Year 5: Blog items
Date: 25th Mar 2021 @ 9:49pm
What an excellent week within Year 5 to end the Spring Term! In a term that started with remote learning and ended with three weeks of us all back together in the classroom again, it is a no brainer that being back in school wins above all else. The Year 5 children deserve an enormous amount of credit for all of their efforts. Not just for their efforts online but also for the way they have settled back into our school routine.
In our RE learning, we learned about La Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Pascua (Easter) which is one of the most important religious festivals and celebrations in Spain. We wore our black thinking hats to explore the various events and customs of the Spanish people before then testing our knowledge with a quiz.
In our English learning, we were extremely proud to write up the “top copy” of our biographies on Commander Chris Hadfield within our Author Books. Accompanied by some watercolour artwork, the children worked hard to present their work in the style of a biography whilst also ensuring that their handwriting was neat and showcased their best. Very impressive!
As part of our Easter celebrations, the children also took part in the ‘Easter Bunny Run’ along with many other classes and schools across the region. Year 5 enjoyed running, hopping, skipping and even cartwheeling their way around the field to complete the distance. The Easter Bunny even visited us too as he hopped past our classroom and dropped off some treats for the children!
In a week of many highlights, we particularly enjoyed the inaugral 'Chicken Run Challenge' which involved us solving Maths questions then finding the missing number in order to earn a prize!
Not only that, we also played a virtual Easter egg hunt too in order to continue our Spanish learning.
A fitting week as we approach Easter and reach the end of a historic term. Wishing you all a safe and happy break and I look forward to seeing you on Monday 12th April.
Date: 19th Mar 2021 @ 5:14pm
What an absolutely fantastic week we have had in the Year Five classroom! It is amazing to see just how quickly the children have settled back into the usual routine and there has been so much learning and fun throughout. Take a look at just some of our highlights…
In our English work, we have looked at the life of history-making, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. After finishing our class text, ‘The Darkest Dark’, we learned that this was actually the childhood story of Chris Hadfield himself. So, this week, we carried out lots of research and read fact files about his life so far and, especially, his many phenomenal achievements in the world of space travel. Using this reading, we have since began to craft our own biographies all about Chris’ life to date. We look forward to editing and improving these biographies next week to then record them within our Author Books.
In RE, we delved into the events of Holy Week itself and the details leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. By exploring some thought-provoking pictures prompts, the children used their black thinking hats to connect their understanding to the events of Easter week.
In Maths, we have been busy learning the skill of long multiplication using the column method. The children have embraced this challenge and worked with great resilience as they have applied this new mathematical method with increased confidence and accuracy throughout the week. Very proud! Next week, the children will be carrying out some assessments to check their understanding and knowledge from this term.
Finally, on Friday, we were excited to celebrate Comic Relief! We marked the day with an exciting and fiercely fought ‘Beat the teacher’ competition. This included: a "stop the clock" competition; a Disney quiz; attempting to get a biscuit from your forehead to your mouth in the quickest time; a cup pong game, beanbag target games and more! Such fun was had and...sadly...the teacher was beaten my many of the Year 5 children who most definitely reveled in their victory. Well done, I suppose :) !
What a fantastic week. Wishing you a brilliant weekend and see you on Monday!
Date: 11th Mar 2021 @ 9:33pm
The time finally arrived on Monday for the long-awaited school reopening after two months of learning online. We were overjoyed to see Year 5 back together as a full class and we have missed them all greatly during this time!
Like ducks to water, the children settled back into the school routine really quickly and they approached their learning with great enthusiasm and effort just as they have done online since the start of the term.
We have been lucky enough throughout this week to work in groups for Maths and English. For English, we have carried on our focus on the incredible picturebook, ‘The Darkest Dark’, which retells the childhood story of Chris Hadfield who followed his dreams to become an astronaut. After finishing the story this week, the children have been experimenting with their sentence structure and different features before, next week, we will move onto writing biographies of the life of Chris Hadfield.
After a hard-working week of Maths, we ended on a real high as our Friday lesson allowed us to take part in some active Maths where we had to match decimals and fractions according to their number of tenths and hundredths. We participated in some team activities and pair matching games to do this and the teamwork and support offered between the children was great to observe.
In our Collective Worship learning, we continued to focus on our monthly value of Forgiveness, which is our monthly value for March. The children reflected on things that they wished to be forgiven for (big or small). Then by wiping their whiteboards clean, this signified how God still loves us and forgives us whenever we ask for it.
A particular highlight was within our Art learning where we used oil pastels and chalk to recreate the Northern Lights on black card. The effects created were stunning and inspired by the beauty of the Aurora Borealis itself. Take a look at the pictures above to see some of our creations!
A wonderful week spent together in the classroom and we hope that all the children enjoyed it as much as we did. Well done to them all for working so hard and enjoy your weekend. See you on Monday!
Date: 8th Jan 2021 @ 5:20pm
Even though it already feels like January is racing by, Happy New Year to you all!
A new year usually means a new start and this was certainly the case for all children, staff and parents as we quickly adapted to the experiences of remote learning. Our Year 5 children shone, both in the classroom and out, as they applied amazing effort, resilience and enthusiasm across all their learning!
Our new writing theme allowed us to delve into the world of Norse mythology. We expanded our vocabulary and explored the many weird and wonderful beliefs of the Viking people. In doing so, the children were able to produce a ‘Top Trumps’ card on one of the ‘Avengers’, which many children were familiar with from the Marvel film that is based on many of these mythological beliefs. We also created our own glossaries to expand our vocabulary as well as using our thinking skills to create a brace map of the ‘three levels of the universe’.
