Goodbye and Good Luck!
I just wanted to say goodbye and good luck to all of the wonderful members of 5B! We have had an amazing year together and done so many wonderful things - it has been an absolute pleasure to teach every single one of you! I hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday and don't forget to come and see me down in Year 4 to let me know how you're all getting on in Year 6!
Love from Mrs Bendle x
Time Traveller Fab Finish!
On Monday we had a great visit to Elliott House, a local care home for elderly people with dementia, As part of our topic about the human life cycle, we went along to meet some of the residents, ask questions about their lives and discover some of the best memories. We also sang a selection of songs from the 1950s and 1960s, including Elvis and the Monkees. It was such a great visit and we loved meeting all the residents and they loved our singing! As Tyler said, "it was lovely to see the smiles on their faces!"- Well done 5B!
Learning about Life Cycles (2.7.19)
We have continued our Time Traveller topic this week by looking at the life cycle of a bird, an insect, an amphibian and a mammal. We made some fantastic posters to show the different life cycles and we discussed how they are the same and different. Are there any similarities between an amphibian and a mammal? How is an insect life cycle different to bird's life cycle? Great work 5B!
Time Traveller Topic Update!
We are 4 weeks into our topic now and we are working really hard to develop our understanding of different lifecycles and how humans change from birth to old age. We have kept a close eye on all the plants that we are growing. We now have one very small tomato - which caused great excitement when it was spotted on Tuesday! Our broad bean plants now have flowers and our other peas and beans are still growing at a rapid rate! We have worked really hard in topic to produce some outstanding reports about the stages of the human lifecycle and in Jigsaw, we have been learning about puberty and changes that the human body goes through during this stage of the lifecycle. Don't forget to keep bringing in homework and baby pictures if you have them - we'd love to see them!
What a busy week!
It's been another busy week in 5B! It was the Science Fair on Tuesday and it was wonderful to see so many 5B children taking part. It was a great chance to show off your science skills and there were some great (and very messy!) projects and experiments on show. On Wednesday, the new house captains for Year 6 were chosen and I was so proud to see so many members of 5B putting themselves forward. Well done to Hollie, Elisa, Dayton, Shannay and Ellaouise for being successful. It was also NO PENS WEDNESDAY which saw us taking part in lots of speaking and listening activities. We played some great vocabulary and drama games and we spent the morning learning and performing the Michael Rosen poem 'Hands on the bridge". Our plants are continuing to grow at a rapid pace and there is some great homework coming in too. Don't forget to try and collect as many homework starts as possible - you still have a few weeks left!
Plant update (14.6.19)
As you can see from the photos, our plants and seeds are growing really well! It has been very exciting to see how much they have grown each day. We measured that our beans plants are growing as much as 2cm in just one day. If you compare the photos from today with Tuesday’s photos, you can really see the difference! Who knew growing seeds could be so exciting!
Hello seedlings! (11.6.19)
Well, we really are a green-fingered bunch in 5B! As you can see from the photos, our pea and bean seeds have germinated and started their life cycle. We kept a very close eye on the seedlings throughout the day (Tuesday) and despite the cold&wet weather, we could see that they had all grown, even in just a few hours! I'll keep posting regular photos so we can see how they develop as the term goes on!
Time Travellers WOW Starter! (6.6.19)
We started our final topic (called Time Travellers) this week by turning our classroom into a greenhouse! One of our Science topics is life cycles so we planted peas and beans in pots so we can observe them grow throughout June and July. We also 'planted' our own runner bean seeds in plastic bags so we can watch them germinate. It's going to be very exciting to observe them and see whose seed germinates first!
