Charlestown Primary School

Learning Together in the 21st Century

Year 5 ‘Higher Futures 4 U’ Family Workshop. July 20, 2010

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Year 5 had a fantastic afternoon on Monday teaching their friends and family what they had learnt during the ‘Higher Futures 4 U’  course. The children showed our visitors a selection of the activities they had enjoyed during the course, including how to make a paper clip move using only the mind! 

Thank you to all those who attended, Year 5 loved teaching you about ‘Higher Futures 4 U’.


Higher Futures 4 U! May 26, 2010

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Year 5 have been taking part in a project called, ‘Higher Futures 4 U’.  The children have been learning all about the opportunities that are available to them when they leave school.  They can now name at least a hundred different jobs,  know which jobs they can get straight from school and those which need some further or higher education and can talk about the pros and cons of going to university.  The project has really helped the children to think about what they might like to do for a job in the future.  As part of the project, we are also going on a visit to Salford University and a world of work visit to the BBC in Manchester.  Once the children have completed these visits, there will be a ‘graduation’ ceremony at the Imperial War Museum North in July, complete with cap and gowns!


An Amazing Feat of Strength! February 10, 2010

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This was a scene from one of our PE lessons where a number of children stretched themselves between two benches and passed an object around their bodies. We soon passed 100 and then 150 and then 180. Connor McLaughlin (not shown here) sailed past 200 and reached a final score of 244! We were very impressed. We interviewed Connor in assembly the next week to see what kind of lifestyle he leads; we found that he eats healthily and plays lots of sport!


Buy the Album February 8, 2010

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As we move towards the end of the Dance E-jay project we’ve started to think about selling our album.      We need to make lots of money to have a party, so we decided to make a radio advert.   We listened to a few TV adverts and tried to pick out some phrases that were thought would sound good on the radio.   It was very funny especially when one of the adverts started with ‘Come on you Nutters!’

We took a selection from the tracks that we made in Dance E-jay and then recorded our own adverts over the top using Audacity.  We tried to use some of the phrases that we heard and even added.   Here are our results, which would get you to buy the album?   Remember everything you hear has been made by a nine year old!

Reece and Daniel

Grace, Chantelle and Scott

Angel and Josie-Leigh

Jermaine and William


Dance E-jay January 14, 2010

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In Year Five yeasterday we started our unit on making Dance music using DFance E-jay.

We learned how to sort and select samples and began to put them into our own tracks.   It was great fun.   Hopefully soon we’ll have some music to play online and maybe even an album to release!


Slightly randomly here’s a video of Year 5 taking up their models at the end of our D+T week last term.   I forgot to post it then – sorry everyone!


Year Five Homework January 8, 2010

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Hi everybody!  Hope that you’ve all had a really good time playing out in the snow.   If you’re looking for something to do today have a look at the links that I’ve set up for you.

Our topic this term is all based around making Dance music.  We’re going to be making our own tracks and producing an album hopefully.   You’re also going to have to  write instructions for others on how to do it.  To get you started I’ve put together some videos that show how dance music has changed over the last 100 years or so.   Your instructions are as follows:

  • Click the link below
  • Set the slider on the left to 25 years so that you can see all the videos
  • Click on the video that you want to watch.
  •  Leave a comment on this blog post saying the track that you liked the most, so that others can try to find it too! Try to say what it was about the music that you liked.

When you’ve done that have a go on Tutpup and see if you can get any more medals.   If you’ve got any problems just email me and I’ll try and get them sorted out for you.

PS: Thanks to all the teacher for getting these blogposts up so quickly!   Any comments from parent or children would be gratefully appreciated!


Bronze Credit Card Day December 3, 2009

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Yesterday was the first of our school Behaviour Credit Card Days.  The vast majority of the school who have behaved well this term and recieved their Bronze award were invited to a cinema afternoon in the hall wearing their own clothes.  Mr. Kirkpatrick even told the children that they could bring in a chocolate bar too!   So much for being a ‘Healthy School!’

Everyone had a great time and it was well deserved!