Our Collective Worship this week was led by Simon from St. Peter’s Church. He discussed the Feast of Epiphany to mark the end of the 12 days of Christmas and to celebrate the visit of the Wise Men to the baby Jesus. Thank you to Simon for taking the time to ensure the children were still able to participate in a worship on Wednesday morning, as per usual routine.
In Maths, we have learned a method for long multiplication. The children have honed their understanding of the ‘grid method’ and can apply their skills with much greater confidence and accuracy. Well done to you all!
Although not your “typical” week, it is fair to say that we made the most of it and that each child certainly rose to the challenge. Well done, Year 5 – you have made us all so, so proud!
We will continue with our weekly class blog updates when we are all back in school together.
Take care and stay safe x
Date: 17th Dec 2020 @ 9:34pm
Although this term has been spent in slightly different circumstances than we might have liked, it has been such a fantastic term spent with a simply incredible class of Year 5 children. They have each made me proud with what they have achieved on a weekly basis and the end of term is a perfect time to reflect upon just how far the children have come in this time. Thank you all for being you and for everything you bring to our classroom and to our school. Bring on 2021!
In a very festive week that was packed full of highlights, let’s delve further into just a few…
Following on from our letter delivery from the elves last week, we completed our kindness project by creating Christmas cards that have been sent to all the staff at the Intensive Care Unit at Southport Hospital. This was a special request to show support and appreciation for these staff who have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic and whose hard work continues as we move through the winter and into the new year. The children wrote the most heartfelt and poignant messages of thanks to these members of staff who they had never even met. Their reflections and appreciative comments showed a maturity beyond their years and we hope that this brings just a bit of festive joy to those who could really use a boost at this time. Well done Year 5 for embodying our value of Nurture and spreading your kindness within our local community.
We also completed a Design Technology project this week which, it is fair to say, made our moods even more festive. To achieve this, we have been designing, analysing, creating and evaluating…Gingerbread Houses! First of all, we had to research existing edible houses and then create a design brief which listed the various criteria that we wished our design to meet. Following the creation of our design brief, we then planned and annotated our final product ready for creation. Now that we had identified the various ingredients (mainly festive sweets) that would decorate the exterior of our houses, it was time to get to construction. The children put their ideas into action as they used the cement (icing) and the bricks (gingerbread) to build the structure for their edible house. Great fun was then had completing the design and well done to Year 5 for some great teamwork and for creating some creative and (mostly) stable gingerbread houses!
Just to also say a massive thank you for the generous gifts, cards and well wishes received by Year 5 staff throughout this week. This is not expected so your generosity means an awful lot - thank you!
All that is left to do now is to wish you all the most amazing Christmas and New Year. Make the most of the time with your family and I can’t wait to see you all in 2021!
Merry Christmas, Year 5!
Date: 10th Dec 2020 @ 9:49pm
Another week races by in the Year 5 classroom with Christmas now just around the corner! As ever, we have achieved so much and there are so many highlights in what has been such a fun, busy, whirlwind of a week.
This blog simply has to start with a statement of just how proud Year 5 have made us this week! After entering the National Sumdog contest, we pitted our mathematical skills against 2195 other classes in the battle to answer 1000 questions with the average score deciding our final position in the league table. Every single child answered their full 1000 questions which is an incredible feat in itself! Not only that, the children managed to finish in third place out of all the classes that entered. We won't dwell too much on just how close we were to first place! Though, amazingly, we were the top class in England just to add to our list of achievements! Well done to each and every member of Year 5 for a real team effort. Your resilience, effort and sense of fun continues to wow us all. Well done!
In our Maths lessons, we focused on the area of shapes which built upon our work on perimeter from last week. Next week...Christmas Maths!
We also completed virtual Advent calendars in RE as part of our ‘Christmas Around the World’ unit. This revealed 24 hidden facts about how Christians celebrate Christmas in Spain. Lots of children mentioned that the virtual Advent calendar was their favourite part of their RE learning to date as they used their iPads and creativity to then create hyperlinks to their own recorded videos which detailed the religious facts that they had learned about a Spanish Christmas. A great effort from all!
This term has been simply brilliant with this class of amazing children and I am so proud to be their teacher and to have watched them flourish from the start of the school year. Roll on next week…
Enjoy your weekends!
Date: 3rd Dec 2020 @ 10:10pm
We welcomed in the month of December with great excitement this week, which also called for the decoration of our classroom with all things Christmas! This was a job for the Year 5 children as we put the fire on, played some Christmas music and then each child decorated the classroom and made it their own. Admittedly, there is no real colour scheme to our tree and more tinsel than any room should have…but it’s ours!
Continuing our theme work on the Ancient Greeks, we used the inspiration of a recent myth to complete a Design Technology project. As we learned how Theseus entered a labyrinth to encounter the Minotaur, we decided to create some labyrinths of our own! First, we had to design our labyrinth by mapping out the course and the complexity to reach the centre. Then it was time to bring our designs into reality before later evaluating their effectiveness. Great fun was had and labyrinths that could house many a Minotaur were created. Well done everyone!
In our RE work, we used our learning so far about Jesus being the Messiah to apply our creative and critical thinking skills to what a new messiah might communicate to humankind today in the 21st century. We discussed issues such as pollution, hate crime, inequality and homelessness. Many children suggested that a female messiah would help to spread this message and push the idea of equality. The deep and reflective thinking on show was really impressive from this amazing class.
We also took part in the Santa Dash on Friday dressed in Santa hats, headbands and all kinds of festive gear. Great fun was had and we ho-ho-hope the children all enjoyed it!
As if there wasn’t enough excitement in the Year 5 air, there is something else which has got us going! Year 5 have been entered into the National Sumdog Contest which started…today! This class have a bit of a track record of performing well in these contests so hopefully this trend will continue. We will also be joined by some other classes from Trinity St. Peter’s too just to add to the competitive spirit. Bring it on! Year 5 will have to work very hard this week to ensure they answer all 1000 questions accurately before Thursday (10th). COME ON YEAR 5!
