Friday 30th June
Today Year 5 went to Sale Waterpark for a fun (and long) day of water sports and team building activities. Here are a selection of images for you to see what they got up to. They thoroughly enjoyed it and may of them would actually say their favourite part was jumping (or bombing!) into the lake, both in the raft building and on the katakanuing. For some reason they didn't mind getting soaked, nor sharing the lake with the fish and the birds! At least they had their wet suits on, something that proved an easier task for some than others to get on...and off! Also, you might be surprised at how tricky it is trying to lower a 'helium filled' bamboo cane to the ground using only 1 finger...
If your child didn't bring some items home, we did return with a couple of bin bags of wet lost property collected form the changing rooms.
Thursday 29th June
Today our class have enjoyed an afternoon of tennis down at Hale Lawn Tennis Club. They have been learning various skills and played against each other. They have all been in high spirits, despite the persistant 'wet' rain!
Sale water park tomorrow: just a reminder that the children need to be here for 8:50 tomorrow and we will return to school around 4:50. They need to wear comfy old clothes, which they don't mind getting wet. It is important that they bring a spare set of clothes and trainers, as well as a towel and their packed lunch. The activities they have in store look like lots of fun and it will be a great way to end sports week.
Today we say goodbye to Mr Whitehead who finishes his PGCE placement with us. The children have enjoyed having him in our class and he has assured them that they will see him again as he has volunteered his services for the rearranged sports day! Let's hope it is drier this time!
Monday 26th June
This week is 'Sports Week' and throughout the week there are various different sports which the children are participating in. This afternoon, our class got to have a go at Bubble Football. The children (and I!) thoroughly enjoyed it, although it was a little claustrophobic inside the bubble! I am sure that some birthday party requests will be put to you all soon!
Thursday 22nd June
Today, our class have been to Quary Bank Mill for our rivers study work. We looked at the different features, speed and effects of the water on the pathway. Despite the rain (yes it's been lovely, dry and warm for the last few days but we had a cold and wet day!), the children enjoyed the activities. Once we got back to school, our class then did 'dance' outside with Mr Whitehead - they loved dancing to 'Desposito'!
Wednesday 24th May
We have hidden some of our clay models in the gardens. Here are some pictures of them. Can you find them? Remember, if you do see any please don't touch them.
Thursday 18th May
This week has been 'Art Week' at school. In the mornings our classes have been together doing some art work, then in the afternoons he while school have been grouped into mixed classes based on the teachers' project ideas. During the morning sessions, 5KW have done silhouette paintings, had a drumming workshop and created some clay fairy houses / gnomes / fairy doors / castles. Our afternoon group has been working on drawing animals and making an animal out of recycled materials. Here are a selection of some pictures from this week so far.
Wednesday 9th May
This week the Neighbourhood Watch team were back in this week to discuss this term's project which is 'Anti-Social Behviour'. The children have been looking at types of ASB and what to do if they see this. They are working towards creating another leaflet to be distributed around Trafford.
Friday 28th April
Our current English topic has been 'Moving Pictures' and learning all about the different aspects of film making. Today the children in our class have been using the ipdas to create their own section of a film, focussing on the different camera angles and the impact they can have on the mood and feeling of the scene. Here are some of the children mid-filming.
Friday 21st April
Welcome back after the Easter holidays. I hope you had a lovely break.
This week's maths lessons have focussed on angles and using a protractor. As a way of embedding our understanding of angles and measuring skills, we created 'Dabs' and measured the various different angles created by this position. The children used 'Seesaw' to take the images, which they could then draw the angles on. I am fairly confident this helped their skills as well as being an enjoyable lesson!
Monday 27th March
Today, Year 5 went on a trip to Bramall Hall. This amazing building has recently been restored and the children have benefitted a great deal from the effort and enthusiasm of the staff there. During the day, the children learnt all about the Hall itself, music and dance, foods, health and how to build the houses. They even had a go at making their very own using the traditional methods (well as traditional as we can do, using clay rather than the original dung!) Here are some pictures from a couple of the groups. can you spot what we were doing? Also, a big thank you to Mrs Harrison, Mr Davies and Mrs Carr for helping and coming with us on the trip.
Tuesday 21st March
Today year 5 went to the ABC church to take part in 'Rewind to Easter'. They learnt about the Easter story and even planted their own bulbs..I look forward to hearing which plants they grown into!
Thursday 16th March
In science today we have looked at the properties of solids, liquids and gases. To help us remember is we used our bodies to represent the particles during different states.
