Class Teacher: Miss Thomas
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Causebrook, Mr Rickard and Mrs Thomas
Click to download the Year 5 curriculum: Year 5 curriculum letter Summer 2018
Have a look below to see what we have been up to!
This half-term in Literacy, Year 5 have been learning about Titanic. They have produced some amazing writing: an informal letter to a friend after boarding Titanic, a first person narrative after getting into a lifeboat, a formal letter of complaint to White Star Line, a biography of one of the survivors of Titanic and a fictional story about Titanic.
Year 5 have loved learning about Titanic a lot, so for their last few weeks of homework, they had to do a project based on Titanic. The whole school was amazed at the projects, which were displayed in the hall for review morning. We had Titanic cakes, some amazing models of Titanic, menus from the different classes, food from some of the different classes and Titanic even made out of fruit!
Year 5 are looking forward to being detectives, to try and work out who was to blame for the tragedy. Please see some of the children’s work and browse through our photos above.
Year 5 Olympics
For PE lessons during the summer term, we had our own Olympics. Each week, we competed in a different Olympic sport, collecting as many points for ourselves as we could. Some of the sports were: handball, baseball (rounders), marathon, 100m sprint, football, rugby and even synchronised swimming (just on the field rather than in a swimming pool!)
Miss Thomas was very impressed with our sportsmanship, not just to people in our team, but to others as well. This was especially apparent in the individual events.
After all the events, the scores were calculated and a medal ceremony took place for the gold, silver and bronze medalists for the girls and boys. We all cheered when they received their medals and we all stood to listen to the national anthem.
Curriculum Enrichment Week – ‘Wow’ Week
What a fun week we had. It started off with a bang, with an assembly led by Mr G. We then had our own class workshop with him, where we: created static electricity, saw the world through a baby’s eyes (using a homemade device made from a dustbin!), looked at a spiral optical illusion, made a human circuit, made different sounds and saw the world through different light glasses. It was so much fun!
In maths, we were given fraction and percentage clues to work out the combinations on locks to find the treasure inside a bag! The winners, who unlocked the treasure, got a green card and some sweets, as well as some sweets for the rest of us.
In English, we planned and wrote autobiographies, including any wow moments in our lives. It’s amazing how much we’ve already achieved at the age of 10! We also said what our hopes and dreams are for the future, including being an author, architect and Olympic swimming champion.
Wednesday was brilliant! We worked with Year 4 to build bridges. Our challenge was to build a bridge that stretched 1 metre between two tables. We only had newspaper and cellotape to build our bridges. We had to build the bridges as strong as possible to see how much weight they could hold. A few of them held a lot of weight!
In the afternoon, we were given a challenge to design and make a safe container for an egg, so that when it was dropped three metres, it wouldn’t break! We were given lots of different resources to use, but there was a catch to that – each resource was worth a certain amount and we were not allowed to spend more than £10! We thought carefully about our designs before making. Once we’d made our egg holder, we went outside and the eggs were dropped from three metres. Two of the six eggs survived!
Thursday was world record day! We thought we’d try the same record as Year 3 and 6 – to hop on one leg for as long as possible! It was really hard. Shane was the champion, who kept going for 7 minutes!!
Next, a record to see which group could build the tallest tower using cocktail sticks and midget gems! This was a real test of group work. Lots of the towers were tall, but as soon as we moved away, they collapsed! Our champions were Erin, Felix and Lloyd.
Year 5 Concert at The Priory
For the last two terms, we have been very lucky, as we have had singing lessons with Mrs Hinchliffe, to prepare us for our concert at The Priory. We learnt four songs, three which we were singing with other schools and one by ourselves (Supermarket Flowers by Ed Sheeran).
On Monday 25th June, we walked to The Priory Church for our rehearsal in the afternoon, ready for the concert in the evening. It was amazing singing with 300 other children and the church was absolutely packed. We really enjoyed the concert and experience. Miss Thomas and Miss Buxton were very proud of us.
Geography – using Ordnance Survey maps
In Geography, we had great fun looking at an ordnance survey map of Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole and the Isle of Purbeck. We really enjoyed finding lots of different places that we recognised, including places that we walked to when we were at Leeson House.
As well as answering questions about the maps, we were fascinated by the different symbols and what they meant. We were able to compare Christchurch to Langton Matravers (the village Leeson House is in) using the different features on the map.
