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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.

Our Year 5 Staff:

Teacher – Miss Witte
Teaching Assistant- Mrs Walker.

Week ending 15.10.21

Over the last couple of weeks we have been focusing on our recount genre within literacy. We have looked at the use of formal language when writing a report and discussed why it is used within the text. We have looked at definitions of technical vocabulary (some were tricky to find in our dictionaries) to understand and use within our writing -words such as devoid, topography and reconnaissance – which are all specific to our writing about the lunar landing.

In maths, we are just about finished our addition and subtraction unit. We have used the formal written method to show our calculations and we are all improving our presentation, using rulers to draw our lines and write our numbers neatly within the squares. We are also looking forward to starting out Big Maths sessions within the next week which focus on our time tables and addition facts.

We have been lucky enough to have Andy from the Newcastle Falcons in school teaching us skills and techniques to play Tag Rugby. We have enjoyed the first 2 sessions, learning how to throw and catch – making sure our team mates are ready to catch the ball. Did you know that rugby players can only throw the ball behind them?

We are looking forward to our last session next week.

Week ending 1.10.21

We have had another really busy week in year 5.

In English this week, we have finished our exploration narratives. We all did an amazing job writing about our experiences in a LEM (Lunar Excursion Module) and our first landing on a planet since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969. We edited our writing to ensure all aspects of the narrative were included. Next week, we will still look closely at the moon landings, however our genre will change to writing a formal report using the information we already know as well as finding out more details as the weeks go on.

In maths, we have continued our place value learning and are closing into now looking at numbers up to 1,000,000. We have been looking at writing and reading numbers up to 1,000,000 and comparing which is the greatest and smallest out of selection numbers given. The children are looking forward to looking at negative numbers and roman numerals within the next week.

This weeks writers certificate went to Scarlett, who produced a great narrative about her voyage into space. Her writing was beautifully presented ansd she always takes care with her writing appearance.

Courtney was awarded our Plainsie Pass this week for always being kind and helpful inside and outside the class.

This week we have been developing our classroom reading corners. The children have chosen Roald Dahl as a focus and have created some lovely pieces of artwork to showcase our reading area.

Our class reps for the Wellbeing Team attended an event at the Beacon of Light today. We are looking forward to finding out about what they got up to.

REMINDERS

The children are going to the Puma Centre next Wednesday 6th October to work with other local schools to become school leaders. they will be taught how to communicate effectively and how to organise games and activities within our own playground. P.E kit and weather appropriate coats should be worn as the children will be walking to the venue. Children should arrive at school for 8.30.

29.9.21

PE leadership training 6.10.21

We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead working with you
all.

We have had a very busy few weeks since coming back this half term. We enjoyed our wellbeing week, which consisted of the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’. We connected by getting to know each other a little more by asking questions and making fortune tellers. We played ‘Me too!” and we found that we had more in common with each other than we originally thought. Give was our next theme in which we gave compliments to each other which really made us smile. We all made a birthday card for our friends in Year 5, so when a birthday is celebrated a card is given to the birthday boy or girl designed by one of their friends. Be active was time spent outside plating football, playing with the outdoor resources and enjoying the outdoors and fresh air. We discussed taking notice of the world around us, the sights and the sounds and how important it was to take time for ourselves. Keep learning – we all had a go at learning some basic Makaton signs and even used our signs alongside some popular music.


Alongside wellbeing week, the children voted for our class
representatives.


School council – Amelia Ca and Steven
Anti-bullying team – Brandon and Scarlett
Eco team – Gracie
Wellbeing Team – Amelia Co, Lillyrose and Alicia
Quality Assurance – Li and Courtney
Playground buddies – Myla and Dominic


In English, we began our first genre which relates to the text ‘Where
once we stood’. This text outlines stories and reflections from the
moon landing in 1969. The children began exploring the text and
finding out more about the astronaut Neil Armstrong and his crew.


The children will write a narrative linked to a mission to the moon.
Within maths we have been exploring place value, rounding and
comparing numbers. Our numbers are increasing daily, and we have
worked hard to grasp the concepts taught using number lines.,
counters and place value grids.

A huge well done to all of you for coming back with brilliant attitudes and working so hard already. You are doing great!

REMINDERS:

Year 5 P.E. days are Tuesday and Fridays- please ensure your children come to school in weather appropriate P.E. kits.

Reading books can be returned daily after they are signed by a parent for a Class Dojo.

Spellings are issued on a Friday and are tested the following Friday. These are uploaded to Showbie but paper copies are available.

Tuck shop is now up and running so if your child would like to, they can bring in their pocket money and buy some snacks for break time. This is completely optional.

Curriculum newsletter – Summer

Friday 9th July 2021

Well Year 5, what can I say about this week? It has been very quiet without you!

Well done to everybody who has been completing their daily online school work. It is great to see how many of you are still eager to carry on your learning, this is a great attitude to have!

Speaking of wonderful attitudes, Harvey received our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ this week for being a super, helpful boy to both myself and Mrs Quill. Great work Harvey! Well done.

Have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you all when you return to school on Tuesday 13th July for our final four days of Year 5.

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 2nd July 2021

Wow! I can’t believe we are into July already. Two more weeks to go!

This week in Literacy, we have started our new writing genre – a discussion text. This time we are creating a balanced argument as to whether gorillas should be kept in captivity. In our lessons so far, we have looked at structural and language features of discussion texts. We have begun to look at active and passive voice and how, if we use passive voice, it can give our writing a more formal tone!

In Maths, we have been working our equivalent fractions to unit and non-unit fractions. We are getting quite good at this now!

On Thursday, it was our ICT lesson. This half term we have been exploring different types of digital media, we have already created digital sound tracks, so today we ventured out into the secret garden and did some digital photography. We learned how to zoom in and focus the lens of the camera. Here are some of our pictures!

We have had such a busy week! We hope you have a lovely, restful weekend!

Mrs Stewart and Miss Oxberry x

Friday 25th June 2021

This week, Plains Farm Academy have taken part in the Tyne and Wear Activ5 week and Year 5 have been really active!

Throughout this week, the children have taken part in a wide variety of sporting and teambuilding exercises. From football, hula hooping, badminton and dancing, to practising our communication skills during Chinese whispers and den building. We have done it all!

Today, the weather turned against us, so we opted for Yoga and Body percussion indoors. Year Five were amazing at it all!

Yoga

Congratulations to Amelia, who has received our ‘Plainsy Pass’ this week. It is well deserved as she has worked so hard not only this week, but every week!

Well done Year 5! You all deserve a rest this weekend after all of that exercise!

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 18th June 2021

Wow! This week has flown as it has been jam-packed with lots of work and lots of fun!

This week in Literacy, we have continued to build up our skills towards writing our dilemma narrative based around the story of King Kong.

At the beginning of the week, we explored what a dilemma is and learned that it is when our conscience speaks to us and we are conflicted about what to do. We created a conscience alley to try and convince the decision of Denham – should he capture King or leave the island without him?

In Maths this week, we have been learning how to find fractions of amounts. I am pleased to say that we have grasped the concept of dividing by the denominator and multiplying by the numerator.

On Wednesday we had our UKS2 Sports Day. It was such good fun. The teams were very competitive and thoroughly enjoyed themselves taking part in a range of athletic activities including the hurdles, egg and spoon race, 100 metre sprint and the relay race. Well done to everybody that took part!

Speaking of sporting achievements, a huge well done to Lexie who competed with Sunderland Harriers AC last Saturday and got a silver medal in the 75m sprint. Such a fantastic achievement! Well done!

Another congratulations to Jessie, who won our Plainsy Platinum pass today, for a huge improvement in her writing. Keep up the hard work Jessie!

Reminders

Reading books and the reading diary must come into school each day. This allows us to read with the children and for children to change their reading books regularly.

Next week is Active 5 week. Children must come to school wearing appropriate sports wear each day including trainers.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 11th June 2021

It has been a great first week back! I cannot believe that we are into the final half-term of Year 5! It has certainly got off to a super start!

This week in Literacy we have started our new narrative genre ‘ King Kong’. We have explored the text and made predictions. We have created expanded noun phrases as well as similes and metaphors and we even turned these into poems! We have done so much writing!

In Maths this week, we have been practising the formal written methods of multiplication and division. I have to say we are absolutely marvellous at this now! Well done everyone!

In Topic, we have started to learn about inventions. Starting with bridges that were invented by the famous Victorian inventor (as we know so much about the Victorians now) Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 28th May 2021

It’s the last day of half-term and I have to say the children thoroughly deserve the week off because they have worked their socks off over the last seven weeks!

This week in Literacy, the children have been planning and writing a balanced argument as to whether Victorian workhouses should have existed. This issue has been thoroughly debated and I am thrilled with how well the children have been able to write in the present tense and how well they have included impersonal language in their writing.

In Maths, the children have been exploring multiples and factors. We then moved on to identifying common multiples and common factors.

On Thursday it was our Victorian themed day. It went really well! The day started with the children sitting in rows of boys and rows of girls. A fingernail inspection was conducted and the national anthem was sung!

Beamish Museum joined us via zoom and the children completed some Victorian lessons including handwriting, the 3 R’s and still life drawing.

Doing Victorian Drill exercises as part of our Beamish lesson.

At playtime the children played with toys on the yard that the Victorian children would have played with such as: yoyos, hula hoops and skipping ropes. They all had great fun.

In the afternoon, we designed and printed wallpaper in the style of William Morris a famous Victorian designer. It was really fun to make our printing tiles and we think the finished designs look amazing!

Reminders

Can everybody make sure that reading books and the reading diary is brought into school each day. This is really important as it allows us to read with the children at any point through the school week.

Enjoy the half-term holiday and have a well earned rest everybody!

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 24th May 2021

It has been another quick week! I can’t believe that in two more weeks, we will be in our final half term of Year 5.

In Literacy this week we have continued to build up our skills towards the discussion text that we will be writing next week. As part of this, we have explored the differences between personal and impersonal writing.

In Maths, we have been multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals by 10 and 100. We have been using place value charts to help us with this and the progress we have made since the beginning of the week has been amazing!

In Science, we have been exploring magnetism. The children were first given the task of separating iron filings and flour without touching it. They pondered on this dilemma for a while and were amazed by what happened when we waved a magnet over the mixture!

The children then conducted their own investigation into which materials are magnetic and which are non-magnetic.

Reminders

Thursday 27th May is Year 5’s Victorian day. Children can come to school dressed as a person from that era for a fun day of Victorian activities.

Year 5 Parent Evening phone calls will commence next Thursday evening and Friday morning. The children received their appointment letters last week. I look forward to updating you with their progress then!

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 14th May 2021

There has been plenty going on in Year 5 this week!

Half the class have been taking part in Bikeability. I am pleased and proud of everyone that has taken part. You have all listened carefully to the instructors and have all improved your cycling skills. Well done!

Happy cyclists!

For those who have been in the class, it has been the ideal opportunity to brush up on our SPaG skills. In particular we have been looking at the uses of apostrophes to show singular and plural possession. We have also looked at how commas are used to clarify meaning and avoid ambiguity.

In Maths, we have been scaling numbers by 0.1 and 0.01. The children have done so well with this. I am ever so pleased with them. Keep up the hard work Year 5!

Reminders

Please ensure that your child’s homework is completed every week. Homework is on Showbie each Friday and should be completed by Tuesday evening.

