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Welcome to Year 5

Welcome to our Year 5 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

For more information please read our curriculum newsletter bellow:

Y5 Autumn

Our Year 5 Staff:

Mr M Stewart – Teacher

Miss J Druett – Trainee Teacher

Mrs M Douglas – Teaching Assistant

Friday 15th March 2019

This week we’ve been celebrating British Science Week in school. Year five have loved completed lots of different tasks – all related to science!

This year’s theme is ‘Journeys’ so we’ve been looking at a range of science which takes us on a journey of some kind.

We started the week looking at Neurons and how they work and develop in the brain. We learnt that the cleverer we get, the more neurons develop! We each made our own neuron using pipe cleaners and then joined them together to show what happens when you have a class full of genius’!

On Wednesday, Mr Stewart took the boys to a football tournament at the Beacon of Light. We had a fantastic time and showed amazing sporting attitude – we were a true credit to our academy.

Whilst the boys were playing football, the girls stayed at school with Miss Druett and made magical potions, inspired by our love of Harry Potter. They look amazing and we learnt lots about the reactions of different products and the journey they take to be part of something amazing!

Thursday saw us revisiting space. We watched a video about the Mars Rovers and the special jobs they have to do. We then designed our own, thinking carefully about the conditions on Mars and the function of the Rover. We then used the K’Nex to make our models.

We rounded up science week by making parachutes – revisiting our forces topic from earlier on in the year. Unfortunately, we don’t have a huge bridge at Plains Farm to drop our parachutes off to test their suitability! We had to make do with Mr Stewart standing on a table!

Plainsy Platinum Pass

The winner of the Plainsy Platinum Pass this week is Amelia. Well done on your fantastic achievements this week!

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 97.8%. Our target is 96% so we’ve just made it this week.

We had 0 minutes lateness this week. Well done Year 5!

Please remember the day starts at 8.50am. Bagels and cereal are available from the hall from 8.20am.

Reminders

  • PE kits need to be in school on a Monday and left in school all week.
  • Please provide your child with a water bottle. Children have access to fresh water throughout the day.

Friday 8th March 2019

Another week has come to the end in year 5 – and what a great week it’s been!

We’ve been looking at multiplication and division in maths – in particular dividing and multiplying whole and decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. It was tough to begin with, but we’ve almost all mastered this now and have grown in confidence massively!

In topic lessons, we found out some harsh truths about Fair Trade products. We held a debate after being given different job titles and had to decide on how much each person in the supply chain should be paid out of £1. We were shocked to discover how much the growers and suppliers are actually paid.

On Thursday, we had a fantastic visit to the Beacon of Light to celebrate World Book Day. We took part in some fantastic activities and got to meet an author who was so impressed with us, she’d like to visit us in school and work with us to create stories set in Sunderland. We also met Samson. He was very nice – and cuddly – and loved having his photo taken with us (even Mr Stewart and Mrs Walker joined us for the picture!)

 

Plainsy Platinum Pass

The winner of the Plainsy Platinum Pass this week is Piper. Well done Piper on your fantastic achievements this week.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 96.1%. Our target is 96% so we’ve just made it this week.

We had 15 minutes lateness this week.

Please remember the day starts at 8.50am. Bagels and cereal are available from the hall from 8.20am.

Reminders

  • Year five boys are taking part in a football tournament at the Beacon of Light on Wednesday morning. Please make sure they have suitable footwear and a water bottle. Football kits will be supplied by school for the event.
  • PE kits need to be in school on a Monday and left in school all week.
  • Please provide your child with a water bottle. Children have access to fresh water throughout the day.

Friday 1st March 2019

What an eventful first week back we’ve had!

Tuesday started as a normal day, but by 11.15, we had some terrible news from Miss Cassidy – we were selling the MUGA! The whole of year 5 went into shock and words such as disgust, devastation, traumatised and speechless were very loud within the classroom. George and Scott were fuming!

As a result, we spent most of Tuesday reeling and thinking of ways we could stop the sale going ahead. On Wednesday, Piper and Jay decided they were going to get more information and rang the estate agent to find out more. The rest of the class decided they needed to write persuasive letters to Mrs West and the Trustees to try and convince them not to sell.

We spent the day drafting and editing our letters using all of the skills we built up before half term when we were completing persuasive writing. There were some very persuasive arguments which resulted in Mrs West reconsidering! Hurrah! Our MUGA has been saved! Power to the children of Plains Farm Academy!

Plainsy Platinum Pass

This week saw the first ever Plainsy Platinum Pass, which was created by the School Council. The lucky recipient gets to have the pass all week which includes privileges such as going in first for lunch, free tuck shop all week and a lunchtime ICT session. Year five’s first ever Plainsy Platinum Pass winner was Harry – well done, the whole class are super proud of you!

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 95.7%. Our target is 96% so we’ve fallen just short this week.

We had no lateness this week – well done year 5!

Reminders

  • Please remember to return the trip slip for Thursday 7th March, and remember, children can dress up as their favourite book character.
  • PE kits need to be in school on a Monday and left in school all week.
  • Please provide your child with a water bottle. Children have access to fresh water throughout the day.

Friday 8th February 2019

We’ve had a busy week in year 5 this week!

Our topic has taken centre focus this week and we’ve learnt lots more about rivers: How they are made, where they go and some of the important roles they have in society.

Linked to this, we’ve been thinking about river pollution in our literacy lessons where we’ve been developing our persuasive writing techniques. Next week we’ll be writing about river pollution using the skills we’ve developed this half term.

In maths lessons, we’ve been looking at translation, reflection and co-ordinates – we’ve enjoyed some great sessions this week with Miss Druett!

Our French is coming along nicely too – we’ve started making our own phrase books and practised our conversations. Why don’t you ask us to tell you about our family?

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Charlie.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Amy and Tilly.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 96.5%. Our target is 96% so we’ve just reached our target this week!

Lateness this week was 5 minutes – a vast improvement on last week – keep it up year 5!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. Breakfast is served from 8.20 in the hall (bagel or cereal).

Reminders

  • Tickets are still on sale for the Valentine Disco at £1.50. Tickets are on sale at playtimes.
  • Next week is our residential to Derwent Hill. Please make sure all medication forms have been returned – and don’t forget, you don’t need to be in until 2pm!

Friday 1st February 2019

What a snowy end to a rather unusual week in school!

The children have enjoyed learning more about our rivers of the world topic and have created recounts as water droplets – there was some very creative ideas, with some children deciding to end up as toilet water!

In maths this week, we’ve been looking at how to find the area of shapes – a very useful skill which we have all excelled at by Friday.

Thursday’s yoga session provided a calm, relaxing atmosphere – with the yoga teacher commenting how amazing the class were! But we already knew that!

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Dylan.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Piper and Jay R.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 96.1%. Our target is 96% so we’ve just reached our target this week!

Lateness this week was 59 minutes – almost an hour of learning time lost!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. Breakfast is served from 8.20 in the hall (bagel or cereal).

Reminders

  • Letters have been sent home about a range of Valentine’s activities.
  • Please remember to send your child to school with a coat and a named water bottle.
  • Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day.

Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 25th January 2019

Another fantastic week has come to an end in year 5.

We had a fantastic trip on Wednesday to Washington Wetlands where we met Joanne and had a tour around the site. We learned all about some of the rivers of the world and their habitats, went to see some ducklings and otters and had a fantastic walk which led us down to the river Wear. The walk lasted for well over an hour but it kept us warm in the icy conditions.

