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Year 5 Spring 2 Week 3

Date: 14th Mar 2019 @ 7:50pm

What an amazing week we have had in the Year 5 classroom!

We honoured British Science Week throughout our school this week focusing on the theme of journeys. This theme was selected to mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. We therefore had to explore scientific “journeys”. Our selection was the journey of smell! To explore this, we made our own perfume/aftershave in class using a variety of essential oils. To create our own unique scent, we used a mixture of almond oil with: vanilla extract, jasmine, orange, thyme and sandalwood. So many aromas filled our classroom and, whilst some children were certainly pleased by the concoctions that they had produced, others were most definitely not (see the above picture). Great fun was had and some important market research has taken place into which oil combinations work and which really don't!

In Maths this week we have explored angles and we have learned how to use a protractor measuring to a degree of accuracy. This involved us creating an "angle challenge" for our partners which we thoroughly enjoyed and this was also aided by being able to draw on our classroom tables. Next week we will move onto translation of shapes.

This week has also been an opportunity to continue our courageous advocacy work as we have been busy writing letters aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of Fairtrade produce within our local community. Using our school poster which reads 'Think Global, Act Local' as our inspiration, we knew we had to start within Formby before allowing our message to be spread even further. I am so proud of the letters produced and the passion and power of what the children have written really demonstrates their willingness to be agents of change!

Not stopping here, the children have also been raffling a luxury Fairtrade hamper which contains £45 worth of Fairtrade goods (which was subsidised by Tesco Formby). The last chance to buy tickets will be on Monday before we reveal the lucky winner. Thank you to those who have supported the cause so far and all money will go towards the Fairtrade Foundation! 

Spellings for this week are as follows:

Group 1: debt, knife, lamb, adorable, enjoyable, admirable, horrible, likeable, terrible, physically

Group 2: quickly, sadly, automobile, antiseptic, finally, supernatural, perfectly, happily, quietly, operation

Keep up your reading and recording it in your planners and, remember, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

Enjoy your weekends and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Year 5 Spring 2 Week 2

Date: 7th Mar 2019 @ 9:28pm

What a busy week for Year 5 with so many highlights to share!

On Tuesday, Year 5 completed an 'Inequality Walk' and were shocked to discover that inequality within education is a huge issue around the globe. After reflecting upon our school values, we were inspired to make a difference. We signed up for the 'Send My Friend To School' campaign in the hope to unlock education for all. This is something we will be working on over the next couple of weeks!

Yesterday we had a fun-filled day celebrating World Book Day. All the children made an outstanding effort and looked amazing dressed as their favourite characters. We were honoured to have our Collective Worship led by Caroline Collins. She told us all how the Bible has inspired her throughout her life and we celebrated it being the best book of all. The children were then inspired by Vashti Harrison and her 'Little Leaders' book series. Year 5 read all about Dr. Mae Jemison and they wrote biographies to outline her incredible journey as the first African American woman to travel in space and her courageous advocacy since. The children loved reading about her achievements and were keen to celebrate International Women's Day.

With the beginning of March came the beginning of our new monthly value: forgiveness. The children were given the chance to privately record something (no matter how big or small) that they would like to be forgiven. Whatever they had recorded was then wiped clean. This represented how, when God forgives us, he cleans our slate.

Finally, as part of National Careers Week we were treated to visits from different parents from across the school who were keen to share their careers and experiences with us. We had an impressive visit from Mr Dawson who left a lot of our class wanting to be Firefighters. He gave them a fun insight to his career and answered many questions surrounding the various things that his job involves. We also had Mrs Edmunds who told us about her career in mental health and she led a mindful eating activity with us invoving chocolate! The children were so curious about her career and asked lots of questions. We then were visited by Mr McGeoch who spoke about his career and taught us about how to stay safe online which was such a vital message for the children to hear. An amazing talk and there were a flood of questions from the children who were desperate to find out even more! To round off a brilliant week, Mrs Killen came into Year 5 to talk about her role as councillor and working for Bill Esterson MP. She shared the important role that she has within the local community and most definitely inspired some children to follow her career path. Thank you so much to all of our inspiring visitors!

Spellings for this week are as follows:

Group 1: results, orbits, evidence, observing, reliable, friction, gravity, Newton, transparent, temperature

Group 2: appear, disappear, address, difficult, different, grammar, occasion, opposite, pressure, suppose

Keep on recording your weekly reading in your planners too. We love to see what books you are currently enjoying!

Have a brilliant weekend everyone and see you all on Monday!

Year 5 Spring 2 Week 1

Date: 28th Feb 2019 @ 10:02pm

The second half of the Spring Term already…

We loved returning to school on Monday to so many smiling, refreshed faces all wanting to share their many experiences from the half term break. It was great to have everybody back!

We welcomed a student teacher to Year 5 this week who was very excited to join us and to get to know such a brilliant class of children. In the first instance, Miss Chiocchi will be allocated to Year 5 from Tuesday 26th February until Wednesday 20th March for three days per week. Miss Chiocchi will be provided with excellent teacher training whilst also providing additional support to the children in Year 5.

This week was also chance to delve into our new multi-faith RE unit which was focused on Sikhism. The children learned so much about the origins of Sikhism and their values. We then extended our learning to the ten gurus and their teachings before a discussion and subsequent sorting of these teachings under the key beliefs of Sikhism.

