Year 5 – 26/05/23

Well done on another wonderful half term, Year 5!

Yesterday, we honoured Mary by crowning her with flowers in our annual May Procession.

This afternoon, we celebrated the Feast of Saint Paul VI with a beautiful Mass followed by an ice lolly in the sun.

Happy half term everyone!

Miss D 😎

Choir – POTSMA Concert words to learn



I am sailing, I am sailing, home again ‘cross the sea, I am sailing stormy waters to be near you, to be free

I am flying, I am flying like a bird, ‘cross the sky, I am flying, passing high clouds to be near you, to be free.

Can you hear me, can you hear me, thro’ the dark night far away? I am dying, for ever trying to be with you, who can say?

We are sailing, we are sailing home again ‘cross the sea, We are sailing stormy waters to be near you, to be free. To be near you, to be free.



There once was a ship that put to sea, The name of that ship was the Billy o’ Tea

The winds blew hard, her bow dipped down

Blow, me bully boys, blow (huh)


Soon may the Wellerman come to bring us sugar and tea and rum

One day, when the tonguin’ is done we’ll take our leave and go


She had not been two weeks from shore

When down on her, a right whale bore

The captain called all hands and swore

He’d take that whale in tow (huh) Chorus


No line was cut, no whale was freed

The captain’s mind was not on greed

But he belonged to the Wellerman’s creed

She took that ship in tow (huh) Chorus


As far as I’ve heard, the fight’s still on

The line’s not cut, and the whale’s not gone

The Wellerman makes his regular call

Blow, me bully boys, blow (huh) Chorus



I come from a very old family. (Family) For millions of years we’ve been at sea. (Been at sea.)

We’ve been accused, maligned and abused.

But they’ll never get the better of me. (Of me.)


‘Cos I’m the big bad lad of the ocean, I’m the mean machine of the sea.

You never know which way I’ll go, so don’t get too close to me.

I never show my emotions, I’m the coldest fish in the sea.

You never know which way I’ll go, so don’t get too close to me.


The whole of my life I can never sleep. (Never sleep.)

Patrolling the ocean all alone. (All alone.)

The day that I stop is the day that I drop

To the bottom of the sea like a stone. (Like a stone.) Chorus.


Big bad lad of the sea. (That’s me.)



Seagull, seagull, sit on the shore, sit on the shore, sit on the shore.

Seagull, seagull, sit on the shore and sail on my Santy Anna.


Penguin –swim in the sea

Puffin –fly in the sky

Skua –follow the ship



The pirate ship is coming, We know it’s on its way,

The pirate ship is coming, We’ve seen it in the bay.


A skull and crossbones on the mast, A wild and noisy crew:

The pirate ship is coming And it’s after me and you!

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum, pirates like to have their fun!

Yo-ho-ho on the‘Salty Breeze’as they sail the seven seas.


The captain wears an eye-patch, A cutlass in his hand,

And on the bridge beside him, His faithful pirates stand. Chorus


They’re seeking gold and silver And jewels of ev’ry kind,

They’ll board each sailing vessel And take what they can find. Chorus



Somewhere beyond the sea, somewhere waiting for me

My lover stands on golden sands, and watches the ships that go sailing

Somewhere beyond the sea, she’s there watching for me

If I could fly like birds on high, then straight to her arms, I’d go sailing


It’s far beyond a star, It’s near beyond the moon

I know beyond a doubt, my heart will lead me there soon

We’ll meet beyond the shore, we’ll kiss just as before

Happy we’ll be beyond the sea, and never again, I’ll go sailing


I know beyond a doubt, my heart will lead me there soon

We’ll meet beyond the shore, we’ll kiss just as before

Happy we’ll be beyond the sea, and never again, I’ll go sailing




The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake.

You dream about going up there, but that is a big mistake.

Just look at the world around you

Right here on the ocean floor,

Such wonderful things surround you

What more is you lookin’ for?


Under the sea, under the sea

Darling it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me.

Up on the shore they work all day,

Out in the sun they slave away.

While we devotin’ full time to floatin’ under the sea.


Down here all the fish is happy as off through the waves they roll.

The fish on the land ain’t happy, they sad ’cause they in their bowl.

But fish in the bowl is lucky, they in for a worser fate.

One day when the boss get hungry, guess who’s gon’ be on the plate?


Under the sea, under the sea. Nobody beat us, fry us and eat us in fricassee.

We what the land folks loves to cook, under the sea we off the hook.

We got no troubles, life is the bubbles under the sea.


Each little clam here know how to jam here under the sea.

Each little snail here know how to wail here.

That’s why it’s hotter under the water.

Ya, we in luck here, down in the muck here under the sea.


Year 5 – 19/05/23 – Spirituality Week

This week has been Spirituality Week, for which the focus has been Walking with Jesus.

