Year 5 Liturgy: Hope

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!

Christmas Party

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.

Mini-Vinnies food collection

Thank you to all the school community who donated food for our collection in the Autumn term. The Mini Vinnies collected all the food and made a note of the items donated from each class. The winning class was Year 5 with 56 items donated who received an extra break in the final week of term. Well done! The Mini Vinnies met Frances who collects food for Stanley Food Bank. We brought all the food over to Church where we helped Frances count and move the food into her car to drop off. This will make a real difference to lots of families this Christmas.

Christmas Craft Enterprise Day

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: Bear baubles, Christmas jump-up characters, Polar bear racers, Christmas trees 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 there were only a few items left unsold at the end of the day.
The class spent £85.00 on craft materials and toys. The returns on the day were £160.50 which resulted in a brilliant profit of £75.50 overall . Amazing!

Year 5 Crafts

The children really enjoyed making their Christmas crafts in preparation for the Enterprise Fayre.

They coloured in Christmas tree cones, built toy car racers and put together tree decorations.

Creative – Vinegar tea cakes

The children learned all about rationing during the second world war in this lesson. Before Second World War 2 began, Britain imported over 50 million tons of food from many different countries every year. Britain stopped importing food when the war started because ships bringing the food were destroyed by German submarines. The government knew that this would lead to a shortage of food, so rationing was introduced in January 1940. Rationed food included butter, sugar, tea, meat, eggs, cheese, jam, sweets and milk.

Rationed food meant some ingredients were used as replacements which led to the vinegar cake.

The children worked in mixed groups of six to change a vinegar tea cakes recipe and keep the same ratio and proportion. They weighed their ingredients and made their tea cakes. At the end of the lesson, the children tried the cakes. Much to their surprise, they were tasty!

Creative – Morse Code

We began the lesson by discussing the different ways of sending secret signals that have been used over hundreds of years.

We looked at Morse Code in particular and learnt about when it was invented and by whom and how sounds or flashing lights can be used to communicate messages. We discussed the importance of Morse Code during WWII. The children were provided with a copy of Morse Code and we dimmed the lights. I sent a short message (pausing between each letter) with the children writing down the message. I highlighted how the bulb only lit up when the circuit was complete – when it was broken it went out!

The children were then given a training exercise… They got into groups of six and created two ‘mini signallers’ . After this, they sent secret codes to another group of children!

The children sent messages back & forth, recording & deciphering the messages as they went.

We finished by discussing whether the message got through what the advantages & disadvantages of Morse Code were.

Blue Reed Aquarium Trip

The Year 5 children had a fantastic time on Thursday visiting the Blue Reed Aquarium in Tynemouth. The children had time to explore and loved seeing all the different marine life. They took part in a workshop learning about the different types of animals and the differences between them. They even had the chance to get up close and personal with a star fish and have a feel of it. Following this, the children loved watching the seal show and got a little bit wet when they stood in the ‘splash zone’. We had just enough time at the end of the day to visit the shop and pick up a souvenir. What a great day.

Creative – The Sound of Music

The children started their creative topic on ‘The Sound of Music’ with a                  research lesson on tablets / laptops. The children researched the ‘Sound of Music‘ first and found out when it was made, its cast, the plot and its setting. Once the children had found this information, they began researching Word War II (the time period that the musical was set). The children found out when the war started, the countries that were involved and the reasons for the war starting. At the end of the lesson, the children fed back their findings to the rest of the class.

Literacy – Kenuske’s Kingdom

In our literacy lesson, we created a timeline of the events that happen in chapter 6 of Kensuke’s Kingdom. We then wrote a play script based on these events, focusing on using adverbs effectively in our stage directions and structuring our writing properly. This lesson, we edited and improved our play scripts so that they could be used to create the best performance possible. For example, we included movements in our stage directions so that the characters would not just stand still and deliver lines. We then got into mixed ability groups and selected one of the play scripts to perform, based on which play script met the success criteria best. We rehearsed, then performed in front of the class. Whilst each group was performing, the rest of the class watched the play script on the visualiser, and we worked together to identify any particular aspects of the play script (e.g. a particular adverb in a stage direction) led to a particularly good performance.