Palm Oil Assembly and Fund Raising
Congratulations to three of our Y6 girls who recently led an assembly for the whole of KS2 about the plight of orangutans in many parts of the world where palm oil trees are being grown. The girls researched, planned, resourced and presented their assembly to tell us all about the loss of orangutan habitats to palm oil plant production. All species of orangutans are becoming critically endangered due to the loss, degradation and fragmentation of their forest habitat. The girls arranged a raffle and a ‘Name the Orangutan’ competition to raise money to send to the Orangutan Foundation. Well done and thank you to everyone who has been buying tickets and congratulations to the winners (who were announced during Star of the Week Assembly on Friday afternoon) – all the money raised (£101.34) will be sent to the Orangutan Foundation.
5D World Book Day Potato Characters
Check out our amazing character potatoes. Can you guess who they all are?
The Rhythm of the Rain by Grahame Baker-Smith
This week Year 5 and 6 used the whole school book 'The Rhythm of the Rain' as a stimulus for our English work. We wrote our own explanation texts to explain the scientific process of the water cycle. Everybody worked hard to include the key technical words, noun phrases, conjunctions, adverbials and passive voice.
Science- Electricity Investigation
In groups we investigated the following questions: Does the length of wire affect the brightness of the bulb in a circuit? and Does the width of wire affect the brightness of the bulb in a circuit? We planned the investigation ourselves, created our own results table, carried out the investigation, wrote our own conclusions and suggested how we could make our work better next time. We particularly enjoyed using sheets of tissue paper to measure how bright the bulb was.
Year 5 at Range High School's Cultural Arts Day
On Monday we visited Range High School for an Ancient Greek themed Arts Day. We each chose an activity to follow for the day. The choice was Art, Music, Dance or Drama. Everybody learnt a new skill which we were able to perform to an audience of friends and family at the end of the day. I think you will see from our photographs that we had an amazing time. Our thanks go to Mrs Fox, Mrs Grace, Miss Bassett and Mr Povey who were our teachers for the day.
5D Forest School Sessions
Throughout the first half of the Spring term, 5D have enjoyed being outside on Monday afternoons for our Forest School sessions. Based in the copse area, we have been able to do things in different ways and on a different scale. We've created artwork from natural materials, cooked on an open fire, played ice hockey with real ice pucks and played a variety of team building games.
Y6 workshop with Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes
The Tiger in my Chest
We had a wonderful time with Sally-Anne this afternoon talking about mental health and exploring the things that we can do to keep our own mental health strong and balanced. Sally-Anne told us the story, 'The Tiger in my Chest' by Elaheh Bos. This is a lovely story explaining what happens when we get angry, and how lonely and confusing this big emotion can feel. She instigated a discussion about feelings, (including anger and frustration) and then we tried to draw what 'anger' looks like. We thought carefully together about how our mental health might be affected if these negative feelings become out of control. The book also includes five anger management strategies (suggested by Stephanie Margolese PhD) which Sally-Anne demonstrated and we all had a go at.
Diversity Role Models
Thank you to Kate & Hilary, from Diversity Role Models, for leadng a brilliant workshop for our Y5 pupils: the focus was on exploring diverse families; our children also learnt about the fundamental similarities that exist between all families, regardless of how they look from the outside. The children learnt about the impact of homophobic language and how they can appropriately challenge it. The children were engaged throughout & asked a range of thoughtful questions.
At Woodlands, we are committed to ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and with respect irrespective of their age, race, gender, sexuality, religious belief or socio-economic background; this workshop added to our pupils’ growing understanding of these issues & will help prepare them for life in modern Britain.
Design and Technology- Slippers
This week (Mon 9th - Fri 13th Dec) we have had an amazing time making our own pair of slippers. The children learnt about making accurate templates and detailed working drawings. They developed their making and finishing skills to enhance the quality of their slippers. They also learnt to evaluate their products critically against design criteria and identify what to do to improve them. We would like to thank all the adults who came in to help with the sewing phase of our work.
Anthony Walker Foundation Y6 Workshop
Our Y6 pupils took part in an excellent workshop lead by John Au from the Anthony Walker Foundation. The session focussed on the effects of racism, homophobia & other types of discrimination on the people being targeted.
At Woodlands we are committed to ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and with respect irrespective of their age, race, gender, sexuality, religious belief or socio-economic background; this workshop will added to our pupils’ growing understanding of these issues.
We'd like to thank John & the Anthony Walker Foundation for helping our children further develop their ability to understand, appreciate & respect diference in the world.
The foundation was established by Anthony’s family after his racially motivated murder in 2005. Please follow the link below if you'd like to find out more about the Anthony Walker Foundation & the wonderful that you do.
First Aid Training
On Thursday 5th December, Year 5 had their fourth and final first aid training session. We would like to thank Sister Patrick and her team from the Hollies Family Surgery in Formby for providing our excellent training sessions. The children are now fully trained in how to assist someone with a head injury, allergic reaction, asthma attack or anyone needing CPR.
Trip to National Trust Formby
On Friday 22nd November Year 5 and Year 6 enjoyed a geography field trip to the National Trust Formby. We were investigating the physical features of the dune system and the impact of tourism on this area. Whilst there, we completed a number of activities: labelling a cross section of a dune system, identifying the flora and fauna and assessing the impact of different human activities on the area. Back in school, we will use this information to produce leaflets about dune systems.
