Monday 1st June
Good morning 5 Hawking! Happy Monday. It's a new day, a new week and a new month!
I hope you enjoyed a relaxing week last week during what would have been week 1 of half term. The weather is being so kind to us, and is making this whole situation a little easier.
It has been so lovely to hear your voices on the phone calls I have been making, hearing about what you’ve all been up to. Don’t worry if you haven’t received one, I left a few voicemails but will be trying again this week to get through.
As the government announced on Thursday, we are now allowed to meet outside in small groups, so, if you can, maybe you could now meet your family members that you haven’t seen for a while or meet a friend at the park.
We have added an Activity Grid this week to give you some creative ideas of how to spend your time, but don’t forget, it is still half term so you may want to slow your pace.
Remember to stay active, it’s good for the brain as well as the body! I went on a lovely hike yesterday. It has got me feeling ready for the week!
As ever, I am missing you all and wishing you and your amazing families well. Have a fantastic week.
Monday 18th May
Happy Monday my lovely class. As Luca would say, "it's another week to EXCEL!"
How are you all this week? I have been thinking of each and every one of you, wondering what you have been up to. I have received lots of emails from your adults this week with photos, videos and descriptions of what you have been up to. This is fantastic!
I want to know more about whether:
- You had a go at the Art Challenge? (Myself and Miss Torrance did!)
- You managed to get your engineering hats on?
Don't worry if you didn't - that's totally ok. Remember, it is very different learning at home and you can only do the best that you can.
I love Mrs Hancock's challenge and have already heard some amazing stories about how you have responded to this. For example, Samuel has donated an old iPad to his Nanna so she can talk to her friends on FaceTime!
Nina has been tidying her kitchen.
Maybe you have been helping around the house or FaceTiming a relative to keep them company? I know you will all be as Supportive and Caring as you are in school!
It is Mental Health Awareness Week this week, so take some time to think about what we can do or who we can talk to about our worries and feelings. There are lots of activities on our pages for you to have a look at relating to this. I am so proud of you all for hanging in there during this uncertain time. Getting through it and smiling is all I ask for!
Have a fantastic week.
With my very best wishes,
Monday 11th May
I hope you and your families had lots of fun during VE Day weekend. I'd love to know how you celebrated - please ask your adults at home to email me with the kinds of activities you took part in!
We had beautiful weather, so I hope you were able to spend some time outdoors, being active and enjoying the Sun.
After our new government announcement yesterday, we are still required to stay at home, though some rules may be relaxed. As ever, it is paramount that we remain active, for both our bodies and minds. We are all missing our usual active days which involve walking to school, PE lessons, the Daily Mile, as well as our team sports which are sadly not possible while distancing. See if you can practise your skills virtually or with others in your house.
We have put an Art Challenge on the 'Just for Fun' page this week to stimulate those minds further, and allow you to get creative. I'd love to see some of your work! https://www.springfieldprimarysale.co.uk/just-for-fun/
There are also lots of practical Science activities and challenges which can be done indoors since it is much colder this week, alongside the usual Maths and English tasks. 'The Week Junior' is a Newspaper which has a VE Day special - you can find the link on the History page of our site.
We also have a Ramadan Kindness Challenge which can be found on the RE page. See if you can complete them all!
I know these are challenging times for you, which means 'normal' life isn’t that 'normal,' and that we have to miss special times in our lives at the moment. I would much prefer to be at school with you all! But I know you are all very good at keeping positive, so hang in there, and keep those smiles on your faces.
With my best wishes to everyone,
Monday 4th May
I hope you all had a relaxing, restful weekend, and were able to get out and active for some daily exercise, as well as some fun activities around the house.
I want to say a huge thank you to your adults for all the updates - I have really enjoyed learning all about what you've been getting up to!! Maybe now is the time to think about what you could put into the Gratitude Jar about this time at home with them!
As is explained on our Year 5 homepage, this Friday is our 75th VE Day - 75 years since the end of World War 2 in Europe! This is an opportunity for us to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this terrifying period. Please have a look at some of the VE Day activities and share your celebrations via your parent's email - I'd love to see them!
As always, there is lots to be found on all pages of our Year 5 site, including this week's Maths and English learning. Please remember to take lots of breaks and dip in and out of what you feel comfortable doing, perhaps dedicating the morning to School activities and relaxing in the afternoon. I am so proud of you all for your efforts.
I'm thinking of you all and can't wait to be reunited soon,
Monday 27th April
Hello Year 5.
I hope you all had a restful weekend.
As we enter Week 6 since school closed, I am missing you all so much!
