Year 5 is an exciting and challenging year for the children as they are expected to take a more mature and independent approach towards learning. These skills are developed throughout the year during a variety of tasks and lessons and provide the key foundations that prepare the children for the challenges of year 6. In the summer term all children are invited to go on a residential trip to Low Gillerthwaite in the Ennerdale Valley. This represents a fantastic opportunity for our children to develop their resilience and further skills that they may not have even discovered yet.
We have been extremely lucky to have the chance to do forest school with Mrs Watkins this half term. Some weeks have been wet, others windy and others icy cold! We have so much fun exploring our school outdoor area and learning new skills such as; whittling wood, starting fires and splitting wood. Every session we had the opportunity to have a 'minty moment' and reflect on our session at the end. "I loved everything!" was the feedback from all of our class, which is absolutely wonderful to hear!
We've had a lovely time in our outdoor area, over the last week, using our senses to inspire poems about our 'home' and reflecting on how lucky we really are! We were honoured to be greeted with a little robin, warbling in the tree, as we stepped outside. The children have produced some stunning first drafts with incredible description. We will be working hard to edit and enhance our work and hope to share our polished poems soon.
The year 5 children had a fantastic time in Design and Technology researching, designing and building bridges. We spent time looking at different types of bridges, their uses and finding out about some of the world's most famous bridges. Thank you to all families who sent in materials and helped with building at home.
This term our topic is titled: Time Travel. We will be learning about Queen Victoria, the Industrial Revolution and what life was like for children living during this period in history. We will also be studying the work of William Morris and why we remember Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Our Paddle family working together...
The Year 5 children had a wonderful time when they were given the opportunity to read and share books with the Nursery and Reception children. It was lovely to see our Paddle family working together.
New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage site
The Year 5 and 6 children visited the New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage site to learn about the social pioneer, Robert Owen and what life was like for children living during the Victorian times.
Inspired by patterns in nature...
The children began their study of the work of William Morris; they used patterns in nature as inspiration for their own prints.
2017 - 2018
Making a willow border fence with Phil Bradley
Some photographs of this term's many different learning experiences.
World Book Day 2018
The Year 5 children had such fun on World Book Day. We shared our favourite story books with the Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children, we drew and painted book characters, and then ventured out into the snow with the Year 4's to make book characters out of snow. Of course, we had to try a bit of sledging too!
'Keep the Home Fires Burning'
Year 5 and 6 visited 'The Beacon Museum', Whitehaven -to learn more about life locally during World War II, and how the war effected children's lives. Alan Gillon, The Beacon's Education Officer, ran a really interesting and interactive workshop with the children, where the children could handle artefacts of the time and learn about evacuees, propaganda, the role of the air raid warden, rationing, local industry and the war effort and children's toys. The children said 'It was brilliant, we learnt such a lot, thank you'. We were then able to explore the museum ,working in teams, as detectives, finding out more about WWI and WWII, in Cumbria. We are so grateful to Alan for bringing History alive,
What a busy and exciting day.
In the morning, Year 5 took part in real life Maths - measuring the potato harvest and then following a recipe to make Potato Dauphnoise.
In the afternoon, the Year 5 children were involved in Mathematical orienteering, which was very muddy and great fun.
Many thanks to all the parents and volunteers , who helped to make our Maths day such a success.
Year 3 and Year 5 working collaboratively -
Times Tables Rockstars in the making!
Planning stories, inspired by our class text: The Ice Bear by Jackie Morris
Exploring the outdoors (despite the weather!)
Year 5 were due to go to Holmewood, Loweswater last Friday, but because of the gales we were sadly unable to go.
At first we were down -hearted, and then we decided to put on our outdoor gear and explore our school grounds. We played games, identified trees (we found 19 species of trees and shrubs around the field and secret garden!), took photographs of the life cycles of plants and created natural sculptures.
We had so much fun and got very, very muddy!
Enhancing the 'Secret Garden' and learning about flowering plants.
Out and about exploring the school grounds...
A new year has begun, and Year 5 have been out and about in the school grounds, exploring the different habitats. We have been searching for plants and busily creating imaginative poetry and detailed drawings.
2016 - 2017
Outdoor Learning Week
This week the children are learning and exploring our wonderful environment and spending lots of time outdoors. Here are a selection of our pictures from the week so far:
Experience Pentecost at St. Philip’s Church.
This morning the Year 5 children were given the opportunity to attend the Experience Workshop held at St.Philip’s Church and develop their understanding of Pentecost.
We would like to thank Mrs. Shaw for organising such a wonderful morning - the children really enjoyed working with the Reverend Sudharshan and his team.
Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick.
This morning the children used freeze framing to help them understand the emotions of the characters from the text.
Year 5 Residential - Low Gillerthwaite, Ennerdale.
Our recent visit to Boarbank.