Today we had the privilege to have Mrs Williams, Leon's mum and secondary school art teacher, in our class for the whole morning. She came in to teach  art inspired by the work of Dean Crouser, Poul Beckman and Damien Hirst. The children worked really well and used the techniques Mrs Williams taught them to create some amazing art work that they were all really proud of.  Thank you Mrs Williams!

Have a look at what Year 5 produced...

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I can't believe how quickly the time has gone! We're almost at the end of the year and we're now busy learning about our last few topics in Year 5 before they move onto Year 6.

Year 5 have been studying materials and their properties in science and this week they have investigated irreversible changes - through our experiments we made casein plastic and carbon dioxide. In geography our focus is on North and South America and we have organised an itinerary for a specific group of travellers with particular interests. The children have chosen and located the places on a map and we are now learning about absolute location using latitude and longitude. In English the focus of their writing is play scripts and once they're finished, they'll hopefully get the chance to act them out to help evaluate the effectiveness of their stage directions and speech.

Can I just remind all of Year 5 of the importance to continue with their home reading? Let's see how many more quizzes you can all complete between now and the end of term. We'll continue to check diaries and award golden tickets for their efforts.

Just a few dates for your diary...

Sports Day - Thursday 5th July at approximately 9.30am

Water safety practical lesson - Tuesday 10th July (School swimming lesson) The children will need their usual swimming costume but they will also need a pair of shorts and t-shirt that they can swim in.

 

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Well done Year 5 for competing in the Blackpool Sumdog contest, I'm very proud of you all! The children came first place and won a 6 month premium Sumdog maths subscription. 

Well done Year 5 and now make sure you take advantage of this wonderful prize - get on Sumdog as much as you can to have fun and improve your maths!

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Well done to our reading champions for this half term. Keep up the good work Year 5!

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Well done to Maysie and Nathan for being our Golden ticket winners for reading...

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Congratulations to Eva in Year 5 who represented our school in the Blackpool Music Service Pop Idol competition on Tuesday night at Montgomery High School. Eva auditioned against a number of children in school over the last month and then went on to win our in school semi-final, performing in front of the whole school. The competition at Montgomery on Tuesday was fierce with lots of talented performers across Blackpool. Eva gave the most beautiful and confident performance, singing "Hallelujah", and we're so very proud of her achievements. Eva was presented with a medal from the judges, Radio presenters Ged Mills and Scott Gallagher.  Watch out for Eva in the future, she's going to be a star!

 It was so lovely to see so many of Eva's friends and their families who came to support her - Eva certainly had the biggest fan club! Thank you to all of you who came and a special thank you to Jessica for the wonderful banners.

It was so lovely to see so many of Eva's friends and their families who came to support her - Eva certainly had the biggest fan club! Thank you to all of you who came and a special thank you to Jessica for the wonderful banners.

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Thank you Year 5 for all your contributions to Barnardos charity as part of our class Lenten promise. Barnardos supports and encourages disadvantaged children to achieve success in their lives.

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Well done to all our reading champions this half term who completed their reading bookmarks for reading at home. Some children even managed to complete two! 

A big congratulations to Daisy and Matthew who were this half term's golden ticket winners for reading. Well done!

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Monday afternoon Year 5 celebrated finishing their Lenten book challenge. We sat in groups and enjoyed chatting about the book we had read. Well done Year 5!

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On Wednesday at 9.15am Year 5 will lead the whole school in a reflection on the Crucifixion of Jesus. We would like to invite those parents and grandparents who are able to, to join us in this short reflection of the events of Good Friday. Thank you.

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Well done to all the children in Year 5 who completed their 1000 Sumdog questions! We were in 1st place for half of the week and on the Friday we were awarded a certificate of merit for being a daily winner. Well done! Overall, at the end of the competition, we came 4th place in the competition and we are determined that we will get 1st place in the Summer term by ensuring we all complete all the questions. Well done Year 5!

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For those children who are taking the Bikeability training this week, here is a copy of the letter sent home today...

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For Lent Year 5 made their own Lenten promises which we have displayed in class to remind us to keep them… 

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In class we have been looking at the qualities of being a follower of Jesus and have looked at the Beatitudes and other teachings of Jesus. It is for this reason the children have also decided to make another promise…

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I would be very grateful if each member of Year 5 could donate one piece of unwanted clothing before the end of term so that we can fulfil our collective Lenten promise. We have chosen Barnardo's as our charity as it links in with "Street Child" that many of the children have chosen as their Lenten reading challenge. Thomas Barnardo first set up Barnardo's during the Victorian period when he met a street child called Jim Jarvis who the novel is based upon. Thank you so much for your support. 

Year 5 also came up with a great idea for a reading challenge for Lent. We've decided to form a book club and so by the end of term, alongside our normal reading, we - Mrs McVey, Mrs Hodgkiss, Mrs McCooey and all of Year 5 - will read one of three books. The three books we have chosen to read from are: Street Child, War Horse and The Demon Headmaster. In the last week before we break up, we will share our thoughts about the books and discuss what we liked and disliked about them. I'm so pleased with the enthusiasm the children showed - I wouldn't be surprised if they read all three!

