Year 5

Year 5


Class Teacher: Mr Curran and Mrs Loader

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Causebrook and Mrs Thomas


Click to download the Year 5 curriculum: Year 5 Curriculum Letter – Autumn 2019

Have a look below to see what we have been up to!





SPAG – Million Pound Drop



To make our SPAG lesson very exciting, we played Million Pound Drop; we loved it! Unfortunately, we were not playing with £1,000,000. We weren’t even playing with real money!

We were given four cards and labelled them A, B, C and D, as well as 20 beads. We were then given a SPAG question and had to work out the answer with our partner. When we were confident with our choice, we put the beads on the card we thought was correct. If we were unsure, we were able to split the beads between the cards.

After a countdown, it became very tense! We had to put our hands in the air, so that we could not move any beads. Then, one by one the incorrect answers were taken away, revealing the right answer. We all cheered if we got the answer correct.

It was so much fun, we really, really hope we’ll be able to play another game soon.


Day of Reflection


On Wednesday 19th June, Year 5 and Year 1 spent a day at Church and the Parish Centre for a Day of Reflection. The day started with a few craft activities, including decorating their own prayer cross. This was followed by Mass in Church, where the children joined parishioners. Many parishioners and Fr John commented on the children’s fantastic behaviour and reverence during Mass. Fr John was especially impressed with the spontaneous prayers that Year 5 shared.

After Mass, Fr John and Deacon Hugh held a questions and answer session for the children – the children asked some quite challenging questions! The children then spent time exploring Church, answering questions about what they could see and what was in Church. Lots of the children were amazed at the things they miss seeing when they are at Mass on a Sunday!

In the afternoon, Year 5 led Year 1 in worship, which they had planned and prepared themselves at school, having only been given the scripture and a template of the format they are used to. Finally, the children had an hour reflecting and praying in the many prayer stations that had been set up around Church, including: duplo prayers; thinking about special people in their lives and making a pipe cleaner person; writing questions that they would ask God; and using a cardboard box, thinking about injustices in our world and praying for those people who do not have homes.



Geography – Ordnance Survey Maps


For the first part of Geography this term, we focused on the world – naming countries, looking at physical and human features, as well as thinking about biomes.

Now, we have started learning about Christchurch and the local area, and comparing it to the Purbecks, where we went on our school trip to Leeson House. We recapped using a compass and compass directions. We had great fun using ordnance survey maps. We loved finding Christchurch and seeing what other places we recognised. There was so much to look at one the maps. It made it easy to compare places, as we used the key to help us. We had to answer lots of questions about Christchurch and Langton Matravers.



Active Maths – Roman Numerals


We had been learning roman numerals in Maths. We love our active maths lessons. Sadly, the weather was not on our side, but we were still able to enjoy our active maths lesson in the hall.

We were given lots of different numbers (for example, 1834) and had to make those numbers in roman numerals. We had to run and collect the roman numerals one at a time. An adult checked that our answer was correct before we were allowed to make the next number. At the end, it got quite tricky, as we were given sums in roman numerals and had to work out the answers to them.


Enterprise Week


On the week beginning 3rd June we had an Enterprise Week in school. During assembly on Monday, Mr Curran gave each class £40. We were told that with that money, we had to make things, which we would be able to sell in school on Friday. This was linked to the parable that Jesus told us, The Parable of the Talents.

In class, Miss Thomas told us that we wanted to be the class to make the most profit! She told us we would be making stress balls and what we would need to make them. In our Maths lesson, we had to work out where the cheapest place would be for Miss Thomas to buy the balloons and flour that we would need, how much it was going to cost and how many stress balls we would be able to make. We decided that we would be selling our stress balls for £1 each.

Wednesday was the fun (and slightly messy!) morning of making the stress balls. Luckily, the weather was on our side, so we were able to go outside to make our stress balls. Miss Thomas had shown us what we needed to do and then it was our turn in pairs or groups of three to make as many stress balls as possible. Once we had all made one or two, we found it much easier. We did make a bit of a mess, but cleaned up well. We LOVED making the stress balls and realised how easy they were to make!