On Monday, the children wrote prayers to Reception prayer partners and enjoyed exchanging the prayer cards with them:

On Tuesday, the class spent time Praying in Colour, which is a beautifully free and visual way to spend time talking to Jesus.

On Wednesday, we went for a sensory nature walk around the school grounds, focusing on the different textures in our natural world, and on the sounds that could be heard around us. It was really peaceful and made us appreciate the variety of interesting textures in God’s creation.

Thursday was an important day for Year 5, as they led the Spirituality Prayer Stations over the course of the day for the younger year groups. This gave them their first proper taste of what Y6 leadership will look like, and I was really proud of how well they took on their roles.

Also this week in Geography, Y5 made models on fold mountains; Mrs McDonald was extremely impressed with the variety of ways the class came up with to demonstrate how fold mountains are formed.

Home learning for this week (due next Wednesday):

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·         Multiply non-unit fractions by an integer

·         Multiply mixed numbers by an integer

SPaG Please complete the assignment set on

·         Grammar – Y4 (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 from the Y5/Y6 Statutory Spellings












Enjoy your weekend!

Miss Donatantonio

Year 5 – 05/05/23

Coronation Fever is definitely upon us! This week, we enjoyed finding out about the royal line of succession, what King Charles’ interests are and how tomorrow’s Coronation will proceed. We discussed what the King’s priorities might be then wrote letters to him. We also made nature Coronation collages to link with His Majesty’s love for the environment.

We also decorated Coronation cookies with the Year 1s, before coming outside and celebrating with the whole school.

Aside from celebrating and learning about the Coronation, we also had a skateboarding session on Wednesday, which was enjoyed by all! The children learnt to jump on and off the skateboard, how to reposition their feet whilst moving on the board, and how to turn the board beneath them! Well done to everyone for giving it a go and especially to those that fell off and got straight back on again! Thank you to Miss Pringle for organising this.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and I’m looking forward to hearing all about how you celebrated the Coronation when I see you on Tuesday! 👑

Miss Donatantonio

Year 5 – 28/04/23

This week, we began our new English unit based on Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem, The Jabberwocky. The children have enjoyed performing it and trying to make sense of the nonsense words, and even had a go at writing their own nonsense poem on Wednesday!

We also began our new Art unit, Mixed Media Land And City Scapes, and this week used black fineliners to draw what we saw outside.

Enjoy your extra-long weekend, and I’ll see you on Wednesday to begin our learning on the Coronation!

Miss D 😎

Maths Learning Friday 21st April

FOCUS:   Fractions

Do have a go at completing the revision power point on fractions and hand your results into Mrs McNamara by Tuesday.  Good luck!!

Click here

Year 5 – 31/03/23 – Happy Easter 🐣

What a wonderful final week of term it has been in Year 5! The week got off to a cracking start with a beautiful (albeit extremely muddy!) walk through the fields, over the M25, to Bentley Heath and back. Everyone was particularly excited when we went into a horse field!  On Tuesday night, Year 5 played an extremely important part in the KS2 Way of the Cross service at the church by narrating the stations for the Y6s to act out. They read so clearly, and supported the singing beautifully too.

In PE, we completed our Dancing Through the Decades unit with 70s disco moves on Wednesday and and attempt at the zombie dance from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video to round off the 80s! If you want to continue to try and learn it over the holidays, then here’s the tutorial:

We also created beautiful art to depict the crucifixion:

Your spellings for the holidays (to be tested on the first Friday back) are more homophones or near homophones:


Please log on to Spelling Shed to practise these.

Well done on another brilliant term! Have a wonderful break and a very happy Easter 🐰

See you on Monday 17th April

Miss D


Year 5 – 24/03/23

On Wednesday, we were lucky enough to have a science lesson with Mr Friedlander from Dame Alice Owen School. He showed us how to extract DNA from kiwi fruits, which was fascinating!

We also took part in a fun music assembly led by the head of Potters Bar Music Centre, which focussed on rhythm and keeping in time.

In PE this week, we continued our Dances through the Decades unit with 50s and 60s dance moves. There was some brilliant dances and routines, with some fantastic twisting going on!

Here’s the tutorial we used to help us learn the moves. Have another practice at home!

This week’s home learning:

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·         Compare and order fractions less than 1

SPaG Please complete the assignment set on

·         Grammar – Y4 (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 that are homophones













Enjoy your weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

Year 5 – 17/03/23 – Science Week

This year’s British Science Week theme was Connections, so we spent the week exploring lots of different ways that things are connected in science. We spent much of Monday designing and engineering ‘vehicles’ using forces to send a message. Some pairs increased the air resistance of their vehicle; some engineered ziplines and ramps to take advantage of gravity; some created vehicles with wheels with as little friction as possible. There was so much invention and creativity involved, and we had a lot of fun testing them out!

This afternoon, the children had their final Science Week challenge: Set up a sequence of linked events so that initial movement leads to another then another. They displayed great teamwork and innovation!

