What another fun-packed, fast-paced week that was!
We have learned lots about fractions this week, including multiplying fractions, which Miss Brindley thought was tricky, but we whizzed through our challenges!
In English, we published our own set of super instructions for how to make an anti-witch formula. We were inspired by Roald Dahl's book The Witches, which uses fantastic vocabulary to capture the reader's imagination.
In science, we were learning all about inheritance and we looked at inherited traits that we may have got from our parents. Look at our photos below and see if you can guess what these groups of children inherited...
We have enjoyed a super week, packed full of lots of wonderful learning and we even managed to fit in a visit to Cadbury World. What lucky children (and teachers) we are!
In English, we have looked at instructional texts, after reading about Formula 86 delayed action mouse maker potion from Roald Dahl's The Witches. On Magpie Monday, we studied the features of instructions, including adverbial openers and imperative verbs. We then thought about using new vocabulary to include in our ingredients to our new potion. We learned some exciting new nouns, such as aadvark, vial, legumes and pipette.
In maths, we had an amazing hands on lesson during engage Monday, where we worked out how to represent objects as fractions. Look at our proud faces.
We have enjoyed another super week of learning this week. In English, we have continued to read The Witches by Roald Dahl and have thought about the story from Luke's point of view. We used first person narrative to tell some of the key events in the story through the little boy, Luke's perspective.
In maths, we began the week with a detective challenge that involved us finding clues and cracking a code to solve the case of the myterious shoe thief.
In encompass, we compared climate, geography and every day life in Mexico. We also produced a fantastic corridor display about the novel Holes by Louis Sachar. Look how bright and beautiful our desert display is!
This has definitely been our hardest working week so far this term. We are certainly meeting and exceeding all of the challenges that Miss Brindley has sent our way! In English, which we love, we have produced a guide to spotting Real Witches, as featured in Roald Dahl's classic story, The Witches. We have wowed our teachers by learning year 5 writing objectives including using relative clauses, modal verbs and adverbs to show degrees of possibilty.
Look at our learning journey, as featured on our wonderful working walls:
In maths, we have continued to secure our learning in number and place value; covering counting in powers of 10 up to and beyond a million, negative numbers and Roman Numerals. We were intrigued by the yellow tape on our classroom floor on Monday morning, which we used to learn more about place value.
In encompass, we have learned about deserts, using the text Holes. We were really hooked after reading the first few chapters, so Miss Brindley said we can continue reading it in English next term. We learned some new vocabulary to use when describing a desert, including arid, craggy, parched, desolate and barren.
In science, we researched Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution and produced an informative page all about him. In PE, Miss Brindley put us through our paces in a fitness lesson that aimed to work and strengthen many of our muscle groups.
Another busy but exciting week has come to an end and we are really settling into our new class and meeting the challenges we are set each day.
In English this week, we have been learning lots of new vocabulary to help us to write a character description about witches. We wrote a WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) together with Miss Brindley to display on our working wall.
Some of our favourite vocabulary included: beastly, monstrous, grisly, ghastly, gruesome, grotesque, hideous, repugnant. We published our character description on Friday and we are looking forward to reading our class book.
In maths, we had lots of fun with place value. We practised saying, reading and writing numbers up to 5 million and we were really impressed with ourselves for working with such big numbers!
We were very lucky this week to take part in a Game On workshop with Reveal Theatre Company. In the workshop, we learned lots about racism, which is related ro race, religion or national identity and we discussed the importance of British Values and the Equality Act 2010. Look what fun we had!
What a busy, fun-packed first week it has been! We have had a super time in class and we are so proud of all of the hard work we have put into our presentation, learning and class displays. We started the week by getting to know each other better, so we shared our holiday news and played class bingo, where we had to find different class members who met the descriptions on the bingo grid. We really enjoyed talking to our new friends and finding out more about them.
In English, we have practised perfecting our presentation so that we can earn our new exercise books and our pen licenses. We are so excited at the possibility of writing in handwriting pen in year 5 :)
In maths, we have also practiced our presentation and we have worked with times tables as it is so crucial that we know all of our times tables up to 12x12 in year 5.
