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This handwriting template can be uploaded below. Please practice your handwriting as much as possible and send me some examples.

This handwriting template can be uploaded below. Please practice your handwriting as much as possible and send me some examples. 1

Please use this handwriting template to continue to work on your handwriting. Remember, the important things to do are to join the letters cursively, spread out the letters to make a word and make sure there is a space between words. Please practice a little bit every day.

This term in Science you are going to be learning about Palaeontology which is the scientific study of fossilised plants and animals. We are going to be looking specifically at dinosaurs. The marvellous documentary series Walking With Dinosaurs has a series of lessons and activities I am going to give you each week. This will be a lesson on Tuesday. Enjoy!

This term in Science you are going to be learning about Palaeontology which is the scientific study of fossilised plants and animals. We are going to be looking specifically at dinosaurs. The marvellous documentary series Walking With Dinosaurs has a series of lessons and activities I am going to give you each week. This will be a lesson on Tuesday. Enjoy! 1

Home Learning week commencing Monday June 1st 2020

Maths - Active Learn. Once you have completed the tasks set the system will automatically set you some new tasks.

Reading - Active Learn. Once you have completed the set books the system will automatically give you two more. Do not forget to answer the questions set by the bugs.

Spellings - Please log onto Spelling Shed for your spellings.

Grammar - A Grammar task will be set each week. Please look on Monday's star.

Afternoon Activity - Each day there will be an afternoon activity for you to complete.

Do not forget to keep sending me photos of your amazing work.


 

Mrs. Barne's Weekly Timetable for exercise and wellbeing:

Some amazing home learning from Diya, including some beautifully insightful work in both topic and RE; Kobie-Ray and David have created robots out of household material with some great afternoon learning from David in Science. I know you love dinosaurs!

Congratulations Connor for coming 3rd place for his writing contribution in the Little Bookshop Berkshire competition! Can't wait to read the story myself. I love this Rainbow Skittles Mosaic to honour the NHS service. The colours are so bright and beautiful.

Congratulations Connor for coming 3rd place for his writing contribution in the Little Bookshop Berkshire competition! Can't wait to read the story myself. I love this Rainbow Skittles Mosaic to honour the NHS service. The colours are so bright and beautiful.  1
Congratulations Connor for coming 3rd place for his writing contribution in the Little Bookshop Berkshire competition! Can't wait to read the story myself. I love this Rainbow Skittles Mosaic to honour the NHS service. The colours are so bright and beautiful.  2

Mrs. Barnes has given us a schedule of physical activities to do each day. It is as important to keep our bodies active as it is to keep our minds active.

Here are some ideas for your afternoon activities throughout May. Enjoy!

Mrs. Barnes has a great schedule for fun physical activities

I want to thank you all for doing really well with your Home Learning. And..thank you to Mums, Dads, Siblings and others who have been helping you when I can't be there to explain. Relax and enjoy the half-term break. Keep reading!! No new work is assigned, but keep up with TT Rockstars and ActiveLearn when you're feeling bored. I miss you all. Mr. Bennett

I want to thank you all for doing really well with your Home Learning. And..thank you to Mums, Dads, Siblings and others who have been helping you when I can't be there to explain. Relax and enjoy the half-term break. Keep reading!! No new work is assigned, but keep up with TT Rockstars and ActiveLearn when you're feeling bored. I miss you all. Mr. Bennett 1

Gold Award Certificates for hard work, aspiration and independent working go to Charlotte and Laila! Keep up the good work.

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PE Activities week starting 11th May 2020. Enjoy!

PE activities. Willow Class - it is too easy to let our bodies down by sitting around too much. Try these fun activities to get fit. One every day.

Home Learning for the week of 15th June 2020. There isn't a lot to show for afternoon work, although I'm glad to see ActiveLearn is getting a lot of visits. A lot of things from Connor, Kobi-Ray and Charlotte.New just in - Kobie-Ray baking tarts and writing about the Trojan War and Charlotte's mindful iguana.

Home Learning for the week of 8th May 2020. There wasn't much last week and only art from Charlotte this week. This makes me really worried that the afternoon work isn't being done. Learning is more than reading and writing. There is so much more to learn and think about.

Connor submitted some work as pdf's - here is a brilliant shark and some geography work.

Week of 1st June 2020. Some excellent work has come in from Kobie-Ray and Charlotte. I am going to award Kobie-Ray with the Gold Certificate because he has provided so much RE, Geography, a great Dinosaur mind-map and some artwork of Matilda he did with Mum.. Charlotte has been busy with her art-work and I am so impressed with her Viking boat and Greek vase.

Congrats to Maryam with her Maths Factor (picture added). Charlotte has submitted lots of fantastic pieces of art - an Egyptian headdress, a lovely Anime girl and some textures to name a few. That shows real talent! Maryam and David have submitted loads of good examples of artwork (Maryam's anime), geography, writing and PSHE.

Monday 18th May has gotten off to a good start - some lovely work from Connor - his bear challenge, an intro to the Kintaro story and geography. Kobie-Ray has a really accurate and complete geography assignment too. Well done boys! Hopefully we'll get some more work in. Laila Hooray!!!!! I've got some work to show off - working hard in Maths and some super geography work. Charlotte has sent in some outstandingly thorough geography home learning. Well done Willow!

