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Year 5 Events

Autumn Term 2021
Year 5 and 6 – TTRS Battle of the Bands December 2021

Well done to all the pupils that have taken part in the first ‘Battle of the Bands’ on TT Rock Stars of the 2021-22 academic year. An overwhelming response from the pupils with 246 pupils from KS2 taking part in the battles and 254,829 correct times table questions answered throughout the battle!

The winning bands were Maroon 5 Squared, One Division, Number Souls, Red Hot Chilli Numbers and Black Add Peas. With year 5 beating year 6.

See below for the full results and highest earners in each band (Rock Star avatar names!)

The next battles commence in the Spring Term.Battle of the Bands Dec 21It is really important that the pupils know their times tables and division facts fluently, so please encourage your child to keep practising and playing on TTRS every week!


Primary Maths challenge 

90 pupils in year 5 and 6 took part in the Primary Maths Challenge on Monday 15th November.
Well done to everyone who took part!

Bronze certificates: Sebby in year 5 and Jessica, Reuben, Ava, Oliver, Evan and Charlie in year 6.
Silver Certificates: Amelia, Euan, Holly, Isaac, Isla, Charlie and Oliver in year 6.
Gold certificates: Seth in year 5 and Mia in year 6.
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A couple of questions for you to try at home!
1)Jonathan the Tortoise eats 20g of salad leave a day. The leaves are sold in 80g bags which cost 90p.
How much would it cost to feed Jonathan for 4 weeks?

A: £.4.20 B: £4.80 C: £5.30 D: £5.70 E: £6.30

2)More than 60% but less than 65% of the spiders in my cupboard have hairy legs. What is the smallest number of spiders that could be in my cupboard?


Parkside's Crypto-library challenge! 

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This half term, pupils have been taking part in our Crypto-library challenge. The competition was tied to pupils' use of Accelerated Reader and their quiz-taking. For every book that had been read, pupils then took their AR quiz, as normal. If they received over 80%, they were given the chance to try to guess the 3-digit code from our crypto-box. The correct 3-digits would open the box and the prizes inside would be theirs! The prizes were a brand new book, a £10 Amazon gift voucher and a bar of chocolate.

This week, we had a winner! William..... in 5RM correctly guessed the code!

The competition led to a 585 quizzes and attempts to decode the Crypto-library, resulting in an incredible 12,839,867 words being read by our pupils! A fantastic effort by all.

Reading competitions are run regularly in school. Don't forget the class competition for the most words read and to keep reading to ensure you earn points for your House. Keep your eyes peeled for the next BIG reading competition!


Inspiration Day - Digital Safety

On Wednesday, 6th October, the whole school took part in an Inspiration Day that focused on how to keep themselves digitally safe. Throughout the day, pupils were encouraged to think about their media choices and habits, including how they achieve a healthy balance of online and offline activity. They looked at their digital footprints, considering how their online actions impact themselves and others. Pupils also looked at how digital dramas can be de-escalated and at how they communicate with others online. We looked at roles in cyberbullying and how pupils can be responsible digital citizens. The work produced from each year group is now on display.

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Year 5 Geography Globes

Year 5 have been working hard in their Geography lessons and learning all about our world.
They have looked at continents, lines of latitude and longitude and discussed time zones!

The year fives showed great teamwork and produced excellent globes... well done!
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World Multiplication Day! 

Friday 1st October was World Multiplication Day! Pupils in Year 5 and 6 took part in this with teachers planning times tables activities that appeared in any lesson throughout the day. We had Times Table Rock Stars in Maths, Multiplication Bingo, times tables in the middle of celebration assemblies, times table rhymes in English, the 6 times table to ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift and chanting times tables as a way to clear your mind in a ‘moment of anxiety’ in Thrive.


Summer Term 2021
Year 5 and 6 – TTRS Battle of the Bands May 2021

Well done to all the pupils that have taken part in the second ‘Battle of the Bands’ on TT Rock Stars of the 2020-21 academic year. Another overwhelming response from the pupils and some very competitive teachers! A massive increase in correct answers compared to November!

The winning bands were Pump Up the Volume, One Division, Little Mixed Numbers, Red Hot Chilli Numbers and Panic! At the Division. With year 6 beating year 5.

See below for the full results and highest earners in each band (Rock Star avatar names!)
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Virtual Visit from Maz Evans

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On Friday 14th of May, children in Year 5 were treated to a virtual author visit from Maz Evans. The children were able to ask Maz lots of questions about her books and the writing process. Not only was Maz was incredibly funny, she also shared lots of writing tips. We were especially shocked to find out how long it takes to edit a book compared to writing it! Maz Evan's books are now in the school library to loan, and I am sure the children will continue to enjoy their class reading book, "Who let the Gods Out?"


Autumn Term 2020
Outstanding KS2 Humanities Homework

As part of the recovery curriculum in Humanities, the KS2 pupils were asked to choose a project focus from either: 

History - The history of a digital device e.g. telephone, radio, computing, gaming equipment. 

Geography - Create a Tropical Rainforest Biome.