Our Maths learning this week has focused on the perimeter of regular and rectlinear shapes.
During the summer, many of our pupils took part in and completed the Arts Council's 'Summer Reading Challenge'. This year, they have introduced a 'Winter Mini Challenge', encouraging children to read three books between now and the 15th January 2021. For further details on how to take part, please visit the 'Winter Mini Challenge' website.
What a fantastic and fun-filled week with plenty more to come as we tick towards Christmas. Enjoy your weekend and see you on Monday!
Date: 26th Nov 2020 @ 8:44pm
Yet another busy but fun week within the Year 5 classroom with hard work and resilience in abundance!
We were lucky enough to be visited (virtually) by UK Parliament Education who delivered an engaging and informative workshop to our class via Zoom. This taught us all about our UK government and the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. We even had our own debate with our very own Right Honourable Speaker in an attempt to get a bill passed. The children applied their critical thinking skills to this debate as they considered how to help the homeless in our society. We are appreciative of such opportunities as these that help us to learn more about our British Values. In this case, democracy!
In our Collective Worship, we were treated to an excellent multi-faith worship session that was led by four of our Year 5 children. The children taught the rest of the class about Buddhism and connected this to our monthly value of peace. The children explained and outlined the importance of peace (and particularly inner peace) through some readings and stories related to the Buddhist faith. The rest of the class were then given the opportunity to recreate some of the Buddhist symbols for peace using their drawing and painting skills. Such a reflective and reverent collective worship session that was enjoyed by all and taught us an awful lot. Thank you to those Year 5 children!
In our Maths learning, we have been assessing our knowledge from the term so far and next week we will add to our knowledge of finding percentages of amounts as well as moving onto area and perimeter.
Also, to continue to provide our children with a breadth of good quality reading books, we have subscribed to Oxford Owl's e-library. Please see Google Classroom for further information!
Well done once again Year 5 for all of your hard work this week. Have a brilliant weekend and see you all next week for the start of Advent! We have a classroom to be decorated…
Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 8:29pm
This term is flying by! Another week passes by in a flash as we tick towards the start of Advent. We have achieved so much so far this academic year and this week is absolutely no exception to that!
A particular highlight of this week was our Science experiment based on the properties of different materials. The children were provided with a variety of objects including wood, plastic, sponge, metal and more. Using the different objects, the children had to carry out experiments to test their magnetism, flexibility, hardness, permeability and transparency. There was lots of scientific enquiry and discussion taking place and, using the black thinking hat, the children applied a range of scientific terminology brilliantly when recording their learning later in the lesson using a 'Tree Map'.
In our RE learning, we continued our work on the birth of Jesus within the gospels of Matthew and Luke. By examining reports from the scene, the children were tasked with finding evidence within the texts that led Christians to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. Following this, we learned about the belief of Jewish people who still hope for a Messiah to come and how this hope is built in to the way Jewish people see the world. This prompted us to think creatively and critically as we speculated about if God were to send another messenger to Earth in the twenty-first century, what would the messenger say?
In our Maths work, we have been converting fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents. Next week, we will further practise finding the percentage of different amounts and we will also be assessing our knowledge from the term so far.
We have had such fun in class this week coupled with such hard work and a resilient approach to learning. I am one very proud teacher. Enjoy your weekend and see you all on Monday!
Date: 12th Nov 2020 @ 7:45pm
Following the filming and launch of our ‘Celebration of Kindness Week Video’ for 2020, what an absolutely incredible week we have had! Where to even start?
Fittingly, our video, which features children and staff from across our school, was released on World Kindness Day itself (on the 13th November). We had such fun putting our filming together and even more fun watching the final version! Look out for some amazing ‘Conga’ moves from the Year 5 children. This video continues to remind us to ‘Laugh More and Worry Less’ and was a worthy (and brilliant) end to our school’s kindness week!
To continue our commitment to being kind and promoting this message, the Year 5 children were also joined via Zoom by Jamie Hunt who is head of digital at Sky Sports. Jamie was keen to speak to the children following our work towards the ‘Hate Won’t Stop Us’ campaign launched by Sky Sports during Hate Crime Awareness Week. Jamie thanked the children for our impressive campaign work and reminded them of the importance of being role models for future generations. He spoke about equality of gender, race as well as many other protected characteristics too. He also gave some background for why it was so important that Sky Sports set up this campaign when they did. The children had lots of opportunities to share their thinking too and Jamie provided some ideas for how we can continue to take this positive message forward. What a fantastic opportunity and we are so grateful to Jamie and Sky Sports for (virtually) joining our classroom!
In our RE work, we continued our focus on the birth of Jesus in the gospels of Luke and Matthew. We looked at prophecies made by Isaiah in the Old Testament and how they were fulfilled in the gospels. This was a challenging lesson but our children certainly rose to the challenge through exploring the various Bible scripture. Well done everyone!
In Maths, much of our learning has been linked to Children in Need with some problem solving and code breaking activities. We also learned about equivalent fractions. Next week, the children will move onto decimal, fraction and percentage equivalences.
A fantastic week that was full of kindness, fun and laughter. Enjoy your weekend everyone and I will see you on Monday!
Date: 5th Nov 2020 @ 8:21pm
What a great week we have had! As our Year 5 class returned from a well-deserved week’s rest, it was great to hear about their family time and activities during the time off. It was brilliant to have them back!
With the new half term, it has also been a week of new starts including our new theme focus which is, ‘What did we learn from the Ancient Greeks?’. To kickstart our theme, it was important to place the Ancient Greek civilisation in the context of wider History. In order to achieve this, we were each given a key event or period from British and World History. The children then had to organise themselves in chronological order. Our following discussion delved into the fact that one historical period does not have to end for another to begin. In fact, many periods overlap or coincide with one another and this recalled our learning about the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons too and prompted great historical discussion.
