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Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 webpage.


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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.


General Information


Autumn Term 2014:


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 Numeracy and Literacy 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 in Literacy, Numeracy and Spellings are given every Friday to be handed in on Monday. In addition, the children may also be given Big Writing homework on a Thursday. 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.


Children keep their spellings for a week and are tested each Friday.  




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.



Important Dates and Events


 Thursday 25th September 2014 - Retreat at Savio


Friday 26th September 2014 - Macmillan Coffee morning

All are welcome to help raise funds for a very deserving charity.


10th October 2014 - Colomendy Fun Run


Monday 20th and Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - Pupil Progress Meetings


Wednesday 22nd October – The children will be working with a DT expert during the afternoon. They will be designing and making Viking Longboats – pictures to follow!





Viking Play in a Day

On Thursday 18th September, the Year 5 children experienced a fantastic 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 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 the Year 3 children!

Pictures from the day, along with a video of the performance can be found below. We hope that you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed performing it!

Collective Worship
Some Year 5 children helped to plan and deliver a wonderful 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 Talents. Pictures can be seen below:
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Retreat to Savio

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. Pictures from the day can be seen below.

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The children enjoy Philosophy lessons each week and many even attend the P4C after school club too!

The lessons involve a variety of different games and allow the children to construct their own philosophical questions.  They then discuss many 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.

Our Fun Philosophy Lessons!

Learning about Judaism

The children enjoyed working in groups to write their own play scripts based on the novel There's a Boy in The Girls' Bathroom. They then performed these to the rest of the class. 

Viking Longboats

The children enjoyed working with a specialist DT teacher to design and make their own Viking longboat. They worked hard and demonstrated excellent creative skills throughout the session. Pictures from the afternoon can be seen below:

ChildLine Assembly


The children took part in a special assembly which was led by members of the ChildLine team. They discussed things that make young people worried, upset or anxious and were given activity booklets to work on.

Next week, they will be involved in a workshop which will build on what they learnt throughout the assembly.


The children enjoyed learning how to use Flowol during their Computing lesson. The session was led by a specialist teacher who helped to develop their programming skills. The class will continue to enhance these skills over the next few Computing lessons.

Friendship Collective Worship

As part of Friendship Fortnight, the children helped to deliver a special Collective Worship based on the theme friends 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 some of these were used for the focus table display.

Pictures from this can be seen below:

Remembrance Day Collective Worship

The children displayed reverence and respect during our class Collective Worship to remember all those who had lost their lives during the war and in more recent conflicts. They also thought carefully about those who continue to serve for their country today and offered special prayers of thanks.

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Rainforest Projects

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 the afternoon presenting their work and explaining many wonderful facts that they had researched about rainforests throughout the world.

Pictures showing the fantastic work can be seen below:

Sierra Leone Fun Run Afternoon

Wow! What a fantastic afternoon! The children made a real effort dressing up in the colours of the Sierra Leone flag. They thoroughly enjoyed participating in the various activities which included: running, dancing and football skills as well as cheering on children from other local schools whilst snacking on their refreshments.  Many thanks to all those who donated to our fundraising campaign.

Pictures from the afternoon can be seen below:

Victorian Christmas

The children stepped back in time and enjoyed an afternoon at Croxteth Hall for a Victorian Christmas experience. All children looked fantastic in their beautiful outfits and were able to see what Christmas was really like for children in the Victorian era.

Class Assembly

The children should be so proud of themselves! They delivered their assembly with confidence and maturity. Check out the pictures below:

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The children in Year 5 represented our school at the annual Advent Carol Service at the Metropolitan Cathedral which was led by All Hallows Catholic High School. It was a beautiful and interactive service in which our children participated in singing traditional Christmas songs whilst waving stars that they had made. The children displayed excellent behaviour and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon!

Spanish Christmas Carol

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The children have been busy learning a traditional Spanish Christmas Carol during their Spanish sessions. We then filmed them singing it and sent it to our partner school in Spain. We hope you enjoy watching it!
Please click on the link below to access the words to the song.

The children from our partner school in Spain sent us a video of their Christmas songs. Please click on the link below to view the clip.


Making gingerbread biscuits

The children enjoyed making biscuits to sell at the Christmas Fair. They used their literacy and numeracy skills to measure the ingredients and follow instructions and then discussed what they have learnt in science about the process of melting. Once the biscuits were ready, the children used their excellent artistic skills to decorate them!
During our RE lesson, the children used the iPads to research the story of Jesus' birth.They compared and contrasted the story which is told by Luke and Matthew and were able to discuss the similarities and differences of these two Gospel Writers.