Laila's photographs! I love receiving photos of Willow Class children, makes me feel like l can still see you.

Wow Lithanya and Diya - you've worked really hard this past week. Well done. Lots of good English work.

Lots of great home learning during the Easter break.

Week of 11th May 2020. So far this week, only Kobie-Ray has sent in work.Great job with your part 2 of the Kintaro story, a very colourful medal for VE Day and the work on the International Space Station. Also just in - some amazing RE work. You are a star Kobie-Ray!

Week of 11th May 2020. So far this week, only Kobie-Ray has sent in work.Great job with your part 2 of the Kintaro story, a very colourful medal for VE Day and the work on the International Space Station. Also just in - some amazing RE work. You are a star Kobie-Ray! 1
Week of 11th May 2020. So far this week, only Kobie-Ray has sent in work.Great job with your part 2 of the Kintaro story, a very colourful medal for VE Day and the work on the International Space Station. Also just in - some amazing RE work. You are a star Kobie-Ray! 2
Week of 11th May 2020. So far this week, only Kobie-Ray has sent in work.Great job with your part 2 of the Kintaro story, a very colourful medal for VE Day and the work on the International Space Station. Also just in - some amazing RE work. You are a star Kobie-Ray! 3
Week of 11th May 2020. So far this week, only Kobie-Ray has sent in work.Great job with your part 2 of the Kintaro story, a very colourful medal for VE Day and the work on the International Space Station. Also just in - some amazing RE work. You are a star Kobie-Ray! 4
Week of 11th May 2020. So far this week, only Kobie-Ray has sent in work.Great job with your part 2 of the Kintaro story, a very colourful medal for VE Day and the work on the International Space Station. Also just in - some amazing RE work. You are a star Kobie-Ray! 5

Lithanya has done some great writing on her Japanese legend, Darius is beavering away at maths and Kobie-Ray completed the toilet roll challenge.

I couldn't put David's excellent work and Darius' photograph on the slide-show, so here they are!

Work for the week starting 20th April 2020. I was pleased to see so many assessment pieces of work on either the Vikings or Earth Day. The work with decimal numbers shows a high degree of understanding, well done.

The work keeps flooding in for Week 4! Keep up the good work. Donna scores with some good maths work, Maryam is cycling and keeping fit while talking about tornadoes and Kobie Ray writes a beautiful poem I can finally upload. Up and Up and away...Kobie-Ray (See, I'm a poet lol),

More work for Week 4, starting 14th April: Maryam is cooking a delicious looking breakfast; Laiba's picture of the moon landing and a mega-lot of work from David. You are all stars!

More great work from Willow: Lots of things from Maryam, including a lovely photo and an 'expected' level information text; Eisa's Easter poem; Diya's 'expected' quality information text and a lovely moon landing picture by Kobie-Ray.

Well done Donna and David. A lot of really excellent home learning.

Well done Diya and Eisa for completing such a tremendous amount of good work in Week 3. Here is your Gold Certificate! Keep that work coming in.

Well done Maryam and Hashir for doing such a lot of good, accurate home learning in Week 2. Here are Gold Certificates!

Announcement!

You can now email me examples of your wonderful learning to our new class email:

 willowclass@riversideprimaryschool.org.uk

Every Friday I will put all the photos into a slideshow and award golden certificates for the best work! Keep up the hard work :)

Faith's Joker, Hashir's amazing work and Eisa's page of maths. Well done!

Faith's Joker, Hashir's amazing work and Eisa's page of maths. Well done! 1
Faith's Joker, Hashir's amazing work and Eisa's page of maths. Well done! 2
Faith's Joker, Hashir's amazing work and Eisa's page of maths. Well done! 3
Faith's Joker, Hashir's amazing work and Eisa's page of maths. Well done! 4

Very useful information: A website with links to an exhaustive number of FREE educational websites for the children to enhance their learning: https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/?fbclid=IwAR38M_RoSSj0s-dDC27_WSOSu8SoBxflCVmQSt8jQ5oDJq7tBhh9xhQoB3k

 

Very cool news!!!! NASA (United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has allowed all their videos and images to be accessible for FREE!!! https://images.nasa.gov/ We will be studying Space Exploration in Term 6, so get a head start and explore.

 

Mr Bennett on holiday in Ireland at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange, a Neolithic burial mound. The carvings are nearly 5,000 years old and unique among monuments like this in Europe.

Mr Bennett on holiday in Ireland at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange, a Neolithic burial mound. The carvings are nearly 5,000 years old and unique among monuments like this in Europe. 1

Welcome to Year 5 Willow Class.