It is also Fairtrade Fortnight which commenced on Monday. We explored the journey of a banana from the Windward Islands within the West Indies and the various stages on the production line from farm to fork. When it was explained that the average price of a banana in the UK is 30p, the children were tasked with “splitting” their banana cost into how much they felt each stage in the production process should receive. The groups had to consider the amount of work involved, what their job entails and the expenses they have to meet. This was a challenging task at first because the amount first added up to more than 30p if everyone in each stage was to receive exactly what they wanted. When the actual figures were revealed and the children discovered how the banana growers only receive a small amount of the money we pay for bananas and find it hard to make a living, there was…well...outrage. As we felt such injustice at this revelation, our next job is to consider exactly what we can do to make a change as courageous advocates. Watch this space…

We also had our ‘Sports for Schools’ sponsored fitness circuit which the whole school participated in on Thursday. There were plenty of red faces following such grit and determination throughout each of the four circuit exercises. A lot of fun was had too! Following this, we were treated to an inspirational talk and Q&A session with Roy Turnham who outlined his inspirational journey to eventually representing the England Blind Football Team. He truly demonstrated such passion and resilience throughout his life and was such a positive role model for all in the school. Thank you!

Finally, in Maths this week we have been working on representing data, particularly focusing in on line graphs and bar charts. These were often complex and the children have become much more skilled at interpreting the information shown and reading the scales. Next week’s Maths will focus on identifying, measuring and solving problems involving angles (including acute, obtuse and reflex angles)!

Spellings for this week are as follows:

Group 1: doubt, island, lamb, debt, climb, knife, knob, could, should, answer

Group 2: information, preparation, admiration, sensation, determination, multiplication, operation

Please also remember to keep recording your weekly reading in your planners too!

Enjoy your weekends everyone…even if that enjoyment is largely decided by the result of a certain football game on Sunday. See you next week!

Year 5 Spring 1 Week 6

Date: 14th Feb 2019 @ 6:53pm

Half term already? We really can’t quite believe just how quickly this half term has flown by! Though when we reflect on all of our learning and all that we have achieved during this time, there is certainly lots to think about.

In our Collective Worship work we have continued to focus on our monthly value of ‘Love’. With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, we used this day to really #ShowTheLove as we also honouredr Climate Coalition Day. We began our day by discussing God’s beautiful creations in the world around us. We then considered the things that we find most beautiful in the world and created our own individual collage to showcase them and our love.

Afterwards, it was time to put our sewing skills into action as we created green heart shaped bunting to #ShowTheLove for all the things that we want to protect from climate change. We agree that it has never been more important to make our voices heard to the people who have the power to make a world of difference. Our message of support was tweeted and our bunting will be displayed in both St. Peter’s and Holy Trinity church.  

It was also the week for our half termly “House” PE competition which pitted Matthew, Mark, Luke and John against one another in the sport of…Speed Stacking. In a contest that was the closest fought house competition in history, it was John who managed to snatch the overall victory by just one point. Well done to them and to all participants for giving your all for your team!

Group 1: wear, where, lead, led, past, passed, morning, mourning, precedes, proceed

Group 2: basically, frantically, comically, energetically, scientifically, terrifically, magically, perhaps, promise, purpose

Please also remember to record your half term reading in your planners too!

A wonderful whirlwind of half term learning has passed us by and it is now time for a well-earned week’s rest for a hardworking class. Enjoy your time everyone and I look forward to seeing you all recharged on Monday 25th February.

Year 5 Spring 1 Week 5

Date: 7th Feb 2019 @ 10:26pm

This half term is absolutely flying and this week is a blur of so much learning and so many highlights! Let’s recap just a few…

In our RE work, we continued exploring Jesus’ role as the most important teacher who ever lived for us as Christians. To explore his teachings further, we looked into some of Jesus’ many Bible miracles and we analysed what they taught us about Jesus. Each group in the class was given a different miracle and then had the task of creating a short role play to perform in front of their class mates. Our creative thinking hats were used in abundance as the children devised creative and impressive ways to demonstrate each Bible story with limited props and stage space. Great work and there were some budding actors and actresses on show too!  

Safer Internet Day fell on Tuesday and the theme for this year was all to do with consent and permission. We investigated a range of online and offline permissions and the specific importance of understanding exactly what you are consenting to online. We were each given a scenario to explore which we were able to explain to our classmates using our creativity as well as our problem-solving skills. The children were so knowledgeable about their online experiences and it was so important that we had this opportunity to reflect upon our previous experiences and discuss what the correct course of action is for the future.

In Maths we have been learning all about the properties of various 3D shapes. We extended our knowledge to more complex 3D shapes such as dodecahedrons and octagonal prisms in order to solve a range of problems. We used our black thinking hats to show the knowledge that we already have of each shape before then taking our investigation even further. Next week we will move onto data handling and how we can show and interpret data in different ways through Caroll Diagrams, line graphs and more.

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Group 1: aisle, isle, farther, father, guessed, guest, aloud, allowed, heard, herd

Group 2: gently, simply, humbly, sensibly, horribly, possibly, terribly, responsibly, probably, woman

Keep on bringing in those planners each day next week and recording your daily reading inside!

Have a brilliant and well deserved weekend, you've certainly earned it!

Year 5 Spring 1 Week 4

Date: 31st Jan 2019 @ 7:38pm

What a week we have had with lots to report! Where to start?