In RE this week, we began to investigate similarities and differences between the versions of the nativity portrayed within the gospels of Matthew and Luke. This involved a discussion around the idea of interpretation and the children were able to apply critical thinking to the two different gospel versions and outline why there may be some differences in the telling of the story.
In Maths, we revised key concepts of number which we covered throughout the last half term including mental arithmetic methods, honing our arithmetic skills and finding fractions of amounts. Next week, we will delve further into fractions.
Next week is our ‘Celebration of Kindness Week’. Children have been getting excited about the activities that lie ahead, as we think about kindness in the lead up to ‘Kindness Day’ and ‘Children in Need’ next Friday.
Homework is available on Google Classroom and Parent/Teacher calls are taking place after school on Monday/Tuesday afternoon. If you have not already booked your slot, you can do so by accessing the school spider system from home.
A really enjoyable first week of this half term. Have a great weekend and stay safe!
Date: 22nd Oct 2020 @ 10:12pm
The time has come and the first half term of Year 5 draws to a close! It has been nothing short of a pleasure to have spent this time together and we really are a formidable class team who have so much to be proud of and to carry forward into the remainder of this year.
This week, as with all other weeks so far this year, has been jam packed with highlights and incredible learning. Here are just a few of those highlights…
In our Collective Worship work, our October focus on the value of Generosity reached its conclusion. Our learning really did go full circle as we connected our discussions back to the start of the month and a particular kindness video titled ‘One Day’ that we watched and discussed at the time. Just like the video demonstrated a chain of kindness, we then created kindness chains of our own. The children outlined gestures and ideas for how they could take generosity forward in their daily lives. We all agreed that kindness and generosity really does make the world go round. Take a look at the pictures of our kindness chains above.
We also completed our half term focus on the Vikings by learning all about the danegeld that was paid to the Vikings by Alfred the Great and, less successfully, by King Ethelred the Unready. The children were fascinated to learn how the Vikings raided and then, eventually, settled in England, which they connected to a poem written by Rudyard Kipling all about this topic. Following this, the children learned about Viking runes and wrote their own names using these “letters”.
In our Maths work, we focused upon line graphs and statistics. After half term, our focus will centre around multiplication and division.
As the nights draw in and the clocks go back this coming weekend, it is a good time to revisit road safety with your child. Please find a useful guide from RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) attached. There is also some additional information outlined at the bottom of this blog.
If you would like your child to continue their learning at home over half-term, I have collated a list of useful websites that they can access and have shared this on Google Classroom. You can also refer to the Home Learning page on our school website for more support.
Also, to find out more about what we will be learning over this year, please read our updated curriculum overview here.
What a half term we have had and, although I will miss you all, a well-deserved rest for an amazing Year 5 class is definitely deserved. Enjoy it and see you on Monday 2nd November!
Next Saturday night, we will be setting the clocks back an hour and summer time ends. Road traffic collisions increase by 20% in the fortnight after the time change. Sadly, some of those collisions will involve child pedestrians and cyclists. Children under-16 are one of the most vulnerable groups of road users.
The latest available government statistics (2015)* show that 58% of children who die or are seriously injured in a road collision are involved in incidents between 3 and 7pm. From next Sunday, much of those will happen in darkness.
Whilst younger children are at risk, the data shows that 11 - 15 year olds are actually at more at risk from accidents that kill or result in serious injury.
The resources below will help remind children about road safety and safe cycling:
Teaching Road Safety: A Guide for Parents https://www.rospa.com/media/documents/road-safety/teaching-road-safety-a-guide-for-parents.pdf
Safety First – Cycling at Night https://www.cycletraining.co.uk/cycle-training-and-cycle-safety/safety-first-cycling-at-night/
Teaching road safety: guide for educators https://www.brake.org.uk/assets/docs/Teachroadsafetyguide-Sept14.pdf
Road safety teaching resources for children https://www.think.gov.uk/education-resources/
Be Bright, Be Seen Poster https://6282.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Be_Bright_Be_Seen-A5-Flyer.pdf
Keeping children safe during lockdown and beyond - Parents’ pack https://www.capt.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=44e36e43-bd5e-4dd0-acae-e040f37fe2ef
*Facts on Child Casualties (June 2015) https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/442236/child-casualties-2013-data.pdf
Date: 16th Oct 2020 @ 5:06pm
Just like that, another week in Year 5 reaches an end! We are having such fun as a class and there is so much incredible learning taking place that there really is so much for which each child should be proud! Within this blog, I’ll share just a few highlights from yet another jam-packed, exciting week…
As October is ‘Black History Month’ and this particular week is ‘Hate Crime Awareness Week’, we used this opportunity to really delve into ongoing issues in the world that we’re living in. The spread of “hate” online is a really significant issue that has affected so many people and we discussed how this can make a person feel when they receive hateful and unkind comments whilst online. Certainly, this completely goes against our school value of Nurture and our belief in always choosing kind and choosing wisely. Following our discussions, we heard the story of Alex Scott (ex-professional footballer, Strictly Come Dancing contestant and now TV broadcaster and sports pundit) who received hateful, racist and sexist comments online very recently following a new television job role. This incident prompted her to write an anti-racist poem in response. Year 5 were outraged at the abuse she had suffered and upon listening to her poem, we were inspired to join a campaign to show that we are fully against online hate. We tweeted Sky Sports whose ‘Hate won’t stop us’ campaign was very appropriate for sharing our messages of support. We each created an individualised letter of the phrases ‘Against Online Hate’, It’s NOT ok’ and ‘Hate won’t stop us’ and then we came back together as a class to show our solitary for this most worthwhile campaign. Check out our Twitter for the pictures and videos that we have sent over to Sky Sports. Well done, Year 5!