Alex and Harry led our class worship, all about the parable of the talents. Jesus’ message from the parable was for us to use our talents that God has given us and trusted us with and we should not hide them. Also, everyone has talents and they are all equally important – we should never put someone down for the talents that they have.

On Thursday, we were very lucky to have a Science Dome in the hall, which the PTA had kindly paid for. We learnt about man’s journey to the moon. It was amazing seeing the 3D animations all around us in the dome. Lots of cheers and excited voices could be heard from outside the dome – it was really cool.

Friday morning was our selling day. In ICT earlier in the week, we had created posters advertising our stress balls. Every class set up their table in the hall ready for the sale. Class by class, we went into the hall and bought some of the products made by ourselves and other classes. It was very chaotic in the hall, but lots of fun. We sold out of stress balls.

During assembly on Friday was the moment we had been waiting for, to see which class had made the most money. The winning class will be able to go to the park as their treat. As a school, we had made a profit of £490.92, which was amazing! Year 5 had made a profit of £128.79. WE WON!!!!!!


Virtual Reality Goggles


This term, we are learning about World War 1 and doing all of our Literacy work through it. We were extremely lucky to start off this topic by using VR goggles. Immediately, we were transported to life as a World War 1 soldier in the trenches. It was incredible exploring. There were times when we screamed as we saw a tank coming towards us or we spotted a gun. At times we had to look at certain things and Miss Thomas would explain to us what we looking at.

It really felt as though we were there. Hopefully, it will really help us with our writing. The experience was amazing; we’d love to be able to use the VR goggles again soon.



Air Ambulance


We were working hard on Monday morning. We were working quietly as Year 6 were sitting their SATS. Suddenly, we heard a loud noise from a helicopter outside. The noise did not disappear and was getting louder. We saw an air ambulance circling overhead. We all ran to the window as it started to get lower. Next thing we knew, it landed in the park next to school. We were very excited; Miss Thomas let us go outside. We saw two paramedics run out once the helicopter landed.

The whole school were outside when the air ambulance took off. The wind was strong. It was a very good experience for us to see.

We had just been learning about newspaper reports in Literacy, so the next day, we wrote our own newspaper report about what we’d seen. Luckily, we found out that the person who had been injured was not seriously injured. Please see one of our newspaper reports below:

Newspaper Article Year 5


Leeson House


Our highlight of Year 5 has to be Leeson House – it was so much fun and we had an amazing time. We went from 1st – 3rd May.

Once we arrived, dropped off our suitcases and had been introduced to Ben, our group leader for the day, we set off on our first walk. Within minutes, we found ourselves in a field that had been bombed during World War 2 – we could see the craters! We were told a story of how two clever young men had been told to bomb Leeson House, but they changed the
co-ordinates very slightly and bombed the field next door instead.

After about an hour walking, we arrived at the top of a very steep hill that would take us down towards Dancing Ledge. The view was incredible. We had to walk in single file. It was extremely steep and took us about 10 minutes to get all the way to the bottom. After a quick look at Dancing Ledge, we were ready to head back up to the top of the very steep hill – it was not going to be easy getting back up! Our motivation though was our lunch, which we were yet to eat. We were all so relieved to reach the top.

On the way back we walked passed a lucky cow, which we all patted on the head, and stopped in Spyway Barn for our lunch. Whilst we ate our lunch, Ben told us many fascinating stories about smugglers and about the places where we were. We loved the stories and all listened intently. Our favourite story was about a smuggler called Isaac Gulliver.

We walked back through Langton Matravers village and saw the Church and other places that we had heard about in the smugglers’ stories.

Finally, the moment we had been waiting for was here – we found out who we were sharing a room with. We were all happy with our rooms. After being shown to our rooms and having a fire drill, we had a little bit of time. This was when we had to make our beds. Some of us were great at doing this, others not so much.

After dinner, we went outside for team building games. There were lots of different games for us to do. We were all able to work well together and manage to complete lots of the challenges. Ben also set up slack lining for us (this was just like tightrope walking). Mrs Walls and Miss Thomas even had a go. We were also very lucky to try out the blindfold trail, which hasn’t been used for many years.

