Magpies are known for their intelligence. We are also resourceful and curious and being part of the upper years team, we are able to gather knowledge and apply this to our daily learning.
This Terms Theme
'THE DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN EXPLORER’
(For more information about this term's theme, scroll down to our curriculum map)
P.E & Dance days
Please ensure that a PE kit is brought into school on Monday and taken home on a Friday. All items of PE kit (and uniform) should be labelled with the child's name and class. PE for the Autumn Term will be on Friday and Dance will be on Wednesdays.
We will ensure that they are sent home at the end of every half term.
Home Learning days
Home Learning will be handed out on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to explore aspects of your child's learning if you wish.
Parents' evening - Tuesday 2nd October and Wednesday 3rd October
Boat trip - 9th and 10th October
Ski trip - 31st October
Sing around the bay - 2nd November
Year 5 Reach Outdoors Kayaking - 8th, 15th and 22nd November
Year 5 Learning Celebration - Friday 14th December
Meet The Team
If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see your teacher (Mr Beattie) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Mrs Gidley or Mrs Foster).
Spring Term Curriculum Map
Tuesday 19th March 2019 - Our Learning Celebration!
Take a look at the images and video from our learning celebration. We showed off our quill writing skills, our Tudor art work in a gallery, our Tudor dancing and our Tudor inspired mystery story video!
Monday 18th March 2019 - Maths - Using a protractor to measure angles.
For our Maths learning today, we took part in an angles hunt. We needed to accurately measure angles around the school using a protractor to uncover some hidden clues. Once we had found the clues, we needed to unscrabble the letters to reveal a hidden word...
Thursday 14th March 2019 - Science Week
For Science week this week, we have been carrying out the topic "Ditch the dirt". For this, we have been investigating the issue of dirty and contaminated water in Turkana (Kenya). We started the journey by collecting water from a polluted water hole using various equipment. We then had to make filters to try and filter to water to make it safer to drink. We designed this filters first, made them and we will be evaluating how effective they are at cleaning the water.
Thursday 7th March - World Book Day
This year, for World Book Day, Macaws teamed up with Buntings to share a story with them. We also went on a book trail around the school to answers some clues and find a hidden message.
Monday 4th March - Maths - Geometric reasoning
In Maths, we have started to identify 3-D shapes including cubes and other cuboids from 2-D representations.
Gymnastics Spring 1 Half Term
In Year 5 this half term, we have been practising our Gymnastics skills, including egg rolls, log rolls, rock'n'rolls and teddy bear rolls. We have also been learning different balances and how to do forward rolls accurately.
Macaws have had an excellent three weeks with the Reach Outdoor team. When climbing, we had to make sure everyone was safe and offer words of encouragement to our friends. Everyone pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and reached new heights! For most, the highlight was caving, children had an amazing time exploring local caves and even witnessed complete darkness! A fantastic experience!
Friday 25th January 2019 - Music Performance
Today we have been lucky enough to have two muscians come and share their amazing talent with us. They talked to us about some of the different percussion instruments they use. They played some songs that we know and others that made us feel calm. Some of use were lucky enough to play some of the instruments with them.
Friday 25th January - Physical Education - Handball
During Physical Education this term, Macaws have been developing their coordination, teamwork and communication skills through Handball. Handball is fun to watch and play, because it is fast and the teams score lots of goals! Check out the action!
Wednesday 16th January - Learning Journey - Historical sources
Today we arranged historical sources into a chronological timeline of events for when Henry VIII dissolved the English monasteries. We then made our own storyboards to represent the events.
Wednesday 9th January 2019 - Maths - multiples and factors
We have started our new Maths journey, focusing on Multiplicative Reasoning. We used a variety of resources to make arrays to find factors of numbers. After this, we looked at factor pairs and identified patterns and made predictions about number facts.
Autumn Term Curriculum
Thursday 22nd November – Reach Outdoors – Archery
As part of our Reach Outdoors Learning, children took part in archery. We played games to test our skills and accuracy by using the target to choose our dream holidays and design pizzas! Have a look at all the fun we had!
Thursday 15th November 2018 - Reach Outdoors - Indoor Climbing
Wow! What a fantastic day Macaws had with Reach Outdoors. We have shown we can work as part of a team and we really challenged ourselves to try new things. When doing our climbing, we had to make sure everyone was safe and offer words of encouragement to our friends. Everyone pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and reached new heights! Take a look at us in action.
Tuesday 13th November 2018 - PHSE - Anti-Bullying Week
This week is Anti-Bullying week. In today's assembly, Miss Clayton talked to us about the importance of respecting one another. She discussed the difference between being rude, being mean and bullying. To stand up to bullying we are wearing odd socks to show that we are all unique.
Friday 2nd November - Anti-Bullying Workshop
To mark Anti-Bullying Week, White Rock invited Actionwork into school to deliver a workshop to the children about Anti-Bullying. This was a performance on all kinds of issues and topics such as health, racism, teenage pregnancy, cyberbullying, homophobia, body image, self-harm, citizenship, relationships, friendships, transitions, PSHE and safeguarding issues. This interactive workshop delivered a strong message about simply being kind.
Wednesday 31st November - School trip to Plymouth Ski Centre
Year 5 became snow explorers for the day and experienced what life would have been like for Scott of the Antarctic! We managed to ski down the slopes using the correct techniques before trying the toboggan and snow tubes! We had a phenomenal time and had lots of fun!
Today in Maths, we used cuisenaire rods to parts of a whole. We then had to calculate the equivalent fraction, decimal and some of us even moved on to finding equal percentages!
Today in Science, we investigated the functions of Friction. We found out that Friction is a force between two surfaces that are sliding, or trying to slide, across each other. For example, when you try and push a book along the floor, friction makes this difficult. We also found out that Friction produces heat. If you rub your hands together quickly, you will fell them get warmer. Give it a go! We did!
In PSHE, we discussed Human Rights and their importance within our society. We discussed which rights we believed to be the most important to us and why. Also, we talked about which rights we might have at home and in school. The children then selected 5 rights which they deemed to be the most important to them and created a poster displaying these.
Boat Trip to Brixham
Year 5 were incredibly lucky and were able to take part in a boat trip from Paignton to Brixham! When we arrived, we sketched the Golden Hind. We also felt what it was like for a real life sailor to travel on the water. Mr Lane (the captain) gave us all the chance to steer the boat towards our destination! Here come Macaws Class!
As part of our Learning Journey 'A day in the life of an Explorer", we have been looking at Sir Francis Drake. In Art sessions, we have made our own sketches of the Golden Hinde, focusing on the detail of the ship. Here are a few of the finished pieces.
Maths madness and perfect place value!
In our Maths journey so far, we have been investigating the place value of numbers up to one million. We decided to have a play around with counters and place value charts to help us get to grips with these larger numbers. Mr Beattie said we could even draw images on the table to support our learning! Have a look at what we did!
Our Learning Journey
We have started our learning journey by gaining a sense of what life was like during the Tudor period. Macaws participated in a carousel of activities based around this time period. We looked into: early exploration, Tudor transport, food and drink, Kings and Queens, fashion and learnt some interesting facts through a quiz! We had great fun and learnt lots of eye opening facts - we even made our own sea biscuits!
Sir Francis Drake even surprised the children with an appearance!