Thank you!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill x

Friday 7th May 2021

It’s been another great week in Year 5 and it has flown over!

In Literacy this week, we have started our new ‘discussion’ writing genre. At the beginning of the week, we examined the purpose and features of discussion texts and looked at comparative and contrasting viewpoints – we practised our skills by comparing chocolate bars. The children did a great job so of course they had to eat them!

Today we learned about creating a balanced argument and had a debate about whether Victorian workhouses should have existed. The children were very good at this; they listened carefully to each other and put across valid points for both sides. Excellent job!

We used basketball talk to make sure everyone’s voice was heard.

Today, we look part in the NSPCC Number Day. We took part in quiz about online safety and played ‘Who wants to be a Mathionaire?’ It was great fun!

Reminders

Next week, our Bikeability course starts in Year 5. If you want your child to take part please complete the form and return it by Monday. You’re child must have a working, safe bicycle and a helmet to take part.

Reading books and the accompanying diary must come to school every day. This not only allows us to read with your child, but also helps us to track how much reading they are doing at home.

Have a great weekend! I will see you all on Monday! 🙂

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 30th April 2021

Well, I have to say a huge well done to Year 5 as everyone has worked their socks off this week!

In Literacy, we finished the story ‘Street Child’ and the children were really pleased and relieved that the main character ‘Jim’ had a happy ending after all of the turmoil that he had been put through. Phew!

The children then wrote their own versions of the story and included their flashback sequence. The writing they have produced this week has been amazing! We are so proud of them all.

In Maths, we have been converting measures – kilograms and grams, millilitres and litres among others. This has been quite tricky stuff but the children have persevered and have managed well.

Today was Wellbeing Friday. We discussed the importance of recognising other people’s emotions and listening to their needs if they need to talk. We discussed different facial expressions and we made our own emoji biscuits.

The children also enjoyed eating them of course!

Everyone thoroughly deserves the long weekend! See you all on Tuesday!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill x

Friday 23rd April 2021

Another lovely week in Year 5 has flown by!

In Literacy this week, the children have thoroughly enjoyed the story of ‘Street Child’ and the children have been working hard on tasks related to this great adventure story. We have been learning how to generate description in our writing by ‘show not tell’ and create a flashback sequence in readiness for writing our own version of ‘Street Child’ next week.

In Maths, we have been continuing to work with place value of decimal fractions and have been rounding to the nearest tenth and whole number.

Our History topic is well underway. The children have enjoyed learning about Queen Victoria’s reign and lifestyle.

We are currently holding a Maths intervention each Monday and a writing intervention each Tuesday. If your child has received an intervention letter and would like to attend, please return the forms as soon as possible, thank you.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill x

Friday 16th April 2021

What a great first week back and a fantastic start to the Summer term!

The children have worked so hard in all subjects and I am extremely pleased with how they have settled back in to school.

In Literacy this week we have started our new narrative genre. Our lessons have been linked to our quality text ‘Street Child’ which is based on the true story of how Dr Barnardo came to set up his first ‘Ragged school’ in Victorian London. The story follows the plight of a very young boy called Jim who finds himself escaping from the workhouse. The children seem to be enjoying the story very much. This week we have looked at the characters within the story and today we created dialogue between two of the characters; punctuated correctly – we were allowed to write on our tables and used dry macaroni pasta to place the inverted commas where they were supposed to go!

In Maths, we have been focusing our attention on place value with numbers with up to two decimal places. Working with whole numbers, tenths and hundredths is tricky stuff but the children have persevered and are getting really good with their place value now.

In Art, we painted our clay animal eyes using acrylic paint, colour matching to the original observational drawing from last week. We are really impressed with the results and think they look fantastic!

Interventions are starting next week, if your child has received a letter please can you accept their place by returning the acceptance slip asap please as places are limited.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill x

Friday 26th March 2021

Happy Easter everybody! Year 5 you thoroughly deserve the rest, you have worked your socks off this past 3 weeks at school.

On Monday, we had our whole school writing day. A dragon’s egg was found on the school field. This really had the children puzzled! Some were slightly dubious but once they had seen the CCTV footage they were more than convinced! So, we set about writing a newspaper report. We know that most newspaper stories include eye witness accounts so we interviewed Mr Byers and Miss Orchard who were first on the scene.

Mysterious egg found!!

From Tuesday onwards we turned our attention back to planning and writing our survival guides to the Amazon Rainforest. They are absolutely fantastic! I am so proud of the effort that the children put into their writing.

In our art lessons this week, we first completed observational drawings rainforest animal eyes. Then, we created texture through carving and layering clay. The eyes aren’t quite finished yet as we will be painting them after the holidays, but I’m sure you will agree that they are looking fantastic!

We finished off the week by creating Easter cards and Easter nests. They children loved these activities.

Enjoy your Easter break everybody! Take care and enjoy the rest!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill x

Friday 19th March 2021

One more week to go! This week has flown over and the children have been incredibly busy!

In Literacy we have been building our skills towards writing our survival guide to the rainforest. The children have been working hard learning to include parenthesis (adding extra information) inside brackets, commas and dashes. Also, the children have learned to use colons and semi-colons to create detailed lists of the survival gear needed for an expedition!

In Geography this week, the children have been introduced to the topic of Fair trade. To start our topic the children went hunting for items on their shopping list – they had to choose from three different brands of the product, all at different prices. The children had to justify their reason for their decision.

We discussed as a class, the workload and the hours worked by farmers in developing countries and how little they earn for producing the crops compared to the supermarket chains that sell them. The children were really incensed by their plight and agreed that the ‘Fair trade Foundation’ is a fantastic cause that makes sure that farmers not only receive a fair price for their produce but also gives a little extra so that they can invest in their own communities.

Of course the had to sample some fair trade chocolate, just to make sure it tastes fine and we are pleased to tell you that it tastes exactly the same!

All in all, another great week in Year 5!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill xx

Friday 12th March 2021

Happy Friday everybody! You have made it through your first week back at school and I have to say you have all done so well! Great stuff!

This week in Literacy, we have started our new ‘procedural text’ genre. We started the week by identifying the features of procedural texts and then explored explanations and instructions even further. At the end of the week, we recapped our knowledge of imperative verbs.

In Maths, we have focused on Place Value. I am so pleased with how well you have retained this knowledge from previous lessons as it isn’t easy working with numbers up to 1,000,000.

This week we celebrated British Science Week at Plains Farm Academy. The theme this year is ‘Innovation for the Future’ so on Wednesday we designed what we thought classrooms may look like in the future; there were many ‘out of this world’ designs!

Continuing with our Science theme, we decided to have some fun with Science. We decided to make rainbows in three different ways. We made a rainbow in a jar, a skittles rainbow and a running rainbow! The children really enjoyed all three experiments, and polishing off the left over skittles of course!

Rainbow in a jar.
We had to carefully syringe coloured water with different densities on top of each other.
We were amazed at our skittle rainbows!
Running Rainbows!

Well done everybody an a great first week back! Have a lovely restful weekend!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill x

Friday 5th March 2021

Hello Year 5! Eeeek! We are so so so excited to see you all back here on Monday! We can’t wait!

This week in Literacy we have planned and written the opening scene to Oliver Twist. The rich vocabulary that has been used in your writing to provide description has blown me away! Well done!

In Maths this week, we began the week by finding the area of rectangles, moving on to finding the area of compound shapes and finishing the week by finding the are of irregular shapes.

We have continued to explore our topic of South America. This week, we looked at the physical and human geography of the continent. We located rivers and mountains and then we looked at the population of each of the countries within South America.

On Thursday, it was World Book Day. I hope you all had a chance to watch our ‘Masked Reader’ video. Did you guess who was who? In the afternoon, the children created their favourite book character out of a potato. They looked absolutely great!

Have a great weekend everybody. We will see you all on Monday morning!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill x

Friday 26th February 2021

Hello everybody! Wow! This week has gone by in a flash and I am so excited to welcome you all back to school on the 8th March.

This week in literacy, Year 5 have been learning the historical context of Oliver Twist and generating rich vocabulary that we will be using to describe the characters and setting of this famous novel by Charles Dickens.

In Maths, the children have been working hard on learning the formal written method of division. At the beginning of the week, we used counters to support our learning of this concept, moving onto pictorial and abstract methods by the end of the week.

On Wednesday, it was ‘Screen Free Wednesday’. The children took part in a range of ‘screen free tasks’ creating their own PE circuits, self-portraits and den building. The children really enjoyed these activities and it was lovely to see you all enjoying taking part at home too!

Millie working hard at her circuit training 🙂
We created a den with our bubble buddies!

Well done to Maisie and Jaxon, who are our ‘Showbie Stars’ this week, for making a huge effort with their remote learning tasks.

We are missing you all! One week to go until we are all back together!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill 🙂

Friday 12th February 2021

Happy half-term everybody! I am sure you are all looking forward to your well-deserved half-term break. Thank you to every single one of you for completing your work each day and thank you to your grown ups also for your help and support with home learning – I know it has not been easy.

In Literacy this week, using the story, ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ we have been applying our knowledge of persuasive writing features to a persuade the Amazon Logging Company to stop destroying the rainforests. The children have been quite shocked by the devastating effects that logging has on not just the animals and plants but also the effect this has on the planet! Year 5 have done such a great job with their letters, I’m sure their points can not be ignored!

In Maths, we have been practising rounding whole numbers within 10,000. We took this skill one step further and rounded numbers to estimate and approximate answers to addition and subtraction calculations.

You will have noticed the weather turned rather snowy this week, of course we took this opportunity to get out in the snow and have some fun, we took diluted paints and used the snow as a blank canvas. Jayden and Millie had a great time creating their own masterpieces! I hope you’ve managed to get outside and enjoy the snow too!

Millie’s Rainbow!
Jayden’s dinosaur!
We miss you Year 5!

Today, we created some ice marbles and ice hands from filling plastic gloves and balloons with food colouring and water. We think they look cool!

Ready to freeze!

Well done to Leah and Brenden, who are our ‘Showbie Stars’ this week, for completing all of their home-learning work.

Have a lovely half-term holiday! I miss you all! I can’t wait for us all to be back together shortly!

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 5th February 2021

Hello Year 5! I hope you are all well. One more week until half-term and you and your grown ups get that well-deserved rest! We are so impressed with how you are all coping with completing your school work from home!

In Literacy this week, you have been learning how to use persuasive language in your letters to the Education Secretary. I have to say Mrs Quill and I have been delighted with your writing outcomes. Well done!

In Maths this week, we have recapped roman numerals to 100 and extended our knowledge to make roman numerals to 1000. You did well with these tasks which is great! We can tell you all worked very hard!

Today, we celebrated Children’s Mental Health Week. We enjoyed taking part in a range of activities including baking, which we found very therapeutic.

Millie making chocolate brownies
and fairy cakes…

Well done to the Year 5 Showbie Stars, Sophia and Oliver. They have received certificates for working so hard at their remote learning.

Keep up the hard work!

Reminders

Please log in to Reading Plus and complete your assessment, if you have not already done so. You need to complete this in a quiet room as you need to fully concentrate.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Mrs Stewart and Mrs Quill xx

Tuesday 2nd February 2021

Hello everybody! Some more exciting news! We have decided to roll out the ‘Reading Plus’ online reading programme to everybody in Year 5. Reading Plus is a superb interactive learning tool that increases your fluency, comprehension, reading speed, vocabulary and writing skills. When you first log on, you will have to complete an assessment, from this assessment the programme creates a tailor made package for you to work through, tracks your progress and adapts your tasks as you become a more confident reader. Your assessment will take around 30 minutes to complete and you need to be somewhere quiet without distractions when you complete it.

