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School Blog

Year 5

The blog for Pine, Poplar & Spruce, Mr Holgate, Mrs Jeffries, Mrs Marlow & Mrs Southam

Experiencing evacuation first-hand!

By Pine class, in Year 5 - Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Last Thursday, we were in the middle of our spelling lesson when- all of a sudden- we heard the ear-piercing sounds of an air raid siren and pounding on our classroom door! We were evacuated from our 'unsafe' classrooms to the activity room/air raid shelter where billeting officers tagged us and gave us new 'safe' locations for the morning. We all went to different places around the school and had a wide variety of experiences while we were away from our own classroom.

When we returned, we discussed our experiences and how they compared to evacuation experiences during WW2. We will be using our findings and comparisons when we complete a writing task this week and this will allow us to write from a different perspective with true emotion and understanding.

Writing in the trenches!

By Pine class, in Year 5 - Thursday, 28 November 2019

As part of our Conflict topic, we learnt about the appalling conditions suffered by soldiers in the WW1 trenches. We watched videos while lying in makeshift trenches and used our imagination to capture the emotions that would have been felt all those years ago. After planning what to do, we wrote emotive letters from the perspective of a soldier. They brought a tear to Mrs Jeffries' eyes when they were being marked as they were most certainly heartfelt!

We will be sharing our learning with you at the end of term when you will have the opportunity to read this fantastic writing. 

Enjoy your long weekend!

Reading workshop tomorrow!

By Year 5 team, in Year 5 - Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Don't forget that our Reading Workshop is tomorrow evening (Wednesday 27th Nov.) at 530pm. This will be held in Pine class and year 5 children are welcome to attend with you.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!

What a performance!

By Pine class, in Year 5 - Thursday, 21 November 2019

Pine class performed their assembly today to the school in the morning and to the adults this afternoon to fantastic reviews. The children have worked incredibly hard to learn lines and a song and impressed us with their enthusiasm and spirit. The play has enabled the children to have a greater insight into the hardships of life in the trenches and how it affected both the soldiers and their families at home. Next week, we will be writing emotive letters from the trenches and will be putting our new knowledge to good use. 

The children should all be immensely proud of themselves - we definitely are! Thank you too, to all of you who came to support us this afternoon. We were amazed at the packed audience and it was super to see you all celebrating their fabulous learning. Thank you and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Spellings

By Year 5 , in Year 5 - Saturday, 16 November 2019

We are impressed with the effort from lots of you with learning your spellings for your weekly test - keep up the fantastic work! This week's words are (new spellings in bold):

 

Group 1 spellings (Mrs Jeffries):

 

children climb only old many once today says your school floor prove parents age sure behind grass again hour half 

 

Group 2 spellings (Mrs Southam and Mrs Bainbridge):

 

breath breathe build busy business century famous guard history knowledge answer appear arrive believe bicycle accident accidentally actual actually address

 

Group 3 spellings (Mr Holgate):

 

correspond criticise curiosity definite desperate competition conscience conscious controversy convenience category cemetery committee communicate community available average awkward bargain bruise

 

A week crammed with learning and fun!

By Pine class, in Year 5 - Friday, 15 November 2019

Wow! What a week! We have practised our times tables with a super X-Factor style game and we even tweeted Simon Cowell for his opinion. Unfortunately, he hasn't responded to us yet. We have made our own timelines, practised using formal and informal language and tried different strategies to practise spellings. Writing spellings in shaving foam is a firm favourite, perhaps you might buy some for home for us to use?

We have all been given our lines to learn for our assembly next week and began learning a song today ready to share with you all. We are looking forward to seeing as many family members/extended family/family friends as possible on Thursday at 230pm in the Upper Hall. Let's pack the house! Have a great weekend. 

This week's spellings

By Year 5, in Year 5 - Friday, 8 November 2019

We are impressed with the effort from lots of you with learning your spellings for your weekly test - keep up the fantastic work! This week's words are (new spellings in bold):

 

 

 

Group 1 spellings (Mrs Jeffries):

 

once today says your school floor prove parents age sure behind grass again hour half every people great break find

 

 

 

 

 

Group 2 spellings (Mrs Southam and Mrs Bainbridge):

 

century famous guard history knowledge answer appear arrive believe bicycle accident accidentally actual actually address interfere interrupt anticlockwise antisocial international

 

 

 

 

Group 3 spellings (Mr Holgate):

 

competition conscience conscious controversy convenience category cemetery committee communicate community available average awkward bargain bruise amateur ancient apparent appreciate attached

 

 

Fun at Duxford

By Pine class, in Year 5 - Wednesday, 6 November 2019

What a day we have had! We have had an incredible time at Duxford, learning about WW1 and WW2 and have come back full of interesting facts and details to support our learning this half term. Every one of us had a super time and came back feeling exhausted! Here are a few of the comments from some children in Pine class:

"Best trip ever!"

"I want to write loads of notes tonight so I don't forget them because I can't wait to write a story about the war now with all of these details."

"Why did the day go so quickly?"

"I can't believe the size of the planes, they are enormous. How on earth do they manage to fly?"

The class impressed Mrs Jeffries immensely when they recognised our word of the day, 'exhibit', several times and then used it in context correctly. Can they describe an aspect of the day to you using this word too?

Trip to Duxford tomorrow

By Year 5 team, in Year 5 - Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Year 5 are very excited about going to Duxford tomorrow and have been counting down the days - and that's just the adults!

Please remember:

  • packed lunches must be in named plastic bags with no glass bottles 
  • ALL children will need a waterproof coat
  • school uniform must be worn however children can wear sensible walking shoes, suitable for wet weather
  • we will not be visiting the shop so no money should be brought on the trip

We will be leaving as soon as we have completed registration so it is vital that everyone is in school on time in the morning as we will be unable to wait before leaving. 

 

Fantastic end to a super half term

By Pine class, in Year 5 - Friday, 25 October 2019

We ended our first half of term in Year 5 by completing and then evaluating our 3d models of the journey of a river today and had so much fun doing it. Our models are amazing and they show just how much we have learnt about the courses of a river and the technical terms used to describe each part.

We were then able to share our learning with our adults towards the end of the day when many of you came in to visit us. Thanks so much for coming in, we hope you enjoyed seeing where we spend each day and looking at our fabulous learning. We hope to do something similar next half term so watch this space!

We hope everyone has a very enjoyable and safe half term break, see you on Monday 4th ready to learn all about CONFLICT!