In our writing, we have worn our black thinking hats as we have absorbed knowledge and information throughout this week relating to our solar system and outer space. Using this information, the children created a non-chronological report which detailed their favourite planets and space entities with some impressive writing and facts galore! This non-chronological report was also supplemented with a painted back drop of the various planets which provided a stunning piece of writing that will soon find its way onto our Year 5 classroom display!
In Maths, we have worked so hard to develop our estimating as well as using inverse operations to check our answers. We then applied these skills to a range of addition and subtraction problems. Next week, we will move onto ‘Statistics’ where we will work on reading line graphs, bar charts and timetables.
What a fantastic week spent with a fantastic class. Enjoy your well deserved weekend and see you all on Monday!
Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 9:44pm
Continuing the recent trend, another week races by and it is time now to look back and reflect upon all that we have achieved during this time! Here are just a few snapshots and highlights from a brilliant school week…
An undoubted highlight of this week had to be our PE lesson where we played ‘Strategic’, which is a game that the children were introduced to last week. A class tournament was arranged and the children were split into four teams with each vying for the title of tournament winners. The matches couldn’t have been closer and the great tactical decisions and dramatic finales to each game were so thrilling that they could easily have been televised! Most impressively, the blend of competitiveness, sportsmanship and an ongoing nurturing and kindness to their own teammates was a joy to see and made for an all-round brilliant competition! Many children exclaimed that it was their “favourite PE lesson ever” and that they are desperate to play again. So, this may well not be the last that you hear of ‘Strategic’!
We also loved our Science lesson where we learned about the phases of the moon within the lunar calendar. There was only one way to learn about this properly...using Oreos! The children used their Oreos to create the different moon phases and they were even treated to an Oreo or two at the end too for all of their hard work. As the Oreo team said themselves in their Tweet to us...this was both delicious AND informative.
In our RE work, we continued our focus on the Bible and the various books that make up the whole. Using our black thinking hats and the knowledge that we have encountered so far, the children used their creativity to create word art collages which displayed various sections and key scriptures from within the Bible as well as key associated words, phrases and imagery. These certainly were impressive creations and we will be displaying some of them proudly on our Year 5 RE display!
In our Maths work, we have focused on factors, factor pairs and common factors to great success. Times table knowledge is the key to this particular area of Maths so keep on practising those! Next week, we will move onto estimating and multi-step addition and subtraction problems.
What a fantastic week and, as always, a pleasure to spend with this Year 5 class who really are formidable when they give their best. Well done everyone and enjoy your weekends. See you Monday!
Date: 1st Oct 2020 @ 8:59pm
October has now arrived and September truly did fly by! I really am so proud of all of the children for their first month of Year 5 and they have settled in brilliantly and have worked incredibly hard whilst always maintaining their sense of fun!
This week has brought so many highlights and so much learning. Here is a bit more information about just some of those highlights...
On Monday, we marked El día Europeo de las lenguas (The European Day of Languages). By marking this day and exploring Spanish culture and lifestyle, which is our school’s focus modern foreign language, this will provide great context for the children as they continue their linguistic learning journey throughout this year. ¡Venga!
In English, we reached the end of our focus on the incredible tale of ‘Queen of the Falls’. The children completed their diary entries written in role as Annie Edson Taylor and recorded them neatly within their author books accompanied by some beautiful art work. The diary entries were a pleasure to read and they demonstrated such creativity and engagement with our writing focus. Well done, Year 5!
In PE, we have used our lessons each week to focus upon Athletics and general fitness through a variety of games and drills. In Tuesday’s session, we applied our strategic knowledge to a new game aptly called ‘Strategic’, which involved plenty of running and tactical nous. Pitted against the opposition, the children battled competitively in order to infiltrate the opposing “safe zone”. Great fun was had and we will be taking part in a mini class tournament next week!
As we reached the end of September, this marked the end of our Collective Worship focus on the values of ‘Dignity & Respect’. To celebrate our learning, each child made a collage of pictures, quotes, key words and descriptions that demonstrated their understanding of these values. Fantastic connections were made to wider society too and the children thought deeply throughout this task. We now move onto the value of 'Generosity' for October where I am already looking forward to our class discussions!
In our Maths learning, the children have been working on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 applying this to both whole numbers and to decimals. Next week, our focus will shift to Roman Numerals, Factors and Multiples.
Just to also remind you that Tempest Photography will take place next Friday (9th).
We would also like to draw your attention to the following link relating to the iOs app, Tik Tok and how it should be used safely.
A fantastic and busy week and it is fair to say that each member of Year 5 has earned their weekend. Well done everyone and wishing you a brilliant weekend!
Date: 24th Sep 2020 @ 9:24pm
Another week flies by in the Year 5 classroom and we have so much to report! Let’s share just a few of our highlights from this week here…
We have now reached the end of the gripping tale that we have been reading over the last few weeks in our English sessions: ‘The Queen of the Falls’. This picturebook is based on the fascinating tale of Annie Edson Taylor, a “daredevil” from the 1900s who dreamed of fame and fortune and became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls…whilst inside a barrel! You could hear a pin drop whenever we read this story in class and the children were hanging onto every word. Although many predicted that Annie would be successful in her plight, this made what followed all the more shocking. The tumultuous ending in the aftermath of Annie’s feat led to many dropped jaws and shocked faces. Following this, we took part in a debate where the children considered the critical question: ‘Was Annie’s barrel feat a success?’ This led to a most impassioned and enthusiastic debate that was an absolute pleasure to be a part of. Next week, the children will write their final pieces, which is a diary entry based upon Annie’s incredible journey. Have a look at our diary plans above!
