Friday 22nd May
Good morning Year 5,
It’s Mr Barber here with your final daily update of this half term. This one is always a short half-term but the last five weeks still seem to have flown by!
I know, from all of the tweets I’ve been able to do during the lockdown and all of the emails that we receive each and every day, how hard you’ve all been working again over the last few weeks. This has made up a little bit for not having those knocks on my office door with children being sent to show me their outstanding learning in school. I do miss handing out those stickers and taking the photos to show the world what stars you are! One of the other many things I miss being able to do at school is handing out the 6Rs independent learner certificates to many of you each week – however I know from the tweets, the year group daily updates and the phone calls that all of the teachers are trying to have with all of you, that you are continuing to prove what independent learners you are and what responsible, resilient, reflective, resourceful, ready and well-reasoned young people you are!
However, every now and then we all need a break from all of the hard work. I know I’m looking forward to spending a bit more time with my wife, daughter and son after spending a lot of time this last week preparing for us to welcome back many Year 6 pupils after half term! All of your teachers will be spending today planning and preparing for this as well, as they will all get the chance to work with these children over the next few weeks. Therefore, there won’t be the usual home learning documents for you today – we think you probably deserve a bit of a break anyway! However, if you or your parents feel that you would benefit from a bit more home learning, there are still plenty of other learning opportunities across the school website. I can’t imagine there any many children who’ve been able to complete all of the tasks in their Year Group pages since we went into lockdown, but just in case there are, here are some other links that might be of use:
Whatever you and your family decide to do today, I’d like to set you the challenge of simply relaxing and having fun with your families over next week’s half-term holiday! You have my permission to enjoy your holiday - do this in whatever way suits your family. Feel free to spend time in the garden, with your nose buried in a comic or, dare I say it, on a gadget or two! The most important thing is to spend time together as a family doing whatever you can. Laugh, make a mess, cuddle, phone friends and family, watch movies, play - have fun!
Here’s a list of some other things I thought you might like to do next week:
If you wanted any more ideas, I did have a look at our school’s Experiences curriculum and thought the following might be things you could also do next week. They are from our list of 50 real-life things to do during your time at Westacre:
So many options!
Earlier, I mentioned doing something you’ve never done before – this could be to learn a new hobby or skill. Or you’ve already done this during lockdown and you can keep going with your new hobby? Personally, I never really did much running (I prefer team sports!) but with the new lockdown guidance and hearing from Mrs Evans, Mrs Doolin and Mrs Mrs Humphries about how good they felt after their runs, I decided to give it a go! Now my daughter and I go for 30 minute runs twice a week (I’ve seen one or two of you as we run around Droitwich!). They can be hard work, but at the end we both feel extremely proud of ourselves and it’s definitely helping keep us fit and healthy. Maybe you could try something new and exciting this half-term holiday that will make you feel proud.
As you know, I love tweeting photos and videos of all of your learning in school, and it’s been just as enjoyable sharing with the world some of the photos and videos of your home learning over the last couple of months. The videos and photos of some of you enjoying your hobbies, in some cases new hobbies, have been particularly nice. We clearly have a lot of talented musicians at Westacre, but I’ve also been sharing things from baking to trial bike riding in back gardens! Here’s a few photos that have come to school in the last week or so of children doing exactly what I’ve been telling you about – just doing something that they (and often their families) enjoy!
Feel free to send us photos of you just having fun with your families next week if you want to! You will have noticed that Mrs Evans and Mrs Doolin have already taken over your Monday daily updates recently for special ‘virtual’ assemblies. The next daily updates on Monday 1st June will be my turn to deliver the assembly and I would love to share with everyone some photographs of you all having fun during next week’s half term holiday. Maybe you could send us a photo of you doing some of the things from the lists I shared earlier, or of you enjoying some exercise outside or on a visit to an outdoor space / playing an outdoor sport with the people you live with, like we are now allowed to (remembering of course to keep following the social distancing rules we all know about by now!) You could have a go at all of these, some of these or indeed none of these if you have your own unique way of relaxing and having fun! It’s completely up to you!
As we come to the end of Mental Health Week, remember that the theme was all about being kind to yourself and your families – I want you to keep doing this next week and of course every other week in the future! Linked to mental health and wellbeing, our pastoral team have asked me to remind you all to visit the Wellbeing page of this website at https://www.westacre-middle-school.co.uk/westacre-wellbeing/ to read this week’s blog post as it features our acts of kindness for Mental Health Week and an interview with Mrs Adey.
Please do also scroll down a bit further to see the final challenge of our special ‘virtual’ Sports Week – it’s been great seeing so many of you giving these challenges a go and (coming back to the theme of my update!) having lots of fun at the same time. Mrs Hennessey, Mr McMullen and Mr Dinsley tell me it’s very close between the houses after four days, so it could be your efforts today that make the difference between your house being this year’s champions and other people being able to celebrate! I know all of the teacher house leaders are desperate for you all to take part and share your videos by the end of today – you know how competitive they all are!
To finish my update for today, well done again to all of you for being such superstars with your home learning over the last few weeks. Now is the time to relax and have fun with your families! I look forward to hearing via Twitter and the office email about what you get up to next week and will try to tweet a few pictures during the week before sharing them all with you on Monday 1st June. Have a great half-term holiday!
Good morning Year 5!
