Friday 16th March
The Body Coach – Joe Wicks
We have participated in fitness week via a live link each morning at 10am, where the Body Coach devised 5 different daily HIIT sessions.
We began our week highly motivated and eager, we then wilted a little and felt the strains, sweat, aches and pains, however we battled through and finished on a high.
The sessions for each day can be found on ‘The Body Coach TV’ and we have gained ‘shout outs’ on Tuesday and Friday. If the children wish to continue with the exercises at home then they can do so.
Year 5 then continued with the fitness theme and each afternoon we spent 20 minutes playing tag, using rugby as our influential factor and using our agility skills, speed, coordination and balance to work as a team and as individuals to gain tags. Mrs Robson and I decided to participate and were totally out ran and out manoeuvred. We will be continuing with this next week as long as the weather holds.
Pictures from our trip to Liverpool – The World Museum and The Philharmonic
We had a fantastic day and our children’s behaviour was exceptional.
Keeping with the fitness theme we have also been enjoying our active maths sessions where the children have worked together to produce answers to a number of division questions. Each group ensured that their team understood each question and worked systematically explaining and discussing methods and workings.
Learning log – mission 6. Due in Thursday 29th March.mission 6
Reading – Chapter 9 & 10. Due Monday 19th March.
Fitness and times table challenges – due in Monday 19th March. HIIT
Spelling – learn spellings for Monday 19th March.
After school clubs
Netball will begin again after Easter for KS2 only.
Football will begin again after Easter for KS2 only.
Year 5 School Trip – Wednesday 14th March – Floral Pavilion
We have been invited, along with year 4 to attend a Calday Grange Grammar School performance of Arabian Nights. The details of our trip are attached below. Please bear in mind that we do require a payment of £2.50 towards our transportation costs via our online system by Monday 12th March. Hopefully it will be a fantastic morning and the children will enjoy their experience.
Friday 2nd March 2018
Welcome back to school.
A rather short term leading up to Easter and so we have so much to do and to look forward to!
We have planned a visit to Liverpool World Museum, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and the Floral Pavilion.
Monday 5th March – Liverpool World Museum, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING IN YOUR PACKED LUNCHES.
Wednesday 14th March – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. Calday’s Performance of Arabian Nights. Details will be confirmed next week. It will be a morning performance and the children will return to school in time for lunch.
- Maths – Division by 10, 100 and 1,000 of numbers and 2dp, 3dp, 4dp numbers. Using the children’s knowledge and applying their techniques to problem solving. Using different tools to aid their understanding.
- Continued to read our class novel ‘The Demon Head master’ with the children really starting to understand the language of the text and using their newly developed inference skills to aid their group discussions.
- Our fitness was tested this week as we were all fully engaged in PE this week with the children enjoying a Joe Wicks School Workout. My legs are still sore, but the children showed just how fit they are.
- Discussed individual liberty and our rights. The children were keen to listen to our new school rules and were not pleased that they were being told and instructed how to act, what to wear and what they should believe in! They gave some excellent suggestions as to why this is wrong and listened to how for some people this is life. They also understood that parents, teachers, medical professionals and police are all there to keep us safe and help us. We read the rights from the Human Rights Act 1988 and discussed additional rights that applied to the children in school and at home. We will be continuing with this next week.
- WORLD BOOK DAY. We looked at each other’s favourite books, completed the book competition, matching teachers to their favourite children’s book. We had some interesting matches. However congratulations to two members of our class who lead the way and won the whole school competition. The whole school also created a story which started in Nursery and then throughout the day moved up the school, with each class adding a paragraph. Our focus was on our books as we produced a character profile and a book review. We had a great day.
World Book Day Competition:
Spring Half Term
We are halfway through our spring term already! Wow how time flies.
We began our week with the final day of bike ability training, where our children learnt how to ride their bikes proficiently and most importantly they learnt how to stay safe when riding on the road. The behaviour of our class was fantastic and we received such lovely positive feedback from all of the instructors. The children were presented with their badges and certificates in celebration assembly. Excellent effort everyone.
This week we have also progressed with our debate topic and experimented with a range of adverbials and modal verbs. The children showed great enthusiasm with each argument and thought deeply about each point they were expressing by using facts and opinions and even statistics. We have discussed CCTV, detention, continental timetables, finishing school aged 14 and gaming devices and whether they should be part of the curriculum? We have also discussed silly arguments based on the Billy Goats Gruff tale, the Gingerbread man, all the kings men, spiders, parks and children. Each group listened and discussed ideas before transferring each point onto paper and developing their paragraphs to create cohesion!
Maths was a little different this week as we had a mixture of Olympic problems which focused on time, WODB images to analyse and discuss, division with 10, 100 and 1,000. Then to finish off we played a range of maths games which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
Geography has also flowed this week as we have started work on rivers and the journey they make from the source to the mouth. We have looked at the River Clyde and River Severn and also named our local rivers, rivers in the UK and the rest of the world. The children played a game to help them learn the new key words and match them to the correct definitions.
- Complete the Rivers of the World Map.
- Learn spelling from year 5/6 list.
- Take part in our extreme reading challenge.
We are inviting you all (including parents) to take part in Pensby’s Extreme Reading Challenge.
Think about different, exciting, fun and SAFE places you can enjoy a book.
Children – tell your parent/carer your idea and ask them if they can take a photograph of you reading your book in your ‘extreme’ place.
Please bring your photograph into school and share your idea with the rest of the class and the school .
Have fun extreme reading!
Year 5 Trip to Liverpool – Monday 5th March 2018
Royal Philharmonic/Liverpool World Museum: Year 5 and 6 are extremely lucky to once again be attending the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Schools’ concert entitled ‘Come to Your Senses’ at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on Monday 5th March.
Your senses will be wowed by this performance by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Alasdair Malloy! Come along to listen to classical music, watch the orchestra in action, and taste the excitement in the air at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall! Pupils will enjoy an exciting, educational, music-filled experience linked to the National Curriculum, including the opportunity to sing as a massed choir accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
The performance is in the afternoon, so we have decided to make a full day of it! We have booked for Year 5 and 6 to spend the morning at the ‘Liverpool World Museum’. Each class will visit the planetarium to watch ‘Two Small Pieces of Glass’ and have the opportunity to visit all the other exhibits in the museum. We will be having lunch at the museum before being transported to the Royal Philharmonic Hall for the concert. How exciting!
Enjoy your half term!
We return to school Monday 26th February 2018
Friday 9th February
Our first week of Bike Ability was very successful despite the freezing cold conditions, as all of the children enjoyed their first day of training. However I think they will be better prepared for Monday’s session with extra layers and gloves! Please remember to bring these in. We have received lovely comments from external tutors about our children’s behaviour.
Bike Ability – Monday 12th February. Please remember to come to school dressed according to the weather conditions and remember your helmets.
Wednesday 14th February – we will be visiting Pensby High School as they will be staging a musical performance of Grease. This will be a morning performance and we will return to school in time for lunch.
Thursday 15th February – PTA Valentines disco will take place in the hall with KS2’s disco starting at 4.30pm and finishing at 5.30pm. Details regarding payments can be found on the newsletter, which is on the office page.
Maths – we have continued with multiplication and reasoned our way through multiplying decimals by 10, recognising and using thousandths and relating them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents. We have also worked on writing our own real life examples using some of our calculations, with some of our children feeling so confident with their skills they were able to coach and support others.
Literacy – ‘Should teachers give children detention after school?’ This formed the basis of our discussions this week, along with the children noting the arguments for and against and experimenting with modal verbs and adverbials.
Spanish – reviewing numbers 1 – 31 to try and secure via Lotto games.
PE – continuing with strengthening and conditioning exercises in Yoga and using Mine craft as our feature this week.
Space – Geocentric Vs Heliocentric and the story of the Solar System according to many different scientists.
Homework this week is to learn spellings for Mondays review, complete the scientist fact file for Wednesday and read please.
Learning Logs were due in today – FRIDAY 9TH FEBRUARY. Please remember to hand them in on Monday if they need finishing off over the weekend.
Some of the missions look great and I can’t wait to read through them.
Friday 2nd February
We have had a very busy 5 days, with a familiar face popping in to teach the class.
We moved closer to securing our multiplication skills, especially x 10, 100 and 1,000, as well as using decimals. The children have also worked in groups to apply their multiplication and tables knowledge to a number of reasoning and problem solving tasks. We also experienced many light bulb moments as we worked through written methods of multiplication and tried to become more efficient by using the vertical method this week.
We have held a debate in class and discussed arguments for and against the use of CCTV in schools and within classrooms. This led to the children presenting their views and opinions but also involved researching and understanding factual information and then deciding which argument to record in their books as a persuasive piece of writing.
The children are also excited about starting ‘The Demon Headmaster’ which is our class novel.
The first chapter set as part of this weeks homework. Already a large number of the class have reported that parents also enjoyed reading this book or know of it. Hopefully you can support the children with comprehension tasks as we go?
This week we have introduced modal verbs with the children participating in a quiz to test their knowledge and understanding.
Our second space topic involved a rather interesting method of retrieving information from each other (about planets) in order to produce a factual poster on the solar system. Please ask your children about this, as we played it twice!
- Spellings – learn ready for spelling review on Monday.
- Reading – read 1st chapter of Demon Headmaster and also record additional reading from the week and the weekend.
- Learning log – designing an ecological house, mission details inside the learning log. Due in Friday 9th February.
- Grammar – CGP books – Adverbs, pg 14 and 15. Due in Monday.
Bike ability starts Monday 5th February and then the following Monday 12th February. Children will need their bikes, helmets and appropriate clothing, especially if the weather is cold and showery. The children can walk their bikes into school each Monday and walk them around to the year 5 rear door, leaving them neatly against the walls or benches. Helmets and clothing can be stored in the classroom with the children.
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 26th January
This week in year 5 we have been developing our skills and learning about…
- Instructions – we edited our work from the previous week and helped each other to further improve our diary entries before we began our next task. Our next task was to read through a set of examples and explore the features of instructions and compare them to other styles of writing that we have covered so far. We learnt how to annotate our sample text and then used this as a basis for our writing plan. We worked together to produce a checklist that we can follow and use as our success criteria.
- DY/Literacy/Maths – we used a set of instructions and in groups we made batches of delicious shortbread biscuits. This linked with the discussions we had for Burns Night, maths and conversions of weight using kilograms and grams and literacy, with the children writing their own set of instructions.
- Maths – Measure, weight and time. The children have revised their skills using 24 hour and 12 hour times and converting them, as well as answering a number of unusual time problems. The children used the weighing scales to measure their ingredients for the shortbread and also worked out how many children should be in each group, how many biscuits they should make and how much they need to measure per group. The children have also decided to start a time project to work out how much time we spend completing different activities during the day as part of their maths lessons for next week. We have also worked with decimals this week and tested our multiplication skills and place value knowledge.
- PE – we are developing our core strength and really perfecting our posture with our yoga sessions. The children are working hard and are securing some of the most popular positions, such as the tree, mountain and warrior II poses.
- Spanish – we are still working to secure our knowledge of numbers 1 – 31, but we are getting there.
- Spellings are starting to improve, please keep trying and learn a few each night if possible as this makes it so much easier.
Bike ability starts Monday 5th February and then the following Monday 12th February. Children will need their bikes, helmets and appropriate clothing, especially if the weather is cold and showery. The children can walk their bikes into school each Monday and walk them around to the year 5 rear door, leaving them neatly against the walls or benches. Helmets and clothing can be stored in the classroom with the children.
Friday 19th January 2018
This week in year 5……..
- Diary writing – using Anne Frank’s famous diary the children have developed a real empathy and true understanding of her life. We have read through a number of extracts from her diary, read different articles, looked at the official web page, made notes and finished the week with an independent writing task.
- Maths – securing our ability to calculate area and perimeter, learning the relationship between mg, g, kg and t (tonnes). We have also completed a number of problem solving activities and not to mention practising our times tables.
- Geography – locating cities within the UK, understanding economic activity within the UK and how land is used for rural farming.
- Science – we began our Earth and Space topic by discussing evidence based on 2 arguments. The children were asked to organise evidence that supported the theory that the earth is flat or that the earth is spherical. We had some interesting ideas.
- Spanish – reviewed numbers from 1 – 31 and enjoyed a game of BINGO!
Homework – this week the children have been asked to complete the second part of their maths activity – weight, along with 2 activities from their CPG Books – Reading and Grammar, set A, test 1.
Bike ability forms need to be handed in Monday 22nd January.
Homeless Project 2018
As part of our work on developing links within the community and thinking of others, we have developed links with Wirral’s Homeless Angels, to help to provide food for the homeless people of Wirral – you can find further information and/or follow their page on Facebook https://www.neighbourly.com/wirralshomeless/feed.
Each month a different class of ‘Mini-Angels’ will work with Mrs Humphreys to cook meals for the homeless, developing their own cookery, hygiene and health skills as part of their work. This month it is the turn of our ‘Tiny-Angels’ in EYFS who will be preparing the meals and I know Miss Grant and Mrs Embery have already mentioned this on their webpages. You will be notified by the classteacher when your child will be cooking. In order to enable us to carry this project out, we are asking for a donation of £1 per child to buy the ingredients for the meals and this is payable online, through our Tucasi system. We also require plastic ‘takeaway’ style containers to put the food in, so that it can be reheated at the Shelter, so if you have any that you could donate, we would be extremely grateful. We would also be interested in hearing from any local businesses who may wish to make additional donations to enable us to support this cause.
Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to speak to either myself or your child’s classteacher.
Many thanks for your support
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND WELCOME BACK!
We hope you had a lovely Christmas break and we would like to say a big thank you for your kind and generous gifts.
This term we will focusing on the following….
- Diaries and reports – looking at a famous diary of a young girl in WW2 – Anne Frank and reading extracts from her famous diary. We will be looking at features of how a diary which will include looking at tense, root words, describing events and placing them in chronological order and also learning how to describe feelings and thoughts by writing our own extracts.
- Instructions – reading different examples and understanding features such as imperative verbs and time connectives.
- Play scripts – Reading the story of Romeo and Juliet and then selecting scenes to transform into their own script.
- Maths – measure is our focus where we will be experimenting and testing different units of measure and linking them with our science. As well as reviewing multiplication and division.