Don't forget about your Time Travellers homework tasks - you can bring it in at any time and we'll be displaying it on our topic board in the classroom - if you need any help, just ask me or Mrs Brotherton - we have spare sheets if you need one
We are definitely Master Builders! (22.5.19)
We had a fabulous finish to our Master Builders topic on Tuesday and Wednesday, when we constructed and tested our very own catapults just like the Romans did! The class worked incredibly hard in small groups to make catapults from wood, with very little help from myself. Once the catapults were made, we took them outside to test them and see which one could fire an object the furthest and then which group could be the most accurate and get the object closest to a target. We recorded results and converted them into different units of measurements. The furthest distance achieved was a huge 8.54m! It was a great activity for combining Topic, Maths and Science! Well done everyone!
We will be starting our new topic, Time Travellers, after half term. New homework grids have been sent home and I will attach one below.
Have a great half term and see you all on Monday 3rd June for the start of our last half term together in Year 5!
Roman Food in PE, Decimals in Maths and Levers in Science!
It was another busy week in 5B and we've all been working incredibly hard! We have continued working on our Roman legends in English - we'll begin writing them next week. In Maths, we have mastered the skill of comparing, ordering and rounding decimals. In Science, we investigated levers and discovered that a 100g object can be lifted with a just a 10g weight when the lever's pivot is in the right place. Finally we had a topic PE lesson, where we found out about the foods that the Romans did and didn't eat - anyone fancy a roast flamingo with a stuffed dormice?
Just a reminder that any 'Master Builders' homework should be brought in by next Wednesday.
Have a great weekend!
What a busy week! (9.5.19)
It's been another short week but that hasn't stopped us packing A LOT of work in this week! We have carried on learning about the Roman myth, Romulus and Remus in English and we have started to think about how we are going to write our own myths. In Maths, we have learned how to multiply fractions by a whole number and in Topic, we have continued to learn about the Romans. This week we learned about why the Romans wanted to invade Britain, how they managed it and who Boudicca was - we really have covered a lot this week! I have added some photos of some of the great letters that we wrote to Emperor Claudius, trying to persuade him why he should invaded Britain. I have also attached a link to a website if you want to learn even more about the Roman invasion and Boudicca's rebellion.
Have a great weekend and see you Monday!
Can we build it? Yes we can! (2.5.19)
We kicked off our new topic 'Master Builders' with a fantastic WOW starter on Tuesday. We began by finding out a little bit about the Romans and we discovered that they were brilliant at building and engineering (they actually invented concrete!). One of the most famous structures the Romans build was Hadrian's wall so we put our building (and team work) skills to the test and created our very own Hadrian's wall from Lego. As you can see from the photos, the results were very impressive! Well done 5B!
Happy Easter everyone!
We have reached the end of the Spring Term and again, I have been so impressed with the great work the class have produced in this half term. You have done some amazing writing, made great progress in Maths and your topic books are packed full of great work linked to our Extreme Earth topic. Wonderful homework had been completed and it has been a joy to see all the inventive and interesting tasks you have completed! The topic for the next half term is Master Builders, which will see us learning about the Romans and discovering what innovative and creative builders and inventors they were. New homework grids were sent home today and are on the website. It's short half term but hopefully you will all be able to complete some of the tasks over the next few weeks.
I hope you all have a great time during the Easter holidays - see you all back in school on Tuesday 30th April!
A Fiery Fab Finish! (11.4.19)
We celebrated the end of our Extreme Earth topic today by making all of our wonderful volcanoes erupt! We spent 2 lessons making and painting the volcanoes and then we used a mixture of bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, food colouring and washing up liquid to create a fizzing, bubbling 'lava' eruption. It was a lot of fun and a great way to finish our latest topic. Many of you said it was the best one so far! Great work 5B!
A busy week! (5.4.19)
5B have had a very full and busy week with lots happening. We had a great 'hands-on' Science lesson on Wednesday, where we investigated water resistance and discovered how the shape of an object can affect how quickly it falls through the water.
On Thursday morning, it was our Year 5 English Inspire workshop, which was a great success - thanks to all those who came along. Thursday afternoon was extremely exciting as we started to create our paper mache volcanoes ready for next week's Extreme Earth Fab Finish - I can't to see them all 'erupting' next week!
Have a great weekend!
