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Lancelot Class (Year 5 and 6)

Lancelot Class 23-24

Week 20


Stars of the Week

We have two stars this week! Our first shining star is Dexter. Dexter showed great commitment and dedication in all his assessments this week.Over all six assessment papers, Dexter only dropped two marks. An amazing week, Dexter. Well done!

Our second star is Oscar for demonstrating  effort, perseverance and resilience throughout the week.Well done, Oscar

Worker of the Week

Lancelot’s Worker of the Week this week goes to Ben. During our assessment week Ben scored a magnificent score of 110/110 for his 3 maths papers! A truly fantastic achievement Ben.

Chinese Dragon Dance

From Saturday 10th February, it will be the year of the ‘Wood dragon’ in the Chinese Zodiac. To celebrate this year’s Lunar New Year, children in Lancelot performed a dragon dance accompanied musically by children from Merlin Class. We were delighted that the weather stayed dry so the whole school and our parents could enjoy our celebrations.

Dragon Dance and Chinese New Year celebrations

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Acrylic painting - Chinese blossom and writing names in traditional Chinese script

Are you smarter than a 10year old?

Thank you for all the parents who came to our ‘Are you smarter than your 10-year-old?” quiz. It was a great success and confirmed that the parents know more than
the children, at this point in the year...

Week 19


Worker of the Week

Well done to Henry, who is Lancelot’s Worker of the Week for showing great participation in maths lessons; demonstrating accuracy and checking and taking responsibility for his own learning.

Star of the Week

Congratulations Freya, you are awarded Star of the Week for an excellent extended write on  yellow spotted lizards. You included many features and used parenthesis, statistics and hyphenated adjectives . Great work!

Week 18

All things International!

Throughout this week Lancelot Class has helped to complete our Friendship Tree. The tree sits proudly in the shelter in our car park for all to see and our Language Ambassadors will endeavour to keep this updated as more leaves are delivered from our friends across the world. Not only do we have a Friendship tree but we will now have a Chinese Wishing Tree to add to our displays. The Wishing Tree will form part of our Chinese New Year celebrations where every child will write a wish onto the tree, just as many Chinese children will be doing with their families in China on February 10th this year. 

Worker of the Week

Well done to Betsy, who is Lancelot’s Worker of the Week for a brilliant diary entry as Stanley from the book, Holes. Betsy included superb repetition, colons and varied her sentence structure throughout to keep the reader enthralled!

Star of the Week

Congratulations Sam, you are awarded Star of the Week for demonstrating excellent World War 2 knowledge and geography understanding in Lancelot Kahoots (online quizzes!) on Wednesday – great work Sam!

The Lucky Dip - Class Writing Display

Week 17

Worker of the Week

Well done to Malakai, who is Lancelot’s Worker of the Week for an accurate week of work in his maths lessons, demonstrating good knowledge of formulae – not an easy subject when meeting for the first time, Malakai!
Star of the Week
Congratulations Ben, you are awarded Star of the Week for an outstanding Lucky Dip narrative. It is extremely detailed, includes pathetic fallacy and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat!

Members of the Lancelot Eco Council have been busy bugs – they have helped Mr Inskip to make two bug hotels (Bugingham Palace!) for the tiny creatures who share our site as well as hanging a number of bird feeders around the perimeters. With the Bird Watch underway, it should help to boost our total sightings here at Countess Gytha. Sighting sheets should have made their way home in bookbags this week if you would like to take part at home too!

Week 16

Star of the Week

Mr Gallagher has chosen Chloe  as his Star of the Week, for a fantastic first half of her extended write entitled The Lucky Dip and a  great use of a flashback. Superb effort Chloe.

Worker of the Week

Mr Gallagher was also impressed with Harry for trying his absolute best in his extended write especially focusing on the sequence of events and his handwriting too. Great work, Harry.

Our Watercolours now adorn the main corridor

Year 5 and 6 Statutory Word List

Week 15

Welcome. Ack to a new Spring term in Lancelot Class. even though we were only in class for three days, it certainly was a packed week full of new learning and experiences.


Star of the Week

Mr Gallagher has chosen Emily as his Star of the Week, for great comprehension skills in our English lesson this week, ensuring she gathered her evidence from the text to provide clear and detailed answers

Worker of the Week

Mr Gallagher was also impressed with Lola this week.As worker of the week, Lola showed a clear understanding of how to calculate number problems using fractions, using this confidence in her knowledge she clearly shared this information with her peers. Well done Lola!