Courtroom – RE
At the end of our work on Holy Week, we thought about different people who wanted Jesus to be killed and the different reasons why. We also thought about people who thought Jesus should not be crucified. After thinking carefully about the different reasons, we turned our classroom into a courtroom. We had a jury and Miss Thomas was the judge. One at a time, we had to give reasons for and against Jesus being crucified, pretending we were those people. The jury decided Jesus was not guilty.
Art – Printing
In art, we looked at lots of different pictures of repeating patterns. We were each given two polystyrene tiles and had to create two designs – the simpler the better! Once we had created our designs, we worked together to help each other roll the paint onto our tiles and then press down hard, before lifting our tiles to see the design that we had created. Some of our patterns worked better than others! We really enjoyed doing this.
History – Ancient Greece
Our History topic was Ancient Greeks. We learnt a lot about the Greeks, especially how much they have shaped our world today. We learnt about democracy and how that started. At the start of our lesson on democracy, we pretended to be the Athenian assembly, and each had different roles, acting as a spokesperson. We had to vote on crucial decisions which the actual Athenian assembly voted on during the war.
Vote 1: The Spartan army demanded to disband the league or declare war. War: 2 Not war: 28
Vote 2: The Spartans are threatening to invade Athenian land. Do we fight them? Yes: 18 No: 10
Vote 3: The Spartans have destroyed Athenian farms and many people have died in the plague. Should they fight at sea? Fight: 20 Not fight: 8
Vote 4: The Athenian navy have had many victories. The Spartans want to negotiate a peace deal. Fight: 8 Not Fight: 20
We also loved learning about the story of the Trojan Horse. We acted out what had happened and then wrote a diary entry as though we were either a Greek or Trojan soldier.
Please see below some work from one of our Year 5 pupils:
Our Year 5 residential trip to Leeson House was a great success. Please take a look at our photographs and read about our trip.
Building a snowman
Year 5 working together in 15 minutes of break to build a snowman!
Our week got off to a very shocking start, when we were sent a ransom note and a video in assembly showing us that Mrs Dayantis’ dog had been stolen. We were then really surprised when 7 superheroes (who looked very much like the teachers) came running into assembly! We created our own superheroes, thinking about their superpowers, weaknesses, appearances, true identity and origin story as to how they became a superhero. We then planned and wrote our own stories using these superheroes.
We enjoyed going to the Year 1 classroom and reading to the children. We read them stories and asked them questions about the story. Hopefully we’ll be able to do that again.
During our maths lessons, we worked out which superhero had the most expensive name and how much our superhero names were worth – Lyla’s was worth the most, Lieutenant Levitation. In another maths lesson, we were given a special mission to work out which superhero would be best to save the world, and a budget to do this, which we were not allowed to exceed.
During a very loud music lesson, we watched a short clip of The Incredibles, without any sound, and thought about the sound effects that would go with the clip. Using the musical instruments, in groups, we created the sound effects that would go with the clip and performed this to the rest of the class.
We found it very funny when we were given ourselves as a superhero! We had to design our own costume – some of us chose to use the costume for the character we had created. To end the superhero fun, we all came in dressed as a superhero. Some of us chose real life superheroes – including a farmer (after their horrible week during the extreme cold weather and snow), RAF pilot, a mum and a guide dog. Others of us chose the superheroes we had created earlier on in the week and some of us came as Superman and Batgirl! It has been a very fun week.
Cooking with Mary Reader
Year 5 had a lovely afternoon on the 20th February with Mary Reader and her team, cooking some delicious food. They listened to where different foods come from and why it is important to eat certain foods. The children were then split into three groups to chop, prepare and cook three different meals before being able to try what they had made. They made: a sugar free breakfast bar, fishcakes, chicken chow mein and an omelette with bacon and mushroom. All of the children tried all of the different foods, some even surprised that they liked what they tasted. The favourite was chicken chow mein. Lots of Year 5 said that they wanted to make and eat these dishes at home. I look forward to hearing from parents that the children have done this!
Thank you once again to Mary Reader and her team of chefs, plus our parent helpers for a fantastic afternoon.
