Class Teacher: Mr Curran and Mrs Loader
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Causebrook and Mrs Thomas
Have a look below to see what we have been up to!
World Book Day
On Thursday March 5th we celebrated World Book Day! We enjoyed dressing up in our favourite book characters. Please see our costumes below.
Safer Internet Day
Year 5 enjoyed a very thought provoking lesson when Lauren (from the Safe Schools & Communities Team) visited to teach the children about both the benefits and dangers of their online activity.
The main outline of the lesson was based around their online identity where they were able to:
Explain what is meant by the term ‘identity’
Describe aspects of their own online identity
Explore what it means to express their identity freely online
Describe issues online that might make themselves or others feel sad, worried or uncomfortable
Explain when and how to seek help
They began the lesson by being asked whether they owned a mobile phone or used a device. They were also asked how many of these devices had access to social media. The children listed the various apps they access. As most were not using Youtube Kids any longer and given that videos can jump around to various content on Youtube, the children were reminded of their responsibility to check and think of younger members of their family who could also be in the same room should something inappropriate appear!
Lauren reminded Y5 that they had to be 13 years of age to legally be using the named apps and games. The children completed an identity wheel and how they are known online.
Y5 were asked to think very carefully about how they choose their username and about not sharing personal information online. Lauren said everyone could learn from the benefits of being online but to make sure we protect ourselves, just as we would if were meeting people in public, face-to-face. The children were very engaged and asked lots of questions. Mr Curran added that as the children are in such a great school and know they are safe that they can trust the adults and each other. This was not always the case sadly outside of school and both Lauren and Mr Curran warned them to be cautious of those they meet online.
Lauren finished the lesson by providing children some scenarios whereby they had to make decisions. These scenarios included:
You decide to share a funny photo of your friend to a group chat, even though you know they don’t like the photo.
You go to your friend’s house and they want you to go on a live stream with them
You have been chatting to someone online for a while and they ask what school you go to.
You share a link with your friends to a website which has information that could upset people or cause offence.
You choose a profile picture that isn’t a photo of you.
Your friend adds someone new to your online game without asking you and your other friends
The children had to make decisions and move around the classroom to various corners (‘It’s not okay’, ‘It’s okay if no one finds out’, ‘I’m not sure about this’, ‘It depends’, ‘It’s fine’) and explain their thinking. They provided some very good reasons and quite a few changed their minds and moved to another part of the room based on what they heard and learnt.
Lauren left us with some cautious reminders about having mobile phones in our bedrooms when our adults were not in the room with us – if we needed it for our alarm clock, we should consider having one instead of the phone. We should also be careful of Whatsapp groups and videos, thinking of other people’s feelings.
We would like to thank Lauren who provided a great lesson and made us think about our identity online, our actions online and who we should trust.
More information can be found at: www.saferinternet.org.uk
Fire Service visit Year 5
Will in Year 5 wrote: ‘On Thursday 13th February Fireman John came into Year 5 to talk about Fire Safety. He explained to us how a fire starts, and more importantly how to prevent a fire starting and what to do if it does. Next, we discussed prank calls, why they are bad, and how they can affect how fast the fire service turn up to an emergency and save people’s lives. Finally, Fireman John left us a blank fire plan to draw a map of our house and complete showing exit points if there was a fire.’
Year 5 had a fantastic Enterprise day on Wednesday the 13th November. We welcomed four visitors, Emily, Gail, James and Isobel who really helped us with our project.
The day began by being told about the reason why they were with Year 5 all day and how they were linked to the charity SAMEE (https://samee.co.uk/). We were asked about what we knew of the world of work and what being self-employed was. We were taught skills of work such as communication, listening and teamwork.
We had to choose a team leader per group (of which there were 6 groups) who delegated jobs. We did this in different ways but most of us voted, thinking of our British values of democracy.
The whole day was based around the children designing our own animal park. We worked in groups to design a park map considering disability access, made an animal mask, created a logo and jingle for our park. We created an animal adoption pack for a penguin, made a penguin flanimal, discussed money and budgets thinking about staffing and who would work for us, e.g. cleaners, groundstaff, cashiers, shop assistants etc. We wrote some interview questions and asked them to two of the adults who had very different ideas about their attitude to work.
We enjoyed making a mocktail for our park and alongside this we created our own meal and decided how much we would charge for this. The final part of our day was when we presented our park to the rest of the class. Year 5 had such fun and learnt a lot about business, organisation skills, communication and teamwork. Y5 would like to pass on our thanks to all of the adults from SAMEE charity for the day that they prepared.
On Friday 15th November the whole school had a London Day as part of our History learning. The aims of the day were in line with our history teaching. They are:
To investigate and interpret the past;
To build an overview of world history;
To understand chronology;
To communicate historically
All classes focused on a specific location within London or an era of London’s history and engaged enthusiastically with many different activities and learning challenges. Please see our photos to see what Year 5 created.
Design and Technology
St Joseph’s follows the national curriculum for design and technology, and through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. In our Autumn term Year 5 were able to carry out research to help them design their very own Greek pots. The results were fantastic and the children proudly displayed their pots to the whole class. Please see our creations below.
Citizens Advice Hate Crime Project
Citizens Advice Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) visited St Joseph’s to give an interactive information session about how to recognise a hate incident and how to get in touch with one of the Citizens Advice trained advisers. The visit was funded by the Home Office as a one year programme raising more awareness about, and supporting people who have experienced, Hate Crime. Thank you Citizens Advice for visiting St Joseph’s and giving our children an information morning.
Life Education Bus visits St Joseph’s
The Life Education Van visited Year 5 to teach us about being assertive through body language, eye contact, being friendly, making suggestions, explaining and walking away. They also talked to Year 5 about drugs in the categories, medical and non-medical, legal and illegal.
The children really enjoyed visiting the bus and learning about aspects of personal and health education which is such an important part of their learning.