Penpal Letters from France have arrived

Lancelot were thrilled to finally receive their penpal letters from France. Many of the children have the same penpal from last year but for others the excitement was clear when they read their letters for the first time. In the upcoming weeks we will be sending our second letter to our friends in France.

Our first Ukulele lesson of the term

Completed recipe books ready to be share with our International friends

Children in Year 5 and Year 6 have chosen their favourite traditional British recipes and with  the help of friends and family have compiled a recipe book to share with our International friends in Spain, France, Mexico and Cambodia. We are hoping to receive some recipes from our international schools so we are able to share these with our families and even prepare some of their traditional dishes at school.

Our framed watercolours adorn the walls of the corridor

Week 14

What a busy final week in Lancelot Class. Not only did we prepare our own Christmas dinner ( the children have promised to help their parents when it comes to peeling the vegetables at Christmas) but we also served some very important guests. The children also performed at the schools Carol concert in St Barnabas’ church on Wednesday evening, where we were joined by parents and members of our village community. They really did themselves proud and by the smiles on their faces, really enjoyed the event.
We mustn’t forget another visitor who arrived from the skies early on in the week to take special letters written the Father Christmas. On our final day, we enjoyed a relaxing watercolour workshop in the style of french post impressionist Henri Rousseau. We are hoping that some of our paintings will adorn the corridor very soon.

From everyone in Lancelot Class, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Watercolour workshop in the style of Henri Rousseau

Carol Concert

Whole School Christmas Lunch

Week 13

Star of the Week

Mr Gallagher has chosen Henry as his Star of the Week, for outstanding accuracy and commitment to showing his best efforts in all of his assessments this week – brilliant work, Henry!

Worker of the Week

Mr Gallagher was also impressed with Dexter Bl, achieving 50 out of 50 on his spelling, punctuation and grammar – an incredible achievement Dexter, well done.  

Christingle Service 2023

Week 12


Making our Christingles

Classes were joined by local community members on Friday, who helped the children to build their Christingle oranges for our celebration next week. Classes enjoyed learning about the meaning of the parts
used in the orange, as they put them together with a lot  licking their lips in anticipation of the sweets!


Watercolour Workshop

Pudsey pays a surprise visit during maths!

The yellow, friendly bear popped his head around Lancelot’s door on Wednesday to say a special thank-you, following the successful fundraising of £270 for Children in Need. The children were thrilled to ‘paws’ their maths for a quick photo with their favourite bear!

Beauty and The Beast dazzles the crowd!

This fun, colourful and dynamic production actively encouraged all the children to engage fully in the fun.

Wonderful costumes, superb scenery and magical special effects all combined to deliver an electric atmosphere and a truly imaginative, enthralling journey into the enchanting world of Beauty and the Beast.

Star of the Week

Mr Gallagher has chosen Dexter W as his Star of the Week, for an outstanding book review on Lori and Max – Mr Gallagher was very impressed!
Worker of the Week

Mr Gallagher was also impressed with Alex F, who is the Worker of the Week for high quality, consistent maths work this week – keep up the great work, Alex!

Week 11


Star of the Week

Mr Gallagher has chosen Rothen as his Star of the Week, for showing great enthusiasm for English, including representing the school at Thornford Primary in his writing course – keep it up, Rothen!
Worker of the Week 

Mr Gallagher was also impressedwith Freya, who is working a much-improved pace throughout the week, specifically in maths and science – keep it up, Freya!

Aim High Writing Course

Four children were invited to a writing day with author and teacher Paul Nolan. Paul taught the children his 6 tension techniques for creating pulsating action in their own sequences. Ben, Rothen, Chloe and Evie then created an action-packed story sequence of their own. The children had a great day and some even purchased Demons in Dunkirk - a book written by Paul.

Week 10

Children in Need and Odd Socks for Anti Bullying Week

On Friday 17th November we recognised Children in Need at school. All the children came dressed in their own clothes, fancy dress or Pudsey Bear accessories. 

Mrs Sherry and Lola loved spending the day in their bright yellow Pudsey Bear onesies!

We would like to say a HUGE thank you for your generous donations and as a school we have raised £210.

Pudsey joins House Captains in assembly!

Friendship Leaves Completed and Sent to France and Mexico

Star of the Week
 Mr Gallagher has chosen Imogen as his Star of the Week, for outstanding contributions to all of her class discussions; always showing a willingness to participate and succeed. Great work, Imogen - keep it up!
Worker of the Week

Mr Gallagher was also impressed with Alex P, who he has given Worker of the Week to, for showing excellent accuracy in long multiplication and responding positively to feedback from Mr Gallagher – lovely to hear, Alex!

