Welcome to St Peter's Year 5 class page.
Our names are Miss McKeogh and Mrs Eaton. We work together as a team to make sure every day in school is as enjoyable for the Year 5 children as we can possibly make it.
We are looking forward to getting to know your children and watching their development this year. You can see below our end of year expectations for your children. Please keep a close watch on this page for new photographs and snap-shots of your children's wonderful work and learning!
Thank you for your continued support,
Year 5 teacher
Just a reminder of some dates for your diary:
Children are encouraged to read at home each night. Reading books can be changed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children should have their Reading Records in school on these days so their reading progress can be monitored.
Homework is given every Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday.
The children will have P.E each Monday and Friday. Please remember that children should also have a school tracksuit as well as their shorts and t-shirt - this will be required in the weeks to come as the temperature starts to drop!
COMPETITION TIME- EASTER GARDEN
Can you make an Easter garden this week at home?
Do not go to the shops but use objects you have already in your house or garden. Try to be creative and create a garden which shows what Easter means to you.
Take a photo of your garden and send it to Mrs Clinch by email-Year3firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send your photos by Friday 10th April
I will post the winning gardens on the website on Easter Sunday!
Questions about the Coronavirus book
The Grufallo illustrator Axel Scheffler has teamed up with experts to create a free book to explain what the Coronavirus is for children. It aims to answer questions for children between five to nine year olds and help them to understand what they are going through right now.
Beginning Monday 20 April, BBC Bitesize will publish daily online lessons for all ages. We'll also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer
Maths factor is an online maths resource for children 4- 12 years old. The resource is currently free due to Covid 19. Register for free and your child will have access to daily maths sessions and games.
Covid-19 TIME CAPSULE
We are all living through history. Here is something to use to remember it. We can create a keepsake of this time for us to look back on. Print it off and fill it in :)
Epic is a great online reading resource.
Year 5 love reading and sadly due to many public buildings beginning to shut, children may not have access to a variety of books. I have signed up the children to Epic which provides children with hundreds of books from all genres along with quizzes, It is crucial that over the next few weeks your child reads as much as possible to ensure the love of reading they have developed continues to flourish.
Below are instructions on how to access your child's account.
Please note: On the instructions below you will notice that Step 3 says 'Select your child's name and you're in!' Your child will also be required to enter a pin. Their pin is the same 2digit password they use for Purple Mash but repeated. So if your child's purple mash pin is 34, their epic pin will be 3434.
Read as much as possible. Reading is so important!
To access on a Laptop or Chrome book:
New website to help with English. I will assign some English work on here. Please click onto this link and sign up. Use only you first name and first letter of last name. eg- Jennifer K.
Live lessons online-
Joe Wicks- 9am
Jane Considine's Super Sentence Stacking session
Planbee live science lesson 11am
Body percussion 11am
Rock kids 2pm
PHSE- Self esteem, mental health, live songs and exercise.
David walliams one audio story a day
Below is the link for the purple mash log in.
Below are a few websites which are useful during school closure.
TWINKL- Free educational resources
TWINKL have created a code for parents to access all TWINKL resources for free for one month from the day the account is created. You just need to visit the above link, create your own account using an email address and insert the code UKTWINKLHELPS
They have a number of really helpful guides, designed for parents, for different areas of the curriculum. Their dedicated Parents' Hub contains hundreds of educational activities designed for use at home.
Reading- Oxford Owl
As a parent/guardian, you can sign up for free to the Oxford website and will gain access to their full eBook library (which has over 100 eBooks). These books can be used alongside any other reading books the children may have at home. More information will be coming regarding the use of this website.
The above link will take you to the Pobble 365 website. There will be a picture on the homepage each day as a stimulus for writing. There are questions underneath about the picture to get creativity flowing and a suggested genre of writing for children to do. All past pictures are available from the calendar under 'Pick a day'.
This is a great site for fluency in maths for Years 3-6. There are many resources with arithmetic questions based on previous SATs test papers and YouTube videos associated with some of the content to guide children through.
Fun educational resources available for 3 years old to 11 years old
Crickweb- free online education resources and games available from Early Years- Year 6.
ICT Games- a tablet and desktop friendly free resource to support primary-aged children in maths and English.
