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Great things happening in Y5

What a great end to a busy term. The children in Y5 have impressed me with their hard work and effort right up to the very last week. In Science, the children have been thinking about the human life cycle. We talked about what happens as we grow old. The children shared stories about their own grandparents and the things they enjoy doing together. The children had some amusing ideas about the changes that we go through as we grow old and what it means to “slow down”. Ideas included old people shrinking, losing their imagination and becoming sad! The future is not looking bright for any of us according to Year 5! We then looked at data for boys and girls, comparing growth. The children made generalised statements about growth patterns. We also enjoyed looking at our photo timelines, which we had created for homework. The children were quick to spot where they could see family resemblances and features common to their parents. The children have enjoyed working in the outdoors over the last few weeks. Cycling proficiency, Sports Relief circuit training and gardening, just a few of the activities that we have been involved in. On Wednesday I went out with the cyclists and watched as they learnt to make safe turns on the roads. The instructors were impressed with the way our children listened and followed the instructions, ensuring they could all manoeuvre safely. The children could confidently talk about the road safety rules they needed to follow as cyclists. All our Y5 cyclists passed the cycling proficiency at level 1 & 2 – Well Done everyone! 🚲. We ended the term with our annual egg decorating extravaganza! As always, the children rise to the challenge with such excitement. We had busy hands creating, cutting, painting and sticking. I’m always impressed with the creativity and this year was no exception. Many children worked together on a joint group design. I was impressed with how well they cooperated, shared out the jobs and supported one another.  The final creations were amazing, each one unique and in my view, everyone a winning design.🏆 With the weather on our side, we ventured into the edible garden and began preparing the ground ready for planting. During the next half term the children will begin looking at plants, charting the growth and changes they see. So any keen gardeners/parents/grandparents out there, who would like to help Y5 with getting this gardening project going, are very welcome to get involved. 🌻 I hope everyone enjoys a well deserved rest over the Easter break and returns to school full of energy and enthusiasm for another fun filled term! It's only fair to...

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Governors’ Learning Walk – British Values

Governors’ Learning Walk – British Values

Another interesting afternoon as a Governor of Unsworth Primary School.  Mr Cohen, Mr Howarth and I spent the afternoon carrying out a Learning Walk looking at how the school promotes British Values.  You can learn more about what this means by visiting the SMSC section of the website. We met with Mrs Ali first and she explained to us how the school sets out to promote British Values under 5 themes: Mutual Respect, Democracy, Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs, Rule of Law and Individual Liberty.  We then set out to explore how this is put into practice.  We visited an RE lesson, looked at the displays in the classrooms, hall and corridors, looked at some pupils’ books from each class, checked out the website and talked to the School Council.  We found lots and lots of evidence from all these activities that showed that the school is clearly very successful at putting into practice what it sets out to achieve under each of the 5 themes. We particularly liked the fact that children are encouraged to add their own personal contributions to the many displays. For example on the display “We all have dreams” one child had written “I have a dream that I will grow up to be a lovely lady and also a caring doctor”. I also know that Mr Howarth had a great time meeting with the School Council.  We will very shortly be sharing with staff a full report of the outcomes of our Learning Walk. Thanks, once again, to all the staff and children for making us so welcome. [Sheila Gaskell, Vice Chair of Governors]     It's only fair to...

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A poetic end to the week!

A poetic end to the week!

On Thursday, 6 children from Y3 and Y4 were invited to attend an able writers day at a local school. We were joined by a few other schools in the area, alongside Manchester born poet, Tony Walsh. The day was filled with hands on activities, group discussions and different approaches to teach poetry. The main theme that came through from the day was the importance of children finding their inner creativity and being adventurous with their vocabulary choices. I also enjoyed talking with Tony and the other teachers about their approaches to poetry. On Friday, I gathered a few of the children who attended with me and asked them to capture the day in their own words; We met Tony Walsh, also known as long fella. He taught us about kenning poems and acrostic poems. In the kenning poems we had to write a poem about ourselves but each line had to end in words ending ‘er’. He called us professors of poetry and we had to pretend we were masters at poetry. In the afternoon, we were talking about where poems live and we had to write about three things, stillness, beauty and silence. We even got a photo with Tony. The head master was really nice too. I would love to go again. Thank you Mrs McLaughlin for taking us!- Abigail At the start of the day, Tony asked us to get in height order and birthday order to get our brains working. It was a brilliant day! We met a real poet and he made us think imaginatively! We also learnt about metaphors and how to use them. – Alfie We went out for an able writers day and met children from other schools. We were there for the whole day writing poems with a man named Tony. We started with kenning poems and then moved onto feeling and places. We had to combine the words with each other and switch them over such as the garden of love and the dentist of doom. Some time after, we looked at acrostic poems and had to use our imagination to write our own. We could write silly things too. At the end we wrote a poem about someone we love, I chose my mum. -Lola It's only fair to...

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Enthusiastic learners!

Enthusiastic learners!

The children in Y3 ,this week, have once again made me feel extremely proud of their hard work and enthusiasm towards their learning! The class is full of enthusiastic and inquisitive learners! In science the children have been learning about skeletons and this week we focused on endo-skeletons and exo-skeletons. We watched a cartoon clip, predicted what type of skeleton each animal may have and explained why, moved around the room to share our thoughts and sorted different skeleton images. The children were so excited to find out the correct answers for each animal as they cheered if they were standing at the correct answer. In geography, the children picked a mystery piece of paper which determined what their group were going to research. Themes included agriculture, climate and the culture of the Ghanaian people. Children selected iPads, netbooks, books and atlases to answer their questions. They will use this information next week to create a pic collage to present back to the rest of the class. Finally, I have been delighted with the fantastic pieces of writing in literacy. The children have been working on mystery stories over the past few weeks and they are now at the stage to write their independent pieces! Some children have also taken part in learning conversations with me about their stories so far, where we discussed my favourite sentences in their stories and sentences we agreed that could be improved further. Two children this week just needed support moving their sentences around so that their ideas flowed, another child needed support with adding some exciting vocabulary choices to their existing sentences and another child needed prompting on punctuation. I look forward to reading their completed mystery stories next week. It's only fair to...

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A review of how our school works

A review of how our school works

Yesterday 2 Bury Headteachers visited our school to see how it works.  As part of this exercise they met with 3 Governors, myself, Mr Howarth and Ms Channon.  The purpose of the meeting was to find out what role the Governors play in the school….we had lots to tell them!  They asked us several questions, all of which we were able to answer.  It was a really useful exercise and gave us one or two ideas that we will try out.     Thanks to all the staff and children and to the 2 Bury Headteachers for making it a really positive experience.  We look forward to receiving the written report of the day [Sheila Gaskell, Vice Chair] It's only fair to...

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