In encompass, we have started to learn about Mexico as part of our Hola Mexico topic. We were very excited to take part in our wow day on Friday, which involved us wearing Mexican inspired clothes for the day, learning Mexican dances, playing ancient Mayan instruments, tasting Mexican food and writing Mexican recipes. Look at our photos to see just how much fun we had.
Welcome to Year 5, wonderful Whales :)
Miss Brindley is the Whales class teacher and she is supported by Mrs Mason and Miss Bailey.
We are just making the finishing touches to our new classroom and are really looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning.
See below for Mrs Willis's Whales Class Archive 2016/2017
The end of the school year is nearly here, but year 5 whales have been working exceptionally hard this week.
All whales have have completed a SATs week as a baseline for next year. The childrens' attitudes have been absolutely outstanding and I am exceptionally proud of them all. Their commitment to the tests and their overall attitude shows what a wonderful year 6 class they will make. Their results were also superb and clearly shows how hard they have worked this year on the year 5 currriculum.
Over the summer all all children in class 5 will receive a homework pack. This is for them to continue to practise the skills that they have learned this year, as we all know that 6 weeks is a long time with learning.
On Thursday and Friday this week, the whole school took part in transition days. Fortunately, I have the pleasure of continuing the journey with Whales into year 6 as we become Stingrays. For the past two days, the children have worked on their aspirations, begun to look at our new English topic, Harry Potter, and made display and crafts for out new topic in September 'Hola Mexico!'.
Another busy us week is ahead of us next week as we finish our current learning, and the children have golden time to look forward to.
See you all next week.
Wow! What another busy week it has been in school! We are now into summer 2 and the children are continuing to amaze me.
In in maths this week, we have continued to embed the skills we have learned and now are challenging ourselves to apply these in problems and to answer reading questions. We were observed by Mrs Knowles and Miss Gaskell last week and we have continued to wow the, with our ability, our independence and our determination during lessons.
In writing, we have studied the story The Giants's necklace by Michael Morpurgo. We all loved the story and could identify with the characters emotions. From reading e book, we then wrote a diary as Cherry. We don't think Mrs Willis was very impressed as we wrote up to 7 pages each!
In encompass, we have continued our topic Scream Machine. This week we have investigated gravity including looking at the difference between weight and mass. We have also begun to write a discursive text arguing for and against whether children should be allowed to go on school trips.
We we look forward to our class adventure days next week.
What a busy week it has been in whales class, we are all definitely ready for the weekend.
This is week we have begun our new topic 'Scream machine' based around roller coasters. To begin our learning year 5 and 6 took the children to Alton Towers for an educational workshop. The children all learned about Newtons Laws and used these to help them design, make and test new carriages for a rollercoaster.
The children worked in teams coming up with different designs to determine which carriage would travel,the furthest. The children behaved impeccably and learners lots from the workshop.
They then had the chance to experience some of the roller coasters for themselves, to help us to write poems based on them. The children were extremely brave. We did have a few green faces , but these were mainly from the teachers. It will definitely be an experience that they will remember.
This week week in school has also been health and well being week. They have taken part in healthy eating workshops, looked at personal hygiene and introduced to mental health. The children have also been very excited about the election this week and were extremely eager to watch the new this morning and debating the results.
What a wonderful week it has been.
This week whales class have been working extremely hard to improve their arithmetic scores. They practise their skills each day and hope by the end of the week to improve them. The children are becoming more fluent in all four calculations and working with fractions.
Well done to Malaika Afzal and Dhwani who have score full marks every day. You are now ready for some greater depth challenges.
In english, we have continued to write our own short stories. We have boxed up 'Journey' by Aaron Becker and created our own short adventure. These have been a pleasure to mark. The children are now secure in using all the year 5 standards and are now being to use these effectively for purpose. Keep an eye out for this weeks star writers. I am sure I am going to have a difficult job choosing them.