On Thursday, Mr Stewart and 8 children went to the Aquatic Centre to take part in a swimming gala. We had a great time and the attitude from the children was fantastic.

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Scott.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Amy and Jay S.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 98.3%. Our target is 96% so we’ve reached our target this week!

Reminders

  • Please remember to send your child to school with a coat and a named water bottle.
  • Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 18th January 2019

What a fab week we’ve had this week.

We began Monday afternoon looking at rivers around the UK. We identified them and looked at some of the new language we’ll be using this term. We were most upset to find that the Wear wasn’t mentioned as a main river – but the Tyne was!!

On Wednesday, the girls went to the Beacon of Light for a Netball event. They did us proud – having never played netball before! The girls learnt lots of new skills and had fun at the same time.

We’re almost at the end of our book Kensuke’s Kingdom in literacy. Next week we’ll be writing our own versions, split into chapters. We’ve been gripped by the book from start to finish and we’re really looking forward to finding out what happens to the main character, Michael.

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Autumn.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Alix and Lewis.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 92.2%. Our target is 96% so we’re well below our target. Let’s do better next week!

Our lateness this week was 101 minutes (1 hour and 41 minutes)

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

  • There is a meeting for those children going to Derwent Hill. Mr Stewart will be holding the meeting in the school hall on Thursday 24th January at 4.30pm.
  • Trip letters need to be handed in on Monday for our trip on Wednesday.
  • Please remember to send your child to school with a coat and a named water bottle.
  • Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 11th January 2019

Happy New Year!

Year five have made a great start to the spring term this week. We’ve started thinking about our new topic – Investigating Rivers – and Mr Stewart has even booked a trip! Keep an eye out for the letter coming home this evening.

On Thursday we were lucky enough to have a dance session with Shelly. We learnt about the origins of Zumba and then had a go – Mr Stewart even joined in!!

Look at our photos – the warm up session – it was quite tricky, but we mastered it within a few minutes!

Zumba 1 zumba 2 Zumba 3

We’ve also had our first Yoga session this week and we absolutely loved it. Our instructor, also called Shelly, said we were one of the best classes she’d seen!

We’re lucky enough to have a trainee teacher in our class this term. Miss Druett is in her second year at the University of Sunderland and she’s already worked in Farringdon Academy. Miss Druett will be working alongside Mr Stewart for the spring term.

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Tilly for her amazing effort in lessons.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Harry and Keaton.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 98.3%. Our target is 96% so we’ve smashed it in our first week back! Well done everybody!

Our lateness this week was 10 minutes.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

  • There is a meeting for those children going to Derwent Hill. Mr Stewart will be holding the meeting in the school hall on Thursday 24th January at 4.30pm.
  • Please remember to send your child to school with a coat and a named water bottle.
  • Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 14th December 2018

What a busy week we’ve had in school! Christmas is in full flow now and we’re really feeling festive in year 5.

This week saw our Christmas production ‘Tinsel and Tea Towels: A Plainsy Christmas’. We’ve practised so hard and the performances were a huge success – thanks to everyone who came along.

The last week of the Autumn Term continues next week with festivities galore: parties, pantomimes and Polar Express fun.

Reminders

  • If your child wishes to take part in the Polar Express Morning on Wednesday, please send in the form and £2.50 by Monday.
  • Children can be collected from 1pm on Friday 21st December.
  • We return for the Spring Term on Monday 7th January 2019.

Friday 7th December 2018

The first week of December has flown by in year 5! We had a very special guest, who has shown himself to be quite naughty, on Monday and he’s said he’s staying until we break up! Check out the photo!

Xmas Elf

We’ve been very busy starting our Christmas preparations. As you can see by our photographs, we’ve been making Christmas Chutney to sell at our fayre today. Rehearsals are in full swing for our Christmas production and we all had fun decorating the classroom on Monday afternoon.

chutney 4 chutney 3 chutney 2 Chutney 1

However, it has not all been about Christmas this week! In swimming lessons, we were tested and Mr Stewart, Julie and Sam (our swimming teachers) have seen a huge improvement in our swimming skills. Some of us managed up to 8 lengths of the pool (200 metres) without stopping!

In maths we’ve been looking at statistics and using information from our space topic to a table showing the distance from the sun and the earth of the different planets in our solar system.

Friday 30th November 2018

With only three school weeks left until the Christmas holidays, year 5 are in a very festive mood!

We began the week with a whole school assembly with Rev. Graham. He told us all about Christingles and what they represent. We were fascinated with his giant Christingle! Now we can’t wait to make our own!

This week, we’ve made Christmas decorations for our whole school tree and finished the day by decorating our classroom. It’s looking very festive!

Our Christmas production rehearsals are in full swing and we’re enjoy learning the songs.

In science, we’re continuing our journey into space by looking at the different planets and learning interesting facts about them. We’ve found out that planet Earth is the third planet from the sun. Jay S thinks if we’re that close, it should be warner than it is!

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Piper for her fantastic attitude to learning and her supportiveness of others in class.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Holly and Dillon.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 86.1%. Our target is 96% meaning so we’re well below our target this week.

Our lateness this week was 5 minutes. Not bad, but we can do better!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

  • Next Friday is our Christmas Fayre. It starts at 1.30 in the hall and children can be collected from 1.15 from their normal exit doors.
  • Our annual trip to the panto is Tuesday 18th December. Please ensure forms are returned ASAP.
  • As the weather is getting chillier now, please ensure that children bring a coat to school.
  • Year 5 PE days are Tuesday for swimming and Thursday for Martial Arts.
  • All children should have a water bottle in school. Please send them in on a Monday and the children will return them home to be washed on a Friday.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 16th November 2018

The end of another week has come around again.

This week, we’ve been thinking of anti-bullying, in particular, how we can show respect to each other.

We’ve come up with a great class charter, which we’ve all signed, to let others know that we’re no fan of bullying and we’ll do everything we can in our school to make sure it’s not happening.

On Wednesday, we watched some video clips about cyber bullying and how it can have a huge effect on people. We then created our own guides to dealing with cyber bullying and what to watch out for.

As today is Friendship Friday, we all go to dress in our own clothes to promote our uniqueness. All of the proceeds from todays non uniform day and our healthy tuckshop (ran by the school council) will go to Children in Need.

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Indy for his fantastic effort and improvement in swimming.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were George and Neve.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 98.7%. Our target is 96% meaning we’ve smashed our target this week.

Our lateness this week was 0 minutes! Well done year 5!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

  • Derwent Hill letters went out this week. This year we’ve secured a booking from 15th – 17th February. If you wish to go, please return the letter ASAP and have a £30 deposit to school by 19th November to secure your child’s place.
  • As the weather is getting chillier now, please ensure that children bring a coat to school.
  • Year 5 PE days are Tuesday for swimming and Thursday for Martial Arts.
  • All children should have a water bottle in school. Please send them in on a Monday and the children will return them home to be washed on a Friday.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 9th November 2018

It’s the end of another week already!

The highlight of our week in Y5 this week has undoubtedly been our trip to the Centre for Life on Thursday. We all had an amazing time learning new and fascinating facts and really enjoyed the practical science in our Destination Space workshop – we particularly enjoyed learning about the ‘maximum absorbency garment’ (basically, a giant space nappy!!) where we found out some fascinating facts about astronauts toileting habits!!

