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Welcome to class 5SW at Allerton CE Primary School in Leeds. Here, under the careful guidance of Ms Wright, we will blog to the Big Wide World.

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School trip to the Royal Armouries!

This week we were lucky enough to visit the Royal Armouries which allowed us to dive straight into our new and exciting topic. We looked at the story of Perseus and Medusa and retold it through drama. Following this we all took part in a Spartan bootcamp which saw us organise ourselves into tactical defensive position and hold different pieces of armour. 

The oracle is teaching us the story of Perseus and Medusa through drama – here we are practising being soldiers turned to stone by Medusa.
The start of the myth when Perseus and Danae arrive on the beach in a wooden box.
Equipment used by Spartans – Rory is holding a real sword and Emily is holding a shield.
Practising being Spartans.
Standing in formation.
Marching in formation – I was very excited that I got to join in on this march!

Poem to rehearse.

As you may be aware, year 5 are performing the poem ‘Silver’ in assembly on Monday 11th November. Please see the poem below to help the children learn and rehearse.

Silver

Slowly, silently, now the moon

Walks the night in her silver shoon;

This way, and that, she peers, and sees

Silver fruit upon silver trees;

One by one the casements catch

Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;

Couched in his kennel, like a log,

With paws of silver sleeps the dog;

From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep

Of doves in a silver-feathered sleep;

A harvest mouse goes scampering by,

With silver claws and a silver eye;

And moveless fish in the water gleam,

By silver reeds in a silver stream.

Waving goodbye to Macbeth.

As the new term starts we wave goodbye to Macbeth. Both the children and I have loved the topic and we have got some high quality work as a result.

We had our end of term performance, which we produced with the help of the West Yorkshire playhouse and performed it to year 3. It was a huge success and the children should be extremely proud of themselves. We have practiced for 2 hours each week and learnt new styles of performance that allowed us to recreate the story of Macbeth in an innovative and exciting way.

Please have a look at the following pictures which were taken from our final production of Macbeth.

We are now really excited for our new topic… Ancient Greece!

Black history month.

In 5SW we were really interested in Black History Month. We focused our learning on Windrush and the people who traveled to Britain on Windrush Empire. The children were really empathetic and disagreed with the discrimination many of the Caribbean people faced after their arrival.

We created our own Windrush poems and tried to imagine what those people were feeling and leaving behind when they travelled to Britain.

An example of our windrush poetry.
We also used oil pastels to represent the setting that those travelling to Britain would be leaving. We used bright colours to try and emphasise what it may be like in the Caribbean. 

Finally in our new home!

After an exciting first four weeks, we are finally in our new permanent classroom – I have been really impressed with how the children have coped with the transition into year 5 and their new classroom.

We have been working on making it feel like home and managing our distractions as we create a positive learning environment for everyone in 5SW. Children are allowed to bring in a pair of indoor shoes such as pumps or slippers as we want to keep our classroom as clean as possible.

Alongside settling in to the new building, we have had Anthony from the West Yorkshire Playhouse in to work with us on our performance of Macbeth. The children have been working on using their hands to represent certain characters and objects that are essential within the play.

Children are moving their bodies to represent the witches character.
Children are using their bodies to represent the opposing armies charging during the opening scene of Macbeth.

It is great to see that members of 5SW are taking part in extra curricular activities and we can share in their successes.

Sangu competed in a county tennis competition and won – she brought her medal in to share with the class.
Hasini brought in her certificates and medals celebrating her success in an out of school maths club – this is brilliant Hasini and we are so happy to share your success with you.

The second week of our Arts Fortnight and our first trip of the year.

This week has been action packed in 5SW – we have had the second week of our arts fortnight, a trip and Anthony from the West Yorkshire Playhouse has come in to work with us.

I would like to say a big thank you to so many of the parents for coming to support the children and celebrate their successes in the arts fortnight celebration today. The work they have completed during these two weeks has been amazing and I am really proud as I am sure you are to.

A collection of the children’s self portraits made of modrock. They have added a flower and a serpent to reflect Lady Macbeth’s line “look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under’t.”
Michael and Ashton painting their modrock self portraits.
Abudullah applying the modrock to his newspaper and cardboard to create the appropriate texture for his self portrait.
Evie applying the modrock to her newspaper and cardboard to create the appropriate features on her self portrait.
Jacob painting the background of his self portrait to represent the violet and misty air when the witches approached Macbeth.

Children practicing their dance before the arts celebration. 

On both Tuesday and Wednesday, Year 5 were lucky to visit Temple Newsam. The trip allowed us to roam around and discover the history of a building that was over 500 years old. We undertook two exciting activities that brought our learning to life. Firstly, we used the ornate decorations of the house to design and then make a fantastical beast out of clay. Secondly, we learnt about the interesting history of the stately home and took part in a thrilling murder mystery investigation.

Lawen is drawing features of fantasical beasts around the house, so that he can apply these to his clay model of fantastical beast.
Sangu and Hasini moulding their clay into the shape of their fantastical beast.
Rory, Abudullah, Jayden and Amir using the palm of their hands to create a sphere with their clay.
Amy is adding texture to her fantastical beast using a range of clay tools.

We have also had our first session with Anthony from the West Yorkshire Playhouse, where we delved deeper into the storyline of Macbeth and began to act out some key lines from the play. We are looking forward to working with him for the next 5 weeks and finishing with a performance aimed at other children in the school.

