Welcome to Year 5
Everyone at Linthwaite Ardron celebrated World Book Day on March the 12th, with a fun and fabulous book-filled day.
Can you guess which famous chracters Year Five have come dressed as?
As well as writing book reviews and blurbs, we had a whole school 'Guess Who?' quiz, a handwriting competition and designed new covers for our favourite books.
For those parents and carers wanting to do 'catch-up' or remind themselves of any of the lessons taught during Lockdown, you can access the timetables and the teaching videos we sent you so far this year. Please click on the Home Learning link on this page below
Home Learning - an introduction - Spring 2021
Ms Starrett and Mrs Walker are the Year 5 Class Teachers and Mrs Moss is our Teaching Assistant.
Well, how lovely it has been welcoming back everyone into school for a new term, with the flowers around school in full bloom, the birds tweeting and with summer hopefully on the way! Due to our typically English weather, can we remind you to send your children in with sun cream on, a clear non-glass water bottle and (optional) hat when it's hot, and a coat for when it's not (please note: this can often occur within a single day!)
Having all our class back together for the final term of Year Five will be lively and exciting we are sure. Whilst we are still working hard at catching up with any work missed during Lockdown, we are also ensuring that our pupils get their share of physical activity, outdoor learning and all the creative and enriching opportunities that we like to take part in at Linthwaite Ardron.
We also know that it has been hard for parents and carers to get hold of school uniform during these times, but with shops opening soon, can we please give a gentle reminder of our school uniform policy:
School colours are dark green and gold. Children should wear grey trousers, skirt or pinafore, a gold polo shirt and a dark green sweatshirt. These can be purchased from supermarkets. ‘Badged’ clothing and bags are available to purchase from TTW (St. John’s Road, Birkby) and Bridge Schoolwear (Milnsbridge). Black school shoes or all black trainers should be worn. In summer, girls may wear green or gold checked summer dresses and boys, grey shorts. Waterproof book bags are also needed and available from TTW, Bridge Schoolwear or the school office.
- Black sports shorts/skorts
- White t-shirts
- Dark coloured tracksuit bottoms or leggings
- White t-shirt
- Dark sweatshirt (no hooded or zipped tops as these can be hazardous when children are being active)
PE kit should be worn on PE days, which are Mondays and Wednesdays this term.
Please read our latest summer class newsletter and look at our long term plan to find more details about what we have planned and what we hope we will soon be covering again, as part of our cross-curricular approach to learning.
As always, if you have any questions or queries, then please feel free to contact us via the office, or Dojo and we will get back in touch with you as soon as we can.
Fractions fun outdoors
April saw us all making equivalent fractions and fraction boards in the wild area. Can you work out what fractions we have made?
Fractions fun inside
Spring term is the time for fractions in Year Five and we started this maths topic with lots of games and activities based on finding equivalent fractions.
The lesson began with a very large and delicious bar of chocolate we divided lots of ways to find equivalent fractions in it. It was our most delicious maths lesson ever!
All the Year Five Home Learning timetables for Spring 2021 until March 8th can be accessed by clicking the Home Learning link below
Recommended Reading Books for Year Five Pupils
We are often asked what books to recommend that might suit a Year Five pupil. Click on the link below to take you to a site with bags of ideas for suitable reading material. Obviously, you know your child best; their level of reading ability and what subject matter might be best suited (or avoided) for their own individual needs and beliefs, but this site enables you to click on the book, gain further information about it and will even take you directly to an on-line shop. Please note; we are not affiliated to the site in any way and the books shown are meant as serve as ideas for your children only .
Year Five Pilgrimage - November 2020
On a somewhat wild, wet and windy Monday in November, Year Five braved the elements to go on their pilgrimage, from Linthwaite Ardron around Blackmoorfoot Reservoir, on a two hour circular walk.
As well as getting lots of fresh air and exercise, we saw parts of our local area that many of us had never seen before. At the reservoir, we got to spend time in quiet reflection and prayer, thinking about God's gift of water and how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world, even during these difficult times.
It was really lovely to see all of the children being really supportive and encouraging of each other during the walk and, despite the soggy weather, nobody complained once (not even the teachers), although we were all definitely ready for our lunch when we got back!
While on our pilgrimage, we also took the opportunity to pose for some photos for our up-coming Nativity film, so I wonder if any of you eagle-eyed web watchers can guess which section of the Nativity our class might be tackling (the clue's in the sheep...........) ?