- Science – Earth and Space is our topic this term. The children will be learning about spherical bodies, planets, Geocentric v Heliocentric, night and day and the movement of the moon.
- Geography – Study of UK – counties, cities, rivers and mountains, which will include the water cycle and the journey of a river, economic activity and a study of the local area.
- History – British history and in particular Parliament and crime & punishment over time, which we can also link with British values.
- Art – Sketches and being able to develop shading and sketching skills using the fantastic buildings in Liverpool as the main influence and learning about the history of those buildings. Linking maths with our artwork through tessellations, symmetry and translations of different shapes.
- DT – we will be baking this term and trying different WW2 recipes, creating pizzas which will link with maths – fractions, money and ratio. We hope to have enough time to also try some of our favourite recipes.
We are all looking forward to the spring term as we have a number of exciting activities planned.
Bikeability – The dates have been confirmed as Monday 5th February and Monday 12th February 2018. The letter and response form is attached below. The slips need to be signed and returned to school please. We would also like to ask parents to help check the children’s bikes to ensure the brakes are in good condition, bikes are of the correct size, with tyres pumped and of course all children must have a helmet. This is non-negotiable! Children who are taking part will be asked to arrive at school with their bikes, helmet and appropriate clothing as requested in the letter below.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Monday March 5th. Year 5 and 6 will be visiting the World Museum in Liverpool and will then travel across to enjoy a performance from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the afternoon. Letters will be posted soon with all of the details.
Science under the stars is returning again this year – Thursday 25th January, 4 – 6pm at Heswall Primary School.
It is a fantastic opportunity for children and parents to explore and enjoy a range of scientific educational stalls and activities hosted by different UK scientific organisations. All the details are enclosed below.
The children have also been asked to learn the vocals to the song that has been selected for this years Science Under the Stars. The link and the vocals to ‘Rainbow Warrior’ can also be accessed below.
Homework – This week the children have completed 2 pages in their CGP blue punctuation books and will be set maths revision on Friday 12th January to complete and hand in on Monday 15th January 2018. The maths homework will be a review of perimeter and area of irregular shapes.
Learning logs will be marked and returned next week along with the next mission. Thank you for your efforts over the Christmas break. I am looking forward to reading them.
Set: 15/12/17 Christmas Traditions around the world 09/01/18
There are many different traditions at Christmas with some families following some of their own. There are also many different traditions that are celebrated around the world. Your fourth mission is to find out about these traditions and present your findings creatively. Also think about the true meaning of Christmas and how this is celebrated throughout the world. Consider how Christmas has changed over time and what value it has for people today. Try to remember the discussions and work we have completed in class – ‘The Greatest Gift.’
Have fun and enjoy your mission.
This week in Year 5
So far this week we have been busy little elves as we have continued with our curriculum festivities. The children are very excited as they are looking forward to their Christmas performances, their Christmas lunch and the Christmas Fair. This will be taking place in school on Friday 15th December just for the children….so please don’t forget to bring your money as there will be lots of great stalls.
We have been working on our unicorn bark so that it’s ready for the fair and they look great.
We have also been continuing with our Christmas Card embroidery and they are coming along nicely. They will look fantastic once the children have added the finishing touches.
We have also progressed with our statistics in maths as we have completed 3 different coordinate activities. This was a challenge at first, especially drawing their own axis, but we got there in the end. We also reviewed our number work by looking at cubed numbers and used models to represent our thinking.
Unfortunately we were not able to enjoy the snow as much as we would have liked, but it felt like Christmas and it looked lovely. Our children were very responsible and mature.
Please click on the link below to view the letter about our exciting trip planned for next week…
Christmas Performance 2017
Costumes – black trousers, skirts, tights, jogging pants, leggings, white t-shirts or shirts and then silver, blue or red tinsel to decorate and match our country, the United States of America. As we will be performing ‘White Christmas.’
Tuesday 12th December – Dress Rehearsal, 9.30am and 2pm
Wednesday 13th December – Performance, 2pm and 5pm
Friday 1st December
Christmas count down – 23 days
Homework – continue to work on learning logs and mission 3 – Natural Disasters – ready to hand in on Friday 8th December.
Maths homework is to review our work on multiples, factors and prime numbers by completing the questions on the sheets provided and to be handed in on Monday.
Reading Diary – needs to be signed and reading needs to be recorded from this week and the weekend please.
Spelling – lists were handed out on Monday 27th November for each group to learn throughout the week and weekend ready for our review on Monday afternoon.
Maths this week involved multiples and factors, with the children really trying to develop and secure their times table skills and use their knowledge through investigational activities. We then decided to have a little fun by trying a few of our brain buster games.
In literacy we completed our letters to Father Christmas which were very persuasive and interesting to read, especially learning how each family has certain family traditions on Christmas Eve. We extended our letter writing to include a video that focused on ‘The Greatest Gift.’ The children discussed and offered opinions on what is the greatest gift we could ask for this Christmas and what we could give to someone else. We then decided to record our ideas as an additional paragraph. I must admit we had some lovely suggestions.
The latest newsletter is now available to read on our main school webpage and this will also include important dates for your diary.
Friday 24th November
This week in year 5 we have been wearing our creative hats as the children have produced some outstanding pieces of art ready for their exhibition. The standard throughout the school was exceptionally high and our children should be proud of their achievements.
The exhibition looked amazing and the atrium was full of parents. Thank you to all of our parents who attended last nights exhibition.Your support, as always was fantastic, thank you.
We focused our display on the artist Steven Brown, a modern day Scottish artist who paints animals using bright, vibrant colours. The children decided to choose their favourite animals or try and create something similar to Steven Browns work but with their own unique style.
This week in maths we have improved and developed our multiplication skills and carried out investigations and tested theories based on multiples, prime numbers and cubed numbers.
Homework – Learning log – Natural Disasters. Mission 3 is to research and show your knowledge and understanding of Natural Disasters. You will need to detail what a natural disaster is, how they occur and the potential causes and even the consequences to both humanity and the environment. You might want to detail the worst national disasters, where in the world they happen or are most common and the most recent disasters? Ensure your work is detailed and set out neatly. You may wish to use pictures, drawings or diagrams as well as writing? Be as creative as you can. I am really looking forward to reading your work.
Please remember to learn your spellings and read. Then get parents/guardians to sign homework diaries.
Have a lovely weekend. Only 30 sleeps until Christmas!!!
Pensby Primary School Art Exhibition 2017
Please read the attached letter below regarding our exciting art event on Thursday 23rd November 2017. Orders can now be placed online and forms can be downloaded.
Friday 10th November
Homework – this week is to continue with our learning logs, mission 2, which is due in 17/11/17 please. Also complete pages 4,5,6 & 7 in your spelling books, plurals and double consonants which is due in Monday. As well as learning your spellings and reading.
This week we have finished our maths topic, addition and subtraction and took part in a problem solving circuit. This involved working in pairs and children discussed the information; in particular what they know, what they need to find out and how they will go about doing this to achieve the right answer. Then showing and explaining their methods.
We have discussed our ideas for the time capsule as we plan to bury the school capsule at the new retirement residential area that is currently being constructed in Pensby. The children have produced a 2017 poster detailing such things as popular TV programmes, films, music, sports, the cost of living in 2017 and main stories that have hit the headlines in 2017. The children continued with this theme and tried to forecast what life might be like in 2077 when the time capsule will be opened. There were a lot of interesting ideas.
We have started to work on our masterpieces ready for Pensby Primary Schools Art Exhibition 2017, Thursday 23rd November, times TBC. Details for this event will be available next week. Year 5 have been inspired by the vibrant colours and animal theme of Scottish artist Steven Brown. So far they have really perfected their ideas and understood that patience is key in producing an excellent piece of artwork. They are all really enthused and excited.
Friday 3rd November
Author Event at Thingwall Primary School
Year 5 and 6 have been invited to attend an author event at Thingwall on Wednesday 8th November. We will be having an early lunch, walk to Thingwall for 1.30pm, participate in the author event and return to school ready for home time.
Congratulations to our year 4/5 Football Team as they won their first match of the season and were outstanding. We are exceptionally proud of you all.
Year 5 finished their first session of swimming lessons today and were really excited. They all had a splashing time.
We were amazed by the high standard of work and effort from all of our year 5 class, as their RMS Titanic mission was excellent. The books were literally bursting with information, photographs and drawings. We thoroughly enjoyed reading them.
This weeks homework – Learning Log mission 2 – Set 03.11.17 and due in 17.11.17
Your next mission is to research WW2 spies and espionage. The success of WW2 was not just attributed to the bravery of our nation, skill of our military but the information collected by undercover spies. Many of our allies worked together and created code names for operations or each other. They communicated through codes and hidden messages. Some of the spies became famous for their work, such as, The White Mouse or Nancy Wake. Your mission is to research different spies and note their contribution to WW2, their skills, codenames, and explain the benefits of international morse code etc. You may include photographs, images, drawings. Good luck.
Spelling and Reading – learn your spellings ready for Mondays review and remember to bring in your signed reading records.
We have been working hard to organise our writing this week by securing our use of paragraphs, especially for our extended writing task. We played a few games and organised themes into different groups to represent paragraphs and then applied this thinking to our theme. This weeks theme was our class time capsule which we are planning to create and bury within the school grounds, with the hope that this will be discovered and opened in 2077! The children made notes, planned their ideas together in small groups, which then enabled them to write and inform children of 2077 of what life is like at Pensby Primary School in 2017.
We have tried to finish our DT topic this week, with our paper mache models requiring additional touch ups so that the painting stage can begin. The children have worked in pairs or groups of 3 to make a visual image of the Dunkirk beaches during Operation Dynamo.
Maths has been much more active this week as we have tried to review our number skills with addition and subtraction using mental and written methods and then transferring those skills to help solve problems.
We are also preparing for our school art exhibition and have decided to use Steven Brown as our inspiration. The children will choose their favourite animal or one from Steven Brown’s collection and create their painting using his vibrant style. More information will be sent home to parents next week, however please keep Thursday 23rd November free as this will be our grand opening.
Friday 20th October
Football Match – Year 4/5 Corgi Cup – Pensby v Lingham (away) KO 3.30pm. Please contact the school office or Mrs Gilleece if any squad members need further information.
Homework – to complete learning log mission 1 based on the RMS Titanic. We are expecting some wonderful projects so that we can share our findings and swap information. Please also continue to read throughout next week and record this in your homework diaries.
Sporting opportunities for our children during the half term – Mini Olympians Athletics Club
Thursday 12th October
This week we have introduced our learning log and our first mission. The children seemed to be really excited by the idea and are keen to get started. We have decided to cover RMS Titanic and the children have two weeks to complete their task. We will begin by decorating the front cover of the logs so that they have a personal touch, then the children will begin their research based on the mission over the weekend as homework. The books will then be returned home on Monday 16th October and the children can begin to put their ideas into their books. To be handed in Monday 30th October.
Please remember to bring in white t- shirts tomorrow to decorate ready for the neon disco Thursday 19th October. Parents evening – Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th October.
Friday 6th October
‘Work hard, have fun, make a difference.’
Time flies when your having fun! We have really enjoyed our lessons this week.
We have worked tirelessly to improve and become much more efficient at editing our writing. This has been tough but beneficial, as the children can see how this improves their work. We will continue to build our skills within this area next week.
Maths – our focus has been to compare and order numbers to a million, round numbers to a million and use different representations to show different values. The children have had the opportunity this week and this term, to develop their competency and skill base in a variety of ways. So this includes using concrete objects and manipulate them to understand what they are doing, pictorial methods to help reason and solve problems.
History, DT, Geography – Evacuation of Dunkirk.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the evacuation and as a result have started to construct models from boxes, lego and paper mache to form different Dunkirk scenes. So far we have decided upon the 3 Harbours, decorating them with little ships and destroyers.
Complete the sentences using different conjunctions and adverbs, whilst practising your handwriting skills. Due in Monday 9th October.
Spelling – learn your spellings ready for our review Monday 9th October.
Reading – complete your reading diaries and ask parents to sign, this also includes parents/guardians signing off homework.
Thursday 28th September
Homework – set Thursday 28th September and due in Monday 2nd October
Using our new CGP books this weeks task is to complete the following;
- Comprehension pg 6/7 – Why Recycle?
- Punctuation pg 31 – Bullet points and dashes.
- Grammar pg 12 and 13 – Adjectives.
- Read – record reading with parents/family in your homework diaries.
Please remember to work with family to explain and show them what you know and don’t be afraid of asking for help or support. Ask parents to sign your books to ensure that your homework is complete.
This week in year 5;
- Negative numbers – addition and subtraction using different representations.
- Rounding – revisiting rounding to nr 10, 100, 1,000 and 10,000.
- Numbers over 10,000.
- Silent letters and the rules we should try and remember to follow to help us with our spelling skills.
- Editing our work – becoming much more efficient with spellings and using dictionaries to help us.
- Bullet points – why we use them, how we use them and the type of writing we can use them for.
- Dunkirk – why this event in WW2 history is so significant, details of the battle, the evacuation, ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ and the miracle of Dunkirk.
- Science – testing materials. ‘Which materials will dissolve into a liquid to form a solution.’ We tested 11 materials to help us answer our enquiry question.
Friday 22nd September
We have continued with place value in maths with the children using their reasoning skills and gaining a deeper understanding of number by developing their knowledge through rounding, ordering, counting and revisiting roman numerals.
We have also enjoyed our active maths, improving our fluency and fitness.
The children have taken a keen interest in our history topic – WW2 and in particular the important battles. We have started with Winston Churchill, with the children learning how significant his role and leadership skills were during WW2. This became our focus for writing this week. The children worked in small groups to collect and retrieve information and present their findings to each other before they write it up.
We have also made progress with our class display using printing and shading to create a whole class master piece – well we hope!
Homework this week – revise and review rounding skills from our numeracy lessons this week and then to prepare for next weeks DT topic, along with spellings and reading. Homework details are attached below.
Friday 15th September
This week in maths we have focused on improving our confidence with numbers – Place Value. We have developed our maths help desk with equipment that will aid and support our learning and we have started to use our working wall. It has been fun to try and present numbers using pictorial methods of recording which has helped to promote their visual skills, which then aids them with the knowledge and understanding when attempting to answer questions. They have then attempted to make connections between their knowledge base and their ability to work out and answer problems.
