To my wonderful, wonderful Woodpeckers,
2020 has been a very strange year, for so many reasons, but mainly because our 'normal lives' had to change so drastically. It has been so weird to be teaching throughout, but not have my lovely class altogether with me.
As we started the year together in September, we didn't know that all of this was just around the corner, but, we still had such a good time! I am so proud of how much you have all grown up, become more independent and developed into such mature, young people. You are going into your last year of school next year, and as sad as I am that I cannot teach some of you again, I am so excited for all of the exciting opportunities and adventures that you have got to come. You are ready for this!
In the two terms that we had together, we actually did so much when you reflect on it. We had our Victorian trip to Morwellham Quay (where most of the boys fancied dressing up as Victorian ladies!!), we did the 'Daily Mile' track, a major 'word count' competition with our reading, we had our lovely Islamic visitor, Rania, we had the Nuffield Health team coming into to teach us to be healthier in mind and body, we had numerous 'Stay and Learn' events, proud Parent's Evenings...the list just continues!
But most of all, we formed some fantastic friendships and bonds and become a group who were all there for eachother, rooted for others to get better, cheered when someone improved, laughed a lot, and learnt more about what it is to be a brilliant human being.
I will of course see you all in September, and as I will be teaching Y5/6 next year, I will actually be working with you all a lot more still. So, for now, thank you for being such a wonderful bunch of children, and it was my pleasure, even just for 2/3 of the year, to be your teacher.
To all of the parents, grandparents, friends and family members that I have had the pleasure of working with this year, thank you for all of your hard work in raising these truly great children.
Best wishes to you all, and have a wonderful summer with your families.
A very proud, Mr Bashford
Hello to my wonderful Woodpeckers!
I hope you are all well. I have created the star tabs for each day, so just click on the day and it will tell you what you need to do.
As I mentioned in class, we have a class email address, so if you have any problems, or do not understand, or want to share your learning and photos, then email:
Look after yourselves and keep checking back here each morning for your learning for the day. I have put all of the photos you have sent me in a slideshow below.
Some useful links:
Audible audiobook stories to listen to:
Joe Wick's Daily workout: (P.E with Joe)
Some extra maths if you wanted (Ages 7-9 and 9-11 is at the bottom!)
Fantastic story sent to me from someone in our class. He has combined two stories that we were reading in school during our Islamic Civilisation topic. I LOVED reading this! If you want me to put your story on our page, type it up for me and then I will put it on. I can't wait to read the next part...
Ali Baba meets Sinbad on his Eighth voyage.
Once upon a time there was a man called Ali baba and he was a carpenter working in the market. On the same day, a sailor called Sinbad was out on his eighth voyage. Sinbad was travelling to the East to trade gold for wood. Sinbad traded gold with Ali Baba and in return traded him his wood. After they met, they became friends and they started to do everything together.
Sinbad took Ali Baba to his ship and showed Ali Baba were he'd been on his map. Ali Baba showed Sinbad how to be a carpenter and Ali Baba let Sinbad try to be a carpenter.
So Sinbad cut down a few trees and he got 200 pounds just for 10 trees it took him 10 hours. After that Sinbad took Ali Baba to his ship and they both wanted to go on a voyage. So Sinbad and Ali Baba went on a voyage and they rounded up a crew.
On the first night, they had a few to many drinks because they all had a fight. No one got hurt so now they knew not to have too many drinks next time. The next day they reached land and they set up camp, so Ali Baba and Sinbad went to explore the island. They went so far that they felt the island move and they tried running back. But it was too far! What they found out was that it was no island at all, but it was a killer whale, which had laid there for thousands of years, growing forests on its back! When the crew found out it was a whale they ran to the ship, forgetting that Ali Baba and Sinbad were on the island still and left them behind…
Read my next instalment to find out what happened next... By BW Y5
This is another fantastic story written by another brilliant boy in our class. Read and enjoy!
The Historical Shipwreck of Sinbad the Sailor!
One day in the city of Baghdad, all of the stalls were up and ready to go. There was a ship nearby and the owner was a man called Sinbad. He was a very nice gentleman. For example, every day he goes outside and gives money and food to the poor. He normally wears ripped jeans and a short white t-shirt (He loved his grey sandals).
One day Sinbad was feeling bored and he wanted another adventure, so he said to his crew mates, "Let's go for a sail".
Sinbad and his crew walked on the ship with excitement and joy. His muscular bodyguard, Tripper, was stood by his side on the ship. He wasn't that wealthy so he doesn't give money to the poor, he keeps it for his friends and family. Sinbad provides his clothes. He wears an old black t-shirt, brown shorts and fragile shoes with holes in them.
So they were on their way in the deep sapphire, blue ocean. Waves crashing against the wooden ship like size of the tsunami! But they were not giving up, they were courageous and undefeatable. For hours and hours, and days and days, they were still sailing. Until they found this beautiful tropical island with exquisite fragrances of the fruit. They finally found land to rest on. "It took a while but it was all worth it," said Sinbad. "I know right" said Tripper.
"The ground’s shaking!" said Sinbad.
"Run!" said Sinbad.
It was a volcano, their feet felt like they were melting like an ice cream in the sun. They were running for their lives dodging any obstacles in their way.
They finally all made it but a couple of crew members sadly died in the volcano and there were a lot of injuries.
They sailed back to Baghdad. And that was the end of this voyage!
By EM Y5
Woodpeckers class are lucky enough to have two teachers. Mr Bashford teaches four days of the week, and Mrs Burch teaches on Thursdays. They also have Miss Palmer as our class TA every day of the week.
The children will receive homework which will usually include a weekly Spellings task and a times tables task. The children will do a spelling and times table test every Friday. Reading regularly with your child is also really important (and great for our word counts!) so please encourage the children, as will we, to bring their books home to share with you. The children will have two P.E sessions every Tuesday with Mr Blacker.
If you have any questions please come and see us before or after school and we will be more than happy to help!
We are now full swing into our Spring term and we have done so much! Our topic on 'The Golden Age of Islam' has been fascinating and we have learnt so much, such as...
As you can tell, we have been learning about a lot of new themes that we haven't even heard of before and it has been eye-opening! Follow this link to find out a bit more about Baghdad in 900AD, The Golden Age of Islam:
In English, we have been reading the ancient story of 'Gilgamesh', and more recently, 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves' and 'Sinbad and Seven Voyages'. We have been writing culturally and historically accurate traditional stories about Islamic culture. This term we are focusing on persuasive writing and the intricate and specific techniques that are needed.
Follow this link for more information on persuasive texts:
Across the rest of the curriculum we have been:
Feel free to come on in and find out more about what we have been learning!
Year 5 Topics each term:
The Golden Age of Islam