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Hello! Welcome to Year 5!

HOMEWORK UPDATE: We now have an email address for the children to email their electronic homework to their class teachers. Please make sure the email contains the child’s name and the name of their class teacher.

Don't forget to keeping checking the Class Newsletter page for any updates.

Year 5/6 Netball League

Samworth Academy hosted a year 5/6 Netball League over the last couple of weeks on Tuesday 16th May and Tuesday 23rd May. The event was organised by the Mansfield Primary School Sport Partnership which our school is part of.

We were lucky enough to have so many girls wanting to play that we were able to enter 2 teams!

The two weeks couldn’t have been more different…one week was pouring rain, windy and cold weather, whilst the second week was blue skies and lovely, warm sunshine! Luckily, our supporters stayed to watch the girls on both occasions, so a BIG thank you to them!

The netball that was played on both nights was really good and our girls improved with every match that they played. It was great to see all of the girls play as a supportive team and in a respectful way against the other schools. Overall, our teams finished in 4th and 6th positions.

Thank you to all of the girls for a great couple of weeks and for some fantastic training sessions too.

From a proud Mrs Kendall and Mrs Gascoigne. J

Swimming Gala Finals

Well done to our Key Stage 2 swimming squad who qualified for the county swimming finals which were held on Monday 22nd May at Hucknall Leisure Centre.

Our squad of 18 children were a credit to the school. They behaved brilliantly, took part competitively and were supportive of the other schools taking part.

The children raced really well in a fast-paced and competitive swimming pool! There were many fantastic swimmers and our children produced some great performances which they should all be really proud of.

A big thank you to Mrs Cope and Mrs Bexon for attending the gala with us and a big thank you to all of our wonderful supporters who were sat on the side cheering us on every stroke of the way! Your support at both galas has been brilliant and has meant such a lot to myself and the children. Thank you for cheering us on!

Overall, our team finished in 5th position out of the 6 schools who competed in these county finals. We were just pipped to 4th place by 2 points!

A fantastic effort by everyone involved. Thank you!

A very proud Mrs Kendall J

Mike Bargh and Warren the Rabbit from Mansfield 103FM came to school just before the Easter holidays to interview five children - Evie, Poppy, Kyra, Connor, Danny. They described a secret item, which are clues to a competition that will be posed to listeners of the Breakfast Show week starting 12th June. Keep listening to Mansfield 103FM for the fantastic competition.



We have all love our pace topic this Term. Our trip was out of this world. Have a look at some of our favouite photographs.

We have had a fantastic time developing our writing skills in English through Talk 4 Writing. We have been learning actions to help us learn texts.

Do you know what these actions mean?

A HUGE congratulations to our swimmers who took part in the swimming gala in February at the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre. They have been put forward for the swimming finals on the 22nd of May. Go team Berry Hill! frown

Empties Please!

Used printer cartridge recycling

As part of our work towards our Eco-Schools award we are committed to reducing waste and recycling more, both in school and in our homes. The Eco-Committee has been looking at ways to do this and have decided to work with a company called ‘Empties Please’. They collect and recycle used ink and toner cartridges and will donate any money raised back to us.

It’s very simple. All we have to do is collect used ink cartridges and toner cartridges and put them into the collection bin, in one of the bags provided, which is situated in the reception area in school. ‘Empties Please’ will collect the bin when it is full and then donate the money raised back to school with a certificate to display showing how much we have raised through our recycling. We may also qualify for their Green Rewards scheme if we collect enough. You can collect cartridges from absolutely anywhere – school, work, home, clubs, friends and family. The more we can collect the better and as it takes up to 1000 years for a printer cartridge to decompose it is an environmentally friendly way for you to dispose of your printer cartridges whilst helping us at the same time!

Toners accepted: original branded Brother, Cannon, Dell and Epson toner cartridges

Ink cartridges accepted: original branded Cannon, HP, Lexmark and Samsung ink cartridges

Please make sure you put all cartridges in one of the bags provided before placing in the collection bin.

Thank you for your help.

Swimming Gala Champions!

A HUGE congratulations to all of our Key Stage 2 swimming squad who won the swimming gala!

The gala took place on Thursday 23rd February 2017 and was held at the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre.