In encompass this week, we have used scratch on the iPads to begin to make our own programme for the Alchemist. The children have produced a simple algorithm which we will then edit and improve next week.
I would also also like to say a huge well done to all year five whales who went swimming this week. Not only was your behaviour superb, but you showed great courage and determination. It is not always easy over coming our fears but some of you managed to do this. I am extremely proud of you.
We we now have one week left until half term.
'Make every second count' is our quote for the week.
See you on Monday wonderful whales
As we are continuing to use previously taught skills in maths to solve problems, let me know what mathematical concepts you have learned that you would like to revisit. I will then add these to our daily starters to further your understanding. Mrs Willis
Whales class have continued to have a super attitude to learning this week. It has been extremely busy week in school due to SATs but the children adapted extremely well to any changes.
In in English this week, we have continued to focus on our use of punctuation to add detail. On Wednesday the children self- assessed their writing and created their own steps to success to use during edit. We are currently writing stories about a picture book called Journey by Aaron Becker. The child loved watching the trailer for the book and have published their stories today. Next week we will begin to write our own versions of the story amending what happens to the girl.
In maths, we are still developing our mastery skills and reasoning to ensure that we fully understand the Y5 standards. If children would like to practise at home, please do come and get the mastery challenges from our working wall.
Please continue to focus at home on your homework. This weeks homework was disappointing and I know that are your are very capable of completing it. However, if you do find it difficult please come to me and we can go through it together.
Today we we have also begun to design our own board games for our topic. They already look amazing and I can not wait to play them. Please remember to bring in a cardboard book to create your base ready for next week.
Have a lovely weekend and be ready for 4 weeks of focussed learning ready for your transition into year 6.
It has been another busy week in whales class and I can definitely tell that we are getting ready to move into Y6.
The children have come back this half term with superb attitudes to learning and, although, we are only 2 weeks into the term they have already made superb progress.
Our focus this this half term in maths, is to embed all our previously taught skills and begin to use these at greater depth. The children have rose to the challenge this week and have completed greater depth problems on fractions. It has deepened their understanding and most children now are able to explain their learning using the Correct vocabulary. Some children have even been learning how to self and peer assess their learning. Don't forget if you wish to practise learning at home you many use google drive to recap on what you have been taught.
In English, we are continuing to work on our composition and considering the reader when we write. Today we have published our openings to our stories where we enter a portal. Keep a look out for star writers. There may be quite a few.
Next week, we will be continuing to answer great depth questions in maths, writing a story using a book called 'The Journey' and continuing to explore Alchemy Island.
Have a a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday.
wow! I can not believe that we are almost at the end of spring term. The children have shown fantastic attitudes to learning, but we are all nearly ready for the Easter break.
This is week in English, the children have begun to publish their own endings to our novel. These are already looking and sounding great, with children writing nearly 5 pages and we haven't even finished them yet.
In maths, we have continued with our learning of percentages, fractions and decimals with a focus on mastery questions and being able to explain our learning.
We we are nearly at the end of our topic Frozen Kingdom. This week the children have completed their learning about the Northern lights and have begun to complete a discursive writing about Whaling and whether it should be banned. The children have already begun to form their own opinions and have had in depth discussions and why it should and shouldn't be banned.
Next week, we continue to have a busy week in school with testing and publishing our writing.
Have a wonderful weekend.
I can not believe how close we are to half term and how fast this week has gone. As always Y5 whales have shown maturity and excellence at all times.
This week, the children have been observed during our group reading sessions, and they were sensational. In reading, we are working on how to use the text to answers questions and learn new vocabulary. We still need to continue to develop this and homework this week is comprehension, so try to use what you have learned to help you.
In maths, the children have been challenged to work with percentages. The children showed great determination and resilience and although it took us a few lessons, most children are now feeling much more secure with them.
In writing, we are now coming to the end of our novel and are writing our own versions of the end. We are currently focussing on composition and using the Y5 standards with purpose.
Keep a a look out for our star pieces of work.
Have a a wonderful weekend.
