Year 5 had the opportunity to read out the excellent letters that they produced, which were based on their class text ‘Floodland.’
Year 5 had the opportunity to read out the excellent letters that they produced, which were based on their class text ‘Floodland.’
Year 5 had the opportunity to read out the excellent letters that they produced, which were based on their class text ‘Floodland.’
During P.E lesson, Year 5 enjoyed working as a team in a competitive game of rounders.
On Friday, Year 5 developed their understanding of emotional development and how it changes as people go through different life stages, from being a baby to old age. There was some really interesting points raised during a class discussion. For example, some children suggested strategies that could be used to help a toddler who was feeling unsettled.
During their P.E session, Year 5 learned about the rules of rounders and then participated in a range of games, which helped them to improve their teamwork skills.
Earlier today, Year 5 studied the work of Ansel Adams, who was famous for photographing a range of different of landscapes. They then applied what they learned to creating their own North American landscapes using collage techniques.
This week, Year 5 participated in a challenging bat and ball skill session with a specialist coach.
During their Native American lesson, Year 5 learned about how the Native Americans created rain dances to influence the weather. Year 5 then created their own rain dances with a variety of musical instruments and dance moves.
In their computing lesson, Year 5 worked on programming different sprites to carry out different functions and used loops to ensure their code was efficient.
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed participating in a range of bat and ball exercises during this week’s P.E. lesson.
This week, Year 5 used personification, cohesive devices and show not tell techniques during their Literacy lessons to write about the main character from the ‘Swing of Change’ film clip.
In science, Year 5 looked at how gears, levers and pulleys worked and then designed their own contraption to carry out everyday activities from making a cup of tea to watering a plant.
Year 5 used a range of sequencing and repeating algorithms in order to complete a range of tasks.
During their numeracy lesson, Year 5 used practical resources to develop their understanding of cube numbers.
This week, Year 5 carried out a scientific investigation to understand the effect of air resistance.
During Lego Club, children thoroughly enjoyed constructing exercise models for the obstacle course.
During their R.E lesson, Year 5 created posters to reflect the different Stations of the Cross.
Year five thoroughly enjoyed developing their passing and tackling skills during a football session with a P.E specialist.
On Tuesday afternoon, a group of Year 5s demonstrated great teamwork, innovation and problem solving skills during their first Lego Club session.
As part of science week, Year 5 enjoyed researching female inventors, debating the use of selective breeding and writing a set of instructions on how to make a cloud.
For World Book Day, Year 5 designed a chocolate bar, baked some delicious rocky roads and then created a persuasive advert to promote their new invention.
Year 5 had a marvellous first week back at school! They began the week by looking at useful strategies for dealing with stressful situations.
In their Victorian topic, Year 5 compared Victorian homes with modern day homes and used their art skills to create a Victorian street.
This week, Year 5 used fraction strips to develop an understanding of how to add fractions that have different denominators.
During a science lesson, Year 5 studied the different lunar phases and researched interesting facts about the moon.
During their P.E lesson, Year 5 worked on developing their hand eye coordination and tactical awareness skills.
In their creative lesson, Year 5 learned about the importance of Fair Trade Goods and how it can dramatically impact the life opportunities of individuals and communities.
In P.E, Year 5 focused on developing their flexibility by participating in a yoga tutorial.
During their computing lesson, Year 5 completed a comic strip to demonstrate what type of online safety problems can be encountered and how they can be resolved.
In Literacy, Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed writing a non-chronological report about the planet Pandora and the creatures that live there.
In computing, Year 5 children planned a story based on an internet safety issue. This helped them to understand what the character was doing wrong and what approach they could take next time to avoid making the same mistake. For example, knowing the importance of not opening spam emails.
As part of Mental Health week, Year 5 considered ways that help improve/maintain mental health and participated in activities that help to relax.
During their Victorian lesson, Year 5 considered arguments for and against the building of railways by using a range of historical sources such as: graphs, advertisements and public documents related to the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway Company.
On Monday, Year 5 used concrete resources to help them understand fractions of amounts.
In Science, Year 5 learned the order of the planets in our solar system and discovered some intriguing facts about each planet.
During a Victorian history lesson, Year 5 used a range of primary sources of information to determine who was to blame for the death of Victorian worker called Lizzie Dowson.
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed participating in a range of aerobic activities during their P.E lesson.
During a computing safety lesson, Year 5 looked carefully at why it is important to have safe, secure passwords and how to create them.
In science, Year 5 developed their understanding of how we know the Sun, Earth and Moon are Spherical. They then used a range of evidence sources to write an explanation of the flat Earth theory and the spherical Earth theory.
During their creative lesson, Year 5 considered the cause and effects of different Victorian inventions.
Year 5 had a wonderful day wearing their Christmas jumpers. They enjoyed making Christingles and understanding their use as a symbolic object for Advent.
In their topic lesson, Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed sketching Ancient Egyptian pharaohs inside the model tombs.
In R.E, they researched facts about Jesus’ family tree and learned about Mary meeting her cousin Elizabeth to inform her of the good news.
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed carrying out their Christmas craft activities.
In computing, Year 5 watched a video about cyberbullying and then discussed the issues that arose. In particular, they looked at how cyberbullying can impact on a person’s well-being and what they should do if they experience cyberbullying themselves.
Year 5 started their advent topic by learning about the importance of having patience when waiting on different events to happen.
During their P.E lessons, Year 5 enjoyed learning the ‘Hakka’ and creating different sequences during their dance and gymnastic lessons.
In numeracy, Year 5 used concrete equipment to investigate a special set of numbers known as squared and cubed numbers.
During their Ancient Egyptian topic lesson , Year 5 started to create a modelled ancient Egyptian tomb using a range of equipment.
Year 5 used a hundred number square to investigate all the prime numbers between 0 and 100. They discovered some interesting facts and patterns by working systematically.
After reading a chapter about Auggie being homeschooled, Year five discussed and then debated reasons for and against Auggie attending school.
Well done to these two pupils from Year 5 who have demonstrated great progress in their ability to play the violin since the beginning of the year.