We then headed in for hot chocolate, followed by showers and Miss Thomas reading us a story when we were all in our pyjamas. Bedtime – the part that the teachers were dreading!!

We were awake just after 6.00 and some of us decided this would be the time to start getting ready. Miss Thomas was not impressed!! After breakfast on Thursday, we were taken in groups by minibus to Durlston Country Park. We had a couple of hours to explore Durlston, including looking at The Globe, visiting the Visitor Centre and walking along the timeline.

The timeline was incredible. It started 4.54 billion years ago, when the Earth was made and we walked right up to a huge stone at the end, which represented present day. We couldn’t believe it at the end when we found out that for the whole distance we had walked, humans had only been around for a quarter of a millimetre!

On the walk back to Leeson, we saw many more stunning views and we stopped lots of times to hear more exciting stories. One of our favourites was about a boy called Frederick Harris who had his head chopped off!

We had a couple of hours free time when we arrived back at Leeson House. We spent this time running around, playing football and eating snacks. After dinner, we went back outside for orienteering. Miss Thomas explained to us what we had to do and gave us the map and a clipboard with our sheet to fill in. We then spent the next hour and a half running around the grounds of Leeson House trying to find the symbols. When it started to get dark, we were given torches, which was fun!

For our last morning, our first activity was pond dipping. We were given keys to look at to help us identify different animals found in the pond. One person from each group at a time had a turn pond dipping. They then took their nets to their groups and emptied the contents into a container filled with pond water. We looked carefully in the water for the creatures. We had to identify what we had caught. Harry managed to catch a rare great crested newt.

Our final activity was a geology workshop. For this, we were in a classroom and we had lots of different activities to do involving ordering, identifying and touching different rocks. It was fascinating.

Sadly, our time at Leeson House had now come to an end and we got on the coach to come back home. We had so much fun and loved our trip. Miss Thomas and all of us would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Walls, Mr Rickard and Mrs Thomas for coming with us and for all of their help. We hope they enjoyed the trip as much as we did.



Movie Week


In March, we had a special curriculum week called Movie Week. During that week, each class had to create their own movie trailer based on a book, using iMovie on the iPads. We decided to do ours on Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo, as we had read that book in class and loved it. We worked in groups to create our own trailers and one was chosen to be shown in assembly at the end of the week. We also imagining that a film of Running Wild had been made and wrote our own persuasive trailer.

On Thursday, it was World Book Day. We had lots of fun dressing up as a book character. We had the opportunity to listen to a story read by one of the teachers in school – we got to choose. We also did some shared reading with Year 1 and in the afternoon, we were given a potato and made it into a book character.

It was a fun week.




We are very lucky to have singing lessons every Friday morning with Mrs Hinchliffe. We are going to be singing in a concert at Bournemouth Pavilion in July with all of the schools from Christchurch. We will be singing lots of songs together and one by ourselves.

We have learnt lots of different terms to do with music, especially singing, such as: beat, forte, larghetto, tempo, staccato and many more. Each week, we start by clapping out different rhythms and practising using these different terms. We always warm up our voices before singing. We are looking forward to our concert.

With Mrs Walls, we have been learning to play the recorder. We are learning different tunes and each week we are learning a different note to play. We are becoming much better at reading the music.


Art – Van Gogh


In Art, we created our own versions of Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting. In one lesson, we painted our background. We were only given the colours blue, white, black and yellow. We had to mix the colours to create different shades of blue and we focused on creating the swirls as Van Gogh did.

In the next lesson, with black sugar paper, we drew our silhouette design to create the buildings and stuck it on our painting.



Orangutan Appeal


On Wednesday 13th February, John O’Malley from Orangutan Appeal UK came to speak to us. He told us about the crisis of the orangutans. The Orangutan Appeal UK was founded 18 years ago by a lady named Sue. It is a small charity, but work in Borneo, Sumatra, Indonesia and Malaysia. They save orphan orangutans and rehabilitate them, so they can eventually go back to the wild.

