Thursday 21st July, 2022

This last week has meant that the children have adapted to a hotter learning environment than normal and they did this with such maturity. In D&T most of the children completed their CAMs project.  Well done to them for their resilience throughout each session.  As a class, we discussed what their successes were and areas to focus on next year when we have our next Design and Technology project!  I have a video in the making and will share that with them in September and on our Year 6 Blog.

Mrs Lines, Ms Hilton and myself have enjoyed assisting your child with their learning and thank you for the report comments that were returned to us this week.

Thank you for the commitment you have towards your child’s learning and the generous gifts and flowers that we received yesterday and today.

Wishing you a wonderful summer – we are looking forward to hearing about all your holiday adventures in September!

 

God Bless.

Mrs McNamara, Mrs Lines and Ms Hilton

Here are some of the finished products!

 

Friday 17th June 2022

What a week! The sun has shone and Year 5 has been a hive of activity. It was Healthy Eating Week this week and Year 5’s focus was on getting more than their 5 a day. Thank you to everyone for bringing in their favourite fruits and vegetables- we have been feasting on them all week! It was a great opportunity for children to enjoy the foods they like, have something they haven’t eaten in a while or even try something completely new. On Thursday, we teamed up with Year 1 to make fruit kebabs and salads. Year 5 were exemplary in their behaviour with the younger children and supported them beautifully.

On Tuesday we held our annual sports day. Well done to St Bernadette’s house, our overall winners, and to all children for trying their best.

Today we took part in another one of our annual events- The Blessed Sacrament procession. Year 5 were again excellent role models for their Year 1 partners in the reverent and peaceful journey to the church. We hope the children enjoyed their well-deserved ice-lolly at the end.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend

 

Mrs Lines and Mrs McNamara

 

Home Learning:

spag.com- log on and complete the tasks

Readtheory.org- complete 5 tests

Spellingframe- rule 62. This is a random selection to review all words from the year 5 and 6 spelling list and so will vary.

Mathletics and Timestables Rockstars

 

Friday 6th May, 2022

Although this has been a shorter week for us, Year 5 have managed to cram in a busy week of learning!

On Wednesday, the children went to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – they met Katie their group leader who took them on a tour of this beautiful cultural landmark located on the bank of the River Thames and organised a very exciting workshop based on their Shakespearean play Macbeth.  To enjoy the sunshine of the afternoon, the children went onto the picnic area of the Tate Modern and had lunch with their class mates whilst enjoying the pigeons who took a liking to the attention they gave them.

Not to miss out on the Daily Mile taking place back at school, the children completed their own daily mile using the large green outside the Tate and met Sebastian ‘the bubble man’ who had been invited to join us by Ben.  Sebastian showed the children how to create the ultimate bubble solution and they went onto spending time chasing and bursting the HUGE bubbles he created on the green for them.

 

It was a lovely day and one which we feel the children will remember fondly.

Today, the class took part in the May Procession with reverence and respect, after spending their RE lesson exploring some of the titles dedicated to Our Lady by examining the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and reflecting on what the titles mean to them.

In PE, the children continued to practise track and fielding skills -working hard on their throwing skills.

Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

Home Learning

Reading: Log on to readtheory and complete 5 tests.

SPaG.com: Log on to complete the tasks set

Spelling: Spellingframe, Rule 58.

lightning
marvellous
mischievous
muscle
necessary
neighbour
nuisance
occupy
occur
opportunity
parliament
persuade

Maths log onto Timetables Rockstars to practise your tables.

On Mathletics there are some activities for you to do.  Log onto your account to see.

 

 

 

 

Thursday 28th April, 2022

‘A drum, a drum! Macbeth doth come!’

We have focused on Act 1 Scene 3 of Macbeth this week by exploring the setting of the Scottish heath and the interactions between Macbeth, Banquo and the weird sisters. The children have written beautifully descriptive pieces and created artwork using tints and tones to show the landscape and weather . On Tuesday, Year 5 used their best Shakespearean language to act out this scene. Well done, Year 5. Your intonation showed an excellent understanding of the text!