To follow this on, we’re going to recreate the experiment in our topic role play area – so any donations of unused nappies would be gratefully received!

Here are some snaps of our fabulous trip:

Trip 1 Trip 2 Trip 3

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Lewis for his constant positivity and helpfulness.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Scott and Indy.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 97.4%. Our target is 96% meaning we’re down on our target this week.

Our lateness this week was 8 minutes

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

  • Derwent Hill letters went out this week. This year we’ve secured a booking from 15th – 17th February. If you wish to go, please return the letter ASAP and have a £30 deposit to school by 19th November to secure your child’s place.
  • As the weather is getting chillier now, please ensure that children bring a coat to school.
  • Year 5 PE days are Tuesday for swimming and Thursday for Martial Arts.
  • All children should have a water bottle in school. Please send them in on a Monday and the children will return them home to be washed on a Friday.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 2nd November 2018

What an utterly spooky week it’s been in Year 5!

Wednesday – Halloween – saw a fantastic family learning event with a science theme. The children enjoyed using their scientific knowledge to make Marshmallow Men Towers, Bone Bridges and Pumpkin Catapults! Thank you to our parents who came along – your support is greatly appreciated.

Halloween family learning 3 Halloween family learning 4 Halloween family learning 2 Halloween family learning 1

The children have made a great start to this half term with enthusiasm for our new topic Destination: Outer Space! We’ve already began looking at historical events, including the first ever moon landing in 1969. We used this information to write our own newspaper articles. We can’t wait to find out more about this exciting topic!

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Holly for her super attitude and resilience during swimming lessons.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Amy and Tilly.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 94.8%. Our target is 96% meaning we’re down on our target this week.

Our lateness this week was 12 minutes.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

  • Our class trip to the Centre for Life is next Thursday. If you haven’t done so already, please send in consent forms by Monday.
  • Derwent Hill letters went out this week. This year we’ve secured a booking from 15th – 17th February. If you wish to go, please return the letter ASAP and have a £30 deposit to school by 19th November to secure your child’s place.
  • As the weather is getting chillier now, please ensure that children bring a coat to school.
  • Year 5 PE days are Tuesday for swimming and Thursday for Martial Arts.
  • All children should have a water bottle in school. Please send them in on a Monday and the children will return them home to be washed on a Friday.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 19th October 2018

Well, we’ve worked solidly for a half term and already the holidays are upon us!

This week we’ve been doing a lot of writing in year 5 – especially as part of our Ancient Greece topic.

We’ve retold the story of the Trojan War and written diary entries as citizens of Troy. Have a look at some of our writing – you’ll be blown away, especially with the amazing presentation!

diary entry 1 diary entry 2 diary entry 3

In maths lessons, we’ve been looking at using column methods to add and subtract. Today we linked this to our Ancient Greece topic and looked at the populations of Ancient Greek cities and their modern equivalents.

We said goodbye (temporarily) to Mrs Cowley today, who has left us to prepare for the arrival of her baby. Year 5 will miss her and can’t wait to see her once baby has been born!

Have a fantastic, well deserved break. We’ll be going full steam ahead next term with our new topic and all of the preparations for Christmas!

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Harry for excellent effort and attitude to learning in literacy lessons.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Jay R and Jay S.

Hand Writer of the week

Lacey was our hand writer of the week this week for beautiful writing.

Reader of the week

Jay R was chosen as our reader of the week for excellent effort during guided reading sessions..

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 98.3%. Our target is 96% so well done Year 5 – you’ve smashed it again this week! Keep it up!

Our lateness this week was 0 minutes – excellent effort!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

  • Derwent Hill letters went out this week. This year we’ve secured a booking from 15th – 17th February. If you wish to go, please return the letter ASAP and have a £30 deposit to school by 19th November to secure your child’s place.
  • As the weather is getting chillier now, please ensure that children bring a coat to school.
  • Year 5 PE days are Monday and swimming on a Tuesday. As we will be using the outdoors for PE, please send in tracksuit bottoms and top so the children are warm.
  • All children should have a water bottle in school. Please send them in on a Monday and the children will return them home to be washed on a Friday.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 12th October 2018

It’s the end of another busy week in Year 5 and we’ve enjoyed some great activities this week.

Yesterday we attended the Run for Fun event at Silksworth with the rest of the school. It was an amazing event and there were over 1300 pupils there from 21 different schools. We showed a fantastic sporting attitude and completed the 2km course with our year 1 buddies. Mr Stewart even took part!

In maths lessons this week, we’ve been looking at perimeter and area. Most of us have found this quite tricky, but Mr Stewart and Mrs Cowley are super proud of the way we persevered and showed great resilience.

We’ve been continuing our learning on forces in science and this week we designed our own machines in the style of Wallace and Gromit! We were given a machine aim card and then used our knowledge of gears and cogs, pulleys and levers to design our machine. There were some great ideas!

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Neve for her mature and nurturing attitude with younger children in school.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Lacey and Gracie.

Hand Writer of the week

Piper-Lee was our hand writer of the week this week for beautiful writing. Piper has been trying hard in every lesson, and it shows in her super neat presentation.

Reader of the week

Liam was chosen as our reader of the week for excellent effort during guided reading sessions, thinking of great questions with our poetry text.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 97.8%. Our target is 96% so well done Year 5 – you’ve smashed it this week! Keep it up!

We had zero lateness this week – well done year 5!

Reminders

  • Derwent Hill letters went out this week. This year we’ve secured a booking from 15th – 17th February. If you wish to go, please return the letter ASAP and have a £30 deposit to school by 19th November to secure your child’s place.
  • As the weather is getting chillier now, please ensure that children bring a coat to school.
  • Year 5 PE days are Monday and swimming on a Tuesday. As we will be using the outdoors for PE, please send in tracksuit bottoms and top so the children are warm.
  • All children should have a water bottle in school. Please send them in on a Monday and the children will return them home to be washed on a Friday.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 5th October 2018

This week has flown by! We’ve had quite a sporty week in year 5 this week. On Tuesday, we took part in our weekly swimming lessons at the Puma Centre. We’re all making great progress and our confidence is growing week by week.

Wednesday afternoon was all about athletics! We took part in a mini athletics tournament at Farringdon Community Academy. We were participating against Farringdon Academy, Mill Hill and Highfield primary schools. Mr Stewart and Mrs Cowley were incredibly proud of our sporting attitude and resilience.

We took part in running races, jumping and throwing events.

Athletics 3 (2) athletics 2 (2) Athletics 1 (2)

In literacy lessons, we’ve started a new genre looking at recount texts with a focus on newspaper articles. We now know a lot more about how they are written and have practised using formal and informal language.

Maths this week has focussed on angles and we were introduced to protractors for the first time. It was quite tricky learning how to use a protractor, but we’ve cracked it!

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Liam for his outstanding attitude to learning.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Georgia and Jay S.

Hand Writer of the week

Jay S was our hand writer of the week this week for his amazing improvement in his presentation.

Reader of the week

Harvey was chosen as our reader of the week for excellent effort during guided reading sessions.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 93.9%. Our target is 96% so we’re quite a way below it this week.