Pop Club

Some of the Year 5 children attend Pop Club after school. They performed some of the songs that they have been learning during our assembly. Their singing was beautiful.

The children have worked extremely hard this term and we are delighted with the effort and progress that they have made. To end the term, they enjoyed a special party day which included a DVD, disco and party food! We would like to take this opportunity to thank the children and parents and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Eight Year 5 girls went to The Hawthorne’s to represent our school in a basketball competition. During the morning, they received coaching from specialist sports teachers who taught them new skills. After lunch, they took part in their competitive games and plated really well. As a result, the girls finished joint 3rd – well done girls!

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.


 The children enjoyed using Skype to talk to their friends in Spain. They held conversations in Spanish and were able to share different facts about the city of Liverpool.

 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.

The children enjoyed using the programming software as part of their computing lessons and created and controlled different sprites (characters) during the session.

Problem Solving

During numeracy, the children used their knowledge of multiples, factors, fractions, composite numbers, prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers to help solve some challenging mathematical problems.

Thesaurus Work

The children watched the video clip ‘The Lighthouse’ and enjoyed discussing suitable adjectives to describe the setting. To improve their words even more, they used a thesaurus to up-level their words and then placed these into the zones of relevance. The children in each group were really competitive to see who could find the best (and most suitable) adjectives!

USA Assembly

The children worked extremely hard preparing their assembly on our topic of USA.

Egyptian Play In A Day

The children impressed us with their science projects this week! They all worked really hard and used their creative skills to help design and make a rocket. The children enjoyed presenting their finished work to the class and could confidently talk about how they constructed their space models and discussed the materials that they used. Well done children! Also, thank you to the parents for helping them with their homework project!

Bronze Ambassador Awards

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Two Year Five pupils were chosen to become sports ambassadors and recently received the bonze award as part of their training. Well done!  
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.

Easter Bonnet Competition

The children worked really hard to design and make their Easter bonnets. It was a really tough decision to choose two winners. Well done to all those who took part!

Numeracy Treasure Hunt

 The children enjoyed watching the video clip 'Treasure' and constructed a great philosophical question: Does everyone deserve a home? This was discussed at length and many different moral and social issues were raised.

The next day, the children thought carefully about the character, Esther, from the film and discussed key questions about her feelings throughout the clip. The children all wrote a question that they would like to ask Esther and we used the hot-seat to answer these questions in character role. Finally, the children planned and wrote a diary entry as though they were Esther.

Collective Worship

A special visit from Bishop Tom Williams

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On Thursday, Year 5 had a great day at the International Slavery Museum,  Albert Dock. The children enjoyed a tour of the museum and completed a Human Rights trail to further their knowledge. The tour guide commented on the excellent behaviour of our children and was really impressed by their knowledge and the answers that were given!


The next stop was the educational Human Rights classroom based session in which the children worked in groups to discuss different rights such as: the right to free speech, the right to play and the right to an education. Again, the leader of this session was equally impressed by the children’s ideas and philosophical answers! The children finished the session by creating and presenting posters that they had made in their groups.

We had a special visit from the school nurse who spoke to the children about the importance of keeping a healthy lifestyle. The class enjoyed discussing the different ways that they keep healthy before participating in a range of activities.

Elite Soccer Awards

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Well done to all those children who received their special awards for participating in Elite Soccer after school club!

Year 5 had a fantastic day at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. After changing into our wetsuits we were ready for a fun-filled day! The children (and staff) enjoyed a range of activities including bell boating, kayaking and using stand up paddle boards!

 On Tuesday, the children completed the first part of their cycling proficiency. Over the course of the day, they developed their riding skills as well as gaining new skills and developing their confidence when cycling safely on the roads around the local area of our school. The children are looking forward to completing the second part of their training next week.

A group of talented children from English Martyrs Catholic Primary School visited us to demonstrate their excellent drumming skills. We were very impressed by their abilities!

The children in Year 5 enjoyed learning how to play the djembe drum and created a short piece of music which they presented to the rest of the school. It was a fantastic afternoon! A huge thank you to the children and staff from English Martyrs.

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Seven Year 5 girls represented our school during a recent football tournament which was held at Goals Sports Club. They played extremely well and should be really proud of their efforts.  During the morning, they were lucky enough to meet Liverpool Ladies striker, Natasha Dowie who gave them some good advice.
The children enjoyed a role-play session during Spanish this week. One child played the role of the customer while the other acted as the café owner.  First they were taught how to order different items in the café and pay for these using Euros. They then extended their knowledge by working out and giving change. It was a thoroughly enjoyable lesson!