Wibbly Wobbly Science! (25.3.19)
In Science today (Monday) we continued to investigate the effects of friction by using cubes of jelly, oil and chopsticks! Firstly, we tried to pick up a cube of jelly using chopsticks. It was actually easier than we though it would be because of the friction between the jelly and the surface of the chopsticks. The friction between the 2 surfaces meant to chopsticks could grip onto the jelly. BUT then we added oil to the jelly. The oil made the jelly slippery, meaning there was less friction and therefore less grip and so it was much harder to pick up the jelly!
LEGO CLUB! (25.3.19)
It's Monday again and it was another successful Lego club after school. This week's theme was animals and as always, Miss Harris and I were very impressed with your Lego creations!
Well done all you master builders!
A life-saving Jigsaw lesson! (21.3.19)
We all took part in an excellent Jigsaw lesson today (Thursday). The focus of the lesson was learning about how to react in a emergency. We thought about why it was important to try and stay calm and we tried to think of different emergency situations and what we should do if any of them happened to us. Finally, we watched a video about what we should do when someone is unconscious but still breathing, which meant learning how to put someone in the recovery position. I was so impressed by how calm and mature you all were - Well done 5B!
There is a link below if any one wants to remind themselves what to do or show an adult at home.
Lego club (18.3.19)
We had a great time at Lego club this week. Our theme for this week was food and again, Miss Harris and I were amazed by your creations, especially Calvin's watermelon and Harvey's strawberries! We were all feeling very hungry by the end! See you all next week!
More Cricket! (13.3.19)
Yesterday, we had another great cricket session with our coach, Kelly. The wet weather didn't stop us and this week, we did our session inside. This week's focus was developing our catching and fielding skills. There were some great skills on show and I was really impressed.
Well done 5B!
Lego Club! (11.3.19)
Every Monday, after school, 5B is transformed into Lego Club. Every week, 20 children from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 come along to develop their lego building skills, make all sorts of wonderful creations and have a lot of fun! This week our theme was vehicles. We spent the hour busily designing and building many, many different form of transport, including a tardis! At the end, we spent 10 minutes, going around the group, telling everyone about our fantastic lego creations. Thank you to Josh S for coming up with this week's theme - let us know if you have any ideas for next week!
WORLD BOOK DAY 2019 (7.3.19)
Today was World Book day and we celebrated by coming to school dressed as our favourite book characters. Sadly, I was out of class today but 5B were lucky enough to have Gangtsa Granny step in and teach them for the day! I popped in this morning to take a few photos - you all looked amazing. Poor old Gangsta Granny (aka Mrs Weston) got tricked by Horrid Henry (aka Kayden) who put a whoopie cushion on her chair - I hope you all had a great day!
Extreme Earth WOW Starter! (7.3.19)
Here are some photos of last week's brilliant WOW starter for our new 'Extreme Earth' topic.
In teams, the class had to try and build a tower from marshmallows, tooth picks and spaghetti. The tower not only had to stay standing but it had to withstand an earthquake - a jelly earthquake! We produced some brilliant structures and most of them survived the earthquake too! Well done 5B!
Science and Cricket!
We had a great start back after half term with 2 brilliant afternoons on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, we met our fantastic cricket coach (Kelly) for our first cricket caching session. Kelly taught us the correct technique for bowling, which was pretty hard to begin with, but we soon got the idea! Kelly will be visiting every week until the Easter holidays so don't forget your PE kits on Tuesday afternoons.
On Wednesday afternoon, we carried out a Science experiment to investigate moon craters! We used trays of sand and flour to investigate whether the type of object, height of the drop or speed of the throw affected the size of the crater. I was really impressed with how each group worked so well together.
Tomorrow (Thursday) we have another great afternoon planned! We will be taking part in the WOW starter for our new topic 'Extreme Earth'. It will involve jelly, marshmallows, spaghetti and earthquakes!! It is going to be very exciting - look out for photos tomorrow!
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!