Welcome to Year Five.
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A very warm welcome to the Year 5MH class page!
Children in Year 5 have all settled in to the new academic year and are rising to the challenges presented with great enthusiasm.
Although it has not been long since we started, so much has taken place already.
Year 5 children took part in cycling proficiency training during the first two weeks of September. They learnt the essential skills for maintaining a roadworthy bicycle and how to signal and turn, before taking these skills and applying them on the roads around our school; with help and guidance from instructors from Bike Right. The instructors commended our pupils on their excellent listening skills and standards of behaviour not to mention the progress they made during the sessions. Well done to everyone who took part.
This year, we are striving to boost our reading skills and all children have received login details for Reading Plus. This is a highly acclaimed product which, following initial assessment, provides a bespoke programme tailored to each individual pupil’s needs. Those children who use Reading Plus regularly, improve their word recognition, reading fluency, comprehension and inference skills. There is a huge variety of texts for them to choose from to cater for everyone’s interests and tastes. Children should aim to complete a minimum of two Combos per week, but the more challenges completed, the better progress they are likely to make. Reading Plus operates in your web browser so it can be accessed on most electronic devices; although feedback from pupils suggests that tablets and laptops work better than phones due to the screen size.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Harvest Service at our church. The performances of Year 5 and 6 pupils were fantastic. Songs performed collectively were superb and children with speaking roles demonstrated great confidence and maturity. It was very humbling to see the many generous donations made by our families, which are greatly appreciated by North Liverpool Food Bank and the large number of families who rely on the service they provide. A big thank you to all and for those able to attend, we hope you enjoyed the service.
To commemorate the centenary of the World War One Armistice, the Year 5 and 6 Eucharist service was all about remembrance. Along with the poignant drama sketch by Year 6, pupils from both Year groups gave brilliant performances of ‘All together now,’ ‘We are one’, ‘Siyahamba’ and an inspiring gospel medley. Many of those present commented on how our singing continues to go from strength to strength. Next stop, the Christmas Cracker concert!
In English lessons, our class novel is ‘There’s a boy in the girls’ bathroom’ by Louis Sachar. The children have given some terrific analysis of character and language and are beginning to explain their responses in depth, referencing the text and making links that demonstrate deeper understanding. The book has made us laugh out loud and we have loved some of the drama activities where we have recreated scenes from the novel so far.
We were fortunate enough to be invited to Broadgreen International School to take part in technology workshops. These were linked to our topic of frame structures. Children worked in groups to create Anglo Saxon style houses using doweling and art straws. There were some brilliant efforts and the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you to all at Broadgreen who made this possible. We are looking forward to further technology workshops later in the year.
In computing, we have been using Sketch-Up to learn about Computer-aided design (CAD). Children have made their own mobile phone cases to the exact dimensions to fit a mobile phone of their choice before accessorising and personalising them. We have also made a variety of different Lego bricks, again to the exact specifications of the original product. We plan to print these off using 3D printing so that we each have a tangible record of all our hard work. Mr Moffatt has been very impressed by how quickly our pupils have picked up the new skills and applied them independently. The results are amazing!
In Science, we have been learning about the properties of different materials. Children have conducted tests for thermal insulation and performed a number of practical investigations into materials found around our school and analysing their properties using scientific methods and language.
Question: If you put a coat on a snowman, would it melt faster, slower or at the same rate as one without a coat on?
Not sure? Ask your child to reveal the answer and to explain why.
A variety of after school clubs are now in full swing. It is great to see so many different opportunities on offer and the enthusiasm children have for trying something new. Some of the activities being enjoyed by our Year 5 pupils include Cookery Club, Colouring Club, Science Club, Basketball, Dance, Futsal, Samba, Film Club and Young Voices; not to mention the ever-popular School Choir. Well done to all our pupils who have tried something new. Remember, it is important to maintain your enthusiasm and participation. Look forward to new clubs and opportunities taking place later in the year!
A reminder about Homework.
Homework is given out on Fridays. It will consist of a piece of English and a piece of Maths work. Some weeks, an additional spelling or times tables task may be set to help cement basic skills. Homework should be submitted by Wednesday at the very latest. If anyone has difficulty in completing homework, they should speak to me on Mondays and I will go over the work and allow more time to complete it. I try to give a variety of work whilst making it enjoyable and hopefully not too time consuming. It is important to complete homework as it is a further opportunity to consolidate the skills taught in class. Please feel free to offer comments and suggestions by way of a note in the homework books. I welcome your feedback.
Many thanks for your continued support.