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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It's been a good first week back! I'm so pleased to see that so many of you have been reading avidly and have returned to school and already completed quizzes on the books you have read. Already children have earned stickers for their bookmarks and golden tickets for reading. Well done to Ethan and Tieghan who were our golden ticket winners last half term. I wonder which two lucky readers will win this half term's golden tickets?

This week letters for our Jodrell Bank trip were given out regarding our visit on 29th November. Slips and money to be handed in by Friday 24th November please. The trip will reinforce our work on the Earth and Space topic from last half term. At Jodrell Bank we'll see the giant Lovell telescope, visit the Space and Planet pavilions, go into the planetarium and take part in a Mars Rover workshop.

This week we also welcomed Mr Creighton to our class. He will be working with us up to Christmas and so the children may mention him at home.

Our resilient move of the week is to go to the park. We'll hear about those next week and if the children have got any photos to share then they can bring those in too!

 

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Year 5 have been working on a space dance with Miss Slater this half term in their PE lessons and today they were given the opportunity to perform their dance to Year 4 and I. 

Well done Year 5, it was great to see you working in unison for parts of the dance and then in small groups and individually. Miss Slater said that the ideas all came from the children and their knowledge of Space. Here's some photos...

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Well done to those children who have earned reading certificates for reading at home. As you can see they were very happy to receive their certificates and also an extra golden ticket for their efforts in their reading. Tomorrow we will be doing the golden ticket draw to see who will become our first golden ticket reading champions for this half term and will win a special prize...

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Thank you all so much for the generous gifts you all brought in for harvest. The children enjoyed the harvest mass with their Reception buddies and were great role models for them. Well done Year 5, I was so proud of you all and I know Miss Haggerty was too!

Our resilient move for the week ahead was picked out of our special box by Jack. The move is to spend time with a family member that you don't get to see that often. What a lovely idea! Last week we all enjoyed spending time with our families and thank you to the children who shared photos of them making their resilient moves. Tilly spent time picking pumpkins with her mum and dad in Preston - it looked so much fun I think I'm going to look into going there too. Sadie and her two sisters sat together cosily and watched a film together - lovely to see siblings enjoying time together and getting on so well! Thanks for sharing those with us girls!

Don't forget to get your reading recorded in your diary over the weekend to earn yourself some extra golden tickets. Next week we'll be picking out some golden ticket winners and this half term's book champions will win a great prize! Who will the Year 5 book champions be...?

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Thank you so much to those parents who were able to make the Year 5 parents meeting with the HeadStart team. Resilience coach, Rob, and his team have been coming in to class on a Friday to teach the children about being more resilient and will continue till Christmas. Don't worry if you couldn't make it this time as we've organised for Rob to come in again to speak to parents at the end of the programme in December when Year 5 will do a special assembly to share with the rest of the school, and you, what they've learnt about being resilient. Please ask your children about these sessions so that you can support them in their quest to become more resilient - you'll be surprised at how much they know already! Ask them about the special potions!

For more information/support, please see these recommended websites:

HeadStart

Boing Boing  

Some photos of the work they've done already...

 

One of the ideas to promote resilience, that has come from the sessions, was to make a resilient moves box. We made our box this week and each of us thought of a move that we could do and put it in our special box. When Rob came for the HeadStart session today we asked him to pick the first resilient move that we can all do over the weekend. The first resilient move, picked out by Gabrielle, was Archie's suggestion,

SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY THIS WEEKEND.

It would be lovely if the children could take a photo or write about what they did with their family - we can share our resilient moves on Monday. It will also be great for when we do our special assembly. Enjoy spending time with your family this weekend, I know I will!

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It has been a great start to the new school year.  Thank you to all those children who have already brought in their 'Me' boxes and have talked about themselves - it has been a pleasure getting to know the children this week.

We've already started to think about some of our new topics that we will be investigating this half term. Please have a look at Year 5s intro page where you will find the curriculum overview pages for this half term and a brief overview of our topics for the year.

