Year 5: Blog items

Spring 1 Week 2

Date: 19th Jan 2018 @ 3:37pm

In RE this week, we explored Jesus's parables and what they can teach us. We already knew Jesus was a fantastic teacher, but we soon realised just how clever he was once we dug a little deeper into his method of storytelling. Parables are stories about God, or something heavenly, which use familiar imagery to explain something more complicated. Some of us thought it was a bit harsh at first in the Parable of the Talents for the master to take away the money from the man too scared to use it, but when we realised Jesus meant the gifts that God had given us, it made much more sense. We know that if we don't use it we lose it, and we are all so lucky to have so many talents to share with the world. We decided to update a different parable, the Good Samaritan, so that it was told as if Jesus had been alive today. Instead of Samaritans, Levites and donkeys we had football fans, doctors and ambulances! We saw that the message of 'Love Your Neighbour' was still just as relevant today.

English has been very exciting this week as we have created our own Greek myths. We made our focus suspense, building up slowly to our hero's big confrontation with the monsters! Our ideas have been phenomenal, and each lesson has had all of us literally on the edge of our seats. We read our myths to each other this afternoon, and we were all ducking and gulping along with the heroes trying to avoid ghostly choirs, hopeless souls lost in the Underworld and caves as dark as a zombie's heartbeat! We recommend a cushion to hide behind if you would like to read one...

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

(NB: Year 5 PE will be on Mondays and Tuesdays this term. Please can full PE kits be in school for both days, including pumps for indoor use and trainers for outdoor use. Thank you!)

Spring 1 Week 1

Date: 12th Jan 2018 @ 5:08pm

Welcome back everyone, and Happy New Year! 2018 looks like it is going to be another amazing year!

We have a new monthly value for January - Wisdom. We had a discussion about what the differences and similarities were between Wisdom and knowledge, and we decided that whilst there can be an overlap they are definitely different things. Knowing all of the capital cities in the world is a separate skill to knowing what the right thing to do is, or how to make the best of a situation. Our monthly value also links closely with our RE topic of Jesus the Teacher. We thought about the biggest, most important lessons we have learnt so far, then looked at who had taught them. We saw that our best teachers have quite a few ingredients. They are: patient, kind, understanding, creative, believe in us and want us to do well, with a bit of wisdom and knowledge mixed in there too! Jesus was the perfect example of a good teacher, and we learnt that he used all of these ingredients to teach people about God and heaven. Parables were stories he used to explain a message about God, and he told lots of these stories to help people understand.

We have started our new Theme topic of Ancient Greece this week, and already we are delving into the depths of Greek mythology with Theseus and Odysseus. We have also found out that democracy and the Olympics both started in Ancient Greece, and are still around today! We have also had a wonderful week of PE, from hockey to Kin-Ball. Kin-Ball was extremely exciting, and involved a lot of team work to make sure that the ball was in the right place at the right time. Being train tracks and keeping up with the ball was hard work, but we worked together and used strategy to make sure the 'train' didn't derail!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Autumn 2 Week 8

Date: 20th Dec 2017 @ 12:44pm

We have reached the end of 2017 already! The first term of Year 5 has flown by, thank you everybody for all of your hard work and enthusiasm since September. We have had such an incredible time, and we can't wait to get stuck in again in January!

Some highlights were:

  • Joining in with the action on Roald Dahl Day
  • Preparing for the Harvest Festival
  • Taking part in our Macmillan Coffee Morning
  • Learning how to play the clarinet
  • Two fascinating Viking workshops
  • Our Viking trip to Tatton Park
  • Our Celebration of Kindness Week including the terrific triathlon that Year 5 and 6 completed
  • Voting in the Make a Difference challenge
  • Participating in our carol concert
  • And so much more!

We looked back over what we were proud of from the past year, and then thought about what we wanted to achieve next year, then recorded our thoughts on stars. We will keep trying to be the best that we can be and we will continue to shine!

Have a peaceful and loving Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to seeing you all back in January! 

