We’re the Macaws!
Welcome to our class
We’re lively and positive, brilliant and bright.
We fly high and make the most of every day!
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”
Peter Pan - JM Barrie
This week, we have been practising our French language skills and have been learning about all things French! We have researched and written a postcard about a visit to a famous landmark in France, recreated a piece of artwork by Seurat using the Pointillism style and created a fact-file about the geography of the country. At the end of the week, we visited the French cafe and ordered food in French.
When we have finished our current book, our new class novel will be The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton. This was one of the books we received from the Book Fair.
It's their first adventure and the Secret Seven super-sleuths are already on the trail of a mystery! The gang are dressed in disguise, following a lead to a spooky old house in the snow...
Solve the mystery!
This morning, we have been celebrating the homework from this half term. The children have been very creative and produced some high quality work. Thank you to all of the parents/carers who have supported their children with the homework. Well done everybody!
Here are some quotes from the children....
Ella about Abigail's homework -
"I really liked your Easter Story because it was informative and just the right size."
Finn about Joseph's homework -
"I liked the book review! It was very colourful and descriptive."
Archie about Eve's homework -
"Spicy periscope! I really like it!"
For World Poetry Day, we went outside to look at the daffodils to give us ideas for our own Spring poetry inspired by Joseph Coelho, the poet we researched on World Book Day. We thought about what we could see, smell, hear and feel to write our own poems. Here are some examples of our work:
A big thank you for your support this year for Comic Relief. All the children looked fantastic in their red outfits today! We raised £239 selling red noses and £281.41 making a grand total of £520.41.
In class, we enjoyed researching the Kilimanjaro Challenge completed by lots of people including celebrities to raise money for Comic Relief.
Year 5 were very lucky to get the opportunity to go to Harrogate Ladies’ College on Wednesday afternoon to watch a performance of The Wizard of Oz.
We enjoyed listening to the orchestra perform some of the famous songs from the show, including ‘Over The Rainbow’ and ‘We’re Off To See The Wizard’. The actors that took part in the production were brilliant and one of our favourite characters was the scarecrow who needed a brain. During the interval, we even got to have an ice-cream. We had a fantastic time and lots of us wanted to watch it again!
For this year's World Book Day, we drew our favourite book covers to be displayed in the classroom. We worked really hard to produce some lovely, vibrant pieces of artwork for our reading corner.
During our English lesson, we watched a poetry masterclass from Joseph Coelho, a poet who has written many poems about nature. We learned about creating simple poems using a leaf for inspiration and put these together to form our own class board about Spring time leaves.
We then went to different themed classrooms where we shared stories from different genres and found out about some new books to read. After this, we completed a 'Bookworm' quiz, designed book tokens and shared our favourite books with our adults in school. Overall, we had a lovely day focusing on reading!
For our Art project, Year 5 have been creating our own self-portraits inspired by Freida Kahlo. We surrounded our self-portrait with objects and words that are important to us. We used iPads to create a Pic Collage then drew these onto a canvas. Then, we used watercolour paints, pastels and poster paint to add colour. We even got to show our designs to our visitors from Craft Aid International.
The finished products look fantastic and the children worked very hard on their designs. Well done, Macaws!
We have all been given a username and password for 'Spelling Shed'. This is a new website which we are trialing for the next few weeks. In our English lesson today, we had a go on the website using our class iPads and enjoyed using the different games to help us practise a range of different spellings. Everyone has put their log-in details into their homework diaries to be taken home.
This week, we have started to read our new class story: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O'Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.
This is our homework menu for the first Spring half-term which is due in on Tuesday 19th February. Many thanks for supporting your children at home with these tasks.
There are also MyMaths activities set up for the children to access linked to what we are learning in class and weekly spellings will be given out at the start of the week.
Happy New Year!
During our first week back after the Christmas holidays, we have been thinking about our New Year's resolutions and how we can use this time to have a fresh start or try something new. We have each written our resolution on a rocket shape which we will put in our new Space themed reading corner.
Just to wish all the children and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
A big thank-you for all of the lovely gifts and cards, it is very much appreciated!
On Monday 17th December, we had two visitors called Richard and Julia who came to our class to talk about World War Two and share stories about somebody who was involved in the war. Richard talked about his father who was a pilot that flew a spitfire. He also had a passion for photography. Richard brought in some photos that his dad took and some pictures of the planes he flew.
While he talked about his dad’s experience in the war, Julia taught some children how to make a world war two make-do and mend rugs. She cut up some old clothes and the chosen children used them to weave in the old flour sacks (that had been cut into squares). We had a great afternoon learning a new skill!
Written by Penelope and Lilly
We worked really hard on our Christmas displays and coloured in different sections. The theme of our displays this year was the Christmas Story. Our class focused on Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and how there was no room at the inn.
Spots was most definitely the theme on Friday! Thank you for your support. We raised £334.20 which we will be sending to Children in Need!
