This week, High View were inspired by the book 10 Things I Can Do To Help My World.
In Y5, we watched and read a speech by teenage environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg.
The children wrote and performed their own speeches, which are aimed at convincing the people of Wombwell to take better care for the environment. They really did blow us away with their empathy and passion, as well as their brilliant research and use of emotive language. We definitely have some future "Gretas" among our Y5 cohort!
After five very very busy weeks of home learning, all of our children are ready for a well deserved half term break next week!
Yet another week of Y5 astounding us, this time with their hidden talents! Our work was based around the book "Somebody Swallowed Stanley", which inspired us to think about the impact of plastic pollution and recycling.
The writing task this week was to create a poem, rap or song about the environment, focusing on plastic pollution. The work really blew us away and put tears of pride in our eyes yet again!
Of course, all this writing needed research to get there!
In Design and Technology, Y5 designed and made kites! I think most of them are waiting for a good windy day when they can fly them (following social distancing rules, obviously).
Y5 have been loving using Mr Crossley's PE videos on YouTube, plus adding a few ideas of their own!
There was super problem solving work in maths...
...and comprehension in reading!
Finally, our optional tasks were really popular this week - children designed posters and reusable shopping bags, and created stunning art out of rubbish!
We absolutely loved seeing the photos come flooding in over the weekend of our children celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day! Here are a good selection to make you smile too!
Well, Seesaw just keeps getting busier and busier with the fabulous work the year five pupils are completing at home (and school, for some)! This week our work focused around the book "Oliver's Vegetables", along with VE Day celebrations (analysing the song "We'll Meet Again") and continuing our local area History topic, with a few pinches of maths thrown in for extra flavour!
Today finished with the children submitting their recipes for "Lock Down Survival"! They made us laugh; they made us cry; they made us incredibly proud of our imaginative young people!
We did lots of reading work, evaluating the book "Oliver's Vegetables" and deepening our understanding and inference of "We'll Meet Again".
In history, the children researched the horrific jobs that even very small children had to do down the mines. Most of them decided they didn't really fancy any of the roles!
Maths has continued with more decimals. I think the children will have decimals coming out of their ears by the time they come back to school!
In honour of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the children have been designing "Dig for Victory" gardens (and even planting them in some cases!)...
...baking carrot cookies using a WWII rationing recipe...
...and creating homemade decorations!
All this, and their still fitting in time to exercise, have fun, be creative and celebrate birthdays!
Phew! I think they've earned their three day weekend!
So, Friday was Pyjamarama day! We asked you for snaps of you reading your favourite book. Year 5, you didn't disappoint! It is great to see how many of you are still enjoying to have downtime with a book as a way of relaxing. Please see the gallery below to see if you can spot yourself :)
One of the things that Miss G and I noticed about the story of The Tin Forest was how much we can sympathise with the old man, as his situation has similarities to that in which we currently find ourselves.
Like him, some of us may be feeling lonely and missing our loved ones. We may be dreaming of being somewhere different (no matter how much we love our homes). All these things, along with a lack of normal routine, can make us feel stressed and a little sad at times. It's important that we find ways to make ourselves feel better while we have to deal with lock down.
There are lots and lots of ways that we can do this. We have attached some photos of what we've been doing to keep happy and healthy. These include exercise, being creative, learning new skills, appreciating the different things that make us lucky, finding things to make us laugh and keeping in touch with our loved ones using Skype etc.
This week, our families have been sharing the fabulous things that they have been up to that are keeping them happy and healthy during this difficult time.
With nearly all of our children now accessing work on Seesaw, it's been a busy one for Miss Gallagher and myself! The standard of the work has been fabulous, as you can see from the number of photos we have to share with you!
This week's text was The Tin Forest. Throughout the week, the children completed various reading activities based on the text.
In writing, the children wrote beautiful descriptions of their version of paradise! We started by drawing pictures of our paradise (or creating them in Minecraft!), looking at vocabulary, synonyms and expanded noun phrases, before planning, writing and editing.
Here are two of our favourite descriptions:
In a place not too far from home, high in the clouds where the air is refreshing and the sun often peeps from cotton candy clouds, you'll find me.
From the vast glass windows I can glimpse the rocky mountains and on the Southern side there is what looks like a small village with animals nibbling emerald green grass. Sky blue glistening water flows through the nearby river where occasionally bluetits hop in to drink.
The grassy garden with colourful wild flowers is home to my fleecy Cats delicately purring in the sun shine. Handsome Foxes awake from dozing yawning loudly. The chattering sleek silky dolphins swiftly paddling through the coral reefs can be heard below. If you listen quietly you can hear the rustling of autumn leaves and smell the scent of fresh cut grass.
If you would like to visit me the invite is always open.
The tranquil, tropical sands, rainbow in colour, are struck by a prism of light giving them colour, through day and night. The only sounds around are those of the birds, fish and crabs. No-one is there to hear them but still their song remains. In my paradise near the ocean.
In the deep, warm ocean the sun reflects on the waves and civilisation can not touch them. There are beautiful, aquatic creatures as far as the eye can see. The sky of pink, red, yellow and orange is dappled with sunlight and by night with stars. All around, seagulls squawk their harmonious yet eerie melody. In my paradise near the sea.
You sometimes hear the rustling of the wind against the birds and it is so quiet you can hear the coral creak. You always taste salt and coconuts in my paradise by the bay.
In maths, we've been learning about percentages. We've been wowed by how well the children have picked up this new understanding at home!
In Science, the children learnt different ways of separating mixtures into their different components by completing experiments at home.
For Art / Design Technology, they recycled junk from around their houses into animals!
Geography - we are currently working on a local area study. This week we learnt about the distribution of natural resources, focusing on coal. We thought about why Wombwell may have been built and then grown where it is.
Finally, there were the "optional extras"! Making bird feeders went down really well...especially with the squirrel population of Wombwell!
Year 5 Blog
Miss Gallagher, Mrs Mundy, Mrs Tadajewski, Mrs Alcock, Mrs Fowler and Mrs Charlesworth make up the Year 5 team.