Welcome to our class page! Here you will find lots of information about our fantastic year 5 and 6 class and all of our learning.




Summer 2017

We have had a very busy Summer term to date! Our topic this term is ‘The Romans’ and we will be learning lots about this era and how it continues to have an impact on our modern day lives.


This term, we have also begun swimming and will be developing our stroke skills and stamina, as well as learning essential life-saving skills.


On 19th June, we will be going on our residential trip to The Wilderness Academy in Stoke-on-Trent. We are very excited about sleeping in tents and learning ‘bush craft’. We will soon have lots of photos of our exciting adventure to share with you…!



27th March 2017

Once Upon a Time…



Following our ‘Art Pop-Up’ workshops with Sam Rodden and Mark Grist, we went to see some of our art work on display and how our fairy tale ideas had been used to produce a book called, ‘The Enchanted Forest’. We had a fantastic time and were inspired by the work of Sam, Mark and other contributing artists. We even got to make our own mini-quest book!























16th February 2017

Our last week of this half-term has been packed full with learning!  On Monday, the Year 6 children visited The National Holocaust Centre with Ravensthorpe Primary School. During our visit, we learnt about the experiences of Leo, a Jewish child born in Berlin, who went on an unbelievable journey. We also met Zdenka – a survivor of the Holocaust – and were able to ask her lots of questions about her experiences. We left the centre with lots to think about and consider how these events from the past affect us in our lives today and what we can learn from them.






On Tuesday, we were visited by local artist and author, Ellie Sandall. We had a workshop to develop our portrait skills and looked at the proportionality within faces. We produced our own portraits using charcoal and chalk.


Today, we have been nature detectives! We searched our wildlife and outdoor area for different animal and plant organisms. We are using this information to put together a ‘Field Guide’ for the rest of the school to refer to when they use these areas.












27th January 2017

We have had a busy few weeks back at school! In English, we are busy writing our own short stories for the BBC 500 Words Short Story competition – we will update the website with our examples in the next couple of weeks once we have edited and written them in final draft.


Yesterday, Mrs Metcalfe came in to talk about micro-organisms and how they are spread.  Mrs Metcalfe used to be a microbiologist, and analysed samples taken from people to work out what was wrong with them and what medicine they needed to have to get better. There was a big parasite that she showed us called a tapeworm, which can grow up to 22 meters long inside you! The only way to get it out, is to have medicine make it come out of you – yuk! She was very inspiring and knowledgeable  with her facts and detail, so it made the talk that extra bit better. She left us with some agar plates to put our hands in to see what bacteria we have on our hands and how much we have on us! We will all definitely be washing our hands thoroughly from now on! We would like to thank Mrs Metcalfe for coming in to talk to us. We have since made our own micro-organisms out of plasticine!  by Henrietta and Katie


Here are some examples of our micro-organisms:



















12th December 2016

4th November 2016

Christmas has arrived in Torpel! This week, we have truly begun preparing for our annual Christmas Fayre. We gather some brilliant ideas for our Victorian-themed Christmas Fayre during our trip to Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire; and are now using these in our plans. We have begun writing persuasive letters to companies to request donations to help us raise as much money as possible for The Railway Children charity and Friends of John Clare School. We all have our fingers crossed that we received a positive response from the companies which we wrote to. Here is one of our WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like) examples.    persuasive-letter


21st October 2016

Yesterday we went on a class trip to Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire. We went to find out more about the Industrial Revolution and gather ideas for our Victorian-themed Christmas Fayre.  We had a fantastic time, despite the long journey and would like to thank our helpers (Mrs Morris, Mrs Lapinksis and Mrs Smith) along with our parents/carers for supporting the trip!


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13th October 2016

7th October 2016

We have had another busy and learning-filled week. In addition to our class-based learning, we have also been out and about learning different skills in our local community. On Tuesday 4th October, we attended a Basketball Festival at AMVC; we learnt lots of new skills from the AMVC Sports leaders and played against other primary schools in our locality.


