Welcome to our class,
Where Mrs Fawcett will help us strive,
To make our learning fun,
And get our best work done
We hope on this page you will see,
It's a great place to learn and just be!
We have been learning to write information reports in English and today were busy editing and writing them up in neat. Don't they look good?
In our last woodland session of the term we were set the challenge to see who could build the biggest structure. We soon learnt that we would need to create a base to support the sticks if it was to be freestanding. At the end of the lesson we discovered all structures had a wider base than they did top.
In maths we have been investigating area. Today we played a game to see who could cover the biggest area of paper with their colour in 10 minutes. Next we will be learning how to calculate the area of compound shapes.
Macmillan Coffee Morning Preparations ☕️
A few of year 5 got the opportunity to create the rock buns ready for the coffe morning after our class assembly. They tasted fantastic, even if we do say so ourselves. They raised an amazing £65 which will be given to Macmillan Cancer Support along with the money raised from all the class assemblies at the end of the year.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off
On Thursday 31st January we transported the school into the solar system during our class assembly. Bookwell Aeronautics and Space Agency taught the parents and other pupils about the sun, the planets in our solar system and also the moon. We also taught them about space exploration and what it takes to become an astronaut. We hope they enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed the rock buns we made for the coffee morning we held afterwards to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
On Friday we took a trip to Egremont library. We enjoyed sharing our favourite authors and learning about different types of books such as graphic novels and audio books that you can borrow. We were surprised to learn you can borrow upto 20 books at a time and if they don't have a book you want to read you can request it to read. We enjoyed looking at the books on the shelves and some of us even borrowed a book.
On Thursday 24th January Jaqui visited us from Whitehaven Records Office to share a variety of evidence that showed what Victorian Whitehaven was like, particularly for the poorer classes. An engineer, Robert Rawlinson, visited Whitehaven and was disgusted with the conditions within the town. He created a report for the Harbour Commissioners to improve life in Whitehaven and the health of the people living in the town. People were living in cramped conditions and throwing their poo out on the street with the ash - some even kept it in the attic! One family had a pig living in their room, the graveyard was overflowing and the fountain, where drinking water came from, was supplied from a reservoir full of rotten vegetables. After his visit life was improved and water was piped in from Ennerdale, the ash cart came weekly and collected waste and sewers and drains improved. We are so pleased things changed as we don't think we could cope with the smell.
Our challenge this week was to create a machine that would lift a bottle of water off the ground. All sorts of contraptions were generated with some great team-work, co-operation, engineering, problem-solving when things didn't go as we planned as well as resilience and the determination not to give in. We can't wait for next week.
This half term we are doing gymnastics in PE. This week we were exploring counter balances. We even had to think about forces and how pushes and pulls would help us do this without loosing our balance.
Actions and Consequences
We had a fascinating visit from Greater Manchester Prison Service and Cumbria Police on Wednesday 16th January. We learnt how and when we should call the emergency numbers and what numbers we should contact them on. Did you know the non-emergency contact for the police is 101? We also learnt what important things we should look for if we find ourselves in a situation where we might have to give a description to the police. Bullying and drugs were two topic we talked about and the consequences these things could have before meeting the police dogs trained to sniff out drugs and people on the run. We were shocked to hear some of the conditions of prison such as only getting three sets of underwear for a week which someone else has worn before you. The biggest thing we learnt are that we are accountable for our own actions.
Our first afternoon in the woodland involved us thinking about what forces we could make and use. Then we explored shelter building, thinking about what makes a good shelter. Some of shelters had sofas and one even had a lift.
We have been mapping out an information text all about gravity, ready to learn what tools writers use when creating information texts.
Well done to the children who completed enough tasks to be awarded certificates this term.
Talk for Writing
We enjoyed swapping this terms stories with Reception class. Reception told us Owl Or Penguin Babies while we told them The Old Mill.
We are all super proud of our Christmas Stocking we made in Design and Technology this term. We soon discovered simple designs can be effective. We also learnt a new stitching technique called blanket stitch.
🎄Christmas Party Day 🎉
Our annual Christmas party day was great fun with lots of traditional party day games like musical chairs, bumps, statues, pass the hat dares, corners as well as poop the potato, bingo, reindeer drive and a Christmas quiz. We should all sleep tonight 😴 (or at least the teachers will).