During their computing lessons, Year 5 studied animated scenarios about being safe online. They then discussed top tips on how to stay safe online such as always being respectful to others, never sharing personal details and never befriending someone online that they do not know.
In science, Year 5 discovered some fascinating facts about the process of metamorphism. Interestingly, some pupils had actually carried out experiments at home to explore this topic and therefore were given an opportunity to share their insightful knowledge about their experiences to the class.
During their music lesson, Year 5 made a wonderful effort towards showcasing their ukulele skills on an individual basis and as part of a group.
Year 5 continued to develop their understanding of debugging and algorithms during their computing lesson.
As a class, Year 5 used their artistic skills to add colour to their sketching’s of Ancient Egyptian objects.
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed learning about famous ukulele players and new musical notations.
In an art lesson, Year 5 learned about how famous Egyptologists, such as Howard Carter, used sketching to record the details of famous objects.
Year 5 participated in a range of exciting indoor golf activities during their P.E lesson.
Year 5 looked enjoyed using historical maps to determine whether the Ancient Egyptians and Ancients Greeks had an awareness of one another.
It was a great day for developing some key hand eye coordination skills during a golf session.
The children had a wonderful time on World Book Day. In the morning, the children used their Literacy and Numeracy skills to crack codes and ‘escape from the library’. Following this, we held a quiz all about books. In the afternoon, the children produced some fantastic art work as they used chalk to recreate Hogwarts at night. Well done!
Lots of the Year 5 children cashed in their dojos on Friday to share a final farewell school dinner with Miss Crawford and Miss Mullen. The children really enjoyed having the opportunity to spend some extra time with Miss Crawford and Miss Mullen and also enjoyed having their dinner in the Year 5 classroom.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Y5 liturgy on Friday. The children were keen to share what they have been learning in their topic of ‘Sources’ which has explored the Bible and all its different parts. The children read beautifully, carried out a role-play for the feeding of the 5000, shared their different gifts and talents and finished with a hymn. Well done!
The children had a great time as they visited the Victoria Tunnel / Ouseburn as part of their creative topic on the Victorians.
The children had the opportunity to see, hold and discuss objects from the Victorian era including money and a teacher’s cane. Next, they visited the Victoria tunnel and learned how it was built and what it was used for. This also included a spooky story that was told in absolute darkness! After this, the children explored the Ouseburn area to see how it had changed from the Victorian era. We also thought about how the river Tyne had been used in the past and how this had changed too. Finally, we had the chance to visit Ouseburn farm, spend some time at a local park and buy a few things from the Seven Stories shop. Thankfully the weather was okay with just a light drizzle. What a fantastic day!
‘Communion’ means ‘being at one with’. The celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of being at one with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as well as being at one with one another. It is about God making the world holy and of people offering worship to God. The Eucharist is a memorial of Jesus’ sacrifice. Jesus’ sacrifice unites the whole Church, those in Heaven and those on earth and makes it one Church.
That is why, in the Eucharist, prayer reference is made to Mary and all the saints. There are three Eucharistic prayers written specially for children. We read the text of the third. As we read the text, we considered all the words and phrases that speak about communion (friendship) and all the people with whom the Christian family are joined in communion.
The children then made a PowerPoint presentation/guide for younger children about Eucharistic Prayer III, so that they will understand it better when they hear it prayed.
We began the lesson by considering the word ‘communion’. We discussed what it meant and other words that were similar e.g. relationship, empathy, unity, union, one with… etc. We then thought about what ‘in communion with Jesus’ means.
It was highlighted how Paul was one of the friends of Jesus who went from city to city telling people about the Good News of Jesus. He often wrote to the people he had left to remind them of the message of Jesus, to say ‘well done’ or to give them advice.
The children then completed their main activity. They chose some suitable music/song/hymns with which to develop a dance or used a role-play to show how Jesus brings together many different people with different gifts.
A fantastic effort from our football team this week, who took part in a football tournament at Thorp Academy. The boys played brilliantly and demonstrated fantastic team work. Well done boys!
Earth and Space:
The children finished their topic on Earth and Space by carrying out an investigation into rockets. We went through the method for getting our rockets to launch. We discussed how baking soda and vinegar react together to form carbon dioxide, which creates fizzing as it escapes the solution. This gas will rush up – if it has nowhere to escape then the pressure builds. Eventually the pressure builds so much that an explosion occurs!
We planned an investigation together and the children got into groups. Each group put a different amount of baking soda into their rocket to see if this would affect how high it would travel. We launched our rockets outside which was great fun. However, the most fun was had when a rocket exploded all over Mr Woods covering him in vinegar and baking powder!
The children practiced their art skills on French day as they created some wonderful art based around the seasons. The children learnt the different months and seasons and made a note of these on their pieces of art. They started with a template of a tree split into four different sections. They used a cross hatching technique to add colour to the tree and to the four different backgrounds. The children used bright colours for spring and summer and darker colours for autumn and winter. Next, they used paint to add leaves of different colours to the tree.
We began our creative lesson by discussing/revising what we had learnt in the previous lesson about trade in the Victorian era. We discussed how we would be learning more about trade by playing a game. The objective of the game was to draw rectangular tables with an area of 24cm² which would generate money. The children were divided into five groups, with a maximum of 6 children in each group. Each group represented a different country. As most teams did not have all the necessary resources at the beginning of the game, namely pencils, rulers and ‘mahogany logs’ (paper) to produce the tables, the countries would need to trade with each other to obtain the necessary resources.
We discussed how to calculate area and went through some mental calculations, e.g. what is the area of a rectangle with length 6cm and width 8cm?
The children then played the game. Afterwards, we discussed the strategy that each group adopted. We considered which group was most successful and whether the game was fair. We linked the game to trade in the world and looked at the difference between free trade and fair trade.
We discussed how the Bible includes poetry, legal documents, songs, letters, eyewitness accounts, biography, historical documents and advice literature.
We then completed an activity to help the children handle their Bibles more easily. We discussed that when you want to read a particular text in the Bible, you would use a reference.
The children then completed their main activity for the lesson. They looked up the following references: Isaiah 44: 2, Proverbs 24: 13-14, Luke 22: 54-57, Psalms 5: 1-3. They made a note of which book of the Bible it comes from, what genre of writing it is, a note of the main content of the passage and the religious belief that comes from the scripture.