In our RE work, we continued to explore the Christian Bible with its many books and stories. We considered the word ‘sacred’ and its meaning and what it takes for an object to be thought of in this way. To do this we thought of items that we hold dear and that are treasured within our own lives. We then connected our items to the sacred nature of the Bible by making comparisons and establishing differences.
In our Maths work, we have focused upon number sequences and negative numbers. Through a range of activities, we have gained more confidence and enjoyed Kahoot quizzes and online activities to further support our understanding.
Another brilliant week rolls by and I wish each of you an enjoyable and well-deserved weekend. See you Monday!
Date: 18th Sep 2020 @ 4:06pm
Is that really our third school week over and done already? It has absolutely flown by! We have had so much fun in so many different lessons with so much learning taking place!
In RE, we started our new unit which is centred around the Bible. We learned the history of the Bible in our first lesson and how it is made up of up to 66 different books with many different writers. We then were tasked with navigating the Bible itself using the book, chapter and verse to find the scripture that was required. After a few quick practises, the children then completed a problem-solving task in which they were given a specific Bible book, chapter and verse and they had to find the animal mentioned in that section.
We also completed our focus on ‘Trolls World Tour’, which reinforced our Choose Wisely motto and allowed us to connect our learning to our school values whilst utilising our thinking skills throughout. On Friday, we reflected on all that we had learned so far and selected our favourite quotes from the film that were meaningful to us. From these, we will be building up a ‘Choose Wisely’ Trolls focused display that will take pride of place within the Year 5 classroom.
Please also see a guide to using Google Classroom attached to this blog as well as some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These should be viewed in addition to the Acceptable Use Policy for Google Classroom as previously shared.
What a fantastic week and an even more fantastic Year 5 class. Have a brilliant weekend everyone and see you on Monday!
Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 4:12pm
It has been brilliant to spend the first full school week of Year 5 with this amazing class! It has absolutely flown by with so much learning and hard work having taken place. Here are just some of the highlights…
We have continued to enjoy our class novel, ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’, which has been read to the children each day. We also tweeted the author, Maz Evans to express our enjoyment of the story so far. We are so grateful that she took the time to tweet us back which spread so much excitement across our classroom upon realising this. We have promised Maz that we will keep her updated throughout our reading journey!
In our Writing work, we have been using a story titled ‘Queen of the Falls’ as our inspiration for writing. This curious tale is all about an American schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor who, in 1901, decided she would be the first person to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel. This has prompted some rich discussion in our class and the children have revelled in taking the viewpoint and perspective of the watching crowd on that fateful day. I have loved reading the writing that this story has inspired so far!
Our ‘Trolls: World Tour’ focus has also continued this week with some artwork and the children also had the chance to ‘Trollify’ themselves too. Using this software via our iPads, the children personalised their own troll versions of themselves to represent their uniqueness and individuality.
In Collective Worship, we lit our candle and gathered as a school via Zoom for our second Collective Worship of this year. This time we were also joined by Reverend Anne and St. Peter’s curate, Simon. Mrs Pringle reminded us of our monthly value of Dignity & Respect and we enjoyed a heart-warming animation video, which emphasised the importance of love, acceptance and positive self-image.
Please remember that the children have received their weekly spellings for the second week, which has been uploaded to Google Classroom. Spelling tests take place each Thursday in class with individual results uploaded to Google Classroom alongside the score achieved. These scores will only be visible to me and you/your child as they are sent via ‘private comment’.
Weekly Maths and English homework tasks will be uploaded on Google Classroom each Friday too and should be submitted before the following Wednesday (16th September). If the children require any support or have any worries regarding their homework, they should speak to me about it on Monday.
Just to also make you aware that the school nurse service is still available to parents if you should require any health advice for your child. Please find the contact details below:
Community Staff Nurse
Formby 0-19 Team
A fantastic first full week as we have now really settled into our new routine. I wish you a wonderful weekend and see you all on Monday!
Date: 4th Sep 2020 @ 4:57pm
We absolutely loved welcoming back the brand-new Year FIVE class this week! The opportunity to spend this next step of the children’s learning journey together is something for which I am incredibly grateful and I eagerly await the many memories that we will create throughout this year.
To commence our learning journey, music has been filling our heads as we focused upon the film, ‘Trolls: World Tour’. This first theme of the year builds upon our learning at the beginning of Year 4 where our stimulus was the first ‘Trolls’ film. Using this film, we have explored the importance of embracing differences and appreciating the variety and culture that makes up the world in which we live. Using our thinking skills, the children have: participated in some brilliant class debates; connected their learning (so far) to our school values and put on thinking hats to expand their knowledge of various music genres and their origins. A particular highlight was the opportunity to use this knowledge to create our own musical pieces using the app, ‘GarageBand’.
We have also ensured that we are all set up on ‘Google Classroom’, which will be a key feature of our lessons during Year 5. By allowing your child to use Google Classroom, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this. This week, our Maths learning has been supported by this resource as we have recapped and revised our understanding of concepts from Year 4.
Homework and weekly spellings will be set via Google Classroom which the children have been familiarising themselves with this week. Going forward, homework will be set each Friday and children should complete Maths / English tasks by the following Wednesday and a spelling test will take place in class each Thursday.
The start of a new school year also signals the start of our new class novel. We are reading ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’ by Maz Evans which is a hilarious adventure story that delves into the world of Greek mythology and the Greek gods. We're loving it already!
In Collective Worship, we enjoyed a whole-school Zoom assembly with Mrs Pringle who reminded us to ‘Choose Wisely’ and inspired us to be the very best that we can be throughout this new school year. Using our monthly value of ‘Respect’, we applied this to the ‘Trolls: World Tour’ film by using the lessons learned so far to consider how we can choose wisely and show respect to those around us.
