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Parkside Primary School, Parkside - Welcome to our school website! Please take the time to explore the website. Should you require a paper copy of any of the information on the website, please contact the school and a copy will be provided free of charge. The office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please do not call into the office if you are displaying any Covid-19 related symptoms.if your child tests positive for Covid-19 in the days immediately following the end of term, please email us at: with the following details and call 07927643262

Weekly Update

Week Beginning 7th December 2020


Our Champions have been working so hard this week. We are so proud of all of you. 


We have been multiplying fractions this week in our Numeracy lessons. Well done!


In literacy we have created two 'cinquains' showing a contrasting theme such as warm and cold. The children created some amazing artwork to accompany this. 


We have also looked at the physical features of the United Kingdom using the atlases. 


We have also had lots of fun in today's Christmas challenge which was called The Runaway Sleigh. Well done everyone!

Week Beginning 30th November 2020


Our Champions have been adding mixed fractions this week and shown lots of resilience as they've applied a variety of skills in order to be successful!


In literacy we have begun to explore 'cinquains' as part of our poetry journey...look out next week for our inspirational artwork to support this!


During these uncertain times, our children are being incredible. To support ourselves as well as others, we have been taking part in some of the Kindness Calendar activities designed be the British Red Cross.


We have also started to get into the festive spirit where we had lots of fun in today's Christmas challenge!

Week Beginning 23rd November 2020


This week in numeracy we have been learning...more about fractions!! This time we've really focused on adding and subtracting fractions and applying our knowledge and skills of converting improper fractions to mixed numbers as well as simplifying fractions when completing our answers.


Continuing with Remembrance and the poem 'In Flanders' Field' as a focal point, we have written some sensational setting descriptions; showing a real development in our writing from the start of September! Wow Year 5!!!


We have also been celebrating differences in PSHE, where the children have displayed maturity, empathy, sensitivity and have ultimately considered the qualities of a positive role model!! 


Have a lovely weekend Champions! I'm off to buy Advent calendars ready for next week!!!

Week Beginning 16th November 2020


This week our Champions have been converting improper fractions into mixed numbers and vice versa as well as developing our understanding of simplifying fractions!


Following being reflective on Remembrance Day, we decided to dive deeper into this significant event. We have explored the infamous poem, 'In Flanders' Field', written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. 


We have been learning about the circulatory system in Science. The children have been looking at the function of the heart, blood vessels and the blood. 

Week Beginning 9th November 2020


What a week!


We're still working through fractions in numeracy and have completed writing up our powerful speeches in literacy! 


On Wednesday, we reflected on Remembrance day by participating in a two minute silence as well as spending time reminding ourselves of the sacrifices made.


We've been musicians this week, where we've studied a famous composer called Gustav Holst and have enjoyed exploring 'The Planets Suite'.


To end the week, we've helped to raise money for Children in Need! We loved dressing up in bright/spotty clothes and taking part in a variety of activities linking with this year's FIVE TO THRIVE theme. We joined Joe Wicks live for his final 20 minutes of a 24 hour exercise marathon, carried out 'random acts of kindness' that we aim to continue, as well as designing a brand new face mask!


Have a super weekend Champions!

Week Beginning 2nd November 2020


Thank you for a wonderful and positive start to our second part of the autumn term. It has been lovely having the opportunity to speak to lots of your parents/carers for Parents Evening, and to celebrate with them how proud we are of you all!


As a school, we are continuously recapping prior learning - to ensure that the knowledge and skills are regularly rehearsed and to help these become embedded as much as possible.


This week, we have started to focus on fractions: this has mostly been recalling what the children can remember from previous years and finding fractions of amounts. Next week we will move onto exploring equivalent fractions.


In literacy, our Champions have been putting all of their research into 'what makes a great speech?', to the test. We have been editing and improving our drafts for why we believe schools should remain open or should close as a result of COVID-19.