Our lateness this week was 8 minutes

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

  • Key Stage 1 and 2 are taking part in a ‘Run for Fun’ at Silksworth on Thursday. Please make sure PE kits, including trainers, are in school for this event.
  • As the weather is getting chillier now, please ensure that children bring a coat to school.
  • Year 5 PE days are Monday and swimming on a Tuesday. As we will be using the outdoors for PE, please send in tracksuit bottoms and top so the children are warm.
  • All children should have a water bottle in school. Please send them in on a Monday and the children will return them home to be washed on a Friday.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 28th September 2018

What an amazing week year five have had this week!

We started by making our scones on Monday for the Macmillan Coffee Afternoon on Thursday. We worked in small groups to measure, mix, roll and cut. Mrs Gowans, the school cook, was kind enough to cook these for us on Wednesday – she said they smelled amazing and asked us for the recipe!

baking 1 baking 2 baking 3 baking 4

We’ve began looking at our topic on Ancient Greece, including looking at time lines of important events and how the landscape of Greece has changed over the years. We talked about how empires grew and found out a little bit about Alexander the Great. The children are itching to find out more and can’t wait for next weeks history lessons!

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Jay R for sharing his great ideas during writing lessons!

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Piper-Lee and Autumn.

Hand Writer of the week

Georgia was our hand writer of the week this week for her fantastic presentation in all lessons.

Reader of the week

Scott was chosen as our reader of the week for fantastic expression used when reading aloud.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 99.1%. Our target is 96% so well done Year 5 – you’ve smashed it this week! Keep it up!

Our lateness this week was 9 minutes – a great improvement on last week!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

  • Year 5 are at Farringdon Community Academy on Wednesday to take part in an Athletics tournament. Please ensure everyone has their PE kits in. We will return to school for normal home time.
  • As the weather is getting chillier now, please ensure that children bring a coat to school.
  • Year 5 PE days are Monday and swimming on a Tuesday. As we will be using the outdoors for PE, please send in tracksuit bottoms and top so the children are warm.
  • All children should have a water bottle in school. Please send them in on a Monday and the children will return them home to be washed on a Friday.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 21st September 2018

What an eventful week we’ve had this week!

In science, we’ve been learning more about forces – in particular gravity and air resistance. We had fun completing two experiments this week. The first was to test the effects of gravity on a range of objects and we made links between weight and mass. We got to use a Newton Meter for the first time! The second experiment saw us making our own parachutes to test which had the best air resistance. The results shocked all of us!

Para 3 Para 2 Para 1

In maths this week we’ve been learning to divide by 1000 looking at decimal numbers and fractions. It has been quite tricky but Mr. Stewart was very impressed with us!

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was George for his fantastic knowledge shared during science lessons.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Charlie and Alix for their fantatsic attitudes to learning.

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 95.7%. Our target is 96% so we haven’t quite reached our target this week. Let’s try and do better next week.

Our lateness this week was 13 minutes.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

  • Our school council are holding a Macmillan Coffee Afternoon on Thursday 27th September from 1.15pm. Children can be collected from their usual exit doors to enjoy some sweet treats and raise money for a fantastic charity that helps so many people.
  • As the weather is getting chillier now, please ensure that children bring a coat to school.
  • Year 5 PE days are Monday and swimming on a Tuesday. As we will be using the outdoors for PE, please send in tracksuit bottoms and top so the children are warm.
  • All children should have a water bottle in school. Please send them in on a Monday and the children will return them home to be washed on a Friday.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 14th September 2018

Welcome to the first year 5 blog of our brand new academic year!

The children have made a fantastic start to year 5 – their enthusiasm has been amazing!

Last week we looked at Dog Safety and the children learnt some amazing facts – in fact, we all learned something new – myself and Miss Graham included!

We’ve already made great progress in maths this week – learning all about powers of 10. Look out for the maths homework this week where you’ll find out more!

Our first swimming lesson was fantastic and ended with all of the children jumping into the pool causing quite a splash for the other users! Remember, swimming is every Tuesday at the PUMA Centre and we’ll be back at school no later than 3.30pm.

Treasure Chest

The lucky recipient of our dip in the treasure box this week was Amy for her fantastic start and attitude to Year 5.

Golden Book

The two lucky entrants into the golden book this week were Jay R and Amelia for their great attitudes and resilience when learning new skills.

Hand Writer of the week

Our hand writer of the week award will start next week. However, all of the children have been trialled on pen now they are in Year 5. So far everybody has made a fantastic effort with their writing. Keep it up!

Attendance and lateness

Attendance this week is 97.5%. Our target is 96% so well done Year 5 – you’ve smashed it this week!

Our lateness this week was 19 minutes.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

  • As the weather is getting chillier now, please ensure that children bring a coat to school.
  • Year 5 PE days are Monday and swimming on a Tuesday. As we will be using the outdoors for PE, please send in tracksuit bottoms and top so the children are warm.
  • All children should have a water bottle in school. Please send them in on a Monday and the children will return them home to be washed on a Friday.
  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday.

Friday 20th July 2018

Well, the end of another academic year has arrived. Have a fantastic holiday! Hope you enjoy our video of our last terms work.

See you in September!

Friday 13th July 2018

We ended this week with a surprise show in the hall – The Wizard Of Oz! M and M theatre company treated us to a great show full of music, laughter and the odd scary moment too!

In maths lessons, we’ve been learning to convert units of time and read timetables. Some of it was tricky to begin with, but we’re super stars now!

In literacy we’re nearly at the end of our novel, Kensuke’s Kingdom. It’s been a roller coaster and we can’t wait to find out what happens at the end.

We had our last PE session with Thomas this week – we shared our new skills in football and rugby.

Charlie was chosen to have a dip in the box today for his excellent attitude to learning.

Ben and Ellie were in our gold book for their fantastic contributions to lessons this week. Attendance: 95.6%

An increase on last weeks attendance, but still slightly below our target of 96%. Come on year 5, lets get it to 96% for our last week! Lateness: 1 hour and 4 minutes lateness this week! – an improvement on last week, but still disappointing.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

PE kits should be in school all week. This includes a spare pair of outdoor shoes.

With the hot weather here (and hopefully to stay for a little while!) please remember to bring in water bottles. You may also like to apply sun cream before you come to school in the morning.

Friday 6th July 2018

What a great end to our week – Race for Life afternoon at Plains Farm! The sun was shining and the children did very well with their two laps of the school field – a well-deserved bottle of water and a medal were waiting as they crossed the finish line.

We’ve continued working on our story Kensuke’s Kingdom, looking at events that have happened and answering questions about what we know so far. The children were so engrossed they demanded I read another chapter as the previous one ended on a cliff hanger! It’s great to see the children hooked by reading and wanting to find out more.

In maths lessons, we’ve continued converting metric measures. Today we looked at converting imperial measures to metric – we all found it a bit tricky so we’ll need to do a bit more on this next week.

Charlie and Miguel were our Golden Book stars this week and Daniel received the certificate and dip in the box – well done boys!

Attendance: 92.4%

A drop from last week, and below our target of 96% – come on year 5 – you can do it!

Lateness: 1 hour and 52 minutes lateness this week! – an improvement on last week, but still disappointing.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

Any Race For Life sponsor forms and money are due in by Friday 13th July.

PE kits should be in school all week. This includes a spare pair of outdoor shoes.

With the hot weather here (and hopefully to stay for a little while!) please remember to bring in water bottles. You may also like to apply sun cream before you come to school in the morning.