I hope the children have enjoyed this week as much as we have and wishing you all the best for the weekend. Already looking to seeing you all Monday!
Date: 1st Sep 2020 @ 3:19pm
Mr McCabe would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 5!
The Year 5 classroom is ready and we are very excited to welcome back the children this week to commence the start of this journey.
School for Year 5 starts promptly each morning at 9:10am where Mr McCabe or Mrs Marsh will meet the children at the entrance of the external Year 5 door.
The school day will end promptly at 3:10pm where the children will be collected by a parent/designated adult at the same entrance. Please remember to abide by the one way system which is in operation.
During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on a Tuesday morning and Thursday morning. Both these lessons will not be practising contact sports and will be skills based only.
As of the week begiinning 7/9/20, on the two days allocated for your child’s PE lessons, your child is to come to school wearing their outdoor PE kit on both these days. If a child is unable to take part in a PE lesson, a note should be written from the parent/guardian to the child’s class teacher.
Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break times. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack – e.g. fruit, vegetables.
Children will need to bring their own clearly labelled water bottle into school. Bottles of water with a sports cap type lid are also encouraged so the children can drink as and when they need it throughout the day.
I know that there may be times when you need to drop me a quick note for example: pick up arrangements, share news etc. So, with this in mind, you can now contact me directly via this email address: email@example.com
We hope this will enable each parent to be able to drop off and collect their child promptly so as to support the social distancing measures and one-way system we have in place.
Please kindly note, I will check this inbox each school morning at 8.30am. If there is a matter of urgency, please contact the school office as normal.
All emails will be monitored in line with our Parent Communication Policy.
Please also let me know for our records, by the end of the week, if you would require an electronic device should your child need to isolate or in the case of a local lockdown.
I am looking forward to seeing the children tomorrow and to a truly wonderful year together!
Date: 17th Jul 2020 @ 7:37am
Hello to the world’s greatest Year 5 class… soon to be Year 6!
Today marks our final day in Year 5. It really doesn’t seem so long since we enjoyed our last day in Year 4 together and here we are, a year on.
This week, some of you shared your year highlights with me; these included so many which brought a smile to my face. Some highlights to share were making pet trolls; the cliffhangers when reading our class book ‘The Star Outside my Window’; the Celebration of Kindness video; adopting ‘Bintang’; the introduction of our happiness journals; the Museum history trips (I particularly loved it when you all became Victorian servants for the day!) and the inflatable obstacle course for Sports Relief.
I know there are many, many more we share as well as the funny stories as a class we have – we will always remember ‘No troll left behind’ for sure! We are so very fortunate to be a part of such a special school family and class. Although we have been apart now since March, and only seen one another virtually, we will remain – as always – an incredible team and I simply can’t wait for us all to be back together in Year 6.
Over the Summer, should you may wish for your child to continue to keep up with some learning, below is a list of things that they can do before Year 6 starts!
Read, read, read…. as much as possible and, where appropriate, you could ask questions to help support the development of your child’s comprehension skills. This useful link may help here.
Other reading materials can be accessed via the following websites:
The BBC 500 word competition has many excellent reads upon it written for children, by children! The finalists are shared here to enjoy.
All MyMaths Year 5 tasks remain available for additional Maths revision and learning for the children.
The Language Angels ‘Home School’ resource is still available to practise and develop Spanish language skills.
The children have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional linguistic practice too.
The children can access Team Tutti here which is a self-guided musical learning experience for the children.
Short PE activities are available from AfPE.
Previous home learning blogs remain available for your child to complete any remaining tasks that they may not have accessed yet.
The ‘Learning at Home’ section of the school website has a wide range of appropriate curriculum links resources to support Year 5 children. Or whole school Twitter feed has an abundance of free suggested resources too.
Thank you for all your hard work since March boys and girls; you really are fantastic!
Thank you as well to all those parents who have sent in gifts, cards and kind messages this week - they are very much appreciated!
Have the most wonderful, well-deserved Summer break. Keep safe, take and have fun!
See you when you’re Year 6!
Lots of love
Mrs Martin x
Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 12:01pm
Please see the transition PowerPoint below for additional information to ensure that your child has the best start to Year 6.
Mr Curragh, Mr King & Mrs Martin
Date: 11th Jul 2020 @ 9:05am
Hello Year 5!
This is our final week of Year 5. It certainly isn’t the way we thought our final week would be when school closed for most of you in March. However, we are thirteen weeks of online learning later and I remain, as always, incredibly proud of you all; whether that be with the work you have emailed in, the MyMaths work you have completed, the Zooms you have made me smile in with your news and tales, or the kind messages I have received. You are a wonderful class whom I have missed so very much. Thank you for continuing to bring the sunshine even on some of the greyer days.
Mr King and Mr Curragh very much enjoyed their Zoom with those of you were able to attend this week. I’m sure you all enjoyed it too. Our last Zoom for the academic year will take place bright and early at:
9.05am on Friday 17th July.
This Zoom will be as a whole class and I cannot wait to see us all together again so please set those alarms and make sure you are there for our Year 5 final farewell. As always, you will receive a text message the day before to confirm the login details required to join the meeting.
Straight after our Zoom meeting, we will also be sharing our ‘End of Year Leavers’ Service’ on the school’s YouTube channel at 9.20am.
In ‘ordinary times’, we would all come together in church to celebrate this. However, we encourage all our TSP families to watch this celebration of both our Year 6 pupils, who will be moving onto secondary school and despite closure, give thanks for another successful year at Trinity St Peter’s.
As explained by Mr King and Mr Curragh in Zoom last week, in September, we will be introducing the new learning platform, 'Google Classroom'. Further information on this can be found in the 'Google Classroom Letter' attachment below. Please read this letter as well as the 'Google Classroom Acceptable Use Policy', which is also attached.