This year, the theme of Anti-Bullying week was Choose Respect.
We have been learning about the different types of bullying, including cyber-bullying and how we can help. In class, we made digital footprints and thought carefully about how we can use technology safely and respectfully. A digital footprint is a trail of ‘footprints’ that you leave behind you every time you go online.
STOP – Take time out before getting involved. Don’t share or like negative comments.
SPEAK – Ask an adult or friend that you can trust for advice. Use the report button for the social media it’s happening on.
SUPPORT – Give the person being bullied a supportive message to let them know they’re not alone. Encourage them to talk to someone they can trust. Give them a positive distraction from the situation.
At the start of the week, it was Odd Socks Day! It was a great opportunity for the children to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!
A big well done to Sophie and Tom who were awarded with a Special Mentions certificate for their hard work this half-term! You have both settled into Year 5 really well. Keep up the hard work!
In the last week, we enjoyed bringing in and sharing our homework with the class. We had all worked really hard on the activities for our homework. Well done, Macaws!
Today, Friday 26th October, a fantastic, musical-theatre inspired House Event took place. Each of the four houses entered a comedy act, a dramatic performance, a song and a dance. The standards were incredibly high and our three judges: Mrs Wilkinson; Mrs Gerry and Miss Barratt had a difficult decision to make when it came to the scores. They each awarded a score out of 10 to the acts, giving a maximum of 30 house points to each act. The Green House were unfortunately unable to enter their comedy act.
The scores were as follows:
A great big ‘well done’ to all the children who entered – they had a huge audience and we were all thoroughly entertained!
We had a wonderful assembly to celebrate Harvest Festival with a special visitor, Reverend Kim, from St Marks. Thank you to her and to all the parents and children for your fantastic support in making harvest donations this year in aid of the Harrogate Homeless Project. Your contributions make an important impact and the donations were gratefully received.
We are currently reading Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian as our class story. It links to our World War 2 theme which we are really enjoying. After half-term, we will be focusing on this story even more as part of our English lessons.
Willie Beech is evacuated to a tiny English village in the country just before the outbreak of World War II. A lonely and deprived child, he finds himself living with the reclusive, gruff old widower, Thomas Oakley. Although the two find it hard to adjust to their life together at first, they gradually develop a strong, mutual bond. Willie begins to enjoy life and make new friends in the village.
However, everything is thrown into confusion when Willie is suddenly recalled to London by his neglectful and abusive mother. After several weeks with no letter from Willie, Tom Oakley becomes concerned for his welfare and sets out to London in search of him.
We really enjoyed getting the opportunity to take part in a karate taster session. They learned about the discipline, skill and practise involved in learning karate.
On Thursday 4th October, we celebrated National Poetry Day. As a class, we explored The Piano animation and thought about the changes over time and his emotions. In groups, we wrote a verse of the poem focusing on the wife's spirit, the war scene, the birthday party and the present day. We put our verses together to form a full narrative poem!
Jemima and Eve brought in poetry books to share with the class and Joseph and Finn performed our class poem.
Last week, our Year 6 School Councillors and House Captains held a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan. A big thank you to all those who attended and to those who donated amazing cakes, buns and muffins. We raised an amazing £404.76.
A big thank you to all the adults who came to open hour! We hope you enjoyed taking part in our Times Tables Rockstars challenge and working with the children to complete their jigsaw puzzles using their knowledge of rounding whole numbers and decimals to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
We have had our first session at Harrogate Racquets Club learning to play Table Tennis. We practised rolling the ball across the table and then moved onto trying to get the highest rally! Finn and Kai were the champions of the individual rally challenge. A big thank you to all the adults who helped out with our trip.
This week, we have spent time electing our Pupil Voice Group representatives for our class. A big well done to all of the children who worked really hard on their speeches and gave a speech. They were all fantastic and the votes were very close!
School Council - Joseph B and Holly
Eco Committee - Eve
Digital Leaders - Abigail and Ferdy
Arts Committee - Penelope and Molly
Sports Crew - Kai and Georgia
Librarians - Sophia and Ethan
French Ambassadors - Luke and Lilly
We have started reading 'The Butterfly Lion' by Michael Morpurgo as our first class story for the next couple of weeks.
Here is the blurb...
"All my life I'll think of you, I promise I will. I won't ever forget you."
Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.
This week in Macaws, we have spent time getting to know each other better. We have made birthday cards, bookmarks and also worked hard on some lovely pieces of writing telling us all about our summer. We have also worked together as a class to write our class charter and thought carefully about which rules we think are the most important so that we can have a safe and happy classroom. We have had a busy but excellent start to the year!
Our P.E. lessons will be on Wednesday, when we will be going to Harrogate Racquets for Table Tennis lessons, and on Friday in school each week.
We will be going to the school library on a Thursday to change our reading books.