RE - Research two different creation Stories, compare and give their views. 

In all cases, the pupils were allowed to choose how to present their work.  The finished results are amazing!  Pupils brought in creative rainforest biomes, made David Attenborough style video recordings, planned and presented PowerPoints on the history of different digital devices, interviewed relatives to get their opinion on different creation stories and much more. 

Well done to all the pupils in KS2 for their fantastic homework and many thanks to all the parents that supported with these projects. 

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Year 5 and 6 – TTRS Battle of the Bands November 2020

Well done to all the pupils that have taken part in the first ‘Battle of the Bands’ on TT Rock Stars of the 2020-21 academic year. An overwhelming response from the pupils with 247 pupils from KS2 taking part in the battles!

The winning bands were Maths Potato, One Division, Rocktagons, Red Hot Chilli Numbers and Black Add Peas. With year 5 beating year 6.
See below for the full results and highest earners in each band (Rock Star avatar names!)

The next battles commence in the Spring Term.
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Potatoes!

Well done Year 5 for showing such creativity on Roald Dahl Day! We loved seeing your potato characters and doing all the different activities through the day. An excellent start to our new topic! 
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Spring Term 2020
The Heartstone Odyssey Project
9th January 2020
KS2 watched this performance

 It was set to be an afternoon of magical dance and storytelling as Sitakumari, principal dancer for Heartstone, together with a supporting cast of Year 8 dancers drawn from Parkside Middle School present an excerpt from ‘The Heartstone Odyssey’ to mark the launch of the first Heartstone Story Circle in Worcester.

‘The Heartstone Odyssey’, the fantasy book which forms the foundation of this project, captures hearts and minds providing the inspiration for the Story Circle programme, a UK-wide and international programme to fight prejudice and intolerance, empower girls and young women and bring people together.

Sitakumari, Director of Heartstone and principal dancer/storyteller, said:
"The Heartstone Odyssey is a gripping epic adventure, about winning against the odds, but also a moral tale for our time. The books have been written to entertain, a story for children, that adults too, can enjoy and, as with all great timeless stories, will leave you seeing the world in a different way forever, to see past stereotypes and prejudice, to see a common humanity.”

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Year 5 Trip to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Year 5 had the pleasure of visiting the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery this half term. After starting our new Learning Journey topic on the Ancient Greeks, it was a real treat to join in with some workshops and activities all about this fascinating civilisation. We started by exploring the museum and having the chance to see a model of the Acropolis of Athens (where it is said that Poseidon and Athena once had a fearsome battle for Athens) and also see some real Greek pottery.

During the workshops, we learned all about how the ancient Greek people believed they could please the gods by giving offerings or visiting the theatre. We joined in with a whole-class drama and then participated in some Greek Art, too! After learning about the red-figure technique and the black-figure technique used on Greek pottery, we designed our own silhouette pictures and scratched patterns, just like the ancient Greeks would have done to carve detail into their pots.

Please have a look at some of our photos from the day.

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Autumn Term 2019
Year 4 and 5 - Music Transition Morning

On Friday 29th November, Parkside were pleased to host three local first school's Year 4 pupils to take part in our annual Music Morning Event.  Each school had prepared a lovely piece to sing  and Parkside pupils confidently showcased their musical talents and what they have been getting up to in Music lessons.  The morning ended with all the schools learning a song and singing together. 
 
It was a fantastic opportunity for our prospective pupils to get a taste of Music at Parkside and see our beautiful building, many for the first time, we look forward to the Year 4's returning later in the year for more exciting transition events.
Year 5 and 6 - Battle of the Bands - November 

Well done to all the pupils that have taken part in the first ‘Battle of the Bands’ on TT Rock Stars for this academic year.  An overwhelming response from the pupils and some very competitive teachers/band managers! 

The winning bands were Sausage and Math, One Division, Rocktagons, Number Souls and Maroon 5 Squared.  With year 6 beating year 5.

See below for the full results and highest earners in each band (Rock Star avatar names!)

The next battles will commence in the Spring Term 2020.
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Year 5 Maths and Literacy morning
Thank you to all the parents/carers and other family members that attended the Year 5 Maths/Literacy morning. The resources are below for those that attended and those that could not due to other commitments.

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Roald Dahl Day
On Friday the 13th of September, Year 5 celebrated Roald Dahl day with an array of costumes and activities in school. Thank you so much to parents and carers for their help with these incredible costumes and well done to Year 5 who created some fantastic work to kick-start their new Roald Dahl English topic.

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Summer Term 2019
Year 5 Trip to Blackwell

On Friday 24th May, 140 Year 5 pupils visited Blackwell Court for a full day of activity. The sun was shining and the pupils gave 100% effort to complete the physical and mentally challenging activities throughout the day.  From jumping off zip wires, archery, climbing and the giant 3G, swing the pupils showed great individual effort, teamwork and empathy for each other to help all of their group members achieve their goals throughout the day.

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Year 5 really made the most of the day and were a pleasure to be with, earning praise from Blackwell staff for their behaviour and conduct throughout the day. A brilliant day all round. Well done everyone!