Friday 29th June 2018

Twelve year 5 children took part in an inter-academy football tournament at Farringdon today. We showed great sportsman ship and used our football skills well.

In maths this week, we’ve started looking at converting measures. It’s not as easy as it might sound, but the children have really tried hard with their maths learning this week.

We’ve also started a new class novel – Kensuke’s Kingdom. Everyone was really excited and wanted to read more straight away!

In science, we’ve been looking at how electrical conductors and insulators work – we’re looking forward to completing a challenge early next week!

Ben was our certificate star this week.

Attendance: 94.8%

A drop from last week, and below our target of 96% – come on year 5 – you can do it!

Lateness: 3 hours and 5 minutes lateness this week! – our lateness is disappointing this week.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

PE kits should be in school all week. This includes a spare pair of outdoor shoes.

With the hot weather here (and hopefully to stay for a little while!) please remember to bring in water bottles. You may also like to apply sun cream before you come to school in the morning.

Friday 22nd June

Another great week in Year 5 this week!

Tuesday saw our annual sports day – the children were thrilled to get out of the classroom and show everybody how active they are! Thank you to everyone who came and supported us.

We’ve started a new genre in literacy this week – instructions and explanation texts. We’ve started looking at examples so that we can develop our own.

In maths we’ve been looking at symmetry and properties of shape. It’s a lot trickier than it sounds!

We’ve said goodbye to Freya today – we hope she has a fantastic time at her new school – she’ll be missed here at Plains Farm

Freya was our certificate star this week.

Rhys and Nathan were mentioned in our gold book too – well done on your fantastic attitudes this week.

Attendance: 98.1%

Fantastic achievement year 5! We’ve hit our target! Keep it up!

Lateness: 1 hour and 30 minutes lateness this week – our lateness is disappointing this week.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

PE kits should be in school all week. This includes a spare pair of outdoor shoes.

Friday 15th June

What a fantastic week we’ve had in year 5!

It started with our class assembly on Monday – thank you to everyone who came – we really enjoyed sharing our learning about the Mayans with you.

On Tuesday we had a sports afternoon at Sandhill View Academy. Luckily for us the sun was shining and we had a fantastic time competing in a range of races against Thorney Close primary school.

We’ve been continuing our maths work on angles and even though it’s been tricky, we’re now masters at finding missing angles on a line or around a point.

Attendance: 90%

This is well below our 96% target – let’s try and improve this next week.

Lateness: 54 minutes lateness this week – a huge improvement on last week!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

PE kits should be in school all week. This includes a spare pair of outdoor shoes.

KS2 sports day is Tuesday 19th June 2018. Please come to the field and we’ll see you there!

Friday 25th May

This week in science we created an interesting experiment to see what materials were conductors and insulators. We used ice cubes wrapped in different materials (tine foil, cling film, brown paper and fabric) and took the temperature every 5 minutes for 20 minutes to see which material was the best insulator. We had a lot of fun predicting, measuring and recording our answers.

We had our last swimming lesson this week and enjoyed some free time with the equipment. Mr Stewart, Mrs Walker and Julie (the swimming instructor) are all incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made.

In maths lessons, we’ve moved on to looking at angles. We now know how to use a protractor and can identify acute, obtuse and right angles.

Well done to Nathan who went to Germany last week as part of his football training with Middlesbrough. He and his team mates played matches with other teams from around the world and they won the league! Well done Nathan, we’re all super proud of you at Plains Farm.

Attendance: 81.5%

This is well below our 96% target – let’s try and improve this next week.

Lateness: 1 hour 5 minutes lateness this week – a huge improvement on last week!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

Please return your trip letters by Monday 4th June as our trip is Thursday 7th June.

Please also return the photograph consent letter and the GDPR letter as soon as possible.

PE kits are needed in school on from a Monday next half term.

Friday 18th May

We’ve had a creative week in Year 5 this week – starting the week with a mini DT project involving Paper Mache. We were quite good – although there was a bit of mess to clean up afterwards! Next week we’ll be turning our Paper Mache into Mayan masks and headdresses!

We’ve started a new book in literacy this week – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Activities have included looking at different characters and comparing them to the hero of the story, Charlie. The best part about this is that we’ll be going to a real chocolate factory next half term!

In swimming lessons this week, we were all tested by swimming lengths of the pool. A lot of us managed 8 lengths (200m) and the instructor – Julie – said we’ve all made amazing progress. Next week is our last session.

Attendance: 91.2%

This is well below our 96% target – let’s try and improve this next week.

Lateness: 27 minutes lateness this week – a huge improvement on last week!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

A letter has gone home this evening about our trip to The York Chocolate Story. Please return permission slips as soon as possible. The trip is on Thursday 11th June. It’s an early start – children to be in school for 7.55am – as we will hit the morning traffic on the way to York. We should be back at school for 4.30pm.

A letter has also gone out this evening about class photographs. These will be taken on Wednesday 6th June, however, due to new GDPR rules, if a consent form is not returned children will unfortunately be unable to be in the photograph.

Please remember Tuesday is our swimming day, so the children need their full swimming kit in school. This includes a swimming cap too.

PE kits are needed in school on a Wednesday as we are lucky enough to have a coach this half term.

Friday 11th May

We’ve been creating non-chronological reports in literacy about the moon Pandora. We’ve used so many fantastic descriptions in our writing that we blew Mr Stewart and Mrs Walker’s socks off!

In maths we’ve been continuing our learning about decimals – adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimals this week and ending with sequencing decimals. It’s been tricky but we’ve almost cracked it!

In topic, we’ve been looking at Mayan art – in particular Mayan Murals. We’ve created our own versions to display on our Mystical Mayans topic display in the classroom.

Attendance: 88.5%

This is well below our 96% target – let’s try and improve this next week.

Lateness: 1 hour 43 minutes lateness this week – we can do much better than this year 5!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

Please remember Tuesday is our swimming day, so the children need their full swimming kit in school. This includes a swimming cap too.

PE kits are needed in school on a Wednesday as we are lucky enough to have a coach this half term.

Friday4th May 2018

This week, we’ve been learning more about our Mayan topic. We’ve been looking at Mayan Gods and were disgusted to find out about some of the rituals they performed! They were a funny looking lot too!

mayan gods

In literacy lessons we’ve been learning about parenthesis to add more detail to our work – it’s been quite tricky but lots of us have used it in our writing.

In maths lessons we’ve been adding decimals and using our knowledge to give reasons for answers and solve problems.

Today we were comparing materials and classifying them according to their properties in science. We’ve learnt some new vocabulary relating to materials – test us at home!

Jayden D received a dip in the box today for his fantastic attitude to learning in phonics.

Attendance: 90.8%

This is below our 96% target – let’s try and improve this next week.

Lateness: 40 minutes lateness this week – we can do much better than this year 5!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

And finally, a sad goodbye to our lovely Delta today. We wish you lots of luck in your new school – we know you’ll be fab!

Reminders

Please remember Tuesday is our swimming day, so the children need their full swimming kit in school. This includes a swimming cap too.

PE kits are needed in school on a Wednesday as we are lucky enough to have a coach this half term.

Friday 27th April 2018

A new genre in literacy has seen us looking at Pandora – one of the moons of a planet 4.4 light years from Earth! So far we’ve been enjoying looking at features of non-chronological texts and finding out a bit more about the scary world of Pandora! Look out for some amazing examples of work in the next few weeks!

