Spring Term 2019
Year 5 and 6 - Battle of the Bands - April
Well done to all the pupils that have taken part in the second ‘Battle of the Bands’ on TT Rock Stars. Well done to all the pupils who have battled!
The winning bands were: Sausage and Math, Wild Adding Guppies, Maroon 5 Squared, Red Hot Chilli Numbers and Ninja Nuttalls. With Year 5 beating Year 6 again!
See below for the full results and highest earners in each band (Rock Star Avatar names!)
Next battles to commence in the Summer term. Watch this space!
Keep practising and visit the ‘Studio’ as well as the ‘Garage’ – remember we are still battling against local schools and need to lower the Parkside School average. Good luck everyone!
Watch Out Sharks About!
On Friday 1st March, KS2 welcomed White Socks Theatre Company into school for a Theatre in Education performance. Their show, ‘Watch Out Sharks About!’ explored the dangers of illegal money lending, in the format of a game show. Pupils were active participants during the performance and were challenged to use their numeracy skills whilst exploring this topic. The performance raised awareness of the importance of financial management and how to live within a budget. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the performance and commented on how they learned more about managing money in the future.
Year 5 and 6 - Battle of the Bands
Well done to all the pupils that have taken part in the first ‘Battle of the Bands’ on TT Rock Stars. An overwhelming response from the pupils with 250 of them making the leadership board and a few competitive teachers!
The winning bands were Sausage and Math, One Division, Rocktagons, Number Souls and Ninja Nuttalls. With Year 5 beating Year 6.
See below for the full results and highest earners in each band (Rock Star avatar names!)
The next battles commence on 20th March.
Year 5 Production - 12th and 13th February
This term Year 5 have been studying The Ancient Greeks in Learning Journey and recently put on a fantastic performance of 'Heroes of Troy' for parents, it was a real success. We are incredibly proud of all the hard work the children have put into this production and hope you all enjoyed it!
Year 5 Learning Journey
To launch the current learning journey project, the Year 5 pupils travelled back in time to Ancient Greece. The classrooms were transformed into archaeological dig sites. They were given tools and were set the task of sifting through sand to uncover replica artifacts. Once discovered, they then had to research, using given facts, what the item was and how it was used.
Autumn Term 2018
Year 5 and Year 6 participated in a Reindeer Run on Friday 14th December to raise money for Mary Stevens hospice. We raised over £400 for the hospice and all pupils were engaged and extremely enthusiastic about the event. Thank you to all parents and pupils who donated money to the hospice.
Trip to British Museum
On Thursday 15th November, Year 5 embarked on a journey to London to explore the British Museum. After arriving at school bright and early, they boarded the coach and made their way there. Once inside, they were surrounded by fascinating artefacts and things to see. They explored Ancient Egypt and saw real mummies as well as the beautiful artwork and carvings of the Ancient Egyptians. They also learned a lot about the Vikings by studying many objects which have been found from that time such as weapons, armour and jewelry. The Ancient Greek pots were another wonder to see in real life, and the children were able to understand which types of pots had which uses and how artwork added so carefully. Now back at school, the children have a strong basis of knowledge with which to continue their Learning Journey studies. All children demonstrated impeccable behaviour and were a real credit to the school. Well done on a fabulous trip, Year 5!
Learning Journey Geography Project
Three fine examples of the homework of Year 5 have created this term for the Geography project as part of their Learning Journey studies. The ‘World Map’ is by Liam Godoy-Pastran, the 'France Booklet' is by Alfie Simpson and 'Canada' is by Madelyn Williams.
Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
On the afternoon of the 28th September we hosted a Year 5 coffee afternoon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Pupils brought in cakes from home and then parents, carers and relatives were invited in to enjoy the lovely treats. It was a huge success and we raised over £450! Thank you so much to everybody involved.
Below: Year 5 baking cookies in the food room for the Macmillan Coffee Afternoon.
Year 5 Maths and Literacy morning
Thank you to all the parents/carers and other family members that attended the Year 5 Maths/Literacy morning. The morning hopefully allowed you to experience the year 5 learning environments, as well as understand the expectations of year 5 Maths and English. All resources are available here, for those unable to attend due to other commitments.
Roald Dahl Day
On Friday the 14th of September, Year 5 celebrated Roald Dahl day with an array of costumes and activities in school. Thank you so much to parents and carers for their help with these incredible costumes and well done to Year 5 who created some fantastic work to kick-start their new Roald Dahl English topic.
Summer Term 2018
Monday 9th July - Year 5 Induction Evening
Thank you to all the Parents who attended the Year 5 Induction Evening.