Year 5 were visited by 5 people who worked for various companies to tell us about their journey in the world of work. Many of our visitors aren’t doing the job they stared with however still use some of the skills they learnt in the various jobs they had done. We discovered jobs can take you around the country and even the world and that you can often come back to Cumbria to work too. It was interesting to hear how you don’t always need to go to university or have the best qualifications to get a career but you do need to be hardworking and open to learning new things. We enjoyed guessing who had done what jobs and then being interviewed for our dream job.
We enjoyed finishing our unit of work on dodgeball by playing dodgeball bingo. Well done to the white team who nearly got a full house.
Christmas Dinner 🎄
We all enjoyed being waited on by the staff then eating our Christmas lunch.
we all enjoyed learning and performing a variety of Christmas Carols from around the world. Some of us even read to a packed congregation about the traditions around the world.
We were inspired and enthused by Nat Pattinson who introduced us all to wheelchair basketball. He told us how he had given up on life, when he was 16, after an accident and with his bone condition led to him being left in a wheelchair. However his mum forced him out of the house to try wheelchair basketball which he said he hated to begin with. It wasn't long before his mum's perseverance paid off and Nat started to enjoy the sport even if he wasn't any good at it. Before long his training started to pay off and he is now competing at an international level and is a world champion. He is certainly very passionate about his sport. One aspect he likes is the fact that is able bodied friends can play it too. We really hope he visits again.
Dawn Watson visitedfrom Sellafield to share her love of space with us. We got to learn about how the earth and moon travel round the sun. We enjoyed making a model and creating a video to explain how the movements explain night and day, seasons, months and years.
A couple of useful you tube videos on space
Design and Technology Day
We had great fun creating circuits with motors to try and create a moon buggy for Santa. We were successful in creating our circuits however had various problems trying to get our motor to propel the wheel because elastic bands kept flying off. The sense of achievement when we got wheels turning was fantastic. Although we didn’t end up with a totally finished product we had great fun trying.
Beauty and the Beast
We were spellbound at The Theatre By The Lake when we watched Beauty and the Beast. The photo's from the theatre are only a brief glimpse into how enchanting it was.
We have been learning to recognise equivalent fractions and also converting mixed number to improper fractions. We were shocked when Mrs Fawcett told us to write an improper fraction on the table for our friends to convert.
☀️ The Solar System 🌍
In science we recreated a scale model of the solar system which gave us an idea of how big the planets are and how far away they are from the sun.
We have been exploring a range of sources to learn about life in the workhouse. We discovered people from Egremont would be admitted to the Whitehaven Union.
🎄 Investigating Stockings 🎄
Before making our own Christmas Stockings we have been looking at the way some have been made and designed. We will use some of the ideas to help us in our own designs. All final products will be revealed soon, we hope!
We enjoyed the opportunity to share a lunchtime with some of our parents.
When we visited the woodland area we had to imagine we were the characters from our class novel, The Explorer, stranded in the forest with noting but a bucket of dirty, salty water. We were given the challenge to make our water drinkable. We worked in groups to think about how we could do this. It wasn't long before we realized we would need to sieve the twigs and leaves out. Once we had done that we still didn't want to drink the water as it was still murky with little bits of dirt in. It wasn't long before someone suggested using moss to filter it - fortunately Mrs Fawcett packed some funnels and filter paper to do this. Although the process was slow the water looked loads cleaner but still not safe to drink because of the bacteria and salt. The next stage was to evaporate the water to separate the it from the salt before condensing the steam back into water to make water that would be drinkable. We then made the most of our campfire with a marshmallow.
We visited Florence Mine to explore ideas ready for writing our own suspense stories. We begun by identifying what we knew about it, inferring what we might know before thinking about what we would like to know and making some predictions of our own about its past and future. It has generated some fantastic vocabulary such as spine tingling, historic, derelict, strangling plants, ancient decaying wheel. We can't wait to include some of these in our stories.