In Year 5 we have also been discussing how we can 'grow our brains'. We're all striving to have a 'growth mindset' to ensure we have a positive approach to our work and know that the more effort we put into our work, the more we can achieve. Please ask your child to share with you what they know about having a growth mindset and ask them how they are going to 'grow their brain' this year. I have to say that I'm so impressed by Year 5s attitude already, they certainly do have a 'growth mindset' and so we're going to have lots of achievements to celebrate this year.

Here are photos of some of the children who have shared their 'Me' box already. More photos to follow ...

 

 

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Great first day Year 5, well done! Thank you to everyone who brought 'Me' boxes in this morning, we'll work hard to get through them over the coming days.

This morning Mrs Ramsden, our new swimming teacher from Palatine, came to meet the children this morning and talk through what they need to know. Swimming will be on Tuesdays (please see letter you received today). The children will come in their PE kit for the day and will need with them their swimming kit in a separate bag to their school bag. Girls will need a one-piece swimsuit and boys will need swimming trunks (please see photo of acceptable type as baggy swim shorts are not allowed), a towel, swim hat for all girls and boys who have a longer hair style or fringe and goggles if you return the signed goggles letter. The children will not need shampoo or shower gel as they will only have time to rinse and get dressed quickly ready to return to school. Please can the health forms be returned before Friday so they are ready for collection by the swimming teacher. If your child has asthma, inhalers will be taken to the pool by the teachers so please make sure your child has an up to date inhaler in school as soon as possible.

On PE and swimming days earrings will need to be left at home to avoid losing them as children are not allowed to swim or do PE with them in. 

Thank you.

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Welcome to Year 5. I trust you have all had a wonderful Summer holiday and are feeling refreshed and ready to start a new school year. I look forward to getting started on our new learning journey together and getting to know all of you better.

Our main topic this term will be Space. We will be exploring Earth and Space through Science  our creative writing will also link in with this topic. I hope to also arrange a Space related school trip later in this term which will be very exciting!

Just to let you know that Year 5 will have PE on Friday afternoons and swimming will take place each Tuesday morning throughout Year 5. The children will have their swimming induction with their swimming teacher in class on the first day back and will start swimming on Tuesday 12th September. Year 5 will be able to come to school on a Tuesday and Friday wearing their full PE kit. Please make sure that your child's PE kit, including jumper, is named to avoid confusion. 

 

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Well done to Lydia, Joseph, Harvey and Olivia who won our Everest Challenge. Each day each table (team) could earn points for their team through good work and behaviour and the winning team got to pop the balloon which contained details of their winning prize - Dominoes for lunch. The winning team worked very hard all term and were the deserved winners - well done!

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Well done to Grace, Anabel and Lydia who performed in Stratford-Upon-Avon at The Other Place. They received their certificates this week. Well done girls, we're very proud of you!

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During Monday's assembly, Oliver got a wonderful surprise when a teacher from St Mary's high school, Mr Heys, turned up to award him a certificate of achievement for his great acting at the Academy Extra Drama club. Mr Heys told us that Oliver has been attending the club all year and recently performed in two plays at the high school. What a great achievement! We are so proud of Oliver. Well done!

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Year 5 have had a wonderful day working with architect Derek Cox. The children used their plans they designed for homework to share their ideas, in a group of three, and to come up with one idea for a small outdoor writing hut that will be built on the KS1 playground next to the school garden. The children were then challenged to build a small model of their hut and evaluate their designs. The way the children worked as a team certainly impressed the teachers and their finished models were all great.

Some photos of the children at work...

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Year 5 had a wonderful taster day at St Mary's today. The children enjoyed activities based on the theme of Stewardship through different subjects: history, geography and RE. Have a look at some photos of the day...

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Year 5 homework is to complete a design board for a small shed-like structure that will be placed next to the garden in the KS1 playground. The small structure which will be built before the end of term, funded by the Tesco's 'Grow your own to grow your soul' project, will be used as an outside classroom space that groups of children can use, for example, a writing hut. Next week Year 5 will be working with the architect again and using their designs they will collaborate with the rest of their group to come up with one design  which they will then build a model for. Below are some links to design ideas that our architect has sent through for the children to look at - to get ideas for their own design planning. Please bring your finished, neatly presented design, by Wednesday 14th June. Thank you.

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