New School Year (September 2012)
Welcome back to school and to your new class, 5W!
This term will be packed with exciting learning opportunities that involve topics such as World War Two and Electricity. To extend your learning experience of the Second World War you can look forward to a day trip to the Lancashire War Museum in October.
You are expected to take your reading book home every day to read and bring it back into school every morning.
You must also have your PE kit in school every Tuesday.
I look forward to an interesting and successful year with you.
Life Education 2012
On Friday 21st September we were treated to an exciting learning adventure on the Life Education Bus. We learnt all sorts of ways to take better care of the one body we each get for LIFE and we now understand the function of some of the body's main organs such as the heart and the kidneys.
The main message we took away from this session was to be assertive in situations where we may feel pressured to do something that could harm us. Roleplay activities helped us to understand how to be assertive and make the choices that would keep us safe and healthy.
Museum of Lancashire
On Tuesday 16th October we visited the Museum of Lancashire in Preston to extend our learning about our current topic, World War Two. This was a real hands-on experience that we all thoroughly enjoyed.
Learning what to do during a gas attack was fun but it made us realise how terrifying it would be to actually be in that situation. In addition to this we learnt how to forge identity cards which required our refined artistic skills. Building a make-shift radio disguised as a sweet-tin was tricky but with great teamwork we managed to deceive the German spies!
Thanks to this day trip, we are now experts in identifying enemy aircrafts and... singing! 5W beat 5/6B and 6D in a sing-off of Pack Up Your Troubles - a song that adults encouraged children to sing during the time of war in an attempt to distract them from their disturbing reality.
On Wednesday 24th October, we, along with the year fives from 5/6B, caught dancing fever from Shuttleworth College!
The year eleven dance students devoted their entire morning to teaching us a routine that we later performed in a competition against other local schools. Our own ideas were included in the choreography and some of the moves we came up with really impressed the judges! Although we did not win, we were really proud of our performance, and more importantly, we improved our fitness without even realising we were doing it because we had so much fun!
Monsters, Mystery and Magic
We all dressed up for Book Week!
Fitness and fun!
Throughout November, year five have been enjoying weekly PE sessions at Shuttleworth College. The year eleven sports leaders have been putting us through our paces every Monday morning, leading exciting warm-up sessions followed by skill development such as attacking, defending and shooting in Basketball. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning from them and hope to be invited to future sessions.
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
On Monday 26th November, year five were treated to a drama workshop courtesy of Burnley Youth Theatre. The workshop taught us about the story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and it allowed us to explore some of the characters and scenes from the story. The purpose of the workshop was to provide us with some background understanding of the story as we are going to see it performed in the theatre on 14th December. We enjoyed the workshop very much and cannot wait to see the show!
This half term, year 5 are learning how to play rounders cricket in PE. Once we have mastered all the skills, some of us will be competing in a tournament against local schools.
On Friday 19th April, we discovered how much water we waste on a daily basis - shocking! We also learnt lots about the water cycle and what happens to water on its journey to our school and homes.
The workshop was delivered by a representative of United Utilities, to whom we each made a promise to save water. Together we came up with lots of ways to save water (and our parents' money!). Our School Council member, Jenna, is checking on us daily and keeping a record of how well we each manage to keep our promise.