Learning about Shabbat
In RE, we were learning about Judaism. Miss Thomas had set up a table in the middle of the room and we were all sat at our tables around it; it looked like we were having a meal with all of us there. On the table were two candles, some special bread and grape juice. We were told we were learning about Shabbat – the special meal Jews have on a Friday to celebrate the Sabbath.
Like the Jews would do, we said a blessing, which was very similar to the prayers that we say as Christians. Miss Thomas then cut the special bread, which is called Challah bread, and shared it with us. We also had a cup of grape juice – Miss Thomas told us that she was not giving us wine! We all waited for everyone to have their bread and juice and we had ours together, having conversations as we ate and drank.
We learnt what Shabbat is, what happens and why Jews celebrate Shabbat. We then thought about why the Sabbath is similar to Jews and Christians. There are so many similarities, which we didn’t know about.
We thought it was very strange (and a little bit funny!) when Miss Thomas passed around an apple and told us to say something nice to it. We then thought the same when we had to pass another apple around and say something unkind that has been said to us before. We talked about how it feels to have unkind things to us, even things like, ‘You can’t play with us.’ We said that it makes us feel sad and hurts inside, but sometimes we can hide our feelings so that others can’t see.
Miss Thomas cut into the apples; the one we had said nice things to was juicy and looked good enough to eat. We were shocked when the one we had said unkind things to was cut open. Inside, it was all bruised. From the outside it looked just like the other apple.
It made us think that the things we say to others can have a huge impact and hurt them inside and it can’t be changed. We talked about that once unkind words have been said, they can be forgiven but not forgotten. Hopefully, the apples will remind us to say nice things to others or remember Miss Thomas’ motto: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
Year 5 supporting refugees
Year 5 were outraged when they learnt what refugees go through and why they are refugees. They wanted to do something to help them. They decided they wanted to raise money to go to the charity Samara’s Aid, for refugees. First, they wrote persuasive letters to Miss Buxton, asking if they would be raise some money. Next, they did a lot of other Literacy work about refugees, including writing the beginning of a first person narrative and a poem with rhyming couplets.
After deciding how they wanted to raise the money, by selling handmade Christmas decorations and holding a raffle, they started work! Year 5 sewed over 200 Christmas decorations – they got progressively better with their sewing skills each session! Lots of the children brought in sweets and chocolate that could be used as part of a raffle prize.
A few days before the sale, the children wrote a letter to all the parents in the school informing them of the sale, and created posters advertising their sale. Despite the weather being freezing and the sale and raffle being held outside, the children raised a fantastic £235.15. With the money, they decided that they would like to put together some care boxes for Samara’s Aid.
Twenty children from Year 5 and 6 performed some beautiful Christmas carols also sung at their Advent Carol Service, to the elderly, at their Christmas lunch at The Somerford ARC. The audience especially loved their version of ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ with some interesting actions and encouraged all those dining to join in! The children’s singing was fantastic and they made both Mr Curran and Miss Thomas very proud. Councillor David Jones spoke to the children and thanked them for singing to the elderly. We hope this to be the first of many times that we will work together with The ARC.
During Anti-bullying week, we had a talk from a PCSO about the different types of bullying and what we should do if we are being bullied or someone we know is. In another lesson, we worked in small groups and we were given different scenarios. We had to give advice to the children in those scenarios. We had some fantastic advice and knew exactly what we could do to help each of the children. Finally, we were each given a card which read, I like having … in my class because. We were given time to write something nice about everyone in their cards, which they then took home. We made cards for all of the adults that work in Year 5 as well.
This half-term, we have been doing Tag Rugby in PE. For two weeks, we were very lucky to receive coaching from Bournemouth Rugby Club. Despite the cold weather, we really enjoyed learning new skills and playing games of tag rugby. We’re now looking forward to playing in some tag rugby house matches to put our skills to good use!
In RE, we have been learning about pilgrimages – where Christians go to on pilgrimages, why they go and should it be part of their religious duty, like it is for Muslims. Our first lesson was us experiencing a pilgrimage ourselves. We used the CAFOD Lampedusa pilgrimage. Around the hall and prayer garden were different artefacts, including a world map, passport, rucksack and a loaf of bread. We spent the time reflecting on refugees and listening to some of their experiences. We ended our pilgrimage in silent prayer around a candle and wrote messages of hope for the refugees.