A particular highlight of our week was definitely our BIG question class discussion on Wednesday which was centred around the question, ‘Should all children receive free fruit at school?’ With this class of deep thinkers, we love such discussions and it is always a privilege to observe. However, this week’s in particular really was something special and I would go as far as to say it was our best discussion yet. The children were so confident and articulate as they shared their viewpoint on this topic to their classmates. They also backed up their points with an array of evidence using their black thinking hat to draw upon their wider reading and knowledge. Such responses included: the importance of nutrition rather than obesity; the potential implications of Brexit upon how much money the government has and also the value of free fruit to less affluent children and their families. Even more impressively, many children were able to use the creative thinking hat too in order to suggest potential solutions to the issues raised. These solutions included local supermarkets donating fruit and vegetables to schools so as to avoid waste, which many children thought would work. I already can’t wait to see what our next discussion will bring!

We were also treated to a powerful and extremely well delivered class collective worship from two Year 5 girls who independently planned and resourced the class worship session themselves. This was the perfect way to bring our monthly value of Humility to a close as we move into February and our new monthly value of ‘Love’. This collective worship session included readings from different faiths that demonstrated how humility is important within their religions. These faiths included Sikhism and Judaism and we were blown away at the research and hard work that the girls had put into sourcing all of these brilliant ideas. What a treat we had and thank you for the time and effort you put into this!       

We also want to take this time to give a special thank you to five courageous advocates within Year 5 who went to so much effort to fundraise for a cause that is close to their hearts, Orangutan Appeal UK. This charity is dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of orangutans and the conservation of their habitat in, particularly, Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo. These children independently arranged a raffle for Reception to Year 6, a “Guess the name of the teddy” competition and a “Guess the number of sweets in the jar” competition too. The many prizes were presented in our whole school Collective Worship assembly this week and the final amount was also revealed…£122.50! You should feel so incredibly proud of yourselves and thank you for your courageous advocacy.

In Maths we have been learning about the area of compound shapes and we then moved onto volume. Next week, we will be focusing upon the properties of 3D shapes and aplying these to a range of reasoning questions and activities.

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Group 1: sensible, visible, visibly, possible, possibly, horrible, horribly, terrible, terribly, incredibly

Group 2: happily, angrily, easily, sensibly, fussily, merrily, greedily, actually, accidentally, occasionally

Please keep bringing in your planners each day next week. I love seeing what you have been reading at home!

Well done Year 5 and enjoy a well earned weekend rest. Stay warm!

Year 5 Spring 1 Week 3

Date: 24th Jan 2019 @ 6:25pm

A tremendous week was had in the Year 5 classroom as we continued our learning journey and challenged ourselves across so many different areas of the curriculum.

In our Maths learning we have been extending our understanding of area and perimeter and have applied this to more complex shapes. After learning about how to apply our perimeter and area skills to compound shapes, we were then tasked with utilising our skills in robotics too! The children had to follow a design criteria and report upon the different areas and perimeters of the various sections that made up the body of their robot design. A lot of fun was had and there were bags of creativity on show!

In our English work we have been using the inspiration of a chilling poem, titled ‘The Dreadful Menace’, in order to create our very own versions of dark, mountain-themed poetry. Year 5 were thoroughly in the zone as they crafted haunting, powerful poems that would send shivers down their teacher’s spines. Most importantly, they are proud of their creations which are packed with figurative language, similes, metaphors and more! Each poem now takes pride of place within our newly created “author book” alongside subtle illustrations of mountains and mountain ranges which were achieved using powder paint.

In RE, we have continued our focus on our unit, ‘Jesus As A Teacher’. Continuing our learning from the previous lesson, we now looked at another well-known parable called ‘The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders’. Jesus used this parable to illustrate the importance of building one's life on following the teachings and word of God. We used this parable and a video representation to explore what we believe to be the “foundations for living”. Just as the parable teaches that Christians should build their lives on the words of Jesus, we had to decide the key factors that guide people in deciding how to live. This generated some great discussions and deeper thinking. Well done Year 5!

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Group 1: payable, likeable, enjoyable, reliable, actionable, dependable, comfortable, remarkable, understandable, immediately

Group 2: autograph, automobile, automatic, subtitle, supermarket, superman, antifreeze, antisocial, subheading, autobiography

Also don’t forget to bring your planners in each day next week and to record your weekly reading, it is great to see!

Another great week in the Year 5 classroom and definitely a well-deserved weekend for such a hardworking class. Enjoy it and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Year 5 Spring 1 Week 2

Date: 18th Jan 2019 @ 3:50pm

What a brilliant week we have had in the Year 5 classroom with so many highlights to share!

In our RE work we have been continuing our unit which focuses on ‘Jesus the teacher’. To delve into this further we explored parables and how these were often told by Jesus to teach a particular message or value to his followers. We started with a parable that is familiar to the children in Year 5, The Good Samaritan. The children thought so deeply as they responded to different 4C questions expressing their opinions, thoughts and reflections. Great work Year 5!

In Science, we have continued our work on ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’. We started by identifying materials that are thermal conductors and insulators. It was then time to carry out an investigation into the conductivity of different materials to discover the best thermal insulator for a new lunch box. To do this we each received a different material in our pairs and we had to measure the temperature at five minute intervals. The results were very interesting and will be analysed further in our next lesson!

In Maths, we have had a fraction heavy week as we have explored how to add and subtract fractions particularly with different denominators. We applied our skills well to some difficult Maths and you should all feel very proud of how you have progressed.

