to warm our body and see what place we would take in Hansel and Gretel, after we did a freaky freeze frame game what was where he said some freeze stuff like a lounge and the Forrest. After a while Jonathan got us into numbers and we had to go in to groups in it i was the milk on the floor and the mud and it was so fun to do it plus we are super lucky to do this.this going to be epic.

Tags : | Comments Off on Operaquest2017 by MAX D

The most inspiring book !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by larchblog on Thursday Mar 2, 2017 Under Uncategorized

A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill is a heart felt story because there is a girl called Calypso and she is always stuck into books because her mum died five years ago.  Calypso and her dad there is hardly any food in the fridge. Calypso’s dad is always in his library and never comes out.

One day a new girl came up to Calypso at school and asked if she wanted to play with her but Calypso mumbled, “no thank you.” “Okay.” said the new girl called Mae then Mae made Calypso’s name in twigs. She found that a bit weird but quite nice at the same time.

Mae and Calypso became best of friends and Calypso went round to Mae’s house every day after school but little does Calypso know what is in the cabinets in her dad’s Library of Lemons.

I think this book is for anyone who likes friendship and sadness this book made me want to cry.

By Ruby B

Tags : | Comments Off on The most inspiring book !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Skip to toolbar