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Friday 26th June

Hi Y5, Mr McMullen here! Hope you are all well! 

Just a reminder that there is plenty of MyMaths work that has been set. Remember to contact the office if you have forgotten your username and password. If you are struggling with any of the White Rose maths work, you can use MyMaths to help you - it has nearly all of the topics we cover on there! 

 

Amongst the different virtual quizzes I have participated in over the past few weeks, I have come across a few different pictures quizzes that have been really fun (and tricky!) so thought I would share one with you. Have a go and see how many you can get right! Answers will be revealed on Tuesday's daily update!

 

 

 

Thursday 25th June

 

 

Good morning Year 5, Miss Brighton here!

 

I hope you are all enjoying the sunny weather and not getting too hot and bothered! As well as enjoying the warm weather, I can see from the Super Student Shout outs that you have been working hard on your home learning. Well done to those of you who completed your J2E task this week – I have seen some brilliant comparisons between Droitwich and Chembakolli in India. Don't forget to share them with your designated teacher!


A reminder to my English group that there are still tasks on Education City for you to have a go at, or you can just explore some of the activities such as the spelling ones yourself-they’re great for keeping those skills sharp!


For Thoughtful Thursday, Mrs Sankey has created some fantastic origami challenges for you to have a go at- we’d love to see the finished products!

 

Enjoy the rest of the sunshine and keep working hard! smiley
 

Wednesday 24th June

Good morning Year 5. The sun is shining and I am so impressed with all the Super Student Shout outs I've had to do today, what a brilliant morning. Well done all!

 

Today I am reporting on TTR and I am looking at the top three children in each class who have achieved the most coins.

5AU - Kamilia, Elliot and Arlowe

5CD - Jake, Ballint and Louie

5RM - Jacob, Scarlett and Rhys

5JR - Penelope, Alex and Daisy

5MK - Lily, Jaden and Isla

 

Well done for your hard work! Keep playing to keep up your timestable knowledge.

 

For Wellbeing Wednesday, the wonderful Mrs Burke has created some Brain-busters for you to look at, good luck! These are on the Home Learning documents page for you to have a go at.

 

Hope you all have a lovely week, keep sending your work in and carry on working hard!

 

Miss Kelly

 

 

Tuesday 23rd June

 

 

 

Hi Year 5 – Mrs Murray here! Let’s kick off today’s update by celebrating those who have completed AR quizzes in the last week:

 

5AU: Evie F, Connor L

5CD: Balint K, Maja F, Zachary I-C, Melissa S

5MK: Ila S, Lily G, Millie S

5RM: Noah B, Alfie H, Poppy H, Lexy S, Scarlett S, Charlie F

 

Remember...if you’re struggling to find books to read, Mrs Phillips has including a number of links on the school website’s library page, which will help. https://www.westacre-middle-school.co.uk/our-library/

The AR system includes A LOT of books so, when you choose the book you want to read, it’s very likely that you’ll be able to take an AR quiz on it. If it’s not on the AR system, don’t worry…the main thing is that you’re enjoying your reading. I can’t wait to hear all about the new author’s you’ve discovered!

 

What about a magazine!

Over the last few months, I’ve subscribed to a selection of magazines – I found something for everyone in my family and we always look forward to the next issue dropping through the letter box. If you fancy finding out what magazines are out there for you, why not visit the following website? https://www.magazine.co.uk/kids-magazines

 

Mrs Burton's Timeout Tuesday

 

Our gardens and parks are full of wriggly creepy crawlies, from bumblebees to ladybirds. Many insects live amongst the plants, trees and ponds; some of them even help flowers grow! Take time out this Tuesday to discover how many creepy crawlies you can find (some are shown on the home learning documents). Be careful you don’t squish them…they’re only little. It would be lovely to see some photos.

 

Monday 22nd June

 

Good morning Year 5 – Mr Barber here with your daily update! I’ve got lots to share with you again so I’ll get straight to it!

 

First of all, I know so many of you enjoyed having a go at Mrs Doolin’s Staff Smile challenge from last Monday! If you did have a go at identifying the members of staff from their smiles, I have great pleasure in sharing the answers with you. The happy smiles belonged to:

 

Line 1: Mrs Riddleston, Mrs Howard, Mr McMullen & Mrs Bird

Line 2: Mrs Page, Mrs Adey, Mrs Ginns, Miss Brighton & Miss Kelly

Line 3: Mrs Humphries, Mrs Murray, Mrs Doolin & Mrs Burke

Line 4: Miss Colledge, Mr Barber, Mrs Evans & Mr Cotton

 

How did you get on? I wonder if any of you managed to spot them all correctly! More importantly, I do hope you managed to achieve Mrs Doolin’s challenge of being resilient, working hard and smiling last week, because it can indeed motivate you and those around you!

