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Week 3

Welcoming Others

In R.E this week, we talked about how we welcome people into our homes, school and church. We thought about the words, actions and symbols we use to make others feel included, and on Tuesday we had the chance to welcome someone into our classroom. Fr Shaun came to visit and the children took the opportunity to get to know him better by asking some questions. These ranged from ‘what is your favourite Gospel story?’ to ‘What super power would you like to have?’ The children were very interested to hear about his travels and the dangerous animals he encountered along the way.

Space Travels

After writing some factual reports on their favourite planet, Year 5 are getting creative and trying to sell it as a holiday destination. They have considered the climate and terrain and what activities would work best. They also identified persuasive techniques and used them to perform advertisements. We definitely have some gifted salespeople among us! Next week, they will formalise their ideas and create a brochure- I can’t wait to see the outcome.

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Fitter Futures

Our Fitter Future Journey began this week. We have taken part in some workouts and the children seemed keen to get involved at home too. I hope you enjoy taking part in the family challenges.

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Puzzles and Codes

In maths, we have used our place value knowledge to understand Roman numerals. This involved completing puzzles and cracking codes.

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Living Streets

It has been great to see so many children making an extra effort to walk to school this week. The children are always keen to log their journey to school on our travel tracker. Most of Year 5 are well on their way to earning their next badge. Thank your parents for supporting your children by parking further away and walking.

Home Learning

Maths- Mathletics.

English- Section 1, Test 1 from the English Skills book and reading comprehension. There are also spellings in their books.

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Week 2

Roald Dahl Day

On Wednesday, we celebrated Roald Dahl day. We began with a treasure hunt, where the children followed clues about his books to take them to questions involving place value. The children showed excellent teamwork skills and lots of energy to find and solve the clues.  It was then time to go back to the classroom, where their reward was a sweet treat that even Mr Wonka would have been proud of! With the taste of chocolate on their tongues, we all watched film clips of Charlie and the Chocolate factory. This helped us to imagine being there and create a description of the setting.

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Science

In science, we have been learning about our solar system. After finding out the order of the planets, we began thinking about their size. By using fruit we were able to understand how big they are in relation to each other. See if your child can tell you about which was the smallest/largest and make comparisons to the size of Earth.

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Home Learning

Maths- Using the Text book, complete the test on the previous year’s objectives. Also complete the following, depending on which book you have:

Book 4- ‘Place Value and Partitioning’

Book 5- Complete ‘Place Value in Big Numbers’

Literacy- Complete the comprehension. Answers should be in the book, not on the sheet.  There are also SPAG.com activities set. The children have written their passwords and usernames in their home learning books.

Apologies for not sending out the SPAG information sheet as discussed at our meeting. I will print this and send it home with the children next week. Until then, you can view the document here.

Spelling home learning has also been set. We are consolidating our year 3 and 4 words and so there are more than usual. In the green spelling book, they should read, cover, write and then check. There is space to do this twice in this book. As this is their first week, the children are of course not expected to practice last week’s spellings.

 

All home learning is due on Tuesday, with the exception of spelling, which is Friday.

 

Enjoy your weekend,

Mrs Lines

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Welcome Back

Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a wonderful break and enjoyed your time as family over the summer. We have settled well into our new classroom and the children have loved telling each other all about the exciting things they got up to.

This week, the children found out about a planet from our solar system. Then they acted as experts and taught their friends what they knew. They showed excellent teamwork and communication skills, allowing everyone to learn some interesting information.

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Today, we became historians during our topic learning about the Anglo Saxons. We considered why they invaded and whether their reasons were ‘push’ or ‘pull’.

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In maths, we have begun our learning on place value. We have been reading and writing 5, 6 and 7 digit numbers in both words and figures. We noticed how much trickier it was when there was a 0 as a place holder. Try and practise some over the weekend.

 

I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

 

Mrs Lines

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3rd – 10th July

The last two weeks have been fun filled and full of learning opportunities.

Nicholas Breakspear School

We traveled to Nicholas Breakspear school last week to experience a taster of secondary school life. It was a fantastic day, where we conducted science experiments, learnt circus skills, solved maths problems and designed our own products in business studies.

The Mayans

We have been learning a Mayan song and making Mayan masks using modrock  this week – we hope you enjoy our Mayan performance at the international evening tonight.

Cricket and Rounders

We have been developing our cricket and rounders skills in PE and have also taken part in a inter schools rounders and cricket tournament – where we won the plate (rounders) and came runners up in the final of the cricket – fantastic Year 5 and 6, well done!

The Cardinal’s visit

What a special day Wednesday was. The children read, served, sang and behaved brilliantly during the Mass. The Cardinals visit was such a joyous occasion and a fantastic way to mark the schools 50th year.

Maths

As well as following Wimbledon (who will win the tournament do you think?) we have solved maths problems using tournament statistics – which has been fun. We have also helped year 2 measure and solve maths calculations all about themselves.

