Hi... We are the new Year 5 classes for 2018-19 and we have had a SUPERB start to the term!
Our first half term has been all about settling in and getting used to Year 5 routines and expectations. It is a jump up from Year 4 but we are ready for a challenge and willing to work hard to reap the rewards from being successful. YAY!
We have been learning methods to multiply and divide large numbers in MATHS; write stories, diary entries and persuasive letters in LANGUAGE; how to give personal details about ourselves in WELSH (yn Cymraeg); investigate pulse rates and study the body in SCIENCE; and research everything to do with Pharaohs living in Ancient Egypt for TOPIC.
We are particularly enjoying Genius Hour where we get to research and investigate our own passions and interests. The teachers are all keen to see our presentations at the end - some of us have done Powerpoints, some of us have done dance routines, some of us have done posters, and some of us have done booklets. There is such a range because we are all so different and so choose different ways to showcase our research.
We are very much looking forward to leading the Prendergast Remembrance Day Service after half term - please come and join us on Friday 9th November. Then, we have our Cardiff Urdd rrip which will be the highlight of the year so far! After that Class 5E will also lead their assembly - the date for this will be Friday November 30th. Again, we hope many of you can come and join us.
Have a great half term and look out for more updates of our work and pictures of the things we take part in!
Spring Term 2018
The children are loving our new topic, Castles and Kingdoms, and have enjoyed their treat of a free trip to Pembroke Castle. Although the weather was incredibly wet, the children were wrapped up warm and hardly complained as they explored the historic site. They had an official tour with a tour guide who knew lots of gory tales to tell of capturing and defending a castle - they especially liked the stories of the dungeons and of all the harsh punishments that befell the prisoners!! They also got the chance to do a brass rubbing and some of the images turned out very well and are up on our display boards for all to see. Hopefully, this trip will have inspired the children and this will reflect in their work as they complete tasks over the coming weeks.
Our challenge as Key Stage 2 this term is to make better use of our fantastic outdoor areas. Following this each year group will have a given day in which to plan and carry out tasks outdoors. We ask for your support in providing the children with appropriate clothing so that they can take full advantage of this!
Bike Checks will be happening on Wednesday afternoon, the 7th March, and then safer cycling will start from the Monday after and will continue all term. This is a great opportunity for the children and again encourages them to be independent and use the outdoor space they have, outside of school, safely.
Class 5W will be holding their own class assembly this half term and are looking forward to teaching all staff and pupils (as well as parents and other family members) all about Fairtrade.
New Year, New Classes
It’s the start of a new Year and the children are settling well into their new classes. Year 5 is bringing new and exciting challenges and the children are enjoying getting to grips with what is expected in year 5. We are all looking forward to what this new Year has to offer.
Our current topic is Pharaohs and the children are really engaged with their learning, tackling tasks based on Mummification, the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, mathematical pyramid problems and much more!
On Friday 31st March the year 5 classes were invited to an Easter story activity session at St Mary's church in Haverfordwest. 5W enjoyed a morning session whilst 5R went in the afternoon. We had a lovely time, with members of the church performing a sensitive retelling, with musicians and props. Children were invited to join in and take on roles as disciples, palm wavers and people of Jerusalem, all enjoying the interaction.
Following this we had squash and homemade biscuits whist we made palm crosses and filled in Easter word searches.
The children behaved impeccably, showing beautiful manners and Prendergast values! Our thanks go to all at St Mary's for an enjoyable experience.
The children in year 5 have recently returned from a fantastic and successful trip to Llangrannog and it's fair to say that everyone had a brilliant time! The children showed excellent values throughout the trip and their positive behaviour and attitudes were commented upon by others at the site. We are all so proud as staff of their impeccable behaviour.
Everyone took part in most activities and a number of children overcame fear and apprehension, demonstrating great determination and courage in trying activities that they may not initially have been confident in trying. Each and every child encouraged others within their groups, working well as teams to ensure that everyone had the chance to reach their full potential.
In addition to days and evenings filled with numerous activities, the children and staff alike filled their tummies with delicious food, with curry, meatballs, lasagne and other culinary delights on offer during our visit.
We are sure that you will have already been inundated with stories about our time at Llangrannog however we have included a few photos from our visit, which we know the children will love telling you about and more photos will be added as and when we are able to transfer them from the 4 full iPads that returned from Llangrannog with us.
Diolch yn fawr to all children and parents for helping to make this such a successful trip.
Apologies for the lack of updates, but the wifi signal is very temperamental and the children are very busy packing as much fun into the day as possible!
We have already experienced the swimming, skiing, high ropes and much more! Everyone is looking forward to what today has to offer, with a disco this evening too. The children are being well fed, enjoying a delicious lunch yesterday and a lovely evening meal.
On Tuesday 28th February Year 5 enjoyed a fabulously fun trip to Folly Farm where they experienced the fiercesome forces in the fun fair and play area that they have been learning about in class.
Potential energy was converted to kinetic energy as gravity pulled them down the slides. The pull of centripetal force was felt as they whizzed around on the Jets and the Skid, and the bumper cars showed the effect of balancing forces very quickly!
We had a terrific day-lots of laughter, a frisson of fear and, for some, new found courage. The children behaved impeccably, and were commended upon this by other visitors at Folly Farm.
The children have been working very hard so far this half term, learning lots of interesting things about the Pharaohs, working on a variety of skills in Maths Makes Sense, studying the Greek myth of Prometheus and Pandora and a variety of other subjects.
Once again, year 5 have the responsibility for organising and creating the 2017 school calendar, to be sold at various events. Should anyone have a business that would like to sponsor the calendar and would like to feature within the calendar, please get in touch via letter to the school.