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Blwyddyn 5 - Dosbarth Pembroke - Mr Holmes

On Monday 24th January, we will be starting our new 'Teithiau Pwysig' topic.

Following our ‘Helpiwch Ein Byd’ topic, we have been using explosion books to showcase our learning. We hope you like them

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The children have been writing and editing letters to Mr Hatwood this week about Climate Change. After completing their drafts copies, they wrote them out in neat.

This morning we have started our STEM project ‘Formula 1 in Schools’. Over the coming weeks we will be working on Mondays to design a car that we will race in a school championship. The winners will then go on to regional finals and then nationals.

We had a special visitor during our carol singing practise this afternoon! Santa loved it!! 🎅 🎶

We have been on a walk to visit our ‘Wonder of Gresford’, the Colliers Park training facility. The children have been working on their mapping skills to identify risks that we might face on our journey to and from Colliers Park. They thoroughly enjoyed the wet and muddy walk back through the fields!

In Literacy, we have been thinking about what we can do to make our school ‘greener’. We will use these ideas and back them up with data / evidence when writing letters to the school’s eco-council.

We have been learning how to write in the past tense in our Welsh lessons.

The children loved playing rock, paper, scissors in PE. It’s a great warm up activity, but the children wanted to carry it on for the whole lesson!

In RE we have been discussing the Ten Commandments and how ‘Thou shall not kill’ relates to us mistreating our planet. In groups, we have worked together to create our own Ten Commandments to repair God’s world.

With it being the start of ‘Advent’ we have been looking at what advent means and researching more about it. We have also read the story ‘Refuge’ all about Mary and Joseph’s journey. We discussed the emotions Mary, Joseph and the donkey would have felt at various parts of their journey. The children then created some excellent emotion lines graphs to share their thoughts.

In English the children have been improving their sentence structure and identifying emotive language in preparation for writing letters to the eco-council to persuade them to reduce the school’s carbon footprint.

The children have been watching the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference. They worked in groups to create an info sheet about the different effects climate change has around different parts of the world 🌍

PC Stu visited us this week and delivered an anti-bullying workshop.

In Literacy, the children have been discussing their class book ‘The Last Bear’. They have worked in partners to use repetition for effect in their writing. 📖 🐻

The children really enjoyed using the glockenspiels in music yesterday. Our ‘Livin on a Prayer’ unit in music is a hit with the children and they have really enjoyed learning the song 🎵 🎶

Children living their introduction into badminton. 🏸

The children have enjoyed planning their investigation to test different filter papers. Looking forward to completing the investigation now.

Year 5 had a fantastic day at Dangerpoint in Talacre learning all about how to be safe at home and in the wider community.

We sent out a questionnaire to parents to find out their thoughts and feelings about the proposed housing development at Maes y Pant Quarry. The children have been analysing the results and creating their own infographic.

The children have been working hard over the last couple of weeks to plan, write, assess, edit and re-draft their balanced arguments about the proposed plans to building a new housing estate at Maes y Pant Quarry. Here are a few examples. I'm sure you'll all agree that they are fantastic!

This children have been sharing their previous learning about solids, liquids and gases. They have discussed grouping objects, properties of materials, how to separate mixtures and how state of matter changes. The work completed and the discussions held will inform future planning of lessons.

Here is a copy of our overview for the Climate Change topic we are completing this term.

We have been learning about states of matter in Science. The children took on the role of particles to help identify the differences between solids, liquids and gases.

Our Celebration Assembly on a Friday has changed slightly now as our certificates are all linked to the 4 purposes of the new curriculum. We now have different characters that represent the difficult skills and traits that we hope our pupils will aim towards. Each week four children will receive a certificate - one child for each of the 4 purposes.

Our children are really enjoying a virtual visit from Hannah Gold this morning. They have some fantastic questions that are really going to challenge Hannah. #futureauthors

We have been working hard to improve our movement and control in PE.

We visited the quarry again this afternoon to carry out some fieldwork on measuring the circumference of different trees. This will really help with work later on in the week when we dicuss why trees are important to the environment.

We visited Maes y Pant Quarry to get a feel for the size of the proposed development. Our challenge was to calculate the amount of trees that would need to be cut down. The children measured three 100m squared areas, counted the amount of trees in those areas and then calculated the average. The proposed housing development will us a 200,000m squared area, so the children multiplied their average by 2 and then again by 1000 to find the approximate number of trees that will be destroyed. It was shocking to find that around 20,000 trees would be cut down.

The class then worked together to share their ideas. They also thought of any questions that they would want answering by the planning department or the building company. The finally task was to think of any deals that could be agreed if the housing development got the go ahead.