Today (7th October), Year 6 attended a Construction Skills Event at New College Stamford. We were able to experience different construction skills and gain an insight into career opportunities in the industry. During the day we took part in surveying; bridge building; reciprocal framing; building eco-houses out of straw bales; plastering and lead work. We had a brilliant time.

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Thank you to AMVC and the Stamford Construction Skills Event Team for providing exciting learning opportunities for us.



30th September 2016

This week we have been busy in our outdoor area, painting the shed, planters and an outside chalkboard!


We have also been outside a lot during our mathematics sessions; making place value grids to help us understand what happens when we multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000!


In topic, we have continued our work as commissioned scientists for Queen Victoria. This week she set us the challenge to reduce the amount of washing hung out on the streets of London. We had to think of ways to dry the washing by finding our factors which speed up the rate of evaporation – we had lots of fun doing this!



23rd September 2016

Following a very successful Ground Force Day, we have begun to use our outdoor area. This week we conducted our science experiments outside and had great fun!  We were commissioned by Queen Victoria to clean up the polluted water of The River Thames. We had to work in teams to purify the water and make the filtrate as clear as possible.


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16th September 2016

We have been getting to know each other and have been settling well into our new mobile classroom. Mrs Nicolson and Mrs Morris have worked hard to get the classroom prepared for us and now it is our turn to develop our outdoor space. We have lots of amazing ideas and look forward to everyone helping us on Ground Force Day (this Saturday -17th September) to clear the existing area and vegetable garden for us to use.

The Fantastic Torpel Class of 2016-17





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In science we have begun our topic, ‘Changing Matter’, by investigating the behaviour of particles in solid, liquid and gaseous matter – we had lots of fun!


Solid matter – the particles are packed tightly together.


Liquid matter – the particles are still attracted to each other but move more freely.


Gaseous matter – the particles are more volatile because they have more energy: they move quickly and have lots of room.


2015 – 2016

On 22nd and 23rd June, we went to London for our residential trip. We stayed on board HMS Belfast, which was amazing. During the two days, we visited many attractions including: The Natural History Museum; Lyceum Theatre (where we watched The Lion King); River Thames (on a river cruise!); The National Gallery; Horse Guard’s Parade and St. James’ Park. We had an absolutely brilliant, though tiring, two days!


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We have been busy preparing for Easter. We have been exploring the nets of different 3D shapes and applied our skills of shape and angle by designing and making an Easter Egg box for Super Chick. We found this challenging and learnt that we had to measure and cut accurately to make our boxes successful!


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08.02.16 – Torpel held a debate on the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest.

11.02.16 – We shared our learning in assembly.

The Rainforest



Torpel’s Learning Logs this term have been amazing, I am so impressed by your learning and your creativity. Mrs Simmons – February 2016

Have a look at Sharifa’s Rainforest animation.


We have begun our new topic by turning the classroom into a rainforest, decorating it with plants and animals.


We have already found out so much and have been immersed in this inspirational topic.


We have been learning about how plants in the rainforest reproduce and dissected flowers to look at their reproductive anatomy!

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In mathematics, we have been investigating proportionality. We began by finding proportional links on our bodies and likened this to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.


We have then explored proportionality further by deepening our learning about fractions.



Torpel’s Christmas Fayre – 4th December 2015




We are pleased to confirm that we have raised over £500 profit to share between the Friends of John Clare School and the WWF charity!  Thank you to everyone who supported our fayre and to the kind companies who donated items to us.  We are so proud that our fayre was so successful!


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On Friday 4th December 2015, from 2:30-4:00pm, Torpel will be holding their annual Christmas Fayre in the school hall. 



We are raising money for the Friends of John Clare School (towards a new climbing frame) and for the WWF because we want to help save the polar bears from extinction. We have learnt that polar bears may be extinct by the time we are 45 and we want to do something about this!

