Spring Term Week 2

Year 5 had an exciting week as we were joined by Mike form the Canal and Water Trust on Tuesday. Along with Year 6, we took part in an assembly where we learnt how to keep safe when near a canal. The children made excellent observations and asked fantastic questions. In the afternoon, Mike joined us in our classroom so that we could learn more about bridges. After finding out about the different types, Year 5 began to investigate what makes an effective bridge using multilink, card and cups. The children drew excellent inferences from their results.

To finish the afternoon, Year 5 had a turn a constructing an arch bridge.

As well as learning about design and structure. The children learnt some interesting historical information about bridges.

In R.E, we have been learning about ‘sacramental people’ and how we can see God in the world and others. Year 5 wrote some beautiful poems and recognized how loved and cared for they are. It was wonderful to see them so appreciative of the big and little things their families do for them.

 

Have a restful weekend.

 

Mrs Lines

 

 

Autumn 2 Week 7

This week, the children sang and spoke beautifully at our KS2 advent service. They put a lot of effort into rehearsing and it paid off; they did a wonderful job.

We were treated to two musical performances this week with a guitar concert on Wednesday and a piano,singing, cello and violin concert on Thursday. Well done to the children who performed. Your dedication and practice were evident.

We have continued on our advent journey this week by looking at the purpose of Luke’s Nativity story. We have also enjoyed taking part in acts of worship created by the children that are based on the advent gospel readings. This has really helped us to focus our minds and prepare for the birth of Christ.

 

We were very lucky today as we were visited by Vincent from the Oscar Romeo Society. He spoke about his work and the links between Oscar Romero and St Paul VI. Vincent also brought along some garments in the style of Oscar Romero for us to try on.

On Monday, we will have auditions for our class entries to the school talent show. Get practising and I look forward to seeing these on Monday.

Have a fantastic weekend

Mrs Lines and Miss Clapp

Autumn 2 Week 4- Year 5

This week was national tree week and Year 5 braved the rain to go outside and learn more about the Hawthorne tree. The children discussed its features and then went on an information treasure hunt to find out facts about it. They showed great teamwork and enthusiasm on that cold and wet afternoon. Well done, Year 5!

During P.E, we have been focusing on our invasion game skills. The children are showing real improvement in intercepting the ball.

We began our learning on our new English unit of biographies this week. So far, we have learnt about the life of Mary Anning, the famous fossil finder. We have been building up our cohesion skills by using fronted adverbials and ensuring relevant information is grouped together to recount her life. Next week, we will begin to write our own biographies of Ernest Shakleton.

In R.E, the children have planned their own acts of worship based on 3 of the advent gospel readings. They have worked hard to bring out the message of Luke’s Gospel. I look forward to taking part in these over the coming weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you at the fayre tomorrow.

Autumn 2 Week 3

Our Weslandia learning came to an end this week with the writing of our newspaper reports. The children recounted the story well in a journalist style and used new grammar aspects. I have added the challenge of using dialogue in their spellings this week to practise the punctuation required.

In maths we have focused on mental strategies for multiplication and division. We have learnt how to manipulate the numbers we use to make them easier to work with.

Our R.E learning has now begun to focus on the season of advent. With their knowledge of Luke as a gospel writer, year 5 considered the importance of Mary and John in the advent readings.

Today, we had a visit from Fitter Futures. The children were asked to create their own exercise that was then recorded for a Year 5 workout. This has been uploaded today and should be available for the children right away. New passwords for the site have been issued and given out today. I hope you enjoy working out as a family!

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Mrs Lines and Miss Clapp

UK Parliament and Anti Bullying Week

This week we have taken part in two very important national events: UK Parliament Week and Anti bullying week.

For UK Parliament Week, we used the resources sent by the Parliament Education service to understand the structure of Parliament.

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In class, Year 5 learnt about what a referendum is and set one up for the school to vote in. The key question was whether we should change our school name to St Paul the VI. All day, the children and staff have been voting. We also opened up the polls to parents at the end of the school day. It will be interesting to see what the outcome is.

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We were also visited by Councillor Peter Knell and his wife June. It gave the children a chance to ask questions about what is is like to be in local government and hear all about their trip to Buckingham Palace!

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Today, year 5 led the school assembly to explain what they had learnt and and to try and persuade the votes in the referendum. Well done to all of the children. This assembly was arranged with little time and they had only minutes to practise.

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On Wednesday, we took part in an anti bullying workshop. The children used drama to appreciate what they were good at and thought about what to do if they were bullied.

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With such a busy week, the children have really earned their weekend!