Journey to Jo’burg

In Literacy, 5GF are beginning to read Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naidoo. The book follows the story of two siblings who make their way across South Africa to find their mother during apartheid.

Speak to your family and friends about this period in history, how do you think people felt during this time living in South Africa? How would they feel when Nelson Mandela was freed from prison after 27 years? How about when he was voted President in 1994?

The outcome of our topic will be to write a diary as if we were one of the characters, so discussing the character’s possible thoughts and feelings will help you very much.


Get to know the book with this photostory:

Find out more about Nelson Mandela here:



Martin Bulinya

5GF have begun their art topic for the term; to create a painting in the style of Martin Bulinya. Their first task was to create a backwash using different colours to give the effect of an African landscape. Some children have used darker colours to represent night time or dusk while others have used lighter and brighter colours to produce a dawn effect.

The next stage involves sketching and painting the foreground.

You can view some Martin Bulinya artwork by following these links:

or watch this video:

Meanwhile, have a look at our art so far! The class worked fantastically during this lesson and produced some beautiful painted backgrounds. Well done 5GF.

MartinB 1 MartinB 2 MartinB 3 MartinB 4 MartinB 5



Venn Diagrams

During our maths lessons, 5GF worked on sorting 2D shapes by their properties into Venn diagrams. The children chose their own criteria, such as:

  • Does the shape have perpendicular lines?
  • Are there right angles?
  • How many sets of parallel lines are there?
  • Is it a triangle?
  • Does it have more than 4 edges?
  • Does it have less than five vertices?

How do you think we got on?

Sorting 2D shapes



Bonjour la classe!

Every Tuesday afternoon 5GF spends time covering some basic french words, as part of our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum. We have so far learnt the numbers one to twenty, colours, animals and sports & hobbies.

See if you can recall the french words with someone at home, and maybe teach them some of the words you have learnt!

Can you remember the names of all these animals?

Can you remember the names of all these animals?

Can you name all these colours in French?

Can you name all these colours in French?

What are these sports and hobbies called?

What are these sports and hobbies called?


If you want to extend or consolidate your french at home, try some of these websites!