As part of our topic work, we have enjoyed learning about Judaism in our Religious Education studies. We recognise the importance of having an appreciation for the various faiths that exist in our world.


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Week Beginning 12th October 2020


Goodness me! I can't believe that we only have one more week left until half term! Our Champions are continuing to work extremely hard and are certainly living up to our school motto of 'Care to learn, learn to care'! 


We have been applying our times tables skills in order to answer long multiplication problems. (Remember, your times tables knowledge is crucial to so many areas of numeracy so be sure to practice as much as you can - TTRockstars is great for this!)


We are really getting our teeth into 'powerful speeches' in our literacy learning. Linking in with our WWII topic work and Black History month, we've explored some motivational speeches in preparation for writing our this space!!


Science has been electrifying! The children have been getting practical with the equipment this week; creating and testing a variety of components in circuits. One week investigating electricity just isn't enough! Our inquisitive children are thirsty to learn more and more...questioning ideas all the time! Our children really are the future!


(Here is a link to something we began exploring today. The children were extremely passionate about the discussions we were having so I thought they might like to have another look in their own time!)

Week Beginning 5th October 2020


What a week!! Our class have worked their socks off to write up their fabulous WWII evacuee diary entries and it has been a pleasure reading through them all!! 


We have worked hard to better understand square numbers, cubed numbers and prime numbers and to sharpen up our mental strategies. 


This week in our creative curriculum work we have been 'geographers', thinking about cities and counties of the United Kingdom. We have put our map work skills to the test, to locate a variety of cities and counties as well as considering the pro's and con's to living in rural and urban areas of Britain; which we've all found really interesting!


Our Year 5 Champions took part in an important and mature discussion to acknowledge #HelloYellow - supporting young people's mental health on World Mental Health Day. Once again, we're really proud of you all!

Week Beginning 28th September 2020


What a thought provoking we've had! The children have stepped back in time to put themselves in the shoes of a child evacuee from World War II, as we work towards writing a diary entry based on our experiences. We've watched videos, read some actual diary recounts, done some drama work and listened to evacuees retell their memories as adults today! Wow! It has been wonderful to see how gripped and knowledgeable the children are becoming!


We have continued with our negative numbers in Numeracy, before moving onto factors and multiples of numbers. We enjoy practicing our times tables by joining in with the BBC Super Movers website. Why not try it at home too?! (see the link below)


The children have also been carrying out research on Sir Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler; making comparisons and forming opinions as they consider what qualities they had to become such powerful leaders.


Week Beginning 21st September


We have been looking at rounding numbers this week in Numeracy and have also started to think about negative numbers (which we shall continue with next week!) The children have worked extremely hard to draft, edit and present their writing in role as Chas, from our class text, 'The Machine Gunners', alongside a super piece of artwork to accompany their writing.


It is lovely to see how enthusiastic the children are with our WWII topic: asking so many questions and desperate to learn more and more!! We have spent time studying our 'History Knowledge Mat', focusing on the key vocabulary and events that took place. Our Champions have produced some wonderful fact sharing posters as well as timelines which will be displayed in our classroom!

Week Beginning 14th September


The children have had another amazing week! Well done all of you!


They have continued with their place value journey in Numeracy and have written the first part of the story, The Machine Gunners as the main character Chas. They have also reflected on themselves and their choices in PSHE. They have worked extremely hard and I am proud of all of you. 

Week Beginning 7th September


The children have officially completed their first full week in Year 5! What a super week it has been and I'm extremely proud of each and every one of our 'Champions'.


This week we have started to explore our exciting literacy text, 'The Machine Gunners'' by Robert Westall, that links with our curriculum topic of World War II. (The children already seem so engaged with this topic!) We have also been reminding ourselves about the importance of place value in numeracy, to deepen the children's understanding. In art, we have enjoyed experimenting with line techniques, where we have practiced single and cross hatching whilst considering the emotions in a piece of art.