Well done to all of Whale class this week. Finally we have not only had the highest KS2 attendance but also everyone was in every day.
100% attendance is absolutely super.
Having 100% has ensured that you have all made super progress this week in English and Maths.
In English, we wrote newspaper reports about The Vanishings that have taken place in our story Varjak Paw.
Keep a look at for Star writers
It was absolutely wonderful to have all the children back in class this week after the half term break. Their mature attitudes are really beginning to show and their attitudes to learning have been impressive as always.
This half term we are continuing with our English topic of 'Varjak Paw' and in Encompass 'Frozen Kingdon'.
The children this week wrote a new chapter about Varjak's Dream. They were a pleasure to read and the children are really focusing on using Y5 standards throughout their writing.
Keep a look out for our Star writers of the week that will be up on Monday. Our focus for next week will be learning to dig deeper in our writing so that the reader knows ever little detail.
We also had the pleasure this week of coming into school in our PJ's for World book day. The children were very excited to continue reading 'Varjak Paw'.
The children read to Y1 children and then in the afternoon took part in drama. The children were given a 'Varjak Paw' script to read and then in groups acted these scenes out. Everyone was absolutely sensational.
One of our foci for Maths this half term will be speed and accuracy in arithmetic. Each day the children will complete a short arithmetic test. Please continue to practise these at home.
See you all next week
Next half term we will continue to work on embedding all the Y5 skills into our writing , but also focusing on the composition of out writing. What aspect of writing are you finding tricky? What skill would you like me to recap? Let me know what help you would like. It will be great to use these as our starters.
What a busy week it has been in Whale class. Your attitudes this week have been superb as usual.
This week we have wrote a re-tell about Varjak's dream, in English. These were a pleasure to mark nd everyone made outstanding progress.
Mrs Knowles, came to look at your learning and she was amazed by the standard that you were producing.
Keep an eye out for Star Writers this week. It was a tough decision.
In maths, we continued our learning on fractions and completed a mini assessment. I am so proud of you all.
We have completed lots of writing tasks this week, including a science write and an encompass write. Your attitudes make me so proud, that even at 2.30 in an afternoon you can produce such lovely work. I will be choosing the most improved pieces to go onto our display.
I ca not believe that we are nearly at the end of the half term. These weeks are flying by.
This week we have all worked extremely hard on achieving positive dojos and making sure our attendance is good.
We still have a bit of work do to on our attendance as it was below 97% this week.
However, as usual your behaviour has been faultless.
On Tuesday, we had a educational workshop 'Alright Charlie'. I was extremely proud of your positive attitude towards such a sensitive issue.
And from this, I know that you have take away some very useful and important information.
On Wednesday, Y5 took a field trip to the Peak district. Although it was cold, wet, windy and at times miserable, you were all amazing. You did not complain about it instead we had lots of fun and some accidents along the way. You make me extremely proud Y5 Whales.
This week the children had the opportunity to become researches for our week on the Polar regions.
The children worked in groups to research one aspect of which they then feedback to the rest of the class. Your team work was super. You all worked well together and this showed with the learning that you produced.
In maths we have continued with our learning on fractions, decimals and percentages. Although at times the learning has been challenging, you have shown resilience. You have never given up and shown super attitudes.
Your writing, in english, this week was so amazing that it was difficult to choose Star Writers. Keep up the good work.
What another busy week we had.
Firstly, I would like to congratulate all the children on their assembly this week. They were simply outstanding. The children learned all there lines, the dances and the actions in 1 session. It was a great way to start our topic all about the Titanic.
Thank you also to all the parents that attended and came into class. It was wonderful to see you here and the children produced some fantastic pieces of learning.
Children, you have been wonderful as always.
WOW! What another busy week it has been!
Year 5 Whales have been amazing as usual.Your attitudes to your learning impress me every day.
This week we have begun our new English Topic - Varjak Paw. We have only read 4 chapters and we are all hooked.
Year 5 Whales , can you write a synopsis of the book? The best one will be posted on our blog this week.
