We have had a fantastic week planning our own investigations for Science Week. Some of us made slime, some made oobleck and some of us made our own volcanos to investigate. We also wrote our own secret messages using invisible ink!
A big thank you to Archie's dad for visiting our class this morning to tell us all about his job as a Director of Programme Management. It was really interesting to hear about the different projects he looks after around the world.
As part of our weekly review, we hold book auctions to persuade our class to read a book of our choice. We try to convince as many people as possible that our book is the best book - without giving away the ending! This summer, we will be having a book auction tournament. in class to see who can come up with the most persuasive book review. Names will be picked out of a hat to choose our competitor each week.
This term, our class book was chosen by our librarians, Murron and Thomas. Following a visit to school by the author E. R. Reilly, we have picked Rashnu to read.
Rashnu is the richest prince in the whole wide world. He is so rich that Rashnu has the world's most expensive jewel in his turban. Although Rashnu is very rich he is also very sad. This is the story of how he searches for friendship and happiness.
Today we looked at all the homework we have done through the past few weeks. There were three topics, English, Maths and Theme/ Science. Three challenges were set in each category. You had to do at least three tasks; one from each category. In the homework celebration, Miss Toward came round the tables and looked at everyone’s homework and she thought their pieces of work were amazing. We could present our favourite pieces of work in front of our tables. Some people helped act out some poems and they were quite good. Michael made a quote 'I think it was really good because we all got to share our work with each other and make nice compliments about the work.'
'I was very interested in your work and it was well presented.' This was a comment by Archie during peer assessment.
By Madeline, James and Thomas T.
Last week, we prepared a class assembly all about our special people. With Mother's Day coming up, it got us thinking about the special people in our own lives and how we can celebrate this day. We also found out some things about the history of Mothering Sunday to share with the school.
We had some entertaining dramas and had chance to show off our lovely cards that we had made to give to our special people. Well done Macaws!
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been learning about writing newspaper reports. We have looked at the key features of this text type, investigated a crime scene and planned our own newspaper reports about the crime.
We went outside to investigate a car that had been abandoned in the delivery car park. In the boot, we found loads of Roman artefacts that we think might have been stolen. We made a note of our observations and then interviewed our suspects: the Year 5 staff! We wrote up our investigation into some brilliant newspaper reports.
After this, we wrote our reports into Newsround scripts ready to perform in class.
On Monday 12th March, we took part in Enterprise Day. We have been working hard over the last couple of weeks to plan our businesses, set our prices and go shopping for equipment for our stall. The theme for Macaws class was Peter Pan, so we thought of loads of ideas to link our stalls to this book.
In our class, we made approximately £33 profit! Well done to all the teams for such fantastic teamwork and a successful day of enterprise!
On Thursday 8th March, we celebrated a belated World Book Day, where we all brought in our favourite books from home. We had fun sharing them with other members of our class and wrote some fantastic ‘Brilliant Book Reviews’ about them.
First, we had a visit from poet Annaliese Emmans Dean who gave us a brilliant assembly, telling us all about her books. She performed a selection of these to us. In the morning, we visited different themed reading rooms and looked at different types of books. These included: poetry, fantasy, picture books, newspapers, animal stories, history books, myths and legends, audio books, comics and Roald Dahl stories. Some children were lucky to go out with Annaliese to a workshop to develop their poetry writing skills.
We all had a great day celebrating reading and all the different books we enjoy!
This week at Oatlands, it's been Arts Week! We've taken part in loads of fun activities.
First thing on Monday, we went to a processing clay workshop where we learned the different steps involved in making Oatlands clay. We all got chance to have a go at the different steps. During open hour, we made our own pollen clay sculpture using the sketches we did in our Art lessons with Miss Joseph. We also made our own sculptures based on our designs we created, inspired by the sculptures we saw at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and thought about what we wanted them to represent. On Thursday, we went to a contemporary dance workshop and added our own steps to a routine we learnt.
A big thank you to all of the adults who came in during open hour to see what we've been doing!
In preparation for Arts Week, Year 5 went to visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park to get some inspiration for the sculptures we would be creating. We took part in a workshop where an artist took us to look at different sculptures around the park and got us thinking about what they represent. We enjoyed playing hide and seek at one of the sculptures. Inside, we made our own sculptures out of paper.
Despite the mud and rain (and even snow!), we had a fantastic day and enjoyed looking at all of the different designs.
