All of the Year 5 team would like to thank our children and their families for the lovely cards, gifts and good wishes that we have enjoyed this week. Our year 5 pupils have been a real pleasure to teach. We look forward to following their success in year 6. Enjoy a relaxing summer holiday.
On Wednesday 12th July, Year 5 children surveyed Droitwich Town Centre. We completed two traffic surveys and also counted all the different types of shops we came across on our travels. Luckily, the weather stayed nice and we had a really enjoyable morning.
Educational Visit to the Guru Nanak Gurdwara
On Friday 23rd June, year 5 visited the largest Sikh temple in Europe. We arrived at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, in Smethwick, where we were asked to cover our heads and take off our shoes as a sign of respect. Then the President of the Gurdwara led us to a prayer room, which was adorned with many Sikh symbols and decorations. We were able to ask him any questions about his religion, finding out lots of interesting things, before heading on a tour of the temple. Our favourite part of the day was the Langar, where volunteers at the Gurdwara provide meals for the local community. A selection of delicious foods were provided and we even got to try some different things too.
We had a wonderful day and would like to thank all the staff and volunteers at the Gurdwara for their kind welcome and fabulous hospitality.
In their Computing lessons, Year 5 have started to explore different databases. In order to link to their recent Science lessons on life cycles, this has included creating and analysing their own branching databases about different animals. Click the link below to see some examples from 5JR:
Well done Year 5! You have made a super effort with your costumes for British History Day!
Inspired by The Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, we used propaganda techniques to portray ourselves in the best possible light in our selfies.our Selfies.
Here is the Curriculum Jigsaw for Year 5 for the Summer term:
In their Computing lessons, Year 5 pupils have been using their new-found skills in J2E to create a collaborative class webpage giving advice about online safety. Click the link below to see what they have created:
Here is the Curriculum Jigsaw for Year 5 for the Spring term:
All of the year 5 staff would like to send a big thank you to year 5 pupils for all of their hard work this term. They should really proud of the positive start they have made to the year. We would also like to thank parents for all of their support this term and for the kind Christmas cards, gifts and good wishes that we have received.
We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to working together in 2017.
Here is the Curriculum Jigsaw for Year 5 for the Autumn term:
House Photography success
We are very proud to announce that some of the ten finalists for the whole school House Photography competition are in Year 5. More excitedly, the overall winner of the competition, as chosen by an award-winning professional photographer, is in our year group! We congratulate all of the Year 5 children who took part in this and celebrate the success of Emmie in 5JR in particular! Here she is with the winning entry and her prizes:
Shiver me timbers Year 5 be full of pirates!
Leading up to our exciting trip to the theatre to watch Treasure Island, Year 5 are busy preparing for Writing Week next week.
You can see from our photos we have been enjoying a range of activities.
* Acting out the opening of Treasure Island
* Learning coordinates through map making
* Creating J2e pages, following our research on famous pirates
* Pirate Treasure hunt, searching for the lost parts of the Treasure Island story
Exciting News!!! It's that time of the year... production rehearsals have started!! We are all very excited to welcome parents to enjoy our Year 5 production of Peace Child. Children will be performing to parents on Tuesday 13th December - Afternoon performance (1.30pm-2.30pm) and an Evening performance (6pm - 7pm)
Look out for a ticket letter coming soon!
First Webpages Created
In their Computing lessons, Year 5 have been learning all about J2E and how to design, edit and publish their own webpages. We have been really impressed with the speed with which the children have learned something new then applied it themselves! Take a look at some examples of the webpages created below:
As part of his visit to Westacre, we were very pleased to welcome MP Nigel Huddleston to the Year 5 playground. He spoke to all of the children about school, met our elected Year 5 MPs and cut the ribbon to officially open our new playground. Mr Huddleston then stayed with us for the whole of morning break time, when he enjoyed a go on our climbing equipment and spent time talking to some of the children in the outdoor book den. Year 5 were inspired by the visit and we were all impressed with their confidence in talking to our special visitor!
Exploring Solids, Liquids and Gases in Science
In Science this week, Year 5 have been investigating properties of liquids as well as explaining the differences between each state of matter.
We used drama to demonstrate how the particles move within each state. Looking at liquids more closely, we raced them to see how they differ and processed repeat recordings of our findings to make our data more reliable. We learnt about viscosity and how this might be affected by temperature.
Thank you to everyone who supported our year 5 reading and coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. This session was a great success with children reading aloud and showcasing the Accelerated Reader system with their family members. The total raised will be revealed after our second cake sale tomorrow break time. (So many delicious cakes left to share!)
We look forward to meeting more of you at our upcoming Literacy, Numeracy and Guided Reading sessions.
Having explored the science lab and considered aspects of safety, we have begun to carry out investigations.
During our first week of Literacy we began to think of definitions for some of the vocabulary we will be using in class.
Welcome to Year 5 2016
Well it's been a busy start to this academic year, with new routines to learn, meeting new people and learning their names! But what a great start you have all made! It is wonderful to see you all so enthusiastic about your learning and getting involved with Westacre life! You are making us so very proud already Year 5!
Curriculum: As this is your first year at Westacre, Year 5 is an incredibly important year. You will be learning lots of new skills, gaining knowledge and broadening your interests in different subjects. In Literacy, we are going to be developing our key reading and writing skills, exploring word groups, different forms of punctuation and extending our descriptive language. You will be finding out about the different types of sentences there are and how you can use them all to make your writing really exciting!
In Numeracy, we are also developing our key skills by developing our calculation methods, investigating problems and developing our knowledge and understanding of place value. During the next few weeks, you will find out about your new Numeracy set and meeting your set teacher.
Our topic this term is 'Exploration', in which we will be developing our historical and geographical skills, discovering more about the different countries in the world, finding out about life on board an explorer's ship and a pirate's ship and planning our own journeys around the world. After half term, we will focus our learning on the Ancient Mayan civilisation, becoming explorers of their lives and settlements.
In Science, we are starting with an exploration of the lab and equipment . After half term, we will be finding out all about Space, in our topic called "Earth and Space".
Homework: There will be one piece of Literacy and Numeracy homework each week along with spellings and times tables to learn. All homework will need to be recorded in your lovely, new homework books.