Welcome to Year 5
This year the Year Fives will be learning about a wide and diverse curriculum:
The Eagles and Falcons try hard to follow the golden rules that we use throughout school.
We are kind and helpful
We show respect
We look after property
We work hard
We are gentle
We are honest
We listen carefully
We know that these are the rules for life.
We try very hard in Year 5 to further our social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding. This is done throughout whole school day in a variety of ways but especially through assemblies, 'Thought of the Day', R-Time and Seal. We are also very lucky at Brookside to be able to celebrate different religious festivals during our celebration days.
Last week, we had a great time celebrating France. Thanks to Mrs Patel, the children already know a lot about France and the language, so this week we got to celebrate all of our hard work in French with a performance and a French breakfast. In year 5 we also learnt about the French artist Matisse and we even produced our own art work based upon his 'Icarus'. We even used the same style as him - painting with scissors. The children were very artistic and created some wonderful pieces.
Greek Celebration Afternoon
On the last day, before the May half term, Year 5 had their Greek Celebration Afternoon. A great time was had by all. We got to share and show off all of our hard work on the Greeks to our parents. We also got to perform our amazing dances to everyone who came and try some new Greek cuisine. It was a wonderful afternoon and we would like to thank all of the parents who helped to make it a special event for all.
The Eagles and Falcons have had lots of fun this week doing some Greek cooking. They have worked in small groups with an adult the children have thoroughly enjoyed it. Some of the children have taken part this week, and some will make their Greek buns next week.
The Year 5 children have been very busy this week making their own Greek pots! They have had to use special pottery skills such as coiling and pinching. It was quite a difficult task as the clay was extremely hard. Therefore, it was quite tricky to manipulate the clay into the shape they wanted it to be. However, the children were very resilient and kept going! Their pots were amazing! We were very proud of all of the children.
This term in Science we have been learning about properties and changes of materials, particularly when mixed together. Filtering, sieving and evaporating mixtures have provided some fun enquiry based lessons.
Last term we had a fantastic trip to the Gurdwara, on East Park Road. All of the children enjoyed learning about Sikhism and the festival of Vaisakhi. They really appreciated the Langar provided by the volunteers. This is the food that is provided to everyone, as a sign of equality.
Following on from the visit, Year 5 also managed to put on a brilliant Vaisakhi celebration assembly. We portrayed the story of Vaisakhi, how it started and how it is celebrated by Sikhs all over the world. The finale was a dancing extravaganza! They showcased their best bhangra moves, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed! Thereafter, the whole school celebrated Vaisakhi with a parade, led by some of our very own amazing dhol players.
Hello everyone! It has been a busy and exciting start to the new school year. We have had lots of new things to get used to, including a great new mobile for Years 5 and 6! The children are really enjoying being in the new build and have been looking after it well. We have also had new adults joining the team in Year 5. Mr Bailey has now moved to Year 6, and taking over the Falcons we now have Mrs Kapoor, who has been an excellent addition to the team! In addition to Mrs Kapoor, we also have other super adults helping in the classroom, Mrs Shuker, Mrs Brown, Mrs Dattani and Mr Pantony.
We have started the Crime and Punishment topic and the Space science unit, which are proving very popular with the children. We have just started learning about why our fingerprints are so unique and special and using an ink pad, the children have had lots of fun investigating the patterns on their fingertips. In our Space unit, we have been learning about the moon and the different phases.
Literacy has also started off well, with the children making their very own rocket mice and writing a recount on their lives so far.
We will keep you updated and if you would like to ask any questions, our doors are always open!
The Spring term has been a scientific journey of discovery. Starting with our investigation day across the school where the children had a great time with hands on practical experiments. Have a go for yourself, all the ideas are on the Science page.
Year 5 were also invited to Manor High School for a special Zoolab session. The children had the chance to hold and observe a variety of exotic creatures from around the world.
In the classroom the children have learnt about 'Magical mixtures' through a variety of experiments and investigations. The dissolving salt experiment led us to discover new things about solutions and the process of evaporation.
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Spring
Wow- what a first half term in Year 5. After a quick and busy settling in period, we got our heads down and made some brilliant progress. That was certainly the impression that OFSTED got when they visited us earlier in the term; in the report it said that adults and children laugh together and our writing is imaginative.
We've been on trips to the National Space Centre and near the end of term we went to the cinema and theatre. It's been a long, but productive term and we are ready for a rest over the Christmas holidays.
As we look forward to 2017 we are excited to take on the Ancient Greeks and begin the term with fractions in maths. We've got our second parents evening coming up in the Spring, but our Year 5 parents know that if anything concerns them they can raise it at anytime.
Finally, Year 5 would like to thank all the adults at home and in school for creating a warm and friendly place to learn that OFSTED definitely picked up on.
Happy New Year.