The children wrote down their initial thoughts when they found out the news. The majority of the views were extremely negative. However, there were some arguments for the development to go ahead.

Helpiwch Ein Byd - We have made a great start to our Helpiwch Ein Byd (Help Our World) topic this week. We received a letter explaining that there are plans to build a new housing development on Maes y Pant Quarry and a plan of the estate.

Whilst at Colliers Park the children measured the dimensions of the pitch. They then calculated the area and perimeter of different sections.

The children enjoyed thinking of a focus for their Drift Walk. These were then put into a hat and picked at random. It was lovely to give the children a real purpose to their walk.

The children have completed lots of fieldwork during our '12 Wonders of Gresford' work this week. They have sketched some excellent maps showing our local area and then thought about the possible risks for our journey to Colliers Park. A map was then annotated with these potential dangers and hazards. Following their walk to and from Colliers Park, the children used a Venn diagram to identify similarities and differences.

We have had a great afternoon at Colliers Park. Thank you to Lucy and Dylan for giving us a brilliant tour of the facilities!

The children have worked hard to design and complete their own risk assessment in preparation for our walk to and from Colliers Park. We then chose two different routes and compared the similarities and differences. The route down the footpaths and through the fields was definitely a better option than the one along Chester Road.

It’s been a delight working with Dr Paula Owens as part of our ‘Twelve Wonders of Gresford’ project this week! We have been creating sketch maps of our local area.

We hope you enjoy watching our Horrible Histories videos! We had a great time making them.

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26th May - Children have loved planning and filming their own Horrible Histories episode based on the journey to Patagonia on-board the Mimosa. Some great acting on show!

25th May - Perfect weather this afternoon for the Year 5 and 6 sponsored walk. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to help using continue our outdoor improvements.

25th May - Years 5 and 6 enjoyed listening to Joe and Ellie who explained how 'working with numbers' was so important in their roles at The Office For National Statistics.

The children have worked incredibly hard throughout the writing process to create these amazing diary entries from the Mimosa. They have planned, drafted, edited and improved their work before publishing their final piece. Super work 💪

Today we had a visit from artist Chris Gilbert who worked with us on drawing pictures of what our school means to us.

The children have been busy researching and mapping out physical features of Patagonia!

The children have enjoyed working in groups in Science to plan and carry out their own investigations to help prove what plants need to grow well.

We enjoyed a game of box rounders in the glorious sunshine!

The children have been working hard on their Saesneg lessons to write a diary entry from on board the Mimosa. Over the last couple of days, they have been editing and improving their work and are now publishing their final piece.

The children enjoyed taking part in PE this morning. The bad weather didn’t stop us from having fun!

Welsh on the move! The children enjoyed having a relay race to write down a Welsh conversation. A great way to improve reading, memory, oracy and writing skills!

Some lovely examples of the children's work on the parts of a plant. 🪴

Here are some more photos of the children, enjoying Outdoor Learning Day Last week!

We have been learning all about the parts of a plant and their functions. The children really enjoyed dissecting tulips to help them!

The children have been comparing the journey to Patagonia in 1865 to how they would travel nowadays. They have used various different websites to find the best prices and used their Maths skills to calculate the total cost, distance and time taken. Some children even phoned the local taxi rank to book taxis to the airport!

We've had a lovely outdoor day today covering many areas of the curriculum. More importantly, lots of sunshine and laughter to improve our well-being at the end of a busy week!

The children yesterday during Topic, started planning a trip to Patagonia. They worked in pairs to research and collate their findings using ICT skills and their books. Some of the children even spoke with some taxi companies to find out prices!

Children have been working in their pairs to create Classifying Animals quizzes on Microsoft Forms. They were excellent at picking up another platform to use to enhance their ICT skills.

The children enjoyed drawing their own versions of the Mimosa Ship last week in their expressive arts lesson. We have some fantastic artists in year 5! Here are just a few examples.

We've been developing the skill of drawing maps in our humanities lesson. Today we focused on drawing a meaningful sketch map. We started with our houses in the centre and then added places that were important to us during lockdown. Finally, we added the reasons why. We couldn't resist the lovely weather so we took the whiteboard outside and sketched on the playground instead of in the classroom!

To help us with our plants and animals work in Science, we had some baby tadpoles arrive today. Really looking forward to seeing them grow and go through metamorphosis over the next few weeks.

In Science this week we have been learning all about classifying animals. The children worked in pairs to research an animal group and then used Jamboard to present their findings.

The children have had a great time learning about scooter safety and taking part in activities to improve their control.

