Year 5 Spring News
As we prepare for the final term of Year 5, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on and celebrate all of the wonderful activities, clubs and competitions that have taken place this term. Thank you for your support on fundraising days, trips and ensuring your child is always prepared and ready to learn.
We are thrilled with how well the children have settled and the contributions they make to our school everyday. At the beginning of this term, I collected their views on how they felt they had settled into Valley and what they have enjoyed so far and wanted to share some of the results with you.
Almost every pupil has taken up at least one extra-curricular opportunity and pleasingly, over 30% of pupils have joined three or more clubs so far this year. My hope is that every pupil will have taken part in a club by the end of the year as they provide opportunities to develop resilience, new skills and friendships. We really do have something for everyone and always strive to offer more.
We say a fond farewell to Miss Horsman this term; a much loved member of staff who will be greatly missed. We wish her every success in her new school and know she will continue to delight pupils with her singing, humour and drama skills as she has at Valley.
We are all looking forward to the Summer Term and enjoying more fun experiences and making memories.
Miss Hayley McElderry
Head of Year 5
How well do you feel you have settled into Valley Gardens?
Comments from pupils
- This school welcomes you with open arms.
- I’m really enjoying Valley and I also would like to thank all of the teachers.
- Thank you to all the teachers that give their time after and before school to do clubs for all of us children.
- I loved doing the performances, and making new friends.
- Thanks for an INCREDIBLE first term at V.G.M.S!
- Thank you to all teachers.
- I am looking forward to the rest of the year.
- I enjoy school a lot, and I would like to say thank you to the teachers.
- I enjoy this school and never want to leave :)
Which extra curricular clubs have you joined?
Most enjoyable part of your first term
steam day: formula 1
The end of the day was one of great excitement as the teams raced their cars and then awards were given for the best car performance, merchandising and teamwork.
Y8 Street Scientists
'HE KNOWS SHE KNOWS' PSHE PERFORMANCE
We think they have lots of new fans! On the 5th April, Year 5 had an amazing experience with the band, 'He Knows She Knows'. They explained mental health issues and how to fix them. They sang five unbelievably great songs and it made us all feel positive and happy. In our opinion, they were amazing singers and entertainers.
Rowan, Sam and Jack.
House of Parliament Trip
We debated whether we should ban cigarettes. There were many arguments and we agreed that we should gradually stop selling cigarettes and lower the number of vapes. I think the trip to London was amazing!
Leo, 5VSC Representative
HIGH BORRANS RESIDENTIAL
Some highlights included: walking around Hodge Close Quarry; gill scrambling; climbing and caving in Humphrey Head; reaching the summit of Raven's Edge and canoeing. Lots of fun was also had back at base: fire building; model making; film night; fashion shows and reflection time on memories made for a lifetime.
BIKEABILITY - ROAD SAFETY
We are thrilled to have secured further dates in the summer term due some sessions being cancelled due to adverse weather.
world book day costumes
Project Based Learning: Eco-Project
Speedy Mathematicians: TTRockstars
epraise afternoon activities
Sports Events & Success
Wanderers Inclusive Tennis Event
NEWCASTLE EAGLES: HOOPS 4 HEALTH
Although not victorious, the Valley team had a great experience playing on the Eagles' home court. Well played to Wellfield Middle School, the well deserved tournament winners.
Mr Best was incredibly proud of all the pupils involved; everyone did themselves and the school proud. Congratulations and well done to: Cameron, Sam, Emily, Carys, Emily, Jack, Brody, Theo, Will, Lana, Beatrice, Arran, Jacob and Fin.
Y5 boys won a 7 aside football tournament
Valley Girls Vs Marden Bridge Middle
Y5/6 Hockey Competition
U11s Girls Football Valley
Later that week the U11s travelled to Liverpool FC Academy for the Northern Finals of the ESFA 6-a-side Cup performing amazingly to qualify as runners up for the forthcoming National Finals.
To cap off a fantastic hat-trick the U11s reached the County Cup Final to be held at the end of April after convincingly beating Highfield Middle School in the semis.
Promoting Positive Mental Health
NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. online programme
am pleased to tell you that next term we will be participating in the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. online programme. This consists of an online assembly and supporting classroom based activities. Speak out. Stay safe. is a safeguarding programme available to all primary schools in the UK and Channel Islands. It aims to help children understand abuse in all its forms and to recognise the signs of abuse in a child friendly way. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or Childline.
In the online assembly, the Speak out. Stay safe. messages are delivered in a fun and interactive way with the help of their mascot Buddy as well as special guest appearances from Ant and Dec.
We have studied the content of the materials and are extremely confident that they are appropriate for primary-school-aged children. By the end of the programme, we’re convinced children will feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe. If you would like to know more about the Speak out. Stay safe. programme you can find information on the NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk/speakout or I would be happy to discuss any questions that you may have.
Please find a letter attached with further information below.