Year 5 Blog

Welcome to the Year 5 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Flight to St Lucia

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Today we went on a very special flight to St Lucia! We were each given a passport and boarding card and directed to our seat by the air hostesses. We then flew first class with British Airways all the way to St Lucia. It took over 5hours and was over 6000km away. During our journey we learnt: where St Lucia was, what sea surrounded St Lucia and what the capital city was.  We now cannot wait to find out much more about the climate, language and tourism.

Year 5 Booster Starting Success!

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Year 5 have had a fantastic start to their booster groups.  All the children have ensured that they have the correct equipment with them at the right time and that they are in the right place promptly.  They all also have a great attitude towards their learning and are all trying hard to make excellent progress over the next half term.  Well done everyone!

Busy Busy Busy!

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This week all of Year 5 have been working extremely hard, we have been doing our end of year test. We go the chance to show off how much we have learnt over the year!.

Our caterpillars have now started to develop into chrysalis! Quite a few of them are now hanging upside down in their pot and starting to create their chrysalis. Fingers crossed they change into butterflies before we break up for half term.

In topic we have had fun sketching images of lillies. We looked carefully at the images so we could observe all of the little details. We worked hard on our shading, noticing which parts of the flower were lightest and darkest.

Investigating Germination

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This week we have carried out an investigation into what seeds need to germinate.  We set up a fair investigation and had different variables to investigate.  We used our results to make conclusions.  We have also been learning about the parts of flowers and pollination.  There is a lot of key vocabulary to be familiar with!  

In addition....our caterpillars are growing quickly!  They have trebled in size and have begun to grow little spikes!  We don't think it will be long until they turn into chrysalises! 

New arrivals!

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This week Year 5 have had some new arrivals in their classroom, some caterpillars! Over the coming weeks we are going to look after them, feed them and watch them grow. We will be able to link our observations with our work on ‘life cycles’ in topic and science lessons. There are ten caterpillars in each classroom and they are about 2cm long at the moment. I wonder how big they will grow before they change into a chrysalis?

Life Cycles & Literacy

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In year 5 we are learning about Life Cycles.  We started our topic this week and Mrs Dixon and Miss Doughty are still waiting for something very exciting to arrive in the post...any guesses what it might be?  We have also been preparing for a class debate on whether The Highwayman should have been killed or not.  What do you think?

School Governors

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Welcome back!

This week has been a very busy start to the summer term. We have all come back ready to work and excited about all of the progress we are going to make.

On Monday some classes in the school got a visit from their link Governor. Even though Year 5 were not able to meet theirs, they still got to learn lots of information about Governors.

They learnt:

  • Who the Governors are
  • How many Governors the school has
  • What roles / areas of responsibilities they have within school
  • How they help our school to be an even better place

http://www.whitehousecommon.bham.sch.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25&Itemid=10

The website above shows where the children did all their research.

 

Happy Easter

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Its hard to believe that Easter is nearly here, not just because of the weather but it doesn’t seem that long since we welcomed the new year 5 class in. It’s true that time flies.  This week the children have been working very hard, undertaking their QCA test and we are very proud of their attitude towards them and the effort they have put in.  Now that they are out of the way we can enjoy the fun of Easter such as the egg decorating competition and the talent show.  Good luck to everyone who takes part – you are all stars.

On a personal note as this is the last blog post I will be writing for year 5 I would like to say what a privilege it has been to teach in year 5 and get to know the children from both classes.  I am sure that they will excel for Miss Doughty and Mrs Dixon next term and I wish them every success.  I will miss teaching them.    

Red Nose Day

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This is a backup of the blog from the 15th March – Due to technical problems it got deleted but I thought you might like to read it so I have reposted it :-)

 Red Nose day has finally arrived and the children have had a fantastic time raising money for less privileged children in this country and around the world. We dressed either in something red or wore a red nose for the day.  Some of our children did additional sponsored activities like a ‘sponsored silence’ which I’m sure was easier for some than others :-)  We also ‘Did something funny for money’ by holding a ‘open mic’ stand-up comedy event in the hall where some very brave and very funny children entertained us with a selection of their best jokes.   

The Highway Man

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This week in Literacy we have started to read The Highway Man, written by Alfred Noyes. The children really enjoyed reading this poem for the first time and were shocked by the unexpected ending. They have already written detailed character descriptions of The Highway Man and will be using lots of hot seating and drama to explore the poem from different characters points of view.

 

Click on the link bellow to listen to the animated version.

 

World Book Day!

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Today has been very exciting! All of the staff and children have spent the day in fancy dress to celebrate world book day. We have spent the day off timetable doing lots of fun activities linked to Just So Stories written by Rudyard Kipling. We listened to a variety of just so stories and then draw a comic strip for their own story. Here are some of the examples of our work.

How the ladybird got his spots

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How the giraffe got his neck

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How the skunk got his smell

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ThinkTank's Mobile Planetarium

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Year 5 went boldly where where few children had gone before.  As we walked into the Acorns hall we saw a huge inflatabe dome, which we were told by the ThinkTank teachers was the planetarium.  The children climbed inside and we all sat on the floor gazing up at a projection of the sky.  The teachers 'sped up time' to that we could see the night sky.  The children were encouraged to look at the stars and see if they could make out any shapes and patterns. They pointed out what is in the sky tonight including constellations and planets that will be visible from where we live.We then took a journey through the solar system, to visit all of the planets and find out about their moons, atmospheres and temperatures. We saw the phases of the moon and observed why we get seasons. Lots of fun was had by all but most importantly the children learned lots about the wonderful night sky.

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