In our R.E. Lesson we discussed how the Books known to Christians as the ‘Old Testament’ are the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’ for Jewish people. Jesus was a Jew and would have been familiar with those Scriptures. ‘Scriptures’ means ‘writings’. The Old Testament is made up of:
• The Pentateuch (the first five books, called the ‘Torah’ by the Jewish people).
• The Historical books (from Joshua to Maccabees).
• The Wisdom books (from Job to Ecclesiasticus).
• The Prophets (from Isaiah to Malachi).
They show how God gradually revealed himself to his people, as he promised to guide them and give them laws to live by. For Christians, the stories in the Old Testament tell of the events which prepared for the coming of Jesus. Usually the first reading at Mass on Sunday is from the Old Testament. At the Easter Vigil there are a number of readings from the Old Testament which tell the story of God’s loving relationship with his people.
We then watched some videos about the Torah and the Dead Sea Scrolls. We talked about how shepherds found these scrolls in clay jars buried in a cave near the Dead Sea. The Scrolls include fragments from every book of the Old Testament, except for the Book of Esther. The only complete book of the Hebrew Bible preserved among the scrolls is Isaiah. This copy, dated to the first century B.C., is considered the earliest Old Testament manuscript still in existence.
The children were then given their main activity for the lesson: Getting in small groups and researching the Dead Sea scrolls to present to the class.
The Year 5 children had great fun on as they consolidated their knowledge on multiplying 4-digits and 1-digit numbers together. The children played a game with a partner called ‘4 in a line’. The children rolled a dice. The number on the dice decided a 1-digit number. They rolled the dice again which decided a 4-digit number. The children then multiplied the two numbers together using column multiplication. The answers to these multiplications were laid out in a grid. The children put down a coloured cube every time they found an answer on the grid. The first person to get four cubes in a row was the winner!
The Year 5 children had a great time on Tuesday as they visited the Hancock Museum in Newcastle. They had the opportunity to explore the Ancient Egypt exhibit: looking at Ancient Egyptian artefacts and gathering facts about them. The children also got to work like an Egyptologist and examined different evidence to discover some of the secrets of mummification. They used original source material and looked at x-rays and CT scans from the two Egyptian mummies in the museum. This provided a ‘real’ insight into the journey the mummies have been on and included close-up imagery of an unwrapped mummy.
The children also enjoyed exploring the other parts of the museum and were a credit to the school throughout the trip with their behaviour.
The Year 5 children did a great job finishing off their clay models sphinxes this week with some paint. The children considered primary, secondary, complementary and contrasting colours. Some children chose contrasting colours and some choose complementary colours. Can you tell which is which?
Ten Year 5 children had a great day on Thursday as they competed in the Lego League Challenge at Gateshead College Skills Academy in Sunderland. The Year 5 children have been attending lego club this year where they have been working together to complete several tasks. The children came up with an innovation project where they identified a problem in the local community and found a solution for this problem. They created a presentation about this and presented it to the Lego League judges. They also built and programmed a bot to complete missions which they had the chance to showcase on the day. The children were competing against 26 other teams with children’s ages ranging from 9 to 16 years old. The children did fantastically and worked really well as a team all day. So much so, they were given the judges award after they demonstrated their teamwork and empathy to console a team member. Please check the class blogs/facebook for photos and a video.
The children really enjoyed their creative lesson this week as they created some clay models of the Sphinx. The children shaped their pieces of clay and then used water to mould the pieces together. Following this, they used different tools (rulers, pencils etc) to score the clay and create some detail. The children worked really well and produced some fantastic models. Well done!
The children completed a matching activity and some problem solving questions on Thursday as they consolidated their knowledge on Multiplying & Dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. The children were given 10 different cards; each with a question and an answer. The children worked in pairs to match up the questions and answers which formed a continuous loop. Following this, the children tried some tricky problem solving questions and really enjoyed the challenge of solving them. Well done!
We began the lesson by discussing how Jesus Christ came to live among us in human form 2000 years ago. When he ascended into Heaven, he promised that he would come again, the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. The early Christians thought that he would come quite soon.
We discussed how that is why Paul tells people to be ready. We do not know when Jesus Christ will come again, but we know he will, as he always keeps his promises. The advice to be prepared for Jesus Christ’s coming can also apply to our meeting with him in Heaven when we die. Advent is another opportunity to be ready and waiting in expectation of meeting Jesus. The children then created a presentation about how we as Christians are ‘called into fellowship with Jesus’. Different groups of children explored a variety of environments (home/school/parish) and what these might look like and the expectations involved.
Well done to the children of Year 5 who produced some fantastic crafts to sell on Enterprise day. The children made and sold a variety of crafts: funny face baubles, Christmas jump-up characters, angel pine decorations, festive meerkats, elf headbands and an assortment of Christmas toys. The children worked well on the day to buy and sell different items. Some items sold out quickly. However, other items required the children to use their selling skills to drum up interest. They did a fine job and every item was sold at the end of the day.
The class spent £87.00 on craft materials and toys. The returns on the day were £227 which resulted in a brilliant profit of £140 overall . Amazing!
We began the lesson by discussing the meaning of ‘orbit’ and ‘rotate’. In pairs, the children discussed and demonstrated the difference to each other. We fed back as a whole class and asked a pair to model. We then looked at videos of geocentric and heliocentric model of the solar system. How are the planets moving? What is the centre of the solar system? Which model of planetary movement is correct? Why?
Next, we read the story of the change from the geocentric model to the heliocentric model. The children played characters and read lines when their character arose in the story. Following this, we went outside so that we could better understand the heliocentric model and to gain more understanding of the distances of different planets to the Sun. The children were given roles as planets and stood (to scale) approximate distances from the sun. The children side stepped around the sun in a circular motion which showed us why some planets orbit the sun very quickly whereas other take a long time.
