Final day of term!
We are looking forward to reading through all of your work, so make sure you remember your punctuation, grammar and of course, BEAUTIFUL handwriting!
I am sure we have all been enjoying following Joe Wicks and his daily workouts, this is continuing throughout the Easter holidays at 9am (available afterwards too) which we recommend you follow. Not only is it a great way to exercise, but it also is good for our mental health. As we all know, exercise releases happy hormones!
On a separate note - it would be really great if we could get as many of us as possible joining in with creating pictures for the new Nightingale Hospital in London. https://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/the-nightingale-hospital-needs-your-pictures
Wednesday 1st April
Good Afternoon Year 5!
We hope you have all had a great start to the week, perhaps some of you have managed to complete the daily earlybird activities.
I am attaching some links to some exciting websites below. There are STEM activities - Dr Chip has some great videos that you can follow along with, or just watch and learn!
Edinburgh Zoo has live camera feeds for some of their animals which is accessible throughout the day - we know how some of you enjoyed watching these when we had lunch in class!
To get us more creative, the BBC have an art ninja to inspire us!
Finally, for those of you missing your music lessons, there are some videos of Body Beats body percussion online lessons on youtube. The link is to a particular video but if you go to his channel there are lots of online sessions!
Dr Chip - https://drchips.weebly.com/
Edinburgh Zoo - https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/
Art ninja - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/art-ninja
Body Beat Music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4mZhv9HS-g
Year 5 Team
Monday 30th March
Hello Year 5 children,
We hope you and your families are well and have enjoyed the lovely weather over the last week. We are all missing you a lot and thinking of you at home. This week we will be contacting you and your families to check you are ok and hear some of the great activities you have been up to.
Hopefully, you have had a good look through your work packs and have spent some time each day completing Maths, English and also the broader curriculum activities. We hope you are also spending time immersing yourself in a good book! We will be sending an email to remind you of your TTrockstars, Mymaths and Sumdog usernames and passwords. Below we have uploaded some Early Birds for you to complete.
As well as your work packs we have been asking, where possible, you use the internet to enhance your learning. Due to the additional time at home you may find yourself spending more time online. We thought this would be a good time to remind you of the online safety guidelines we have learnt about. When using the internet remember to keep your personal information and passwords private and talk to an adult about any worries.
As it is the last week before the Easter Holidays, we would have been learning at school about the Easter story. Spend time over the next few days, thinking about the Stations of the Cross and reflect on the message that Easter represents. Can you think creatively of an activity to help you reflect? Write a poem? Produce a comic strip? Create a piece of art?Then share this with friends and family.
Keep taking photos, recording and sharing your work with those around you. We are looking forward to seeing all the wonderful things you have accomplished when we get back!
Year 5 Teachers.
Wednesday 25th March 2020
Hello Year 5!
We hope you are enjoying the wonderful sunshine! We know this is a strange time for you all but we are so proud with the way you have coped over the last few weeks. We hope that you are being responsible and helping your parents at home, perhaps with jobs around the house or entertaining younger brothers and sisters as we know how much you like to help at school.
If you haven't already, try to think of ways to break up your day and put smiles on the faces of people around you; write letters to members of your family or friends or bake cakes for your neighbours - Mrs Haines had little cupcakes left on her doorstep this morning for her daughters by the children over the road. Chocolate cake at 9am certainly made them very happy!
If there are any projects or creative activities that you'd like to do as part of the school work we gave you, please go ahead and do whatever you'd like, it will be lovely to see them or photos of anything you have gotten up to when we see you again!
Hopefully your school work is going well and remember, if there is anything you don't understand and can't work out how to do from getting in contact with friends in your class, please don't worry, we can look at it when we get back. We hope you are able to enjoy this time with your family, having fun playing games and sharing activities together.
Parents, keep doing the fantastic job you have been doing! The children have plenty of activities to keep them going for the time being, we will update with new activities when necessary.
My Maths is still a great site for them to be practising maths skills - they don't need their individual login as we haven't set specific tasks, so they are free to choose games to play.
Twinkl is a site that we use in school, as a parent you can sign up for free at the moment. There is a wealth of printable activities if you feel you need extra.
There are lots of free resources and sites being advertised at the moment, please keep in mind that we pick and choose suitable resources from these sites, also double check conditions for signing up for free as they may charge after a length of time.
We are missing your smiling faces and the laughs you bring us each day. Stay safe, be good and we will see you soon!
Mrs Haines, Miss Lewis and Miss Taylor
Elm Class enjoyed a sunny walk to Preston Secondary School to spend the afternoon at Forest School. They enjoyed making fires (with some help from Year 8 pupils), making S'mores and toasting marshmallows. We were also joined by Dylan the schools therapy puppy. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to bring him back to school with us!