In maths, we have continued our learning on angles and begun to measure them using protractors.
Everyone showed great skill, and even when it was challenging, you never gave up.
We also had a super WOW day on Friday to begin our new topic 'Frozen Kingdom.' And to make it even more special, it snowed for us too.
The children created some wonderful pieces of work on icebergs and have asked many questions that we will try to answer throughout our topic.
Don't forget that it is out class assembly this week.
Wow, what a superb first week back!
This week the children have come back with fantastic attitudes to learning , and I am so proud of them. It is always difficult to come back after a break, but the children have been amazing.
This week we have completed our final chapter on the book Aquila. The children have planned their own stories, drafted them, edited and published their chapters. They were a pleasure to read.
Keep a look out for our star writers of the week.
We have also continued to complete our topic work by creating a secret spy school website.The children worked in teams to plan and design these and then in pairs to create a webpage on weekly.
Well done to the whole class for a superb start to the term.
Christmas is here
Today year 5 whales had the opportunity to sing for the YMCA Christmas service. All children were able to represent Wateriside in our local community.
They sang, away in a manger, Rudolf and Walking in the air and were absolutely amazing. The local minster, shared with the children a story about 'the greatest gift.' From this the children have learned about the importance of family and friends at this time of year and to think of those who do not have family or friends to share this wonderful time with.
We are looking forward to continuing our learning this week on the true meaning of Christmas.
This week has been another busy week in class 5.
In English, we have wrote stories telling the story of a boy who visited the moon, and we have now begun to write our own chapters to the book 'Aquila' by Andrew Norris.
Our writing has impressed Mrs Willis and keep an eye out for our star writers on Monday.
We have also focussed on fractions in maths using lots of skills Mrs Willis has previously taught us.
This half term, we have been very excited about our encompass curriculum. we have learned all about the life of a spy and different technology.
This week we have begun to write our own blogs and build our own websites.
Take a look at our pictures showing this weeks learning.
See you next week.
Today, in class 5 we have been learning about Podcasting.
We had a special visitor, Mr Amyes, who taught us how to pod cast.
We used an app called 'Garageband' to create audio clips of which we then merged together to create a final podcast.
In the afternoon, we then continued to develop our learning and we created a script for a podcast programme called Tomorrows World.
We hope you like some of our finished episodes.
YEAR 5 (WHALES CLASS)
This week in class in English we have been learning about the story La Luna .Throughout the week we created a dialogue for what the characters were saying. We have then begun to write the story, before we edit and publish our writing next week.
In maths we have been learning about multiplication using the short method and the grid method with our times tables to test our knowledge on our times tables .
Also in encompass we have been researching famous spies on the ipads.
By Laibah and Miriam
Last week, as part of our writing topic , Y5 whales wrote Newspaper articles about an unidentified flying object that has been spotted by a bird watcher.
This weeks star writers impressed me for many different reasons.
This week has been Anti-Bullying week at Waterside Primary School. Year 5 have taken part in many activities.
On Monday, we all took part in an Anti-Bullying workshop. We learned about 'What is Bullying?', the different types of bullying and how we can stop bullying.
In class, Mrs Willis taught us all a song called 'The Power in Me'. We thought it was a great song for Anti-Bullying week.
On Wednesday, we look at the phrases 'Power for Good'. We discussed in class the different ways that children, parents and teachers can use their super powers to do good things. We all then created posters to give people advice.
Mrs Willis was extremely proud of us all.
On Thursday, we worked in groups to create Anti-Bullying videos. We use the Ipads to capture freeze frames that told a story. Using Movie Maker, we then produced a short film including text.
On Friday, we researched the different types of bullying. We worked in pairs to create a powerpoint to show our learning.
This week year 5 have started their new encompass topic - Tomorrows World.
To introduce our topic all UKS2 had ca chance to become real spy's at Si5 Spy missions.
To continue our learning back in school, all the children investigated light and how light could be used by spies. They also got the chance to make their very own spy gadget - a periscope.
Why not continue your learning at home and investigate other gadgets that spys might use?