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Group 1: change, changeable, notice, noticeable, noticeably, charge, chargeable, correspond, accompany, apparent

Group 2: antifreeze, antisocial, antiseptic, anticlockwise, subheading, submarine, subtitle, subdivide, continue, surprise

Also don’t forget to bring your planners in each day next week.

Enjoy your weekends everyone...especially if it snows!

Year 5 Spring 1 Week 1

Date: 11th Jan 2019 @ 3:56pm

Just to start by wishing you all a Happy New Year and all the very best for 2019!

It was brilliant to welcome back Year 5 who were recharged and refreshed after an excellent festive period and it was great to hear about all of their presents and experiences.

The start of the new year also brought the start of our new monthly value: humility. We explored this value through the world of sport in particular by looking at examples of famous sportspeople who have demonstrated humility within their craft. We then made a collage of various examples that we could find from our own research.

In RE, we commenced our new unit titled ‘Jesus the teacher’. We first reflected on our teaching and learning experiences throughout our lives so far. Using our ‘brace map’ (thinking map), we selected three teachers who were responsible for teaching us an important skill or fact that will always stay with us. A lot of deep and meaningful reflection took place as the children chose a variety of teachers from: school itself; their families; sports clubs that they attend: their friendship circles and even wider!

In our Theme work, we have been learning all about our marvellous brains! The children LOVED learning (literally) about how we learn. We used our thinking hats and thinking maps in abundance as we deconstructed the various areas of the brain and their functions as well as discussing and outlining how we can keep our brains healthy. We have had a brilliant time and the children were shown a lot of different brain "tricks" too so if they haven’t shown you any yet then do ask them!

In Maths, our learning has included how to order fractions that have different denominators. This was a new concept for the children and we will be revisiting this next week too!  

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Group 1: admiration, admirable, adorable, application, applicable, consideration, considerable, vegetable, committee, community

Group 2: superstar, supercar, supermarket superman, superwoman, supernatural, strength, sentence, straight, strange

Please also remember that the children will now be attending swimming sessions each Wednesday at Formby Pool so swimming kit must be in school starting from next week. Clarinet sessions will continue as normal on Monday afternoons.

Have a brilliant weekend everyone!

Year 5 Autumn 2 Week 8

Date: 19th Dec 2018 @ 3:22pm


What an incredible term it has been in the Year 5 classroom with so many highlights, achievements and so, so much to be proud of.

This week, although shorter than most, was certainly no exception and our learning certainly had a festive feel to it with a Maths investigation to find the owner of a missing gift which became clear after solving several different mathematical clues. Not to mention our Christmas church service, our ‘Secret Student’ reward and a Christmas Party to finish the week on such a high!

We also completed our virtual Advent calendars which revealed 24 hidden facts about how Christians celebrate Christmas in Germany. 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 German Christmas. A great effort from all!

This term has been simply brilliant with this class of amazing children and we are so proud to be their teachers and to have watched them flourish from the start of the school year. 

Just to take this opportunity also to extend the biggest of thanks for the generous gifts, cards and well wishes that Year 5 staff received this week. They are not expected but are most definitely appreciated and mean an awful lot. Thank you again for your generosity!

All that is left to do now is to wish you all the most amazing Christmas and New Year. Make the most of it, cherish it and I can’t wait to hear all about it when I see you all in 2019!

Merry Christmas Year 5!

Year 5 Autumn 2 Week 7

Date: 14th Dec 2018 @ 4:07pm

How on earth is it the final full school week of 2018? What an exciting journey we have had so far with so much more still to come!

This week, our RE work took us 800 miles across Europe into Germany. Our focus was ‘Christianity Around the World’ where the children were tasked with exploring how Christmas is celebrated across Germany where we noticed some striking contrasts with how we as Christians celebrate this event within our own country. The children created a virtual Advent calendar within which they researched and then recorded themselves sharing 24 separate facts for each day of their Advent calendar. Each fact can be electronically revealed at the click of a button with the help of the app, ‘ThingLink’ and the QR codes in the children’s books will allow them to access their work at any time. A lot of German Christmas knowledge now fills our classroom too and…please…beware of Krampus!

We have also been using Design Technology this week to make our moods even more festive. We have been designing and analysing different edible houses before creating gingerbread houses alongside our Year 6 “buddies” which we loved! 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 meet our construction team. Fittingly, on Christmas Jumper Day, 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 battling to win the title of ‘most aesthetically pleasing’. Well done Year 5 and Year 6 for some great teamwork and for creating some creative and (mostly) stable gingerbread houses!

The next set of spellings for Year 5 can found below. As explained to the children, these spellings will be tested upon the return to school in January 2019...  

Group 1: borough, advice, nutritious, confidential, suspicious, thorough, nuisance, parliament, privilege, secretary

Group 2: redo, replace, dislike, disagree, misbehave, reappear, refresh, unclean, untruthful, misunderstand

These spellings will also be found in the children’s daily planners as of Monday 17th December.

Enjoy your weekends and I look forward to seeing you all next week and at the Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday!

Year 5 Autumn 2 Week 6

Date: 6th Dec 2018 @ 9:27pm

This week has been simply amazing!