There are a lot of orphan orangutans because lots of the forests where they live are being cut down for palm oil. Orangutan mothers are often found in local farms and because they are stealing food for their babies, they are shot, meaning their babies have no mother.

It costs around £10,000 to rehabilitate the baby orangutans, teaching them how to be orangutans before they are able to be released into the wild. There are many things that you can do to help Orangutan Appeal, such as: adopt an orangutan, raise awareness and tell people about the charity and fundraise. As a class, we would like to raise some money for them. We will let you know what our plans are.

Written by Nahla and Harrison.






One of our favourite parts of the week is class worship. During Lent, each of our worships were based on one of the stations of the cross. Miss Thomas led some of the worships, but we led some of the others. We are all very keen to have our turn at leading a class worship.

Our main focal point has been a cross, which was specially made for us. When Jesus carried the cross, we thought about our worries and tied a ribbon on the cross; we have also reflected on our sins adding to the weight of the cross and putting stones at the foot of the cross to represent this. When Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus to carry the cross, we thought about people in our lives that help us. We stuck plasters on a cross to think about anyone in our world who is sad, reminding us to pray for them. We have also placed thorns in Jesus’ crown of thorns to say sorry for the times when we have been selfish.

After Easter, we will be planning more of our own worships and going to other classes to lead worship.



R.E – Holy Week


We were shocked to walk into our classroom one afternoon to find that it had been trashed! Tables had been overturned, chairs pushed over and our books and packs thrown on the floor. We were worried that we might be in trouble! It didn’t take us long to realise that we were doing RE and we were thinking about the story of Jesus driving the traders out of the temple. Jesus overturned tables and their stall because he was cross with the market traders for ripping off the people, especially the poor. This led to a big discussion about whether Jesus was wrong and had he sinned?

In our RE lessons, we watched part of The Miracle Maker and read in detail about the different events of Holy Week – we also had a liturgy each day focusing on one of the different events.

On Friday, we had lots of fun turning our classroom into a courtroom. Jesus was on trial. We were thinking about different reasons why people wanted Jesus killed. Miss Thomas was the judge, 12 of us were the jury and the rest of us, had to either give reasons why Jesus should or shouldn’t be killed. Everyone gave very convincing evidence. The jury made their decision and with a majority vote found Jesus to be not guilty.



Building a snowman


We were very excited to come to school on 1st February to see all of the snow still on the field and playground. Just before break time, Miss Thomas took us outside. As a class, we all worked together to build a snowman. We were very proud of our creation. Marvin very kindly let the snowman borrow his spare scarf and gloves, whilst Tom let him borrow his hat for the photo!

 Building a snowman-1

Year 5 Building a snowman




Professional Cookery Demonstration and hands-on session



On 31st January, we welcomed Mary Reader and her team, Ian, Susan and Gilly, into St Joseph’s to work with Year 5. Our afternoon started with a demonstration from Ian, who made a delicious looking, smelling and (most importantly) tasting lamb and rice dish, while Susan was making some yummy sugar free biscuits. Three kitchen stations were set up in the hall, each for a different meal from around the world.

At the first station, children were making Spanish omelette and a tomato and pomegranate salad; the second station saw children making an Asian pork stir-fry; and the final station was for a sea-bass tagine from Turkey. Children got the opportunity to cook at all three stations, which involved them chopping ingredients (some familiar, some new to them – like dill and pomegranate), adding them to the pans and stirring their ingredients thoroughly. The most fun part of the afternoon for us all was the tasting of the 3 dishes they cooked. Most loved the new dishes and wolfed down their servings – a few were unsure of the new tastes but all tried everything and were very discrete if they didn’t enjoy the flavours!

Throughout the afternoon, Mary and the chefs were educating our children about the different food they were eating and the food groups they fell into. We also learned about the importance of a balanced diet and for vegetarians we talked about some sources of protein to ensure their muscles and bodies could grow properly. They were also learning about the different vitamins in food and how they are all beneficial to our bodies in different ways.