Week 9:

Remembrance Day Assembly took place on Friday with some of the Year 6 children delivering readings to the whole school. Well done to Chloe, Dylan, Ben, Jensen and Henry. 

Remembrance stones to enhance our display

Worker of the Week

Well done to Marley, who is Lancelot’s Worker of the Week for demonstrating excellent teamwork and effort on Cool Aeronautics day  – great work, Marley.
Star of the Week
Congratulations Eloise and Isabelle, you have been awarded Star of the Week for showing outstanding teamwork, resilience and determination when building a rollercoaster and a boat on Thursday. 

This week the class have been learning how to create and perform a routine using shapes, speeds and different methods of travelling. Here are some still images of their wonderful work.

Leonardo Cool Aeronautics visit

Year 5 and 6 enjoyed a visit from Leonardo Helicopters for this year’s Cool Aeronautics engineering and technology event. Children were tasked with designing a straw rollercoaster and then a weighted boat in groups. Congratulations go to Betsy, Daisy-May, Rothen, Tommy and Emily for being the overall team winners of the day; it is a firm favourite of the children every year and we hope next year we might have the opportunity to visit the Aero centre in Yeovil too!

Week 8:

Worker of the Week

Well done to Jack, who is Lancelot’s Worker of the Week for writing an exceptional letter persuading headteachers to send their classes to 10, Downing Street  – great work, Jack!
Star of the Week
Congratulations Harry, you have been awarded Star of the Week for showing great determination and resilience in maths when focussing on statistics.

Language Learning - French

Children put their finishing touches to their mini books this week, during their language lesson. These books will be sent to our French link schools as part of our International schools award - sharing resources worldwide for others to enjoy.


In science this week, the class made human models demonstrating how light travels in straight lines from the light source, reflecting (bouncing) off the object and then travels in straight lines into your eye. 


Week 7

A Wondrous World War 2 Day!

The Lancelot children cracked secret codes, cooked trench stew, baked wartime cookies and made gas mask boxes and identity cards. We were also incredibly fortunate to receive not one but two visitors - Pat and Grace who were children during the war. We asked them questions about their experiences as evacuees and they retold their wartime stories. We also played 1940s games – pickup sticks and dominoes – and created our own WW2 game called Victory. Overall, the day was very special and the children's efforts with their outfits was great to see!

Oh dear, oh dear!

PTFA disco brings a shining end to the term

Thank you to the PTFA for organising another great end of term disco; the children really enjoyed getting dressed up and wearing their brightest colours for the UV theme again this year. 

#HelloYellow - Young Minds

Pupils in Lancelot brightened their day with a splash of yellow for youth mental health charity YoungMinds’ campaign in support of young people’s mental health.

Children and staff dressed in yellow  as part of YoungMinds’ #HelloYellow campaign which called on people to stand together in support of young people struggling with their mental health, to show they matter and deserve the help they need, when they need it, no matter what.


Castle Cary Carnival 

Some Little Miss and Mr Men from Lancelot, joined  Mr Gordon, Mrs Sherry and Mrs Hoddinott at Castle Cary Carnival on Saturday night. The children danced, laughed and interacted with the crowd as they walked through the street of Castle Cary. Well done to everyone who took part. Fingers crossed for the official results!

Star and Worker of the Week

Week 6

Lancelot Visit Number 10!

The end of the week saw the much awaited trip to our capital city and our visit to Downing Street. On arrival we met Mrs Murty ( the Prime Minister’s wife) who explained our activity for the morning. In groups the children had to design, plan and budget for a new canapé that could be served at Downing Street. With help from members of the Farmers Union, there was a plethora of ideas which were all enjoyed as part of their luncheon in the state room. At the end of the visit the children had their photographs taken in front of the famous black door and even met Larry the cat!.

A walking tour of the famous landmarks was then undertaken in clouding Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, The Mall, The Cenotaph and Westminster Abbey.

Kate Wakeling  delivers poetic workshop 

Author of the books Cloud Soup and Moon Juice - Kate Wakeling delivered an engaging workshop to Lancelot Class this week. Children watched Kate perform her poems. They then completed a writing activity which was inspired by her poem 'Some Other Names for Rain' from Cloud Soup. The children got the opportunity to share their poems with Kate followed by an opportunity to ask her any questions. All in all, it was an inspiring morning!

