Spring Into Writing Competition 2020
We look forward to reading all of the entries to our writing competition in the coming weeks- Spring into Writing 2020. Don't forget, the closing date is 6th February. One person from every class will win a book token prize and their work will be displayed for all to see in the School's new Literacy Windows. If you missed the letter that went out last week outlining how to enter this competition and the BBCs 500 Words, a copy is available on the 5RC download page.
After the success of last week's class assembly, 5RC has enjoyed progressing with the new topic Extreme Earth this week as well as our Forces lessons. Today, we have been learning about the effects of air resistance on parachutes. After creating our own shoots we launched them from the second floor to investigate different variables which can affect the efficiency of parachutes.
We have been extremely impressed with poetry produced by children in Year 5. They have proudly transferred their final poems to their showcase writing books. Our current English unit looks at the work of the Australian, award-winning author and illustrator, Shaun Tan. After reading and comparing some of his short stories, we will soon be creating our own short stories in the genre of fantasy. Then returning to the theme of Extreme Earth, we will discover what it takes to be an explorer, and create Explorer Handbooks about a chosen theme. Next half term, we will focus on JK Rowling and then the intriguing world of Gothic writing.
We encourage daily independent reading in the classroom. The more we are able to read, both at school and importantly at home, the better our comprehension and writing will be. Children are welcome to borrow books from my class library but are also welcome and encouraged to read their own books in class. Above all else, we want children to love reading for pleasure! I would strongly encourage children to recommend their favourite books in a short book review, to add to our reading display in the Y5 corridor. There are already some excellent recommendations, and children are welcome to recommend books both from school and home.
This January, we are working to master Year 5 multiplication. In order to offer pupils an additional way to improve their skills, last term we introduced Times Tables Rock Stars; an extremely fun, on-line scheme to practise speed and fluency of the multiplication tables at home. You may be aware that in December, every child brought home a user name and password to provide them with access. We urge all children to practise in the way that suits them best, and regularly. The confidence such practice gives your child, to be able to quickly solve basic arithmetic problems, cannot be measured when it comes to the trickier mathematical problems that we encounter in Year 5! In 5RC the children get very excited when they move up on our class Times Tables Super Heroes chart too, bringing home certificates to demonstrate their progress!
We are now moving on to see how fractions are another way of expressing division, and then work with adding and subtracting fractions, before moving onto multiplying fractions. Throughout, we will use word problems to extend our confidence and understanding.
As scientists we will be investigating forces, including gravity and exploring opposing forces.
As geographers this half term, our enquiry will take us to Extreme Earth, finding out about our planet’s extreme phenomena from volcanos to tornadoes. Our learning has taken off with a flying start looking at the water cycle and extreme weather conditions and climates.
During our first week, we were lucky to receive a workshop run by the NSPCC, (you may have seen the NSPCC workbook that the children brought home) and Pippa joined us when we did our PATH's lesson. In PATH’s we are currently considering goals, and the importance of not giving up.
Inspired by singer/song-writer Adele, this term we have started learning about pop ballads, comparing them to others in this musical genre, and the history of To Make You Feel My Love originally written by Bob Dylan. We are developing our singing and rhythm skills, and have started to develop our playing skills on the Glockenspiel.
We are really pleased to welcome into class some 6th Form students, from Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, during our Art lessons this term. Together we have undertaken a portraits art project. Everyone's Pop Art Portraits are really eye-catching. Next we'll also develop a piece of art based on the work 1830s Japanese Artist Hokusai, The Great Wave, to tie in with our topic of Extreme Earth.
This half term, our indoor PE focus is fitness training. We have already taken our baseline results so we can work out how we progress. We’re even more excited to announce that Altrincham Football Club joined us from this week, to support delivery of Year 5 outdoor football lessons until Easter. The class had lots of fun during their first lesson, PE slots may be subject to change, so it is really important that children have their PE kits (outdoor and indoor) at school from Monday through to Friday. There have been many instances of forgotten or incomplete kit so far in Year 5. It is a very popular subject for 5RC and there have been some very disappointed children when they have been unable to participate. For health and safety reasons, long hair must be tied back and children must not wear earrings (or must cover them with tape.)
Indoor kit: rubber-soled pumps not outdoor PE trainers; a plain t-shirt in the colour of Blue, Red, Yellow or Green depending on their allocated 'house'; Black shorts.
Outdoor kit: separate outdoor PE shoes which are especially important in damp weather (ideally in a separate bag to protect the rest of the PE kit); t-shirt as above; blue/navy/ black joggers (or tracksuit) and sweatshirt.
School Trips - Spring Term
Educating ourselves how to keep safe and healthy is an important part of school life at Oldfield Brow Primary. With this in mind, we are pleased to have organised a trip to Lymm Safety Central on 20th January, where children can learn safely in a range of environments including kitchens, canal paths, substations, supermarkets, online and train lines!
Worth a mention in advance, the John Rylands Library is a fantastic trip on the Year 5 calendar for next half term, when we are studying Gothic writing. The library itself is a marvellous stimulus for writing with its Gothic architecture and the workshop experience will enable children to create their own written piece, complimented by the sketches children will make in the magnificent Reading Room.
The Chatterday homework options were sent home on Friday 10th January in the red Spelling Homework Folders. We have been remarkably impressed by the standard of pieces of homework brought in last term. Well done, everyone! Don't forget, if your child wishes to do the Maths homework, the weekly challenge sheets are available to collect from the classroom.
Weekly spelling lists will continue as normal, are due in on Thursdays for marking, and will be tested on Fridays. As mentioned before, children should read on a daily basis, with progress logged within their Reading Record book.
Once again, thank you so much for the kind gifts received at Christmas.
Mrs Chetwyn and Mrs Whitehead