I was very impressed with the level of food and nutrition knowledge many had and they were answering some tough and challenging questions from Mary. Many also asked very interesting and pertinent questions of the team about the foods they were handling and the techniques needed to chop food up safely.

All in all, it was a fantastic afternoon that engaged and enthused every single child and adult involved. I was immensely proud of Year 5  for their fantastic behaviour and manners, and would like to thank those parents who gave up their afternoon to support us and help with chopping and washing up!

Please see the recipes for the dishes they created on the day here: Primary School Cookery Days 2019



2018 – Autumn Term


R.E. Pilgrimages



As part of our Prayers, Saints and Feasts unit of work, we learn all about pilgrimages – what they are and why people would go on a pilgrimage. To introduce us to pilgrimages, we went on our own Lampedusa pilgrimage in school. Miss Thomas had set up different stations around the hall and prayer garden. During the pilgrimage, we were thinking about refugees and we heard different real stories about the awful things that they have to go through. We were shocked to hear that there are over 60 million refugees.

We reflected on the different questions that we were asked and couldn’t even begin to imagine some of the decisions that the refugees had to make, such as do they leave behind a family member or all stay behind knowing what the consequence of their choice could be. We were told the reason why it was called the Lampedusa pilgrimage was because a boat carrying 500 refugees sank off the coast of Lampedusa, with only 150 people surviving. Parts of the wood from the boat was made into crosses by a local carpenter and given to the refugees as a sign of hope.

We ended our pilgrimage with a prayer time and then wrote our own prayers or messages of hope to the refugees. Later in the week, our class worship was based on Pope Francis’ share the journey campaign, encouraging us to walk as far as we can to unite with refugees.


Jesse Tree


Jesse Tree-min


Advent is a season in which we prepare for the great celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas and we are preparing for Jesus’ second coming.

One way of us counting down to Christmas is by using the Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree depicts the relationship of Jesus with Jesse and other biblical figures who were the ancestors of Jesus.  The Tree helps us journey through Advent and follow the scriptures until Jesus is born. It originates from this piece of scripture from the prophet, Isaiah.

‘The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David’s descendants.’

We are really enjoying finding out about Jesus’ ancestors each day and putting them on our own Jesse Tree. Each day, we have talked about how they are similar to Jesus and how they help to understand God’s plan.


History – Ancient Greeks


Our History topic for this term has been Ancient Greeks. We have really enjoyed learning about them. We have learnt so many different things, from democracy to the first Olympic games; how the Greeks managed to defeat the Trojans with the horse and famous Ancient Greeks.

We have also learnt how the Greeks have influenced our lives today. It is hard to believe that 2000 years later, we are still doing many things that came from the Ancient Greeks. One of our lessons, we were given many different cards, some of which were red herrings, and had to decide whether the picture showed something that was given to us from Ancient Greece, before explaining how it has influenced our lives today.


Daily Run



Year 5 Daily Run-min

Each day, we take part in the daily run, usually for 5 minutes, seeing how many times we can run around the 150m track around the playground. This is to keep us fit and healthy, and also to help us with our work, as it has been proven that exercise helps our brains.

We have already run the distance to Paris (630km) and we’re very close to reaching our next destination, Rotterdam, which is also 630km away. So far in Year 5, we have run over 1200km. We are keeping a record as part of Pope Francis’ ‘Share the Journey’ campaign, supporting refugees around the world.

We really enjoy doing our run and already we can see a difference in how much further we are able to run!

Daily Run Certificate



PSHE – Being Kind


During anti-bullying week, we had a circle time. It was a bit strange to start with as we had to pass around an apple. First, when we had the apple, we had to think of something nice that had either been said to us or done to us.

Next, we passed around a different apple and had to say something unkind that had been said to us. We talked about how both of these things made us feel and what it felt like inside.