Children are story mapping the plot of Macbeth.
Micheal is hot seating and answering questions as if he were Macbeth.
Charlotte, Emily and Amir are reading some of the witches lines while the rest of the class create the misty atmosphere by whistling and hissing.

Due to a lack of storage, please could you ensure that your child only brings to school a book bag and a draw string PE bag. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Just a gentle reminder to make sure all school uniform is named, we have had a few lost items this week and it was difficult to return as the items were not labelled.

Our home learning for this week is:

5 SW – Home Learning

Subject

Pages

To be completed by

  • Grammar Workbook

p.  88 and 89

Thursday 26th September

  • Maths Workbook

p.   8 and 9

Spellings –   This week we will be focusing on the spelling rule with the ‘ough’ sound.

thorough, cough, dough, rough and ought.

  • Practise times tables – children should at least be completing 15 minutes a week on TT Rockstars.
  • Please make sure your child is also reading at least three times a week and recording it in their planner.
  • Please use Lexia, Sumdog

Thank you for taking an interest in our blog.

Miss Wright

The the first week of our Arts Fortnight.

We have had a fabulous week in 5SW. The children have produced some high quality writing and art. We have used drama to unpick the thoughts and emotions of Macbeth during the first scene of the play and produced a letter from Macbeth to Lady Macbeth explaining his experience of battle and meeting the witches. We are hoping that children can share these with you during our arts celebration next Friday

It would be lovely if you could join your child to celebrate their Arts Fortnight learning journey. There will be much to share and experience as they reflect with you on their successes and challenges over the past two weeks. We hope to see you there.

Date: 20.09.2019 Time: Meet in the cafe from 13:10pm onwards for a drink.

Celebration starts: 13:30pm in the hall.

Through dance we have captured the first act of the play and the children have been practicing facial expressions, adding height to the dance and producing battle sounds. 

Rehan and Sangu using dance to represent the battle in the first scene of Macbeth.
Hasini and Ashton preparing for battle, they are using battle actions, sounds and facial expressions.
Children have been working on using different levels and facial expressions to portray strong characters.

In art children have been making skin tones for their self portrait, observational drawings of a flower and beginning to create a mask. These activities all relate to the confusion and transition that Macbeth experiences on hearing the witches prophecies. I have been so impressed with all the children’s artwork and how they have been able to transition between each activity. I have attached some pictures below, these will also be on show during our arts celebration. 

Tom is using newspaper and masking tape to add relief to his mask.
Amy is adding water colour to her observational drawing.
Ashton and Amir have mixed paint to match their skin tones and are using a mirror to ensure they effectively paint and draw their facial features in the correct place on their face.
Emily used water colours, graphite, pastels and crayons to portray the eerie atmosphere when the witches approach Macbeth and Banquo.
Children have also had the opportunity to do some baking which represents Macbeth’s turn from innocent to evil. 
Ryan and Leighton are making shortbread.

We hope to see you at our arts celebration where we can show you all our hard work. 

 

Our homework for this week is:

5 SW – Home Learning

Subject

Pages

To be completed by

  • Grammar Workbook

p. 36, 37, 38.

Thursday 19th September

  • Maths Workbook

p. 2, 3, 4, 5.

Spellings –   Vocabulary from “Macbeth”

manipulative, persuasive, committed, against, Lady Macbeth

  • Practise times tables – TT rockstars is excellent for this.
  • Please use Lexia, Sumdog

 

Hope you have an amazing weekend, 

Miss Wright

Our first three days back at school.

Welcome to the first blog post from 5SW!

I hope that all your children have come home feeling positive about being in the class and confident that they will learn and do well.  I certainly feel that way and have enjoyed my first week with your children.

A few pieces of information that you will need:

Library day is on a Tuesday.

PE is on Thursdays.

Homework is given on a Friday and is due the following Thursday.  Homework pages and spellings will be written in the planner.

Planners should be kept in school bags and should be used both at home and school.  Please make sure that you/your child records in their planner when they have read their reading book and also please make use of it to write me any notes or comments that you wish to share – otherwise catch me on the playground after school or any other time that you can manage!

Uniform – Please remember to stick to recommended uniform items and please name – this class seem quite good at this, so well done!

In class in English, as I am sure you will have heard, we are studying Macbeth by William Shakespeare.  We are doing lots of activities inspired by this play, drama, reading and writing.

In maths we are currently working on place value and how to read and write numbers to 1 million – any practice on this at home would be good.

For the next two weeks we will be taking part in their arts fortnight with Mrs Johnston and Mrs Lynch, the celebration will be on the 20th September – so put that in your diaries.

5 SW – Home Learning
Subject Pages To be completed by
Grammar Workbook p.  4, 5, 6, 7 Thursday 12th September
Maths Workbook p.  7
Spellings –   Vocabulary from “Macbeth”
shield, heath, knight, sword, soldier
Practise times tables – TT rockstars is excellent for this.
Please use Lexia, Sumdog

On Monday your child will bring home a knowledge organiser with basic information/vocabulary about Macbeth.  This is supposed to be of help for your child to become familiar with some basic facts.

Additionally, I will send the year 5/6 spelling list home, children have until the end of year 6 to learn these words but it is great to get a head start.

The year five team have organised our first trip to Temple Newsam for Wednesday 18th September and your child should have brought home a letter about this today.  Please go onto Parent Pay to give permission/pay for this. The year 5 classes went last year and said it was a fabulous trip.

We also have West Yorkshire Playhouse coming in to work with us on a production of Macbeth, so that will be really exciting.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Wright