We hope that you are all having a wonderful half-term break and that you have been able to spend time doing the things that you enjoy.
Some of you may be planning to celebrate Halloween at home this year by dressing up, putting up decorations, having parties with the people you live with or by carving pumpkins.
Eva’s mum sent in a photograph of this enormous pumpkin, which is one of five that Eva grew in her allotment. She planted the pumpkin seeds during the school holidays and spent a lot of time watering, weeding and caring for her pumpkins. Well done Eva – this is an amazing achievement! We are sure that this will make a fantastic Halloween lantern. We wonder which design Eva and her family might choose to carve?
Remember that on the first day back at school – Monday 2nd November – you may come to school dressed in a Halloween costume if you would like to.
Please also remember to bring in your brass instruments on Tuesday 3rd November.
This week we were very proud to nominate both Lily and Jerel to receive a golden leaf and place it on our golden moments tree. All of the Year 5 staff had been exceptionally pleased with Lily and Jerel for their wonderful harvest singing. Both children tried really hard in rehearsals, they concentrated and knew all the words to our harvest songs. During the performances both children sang very confidently and smiled throughout which was wonderful to see on our harvest video! (If you would like to find out even more about our performance, please see the separate harvest post).
Our star readers this week were Eva and Elissa. Both Elissa and Eva have worked exceptionally hard both at home and in school with their reading; they read confidently and fluently and achieve high scores on their A.R quizzes. Well done girls!
We hope that you all have a wonderful time over half term, that you stay safe and enjoy spending a bit of time with your family.
This week in Year 5 we had two golden moment nominations and two star readers. Dexie received a ‘golden moment’ from Miss Guy for being a wonderful role model. Miss Guy remarked how Dexie is an excellent partner and is always helpful to other children and staff. Well done Dexie!
Elissa received our second golden moment this week. It was lovely that Elissa’s mom made the nomination for Elissa’s wonderful swimming in her lessons outside of school. Elissa has recently moved into a new swimming group and her lessons are now based around life-saving. Elissa’s mom informed us that Elissa always tries her very best within her lessons and she has coped very well in her new group despite the long break due to COVID. Keep up the good work Elissa!
Freya and Lacey received our star reading certificates this week. Both of the girls have worked very hard with their reading since the beginning of the school term; they read frequently both in and out if school and achieve well on their Accelerated Reader quizzes. Well done girls!
We hope you all have a wonderful final week at school before the half term break.
This year, Year 5’s pupil leadership focus is environmental issues. Linked to this, the class were asked to take part in a competition being held by Walsall Council to think of names for seven hardworking street sweeping vehicles. Along with this, children were also asked to create posters to encourage people not to littler and to keep the streets clean.
The lucky winners of this competition will have the honour of their artwork and chosen name being displayed on the sides of the sweepers. They will also win some additional prizes for themselves and their school.
Winners of the competition will be contacted on 14th October with certificates being presented on 16th October.
Below are the 5 designs from Year 5 that have been submitted to Walsall Council for judging. We wish the children the very best of luck!
All of the Year 5 staff would like to say a massive well done to Christabelle who received our golden leaf this week. Christabelle was nominated by Mrs Cook for wonderful ’emotions’ work as part of our PSHE curriculum. Mrs Cook remarked how Christabelle is always extremely sensitive to the needs and feelings of other people and this thoughtful attitude is also reflected in her work. What a wonderful achievement Christabelle!
Spencer received our ‘star reading’ certificate this week for his wonderful attitude towards reading. Spencer has certainly got the ‘bug’ for reading and enjoys reading both in school and at home. The Year 5 team are very pleased that Spencer quizzes frequently and often achieves 100%. Well done Spencer!
Rushall staff will continue to nominate the Year 5 children for a ‘golden moment’ on a weekly basis. It would however be wonderful if adults at home could also join in the celebration and nominate the children for all of the wonderful things that they do at home! Please send your nominations to: email@example.com.
All of the Year 5 staff would like to say a massive well done to Jack and Simran who both received a golden leaf this week. Miss Guy nominated Jack for having a “wonderfully positive attitude” towards his work both at school and at home. Mrs Cook nominated Simran for a wonderful piece of writing linked to the Iron Giant which is the topic we are focusing on in our English work. Well done Jack and Simran.
Courtney and Mason were our reading stars this week. Both of the children have shown a keen interest in reading. They both read for at least 20 minutes in school and at home on a daily basis and both are passing their Accelerated Reader quizzes, demonstrating they have a good understanding of the book they are reading. Well done Courtney and Mason.
We hope you have all had a good week in Year 5 this week, you are all shining stars.
It has been wonderful to look at the different pieces of homework that the Year 5 children have completed over the past few weeks. We would just like to remind everyone that all the homework is set via Google Classroom which can be accessed using the Wonde emoji logins. One piece of English and maths homework is set on a weekly basis, this is in addition to a list of spellings based around a particular spelling rule. On Google Classroom you will also find an enrichment project which is set on a half termly basis (our current project is about ‘living things’). There are also a wide variety of games and quizzes linked to the different things we have been learning in school. If you have any questions about the Year 5 homework or about Google Classroom, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Year 5 this week, we have been extremely excited to celebrate a wide variety of different achievements from our talented children.
We were very impressed that four of our Year 5 children received a golden leaf during our ‘Golden Moments’ assembly. Amy was the first to receive her golden leaf. She was nominated by her mom who informed us how well Amy had coped during the COVID pandemic. Amy’s mum also told us that she was very impressed how Amy stayed motivated and continued to complete all of the work set by school. This is fantastic Amy, well done!
This week, Maisie was awarded with a golden leaf from Mrs Jones. Maisie received her award for being such a good friend to the other children in her class. Thank you for being so caring Maisie!
Chloe was also nominated for a golden leaf from her mom. Chloe’s mom informed us that Chloe is a superstar at home as she wakes up very early each morning to feed all of the animals (including chickens, ducks, rabbits and dogs) and that she never complains about doing this. Well done Chloe, this is very mature and responsible of you.
Sienna was the final person in Year 5 to receive a golden leaf. Sienna’s mom also nominated Sienna for her achievements in football. Since 2019, Sienna has played for Aston Villa girls RTC. Recently, Sienna’s contract was extended as Sienna was asked again to sign for the 2020/2021 season. Sienna is extremely dedicated to football and this is a wonderful achievement. Well done Sienna!
This week, we also celebrated Rowan’s and Issac’s achievements in reading. The Year 5 staff are very impressed by both Rowan and Issac’s attitudes to reading; they are both highly motivated and as a result have achieved very high quiz scores. Well done boys!
This week we were also very impressed with Elissa who brought in her Blue Peter Badges to show the class. Elissa was awarded the badges for participating in a new sport. Elissa decided to trial archery and rock climbing which sound like lots of fun! Well done on receiving your Blue Peter awards Elissa.
We look forward to sharing more news about our Year 5 superstars in future blogs.
In Year 5, we are all extremely proud of Michael who was recently awarded the ‘green’ Blue Peter badge. In order to achieve his green (environmental) badge, Michael made his own bird house from wood and then wrote a set of instructions, detailing how he made his bird house.
This is an amazing achievement and thank you Michael for helping to protect our environment.
Mrs Cook, Miss Guy and Mrs Ross
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