Click on this link and it will take you to a page with videos that will show you how to log on and how Reading Plus works. readingsolutionsuk.co.uk/resource-category/pupil-tutorial-videos

Your log ins will be sent by text to your grown-ups today

Friday 29th January 2021

Happy Well-being Friday everybody! It is lovely to be back with Year 5, I am missing you all greatly (I can’t wait to see your smiling faces) but I am thrilled with the effort you are putting in to your home learning and how hard you are all working. Well done! Keep up the good work!

In Literacy this week, Year 5 have started their new writing genre ‘Persuasive Writing’. This is going to be surrounding the debate on whether school uniforms should be worn. This genre will result in the children writing letters to the Education Secretary to make their points heard.

In Maths, the children have been looking at statistics. The children have been learning to read and interpret timetables to answer the questions.

Today is Well-being Friday and we decided that our focus this week was to think of others. So we did! We thought of our feathered friends – the birds, as they struggle to find food during the harsh winter months. The children were set the task of creating bird feeders using yoghurt pots or toilet roll tubes. It was lovely to see so many of our remote learners taking part too!

All ready to put in the fridge so they are ready to hang in the the Secret Garden on Monday!
Ryan’s going to have some very hungry birds visiting his garden!

Well done to our Year 5 ‘Showbie Stars’ Ryan and Amelia. I am so thrilled at how hard you are working at home (I know this is not easy). You are accessing every lesson and have been submitting every piece of work. I am very proud of you both!

Have a relaxing weekend everybody! Keep up the good work!

Thursday 21st January 2021

Hello Year 5! Well done on completing another week of remote learning. I have really enjoyed this week with you.

In Maths, we have continued using the long multiplication method to solve multiplication questions. I can see a lot more of you are becoming more and more comfortable with this method. Next week we are going to start looking at Statistics.

In Literacy, we have now started planning our Macbeth character description where we will start writing this up next week. I am so excited to read these. I know they will be amazing!

In Science, we have been learning more about living things and their habitat and started gaining an understanding of how some plants reproduce and defining the terms asexual and sexual.

In Topic, we have created and labelled a diagram to show how a river is formed. Millie really enjoyed this and I’m sure you did too. I have included Millie’s work for you to have a look at. Your diagrams were great!

This week our showbie stars are: Harvey for excellent Maths work this week and Emmy for completing all tasks on Showbie to the best of her ability! Well done!

Well done everybody! Keep up the good work!

Miss Bloomfield.

Friday 15th January 2021

Hello everybody! Well done on another week of remote learning. I know you have been working ever so hard; building your skills towards writing your Macbeth narrative.

In Maths this week, you have began to look at the standard written method of long multiplication, we will continue to explore this concept further next week.

In Science this week, your topic of living processes got underway. In your first lesson you learned about the different parts of flower and created a labelled diagram. Millie worked with Mrs Quill to dissect the different parts of the flower – she found this extremely interesting.

Reminders

If you have a Reading Plus login, please log on and complete at least 30 minutes of activities each day.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 8th January 2021

Hello everyone,

What a strange start we’ve had to 2021 as we came back for the Spring term. I’m so proud of all of the children for adapting so quickly to the changes in circumstances and engaging so much with the online home learning.

It has been a different week for myself in my first week as a teacher at Plains Farm and I have had the help of the wonderful staff to ease me into the changes that have occurred, it’s definitely not what I was expecting on Monday morning!

I’ve enjoyed looking at the online work that has been produced and it’s been great to chat with some of the children briefly over Showbie. I had fun making a PE lesson video for the children to take part in and planning some great lessons for next week.

As we all have to adapt to the changes that this week has brought us, I can understand that the daily structure of school has been somewhat disrupted. Therefore, I have created a timetable for online learning that you can follow at home with your grown-up. You can find that attached below. I understand that not everyone is able to follow this timetable due to the given circumstances so please don’t worry if you have to do this in a different order.

I look forward to what next week will bring and thank you to everyone who has welcomed me so warmly into this fantastic school.

Mr Black 🙂

Friday 17th December 2020

The last day of term has arrived! The children have had a Christmas-themed week and lots of fun activities to enjoy including: Christmas advert comprehension, calendars, cards, tie- dying and of course, our alternative Christmas party!

Snow machine!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support during the unprecedented events that this year has thrown at us! I wish each and every one of you, a very Merry Christmas and a much better 2021!!

Take care and I will see you all in the new year!

Mrs Stewart xx

Friday 11th December 2020

We have had another great week!

In Literacy this week, the children have been writing their non-chronological reports about Pandora. I have to say, the children have worked so hard on these and the results are extremely impressive!

Year 5 celebrated Christingle on Tuesday. The whole class learned about the significance of each part of the orange and made one themselves.

Christmas Jumper Day was a great success, the children all looked very festive making their Christmas cards and tucking into their Christmas dinner today!

Reminders

Don’t forget it is Year 5’s Christmas quiz and bingo afternoon on Thursday (the day we break up from school). Children can come dressed in party outfits if they wish.

Friday 4th December 2020

It is good to be back in the classroom! Year 5 have had an extremely busy but very enjoyable week.

In Literacy this week, the children have been exploring the planet of Pandora. We have learned a lot about this planet: where it is, its atmosphere and the creatures that live there. As a result, the children have day by day started to piece together the information and alongside, learned about vocabulary and the grammatical features used within a non-chronological report. I have been blown away by their writing this week. Well done everybody!

In Maths, the children began the week by learning about factors and multiples, we then moved on to learn about prime and composite numbers.

In Science the children have been learning all about electricity (conductors, insulators and how to make/ break a circuit. They have really enjoyed these hands on activities.

Christmas officially arrived at Year 5 this week. The children absolutely loved creating our Snowman themed window. We think it looks great!

Reminders

Please make sure you bring your reading book and diary to school everyday!

Wednesday 18th November 2020

Classwork has been uploaded to Showbie for the children and logins have been texted to parents.

Please visit https://plainsfarmacademy.co.uk/home-learning/ for details on how to access and use the programme.

Work has also been added to Education City.

Monday 16th November 2020

Please read an important update from Public Health regarding Year 5

Year 5 Close contact

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Friday 13th November 2020

Another busy week has flown by! I can’t believe we are two weeks into this half-term already!

In Literacy this week, we have been learning to use some grammar and punctuation that we have not used before. The children have learned to use modal verbs and also how to use parenthesis in their writing. They have learned how to use brackets and dashes to indicate this. Later in the week we also learned how to use semi-colons to show stronger sub-division of a sentence. This was tricky stuff but it was great to see the children then trying to apply this skill in their subsequent pieces of writing. Fab!

Modal verbs

In Maths, the children have been learning about different types of angles. We created ‘angle eaters’ to help us search for angles smaller than a 90 degree right-angles (Acute) and angles bigger than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees (Obtuse).

Our Science this week has been great fun! Continuing with our Earth and Space topic, we have learned the different phases of the Moon. We created the different phases using Oreo biscuits. The children loved this lesson, especially the part where they got to eat the finished products!

Notices

The Youth Sport Trust have taken the step to deliver a free virtual after school club as part of a national response to the second lockdown. The 30-minute club will take place at 5pm each weekday and be led by a different member of the YST’s athlete mentor network, starting on Thursday 12 November with world no.1 female inline skater and 10-time British Champion Jenna Downing. The After School Sport Club will then run for five weeks until December 18 and children and young people can take part live by visiting our YouTube channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/YouthSportTrust

Please could you check that your child is completing their homework. Homework is assigned on Education City each Friday and must be completed by the following Wednesday. Thank you!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 6th November 2020

It has been a great first week back! Everyone has come back to school keen and ready to learn which is great to see!

This week, in Literacy, we have started our new quality text which is called ‘ ‘The Water Tower’. I do not exaggerate when I say the children have been captivated by it. The book links brilliantly with our new topic of Earth and Space as it eludes to an alien imposter taking the place of one of the characters. The children have been exploring the text and comparing the two main characters in the story using comparative conjunctions.

In Maths, the children have been adding and subtracting up to 5-digit numbers and applying this skill to solving space themed problems!

As I mentioned above, our topic this half term is Earth and Space. This week the children have been looking at how Earth orbits the Sun and how the Moon orbits Earth. We went outside and as a class we acted this out moving in an anti-clockwise direction. We then made paper diagrams of how this occurs.

Orbiting the Sun

On Friday, Christmas came early to Plainsy! The children had a lovely time decorating our Christmas tree in their pyjamas.

Reminders

Year 5’s parents evening phone calls will be taking place and Monday 9th November and Tuesday 10th November. All of the children received their appointment times in October. I look forward to speaking with you all then.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 23rd October 2020

The last day of half-term has arrived! I need to begin this week’s blog by saying how proud I am of each and every one of the Year 5 children. They came back into school after a long break coping with new routines/expectations and they have taken to everything so well. They have worked their socks off since the moment they arrived! I am one very happy teacher.

This week in Literacy, the children have been writing recounts. First, they produced a newspaper article and then they transformed the recount into diary entries.

Well done to Kyle, who received our star writer award, for applying skills learned during lessons to his writing.

In Maths, the children have been learning to count forwards and backwards in thousandths; learning that to find a thousandth of a quantity, we need to divide by a thousand.

It has been a super week of Science. We began by further exploring our topic of ‘Forces’ by investigating water resistance. The children found out that that the more streamline an object is, the less force is needed for it to move through the water.

Later in the week, we investigated levers and pulleys; the children made their own catapults which was great fun! Shout out to Mckenzie, who showcased his fantastic engineering skills.

We ended the week with Design and Technology. The children researched a different Greek dishes then, designed and made their own Greek Feta Salad. Some of the children enjoyed sampling some olives and feta, others not so much!

I wish you all a fantastic half term, relax and enjoy the time off! See you all 2nd November!

Mrs Stewart x

Friday 16th October 2020

We have had a cracking week in Year 5!

In Literacy, we have been exploring the language features that are used in writing newspaper articles. The children have been writing in 3rd person and past tense, looking at the differences between formal and informal language and converting direct and reported speech.

In Maths, the children have been counting forwards and backwards in powers of 10. They have been working with numbers up to 1 million!

In Science, the children were given a challenge – Icarus has flown too close to the sun, his wings have melted and he is plummeting towards Earth. How can we slow his descent and save him? The children ha explored air resistance and came up with their own experiment to test whether the size of parachute had an effect on air resistance, to slow him down. The children made different size parachutes but soon learnt that it was not only the size but the shape also mattered.

Reminders

PE is each Friday. Please ensure your child arrives at school wearing a PE kit which is appropriate for outdoor exercise.

Reading books along with the diary must be brought into school each day so we can read with your child.

Homework on Education City must be completed by Wednesday. If children find it difficult to access the work online, they are more than welcome to complete work during a playtime session.

Have a great weekend!

Friday 9th October 2020

We have had another lovely week in Year 5!

This week marks the start of our new writing genre in Literacy. For the next three weeks, we are going to be learning how to write a newspaper article with the desired outcome of the children writing their own about the escape of Prisoner 42!