Helpwr Heddiw - children enjoyed playing games and using the matiau iaith to revise their Welsh language.

This afternoon, we have been helping any children who haven’t been able to celebrate their birthday this term with one big party!

As part of our Health and Wellbeing Friday, we went on a ‘Green Walk’ around Gresford. The children were set the challenge of spotting anything green on their route.

We have enjoyed working on our times tables this week. The children played iPad games, took part in a treasure hunt and learned a new game to help improve their rapid recall of facts.

In Science this week, we have completed different tasks to identify our prior knowledge about classifying different plants and animals. We will use this to help plan our lessons for the unit of work.

The children have created some amazing maps of Wales which identify the human and physical features.

We have enjoyed learning the compass points in Welsh to help describe the location of Wales and Patagonia.

Great to have a full class again and lovely to see them working collaboratively on their maps of Wales. They were tasked with identifying and locating physical and human features of Wales as well as different towns and cities.

The children have used their initial findings about 'Why the Welsh people wanted to set up a colony in Patagonia?' to start creating their own websites using Adobe Spark. Here are some fantastic examples. 

In our Patagonia lessons we have been drawing line graphs to compare the annual rainfall in Wrexham to Gaiman in Patagonia. Look at the difference!

Pupil Voice is very important to us when planning our lessons. The pupils have had an opportunity to share their opinions about what we should learn and how we should learn it. As part of the process they were asked to complete a question generator. They have thought of some fantastic questions to help lead our learning.

Here is the overview of planned lessons for the week commencing Monday 8th March.

World Book Day 2021 - The second task was to choose a book for the Foundation Phase children to enjoy and 'make it come alive!'

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World Book Day 2021 - The second task was to choose a book for the Foundation Phase children to enjoy and 'make it come alive!'

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World Book Day 2021 - the children were set a couple of reading challenges today. First of all, they had to find an extreme, unusual or funny place to read their book!

The children have been researching how the different types of mountains are formed. They then chose how they would like to present their findings.

The children have been researching how the different types of mountains are formed. They then chose how they would like to present their findings.

Continuing their topic work, the children have been able to map a walk that they have been on around their local area. They have then attached photographs of the human features that they saw on their journey.

We have been working hard to improve our map reading skills this week. We have used a map of North Wales to identify and label the physical features.

In Science we are hoping to compare daily rainfall in Gresford with Trelew in Patagonia. The children have made their own rainfall gauges and planted them in their gardens ready to collect the data. Fingers crossed for some rain!

St David's Day 2021 - For St David's Day this year the pupils have been thinking about what Wales means to them and why they love being Welsh!

Here is the overview of planned lessons for the week commencing Monday 1st March.

We have been learning about the layers of where they live. They have started with their street, village, town and county and then moved out to country, continent and hemisphere.

Very impressed with Year 5's versions of Vincent Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' painting.

This week we are having some discovery lessons to launch our new Humanities topic: Comparing North Wales and Patagonia. Following these lessons we will seek pupil voice to determine the direction of our learning. Pupils have labelled a map of South America. They also used a 3-2-1 exercise to reflect on what they have learned in the lesson. Pupils already have some interesting questions to research.

Great to see so many pupils (and pets) being so active during our latest PE session on Power and Control. Huge thanks to GEM Sports for planning this excellent online resource.

In Maths this week we have been working on our problem solving and reasoning skills using Gareth Metcalfe's amazing 'Maths Outside The Box' resources.

Here is our Spring Term overview for our new Patagonia topic.

Here is the overview of planned lessons for the week commencing Monday 22nd February.

A Reflection of our WW2 Learning

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The end of the half term see the end of our WW2 topic. The children have been reflecting on their own learning during the topic and have presented their knowledge and skills using their chosen method.

WW2 Dilemma Stories

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This week the children have been building up to write their own story openings for their WW2 Dilemma stories. They have used a WAGOLL to write each paragraph and then decided how they wanted to present the final version.

WW2 Dilemma Stories

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This week the children have been building up to write their own story openings for their WW2 Dilemma stories. They have used a WAGOLL to write each paragraph and then decided how they wanted to present the final version.

In Art we have been exploring the works of Banksy. Here are a couple of really effective pieces of artwork that have been produced in Banksy's style.

In PE we have been developing our hand-eye co-ordination skills. We also took part in a cryptic treasure hunt!

The focus in Maths this week has been on angles: measuring angles with a protractor, calculating missing angles on a straight line, calculating missing angles around a point and calculating angles in triangles and quadrilaterals.

Here is the overview of planned lessons for the week commencing Monday 8th February.