We are very lucky to have Mrs Walls for Science. Each week, we learn lots of new and exciting things. We do a lot of experiments, which we really enjoy. We have to make sure that we our experiments are a fair test, we also have to make predictions and write down our results. At the end of each experiment, we have to write a conclusion about what we have found and why we think we got our results.
Our experiments have included: if the height of a drop affects the height of the bounce; which surface has the most friction; which materials dissolve in liquid to form a solution and which don’t dissolve, as well as investigating irreversible changes.
RE Curriculum Week in Year 5
We enjoyed one of our fun curriculum weeks from the 9th – 13th October. We were thinking about serving like Jesus in the 21st century. The week started with us visiting the Life Education bus, which comes to our school once a year. We had good discussions about the choices we make – they can either be good or bad.
We were lucky to have Mrs Malan and Mrs Walters come into school to talk to us about their jobs and how they serve the community. We had lots of questions to ask both of them as they both have very interesting jobs – a school chaplain and runs a drama group; and an air traffic controller.
On Thursday, we led the Harvest Liturgy for the school. As always, we were amazed and delighted with how much people donated to both the Foodbank and Hope. We especially enjoyed singing two sings during the liturgy.
Our main focus throughout the week was thinking about refugees. We learnt a lot about refugees and what they are going through. We all think that it’s unfair what they have to go through and that they are left with nothing, so we are thinking of ways in which we will be able to help them. We have lots of ideas, and once we’ve written to Miss Buxton, we’re hopefully going to be doing some fundraising to help some refugees.
We welcomed Isabella and Rosemary from CAFOD back into school. They led a whole school assembly and then we had a workshop about refugees. It made us really think about what they go through, as we were given just a few minutes to decide on 6 things that we wanted to take from our homes before we had to leave. We pretended to travel on a lorry and walk a long way with all of our belongings. Once we’d used our food and water, we had to give it up. By the time we reached the boat and had given away our last pennies getting on the boat, which was very squashed, we had nothing left. We are very lucky that we don’t have to go through that, but thousands of people do.
The next day, we did a Big Write, imagining that we were a refugee. Here is Ella’s Big Write:
Lots of people have missed their favourite TV show, or not got their way and called it ‘hard slumber’, but they’ve not been through what I have, experienced what I have. I am a refugee.
I used to live in Aleppo, where we had colours to compete against the autumn leaves – reds and pinks, oranges and yellows, and greens. Then, in the shot of a gun and a clip-clopping of horse’s hooves on the cobbled streets, my life was turned upside down – and not for the best.
A war had started and no one would tell me why. Only Jimmy Shippins, the class clown, who was completely and utterly sarcastic told us, but we didn’t believe him.
Me, my brother and my two sisters were forever asking if we could run away from the war, which had started gently and got more and more violent everyday. A few days after it started, a missile hit Malta Meatball, a restaurant just two streets away. We still didn’t leave. Two days after that, we saw the smoke from a few cities away. We stayed calm; it would take them a few days to get to us we thought.
The next day, soldiers appeared out of nowhere at our house. Me, my three siblings and Mum were out. Dad was home. They took him. The moment we got home, we guessed. No note. Mum gave in and we left. I packed my teddy, a family photo to keep me strong, a money bag, food, water, a tent and a thick blanket to keep me warm. Granny came with us too. We drove to the airport and Mum managed to book a plane to Antalya in Turkey. Relief burnt like fire inside me. No matter how I tried however, longing was always there for Dad and home.
We boarded the plane and took off. It was bliss to soar through the air and watch the world go by. But that longing was always there. When at last we landed, I didn’t feel quite so scared anymore. I was excited for the new adventure, and a small part of me was angry, as the thought occurred to me that we left Dad behind.
As soon as we left the airport, we were walking for minutes, which stretched into hours, which stretched into days. Finally, slowly, we arrived in the dockyard; it was an eerie place, with a smell of stale tobacco.
“Well,” said a voice from the shadows. No one moved a muscle. Could this be a soldier who knew we were escapees? Then a man stepped out from a darkened corner of the room. His hat was lopsided and clothes ragged. I was terrified.
“I want money, or no boat!” So we gave him £100, hoping, hoping that it was enough. The man took much longer than necessary to count the money. When he finally finished, he piled us onto a boat made for two, the six of us shoulder to shoulder, and pushed us into the blue mass, where we sailed for 24 hours.