We looked at both of the apples and said how they both looked the same. However, when we cut into them, the apple that had kind said to it, looked perfect, but the one that had had unkind things said to it, was all bruised inside. We were shocked. We talked about how being unkind to someone may not make them look different on the outside, but it hurts them on the inside. Also, once something unkind has been said, it can’t be taken back. We discussed that unkind words and actions could be forgiven, as we should forgive like Jesus forgives us, but not forgotten.

Miss Thomas told us her motto, “If you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

At the end of the week, we made cards for each other and had to write why we like having each other in our class. We were very happy to take these home.


Anti-bullying Workshop



Following on from anti-bullying week, a member of the Safe Schools and Communities Team came in to speak to us about healthy friendships and anti-bullying. We were told about the different types of bullying, how it makes people feel and how we can keep ourselves and others safe. We linked this back to one of our golden rules in school: everyone has the right to be safe. We also talked about adults that we could speak to if we need to.

‘We learnt what SAFE means: S – say what you feel, A – ask for help, F – find a friend, E – exit the area.’

‘We learnt about different types of bullying and who we can talk to if we have a problem.’

‘I learnt that cyber bullying is against the law.’

In class, we made cards for each other. On the front of the card, it said ‘I like having (our name) in my class because…’ Inside the card, everyone wrote nice things about us.


Curriculum Week – 100 years on


Year 5 Curriculum Week-3


In the week leading up to Remembrance Day on 11th November, which marked 100 years since the end of World War 1, we carried out many special activities, thinking a lot about peace and how we could remember all of those people that have died in war.

In RE, we had to design a peace banner. We thought very carefully about the symbols that we used on our banner. We also had to include a piece of scripture related to peace. Many of chose one a piece of scripture we had heard a lot that week, “My peace I leave you; my peace I give you.” We thought this was very relevant as Jesus had said this to his disciples just before he left them, as he wanted the world to be a peaceful place.

Every child in the school painted a pebble red or black. During a special remembrance class worship, each child placed their pebble down to make a big poppy, which is currently sitting by the cross of life. Hopefully, every day when we walk passed, this poppy will remind us of the sacrifice of millions of soldiers who have lost their lives for us, trying to make the world a more peaceful place. Also, we had all made a special remembrance cross, with the name of a loved one on who has died, that we placed in the cross of life. We prayed for all of those people, and will continue to pray for them during the month of November.

In Literacy, we did a reading comprehension about the tomb of the unknown warrior. We found this fascinating, but also could not believe that the tomb could belong to more than half a million soldiers, who were unidentified in WW1. As a class, we wrote our own poem, called ‘We must never forget and always remember’. We used rhyming couplets to write the poem.We must never forget and always remember by Year 5-1During Art, we all made our own poppies, which formed a big school display. Also, we made a poppy collage.


To end the week, we had a special remembrance service, which concluded with a 2 minutes silence at 11 o’clock to remember all of those people who have died during wars.




At the end of October, we once again welcomed Isabella and Rosemary from CAFOD. The assembly was called ‘Brighten Up’ and it was focusing on all of the people that CAFOD have helped over the years and how they’ve been able to help. They also mentioned Pope Francis’ letter, Laudato Si, which as a class we looked at in RE.

During the workshop, we had to imagine that we were part of the team in the main CAFOD office and we needed to help the people who had been caught up in the typhoon in the Philippines a couple of months ago. We had to think about the help that would be needed immediately, in the medium term and long term. These were some of our ideas:


Clean water and food


Doctors and nurses and medicines



Medium term:


Materials to make things such as shelter



Long term:


School and education for children

Community homes

Farms – people can grow their own food

Thank you again to Isabella and Rosemary. We really enjoyed your visit again and it made us think very carefully about how lucky we all are.


Enterprise Day


On Thursday 18th October, Year 5 were very fortunate to have Sam, Ricky, Joe, Debbie and Gail from the charity SAMEE lead an enterprise day for them. Throughout the day, Year 5 were designing their own animal park.

To begin, they had to design their park, thinking about the name, where it was and what was going to be in their park. They also had to draw a map of their park. After this, they designed a catchy logo for their park, which they would be using later in the day on their brochure design. Year 5 had to think about how much they would charge for people to visit their park, as well as working out what extra things they would have in their parks to make money.