We have lots of amazing stalls including: Face-painting and tattoos; Icecreams; Candles; Cakes and biscuits; Guess the name of the bear; Christmas decorations; Sweets and Christmas Crackers.

We have received kind donations from Waitrose, John Lewis, Morrisons and Ikea.

Please come and support us and help us raise lots of money for charity!

Merry Christmas,

from Torpel Class


Woodgreen Pet Ambassador Workshop

On Thursday 26th November 2015 we had a visit from Woodgreen Animal Shelter. Helen and Carly explained to us how to look after different pets and we took part in the Pet Ambassador workshop. We had lots of fun and got to make interesting treats for dogs and cats, but our favourite part was stroking Ginger the Guinea Pig!

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12th September 2015

We have already had a fun-filled first week back in Torpel! We developed our Team Building skills by working together to build the tallest towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows.


Our topic for this term is The Frozen Planet. We began this by sharing our amazing learning log homework (completed over the summer holidays) with one another.

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We have lots of questions about the polar regions which we would like to find the answers to over the coming term – we will keep you posted on our progress!


7th September 2015

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that you all had a fantastic summer holiday and I welcome everyone (old and new!) to Torpel class. The children have had a brilliant first day and I am sure that we are going to have an amazing year!

The following is for your information:

  • Staffing in Torpel:

We are very fortunate in Torpel to have the support of 2 Teaching Assistants; Mrs Dorcheh and Mrs Serniak. They will be supporting the learning of all of the children and will be able to assist you with any concerns/queries you may have about your child in the event that I am unavailable. In addition to myself, the children will also have contact with other teachers for the following subjects:

    • Music with Mrs Griffin, Specialist music teacher, on a Monday morning.

    • Art /DT with Mrs Simmons on a Tuesday afternoon.

    • A second PE session with a POSH Sports Coach on a Friday afternoon.

  • Home Learning

Year 5 children will be given a mathematics learning activity each week on a Friday and will be due back in the following Thursday. Year 6 children will be set pages to complete in their English and Mathematics revision books; details of which will be stuck in their Home Contact book. Learning Logs are topic based and also given out of a Friday, however the children have an additional week to complete them (due in date will be given on the Learning Log slip). Please note that we usually have a Learning Log gallery on the due in date where the children share and review each other’s work.

We encourage all children to complete their home learning tasks as independently as possible, but parent support is encouraged! The children will be asked to attend Home Learning Club on a Friday lunchtime if tasks are not completed or are given in late. Children may also attend this club to make an advance start on their tasks for the following week!

Please do not hesitate to contact me should your child have problems completing the activities or if they require computer access at school which I can arrange during lunchtime. If your child required lots of support completing a home learning task, please bring to my attention by annotating their work with ‘Support given’.

  • Spellings

We do not give out lists of spellings for the children to learn in Torpel. Instead, spelling patterns and rules are learnt and practised in school. It is expected that once the children have investigated a spelling pattern/rule etc that they will apply this consistently in their everyday writing.

  • Reading

The children have access to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts in the school and class library; however they may also bring in books from home. We do keep a log in class of which books the children are reading to encourage them to read books in their entirety! Children will be listened to in class during guided reading sessions and by adults at other times. We do try and listen to children read individually as often as we can, usually weekly.

We still expect children to read aloud at home on a regular basis each week, even when reading fluently. The children have all been given a reading record – please could you complete if you hear your child read as we do reward house points for this. If you are able to assist in class by listening to the children read, your help would be greatly appreciated!

  • PE

PE will take place on a Monday and a Friday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has suitable kit for outdoor PE this half term.

  • Water bottles

Please ensure that your child has a labelled water bottle with them each day. It is important for learning that the children remain hydrated. Please ensure that they fill this at home each morning to avoid queues at the water fountain and missing learning time!

Thank you for your support. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries/concerns that you may have about your child.

