We have come to the end of another half term and we have spend this week looking at all the amazing homework that has been brought in over the last few weeks. We have had PowerPoint presentations, models of the the solar system, robots and spaceships, an amazing amounts of fact-files, stories, posters, moon diaries and so much more! I have been so impressed by all the hard work and effort that you have put it and I'd like to say a HUGE WELL DONE to all of you who brought something in!
Our new topic, starting after half term is Extreme Earth and the new homework grids will be coming home tomorrow (Friday) and they will be on the school website too. I can't wait to see what you come up!
Have a great half term!
Thinktank Museum Trip
Yesterday (Monday 11.2.19) we had a wonderful trip to the Thinktank museum in Birmingham. As part of our STARGAZERS topic, we went to learn even more about our Solar System, life on the ISS (International Space Station) and what is involved in astronaut training. Our favourite part of the trip was a visit to the planetarium, where we watched a special show and discovered all sorts of amazing facts about the sun, moon and other planets. We also took part in the Destination Space workshop which involved completing activities to find out how astronauts train to spend time on-board the ISS. It was a really great trip and the perfect way to end our Stargazers topic!
What a fantastic class assembly! (and some Science photos!)
Well 5B, you have made me very proud today! Every single one of you put on a brilliant performance for our class assembly. From our famous astronaut guests, presenters and interviewers, proud parents with their babies, our Quizmaster and contestants and TV crew to our band 'The Blue Mooners', you all did an amazing job!
Can I say a huge thank you to all of the parents who came along to watch - it was great to see so many of you!
Sadly none of my photos came out, but I've attached some from our Science lesson earlier in the week, when we made models to help us explain night and day!
Spectacular Space Art!
In Art today, we finished our fantastic space inspired art. We studied the artist, Peter Thorpe, looking carefully at the themes and images in his rocket pictures and created our own art work. I think they look outstanding! Great work 5B!
How can we prove that the Earth is a sphere?
We have spent our Science lessons this week looking at how theories about the Solar System and the Earth have changed over time. In the past it was thought that the Earth (not the Sun!) was at the centre of the Solar System. We also discovered that people used to the Earth was flat so we spent a lesson looking at evidence proving that the Earth is a sphere. In fact, we found out that some people still believe that the Earth is flat so we wrote letters to the "Flat Earth Society" to try and persuade them that the Earth really is a sphere! Can you remember all the evidence we uncovered?
Alien Invasion at Broadmeadow!
As you can see from the photos below, something mysterious has been going on at Broadmeadow this week! On Tuesday, we took a trip down to our brand new library to discover what appeared to be an invasion by aliens. Tables and chairs had been overturned, trails of slime were everywhere and books had been taken off the shelves and thrown all over the library. We made some very careful observations, gathered evidence and came up with some very inventive theories as to why the aliens visited and what they might have been looking for! Look out for our Newspaper articles next week that will report this shocking and mysterious event!
A special message from Mrs Ashforth!
Dear Parents and carers (past&present!),
I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the support you have given myself and FOBs over the years. I really appreciate all the help that has been given at the discos and annual Summer Fayres over many years - none of it would have been possible with your support! I have enjoyed every minute over the last 20 years and will never you and your wonderful children.
Thank you so much - goodbye and hopefully see you in the future!
Merry Christmas and a sad goodbye!
Firstly, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We have had a busy last week with our fiesta, a trip to the church and our Christmas party yesterday. I hope you all have a great holiday, have time to relax and enjoy spending time with your families.
Secondly, we had to say goodbye today to Mrs Ashforth, 5B's wonderful Teaching assistant, as well as Mrs Chabbannais, Mrs Wright and Mrs Sargeant. It has been a very emotional day but we have so many happy memories of them and we will never forget them. I know that Mrs Ashforth has loved working with all you and she was very touched by all the cards, presents, messages and hugs she received today! We will all miss her very much but she has promised to come back and see our class assembly in the new year!
Have a great Christmas and see you all in January!
5B are FABULOUS! (18.12.18)
Thank you so much to all the parents, relatives and friends who joined us at our Year 5 'Fab Finish' on Monday afternoon! The children worked really hard to prepare Mexican inspired calendars, Christmas cards, tree decorations and Day of the Dead masks! I was so impressed with all the children who went onto the stage to singing and dance - you all had big smiles on your faces and everyone watching loved it! Thank you to Mrs Ashforth for organising Mexican Hot Chocolate for parents to try.
It was a really fun afternoon - Well done everyone for making it such a success!
We would like to invite parents, carers, aunts, uncles or grandparents to our ‘Year 5 Fab Finish’ – a celebration to finish our current imaginative learning project, ‘Hola Mexico’.
Our Fab Finish will take place on Monday 17th December at 2:15pm, in the hall. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the children to showcase some Mexican themed singing and dancing as well as some of their art work for you to take home. There will also be Mexican hot chocolate for you to try!
We hope to see as many of you there as possible!
Hola Mexico homework!
Back in October, just before half term we handed out new homework sheets which listed different homework tasks for you to complete over this half term. I have been amazed by the hard work that some of you have put in over the term. The aim was to collect 10 stars by completing different homework tasks but some members of 5B have done even better, collecting over 15 stars! Below are some photos of all the fantastic homework that you have done! Homework tasks included making musical instruments, making a mexican feast, posters, quizzes, film reviews, mexican maths, stories and PowerPoint presentations! Well done everyone!
A visit from an author! (4.12.18)
On Monday, we were very excited to meet the author, George Rosling, who came into school to talk about his books and tell us about why and how he became an author. It was really interesting to hear about the process of writing and publishing a book and how he developed his ideas and characters. Below is a a link to his website and remember if you have questions for him, write them down and we'll pass them on to him!
