Year 5 – 03/02/23

This week in Maths, Y5 have been learning how to do short division; in English, the children have started writing narratives with a cyclical structure; in RE, the focus has been on the meaning of the Beatitudes; in Science, we were investigating friction by timing how long a car takes to come to a halt on different surfaces.

Here is this week’s home learning (due Wednesday 8th Feb):

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·        Divide by 10, 100 and 1,000

·        Divide 4-digits by 1-digit

SPaG Please complete the assignment set on spag.com:

·        Apostrophes & commas (A)

·        Direct speech punctuation (B)

Reading 5 tests on Readtheory OR a daily updating of your reading record.
Spelling Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words where ‘ei’ can make an /ee/ sound

 

deceive

protein

conceive

caffeine

receive

seize

perceive

either

ceiling

neither

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Donatantonio 🙂

Year 5 – 27/01/23

Home learning for this week:

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·         Multi-step addition and subtraction problems

·         Multiply by 10, 100 and 1,000

SPaG Please complete the assignment set on spag.com:

·         Direct speech punctuation (A)

Reading 5 tests on Readtheory OR a daily updating of your reading record.
Spelling Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words spelled with ‘ie’ after ‘c’

 

ancient

glacier

science

scientists

species

sufficient

efficient

emergencies

deficient

inefficient

Year 5 – 20/01/23

This week has been Other Faith Week, and Y5 have been learning about Sikhism. We found out about the 5 Ks in Sikhism, and researched the most important place of pilgrimage for Sikhs: Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple). Ask your child what the 5 Ks are and why Sikhs go on pilgrimage to Harmandir Sahib!

In Science, we carried out investigations to look at the effect of surface area on air resistance. We discussed the importance of repeated measurements to ensure more reliable results.

Home learning for this week:

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·        Multiply: Grid method

·        Multiply: 1-Digit Number Regroup

SPaG The children have been given logins for spag.com

Please complete the assignment set:

·        Subordinate clauses & conjunctions (B)

Reading 5 tests on Readtheory OR a daily updating of your reading record.
Spelling Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words with silent letters

 

doubt

autumn

island

build

lamb

receipt

solemn

ascend

thistle

disciple

Year 5 – 13/01/22

Happy New Year and welcome back! On Monday, we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany that took place last Friday. The children made crowns fit for a king and reflected on what gifts they will bring to the world this year. In our RE lessons, we learned what the word ‘epiphany’ actually means and recognised that there are in fact three epiphanies of Jesus.

 

In Maths, we have been learning and practising the formal written method for addition and subtraction, and in PE we began our gymnastics unit. In Science, we started making spinners in order to investigate the effect that surface area has on a falling object.

It has been a lovely week and a great start to the new term!

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday 😊

Miss Donatantonio

 

Home learning for this week (due Wednesday 18th Jan):

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·         Add 3-digit numbers (exchanging)

·         Adding colossal numbers

·         Subtracting colossal numbers

SPaG The children have been given logins for spag.com

Please complete the assignment set:

·         Subordinate clauses & conjunctions (A)

Reading 5 tests on Readtheory OR a daily updating of your reading record.
Spelling Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words with silent first letters

 

knife

knight

knowledge

knuckle

mnemonic

pterodactyl

wreath

wreckage

wrestler

writer

Year 5 – 16/12/22

Oh, what a week it’s been! Snow, Christmas jumpers, Christmas dinner, panto, Christmas party…it has certainly been a fun one! Enjoy the photos and videos of Year 5’s week!

Thursday was panto day, for which the Year 5s walked and sat excitedly with the Year 1s to watch Dick Wittington and his Cat. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Today was our Christmas Party where we had a competitive game of Pin the Carrot on the Snowman, had professional photos taken, met Father Christmas in our school grotto, played a game of head bowling, enjoyed party food in the hall, then ended the day with a glow-stick disco and dance-off. The children will definitely sleep well tonight!

Some entertaining viewing for you all!

Year 5 – Snow Day Activities

Good morning, Year 5!

What a beautiful world we have woken up to here in Potters Bar!

I expect you are all out building snowmen already, but here is a selection of snow-related activities to help you get the most from your day.

 

English

Here are some images and story starters to help inspire some snow writing:

Alternatively, you could:

  • Write a diary of what you have been up to in the snow
  • Create a word bank of ‘snowy’ words and write a shape poem.

Art

  • Create some snow art and take a photo.
  • Take close-up shots of snowflakes. What do you notice?
  • What is the most elaborate snow sculpture you can make?

STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and maths)

  • Using what you learnt least week at the Science Museum about friction, can you design (and even make) a sledge? What materials would make the fastest sledge? Could you test this out?
  • Who can keep a snowball the longest? Start with a football-sized ball of snow. Where will you keep it? Predict how long it will last. Observe over time and we’ll see whose is longest lasting.
  • Measure and record how quickly the snow is melting. How would you make it a fair test? How could you present your results?