Please have a look at this week’s new learning - Maths and English has been put on today, and other subjects will be updated Thursday. I ask you not to rush any of the learning and if you’re finding you may wobble, take lots of brain breaks, ask an adult for help and think about the strategies we use in school to get out of the Learning Pit, such as using that Growth Mindset that I know you all have.
It is important that we stay in touch with friends and it has been lovely to hear that some of you have done some learning together via Zoom, so you could even ask each other for help! Please remember our Online Safety Pledge and use the THINK when sending and sharing online, as once it’s on, it’s on and gone, forever.
We will be seeing a lot less Sun this week, but don’t let that stop you from staying active! Joe Wicks is saving the nation with his morning workouts which you could continue to take part in, or even put your waterproofs on and soak up some of that fresh air – I know I will be!
Monday 20th April
Happy Monday Year 5!
I once again wish you well and hope you are getting used to an established routine at home. The Sun is enough to brighten anyone's day and I have been making the most of it in my garden, painting some walls. I have been ticking off parts of my 'To-Do List' which has been accumulating since I moved house in October! And I must say, I don't think my house has ever been so clean!
It has been so lovely to see some of your smiling faces again on photos via your parents' emails - I have loved seeing what you have all been up to at home. Please keep them coming!
Even though we aren't in school, it is important that you keep up with your interests and unique talents, for example doing some artwork, playing your instrument, baking a cake, practising your football skills! You might have even found yourself a new hobby! Why not set yourself a challenge this week? Mine is to complete a 500-piece jigsaw.
We have been making lots of changes to the website in the past week. You should now be finding it easier to navigate and I hope you enjoy taking part in the activities which we are setting regularly, as well as using Times Tables Rockstars, Spelling Shed and Purple Mash. Let's see if we can get more of us on the Year 5 Leaderboards!
You're all amazing.
Keep well and safe, support others at home and look after yourselves too.
Have a fantastic week!
Tuesday 14th April
Happy Easter everyone!
I hope you all had a lovely weekend eating chocolate and enjoying time with your families in the sun.
I would love to know what you have all been up to these past few weeks, so please ask your parents to send in some photos of your activities on the Year 5 email (parents - see letter from Mrs Garbett) and I will upload them onto our new Hawking page under 'Children and Teacher's Corner' for us all to have a look at.
I baked some Easter treats over the weekend - Mini Egg brownies and Easter Rocky Road (even though the ingredients were tricky to find in the supermarket!) and delivered these on the doorstep of some family members on Easter Sunday. I have started to do some DIY in my house, painting furniture which I haven't found the time to do for a while.
The weather continues to be glorious this week, so get out in the sun, stay active and play games with your families at home or during your daily exercise trip out. I have begun to hear the birds chirping in the morning, a definite sign of Spring, and have noticed some beautiful blossom trees on my daily walks/runs. See what you can notice around you!
Continue to keep in touch with one another via Zoom and FaceTime, share your ideas and experiences during these uncertain times and have a laugh with each other, but remember, always be kind.
I hope you are still finding ways to help your adults at home and supporting and caring for your families during this time.
Once again, I wish you all well.
Keep smiling and stay positive!
Monday 6th April
Hello 5 Hawking! Miss Landi here. I just wanted to say how much I am missing you all and I hope you are all ok. It is a very strange and uncertain time for everyone and there have been many changes, both big and small, to our usual lives in the past few weeks. I just wanted to say, you are all amazing, so hang in there!
Firstly, I am wishing you all and your families well, as all our health, both physically and mentally, is paramount at this time.
Please, I urge you, to take some time to watch your favourite Disney film, play that game you’ve been meaning to play, get outside in the garden, read to the end of that long, exciting book!! Why not ask an adult if they need you to do anything? Offer to help make the tea? Tidy your bedroom? As they will be working too, it’s important that you look after them and understand that they may also have ‘wobble’ days.
I hope you have found the website activities useful and have been keeping those brains active. I’m sure you have so much to show me and I can’t wait to hear all about what you’ve been doing when we get back to school. I have been doing lots of baking (as you all know I like my food), practising my Spanish and have been out running too, as I now have an additional 6 months of Marathon training to do!
Have you been keeping active? It is really important to keep our bodies moving, both for our minds and for our bodies. Why not get your adults to join in with some yoga or mindfulness like we do in class? You could create a circuit of exercises like we did in PE for you and your families to take part in. Joe Wicks has been great at getting me up and active in the morning as I’m sure he has for lots of you too.
I understand you are all keeping in-touch with each other via video chat, which is so lovely to hear. I can imagine all those words of encouragement and support you are using! However, please be mindful of spending time away from the screen too, to give your brain a break from technology and rest your eyes. There are so many fun things to do without using a screen!
Have a fun-filled, restful and safe week.
Take care and I will see you all soon.