A mouthwatering Mexican feast! (30.11.18)
On Tuesday afternoon we had a really fun and exciting Topic lesson when we tried a selection of tasty Mexican food. We tried guacamole, sour cream, salsa with tortilla chips and flour tortillas. We also sampled wedges of lime and coriander leaves. It was a treat for our taste buds and really put us in the mood for our upcoming topic lessons, when we will be learning all about Mexico!
A really inspiring workshop!
On Thursday our Year 5 Maths Inspire workshop took place, with a huge number of parents and other relatives attending. It was brilliant to see so many of you coming into school to support your child's learning. The theme of the workshop was the importance of Times Tables and how being confident with multiplication and division facts can have a real impact on the progress your child can make.
We demonstrated some great games and activities you can do at home and we also talked about how to develop your child's mental maths skills once they are confident in their understanding of tables up to 12x12. There was some parents who were being tested on their 13x tables! We also looked at how a secure knowledge of times tables will help your child's progress towards the End of Year 5 expectations.
It was a really positive morning that was full of energy!
Thank you to everyone who came and made it such a success!
NSPCC Speak out - Stay Safe Workshop (16.11.18)
Class 5B had a great time on Tuesday when Jean and Miriam from the NSPCC visited school to deliver a workshop about the NSPCC's current Speak out.Stay safe programme. Jean and Miriam were super impressed with the outstanding behaviour and they complemented the children for their excellent manners - they said they had never known so many children come up and say thank you at the end of a workshop! Well done 5B - you made Mrs Ashforth and I feel very proud!
What a great start! (9.11.18)
5B made a great start to this half term by working incredibly hard this week. We started the new term with our WOW STARTER on Monday, when we watched The Book of Life. This film is set in Mexico and is based on the Day of the Dead festival so it fits perfectly with our new Hola Mexico topic. We have been learning about fractions in Maths and persuasive writing in English. I know that some members of 5B were very keen to try out their new persuasive techniques on their parents at this week's Book Fair! On Tuesday, some of the class received their flu vaccinations. In Enrichment on Wednesday, the class coloured and made poppies for the school's Remembrance Day display. In Science, we have continued our Properties of Materials topic and on Thursday, we investigated what happens when materials are added to water and discovered if they were soluble or insoluble. It was a great lesson and I was really proud of how well all the groups worked together - there are lots of photos below. It was a very, very busy week! Well done to everyone and have a great weekend!
What a FAB FINISH! (26.10.18)
We have reached the end of our first half term and on Monday afternoon, we celebrated finishing our Mystical Maya topic by sharing the wonderful Mayan Jewellery we have designed, made and painted over the last 2 weeks. I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the parents, family members and carers who were able to join us - we really hope you enjoyed it. A big thank you to Mr Shore and 3S, Mrs Robbs, Mr Hartley and Mrs Hankinson for popping into 5B to share in the wonderful work that has been created during our topic. The children have learned so much over the half term and I have really enjoyed teaching 5B all about the Ancient Maya.
Don't forget that the new homework sheets should have been taken home today, so you can make a start on some of the tasks during half term if you wish - I can't wait to see what you come up with! I'm really looking forward to starting our new HOLA MEXICO topic!
I hope you all have a wonderful half term - see you back at school on Monday 5th November!
5B have been working hard over the last 2 weeks to create their Mayan jewellery ready for the exhibition on Monday. Parents, carers, friends and family members are invited to join us at 3pm on Monday 22nd October to come and see all the amazing work that has been created.
We really hope you can join us!
Home work this week is spellings and activities on Education City.
Have a great weekend!
Artists at Work! (12.10.18)
This week we have continued to develop our artistic skills by painting our Maya-inspired jewellery. Some amazing work has been created over the last 2 weeks and we are really looking forward to putting on our exhibition for parents, carers and family members in a couple of weeks! More details to follow!
The Mystical Maya!
We are 4 weeks into term and we have already learned so much about the Ancient Maya. We now know where they lived, what they ate, how important maize and chocolate were to them and how their society was organised. This week we discovered the Maya number system and invented Maya number puzzles to solve!
Here are a few pictures of our work so far. Next week, we will start designing and making Maya inspired pendants and jewellery!
Mayan Hot Chocolate!
On Tuesday, we had a great afternoon making and tasting Mayan Hot Chocolate. We mixed CACAO powder with hot milk and added cinnamon and chilli powder to make the hot chocolate as authentic as possible! The Mayan hot chocolate smelt amazing but tasted really bitter. We tasted CACAO nibs too which come from cocoa pods, again these smelt delicious but tasted very different! We finished off the afternoon with a cup of normal hot chocolate which had a taste that was much sweeter! Which one did you prefer?
What a great first week! (7.9.18)
Well done to everyone in 5B for being such a wonderful class in your first week back. You all worked really hard in all of our lessons. In Maths we have been learning how to read and write numbers with up to 6 digits and in English we have started reading this term's book which is called Bella Balistica and the Temple of Tikal. We also started our new topic Mystical Maya and we now know where they lived - can you remember? On Thursday afternoon, we pretended we were archaeologists and investigated photos of Mayan artefacts.
I hope you have all had a great summer and are ready to come back to school tomorrow!
Mrs Ashforth and I have been busy getting our classroom ready after all the work that took place over the summer holidays - it looks great and we have a lot more space! We can't wait to welcome you all to Year 5 and hear about everything you've been getting up to over the holidays!
Remember that we have PE on Fridays so please make sure you have PE kit in school by Friday.
See you all tomorrow!