Miss Wignall and Mrs Johnson welcome you to the Year 5 page. We look forward to showing you all of the wonderful things that happen in our class throughout the year.
Autumn Term 2015
The school day begins with registration at 8.55 am and we really appreciate prompt time-keeping to get the children off to a good start. Each day we begin with reinforcing important skills in Maths and English so it is vital that your child is in on time and ready to learn.
Reading books should be brought in daily as the children will be asked to read throughout the week. It is important that the children read to an adult each night and their diaries should be signed and a comment written to inform of their progress. In addition to listening to your child read, you must also help to develop their comprehension skills. A list of questions that you can ask your child can be found by clicking on the attachment below.
Homework is given out on a Thursday and needs to be handed in on Monday. Spellings are given out on a Friday and tested the following Thursday. In addition, the children may also be given Big Write homework during the week. This allows the children to discuss and plan their writing with an adult, ready for their session in class the following morning. We really appreciate the time that you take as it makes a real difference to the children’s writing.
The children go swimming each Tuesday. It is important that earrings are taken out prior to this as otherwise children will be unable to join in with the lesson due to Health and Safety rules at the baths.
PE takes place each Friday and it is important that the children have their full kit in school for the lesson. Jewellery may not be worn during PE.
Wednesday 9th September – Polling day for school council elections
Friday 11th September – Mission Statement Day
Monday 14th September – Egyptian Play in a Day
Friday 18th September – Mass to celebrate the Feast of St Robert Bellarmine
Wednesday 30th September – Trip to Crosby Lakeside
Monday 5th October – Retreat day at Savio Salesian College
Thursday 8th October - Crucial Crew session (pm only) at Formby PDC
Monday 12th October – Trip to Liverpool Museum (Ancient Egypt)
Friday 23rd October – Break up for half term
Some Year 5 children helped to plan and deliver a lovely Collective Worship for our Mission Statement Day. They thought carefully about the ways in which they are 'God's Work of Art' and linked this to the Parable of the Pencil.
The Year 5 children experienced a fantastic day and learnt many interesting facts about the Ancient Egyptians. A specialist theatre company led a fun-filled day and the children were transported back to Ancient Egypt. All children participated extremely well and enjoyed learning their lines and various songs throughout the day. After a quick dress rehearsal, it was time to perform our show to our audience!
The children enjoy discussing philosophical questions each morning during registration. They also participate in weekly philosophy lessons which allow the children to construct their own philosophical questions. They often discuss various social and moral issues, enabling them to express their views and opinions while listening and respecting other children’s views too. Philosophy allows the children to develop the skills of being both critical and caring.
Year 5 had a fantastic day at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. The children and staff enjoyed participating in activities such as bell boating and rock climbing.
The children had a fantastic retreat day at Savio Salesian College. They participated in a number of different activities during the day and learnt a lot of interesting facts.
The children enjoyed a Design Technology day which linked in with our current topic Ancient Egypt. The day was led by a specialist DT teacher who taught the children to enhance their skills whilst designing and making a sarcophagus.
As part of Friendship Fortnight, the children helped to deliver a special Collective Worship to the rest of the school. They thought carefully about how to deliver the message that friendship is a special bond and that it is important to forgive friends when they may have hurt you. They also created their own acrostic poems and decorated a friendship tree to use as part of their focus table.
Viking Play in a Day
The children were lucky enough to experience another fantastic Play in a Day and learnt many interesting facts about the Vikings. A specialist theatre company led a fun-filled day and the children were transported back to the time when the Vikings invaded Britain. All children participated really well and enjoyed performing their play to the rest of the school.
The children spent the week looking at persuasive language in the build up to writing persuasively. A special game allowed the class to show what they already knew about this topic. We then looked at examples of persuasive writing and highlighted the key features. Once the children were familiar with the language that is used in this genre, they were split into groups. They discussed key questions and were able to successfully use persuasive words and phrases when voicing their opinions.
The second part of the week saw the children being split into three groups. They used their computing skills to research key facts about the topic fox hunting. One group researched facts in favour of fox hunting, another group looked at arguments against and the final group were the County Council who researched both sides of the argument. Once the facts had been gathered, the children drafted and edited their speeches before working in their groups to design and make banners to support their arguments.
Finally it was time for the big debate! The children were excited and were reminded of the success criteria for delivering their speeches. The classroom was set up and the children took their places. All involved delivered their speeches extremely well and lots of persuasive words and phrases, emotive language and rhetorical questions were used throughout. The debate was filmed using the iPad and the children were able to self assess their work against the success criteria at the end of the week.
Mrs Mistry visited our class to teach the children more about Hinduism. They enjoyed dressing up in the traditional Indian clothing and creating henna tattoos.
We have been learning about Brazil during our Geography lessons this term and the children enjoyed performing a Brazilian dance during a special assembly. Thank you to Mrs Hardman for helping to choreograph the dance.
The children should be extremely proud of their homework projects. A lot of thought and creativity was given and it was evident that the children had dedicated a lot of time to their task.
As part of our topic, the children spent time presenting their work and explaining many wonderful facts that they had researched about rainforests throughout the world.
During problem solving lessons this term, the children have been busy working on logic problems and puzzles.
They have also used their knowledge of multiples, factors, prime numbers, composite numbers, square and cube numbers to help solve some challenging mathematical problems.