Mrs Nicolson

2014 – 2015

18th June 2015

Last week we spent the week camping in beautiful Staffordshire. We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in all of the outdoor adventure activities, showing fantastic determination, resilience and team work. One of our favourite parts of the trip was singing songs around the camp fire in the evening!

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Summer Term 2015

We are continuing to have a term full of super learning experiences. Our topic this term is ‘Keeping Healthy’. As part of this we have been looking at the positive and negative effects micro-organisms can have on our health. We had a visit from a real-life microbiologist who explained the importance of her job. We learnt about the importance of personal hygiene to minimise the spread of undesirable bacteria and other micro-organisms!


In literacy, we have enjoyed reading ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by Malorie Blackman. This thought provoking text has led us to have some very mature and challenging discussions. We shall be holding our own debate about whether it is right to use animals for human transplantation and using these findings to write our own reports.


In maths, we have been exploring number in more detail, in particular, fractions, decimals and percentages. We made our own fruit kebabs and wrote the proportions of different fruits as fractions, decimals and percentages before eating them…delicious!


Earlier this term, we held our own General Election. We divided the class up into three different parties: The conservatives; Labour and The Liberal Democrats. Each party presented its own manifesto in order to gain voters. We then held a class election and after careful counting, Miss Harvey announced the winning party…The Liberal Democrats.


We are now looking forward to our forthcoming residential trip to Kibblestone, Staffordshire in June!


Spring term 2015

Torpel have continued to have lots of exciting and inspiring learning experiences this term.

In literacy we focused on narrative poetry and studied The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. The children were captivated by this famous poem and enthusiastically took part in hot-seating and acting out different scenes to fully understand the complex relationships between the characters. We explored the use of figurative language in this poem and its effect before finally writing our own versions – click on the links below to see samples of our amazing writing.

The Diamond Man by Beth

The Roman Man poem by Alex


In mathematics we have been exploring the different aspects of Geometry such as classifying 2D and 3D shapes according to their properties; estimating, measuring and drawing angles; transforming shapes using reflective symmetry, rotational symmetry and translation; and reading and plotting coordinates. We have been using our Mathematical Powers of ‘conjecturing’ and ‘convincing’ to explain our answers and reason.

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We have also enjoyed finding out about how the Romans altered life in Britain. As we speak, we are finishing our information leaflets on Roman Life and will publish these on our site soon for you to see.

In science, we have been investigating circuits with Miss Harvey and have conducted a series of experiments to investigate how to make bulbs dimmer/brighter; control different parts of the circuit using a switch and which materials make the best electrical conductors.  SAM_1834

Torpel have also been keeping very fit this term by participating in Dance and Table Tennis sessions! We have been really lucky to have a specialist dance teacher this half term, and she has been teaching us Bollywood dancing – we have all thoroughly enjoyed this (especially the adults and the boys in the class!). We also took part in a Table Tennis festival held at Arthur Mellows Village College (AMVC). This enabled us to play alongside Glinton Primary School in a venue where many of us will go for our secondary school placement. We had lots of fun and would like to thank the AMVC Sports Leaders for their excellent coaching skills.




We have had a very busy start to our Autumn Term! The Year 6 children have really enjoyed helping their Reception ‘Buddies’ settle in and have shown great maturity and responsibility in this role.

We have begun our literacy unit, studying the novel, Street Child by Berlie Doherty. We are really enjoying finding out about how life was for children during the Victorian era and have been shocked (and saddened) to discover how different this is to our own experiences. We have been exploring the characters and their points of view using drama and hotseating.

In mathematics, we have been practising and refining our number skills. We enjoyed making a ‘human place value grid’ on the playground to help us understand what happens to numbers (especially decimal numbers) when you multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. We had lots of fun!

In science, we were commissioned by Queen Victoria to clean up the polluted water of the River Thames. We found out that waste from factories and houses was put directly into the river and this caused the rapid spread of diseases such as Cholera. We worked hard in teams to make the water purer, whilst retaining as much of the orginal sample as possible!