A word about your child's teacher, Mr. Bennett:

I have a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology and studied Egyptology at the University of London. The first few decades of my working life were spent as an archaeologist, travelling to such wonderful locations as Egypt, Palestine, Mexico, the USA and many sites in the UK. When I finished that career, I decided to become a teacher. I worked as an Archaeological Tutor for the University of Nottingham WEA and then when I moved here, I was a tutor at The University of Oxford and Reading University. I received my PGCE reasonably late in life when I decided I wanted to teach in Primary School and after working at various schools, I found a home at Riverside. I've been here now for several years and really enjoy life at this school. I will be updating you about what we are studying and what projects we will be embarking upon. As always, I urge parents to read with their children at home. I cannot stress the importance of regularly using the English language at home, through TV shows and DVDs, speaking, conversing with siblings in English and most importantly, reading and being read to. There is a proven link between reading and improvement in writing and this is a commitment we have, not only in Year 5, but throughout the school.

 

Our Willow Reading Corner

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Year 5 children chilling out in the newly expanded reading corner. Twice a day, blissful reading for pleasure. Shoes off and lulled by soft music and the magic of reading a good book.

The Imagination and Creation Station

The Imagination and Creation Station 1
Children get the opportunity to take turns at the Creation Station; a chance to get out gel pens, cool stationery, dictionaries and story cards to sit and do some creative writing. There is a Marvel superheroes diary for anybody to jot down feelings, ideas and to draw pictures of what they want to write about. During English lessons, it is also a space where a student can sit alone with their thoughts, having all the resources they need to make a success of their writing task. 

The Mayans were famous for building pyramids, creating the first calendar, developing a hieroglyphic language and sculpting beautiful pieces of art like this - a Mayan King in a purification ritual.

The Mayans were famous for building pyramids, creating the first calendar, developing a hieroglyphic language and sculpting beautiful pieces of art like this - a Mayan King in a purification ritual. 1

Riverside Combined Year 5 class trip to the Pitt-Rivers Museum of Anthropology and the Oxford Museum of Natural History.

 

Below are some pictures from the Willow Class visit to the Pitt-Rivers Museum to learn all about the Mayan people of Ancient Mexico. A useful thing we learned is that the Mayan people have not vanished. Their pyramids might be 500 years old, but the people are still alive in Mexico and Central America. They are facing the same problems indigenous people all over the world are suffering - deforestation, government corruption, poverty and high unemployment. The afternoon was spent visiting the Museum of Natural History where we were delighted by the dinosaurs, terrified by tarantulas, mesmerised by meteors and dazzled by the dodo. Hope you enjoy!

Riverside class posing in front of the T-Rex.

Riverside class posing in front of the T-Rex. 1

Here is all of Willow Class with Mrs Durkin and Mrs Taylor in front of megafaunal skeletons.

Here is all of Willow Class with Mrs Durkin and Mrs Taylor in front of megafaunal skeletons. 1

Posing with a meteorite, the Mayan workshop presentation and some shrunken heads - gasp!

Posing with a meteorite, the Mayan workshop presentation and some shrunken heads - gasp! 1
Posing with a meteorite, the Mayan workshop presentation and some shrunken heads - gasp! 2
Posing with a meteorite, the Mayan workshop presentation and some shrunken heads - gasp! 3
Posing with a meteorite, the Mayan workshop presentation and some shrunken heads - gasp! 4
For the beginning of the Spring Term, Willow Class has been reading and studying the wonderful poem by Alfred Noyes - The Highwayman. Besides trying to write their own poem, the children also painted a sunset silhouette of the Highwayman during Art Class. The blending effect and dark foreground make for a very lovely display.

Sunset Silhouette of the Highwayman in Acrylic paint.

Sunset Silhouette of the Highwayman in Acrylic paint. 1
On Wednesday 5th April, Willow Class went on a trip with Walnut Class to the Reading Museum. We are reading Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens as our shared reading book and I wanted to give the children a greater insight into the life of Victorian working children. The Museum do a wonderful workshop about working for a wealthy household in Reading in 1840. All the children got to dress up as chimney sweeps, scullery maids and footmen while having their roles explained. There was also time to wander around and explore other aspects of this amazing museum. There is an exhibition on the Roman city of Silchester, whose ruins are near Reading. Again, more fun dressing up as Romans and looking at all the artefacts. The Art Gallery also fascinating the children and they all took their art books to sketch some of the exhibits. A great deal was had by all!

Dressing up as Romans and learning about Victorian England.

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Dressing up as Romans and learning about Victorian England.  2
Dressing up as Romans and learning about Victorian England.  3
Dressing up as Romans and learning about Victorian England.  4
On Wednesday 4th March 2020, the combined class of Willow and Walnut walked down to the Maidenhead Library to attend a book signing and workshop by Abi Elphinstone. Abi is a celebrated writer of children's fantasy stories that are full of excitement and adventure. Her presentation was very inspiring and the children were full of questions. A great day out!

Abi Elphinstone presenting top tips for being a good writer to Year 5.

Abi Elphinstone presenting top tips for being a good writer to Year 5. 1

World Book Day on Thursday 5th February was a blast! Lots of fun, creativity and learning.

World Book Day on Thursday 5th February was a blast! Lots of fun, creativity and learning. 1

On World Book Day, Leila was Achilles the Greek Hero and poor Lily a helpless Trojan.

On World Book Day, Leila was Achilles the Greek Hero and poor Lily a helpless Trojan.  1
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