Year 5

@ Bristol

Year 5 went on the school trip to @Bristol. We did a murder investigation, the man that ran it put clues around the whole building. We found all of the clues and found out it was suspect 2. The bootprint was his, the shopping list was his and the cup of tea had his fingerprints on it. We took the evidence back to the lab and tested everything. We used a microscope and ethanol to help discover the suspect.

Seb Watts

Year 5 Football Festival

On the afternoon of Wednesday 28th September, Year 5 took part in a football festival, organized by OCRA and held  at Okehampton College.

During the first part of the afternoon, the children took part in a carousel of activities designed to improve their skills, which were then put to the test in a series of friendly matches.

This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to meet and make friends with other pupils in our learning community and access some expert football coaching.

Giant Swing, Barton Hall, by Tazi and Ed

On the last day Ed and I went on the giant swing, but we were in a different group to each other. You could either go all the way to the top or just half way up. The man who took us for the session was called Brandon and he told us to shout “STOP!” when we thought we were high enough, or we didn’t want to go higher. My partner was Teoni and Ed’s was Tom. We both went right to the top and it was really scary but fun at the same time.

Ed said: “The scariest bit is when you pull the releasing rope and drop down!”

Tazi said: “I think it was pretty fun because I kind of like really high things! It was so, so, so fun!”

We were so sad when the session was finished and if Ed and I could choose how many times we would do it again it would be 1000 more times, probably more. We loved it so much but sadly in a couple of hours we had to go. BOO HOO!

Ed and I had an amazing time. We wished we didn’t have to go but, at least we got to go home and see our parents!


When we were at Barton hall, we did lots of activities but the crate challenge was our favourite. We were attached to ropes and we had to climb up crates while people stacked crates. As well as that, we were taught to belay and backup belay. If you wanted to stop you could wobble the crates or you could get someone to push them over. One of us chose to wobble it and one of us chose a push. Both of us went up to twelve crates, although we did it separately. It was our favourite activity because it was wobbly and scary but it was very exciting and fun. The activity was about team work and helping each other. The scariest bit was when we were at the top and about to fall off.  The best bit was when you were just gliding in the air attached to your ropes. After that you would be slowly pulled down and feel like a birdie. Overall, it was our favourite because it wasn’t too scary and it was about teamwork. We had to rely on our team to get us as high as we wanted to go.

Izzy and Verity