Poetry Recitals

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Some other names for sunshine

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Purple 4 Polio

Our whole school assembly this week was led by The Brue Rotary Club. Their topic was w 4 Polio.  The purple crocus is a symbol of a worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine. The school ha been given purple crocus bulbs to plant around the school to promote awareness and act as a reminder of this worthwhile initiative. The school council will be helping to raise money for this worthwhile cause in the spring term.  

Week 5

Worker of the Week

Well done to Isabelle, who is Lancelot’s Worker of the Week for a thoughtful analysis of propaganda posters as well as designing her own poster promoting the ‘grow your own’ message – great work, Isabelle!
Star of the Week
Congratulations Cullie, you have been awarded Star of the Week for showing great kindness and communication skills when walking alongside Merlin children to Harvest!

Harvest Celebrations

Our Harvest celebrations took place on Wednesday afternoon at the church of St Barnabas.This year, the children of Lancelot told the congregations the meaning of harvest. Please listen to our presentation below.

We we’re delighted to be able to ensure the preschool children and Merlin Class arrived safely to church as we accompanied them on the first ever walk to the church. 

The Meaning of Harvest

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Poetry Week

During Poetry week, Lancelot studied the poem On the Move Again by Michael Rosen. They were able to listen to the author  read the chosen poem and then had the opportunity to work in small groups to perform their own interpretation.

Week 4

Worker of the Week - Eloise (Year 6)

The Worker of the Week in Lancelot Class this week is Eloise. Eloise has demonstrated determination and resilience in maths especially when finding fractions of amounts.

Star of the Week - Evie (Year 5)

Evie is Lancelot’s Star of the Week for a fantastic description of a character using expanded noun phrases, prepositional phrases and a variety of high-level punctuation.

Week 4

Have a Heart!
During Science this week, the children  were able to take a closer look at the structures and

vessels that make up the heart.They were surprised to notice not only the difference in the thickness of the walls of the blood vessels but also the differences in the walls of the chambers of the heart. 

European Day of Languages


Pupils across the school took part in European Day of Languages on the 26th September.

Our school focus this year was on the importance of learning languages to help us be global citizens. Pupils learnt that being able to speak different languages can help you to:

  • make new friends;
  • travel and study abroad;
  • live and find work in different countries;
  • understand different cultures. 
    The focused country in Lancelot was France 🇫🇷 this year. We linked our research and activities with our language learning.

Week 3

Worker of the Week - Layton (Year 5)

The Worker of the Week in Lancelot Class this week is Layton. Layton has demonstrated excellent listening skills during the class book and contributing a fantastic prediction based on evidence. 

Star of the Week - Jensen (Year 6)

Jensen is Lancelot’s Star of the Week for his wonderful attitude in his booster sessions. Keep up the great work. 

Day 1 of French Food Tasting 

Friday afternoon saw the children in Lancelot Class draw on all their strength and courage to try a delicacy that no-one in the class had tried before - snails! 

After the initial eughs, many of the children were excited to think they had tried and even consumed a snail. Following the French tradition, the children have kept their first shell for luck! 

Jeans for Genes Day

Lancelot Science work this week on the movement of blood in our body!

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Week 2

Worker of the Week - Lucy (Year 5)

The Worker of the Week in Lancelot Class this week is Lucy. Lucy has demonstrated hard work in all her lessons this week but in particular during English where she wrote a great poem called Four Seasons.

Star of the Week - Dylan (Year 6)

Dylan is Lancelot’s Star of the Week for his positive attitude in lessons. He was a wonderful contributor to our WW2 discussion which the class value highly. 

Congratulations to all the children who were awarded badges, hats and various job roles this week. From reading ambassadors to prefects to house captains and much more, I'm sure you will all succeed in your new jobs. 

Welcome back Lancelot Class!! What a great first week. Mr Gallagher, Mrs Sherry and Mrs Hills are very proud of the class and how they settled into new surroundings, peers and teachers. We are looking forward to having an incredibly successful year.

Week 1

Worker of the Week - Leia (Year 6)

The Worker of the Week in Lancelot Class this week is Leia. Leia has come back to school with a great learning attitude and is a role model for the Year 5s in the class. 

Star of the Week - Lola (Year 6)

Lola is Lancelot’s Star of the Week for her outstanding first week back. Her contribution to class discussion has been thoughtful and valued by the class.