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’)
Autumn Term 2017
14th November : KS2 Primary Maths Challenge
The most able mathematicians in Years 5 and 6 took part in the Primary Maths Challenge. This challenged them to think differently to normal maths lessons. Well done to all the pupils that took part showing excellent resilience. An extra well done to the pupils who achieved a bronze, silver or gold certificate for their high scores.
Try the question below:
Monday 13th November: KS2 Inspirational Speaker
Jim Gump - Marathon Runner and Motivational Speaker spoke to KS2 pupils and took them for running activities on Monday afternoon.
Monday 9th October: Year 5 Maths and Literacy Morning for Parents
We were delighted to see so many parents at our maths and literacy morning. Parents and carers were shown how to support their children more effectively and enjoyed learning about the maths and literacy curriculums. The documentation provided at the presentation can be downloaded from the links below.
Year 5 Maths and Literacy Morning expectations and help Year 5 Maths Morning Year 5 Literacy Morning
Friday 15th September: Year 5 Roald Dahl Day
On Friday the 15th of September, Year 5 took part in our annual Roald Dahl day to introduce our literacy unit. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day, producing fantastic work. The outfits were spectacular! Well done Year 5!
Summer Term 2017
Week Commencing 3rd July: Year 5 Activity Week
The year 5 pupils thoroughly enjoyed the Activity Week on the theme of India. The pupils had a chance to explore the geography and history of the country, as well as the different religions. Through art, they focused on painted elephants, Mehndi Henna patterns and Rangoli Patterns produced with chalk as well as using lentils and rice.
As part of PE the pupils learnt to Bhangra dance and played cricket. We ended the activity week with Indian stories and a massive Indian food tasting session.
Friday 12th May: Trip to Blackwell Adventure
Although the weather looked a bit daunting in the morning, the rain managed to hold off for the day until we were boarding the coaches to come home! This meant we could take full advantage of the outdoor activities and really get stuck into some great challenges.
There was certainly an air of nervousness on the way to Blackwell as many children knew they would be doing activities they had never done before and that were quite scary, however we are so proud of the children as they all gave their best effort to challenge themselves and take themselves to new heights. Activities included: a 3G swing, abseiling, zip lines, archery and team building challenges. A big well done to all the Year 5 children for giving their best effort! We would also like to commend the Year 5's on their excellent behaviour throughout the day; they were a real credit to Parkside.
Year 5 Learning Journey 2016-17