Alongside solidifying our long multiplication skills, our Maths focus this week has been largely geared towards one thing…Sumdog! We have been participating in the Sefton Sumdog Contest where the children were challenged to answer 1000 questions until the contest door slammed shut on Thursday evening. The children displayed excellent determination and positivity and the team spirit throughout Year 5 was just amazing to see. We were also pleased to see our friends in Year 6, Year 4 and Year 3 participating too and our classes were often swapping positions on the leaderboard throughout the week. We are over the moon to finish in second place out of all of the schools in Sefton that entered. Even better was the fact that we even had a TSP Top 4 as each of our KS2 classes held each of the top 4 positions at the end of the contest. An incredible feat!

In our Collective Worship work we commenced our new value for the month of December: Hope. In class we discussed our precious world and how deforestation, pollution and animal extinction threaten our planet’s future and its natural beauty. We decided to give something back to the planet that has given us so much. In a project with ‘The Mersey Forest’ and ‘Trees for Learning’ we had the opportunity to create real hope for the future. By planting tree saplings in Duke Street Park in Formby, we helped to add true natural beauty to our local environment that so many have taken away from. We are hopeful that this will make a difference and we will always remember the small impact that we have made whenever we pass this park. We hope others will follow our lead and do the same in the future.

Another definite highlight was our ‘Jazzy Jinks’ musical performance at Range High School. Year 5 stole the show (we’re not biased) and we are proud of each and every one of them for the way that they delivered each song and their accompanying actions with such gusto. You put on a great show Year 5 and the many plaudits and positive messages that we received about both your enthusiasm and your behaviour were very much deserved!

It is amazing just how much we have managed to fit into our school week. We have loved it!

Spellings next week are as follows:

Group 1: Spellings are a recap of the previous three weeks.

Group 2: Spellings are a recap of the previous three weeks.

These spellings will be found in the children’s daily planners (or check the last 3 blog posts if needed).

I wish you a brilliant weekend and see you on Monday!

Year 5 Autumn 2 Week 5

Date: 29th Nov 2018 @ 9:30pm

This year 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 year and this week is absolutely no exception to that.

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 paint. 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!

We were also treated to a fascinating visit from Nick Philpott who is a member of the St. Peter’s Churchyard Team. Nick had come across the grave of a man called Christopher John D’Aeth in St. Peter’s Churchyard and his curiosity took over. He wanted to discover the history of this man who had died at just 21 years old in 1931. Even more intriguing was the location of his death which was the remote location of Akpatok Island, Baffin Strait, Canada. What had befallen this young man? What was his history? It was questions such as these that took Nick on a journey to solve this very mystery. We are extremely grateful to him for coming into our school to share his findings and for answering our many questions about the life and tragedy of Christopher John D’Aeth.

A particular highlight for this week was our school trip to Tatton Park Farm on Friday. Although few visitors are aware of it today, the Tatton estate played a vitally important role in Britain's wartime years between 1939 and 1945. The farm is just as it was when war broke out in 1939, which helped to give us a great idea of what it was like to be an evacuee at this time. We had such a brilliant day as we learned about rationing and we were put to work on the farm in various jobs including feeding the animals. What a day was had!

As if there wasn’t enough excitement in the Year 5 air, there is something else which has really got us going! Year 5 have been entered into the Sefton Sumdog Contest which started on Friday. 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. COME ON YEAR 5!

Spellings next week are as follows:

Group 1: edible, muscle, mature, bargain, reliant, knowledge, fragrance, logically, ominous, disapprove

Group 2: possible, clapped, photograph, mixture, cheerful, covered, answering, enough, ache, furious

Enjoy your weekends and see you all Monday!

Year 5 Autumn 2 Week 4

Date: 22nd Nov 2018 @ 8:29pm

From Kindness Week into yet another busy week in the Year 5 classroom!

In our Collective Worship work, we explored symbols of peace. Being our monthly value for the whole of November, we already had a vast knowledge to draw upon in our discussions. We related the symbol of the dove (present in certain Bible stories in both the Old and New Testament) to our value of peace. Afterwards we created stunning colourful and annotated doves that outlined our understanding of peace which are now proudly displayed within our classroom.   

A particular highlight in our learning came in the form of a mysterious letter that arrived addressed to our class midway through this week. Upon opening the letter and reading it together, it was met with gasps and dropped jaws as it became clear that the letter was actually from Frank Cottrell-Boyce in response to the tweet that we sent him. Frank is the author of ‘Cosmic’ which is the hilariously funny class novel that we have been reading for the past half term. We simply can’t get enough of it! In the letter, Frank thanked us for reading his book, gave us some inspirational life advice about protecting our planet as we are the future and he finished by reminding us all to ‘Be Kind’, ‘Read books’ and that ‘The possibilities we have are infinite’. Wow! He also told us that ‘Cosmic’ is in the process of being made into a film…we already can’t wait! We really are so grateful that Frank has taken the time to send this letter to us and his words were powerful and moving. We just had to send him a thankyou message back which you can find on our Year 5 Twitter page.

Finally, in our Maths work, we have been converting fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents. We have also used factor trees to explore prime factors of different numbers.        

Spellings next week are as follows:

Group 1: racing, playfully, suffering, distance, length, automatic, whistle, wrapped, elegant, fabulous

Group 2: dance, stayed, lamb, really, castle, nation, build, question, answer, crumb

As always, these spellings should be found in the children’s daily planners.

Have a brilliant weekend everyone!

Year 5 Autumn 2 Week 3

Date: 15th Nov 2018 @ 10:19pm

Following the launch of our ‘Celebration of Kindness Week Video’ for 2018, what an absolutely incredible week we have had! Where to even start?