We began the lesson by discussing how Advent is a time of expectation. As Christians, the prophet’s expectation of the Messiah is foremost in our minds. We looked at Isaiah 35: 9-10 ‘Let the whole world be glad.’ The reading reminded us of the expectations we have of the Messiah’s coming and the effect this will have on us. We then read Isaiah 62: 11-12 ‘God is coming.’ In this reading, we were reminded of what God has done for us and the expectations that have been placed upon us as ‘God’s Holy People’. The children were given their main task for the lesson—in pairs or small groups, they designed a PowerPoint presentation using text and photographs which depicted and explored the prophet’s expectations within the readings.
The children really enjoyed making some of their Christmas crafts this week in preparation for the craft fayre next week.
To begin the lesson, the children got into groups and discussed their existing ideas about the solar system focusing on the following questions: Can you name the planets? Do
you know the order of the planets? Where have you got your ideas from?
The children then took part in some Solar System Speed Dating! Each pair was given one Planetary Fact Card. The children took turns to visit another one of the other planets to discuss and compare facts about the planets.
Finally, the children were given their main task for the lesson. In their pairs, they coloured in the planets and added facts to a poster. At the end of the lesson, they swapped posters and peer assessed. They wrote two things they liked and one thing
that could be improved.
The children had a great time on their French afternoon. To start, we recapped our work done previously by revising the activities for a daily routine. Next, we played a game of bingo. The children picked six activities from a daily routine. They wrote these in English. They heard the daily routines in French and crossed them off if they had them. When they had crossed all six of their daily routines they shouted out ‘Lotto! J’ai gagne.’ Following this, the children then worked with a partner and created some mime for their daily routine. Their partner tried to guess the activity. The children then swapped over and repeated. At the end of the lesson, the children showed their mimes to the class who guessed the routine activity.
The children enjoyed an extremely interesting workshop on Monday as part of their learning on Ancient Egypt. During the workshop, the children helped an Egyptian explorer assemble an incredible giant model of the King’s Pyramid at Giza. We discovered where the passages lead, and explored the hidden chambers and escape tunnels. We also examined an absolutely beautiful model of the temple complex that sat next to the pyramid. Once this was complete, we turned to the mummification process. Using a specially designed mannequin and sarcophagus, we prepared the body for mummification, removed organs, and placed them in real canopic jars. We then took it in turns to wrap the mummy while listening to a number of incredible Egyptian myths. A fascinating workshop, full of secrets, stories, and surprises!
We began our new RE topic on Expectations by considering ‘I would like/wish for’ and ‘I expect’ and what the difference was. We discussed how there is a lot of difference between ‘I would like/wish for’ and ‘I expect’.
To expect something means that there is a strong possibility, even a certainty that it is going to happen.
We then talked about how it is good to have high expectations of a person. It gives them confidence. However, expectations of yourself and others have to be realistic.
The children then got into mixed ability groups and considered a range of scenarios from day to day life, e.g. completing some homework or preparing for an event. They used role-play to show the expectation that they should have of themselves and what others, such as parents and teachers, expected from them.
This week has all been about the Schools Council’s final Anti- Bullying push. The children organised our Anti-Bullying play, wrote to BBC, North East Bikers against Bullying and Liz Twist MP to launch our new Anti-Bullying charter which will be taken to London in March by the School Council. The children loved seeing both the North East Bikers and Liz on Wednesday and Friday to talk to the children. The children also had the chance to sit on some of the North East Bikers bikes!
During Monday’s literacy lesson, Year 5 continued to read their latest book – Wonder.
We held a class debate on whether or not we thought that the main character (August Pullman) should go to school or not. There were fantastic arguments on both sides and the children were very invested in the thoughts and feelings of our character. The hardest part for some children was arguing against something they actually believed in! All in all they were excellent and used their amazing comprehension skills to help them.
Well done, Year 5.
We began our RE lesson by learning how priests, brothers and sisters live their commitment to following Jesus – their vocation, in a particular way and all Christians are committed to following Jesus whatever their vocation or way of life is.
Blessed John Henry Newman wrote a special reflection which applies to everyone’s vocation:
God has created me to do Him some definite service.
He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission…
He has not created me for nothing. I shall do good.
I shall do His work. Therefore I will trust Him whatever I do, wherever I am. I cannot be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain.
He knows what He is about.
The children then researched the life of John Henry Newman. They found out who he was, what he did and how his belief shaped his life.
different foods and drinks, as depicted on ‘The Eatwell Plate.’ They decided if the Ancient Egyptians were able to have a healthy diet with the foods available to them and discussed whether all the members of Ancient Egyptian society would have the same food. Next, they created their own perfect plate of healthy food which they shared with the class. To finish, the children worked in groups to make some Egyptian bread; adding different ingredients to change the taste.
The Year 5 children had a great time on their art day. They started the day by drawing some sphinxes which were in the foreground and then added some detail to the background. They also completed some cartouches with their names written in hieroglyphics. They made these look realistic by staining them with tea bags and crumpling them to make them appear very old.
Next, they looked at the work of George Seurat and his technique of pointillism. The aim of the lesson was for children to use this technique to paint a portrait of a pharaoh. The children sketched their drawing of the pharaoh first and used cotton buds to add the paint as dots/points.
A parent in the class also came in to see the children. Mr Healey is an artist and helped the children with their paintings; showing the children some tips/techniques.
He also shared what his life is like as an artist and answered lots of questions from the children who were very interested. He also showed the children some of his drawings which were very impressive!
As today was our last lesson on Habitats and Their Living Things, we worked together to make a nature documentary ‘Life’.
Each group had to take on the role of wildlife presenters and write a script to narrate a programme all about the life cycles of plants and different animals. In our groups we then took it in turns to present our show.
The children continued their work in science looking at the life cycles of different living things. We learnt about the life cycle of birds and took a closer look at some eggs to see what they looked like inside. The children enjoyed seeing if they could spot all the different parts.
For the past week, Year 5 have been planning a story based around their own World’s Worst Child. Inspired by David Walliams, the children have each came up with a disgustingly behaving child to write about. Some of their ideas have been incredible.
This week, the children were able to start writing up their stories onto paper to make it into their very own book. Over half term they have the challenge of completing the illustrations ready for Miss Reid in the first week back.
As you can imagine, she is already very excited to see what the children produce to go with their amazing writing.