We’ve began our new topic this week finding out all about the Mayans. We’ve located the Mayan cities on a map and written some tourist information for new visitors. We can’t wait to learn more!

Ellie received a dip in the box her great attitude to learning – particularly in maths.

Attendance: 94.8%

This is below our 96% target – let’s try and improve this next week.

Lateness: 58 minutes lateness this week – we can do much better than this year 5!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

And finally, a sad goodbye to our lovely Delta today. We wish you lots of luck in your new school – we know you’ll be fab!

Reminders

Please remember Tuesday is our swimming day, so the children need their full swimming kit in school. This includes a swimming cap too.

PE kits are needed in school on a Wednesday as we are lucky enough to have a coach this half term.

Friday 20th April 2018

Welcome back to the first week of our summer term!

We’ve ended the week with two amazing days of sunshine – fingers crossed it stays over the weekend!

This week the children have once again shown how they have developed fantastic attitudes to school and learning. I am so impressed by their enthusiasm and determination.

This week in literacy, we’ve been writing stories about our everyday heroes. The children have been very imaginative and used some fantastic examples of descriptive language in their writing.

We’ve moved on to looking at decimals in maths. We’ll continue looking at decimals over the coming weeks.

Laylan received a dip in the box for his resilience and fantastic attitude to learning. Hudson and Riley were in our Golden book for their fantastic effort in learning this week.

Attendance: 98.1%

This is fantastic and above our 96% target! Well done year 5 – keep it up.

Lateness: 6 minutes lateness this week – a great start to our summer term!

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

Please remember Tuesday is our swimming day, so the children need their full swimming kit in school. This includes a swimming cap too.

PE kits are needed in school on a Wednesday as we are lucky enough to have a coach this half term.

You will receive a copy of dates for your diary. Please note Year 5 assembly is Monday 11th June at 2pm.

We also have a trip to York on Thursday 7th June. More details about this will follow very shortly.

Thursday 29th March

The end of the term has finally arrived! This week has been a really good week for us all. We completed our maths work about decimals by solving many problems involving them. We have now cracked decimals!

We were also busy creating our craft to sell at the Easter fair. We all thoroughly enjoyed making our Easter bunnies, decorating them and giving the all chocolate lollies. is week in maths we completed our work on fractions by finding fractions of amounts. We all thought this work was easy!! We then began to look at decimals, we have been really busy ordering and comparing them, writing fraction equivalents and even counting in them. We believe we are decimal experts now!

Reminders

Easter homework about your ‘every day hero’ to be returned by Wednesday 18th April

Please return the consent form to participate in ‘Bikeability’ after the holidays

Attendance: Our attendance this week was 93.8%
Lateness: 7 children were late this week resulting in a huge 62 minutes of lost learning. Come on year 5 this needs to improve next term!!!

Friday 16th March

This week in maths we have been solving tricky fraction word problems and worked our socks off to solve them! In literacy we have been identifying persuasive texts and writing paragraphs with alliteration and in our topic we have been researching the myths and legends of ancient Greece.

In RE we have been looking at the Easter story and discovering the meaning of Easter.

This week Laylan received the special teachers award and Miguel and Jessica got mentions in the book.

Attendance : Our attendance this week was 94.6%

Lateness: Our lateness this week 4 children was late and a huge 54 minutes of learning was lost !!!!!!!

Friday 9th March 2018

This week in maths we have been developing our skills with fractions. We can now add and subtract fractions with common denominators and fractions with different denominators. Next week we will continue being fantastic with fractions.

In our topic lessons we had the opportunity to work with clay. We have worked hard to try to produce a Greek Vase. We hope to complete these next week.

We ended the week with our replacement World book day. This morning a crime was discovered and we have had fun looking at clues and trying to solve the mystery. We can wait to find out if we are correct on Monday!

This week Hudson received the Special teacher award for his increasing positive attitude to learning and his eagerness to improve. Charlie got mentions in the book.

Attendance: Our attendance this week was 96.1%
Lateness: 2 children were late this week resulting in 7 minutes of lost learning.

A much improved week this week Year 5 Well done keep it up!

Friday 23rd February 2018

This week in maths we have been learning about equivalent fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers. In literacy we have begun a unit on explanation texts linking it to our novel street child.

Next week is a busy week for Year 5. Movie club is Wednesday afternoon. Tickets are priced at £2.50 and are available from Mrs Walker. Your child must purchase a ticket to participate. World book day is Thursday which is also our visit to the Stadium of Light. Children are encouraged to dress up as a book character for the day. The children will be participating in different workshops so will need appropriate footwear and a packed lunch for the day.

Congratulations and Good luck to Nathan who has been selected for Middlesbrough under 10 football team.

This week Bailey received the Special teacher award for his increasing independence in learning. Ava and Freya both got mentions in the book.

Attendance: Our attendance this week was 95%
Lateness: 5 children were late this week resulting in 72 minutes of lost learning.

Friday 9th February 2018

Already we have reached the end of a busy half term. They have been showing what they have learnt by completing our termly assessments this week. The children have all worked extremely hard and should be very proud of themselves.

Also this week in Literacy we have revisited the use of relative clauses, using the apostrophe and the features of descriptive writing in preparation for our narrative writing completed today. In Maths we consolidated our knowledge of rounding to estimate and the use of the inverse operation to check calculations.

This week Freya was awarded the Special Teacher Award for always being helpful to her friends and staff. Aimee and Riley both received a mention in the book.

Attendance: Our attendance this week was 93.9%
Lateness: 2 children were late this week resulting in 37 minutes of lost learning.

Reminders

Please remember Tuesday is our swimming day, so the children need their full swimming kit in school. This includes a swimming cap too. We also have PE on a Thursday when children will need a indoor PE kit.

Homework has been handed out today – it should be returned on Wednesday morning.

There is a Non-Uniform Day 22nd February in aid of the NSPCC children may bring in a donation for them of £1.

Friday 2nd February 2018

This week we have continued reading our novel ‘Street Child’ We have looked at different aspects of grammar and punctuation in preparation for our writing next week. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about Greek gods and goddesses and are at present creating our own presentations about Ancient Greece.

This week Rosie was awarded the Special Teacher Award for being a positive role model and supportive friend. Jessica and Ben both received a mention in the book.

Attendance: Our attendance this week was 97.5
Lateness: 4 children were late this week resulting in 25 minutes of lost learning.

Friday 26th January 2018

This week we have been looking in depth at the main character from our novel “Street Child” We are really enjoying this novel so far and are very excited to read and do some work on the next chapter next week. We have started our topic on ancient Greece beginning by completing a timeline of the key events throughout this period. We have also looked at democracy comparing ancient Greek to modern times. Next week we are going to look at the Greek Gods and Goddesses in more detail.

This week Lewis was awarded the Special Teacher Award for his contributions during Literacy and Topic. Hudson and Bailey both received a mention in the book.

Reminders

Please remember Tuesday is our swimming day, so the children need their full swimming kit in school. This includes a swimming cap too. We also have PE on a Thursday when children will need a indoor PE kit.

Homework has been handed out today – it should be returned on Wednesday morning.

Attendance: Our attendance this week was 93.6% (below our target of 96%)
Lateness: 7 children were late this week resulting in 111 minutes of lost learning.

