September 2017 - July 2018
Yeargroup - Year 5 (Weekly Updates - Summer Term 2018)
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Yeargroup - Year 5
Matilda the Musical
On Wednesday 16th May the Year 5 children went to London
to see Matilda The Musical at the theatre for their childhood promise
trip. The play was a fantastic experience and was thoroughly enjoyed by
all children, and adults! The young cast were brilliant at acting,
singing and dancing! The visual effects were engaging and had all
children mesmerised, and at parts on the edge of their seats. As the
play finished children were talking about how great it was.
Crystal, 5 Sheeran - "That was amazing!"
Dylan and Roshan, 5 Adele - "The lasers and lights were really, really
A parent volunteer even described the performance as giving her
butterflies in her tummy. From the beginning the children's behaviour
was exceptional, in a manner in which they should be very proud. A
small step for Year 5
our Spring Term, Year 5 has been learning about the genre of recounts
in the form of newspapers. They have successfully understood and learnt
vocabulary from a good example - an article from 1969 about the Apollo
11 Moon Landing! They have adapted this text to write their own
recounts. Some children wrote about our out-of-this-world trip to the
Science Museum, while others wrote about their own trips they had been
on. I hope you enjoy reading these wonderful articles and are as proud
of Year 5 as I am! - Mrs Atkinson.
Our Year 5 children participated in the Park Federation Strictly
Speaking competition at Cranford Park Academy on Thursday 9th March.
The competition was focused on the skill of public speaking. Amreece ,
Ryad and Kashifa shared their ideas on the topic of ‘What subjects
should be taught at school and why?’
The children’s spectacular idea was that stunts should be taught at
school to help all children improve their courage, teamwork and
ambition as well as our other Western House Values. The team did an
amazing job and made Mrs Atkinson, Mrs Snowden and Mrs Parmley in the
audience extremely proud.
Although we did not achieve the prized first place, our team gained
participants medals and we know that their creativity and confidence
have paid off to make themselves, staff, parents and all of Year 5 at
WHA proud. A huge well done to all!
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Year 5’s learning was brought to life with the Ancient
Greek Workshop run by Portals to the Past.
Shadrake, who is a historian as well as an actor with credits in
Horrible Histories and many historical films, had the children (and the
adults!) totally spellbound as he took us on a journey to Ancient
Greece and beyond.
He told us the story of nations who came
before and after Ancient Greece, giving us a better understanding of
the journey through time. In the morning, he brought Greek Myths to
life including The Myth of the Minotaur which the children have been
studying in English.
After lunch, we began our afternoon with a
spectacular demonstration of archery on the school field! Afterwards,
he told the story of Alexander the Great and brought a wonderful range
of artefacts from shields and helmets to models of the Trojan Horse for
the children to handle.
Finally in the last half an hour of the
workshop, many parents came in to see the children playing Greek games
and re-enacting the competitions between Athens and Sparta!
was not just a wonderful day but a fantastic experience which the
children have taken in to their writing and produced fantastic poems on
the Greek myths that Dan told us. Super all round!
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Based Learning 'Project Passports!'
Western House Academy we use a project based approach to our learning
where each half term each year group chooses a topic. This might be a
focus on a period in history, a famous person, a geographical location
or something similar. It is then the goal to link the children's
learning to this topic wherever possible. This means the children have
a focus and their learning can be tailored and themed to suit
their current needs for that topic. At the end of the topic the
children then celebrate their learning for this topic with a special
outcome to parents or other children around the school.
support this approach further we are launching 'Project Passports!' At
the start of a new topic we will be giving children a 'Project
Passport!' activity sheet that contains five mini projects. These
projects cover a range of curriculum areas and relate directly to the
topic being covered in that half term. The children have the whole half
term to choose and complete two out of the five topics and bring them
in to school to share. We want the children to really engage with the
new topic and encourage them to explore their learning further at home.
We want the children to be as creative as possible with these 'Project
Passport!' activities and hope to share and display them in school.
support is most certainly encouraged with the 'Project Passports!' as
we want to share the children's learning with those at home and
encourage as much excitement and imagination as possible!
Many thanks for your continued support and encouragement at home.
Mr. R. Jones
Vice Principal Years 1, 2 & 3 and Leader of Curriculum.