The Y5 children consolidated their knowledge on written addition and subtraction with a board game on Thursday. Each child started with £500,000. They rolled the di and moved the amount of spaces on the board. If they landed on a payment box, they took away the amount from their budget. The person with the most money at the end of the game won. The children then played again but this time added on the amount. The player with the most money won this time.
The mission team had a great time at a mission event at St Thomas More on Tuesday. The morning was led by some students from STM. The aim of the day was for past pupils from the feeder primary schools to teach some music and dance. They also led with some prayer and reflection. Our mission team will now be able to take the things they have learnt back into school. The children represented Sacred Heart extremely well and were fully engaged learning the new music and dances. Well done!
We began our new topic on vocation by thinking of the word commitment. We discussed what we thought it meant and brainstormed other words that have a similar meaning:
dedication, loyalty, promise, pledge, devoted
It was highlighted that whatever you do in life, you need commitment to do it well. We thought about some of the jobs people do—some paid and some voluntary. We made a chart on the IWB and added jobs to it—answering questions such as:
What does it involve? What is the commitment? What are the personal risks? How do you measure this commitment?
The children were then given the main task for the lesson—research a story of an adult or a child who showed great courage and commitment. What did they do? How did they show commitment and why do you think they acted like that? They shared their findings with the class at the end of the lesson.
Today we looked at the different job roles that people had during ancient Egyptian times. Everyone was given a different role and they had to imagine that that was their job. There was a drought alert and the people of Egypt were called to a meeting with the Pharaoh’s Vizier to try and persuade the Pharaoh to listen to their desperate message for action.
In the end, the Vizier decided whether the threat was urgent enough to inform the Pharaoh. Each role argued their case well and put forward some interesting points!
In preparation for their story writing, Year 5 spent today’s literacy lesson recapping how we punctuate direct speech. We looked at lots of examples together and even wrote some conversations between two frogs!
The class are well on their way to becoming a bunch of writing superstars.
In our lesson on finding the difference between a positive and a negative number, the children used their knowledge to play a game.
The children were put into pairs—one of the children was positive and moved from left to right, the other child was negative and moved from right to left. Each child started at zero and took turns to score points. These points were used to move left (negative) or right (positive). The first child to reach their total was the winner!
The task was differentiated so that each pairing could decide the way that they scored points and the total they needed to get to:
Hard —rolled two die and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 50 points and the other needed to reach –50 points
Easy —rolled one dice. One player needed to reach 10 points and the other needed to reach -10 points
Following on from our previous lessons rounding 6-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 we looked at using our rounding knowledge to play a game.
The children worked in mixed ability pairs to put together a jigsaw of triangles to make a hexagon. Each triangle had a rounding related question or answer on its sides which needed to be matched up. Once the children had matched up all the questions and answers in the correct place, they had formed their hexagon. The children then moved on to playing a game of dominoes with the triangles. These fun activities tested the children’s ability to round 6-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 which they did very well.
Well done to the six Year 6 boys and one Year 5 boy who represented Sacred Heart at a 7-a-side football competition on Thursday. The boys played four matches: winning 1-0; losing 3-0; and drawing 0-0 and 1-1. The boys played brilliantly together and showed great fitness to play all their matches with no subs. They were unlucky not to come away with three wins as they were unable to convert all their chances. Well done boys!
Today, Year 5 have been spending some time recapping some of the amazing SPaG that they have been taught over the last few years of Key Stage 2. We began by looking at expanded noun phrases. The children were very keen to share their ideas as we used a variety of images to inspire our writing. Using whiteboards, the class were able to write down and share what they thought. We had some great examples and Miss Reid was very impressed. Mr Naughton also caught a glimpse of our lesson and was very interested to see what the children were getting up to.
We began this lesson by discussing that near the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, a large crowd had gathered to hear his words, to be encouraged and to learn how to shape their lives in a more loving way. This teaching is called the ‘Sermon on the Mount’, because Jesus went up a hill so everyone could see and hear him. It is also called the Beatitudes; in some translations the word blessed is used, In other versions the word happy is used. Jesus explained the meaning of true happiness and its rewards. We then looked at The Sermon on the Mount as written by Matthew 5: 1-12. We looked at different images to illustrate the text and discussed how the various images reflected the values of this Gospel. At the ending of his teaching, Jesus has a word about how we are to love even our enemies as written by Matthew 5: 44-4. We discussed the meaning of this and what it might mean in our own lives.
The children were then given their main task for the lesson: In groups, they explored and described how the values from the Gospel are lived out at school and the parish community and what difference they make to people’s lives. They presented their findings to the class.
In our R.E. lesson we discussed how Jesus told many stories to help his friends understand difficult things. We discussed how his parables (stories with special meanings) still have meaning for people today. When you read them, you have to think and try to work out the message that Jesus is giving to his friends today. We looked at the parable of the Prodigal son and discussed its meaning as a class. As a class, we then held a trial for the characters in the story. The children were given various roles: Lawyers for the defence and prosecution, The jurors.
At the end of the trial, the jury decided who showed or failed to show unconditional love and the reasons why this may have been.
Two children were picked to play against each other. They took turns to pick a numbered card and placed the number in a place value column ranging from ones to millions. The aim of the game was to make the biggest number possible. The children soon realised that bigger single digit numbers needed to be placed with the higher place value columns and smaller single digit numbers needed to be placed at the lower place value columns. Once all the cards had been picked, the class read both numbers. The children then played this game in pairs with cards.
The Year 5 children have had a great first week and really impressed Mr Woods with their behaviour and attitude. They have completed some fun activities this week including making bookmarks and drawing self portraits and are all looking forward to another year at Sacred Heart. Keep a close eye on this Year 5 blog to see some of the things they have been getting up to this year.
Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to see the Y5 assembly on Thursday. The Y5 children shared what they have been doing in their latest creative topic – Virgin Money: Make £5 Grow. The children read, carried out role-plays, asked probing questions and sang beautifully. Each group also had the opportunity to present what they will be selling next week. The rest of the children in the school are welcome to bring in money next week to spend during break and lunch times on:
The Year 5 and Year 6 children had a wonderful time on Friday at South Shields for their Sandcastle Challenge. The children were put into four teams and designed and built a sand sculpture based around the environmental theme of ‘Build a new world’. The children decorated their sand sculptures with items and worked together brilliantly to create their sculptures. Well done!
