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

Spring term Week 6

Our final week has certainly been busy!

On Monday, we took part in a drama workshop as part of computing week. Year 5 acted out scenarios about purchasing online content without realising.

 

On Wednesday, we visited the Hinu Mandir in Neasdon. It was a beautiful and impressive building. Year 5 were respectful and enjoyed looking at the fine detail that had been carved into the stone.

 

Have a great half term.

 

Mrs Lines

Mini Police

On Thursday, we had a visit from the police of Potters Bar. They invited us to be mini police and let us wear uniforms. They will be coming to visit us every Thursday and we are looking forward to learning more and being inspired by them. We hope they enjoyed the visit to our school.

Evie and Angelina

Spring Week 5

Year 5 have continued to build on their understanding of the sacraments of healing this week. We were lucky enough to have a visit from Fr Shaun to explain the sacrament of anointing the sick and he brought along his kit to show us. The children listened well and asked some interesting questions. Later in the week, the children brought their knowledge of the sacraments together to create a podcast. I was really impressed with how they worked together to produce some really interesting pieces about how the sacraments offer healing to our world. We will be editing and recording these next week and will share them on the school website when they are complete.

In science, we have been developing our enquiry skills by designing an investigation that required using repeated measures. Year 5 made gyros that they dropped to find out if surface area affects how fast an object falls. We had some interesting results! Year 5 were able to identify some strange data and saw how taking repeated measures created a more reliable result.

To end our week, we learned about copyright and plagiarism as part of Safer Internet Day. Year 5 now know the symbols to look out for and how they can avoid infringing copyright.

Have a great weekend

Spring Term Week 4

In Year 5 this week, we were visited by Hertfordshire School Partnership to talk about keeping safe online. The children listened well and asked questions to help improve their understanding of internet safety. Year 5 were introduced to new concepts, such as having a digital footprint. I hope the session that was run for parents following our talk was helpful to those who attended.

In maths, we have continued with our fraction learning and have made links to how they are used in everyday life. We learnt that 10p is a tenth of £1 and 1p was a hundredth. With this information, the children took part in an investigation into how 76 hundreds could be made using coins and developed their understanding the relationship between tenths and hundredths.

In R.E, we have begun learning about the Sacraments of healing. This week, we focused on Reconciliation. Year 5 made booklets about what the Sacrament is and shared them with Year 3. We hope this will support them as they near the time of celebrating this sacrament for the first time.

Our week came to a snowy end. The children had a fantastic time playing outside.

 

Spring Term Week 3

Another week has flown by in Year 5. We have been very busy thinking about what it means to be sacramental people and seeing where we could find God in our local area. On Wednesday, Year 5 took a walk to Darkes Lane and were able to identify where they could see God in nature and through others. Once we returned to school, we then thought about where we see God in our own lives and how we let God act through us.  Later in the week, we developed this idea by discussing social dilemmas and what we should or would do. The children were very reflective and made thoughtful contributions.

On Thursday, along with the rest of the school, we were visited by Bishop John Sherington. Year 5 asked some fantastic questions and listened thoughtfully to his responses.

In science, we continued our new topic on forces. We investigated air resistance by dropping paper with different surface areas from a height and timing their fall. Next week, Year 5 will use this knowledge to develop their own investigations relating both surface area and air resistance.

Year 5 have really been enjoying our new class text. ‘Boy in the Tower’ is a mystery story about buildings in Camberwell suddenly falling.  It is narrated by the main character, a young boy named Ade, who lives a challenging life. The children have shown great empathy for this character and have appreciated how lucky they are to be so well taken care of.

 

Have a great weekend

 

Mrs Lines

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