Our squad of 18 children took part in lots of races against other schools, winning the majority of the races, earning lots of points for the team and swimming away with the trophy!

The children worked brilliantly as a team and supported one another in every race. Their behaviour was superb and they represented our school fantastically. They were all a credit to the school and a pleasure to spend the morning with.

A massive thank you to Mrs Hammond and Mrs Bexon for helping us behind the scenes, on the bus and at poolside. Another massive thank you also goes out to all of the spectators who came along to support the children and the school. It was great to look up to the balcony and see so many proud faces and to hear the loud cheers!

Finally another BIG thank you to the children who made myself and Mrs Gascoigne very happy on Thursday morning. J

Maths & Science Enrichment Day at Nottingham Trent University- 22.2.17


On Wednesday 22nd February, a group children from all across the Samworth family of primary schools were lucky enough to be invited to attend a special maths and science activity day at Nottingham Trent University. The day was planned and run by the university’s teaching students and allowed the children to experience what it might be like to be a university student themselves one day.

The lucky children to attend from Berry Hill were Campbel, Kamran, Erin, Isabella, Igor, Evan, Mia and Isla.

The day was split into 3 sections. In the morning the children were able to take part in some science and nature based activities. The first activity focussed on identifying different trees and leaves on the campus and the second involved hunting for and identifying mini beasts!

The second part of the day was made up of a tour of the university campus including the library, a lecture theatre and seminar room, the halls of residence, the student union building, the sports facility building and the crime scene house! During this time, the children were also treated to lunch in the student canteen which they all thoroughly enjoyed and which enhanced the whole student life experience.

For the last part of the day, the children took part in some maths/problem solving activities which were quite challenging but were no match for our year 5s as they worked together to explore possibilities, share and discuss ideas and solve the problems collaboratively.

All of the children really enjoyed the day and said that the university experience had been much better than they had expected. They all said they would love to go again next year! I also really enjoyed it and it was a pleasure to spend the day with such a well behaved group of children. They all showed respect to the students leading the activities and to the other children and adults. They listened well and they were fully engaged in everything that they were asked to do. I felt very proud of them and they should feel proud of themselves too, they really were Berry Hill role models!

By Mrs Smith.


Here are some comments from the children about their experience:

“It was fun. It was interesting and I learned a lot. The café was great!”

“It made me want to go there when I go to uni!”

“I liked how they talked about inventing their own clubs. I liked the people there. I liked how you can live at university-that is something that I want to experience.”

“The people were really nice. I thought it was interesting and I liked the idea of making your own clubs and being able to choose what you want to do.”

“I really enjoyed the day. I was surprised when we did the science stuff and I didn’t like touching the mini beasts! I really enjoyed the tour as well.”

“It was really nice. The paninis were nice too! I really enjoyed the experience, looking round and seeing the lecture theatre and the debate room with the spinney chairs!”

“I was worried it was going to be like a test but it was really good and fun! I really enjoyed the day, especially making up pudding club and the paninis!”

“I found the day really fun because it was maths and science. It was really interesting and the mentors were amazing. It was good on the full tour of the university when we got to see where the students work, the library and the lecture theatre and where they live.”


Photographs of the day


What a magical Christmas show!

Take a bow KS2! The children of Key Stage 2 have been busy singing songs, making costumes and learning lines ready for our Christmas production the ‘A magical Jigsaw. This year, the children have been learning about Christmas stories! We were taken on a journey of Christmas by some very interesting angels…

Penny Mile!

A gigantic thank you to everyone who bought in pennies for our Penny Mile! We raised a very impressive £341.72!

Autumn Term

This terms topic and learning will be ‘Going Underground!’ Our Year 5 focus will be on coal mining as it is a huge part of Mansfield’s heritage and history.  The children will explore how coal is formed and how it is extracted from a mine.  They will also learn about what miners wore in the mine to keep them safe.  They will also research about controversial figures during the miners strike such as, the former Prime Minister, Margret Thatcher and the former President of the National Union of Miners (NUM), Arthur Scargill.  

What a Dahlicious day!

Well what an exciting few days we have had at school! The children thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. All the children looked fantastic in their costumes dressed as a character from their favourite Roald Dahl book.


Photographs coming soon!