Higher Openshaw Community School

Together We Learn

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Saunton Road, Openshaw, Manchester M11 1AJ

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Year 4 & 5


Mrs James  and Mrs McDermott/Mrs Hamilton (TA)


Hello and welcome to Year 4/5's class blog. Here you will be able to see some of the amazing work we have got up to over the past terms. 


Autumn term

This term our topics were:

  • What did the Romans do for us?
  • How do people survive a natural disaster?

This term was filled with lots of fantastic work from Year 4/5. We explored OS maps to plan journeys to the Roman Fort of Castlefield in Manchester, we wrote our own nonchronological reports on Roman soldiers and explored the Celtic rebellion against the Roman rule.

In our natural disasters topic, we learnt all about volcanoes and earthquakes: what causes them, where they happen and the primary and secondary effects of them. We looked at why people choose to live on people choose to live on volcanoes given the risks, although we decided we wouldn't want to take the risk! We also had a workshop in which we learnt about the different stages of volcanic eruptions though drama techniques.




Spring term

  • Where have all the happy endings ?
  • Who were the warriors?

 This term kicked off with a chance for us to share our knowledge from the previous term with our parents and the rest of Key stage 2 in our class assembly. We acted out a court case arguing why HOCS should be ruled by the Romans. We did Mrs James, Mrs McDermott and Mrs Hamilton proud - and Mr Dent really enjoyed it! We even sang a song about the Romans and used British Sign language while we sang.

We explored 'The Lost Happy Endings', which was a chance for us to produce some emotive and descriptive writing - our witch descriptions were particularly gruesome! In DT we designed our own nightlights and created our own sculptures in Art, both out of wire which was a new skill to us all (even Mrs James) but we showed great resilience and the final pieces did us proud.



Summer term

  • Why is eating important?
  • What is so amazing about Spain?