 

Above all, have fun and please be safe. I look forward to hearing all your stories tomorrow!

 

Love Miss Donatantonio ❄☃🛷

Year 5 – 09/12/22 – Science Museum Trip

The highlight of this week was definitely our trip to the Science Museum! After travelling down to South Kensington by train and tube, we entered the Museum and enjoyed immersing ourselves in all the hands-on activities in the Wonderlab interactive gallery. Favourites included the friction slides, Tesla coil demo and magnetic liquid. After lunch, we had front-row seats at the Feel The Force show, which involved lots of fun demonstrations about forces. It was such a fun day, during which the children behaved beautifully and immersed themselves fully in the science.

Well done for your wonderful reading, singing and miming in Wednesday night’s Advent Service; it was such a special way to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ birth.

Home learning for this week:

Maths Mathletics assignment:

·         Factors

Remember to draw factor bugs to help you with this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AVMMTQRA6E

Reading 5 tests on Readtheory OR a daily updating of your reading record.
Spelling Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words that are adverbs of time

 

afterwards

finally

immediately

recently

earlier

yesterday

eventually

tomorrow

previously

whilst

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Donatantonio

Year 5 – 02/12/22

Things are starting to feel very festive! Year 5 had a lovely day out on Wednesday to Westminster Cathedral, where they watched the Christmas story being acted out with a live choir and even a real donkey and goat! The children behaved and sung beautifully, and were wonderful with the Year 3s.

We have been praying the Jesse Tree each day in order to prepare ourselves for Christmas this Advent. We have enjoyed hearing the stories about Jesus’ ancestors and writing reflections about how we can put into action what we learn from each story.

We welcomed Bishop John into our school yesterday, and we were interested to find out about his role as a bishop. He likened it to him being a shepherd that leads his flock, and showed us his crook and mitre.

Today in Science, we investigated air resistance and how the surface area of a piece of paper affects how quickly it falls. We’re looking forward to our trip to the Science Museum on Thursday when we’ll be able to immerse ourselves in our forces learning!

Maths Mathletics assignment:

·         Multiples

Reading 5 tests on Readtheory OR a daily updating of your reading record.
Spelling Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words ending in ‘-able’ where the ‘e’ from the root word remains

 

rechargeable

manageable

salvageable

agreeable

microwaveable

irreplaceable

changeable

knowledgeable

noticeable

replaceable

Year 5 – 25/11/22 | Building the Kingdom: Oracy for Advocacy

Yesterday was the big day for our Y5s. Joining with Y5s from other Catholic schools plus members of Nicholas Breakspear, the children shared a wonderful day at the Wyllyotts Theatre, where speeches and seminars on leadership and Catholic Social Teaching were delivered as part of our Oracy for Advocacy project. The morning consisted of the children moving around in groups to listen to seminars about how their schools work for the common good. The Pope Paul seminar speakers were Amber, Lucy L, Siena and Vincent and they were fantastic, noticeably building in confidence as the morning progressed and as they delivered their talks more and more times.

Director of Building The Kingdom, Sr Judith Russi, praising Lucy, Amber, Siena and Vincent on their wonderful seminars

The afternoon saw the 150-200 children involved congregate in the main auditorium for the main speeches. Eraldo gave a confident and persuasive speech about why we should care for our planet, and Julia gave a personal and impassioned presentation about the need for equality in this world. Both fit beautifully into our school’s mission which strives to develop leaders of the future who will help to build a better world. Listen to their speeches here:

The VIP guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council congratulating Julia on her speech

Making friends with children in the other schools at lunchtime

The speakers from all 5 Catholic schools

I am so proud of all the speakers and am confident that we have fantastic future leaders in our midst!

Delivering their speeches to the children at St Philip Howard School on Monday

Delivering their speeches to the children at St Philip Howard School on Monday

Delivering their speeches to the children at St Philip Howard School on Monday

Delivering their speeches to the children at St Philip Howard School on Monday

Delivering their speeches to the children at St Philip Howard School on Monday

Delivering their speeches to the children at St Philip Howard School on Monday

Spelling Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words ending in ‘-ably’ and ‘-ibly’

 

reliably

terribly

dependably

visibly

comfortably

incredibly

possibly

sensibly

horribly

legibly

KS2 Advent Service Please learn the words in bold on this blog post off by heart.
Westminster Cathedral Advent Carol Service Please practise the carols that we sung today for our special trip to Westminster Cathedral next Wednesday. Find the blog post here.

Songs for Westminster Cathedral Advent Carol Service (Year 3 and Year 5)

You don’t need to know the words off by heart, but please be familiar with each carol.