Autumn 2 Week 7

Date: 15th Dec 2017 @ 5:48pm

What a week Year 5 have had in this busy run up to Christmas!

Our child led collective worship came around quickly this month, and we were treated to a beautiful, creative and interactive reflection. We were all given our own little bag containing lego pieces, which we built into something or someone meaningful to us who shows us compassion. At first it was quite tricky with so few pieces, but we came up with such a huge range of ideas by the time we had finished! Each little lego model held a special place in our hearts. We know that showing compassion is so important for all of us, especially if someone is not necessarily being their best self. We can help them and ourselves to be the best that we can be by being kind and showing them we care.

All of Year 5 have been busy rehearsing this week for the Carol Service, especially the choir! We are really looking forward to sharing with everyone next week. We also had our interform competition this week where we showed off our speed stacking skills to the maximum degree. To keep us on our toes, we had a Mad Science assembly where we got to see all sorts of incredible experiments, like the light saber powered by 'human', and the hand of firey bubbles! It was so exciting, and we were all rooting for Egbert to be able to get in and out of his glass home. And of course we had Christmas Dinner Day and Christmas Jumper Day this week as well! Phew! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Autumn 2 Week 6

Date: 8th Dec 2017 @ 12:35pm

In RE this week, we looked at what was important in the Christmas story and whether that had changed over time. We began by listing our top 5 important aspects of the story. There was a unanimous decision that Jesus's Birth was the most important part, and most of us thought Mary and Joesph were the second most important part. However the remaining 3 places were not quite as clear cut! We compared our answers to Matthew and Luke's Gospels and what they saw as important. Matthew told us about the Wise Men to tell readers of the Bible that Jesus came to lead the Jews, and Luke told us about shepherds to show that Jesus came to save everyone. Interestingly, lots of us chose the stable and the donkey as ways of showing that Jesus was humble, and that he was just like us when he was born. We wondered why that had happened and shared our thoughts.

Elsewhere this week, we have been learning about discussions, and how to present two sides of an argument in a balanced way. We have analysed other discussions to see how they are structured, because we are going to be writing our own about whether we should use home grown or imported food for our Christmas Dinner! We looked at some related facts to include in our writing today - we were shocked to discover that all of the Christmas wrapping paper we throw out after Christmas could go around the equator nine times! We have also been practising our painting skills using Henri Matisse as our inspiration. He uses thick lines and bold colours to show normal, everyday objects. We used water colour paint to mimic his style of blended colours, and we experimented with glue and powder paint to achieve raised lines for outlines. It took a lot of concentration, but we think we have done a great job of harnessing Matisse's style for our final paintings! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Autumn 2 Week 5

Date: 1st Dec 2017 @ 4:25pm

This week we had our child led Justice Collective Worship celebration. We looked at superheroes! All superheroes fight for what is right, and they believe in upholding justice in their towns and cities. Having a fair way of doing things is important to let all members of a community feel important, valued and appreciated. We also pondered the very interesting questions: why did God make us all different? Since we are different, why does God want us to be treated equally? We had a range of answers. We thought we could be different so that we could tell each other apart, we could all be our unique selves and bring different talents to our world. We decided for the second question that we should all be treated the same because it is the fairest, most just way to do things. Well done everyone for giving such thought provoking responses!

Elsewhere this week, we have been busy as Zoo Rangers in maths! We were working out the areas of the different animals' enclosures so we knew how much grass or water or stone to get to cover the floor. Some animals had enclosures that were very tricky shapes, but we managed to get our zoos up and running. In PE we got to try out our first proper matches of Zone Ball. It felt freezing outside, but we were brave and powered through the cold and learned lots of new tactical skills. Luckily Zone Ball is an extremely fast game, so it certainly kept us moving for the whole lesson! 