In Maths we have been recognising the equivalent decimals to tenths and hundredths. We also have been learning how to round decimals to the nearest whole number.

Today has been Mental Health Awareness day and the children enjoyed coming to school wearing bright colours. We discussed how looking after our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health. I gave the children lots of different scenarios that could affect a child’s mental health. The children then decided how they would feel about each of them. Then looked at positive actions that we could do to improve our feelings in each of the given scenarios. Exercise and fresh air is one way to improve our mental health so we took ourselves outdoors and started skipping!

Well done to Emmy, who is Year 5’s champion writer this week, keep up the hard work!

This week all of the children have been re-issued with their Times Table Rockstar passwords. Please ensure your child logs in and completes the challenges as often as possible. It really does make a huge difference to their rapid recall skills.

Reminders

Can I remind parents/carers that your child must complete their Education City homework, which is set on Friday by Wednesday of each week.

Reading books need to be brought into school each day along with their reading diary.

Our PE slot is Friday afternoon. Our lessons will be taking place outside on the yard so please can you ensure your child wears a full PE kit to school on this day, including tracksuit bottoms or leggings and appropriate footwear eg. trainers.

Have a lovely weekend. x

Friday 2nd October 2020

I can’t believe it is October already! September has gone by in a flash!

We have had a very busy but very enjoyable week in Year 5. In Literacy this week, the children have been planning and writing their own 5-part story which is based on the story ‘ Who let the Gods out?’ I have been blown away by how well the children have managed to create a sinister mood and atmosphere within their writing, by adding figurative language, expanded noun phrases and by using imagery. Proud is an understatement!

In Maths, we have been learning how to convert measures and learning how to identify the important information within two-step problems so we can solve tricky calculations.

Our Ancient Greece topic is in full swing. This week the children learned about the Greek Gods and Greek philosophers and scholars.

Reminders

Can I remind parents/carers that your child must complete their Education City homework, which is set on Friday by Wednesday of each week.

Reading books need to be brought into school each day along with their reading diary.

Our PE slot is Friday afternoon. Our lessons will be taking place outside on the yard so please can you ensure your child wears a full PE kit to school on this day, including tracksuit bottoms or leggings and appropriate footwear eg. trainers.

Friday 25th September 2020

It has been another fantastic week in Year 5. The children have worked so hard and I am extremely proud of them all.

In Literacy this week, the children have been learning how to add suspense and atmosphere to their writing through sentence structure and by using figurative language. I have been blown away by their efforts!

Well done to Kayleigh, who received our ‘ Writer of the Week’ award, for her fantastic, beautifully presented work.

In Maths, the children have been comparing information in different types of charts and graphs to answer questions. They have managed this beautifully!

Today was our first Wellbeing Friday of the academic year. The children took part in a variety of activities focused on ‘Kindness’. The children thought of acts of kindness that they had seen at playtime and at lunchtime they wrote these down on an outline of their hand. We then passed around a tube of toothpaste and squeezed out the contents. We quickly realised that it could not be put back inside – just like words, once they have been said, they can’t be taken back so we need to be careful what we say to other people in real life and online.

Reminders

Homework is currently being set online on Education City each Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday. Spellings will be sent home with your child each Friday.

Reading books have now been issued and should be returned to school daily along with their new reading record.

Our PE slot is now Friday afternoon. Our lessons will be taking place outside on the yard so please can you ensure your child wears a full PE kit to school on this day, including tracksuit bottoms or leggings and appropriate footwear eg. trainers.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday 18th September

Another very busy week has flown by! Everyone is now settling into the routines of Year 5 and have been working extremely hard!

In Literacy, we have started our new quality text ‘Who let the Gods Out?’ The book links nicely to our topic of Ancient Greece as it is about a young boy named Elliot who enlists the help of the Gods to save the world against the evil daemon Thanatos! The children are enjoying the story and have been using retrieval and inference to understand the characters in the story.

In Maths this week we have continued our place value work – multiplying and dividing decimals by 10 and 100. We are really getting the hang of it now!

In Science this week, the children have been investigating the effects of friction on the amount of force that is needed to move an object. The children tested 3 different materials to see which caused the most friction and therefore caused the most force to be used. The children, as always, enjoyed getting ‘hands on’ with the investigation.

Exciting news! On Monday, it is the start of our new, delicious lunchtime menu! Hot and cold options are available to choose from and we will have the menu ready to view in our shared area each Monday morning for the children to view their options for the week.

Newsletter

Reminders

Homework and spellings will be sent out each Friday and the homework should be completed by the following Wednesday.

Reading books have now been issued and should be returned to school daily along with their new reading record.

Our PE slot is now Friday afternoon. Our lessons will be taking place outside on the yard so please can you ensure your child wears a full PE kit to school on this day, including tracksuit bottoms or leggings and appropriate footwear eg. trainers.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone! See you next week!

Friday 11th September 2020

What a super week we have had in Year 5!

On Monday, the children became acquainted with some of the names of the Greek Gods. We wrote a diary entry as the Goddess of Discord – Eris, who had not enjoyed her first day at Gods School at all! The next piece of writing we did was a persuasive letter to Almighty Coronas explaining why mortals should not be visiting Mount Olympus. The children did a wonderful job and I really did enjoy reading their work.

In Maths, this week the children have been learning how to multiply decimals by 10 and 100. This was tricky stuff! We kept practising and the children are improving every day!

In Science, we have been exploring the effects of gravity. Year 5 have conducted an investigation into ‘whether the mass of a meteor affects the size of the crater’. The children really enjoyed planning the experiment and crating and measuring craters in the ‘moon dust’.

Reminders

Homework will be sent out each Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday.

Reading books have now been issued and should be returned to school daily along with their new reading record.

Our PE slot is now Friday afternoon. Our lessons will be taking place outside on the yard so please can you ensure your child wears a full PE kit to school on this day, including tracksuit bottoms or leggings and appropriate footwear eg. trainers.

Have a lovely weekend everybody!

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Hello everybody! It is so good to be back! I am so thrilled with how the children have settled back in to school. They have managed the changes so well and are adapting well to the ‘new normal’. It has been lovely seeing the children’s smiling faces after them being away from the classroom for quite some time.

The first few days back we have been settling in, getting used to the new routines, establishing our new Year 5 rules and targets, discussing expectations and conducting the School Council and Anti-Bullying team elections.

Well done to Emmy and Cory , who were voted in as the Year 5 school council representatives, I am sure you will do a super job! Also, congratulations to Jessie and Levi, who are now Anti-Bullying team members, I know you will do a grand job looking out for the children of Plains Farm Academy.

Today, I introduced our new topic to the children – Ancient Greece. The children came up with some wonderful questions to lead their learning. We will be finding the answers in the the weeks that follow!

Polite Reminders

Thank you to everyone for following the new one way system through the school grounds. We appreciate the effort that everyone is making to make this work and to keep our school as safe as possible.

Doors open at 8.30 am this is to provide flexible registration between 8.30 am and 8.50am when the Year 5 door will shut. Please make sure your child arrives at school between these times – no earlier and no later. Also, could everyone be mindful not to congregate around or block the drives of neighbouring houses please.

Homework will be sent out each Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday.

Reading books have now been issued and should be returned to school daily along with their new reading record.

Our PE slot is now Friday afternoon. Our lessons will be taking place outside on the yard so please can you ensure your child wears a full PE kit to school on this day, including tracksuit bottoms or leggings and appropriate footwear eg. trainers.

Meet your new Teacher…

Y5 Teacher Reveal

Friday 10th July 2020

Good morning year 5! I can’t believe that next week is the last week before you’re officially on holiday – and year 6 children!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the home learning that has been set for you over the last few weeks. Although there is no official work from now on, it would be great if you could keep visiting the websites we use in school (Education City, Purple Mash, Times Table Rock Stars) to keep your minds active! It would be lovely for you to keep a diary over the summer too – this will be a very strange summer for many of us; things are not back to normal just yet and I’m sure that many of you had plans for a fabulous summer holiday! Even though it may be different to the plans you had made, I’m sure you’ll have a great time at home!

It is definitely not the year end that we had hoped for, but I’m sure you will all have a fabulous summer at home with your families.

Your end of year reports are all ready to be collected on Monday from school – watch out for the text to give you your allocated time.

Next week, you will see a video from your new class teacher which explains how to come into school from September. Miss Cassidy and the rest of the teachers in school have been working very hard to ensure that we are ready to welcome everyone back in September, but there will be changes in and around school to make sure everyone is kept safe.

Stay safe and keep following those government guidelines!

Mr Stewart

Friday 3rd July 2020

Another week has come and gone – time is flying! I hope you’re all staying safe and well at home and keeping busy with the tasks I’m setting you!

The next set of topic work is all about your transition to year 6. It’s strange that we’re not doing this together, but it gives you a chance to think about your strengths and any concerns you might have.

As usual, if you need any technical help or support with your learning, send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Monday 6th July 2020

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Wednesday 8th July 2020

Thursday 9th July 2020

Friday 10th July 2020

As a reminder of these strange times we’ve had lately, we thought it would be a nice idea to create a whole school book of memories of Covid-19 and the Lockdown. In a few years time, this will definitely be in the history books – the year when the world came to a standstill! To help with this, here is an additional task for you:

We would like to record all our experiences of lockdown and gather them collectively into a book for Plains Farm pupils in the future – to become our very own small piece of history, but we need a little help from all of you.  We’d really love it, if each family could send in something to reflect their experiences, e.g. a photo, quote, work or anything that would sum up your lockdown experience as a family.  It might be something you are proud of or a new skill you have learned.  Lots of you have already sent in lots of photos, so you could select one of those and send it in again with a small message – grown ups can also send in their own memories and messages about lockdown.

Have a fab week!

Friday 26th June 2020

Hi guys, what a glorious week of weather we’ve had! The children who have been in the Key Worker bubble in school have enjoyed having lots of outdoor learning fun – and they took a strange delight in soaking Mr Stewart in a water fight yesterday afternoon!

I hope you’re all enjoying the tasks I’ve set you, but also make sure you’re taking time to have some rest and enjoy the outdoors – whether that is in your own garden or out and about.

Here are next week’s tasks. This week, there is a separate power point on Wednesday for topic. This will help you on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Monday 29th June

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Friday 3rd July 2020

If you need any help or support, or if you have any questions about this weeks home learning tasks, please email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Remember to keep following the government guidelines, stay safe.

Mr Stewart

Friday 19th June 2020

Another week has flown by and, although the weather hasn’t been great, I hope you’re having a great time at home, enjoying the tasks I’ve set you.

We may not be together in person, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking of each and every one of you! I hope you’re managing to stay safe and enjoy the special moments at home with your family.

Below is next week’s learning tasks. Again, you don’t need to return your work to me, but if you need any help or support, just email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Monday 23.06.20

Tuesday 23.06.20

Wednesday 24.06.20

Thursday 25.06.20

Friday 26.06.20

See you again here next week for more tasks!

Stay safe, stay strong and stay great!

Mr Stewart

Friday 12th June 2020

Hi guys,

Another week has flown by, and we’ve now been away from school for 12 weeks. From Monday, I’ll be setting you daily tasks to complete at home. I’ve managed to speak to most of your adults at home through the week and I’m pleased to hear that you’re all keeping busy!

