St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Wetherby

Autumn 1

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Our first topic this year has been focused on ‘Gifts from God’. We learnt what it means to be a co-creator and a de-creator which made us consider our own actions. We learnt all about the story of creation and we created links as to why it is important to care for creation. The children have been incredibly thoughtful with this topic and have linked this idea closely when leading their own class worships.

Maths

Wow! Considering we have had one half term we have learnt certainly a lot! We focused strongly on number and place value and we have been learning to read and write numbers up to a million. Furthermore, as well as other important facts, we learnt about formal methods for the four operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication). This has involved some enormous answers.

English

We began by focusing on the fantastic Hercules which was linked to our history topic. The children learnt some excellent vocabulary choices to use and even wrote their own myths!

We also had a visit from a company to watch a live play of ‘Twelfth Night’. The children (and adults too!) had the best time watching this and lots of children even said ‘Shakespeare is the best!’

We have since been writing in role and the children have had to use all their emotions to step in the shoes of Malvolio, Sebastian and Viola.

Topic

We have begun the year focusing on the life of the Ancient Greeks. We started by have been looking at chronology for world history then we applied our new understanding of these by putting events from Ancient Greece on a timeline. The children have also begun to focus on two very different areas of Ancient Greece; Athens and Sparta. The children researched these very different places and their values and found out that they couldn’t have been much more different! The children then wrote in role as a Spartan.

Science

We have been learning all about the Earth, Moon and Sun. We looked at their shape and sizes and were suitably impressed at the enormity of the sun! Afterwards, we became mini experts and created our own educational videos to explain Earth’s orbit.

Autumn 2

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This half term our focus is, ‘The Ten Commandments’. We began by reflecting what life would be like without rules. We created some abstract art to reflect a life with or without rules and the children were able to describe the reasoning behind their ideas beautifully.
Below are the photos to show this.

Collective Worship

Year 5 have continued to plan and deliver their own collective worships for a Wednesday and Thursday. The children are very reflective in their choices and they should be very proud of their excellent reflections.
As a class, we also learnt about our class saint, St Térèse of Lisieux. Have a look at our newly decorated prayer corner to reflect, ‘The Little Flower’

English

For this half term, we have begun to learn all about newspapers and their features. We certainly have some journalists in the making! The children have created some headlines and straps so far which were all about current events.

Robinson Crusoe

Year 5 had a great trip to the cinema to see ‘Robinson Crusoe’. During Spring 1 we will be using this as a stimulus for our writing. Watch this space!

Maths

What a busy half term! We have worked so hard on developing our new knowledge of number. The children have worked extremely hard on square and cube numbers. They particularly enjoyed the song we learnt for this area of our learning.
Afterwards, we have begun to work on our understanding of fractions. Again, we have been using songs to learn about this- it is definitely the most enjoyable way! The children have begun to learn about equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, ordering fractions and they have begun to find fraction and decimal equivalences.

Science

We have finished our ‘Earth, space and beyond’ topic which was a huge hit with the children! We are now moving onto properties and their materials. We have begun this topic by testing out materials to see if they dissolve. This is a great topic as it involves lots of investigations. We will continue this topic in the spring term- we have lots to do!

Computing

Mrs Waterhouse is always very impressed with Year 5’s capabilities with computing and they have continued to impress! This half term they have worked on creating flow diagrams. They created flow diagrams linking to our space topic. They are now experts at flow charts and the phases of the moon.

Topic

We have continued with our Ancient Greece topic and been getting hands on with some artefacts. We thought carefully about these and asked questions about the artefacts. Furthermore, we have researched about the beliefs of the Ancient Greeks and compared them their lives to our own. I don’t think anyone in our class would trade places!

PE

Year 5 won class of the week on week 2 of this half term for their sportsmanship and hard work. Well done Year 5!

PSHE

First Aid Training Last week, Year 5 were given some training by St John’s ambulance. The children learnt all about the importance of knowing about this and they learnt about how to react in an emergency situation. The children loved the morning and worked so hard to learn the important facts. Please see the pictures to see just how much they learnt!

Spring 1

 

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This half term our focus is, ‘Inspirational People’. We began this topic by learning what it means to be inspirational. We learnt about a character called Aunty Margaret who showed great care for everyone and was a true follower of Jesus. We reflected on the people in our lives who are inspirational and we thought about what qualities they have the make them so. Take a look in our gallery below to see some of our brilliant medals we have awarded to these people.