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Autumn 2 Week 4

Date: 24th Nov 2017 @ 4:37pm

This week in Year 5, we took part in The Big Vote! The Big Vote is an important part of the Make A Difference Challenge, which is influenced by school pupils up and down the country. The aim is to draw attention to the fact that young children have important views about the kind of world they wish to grow up in, and to demonstrate to children the influence they can wield to effect real change and create a better world. This linked to our monthly value of Justice as we wanted fair treatment for everybody. You can see in our photograph above that there were ten very deserving causes that we had to choose between. We discussed each one, what it meant to us and our community, and why it was so important to push for change. For some of us it was an extremely difficuly choice, as we could see that all of the causes would make such a difference. However we held a secret ballot, and our democratic vote resulted in Animal Welfare with the most support, with five other causes right behind. We uploaded all of the votes on to the Big Vote website, and they will count along with all of the other schools. Well done everyone for contributing so many thoughtful and mature ideas in our discussion.

Other highlights this week include our brand new PE focus: Zone Ball! It is fast, furious fun! We had to brush up on our throwing and catching skills first to be ready for the pace of Zone Ball, which can be described as a cross between Netball, Handball and American Football. Speed is of the essence as we throw the ball to team mates to score in zones on either side of the Zone Ball court, making sure we dodge the other team who will certainly be marking us. We are really looking forward to getting more skilled in this game and we can't wait for next week!

Have a fun weekend everyone!

 

Autumn 2 Week 3

Date: 17th Nov 2017 @ 1:34pm

Trinity St Peter's Celebration of Kindess Week has certainly kept Year 5 busy this week!

Our monthly value of Justice has been particularly important this week, and we have explored issues surrounding bullying and disability. We know that Justice means fairness and equality for all, so that means that no one is made to feel as though they are less important or valuable than anyone else. Alongside a special anti-bullying assembly earlier in the week, Year 5 explored a story called 'Wings'. In it, a one-winged creature is bullied and hurt by scary crow-like creatures, and the creatures hurt another of his kind when she tries to help. In the end they escape by working together, and not letting their disadvantages hold them back. That is what we have been aiming to do this week - providing the wings for those in need so they too can reach their potential.

There have been so many fun and exciting fundraising activities happening this week, we have made a fantastic amount of money for Children In Need - thank you so much for all of your generosity! Year 5 and 6's fundraising initiative was on Wednesday and we all participated in a sponsored triathlon. We had the target of collectively running, cycling and swimming 175 miles. We ran in the morning, then spent the rest of the day swapping turns on an epic cycling marathon. Every 5 minutes we switched over, making sure the pedals didnt stop turning! Well done everyone, your efforts have really made a difference! Not only that, but we beat our target, managing a whopping 192.5 miles! Fantastic! This afternoon we concluded our celebrations by singing together, showing the power we can have when we work together. Then we concluded the week as a whole school, and we released balloons together with each one containing a message of kindness. 

Have a happy, peaceful weekend filled with kindness everyone!

Autumn 2 Week 2

Date: 10th Nov 2017 @ 2:19pm

What a busy week Year 5 have had this week!

We have finished our week reflecting on the significance of Remembrance Sunday this weekend. We remembered all those who have given their lives for us in conflicts around the world, both historical and contemporary. Earlier this week, we looked at what injustices can make us cross, and what we can do to rebalance the scales of justice. We understand these soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice to rebalance the scales, and the armed forces today are willing to do the same. For that we are truly grateful.

As part of our celebrations surrounding Kindess Week and Anti-Bullying Week, we were extremely fortunate to participate in a VR workshop this week. Once we got used to the goggles, we were immersed in a life-like experience of a difficult situation. We unpicked the situation, including the characters and how they could help, but also how we could help if faced with a similar situation. The session was very thought provoking, and we had so many good ideas and strategies for stamping out bullying. And finally, perhaps our most popular celebration for Kindess Week and Children In Need is ready to view - Trinity St Peter's have published their very own music video on Youtube, and everyone is a star! Look out for Year 5 on the trail! You can find the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdKEk61gR1g or search 'Trinity St Peter's celebrating kindess' on Youtube.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Autumn 2 Week 1

Date: 3rd Nov 2017 @ 1:47pm

Welcome back everyone, Year 5 have been getting back into the swing of things this week!

