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!
Here's is some more of the marvellous work produced by our year five children this week. Keep up the good work everyone!
Finally, here is George's diary entry, as we both enjoyed reading it so much!
Friday 24th April
You wouldn’t believe the day I had today! I was sitting down at the oak dining table, eating dinner with Mother. All of a sudden there was a loud but eager knock at the front door. Mum and I leapt up to answer it and as we were doing so wondering who it could be. “ Well it cant be the milkman the boy from the grocer or Dad so open the door and see who it is!” Exclaimed Mum. I tentatively opened the door and standing in the door way was a huge golden, striped … tiger!
I jumped back, startled by our guest. It gave a warm smile and by that , I knew it wasn’t going to hurt us. Next it spoke in a voice a stately home owner might have. “Please forgive me if I scared you but I am feeling particularly peckish and I was wondering if I could have tea with you.” The tiger looked at us with a look of longing and pleading in his eyes. Then mother stated “ Of course! Come in, come in, you must be absolutely starving!”
The tiger sat down on the chair nearest the cupboards. He had a neat handkerchief wrapped around his tail that he grabbed and placed on his lap. He asked us, “May I Please have one of those sandwiches, they look delicious!” and we did. But instead of taking one, he ate every one that was on the plate! Next he asked us, “ooh those buns look very tasty! may I have one of them?”
“One of them?” I asked suspiciously.
“Yes please.” He stated , not knowing what I had meant. So we passed him the buns and yet again … He ate the whole plate! Next Mum asked,” Would you like a drink?” And the tiger, without asking, grabbed the teapot and the milk jug and drank them both in one gulp! But he still didn't seem satisfied.
Next he rose from his chair and moved to the cupboards and started rummaging around in them. What would he eat next? The bread or potatoes maybe? But instead, he pulled out all the packets and tins and devoured them three at a time! I brushed my cheek with his soft tail, as if to calm him down. But that didn't stop him from going for …… DADDY'S BEER! Now we were in trouble. If that tiger drank all the beer, Dad would be fuming! Then I wondered where all the beer had gone because guess who drank it. Surprise surprise, it was the tiger. Finally he shouted, “ Thank you for the wonderful meal! And slammed the door behind him.
Me and Mum didn't know how we were going to get by without all of their supplies. All of a sudden there was another knock at the door. “It better not be that greedy tiger again!” Growled mum. It was dad! As soon as we walked in the door we explained to him absolutely everything that happened, from the tiger coming to the tiger going talking about every little detail. “ well it is a lot to take in but why don't we eat at the local cafe for the night?” Exclaimed Dad happily. I punched the air ecstatically. The cafe served my favourite dinner in the whole entire world! It was; sausages chips and … ICE CREAM!
The next morning, Me and Mum walked to the shop to buy supplies. Remembering the havoc with the tiger, I bought an extra large tin of tiger food for If he ever came again.
But he never did.
Our year fives have made us unbelievably proud this week! They're in a strange situation being at home instead of school; they're using new websites, new apps and trying to learn in new situations. Parents are juggling working from home, working nights and homeschooling children of different ages, as well as getting to grips with all the new technology too. The work the children have produced has been of a great standard and they've even found ingenious ways of submitting the maths, which we know is a bit fiddly to do on Seesaw! Along with all this, they've been cooking, baking and being creative in so many other ways! We had so much work to share already, that we thought we'd do a bonus blog this week. We're looking forward to seeing more in the coming days, and particularly to seeing the writing that they've all been working on!
I'm sure for all of us that this has been the strangest Easter in our lives so far! We know many of you have had to postpone all sorts of lovely plans, and some of you have been celebrating birthdays very differently to expected. However, your families have certainly been imaginative and Y5 have been getting up to all sorts of weird, wacky and, most importantly, fun activities! Below are a small selection of the photos that we've thoroughly enjoyed receiving from you.
Keep up the amazing work (both children and parents) and please keep sending the photos in. We are all missing our children immensely and every image that comes through on Class Dojo puts a big smile on our faces :-)
Stay home. Stay safe. Have fun!
Mrs Mundy and Miss Gallagher
Well, I have to say it has been a funny week. I know, just as many of you are, Mrs Mundy and I are finding it a little strange to adjust to this new way of working. I'm glad that the sunshine showed up and hope that many of you managed to enjoy it.
Firstly, can I say a huge thank you for how amazing you were in the run up to the temporary closure. You made getting things ready and organised so much easier.
Next, I want to say a huge well done for tackling the tasks we have set you so far! It is lovely that we are both starting to get pictures of you at work in your new 'classrooms'. You are showing us how resilient you can be and that you take everything in your stride.
This blog is going to be used to help us all keep in touch and catch up with what each other has been doing. We will update it weekly and share new posts on Class Dojo. It will also continue to be an area of celebration for your hard work, effort and achievement. We need you to remember just how amazing you are so please keep sharing your work and achievements so we can share them!
To those of you who are still in school - I am going to try and get pictures through the week of what you've been up to too.
Please see a snippet of what Year 5 got up to in the first week learning at home. Remember, to keep it up but also use some of the time to explore new things and time for you as well!
Miss you all and can't wait to see all your faces as soon as possible. Take care, look after yourselves and each other and remember to listen to your adults.
Miss G x
Barnsley Football Club spent a morning with Y5 last week! We learnt how to eat healthily and how much exercise we should be getting. We also learnt some fun games for playtimes and lunchtimes that will keep us fit and healthy!
Year 5 Blog
Miss Levitt, Mrs Mundy, Mrs Tadajewski, make up the Year 5 team.