We recently visited Sherborne Girls School to experience the Explorer Dome. We learnt about our planet, moon, sun and solar system. We saw how they move and why we see what we see in the sky. We then went star-spotting to discover the different constellations and learnt about the stories behind them including the gods and heroes, myths and monsters from Ancient Greece
Year 5 ran and cycled their socks off on Friday to raise money for Sport Relief. We are very impressed with the effort that every single one of them put into the cycling, running and in the tug of war!
World Book Day
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day and produced some pretty impressive costumes! They worked hard to create imaginative descriptions of the characters they dressed up as. What a fantastic effort from all!
Year 5 continue to enjoy their dance lessons on Wednesday afternoons. They have been learning a variety of dance routines with Mrs Hill such as African style, Rock n Roll and most recently old school Hip-Hop.
As an introduction to our Greece topic, Year 5 located Greece on an atlas and our globe. We discussed its surrounding countries and then checked to see if we were right, as well as discussing its climate, capital city and flag.
Hornbeam class were excited to see that over half term our cuttings have started to grow roots! Keep an eye out for updates!
This week in Science, Year 5 have been looked at how plants reproduce. We discussed how some plants can reproduce by themselves which lead to us taking cuttings from a spider plant and putting them in water. Hopefully, after half term, we will start to see some roots grow!
BBC 500 Word Write
Year 5 have enjoyed creating their own 500 word stories for the BBC competition. This week's challenge has been typing them up and submitting them online!
Elm class have been taking part in an afternoon of multiskills on a Friday run by the Yeovil Town Community Trust as part of their Premier League Primary Stars programme. We have been focussing on team skills and working together.
Chinese New Year
Year 5 have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have researched lots of traditions and discussed which traditions we would most like to experience. Alex brought everyone a fortune cookie to try and shared his own experiences of Chinese New Year.
Year 5 have enjoyed comparing and grouping materials based on their properties. We tested a variety of materials; salt, sand, 1p coins, 50p coins, paper, plastic, rice, rubber and wood. We tested for hardness, solubility, transparency, the response to magnets, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity.
Year 5 have recently been visited by Mr Colin Bell, a local potter. Mr Bell demonstrated to the children a variety of techniques to create their own pottery including how to cut, sculpt and build using the clay. The children practised eventually creating their own mythical creatures. During the afternoon, the children were able to glaze their monsters ready to go into the kiln.
Ancient Greece leaflets
This week, Year 5 have been researching facts about Ancient Greece to include in their information leaflets.
Greek Story Vases
Year 5 had great fun learning about Greek Story Vases, and what they were used for. We are in the process of creating our own and cannot wait to see the final result!
Acting out playscripts
Year 5 enjoyed acting out the play scripts of King Midas which they created. They understood how important it was to include stage directions and follow them so the audience can know what is going on.
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed the SPOT workshop learning about CPR and what to do in an emergency!
Christmas Carol Concert
On Thursday 19th December, Rev Ruth Chapman kindly visited to lead our Christmas Service to Years 5 & 6.
As part of our R.E. lesson, we made our very own Christingles. We learned about the symbolism of each part of the Christingle: the light represents the light of Jesus, the orange represents the world, the sticks represent the four compass directions, the red ribbon represents the blood of Jesus and the fruits and sweets skewered on the sticks represent the fruits of the Earth. The end results were very beautiful and they also tasted very nice!
Hornbeam Class enjoyed developing their teamwork and leadership skills in our weekly PE lessons by planning their own mini sessions and delivering them to the rest of the class. It was a great success overall, and fantastic to see the aspiring teachers of the future! We look forward to seeing how the rest of the sessions develop!
Year 5 journeyed to Ashford to link our classroom learning about Rivers to practical experience at a water treatment centre. After walking around the reservoir, we saw the cleaning process water goes through so that we can drink it from our taps. Using our noses, we also tested some water samples and learned the difference in quality of water depended on where the samples were from. Overall, it was an enjoyable day full of learning and fun with our friends!
Today we had the pleasure of meeting four alpacas. We learnt the difference between llamas and alpacas and now know to look out for the shape of their ears and if their ears are pointy (instead of banana shaped) then they’re alpacas. There are over 22 different shades of alpacas, which we were all stunned by. Some of us were able to reach the alpacas to give them a good stroke- their fur was surprisingly soft!
We’ve been having fun in Maths this week learning about fractions. We can now convert, find equivalents and simplify fractions.
Year 5 enjoyed learning how to produce graffiti as artwork. We discussed the appropriate artistic uses of graffiti and created our own name tags.
Year 5 had the pleasure of Mr Kennard for a 6 week Healthy Futures Programme where the children learned about healthy behaviours like brushing their teeth, attitudes to mental health and emotions as well as participating in a physical bleep test. The children managed to set targets for their own personal development which they hoped to achieve by the end of the course.
Year 5 enjoyed writing prayers to go on the display board in St James‘ Church for the Harvest Festival. See above.