I have had some more garden updates from my friend Emma this week. She has had more chicks hatch in her hen house too! Every week she sends me pictures to share with you. It is her example of #kindness matters to me. It really helps our mental health when we think about all the acts of kindness shown to us by others every day. I appreciate it when my daughters bring me a cup of tea or put the washing on the line for me when I am sitting at my laptop. It reminds me that I have so much to be thankful for.
This is our last update of this half term. There will be new updates and some different tasks to do each day as well as Times Table Rock Stars, MyMaths and Accelerated Reader from 1st June.
All of your Year 5 teachers and teaching assistants would like to wish you and your families a relaxing and safe half term. We look forward to receiving more of your pictures. It would be great to hear from any of you who try something you have never done before over half term!
Remember to have a go at Mrs Page's Challenge below....(especially BRONTE!)
Good morning Year 5! I hope you’re all well and safely enjoying the sunshine! As mentioned in previous updates, this week is mental health awareness week and we are encouraging you to celebrate kindness. Let’s all see if we can do something kind for someone else this week, as kindness really does matter – especially during times like these. Please send in any photos or messages about what you have done so we can share your kindness. Those of you who have been over to the Westacre Wellbeing page will have seen how I’ve been kind this week by doing more than my fair share of household chores, just to give the others in my house a little break! Today is also my weekly ‘Quarantine Quiz’ where me and my friends arrange a virtual catch up. This is a chance for us all to smile, have some fun and check in on each other to make sure everyone is doing ok.
Sports Week House Competition
Every day this week, we are setting you a video challenge to help gain house points. Well done to all of you who have entered so far – we have had some super entries! If you missed Mr McMullen's and Mrs Hennessey’s challenges the last couple of days then don’t panic, just scroll down a bit further and you can still have a go. The closing date for sending in videos is Monday 25th May.
Today’s challenge is the ‘Over and Under Challenge’.
Over and Under Challenge - Go over and under the pole as many times as you can in 30 seconds.
Video of you taking part in the challenge = 5 points for your house.
Video of you beating my score = 10 points for your house.
Please send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, class and most importantly the name of your house.
The winning house will be announced next week!
Best of luck!
Tuesday 19th May - Miss Kelly's update
Good morning Year 5! I hope you all had a lovely weekend...it's so nice to be able to enjoy even more of the fresh air than before isn't it! Also, I wonder if you have all been trying to do something kind? I experienced some kindness recently from a friend who sent me a lovely note with kind words and a bracelet for me, it was amazing to receive something from her and it made my day so much more positive to know I was in someone's thoughts. How have you all been kind to someone so far this week? You never know how much a single act of kindness can affect someone's day in a positive way. Send in details how you have been kind to the office this week, we would love to see or hear what you have done. #kindnessmatters
Now, I have a few things to talk to you about. Firstly, go and take a look and have a go at the wonderful Miss Starkey's yoga video. We are so lucky that these are available to us and yoga is so positive for our own mental wellbeing, which links to it being Mental Health Awareness Week.
Another thing I must remember to mention is that there is currently a competition running with Times Table Rockstars. They want you to have a go at beating the world record for the most timestables completed in a minute. If you think you're super good at your timestables and would like to have a go then and make an official attempt you need to record a video of yourself achieving the highest score you can in the studio and send the video in to email@example.com by the end of the 4th of June. Plenty of time to get some practise in!
Well that's it from me. I hope you all have a lovely week and weekend and enjoy the sunshine that is heading our way.
Monday 18th May
Good morning Year 5 – Mrs Doolin here today to say hello! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you all, so I am very excited that I get to speak to you - even if it’s not in person! I’ve put my photo here because sometimes it’s nice to see who you are talking to and to remind you to send in any photos you want because we love to see you and to be able to share what you are all up to. (more about sending photos and messages later!)
You didn’t think I was going to tell you yet, did you?
This week is Mental Health Awareness week, that means it’s a time for us to think about how we look after our emotions and feelings. We need to think about what makes us feel good and how we can help other people feel good about themselves. Remember it’s fine to feel sad, upset and worried at times – it’s natural – good mental health is when we know how to cope with these feelings and sometimes what to do to prevent them. There are lots of ideas on our wellbeing page about looking after your mental health.
This year the theme for the week is kindness – do you see the link in the photos now? Being kind – kind to others and sometimes just relaxing and doing what you want is good because it’s important to be kind to yourself!
During this difficult time, we’ve seen lots of people be kind to each other and help each other. We go out on a Thursday evening to clap in an act of kindness to say thank you to our fantastic NHS staff. We see people doing shopping for each other. What about in your house? Have you been kind to your brothers and sisters? Are your parents/carers being kind and helping you with your school work? Are you appreciating how they are helping? Are you being kind and helping your parents keep the house tidy while everyone is home? While I’ve been working at home, I love it when one of my daughters pops into the room with a cup of tea and a biscuit – their little act of kindness makes me feel good!
See if you can do something really kind for someone else today to mark Mental Health Awareness Week or even every day this week! If you can send us a message or photo about what you have done that would be great. Most of all I think you’ll find it will make you feel good and the other person. We can tweet any kind messages you want to send.
Here are some ideas:
Play a game with a brother or sister, make a drink for someone, help in the house or garden, tell someone how much you appreciate them. If you take a look on the wellbeing page, you’ll see Mr Dinsley’s act of kindness! (Weekly wellbeing challenge)
Have a fantastic week Year 5– work hard, enjoy your free time and be kind!
Hoping to see you all soon – take care
P.S Have a look at Mr McMullan’s Sports competition below – lots for you to do!