Summer 2 Week 1

During the first week back, we have learnt how to calculate area. We began with recliner shapes and even managed to find a break in the rain on Tuesday afternoon to measure some of the playground. We were then able to calculate the area of places like the peace garden and the netball court.

In English, we have finished our Odysseus adventures and are now writing them up in neat. Year 5 have created some wonderful pieces that showcase all of the skills they have learnt this year, well done, Year 5!

In RE we have been discussing Pentecost. We looked at the Jewish festival of Shavu’ot, which is also known as Pentecost, yet it is a very different celebration. We were very lucky that Michael, our seminarian, was able to join us for a prayer session based on Pentecost.

Today the wet weather kept us indoors fro PE. This week, Coach Dugan helped us improve our athletic abilities in jumping, throwing and general fitness.

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you at the carnival.

 

Mrs Lines

Summer 1 Week 5

In our final week of the half term, we took part in Spirituality Week with the theme ‘Meeting Jesus’. With Year 6 away, Year 5 were asked to run the prayer stations on Tuesday. This was an important part of our week and I received many complements from staff about their behaviour. They led the school and parents in acts of worship with reverence and maturity. Well done, Year 5. Throughout the week, the children completed a variety of activities, such as artwork, poetry and reflections. This morning, were fortunate that Father Shaun could join us to lead us in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It was a wonderful way to finish the half term.

It was lovely to welcome some of you to our class this morning. I hope you enjoyed sharing your child’s learning. The home learning for the half term is shown below. I look forward to seeing what the children create. I hope you all enjoy your break and I will see you all on Monday 3rd June for our final half term in year 5.

Summer 1 Week 3

Another short week has flown by.

On Thursday, we took part in our mapping and orienteering workshop. We managed to avoid the rain and had a great time learning how to use a compass and locating flags around our school grounds. I was really impressed with their teamwork and enthusiasm for the task.

Today we took part in our annual May procession for Mary. The flowers looked and smelt beautiful. I was very pleased with how well behaved and reverent they were. Well done, Year 5.

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Mrs Lines

Summer 1 Week 2

In English, we have continued to follow the adventures of Greek King, Odysseus. Earlier this week, we learnt about creating mood and atmosphere. Year 5 used figurative language to show how lost and ashamed the Cyclops felt after being defeated. I was particularly impressed y some of the personification used, such as the walls mocking him and the fire cackling. Today we took part in role play to understand the relationship between Odysseus and his men following their shipwreck. They used a formal tone to argue with each other about who was at fault.

In maths, we have been exploring nets of cuboids. The children cut open packaging and then drew the net of what they could see. We identified the features and discussed how moving the faces would affect the construction of the net.

Couch Dugan returned for another lesson today. Year 5 focused on fielding skills and spent time improving their long stop position.

Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend.

 

Mrs Lines

Summer 1 Week 1

Alleluia! He is Risen!

 

On returning to school, Year 5 celebrated the resurrection by taking part in an act of worship. The children were reverent and contemplated what change they will make in their lives, inspired by the resurrection.  Later that morning, the children wrote beautiful poetry, using the repeated line ‘The stone was rolled away’. In the afternoon, we took part in a workshop to reflect on and understand each part of the Easter story. The children behaved beautifully and asked some interesting questions.

In English, we have begun a new class text. Over the coming weeks, we will follow the epic myth of Odysseus. So far, we have read the prologue based on the Trojan War and put ourselves in the place of Prince Paris. We have also been building up our understanding of two of the main characters: Odysseus and Penelope.

In maths, we took part in a whole school problem solving activity. The children had to use positional language to find out where the children in year 4 sit. The mathematical conversation it produced was fantastic and the children enjoyed the challenge.

Today we had our first P.E session with Couch Dugan from Dame Alice Owen’s School.

Spring 2 Week 6

Our Spring term came to a busy end. On Tuesday, our musicians entertained us with their singing, piano and violin playing. Well done to all of them for sharing their wonderful talents.

It was lovely to welcome you all to our assembly to conclude our Mini Police training. I will pass on the photos as soon as we receive them.

Home Learning this week is a whole school project. See below.

 

Have a wonderful break.

 

Mrs Lines

Spring Term Week 11

Mini Police was very exciting this week! Year 5 had the opportunity to go out onto Baker Street to ensure drivers were keeping to the speed limit. Using the police equipment, the children could see how fast cars were going. Any drivers travelling above 35mph were stopped and Year 5 reminded them about the importance of being safe. This was a great chance for the children to serve the local community. The drivers who were stopped thanked Year 5 for reminding to travel  at a safer speed and assured them they would do so from now on. Next week will be the final one of our sessions with Hertfordshire Constabulary. You are all invited to our assembly on Thursday at 2:30.

In science we have been learning about life cycles. We began by looking at the construction of an egg. The children made scientific observations and learnt the technical names and functions of this commonly used food item. We then moved on to looking at the full life cycle of birds by researching online.

Home learning this week is mathletics, Spag.com and the spelling sentences.

Have a wonderful weekend

 

Mrs Lines

Week 8

We’ve had a very exciting week in year 5. The highlight had to be our trip to the Houses of Parliament on Thursday. It was an amazing experience to visit the galleries of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons to watch the debates and questions. The excitement of the children showed they truly understood what a special privilege this was. With the current Brexit situation, it was particularly special as we were able to see all the news crews outside, ready to report on voting outcomes. There were also many people there with signs to express their views. Following our tour, we headed to the education centre to take part in a workshop. Here Year 5 discussed a range of topics and explored them from many different angles. The workshop leader commented that she was very impressed. She felt that the children had interesting views that they were able to articulate well.

Mini Police was particularly amazing this week. The children were able to explore two vehicles, take part in drill training and learn all about the equipment.

 

It was great to see so many of you this morning. Well done to Evie and Louise for dancing so beautifully in the St Patrick’s Day assembly.

Have a great weekend

Mrs Lines

Spring 2 Week 7

Another busy week has flown by in Year 5! On Wednesday, we began our Lenten journey as we went to mass at OLSV to receive our ashes. The children behaved reverently throughout and sang beautifully. Today, the children took part in our Lenten assembly where they placed their promise on the wall alongside the rest of the school.

In R.E, we have been learning about the Stations of the Cross. Year 5 learnt what the Via Dolorosa is and researched the traditional stations. They also discovered what is now at each location and gave a presentation to the class about it. On Wednesday, Year 5 looked at artistic representations of the stations through the work of the nuns at Turvey Abbey as well as those on the wall of our church. Next week, they will create their own.

On Thursday we celebrated world book day. The outfits were amazing and represented a wide range of books. Well done, Year 5!

We have continued our writing based on The Adventures of Dish and Spoon. The children have been getting into role as Dish and using skills such as parenthesis to communicate her feelings. They have also been working on showing a characters feelings without telling their reader.

Next week, we are visiting the Houses of Parliament. The letter is now available for you on schoolcomms.

Have a great weekend.

Spring Term Week 7

It is Fairtrade fortnight and so Year 5 have been reminding themselves of its importance. They also evaluated how relevant its message of social justice is to us as Catholics by using evidence found in Scripture.

Along with the rest of the school, we have begun our learning based on the book, ‘The Adventures of Dish and Spoon’. It is an imaginative text that explores what happened after the duo ran away together in the famous rhyme, Hey Diddle Diddle. We have depended our understanding of the characters through role play.

During Mini Police this week, Year 5 explored the concept of antisocial behaviour. They identified different types and thought about how the victims would feel.

It was wonderful to meet with you at the parent consultation evenings this week to share the children’s success and targets.

 

Have a fantastic weekend,

 

Mrs Lines