We have had a history focus in our WW2 lessons this week. The children have been researching important dates and facts from the war and have presented them in chronological order on a timeline. They have been given the freedom to decide how they would like to present their work. Some lovely ideas!

Our focus in Maths this week has been symmetry. The children have been learning about how to reflect shapes through a mirror line. The diagonal mirror lines made it really tricky!

We have been studying the work of Frida Kahlo this week and producing our own piece of artwork in her style. Here are some fantastic examples!

In RE we have been thinking about our feelings when we 'get forgiveness' and when we 'give forgiveness'. We were then tasked with making a forgiveness box to help represent these feelings and emotions. There are some amazing designs!

Acts of Kindness - We are now a few weeks into online learning and our parents have been a huge support in our learning. We wanted to repay the favour and surprise them with a few acts of kindness.

Here is the overview of planned lessons for the week commencing Monday 1st February.

In Science this week, we have been investigating how the shape of an object changes the speeds that it falls through water: water resistance.

We are so proud of the home learning that is taking place in Years 5 & 6.

Huge thanks to George from GEM Sports for creating some excellent PE lessons for the children to complete at home. Today they worked on co-ordination!

The children have been investigating symmetry in Maths. Using a 3x3 grid, they have shaded different numbers of squares to create their own symmetrical patterns.

We were set the task of researching Henri Matisse and creating a piece of art in his style. What do you think?

We have been learning all about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We have used our knowledge of the different properties to draw and make different nets.

Here are some of the hearts that the children made.

Today the children have been reading the story of Santes Dwynwen. They then chose to write a card to a loved one or make an origami heart.

In Maths, we have been identifying the differences between different triangles. The children have then been looking for different triangles around their house!

Here is the overview of planned lessons for the week commencing Monday 25th January.

Letter to Sir Anthony Eden - The children have been writing their own letters of application to join the Local Defence Volunteers.

Local Defence Volunteers

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The children have been using the information that they found out about the Local Defence Volunteers to record their own broadcast to the British men in the style of Sir Anthony Eden!

Local Defence Volunteers

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The children have been using the information that they found out about the Local Defence Volunteers to record their own broadcast to the British men in the style of Sir Anthony Eden!

Local Defence Volunteers

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The children have been using the information that they found out about the Local Defence Volunteers to record their own broadcast to the British men in the style of Sir Anthony Eden!

Local Defence Volunteers

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The children have been using the information that they found out about the Local Defence Volunteers to record their own broadcast to the British men in the style of Sir Anthony Eden!

In our Humanities lesson we used different Primary and Secondary sources of evidence to research the role of the Local Defence Volunteers.

Following our heart rate investigation, the children have been researching the heart, how it works and how we can keep it healthy and happy.

The children have been taking their pulse after different exercises and recording the data in a bar graph.

Here is the overview of planned lessons for the week commencing Monday 18th January.

Anne Frank Interview

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The children wrote a script for an interview with Anne Frank. Some children then decided to collaborate over Zoom to bring the script to life!

Anne Frank Interview

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Following our work on Anne Frank, the children have been writing their own interview scripts with her. Some children have even recorded their own interview - great imagination here!!

In Maths today, we went for a walk to collect our own data. We then presented the data in a bar graph.

We started off the morning with a fantastic fitness session with Taekwondo coach, Ady!

The children have been learning about OS map symbols during home learning and have taken a walk around their local area to spot where they would appear on a map. They then produced their own sketch map using the correct symbols.

Follow on from learning about Anne Frank, the children have been thinking about what happy and special memories they have.

Distance learning - some amazing work has been produced during home learning. Well done to all the pupils and a big well done to all the parents! 👍

The children have been working in pairs to create their own WW2 alphabet poem.

The children enjoying a little sing song!

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What a great idea by the school council to hold a birthday party for all those who haven’t been able to have a party of their own since March. Happy Birthday! Penblwydd Hapus!

Excellent use of area and perimeter to design a WW2 back garden. Great to see children opting for plain paper instead of squared 👏 A few really challenged themselves by making sure their vegetable patches were compound shapes or triangles! 👍

Finally, the shelters needed to survive a German bombing raid! There were 5 different sized bombs and the children chose which ones they wanted to use to test the strength of their Anderson Shelter! We were very impressed that most of the shelters survived the heaviest bombs!

Could the Anderson Shelter stay standing during stormy weather?

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Could the Anderson Shelter stay standing during stormy weather?

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Could the Anderson Shelter stay standing during stormy weather?

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Today was the day that we tested our Anderson Shelters. First of all, they had to fit a Lego family inside. We all passed that with flying colours! They then had to be tested to see if they were waterproof.