Full details of this event can be found in our Year 5 Information Evening document.
Year 5 Trip to Blackwell
120 Year 5 pupils braved the rain and descended upon Blackwell Court for a day of outdoor education. Not put off by the weather all the pupils took part in 4 mentally and physically challenging activities during the day. These activities included archery, zip wire, climbing, fan descender, 3G swing & create stack.
Thankfully after lunch the weather improved (slightly) and we enjoyed a dry afternoon. The pupils gave 100% throughout the day and their conduct was impeccable. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all. Well done Year 5!
Year 5 Inspiration Day
On Tuesday 15th May, all Year 5 pupils took part in an inspiration day to launch their new Learning Journey topic titled ‘Come Over to Mayan Place’.
An outside Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) company came in to deliver a hands-on workshop which required extreme teamwork and listening skills to create a giant Mayan temple.
Children started by making a small triangle with only three sticks and three elastic bands. They then got into groups of 4, joining all of their triangles together. Following this, they made bi-pods and tri-pods, in varying sizes. In addition, pupils made a square from 4 long sticks, using triangulation to strengthen the corners. Finally, the groups fastened their structures together, until they had made a huge Mayan Temple (measuring 6m squared and standing 4m high) whicheven included steps to the top.
The pupils are truly inspired, as they begin their Mayan Learning Journey.
Spring Term 2018
Practical Maths Stay and Play
On Friday 23rd March class 5JP opened their doors to parents, for a Practical Maths Stay and Play. The pupils spent many lessons planning and preparing for the event, organising mathematical activities to showcase to their parents. It was an amazing event; pupils and parents enjoyed themselves thoroughly!
Year 5 Shakespeare Week
On the 15th of March, Year 5 celebrated Shakespeare Week with a range of Shakespeare themed lessons to help introduce them to the world-famous writer. The children produced some excellent work and enjoyed their day. Well done Year 5!
Year 5 Trip to the Black Country Living Museum
On Friday 9th March, Year 5 took a journey into the past to experience what life would have been like during the Industrial Revolution. At the Black Country Living Museum, we were greeted by Roger, who told us all about what life was like during these times and helped us explore. It was really interesting to see people dressed as they would have done in the 1800s, see real Victorian types of transport and be able to visit real houses and shops from history.
During the day, we boarded a long canal boat which took us on a tour of the limestone mines. It was fascinating to see how people travelled and how goods were transported before the invention of other types of transport. Some of us were able to have a try at, ‘legging,’ where we lay on the sides of the boat and used our feet on the walls of the tunnel to push the boat along. It was hard work! We also had the chance to walk down the cobbled streets, step inside the houses and meet people who used to live there. They taught us a lot about what life was like and it definitely made us appreciate what we have today! Some of the shops were very interesting; we visited the hardware store where we learnt how to wash and iron clothes in olden times, the chemists to see what treatments people had when they fell ill and of course the tempting cake and sweet shops. Finally we were shown some of the games children used to play during Victorian times and had a go at playing with a hoop and stick, hobby horse and skipping rope. It was really valuable to experience these activities for ourselves and we found them a lot of fun.
Our visit to the Black Country Living Museum was wonderful and really brought to life the history we have been studying during our Learning Journey lessons.
Visit to Diglis Miniature Railway
On Tuesday 30th January, we took a group of 11 Year 5 pupils to Diglis Miniature Railway in Worcester as part of our current Industrial Revolution project focusing on trains. While we were there, pupils were given a talk about train technology and shown parts of a steam engine. They were then given the opportunity to ride on the five different miniature trains that they had available, some electric and some steam. After a bit of practice and a tutorial given by the engineers, pupils were then allowed to drive the trains themselves, controlling the speed and blowing the whistles. We are planning on using this experience to help us to prepare a pitch for staff at the Black Country Museum when we visit on 9th March where will be trying to convince them to build a miniature railway within their grounds. All of the pupils and staff had a fantastic and memorable experience and the pupils’ behaviour was exceptional throughout. A special thank you to Worcester and District Model Engineers!
KS2 66 Times tables Competition: Record time broken!
Well done to all those pupils that have improved their times table scores and times again, since October. 82 pupils managed to answer all 66 questions correctly, with another 39 pupils only losing 1 or 2 marks. Last year’s record of 1 minute 3 second was broken by Ben in year 5 with an amazing 1minute! (That is more than a question a second – amazing!)
Remember this basic skill is extremely important across the curriculum. In lessons, most groups are currently working on multiplication and division or starting fractions – times tables and division facts are everywhere in these topics. Keep practising for the next competition. (See links in Maths Homework Support to ‘Hit the Button’)