Next, Year 5 all made an animal mask of their favourite animals – we had lions, leopards, peacocks, penguins, unicorns and many more. Using one of their masks, each group had to create their own adopt an animal scheme; they had to make the animal from a flannel, a certificate of adoption and a fact sheet about the animal. Next, they made their own commercial for the animal.

After lunch, the children thought about the different jobs that would be offered in their animal park and even had a chance to write their own interview question and interview two potential employees. There was more fun to come when they designed their own café menus and created their own special mocktails, which they made and tried. They were all very pleased with their drink choices!

Finally, each group made their own brochure to advertise their animal park, before presenting it to the rest of the class, trying to persuade them all that they would like to visit. Year 5 had a fantastic day and would like to say a huge thank you to SAMEE and Sovereign Housing for allowing them to experience an enterprise day.


RE- Shabbat



In RE, we were learning about Judaism. We invited Year 2 to join us. Miss Thomas had set up a special place in the middle of the room and we were all sat 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.


Active Maths



Our favourite maths lessons this half-term have been Active Maths outside. We have been working very hard with our times tables and division. In one lesson, we were given multiplication sums, such as 452 x 7. In groups, we had to work out the answer and run to the end of the playground to collect digits to make the answer. We were also asked questions such as: make a 3 digit number that is a multiple of 3 and another 3 digit number that is a multiple of 6. As well, we had to find factors of numbers.


Fire Safety


Fire Safety Year 5-min


We were very lucky to welcome John Sweet into our class. He is a firefighter. He talked to us about fire safety. John showed us how quickly a fire can spread in the house and how dangerous fire is. We thought about creating our own escape routes at home. We looked at big posters and had to spot all of the hazards and we talked about why they are hazards and how they could be prevented. We heard about some children who make hoax calls and how serious it is – we definitely won’t be doing that. John then finished by doing our daily run with us.


Science – forces


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.



Working in teams


We have worked a lot in different groups, thinking about skills needed to work together. On our first day in Year 5, we worked as teams to build a tower. We were given cocktail sticks and midget gems and had to build the tallest tower we could. It was really fun doing this, even though some of our towers did fall down! We all worked well in our groups.





Learning about Tsunamis in Year 5

Since we started in Year 5, we have been reading the book, ‘Running Wild’, by Michael Morpurgo. The first part of the book is based on the Indian Ocean tsunami that happened in 2004. We have been fascinated learning about tsunamis. We wrote non-chronological reports about them. Here are some of the things that we learnt:

  • Tsunami is the Japanese for great harbour wave.
  • Tsunamis can be caused by underwater landslides, a meteorite, an underwater volcanic eruption or the most common reason, an earthquake. This displaces the water quickly in different directions across the water.
  • In the deep ocean, tsunamis are barely noticeable, but still travel up to speeds of 600 mph.
  • When the water becomes shallower, the waves begin to grow. The waves can rise to 100 feet high, which is approximately the same as 10 classroom stacked on top of one another.
  • Sometimes before a tsunami hits, there is a vacuum effect, which sucks all of the water from harbours and beaches. It looks like the tide has gone really far out.
  • We are very lucky living in the UK as we are not affected by tsunamis. There have only been two on record, one 2000 years before Jesus was born and the other was nearly 400 years ago. They weren’t very big waves at all.
  • Japan is one of the countries that gets the most tsunamis, because it lays above where 4 tectonic plates join.
  • The Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 was the deadliest tsunami on record. It killed just under a quarter of a million people.
  • This tsunami produced the same energy as 23,000 atomic bombs.
  • The advice in a tsunami is to get away as quickly as possible, get to higher ground and be prepared for the damage you will come back to.

We also wrote as though we were caught up in the tsunami. Sadly, whilst we have been learning about tsunamis, we heard about another tsunami that happened in Indonesia just last week, which was caused by an earthquake. So far it is known to have killed over 1,000 people. We have all been watching the news for any updates. We held a special class worship for all those that lost their lives and the survivors who are struggling to come to terms with what happened.