From Monday, I will be uploading a guided reading, literacy, maths and topic lesson for you to complete at home every day. It’s nothing that we haven’t already done in class this year, so have a good think about the skills you’ve previously used. If you do need any help, please email and I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

As always, continue to stay safe, following the government guidelines and I’ll be back next week with more learning for you.

Mr Stewart

Friday 5th June

Hi my lovely year 5’s!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the sunshine and spending more time outdoors. Things are starting to return to a new normal: we’re now allowed to see more people so I hope you take the opportunity to safely see more of your loved ones, whilst maintaining our social distance procedures. I know lots of you will have been home for the last 11 weeks, so I’m sure you’ll be glad to get out a little bit more.

Next week will see more children able to return to school, although currently, our class is not one of the groups returning yet. With this in mind, I’ll be setting daily lessons, which will be published on our blog. We will have guided reading, literacy, numeracy and topic lessons. It would be great for you to access these. It will be all things we’ve covered already, so it’ll give you a chance to practise before returning – whenever that may be!

So, until then, keep enjoying the websites and challenges you’ve been set. Can you find more things in the outdoors to add to or create new sculptures? How about making a bottle rocket? I’ve attached a link below for you.

Most importantly, keep staying safe, following the government guidelines.

Stay safe, and hopefully we’ll be together in our classroom again soon.

Hello everybody! Another week of beautiful sunshine for us to enjoy, I hope you have all been playing in your gardens getting some fresh air. Daisy and I have been getting lots of exercise, she loves getting out and about!

It was lovely to hear that Tomasz has taken part in several coastal activities this week. He dug in the sand looking for interesting stones to take photographs of and he made an octopus out of sand.

Getting some fresh air is very good for your mental health and you may have seen in the news that last week was adult mental health week. Next week, we are going to have our own mental health and well-being week and the theme is Kindness.

Your challenge is to do as many kind things as possible.

Here is a list of some of the things that you could do:

· Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while (always ask an adult’s permission first)

· Post a card or a letter to someone.

· Tell everyone in your family how much you love and appreciate them.

· Wash and dry the dishes (without complaining!)

· Make your bed and somebody else’s without even being asked

· Feed the birds

· Make a thank you sign for the dustbin men and the person who delivers the post.

· Read a book to a younger brother or sister.

· Spend some time with nature, which is good for your mental health.

· Decorate some stones and leave them in the park.

· Leave lots of thank you notes hidden around the house.

· Help make dinner

· Complain less (or not at all!)

· Send someone you love or miss a hug voucher that can be used when you can see them again.

These are just a few ideas.

We would love to see some of the things that you did. Please send them to plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk and we will put them on your class blog.

For your adults:

If would like some ideas on how to keep yourselves mentally healthy and to be kind to yourself, there are some nice ideas on this fact sheet. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-matters-guide

The Oak Academy trust continues to deliver some great daily online lessons. This week the literacy focus has been on writing instructions and the maths focus has been on volume. You can access the lessons for Year 5 by clicking on the following link. https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-5#schedule

Next week is half term so make sure that you take time to relax and step away from school activities. Here are some outdoor maths ideas that you may want to try either this weekend or once half-term is over.


Wishing you all a very happy half-term.

Have fun, take care and stay safe.

Thursday 14th May 2020

Hello Year 5! I hope you have all been enjoying the sunshine that we have been having this week, especially now we are allowed to exercise a lot more!

I was really pleased to hear that so many children managed to take part in the VE Day socially distanced celebrations. I loved receiving pictures from Tomasz, showing me his decorations and Leila who had a tea party in her garden. They really cheer me up, thank you for sending them in!

Tomasz with his VE Day decorations
Leila enjoying her tea party

You can see how some of the other children in our school celebrated VE Day by looking on the home page on the school website.

This week, we have some fabulous outdoor Forest School and Coastal School challenges for you to do for when you are outside in the fresh air!

If you would like to see some of the pictures from the ‘Nature Challenge’ then visit the school home page on the website.

In keeping with the theme of nature, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust have also set a number of Science (curriculum linked) home learning activities that you may want to try. You can access these by following this link. https://www.wwt.org.uk/discover-wetlands/home-learning-and-family-fun#

Oak Academy online lessons are still providing daily lessons. This week’s lessons, in Maths, have been on converting units of measurement. In Literacy, the lessons have focused on diary entries. You can access the Year 5 lessons at: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-5#schedule

As always, if you need any support with any activities/tasks or if you would like to send any pictures of your Forest School or Coastal School activities. you can email me: Plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Take care, stay safe and have fun! x

Thursday 7th May 2020

Hello everybody! I hope you are all safe and well. I can’t believe how fast these weeks are flying by. I am hopeful that it wont be long until I get to see all of your smiling faces again!

Tomorrow is Victory in Europe Day also known as VE Day. On 7 May 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered and the Second World War in Europe was over. On 8 May, people in Britain and across the world celebrated Victory in Europe with street parties. The following link has video clips and other VE Day information for you to look at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ve-day-teaching-resources/znvy382/

Tomorrow marks 75 years since this joyous occasion. Due to the social restrictions that are in place at the moment, most VE Day 75 events and street parties have had to be cancelled or postponed. However,you may still want to be able to mark the occasion in by having a picnic in your garden, sharing your pride in our country and honour the men and women of WW2. You can make your own special VE Day 75 ‘Great British Bunting’ to display in your window at home.

Follow the link below to see all the instructions you need to get started using any paper, cereal boxes, string, ribbon, sweet wrappers, felt pens, poster paint you have or whatever you can find.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4TrqYDyf4PMdLypxzyTwGDg/great-british-bunting

It would be lovely to see some of your finished designs! Please email them to: plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

At the beginning of the lock-down, a little book was written for primary school children to help them come to terms with not going to school and help them with their thoughts and feelings about the situation. I thought this may be useful for you all to have a look at. This book can be downloaded free using the following link: https://parsleymimblewood.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR3kU5_PKyBQwPJQB2KFGz6aFCjJLUxpTsamv-0VXiyTqN1kOHQQS4l_ax4

Key Stage 2 home-learning

BBC Bitesize daily video lessons really are a fantastic resource to enable you to carry on learning while at home. Please follow the link to access lessons for Year 5. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zhgppg8/year-5-and-p6-lessons/1

If your child has Special Educational Needs, you may find these links useful:

Phonics Play https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase5Menu.htm (Username: march20 Password: home) Click on parents and then interactive resources to access phonics games for all phases. This is quite fun – children have to read the word and decide if it is a real or fake word (we call them ‘alien’ words in phonics lessons)

Phonics Bloom https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-3 https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-4 https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-5 https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-6

Monster phonics www.monsterphonics.com

(Username: login Password: homelearning)

Oxford Owl Just type this into Google and sign in using the log-in and passwords below – really good for reading and phonics. Year2pfa Password: 1234

Here is a website for you to try David Walliams puts a story a day on his website for you to listen to: Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

Maths https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Range of subjects

Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize. These are online video lessons across a range of subjects and for children of all different abilities. (from Reception to Year 6) https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/subjects/#subjects https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Here is a website for you to try David Walliams puts a story a day on his website for you to listen to: Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

Choose a year group that you think is suitable for your child. If you are unsure what to start at or if you would like further ideas on how to support your child at home, please contact Miss Orchard on Plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk She will contact you asap.

Advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID19 https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/ https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty

Until next week, take care, stay safe and have fun!

Thursday 30th April 2020

Hello Year 5! Another week has flown by and hopefully that means that we are another week closer to being back together in our classroom!

Well done to those of you who have been accessing the tasks set for you on Education City and I hope some of you have been able to use the links provided in last week’s blog to access some further learning opportunities.

Next week is National Wildflower Week, to celebrate this and encourage you to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, we have set you a challenge! On your daily walk, we would like you to collect some natural materials to make a nature loom (some of the materials may even be in your garden).

I would love to see your pictures of your finished product! Please send these to: plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Miss Davison has another art challenge for you to take part in:

Yet another activity to do outdoors is rock painting! It is an ideal way to brighten up your garden or outdoor area and it is really fun to do! Here are some simple designs that you could use to decorate your stones and rocks.

Remember to clap for our NHS, carers and key-workers tonight! They are all working so hard to keep us all safe and well!

Take care, stay safe and have fun Year 5!

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Hello everyone! I hope you are all well and have had a chance to look at our video message to you all that is now on the school website, if not, please go and check it out!

I’m sure you all will have been enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having lately, either in your garden or when you have been exercising outdoors. Getting some fresh air does you the world of good, getting some exercise not only helps you stay healthy but it also keeps your spirits up!

As the safety measures, that have been put in place by the Government, are set to continue, we thought it would be useful to give you some subject specific tasks that you may access and complete at home.

KS2 Maths

https://www.boddlelearning.com/ (Interactive maths games)

https://whiterosemaths.com/ (Free home learning packs available)

http://www.iseemaths.com/home-lessons/ (Maths lessons every day at 9am for KS2)

KS2 Reading

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/english-ks1–ks2-bringing-books-to-life/zvg4xyc

 Celebrity presenters share what they love about their favourite books.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ – games, printable lists, practice tests available. No log in required. You could choose a spelling rule to focus on each week and have your own spelling test each Friday.

KS2 Writing

(excellent writing prompts to create your own amazing stories!)

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

(Free to sign up and has an amazing wealth of activities. There are 60+ creative writing masterclasses with children’s authors including: Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo and Emma Carroll)

https://www.writinglegends.com/

(Comprehensive writing program free until July)

KS2 Science

Oxford Owl https://blog.oxfordowl.co.uk/science-for-fun-six-super-science-activities-to-try-at-home/

Marvin and Milo cartoon style experiments to do at home http://www.physics.org/marvinandmilo.asp

Perhaps you would like to do some safe experiments at home. The two below are fun to do. You could write your own secret message using the invisible ink solution!

Computing

https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/codeclub (Coding projects)

https://www.j2e.com/j2data/ (Data handling)

https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/interland  (Online safety game)

Geography and History

Daily lessons for all subjects are now posted online using the link below for Year 5. So far, the Geography for this week has been  ‘Introduction to settlements’ they can access this at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zhgppg8/year-5-lessons/1 

For History, the link below has some nice activities and games to consolidate your knowledge of Ancient Greece. http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/greece/interactive.htm

Some Geography and History ideas that do not involve a computer:

Geography

Ask your grownup if you can raid the kitchen cupboards and see if you can figure out where the food products are from.

• Find the country information on the product packaging.
• Learn the names and location of different countries. Have you visited any of these countries, or do you have friends there? Why do some crops grow better in certain countries than other ones? What crops are grown in the UK? Does any of the packaging have the Fairtrade logo on it? What does Fairtrade mean?

History: 

It is likely that current events (Corona Virus) will go down in history and you never know, you might be teaching your children and grandchildren about it in years to come! Create a short piece of writing about what has been happening in the world and the UK. Can you put events that have happened in chronological order? Include dates so that one day you can look back and remember exactly what happened in 2020.

RE

This term Year 5 are studying Islam and learning about the Muslim community. BBC Bitesize has lessons relating to this subject. You can access this via:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z7hs34j

Alternatively, you could write a letter to someone explaining all of the things you are thankful for.

Art

https://www.tate.org.uk/kids  (activities, games, quizzes)

http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob (A children’s illustrator has put together a collection of tutorials).