Earth and Space - Home Learning
Through our science topic 'Earth and Space', Year Five researched and created a piece of work about the planets in our solar system. As it was part of our home learning, the fabulous planet biscuits and cakes unfortunately had to remain at home, but have a look at a selection of the homework you have all been busy working on.
We have been learning about using figurative language in our writing, using alliteration, personification, metaphors and similes to create effects that impact upon the reader. Tying in with our 'Earth and Space' science topic, we wrote poems about the Moon. Please do read these and look out for some beautiful images of the white rock in the sky that we all take for granted; you may look at it in a totally new way once you read these. They are out of this world!
Year Five 'Street Child' Informal Letter Writing
Read these emotive and heart-wrenching letters from Jim Jarvis, the real-life penniless street urchin who inspired Dr Barnardo to create his homes for boys. These letters are sent from the workhouse, the hell-hole which nearly cost Jim his life. Have a read and have your hankies at hand, just in case!
Golden Pens Awarded
Congratulations to our handwriting superstars, who received their golden pens recently. Well done, we look forward to reading lots of beautifully presented written work now across the curriculum.
'Space Oddity' by David Bowie
In our music lesson we listened to a variety of songs and musical compositions on the theme of 'Space'. These included; Gustav Holst's 'Planet Suite', Elton John's 'Rocketman', Frank Sinatra's 'Fly Me to the Moon', Jamiroquai's 'Space Cowboy', Beastie Boys' 'Intergalactic' and David Bowie's 'Space Oddity'. We chose 'Space Oddity' to create a dance to. Watch the first half of our choreography at the end of lesson two. It was lots of fun imagining we were walking in space!
As part of our Autumn 'Local Area' studies we have been looking at the areas of Huddersfield and Kirklees, working on a project together with Kirklees Council. We will be doing some further work on Democracy and the process of government and we hope to be able to meet some of our Kirklees councilors to ask them questions about our area and town and share ideas about how we can influence the decision-making process. Watch this space for updates! Here is a taste of the work we have done so far this term.
Local Area Studies Autumn 2020
We all spent a day looking at the environmental, human and physical geography of our local area. Walking around Linthwaite, we spotted many things we had never noticed before and despite the damp weather, we managed to make some super sketches too.
Art and Geography - Local Area Landscapes
Our final pieces are now completed and displayed on the walls; local landscapes in the style of David Hockney. Aren't they colourful, lively and uplifting? We certainly think so and cheer everyone up as they pass by them in school!
After learning a little about the style and technique of Yorkshire artist David Hockney, we went out sketching around Linthwaite, using drawing pencils to sketch the hills, fields and a road trying to show perspective.
Bright colours were applied using a variety of acrylic, watercolour and poster paints, drawing pencils, coloured pencils and even felt tips.
We have written evaluations of our artworks so please read our views on what we have created.........
Outdoor Learning Day - October 2020
Yes it was cold, yes it was windy and yes yes yes it did throw it down with rain, but Year Five are a hardy bunch and that did not deter us from getting out and about around Linthwaite looking at local geography and history and what is all around us every day.
Maths involved a fun Roman Numerals treasure hunt and quiz in the outdoor area, which really made us think.
Trust games and outdoor adventure activities also helped us with getting to know and understand each other a little better as we had to wear blindfolds and be guided along a treacherous route.
Best thing of all though? It was Mrs Starrett's birthday, so we all got chocolate cake and biscuits too as a treat for working so hard!
Lacey - "Maths was a focus on our Outdoor Learning day this Autumn. After learning about Roman numerals in class we then conducted an outdoor Treasure hunt looking for clues that lead to a secret coded message. The hunt took us into our Wild Area.
Even though it was a wild and soggy day, we then had some fun 'Trust' maze activities where we had to lead our classmates on a circuit wearing blindfolds."
Art Autumn 2020
Winter Hockney artwork we designed and created using watercolour and acrylic paints, pen, drawing pencils, coloured pencils and a stipple sponge. They were so good we decided to turn them into Christmas cards for gifts. Aren't they super!
Our R.E. lessons have ended with a fun board game we devised which tests our knowledge of the Bible and what we have learnt over this term. We can choose who we play it with and look forward to this game at the end of our lesson.