Thank you for all your support over the past week. Please see on the downloads page section of our class webpage documents (Parent Letter 28/3/20, OFB on-line activity ideas for the Easter holidays and beyond and OFB Online Learning Resources) that will be of use to you over Easter. Take care of each other.
Also, if you don't follow us or are yet to sign up for twitter, it's a great way to keep updated with news and find out about activities that can help your child with their learning, health and (hopefully) keep things fresh and fun in these uncertain times. Here is the link to our profile https://twitter.com/OFBrowPrimary
Week Commencing 23rd March 2020
It has been a troubling time for us all with the closure of schools for the unforeseeable future. We will miss you all very much and hope you all keep fit and healthy until we catch up with you again at Oldfield Brow Primary. We wanted to reassure you that during the meantime, we are doing everything we can to support your learning at home.
We have put together (in our downloads section) a Y5 home learning schedule for the week, as well as resources to accompany those lessons. We will not require you to submit your work to school, but answers are supplied where appropriate for use by parents/carers. For each week that the school is closed, we will update with new content. In addition, we have supplied a wealth of websites which may support learning at home. (parents/carers please check that you are happy with their content before using.) Please keep up daily reading, completing your reading journals and daily practice of times tables. Whilst everybody's personal situation is different, we recommend that you create some structure and routine to your time at home, including exercise.
Please be aware that documents pertaining to the Anderton Centre and 11+ have been removed at this time to enable the Download section to be more easily navigated. Links to sites which support revision for the 11+ are listed on the Additional Resources document in the Downloads section.
Very Best Wishes
Mrs Chetwyn and Mrs Brownsell
An update from Spring Term 2
Before school closed this term, the children enjoyed finishing off our unit of work linked to Harry Potter. They wrote a handbook for new wizards about to begin the wizarding education at Hogwarts, utilising all the writing skills developed this term. We have revised a number of areas of grammar and punctuation through our Harry Potter activities, including practising our modal verbs again by deciding which house the sorting hat might have chosen for us. We have also been learning about the passive voice.
We encourage daily independent reading. While school is closed, please keep your reading journals up to date. The more we are able to read, the better our comprehension and writing will be. Above all else, we want children to love reading for pleasure! We would strongly encourage children to recommend their favourite books in a short book review. No need to worry about a particular layout. There have already been some excellent recommendations this year.
In class this week, children were introduced to our online reading comprehension resource whereby they login under their individual usernames and complete short comprehensions that adapt to individual abilities. Children must undertake the initial 8 question assessment independently, to ensure questions are targeted at their individual level. Their teacher will be able to track each child’s progress and feedback where necessary. Children can even compete for knowledge points based on the number of questions they can answer correctly!
Children who were not in school to receive their login details will have these emailed to them on Monday.
This March, we have been working hard to master Year 5 fractions. Retaining fluency with multiplication and division facts is essential to support this work. Pupils need to practise regularly at home and have access to Times Tables Rock Stars. All children have usernames and passwords. We urge all children to practise in the way that suits them best, and regularly. The confidence such practice gives your child, to be able to quickly solve basic arithmetic problems, cannot be measured when it comes to the trickier mathematical problems that we will encounter in Year 5!
Science / Topic
As scientists this term we have investigated living things and their habitats, by looking at reproduction in plants, mammals and other animals. To finish this science unit, work at home has been set for the coming week. As geographers, our enquiry has taken us to Mountains and Volcanoes. We have looked at how volcanoes and mountains are formed and used atlases to plot some of the world’s biggest mountain ranges. We have also explored the impact of tourism is mountain areas. To finish this topic, work at home has also been set for the coming week.
Altrincham FC continued to support delivery of Year 5 outdoor football lessons this term. Staying fit and healthy while school is closed is very important. So in the absence of school PE lessons, there are several suggestions in the download area on this class page to try out at home.
Mrs Chetwyn, Mrs Brownsell and Mrs Whitehead