Good morning Year 5! Mrs Ardis here for your daily update. I am hoping that the sunshine will dry up any rain that has been forecast for the weekend. If not, I may have to learn to dance in the rain. As the week draws to a close, I would like to remind you how amazing we think you all are.
We are nearly at the end of the year and hope you will enjoy the transition tasks that will be set next week. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know your new teachers a little better, as well as us getting to know you.
Keep smiling Year 5! Have a fabulous weekend!
Thursday 2nd July
Good morning Year 5, Mr Dinsley here with your update today! I’m going to begin by praising you as a year group for your continued efforts with your home learning. Yet again, I am so impressed by the standard of work we are still receiving! So please, head over to the Student Shout-out page to check out more brilliant Year 5 learning.
Of course, we must still find time to relax and focus on our well-being. So if you fancied a break from all of your home learning, then what better way than to use the link below and have a go at Miss Starkey’s online yoga session!
Good morning to you, Year 5! Mrs Underhill here to wish you "Happy Wednesday!" Today is a double dollop of happiness - not only do I get to do your update, but it's also the start of a new month: JULY is here!!!
As you begin the move towards the end of year 5, I wanted each and every one of you to give yourselves a HUGE pat on the back- for all your hard work, resilience and readiness to adapt to new times. The quality of work we are still getting in from you all is AMAZING! So well done.
Starting a new month means we have new Wellbeing calendars and also a new value at Westacre - empathy. Have a look at the slides below and see you can help empathise with other people.
Mrs Burke's wellbeing challenge today is to produce a piece of amazing art:
Look at the learning documents page for step-by step instructions to produce your own masterpiece!
Time Out Tuesday 30th June
Hello Year 5, Mrs Riddleston here...
It was lovely to see lots of pictures of the biscuits made from the Mindful Monday recipe we shared with you yesterday! Have a look at the Student Shout Out Page to see the delicious treats made in Year 5.
Between teaching Year 6 in school and working at home, in my Time Out, I have been able to really enjoy walking in the countryside. I have been lucky enough to enjoy some wild flowers. Also, I was lucky enough to spy a frog in the undergrowth. Perhaps you can spot it in the picture camouflaged in the leaves and twigs. My daughters have been cooking at home too (I would scorch the kitchen so I leave them in charge!) making chocolate chip cookies.
Time Out to do the things we enjoy is so important for our well being. Our Well Being page is really useful to help us look after ourselves.
Answers to Mr McMullen's Logo Quiz
Mrs Burton's Time Out Tuesday.
Summer is really here, last week the temperature in Droitwich was higher than the Bahamas! Many important sporting events take place in summer including the Grand Prix, Open Golf Championships and Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
In addition to all the fabulous tennis, Wimbledon is also famous for delicious strawberries and cream.
Take time out today to try to make as many NEW words from the phrase STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM
Can you make more than twelve words? What is your longest word?
Monday 29th June
Good morning – it’s Mrs Humphries here with your daily update. There is loads going on over the next few weeks from now until the end of term, so I thought I would take this opportunity to keep you up to date.
With the end of this, very unusual(!), term drawing near I am sure that we are all looking forward to the summer holidays and hoping that (if possible) we are able to have a day trip to visit the seaside. However, before we reach this point we have an especially important day happening next Monday – can you guess what it is?
That’s right, it’s Transition Day! As you know, this day is normally an opportunity for you to ‘move up a year’ for a day, allowing you to meet your new teachers and visit your new classrooms or schools. Whilst we can’t do this in the normal way, all of the teachers at Westacre have devised a cunning plan to still enable this to happen but in a slightly different way. As such, we would like to invite you to our Virtual Transition Day next Monday (6th June) where you will still have an opportunity to meet your new teachers and get a feel for the next step of your learning journey. You will be receiving more information about this exciting day later in the week.
I’m sure that another question which is on the tip of all of your tongues is ‘who is my teacher next year?’. If I had a drum, I would be playing a drum roll right now! Today – yes, today – your parents will be receiving an email which will inform you of which class you will be in next year and your teacher or teachers. Most of these names you will recognise, however there may be one or two in there which are new to you. You will get to meet all of your teachers next week at the Virtual Transition Day.
Whilst it is always a little sad to say goodbye to your current teacher and year group, this time of year is also an opportunity to begin dreaming about what you will achieve over the next twelve months of your school life.
If you remember, last Monday Mr Barber challenged you on your knowledge of Westacre from the past year – he also gave you the clue that all answers could be found on the Twitter page (although you would need to check with an adult first that they were happy for you to access this site).
1. In September, our new head boy and head girl spoke at our Open Evening – what are their first names?
Finley and Alexis
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?
Mrs Evans, Mr Barber, Mrs Doolin
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?
Decorate a present, create a paper chain, create a festive t-shirt
8. In December, many of you took part in our annual Christmas variety performance. What was the name of the show?
Westacre World Christmas
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?
Wear house colours
15. In May, our whole school community came together to help create a special school video to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of what?
How did you get on? Were there any questions which just completely stumped you, or did you know the answer like the back of your hand? Well done to all of you who had a go at Mr Barber’s challenging Twitter quiz.
With the weather now definitely showing that we are well and truly in the summer season (except for maybe today!), I’m sure that we have all been spending much more time outdoors than normal. Over the last few weeks, I have been exploring the lanes and fields near my house more than I have ever done before with my family. And now that we are allowed to travel a little further to places where you can still socially distance easily, we have also visited woods which we never even knew existed which are right on our doorstep – I would certainly recommend Shrawley Woods, especially if you fancy a paddle in a stream!
It is easy when you are out on walks to miss some of the wonderful elements of nature as you stroll through a field or wood. Therefore, I would like to challenge you to have a go at my ‘Summer Spots’ challenge. Can you find all of these items over the next week whilst you are out and about? Maybe you could challenge members of your family or friends to see who can find them all first.
It has been lovely writing your daily update and I hope that you all have a lovely week. As always, we look forward to seeing you take on your home learning opportunities with pride and resilience.
Mindful Monday 29th June
Hello Year 5... Mrs Riddleston here...
It has been a real pleasure to read and see all of your super home learning efforts over the past week. I know it is a real challenge to stay motivated as you have been working at home for so long.
We are really looking forward to preparing for our Virtual Transfer Day on Monday 6th July. On that day you will have the chance to visit the Year 6 Year Grouo Page to have a taste of what it will be like in Year 6.
Until then we want to encourage you to keep going and to show lots of resilience and continued readiness to learn for the rest of your time in Year 5.
One of the things that helps us to look after our mind and well being is to create things. Cooking can be a relaxing and enjoyable activity (especially as it can have delicious results!) We know that many of you have already spent some time in the kitchen during lock down and you have made us all very envious of your scrumptious looking creations.
Today we have included a basic biscuit recipe for you to try. Perhaps you can adapt it to include your own flavours and decorations? We look forward to receiving pictures of your efforts if you have the chance to make them for yourselves.