This week we have a new monthly value to explore - Justice. Justice means equality, fairness and loving each other. Year 5 were shocked initially to find out that all of the boys could have an extra five minutes of break time, but the girls had to stay behind to help clean the classroom! This was only a joke of course, but it led to a serious discussion about inequalities experienced all over the world, particularly by women. We are very lucky in our country, but an experiment led us to realise that there is more inequality around than we might think. We drew four pictures: a doctor, a bus driver, a police officer and a footballer. A lot of us had drawn more or all men, without even noticing! We all agreed that there was no reason why women should not be equally represented in these roles, and are looking forward to tackling gender stereotypes next.

We have started our new theme this week of 'Where does all our stuff come from?' and we have jumped into the brain of a banana from Costa Rica to write a thrilling diary entry about its journey from plant to supermarket. Some of our bananas are having a wonderful time in the bath before being flown to Tesco, some are escaping by falling off the zip wire, and some are even being made into baby food! We have also explored where some of our food comes from by checking labels and finding the country of origin on a map. How far has your most recent meal travelled?

Have a lovely weekend!

Autumn 1 Week 7

Date: 20th Oct 2017 @ 2:39pm

What a wonderful ending Year 5 have had to such an exciting and busy half term!

In our pupil led Collective Worship this week, the children who were leading really made us think. We began with a prayer and some quiet time. We reflected on and recorded what we are thankful for in our lives, and also how we can help others who may have less than us. We finished with another prayer and some time for mindfulness. It was a lovely way to end our first half term together, thank you everyone!

We have been finishing off our Viking topic in style this week. We have written our own legends based on Viking heroes, and some of our monsters are incredibly gruesome, but they are all defeated by the heroes in the end! We were fortunate to have a visit from some local Viking experts, who showed us some incredible Viking artefacts including spears and a lyre. They also taught us about the local history of Formby as a Viking town. In art, we designed and painted our own Viking shields - keep an eye on our Twitter to see the final results! We finished off with a fierce Viking battle cry to make us the bravest warriors in the land.

Have a lovely holiday everyone, you have all earned the break!

Autumn 1 Week 6

Date: 13th Oct 2017 @ 4:33pm

What a fantastic week we have had in Year 5!

As part of our RE topic ‘The Bible’, we looked at the different titles given to the Bible. We thought about what deeper meanings are suggested from these names. We discovered that different names describe different aspects of the Bible, for example 'Law of the Lord' tells us that the Bible contains rules to live by, and 'Word of God' tells us that the Bible comes from God. We also discussed which title is the most effective, and whether certain people may prefer one title over another. Ultimately we decided that having many titles is a good thing, as together they build a picture of what the Bible is all about.

We have ended our week in terrific style on our Viking trip to Tatton Park! Bjornulf and his friends invited us into their settlement, and showed us how the Vikings would have lived. We sang Viking chants, made shield walls and practised our war cries! We felt pelts and antlers that the Vikings would have used as clothes and tools, and learnt how to weave a cord. We used stones to grind flour, then watched as eleven mischievous piglets gobbled up all of the flat breads! We had a brilliant time and learnt a lot about Viking life, some of us enjoyed it so much we even voted in the Thing to stay in the village for ever!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Autumn 1 Week 5

Date: 6th Oct 2017 @ 3:48pm

This week we have been thinking about our new monthly value of Thankfulness. In R.E. we thought about lone child refugees who come to our country because of war, and how lucky we are to have all that we have in our lives. We had a discussion about what we, other adults and the government could do to help these children, and raised the valid point that there are plenty of people closer to home who also need help. We drafted a letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, highlighting our concerns and offering suggestions on how to tackle these problems.

Earlier in the week, we were lucky to have a Viking workshop come into school! We began by thinking what typical Viking men and women would have looked like, then examined artefacts from Viking daily life to build a bigger picture of how they would have lived. We even had a special Viking ceremony in class where two children dressed up in Viking clothes! We finished off with some fantastic sketches of the artefacts.  