The children seem to have a passion for writing – which is fantastic. They have used a picture to inform their extended write this week and have enjoyed the freedom of producing their own descriptive pieces. We are working hard to improve our writing and progress by deciding upon the ‘success criteria’ for each piece.
Homework – Thursday 14th September
Parents Meetings – Wednesday 13th September, 9.10am or 3pm
Information from our meeting can be found by clicking on the link below.
Welcome to Year 5 – 2017/2018
We have enjoyed getting to know each other during our first few days together. Hopefully the children have returned home and informed you of what they have been up to. It may take a week or so for them to get used to our routines, but we will discuss this during our parents meetings next week. We look forward to meeting you all on Wednesday 13th September at 9am or 3pm. Please come along if you can.
Year 5 have plenty to look forward to this term and we have already started to work on our displays, maths skills, Spanish, creative writing and our class rules. The children have demonstrated their eagerness already as they have all produced a good piece of writing, based on classroom superheroes. They have been introduced to their new responsibilities which include play leader duties at lunch time along with subject and classroom monitors.
Congratulations to Ashlea who earned a treat from the weekly box for the highest score over the first 3 days.
Homework – To read, complete and learn the Spanish greetings ready for our lesson next week. This is due in on Monday please with parents/guardians signing homework diaries.
Our morning maths – emoji algebra theme this week.
Class rules – we enjoyed our discussions, with the children presenting their ideas to each other in teams and with confidence .
To our wonderful year 5 class of 2016 and 2017, thank you for a memorable year. Enjoy your summer holidays and come back feeling revived and refreshed. Thank you for our lovely gifts and cards we appreciate your kind words and your support during the school year. Good luck and enjoy your time in Year 6. Remember we are only next door if you need us!
Food tasting afternoon
Oaklands Visit – 2018
Initial letter to parents – Oaklands initial letter to families 2017
Sports week – 3rd – 7th July
Race for Life and Samba Band Performance
Next week is Sports Week. We will be taking part in sports competitions each day. Children may come to school in sports clothes each day (team colours preferable – no football kits).
- Monday is Dodgeball
- Tuesday is Netball
- Wednesday is Football
- Thursday is Rounders
- Friday is Race for Life (families are invited to come and cheer on their children). Please click the link below and donate to a great cause.
Cressida Cowell Activities at Heswall Primary School – making clay dragons, book marks and being competitive during the outdoor book trail.
Meeting Cressida Cowell
Last week (w/c 12th June)
We continued with shape and symmetry in a bid to complete this so that we can spend more time next week on translation of shapes.
Ancient Greece – we have moved onto Democracy and have been researching how Ancient Greece was organised and ruled. We compared the Ancient Greek rules and regulations to that of modern day and the UK’s stance on democracy. This lead to a few different interesting conversations but the children seem to enjoy learning more about their culture and being able to compare it with others. We will be moving onto the city states of Ancient Greece and Athens v Sparta.
The children worked in groups to collect information on Buddhism and create a mind map of their own so they could swap facts and learn about this faith and belief from each other.
Swimming Team year 5 & 6
Huge congratulations to our swimming teams in year 5 and year 6 as they took part in the West Wirral Swimming Gala at Leasowe last week and finished 7th, which was fantastic. We are exceptionally proud of all of the children as it was a highly competitive and exciting event and they coped brilliantly. We returned home tired but ecstatic, as we collected a few more medals this year and seemed to have more to cheer about. Thank you to all of our parents that supported us.
Congratulations to Year 5 & 4 football squad who took part in the Dodd Cup at Heswall last week and finished joint 5th. They played exceptionally well and gave their all in each game. We couldn’t have asked for more.
Year 5&6 will be participating in their first tournament this week at Pensby High School. Letters and permission slips have been sent home. Any questions please contact the office who will pass any messages on.
Reminder for parents that we have been invited to Heswall Primary School next week – Tuesday 27th June as part of the Cressida Cowell celebrations. We require permission slips to be completed and returned to school as soon as possible please. The letter and information can be found on our web page and then select the office tap at the top of your screen.
Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils are invited to a dragon/dragonfly making workshop at Heswall Primary School. This session is for pupils from Heswall Primary and Pensby Primary who will be attending the Cressida Cowell talk on Tuesday 27th June. This workshop takes place on Monday 19th June with all details attached to the link below. Please can we emphasis that adults will need to stay with pupils during this workshop and all slips need to be signed and into school by Friday 16th June.
11+ and Secondary Transfer Presentation
These links will take you to the Secondary Transfer Presentation given to year 5 parents recently and to the 11+ guidance document issued to year 5 parents last year.
Friday 9th June
We only have 7 weeks left this term and we have so much to do.
The children are continuing with their morning booster sessions this term which includes reading, focusing on comprehension skills such as inference, fact retrieval, language and word meaning using a variety of texts. Maths is also a focus in our sessions as we are covering times tables, revision of all operations, place value and conversions.
We have finished a 3D shape investigation and even looked at Pringles and their 3D name as well as other unfamiliar 3D shapes. We then tried to visualise the nets and made models from art straws. We then progressed to symmetry and reflection will hopefully move towards translation.
Literacy – War of the Worlds. We have produced some fantastic pieces of writing; very descriptive and produced as a group, with the children sharing their visions and ideas.
History/Geography – Ancient Greece. We have started our new topic Ancient Greece with Alexander the Great. We have discussed the word Empire and prior knowledge of other Empires and their position on our History timeline and how and why they grow. We became familiar with the map of Ancient Greece and the lands and areas that were conquered and were part o the Empire.
Homework this week is attached below and is due in Monday 12th June.
West Wirral Swimming Gala – a reminder to Year 5 and Year 6 swimming teams that the Gala is Monday 12th June. Please see Mrs Gilleece for information regarding details of time and location.
Charity Day 2017
Disco Dancing year 5 style!
Half Term – school closes Friday 26th May and will re open Monday 5th June.
This week in year 5 we will be putting the finishing touches to our wonderful art portfolio’s, as inspired by Claude Monet. We will be starting our morning booster sessions for reading and writing where we will aim to revise and strengthen skills. Continue with area of compound shapes, triangles and even circles!
So far we have been enjoying listening to and reading Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds and will plan our next extended piece of writing.
The children will also be able to progress with their embroidery skills with the help of Mrs Robson. They look fantastic, with the children really enjoying the precision, patience and creativeness it takes to master the needle and thread!
Heswall Primary School and Pensby Primary School Book Event – 27th June 2017
Please read the attached letter below for more details.
Logo competition – open to all pupils
Homework – As part of our British Values topic, we have been talking about democracy, parliament, the role of MP’s and in particular the up and coming election. We have asked to research the parties involved in the election and discuss their ‘promises’ or manifesto topics ready to present to the rest of the class on Thursday.
Practice and secure 8 times tables.
CHARITY DAY 2017
On Friday 26th May, Year 6 will be holding their annual ‘Charity Day’ for all the children from Nursery to
Every year the children in Year 6 plan, prepare and manage their own fun activities and games for all the other children in the school to enjoy. Many of the games offer prizes, all of which have been bought by the children in Year 6 (and their families).
The aim of the day is to raise as much money as possible for a charity (or charities) chosen by the children in Year 6. This year we have decided to share the money raised between Cancer Research UK, Autism Together, Claire House and Ronald McDonald House.
On Friday 26th May your child may come to school dressed in their own clothes.
Throughout the morning your child will be able to take part in a variety of activities and games. These range from ‘Hair Styling’ to ‘Beat the Goalie’ and cost between 20p and 50p a go. There will be prizes on offer (mostly sweets) and it will be a fun and engaging morning. Please inform your child’s teacher if your child has any allergies that may be affected by face paint, tattoos, hair spray/gel etc.
One of our year 6 boys has also volunteered to have his hair shaved off if he can raise more than £100 on the day!
It would be helpful if your child could bring in ‘change’ and not £1 coins or notes, in a clearly labelled container/purse.
If your child normally has toast in the morning, this will go ahead as usual.
Friday 12th May
Congratulations to year 6 who have completed their SATs this week and a special thank you to our wonderful Year 5 class who were so thoughtful and mature. We are really proud of you all and we know that year 6 have appreciated your support. As a treat Mr Klausen kindly treated our class to a few party nibbles this afternoon. Thank you.
This week has been a combination of comprehension, maths and art. We have really tried to sharpen our reading skills by using a variety of texts and questions and of course the children have worked hard to progress and improve their understanding. We have also continued with Geometry and worked on a challenging investigation, where the children were asked to draw their full names, using squared paper and no more than 10 squares per letter. This was interesting yet enjoyable activity with great results.
As a class we have decided to link our geography with art and focus on rivers and Claude Monet’s masterpiece’s. We have looked at Monet’s work, with the children producing their own interpretations using pastels, water colours, shading pencils to create their own portfolios. We have also included our Collage pieces of Queen Elizabeth II and embroidery squares. Hopefully we can then show case this next term.
We have handed out a number of leaflets this past week regarding open days for various High Schools. In particular 11+ information has also been handed out with details as to how parents can apply for the tests. If parents require additional information please contact the school office as we will be hosting a parents meeting soon.
Also we would like to remind any parents wishing their daughter to sit the Upton Hall Entrance Examination for a place in Year 7 in September 2018 that the deadline for submission of application forms is Monday 10 July 2017.
Application Forms should be completed online, using the link: http://uptonhallnew.ng1.devwebsite.co.uk/form/?pid=7&form=19 or downloaded and sent directly to Mrs D Taylor, Data Manager, Upton Hall School FCJ, Upton, Wirral CH49 6LJ.
Details of the Entrance Examination will be sent to parents who have submitted an application towards the end of August.
A reminder also that Parent Previews are being held on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 May from 9.00 – 10.30 am and 11.00 – 12.30 pm. Our Open Evening takes place on Thursday 22 June from 5.30 pm to 8.00 pm.
Friday 5th May
Homework this week is based on geography and rivers. In class we have been learning about the journey of a river and in particular the River Thames. Therefore the activity is to compare the River Thames to our local river, the River Mersey and collect and retrieve information about both rivers to then record findings using their own words ready to present on Monday.
Over the last two weeks year 5 have secured their understanding of angles, showing how they can calculate angles, measure, identify and draw a variety of angles. We have made progress this week and will move onto the next stage of geometry and focus on area and perimeter.
We have been journalists this week and have tried to up level our reporting skills from the previous week by editing sentences, ensuring we use the correct tense, check spellings, organise sentences into paragraphs by understanding when to start a new one, know the difference between fact and opinion and answer the 5 W’s in detail.
We have linked history with geography this week by working together in groups to order a timeline of events that focus on the River Thames, dating back from 43AD to present day.
Over the last two weeks we have also researched significant female figures and linked them with British History and British values such as Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale, Queen Elizabeth II and Theresa May. We have discussed and identified their key roles within our society, past and present and how their decisions and their work has had, and is having an impact on our society today. We have achieved this through our guided reading tasks over the last two weeks.
The latest newsletter is now available on our documents page, which details the important dates for the diary and has the latest Ofsted information for parents to read.
W/C 24th April – Spellings
This weeks spellings for yellow, blue and green groups. As chosen by the children ready for our spelling review Friday 28th April.
Summer term begins – w/c 18th April – 21st April
So far this week we have re-adjusted and started to prepare for another busy, short term.
The children have already completed their first piece of extended writing, which linked with Science. They were asked to explain and inform their audience about the phases of the moon. We have also tried to edit their work and looked at how their writing should be organised.
Maths – we begin this term with Geometry and in particular Angles. We have looked at acute and obtuse angles, estimating and measuring a range of different angles and the children have familiarised themselves with using a protractor.
Art – we have continued with our love for sketching and have focused our efforts towards the Queen and her reign. We have also looked at her life and a timeline of some key events. This also forms the basis for our homework this week. The children have been asked to collect as many interesting and maybe unusual facts about the queen’s life and present them in a poster, piece of writing or fact box format. The second task is to also record and draw a timeline of key events. Due in Tuesday 25th April.
E-Safety – It has unfortunately come to our attention that our children still have a number of applications on their electronic devices that have a set age limit and are also not permitted within school. We have discussed the dangers of these applications and how the children and parents need to fully understand the possible safety issues surrounding these. There are set age restrictions for a reason!
Facebook – minimum age 13
Snapchat – minimum age 13
WhatsApp – minimum age 16
Skype – minimum age 13
Musical.ly – not permitted in school. Parents would be advised to check their children’s devises and in particular check their privacy settings and their followers if their child has and uses this application.
All clubs begin next week – Monday 24th April with a new club being introduced Thursday during lunch times 12 – 12.30pm for years 3 – 6. All willing participants are to hand their club request forms into their class teachers or the school office.
KS2 Netball – Wednesday 3.30 – 4.30pm and KS2 Football – Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm.
Easter holiday – Friday 31st March – school closes and re opens Tuesday 18th March.
Week commencing 20th March
This week we were lucky enough to be invited by Calday Grammar School to yet another one of their stunning performances, at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. It was a great production of Jungle Book, with the children thoroughly enjoying their adaptation. As a gift and a token of their generosity they handed out a copy of the Jungle Book 2016 to each school and as a follow on from our visit we have arranged for this to be shown in school Friday 25th March.
Friday 24th March
Jungle Book viewing. Years 4, 5 and 6 can watch The Jungle Book (2016) together in the hall. The movie was gifted to use by Calday Grammar school as a thank you to the children in Years 4 and 5 who went to see their performance at The Floral Pavilion in New Brighton yesterday. The film is rated PG, so please let us know if you do not want your child to watch the movie by contacting the school office. Click on the following link for more information about the movie and its content: Common Sense Media – Jungle Book 2016.
Our class relocated to the hall this week and worked on finalising their Macbeth adaptations and to film their science productions.
Filming went well with only a few takes!! A huge thank you to Mrs Shaw for all of her help and expertise, as we really appreciated your input and time. Hopefully after Easter we can see the finished article on screen.
Next week we will be focusing on improving our descriptive language and looking at science fiction with Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.
Also this week we were spoilt by Mrs Robson who made 34 Butterfly Cup Cakes, enough for one each. They were a delicious treat and were very much appreciated by all of us. Thank you Mrs Robson.