Here’s another task that you may want to try:

GRAFFITI DOODLE – https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/make/paint-draw/graffiti-doodle

Stay safe and take care Year 5!

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Good afternoon,

As some of you may already know, on Monday, the Education Secretary announced some further measures to support home schooling. I thought it may be useful to share some of the information / ideas which you can use to support your child at home with regards to the Year 5 curriculum.

Year 3 to 6 children

The best way to help children aged 7 to 11 learn is to:

· give them support and direction, but encourage them to do work independently too

· include active and practical things, rather than trying to make them sit and work for long periods

· try to break down the work into shorter periods, based on how long they can concentrate

· take frequent breaks

· praise or reward them when they do well

To check if they are learning try to:

· ask them questions as they go

· talk about things they learned

Talking: Ask children to talk through what they have learned during the day and find time to talk with them more generally.

Reading: Talk to your child about what they are reading. This will help them understand what they have read and encourage them to read for fun.

Ask your child questions about what they are reading. For example:

· ask questions that make them think about the story, such as how a character is feeling

· ask them to tell you what has happened in the story so far

Libraries are currently closed, however, you can find digital services they are providing at Libraries Connected.

Writing : Try to help children practise their writing. Work from school may be sent digitally, but using pen and paper will help children be ready for when they go back to school.

Furthermore, the Oak National Academy was launched on Monday 20 April. This has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.

To access these lessons for Year 5 please click on the link below:

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-5/#subjects

Thursday 16th April 2020

Another week of lockdown – and time away from school – is coming to an end. Can you believe we’ve now been away from school for 4 weeks?

I hope you’re all managing to keep busy and being as helpful as you can around the house!

I’ve had a few emails and wanted to share what our incredible year 5 children have been up to:

Tomasz had a lovely Easter! He got lots of Easter goodies and explained that a Polish tradition is on the Monday after Easter, every child gets a water pistol as the have ‘Wet Monday’! This sounds like super fun and I bet Tomasz and his sister Maia had fun chasing each other with their water pistols!

Tomasz has also been baking! He made a delicious carrot cake – you’ll have to save me a piece Tomasz!

Chloe has been cooking too! Look at these delicious chocolate pin wheels! She has also been getting busy in the garden painting rocks. Unfortunately, Chloe has been poorly over the Easter and has had to spend some time in hospital. Luckily, the Easter bunny visited her there and we hope she is on the mend and home very soon. Stay strong our brave warrior princess Chloe!

Macie has been wowing her neighbours with her singing. Macie, you are incredibly talented! I’ve watched your video 4 times now – it’s fabulous! Well done for helping to cheer everyone’s spirits up! https://plainsfarmacademy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Macie-singing.mov

I’d love to see more of what everyone else is up to! Don’t forget, you can email me like Tomasz, Chloe and Macie have!

Keep being the fabulous children that you are!

Stay safe

Mr Stewart

Thursday 9th April

Hello once again year 5! It’s already the end of week 3 of our unscheduled break; time seems to be going quite quickly, I can’t believe it has been 3 weeks since we were last st school.

I hope you’re still finding plenty of things to occupy yourselves with. I’ve thought of a few more suggestions for you:

Decorating hard boiled eggs – you could have a mini competition with people in your house!

Some Easter baking or cooking

Or have a look at these:

It would be fab to see some pictures of things you’ve been doing – I’ve had a few emails from you sharing pics. I will upload these next week to share with you all! Don’t forget, my email address is plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Enjoy the Easter weekend, but remember the government advice around social distancing and staying safe.

Until next time, stay safe,

Mr Stewart

Thursday 2nd April

Hi Year 5, time for my weekly check-in with you all!

I hope you’re all managing to stay indoors, enjoy some family time and keeping safe!

I’m sure you will have all seen reports on the news and had a chance to talk to your family about the events that are happening worldwide. It’s really important for you to listen to the official advice given by the government and NHS, but at the same time, it’s equally important to stay positive and not worry too much.

To keep myself busy this week (after all of the school work Miss Cassidy has set for the teachers!) I decided to bake a cake! It’s been quite a while since I did any baking and wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but thankfully, it turned out well and tasted delicious! My mam, who is staying with me during this time, enjoyed it too, as did Daisy Dog! I’ve also enjoyed taking Daisy for a long walk everyday – limiting it to my local area and only once a day in line with government guidelines! Have a look at Daisy’s cute face to brighten your day – she brightens mine all of the time!

Thinking about things to keep you busy, I’ve been having a look at different websites and activities you could do.

Last week I posted different activities you could join in with online. Another great activity is The Punctuation Show (facebook.com/thepunctuationshow). There are also follow up resources available after the live stream. I can guarantee you’ll be singing along to the catchy tunes and enjoy Barrie’s enthusiasm for grammar and punctuation! I’ve seen his live shows and I used to work with his wife (she was the deputy head Teacher at a school I work at for a long time!) – he is a fab teacher and will help you with all of your grammar and punctuation needs! Perfect for when Mr Stewart isn’t available!

The punctuation show live stream is on on a Tuesday at 10am.

Amazon have also announced that they have scrapped all subscription fees for their audio stories, so you’ll be able to listen to some great stories at home.

White Rose Maths have daily sessions that you can join in with too! They’ve been looking at topics we looked at before we left, so I know you’ll be able to join in with the activities!

Finally, I’ve attached my email address (it’s very long!) to the end of this weeks blog if your parents or carers have any questions they would like to ask in relation to work or supporting your learning at home.

plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Stay safe year 5 and remember how amazing you all are! Keep your spirits high and enjoy spending time at home!

Until next week,

Mr Stewart

Friday 26th March

Hello all of you wonderful Year 5 children!

I hope you’re keeping safe and well at home and that you’re not too bored!

Well done to those of you who have been online and accessed some of your tasks. I know it will be hard for some of you to find the motivation, but once you get going, you’ll find a bit of normality in doing some school related tasks will really help!

Of course there are lots of other fun things you can be doing too, have a look at some of the suggestions below:

You could paint or colour a rainbow and display it in your window at home. Remember, playing games with family in your house has lots of benefits too – think about some of the areas of well being we’ve previously learnt to keep your positivity going:

CONNECT – tell each other stories, or share your favourite book. Write a letter or postcard to an elderly or vulnerable neighbour.

BE ACTIVE – enjoy time in your garden or if you’re going out for your daily exercise, take a ball or your bike – please remember to keep social distancing measures in mind though.

Whatever you’re doing at this time, remember to keep safe, follow government guidelines and most importantly continue to be the amazing people you are!

I’m thinking of you all everyday and hope we’ll be together in our school community again soon.

Mr Stewart

Friday 13th March

This week, we’ve enjoyed writing our own stories based on the work we’ve completed on the book Where the Forest Meets the Sea. We’ve written our stories based on the father’s point of view, whereas the book is written from the son’s point of view. This made us think carefully about how we could adapt the descriptions and change the events from the story. We’ve created some lovely stories, with description.

Enjoy having a look at some of them…

In maths this week, we’ve been getting to grips with multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We’ve cracked the multiplying side of it, but need a little bit more practise with division.

We’ve also spent some time this week thinking about our future career aspirations and how our curriculum fits into this. On Thursday, we worked in small groups to think about careers which would use the skills we learn in art, history, geography, science, literacy and maths. We then displayed these on our classroom displays to help us remember why we learn the subjects we do.

This week has been British Science Week so we’ve been spending some time looking at inspirational women in science. Today we create our own fact files of three famous women in science: Marie Curie, Tu Youyou and Donna Stirckland.

Shout out to…

Our Plainsy Platinum Pass winner this week is James. Our Mathematician of the week is Kai B, our Reader of the week is Harry B and our Writer of the week is Macie. Well done – the whole of year 5 are very proud of you!

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 88.6% our target is 96%.

Lateness this week was 8 minutes. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• Next week is Parents Evening. Appointments have been sent out for either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening. If you are unable to attend, please contact me ASAP to rearrange your appointment.

• PE is every Monday – please bring PE kits in on a Monday morning. Swimming has resumed on a Tuesday, so swimming kits are needed on a Tuesday.

Friday 6th March

Another fabulous week has come and gone in a flash in year 5!

This week, we’ve enjoyed solving problems in maths related to 3d shapes. Miss Oliver has been teaching us about the properties of 3d shapes. We’ve found out lots about common 3d shapes when we began our learning through a shape walk. Then on Wednesday, we moved on to some more unusual 3d shapes – with unusual names too!

On Thursday we had a visit from Antony Wootten, the author of our current class text A Tiger Too Many. We had the opportunity to ask him lots of questions and find out more about the work an author does and how long it can take to write a book. Antony was very impressed with our questions.

Today we had a visit from Professors Onesmith. We had an amazing science show and this was the first session to begin British Science Week next week.

Next week, the book fair is in school all week. It will be open from 8.30 in the morning (where toast and bagels will be available), 10.30 (morning break) and from 3pm every day. Book tokens which will be handed out in class can also be used for £1 off any purchase!

Shout out to…

Our Mathematician of the week is Finley, our Reader of the week is Lexi and our Writer of the week is James. Well done – the whole of year 5 are very proud of you!

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 93.6% our target is 96%.

Lateness this week was 0 minutes. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• PE is every Monday – please bring PE kits in on a Monday morning. Swimming has resumed on a Tuesday, so swimming kits are needed on a Tuesday.

Tuesday. Friday 28th February

Welcome to the second half of the spring term! This week, the children were straight back into their learning.

In literacy, we’ve started a new book called Where the Forest Meets the Sea. Although we’ve found the book quite boring due to its lack of exciting vocabulary, we have been challenged to write an even better version at a year 5 level. Mr Stewart and Miss Oliver have been extremely impressed with some of the descriptions we have produced! We’re looking forward to writing our own versions over the next few weeks.

Today has been Well-Being Friday and we’ve focussed our attention of using different methods of communication and how this can be interpreted. We’ve looked at emoji’s, how they are used, why they are used and the different meanings we can take from each emoji. We then had to use our knowledge to decipher messages, write our own messages and then solve some maths problems. We loved it!

Take a look at some of our learning…

Shout out to…

Our Plainsy Platinum Pass winner this week was Lily. Our Mathematician of the week is Olivia.

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 92.3% our target is 96%.

Lateness this week was 55 minutes. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• PE is every Monday – please bring PE kits in on a Monday morning. Swimming has resumed on a Tuesday, so swimming kits are needed on a Tuesday.

Friday 14th February

It’s the end of another half term already!

Unfortunately, we should have been off to Derwent Hill today, but due to the bad weather, our trip has been postponed. However, as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait! We are in the process of rearranging the trip and will keep you updated.

The last week of term has been another great one in year 5! Writing a 500 word story, some maths work, a valentine disco and a PJ day!

Our school has decided to enter the BBC Radio 2 500 Words story writing competition, so we’ve been working hard this week planning and writing our stories. There have been some fantastic ideas from the children and they have all tried super hard to include the writing skills they’ve been developing over the year.

Yesterday was our valentine disco and the children had a fab time throwing some shapes on the dance floor. The teachers enjoyed it just as much, but their moves were nowhere near as cool! Check out some of the pics!

As we are so disappointed about our weekend away, Miss Cassidy said we could have a PJ day today, so we’ve enjoyed relaxing with movies and snacks – the (almost) perfect end to a full on half term!

Have a fantastic half term holiday and remember, children are not back until Tuesday 25th February as the Monday is a teacher training day.