1960s day 

Today we have celebrated 1960s day by creating psychedelic pictures and clothing to fit our paper (Twiggy and Ken) dolls. We have looked at 60s fashion, the world cup and enjoyed singing many 60s pop songs. The children looked wonderful in their tie dye t-shirts.

The class also enjoyed transition day, where they went into year 6 and met Miss Donatantonio.

Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to read and finish your creative home learning for Monday.

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Y5 26th – 30th June

Harry Potter

Harry Potter turned 20 this week! To celebrate we watched the sorting hat scene before being sorted into Hogwarts Houses. We then researched our house and created a new house badge.

Rounders

On Monday a rounders team headed to Dame Alice Owens school to take part in a Y5 & Y6 rounders tournament. We won three of our four matches and had a great time. We would like to thank Mr Dugan for organizing the event.

Dancing Workshop

On Wednesday the whole school took part in folk dancing, maypole and morris dancing, which was great fun. We learnt about the history behind many of the dances and costumes and shared our dances with the rest of the school.

Home learning

Children will be bringing their PSHE books home with them and have been given a creative task to complete over the next three weeks. Please read the brief that is stuck inside the book for details.

Other

In English we have created blackout poems and in maths we have completed probability and problem solving activities. We have also been practicing for the Mass on the 12th, which is fast approaching. Next Tuesday Y5 are heading to Nicholas Breakspear School for a taster day – please see the letter that has been sent home this evening.

 

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19th – 25th June

It has been a week full of team work, resilience and creative learning in Y5.

Maths

In maths the children have been revising different topics using performance poetry and graffiti. We have also been practising our problem solving and justifying skills – using multi step word problems.

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Garden Party 

In preparation for the garden party we discussed, planned and created our 2000s themed garden.

The 2000s saw the growth of the Internet, which allowed faster communication among people around the world. It is remembered for the Harry Potter series being released, the start of a new millennium and Doctor Who returning to our screens.

The London Eye on the South Bank of the River Thames in London was laden with fireworks on the eve of the Millennium – which millions of people enjoyed. Our garden is a recreation of the South Bank – complete with Millennium Wheel.

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On Wednesday we visited Tolmers scout camp in cuffley, where we took part in many different physical challenges including conquering the high ropes, racing go karts, battling gladiator style and navigating inflatable obstacles. It was also great to explore the woodland and help each other overcome their fears.

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Well done and good luck Y6

It was wonderful to watch the Y6 dress rehearsal on Monday afternoon – what a talented class! We hope you have a great time at Kingswood.

Enjoy your weekend

Miss Pringle

 

 

10th June

Welcome back to the second half of the summer term!

We have had a busy week starting our new unit on Persuasive Texts in English and Reasoning in Maths.  The children have also looked at how writers can stimulate emotions in others in the way their words are conveyed in a piece of text.

We looked at ‘The Piano’ by Alan Gibbons which stimulated much discussion.  The outcome from the election was discussed in class and watching Newsround enabled to understand what a hung parliament is.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Potters Bar Carnival!

 

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Friday 25th May

 

This week in Year 5 has been another busy one.

Our main focus has been ‘Spirituality Week’ and during this week, we met with our Year 1 Prayer Buddies to share our prayers to start off this special week.

On Wednesday, we had a prayer session in the Hall led by the Year 6 children.  The prayer stations were really lovely and we enjoyed the conversation and thoughts that came from them.

We tie dyed our t-shirts and saw them dry today!  They have come home with your child tonight.  Please return them to school after half term.

Twenty children from Year 5 took part at the Oakmere Mini-Marathon today and they ran with such energy!  Well done Year 5.  As you are probably aware, William came in 2nd place overall and 2nd place for the boys whilst Ellie took 1st for the girls.  Congratulations to them on such fantastic results.

Homework for the half-term is a science based project.

Wishing you a wonderful half-term.

From Mrs Moccia and Mrs McNamara

Oakmere Champions

Oakmere Champions

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'Be Still and know I am with you."

‘Be Still and know I am with you.”

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'learning in the Light of Christ'

May 19th

This week was another busy one!

We looked at how to read line graphs and how to tabulate data.  In RE we looked at incarnation and the Resurrection and what they mean to us.  On Wednesday, we had a Mayan Day, taking part in a number of activities to help us learn more about the Mayan people.

We had the opportunity over the week to work with David on our school mosaic and many of the children visited him to watch him work during the break time and lunchtimes. Nathan, Gloria and Madeline were chosen to be part of the discussion group who met with David on Monday morning to decide on the design of the mosaic.

Homework has been set.  If there are any questions, do not hesitate to ask!

Miss  Camp

Friday 12th May

Friday 12th May

May Procession

May Procession

May Procession 

Another busy week of learning!  We did a lot of active Maths this week whilst exploring and learning about the topic of measurement.  We created number games and visited all the classes around the school to trial out our games with the children from Reception to Year 4.  It was lovely to watch the preparation involved in designing these games and see the children interact with the younger pupils.  Well done Year 5!

Any queries with the home learning, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a lovely weekend.

Ms Camp

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