The children arrived to school to a surprise this term as their new topic 'Ancient Greece was introduced!
They enjoyed a jam packed day of activities. They tried traditional Greek food (mousakka, tzatziki, pitta bread and Greek salad), took part in an Olympic games, enjoyed traditional Greek dancing and even had an intense maths lesson using Pythagoras' theorem.
Take a look at our photos and videos!
A lovely message was left for Idris this morning! Sharing is caring...especially when it comes to books we love ❤️. Well done Darcie for your thought and kindness!
Design & Technology
Year 5 have created some truly amazing night lights!
They evaluated existing night lights on the market for children and identified the purpose, functionality, design decisions and materials that had been used. The criteria which was set specified the children had to use an electrical circuit that was controlled by a homemade switch so the children practised making their own press and turn switches which would be used in their final product. Here are some children practising their skills:
Then they put their skills in action and created an electrical night according to their design specification.
Take a look!
WOW! Just look at that incredible progress...
As promised, here is a selection of our volcano sculptures that we made in Art & Design.
Whilst using the coiling technique, the children really focussed on creating texture to their volcano and building a sloping shape.
Once the clay had dried, they used their knowledge of primary and secondary colours to mix together paint which would best suit their volcano. As you can see, they worked really hard to make sure the paint was combined on the volcano so that there were no definitive lines or joins.
Year 5 are very, very excited!
Children that achieved 85% or over in their accelerated reader quizzes from a term got entered into a raffle to visit Peter's Library in Birmingham. Our three lucky winners were responsible for choosing a range of books for our class bookshelf!
Not only were they delighted at the range of books but Miss Appleby was extremely impressed at how the children chose books with certain pupils reading preferences in mind...
We can't wait for them to arrive and get started reading!
A Christmas Carol (concert)!
We look forward to welcoming you to our Christmas Carol Concert during the afternoon of 18th December.
The children have been working extremely hard on practising two songs which they are looking forward to performing to you. You will hear that this year, Year Five have been exploring singing their Christmas songs and including a range of musical skill such as: harmonies, parts, instruments and even an echo!
If you want to hear a sneak peak of our songs, click on the links below:
New class book alert!!!
Not only have we got a new book to share in Year 5 but we have also received a very exciting letter from the author!
Year 5 expressed a huge interest in this book when they saw it sat on the desk at the front of the classroom... as well as it being hugely entertaining from the perspective of the narrator but it also fits in with our current Jigsaw topic of 'Celebrating Difference'.
Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.
There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it.
He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite!
But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help.
That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan. . .
If you are enjoying this book then we recommend...
Written by the same author, this book covers more important topics in a sensitive and subtle manner through the innocence of a child's character.
'I've always wanted to be a Star Hunter. But I don't want to be the kind that looks for old stars that have already been burning for millions of years. I want to find the brand new ones - the ones that have only just been born and are searching for the people they've left behind...'
Another book which explores the journey of life during a civil war. It is an extremely thought provoking book which powerfully calls for children to think about others and negative experiences they may have faced.
Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sisters were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn't care about politics - all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes . . .
Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. Yet no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them - until they have no other choice than to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go when you can't go home?
Have you been on TT Rockstars? Make sure you are using this at home to help to improve and consolidate your timestables knowledge..
Our top scorers this month are:
Well done... what rock stars!
What a great afternoon we had! Half of the class enjoyed creating volcanoes out of clay on Thursday while the rest of the class took part in forest school.
We specifically looked at the coiling technique to build our 3D form and ensuring we used 'slip' to 'glue' our clay coils together.
Next stop.... painting them to create effect!
Here are some images of us creating our sculptures. Look out for the finished products
Spellings are given out on a weekly basis (every Monday) and are tested on the following Monday. Please ensure you work with your child to practise these spellings individually and in sentences which will help to embed meaning.
This weeks grammar homework is on relative clauses. This grammar has been taught in this week's lessons. For more support BBC Bitesize offers clear explanations as well as fun activities which can be completed (link is below).
Children are encouraged to read for 30 minutes a night to improve their fluency. This will allow the children to take part in weekly quizzes which will ultimately result in progression of their reading ability. Please listen to your child read as frequently as possible. If your child is interested in reading a book from home or the library, there is a website which can aid your child in gauging the reading range and level of the book (link below).
Mathletics and Timestables rockstars passwords are in the children's home learning books for children to engage in these activities at home.
As always, thank you for your support at home.
Miss Bingham and Mrs Rudd.
Useful links for home:
TT Rockstars: https://play.ttrockstars.com/
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
LoveReading4Kids (a great tool for trialling books!): https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/
Our visit to Dudley Canals
We recently visited Dudley Canal Trust to experience a canal boat trip. Despite the VERY wet weather, the children spent an hour on the canals learning about the history of The Black Country - including the old volcano at Barrow Hill. Learning about the Dudley canals and Barrow Hill fits in with out 'Forces of Nature' learning which has zoomed in on volcanoes and earthquakes!
We also got to consolidate some prior learning of the water cycle by taking part in a 'watery weather' workshop. The children even got to record their own weather report!
Welcome to Year 5!
Miss Bingham is Year Five's class teacher and Mrs Rudd is our teaching assistant. We are also supported by our resource base teacher, Miss Paulson and our resource base teaching assistant, Miss Leddy.
As a team, we are excited about the year ahead and look forward to building a working partnership between staff, pupils, parents and carers to maximise children's learning.
This term our theme is 'Forces of Nature' with a particular focus on Science. This theme will encompass Geography, History, IT, music and Art through many cross curricular links.
Our P.E days are Tuesday and Friday
Please ensure that children have the correct P.E kit according to the school's uniform policy (children are expected to wear black jogging bottoms or shorts, a white polo shirt and black P.E pumps). To ensure missing items of clothing are returned as quickly as possible, make sure their kit is labelled with their name.