Shout out to…

Our Plainsy Platinum Pass winner this week was Macie. Our Mathematician of the week is Tomasz, our writer of the week was Lewis and our reader of the week was Leila! Well done, we’re really proud of you!

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 94.3% our target is 96%. Unfortunately, this is a significant drop from last week, meaning we have not reached our whole school target.

Lateness this week was 108 minutes. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• PE is every Monday – please bring PE kits in on a Monday morning. Swimming has resumed on a Tuesday, so swimming kits are needed on a Tuesday.

Friday 3rd February 2020

Wow! What a whirlwind of a week it has been in year 5!

On Wednesday afternoon, we had our very first Forest School session. We linked this session to our topic in science and literacy. The children were tasked with building a shelter for Jub, a character in one of our books. However, it wasn’t that easy!

One group could only use natural materials, one group could only use manmade materials and the final group could use a mixture of both! We had so much fun building the shelters and then used our literacy skills to give a persuasive speech about why each shelter was the best. We can’t wait for our next Forest School session!

We went BONKERS yesterday with our fabulous Bonkers Bingo for NSPCC Number Day. Every child and member of staff had an amazing time and as year 5 and 6 were last up, there was a special guest appearance from our snow machine!

How are we going to top that for a fabulous event??

Shout out to…

Our Mathematician of the week is Eve, our writer of the week was Tomasz and our reader of the week was Lexi! Well done, we’re really proud of you!

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 92.4% our target is 96%. 

Lateness this week was 8 minutes. An improvement on last week.

Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• PE is every Monday – please bring PE kits in on a Monday morning. Swimming has resumed on a Tuesday, so swimming kits are needed on a Tuesday.

• Intervention letters have gone out this week for after school interventions which begin next week. Please return permission slips. Interventions will run until 4pm.

Friday 24th January 2020

We had our final Aspirations Program session with Mr Cook from Sandhill View Academy this week. As with the previous sessions, we had to work together in small teams to complete some challenges which will help us develop key skills for future employment and education.

This week, we were looking at team building and working together and we had to construct towers working to a design brief. Even though some of us tried to cheat, we had great fun and found working together and developing our communication skills really helped us to be successful!

We’ve been lucky enough to secure a place on a maths workshop at the Centre for Life on the 7th February – look out for the letters coming home this week and return them as soon as possible please!

Don’t forget, next week we have our trip to the Washington Wetlands Centre as part of our Rivers of the World topic. We’ve got everything crossed for a dry day!

We also have our Derwent Hill parents information session on Monday 27th 9this Monday) at 4pm in our classroom.

Shout out to…

Our Plainsy Platinum Pass holder this week is Charlie. Our Mathematician of the week is Lewis, our writer of the week was Roxanne and our reader of the week was Macie! Well done, we’re really proud of you!

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 97.6% our target is 96%. Well done year 5!

Lateness this week was 0 minutes. Amazing!

Reminders

• PE is every Monday – please bring PE kits in on a Monday morning. Swimming has resumed on a Tuesday, so swimming kits are needed on a Tuesday.

• Intervention letters have gone out this week for after school interventions which begin next week. Please return permission slips. Interventions will run until 4pm.

Friday 17th January 2020

Another week has flown by in year 5!

This week, we’ve continued our art and humanities enrichment fortnight, learning more about Africa and the Kenyan artist Gakonga. We’ve really enjoyed creating our own pieces of art in the style of Gakonga and today we evaluated our pieces and then used these to complete a final piece. We have all done incredibly well and enjoyed the whole process. The finished articles will be displayed gallery style in our classroom, but here is a sneak peek of what we’ve created.

This week we also had our second session with Mr Cook from Sandhill View Academy where we were thinking about our future career hopes and dreams. We looked at creative career choices this week and had to work in small teams to create a pitch Dragon’s Den style! Mr Stewart played the part of the main dragon (something he is very used to!) and asked us questions after our pitch to see whether or not he would invest.

If this was the real Dragon’s Den, he’d be bankrupt as he thought all of our pitches were great and he would invest in all of our ideas. We think he makes a better teacher than a business person!

Check out the pictures of us working together as a team…

Shout out to…

Our Plainsy Platinum Pass holder this week is Lewis.

Our Mathematician of the week is Roxanne, our writer of the week was Harry B and our reader of the week was Kai B! Well done, we’re really proud of you!

Attendance and lateness:

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 95.7% our target is 96%.

Lateness this week was 20 minutes. An improvement on last week. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• Our first trip of 2020 is to the Washington Wetlands Centre on Wednesday 29th January. Please ensure all trip slips are returned to school by Friday 24th January.

• PE is every Monday – please bring PE kits in on a Monday morning. Swimming has resumed on a Tuesday, so swimming kits are needed on a Tuesday.

• Intervention letters have gone out this week for after school interventions which begin next week. Please return permission slips. Interventions will run until 4pm.

Friday 10th January 2020

Welcome back to the first year five blog of 2020! This week has flown by and we’ve enjoyed some new experiences in school this week!

A warm Plainsy welcome to Miss Oliver who will be working in year five this term. Miss Oliver is a Schools Direct Student, completing her placement as Trainee Teacher in our class in the spring term and will be teaching alongside myself.

On Monday, we had our first PE session with our new coach. We’ll be learning lots of new skills in games this half term.

We had a visitor from Sandhill View Academy on Tuesday for our Aspirations Programme. Mr Cook will be ion for the next two weeks and he told us all about future career paths, in particular, caring careers. We had to look after a ‘baby’ (they were actually hard boiled eggs!) as if it was real and had to complete tasks to show what caring for someone else would be like. Most of us finished the task with our ‘babies’ in one piece, however, some of them were slightly cracked and damaged at the end of the session!

We also enjoyed our first swimming session of the year on Tuesday afternoon and we were brilliant as usual!

In maths this week, we’ve been continuing our work on equivalent fractions and moved on to more formal multiplication. We’ll be practising this throughout next week and our homework this week will enable us to continue practising our multiplication skills.

Shout out to…

Our Plainsy Platinum Pass holder this week is Ava. Our Mathematician of the week is Charlie! Well done, we’re really proud of you!

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 91.9% our target is 96%. Unfortunately, this is a significant drop from last week, meaning we have not reached our whole school target.

Lateness this week was 117 minutes. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• Our first trip of 2020 is to the Washington Wetlands Centre on Wednesday 29th January. Please ensure all trip slips are returned to school by Friday 24th January.

• PE is every Monday – please bring PE kits in on a Monday morning. Swimming has resumed on a Tuesday, so swimming kits are needed on a Tuesday.

• Intervention letters have gone out this week for after school interventions which begin next week. Please return permission slips. Interventions will run until 4pm.

Friday 13th December

Christmas has well and truly hit Plains Farm this week!

We’ve been busy with production practices, singing, carol services and a Christmas lunch and jumper day this week!

We have managed to fit in some literacy this week, where we’ve been continuing looking at Pandora, in readiness to write our final non-chronological reports next week.

We have been looking at comparing and contrasting using conjunctions. Mr Stewart and Miss Cole were quite impressed at our knowledge and use of these!

In maths, we’ve started looking at fractions and we will be continuing this next week where we will be finding equivalent fractions. As it’s Christmas, we might even get to practise with some cake!

We also enjoyed our last swimming lesson of the term this week where the swimming teachers had the floats out in the pool – it was great fun!

Only 5 more getty ups before our Christmas break, but we’ve got lots to cram in before we finish, so next week is going to be a busy one!

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 94.3% our target is 96%. Unfortunately  we have not reached our whole school target.

Lateness this week was 15 minutes.  Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• Interventions for this half term have now finished.

Friday 6th December 2019

Another busy week has come and gone in year 5, and with only 10 school days left of this half term, we’re going to be very busy fitting all of our festive treats and work in!

We began this week by making gingerbread to sell at our school fayre. They were delicious (we all had a taste of the ‘test batch’) and sold out very quickly! Have a look at our baking session in progress!

In maths this week, we’ve continued using our multiplication knowledge to help us identify prime numbers and factors of numbers. We’re getting much better, but still need to practise our times tables so we’re confident with our number facts.

We’ve been practising our Christmas Production ‘Silent Night’ this week. We’re looking forward to sharing our music and drama skills. Tickets are still on sale at £1 each. You can have a maximum of 4 tickets per child: 2 for the morning performance and 2 for the afternoon performance.

On Friday, we’ve developed our map reading skills in geography by looking for different cities and counties within the UK, and cities within Europe. We enjoyed this, and we found some rather funny and strange place names along the way!

Shout out to…

Our Plainsy Platinum Pass holder this week is Chloe. Well done, we’re really proud of you!

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 92.4% our target is 96%. Unfortunately, we have not reached our whole school target.

Lateness this week was 8 minutes. An improvement on last week. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• As the weather is now turning chilly, please remember to have a coat in school.

• Interventions take place on Monday and a Thursday afterschool and a Wednesday morning from 8.15 am for year 5. If your child has been nominated, it is essential that they attend. They only last 30 minutes!

Friday 29th November 2019

The weeks are flying by this half term – and with only 26 sleeps til Santa, we’ve been very busy this week!

This week, we’ve developed our art skills further by beginning to create art inspired by Peter Thorpe. This has linked well top our space topic as Thorpe created abstract pieces using space as his inspiration. Take a look at some of our backgrounds, ready for the next step next week!

We’ve also began our Christmas Production rehearsals this week. Tickets are now on sale for ‘Silent Night’ which tells the story of how the famous Christmas song first came to be, many years ago. Tickets cost £1 each and can be purchased for either the 10am or 2pm performance. Please note, there is a maximum of 2 tickets per performance per child.

Today was Well Being Friday and we enjoyed looking at different aspects of getting on and falling out. We spent the afternoon making Christmas decorations for our whole school tree, which will be decorated on Monday. Mr Stewart even had the Christmas tunes blasting in the classroom!

Next week, Christmas officially begins at Plainsy!

Our Christmas Fayre is on Thursday. Children can be collected from their classrooms at 1.15pm. In preparation, early next week we’ll be making our Christmas crafts and some yummy treats which can be purchased on the day.

On Tuesday, we have the whole school carol service at St Mary’s and St Peter’s church. Parents are more than welcome to meet us at our year 5 6 doors and walk with us. If you would like to do this, please meet us at the doors at 1.15pm.

Due to the carol service, there will be no swimming next week.

Shout out to…

Our Plainsy Platinum Pass holder this week is Roxanne. Well done, we’re really proud of you!

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 89.5% Our target is 96%. Unfortunately, this is a significant drop from last week, meaning we have not reached our whole school target.

Lateness this week was 20 minutes. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• As the weather is now turning chilly, please remember to have a coat in school.

• Interventions take place on Monday and a Thursday afterschool and a Wednesday morning from 8.15 am for year 5. If your child has been nominated, it is essential that they attend. They only last 30 minutes!

Friday 22nd November 2019

Another fabulous week has sadly come to an end in year 5.

We began the week with our trip to the Centre for Life. We all had an amazing time and learnt some interesting facts about space. Did you know that astronauts have to wear a special ‘nappy’ to collect their 2 litres of wee a day??

We found this fact very funny and completed an experiment to test the absorbency of nappies in the labs at the centre.

We also went ice skating and had hot chocolate. Everyone was fabulous on the ice – except Mr Stewart! He was a bit wobbly, but at least he gave it a go!

