Year 5 Blog

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

Summer term

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We have just begun studying life cycles. This week we have thought about the life cycles of different plants and which plants flower and which plants produce fruits. At home have a look in your fruit bowls and think about how you can use your knowledge from our class science lessons, and apply this tour their fruits and their life cycles. 


Blowing our trumpets (and trombone and tuba!)

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On Sunday evening some Year 5s took part in the Birmingham Schools Ensemble Gala Concerts at the Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham. Having started learning their instruments in Year 4, they have continued with lessons and are members of the North Birmingham Area Brass Ensemble.

They played Now the Day is Over, then the Police hit, Every Breath You Take before finishing with Yellow Bird.

They played confidently and represented Whitehouse Common brilliantly.

Well done!

On Thursday it will be the turn of the choir...

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Week beginning 23rd March

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Wow! How did we fit it all in last week?

We came back from the weekend, fully refreshed after our exhausting one mile run on the Friday for the weekend, ready for another action packed week at WHCPS.

Last week we worked hard on our Literacy skills by writing our own version of a Victorian story with elements in the style of the great author, Charles Dickens. We really enjoyed this story writing; being able to develop our skills and ensure we use a range of vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation.

Also this week we have been adding further articles to our class blogs. We can now insert hyperlinks to other websites, add pictures, comment on each other’s’ blogs and even embed videos! It’s very technical stuff but we’ve aced it.

Wednesday saw a visit from the Acorn’s Children’s Hospice who brought in Lola the dog (we’re not sure what breed it was but it was fluffy!). We listened about children who are poorly in their hospice and what the charity does to help them. We were given the challenge to design a super dog outfit/costume – the winner will get to be on stage at a special dog show and receive a prize.

The end of the week brought further learning by creating storyboards to go alongside our reading of Great Expectations.

Who knows what we’ll get up to this week? (The teacher’s hopefully)  

Sports Relief

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Please ensure that you have your P.E kit in school including your trainers for our Sports Relief event on Friday 21st March 2014.

PC Doyle Visits Year 5!

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On Friday the 14th March, PC Doyle came to talk about what it is like to be a Police Officer in a modern society. We prepared many questions to find out more about what it is like to be a Poilce Officer and what his role involves. PC Doyle showed us his Police uniform and we were able to try it on and look closely at the the equipment he uses everyday! We thoroughly enjoyed PC Doyle's visit and would like to say a special 'Thank you' to PC Doyle coming to see us!

Cops and Robbers Topic

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We have considered the important role the police play and the many different roles they have in our community. During our topic work, we have considered the different levels of policing and how their uniforms for different role have varied requirements.

ICT work

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Living in such a technological world we always make sure that we are keeping our ICT skills refreshed! This term we are enjoying our new topic,' We are bloggers!', and we enjoy ensuring that we are able to successfully upload our class blog and keep it up to date! 

We have begun to design our own blog and discuss fiction texts that we are studying in class. 

Inspire Workshop

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We have been studying different types of reports in literacy and have tbought about how non-fiction writing has particular key elements. For our Inspire workshop (March 4th) will will be focusing on newspaper reports and how to compose a fascinating article! We are looking forward to working with parents and visitors on Tuesday morning in the Oaks hall at 9:00 am. See you then! 


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Our first week back after the holiday was action packed With a special visit from the educators at Think Tank! we we're extremelexecuted and were very keen to share our knowledge learnt during our Space topic! We looked at different star consolations and at the different planets in our solar system! it was truly out this world! 

Year 5 News

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Biscuit Project

This week we have made our own space biscuits and considered what ingredients and toppings we would like to use. We have designed our advertising posters and also thought about the packaging: having reviewed many biscuit packages, we decided what nutritional information we would need to provide and how we could attract the buyer using key advertising features. 

Persuasive Writing 

It is really amazing to see how much of the literature we read today is persuasive! We have considered a variety of writing genres and speaking and listening activities which use persuasive devices. Over the last two weeks we have identified different features of persuasive writing in magazine adverts, television, advert and Internet adverts. we have created a range of new products and begun to recognise how we can be easily manipulated subtly with advert promises! We all feel that we are a little bit wiser to advertising strategies and can confidently applppt his skill to our writing. 

Topic work

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Topic work This week we have begun our design technology project as part of our space themed work. We are going to design and make space themed biscuits! However there are many tasks and learning goals we must complete before we get to the tasting! In our first lesson we have thought about the biscuits we like and thought about their properties: colour, taste, shape and size! We are all very much looking forward to our project!

Explanation texts

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Literacy skills

This week we have produced explanation texts and thought carefully about how explanation texts are used in real life situations. we have designed our own games accessories and thought about how we can clearly expopera how they work! we have used a range of cause and effect connectives and used technical words in our writing! 

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