Windmill Hill 2018
Just a reminder that there will be a Windmill Hill presentation next week on Wednesday 15th at 6.30 in the main hall should you want more information about the year 6 residential trip for 2018.
The year 6 staff will be showing videos and photos from previous residential trips and giving information about the week including information about: the types of activities that they will be doing, what they need to bring, meals (including dietary requirements) and a rough outline of the week. There will be opportunities to ask questions as well. We encourage the year 5 children to come along with parents as they will also benefit from finding out more about this exciting venture!
We hope you have an enjoyable and restful half term week. The children have clearly been very busy with their homework projects! We have been blown away by the huge array of work being brought into school. Staff have thoroughly enjoyed sampling the Space bakes, we’ve seen 3D rockets and mobiles, creative poetry and really inventive games. Thank you for supporting your children with this.
This half term, our topic based learning is all about Space. It’s great to be having so much extra Science this half term but don’t want to give too much away to the children at this moment in time about what’s to come!
In English, we have begun by embedding ourselves in poetry – all about the Moon. The children have really impressed us with their ability to unpick poet’s language and the impact these words and rhymes have on the reader. They have also written their own poems – The Space Collector – and have written their own mnemonics to remember the planets in the correct order.
New PE Days
5H now have Dance on a Tuesday afternoon whilst 5P and 5C have dance on a Wednesday afternoon.
All Year 5 classes are having Hockey on a Friday morning for the whole of this half term. It is very cold out on the field for an hour and also a little muddy! Please make sure your children have lots of layers to keep them warm (gloves, hat and scarves are welcome too as the term continues) and a carrier back for muddy trainers as well.
The Year 5 Team
It was lovely to meet so many of you at parents evening. Mrs Poole sends her apologies for the cancelled appointments from Monday 16th October and will catch up with those parents after half term.
Yellowstone National Park
The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Yellowstone National Park in English. They’ve written the most amazing persuasive leaflets about the destination. Look out for these – copies are coming home soon for you to give feedback!
Half Term Homework
Please see the half term homework project details attached below. Projects are due in on Friday 3rd November. We can’t wait to see the children’s creations (and maybe taste some too).
In Art, the children have been creating North American weaves. They’ve thoroughly enjoyed building their frame using sticks from the school grounds and then creating patterns with coloured wool. Here are a few examples.
Wishing all the children a restful and enjoyable half term,
The Year 5 Team
In PSHE, the children have been exploring their community. They have been learning about the differences between central government funded and local government funded amenities. This has been followed by some Maths work, where the children had to prioritise what they thought money should be spent on. It turns out, our children are very passionate about war memorials! Another lesson involved creating art work pieces to represent favourite places within Basingstoke. Below are just a few examples of the beautiful work created.
We are delighted to announce that Mrs Poole is expecting her first child – due February 2018. Mr Applegate is already working on finding a replacement teacher so that there will be a smooth transition for all involved.
Please ensure your child has a named water bottle and coat with them every day.
The Year 5 Team
Welcome to Year 5
What a lovely start to the new school year, the children in Year 5 have made. They have settled well into their new classes, making many new friends and re-establishing friendships from Year 4.
In English, the children have thoroughly enjoyed using drama to enrich their understanding of North American animals. These are the main characters we’ve been reading about in traditional stories, which portray many different morals. Next week, the children will be applying their learning in order to plan and write their own animal fables.
The maths focus over the last two weeks has been on securing the use of formal written methods for addition and subtraction. The children have also been expanding their place value knowledge up to one million and then applying this to multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
How can you help?
The children are writing a spelling sentence in their learning logs each week to support them in securing various spelling rules being taught in class. Please encourage your child to practise these at home.
MyMaths and Bug Club are up and running alongside the children’s weekly maths homework.
Mrs Poole, Mrs Happy & Miss Cox
BY CHLOE, YEAR 5 WEBREP
MAD HAIR DAY!!!!!
On Thursday 16th February 2017, all of Year 5 – even the teacher assistants and teachers – made their hair go crazy. We all did this because in our year group we have a girl called Chloe (not me) that has Alopecia. An author called Sue Hampton came in and told us how she coped with Alopecia and how she became an author. After school, she was selling and signing her books to all of the children/adults at our school.
What is Alopecia?
Alopecia is a condition that makes your hair fall out. There are different types you could get – although it is not contagious – it runs through the family.
1) Alopecia Areata (AA) is when you have patchy bits of hair on your scalp.
2) Alopecia Totalis (AT) is when you lose all your hair on your scalp.
3) This the one sue has…
Alopecia Universalis (AU) is when you lose all your hair on your entire body – even you eyelashes and eyebrows.
There are a few others types as well……………
All the year groups and classes have been thinking about ‘Growth Mindsets’. At the start of Growth Mindset Week some year groups wrote down what we thought ‘Growth Mindsets ’ meant and what it was. We all had different ideas including: one test of all the subjects, thinking about things more deeply, etc!
None of us knew what it was but our teachers told us that we would begin to find out throughout the week. Also they told us that it wouldn’t just be for this week only, but that it was like ‘Anti – Bullying Week’ where we thought
about it a lot in one week but then carried on thinking about it at other times as well.
Throughout the week we all did many different activities about growth mindsets and fixed mindsets.
One of the things we learnt about was what all the different parts of the brain are and what they do.
We also designed a pit that you fell down if you had a fixed mindset – you always thought and said negative things – but if you had a growth mindset – where you always thought and said positive things you could climb back up.
Also we had a set of statements and had to work out whether they were from a growth mindset or a fixed mindset.
INTERVIEW WITH MRS HAPPY
Click the icon to find out more about her…
In art, we have been learning how to weave. We started by using paper and card. Next we learnt to weave using wool and twigs. We could choose whether we wanted to make a cross (with 2 twigs), or a rectangular/square shape (with 4 twigs). Also, we learnt that, to do a rectangular/square shape, you 1st need a warp (using lengths of wool), then wool to weave in and out of the warp. For the cross, we would go over one twig, wrap the wool around it, then go under the next twig and so on until we had done it for most of the cross/twigs…….