Friday 19th January 2018

We have welcomed Mrs McDonald in our class this week who will be covering Mr Stewart’s absence. This week we have been learning about narrative poetry and have enjoyed hot seating each other in order to develop our poetry. In science, we have began to look at the Solar System and this will continue next week during our science lessons. In maths we have been developing our multiplication skills and we are now able to multiply 2 digit numbers by 2 digits numbers.

Attendance: Our attendance this week was 91.1% (below our target of 96%)
Lateness: 8 children were late this week resulting in 131 minutes of lost learning.

Friday 12th January 2018

Welcome back to the first week of our spring term!

This week, we’ve been completing a mini topic on the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his famous painting the Starry Night.

starr night

We began the topic by evaluating the artwork – saying what we liked about it, how the colours made us feel and how the image was created.

We’ve enjoyed finding lots out about Van Gogh and used the information we researched to write biographies.

In literacy this week, we’ve been looking at classic narrative poetry – The ballad of Charlotte Dymond. It was a little bit gruesome in parts, and some of the language was a lot different to the language we have today, but the story behind the poem was fascinating. Rosie even brought in some ‘shillings’ to show everybody.

Attendance: 93.3%

Our attendance target for school is 96%. We’re below this target this week – let’s work together next week to get closer to our whole school target.

Lateness: 118 minutes lateness this week, which equates to almost 2 hours! This was caused by 7 pupils arriving after 8.50 throughout the week.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Reminders

Please remember Tuesday is our swimming day, so the children need their full swimming kit in school. This includes a swimming cap too.

Homework has been handed out today – it should be returned on Wednesday morning.

Friday 22nd December 2017

We’ve made it – Christmas is in sight!

It’s been a wonderful last week in year 5. We’ve enjoyed Christmas parties, Christmas crafts, a movie and playing with our new toys this morning!

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Our last swimming session of the term was very productive! Every child in year 5 has made fantastic progress in swimming this term, many achieving 50m awards. These will be handed out early in the spring term.

In Literacy lessons, we’ve finished our persuasive writing and have used some fantastic language features. Have a look at Freya’s – she has won our handwriting competition for her fantastic improvement in presentation – well done Freya!

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Attendance: 94.6%

Our attendance target for school is 96%. We’re below this target this week – let’s work together next week to get closer to our whole school target.

Lateness: 145 minutes lateness this week, which equates to 2 hours and 25 minutes! This was caused by 7 pupils arriving after 8.50 throughout the week.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

That leaves just one thing: A very Merry Christmas from myself and Mrs Walker.

We hope you all have a fantastic time spent with family and friends.

We’ll see you back refreshed after the Christmas break on Tuesday 9th January 2018!

(Remember Monday 8th January 2018 is a teacher training day)

Friday 15th December 2017

The Christmas spirit is well and truly alive in year 5!

We’ve been continuing our learning on persuasive texts in literacy and have ended the week writing the first draft of our texts – some of these will be uploaded next week once we’ve edited them on Monday.

In maths lessons, we’ve been continuing to look at factors and common factors and using our knowledge of these to solve problems.

In RE lessons, we’ve been learning all about Advent and the symbols in the Christian church – our understanding of this important time before Christmas has really developed and we’ve also shared some of our family traditions at Christmas too.

Jayden H was the lucky winner of our school raffle. He will be going shopping on Tuesday with Mrs Walker and has £50 to spend! He’ll also get his lunch at McDonalds!

Don’t forget about our 10 days of advent draw! We have a daily draw in assembly of those children who have attended all week and who are not late. So far, Freya has won a selection box in year 5! There will also be a prize draw next week for a £20 voucher – so come to school every day, don’t be late and it could be you!

Attendance: 94.6%

Our attendance target for school is 96%. We’re below this target this week – let’s work together next week to get closer to our whole school target.

Lateness: 219 minutes lateness this week, which equates to 3 hours and 39 minutes! This was caused by 7 pupils arriving after 8.50 throughout the week.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Upcoming events and reminders

On Thursday the year 5 children will have their Christmas party in the afternoon.

Friday is our last day before Christmas. The children can come into school in their pyjamas and we’ll be enjoying a Christmas movie and hot chocolate.

Friday 8th December 2017

Christmas is in full swing in year 5!

This week has also seen us practising our Christmas play ‘Straw and Order’ and all of the songs that go with it – it’s sounding amazing and I know the children in year 5 can’t wait for the performance on Wednesday.

In Literacy we’ve been looking at lots of Christmas adverts from this and past years as part of our persuasive writing unit. It’s been lovely to remember adverts such as The Man on the Moon, The Bear and the Hare and Mog’s Christmas Calamity and the special message of love and family they represent.

Hudson was our certificate winner this week for his excellent enthusiasm and effort in lessons. He had a dip in the box and chose a !

Our Golden Book entrants this week were Aimee and Charlie – well done, we’re very proud of you!

Attendance: 93.9%

Our attendance target for school is 96%. We’re below this target this week – let’s work together next week to get closer to our whole school target.

Lateness: 67 minutes lateness this week. This was caused by 5 pupils arriving after 8.50 throughout the week.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Upcoming events and reminders

The book fair is in school next week – please have a look during class performances and get those last minute gifts in! Remember, we receive 100% commission so the children in school benefit from new books too!

The KS2 Christmas production – Straw and Order – is on Wednesday at 10am and 2pm. If you haven’t bought tickets already, they’re £1 each and can be purchased from Mrs Walker.

It’s our trip to the pantomime on Friday – another festive treat!

Friday 1st December

It’s finally here – December!

The children have been working hard this week to multiply and divide in maths using formal written methods – both myself and Mrs Walker have been ‘wowed’ by their efforts and determination.

In literacy, we’ve started looking at persuasive texts. As part of this, we’ve looked at some memorable Christmas adverts and the children have loved getting into the festive spirit!

We’ve also been making our own Christmas decorations this week for the school tree – as the song goes – ‘it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!’

We’re all looking forward to completing more Christmas crafts in the coming weeks.

Bailey was our certificate winner this week for his amazing independence in his learning. He enjoyed a dip in the box in assembly today.

Attendance: 92.1%

Our attendance target for school is 96%. We’re below this target this week – let’s work together next week to get closer to our whole school target.

Lateness: 65 minutes lateness this week.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Upcoming events:

On Tuesday it’s our school fair – come along from 1.30pm and enjoy a look around the stalls. Bring plenty of spending money as there’ll be lots of crafts for sale all hand made by the children!

On the 12th, it’s our Christmas production – Straw and Order. If you haven’t got your tickets yet they’re on sale from Mrs Walker at a cost of £1 per ticket (maximum 2 tickets per family).


Friday 24th November

It’s been another busy week in Year 5!

In maths this week we’ve been super mathematicians! We’ve been multiplying 3 and 4 digit numbers by one and two digits – it’s been quite tricky but everybody has tried extremely hard to improve their multiplication skills.

We’ve created two different pieces of art in different styles inspired by Asia. One piece has used oil based paint and was inspired by Kandinsky. The other was inspired by the Japanese style called Ukiyo-e which takes everyday scenes and recreates them!

Delta was our certificate winner this week for her excellent effort in maths lessons. She had a dip in the box and chose a lovely notebook!

Our Golden Book entrants this week were Bailey and Eliza-Beth – well done, we’re very proud of you!

Attendance: 93.9%

Our attendance target for school is 96%. We’re below this target this week – let’s work together next week to get closer to our whole school target.