Friday 10th March
Maths homework this week (for my group) will be fractions of amounts. Please compete and hand in by Wednesday.
Topic - we have learnt about the features of Tudor houses this week and recreated them using our drawing skills. Here are some of them. Can you see any similarities? What features do you recognise?
Thursday 2nd March
Today was World Book Day and the children came in some super costumes! During the English lessons, we used musical instruments to create sounds for each of the different Winnie the Pooh characters. Some were very tricky to work out. The children worked very well together with other children from different year groups. This week has definitely been a great success!
Wednesday 1st March
Maths today tasked the children with trying to solve the below problem and prove their answer using other numbers. It was a good challenge!
Tuesday 28th February
Today's Winnie-the-Pooh lesson was about creating a big piece of art of the different characters. Some characters have been given a modern twist and are slightly sparklier than traditionally thought of! Which characters do you recognise?
Monday 27th February
This week's English lessons are based on the teachers' favourite books and the whole school has chosen which books they would like to work on. My favourite book growing up was Winnie-the-Pooh and all week work in my classroom will be based on this. Today we have read a couple of the funny stories (being a floating cloud and getting stuck in Rabit's house), designed a new shelter for Eeyore to try and cheer him up and finally got to taste Pooh Bear's favourite snack - bread and honey!
Friday 24th February
Today we have been lucky enough to have been visited by Jason Beresford, an author. As well as having a great assembly, we have had a workshop with him where we created an animal based super hero, who has various different super powers. Through drama and creative writing, the children have invented their own stories and had lots of fun!
In line with the new homework policy, homework this week will be different to usual. Each week I will be putting on here what the maths task will be. I will also be sending home the year's spelling list for the children to learn over the rest of the academic year. There will not be a weekly spelling test unless we see that the children's spellings needs more work in accordance with the teacher's discretion in the new policy. Unless they are having an arithmetic sheet, there will not be a homework book anymore.
This week we would like the children to spend 20-30 minutes on Times Tables Rocks Stars. Can they beat their existing score and time per question? When listening to the the children read, please ask questions about the general content and word choices (thinking about reading 'between the lines') as well as about the plot and characters.
Monday 20th February
I hope you all had a lovely half term.
Today we started our new English topic, which is all about the fabulous author Michael Morpurgo. Our work this half term is going to be based on his writing, including whole class guided reading sessions. Continuing on with our Tudor work, this afternoon we have learnt all about the Spanish Armada, Sir Frances Drake and the rivalry between Queen Elizabeth I and Phillip II of Spain. who knew that the Armada was partly a result of being rejected by the Queen!
Thursday 2nd February
In English we have been doing writing based on a video clip, which has no dialogue or audio description. Today, Year 5 have been creating an audio description for the video clip 'Dangle'. We have looked at 2 examples of how this has been used in films; Frozen and The Lion King. We discussed how this can be beneficial for visually impaired people, who still wish to enjoy television programme or films. The video shows us listening to one with our eyes closed.
Monday 30th January
Today, in topic, 5KW have been learning about the proportions of the face, in order to create their own piece of Tudor art - a portrait of someone from Henry VIII's House of Tudor. Before we started, the children were asked to draw their partner's face; looking back at them we could see how our 1st drawings differed to those which had the correct proportions. The children have all produced some super images.
Tuesday 24th January
An important skill, which the children are developing, is editing and improving their work using their own targets and peer discussions. Here are some examples of peer discussions in order to improve their writing from yesterday.
Monday 23rd January
First lesson today saw year 5 trying to write a continuation of a story. What might be happening to this lonely lady? Where could she have come from? How will she survive?
Stranded on a desert island, she slowly sat down on the warm sand. Listening to the waves gently breaking at the waters edge, she wondered to herself how this had happened.
This afternoon, 5KW have been finding out about Henry VIII's rather colourful life, interesting hobbies and his infamous number of wives. The children have remembered the rhyme "divorced beheaded died, divorced beheaded survived" to help them remember what happened to his unfortunate wives. They have used a range of websites to help them create a document all about them.
Friday 20th January
We have had a busy week this week. In English we have written a play script based on the Battle of Bosworth, the demise of King Richard III and how the War of the Roses resulted in the Tudor dynasty. It has been the second week of our Times Tables Rock Stars....we are getting more and more Rock Legends and Stars, which is great! Our week ends, as usual, with our gymnastics lessons - this week's focus is counterbalancing....it's very tricky!