The children continued their good work on the Virgin Money scheme this week. It was explained to the pupils that they now needed to think about their enterprise idea more carefully in order to understand if it would work. In pairs, they generated as many questions as they could about their enterprise idea. These were then shared with the rest of the class. Next, the pupils were asked why they thought companies do market research. It was highlighted how the key to a good business is understanding who your customers are, what they want and meeting those needs in a way that is profitable for you. The pupils looked at similar products or services already on the market to see if they could learn from them. The pupils then designed a questionnaire about their business idea. They considered preferred versions of the product and the cost. It was discussed how it is important to understand what resources are needed to get a business idea off the ground and the cost of these resources.
This week the Year 5 welcomed James and Patrick from ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ which is the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity. Established in January 1996, the organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to publicise its message. The children were involved in workshops designed to educate young people about the causes and the consequences of racism. The children had plenty of to discuss and really enjoyed the sessions.
On Thursday, Sacred Heart welcomed Gateshead College in to talk to Year 5 & 6 about an upcoming event – the sandcastle challenge. The children will be taking part in the local event on Friday 5th July, where they will compete against many other schools for the top prize. Keen to win, the classes have already began thinking about what their designs are going to look like. Good luck!
We began the lesson by explaining to the pupils that they were going to be taking part in an exciting enterprise project. We watched a short film of a school completing the ‘Make £5 Grow’ scheme. Afterwards, we discussed what the word ‘enterprise’ means. We captured their thoughts and then read the definition together. Next, we completed a young entrepreneurs’ quiz. Pupils guessed the business of 10 young entrepreneurs from the picture clues provided. The quiz covered a variety of businesses from goods-based, such as bakers and sports gear retailers, to expertise-based, like a restaurant or garage. This allowed the children to gain a breadth of ideas that they might use for their own project.
Following on from this, we read a short profile of Sir Richard Branson. As a class, we discussed the different skills that might be needed for an enterprise activity. The children completed a skills sheet and wrote a definition for each skill. It was highlighted that entrepreneurs are not magicians. Most of them have developed successful skills and qualities through practice and experience. It was stressed to pupils that they could develop these characteristics too. The children then ranked themselves across the different skills. They were encouraged to give reasons for their rankings and considered what they might be able to do to improve their weakest ranking skills.
To finish, the children were given a short amount of time to discuss their initial ideas with other members of the class.
The year 5 children have started Virgin Money: Make £5 Grow as part of their creative curriculum this half term.
Make £5 Grow gives young people aged between 9 and 11 years old the experience of starting a small business using a £5 loan from Virgin Money. The programme gives pupils an insight into how business works and helps them to build skills for the future, such as teamworking, problem solving, leadership, money management and creativity. Engaging, educational and great fun, it delivers key elements of the National Curriculum.
Pupils form groups and pool their money to design and develop a product or a service. At the end of the programme, the school will arrange for pupils to sell their product or services to other children and parents of the school. The year 5 children will keep any profit made by the pupils’ small businesses once the loan has been repaid.
We will let you know what the children have got planned in the near future.
A big well done to the children of Year 5 who shared their transformation liturgy on Wednesday. The children discussed the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the spirit that they possessed. Thank you to the parents and carers that came to see the liturgy. We hoped that you enjoyed sharing it with the children.
We began this lesson by discussing how there are special occasions in everyone’s life, times when something happens which is different from normal life, times when you do something special, are with people you don’t often see or a time of making a special effort for some reason. We discovered that the ninth month in the Muslim calendar (which is different from the one used in the UK), is called Ramadan. It is the month when Allah first gave his message to Muhammad. Muslims commemorate this special event by fasting for the whole month of Ramadan. If you are very old or very young, or unwell you do not have to fast. Children are introduced to it gradually. It means that Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours. It does not just mean not eating or drinking but also trying to do good deeds too, to spend more time praying and thinking about Allah.
It also helps Muslims to share the experience of many people in the world who do not have enough to eat. It is hard for Muslim children at school where there are non-Muslims and everyone is eating lunch and having snacks. When it is night time Muslims first eat some dates and then have meal together. Sometimes the local Mosque puts on meals. We then watched a BBC learning clip about a Muslim family. The children then completed their main task for the lesson. Working in pairs, they designed a poster which could be used during Ramadan, writing a slogan which says why anyone should give. They shared these with the rest of the class at the end of the lesson.
We began the lesson by discussing how there are several Eucharistic prayers with some written specifically for children. There are four main ones that are used at Mass on Sunday. It was then revealed that in in Eucharistic prayer II, after everyone has joined in with proclaiming the Mystery of Faith, the priest continues the prayer, offering to God the Father the consecrated bread and wine which is Jesus Christ’s own offering. It is a prayer which remembers and thanks Jesus. The children were then given their main task for the lesson—in mixed ability groups they were to explore the meaning of different hymns that are sung during the Eucharist and present their findings to the class.
In this lesson, the children learnt all about the history of Stonehenge, discussing what they had learnt and made predictions based on the evidence presented to them throughout. Working in groups of 5 or 6, children were then given a ’role’ each, and spent some time arguing their character’s opinion on the original purpose of Stonehenge in a small debate setting. The groups decided on their most convincing argument and shared their reasoning in a whole class debate. Overall, after several informed discussions, the class decided that Stonehenge was most likely to have been built as a place to study ancient astronomy.
In this lesson, the children were inspired by a recurring theme in David Walliams’ fantastic Gangsta Granny to use tablets to conduct research about a famous prisoner of the Tower of London. First of all, the class enjoyed reading an extract from the text together. The children were given an opportunity to discuss and reflect upon this extract with a partner, focussing on the references to the Tower of London and its significance to the story. The children then conducted internet research on previous prisoners of the Tower of London in order to deepen their understanding of the story, working in pairs but individually selecting and noting down important information. This new knowledge will be consolidated as a fact file in the next lesson, and will definitely inform future learning about Gangsta Granny.
