Welcome to Year 5
Friday 28th June
Due in Tuesday 16th July
Please learn the songs ready for the Y5/Y6 end of year performance.
Please ensure that you follow the school presentation rules in the same way that you would in your school books.
Please refer to the homework section of the website for further information.
Complete the Grammar and Punctuation Tests 5 & 6. We will mark these together in the last week of term.
Continue to read daily, use bug club and practice handwriting (children must now be using joined up handwriting in all writing tasks).
Use this website to support Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation:
Spellings (spelling tests will take place on Friday)
Continue to revise Y3/ Y4 and Y5 / Y6 spelling lists as these will be regularly tested.
Use of the hyphen
Hyphens can be used to join a prefix to a root word, especially if the prefix ends in a vowel letter and the root word also begins with one.
E.G. co-ordinate, re-enter, co-operate, co-own
We have been learning about angles in class. Please practise using a protractor to measure and draw acute, obtuse and reflex angles. Also complete the 'Interior Angles of Regular Polygons' sheet and 'Missing Angles' sheet.
Continue practicing Times Table Rockstars. https://play.ttrockstars.com/
Remember to work through the MyMaths lessons to support class work. https://www.mymaths.co.uk/
Other websites to support Maths learning.
Please work through the 'Ten:Ten' monthly newsletter together.
Discuss our Value & Virtue for this half term: Intentional & Prophetic
Intentional in the way they live and use the resources of the earth, guided by conscience; and prophetic in the example they set to others.
Y5 have set up their own G-mail accounts and joined the Y5 Google classroom.
To log on: go to the Google homepage, G-mail, use your username followed by @stjosephslichfield.org.uk then type in your password (remember to keep your password safe and don't share with others).
Check Google classroom regularly for questions, links or assignments.
Safe & Sound workshop at Lichfield Fire Station
Y5 had a lovely time at Lichfield Fire Station learning how to stay safe in different situations. They learnt about fire safety, water safety, online safety and CPR.
What a fabulous assembly about families and Mary as we entered the Month of May!
'Playing it Safe' Performance
Y5 & Y6 enjoyed the performance about staying safe, particularly near construction sites. Another important message in the play was linked to peer pressure and what to do in situations which are dangerous.
The performance also taught us about the inventor Isambard Brunel. Y5 then researched Brunel and created a fact file about his life and work.
'Should Fortnite be banned?' Y5 have loved researching and writing their own argument for or against. In class we then held a debate. After the votes were counted it ended as a draw!
This term Y5 have been looking at the narrative poem 'The Highwayman.' They have learnt part of the poem by heart and performed it with actions and sounds.
Y5 have loved learning about the Earth, Sun and Moon and making their own models to show their orbits.
British Science Week
Linked to our Topic of 'Space,' children worked in groups to design and make their own rockets. We tested how far they could travel.
National Space Centre Trip
Y5 had a great time at the National Space Centre learning about the Sun, Moon, different planets, astronauts and space travel.
Y5 continued to investigated materials and how they can be changed. We learnt about how some solids (soluble) can dissolve in a liquid to make a solution, E.G. salt, coffee, sugar and gravy. However other solids are insoluble therefore don't dissolve, E.G. sand and rice.
Next we investigated if the water temperature affects how long it takes sugar and salt to dissolve.
We then had a challenge to separate different materials that had been mixed together. There are lots of different ways to separate mixtures depending on the type of materials combined. How would you separate salt and water or water and oil?
Y5 have learnt about Baptism and looked at different paintings representing Jesus' Baptism in the River Jordan. They then created their own using paints, pastels or pencils.
Trip to Wade Street Church
Y5 went to Wade Street Church to learn about and act out the events surrounding Jesus' death in the 'Easter Journey.'
This term we have been learning about Rain-forests around the world. We researched deforestation and wrote our own arguments for or against.
We also created some lovely artwork in the style of Henri Rousseau.
Y5 then used water-colour paints to make these fantastic pictures linked to the book 'Rhythm of the Rain.'
Andy Stanton Author Visit
Y5 had a great time meeting 'Best Selling Author - Andy Stanton.' We have loved reading his funny book (Mr Gum) in class.
Creative Homework Presentations
Well done to everyone who has completed their Anglo-Saxon research projects and presented them to the class.
Alton Castle Retreat
What a fantastic time Y5 had at Alton Castle on their residential. The theme for this Catholic Retreat was 'Discipleship.' The class took part in many different physical and team building activities. During which they had time to reflect thinking about our 'Values and Virtues' and how we can follow Jesus' footsteps. We also helped lead Mass in St John's Church next to the castle.
Y5 had a lovely afternoon at Lichfield Library working alongside a local artist (Jennifer Collier) and the 'Craft & Cuppa' group to create poppies for a giant poppy display. This display is to commemorate one hundred years since the end of the First World War (1914 - 1918) and can be seen at Staffordshire Place in Stafford throughout November.
This term we have looked at the short film 'The Piano' by Aidan Gibbons that uses flashbacks to tell the story. We have discussed the character's feelings at different points and how the film creates a particular atmosphere and mood.
Y5 have been learning about the place value of numbers.
Y5 have been planning and presenting their own collective worship sessions thinking about the theme, stories, prayers, reflections and prayer table objects to include.
We have been preparing for Christmas by learning about Advent and waiting for the coming of Jesus.
Y5 made some lovely Advent wreaths and discussed the symbols associated with them.
This term Y5 are looking at creation stories and prayers.
'God created man in his own image' Genesis 1:27
What does this mean? - God is good. Everyone is different but we can all reflect his goodness and are special in many different ways.
Y5 have been learning about different materials and their properties. They learnt about what insulators and conductors are. The class used data loggers to test different materials to see which would be the best insulator for the teachers' cups of tea! Which do you think was the best (none, foil, felt, paper towel or tissue paper)?
Can you feel the force?
We have been learning about forces around us, including gravity. Y5 loved learning about Isaac Newton and his role in discovering gravity and how it affects the planets.
We have been using force meters to measure the mass (in grams) and weight (the gravitational force in Newtons) of different objects. We also identified the pattern - gravity pulls objects with a force of 1N for every 100g.
We also investigated how different surfaces can change the distance an object travels. We discussed if the friction was increased or decreased and how we know.
We made our own parachutes to carry out a fair