Tuesday 10th January
Today Mrs Rodgers arranged a 'Pet Day' where the PDSA came into school to discuss animal welfare. Part of our maths lesson today was based on using budgets to calculate the costs of buying and caring for a pet. The children enjoyed the challenge and had some interesting questions about it too. You may spot some children dressed up as a variety of animals too!
Friday 6th January
Happy new year everyone. I hope you had a super Christmas holiday and break. I had a fantastic one becoming Mrs Southworth and I thank you for all of your well wishes at the end of the term.
We have had a busy start to the new year and have begun lots of new topics. Our PE sessions this half term include gymnastics, which you will see from the photo that we started today. Some very interesting 'bridges'! Yesterday, we had a very special visitor (Blake Thorne) who told us about Times Tables Rock Stars. Have a go at logging in this weekend and setting up your avatar - www.trrockstars.com login is the same as the one for school and Active Learn; choose your school and rock name. Can you have a go at the games and become a 'Rock Hero'? I am currently a 'Rock Legend' apparently!
Have a good weekend.
Tuesday 13th December
5KW are busy little elves today in our workshop making our product for the Christmas fair.
Tuesday 6th December
We have been lucky enough to try archery this morning with Mr Wray. It was so much fun and there were some great scores! Maybe some people will take it up for a club.
Monday 5th December
Our art topic continues this week and we are looking at Aboriginal art work. We have learnt all about the traditional pictures and stories which represent 'Dreams'. Hidden inside our pictures are symbols which tell a story. I wonder if you can work out what is happening in our versions of Aboriginal art.
Monday 28th November
Today, as part of our ongoing topic work we have looked at a different style of art and artist- Andy Warhol. The children have chosen their own 'popular everyday item' and coloured them in the 'Pop Art' style. They are very good!
Tuesday 22nd November
Today was our class' turn to go to Wellington for the annual Apprentice Challenge. The class were split into groups and had to make the most money, working together as a team. I was amazed by the amount of money the teams 'made' this year. Well done to Gabriel for being the 1st child ever to make the tractor.
Tuesday 15th November
Today's English lesson is based on writing and continuing on from a story starter. To enhance the children's ideas, we use different style of higher order question openers to generate questions and ideas to base our writing on.
Monday 14th November
Class 5KW have been channeling their inner Monet in our topic work. The children have been recreating 2 of his iconic pieces of impressionist artwork. These will be displayed in the classroom so keep an eye out for them!
Wednesday 9th November
Today, as part of the 'Neighbour Hood Watch' work, our class saw their design finally turned into T-shirts! (Picture will follow...)
Tuesday 8th November
Today our class were fortunate enough to have a special taster dance workshop. Here are the children trying out their routines.
Monday 7th November
Today we have started our topic art work. Here we are learning about the primary and secondary colours, and creating our own colour wheels. Next week we will be trying to create our very own pieces of Impressionist art!
Friday 4th November
This week we have been introduced to our new topic "They See The World Like This". The children had some fantastic and imaginative ideas about what his may involve and I look forward to building on these as this half term progresses.
We have also completed our Christmas Card designs (yes it's early but the little elves need a while to print them); look out for the order forms over the next few weeks.
Tomorrow is Bonfire Night and I hope you have a fun time at any firework displays (I love watching the fireworks light up the sky, while wrapped up warm in a hat, scarf and gloves). Please remember to stay safe and take care!
Poetry Week 3rd October - 9th October
This week the whole school has been looking at poetry. We were lucky enough to have a poet (Ian Bland) visit our school and do a workshop with us. During the workshop, the teachers had to become 'judges' and took on the roles of Simon Cowell (Ian Bland), Amanda Holden (Mrs Rodgers), Nicole Sherzinger (Miss Wallis), Craig Revel Horwood (Mr Odell) and Tulisa (Miss Birchall) very convincingly (ITV watch out!) The children had to create a poem and perform in front of year 5 and 6. It was lovely to see the year 5 and 6 working so well together. The winners then performed in the whole school assembly at the end of the day.
Following on from this, as a class we decided to write group poems in different styles. Miss Wallis has attached the document with them on; we hope you enjoy reading them and seeing how inspired we were! There are some very different ones on there!
Our current topic, for this half term, is all about the old Kingdom of Benin and Black History. We have looked at some of the artwork they created and are now in the process of creating a piece of textile work. The children have been trying very hard with the intricate task of weaving patterns; some finding it a little more challenging than others, but we are all persevering. Here are a couple of pictures of the children making theirs.
Welcome to Class 5KW
Welcome to the new school year in class 5KW. The children have settled in well to the upper juniors and we are looking forward to the year ahead, especially all of the exciting things we are going to learn about.