We began our lesson on the Eucharist by watching a video clip of the Consecration. We discussed how every time the Eucharist is celebrated, Christians are keeping the memory of Jesus alive. The Eucharist is a memorial of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross and makes that present and real, just like for the Jewish people the events of their freedom from Egypt are made present to them each time they celebrate the Passover.
During the part of the Mass called the liturgy of the Eucharist, in the Eucharistic prayer, the priest holds the host and says some important words; we looked at these together as a class.
At that moment the memory of Jesus’ actions at the Last Supper are called to mind and made present and real for Christians. These are called the words of consecration, consecration means made holy.
Catholics believe that at this point in the Mass, through the power of the Holy Spirit the bread becomes truly the body of Christ and the wine the blood of Christ. The server will ring a bell as the priest holds ups, elevates, the host and then the chalice. People will look up and make an act of faith and pray in their hearts something like ‘My Lord and my God’, affirming that they truly believe in the words of Jesus, when he said at the Last Supper ‘this is my body, this is my blood.’ This is the real presence of Christ. The children then completed their main task for the lesson – creating a poster on the Eucharist.
The Year 5 children had a great time on Open Day when they made some Druid (the priests of the Celts) crowns. They learnt how the Celts were a group of the most powerful tribes in Europe during the Iron Age. The Celts believed in over 400 gods and goddesses that lived in rivers, cliffs, springs, lakes, bushes and other natural places.
The children were then given their main activity for the lesson. They went outside and collected some natural materials from the school grounds. They used these materials to make a crown fit for a Druid.
Year 5 timed their Big Clean Up right and were able to roam around the school grounds in just their shirts. Another fantastic effort which has helped greatly in the bigger process. Thank you Year 5!
Year 5 were Eco Warriors this week by picking up lots of litter lying around our school grounds. The wonderful Eco-Council provided us with litter pickers so we could hunt rubbish and we did a fantastic job making areas around school a lot cleaner. Well done, Year 5!
The children used the tablets to help them research different materials and their properties in this D&T lesson.
We began by learning that any substance that is used to make something is a material. Natural materials such as stone, wood and cotton are used or worked with in the way they are found in nature. Synthetic or man-made materials are made from natural materials, but are altered with the help of heat or chemicals. Some examples include plastics, polyester and Kevlar. The words used to describe a material are known as its properties. Each material has its own set of properties. These properties make different materials useful for different purposes.
With this in mind, the children were then given their main activity for the lesson. The children referred back to their superheroes and considered what properties their costumes, weapons, armour etc. would have. They researched the different materials that had these properties and decided which material would be the best option for their superhero. They made a note of this and write down justification for each material. At the end of the lesson, they shared their findings with the rest of the class.
The Year 5 and Year 6 children took part in a special one-off lesson based around the BBC Blue Planet TV series this week. The children joined thousands of other children around the UK as they watched a live lesson on BBC iplayer and completed some activities based around the environment. The children considered plastic pollution in the worlds oceans and the impact it has having on marine life around the world.
We have signed up to another Terracycle recycling scheme, this time with the chance to win a recycled playground makeover worth £ 10,000!
Participating is easy! The school that sends in the most accepted waste between the 25th of March 2019 and the 5th of July 2019 will receive a recycled playground makeover worth £10,000, on top of points earned by the shipment weight.
The winning school will be able to choose from a selection of play equipment or gardening equipment made from recycled material worth £10,000. Depending on the prize selected, the overall area required to install the prize could be up to 25m x 3m.
There is a recycle bin allocated for these items at the front office in school. Please see the attached link below to see what is acceptable waste.
Let’s work together to look after our amazing planet.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Lenten liturgy on Wednesday. The children did an amazing job in reading, praying and singing. The children didn’t have much time to prepare but did themselves proud. The children explored the importance of Lent and shared their Lenten promises. Let’s hope that they can keep to them! Well done Year 5.
The children finished World Book Day with a crafts afternoon. The children decorated paper plates to make them look like cowboys / cowgirls. They looked fantastic!
The children used their descriptive writing skills in this lesson to draw and describe their very own cowboy / cowgirl. We began the lesson by discussing what a cowboy / cowgirl was and looked at some images. The children discussed some common features. We then looked at the success criteria for our descriptive writing and brainstormed some good adjectives, adverbs, similes and metaphors. Finally, we looked at an example of some descriptive writing and picked out things that worked well and things we would improve. The children then drew and described their very own cowboy / cowgirl which they shared with the rest of the class at the end of the lesson.
The children used and applied their maths knowledge in this lesson to solve a murder mystery! The police had been called to investigate the murder at a hotel. As Chief Detective Officers, the children had to solve the crime.
There were 32 suspects—all of them an outlaw in the Wild West. Each clue was left in a different code so that only the children, with their amazing code‐breaking skills, would be able to solve them all.
They could tackle the clues in any order. Once they had solved each clue they would be able to eliminate some of the suspects from their inquiries. Each clue would remove half of the suspects from the list, until they were left with just one.
The children started day 1 of the 20 day challenge this week. They will be working with TaeKwon Do coach: Jon Churchward. Jon will be coming to school most days of the week to carry out some core strength exercises. The children will begin with one repetition each on day 1 and will build on this by doing an extra repetition each day. The exercises will include leg raises, press-ups, crunches and pad work. Jon is hoping to build core strength in the children so that they can do 20 repetitions in each exercise by the end of the 20 days. Well done Year 5!
The children completed their Lenten promises this week ready for the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. They wrote their promises in the middle of a flower and how this would be beneficial on the petals. Following this, they coloured in their flowers and shared their promises with other children in the class.
We began the lesson by discussing the meaning of ‘orbit’ and ‘rotate’. In pairs, the children discussed and demonstrated the difference to each other. We fed back as a whole class and asked a pair to model.
We then looked at videos of geocentric and heliocentric model of the solar system. Next, we read the story of the change from the geocentric model to the heliocentric model. The children played characters and read lines when their character arose in the story.