 

 

When I last wrote your daily update on June 1st, I introduced our ‘Living Value of the Month’ as Thankfulness. Over the last few days, I’ve had yet more things to be thankful for. Like Mr Dinsley in his daily update last week (and indeed many Year 6 children who I spoke to at the end of last week!) I’ve been very thankful to be able to watch live football again (distractions like this do help to take my mind off some of the other things I need to worry about at home and at school, although those of you who know which team I support will know they aren’t particularly good for my mental wellbeing!).

 

 

Yesterday of course, was Father’s Day and being able to share the day with my daughter Chloe and son Jack made me realise how thankful I am for having a loving family around me. We do all have different types of families around us, but I do hope you all continue to be thankful for those around you who love and care for you (that of course includes dads, grandads, uncles, mums, nans, aunties, siblings and cousins!). It’s also important to remember and be thankful for those who aren’t with us anymore and how they touched our lives.

 

 

Talking of Thankfulness, I wanted to remind you again of the ‘Action for Happiness Joyful June’ calendar that we shared with you at the start of the month.

 

 

How many of the 21 challenges have you had a go at so far this month? Today’s suggestion is to ‘share a happy memory with someone who means a lot to you’ so I thought I’d have a go! When I tried to decide who to share my memory with, I thought who better than with all 450 wonderful children currently at Westacre! When I got thinking about which happy memory, I just couldn’t narrow it down to one. I’m sure you all know how much I like sharing what goes on in school on Twitter, so I spent a little time over the weekend looking back at what we’ve posted since last September and reminiscing – so many happy memories to be both thankful for and joyful about! I know the quizzes that Mrs Humphries and Mrs Doolin shared during their recent updates have been really popular so I thought I would magpie their idea and do something similar. Below are 15 questions (one for each of the amazing classes at Westacre!) that will test how many of my happy Westacre memories from this school year you remember (all of the answers can be found on our Twitter page if you want a bit of help– do remember to ask for parental permission to look at this site if you want to have a look!).

 

  1. In September, our new head boy and head girl spoke at our Open Evening – what are their first names?
  2. In October, some children in every year group visited Worcester Cathedral to meet a famous author. What is her name?
  3. In November, you all helped commemorate Remembrance Day by making 450 what? 
  4. In November, our head girl and head boy shared your house General Election Manifestos with the person who is now our local MP. What is his name? 
  5. In December, all of the children in one house got to wear non-uniform in their house colours to celebrate earning the most house points during the first term of the school year. Which house was this?
  6. In December, you enjoyed your school Christmas dinner. Which three members of staff joined the normal kitchen staff to serve your dinner? 
  7. In December, our Christmas assembly saw the house leaders and children in each year group take part in three special Christmas-themed challenges (Bronte were the overall winners!). What were the three tasks? 
  8. In December, many of you took part in our annual Christmas variety performance. What was the name of the show? 
  9. In January, we all enjoyed our latest whole school theatre trip to The Rep in Birmingham. What was the production we saw this year?
  10. In January, Year 6 children wrote to different world embassies. We were really excited to receive a visit to Westacre from one particular Embassy – which country’s embassy was this?
  11. In February, our Year 7 Basketball team won another two Junior NBA matches. What colour vests do the team wear?
  12. In March, Year 5 enjoyed a visit from the History Man. What era of history did he help the children learn about?
  13. In March, Mrs Evans wrote to you all as school closed for lockdown. The letter reminded you about an assembly she delivered earlier in the year about a type of animal that sometimes needs a push from its Mum. Which animal was it?
  14. In April, our whole school community came together to create a special video to play our part in the Chase The Rainbow movement. What did we all do?
  15. In May, our whole school community came together to help create a special school video to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of what?

 

Please send in your answers to these questions via email to the school office by the end of the week (with your name and house) and I will award one house point for every single correct answer. This could make all of the difference as we get closer to finding out who the 2019/20 house champions will be!

 

 

Thank you for reading my update and thank you for playing your part in these happy memories!

 

As well as looking back, me and the rest of the Westacre staff are starting to looking ahead to the future. Monday 6th July was due to be the Droitwich pyramid Transfer Day. Of course, that cannot happen as normal this year, however I can tell you that we will be holding a Virtual Transfer Day on our website that day. This will include various activities that will help you with your transition to Year 6 and will also be the day when we hope to be able to tell you who your teacher will be next year! Watch this space as we have lots more exciting things coming your way to help you prepare for life in Year 6 over the next few weeks.

 

For now, enjoy having a go at my Westacre Memories quiz, keep trying the Joyful June tasks each day to keep you happy and continue to try your best with the home learning opportunities your teachers will be sharing with you this week!

Mrs Howells’ Mindful Monday

 

Today’s mindful activity is to make a heart map.

On a plain piece of paper, draw a large heart shape. Divide your heart into as many sections as you like, either using a ruler or freehand.

In each section write down something that you love or that makes you happy. You could even draw a little picture to go with it and colour it in using your favourite colours.

I’ve included an example below to give you some inspiration, but remember this is your heart and should be as unique and beautiful as you are!

We’d love to see the wonderful hearts you create so don’t forget to send us a photo.

 

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