Fountain Primary School

Putting learning at the heart of all we do

Fountain Street, Morley, West Yorkshire, LS27 0AW

0113 8878235

info@fountainprimary.org

Emma Walker

Year 5

Friday 13th June 2018 - A Taste of High School!

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week, year 5 were lucky enough to be invited to Bruntcliffe Academy to gain an insight into high school life! The pupils had a wonderful time taking part in English, science and art lessons. We've got even more motivation to work hard in year 6 now!

What did pupils think of their experience? What subjects would they like to study at high school? How might this lead to a career? What job would they like to do? 

  

  

  

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Friday 6th July 2018 - Greek Masks

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

Over the last couple of weeks we've been getting very messy with paper mache! By mixing a PVA glue and water mixture, dipping our newspaper in the mixture and then covering an inflated balloon, we're creating the face shape upon which we'll add facial details.

What is the shape of your face? How can you change the emotions you show on your face? Can you practice in the mirror? Why might masks be good to represent emotions? How does the size of a Greek theatre make it difficult to see a performer's face?

  

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Friday 29th June 2018 - Marvellous Maths!

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We've had a very busy week with pupils completing their practice SATs papers. This was to help us identify any gaps in knowledge before we move into year 6, and we are proud to say that the pupils did themselves proud! They are on a firm footing to see great success next year. We spent the rest of our week looking at factors and division.

What should we do if there are gaps in our knowledge? Is it easy or difficult to say "I don't know"? Where could we go to find the answer? How can good attendance help us?

    

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Friday 22nd June 2018 - Fabulous Fountain!

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week in English we have been writing letters for a range of purposes - to inform, to persuade and to thank. We were especially pleased to be able to write to our Chair of Governors, Alison Carter, to thank her and the IT company Sogeti for donating this wonderful fountain, which is now placed near the entrance. Thank you so much!

Have you got something to be thankful for? If you could write a letter to someone, who would it be? Next time you have a birthday or Christmas, could you write some thank you notes? Maybe you could find a pen friend in another country to write to?

 

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Friday 15th June 2018 - Running Races

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

Yet another active week! We're always trying to stay on the move to keep our bodies healthy at Fountain. We'd like to welcome our new PE Partner, Mr Dove - he's been working us hard and it's been so much fun!

What is agility? Why is it important in games? How can you have a positive mindset when competing against others? How can listening to and following instructions help make us better athletes?

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Friday 8th June 2018 - Health and Wellbeing Week

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week in Year 5, pupils have been taking part in our Health and Wellbeing week. We’ve taken part in lots of active events with Skipping Schools, PE Partners, Dentaid and even the Leeds Rhinos! What is a pretzel skip? How can exercise keep us healthy? How often should we be active? If you could make a sport your career, which would it be?

   

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Friday 25th May 2018

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

It’s been a busy final week to this half term in year 5!

In maths, we have been using protractors to accurately measure acute and obtuse angles before drawing our own. We can now confidently identify right angles, which are 90 degrees. We also recapped different methods for finding the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes. What is the difference between area and perimeter? What advice would you give to a friend when they are calculating area and perimeter?

We had to use our growth mindsets in English this week, but it really paid off when we were able to write some fantastic ‘flashback’ stories using a range of tenses. Applying key vocabulary and knowledge about the Athenians and Spartans from our topic lessons ensured that we interested our audience and we were all really proud of the final stories! Can you write a sentence in the present continuous tense? Which type of verbs could you include when using the future tense?

In science, we researched Jane Goodall – a naturalist – so that we could create detailed fact-files. We found out that she was born in 1934 and attended the University of Cambridge. She is the former president of Advocates for Animals, which campaigns against the use of animals in medical research, zoos, farming and sport. 

To finish the week, we had lots of fun playing dodgeball in PE! However, it was also a sad day as it was Mr Abosch’s last day. We want to thank him for all the hard work he has done over the years and wish him lots of luck in his new adventure! You will be missed!

We hope that you all have a fun and relaxing break and look forward to our final half term together! 

 

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Friday 18th May 2018 - Sports Day Practice!

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week, pupils have been practicing their athletics skills. We've been building up to Sports Day and some pupils will be selected to go to Bruntcliffe for a inter-school competition. Now we know how the Spartans felt after they were training hard for battle!

   

 

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Persuasive Writing

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week we've been making the most of the nice weather and thinking about holidays! Pupils have been using persuasive techniques (repetition for effect, powerful adjectives and hyperbole) to try and convince an audience and readers that their product or holiday destination is the best. By giving each other constructive feedback they've been able to share expertise and improve their work. What will you do for the bank holiday? How could you convince someone that they should do the same? 

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Ancient Greece - Olympics

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We started our week with our WOW morning - we're going to be learning all about the Greeks this term! We discussed successful athletes who have competed in recent Olympic games before going back in time to compete ourselves. However, there was only one event and only the boys were allowed to compete... Can you remember which event they competed in? What happened to the cheaters? How was success celebrated? Afterwards, to make it fair, the girls joined in (we're glad that this Olympic rule has changed!) Later in the morning we worked in teams to design our own games and then taught it to another team, before crowning our winners. 

In maths, we have been adding and subtracting decimal numbers. At times, it has been quite difficult, but we've been using our growth mind-sets and peer support to help us to be successful. We realised how important our place value knowledge is, especially when adding across the whole. Why is it important to use place holders? 

We've particularly enjoyed writing a biography about Stephen Hawking this week,, using subheadings, pronouns and subordinate clauses to add detail. We all agreed that he was a very inspirational man due to his determination and contributions to science. 

As part of our 'Living things and their habitats' topic in science, we looked in detail at the different parts of flowers, cutting apart real flowers and labelling them. 

To end the week, we had a competitive game of dodgeball with 5JL in the hall as it was raining (a lot!) 

A big well done to our Stars of the Week - Cerys and Amrita! 

We're looking forward to what next week brings! 

Brooke F and Sadie 5NG

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