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Autumn 1 Week 4

Date: 29th Sep 2017 @ 1:48pm

This week we celebrated the Harvest in St Peter's Church, with our whole school and members of the community. Our class prayers were on display in the window, and it was so lovely to all sing and give thanks to God together. We also spent time thinking of those who are less fortunate than ourselves, and who may not have enough to eat.  Thank you to everyone who generously donated goods to Southport Foodbank, it will be very much appreciated. 

We have really been stepping up a gear in Year 5 this week. We have created newspaper reports about a Viking raid on Formby - but in the modern day! We have had Vikings trying to drive, Tesco being ransacked, and make up being stolen for war paint! The Vikings certainly don't seem to have changed their raiding ways from all those years ago. Finally, our Macmillan Coffee Morning was a real treat this morning, and you can see we enjoyed having a little cake whilst raising funds for such a worthy cause. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Autumn 1 Week 3

Date: 22nd Sep 2017 @ 3:21pm

What a fantastic week in Year 5!

Harvest preparations are underway, with all of Trinity St Peter's practising hymns for our Harvest Service next week. In Year 5, we have taken time this week to reflect on how fortunate we are, and how thankful we are to God for all that we have in our lives. We also remembered those less fortunate than ourselves, and prayed that they receive help and comfort. We worked together as a class to create a prayer that expressed these thoughts, and we really look forward to sharing it with the Trinity St Peter's community.

We began our theme of The Vikings this week, and we examined the Viking raid on the Lindisfarne monastery in 793AD. We realised that whilst the Vikings seem terribly fearsome, history was actually recorded from the monks' point of view. This made us think twice about believing everything we read! And lastly, as our pictures above show, we had a non-uniform day today! We wore denim to raise money for the Jeans for Genes charity campaign. Lots of money was raised in Year 5 from so many generous children and parents, thank you very much to all who participated. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Autumn 1 Week 2

Date: 15th Sep 2017 @ 4:31pm

We have had an exciting and busy second week in the Y5 classroom!

Our RE learning this week has been focused on Islam, and what it means to be a Muslim. We learnt about the Five Pillars of Islam, which are the five practices that uphold Muslim beliefs. We also found that while there are some big differences between Islam and Christianity, some things like respecting others and praying to God, are very similar. We also talked about how Muslims respect their god, who they call Allah, especially during the month of Ramadan. We had some quiet reflection time to think about all of the ways we could respect God, and we came up with some excellent ideas.

This week, we celebrated Roald Dahl Day by watching a live show along with thousands of other school children. We had a go at keeping up with Quentin Blake as he sketched a creature from Billy and the Minpins - what do you think of our illustrations? The web link showed what Roald Dahl's writing shed looked like when he wrote all of his famous novels. He kept his removed hip bone on his writing desk! We decided that sticking to stationery and maybe a water bottle or two would be best for our classroom. 

Thank you for a brilliant second week Year 5, have a wonderful weekend! 

Autumn 1 Week 1

Date: 8th Sep 2017 @ 4:36pm

We have had a wonderful beginning to our new school year in Year 5!

Our first monthly value is Respect, and we have explored different ways we can show respect in school and beyond. We found that although there are countless ways to be respectful to others, we could summarise most of them into just two words: ‘Be Kind’. We have chosen to put these words at the very top of our class charter.

This week we were mindful of our school values through reading a fairy tale with a twist. We experimented with different ways of expressing a key part of our Nurture value: how it feels to try, practice, try again, and finally succeed. We created reflective ‘growth mindset’ poems, we used Edgar Degas’ style as inspiration to illustrate our successes, and we even wrote and performed a class rap!

Such a fantastic start, I hope you all have an enjoyable and relaxing weekend!

Class Information

Date: 8th Sep 2017 @ 4:14pm

Miss Byrne would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 5!

Homeworks for English, Maths and Spellings will go home each Friday. They are to be returned by the following Wednesday.

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

Clarinet lessons will be each Wednesday 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.