Collective Worship

Year 5 are continuing to plan their own Collective Worship. We led the Key Stage 2 worship on the 17th January  and the children were exceptional at planning their own message and finding a song and reading to link to this. We thought carefully about keeping our promised to Jesus and reflected on our own choices.

English

Our classroom is buzzing the it comes to writing at the moment! We have some very enthusiastic writes and editors. We have had a really strong focus on editing and improving our writing and the children are beginning to feel really proud with the work the complete. We have had a big focus on subordinate classes so far and I look forward to the children beginning to apply this in their own writing.

Our focus is persuasive writing this half term. We began by developing our understanding of persuasive language. Year 5 are naturals- one group nearly convinced me that I needed to by an odd sock from them! We will continue with this writing and Year 5 will begin to write persuasive letters to convince the reader to need to visit some of the most uninhabitable areas of the rainforest.

Maths

To begin this half term, Year 5 have worked really hard on their understanding of division. Lots of children said they felt so much more confident. This is tricky when we are working with such large numbers!

We have now moved onto mixed numbers and improper fractions. We began by watching a video so we knew the difference between them. We talk about them now like these characters are real people! We will continue to work on this and then begin to apply our new knowledge when adding, subtracting and multiplying decimals.

 

Science

 

Computing

Robbie the Robot was a fantastic start to our half term. We were enthralled by his abilities to be programmed and retell (with great expression!) the story we had written with expression. It was incredible to have first hand experience with seeing a robot being programmed.

As well as working with Robbie, the children have begun some graphics work on the computers. It has taken a lot of hard work and focus to achieve some great results!

Topic

Our topic this half term is taking us to the rainforest! So far, we have begun to develop our knowledge of the continents and oceans of the world. This was no easy task as the children had to use the iPads and atlas’ to ensure that their work was accurate. After that, we completed some research about the layers of the rainforest. The children learnt about how the vegetation vastly changes with each layer and that there are many colourful but deadly creatures that lurk here.

We have also began our DT project of developing our sewing skills with creating a caterpillars soft toy. The children will be developing their knowledge of the different stitches there are in order to produce a high quality product. Keep your eyes out for the pictures as our toys progress.

PE

This half term we have have our PE lessons on a Friday and swimming on a Thursday. Fingers crossed we earn class of the week soon for our efforts and team work!

PSHE

This half term we will be having a school visitor who will be teaching us all about fire and road safety.

Pants are private

This half term, we looked at the important matters that our pants are private. Year 5 decorated pants to show what they had learnt. For more information about this, please see the NSPCC website.

Anti bullying week

Year 5 began with a simple activity where the children gained a greater understanding about the feelings we may feel if we are a victim or if we see bullying in the playground. The children really thought about this matter carefully and understood the range of emotions we may feel. We also enjoyed a drama activity where the children had to role play either bullying, being mean, being rude or being kind. We then acted this out to our peers who had to guess which one they were modelling.  Year 5 then made informative anti-bullying posters to get the message across.

 

Spring 2

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Our topic this half term is ‘Reconciliation’. So far, we have considered our own actions and the impact this has on others and ourselves. Year 5 really thought carefully about this and the impact it had; some children even said that reflecting again on these choices made them even more sure they wouldn’t do it again!

During Lent, we have focused as a class (and school!) to remember why this is such an important time of the year. We have relooked at the stations of the cross and discussed how important they are. As a school, we have all focused on these to create some artworks. Here are just a snapshot of Year 5’s!

English

World Book Day

The children had a fabulous day on World Book Day! They looked wonderful in their costumes and we had a great time discussing new books we hadn’t heard of as well as trying to guess which character we all were.

 

During World Book Day, we looked at the story from the willow plate. We learnt about what the story was and we began to plan our own. We are currently in the middle of drawing these onto our own plates as well as writing our own.

Maths

Lately, we have been taking our Maths learning outside! Take a look at the calculations we completed!

We also learnt how to translate points on a grid. We decided to draw a grid, make ourselves the point then right down our new coordinates.

 

Science

In Science , Year 5 focused on what it means for something to be a ‘solution’. We tested different materials to see if they were soluble or not. We then used this to write up an experiment and we focused on our understanding of fair testing and reliable results.

Next stop, forces!