On Tuesday, which was World Kindness Day, we split into our House Teams to take part in ‘TSP’s Got Voice’. We were each given a song on the day and were tasked with practising both the lyrics (and accompanying dance moves) with our designated teachers before the big performance in front of our judges in the afternoon. There were some fantastic performances on display and a special congratulations to Mark house who were led to victory by a team of staff that included a certain Year 5 teacher!

We consider it an injustice that there are children around the world that don’t get to access the amazing opportunities that we do and of which we are so appreciative. To address this as best as we could, as part of our school fundraising week, Year 5 and Year 4 competed in a joint triathlon event to raise money for such a valuable cause. After the children were set the challenging target of 180 collective miles, we knew that we would need the utmost resilience to achieve this! We had to: run 100 collective miles; Year 4 had to cycle 75 miles over the course of the day and Year 5 had to swim 5 miles (330 lengths). Incredibly, the children managed to achieve 192 miles in total and showed that, with resilience and effort, you can conquer your goals. Especially impressive is that Year 5 managed to swim a whopping 10.7 miles (690 lengths and 17,250m) so we blew our target out of the water!

To cap off an amazing week, on Children in Need day itself, we took part in a quiz in our table teams with different rounds based on different subjects. We then made our way into the school hall adorning the kindness t-shirts which we had purchased. We performed ‘Wonder’ by Emili Sandé. Such a powerful song and a beautiful moment to share together as a whole school.

It really is such a privilege to be part of such a brilliant, vibrant and forward-thinking school with a simply wonderful team of staff and children. We are so very proud of our achievements each and every day.

Amongst all of our fundraising, we also acknowledged Anti-Bullying Week as we explored various scenarios from an online safety standpoint. Our ‘Are you SMART online?’ quiz showed a really strong understanding from our Year 5 children.

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!

Last but not least, here are this week’s spellings:

Group 1 – spacious, vicious, precious, delicious, malicious, suspicious, conscious, disastrous, mischievous, marvellous

Group 2 – sign, signal, amend, amended, symbol, symbolise, solve, dissolve, bicycle, business

Have a fantastic weekend everyone. You’ve certainly earned it!

Year 5 Autumn 2 Week 2

Date: 8th Nov 2018 @ 5:59pm

Another week races by with so much to report from the Year 5 classroom!

We started this week with ‘Read for Good’s’ Readathon Challenge where there was always a class reading at any one time across our school throughout the day. The children were free to read whatever they wished and we have been successful in raising lots of sponsorship money towards both our school libraries as well as Alder Hey and children’s hospitals throughout the UK. Thank you for your donations and the money raised!

In RE this week, we have discussed the idea of interpretation in relation to the versions of the Nativity Story in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke. The children worked in pairs to discuss their interpretation of the same piece of information and compared their thoughts at the end. Many were interested to find that their partner’s views differed to their own and we discussed this at the end of the lesson.

In our Theme work, we have been exploring the leaders of the key countries from the Allied and Axis Powers, whose decisions and influences led to the outbreak of World War Two. The children explored Chamberlain/Churchill (Britain), Roosevelt (USA), Stalin (USSR), De Gaulle (France), Mussolini (Italy), Tojo (Japan) and Hitler (Germany). Fact files were created for each leader and the children gained a great deal of knowledge on the series of events that led to this catastrophic historical event.

In PE, we enjoyed a great Wazball session and we eagerly await the Year 5 House Wazball Tournament next week. Bring it on!

Hopefully, there were many excited children arriving home on Friday afternoon! All week, the children have been bringing in props and discussing ideas for their part in this year’s Celebration of Kindness music video. This week, the children filmed their part of the video and on Friday afternoon the finished piece was finally shown to the whole school! Please click the link here to watch the video for yourself! It highlights the importance of mental health and reminds us to be kind to ourselves…LAUGH MORE, WORRY LESS! 

Please also remember your swimming kits for next Wednesday (14th) as Year 5 battle to meet their target during the...TSP Triathlon! Please see the 'Celebration of Kindness Week' letter on our website for further information. 

Spellings for this week are as follows:

Group 1 – occur, suggest, attached, appreciate, according, aggressive, recommend, immediate, communicate, opportunity

Group 2 – redo, return, replay, refill,revisit, replace, recycle, reappear, rebuild, reposition

Have a brilliant weekend everyone!

Year 5 Autumn 2 Week 1

Date: 1st Nov 2018 @ 8:12pm

What a brilliant week we have had! As our Year 5 class returned from a well-deserved week’s rest, it was great to hear about their various plans and adventures with friends and family 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 was the significance of World War Two?’. November has also signalled the start of our new monthly value too, Peace. With the start of this monthly value, we have been especially busy producing a display centred around the poppy. This symbol of honour and remembrance was explored through the medium of painting. The children used the inspiration of Scarlett Raven who was responsible for producing the stunning ‘Eleventh Hour’ portfolio of artwork which was centred around the poppy. Together with Year 6, we produced a striking, poignant display that will be displayed in the Sainsbury’s in Crosby thanks to a Year 5 parent. Thank you for giving us this opportunity. We certainly feel that our classes rose to the occasion and we hope it will be appreciated by the Sainsbury’s shoppers too! Scarlett Raven and the British Legion certainly appreciated it as they replied to our tweet expressing their thanks and gratitude.