Following this, we went outside so that we could better understand the heliocentric model and to gain more understanding of the distances of different planets to the Sun. The children were given roles as planets and stood (to scale) approximate distances from the sun. The children side stepped around the sun in a circular motion which showed us why some planets orbit the sun very quickly whereas others take a long time.
In this lesson, the children got together in mixed ability groups to carry out some roleplay based around Dracula. First of all, the children were shown an example play script. The children worked with a partner to discuss the purpose of a play script and the features. Some children were given different roles from the play script and acted it out. Using this to help them, the children got into groups of four to plan out their own play script for their roleplay. The children decided who would be doing each part. Once they had written out their plan, the children were given time to practice their roleplay. This will help the children in the next lesson when they write up their play scripts into their books.
In this lesson, the children used their improper fractions and mixed numbers knowledge to play bingo! The children got into mixed ability pairs. They selected 9 mixed numbers from a list of 16. Each time an improper fraction was revealed, the children had to convert the improper fraction to a mixed number and mark it off if they had it. The first pair with all 9 mixed numbers crossed off was the winner! The children then repeated the game but played the opposite way round—picking improper fractions and converting to mixed numbers. We used multi-link during the lesson to help us understand the relationship between improper fractions and mixed numbers.
The children continued their work on Dracula with a research lesson using the tablets.
The children worked in pairs to research hints and tips on how to survive against a vampire. The children shared some of their findings with the rest of the class which included using crosses, garlic and staying in the sun!
The children made a note of these things and will use these ideas in their following lessons creating a vampire survival guide.
A big well done to nine boys in year 5 who battled really hard on Wednesday night in a 5 a side football tournament. The boys played 4 matches against some strong opposition; many of them year 6 children. The boys got better and better as the matches went on. After a heavy defeat in the first game, the next two games were much tighter with some cracking goals scored. The final match was the boys best result, a draw, which they were unlucky not to win. Well done!
To begin the lesson, the children got into groups and discussed their existing ideas about the solar system focusing on the following questions: Can you name the planets? Do you know the order of the planets? Where have you got your ideas from?
The children then took part in some Solar System Speed Dating! Each pair was given one Planetary Fact Card. The children took turns to visit another one of the other planets to discuss and compare facts about the planets.
Finally, the children were given their main task for the lesson. In their pairs, they coloured in planets and added facts to a poster. At the end of the lesson, they swapped posters and peer assessed. They wrote two things they liked and one thing that could be improved.
The children continued their work on their new text (Dracula) with a creative writing lesson.
The children all chose a book. We picked a number – this gave us a page to turn to. We picked another number – this gave us the line. Finally we picked a small number – this selected a word.
The children then wrote a sentence using the selected word; trying to make it appropriate for our current unit of horror stories.
Following this, we used the same sort of process to randomly select two words which the children had to use together in the same sentence. At the end of the lesson, they shared their fantastic sentences!
We welcomed the NSPCC to Year 5 following last week’s assemblies as we completed a workshop. They delivered their ‘Speak out Stay Safe’ programme. This is a nationwide
programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands.
We learned more about how to keep ourselves safe from harm and how to get help if we have any worries.
If you would like any more information about the NSPCC Speak out Stay Safe programme, you can find it on the NSPCC website nspcc.org.uk/schools.
In the final lesson of the week, the children used their multiplication knowledge to play a multiplication game. The children got into pairs. They took turns to roll a dice. The number on the dice decided the number in the left column. They rolled the dice again and this number decided the number in the right column. Then they multiplied the two numbers together—covering the answer on the grid with a counter. The first player to get four counters in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line was the winner!
In our last Literacy lesson, the children began their stories on the Angry Birds using description to introduce the characters and set the scene. In this lesson, the children thought about the build up for their stories and how we might include some speech in their writing. To start, we watched the Angry Birds video and noted how there wasn’t any dialogue. We discussed how we could generate our own dialogue by getting into mixed ability groups and doing some roleplay.
The children considered what the characters could be talking about and we discussed this as a class: new bird in town, special abilities, defending their eggs etc.
The children then performed their role play to the rest of the class.
They will use this for inspiration when writing their build ups next lesson.
We began the lesson by discussing that when we gather together as a family for special occasions, one of things that many people do is reminisce about past stories or events. Sometimes these are funny or serious stories about things that have happened. They are special to our families.
Every year during spring time the Jewish people get ready to come together as families to celebrate the festival of the Passover or Pesach. During Pesach Jewish people remember the story of how God delivered them from slavery in Egypt, how God still takes care of them and how they is still the need for freedom in some places of the world.
We then looked at the story of the Exodus. We learnt how God chose Moses to lead the Israelites to freedom. Pharaoh sent his soldiers after Moses and the people as they were leaving Egypt but God led them unharmed over the Red sea towards the desert, so they got away safely. God had freed them from slavery. so today Jewish people celebrate Passover or Pesach (the Jewish word for Passover), to remember that God passed over his people, so no disasters had happened to them, and lead them to freedom.
The children were then given their main activity for the lesson. Working in mixed ability pairs, the children used what they had learned to create an information guide on the Passover. They answered several key questions:
What is Passover? Where does it come from? Who celebrates Passover? How is it celebrated?
At the end of the lesson, the children shared their information guides with the rest of the class.
The Year 5 children shared their ‘Hope’ liturgy on Thursday with parents and carers. The liturgy explored how Advent is a a time of waiting in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus, the promised one, at Christmas and at the end of time. The children reflected on how they could use the remaining waiting time of Advent purposefully to show love and service and so be a light to others. They made some Advent promises and shared these. They sang well at the end of the liturgy and incorporated some lovely actions. Thank you to all the family members, guardians and friends that came to share this special occasion. Well done Year 5!
The children had a great time on Tuesday for their Christmas party day. We started with a Numeracy lesson. A cheeky elf had stolen a mince pie and the children needed to crack some clues to establish who the culprit was. Prizes were given to the team that solved the clues quickest and to the child who guessed correctly. Next, the children took part in a Christmas quiz with the winning team getting a prize of their choice.
The children then moved into the hall where they played lots of different games: corners, flap the kipper and musical statues. This meant more prizes!
Finally, the children enjoyed some lovely food prepared by the kitchen.