In RE the children met with Dale who chatted to them about the divinity of Christ and they spent time interpreting the story of the resurrection by examining a piece of art by the chinese artist He Qi.  In Maths the children have moved onto learning about conversion in measurement and weight and using the strategies they have worked on, developed their understanding solving worded problems involving conversion.

As part of our focus on wellbeing, the daily mile has started up again and the children have enjoyed taking in part in this.  The children are being encouraged to do this to the best of their ability as we realise that there are a wide variety of health and wellbeing benefits associated with this daily physical activity and an emerging body of evidence supports the positive impact The Daily Mile can have on children’s health.

 

Wishing you a fabulous bank holiday weekend.  See you on Tuesday.

Polite reminder:  If you have not yet given your consent for the class trip on Wednesday to the Shakespeare Globe, please log onto school comms to complete this.  Thank you!

Home learning

There is no home learning this week. However, children should still prepare for the spelling test on Tuesday on the words given last week.

Summer Term Week 1: 22nd April

It’s been a busy first week back.

Welcome back after the Easter Holidays. We hope you all enjoyed your break and did lots of enjoyable things. The Summer term is always a busy term and there was plenty going on in Year 5 this week.  The first day back was a buzz of excitement for many children taking part in the FOPPS Easter Egg Hunt! 

Year 5 began the first of their sessions with the Mini Police this week which is being run through the Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Mini Police scheme.  Anti-social behaviour, road safety, bullying and cyber safety are some of the focus’ the class will cover during the programme. Mini Police is a fun and interactive programme designed for children aged between 9 and 11. It aims to build trust with communities, promote responsible citizenship and help young people establish an interest and understanding in policing and community safety.  We look forward to our next session with Cheryl and Chris.

In RE the children have been looking at explaining how the Resurrection shows the belief in the divinity of Christ and developing their understanding of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus.  Thank you to the families who created their Easter gardens …they look lovely -Mrs Heymoz has visited our classroom to admire them.  Click here to see them.

A number of children have been taking part in Bikeability this week.  The feedback from the children has been really positive as Bikeability cycle training equips them with vital life skills. Pupils not only learn to cycle, they gain independence, social skills and a sense of wellbeing. The instructors have been very complimentary about how the children have been great listeners and attentive during the traning…we are so proud of them!  Click here to see some photos of our keen cyclists!

On Wednesday our Year 5 Maths Challenge team took part in the Final.  The team were Elle, Finn, Hebe and Kian.  Out of over 260 schools, we were one of twenty seven schools in the Final.  The rounds were tricky ones and although we were alert and ready for the challenges set, we did not make it to the top four places.  I want to congratulate the team and thank Elle for standing in for Vihaan who was unable to join us.

We have begun our new English unit on Macbeth, which will be our focus for the this half term. The children have been gripped by this tale of a man consumed by ambition to take the Scottish throne.  If your child was at bikeablity, and missed some our lessons, use the following link to watch the story:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/english-ks2-macbeth/zdt42sg

In History, we have started our new topic on Ancient Greece. As an introduction, the children created their own timelines of all the time periods they have studied, so that they could see where the Ancient Greek civilisation fit in with this.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

Home Learning:

Timestable Rockstars – please make sure that you log on each day for 10 minutes to practise your timestables!  Can you beat your personal best?

Spelling: Spellingframe rule 57

government
guarantee
harass
hindrance
identity
immediate
immediately
individual
interfere
interrupt
language
leisure

History: Create a poster about Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses. This poster should include:

  • At least 3 gods or goddesses.
  • What they are the god or goddess of.
  • Do they have any special items or powers.
  • Who are their parents and siblings?

The deadline for this is Tuesday 3rd May.

