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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:

Mrs R Stewart – Class Teacher

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! http://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!