Trip to Easedale Tarn
We thoroughly enjoyed our geography trip to Easedale Tarn. We were led by the rangers from Blencathra Education who taught us about the physical geography of the mountain as we climbed it and also explained to us all about how visitors are affecting the area. We carried out experiments to measure wind speed and temperature as we ventured higher and higher and then compared the data that we had collected. When we reached the tarn, the view was breathtaking.
6R Forest School
We have thoroughly enjoyed our Forest School sessions so far this term, led by Mr Anderson. We have taken part in lots of exciting activities in the copse outdoor area and have been using the natural materials that can be found there to create art. We have also worked together in teams and groups to build our negotiation, listening and co-operation skills. Even though it rained very heavily during our first session, we still loved taking part.
Only One You by Linda Kranz
The whole school has been looking at the book 'Only One You' by Linda Kranz and using it as a stimulus for writing this week. We have also all been painting pebbles which will be varnished and then laid together in the school grounds to create a special path. The book contains positive messages and words of wisdom and finishes with the sentence,'there's only one you in this great big world, make it a better place' and we have been using this sentiment to lead our discussions.
We have been thinking about ways to stay safe online in Year 5 and 6. The SMART rules really help us to remember what to do.
Have a look at some of the wonderful posters made by the children demonstrating their ICT skills and reminding us about how to keep ourselves safe...
Welcome to the Year 5 and 6 Class pages
Here you will find articles and photographs of all the exciting things we have been doing this year.
Don't forget to check out the useful websites linked to our work.
Friday 7th June 2019
Thank you to everyone who came and watched our performance of 'The Wind in the Willows'. We have thoroughly enjoyed putting this play together. Even though it has been a lot of hard work, it has also been a lot of fun!. It was an amazing team effort and a real triumph in the end. We are all very proud of ourselves and a little bit sad that now it is all over.
Friday 15th March 2019
Check out the crazy hairstyles we sported to raise money for Comic Relief.
Thursday 7th March 2019
Well done to everyone in Year 5 and 6 for the truly wonderful character spoons created to celebrate World Book Day. It was lovely to hear the reasons behind why you had chosen your character and also how you had made them.
Monday 4th March 2019
In 5D we are thoroughly enjoying our Forest School sessions with Mr Anderson. This week, despite the wet weather, we all managed to create a variety of different knots using strawberry laces. The figure of eight knot proved to be the easiest whereas the slip knot was the trickiest.
Tuesday 12th February
Year 5 spent a very informative afternoon at the Crucial Crew event in Formby. We enjoyed listening and participating in 6 different safety talks about: health, the local beaches, railways, stranger danger, bullying and roads. Thank you to the Police, Transport Police, Bullybusters, Sefton Coastguards and the Road Safety Team for delivering such valuable information to us.
January 2019 - Mayan Explore Day
We enjoyed a wonderful day learning about the Mayan civilisation through a series of workshops run by Katy from AltruDrama. We found out about Mayan daily life, had a go at playing pok-a-tok (a ball game), talked about their food and farming and recreated one of the Mayan myths through drama.
January 2019 - 6R Forest School sessions
We are really enjoying our Forest School sessions with Nick. We have been building dens, learning how to tie knots and making creatures using natural resources found around the copse area.
Monday 10th December 2018
Today was the last session of our 5 week course on First Aid. We would like to thank Joy, our instructor from St John Ambulance. We all learnt so much and were very proud to pass and receive our certificates.
Thursday 29th November 2018
Thank you to all the adults who came to watch and help us do 'Maths in Action'. We enjoyed showing you how we develop our fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills.
Friday 23rd November 2018
Year 5 and 6 really loved designing and making these amazing totem poles. We worked in groups to create them and we each chose an animal and colours that represent our personalities.
Friday 16th November
We had lots of fun dressing up in historical costumes to raise money for Children in Need.
Thursday 1st November
Local historian, John Phillips, came to visit Year 5 and 6 today. He told us lots of interesting information on what Formby was like during World War 1. Using primary sources of evidence (photographs) he explained how many local men had been trained as soldiers at a camp near Freshfield train station. The children were fascinated and had lots of questions which John was able to provide answers to. The information will be used to write a paragraph on Formby during the war for the non-chronological report posters we are creating in English.
Patron Of Reading Visit
On Friday 19th October Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes, our Patron Of Reading, came to work with Year 5. She is currently planning ideas for her new Mr Crocodile book. In the book, Mr Crocodile will visit Woodlands School and enter each classroom. We had to think of funny situations that could happen when he visits Year 5. We really enjoyed coming up with exciting new ideas and we can't wait to see which ones Sally-Anne chooses for her book.
Despite recent bad weather, we set off on our trip to Grasmere in the Lake District to work with staff from the Blencathra Outdoor Education Team to learn about the mountain formations of the Easedale Valley.
Luckily for us the sun was shining down and we set off on our walk up to Easedale Tarn. On the way, we carried out various tests to monitor the temperature and wind speed changes as our altitude increased. We stopped for a picnic lunch before being rewarded for our efforts with beautiful views of Sour Milk waterfall and across the tarn. We learnt a lot of information about how the dramatic landscape was formed and will be continuing with our mountains project back at school. We were delighted to receive many compliments on the politeness and good behaviour of our children from fellow walkers who were out on the day: they really did themselves, their parents and the school proud!
We thoroughly enjoyed our expedition to the Amazon! Using virtual reality to bring our learning to life, we explored the river system and experienced what it would be like to look up at trees over 40m tall. Writing our non-chronolgical reports will be much easier now! Bill Esterson, MP, agreed that this was a fabulous experience.