Homework – Friday 24th March – Spelling CGP Books – Please complete ready for next weeks SPaG lessons, page 23 words ending in ‘ably and ibly.’ Page 24 – words ending in ‘al,’ ‘el’ and ‘le.’ Page 25 – words ending in ‘sure’ and ‘ture.’
Friday 18th March
Another lovely week in Year 5 and with a rather eventful trip to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic! Our afternoon excursion was very entertaining with the children experiencing the delightful sounds of a full orchestra. They were amazed and loved every minute of each performance. We had fantastic seats right at the front and their behaviour was outstanding – we were extremely proud of them.
Our next trip is Tuesday 21st March at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton. We will arrive back at normal school time – 3.30pm.
This week we have analysed all of the space posters, this was part of last weeks homework.They are all very colourful and packed full of information – excellent job. We have extended our space discussions to include phases of the moon, up levelled our vocabulary and key words linked to space and decided which targets we have achieved so far.
Grammar – we have continued with dictionary work and promotion of PROOF READING. Also reviewing prepositions, co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
Maths – trying to secure multiplying decimals. We began our journey with x10, 100 and 1000 and even attempted division. We then moved onto multiplying by 1dp and 2dp which requires a little more work before we progress any further. We will get there. Homework this week is decimals and a number of revision questions based on the work we have covered in class – due in Monday.
The latest newsletter is available to read from the documents option on the main page of the school website. Please read this if you get a chance as it will help to guide you through the reports and how you can access up to date assessment information on your child.
Friday 10th March
This week we have completed our jigsaws – finally! They look fantastic and the children have worked tirelessly, using their own time to finish them.
The children have also completed their Geography posters and have worked successfully with a different partner to note the differences between the British Isles and United Kingdom, locate English Cities and identify the Counties in England. They look great and the children have thoroughly enjoyed each session. This adds information to our Geography working wall which is still progressing, but shows the learning journey so far.
SPaG – by request we have reviewed speech and in particular we have tried to secure our understanding of direct and indirect speech, and as a result we have produced another working wall to help aid our understanding and to help us retain the main points using the examples.
Macbeth – we have focused on the banquet scene this week and ordered the events of the play and understanding the plot and traits of the Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. The children have also started to plan their own scene to add to Macbeth.
Reading – one of the classes favourite subjects! We have turned our attention to historical non – fiction reports based on Pompeii and reviewing different techniques to answering questions based on persuasive texts.
Maths – another week of decimals which included rounding, doubling and halving races, talking squares, WODB (which one doesn’t belong) and sleigh ride (our Friday investigation). Next week we can progress to multiplying and dividing decimals and then focus on percentages.
Homework – Science Homework -08.03.17
A reminder regarding our planned Royal Philharmonic Trip – Tuesday 14th March, details are attached to last weeks news below.
Friday 3rd March
First week back after half term and goodness it was a busy one! It was lovely to see so many of you at parents evening as we really enjoy our discussions and sharing your child’s achievements so far. Thank you for coming.
The children are continuing to work hard on their comprehension skills, therefore we have read a variety of texts already this week. One focus has been William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as we plan to produce an extended piece of writing based the famous play and develop our improvisation skills.
Maths has progressed to decimals this week with the children ordering, rounding and understanding comparisons up to 3 decimal places. Of course this is then transferred to reasoning and problem solving.
Spelling, punctuation and grammar has been interesting this week with fronted adverbials, spelling reviews and new targets set for punctuation. We have also developed a new game which we aim to repeat each week that will review and help us to revise specific areas of SPaG.
We have also enjoyed exploring the British Isles, United Kingdom, English Counties and Cities this week alongside new partners, hence improving our social skills and team spirit. Everyone has worked hard to produce excellent work for each other.
During our class worship time we have discussed many of the topics making headlines, but in particular Shrove Tuesday, Lent and the build up to Easter. Linked with this the children were also able to compete for bragging rights in our Pancake Flipping Competition. Those who decided to participate were given 1 pancake, 1 pan and 60 seconds to make it flip as many times as possible. Some of us were rather gentle, some were a little heavy handed, some of us require target practice and some of us need to give others a chance..(Mrs Robson). Not that we are competitive in year 5! The score to beat was (apparently) 44 flips?
This month we have two exciting trips planned. Tuesday 14th March – visit to The Royal Philharmonic and Tuesday 21st March – visit to the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton to watch Calday Grammar Schools production of The Jungle Book.
Information for parents is detailed below.
For important information about our afternoon visit to The Royal Philharmonic, please click the following link:
Half Term Homework
This week we have progressed from fractions to decimals and therefore we have asked the children to complete a number of mymaths decimal challenges, that reviews a number of activities we have used in the classroom.
The second task this half term is for the children to complete two comprehensions. One is ‘Why Recycle’ and can be found in the children’s own CGP books on page 6 and a separate Michael Morpurgo text called ‘Listen to the Moon.’ Yellow group have their own ‘Big Ben Gets A Bath.’
Of course and as expected we would also ask that the children continue to read over the holidays and record this in their homework diaries, ready for this to be handed in Monday 27th February.
The children have worked hard with their assessments this week and are really progressing and we don’t want to let this slip, hence why we have issued homework to just keep their skills sharp.
Have a lovely week off and we look forward to seeing the children Monday 27th February and seeing parents Wednesday 1st March for parents evening. Appointments can still be made!
Dates for the diary
Valentines Disco – Years 3 to 6 disco starts at 4.30pm and ends at 5.30pm. Children are not allowed to walk home after the disco and must be collected by an adult. It costs £1 per child and some money will also be needed to sweets and drinks.
Pancake flip Tuesday 28th February. The sponsor form is next to this newsletter. Funds are being raised to purchase a playground canopy so that the children have more shade in the summer – it’s what they have asked for! Instructions and rules can also be found on the sponsor form.
Reports – will be available to view from Thursday 16th February and will be available for 2 weeks.
This week in year 5
- Maths – completed our work on fractions with the children securing their skills by multiplying fractions together, multiplying mixed numbers and improper fractions. We move onto decimals next.
- Literacy – guided reading Alice in Wonderland. We looked at Lewis Carroll and completed an author study, whilst discussing chapters, characters, events and comparing texts.
- Science – children are moving along with their scripts for their space programme focusing on the solar system, lunar month and day and night. Hopefully we can start to film after half term.
- Spelling, grammar and punctuation – our main focus this week has been relative clauses, modal verbs and adverbs.
- Homework – to read (3 times at least), estimating/rounding and analysing bus time tables.
Please can we remind parents that we check homework diaries every Monday and we would like parents to sign their child’s book to confirm the have completed their tasks as expected. We would appreciate parents support with this, thank you.
The children did a great job and sang their hearts out as the song was a tough one. Their signing was also fantastic, however we still need everyone’s £1’s. Please ,if you are yet to give, drop it by the office on Monday.
Finally after weeks of devoting lunchtimes and free time one of our groups has completed their 500 piece jigsaw. A great achievement, with the children proving that they have excellent skills to work together as a team.
Friday 3rd February
This week in year 5
- Maths – groups have really progressed with fractions with a focus on addition and subtraction using mixed numbers and improper fractions. Its great to see the children become so confident and have that ‘lightbulb’ moment.
- Literacy – Romeo and Juliet – we selected a scene from the play and took on different roles trying to use expression. We identified different features of a play script, watched the national theatre production of the play to see how the professionals do it! The children have used one of the scenes to secure their use of speech by writing dialogue between two characters. We were really impressed with some of the conversations.
- Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation – our main focus has been pronouns, looking at personal, possessive, relative and determiners! In line with literacy we have tried to perfect our understanding and application of inverted commas and direct speech. Our spellings have improved this week with one group learning exceptionally hard spellings that were exceptionally hard to pronounce, never mind spell!!!! Apologies parents. Great challenge though, and one that the children requested, well most of them.
- Science – Space. The children have been so enthusiastic so far with so many members of our class demonstrating their scientific knowledge. We have had a number of mini enquiries already with homework set around this topic.
Homework – Homework 02.02.17
Friday 27th January
Under the stars was a fantastic evening and our children were amazed by what they learnt, despite the chilly temperatures, the event was a great success. Thank you to all of our families who supported the evenings activities.
Our focus this week has been to further develop our knowledge and understanding of fractions – improper and mixed fractions together with a range of reasoning and problem solving activities. We have also sharpened our multiplication skills with our x7,8,9 and 12 times tables, recalling and reciting facts at pace.
Our Spanish theme was to recall months of the year and to communicate our date of birth via a few interesting games and conversations.
The children were amazed and stunned during our discussions surrounding the Holocaust, examining the events via a timeline activity and reading various snippets from Anne Franks Diary, watching clips about her life and studying the annex and house where she hid. The children thought about how lucky they are to be free and to value the historic victory for Great Britain in WW2. In groups they thought of some interesting questions that they would ask Anne Frank.
We have really progressed with our Yoga, now sustaining 30, full minutes of movements that require a good level of balance, coordination and strength.
Spellings for each group are issued at the beginning of each week (Monday) and we request that they are looked at, analysed, practised and perfected ready for our spelling review on Friday.
We have worked hard to secure our grammar, spelling and punctuation topics each week and so this week we have continued with an overview on suffixes, commas, dashes and brackets, hyphens and nouns.
Homework – Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. Children have been set a number of questions to answer and return to school on Monday 30th January, along with their reading record and becoming familiar with the Anne Frank Diary via www.annefrank.org.
Please can we remind parents that Homework Diary’s need to be returned to school signed and with homework every Monday. Please can we request that parents encourage children to be responsible for their own belongings and promote further independence by encouraging them to be ready and prepared for the next school day. Your support is very much appreciated.
Friday 20th January 2017
Year 5 have enjoyed a lovely week continuing with Romeo and Juliet and in particular studying Shakespearean language and comparing their findings with modern day language. The children worked in groups to identify some well known lyrics by well known artists and were great at decoding.
We have reasoned our way through improper fractions and mixed numbers in maths, which was at first a little tricky to understand but by the end of the week we managed to show great progress. The children have also been revising their times table skills so that they can start to recall at speed and with increased confidence.
In PE we have continued to improve our posture and flexibility through a second week of yoga, with a little bit of wizardry we saw a few magic moves! Although balance and core strength is something we need to continue to strengthen.
Science was also an interesting session this week with the children working together in pairs to design a boat from foil, focusing on shape and understanding how this was an important factor to their investigation. This was part of our water resistance week and is part of this weeks homework.
Homework – Homework – 19.01.17
Friday 13th January 2017
Welcome back and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We have dusted ourselves off and started as we mean to go on.
This week the children have worked hard to understand fractions and their equivalents and have started to develop new reasoning skills. We have started to appreciate English Literature as the children have been introduced to William Shakespeare and his work. In particular Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Midsummer Nights Dream. This will be our topic for the this term.
Throughout this half term we will also be looking at starting our new science topic – Space, reading a new class novel, developing our posture, strength and mindfulness in PE with Yoga and learning about climate change.
The latest newsletter for the start of term is now available to read on our webpage and this includes information about the up and coming science events taking place at Heswall Primary.
Thursday 22nd December
Merry Christmas from Year 5.
We have really enjoyed our final four days of the autumn term, as we have completed the Pensby Air Force display, and showcased the children’s creativeness using sketches and models. They look fantastic.
The children have also produced their own Christmas Card designs and decorations. We have completed our Battle of Britain historical reports with the children assessing their own in great detail. We have also reviewed our Spanish greetings, finished Christmas coordinates, organised Christmas facts and opinions and held our very own history/geography based Christmas quiz.
Below are details of two new and exciting workshops that families can participate in during the New Year.
Remember we return to school Monday 9th January. Have a lovely Christmas break!
Friday 16th December
We started our week with three fantastic performances from the whole school, however we were exceptionally proud of year 5 as they sang their hearts out and were truly amazing. We were so luck to have been able to perform with a live band from Wirral Grammar School.
To top this off we have been busy testing our entrepreneurial skills making unicorn bark and pricing items for our Bric or Brac stall, all for the Christmas Fair, which was a great success.The children were busy rushing between the stalls all having a fabulous time. We were also lucky to have a very special visitor at school today – Father Christmas managed to see and speak to all of the children.
Homework this week is attached below.
This week has flown by but we have tested this terms progress and continued with statistics and redrafting Battle of Britain reports.
Congratulations to another talented member of our class who competed in a county tennis tournament and finished in 3rd place, to then qualify through to the regional finals, which will be held in April 2017.
Tuesday 20th December: Children’s Christmas Lunch.
Thursday 22nd December: Last Day of Autumn Term – finish for Christmas holiday
Friday 9th December
In the build up to Christmas we have enjoyed a film night where the children managed to eat Hotdogs, chips, and watch a festive film with their friends.
We have been trying to finish our Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster Bombers. We are nearly there. Just one more week before we have our very own fleet.
Continuing with our e safety theme by discussing on line safety in detail along with setting a number of parent/pupil activities for homework.
In PE our groups have worked hard with Mr Glendenning this week, developing their skills and progress into a match situation. We have some very talented members of our class who have shared their dance achievements with the class showcasing their strengths and educating us on different techniques.
Next week we should be completing Battle of Britain reports, as our main focus this week has been European Geography, especially countries and capital cities. The children were so enthusiastic that they extended their learning to the world. We played a number of different games to test our knowledge and boost our team scores.
Monday 12th December: Christmas Performances. Dress rehearsal at 11:00am. Performances at 2.00pm and 5.00pm. Ticket only. Year 5 children are to wear regal costumes to represent Kings, as we are performing ‘We Three Kings.’ All the children have made a crown to wear for their performance and so just all black attire is required please.
Friday 16th December: Christmas Jumper Day – non uniform day in exchange for £1.
Friday 16th December (a busy day): Christmas Fair –children will need some spending money.
Tuesday 20th December: Children’s Christmas Lunch.
Thursday 22nd December: Last Day of Autumn Term – finish for Christmas holiday.
Friday 2nd December
This week as part of our class worship and as part of our curriculum we have been discussing social media – the dangers and the benefits. The children realise that we use the Internet on a regular basis as part of our learning, however this week we have been discussing the use of social media at home. We have addressed a number of issues such as friendship circles, text messages, emails, privacy settings for applications. In school, we have regular ‘e-safety’ activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Year 5 have really listened to our advice and have decided to discuss this with parents at home. We have asked our class to watch the video on our e-safety parents page by CEOP and then read through our tips – it strongly illustrates why we should all be aware of our children’s safety online.
