Discoverers Class

Welcome to the Discoverers class page!

In our class we are taught by Miss Curphey. We are in Year 5, which means that we are 9 turning 10 (we love to share our birthdays). 

We have busy weeks in here, with English and Mathematics lessons taught daily, and some lessons that happen once a week, like computing with Mrs Gurney on a Wednesday afternoon. 

Also on a Thursday, we have magical music with Ralph (our amazing music teacher). We need to remember to practice our instruments at home, and then bring them in on a Thursday morning ready for our lesson.

On a Tuesday morning, we have swimming, so need to bring our kits in for this. We usually leave our PE kits in school for the half term, and take them home just before the holidays.

We bring our books and reading records to school each day, and change them when we have finished reading them. This happens during the week when we share our books with Mrs Curphey.

Each week, homework is set up for us on Sumdog. Sumdog is a fun website, which helps us practice our maths skills through playing games. It is set up for us to complete on a Thursday. We also get spelling homework too. This happens every other Thursday, and we are tested on the spellings during the Tuesday of the second week. We practice our spellings during the week at school, too.

Below, you will find blogs that we write, to share all of the special memories we make in this class. Feel free to check them out 😀 

What An Amazing Week

Hello Visitors,

This week has been AMAZING! We have enjoyed writing our adverts, to try and tempt people to visit the Alps. Did you know the Alps attract over 30,000,000 people each year and they were formed over 65,000,000 years ago? They are the youngest mountain range in the world!

Not only have we been enjoying English, we have also learned lots more about Tudors in history. This week, we studied Elizabeth I, and why her time in reign is known as the Golden Era. Here we are presenting our findings to the rest of the class:


Sleights Remembers Them

This week, the whole school have reflected on the service personnel who lost their lives and are remembered on our village’s War Memorial Monument. These local heroes have been discussed and their lives researched during the week. The children have each created a symbol of remembrance, including artwork and writing about the local lost soldiers. Today, we came together as a full school and heard the names of these soldiers read out by our children, before beginning our two minutes silence. The hall was still.

The photographs show the work created by the children celebrated around the village. Please do visit the school, community centre, Spar shop, St John’s and the War Memorial to see the work in person. It really is beautiful.

A huge thank you to families who have shared personal memories too. These included finding out about a family connection to one of the individuals on the War Memorial, as well as some very special items from fallen family members.

Learning about the past

To support our children’s learning about Rememberence, we were really fortunate to be joined in school by Kevin Hann, Royal Air Force Wing Commander (Retired). Mr Hann worked with children in Adventurers, Discoverers and Leaders to explore some of his own stories and reflections on his time serving. Mr Hann shared with the children some of his first-hand experiences and brought some of his equipment and uniform into school. The children were really engaged to also see photographs and medals from Mr Hann’s service. The children had so many questions and made some excellent contributions. A huge thank you to Mr Hann for giving his time up. His impact across school was significant.

Celebrating Diwali

It was lovely to welcome almost sixty family members into school today to celebrate the festival of Diwali. The classrooms were a hive of activity, as children and families learned together about the customs, traditions and beliefs of Diwali. The gallery below gives a flavour of some of the activities that families and children enjoyed together.

Harvest Festival 2023

The land has yielded its harvest: God, our God, has blessed us, Psalm 67:6

It was so brilliant to be able to welcome so many families to our service on Wednesday. St John’s was full! A huge thank you for supporting us with your very kind donations too. All donated items will now be shared with the Whitby Food Bank to share around our community.

Global Poverty and Our Actions

Hello Visitors,

This week, we came together as a whole school to think about those in need and discuss the global issue of poverty.

Here are some staggering facts about poverty, and the responses that the children gave:

World poverty affects 330,000,000 people.

Beth told us that everyone matters.

International and global response is important.

Ava told us that it affects people all over the world.

Coco told us that when it’s the whole world that helps, it benefits more people.

Nobody should be starving.

Dignity for all – clean clothes, toilets.

As we work together, as a whole school, we hope that we can help change this disaster!

To help make a change, we have been raising donations to be delivered to the local food bank. 

If you can help, please do.

An Exciting First Week Back

Hello Visitors,

Thank you for checking out our page. We have been back to school for just over a week now, and have managed to learn so much! 

We have explored numbers to 1,000,000 in maths, and have done really well with reading and writing them. We have also had our first music lesson after over 6 week without any. We remembered all of our notes brilliantly!

In RE, we have started to explore the question: What would Jesus do? To learn more about the person Jesus was, we explored the parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders. We created bible stands and tested them on sand and clay, deciding which were the best foundations for our constructions. 

We talked about the importance of following our Christian Values, and how this would help us to lead a fulfilling life.