Individual login details will be sent via text message early next week.
If you experience any difficulties signing up, please let us know via the curriculum account (FAO Year 5) next week so that the whole class is prepared for September.
As always, if your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Reading/Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Reading/Maths task.
Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.
The Government have also released this guidance for parents and carers on how to 'Help school children continue their education during coronavirus' to further support you.
Many of you will have heard of the inspiring, influential work of Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United player, during the past few weeks. He partnered with a charity called ‘Fareshare’ and his ‘open letter’ to the parliament was a huge success. This reading comprehension is about Marcus, his life and the inspiration he is.
Remember that the Summer Reading Challenge enables the children to have regular access to books as well as a safe space to connect with their peers. This can be accessed via the Summer Reading Challenge website where well over 1,000,000 books have already been read!
The writing task set for this week is called 'Brain Swap'! This is an exciting way for you to demonstrate your green hat (feelings/empathy) thinking and to write a poem from someone else’s point of view. This could be a family member, friend, a celebrity, a historical figure or even an animal! Your poem can be entered into a competition and have your poem published too! The closing date for the competition is Friday 24th July.
Watch this short video of David Walliams reading the winning story of the age 11-14 section of the BBC 500 word competition – It is BRILLIANT and has been written through the eyes of a £5 note. It may give you an idea of how you could write in the role of something/someone else.
English (Spellings): Please see this week’s spellings below:
Last week of Year 5 spellings:
Referred, referral, referring, transferred, reference, referee, preference, interfere, interrupt, queue
This week I have attached a short SPAG quiz to recap some of the SPAG we have already covered during Year 4 and Year 5. There is lots to remember in SPAG, so if you are unsure of any of the terms such as parenthesis, relative clauses, modal verbs, you can have a recap by visiting this website.
All MyMaths tasks remain available should there still be any tasks to complete, then have a go. These are always helpful for additional revision and learning for the children.
White Rose Maths this week is looking at units of measure – be sure to watch these videos carefully before you have a go at the sheet.
The daily ‘Problem of the Day’ can be accessed here too!
And of course, don't forget to keep your time tables knowledge up to speed here.
Now that the Titanic topic is complete, this week I would like you to reflect on some very recent history, but still history all the same!
I would like you to reflect upon our time in Year 5… most of that was spent together although it probably feels like an eternity ago for most of us! I would like you to create a memory bank of your Year 5 highlights going right back to September 2019. This could be funny moments you recall, places/trips we visited or things you learned. I really hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane and I hope you share these with me to make me smile too. Our Year 5 Twitter page will be good for you to look at to help spark some other memories too!
This week I have found two simple, yet very effective art ideas for you to have a go at.
The first one is an illusional piece of art you will enjoy - depdnendet on your choice of colour this could be made to reflect the summer season too.
The second site, in case you haven't already completed any from this site is Draw with Rob. He has created many short videos of how to draw a whole host of different things espcially animals!
This week, have a go at these Science experiments at home. These fun and easy Science experiments are great to do at home because they require ingredients you are likely to already have in the kitchen. Attached are four different science experiments, including: a dissolving experiment; make your own lava lamp; fun with density and fireworks in a glass
The Language Angels ‘Home School’ resource is an excellent tool for the children to develop their linguistic skills. Required details to login can be accessed as per the whole school blog here. Year 5 children can additionally access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home on www.languageangels.com (login details already sent home with the children).
The children have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice too.
The children can access Team Tutti here, which is a self-guided learning experience using animated characters to deliver fun and engaging lesson content. This impressive resource includes musical concepts; creative challenges to encourage the implementation of new skills and an interactive quiz to assess learning. Enjoy!
Joe Wicks continues to lead live workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9am here. Any of his previous workouts can also be accessed from this link too.
The ‘North Sefton School Games’ (@NorthSeftonSG) account on Twitter is still continuing with ‘Try it Tuesday’ where physical challenges and activities can be found.
All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!
When the children begin a new RE unit, a connection is established to a key concept or ‘big idea’ within Christianity. This is important in helping pupils to understand the 'BIG story’ of the Bible! This resource includes a wealth of YouTube clips for the children to enjoy, which link to each of these core Christian concepts .
St Peter's weekly Sunday Club has a multitude of ideas to complete with the whole family here!
The Big Question continues be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page.
The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources here to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!
The B Tales continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel. Videos are posted here by 10am every Monday morning.
Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!
This website is an excellent additional source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus.
If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 5. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day. Please note that the school’s ‘curriculum’ email account will close on Friday 17th July.
Please note that the school’s ‘curriculum’ email account will close on Friday 17th July.
I hope you all have a great week and I look forward to our whole class reunion on Zoom on Friday morning!
I miss you all,
Mrs Martin x
Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 8:27am
This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'Are holidays important?'
Since March 17th, people in the UK were only allowed to travel to other countries if the journey was essential. Anyone who returned to the UK was also required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. A new traffic light system, recently launched, means countries have been given a green, amber or red light depending on the number of coronavirus cases there, allowing people to potentially have a summer holiday this year. All passengers have to wear face coverings on planes and ferries.
Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.
There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource has some children telling us about their holidays (1) and the second resource shares more information about holidays and why we have them (2). Enjoy!
Date: 3rd Jul 2020 @ 8:32am
This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'How important are first impressions?'
A red, white and blue paint job on the Prime Minister's plane has recently been revealed. The RAF Voyager is used by the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family for official visits around the world and was previously coloured grey. An official spokesperson for the government confirmed that the plane received its makeover in Cambridgeshire in the colours of the Union Jack at the cost of £900,000, taken from public funds.
Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.
There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource gives some descriptions of what some children are planning to do. (1) and the second resource shows some examples of people representing others. (2). Enjoy!