We also welcomed parents into the school to hear about how they use science in their professions. Thank you to Naomi and Julia’s mum for speaking to us about mental health, to Christoph’s parents for their session about their jobs as vets, and to Mrs Wilson for showing us a range of reptiles and even a couple of dead tarantulas!

Please continue to practise last week’s spellings, and to revise the song words for The Way of the Cross (link to blog post with lyrics and youtube links can be found here).

Have a lovely weekend and a particularly happy Mothers’ Day! 💐

KS2 Way of the Cross – lyrics to learn

Please use the lyrics and links below to learn the songs for the KS2 Way of the Cross service.

Lyric sheet can be found here.

My Soul is Sad

My soul is sad. My heart is breaking tonight.
Could you not watch and comfort me until light?
Am I alone, surrounded only by night?
Could you not watch one hour with me?

Could you not keep awake for one hour with me?
Is it so hard that you should do this for me?
I die for you that you might always be free.
Could you not watch one hour with me?

And so I weep, and there is no one to hear.
I am in pain; will no one witness my tears?
I am your God, and as my Passion draws near,
Could you not watch one hour with me?

Stay With Me

Stay with me
Remain here with me
Watch and pray
Watch and pray

Walk Alone

Take your cross now Jesus man.
Walk the road to Calvary alone.
Your innocence a mockery Nazarene for what crime do you atone?
Walk alone.

Battered bruised and bloodied now, stumbling on the long and dusty road.
Stripped of all your dignity.
This final journey holds a fate well known.
Walk alone.

Death’s dark journey calls your name.
Crown of thorns, crown of shame.
Faces filled with hate and blame.
The good you’ve done forgotten now.

Take your cross now Jesus man. Walk the road to Calvary alone.
Walk alone.
Walk alone.
Walk alone.

Born For This

Born for this. You were born for this.
Born to walk this road and bear that rugged cross.
But it’s breaking my heart to see you like this.
My son, my precious child.
The agony, Oh, the agony.
I see you suff’ring and there’s nothing I can do.
But I’ll walk by your side till we come to the end.
My son my precious child.

I see the anguish in your eyes.
I’ve prayed this cup will pass you by, but I know that it has to be so. Though I don’t understand the reason.
So much pain so much confusion,
but you were born for this,
you were born for this.
My son, my precious child.

Fallen Again

Fallen again. Kneeling in shame.
Frightened, rejected unbearable pain.
Suff’ring in silence such patience unknown, not moving.
Can he go on?
Fallen again. Face to the ground. Soldiers abusing, heckling crowd.
Slowly he rises feet heavy unsure.
Strength fading still he goes on.

All Hail, King of the Jews

O great king O royal one, your cross awaits. Is there anything your majesty desires?
Is your cross too heavy sire?
May I shine your crown?
Let us relieve you of your splendid royal attire!
All hail king of the Jews!
All hail King of the Jews!

Come now king and rest awhile you’ve walked so far!
We bet you’re very glad the journey’s almost done.
We like your regal garments so we’re sharing them around.
Casting lots to see what can be won.
All hail king of the Jews!
All hail king of the Jews!

Murderers and brigands,
We thought we’d seen it all.
Every kind of criminal there can be.
But this one they call Jesus is the strangest of the lot!
A self proclaimed Messiah is he!
All hail King of the Jews!
All hail king of the Jews!
All hail king of the Jews!

Father, Forgive Them

Father forgive them for what they have done. They know not the scale of their crime.
Guilt in their eyes and my blood on their hands.
Forgive them dear father forgive.

Father why have you forsaken your son.
Alone I am left here to die.
My flesh and my spirit both wounded the same. Forgive them dear father forgive.
Eli Eli lama sabachtani. Repeat

Precious Saviour

Precious Saviour laid to rest.
Shattered hopes, such emptiness.
Lifeless Lord. It is over now.

Night has come, the darkest hour.
Our hope has gone.
Here in this stone-cold grave the one we thought would save us, where is solace to be found?
It is over now.
It is over now.

You Know Me

You know me, you formed me, you gave me life.
From darkness you called me, you changed my life.
And even as the sun sinks down I see your light shine through.
For still the stars of heaven shine and I’m alive in you, alive in you.

You know me, I know you we are as one
The old life has ended the new begun.
For in the silent moments in the sunrise, in the fields.
All creation sings in praise and so you are revealed you are revealed.

You know me, You formed me
I’m alive in you alive in you. Repeat


You Are The Way

You are the way
to our Father above!
Jesus send Your Spirit,
help our hearts to love.
You are alive!
You’re our friend and our guide.
We can always trust in you as you’re here
by our side!

At the cross,
forgiveness we pray
for moments when we’ve fallen astray.

Through the cross,
the darkness has passed.
The Lamb of God is light that will last!

We will take up our cross,
it’s a gain, not a loss.
We’ll reach out, love the poor and the lost!