Year 5 Blog

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Happy New Year from Year 5!

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We are really looking forward to the year ahead and all of the exciting things that 2012 has to offer us.  In particular the Olymic Games and the Queen's Jubliee Celebrations. 

Year 5 are celebrating the new year with two focus days.  We are looking at New Year Around the World - and we are looking at Switzerland.  We have taken part in four different creative activities such as clay modelling, ICT, making masks and New Year cards. 

We wish everyone a healthy and happy 2012!


Lichfield Cathedral Christmas Concert

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After weeks of dedicated rehearsals, 15 Year 5 children were able to showcase their hardwork by taking part in the Christmas concert at Lichfield Cathedral on Wednesday evening. Our students were part of the Four Oaks Cluster Choir and their performance, which included Star Carol, The Gift and An African Crib Carol, was enjoyed thoroughly by parents, grandparents and members of the local community. The Whitehouse Common staff who attended the performance, were extremely proud of the smart and enthusiastic students who clearly sang their heart out. We endeavoured to match their performance when we had the opportunity to sing along with everyone to some traditional Christmas hymns. A special mention must be stated for Joseph Bardsley who demonstrated a calm and confident manner whilst reading a passage alone in front of the whole congregation. Well done to all the children who took part, it was an enjoyable evening for everyone.


Year 5 and the Christmas Production

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Year 5 have been working really hard on the Christmas production and have thoroughly enjoyed doing it.  The performances that we have done so far have gone really well and we are looking forward to two more next week for the parents.  We have been practising our year group song 'Choice Accomodation' which was a bit tricky to start with because it is quite quick!  We are now looking forward to a really Christmassey end to the term next week!! 



Symphony Hall

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Year 5 have been on an enjoyable trip to the Symphony Hall today. The trip was linked to the science topic, sound, that we will cover later in the year.  While we were there we got to understand how sound waves travel and how they are formed. We also got to listen to the Harry Potter theme tune being played on the organ. Did you know it has 6000 pipes?!


PE in Year 5

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In Year 5 we are learning how to play basketball.  We have practised passing, dribbling and stopping skills.  We are becoming really confident and are looking forward to playing some games.  We are also continuing to swim on a Wednesday and have really progressed with our swimming techniques over the term.


Andrew Mitchell

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On Friday Year 5 have been very excited about a special visitor to school.  We were lucky enough to spend Friday afternoon with Andrew Mitchell, who is the local MP for Sutton Coldfield.  Year 5 had the opportunity for a question and answer session with the MP, finding out about his role in parliament and his interests.



Parent and Grandparent Lunch

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5RD have really enjoyed having their lunch with parents and grandparents today.  They enjoyed eating together in the Oaks hall and then spending some time together on the playground.  5CD are looking forward to doing the same next week.  We love school dinners!


Tamworth Castle

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Year 5 had a very exciting trip to Tamworth Castle this week to develop our understanding of how the Tudors lived. We enjoyed participating in three activities, including role-plays, quill writing and exploring the Castle. We are now looking forward to writing our own recounts in our Literacy lessons.



Black History Week

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Year 5 are looking at the very influential lives of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.  We have used drama, art and ICT to present what we have found out about these two great men.  We have really enjoyed finding out about them and the achievements they made during their lives.

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Book Week

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Last week was World Book Week so we took this opportunity to work with Year 1 children. On Friday afternoon Year 1 read their favourite books to Year 5. Year 5 were very supportive, helping the younger children read difficult words and asking questions about the story they had read. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.


Harry Potter Excitement Hits Year 5

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We have been looking at significant authors over the last few weeks and in particular J.K. Rowling.  This week we are using all of our knoweldge from visual literacy and the reading we have done to write our own Harry Potter stories.  Watch out J.K. Rowling...!

European Day of Languages

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On Monday it was European day of languages so this week Year 5 have been learning a new language. 5CD have been learning simple phrases in Turkish and 5RD have been learning Thai. Later this week both classes will be recreating their counties flag and presenting their flags in assembly.


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