 

Friday 18th March 2022

Science Week

On Monday, a school challenge was set: which class can grow the tallest sunflower? In Year 5, we have been asked to investigate if the type of soil we use can effect this.  We have planted seeds in clay, compost and sandy soil. The children made some great predictions about what might happen and gave reasons behind their thinking. We will be measuring weekly until the end of the summer term so watch out for updates. On Tuesday, half of the class became researchers and found out about a scientist of their choice. They then presented this information this afternoon to share their learning. On Thursday we had a visit from the Head of Science from Dame Alice Owen, Mr Friedlander, who spoke to the children about different types of crystals and the children went on to doing a science crystal growing activity which has tied in beautifully with our Year of Growth.  There was a real buzz in the classroom whilst the children crushed, dissolved the salt and set up a growth chamber for their solution which they added their crystal seeds to.  By Monday, we should be able to see the crystals that have been formed.

Maths

In Maths the children have continued to revise their work on multiplication and have started their new topic on Fractions looking at equivalence.

English

This week we have completed our final stories. I have been thoroughly impressed by their tension filled writing and their cliff hangers. Well done, Year 5 for your hard work on these. You have shown a real understanding of how you can influence your reader with your words.

Busy Year 5!

In addition to their fabulous learning, Year 5 have been involved in a range of other activities this week. Some of the class visited Dame Alice Owen School to take part in a basketball taster session, a selection of boys represented the school in football at Little Heath and the Irish dancers of the class entertained us on St Patrick’s day. They danced so confidently and at lunchtime they joined the many eager children in the hall to teach them some of the steps of a light jig!  We also attended mass for St Louise’s feast day where Caroline read well and the class sang beautifully. This morning, the children were given their reading parts for the Key Stage 2 Stations of the Cross.  Year 5 are leading us in the readings whilst Year 6 are leading us with the drama depicted at each station.  The children will be given their parts to take home on Monday to learn for this prayerful event which is taking place on Tuesday  29th March at 7pm.

Home Learning:

Learn the lyrics for our Way of the Cross service taking place on Tuesday 29th March at 7pm.  (see separate post for the song lyrics)

Spellings- paragraph, paragraphs, calligraphy, calligrapher, geography, geographer, geographical, photographer, photograph, photographic, bibliography, cartography

Comic Relief- Design a poster about Comic Relief. You could include information about:

  • when it started
  • who it helps
  • what is its mission?
  • Who founded it.
  • Ways people have raised money for the charity.

Mathletics

Please log on and complete the set activities.  If there are any difficulties, do not worry.  Just come along to the homework session on Monday lunchtime.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.  We hope that you are able to join us with the special walk on Sunday.  Please see the school newsletter for details.

REMINDER:

Please come along on Monday 21st March at 3pm to look at your child’s workbooks in the Main Hall.

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

Friday 4th March, 2022

This week in Year 5 we have embraced a very busy but exciting week!

We celebrated Shrove Tuesday with our Mardi Gras theme and wow, did our children design wonderful masks that they showed off to the rest of the school during our whole school parade.  Ti was our class winner for the fastest pancake flipper and he joined the rest of the class winners in Key Stage 2 and competed against them in a nail biting final.

We ended the day of celebration with our whole school Mardi Gras dance and ate pancakes.  The Year 5 and 6 Netball Team attended Dame Alice Owen’s School for a netball tournament.  The played together really well as a team and enjoyed the afternoon representing our school alongside other schools.  Well done to them!

On Ash Wednesday, the children watched the mass from the classroom and they sang, listened to Caroline read the First Reading, received ashes on their foreheads and Dale gave us Holy Communion.

On Thursday, it was World Book Day! and again, our class was full of colour and excited children talking about their favourite books.  We logged onto the World Book Day website and joined one of their digital events: log in and have a look.  Click on the photo below for the link.

On top of all the events happening through the week, VJ has written about some of the learning that Year 5 have been doing below:

‘In Maths we have been revisiting our work on multiplication and have now started our work on division.  We have been developing our understanding of  short division for numbers up to 4-digits.  In English we have continued to read The London Eye Mystery and have been writing a diary entry about what happened on the day when Salim went missing using adverbs of possibility and modal verbs. We also wrote a social media post using pronouns to stop writing ‘Salim’ in our writing whilst we wrote the post.  In Science, we continued with our unit using every day items to test if they were insulators or conductors.’

Wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend.
The home learning for the children is below.

 

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

 

Home Learning:

Read theory: complete 4 of the activities

Mathletics:  Log on and complete the tasks set.

Times table Rockstars: log on and practise your times tables.

SPAG.com:  Log on and complete the tasks that have been set.

Weekly Spellings: log onto spelling frame and practise this week’s spellings.

Words from the Year 5/6 list

controversy, controversial, convenience, convenient, correspond, correspondence, criticise, curious, curiosity, definite, desperate, develop

Remember: hand in your research on the Stations of the Cross on Tuesday

 

Friday 25th February, 2022

Welcome back!

I hope that you all had a lovely half-term break.

It has been lovely to chat with many parents during the Year 5 Consultations.  For those parents who had technical problems etc…please get in touch via the school office.

It has been a busy week in Year 5 this week.  The children have come into school ready for learning and their hard work and efforts have not gone unnoticed.  We spent some days this week revisiting multiplication in Maths and started work on division.  The children have worked extremely hard on developing their understanding of multiple strategies in multiplication and this week’s homework is revisiting those.  In English, using a picture to prompt our writing, the children worked hard on developing a story start to their ‘Mysterious Door’ narratives.  Alongside selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, they edited their work to ensure their choices enhanced meaning and these wonderful pieces have been added to their portfolios.

In our daily worship the children have been examining the prayer of St Teresa Avila and how they can use their bodies to be Christ like people on earth.  They have been very prayerful and reflective and I want to thank those children who have added their thoughts that have enriched our daily discussions.  We examined a painting by Peter Brueghel (1617,) called the Seven Acts of Mercy and the children made observations and reflected upon it. We chatted about our Lenten focus question: How can we build a better world?

In RE we have started  preparing for our topic from Lent to Easter and examined the three practices of Lent – prayer, fasting and giving.  In their RE lessons the children have recalled the importance of Lent in the liturgical year, the practises within the church and the purpose and history of the Traditional Stations of the Cross.

Yesterday, alongside the cold weather, Ti discovered some ice in the KS2 Playground during morning break and made a mini snowman.

Remember, we have a Mardi Gras celebration next week on Tuesday 1st March!
Please could your child wear the Mardi Gras colours of yellow, gold, purple or green to school on
Tuesday 1st March to add to the celebration.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful weekend.

Mrs McNamara

 

Home Learning this week:  Logins have been sent home with your child today

  1. Spellings: words from the Year5/6 Statutory Word List        Please log onto Spelling Frame

and complete the spelling activities assigned to help you learn the spellings below.

awkward, bargain, category, cemetery, committee, communicate, communication, competition, competitive, conscience, conscious, consciousness

2.  Research:  Find out about the Stations of the Cross and present your findings in written and picture form. Click here about the research.

3.  Maths:  Following on from the work we have been doing in class, complete at least four of the following calculations using the multiple-strategies-sheet attached.

27 x 46          64 x 56        75 x 35     345 x 28      546 x 18     667 x .23

Timetables:  Log onto your Times tables Rockstar account and try to beat your personal best!  This week, we are also battling against Year 6!!     RockStars.com    Let’s work together to win!

4.  Read daily and update your reading record.

5.  Log onto SPAG. com

Complete the tasks that have been set on apostrophes and plurals.

Friday 11th February 2022

In the last week before half-term, year 5 have been working hard in all their subjects. The focus in Maths has been multiplication, which will continue after half-term. This has also included lots of practice with times tables and family facts. In English, they have continued reading The London Eye Mystery, and developing their knowledge of the features of successful mystery and suspense writing.  In Science, they are continuing to look at the properties of materials.

Today, the children had a workshop on internet safety. They joined in enthusiastically, and showed a good knowledge of how to stay safe online. Please see the photos below.

Best wishes to you all for the half-term holiday and for the future.

Mr. Holmes