 

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We've been celebrating the reading we've been doing using our new reading scheme..

Our top five readers in Year 5 since September:

           1                        Sophie               441,882 words

           2                       Joshua               281,205 words

           3                       Gabrielle            250,245 words

           4                       Eva                    206,076 words

           5                       Daisy                 197,541 words   

Our top five readers in Year 5 this half term:

            1                        Gabrielle            157,736 words

            2                       Nathan               78,305 words

            3                       Daisy                  72,965 words

            4                       Tilly                    69,429 words

            5                       Joshua               64,151 words   

Well done to all the children above! Keep up with the reading Year 5, I want to see more children reading daily, getting their diaries signed and reading bookmarks filled. Our reading challenge is to read 1,000,000 words each by the end of Year 5 - come on Year 5 I know you can do it!

Children who have completed their reading bookmarks this half term are:

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Our golden ticket winners this half term were Jessica and Niamh, well done girls! Golden tickets are awarded to children when they read three times. Then at the end of each half term we pick two winners.

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Year 5 celebrated Safer Internet Day today. The theme this year is 'Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you' to encourage everyone to make positive choices online. The children discussed how they connect with friends and family online and thought about the effect that their behaviour online can have on their own feelings, and the feelings of other people.

Year 5 came up with their own ideas for how we should connect safely and positively online and made their own fortune tellers to share these with friends and family at home.

Please see the information sheet for parents from the Uk Safer Internet Centre that came home with your child tonight. It gives online resources that parents can go to for advice and support to keep your family safe online. 

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Wow! Where has the time gone? I can't believe half term is already upon us. The children have been working hard...

We've been studying one of Shakespeare's tragedies, Macbeth. The children have enjoyed exploring the battle scene through active approaches and have used this to write descriptions using powerful vocabulary and imagery. They've considered the prophecies the witches delivered to Macbeth and have planned the writing of a letter to Lady Macbeth. 

In history we have been studying the Ancient Greeks. The children have looked at the Ancient Greek timeline and how it fits within history. They've looked at how and why the Greek empire grew and have compared the Ancient Greek political system with how democracy works today in modern Britain. Last week the children investigated how how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources e.g. Greek vases.

This half term the children have been looking at the 3D work of Alberto Giacometti and have used his work to inspire their own pieces of work. They're not quite finished yet but the children have done a great job so far...

In computing the children have been looking at our new unit on cryptography and so far we've had a go at using cyphers to send secret messages and the children have also had a go at sending and receiving messages in semaphore and have learnt about, and used, morse code.

 

 

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Here are our reading champions for the end of Autumn term, well done!

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Please can I remind all of Year 5 of the expectation to read regularly and get your diaries signed. It is important that you are reading and taking the quizzes on your books regularly in order to improve your reading comprehension skills. Well done to those of you who are completing quizzes regularly and earning your stickers for your bookmarks and golden tickets for our half termly prize draw. At the end of this half term I'd like to see the whole class with reading certificates.

Well done to Eva and Lillia who won December's golden ticket draw! They won a ticket each to Ascent Trampoline Park - have fun girls!

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To conclude our space topic, the children were challenged to a series of activities which ultimately led them to planning, designing and making a moon buggy. Take a look at what they did...

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We've had another good week. The highlight of our week was a trip to Jodrell Bank - the children were impeccably behaved and they showed off their great knowledge and understanding of our Space topic. Here are some photos of our trip...

On Friday the children also continued with their resilience training. This week they worked together as a team to make a pyramid of paper cups... but they weren't allowed to touch the cups directly! The children had to use different materials to help them stack the cups (blue tac, straws, elastic bands and foil). Take a look...

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Where is the time going? I can't believe we're almost half way through this half term already!

This week we've continued with the work on our local area. The children collected so much data from their field work and so they've been analysing it to learn more about our local area. They've also used digital mapping software to make their own map and highlighted findings and features on their map.

In Science the children have been studying forces and have already investigated the effects of gravity and friction. This week the children have planned their own investigation into air resistance. Unfortunately the weather was so bad during our lesson this week that they'll carry out their experiments next week.

On Friday Rob from Headstart came in and the children learnt another resilient move to help them become more resilient in difficult situations. The focus of the lesson was to identify positives in different situations and to understand the concept of hope and looking to the future. To help them remember this the children all made their own rose tinted glasses and they decorated them with positive messages. 

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Reminder that on Wednesday 29th November is Year 5's visit to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Macclesfield. Our visit will include time at both the planet and space pavilions, entrance to an inflatable planetarium and a Mars Rover workshop.

Due to the distance, the coach is booked to leave school promptly at 8.15am so we would appreciate if the children could all be in school by 8.00am. We will have a picnic lunch at the centre and depending on traffic, we expect to return to school for 3.30pm. Children are asked to take their packed lunch in a named carrier bag which can then be disposed of at the site. Children can wear their school PE kit on this day for comfort, but please ensure that the children bring a waterproof coat in case of poor weather as part of our visit will involve being outside.

Thank you to those of you who have already brought in permission slips and money for the trip. If you haven't yet replied, please can you do so as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs McVey

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