Lateness: 37 minutes lateness this week. This was caused by 4 pupils arriving after 8.50 throughout the week.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Upcoming events and reminders

The school Christmas fair is on Tuesday 5th December at 1.30pm. Children can be collected from their classrooms at this time. Any donations would be greatly received!


Friday 17th November

What a great week it’s been in Year 5!

We’ve been working hard to share ideas for Anti-bullying week and we’ve created some lovely pieces of work for our whole school display. Each and every one of us in year 5 have learned something new about bullying and we’re more determined than ever to keep bullying out of our school.

Thank you to the parents who could join us today for our family learning – there were lots of impressive things made by the children and the parents!

Our swimming lessons are going great – Mr Stewart is very impressed with the progress we’ve all made since he’s been off!

Attendance: 95.7%

Our attendance target for school is 96%. Where almost there! Lets work harder next week to achieve our target!

Lateness: 53 minutes lateness this week.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Upcoming events and reminders

The school Christmas fair is on Tuesday 5th December at 1.30pm. Children can be collected from their classrooms at this time. Any donations would be greatly received!


Friday 3rd November 2017

This week, in Year 5, we have completed a mini topic called ‘Safety during Halloween and Bonfire Night’.

We discussed how to be safe at Halloween when trick or treating. To help other people understand, we created posters to let everyone know our safety rules. We then put them up around school to make sure everyone could see them. Hopefully we have helped everyone be safe at this time of year.

We watched video clips about bonfire night. One clip showed us how dangerous fireworks can be if you don’t follow the firework code. A young boy got into lots of trouble for misusing fireworks. We then worked in groups to create a presentation to warn people about the possible dangers on November 5th.

During afternoon sessions, we have been learning about The Gunpowder Plot. We have read about Guy Fawkes and his friends and their plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament over 400 years ago. This is the reason we celebrate bonfire night. In Art, we have created bonfire pictures using coloured pencils. They looked very effective!

Attendance: 91.8%
Lateness: 1 child was late resulting in 20 minutes of lost learning.

Friday 13th October 2017
This week we have been developing our multiplication and subtraction skills in maths. We have been reading Esio Trot by Roald Dahl in literacy and learning all about tortoises. Did you know Esio Trot spelled backwards is actually tortoise? We have been continuing our learning about Japan and have been completing some Japanese artwork.

Our Hand Writer of the Week was Rosie for her beautiful handwriting and presentation.

Attendance: 97.5% (Well done, this is above our target of 96%).
Lateness: 3 children were late resulting in 84 minutes of lost learning. Let’s try to get this down Year 5.

Upcoming Events
We will be visiting the Oriental Museum on Tuesday. Please ensure all consent forms are returned by Monday 16th October. On Friday we will be breaking up for half term.


Friday 6th October 2017
This week we have welcomed Mr Mills who will be covering Mr Stewart’s absence. We have been continuing with our topic of Asia and finding out about life in Japan. We have been very interested in earthquakes and how Japanese people cope with them. Mr Mills has been telling us about his experience of an earthquake when he was in California.

We have enjoyed another week of swimming and we are all doing really well. Miss Cassidy was thoroughly impressed with our skills and behaviour.

Year 5’s superstar, who received a dip in the box this week, is Lewis for his excellent use of the column method to solve addition and subtraction. Delta was in the golden book for her help around the classroom and Ben for his positive contributions to class discussions.

Attendance: 93.6%
Lateness: 37 minutes of lost learning this week.

Upcoming Events
Today children will be bringing home a letter as the school photographer will be in on Tuesday 17th October. Don’t panic, Year 5 will have their pictures taken first before we leave for our trip to the Oriental Museum.

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Friday 29th Sept 2017

It’s the end of another fantastic week in year 5. Our Asian Adventure topic is in full flow and we’re eagerly anticipating our class trip to the Oriental Museum in Durham (Tuesday 17th October).

We’ve enjoyed baking this week ready for our Macmillan coffee afternoon. On the menu were jam tarts and fruit scones. The entire class took part from organizing the equipment to weighing, measuring and mixing! We’re all delighted with the results – the tarts and scones look delicious!

Our hand writer of the week is Ashton for much improved presentation.

Year 5’s superstar, who received a dip in the box this week, is Jessica for her fantastic effort whilst swimming. Myself and Mrs Walker are very proud of you Jessica!

Attendance: 91.8%

Upcoming events:

Next Wednesday (4.10) and Thursday (5.10) is parents evening. Appointments went out earlier this week. Please don’t hesitate to speak to me if you require an alternative appointment – I’ll do my very best to accommodate any changes.

Y5 trip to the Oriental Museum is on 17th October. Please return consent forms as soon as possible.

Swimming now takes place on a Tuesday at the new venue of the Puma Centre. Please ensure your child has their swimming kit with them.


Friday 22nd Sept 2017

What a great second week we’ve had in year 5.

Our topic – Asian Adventures – is well in flow and the children are enjoying learning about the countries which make up the largest continent in the world.

In maths this week we’ve ordered and compared the sizes of countries within Asia developing our place value skills.

This week was our last swimming session at Sandhill View Academy. From next week, we will transfer to the Puma Centre with a change of day – swimming will now take place on a Tuesday.

Our certificate winner, who got a dip in the box in assembly, this week is:

Alfie for his fantastic effort and attitude in maths.

Our hand writer of the week this week is:

Hudson for his fantastic presentation in all learning.

Attendance: 94.6%

Our attendance target for school is 96%. Unfortunately this week we’ve fallen short of our 96% target. Lets work together to improve this next week!

Upcoming events and reminders

Please remember to send swimming kits in every Tuesday. Swimming is part of the PE curriculum in year 5 which is a legal requirement in all primary and secondary schools in England.

Clubs continue to run this half term. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so ASAP!

On Friday it’s our Macmillan coffee afternoon. Please come to the main hall for 1.30pm to enjoy coffee, cake and raise money for a fantastic cause! Children can be collected from their normal entrance / exit doors from 1.20pm.

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Welcome to our first Year 5 blog of the school year.

We’ve been particularly busy this week settling into our new classroom (and making it our own), deciding on our new school councillors, Playground Buddies and getting to know each other again after the summer break. Early indications show it’s going to be a great year in year 5!

We had our first swimming lesson at Sandhill View Academy on Thursday which went very well. Everyone who attended enjoyed getting into the water and showing off their swimming skills! We even enjoyed the walk there and back!

Our certificate winner, who got a dip in the box in assembly, this week is:

Delta for her fantastic start and attitude to year 5.

Our golden book stars this week are:

Bailey, for his super effort in swimming and Hudson for giving 100% in every lesson.

Our hand writer of the week this week is:

Ellie for her fantastic presentation.

Attendance: 96.1%

Our attendance target for school is 96%. I’m delighted to say we have achieved our target this week with an attendance of 96.1%

Lateness: 9 minutes lateness this week.

Please remember school starts at 8.50. The children begin learning straight away, so even a few minutes lateness has an effect on education!

Upcoming events and reminders

Please remember to send swimming kits in every Thursday. Swimming is part of the PE curriculum in year 5 which is a legal requirement in all primary and secondary schools in England.

Sandhill View Academy have their open evening on Monday 18th September at 6.00pm. All children in years 5 and 6 who will be attending Sandhill View are welcome to attend with their families.

Clubs start from Monday in school. You will have received a letter this afternoon which share details and booking information.