Welcome to our Class 3 page for Years 5 and 6. Here you will find out all about our learning and the fun activities we have been doing!



We have been outside today making the most of the shade in this hot weather. We worked in pairs to solve multiplication sums on the playground. Miss Wotton was very impressed with our maths work. Later we played parachute games with Steve who takes bush craft sessions each week. 



This week we have performed twice in front of parents. Th children put on a great show and we thoroughly enjoyed watching Roald Dahl's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs play. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch - it was lovely to hear so many fantastic comments!

We have been lucky enough to have been visited by ex-Olympian Chris Maddocks who spoke to the children about his experiences and encouraged children to pursue their goals. Our class were very inspired. 



We have been rehearsing for two shows this week and on Friday some of us joined in Tiverton High School's performance of The Little Mermaid, which included children from local primary schools. Rackenford children were singing so well (we even got a special mention in rehearsals) and also managed to follow the dance moves! It was a great evening and lots of people were watching and supporting us. Year 6 had an action-packed week - they were lucky to participate in clip and climb and kayaking!



On your marks...get set... GO! Everyone at Rackenford took part in Sports Day on Friday 1st July. The children did so well and we are very proud of them. Class Three children took part in the flat races, sack races, the relay race and our very own class rugby relay. Our lucky year sixes took part in the Y6 water race where Mrs Lewry was only too happy to soak them. However, the children were allowed to get their own back and enjoyed doing so! Well done to Dart house who won Sports Day 2016 and well done to Exe, Lowman and Barle teams too.


The children have been writing a recount of the Apollo 13 Moon Mission, following work on Shackleton's Journey written by William Grill. We have also been looking at nets of 3D shapes. The children used Polydron to make the shapes, before tracing them and looking at the properties of these shapes. Some children made very complex shapes!



This week has been a busy one! On Monday the whole school celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday. We spent time in our house groups and were joined by parents and governors. We made dens up on the village common that were fit for royalty. Some of our dens included corgi beds and even royal toilets!

We also had a royal picnic of fish and chips and a slice of cake.

In the afternoon we enjoyed activities such as stamp decorating, bunting making, writing prayers, parachute games and a scavenger hunt.


For the last three days, Year 3 and 4 have been at Escot on a residential. We had fun staying in a yurt and experiencing lots of different nature activities. The highlight for many was the swamp walk. Miss Wotton has never seen so much mud!! Children were absolutely covered by thoroughly enjoyed it. We also experienced life as Anglo Saxons in the Anglo Saxon village, where the children made pennies, a broach and a wooden handle for a tool, as well as bread that we ate with honey.

The children also took part in fire making and den building, which were both successful although the dens weren't particularly waterproof! Other activities included a scavenger hunt, a maze and team building activities. Please scroll down for photographs.


Den making and fire making:


Saxon Village:

Swamp walk:




Today we played team games and did some orienteering. We really enjoyed our stay at Barton Hall!






While Y5/6 were away on our residential trip, the rest of our class were busy working with Mrs Ashdown on our planter challenge. I think you will agree that they have done a fantastic job!



We’ve had a great day today, first tackling some problem solving and then the challenge course. We had to move around a course as a group with only 2 crates and a ladder to help us. The children showed a good team effort and everyone was very encouraging. We had to take a cup of water around and each time we touched the ground, water was poured out. At the end, we got to drench the instructor with the remaining water!

After lunch we met Mrs Dunning and Ms Taylor who joined us for the crate challenge. We had to build crates and see how high each pair could climb before the crates came tumbling. This required a lot of balance. The children were also supporting each other by learning how to safely hoist the ropes.

The sensory trail was exciting! The children had to put complete trust in each other and communicate effectively to a group, leading them blindfolded along a trail. Miss Wotton’s group managed to get around the course very quickly.



The children all enjoyed Areoball. We had tournaments in cubicles on a trampoline.

After lunch we had a go on the zip wire and this has probably been the highlight for most of the children so far! The teachers also took part so apologies for the lack of photos!

Archery followed where the children were taught to use a bow and arrow accurately. Some of us landed our arrows on the bullseye! 




Today the children went dry slope skiing. It was quite a skill to master but the children did really well and had a lot of fun. Most of us managed to stay on our feet (or skis) although we also had a few tumbles!

We enjoyed quad biking in the morning with many of our children showing a lot of skills! The instructor said that he has never seen a more confident group of children!

We also abseiled down a 12m wall. The children did really well and conquered some fears. “It was kind of scary but fun when we got over the edge.” - Harry D.

We also then tried climbing a vertical wall and tackled the low ropes where lots of team work was required.

In the evening, the children had camp fire fun, learning lots of new songs.



We have thoroughly enjoyed the first day of our residential. The children firstly enjoyed our trip to Torquay Beach for a spot of lunch and a few challenges.


We arrived at PGL and had a quick tour, finding out what is in store for us later in the week. We all filled up at dinner time - there was plenty on offer and something to suit everyone. This evening, the children are doing an orienteering challenge around the campus. Tomorrow we look forward to quad biking!



Today we have had a really busy day completing our DT project and enjoying our end of term Golden Treat. The children had to complete and test their inventions built to transport a ping pong ball over a 2m distance. We were all surprised to see the variety of designs, ranging from balloons to power vehicles and catapults. 

For our Golden Treat, a bouncy castle was set up in the hall and we had a fantastic face painter in. We all had a great time! We have also been busy designing our planter challenge set by Mrs Dunning. The children came up with some great ideas. We look forward to seeing the finished result!



The School Council have been doing a great job this term. Already they have managed to organise a 'Wear What You Like' day and raised money to buy some arts and crafts items for break times. They have been busy choosing how to spend the money!