In our other learning we have been working on our tactical awareness within different sports. This week we applied this to the vastly different activities of Wazball and Speed Stacking. It is great to see such competitiveness in PE lessons as well as a class who work so well as part of a team. Well done everyone and I look forward to building on this in our PE lessons next week.

An excellent first week of this new half term and well done Year 5 for your hard work! Don’t forget to keep practising the ‘Jazzy Jinks’ songs using the lyrics that were sent home this week. This is already shaping up to be a fantastic performance!

Spellings for this week are as follows:

Group 1 – advice, advise, device, devise, licence, license, practice, practise, develop, ancient

Group 2 - mistreat, mislaid, mistrust, misunderstand, misspell

Enjoy your weekend!      

Year 5 Autumn 1 Week 7

Date: 18th Oct 2018 @ 10:08pm

Wow! We can’t quite believe that it is already the end of the first half term of the school year. Time has absolutely raced by and it is fair to say that this class have worked extremely hard and have an awful lot of which to be proud. A well-deserved week off is most certainly deserved!

This week, as with all other weeks so far this year, has been jam packed with highlights and incredible learning. A particularly proud moment came with the creation of the final versions of our non-chronological reports. These reports really showcase the children’s already vast knowledge about our Solar System and universe. We used our creativity to select various different elements which we wished to include within these reports in terms of the layout and design. The final results are certainly impressive as is the quality of writing. Most pleasing however was the pride that the children felt after completing their final pieces and this is a feeling we want to continue in ALL pieces of writing this year…and beyond!

We have also really embodied our generosity value throughout school this week as we participated in the ‘Zero Hunger Run’ for World Food Day. The incredible donations and money raised will be given to St Peter’s school in Uganda, which members of the TSP community visited earlier this year, to support them in becoming more self-sufficient.

We also attended the ‘Shoebox Express’ at St. Peter’s Parish Hall as part of Operation Christmas Child. With our donations, we put together a shoebox that was packed full of both practical and fun equipment and supplies to benefit those in positions less fortunate than our own. We reflected in class on just how privileged we are and how gracious we should feel as a result of this. We also discussed the importance of such displays of generosity and why it is so important to support such a worthy cause. We are especially grateful to all of the kind volunteers who gave up their time to make the ‘Shoebox Express’ such a success.

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 everyone and see you on Monday 29th October!

Spellings for after half term are as follows:

Group 1partial, essential, potential, substantial, confidential, residential, influential, variety, controversy, curiosity

Group 2 - dislike, dishonest, disobey, disagree, disappoint, discomfort, disappear, disbelieve, guard, group

These spellings can also be found written into the children’s daily planners each week.

Year 5 Autumn 1 Week 6

Date: 11th Oct 2018 @ 9:42pm

What a week we have had in Year 5! Where to start…

On Wednesday, we were lucky enough to be invited to attend a Eucharist Service at St. Peter’s Church. Nathan very kindly created us a Eucharist quiz so we could follow along and make observations on each section as the service unfolded. We learned about the symbolism of the bread and wine and what that represents to us as Christians. We also had a Q&A session with Reverend Anne where we learned about the church building, stained glass windows and their origins as well as the different church colours at different times of year. There were lots of questions from a class of curious Year 5s!

In PE this week we took part in our first ever round of ‘Street Golf’ in the school hall. Our six challenges were set up and, in teams, we battled to gain as many points for our team as possible. We had to use our surroundings as well as an awful lot of resilience and skill to rack up those precious points. Such a fun lesson was had and thank you to the Young Leaders from Formby High School for supporting this session.

As this week draws to a close I wish you all a brilliant weekend as we approach the final week of this first half term. Enjoy it everyone and see you on Monday!

Year 5 Autumn 1 Week 5

Date: 4th Oct 2018 @ 5:52pm

This half term is absolutely flying by and, as always, we have so much to report from the Year 5 classroom!

In our English work this week we have been venturing even further into the depths of outer space as we researched the planets and chose our “favourite”. Then we were tasked with creating a piece of poetry about that planet which tied in nicely with National Poetry Day, which fell on Thursday.

Year 5 have also been brushing up on their cycle skills as we were visited by Amanda from Sustrans as we learned how to perform safety checks on our bike to ensure that we are road safe. We also performed several different biking challenges to ensure that we have all of the necessary cycling skills that we need and to ensure that we are confident riders.

In our Collective Worship sessions this week, the new month signalled the start of our new monthly value. This month we will be focusing on ‘Generosity’. The children have each received a random acts of kindness challenge with the aim being to tick off as many of the challenges as they can throughout this month.

A really excellent week and thank you Year 5 for all of your hard work. Enjoy a well-earned weekend and see you all on Monday!  

Year 5 Autumn 1 Week 4

Date: 27th Sep 2018 @ 9:47pm

Yet another excellent weekend in the Year 5 classroom with lots to report!

This week it was time for our voices to be heard as many Year 5’s campaigned to be part of one of the school’s pupil voice committees. After preparing manifestos and speeches to present to their classmates, it was finally time for us all to cast our votes in the Trinity St. Peter’s Polling Station. The Year 5 candidates did themselves proud and well done to each and every one of them for the courage and passion shown when getting up in front of your classmates to share your vision and goals. Well done also to our elected candidates who I am sure will do us proud and make our school an even better place to be!  

We also attended a beautiful Harvest Service at St. Peter’s church which was led by Year 3 as well as a rendition of two upbeat and beautifully sung harvest hymns. It was also a pleasure to see our school’s harvest display on the church window which displayed our class prayer alongside that of other classes inside the shapes of various fruit and vegetables.