We have also started to discuss Judaism and the rules surrounding different beliefs around the world and in particular the 10 commandments. The children created their own 10 commandments for school. We will then progress onto signs and symbols and beliefs, then onto Christmas and advent.
The children have worked hard to try and improve their time skills this week with various games and activities as well as polishing their problem solving skills. They have even prepared a presentation on time for the children in year 2, where they plan will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding on the subject. Hopefully this will be delivered next week.
The Spitfires and Hurricanes are in the hangers waiting to be painted accordingly as the class have been busy planning their report on the Battle of Britain and swapping facts and information. With a member of our class sharing their family’s heirlooms and heritage from WW2, also telling us the story behind the historic items. We really enjoyed looking at them all.
We completed our final day of Bikeability with the children thoroughly enjoying their course. All badges and certificates have been issued and handed out to the children this week. They were a credit to the school and their families with the instructors commenting on their behaviour. Excellent job everyone, we are very proud of you all.
Our Christmas decorations are starting to surface, slowly. However we have created a Christmas theme for our classroom door. This will showcase the Christmas phrases and greetings in Spanish that we will be learning.
Homework – revision of’ ible’ and ‘able’ words from our spelling review this week. Children have been asked to find the meaning of their words and then create interesting and descriptive sentences with each word.
Finally, many thanks to you for your generous donations to Thompson’s Mission, our charity this Christmas – we have received such a wonderful amount of items that will be distributed to the homeless. Mr Klausen and Mrs Toal will be delivering them to the drop-off points this weekend.
Dates for your diary
Film Night – Thursday 8th December
Monday 12th December: Christmas Performances. Dress rehearsal at 11:00am. Performances at 2.00pm and 5.00pm. Ticket only. Year 5 children are to wear regal costumes to represent Kings, as we are performing ‘We Three Kings.’ Regal colours, such as navy/gold/green and a gold tinsel belt and maybe a homemade crown?
Friday 16th December: Christmas Jumper Day – non uniform day in exchange for £1.
Friday 16th December (a busy day): Christmas Fair –children will need some spending money.
Tuesday 20th December: Children’s Christmas Lunch.
Thursday 22nd December: Last Day of Autumn Term – finish for Christmas holiday.
Friday 25th November
Homework this week – Time.
We have been extremely competitive this week as the children have competed for the best overall time using our ‘Stop the Clock’ game, where we have matched analogue and digital times under pressure! Our latest record is 15 seconds!
Therefore we have asked for the children to come up with a presentation about Time and present this to their audience next week. Year 2! Their task is to explain why we use time, how we use it, why it is important especially within school, at home, as a society and how this links to our life skills and the real world. They will also try and put together a lesson on how to teach Time to year 2, referencing the 12hour and 24 hour clock and any equipment or props they will need. The children will also ask their adults to explain Time and discuss their answers as part of this task.
Year 5 Bikeability
Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions on Monday we were forced to re arrange our second Bikeability session. However, we can confirm that our second session will (fingers crossed) be Thursday 1st December. Children will need to bring their bikes, helmets, snacks and all weather clothing with them that morning.
Netball and Football
This is the last week for both clubs, which will re start in the spring term.
Friday 18th November
Click here – Film Night 2016
- Division and fractions – completed investigations involving equivalent fractions, patterns to simplify fractions and comparing fractions using < and >.
- Completed UFO diary recounts with the children trying to use adverbials they have been experimenting with all week. Some of their recounts were fabulous.
- Spelling review – improved results this week with groups learning their spellings and showing how they can apply them to their written work, along with commas and colons.
- DT – started to craft our own Pensby Air force using plastic bottles to aid our design. This will be completed next week and linked to WW2.
- First week of Bikeability complete with the children feeling the pace. They thoroughly enjoyed their experience and are excited and ready for their next session on Monday 21st November. Please remember your bikes, helmets and clothing especially coats as the temperature has started to drop and the rain has been a common theme this week, therefore we need to ensure the children are dressed for the occasion.
- Swimming – the majority of our class have achieved their 25m and are now developing their bi lateral breathing techniques and confidence with their strokes.
- We have celebrated success in sports this week with a member of our class gaining a gold medal and first position in her gymnastic competition. We are extremely proud of her achievements and her dedication!
- Our year six football team competed in the Premiership Schools Tournament at LFC Academy. We had a fantastic morning with the children experiencing the highs and lows of competitive sport and the unpredictable weather! We were extremely proud of our squad and the way they played. Even though they were soaked to the skin they showed great sporting qualities and all came home with certificates and a goodie bag, which was presented to them by a special guest!
Homework – Fractions – finding amounts of and MyMaths activities covering equivalent and improper fractions.
Friday 11th November
A cold and wet week with no rainbows unfortunately, however the children are now arriving with coats which keep them wrapped up and warm during break times.
We have started our 6 week swimming programme with all of the children really enjoying their sessions and everyone managed to remember their kits. We were most impressed.
Football and Netball club have started again and will be held each week after school until 4.30pm. Our last sessions before Christmas will be Wednesday 23rd November and Thursday 24th November. There will be a lunchtime club starting next week, Wednesday 16th November at 12.30pm in the school hall which will focus on building basic skills and increase children’ s confidence within the game. We will be focusing on progressing with year4/5 and year 6 squads only on Thursdays as of next week.
Year 6 squad have been invited to compete in Premier League Schools Tournament next week which will be held at Liverpool Football Clubs Academy. The squad are really excited, however all forms and permission slips need to be handed in on Monday 14th November .
Bikeability will start for year 5 on Monday 14th November, please can all children taking part ensure they arrive in school with their bikes, helmets and adequate clothing.
This week in year 5
- Continued with recounts and experimented with adverbials for time/number and place whilst using independent clauses, based on UFO’s.
- Revised our division skills with written methods, problem solving and groups creating their own questions. Fractions – simplifying and finding equivalents through reasoning or Fraction Friday as we now call it in year 5.
- Spelling – continued with our weekly review with the children looking forward to our 5 bonus spellings.
- WW2 – The evacuation of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo. The children developed an understanding of the events leading up to Dunkirk and the feelings of some of the people involved in the evacuation, especially the soldiers. We discussed why there was a need to evacuate soldiers and the role the little ships of Britain played in the evacuations.
- We discussed as part of our class worship, remembrance day, using War Game by Michael Foreman as a focal point. The children participated in our 2 minute silence as a mark of our respect and we were very proud of their efforts.
Friday 4th November 2016
Welcome back after half term, what an interesting week it has been and what a great view from our classroom window this morning.
There was a great response to our firework display yesterday with a large number of families and friends supporting our school. The display was excellent and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
The beginning of this week the children were buzzing with excitement as they all seemed to be looking forward to Halloween, however this did not filter over into our lessons. In fact the children seemed to be refreshed and ready to learn.
A couple of reminders ready for next week so that the children are prepared.
- Swimming for year 5 – this will start Friday 11th November with children attended lesson in small groups throughout the afternoon. Please can all children bring their kits with them on Friday morning. (Costumes, goggles and towels). We ask that children do not bring shampoos etc with them as we have a quick turn around and unfortunately do not have enough time for this.
- Bikeability – closing date for permission forms is today, with the course starting Monday 14th and Monday 21st November. The details are attached if you need them.
- Collecting and generating adverbials for time. Children have been asked to think of as many adverbials as they can and to look for them in books, newspaper articles, magazines etc. They are to decide which question their adverbials answer. Is it how? Where? When? The children have a table to complete and an extra challenge.
- This week we have focused on punctuation and in particular the use of commas. The children have 10 sentences to re write in their homework books. They must decide where to add commas to avoid ambiguity and to show parenthesis.
Overview of this week.
- Recounts – following on from biographies we have decided to explore UFO and Aliens: Investigating Extra-terrestrial Visitors through recounts, using the context of UFO’s we have been reading and investigating genuine documents, discussing and looking at famous sightings, looking at the features of recounts and testing the language features with adverbials of time and using commas correctly. This will hopefully lead to a diary entry and a UFO report.
- Mental multiplication and division – Multiples and Factor investigations and reasoning.
- Science – Forces with the children working in teams to investigate what makes a parachute effective. They have tested a number of variables and worked hard to apply their understanding of gravity and air resistance. It has been difficult, however the children seem to have grasped that hard work and perseverance pays off.
- Basketball – learning the basic skills involved in the game and coordinating movements whilst travelling at different speeds. We were even inspired by two young boys who demonstrated a unique set of ball skills. We will try our best with a competitive game to be organised and enjoyed by the end of term.
Friday 21st October 2016
Finally half term has arrived! The children have worked incredibly hard this term and have persevered with different tasks that have been both enjoyable but challenging. They truly deserve a well-earned rest.
- Focused on multiplication of decimals and reviewing x 10, 100 and 1,000 of 3dp, 4dp numbers and then using the childrens knowledge and applying their techniques to problem solving. The children thoroughly enjoyed the code cracking activity and swapped questions to try and crack each other’s codes.
- Continued to read our period class novel ‘Street Child’ with the children really starting to understand the language of the text and finding where they misunderstood and exploring the meanings through our group discussions. We have looked at words, phrases and structure of the text and discussed how they contribute to each child’s evaluation of the chapters.
- Our competitive spirit was fully engaged in PE this week with the children opting for a dodge ball session and competition. This was a great success with the children wanting to arrange an extra session of PE. It also demonstrated their improved level of fitness and how their stamina, speed and reaction times have progressed.
- WW2 research began with small groups developing an understanding of who Winston Churchill was and the impact his leadership had on WW2 and the significance of his leadership and how this has contributed to how we live today. The children began to gather facts from a range of sources and identified key information to hopefully share with the rest of the school through a Churchill exhibition wall in class.
- Our buddying scientists tested their parachutes and we completed the first sessions on forces with a view to testing new methods and new designs next term.
- We were lucky enough to have a visit from our Community Police Officer who spoke to the children about fire safety and in particular focused on the need to stay safe around fireworks, especially as we are approaching November 5th. The children felt this issue was so important that they decided to design posters which will emphasis key points and remind children of the dangers as well as providing advice and guidance. We held a class competition with many children working as small teams and using their own time to design and complete their posters. The winning posters can be viewed below. Excellent effort by all as it was extremely hard to judge.
Have a lovely half term break – stay safe and enjoy!
Friday 14th October
Another fantastic week in year 5.
- Class novel – Street Child. We have worked in small groups trying to develop our reading skills through comprehension. We have been making simple summaries of the main ideas from our text and identifying key details that support our main ideas so far. Part of our homework this week is to continue to read the next two chapters – 4 & 5.
- Maths – we have worked through a number of tricky areas this week that have been challenging, however the children persevered and to their credit made great progress. We have been working with decimals by adding, subtracting, multiplying and changing them to fractions/equivalents and percentages. We have worked in pairs, in small groups and as a whole class reasoning and discussing our ideas and methods of working towards the right answers. It has been hard but worthwhile.
- History – How WW2 started and how Europe looked during 1939. The children worked in pairs and acted out the first stages of the war across Europe and the movement of the German army. This was a great visual session and one which the children loved.
- English – we are close to completing our year 5/6 words for spellings along with some interesting bonus words. The children have revised sentence work on clauses and have tried to up level and self correct their work.
Next week is parents evening and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 17th October or Wednesday 19th October. Please contact the office if you wish to book an appointment.
Year 4/5 Football Team – our squad of 10 will be playing our first game of the session in the Corgi Cup which will take place on Tuesday at 3.30pm. Our children will be transported to the Birkenhead pitch and we are requesting that parents collect children after the match at 4.20pm.
With the weather noticeable cooler please can we ask that children ensure they wear adequate clothing such as jumpers/cardigans and coats please.
Homework – Code breaker activity and reading Street Child, chapters 4 and 5.
Friday 7th October
- Literacy – Completed our biography writing task with the children proof reading and checking their work.
- Science – Last week a rare and valuable meteorite landed on Earth and as a result we learnt that the Natural History Museum sent a year 5 recovery team to retrieve it! We were required to overcome an array of challenges that included testing knowledge and understanding of forces. This also includes HOMEWORK with the children designing their own parachute and testing it next week during our air resistance sessions. May the forces be with you..
- Maths – we have enjoyed a problem solving week with the children working independently, in pairs and small groups to apply their skills and explain their findings. Hopefully we can continue to build these skills throughout the term.
BikeRight will be visiting our school Monday 14th and Monday 21st November 2016 to run a bikeability course for Year 5. It is cycling proficiency and designed to provide our children with the skills and confidence to ride their bikes safely on pathways and roads. The children will be learn how to ride their bike to national standards and also introduce them to cycling as an everyday, fun, healthy activity and an alternative mode of transport. This is a great opportunity for our class so why not join in.
A letter and a consent form is attached below for further information and for those children who would like to participate. All consent forms must be handed into school by Friday 4th November 2016.
Friday 30th September
Children in year 5 have experienced a hard and busy week and yet they have persevered and maintained their focus to try and complete their tasks. Great job everyone.
- Literacy – Using our homework we looked at an online biography of Roald Dahl. As a class we discussed the features of online biographical texts and compared different sites and information. Then in pairs the children analysed each others findings, highlighted and annotated features that they identified in preparation for our writing task next week.
- Reading – we worked in our new groups revising our comprehension skills with the class looking forward to starting our class novel next week. We have covered a number of different genres already this week with the children enjoying each text.
- Maths – we have been trying to further develop our problem solving and reasoning skills in small groups, pairs and independently as well as practising our times tables. x6 and x7 this week so please try and practice at home.
Homework – CPG Books Maths and Reading. Complete Set A test 2 for the maths buster and Set A test 1 for the reading buster book. Please continue to read and ensure this is confirmed by parents/guardians in homework/reading records (it needs to be signed). Due in Monday 3rd October to be checked and signed by year 5 staff.
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 23rd September
We have had a great week in year 5 as the children have worked exceptionally hard.
- Literacy – we have developed our character descriptions by proof reading and trying to up level sentences with interesting adjectives and using our own list of similes. I must admit we were impressed with the children’s suggestions.
