Today was Sports Day! We set off filled with excitement alongside Mrs. Worby and her amazing refreshment trolley
At Northgate we took part in various field events organised by the super 'sport's helpers' from Northgate School.
We made sure we kept hydrated and cool!
But unfortunately the threatened rain arrived and put an end to the sports for today. We will look forward to finishing all the events at a later date.
Here is a photograph of the first two children who went for the tables challenge. They all have their own tables book at home so please practise with them. They need to know each multiplication table, forwards, backwards and then mixed up.
I will be posting photographs of all the successful children over the next few weeks so please support them by testing them at home.
Firstly, welcome to the Summer Term! It's hard to believe that we are already two thirds through the year!
We have started the term interestingly, when on Friday 21st April, Year 5 were visited by 2 representatives of the Ipswich Buddhist Centre. Swadipa Vasey and his wife, Carumani, spent the afternoon talking to the children and introducing them to this fascinating religion. The children witnessed the setting up of a shrine (with stupa, candles, flowers and incense), listened to the story of how Buddhism began 1,400 years ago and even practised some breathing exercises listening to the bell. This is an exciting topic and we are sure the children will be talking about their learning at home with you over the coming months!
This week your child was given a multiplication booklet. Many thanks to the helpful volunteers Josie, Darcey, Neveah, Rajinder Tamsin and Lily-Mae who gave up many lunchtimes to stick all the tables into each booklet so your child can learn them. Please find the time to hear your child recite their tables. They need to be able to recite them mixed up as well as in the correct order.
There are only 2 or 3 pupils in the whole class who are proficient in their use of tables. This is a very important skill that is used constantly in our everyday lives so please join me in helping your children learn them. Testing will be when they feel ready to be tested by me in school and will begin after half term. However, I will be chasing pupils up if they don't feel ready to be tested on the 2x after a couple of weeks back
Please enjoy the photographs of the children when they started using their tables books for the first time - let's hope their enthusiasm continues!
This week we have been looking at a wonderful poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. Our enjoyment of the poem was further heightened by a visit from our very own 'Highwaywoman' Mrs Worby. She really made the poem come to life dressed in the full regalia of a highwayman. She also posed with the last of the pupils in 5B who have produced homweork projects.
I have been so impressed with the standard of homework projects the children have produced so many thanks for all your help and support.
I will look forward to seeing some of you on Monday between 9.00 and 10.30 to support the children in making a CAM toy in Design Technology. I will be posting photos online of the fun we will be having as well as the final results of the children's toys. If I don't see you, can I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
,This week we practised a motivational song for assembly called 'Don't Give Up'. I thought you might enjoy our rehearsal which we videoed. I can't say it was the best singing I've ever heard as many of the children 'froze' in front of the school audience but I thought they were great. Enjoy................
Hello again. I meant to mention that our work on the school's learning words led us to a song on youtube. It stars a very young Bruno Mars and the puppets from Sesame Street in a happy song about never giving up no matter how hard things get. Obviously this is a message that we want the children to really believe in so to that end we are trying to learn it in order to sing it to the school next Thursday (a week today). It would really help if you encouraged your child to have a practice at home as our singing is rather lacking in oomph at the moment.
The link to the song is https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+bruno+mars+don%27t+give+up+lyrics&view=detail&mid=EDD5DBFBC58D03C492B1EDD5DBFBC58D03C492B1&FORM=VIRE
and it is a fun song to sing.
Next week for our 'performance' it would be lovely if the children could wear some sort of deeley bopper (please google it if you are not old enough to remember these!) if you have any at home - don't worry if you don't possess any.
I shall look forward to singing along with the children next week - and with my voice they need to sing up to drown me out.
Resilience is one of the traits we try to develop amongst the children as it is such an important attribute for being a successful learner. We all need to learn how to bounce back from the 'knocks' we experience throughout life so developing resilience is really important.
On Wednesday, the whole school took part in special activity day based around the school's learning words. We tackled resilience by thinking of a good slogan that represented the word, took pictures that showed a visual image of our slogan and then wrote stories that involved children demonstrating this trait.
Our slogan involved the idea of 'bouncing back' so our image involved the children supporting one child on a spacehopper (or whatever they are called these days}. The class was split into 4 groups so that everyone appeared in one of the photos. It is now up to Mr. Stock to decide which image he will use. I have attached them all for you to view because they really are lovely with big smiles all round even though the temperature was dropping a few degrees by the minute!.
I will be writing to you next week about times tables as many of the children are struggling with them and it would be great if we could be involved in a big push to improve these - more details in the next blog.
A Happy New Year to you all. Apologies for not updating the blog earlier but we have had a very busy time in 5B.
The children have started their swimming lessons and it was pleasing to see so may of them could already swim some distance. Those that can't will now have the opportunity to learn this important life skill.
Going swimming involves getting on and off the bus, walking through town to the swimming pool, using the changing rooms and following the safety rules in and around the pool. I have to say that your children did the school proud demonstrating immaculate behaviour throughout. I felt really proud of them when the swimming instructor remarked on how well behaved they all were. Well done 5B!
We had such a busy end of term with visits to an art exhibition, DT workshops, a farewell assembly to some staff who are leaving and the usual Christmas class party.
On Monday morning we had great fun finishing off our CAM toys with help from some parents who were great support for their own children but also others who were seated with them. Thank you so much to those that joined us - I hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed having you join us for this project. Below are photos of most of the finished results. I think you'll agree, they are pretty impressive so well done 5B.