The Start of a New Term
It's a new year, the Eagles and Falcons are back ready for the learning to begin. This terms we've got lots to do. We are learning about Space, Crime and Punishment and children will be inferring who 'The Stranger' is in English later in the term. Keep an eye on this page for updates, pictures and movies of what we are doing.
Goodbye and Good Luck!
We wish all the Eagles and Falcons all the best for their transition to High School. We have had a fabulous year together with lots of fun and learning!
SPRING HAS SPRUNG
After shaking off the long winter, the Year 5 Eagles and Falcons of Brookside Primary School have had a blast of new life this Spring and are are getting ready for a summer term full of adventure and change. Over the spring term we've been delving into the Ancient Greek topic: learning about life in Athens and Sparta; discovering how they fought and lived; trying Greek foods and ending with designing and making our own Greek pottery.
In English lessons we've been following the adventures of Percy Jackson and even had an email war between classes, pretending to be Athens and Sparta. In maths we've been looking in depth at fractions, decimals and percentages, and in PE we've been heading over to Manor High School to develop our basketball skills and even cooked some delicious pizza pin wheels and courgette chocolate muffins in the secondary school's kitchen.
After the Easter break we'll be taking on the Coast Line topic, which includes an outing to Hunstanton and getting ready for life as a secondary school pupil. We'll be learning how to deal with leaving Brookside for good and parents have the leavers play to look forward to in the final weeks of the term.
Another term has come to an end, and we have learnt an incredible amount in the Eagles and Falcons. We have investigated forces and found that weight has nothing to do with how quickly something falls. We looked in our local area and did an environmental study, including going into Oadby Village and looking at the use of land. In literacy we wrote about the Highwayman and in the final week we had a visitor who left a pair of mysterious frozen hands in the garden. We discovered it was Jack Frost and wrote some poetry about the tricky wintery elf.
Next term we'll be delving into the world of the Ancient Greeks and investigating how different materials interact with each other. Needless to say, we are looking forward to it and will be back in the New Year ready to learn.
Time for Hopscotch!
We have been following instructions and having fun times playing hopscotch. We learnt about imperative verbs and wrote instructions on 'How to make a Rocket Mouse'.
New Beginnings- Autumn Term 2015
Another school year begins and we couldn't be more excited in Year 5. This term we will be looking 'out of this world' and discovering things about Space and the Solar System. In addition, we'll see how crime and punishment have changed over the ages, including stories of local criminals escaping from prison nearly one hundred years ago. With so much to learn it's going to be a busy year, but we're up for the challenge. Watch this space for updates of our work and achievements.
Summer Term 2015 Comes to an End
Wow! What a year! We've learnt so much and, even though it has been hard at times, we have matured into pupils that are ready for the new challenges of secondary school.
All the staff at Brookside Primary School would like to wish our leavers the best of luck and every success in the future. Thank you to the parents who have given their support over the year and hopefully we will see you again.
Starting our last term at Brookside Primary School
All good things must come to an end, and sadly at the end of this year we say goodbye to our Year 5s as they move on to a new adventure. The staff at Brookside are sure the memories they have created in the Spring will stay with them for a long time: trips to Wales; PE with the Manor teachers; boat races in the school swimming pool and creating computer games from scratch in Computing lessons.
Because the pupils will be leaving at the end of this term, it is packed full of learning that will stay with them and be useful in the future. We'll be learning about the coastline of Britain and possibly taking a trip to seaside. We'll be performing our leavers' play later in the term and learning about how young people change as they make the transition from Primary to Secondary school. As the year comes to an end, we will be starting the work that we will be carrying on with next September at our chosen High Schools.
Watch this space, as Year 5 leave their legacy and prepare for the next chapter in their lives.
Spring Term 2015
The children have made a great start to 2015, with a Great British Challenge Day where they researched different counties and locations in England. We've been getting fit with the teachers at Manor High School where we've been improving our map reading skills in orienteering. The Year 5's were also getting dramatic with re-telling the Greek myth of 'Theseus and the Minotaur' to the Year 6 children at Manor High School. Our transition process has already began! More fun is yet to be had with our residential trip to Wales later this term, along with Science Week and World Book Day.
Year 5 in Autumn 2014
Autumn 2014 has flown by with a variety of different events and a whole lot of learning. After our trip to The National Space Centre which culminated our learning on Space, we studied Crime and Punishment through the ages. More recently we have looked at real life 'Profit and Loss'. We planned, developed, built and then sold homemade products to the public, raising nearly £200 in profit. In addition, we not only used what we learnt about persuasive language to advertise our products for the Autumn Fair, we wrote a letter to Her Majesty the Queen to ask her to visit Brookside Primary School. We wanted to let her know how fabulous our school is. You can read some examples of our work, along with the reply from Her Majesty below.
Next term we will be learning about how humans effect our local environment, especially how we deal with litter and pollution. After that we will be going back in time to Ancient Greece, to find out how they lived, and how their discoveries and culture can be seen all around us. Keep an eye on this page, where we'll keep you updated on what we've been doing.