Year 5 Blog

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

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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Space Biscuits

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5,4,3,2,1...Blast-off.  

This week the children in year 5 were making ‘Space Biscuits’ with Mrs Allen.  We mixed flour, butter, castor sugar and eggs with a drop of vanilla essence in a bowl until it created out cookie dough.  The children then rolled the dough and cut out the shapes of their biscuits that they had designed last week.  We then baked them until they were golden brown.  The children will then be decorating them with fantastical space designs using icing and cake decorations.  Hope you enjoy them  

Space Cookies

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As you know Year 5’s topic for this half term is Space. To start it off we have been researching and designing our own cookies. This week we have had lots of fun thinking about the shape, flavours and target markets.  We used research from the ASDA website to combine our own ideas with current successful cookies. 
 
Over the next few weeks we will be making our biscuits and designing packaging. In addition to this we will link our literacy topic of playscripts to space and write playscripts for radio adverts to promote our biscuits.

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Freax Mobile Climbing Wall

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WOW and perhaps even birrr! On Thursday 17th Jan (just before the ‘big snow’) the children in year 5 had the opportunity to experience rock climbing on a 7m (24 ft) mobile climbing wall.  It was a bitterly cold afternoon but the children wrapped up warm and braved the elements.  I told my class that it would be like climbing in the Alps.  The children were all eager to have a go and even the nervous children, when they saw the wall, wanted to climb it.  Not all the children were able to reach the top but they all had a good go and climbed to a height they felt comfortable with.  There were a couple of super-stars – I think I’ll have to rename Adam ‘spider-man’ as he got to the top in a flash and Isobel for sheer perseverance, who struggled but just would not give up until she reached the top.  Well done to all the children they all worked hard in extremely cold conditions.  Who knows we may have a few mountain rescue personnel in the making.

  

X Factor!

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Well done to both Year Five classes for their fantastic assemblies! The children worked extremely hard learning their lines over the Christmas holidays in order to perform on the first Friday back. They all have lovely clear voices and sung beautifully. It was a brilliant end to the Tudor topic and summarised what the children have learnt. We hope that everybody enjoyed it and found it as funny as we did.

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