Topic

Trip to Tropical World

We had such a great day at Tropical World! The children thoroughly enjoyed the different activities that they took part in. To begin our day, we started by going into the woodlands and searching the different leaves to see the different trees that were in the area. After that, we moved onto finding out about the trees. This even involved asking the tree how old it was. Because the tree didn’t answer,  we had to measure its trunk,  then divide it to find out. Most of the trees were nearly 100 years old! After our lunches, we then had a trip into Tropical World so that we could see the animals that we might come across if we went to the rainforest. The children had so much fun searching and finding the animals!

 

PE

This half term the children have began to start their learning journey with dance. They enjoyed their first session where they learnt a simple routine. Well,  it seemed pretty simple until Miss Clilverd tried to have a go!

Show and Share

Y5 Show and Share (March 2017) Parent Questionnaire Analysis

100% of the parents said they found the session useful. Comments included:

  • I have a better understanding of how maths is taught.
  • It was great to see how much fun the children have while learning!
  • Great to see how the children work their maths out- now I do too!
  • It was useful to know how the lessons are differentiated for my child.
  • Helpful to understand methodology and how to support learning in a fun way.

The parents said that the following worked well in the session:

  • Talking through the game.
  • It was lovely to work in a pair with my child.
  • Recognising how to make learning fun.
  • I thought the millions bingo was a good idea!
  • Being able to help my child how to work out the question.
  • The maths game helped to improve my child’s confidence.
  • Observing how to engage the children.
  • All of it!

100% of the parents said that the session had given them ideas about how to support their child at home. The parents shared that they will use more games and online quizzes.

What would you change about the session?

All the comments from parents were positive; some extra suggestions were made:

  • I would like to have more of them in other subjects.
  • To have them each year.
  • A longer session (only because we enjoyed it so much!)

100% of the parents said that they found the resources given useful. Some parents mentioned that it was very useful too.

Sample of other comments:

  • Really enjoyed it. Thank you!
  • Really lovely hour.
  • Just need to do the other lessons now so that I can learn more!
  • Very encouraged at how engaged children are by the teacher.
  • Thank you to the staff for taking time to demonstrate. It was very helpful and a good insight.

Robinwood Residential Visit

Dear Miss. L. Milivojevic,
My name is Marty and  I work at Robinwood. I was the course leader for your year five.
I just wanted to say what a privilege it was working with the teachers and pupils. They were great ambassadors for your school. They can hold their heads high; their behaviour, their manners, the way they worked together was for me the best year five and school I have worked with in my time at Robinwood in the last six years. Please let their parents know this and just to say thank you.
Say hi to them all when they get back.
Yours faithfully
Marty

 

Summer 1

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Holiday and feel all rested ready for this half term! Time is flying in Year 5 ad I am sure Year 5 will continue to stun me with their positive, hardworking attitudes.

 

 

RE

Our topic this half term is ‘Life in the Risen Lord’. The children have so far retold the story of Jesus’ resurrection.

   

 

English

Last half term, we had a fantastic visit from M&M productions who gave us a live performance of Oliver Twist! During this half term we will focus on this text to help develop our writing skills.

 

Maths

We have turned our attention to shape this half term! We began with some work using new shape vocabulary.

  

We also learnt all about different types of triangle. The children had to identify the type of triangle and colour it in with the correct colour to match. They really had to use their ruler skills too because I had tried to trick them lots of times!

Science

This week, year 5 are completing an investigation about friction. Keep an eye out for some photos!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/forces/read/1/

 

Computing

Year 5 are designing websites this half term. These websites will have a maths focus. I’m sure with their excellent computer skills, Year 5 will not fail to impress!

The children have also been working really hard in music. The have worked hard on composing their own music. Last week they performed their amazing work. Mrs Riordan was really impressed with what they had achieved!

Topic

We are learning all about Vikings this half term! Please encourage your child to use the following links to help develop their learning. The children could also visit the local library and complete their own research too. They’ll be fascinated to compare their own lives to the life of a Viking!

http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/vikings.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/ztyr9j6

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/vikings/

 

PE

  

PSHE

 

Visit from a language teacher

 

During the first week of the half term, we had a visit from Mrs Wall who is a languages teacher in a high school. The children were instantly captivated within the lesson and had a great time learning how to say the different parts of the body in german. A ‘fantastiche’ effort from the class to learn a new language!