- Maths – we have focused on averages and revised mean, median, mode and range, moving to further sharpen reasoning skills with a number of problem solving activities.
- Topic – we assessed our prior knowledge and decided that to extend our knowledge and learn about the Second World War in Europe and why the Battle of Britain was such a significant turning point in British History. We will start by looking at a timeline of events such as the outbreak of the war, the Battle of Britain, the heroic rescue at Dunkirk, the D-Day landings, the liberation of the concentration camps and the celebrations of VE Day. In particular the children seemed interested with learning about the inspirational stories and achievements of significant people such as Anne Frank and Winston Churchill.
- PE – this is the main event each week as the children love PE and give 100%. We have played a number of games that combine a wide variety of functional movements. As the children gain in confidence their fitness and strength can hopefully progress towards a timed or scored workout.
- Grammar and Spellings – completed work on subject/verb sentences, singular and plurals with homework handed in on time by everyone – fabulous effort – keep it up. This week we have seen the children progress with their spellings as they are taking them seriously ensuring that they learn them.
- Homework – reinforcing our sentence work the children have 15 sentences to complete using a variety of adverbs. This is to be completed in their new grey writing books. Reading is also expected with all books due in on Monday 26th September.
Friday 16th September
We have enjoyed a lovely first week together and have started to settle in with the children becoming much more organised. Our homework this week follows the Roald Dahl theme with a research task to aid our writing next week. The children have been asked to collect and record information on the famous author Roald Dahl. This, along with reading is due in on Monday 19th September.
Keeping with the celebrations for Roald Dahl we were lucky enough to enjoy a trip to the Lighthouse Cinema in New Brighton where the majority of our class, and of course our teaching staff dressed up as characters from his classic collections. The film was fantastic and we were exceptionally proud of our class as their behaviour was excellent.
We have worked hard on a number of place value, addition and subtraction challenges in maths and have started our mental maths activities. We will be continuing with this next week and in particular the children have requested to revise mean, mode, median and range as well as securing our times tables.
We will start our science topic, forces next week and we will hopefully complete our descriptive writing and continue with sentence structure in grammar.
We also completed our second spelling review, with the children working hard to learn their spellings – super job today everyone – keep it up!!!!!!
Wednesday 14th September – Parents Welcome Meetings
Thank you to all of our year 5 parents who attended our 3pm and 5pm meetings this week. It was lovely to meet you all. The points we discussed are detailed on the attached document.
Welcome to Year 5
A new term, a new start, a new class!
A huge welcome to our new Year 5 class.
The children have settled into their new environment and seem to be enjoying our first few lessons together.
Mrs Robson and I are really looking forward to the next school year.
Next week is our first full working week, therefore we have asked the children to just read over the weekend and mark this in their new reading records.
Please can we remind parents to ensure that all clothing and school items are clearly marked with the children’s names, that the children remember to bring in water bottles each day so they can remain hydrated and all PE kits are in school ready for our first session on Tuesday!
We are also looking forward to meeting our new parents on Wednesday 14th September at 3pm or 5pm. Please come along as we will be sharing important information and discussing our curriculum and planned resources for the up and coming school year.
Friday 16th September we will be visiting the Light Cinema in New Brighton to celebrate Roald Dahl Day. We have all been asked to dress as a character from one of his many books. We will be leaving school around 9.30am and will be back for lunch. Children will be provided with a snack and a drink during the movie – The BFG. Please refer to the text message sent by school earlier this week for more information on how to pay.
Wednesday 20th July 2016
Last day of term and lots of farewells, treats and tears.
Mrs Robson and I would like to thank Year 5 for an incredible year. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with you all and getting to know each and everyone of you. You are all fantastic and we wish you well on your journey into Year 6.
We have enjoyed a few days of finishing off various tasks, researching and learning about the Olympics in Brazil, Rio in August 2016. We have enjoyed looking back at what we have achieved this year and how far we have progressed and the children are now ready for the challenges in Year 6.
“Year 5 has been an amazing year and the best year yet!”
“I loved how we digressed during our debates and discussed other interesting points, as it made me think.”
“My favourite topics were space, debates and Ancient Greece.”
“I really enjoyed our summer picnic today – all being together.”
“I liked year 5 because of the fun topics and fun work.”
” We have loved our teaches.”
Thank you Year 5 – Have a wonderful summer holiday.
Homework – Spellings for future Year 5 is attached below.
Friday 8th July 2016
A busy two weeks in year 5…
- Pensby High School cross curricular day. We enjoyed a number of lessons that were kindly planned and delivered by High School staff including art, maths, geography and design technology. We had a great day.
- Embroidery—this week we have started to cross stitch different patterns based on our plant topic from Science, the children have used initials and flowers as their design.
- Homework project—making and designing plants. Wow we have received some fantastic creations and it is clear to see that everyone enjoyed their project. Excellent job everyone!!!!
- Maths – Time. Knowing and understanding 24 hour and 12 hour times, changing and calculating time. Using charts and tables to read times and problem solve. We are also competing in a time challenge whereby the children are asked to match analogue and digital times against the stop watch. The time to beat so far is 14 seconds.
- Science – Life cycle of plants. We have been developing our investigation skills this term by planning scientific enquiries based on the life process of plants and reproduction. Hopefully we can finish our topic next week with the life cycles of humans and animals.
- Art— we have finally completed our Greek Vases and the children have created some super designs based on their research of Ancient Greece. (The Olympics, daily life, role of women, gods, myths, temples and rituals/traditions).
- Buddhism—this has been a great topic to discuss as the children had an interesting debate about faith and what it is and what it means to them and the different beliefs of people around the world, including the beliefs surrounding science and facts. . We then researched and discussed the History of the Buddhist faith with the children focusing on the meditation and creating their own Mandala’s.Homework—Read class novel—Fergus Crane from page 48. Task is as discussed in class to read aloud to parents/guardians for at least 30 minutes over the weekend and discuss the story so far.Dates for the diary;Monday 11th July—PTA pamper eveningMonday 11th July—Reports to go ‘live’ on line—TBCWednesday 13th July—Key stage 2 sports day—9.30am—10.30amWednesday 20th July—School closes for summer breakWednesday 7th September—School opens for Autumn Term .
Letter re: visit to Pensby High School Thursday 7th July 2016
Monday 4th July 2016 – Personal Educational Sessions
Personal Educational Sessions will be held in Year 5 based on “growing up” and will be delivered by our school nurse. Please can all parents read the letter attached below.
Oaklands interest letter 2017
Friday 24th June 2016
A very emotional week in year 5 as the children have had a keen interest in the EU Referendum and have educated some of our staff and classes on the main points for both sides in the lead up to the vote. We have had mixed emotions in class with the children discussing the issues raised by the result. We are extremely proud of their mature attitude towards this topic as they have demonstrated such passion and understanding.
We have also experienced our first Football Competition which was held on Tuesday 21st June at Heswall. Our school squad were fantastic as they showed great team skills by supporting and encouraging each other. We played magnificently and with such confidence. We finished as Runners up in second place to Irby, but we are incredibly proud of our achievements on the day. Congratulations Footballers!
This week we have worked with year 6, trying to develop and improve their reasoning and problem solving techniques. The children have also been learning about plants, the life cycle of plants and how important they are. Next week we have planned a number of different plant investigations – something to look forward to. We will also be participating in a Greek themed food tasting activity!
Homework – 1. Reading, reading and reading. 2. Children are to make a model of a flowering plant using everyday materials that can be found at home. Finished models are due in Monday 4th July 2016. Spare instructions sheets are in the classroom!!!
Thank you to our Year 5 children who remembered to donate a prize towards our Summer Fair 2016. All details are listed in the attached document below.
Football – Tuesday 21st June 2016
Year 5 Football Squad will be taking part in the ‘Dodd’ Cup Football Competition at Heswall Primary School. We will be fielding a team of 7 players for 5 games, with each game lasting 8 minutes. The competition will start at 2.30pm and should finish at 4.30pm.
Over the last two weeks Year 5 have been….
- Reading a number of Greek Myths and Legends – performing our interpretations on each through mime and discussing the purpose and influence.
- Creating our own Mythical Creature and starting to write narratives experimenting with powerful adjectives.
- Learning about the great art of the Ancient Greeks through the Parthenon Marbles, researching historical information up to present day beliefs/arguments and presenting thoughts and opinions to each other. We have produced some fantastic pieces of writing and held some interesting debates.
- Studying who the Ancient Greeks worshiped and why?
- Looking at artefacts, in particular Greek vases that help to explain what life was like in Ancient times. The children have been demonstrating their sketching and shading skills ready to add their artwork to our classroom displays.
- Applying our subtraction to skills by completing a number of challenging reasoning activities in our groups and reviewing mode, median, range and mean – always a favourite!
West Wirral Primary Schools’ Swimming Gala 2016
We have been invited by Hoylake Swimming Club to take part in the West Wirral Primary Schools’ Swimming Gala which will be held at Leasowe Recreation Centre on Monday 13th June 2016 commencing at 7.15pm. Six children have been selected to represent Year 5 and Pensby Primary School – Congratulations!
Friday 27th May
The last week before half term and we have been building up to our Commons Debate in Year 5 with so many arguments for and against leaving the EU! The children have been so motivated and passionate about how this decision will affect their future and forming their own opinions to make a final vote in class. Year 5 decided based on the facts and points discussed that they want to remain in the European Union.
Our focus will now move to Lord Elgin and the Parthenon Sculptures debate that will also link with our on going History topic Ancient Greece.
We have exhausted fractions and have decided to review our subtraction and multiplication skills after half term along with our problem solving techniques and sampling some new questions.
We will also be developing our racket skills and taking advantage of the glorious weather, hopefully taking our sports outside – table tennis, tennis and rounders.
So please make sure you all pack sun cream and water bottles.
A huge thank you to all of our sponsors as the amount we are all helping to raise for Cancer Research is increasing by the day. Our Race for Life and Charity Day was fantastic and each class played their part. I am so proud of year 5 as we all ran 5k – excellent job!
Friday 20th May
Continuing with our debate theme for writing we have discussed 2 interesting subjects so far (CCTV within classrooms and detentions after school) and the children will now choose their own topics for writing arguments this week. We will be bobbing just like they do at the House of Commons and we will appoint a Speaker who will hopefully keep our debates fair and friendly!
We will be working hard to secure our fraction skills next week as so far we have covered fractions of amounts, equivalents, improper and mixed number fractions. The children have adopted a can do positive approach to their work and should be pleased with their progress so far. We will move onto subtraction, addition and multiplication.
Homework this week –
Thank you to parents who attended the year 5 meeting on Tuesday. Please find the information discussed in the links below.
Friday 13th May
A hard and gruelling week for Year 6. Congratulations to all of them.
Our year 5 class have been magnificent in their support by giving up their classroom this week without even a whinge or whimper. I was extremely proud of all of you. Thank you.
Therefore it would not be fair to single one person out for Star of the Week Award and so we decided to present this to the whole of year 5 for their efforts.
A change of scenery has worked wonders for our writing this week with the majority of our children producing fabulous powerful, persuasive pieces of work having drafted, discussed and debated in great detail.
Next week we will be continuing with debates but focusing on a new argument!!!!
The weather has been glorious this week and we have took full advantage of this by extending our PE times and enjoying a competitive game of rounders. Our class team is really improving as we are starting to work as a team, demonstrating the need to transfer skills from basic ball skill lessons and cardio drills, into games that demand a good level of concentration, fitness and comradery.
We have been continuing with our Ancient Greece topic for History, also using popular Myths and Legends up until half term to excite and motivate the children during our Guided Reading tasks.
Homework this week is based on Geography with the children being asked to revise The Map of Europe and label it according to the instructions and to also identify countries within Europe and know their capital cities.
The details for Race for Life and Charity Day is attached below.
Football for Year 5 – This will be for the school football team up until the end of our Summer Term, after school on Thursdays 3.30 – 4.30pm. In preparation for our Round Robin Competition at Heswall Primary School – 21st June 2016. All details will be sent home before half term.
Race for Life/Charity Day 2016
To donate, please go to our Just Giving Page by clicking HERE.
You can also view the information letter by clicking HERE.
Friday 6th May
At last the sun has made an appearance! The children have really enjoyed their play times this week with the majority wearing hats, sun cream and drinking plenty of water. We have been helping year 6 again this week but the children seem to be used to moving classrooms and have demonstrated a mature attitude to the changes in our timetable.
Congratulations to Year 5 as we have won the attendance award again!!! We need to decide on a whole class treat and arrange this after SATs week.
This week in year 5
- During our debate topic we have discussed the features of an argument, talked about examples, viewpoints, how to write facts and opinions. Our first discussion was interesting as the whole class had a positive input. Should CCTV cameras be installed in all classrooms in all schools in the UK? Our homework this week is based around this question.
- Maths has been challenging this week as we have been sharpening our conversion skills with metric and imperial units. We will need to cover some more ground next week.
- Rivers Project – has come to an end and we have revised the journey of a river and played a number of team games to ensure we know our key terms and definitions.
- Spelling – another exciting and competitive review with the majority of the class learning their spellings and succeeding with the bonus spellings. Excellent effort this week!
- PE – we have collected homework and have been impressed with the detail and effort that has gone into each session. The children have developed their own fitness circuits with warm up and cool down and have even included music to go with each workout! We are really looking forward to testing each session. Maddie and Bradley will take the first part of our PE lesson next week.
Good Luck to Year 6 next week!
It is SATs week and the school will be supporting Year 6 and wishing them all the best.
Believe in your abilities – you can do it!
Friday 29th April
This week we have received information leaflets for parents regarding the assessment for Grammar School Education. Parents need to read the information and apply online using the link or request an application form using the contact number on the leaflet. The closing date for this is Tuesday 31st May 2016.
The details for Upton Hall School are detailed in the link below.
We have been extremely proud of one member of our class this week who represented our school, along with a Year 6 pupil in a Spelling Bee Competition. This took place at Thingwall Primary School with Year 5 progressing to round three! They were up against other children from other schools in the area and did a fabulous job! Congratulations.
Our class have worked exceptionally hard this week to try and up level their work and finish their work within the time! It has been hard but they have all persevered and managed to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
We have completed our research project on towns within our local area and the United Kingdom. The children have educated each other by sharing information and researching additional facts together.