Over the last few weeks, we have been doing Design and Technology. We started by looking at different buildings in Harrogate then chose our favourite to recreate. Once we’d got our final designs and materials lists ready, we were able to start constructing.
We worked together in teams to saw wood for the frame, attach them together and design the sides for our buildings. Finally, we made the switch and circuit using our learning from Science to light our buildings up. The finished products were impressive!
This week, we have had a Christmas afternoon where we made our calendars for 2018. Following the Victorian theme we've had in Year 5 this term in English, we created a silhouette of our side portraits and then decorated the backgrounds to make them look even better. We hope everyone at home likes our calendars for next year!
On Thursday 7th December, Year 5 had a Victorian Day to help us understand Charles Dickens and the Victorian era which we have been doing lots of different types of writing about in English. In the morning, we watched different scenes with characters from the Victorian times including Queen Victoria, Mr Fairfax (a mill owner), Florence Nightingale, Mr Obadiah Pitt (a school headmaster), Fanny (chambermaid) and Bill Sweeney who taught us some Victorian songs. After break, we had a drama workshop where we acted out being people in higher and lower society. In the afternoon, we watched a production of A Christmas Carol and people were chosen to act out parts in the story. We all really enjoyed Victorian Day!
We have been doing a weekly review and looking back at all the things we have done in class over the week. This week, we have thought about the things we have accomplished that we have been proud of. Here are some of the great things we have achieved:
‘I am proud that I am getting my handwriting neater than it was last year.’ Filip
‘I am proud of my maths work this week and all the work I have completed on my own.’ Murron
‘I have finished my book ‘Wonder’ which was really good!’ Daisy
‘I have accomplished reading my book ‘Mr Men Mr Birthday’ from Waterstones which I got on the book club trip.’ Hugo
Kuba and Clara were both proud of themselves for reading new books, and even reading different books at the same time! Lucas and Adam were both impressed with themselves for getting their pen licences recently. We are also holding book auctions in class where one member of the class tries to convince the rest of the class to read a book, without giving away the ending. This week, Clara recommended Wonder which we all thought sounded amazing!
We have been reading Time Travelling with a Hamster as our class novel. In the story, Al’s – the main character - dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was twelve. Al is on a mission to travel back to 1984 in a secret time machine and save his father’s life. All without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer. So far, we are really enjoying this book!
In Macaws, we have been looking at the Nativity and what it means for Christmas today. We worked in teams to create a part of a storyboard showing the events that happened in the Nativity story and thought about what we could write to tell the story. We also worked as a team to create a Nativity scene – some of us made the characters, some of us made mechanisms to make our display move and some of us designed stars that show our hopes for future Christmases. We worked really hard to make our Christmas display look fantastic!
What is the message of the Nativity?
Nativity is the word used for the story of Jesus’ birth. Christians celebrate Christmas by retelling the story of the nativity through plays, church services include carol singing and people give and receive presents and cards. This reminds Christians of the gift of Jesus beginning his life on earth.
SMSC and British Values
This week, it has been Anti-Bullying Week. The theme this year has been 'All Different, All Equal’.
We have been celebrating what makes us, and others, unique and how important it is that everybody feels valued and included in school. The week began with a whole school assembly to launch anti-bullying week.
A highlight of the week was Odd Socks Day where we all wore odd socks to show our individuality!
During circle time, we talked about the different types of bullying and the effects that bullying can have. We also came up with some ideas for how we can help to beat bullying.
In Macaws, we also made our own hand prints representing what makes us unique. It was lovely to see everyone in Macaws celebrating what made them different and talking to each other about bullying, difference and equality. Here are some of the ones we made:
Last week, we learned about Remembrance Sunday and why we wear poppies during this time in November.
On 11th November, one year after the First World War ended, a newspaper announced that it was ‘Peace Day’. When church bells struck 11, people stayed silent to think about the soldiers who had died. Poppies became used as a way to remember soldiers who died in battle.
We took part in an art competition held by 6 Regiment RLC to support the efforts of the Poppy Appeal. We designed a poppy around the themes of remembrance, hope and growth. Here are a few of our fantastic designs!
Welcome to Macaws!
We have had a brilliant start to the new school year and have all settled into our new Macaws class really well! We have got to know each other and our new class routines.
So far, we have listened to the speeches for our pupil voice groups and elected our new Librarians, School Council, Eco Committee, Arts Committee, Sports Crew and Digital Leaders.
We are all looking forward to the exciting things we have planned for our first term in Year 5!