We ended our trip by completing some team building work where we had to use different components to make a sling shot. The team work was amazing and even the staff at the centre commented on how well we worked together.

This week we’ve also been using our knowledge of multiplication in maths to find multiples and factors. We now realise Mr Stewart wasn’t telling fibs when he said we need to know our multiplication tables inside out in year 5!

So, as a help to us, we’ve got some multiplication homework to complete this week where we need to use our times table knowledge to find fact families.

The next few weeks in school will be very busy, so please look out for letters coming your way about the festive events!

Shout out to…

Our Plainsy Platinum Pass holder this week was Olivia. Well done, we’re really proud of you!

Kai B was our writer of then week and Olivia was our reader of the week. Well done Year Five Superstars!

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 84.5% Our target is 96%. Unfortunately, this is a significant drop from last week, meaning we have not reached our whole school target.

Lateness this week was 30 minutes. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• Please remember to return the pantomime letter as soon as possible. No letter = no pantomime!

• Swimming is on a Tuesday. Please have all earrings removed and remember swimming caps and goggles.

• As the weather is now turning chilly, please remember to have a coat in school.

• Interventions take place on Monday and a Thursday afterschool and a Wednesday morning from 8.15 am for year 5. If your child has been nominated, it is essential that they attend. They only last 30 minutes!

Friday 15th November 2019

What a busy week we’ve had in year 5 this week!

Our week started with a visit from none other than Pudsey Bear to tell us about Children in Need on Friday. The children were in visited to a special assembly where Pudsey shared the reasons we have Children in Need and why it is such a special cause.

This week has been Anti Bullying Week and Maths week, so we’ve completed lots of different activities to support these events. Tuesday saw ‘Odd Socks Day’ and started with a whole school assembly led by Mr Stewart. We found out more about this year’s Anti-Bullying message and shared some good examples of how ‘Change Starts With Us’.

Thursday was Maths family learning and Rock Star Day. Thank you to all who attended. As always, it is lovely to be able to share what the children are learning with family, and, I’m sure you’ll agree, the children totally ‘rocked’ in their outfits!

Shout out to… Our Plainsy Platinum Pass holder this week was Tomasz. Well done, we’re really proud of you!

Harry R was our mathematician of the week.

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 91.4% Our target is 96%. Unfortunately, this is a significant drop from last week, meaning we have not reached our whole school target.

Lateness this week was 52 minutes. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• Our trip to the Centre for Life in on Monday 18th November. Please ensure children wear school tops, comfy bottoms and trainers and have their gloves, scarves and hats as we will be ice skating!

• Swimming is on a Tuesday. Please have all earrings removed and remember swimming caps and goggles.

• As the weather is now turning chilly, please remember to have a coat in school.

• Interventions take place on Monday and a Thursday afterschool and a Wednesday morning from 8.15 am for year 5. If your child has been nominated, it is essential that they attend. They only last 30 minutes!

What a great first week back we’ve had in year 5. We started the week with a very bizarre incident in school! Our CCTV captured some strange goings on and a mysterious chair was left in the school hall. As the week progressed, it managed to mysteriously find its way around school, with new clues added to it daily. Today, we thought about all of this and wrote our very own stories about what could have happened to the chair before it arrived here.

This week in guided reading sessions, we began with a non-fiction text all about the moon. This helped us understand a little bit more about some of the facts relating to space…which will come in handy over the coming weeks!

We’ve started a new book in literacy to support our narrative unit. ‘Fortunately The Milk’ (yes, a rather strange title!) is a book full of weird, wonderful and humerous escapades! We’ve really enjoyed starting this and look forward to writing our own versions in the coming weeks.

Shout out to… Our Plainsy Platinum Pass holder this week was Finley. Well done, we’re really proud of you! Brandon was our mathematician of the week.

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 98.2% Our target is 96%, so we’ve exceeded it this week! Well done everybody!

Lateness this week was 30 minutes. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• Our trip to the Centre for Life in on Monday 18th November. Please ensure all reply slips are returned by Monday 11th November.

• Swimming is on a Tuesday. Please have all earrings removed and remember swimming caps and goggles.

• As the weather is now turning chilly, please remember to have a coat in school.

• Interventions take place on Monday and a Thursday afterschool and a Wednesday morning from 8.15 am for year 5. If your child has been nominated, it is essential that they attend. They only last 30 minutes!

Friday 25th October 2019

The end of the first half term in year five has arrived: and what an action packed half term it has been!

This week, we’ve enjoyed lots of Halloween activities, including family learning of Thursday, followed by the disco. Thank you to all those parents who attended – it’s always great to share what the children have been learning with you.

A rather spooky looking year five!

In maths this week, we’ve continued looking at area and Mr Stewart set us some challenging learning during maths lessons. We’ve all worked super hard, and we now know what Mr Stewart meant at the beginning of the year when he said it’s important to know our multiplication facts!

I hope you all have a fantastic half term – remember to stay safe if you’re out Trick or Treating!

Shout out to…

Our Plainsy Platinum Pass holder this week was Lily. Well done, we’re really proud of you!

Charlie, who received the reader of the week certificate, Lexi who was our mathematician of the week and Harvey who was our writer of the week. Well done Super Stars of Year 5!

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 86.4%

Lateness this week was 33 minutes.

Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• Our trip to the Centre for Life in on Monday 18th November. Please ensure all reply slips are returned by Monday 11th November.

• If you’re interested in our Derwent Hill residential in February, please remember to return the reply, and £30 deposit, by Monday 4th November.

• Swimming is on a Tuesday. Please have all earrings removed and remember swimming caps and goggles.

• As the weather is now turning chilly, please remember to have a coat in school.

• Interventions take place on Monday and a Thursday afterschool and a Wednesday morning from 8.15 am for year 5. If your child has been nominated, it is essential that they attend. They only last 30 minutes!

Friday 18th October 2019

We’ve had another busy week in year 5 this week. In science, we have continued looking at forces, in particular gravity and air resistance. For this, we designed and made our own parachutes to test different materials and see which had the best air resistance qualities.

We really enjoyed working in groups to make our parachutes, then tested them outside. Afterwards, we wrote up our findings.

We’ve enjoyed Olympic themed PE this week, linked to our Ancient Greece topic. We practised ‘Shot Put’ and had running races in mini teams.

On Thursday, we enjoyed a practical maths lesson where we had to solve problems related to perimeter and then use the answers to unscramble a clue linked to our Ancient Greece topic. We had so much fun doing this!

This week, George, our Head Boy, had the fabulous idea of creating a Halloween raffle. Tickets are on sale from next week – £1 a strip and you can win this awesome prize:

Shout out to…

Tomasz, who received the reader of the week certificate, Leila who was our mathematician of the week and Kai T who was our writer of the week. Well done Super Stars of Year 5!

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 93.5%.

Lateness this week was –8 minutes. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• Halloween Family Learning is taking place on Thursday morning from 9.15 am. Enter and exit through the year 5 and 6 doors.

• Halloween disco is Thursday 3pm – 4pm.

• Swimming is on a Tuesday. Please have all earrings removed and remember swimming caps and goggles.

• As the weather is now turning chilly, please remember to have a coat in school.

• Interventions take place on Monday and a Thursday afterschool and a Wednesday morning from 8.15 am for year 5. If your child has been nominated, it is essential that they attend. They only last 30 minutes!

Friday 11th October 2019

This week, we’ve celebrated ‘Smile’ week and improved our knowledge of mental health. We looked at images of the muscles in the face and found out all about the two main types of smile. We discovered that one was a genuine smile, filled with positive emotion and can be shown in the eyes. This is also known as ‘smizing’ – ask us for a demo! The second type of smile is more of a polite smile, maybe one we would use when Mr Stewart tells his terrible jokes!

As part of World Mental Health day, we worked alongside year 1 and 2 children and released yellow balloons, showing how we can come together to feel better with our friends. We then went back to class and did some work on understanding both positive and negative mental health, what can cause this, how it can make people feel and what we can do to help people in a positive, caring way.

Shout out to…

The well-deserved winner of The Plainsy Platinum Pass this week was Harry B.

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was 97.3% Our target is 96%, so we’ve exceeded it this week!

Lateness this week was 5 minutes. Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• Swimming is on a Tuesday. Please have all earrings removed and remember swimming caps and goggles.

• As the weather is now turning chilly, please remember to have a coat in school.

• Interventions take place on Monday and a Thursday afterschool and a Wednesday morning from 8.15 am for year 5. If your child has been nominated, it is essential that they attend. They only last 30 minutes! Friday

4th October 2019

Another busy week has come to an end in year five. This week, we’ve been working hard to improve our mental maths – adding and subtracting – with larger numbers. It’s been tricky, but we’ve just about mastered the skill – and learnt a few helpful tricks along the way! Today we’ve moved on to angles and how to use a protractor. It’s quite a tricky skill to learn, but we had fun in our maths lesson practising!



In Literacy this week, we’ve used the pictures we created with the natural materials from Barnes Park and written our own adventure stories. We all had some very clever ideas for adventure stories.

We’ve been continuing our science learning journey by looking at different forces. This week we learnt about Galileo (yes, like Galileo in Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody!) and how he conducted an experiment hundreds of years ago looking at air resistance. Next week, we are going to be doing the same!

Shout out to…

A huge well done to our writer of the week, Finley, our reader of the week, Kai T and our mathematician of the week, James. The well-deserved winner of The Plainsy Platinum Pass this week was Lexi. Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was … 92.7% Our target is 96%.

Lateness this week was… 0 minutes!

Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders • Swimming is on a Tuesday. Please have all earrings removed and remember swimming caps and goggles. • As the weather is now turning chilly, please remember to have a coat in school. • Interventions take place on Monday and a Thursday afterschool and a Wednesday morning from 8.15 am for year 5. If your child has been nominated, it is essential that they attend. They only last 30 minutes! • Next week is parents evening on Tuesday and Wednesday. Appointments have gone out. Should you need to rearrange, please see me at either the beginning or end of the day.

Friday 27th September 2019

What a busy, fun filled week we’ve had in year five! We’ve enjoyed our Well-being activities this week, which included baking for our Macmillan coffee morning followed by a trip to Barnes Park to create some art inspired by nature. Luckily, the rain held off long enough for us to create some amazing pieces of art – which we will use next week to write a background story, developing our story writing skills.

Also this week, we’ve been writing the first draft of our story based on Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. We’ve managed to create mood and atmosphere using lots of descriptive vocabulary that we’ve been building up over the past three weeks.

In science lessons, we’ve been learning all about forces and how they work in pairs. We linked this to some of the Ancient Greek games in the very first Olympic Games, thinking about which force and opposing force was used.

Shout out to…

A huge well done to our writer of the week, Charlie, our reader of the week, Gracie and our mathematician of the week, Macie.

The well-deserved winner of The Plainsy Platinum Pass this week was Gracie.

Attendance and lateness

This week’s attendance in year 5 was … 97.2% Our target is 96%.

Lateness this week was… 62 minutes Please remember that school starts at 8.50am.

Reminders

• Swimming is on a Tuesday. Please have all earrings removed and remember swimming caps and goggles.

• As the weather is now turning chilly, please remember to have a coat in school.

• Interventions take place on Monday and a Thursday afterschool and a Wednesday morning from 8.15 am for year 5. If your child has been nominated, it is essential that they attend. They only last 30 minutes!