A massive pat on the back to one of our year 5 members who along with our class sampled a challenging question today in our maths session. He showed a fantastic ability to explain his method, in detail and with accuracy and confidence. A wonderful display of applying his knowledge and a well deserved Head Teachers award!
The Radio Times Competition entries will be posted next week – fingers crossed we send a winning design! The children have thoroughly enjoyed researching the Queen and looking back at the history of all of our Monarchs.
- Debates – arguments for and against using various topics.
- Maths – fractions, conversions and problem solving activities
- Geography – water cycle and pollution
- History – Ancient Greece – starting our topic
- PE – analysing and performing our fitness programme as per our homework
Homework – Homework 27.04.16
The latest newsletter is now available on our school website and please remember it is Bank Holiday on Monday, therefore the school will be closed and we look forward to seeing everyone Tuesday 3rd May 2016.
Friday 22nd April
We have wasted no time at all diving back into our work and trying hard to maintain the standards and fun we achieved last term. We have continued with our Spelling Bee practise and discovered new words to add to our vocabulary bank!
We have experienced some disruption to our lessons this week, however the children have remained focused and have all worked together. Thank you 5G for your understanding this week. Logistically we are back to normal next week.
Our activities this week include;
- Coordinates and Line Graphs with a review on times tables, using our knowledge to help with investigations.
- Fact and Opinion – discussing the differences and testing a few examples. Researching and discussing facts about Queen Elizabeth II, forming opinions about the Queen and the Royal Family and the Role they play.
- The Queen’s Birthday – continuing with our Radio Times Cover Competition, discussing her birthday, researching the Queen and looking back at her 90 years. Collecting information on Royal Celebrations, important events, looking in detail at her family tree and history of our Monarchs.
- Started our 1 mile a day training.
Please can we remind children to bring in their water bottles, as we do not have an endless supply of plastic cups. The weather has been wonderful this week and the children need to stay hydrated. All 5G will need water bottles for Monday!
Friday 1st April
Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Champion – who will now go on to represent Year 5 and our school in the Final at Thingwall. We are also extremely proud of everyone’s excellent efforts – not forgetting Year 5 who have supported them this week.
Homework for over the Easter Break – READ (at least 6 references in your reading logs) and also start to plan and note ideas regarding the Radio Times competition for the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Have plans ready for when we return to school so we can start to experiment and try different methods.
Build up to Easter Break
- Year 5 spelling Bee – our successful spellers in our class round were Isaac, Molly, Melissa and Luke who all progressed to round 1. The next challenge was for the children to demonstrate their ability to spell in front of the whole school during assembly to try and narrow down the group from four to one! This proved to be rather difficult!!! Molly, Melissa and Luke were just too good and were hard to beat! I must admit we are extremely proud of all of their efforts, however we will only be able to take one member of our class to the final at Thingwall Primary School. Watch this space as our winner will be announced Friday 1st April.
- English – Romeo and Juliet proved to be a popular choice for year 5 this year , as the children have thoroughly enjoyed reading each others play scripts and putting our own twist on the famous balcony scene! We have finished this topic with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ or ‘The Romantic Comedy’ as we have described it in class.
- Geography – we are finally completing our work on Rivers during our last week and the journey from source to mouth.
- British Values – we are pleased to confirm that year 5 will be participating in the Radio Times competition for children nationwide to design the front cover of the magazine to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. We have started to look at this and plan our ideas. The children will be asked to continue this plan over the Easter holiday ready to experiment and produce their final ideas when we return to school. For further information – www.radiotimes.com/queencover
- Easter Holiday – School closes Friday 1st April and we re open for the start of a new term Monday 18th April. Have a lovely break!
Monday 14th March
So far this week…….
- We have enjoyed a wonderful afternoon listening to and watching The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The children were stunned and amazed – it was a great experience. The main focus was ‘Keeping Traditions.’ This year’s concert explored the influences of folk music on the world of classical music, including English, Argentinian, Hungarian and American folk traditions. Alasdair Malloy presented our engaging programme which included Copland, Vaughan Williams, Bartok and Rimsky-Korsakov.
- Year5/6 have also been invited to take part in a Spelling Bee competition along with other schools in our area. Pupils will take part in a range of spelling activities in front of an amazed audience. Activities will include the following: writing the correct spellings for words; orally spelling words; and correctly identifying misspelt words. We will start our competition in school to find our star spellers and then compete against others schools at Thingwall Primary School on 27th April. The competition will be open to all year 5 and 6 pupils and is aimed to provide children with both the opportunity and encouragement to improve their spelling whilst having fun- and potentially winning a prize! Spelling Bee words are attached below.
- Sports Relief – Friday 18th March. We are arranging an Inter-House Dodge Ball event with every class participating and having fun raising money, developing their physical skills and building positive relationships within their teams. Classes will also be taking part in our Sports Relief Run which will include children walking, jogging or running around and through our playgrounds, achieving a maximum distance of 1 mile. All we ask is for families to donate £1 and for children to arrive in school on Friday in sports attire. (Football, Netball, Rugby, Tennis kits, Dance or Martial Arts uniforms etc.)
This week in Year 5
- Completed William Shakespeare scripts from Marcia Williams version of Romeo and Juliet
- Secured mental strategies for multiplication
- Made Mother’s Day cards along with messages
- Completed writing task for phases of the Moon – Thank goodness! Hooray!!!!
- Spanish – reviewed numbers to 20
- Guided Reading – The Iron Man – completed reading the book , along with group discussions and evaluations.
Next week in Year 5
- Continue with play scripts – direct speech – dialogue, speech bubbles and re-write short play script of conversation between two characters in play
- Develop mental skills and written methods for Multiplication and Division
- Revise times tables
- Enjoy the performance of Wind in the Willows at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton and prepare for our visit to The Liverpool Philharmonic
- Tag Rugby – movement and tag techniques
- Reports to parents to go ‘live’ Friday 11th March
- Try to complete pastel sketches on Rivers using Monet as our inspiration
- Look at how Rivers are formed and their journey
- Spanish – continuing with securing age and colours
Tuesday 1st March – Maths Meeting for Parents
Thank you for attending our maths meeting, it was great to see so many parents supporting our children. As promised the slides are attached below should you need to refer to them and our calculation policy.
This week in Year 5 we have been reading the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and discussing the story as a whole class. We have explored the old fashioned language that was used by William Shakespeare in his plays. We really enjoyed trying to work out which modern day songs had been translated into old fashioned wording! We will be continuing with our new topic of William Shakespeare and will start creating our own modern versions of his play scripts.
The galaxy water colour paintings that Year 5 have created are looking beautiful on our space display – we are really pleased with the outcomes of our art work. Next week the children will be using oil pastels to create river scenes as influenced by Monet.
also next week….
- PE – continuing to develop our tag rugby skills next week, which will include dodging and ball skills, running with the ball, tagging and playing various games.
- Rally Coaching has been the focus this week in maths working in pairs, explaining how to work out problems, using key vocabulary and demonstrating written methods and calculations. Next week will be multiplication and division.
- Geography – becoming familiar with using OS Maps, coordinates and scales. Using the OS map for Wirral the children have located different areas according to a set criteria and economic activity, used 6 figure grid references and scales to measure distances.
- Science – explored the different phases of the moon. The children were brilliant working as teams to practically demonstrate the different phases, using a torch as the sunlight and a ball as the moon.
- Maths Meeting for parents – Tuesday 1st March
- Homework this week – Multiplication questions and reading Iron Man – to the end!
This week we are continuing with our descriptive writing on the moon ‘Pandora’ from the film Avatar. The exciting paragraphs that we have written so far are brilliant – full of adjectives and alliteration! Keep up the good work Year 5, I can’t wait to read your finished pieces!
In maths we are adding and subtracting with decimals and applying these skills to solve tricky problems.
In science, Year 5 will become an ‘expert’ of one of the planets in our solar system. Their challenge is to try and ‘sell’ their planet to the rest of the class!
Linking with our science topic ‘Earth and Space’ we will be using watercolours to create beautiful artwork of space.
The Spanish in Year 5 is coming on really well – this week we will be learning the numbers 11-20.
In PE we have continued with circuit training to raise our fitness levels. We are all getting better at the plank each week!
As you can see it is going to be a very busy week – you will all be ready to break up for a rest on Friday and returning to school Monday 22nd February! Please find our news letters on our school webpage.
Reminder: Parents evening is Tuesday 9th February and Tuesday 23rd February. For any parents who still require appointments please contact the office.
Reminder: It is the Valentines disco on Thursday 11th February.
KS1 – 3:30 – 4:15pm
KS2 – 4:30 – 5:30pm.
Year 5 and 6 have been invited to Calday’s performance of The Wind in the Willows at the Floral Pavilion on Tuesday 8th March and are also planning a visit to Liverpool Philharmonic on Monday March 14th. Details of both trips are on the link below.
IMPORTANT : Details of our upcoming visits, Please click on this link… Visits March 2016
This week in Year 5 we have been working on our own raps in English. We have really enjoyed listening to each others work so far.
We have worked hard to solve problems in maths using different methods of addition and subtraction and checking our calculations for accuracy.
Spanish this week we reviewed our greetings and how to introduce ourselves and used this to have conversations with our shoulder partners – ¡La clase era muy buena!
Science we explored the movement of the Earth and Moon in our Solar System and why we experience day and night as the Earth rotates.
This week we have all decided to make a Year 5 information booklet based on our science topic Earth and Space. Therefore homework is to think of an area that you would like to know more about, research it over the weekend and present your information in your own words onto our A3 template sheet. You may wish to draw pictures or diagrams to go with your research. Remember, be specific! For example: choose a planet in our Solar System, Black Holes, a space station or astronauts and their roles.
Have a great weekend Year 5! Thank you for a lovely week!
- Maths – solving multi-step problems by identifying the correct calculation we need to use
- Literacy – narrative and descriptive writing linking with our science topic ‘Earth and Space’
- Continue with our cardio circuits – focusing on movements, balance and coordination
- Science – exploring the different planets in our Solar System
- Spanish – learning our numbers in Spanish
Friday 22nd January
What a productive week in Year 5! The children have been really focused and motivated.
Super job everyone.
Homework this week is My Maths activities which will complete our work this term on perimeter and area. If the children have any problems logging on then please inform us on Monday morning.
- Maths – subtraction and addition – reviewing written methods, solving problems and becoming confident with using numbers
- Poetic style – complete our very own rap, based on Michael Rosen’s Rap. Perform and film performances and evaluate our efforts
- Continue with our cardio circuits – ball skills mixed with a range of cardio stations
- Science – Solar System
- Geography – Landscapes within the United Kingdom
- Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation – speech and how to punctuate speech when we use it in writing
Monday 18th January
This week in year 5 we will be continuing with our poetry and using Michael Rosen’s poems as our main focus. We have performed and analysed a number of his most popular free verse poems and our research and curiosity has led us towards writing our own performance pieces, filming and evaluating our poems. This make take some time and a number of takes!!!
Also this week we will be …..
- Completing area investigations and keeping our skills sharp by reviewing multiplication, division, subtraction and addition methods
- Taking part in our attendance award – Additional PE sessions as voted for by the children
- Spellings – create new review lists for each of our groups to take home and learn!
- Starting our science topic with Miss Earp
- Continue with our mental maths skills
- Plan our next visit to Pensby Library
- Start reading our class novel
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Happy New Year and welcome back to school! Mrs Robson, Miss Earp and I had a fantastic Christmas and we all appreciated the generosity shown by our children and their families. We were overloaded and overwhelmed with cards and presents, so a big, big thank you.
We will be starting the new year as we mean to go on. We will be working hard throughout the next 5 weeks starting with our Geography and Science topics. This and next week we will be…….
- Securing our maths skills with mental addition and subtraction
- Reviewing perimeter and area
- Locating and identifying the UK on a map
- Locating capital cities and other large cities in the UK, looking at the population for each
- Using and becoming familiar with ordinance survey maps for our local area and the UK
- Polishing and trying to perfect our speaking and listening skills with performance poetry
- Learning about Free Verse poetry and studying poems from well known poets such as Michael Rosen
- Starting our Science Topic – Earth and Space!
- Improving our fitness by participating in cardio vascular activities!!!!!!
- Completing homework, securing our reading routines and preparing for our spelling reviews
Monday 14th December – This week at a glance
- Complete our Christmas Cards
- Organise and decorate our stall ready for the Christmas Fair – Tuesday 15th December
- Prepare questionnaire for Barclays Bank Money Skills activities
- Enjoy our Christmas Lunch
- Rock the dance floor at the KS2 Christmas Disco – Tuesday 15th December
- Make sure Mrs Gilleece remembers non – uniform day – Tuesday 15th December
- Exchange Christmas cards, gifts and judge our colouring competition
KS2 Christmas Carol Concert
Dress Rehearsal tomorrow for KS2 Performance – please remember to bring in your black tops!
KS2 Performance – Friday 11th December at 9.15am and 5.30pm.
We need to make sure we know all of the words to the finale carol – first two verses only.
Friday 4th December
VE Day – Tea Party
What a busy week!
Our WW2 topic has now come to an end with the children leading our final celebrations. I FELT EXTREMELY PROUD of each and EVERY member of our class – they are fantastic. We celebrated VE Day this week with the children all arriving at school dressed in 1940’s attire. They all looked amazing with victory rolls, dresses, slick hair and even tuxedos. We invited the whole school to join us and we all waved union jack flags in time with Vera Lyn, in between scoffing their 1940’s buffet of sweet treats and sipping their tea. Our class then entertained the school with a special assembly where they sang ‘We’ll meet again,’ and performed their very own tea dance. It was wonderful to watch and listen to – it brought a tear to my eye, it was a special moment for our class. Thank you.
Thank you to our families in year 5 for your support and generosity.
We have been lucky enough to welcome a new member to our class who will be working with us until March 2016. Joining our team will be Miss Earp, who is an associate teacher from Chester University.
- Pensby High School performance – Wizard of Oz
- Problem solving skills
- Mental maths skills
- Literacy – Self assessment
- Christmas cards and Christmas crafts
- Christmas Performance – (Friday 11th December – 9.15 am or 5.30pm)
- Handwriting competition
Wizard of Oz – Christmas Performance – Monday 7th December.