In our class RE work, we were lucky enough to be joined by Nathan who came to talk to us about the Bible. He talked to us about his favourite Bible stories and how he has used it throughout his life so far. He shared various alternative versions of the Bible too including one that has been made into a comic book which definitely captured the children’s interest.

Other highlights this week have included our venture inside the planetarium which visited our school hall on Monday. We climbed inside and were met with the various wonders of our solar system and vast galaxy. We were shown the various constellations visible in the night sky and how they link to our star signs; what causes night and day; what causes a leap year as well as various facts about each of the eight planets and much, much more. We were gripped and fascinating and we have learned so much to carry forward in our Science unit!

What a week and a well-earned weekend to follow for a hardworking class. Enjoy it everyone!

Year 5 Autumn 1 Week 3

Date: 20th Sep 2018 @ 9:52pm

It has been such a busy week in the Year 5 classroom with so many highlights in our learning. Where to start…

The week started on a high as Oscar felt confident enough to remove his helmet after two weeks. This was because he was so impressed with how hard the rest of the class have been working but particularly with the kindness that they have shown over the past fortnight! Oscar now joins in with our PE lessons and joins the children outside at break and lunchtime too. Let’s hope Oscar keeps his helmet off for the rest of the school year!

In our RE work, we continued to explore the Christian Bible with its many books and we had an amazing discussion about its origins and, particularly, the vast differences between the stories and the representation of God in the Old Testament and the New Testament. We then 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 English, continuing the focus on our class novel of Wonder, we produced the final drafts of our diary entries from the point of view of August Pullman. The children used their vast imagination as well as their knowledge of the text to produce some stunning diary entries that really captured the emotions that August would have felt on that particular day.

We also had a visitor as Joseph Delaney, the award winning author of the Spook's Apprentice series of books, joined us to talk about his experience as an author and to talk about his vast imagiation and the ideas which led to this fantasy series. We thank Joseph for joining us and for promoting the importance of reading. 

Well done Year 5 for the hard work that you have shown throughout this week. I wish you all a brilliant weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Year 5 Autumn 1 Week 2

Date: 13th Sep 2018 @ 9:19pm

Is that really week 2 over and done already? It has absolutely flown by and we have had so much fun in so many different lessons with so much learning taking place!

On Monday, we were lucky enough to be visited by UK Parliament Education who first delivered an engaging and informative assembly to all of KS2. This taught us all about our UK government and the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Year 5 were lucky enough to then be joined by Rachael from Parliament Education in two workshops which delved into even more exciting learning in the world of politics and law. The first workshop focused on debate! We transformed our school hall into the House of Commons chambers complete with frontbenchers, backbenchers and our very own Right Honourable Speaker. The children applied their critical thinking skills to this debate as they considered school transport and a potential new law regarding enforced home to school transportation.

Next, we were joined in class for our second workshop in which we had to establish our own political party in teams and then create a manifesto to fight for our classmate’s votes. The children were extremely creative in their thinking and their passions really shone through in their campaign speeches. Congratulations to the ‘Formby Education Party’ for gaining an overall majority!

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.

What a fantastic week and an even more fantastic Year 5 class. Have a brilliant weekend everyone and see you on Monday!   

Year 5 Autumn 1 Week 1

Date: 7th Sep 2018 @ 3:32pm

What a pleasure it was to welcome the brand new Year FIVE back to school on Tuesday. We loved listening to their various tales and adventures from a very exciting and fulfilling summer break. It is most definitely going to be a privilege sharing this learning journey with this amazing class throughout the school year...

We commenced the journey with a school focus on RJ Palacio’s thought-provoking novel, ‘Wonder’. ‘Wonder’ tells the story of a 10-year-old boy named Auggie Pullman who was born with facial abnormalities and it details his various encounters and challenges as he joins school. It also delves into other characters and their various traits which we started to connect to various aspects of our school experience.

A collective worship assembly at the start of our week introduced our school motto for the year, which mirrors Auggie’s teacher’s “precept” in ‘Wonder’. The motto is…CHOOSE KIND! In class we continued the discussion of this motto and the meaning behind it and we linked it seamlessly to each of our school values. Following that we each received a bookmark as a daily reminder of this motto as the code by which to live our day-to-day lives.

Another particular highlight within our ‘Wonder’ theme work was our collaborative poster effort. Each of us created a small piece of something that we knew would be put together to make something even better. The problem is that we just didn’t know what this was until…the big reveal. We loved seeing how being a small part of something could come together to create such an impressive and meaningful poster that has already taken pride of place at the centre of our Wonder display. Great work everyone!

A fantastic first week in Year 5 and I wish you all a superb weekend before the next one.

Welcome to Year 5

Date: 1st Sep 2018 @ 10:38am

Mr McCabe and Mrs Sherran would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 5! 

During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Children must have both their indoor and outdoor school PE kits with them on these days. 

Clarinet lessons will be each Tuesday and will be taught by Mrs Talbot from Sefton Music Service. 

Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break time. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack - e.g. fruit, vegetables. 

Bottles of water with a sports cap lid are also encouraged so the children can have a drink of water as and when they need it throughout the day.

Please see the PowerPoint below for all additional information to ensure your child has the best start to Year 5.

Thank you

Mr McCabe and Mrs Sherran