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Cherry Year 5/6


We are Cherry Tree Class. We are a mixture of Year 5 and Year 6 children and our classroom is on the ground floor at Laira Green Primary School.  Our teacher's name is Mrs Nightingale and our Teaching Assistant is called Mrs McGahan.

We love to work hard; our favourite activities are: maths word problems and puzzles, writing character descriptions and stories and lots and lots of wonderful art!

Since September, we have read HUNDREDS of books and love to talk about them every day and we pride ourselves on our great scores in our quizzes.

We have recently been listening to an audio book (and reading along with the text) of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and we LOVE IT SO MUCH!  We heard the last episode today and we all cheered when Scrooge discovered the joy of being cheerful.

Please read on to hear about some of the great things we have been up to, recently.

Click here to view this year's Curriculum overview


At the end of the autumn term, we studied the famous poem 'Twas The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore, which was written in 1823. It had some tricky words and phrases and some old-fashioned items mentioned in the poem, so it needed lots of work.

We were then set the challenge of re-writing the poem as a narrative (bit like a story) in our own words.  If you want to read your work, click on these links:

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Eagle huntress Cinema Visit

As part of the “Intofilm” nationwide initiative, three classes of children from Laira Green Primary School were lucky enough to go to the cinema.  We watched a film called Eagle Huntress.  It was filmed on location with a Mongolian family with particular focus on their eldes daughter, Aishalpan and showed spectacular scenery in a very bleak landscape.  Aishalpan was determined to follow in her father’s footsteps and learn to hunt with an eagle.  That involved capturing an eaglet when it was aged around three months, training it to fly and return to Aishalpan’s arm, then teaching it to hunt for foxes in the snow and bring them to the family.  The birds are very heavy when fully grown and Aishalpan had to hold the eagle on her forearm whilst riding a pony at full gallop!

All the children enjoyed the film and were able to contrast their life and their school with those of Aishalpan and her friends.  It made the children think deeply about their responsibilities and the amount of work they have to do and the amount of free time they have available. 

We are currently preparing some fascinating writing at school about the people in the film and the gender issues that were presented.

Manor Court Visit

Cherry Class went up to see the residents of Manor Court last Friday. We walked up the hundred steps, along past High View School and past the shops. We turned right and we were there. The residents were sitting in comfortable chairs, having a chat or a nap or talking with visitors.

The children from Cherry class took their topic books and their art books to show the residents what they had been working on. It can be difficult to chat to someone you have just met but the Cherries were amazing and kind and thoughtful. They showed their work and chatted to the residents about what they had been learning at school.

Our children then sang two songs: We’re the Victorians and Roar by Katy Perry. They got lots of applause and smiles!!

The children from Cherry Class, Laira Green were a credit to the school. We intend to go to Manor Court again very soon!


Cherries Poppies for newsletter

Cherry class visited the war memorial on Plymouth Hoe to look at the poppies.

Here are some of their views on what they saw:

We use poppies for Remembrance because poppies were the first plants to grow on the battlefield and are really strong flowers to represent the people who have died. Armistice day is commemorated on the 11 of November at 11 a.m.
Cody C

The artificial poppies were there to commemerate the lives of people who gave their lives so we could be free & would have a happy life. There were at least 13,000 poppies at the Hoe. Every year poppies go on sale so they can raise some money for people in the family of the soldiers.
Jack H

We wear poppies because they were the first plant to grow on the demolished battlefield; the black represents the mourning of our loved ones and the red represents the the blood spilled on the battlefield.

The wars were for our freedom to save our country and It is crucial to respect those who fell in the battles.

Dylan F