Year 5

Who is Wilfred Owen?
Year 5 had the privilege of taking part in a workshop with Charles Lea, a local author, to learn about the poetry of Wilfred Owen.
If you are interested in finding out more, click on the link..www.warpoetry.co.uk
Did you know...

Owen's story

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen was born to Tom and Susan Owen in Oswestry, on 18 March 1893. In early 1900 they moved to the Wirral Peninsula, when Tom was appointed Station Master at Woodside Station in Birkenhead. The 1901 Census shows them at their first home, a semi-detached house at 7 Elm Grove, Higher Tranmere. Then later they lived in nearby 14 Wilmer Road and 51 Milton Road.

From the house in Elm Grove it was only a short walk for Wilfred to The Birkenhead Institute (BI) School in Whetstone Lane. Wilfred was first registered at the BI when he was 7 years old, on 15th January 1901 as Pupil Number 102. His parents paid a fee of £2/14/0d (£2.70p). He seemed genuinely happy and fulfilled in Birkenhead. He enjoyed school life, and his teachers said of him that he was “obsessed with the necessity to equip himself scholastically”, and that he was “a very favourite pupil indeed”. He was always proud of his school. He read widely and was already fascinated by the expressive possibilities of poetry


“My subject is war and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity”
— Wilfred Owen

During holidays, he enjoyed swimming at the Argyle Street or Livingstone Street public baths (the latter having been opened in 1900) and horse riding on the beach at the popular resort of New Brighton. The Owens were actively involved in the community during their time in Birkenhead. The area was clearly a significant influence on the life of the young poet. The birth of his “poethood” was in 1903-4, clearly during the time he was here. Wilfred’s uncle Edward Quayle lived in the village of Meols, where Wilfred spent many holidays. The Owen family continued to live in Birkenhead until he was 13 years old, when his father took up work in Shrewsbury.

When the First World War broke out, Wilfred was working as a tutor to a family in France, where he saw some of the soldiers wounded in the conflict. In September 1915, Wilfred returned to the UK and joined The Artists Rifles Officers’ Training Corps.

After various training sessions, he was commissioned into The Manchester Regiment on 4 June 1916.

He suffered shellshock in August 1917, then came the now famous meeting at Craiglockhart Hospital with the poet Siegfried Sassoon, who was to be so instrumental in making Wilfred into the iconic figure he has undoubtedly become.

Wilfred Owen was killed in the early hours of 4 November 1918 on the Oise-Sambre-canal bank. He is buried in the churchyard at Ors.

  
Did you know that a sculpture was unveiled in Birkenhead on 4th November to commemorate him?  Click on the link below to see it before it was unveiled in Hamilton Square.
 
 
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Welcome to Year 5
 
Welcome back!  Year 5 will be taught by Mrs Young, Miss McCombs and supported now by Miss Fishwick.  They will also have Mrs McGrath on a Thursday afternoon  and Mr Leathers for a short time on Friday afternoon for MFL.  Did you know we are now learning French?
PE kits will be needed every Wednesday afternoon.
 
Please have a look at our exciting curriculum.  There is the long term plan so you can see what we will be covering in each subject for the year.  If you wish to see this in more detail, please refer to the Autumn Topic Planner which gives a more detailed overview for Autumn!
 
Parent Workshop - 1st November 2018
 
It was lovely to see so many parents come along to find out what we do at Well Lane, how hard your children work and what the expectations are for children in Year 5.  The children loved having you here.
Thank you for your on-going support.
 
Year 5 is lucky enough to be one of the classes who will being taking part in Forest School Workshops beginning in November.  Log back in to see what we do!
 
 
Autumn Half-Term Homework and Information
 
Year 5 have a piece of Science homework to consolidate our understanding of the human life cycle and the circulatory system.  It also supports the line graph work we have been doing in Maths.
 
Year 5 have also got yellow highlighted sheets to practise their handwriting. The words we have to practise and learn are taken from the Yr5 and Yr6 spelling list which is organised into spelling pattern (please see the complete list below). 
We are working our way through this list with Mrs Young.  We have a new word each day, we call it our Word of the Day.  Each morning we come in and find the WotD in the dictionary to ensure we know what it means and then add it into our vocabulary books.  We then practise our cursive handwriting and learn how to spell these words at the same time.
 
We also need to read on a daily basis to improve our fluency and practise our précising, prediction and inference skills which we can then use in class.
 
Don't forget to practise your Times Tables Rock Stars!
 
We will be back in school on Monday 29th October. 

 
 
What are Sc1 skills?
Yr5 have been reviewing the skills used when we carry out any investigation.  We then planned and carried out an investigation to remind us of what each of those skills are.
At the end of an investigation we now know that we must evaluate our results; this means to consider whether we have accurate and reliable results.  Yr5 are able to explain how we would evaluate these now.
  1. Did you know...    a good investigative question clearly shows which variable is being changed and what is actually being measured?
We have learnt about the human life cycle and are now exploring the circulatory system.  We had a go at working together as a group to reproduce the circulatory system. 
Did we succeed?  
 
 
eSafety - how to keep ourselves safe online - October 2018
 
We had a visit from Merseyside Police to remind us how to keep ourselves safe online.  We already know how to but it is nice to have a visit to remind us.  We wouldn't invite strangers into our homes so why post pictures that give strangers an insight into our homes and private lives!
 
A trip to the Birkenhead Mosque - 11.10.18
 
This term as part of our RE curriculum, we have been learning about the religion of Islam. To consolidate the learning so far and to allow children to ask Muslim (this is the name given to people who follow the Islam religion) adults and children questions, we went on a trip to the local mosque.
The children were shown around the different areas of the mosque and were able to view a congregational prayer. A group of children from St Werburgh's primary school spoke to the children about their religion and gave them an insight into their daily routine.
Overall, the children thoroughly enjoyed the trip and said it was nice to see firsthand what they have been learning about in the classroom.  
Year 5 are learning about World War two.
 
The children will be looking at rationing next week. They need to complete a food diary to compare food from during the rationing period until now. These need to be returned on Monday 19th November.
 
We have learnt about the evacuation process. The children wrote beautiful letters as evacuees. 
 
We looked at the types of planes used in the Battle of Britain. We created fact files using the internet and the laptops for research.
Stay where you are and then leave
This is the title of the class novel we are studying in our English lessons.  We looked at the title to predict what we thought the book might be about.  We then looked at the cover to enable us to update our predictions as we had more information to base them on.
We now know that the main character is a child called Alfie.  The story begins on his 5th birthday, the day the fighting began during WWI.
27th Sep - we considered whether Alfie should stay at school or go out to work with the shoeshine box that he stole.  We then appointed our own Alfie who walked down conscience alley before making a final decision.
 
Should Alfie stay at school or should he go to work?
Watch to find out what we decided..
Do you know who our class author is?
 
Have a look at us holding some of his books, can you tell now?
How does Alfie feel?
 10th Oct 2018
We have now discovered that Alfie's mum may have lied to him about his Dad. We worked with partners to discuss and role-play a conversation that we'd like to have with the character Alfie.  One brave person then volunteered to take up the hot-seat and play the role of Alfie whilst some of us asked questions.  How did he do discussing Alfie's feelings.....?
We watched it back in class, unfortunately the file was too big to upload here!