We enjoyed our first book tasting session today where we got to tell each other about one of our favourite books. Once we had tasted a book we made notes on our plates to say whether it would be a book that we would choose to read on our own. The juice and biscuits were yum too!
World War I
We enjoyed a trip to the Beacon and records office to discover more about world war 1. We used a variety of historical sources like a census, baptism record (which had a mistake) and newspapers to find out about local war hero Abraham Acton who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery. Children were also encouraged to do their bit for their country by sending eggs to wounded soldiers, collecting moss, wool and conkers. We ended the day by making some poppies which will be included in the Beacons war memorial art installation.
Flat Stan First Aid
Year 5 are now confident first aiders after a morning learning a variety of strategies that can be used to help injured people. You never know when you might need it!
Jennifer Carver Day 2018
Monday 15th October was our annual cookery competition. This year we were faced with the challenge of using Mr McGregor's left over vegetables and persuading children to eat them by including them in cakes. At first we weren't convinced and after peeling, slicing and grating we were even less convinced that we would want to eat a cake full of vegetables until the end result was out of the oven. Once we did the taste test we were surprised how nice courgette, parsnip, beetroot, carrot and parsnip could taste and has definitely converted some of us to eat our 5 a day if it is disguised in a cake. The judges must have agreed too as we won the trophy!
🏑 Hockey 🏑
In hockey we have been doing ball control and also practicing turns and at the end of each session we always do mini games. We can't wait to find out which sports day team will win the inter-school hockey competition.
An inspirational visit from Jenny Daymond
On Thursday 4th October we were very excited to welcome a 'real' artist into our class. Jenny, an illustrator, started our day telling us about her artwork and her job as an illustrator. Many of her images are often drawn separately then she scans them into the computer and uses photoshop to combine them. To help her create her images she often uses photo's and even makes models of scenes she would like to make. The rest of the day she taught us how to create pencil sketches of Beatrix Potter's characters before we got the opportunity to use water colours and ink just like the famous artist did. We also learnt two different printing techniques.
Why did Egremont grow between 1880 and 1899?
In history we have been investigating how Egremont changed in the Victorian times. We used maps to look at what changes had occurred and why they may have changed. We learnt the tannery and flax mill closed in that period however the number of mines had increased and the railway grew which we think must have led to many more jobs as there were a lot more houses. We were also able to see how Bookwell school changed from and Endowed school to the building we attend today.
Which material is the best insulator?
In science we have been planning and investigating which material would be the best to make our lunch bags out of in order to keep it cool. We carried out our test and then wrote a conclusion.
In history we are investigating the local history. We have begun by exploring the history of Egremont and creating a timeline to help us understand how Egremont has changed. We then explored the castle before answering the question Why does Egremont have a castle?
In music we have composed and performed our own song about Egremont “Our community”. We hope you like it.
On Wednesday 19th September we were enthralled by the Harbour Tales performed to us by Fools theatre company. It was amazing to learn the production came from stories made up by children in the local area. We enjoyed booing at the grumpy old man and felt sympathy for the lonely old lady. The shadow puppets were an amazing effect that really helped the stories come to life. In the afternoon year 3 worked with the performers to create new stories for their next show.
In PE we are learning a variety of Judo skills with Janice. As you can see we are really enjoying it.
Woodland Story Settings
In English we are creating a woodland setting for our animal stories. To inspire our writing we have been exploring the woodland looking at the different things we can describe.
The votes are in! Some of year 5 have been busy preparing manifestos and speeches ready to be elected for school and arts council. Year 5 soon discovered delivering a speech can be quite nerve wracking. Good luck to our councillors this year.
We are enjoying learning how what we thought cute fluffy characters of Beatrix Potter characters are not suitable reading for babies as they are full of murderers, kidnappers, thieves in our English topic on older literature.
In Key Stage 2 we have been creating pop art inspired work. We discovered an artist, Roy Lichtenstein, whose work inspired a special edition of Peter Rabbit so we have had a go at creating ur own book covers using a Pop Art style. Some of us included his unique style of ben-day dots and comic book style fonts and features.
World War I
We visited the war memorial today as part of our work with The Beacon. We are helping them with an exhibition to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I.
In maths we are exploring the value of digits. We have played various games and even tackled a variety of problems.