Waterside Academy


Welcome to Year 5!

Class Teacher - Mrs Thavanesan

Teaching Assistant - Miss Rodgers

School Council Representatives: 

Eco Team Members: 

P.E. kit days are Tuesdays in the Summer Term.
Together at Waterside
 We have enjoyed 2 Together at Waterside projects since September. These projects allow us to come off the curriculum and explore an inspiring book, person, country, etc.
In the Autumn term, we learnt about the German author Cornelia Funke and her fantasy book called Inkheart. We explored Germany as a country, learning about its most famous treasures (mainly food). Year 5 were fascinated when we compared German schools to English schools. A particular highlight of this project was the blackout poetry, in which the class created new poems by blacking out words from pages in Inkheart. This project concluded with making the famous German snack: pretzels! 
In the Spring term, we focused on the life and work of the inspiring scientist Marie Curie. We read about and discussed all the trials that she went though to study science as a woman. Her work has inspired the work of many others for years to come and has saved countless lives. Year 5 also studied bones in the body through X-rays and learnt that bones also have a scientific name. The day concluded with x-ray artwork which involved chalk drawings on black paper. 
In Year 5, students had the opportunity to develop their road safety skills when riding a bike. Despite some nerves at the start of the week, the class pushed through and completed the challenges with real resilience. Many achieved a Level 2 certificate, meaning that they can now ride to school safely and independently. 
In Year 5, some would say that swimming is the most exciting part of the year. Year 5 will be swimming for 10 weeks in the Spring term. The class has been split into different swimming groups and are receiving excellent teaching. Lesson include developing water confidence using watering cans and playing ball games, using noodles to develop the movements of swimming and swimming lengths of the pool whilst isolating different parts of the body. The progress in just 4 weeks is incredible and there will certainly be more to celebrate by the end of the Spring term.
Maths Challenge
On Thursday 23rd February, a group of students in Year 5 will be completing a Maths challenge. This is a virtual event which many schools participate in. The students will be working in teams of 4 to solve Maths problems. I am sure that you will wish them luck as this challenge approaches!




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