Letters to Morelia Zoo

Last week, Mr Parkinson’s literacy group created a video to raise awareness about Yupi the Polar Bear who lives in Mexico. Here is what they created -

After showing the wonderful reaction they received, which you can read here, they wrote some letters to Morelia Zoo, where Yupi lives, to try and convince them to allow Yupi to move to a more suitable environment.

We structured our letters using a combination of Slow Writing by David Didau and Exciting Sentences by Alan Peat and Mat Sullivan. The results were fantastic! We would love to hear your thoughts on our writing so please leave us a comment.

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Save Yupi and Arturo!

Today, Mr Parkinson’s Year 5 group were learning all about Polar Bears. During the research we discovered stories about two polar bears – Yupi and Arturo. Both these polar bears live in South America where the weather and other conditions are harmful to them.

Once we had researched different websites, including saveyupi.com, we did some shared writing using as many Alan Peat and Mat Sullivan’s Exciting Sentences as possible.

Using our writing, we created a video to share our ideas with as many people as possible. We used the app Doink Greenscreen and also chose music and images to creative an emotive atmosphere.

We will be writing a lot over the next few weeks about this topic so please come back and comment on our work!

100 WC by Abbie 5A

Sometimes I wonder why I was stupid enough to climb to the top of a tree just to get a ball. I must have been in this coma for about a month now. My parents were distraught but my brother was traumatised through coming to the hospital every day . I could tell all this because I could still hear everything, even though I could not move. I could also smell the chocolate my brother teased me with. It’s both distressing and terrifying being unable to see their faces. The weeks passed by  slowly and suddenly I could see again. My Family were overjoyed and I was soooo relieved.


Year 5 have been focusing on partner work in our dance lessons. They have been creating a motif together and thinking about different ways that they can greet each other. They have been working hard to stay in time to the music and they have been using clapping, counting and marching to help them with this.

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hundred word challenge.

See the miracle of life.

See the miracle of life, babies being born, children growing, parents telling, old people knowing.

See the miracle of nature, seeds springing, trees growing, fruit ripening, streams turning into rivers.

See the miracle of  wildlife, bears snarling, wolves howling, tigers growling, kittens turning into cats.

See the miracle of the elements, rain knocking on your door, the sun glaring down at you, clouds surrounding you.

See the miracle of you and me, living together in perfect harmony.

See the miracle of life.







100 Wc

Suddenly the loud clicking of the propellers stopped and my helicopter skidded to a holt.I realised I had crash lander in an amazing place…a stunning,majestic rainforest surrounded me.The vivid,emerald green trees towered above me and fiery orange and scarlet flowers covered the ground .I was stunned by the dazzling beauty but frightened by what could be lurking in this impressive
jungle.I could hear noises all around,to my left across the shallow,glimmering river I noticed a small wooden hut,would someone be there to help?