PhonicsPlay is currently free to use. Children can use the site at home without parents needing to subscribe. All you need to do is log on using the following details:
Username: march20 Password: home
Children will be familiar with this website which gets them engaged in computer science. Tutorials are available and children work through at their own pace. The games Lightbot and Angry Birds are a favourite!
What have you been getting up to at home?
Passion play songs
Over the past few weeks, the children have been working very hard putting together the songs for the Passion Play.
GIven the uncertain situation at present, we didn’t want the children’s efforts to go unseen. Whilst they’re still a working progress, we are sure you will agree that they sound beautiful.
Below is a recording of a song from the passion play. Please could you encourage your child to learn the words to this tune. Thank you.
British Science Week
As part of British Science Week, we have been carrying out practical Science investigations across school. As part of our work on forces, we investigated what makes zip wires so fast. We discussed friction and how different materials can slow objects down as they move across them. We designed and constructed carriages to hold passengers and tested them moving along different cables to find out which design was best and which cables produces the most and least friction. Have a look at our investigation here!
Today we listened to the Planets music and created our own pieces. Please listen.
This half term, we have been listening to and analysing Holst’s Planet suite. Today, we created our own pieces following instructions from the planet we chose. We picked our own instruments and worked together to create our own planet pieces.
See below a few compositions.
In our Science Lessons this week, we have been exploring how craters are created and whether the mass of an object affects the size of a crater.
Last half term we wrote persuasive leaflets to encourage people to visit Middleton’s places of interest. Our local council were so impressed with this work that we were asked to make a presentation for their upcoming meeting. Have a look at our video below (and yes, it was quite a windy day!).
As part of our work on foods from around the world, we planned a pizza that would appeal to younger children. We worked in pairs and thought about the look of the pizza as well as what toppings they might prefer.
We asked the children to rate our pizzas for appearance, smell and taste before we got to take a bite ourselves!
Class Assembly- Oliver with a Twist
Over the past few weeks, we have been studying the novel Oliver Twist in our English work and have learnt how the poor lived in the Victorian Age. The author, Charles Dickens, was sent to work in a factory aged just 12. He never forgot how awful his time there was and later, when he was a successful author, he wrote Oliver Twist to show people what life was really like for some children.
In our English lessons, we have focused on the features of playscripts and how the personalities of characters can be shown through their words and actions. We adapted the novel into a playscript, writing our own scenes. Therefore, some of the characters will be played by different actors in each scene.
Take a look at some of our pictures!
In our science work today we have been exploring solubility. We tested different materials and predicted which would dissolve in water. We also looked at separation with different liquids.
Tom Gates Live
Today we visited Manchester's Opera House to watch a live version of the books which many of our children are familiar with. Tom Gates Live brought all of his doodling magic to life in a fun 2-hour tale about Tom, his family and friends.
We are hoping that this will inspire us in our own performance of Oliver Twist next week!
This week we have been learning about the Jewish Passover celebration in Religion and the story of Exodus.
Today we were very lucky to have two visitors who were able to share the symbols of their religion with us and teach us more about some of the customs of their faith.
Today we performed the two poems we have been learning in front of the school. Take a look at a video of our performance here!
Middleton Heritage Walk
Today we spent the morning looking at some of the historical sites in the local area, which we will use for the persuasive leaflets we are writing in English.
We walked up the 24 steps which L.S. Lowry painted, saw the grammar school, St. Leonard's church, Jubilee Park, the library, Redcroft, the home of famous architect Edgar Wood, and Long Street's Methodist church.
I'm sure we'll all sleep well tonight after all that exercise!
In Science we are learning about the different properties of materials. Today we have planned and carried out our own investigations into which materials are the best insulators. We tested different materials and discussed ways we can make future experiments even fairer.
Anglo Saxon Day
What a great day we’ve had with Aethelwulf, learning all about life during the Anglo Saxon period! We tried on clothes, played games, improved our battle skills and learned about their everyday lives. Take a look at some of the things we did below.
As part of our work on the Anglo-Saxons, we have been learning about how they lived and worked as a community. We researched jobs which people had within the village and what their buildings were made from and used for.
As a challenge, we had just 30 minutes to make a model village using the materials we were given with some interesting results! Take a look at our creations below.
Some apps that let you create your own spelling lists. (Some have a cost.)