Information for our morning at Pensby High School is detailed in the letter attached below.
Friday 27th November
This week we have continued our times table challenge with x7 whilst singing songs to ‘the Cup Song!’ The children know the song and have actually educated me as I have never heard nor seen the film before. I must admit the songs are catchy and as a result our team points have been extremely high.
With our WW2 topic coming to an end we have discussed the final stages of war and in particular the Paris Peace Treaty 1947. As a result of our discussions our focus became PEACE. We researched and found lovely quotes with the children then using their emotions and producing reflective poems along with Origami Peace Doves.
We have also nearly finished our spy profiles for display and they look fantastic. The children have worked incredibly hard and produced outstanding work that they feel proud of.
Next week in Year 5
- Bonus spellings – gravitation, amalgamate, pugnacious, biodegradable, beneficiary. Have a go!
- Continuing with our classroom handwriting competition.
- Christmas performance rehearsals – Silent Night and O Little Town of Bethlehem
- Writing letters to Father Christmas – with a twist!
- Spy profiles – ready for display
- VE Day Celebrations – Thursday 3rd December. With year 5 showcasing their Tea Dance to the school during assembly and then celebrating with the rest of the school for a street party. All details attached below – Year 5 VE Day celebrations Year 5 VE Day celebrations
- Fractions – ordering, simplifying and comparing fractions, understanding equivalent fractions and understanding the relationship between decimals and percentages
- Times tables challenge – x8 (It’s all about the eights…..about the eights….no trouble..)
- Film Night – Thursday 3rd December
Friday 20th November
Christmas is fast approaching and the children have already started to warm their vocal cords with Mrs Shaw. Our songs for this years performance are Silent Night and O Little Town of Bethlehem. We will be starting our rehearsals soon so please learn your lines!
We have worked hard to secure our knowledge and understanding of number this week with our focus being multiple, factor, prime and square number investigations, along with our x6 tables. We have tuned our voices and performed the x6 tables song to the popular ‘Cheerleader’ hit – every morning! Next week our song is ‘the cup song’ and our focus will be x7.
We will be making a return visit to Pensby Library to exchange books, therefore we need to make sure all books are returned to school by Thursday 26th November please!
Our WW2 topic is coming to an end and we will be celebrating VE style with a street party and tea dance. The children will be writing poems and making peace doves, dressing up, tasting 1940’s recipes and dancing under the bunting. So this week we have used play dough to help us understand the movements of the Allies within Europe and what was the Soviet Union in 1944, 1945 and understanding how America and Japan also featured in WW2. We worked with a partner and followed the key events up to VE Day and VJ Day.
It was also important for us to highlight the role of the secret service and how they supported Winston Churchill during WW2 and how their information was successfully communicated. As a result we have created our own codes, decided upon a 1940’s name, a code name and produced a detailed piece of writing describing how they contributed to the war efforts.
Friday 13th November
What a fabulous firework display, despite the horrid weather we still managed to watch a great show. As with all of our school events its always lovely to see and speak to families. Thank you for your support.
It was the last week of our Bikeability Training Course or ‘Cycling Proficiency’ where our class were given the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence to cycle safely in and around modern roads and environment. The children were also made aware that cycling should be and can be part of their everyday activity (cycling to and from school), and its also a fun way to keep healthy. All of children progressed and were awarded certificates and badges, with some choosing to take up the same opportunity next year.
As Year 5’s teacher I felt exceptionally proud of the Bikeability group as their behaviour and general attitude was commented on by all of the instructions who thoroughly enjoyed their sessions with the children. Congratulations to all who took part and as a result of their outstanding behaviour they were all rewarded with the Head Teachers award this week. Thank you year 5 – super effort this week.
Our superstars in action – click on the link below.
Pensby Primary PTA’s Firework Display – Thursday 12th November starting at 5.45 – 6.30pm
Friday 5th November
Welcome back to our year 5 class.
We have hit the ground running this week by fine tuning our writing and trying extremely hard to up level our work, independently! Yes the children have been responsible for assessing their homework and have worked to try and master new writing skills to try and link their paragraphs, add exciting and interesting vocabulary to their work and create meatier sentences using appropriate punctuation.
Our first Bikeability sessions were a hit with most of our class participating and feeling quite tired after, but really enjoying the experience. One more session to go next week!
Our science has been quite tame this week with groups focusing on dissolving different materials and investigating whether they are soluble or insoluble, however our class demonstrated a very mature way of working and took charge of their investigations.
Friday 23rd October
Half Term has arrived and the children will appreciate a well earned rest! The Halloween disco was a great success with many arriving in daring and gruesome costumes. I did go as myself, but enjoyed a good old jig. Many thanks to our wonderful PTA who organised the disco.
We have created some potent and very colourful brews this week, observed raisins dancing and worked hard to improve our evaluation skills.
Thank you to all parents/guardians who attended the first meetings with the second set of meetings arranged for after half term.
We start our Bikeability course after half term with the children becoming increasingly excited at the prospect of venturing out onto the roads with their instructors once they have mastered a number of mobility and balancing skills! We begin Wednesday 4th November with morning and afternoon sessions and then a second week of cycling planned for Wednesday 11th November.
SPLISH, SPLASH, SPLOSH!!
As part of our PE Curriculum we will be beginning our swimming programme with Mr Arnold,and our aim will be to try and promote regular swimming sessions, with children swimming 25 meters in a competent stroke.
Friday 16th October 2015
Year 5 Library visit – where children were given the opportunity to use our local facilities and meet members of our local community. We spent most of the morning listening to how we can use the library system and were then given the chance to peruse the bulging book shelves of the children’s section, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. They were more than happy to take ownership of choosing an appropriate reading book to take home and their behaviour was very impressive. We have arranged a return visit where the children will be able to exchange their books after half term.
We have completed our review of the Holocast and in particular our study of Anne Frank, with the children producing some fabulous letters and memorial designs. They have been so expressive and passionate during our class activities that we have decided to produce a piece of artwork that showcases our feelings and emotions. We will start this after half term with 4 Creative Designers on hand to ensure we produce a superb piece of artwork! No pressure then!
Friday 9th October 2015
A very emotional week in year 5 as we have started to look at the Life of Anne Frank and learn about her life through video, pictures and her diary. It has been a fascinating few sessions. We have enjoyed a practical week in maths, visualising a range of 3D shapes and discovering a new set of shapes that the children managed to recreate with art straws. Every morning we have been tuning our vocal cords and singing our times tables – x6 and x7.
Our Spitfires, Hurricanes and Messerschmitt’s are now taking form and will soon be taking flight. The children are so proud of their models.
Thank you for returning the bike ability consent forms, the children are really looking forward to starting their courses which will begin after half term – 4th, 11th November.
Please click the link below to view our Halloween Disco Flyer…
Friday 2nd October 2015
Our focus this week has been our writing. The children have worked hard to collect information from different sources, make notes from audio, visuals and class discussions. We then asked the children to write a report about the Battle of Britain. What great results! This is a topic that is close to their hearts and they have used their passion for this subject to produce some fantastic work. We are so proud of their efforts.
We have really enjoyed our time together this week and have experienced a number of different emotions, especially where our Brain Buster activities were concerned. We began each session feeling rather confused, and at times frustrated, however the children ploughed on and tested their patience and explored different ideas…eventually we arrived at the answer or method. It was great to watch and of course we had a giggle about it afterwards!
We have enjoyed our absorption experiment and our spellings challenge as our list was extremely difficult this week, but we all had a go, and what fun we had! The children have now decided that our spellings review will be every Friday and we are going to award ‘Star Speller’ and create our own bonus spelling list of “really hard words, like really long ones!”
We have started work on our RAF and Luftwaffe fleet with pictures attached to our link below, along with showcasing medals awarded to family members for their role in WW2!
I think we all need the weekend to recover and get set for next week.
Friday 25th September
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
Just some of the famous quotes the children have read and discussed this week. The children have found Sir Winston Churchill’s speeches to be very inspiring and have encouraged them to delve deeper into our History topic. We have completed our Dunkirk models with the children producing some fantastic written explanations and our 2nd group have made their WW2 shortbread. Year 5 and Year 6 have worked together in Maths learning more about Derek the ‘Decimal.’ This has been a roller coaster of emotions as it is not one of the easiest areas to master. We got there in the end!
A great win for Greenbank this week, who managed to fight off stiff competition from their rivals. I am sure they enjoyed their reward! We start a fresh next week, so keep trying everyone!
Next week we will be starting our spitfire models and focusing on report writing.
Friday 18th September
What a fabulous week in year 5! The children have worked incredibly hard and are still very enthusiastic about our WW2 topic. We have had some wonderful show and tells this week with so many of our class showcasing their great grandparents’ medals, awards and memorabilia. We have progressed from the Evacuations of Dunkirk and have been researching the Battle of Britain which is fascinating! We have listened to a number of famous speeches by Sir Winston Churchill, created our very own class leaders who have also given powerful and passionate speeches! Next week we hope to finish our writing tasks and design, build and mould our own RAF squadrons.
The children have worked hard on their Dunkirk Lego models, we have a few in progress photographs.
Please remember our PE day is Monday and all Homework is set on Thursdays and to be handed in on Monday mornings please.
Friday 11th September
Our first full week back in school and boy it has been a busy one! Our new year 5 class have settled in brilliantly and are already showing how grown up they can be and also how organised they all are.
So far so good!
We have started our WW2 topic with the children throwing themselves into our discussions and work. They have really enjoyed our fact finding missions this week and have created some fabulous pieces of writing as well as eye catching posters.
We had a successful parents meeting on Wednesday and it was lovely to see familiar faces as well as new. For those parents who attended – Thank you. For those parents who did not attend you can make an appointment with the office to pop into Year 5 and collect your child’s pack as it will not take long to explain our routines and expectations for this year.
Next week the lunch time and after school sports clubs will start. In particular Yr5/6 Football will be Monday for Y5 and Wednesday for Y6, both at lunch times. Football kits or PE kits will be required. Also KS2 Netball will be held at lunchtime on Tuesdays with children wearing their PE or Netball kits if they have one.
We are so proud of the children this week as the majority of the class completed the Race for Life 5k! They were fantastic and showed how mature and sensible they can be by cheering on the rest of the school with so many members of our class running again with F2, Y1 and Y2. Congratulations Year 5!
Dress up and Dance Day which was organised for Macmillan and in memory of Mrs Dennison was another fantastic day in which the children arrived dressed in 1950’s attire! They looked awesome and were all so complimentary towards each other. Our dance was very fast and complicated with staff watching future stars in the making. Unfortunately the staff missed out on their performance – what a shame, we were bitterly disappointed!!!!!!
Another productive month for year 5 with the children taking on a new challenge. The 1 mile a day challenge, where we all run, jog or walk 1 mile each and every morning until our Race for Life event in July. The children showed a lack of pace and stamina at first, however they have really excelled and have started to all jog at a steady pace around our track. By the end of the month the children can all run 1 mile and have managed to improve their times and have even doubled the distance.
We have also enjoyed a visit to Pensby High School with the children participating in different curricular activities- Geography, Drama, DT and Science. We loved our day! We have also started reading and listening to Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. The children are hooked and find the music exciting and thrilling to listen to. As a result we have designed our own aliens and Martians with the children creating models using paper Mache.
We have continued with our forces topic with the children all designing their own parachutes and then creating a generic parachute for Mr Fred to be able to land safely! The children tested the theory of Air Resistance and carefully recorded their results. We have also held a number of discussions regarding the local elections and which parties are running for Government. The children have found this subject interesting and as a result we set a research based homework with the children then presenting their information and opinions to each other. It was very entertaining. It was like a scene from the House of Commons!
We have decided as a class to introduce a spelling review each week, where the children will help to gather a list of words that are unfamiliar to them and will take them home to learn and then hopefully start to apply their spelling knowledge to their work – fingers crossed! The children have also demonstrated how they can pull together in order to help others, as they kindly and very thoughtfully gave up their classroom for year 6 SATs week. Well done Year 5 – we are very proud of you.
This month our year 5 class received a planned visit from Roberts Bakery! The children were lucky enough to make their very own loaves of bread. It was a great 2 days.
We have focused on our forces topic and made spinners which we tested using a variety of variables.
The children have also been enjoying our work on different climate zones of the world, the traditions, beliefs and practices of Buddhism.
Dear Parents and Families,
Welcome to 2015! Let’s hope all those New Year Resolutions about working hard and meeting targets will last throughout the term!
Over the year we will be posting lots of information on this page to help you support your child at home. Each week we will put the homework task on here and let you know what we have been doing in class.
Our Topic for this term is Greeks and we will be learning lots about their heroes, adventures and way of life includng the beginnings of democracy which will be very relevant as Britain builds up to a General Election in May!!
We continue out links with Stanley School with groups of children joining in with some of their music sessions and beating out Samba rhythms plus a group work with Derek Mountfield (ex Everton player) on their football skills.
Every class in school starts the day with a short maths skills lesson/challenge. We sometimes use the MyMaths website to provide the activities. Remember you can log on at any time at home to use this website and play the games. The children’s login details are the same as last year.
Finally, Year 5’s PE session is on Friday afternoon. PE kits will need to be in every day during term time and will be sent home for cleaning during the holidays. Please ensure that all your child’s belongings are clearly labelled.
Today (Thursday 19th March) your children should bring home a letter with some news – after 24 years at Pensby Junior and then Primary School I have decided to have some ‘me-time’ and so will be retiring from teaching at the end of the Easter holidays. I have no great plans and must admit to be a little apprehensive about how I will fill my time away from all that lesson preparation and asssessment so if you see me looking lost around Heswall I’m sure you will understand!
Your children have made huge progress in year 5 and I’m sure that will continue as Mrs Gilleece takes over the reins!
Thank you for your support over the time your children have been with me and I wish them and you all the very best for the future.
Homework for this week – 19.3.15
Normal routine tasks are:
Reading at home 3 times a week
Practising times tables
Spellings to learn
The homework this week is a series of sorting puzzles -the children have been shown how to make a grid of the information before they start to answer the questions – it’s all about logical thinking which is very useful to all of us!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – Friday 20th sees an eclipse -do take care on your way to school as it should just be about to start as you arrive here before 9:00am