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Welcome to Year 5

 Our teacher is Miss Crossley and our teaching assistant is Miss Kwok. Mrs Bell is our learning support staff. 

 

 

 

 

21st June 2019

We’ve had a brilliant Health and Well-Being Week! We’ve been dancing, acting and running all week. We’ve loved the workshops that we have part of and we have all shown great enthusiasm for all the activities.

One of our particular favourites was the Creative Dance workshop and the school received this feedback following it -

‘I wanted to make a special mention regarding Year 5. They were exceptional, I was really impressed with their behaviour, positive attitude and talent!’

What a lovely thing to hear.

Well done Year 5 for a great week. You’ve been fantastic. Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Crossley

Notes for the diary

The School Fair is this Saturday

School photographs on Monday - please come in with all the correct uniform (including schools shoes!) P.E kits are not needed on Monday.

P.E. will be on Tuesday instead of Monday. Please remember P.E. kits then.

 

 

 

 

13th June 2019

It’s been Maths Week this week! We had a number of trips and Sports day but we completed two problem solving lessons. One involved building dinosaurs (adding decimals) and another involved cracking a forgotten pin combination (spotting patterns)! See the pictures! 

In English, we wrote some descriptions based on the poem ‘The Listeners’ and we also recapped relative clauses and focused on the spellings of words with silent letters. We watched a local performance of Mid-summer Night’s Dream at Ravenscourt Baptist Church. 

On Thursday, we visited St Micheal and All Angels Church for an organ recital. Year 5 impressed all with their beautiful behaviour. 

We began our new RE topic, ‘How has the Christian Message survived 2000 years?’ and thought about what are the key ingredients needed to spread a message. We wrote our own messages to spread around the world! 

Notes for the Diary 

  • Sports Day tomorrow! See you at Barnes Elms Playing Fields.
  • Open evening next week on Wednesday 
  • Health and Well-Being Week next week. Children to come in P.E. Kit each day so they can participate in the active workshops. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 7th June 

It’s been a exciting first week back after half term.

 

On Wednesday, we had our DT Day where every class made their own game. Year 5 got to make their own versions of Dobble. We designed them and cane up with a name and theme. Then, using computers we created our own cards. There was a lot of steps to remember and we all became copy, paste and resize experts by the end of it! We all had lots of fun, learnt lots of computer skills and created some amazing end products! Make sure we challenge you to a game at home. 

 

We all had our poetry performance assembly on Thursday. Year 5 recited ‘Let no one steal your dreams’ by Paul Cookson and spoke very clearly. I hope they remember these words in the future! 

 

Not only this, but we also had auditions for the school production of Lion King. Well done to all that had the courage to act and sing in front of everyone. Lots of talent! 

 

We’ve also squeezed English and Maths lessons in there. We’ve begun looking at the Listeners poem in English and all agree it creates a very spooky atmosphere. We’ll created our own word banks for creating an eerie atmosphere and will write our descriptions next week. In Maths, we’ve been rounding decimals and we’re all now very confident.

In RE, we began looking at how the Christian message has survived over 2000 years.

 

Well done for the first week back year 5.

 

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

 

Notes for the diary 

  • On Friday 14th June 2019, we have Sports Day.
  • Health and Well-being week is the week commencing 17th June 2019

 

Friday 24th May 2019

Happy half term! These 5 weeks really have flown by.

This week, in English, we finished off our discussion texts about whether or not we should ban plastic. We had to try really hard not to give our opinion away till the conclusion to make sure it was a balanced argument. Ask us what we think! In Maths, we added and subtracted fractions and went over decimals, which we will continue after half term.

In R.E., we presented what we found out about what different religions believe happens after death. In Computing, we finished adding text to our websites and edited them as a class. They now look really good! Finally, in Spanish, we recapped the words of sports in Spanish and played a number of games which tested our spelling and memory.

We had a lovely afternoon on Thursday. We all went to Ravenscourt Park to do Athletic trials and enjoy the sunshine.

I hope you have more chance to enjoy the weather over the holidays.

Miss Crossley and Year 5

 Notes for the Diary 

On Thursday 6th June, Year 5 will be performing 'Let no one steal your dreams' by Paul Cookson. We have been practising already but it would be great if you could continue to do so at home. Hopefully see you there!

 

Friday 17th May 2019

It’s been a great week in Year 5.

In English, we have been planning a discussion text based on the question ‘Should we ban plastic from our shops?’. We were already pretty knowledgeable about global warming but now we now even more aware about the human impact to our planet. We began by researching the question, which included watching some of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet! We have debated the question and now we have planned it ready for our writing next week. Watch this space! 

In Maths, we have been revising fractions. We have gone back over comparing fractions, and converting improper and mixed numbers. Miss Crossley can’t believe how much we have progressed since last time we learnt about fractions and has commended us for showing our school value of endurance. 

In R.E., we have been researching what different religions think about life after death. We all have researched different religions and have made presentations ready for next week when we will tell the rest of the class our findings. In Computing, we have continued to add text to our website pages and have learnt all about what a ‘live’ page means. In Science, we compared how different animals reproduce. 

This half term seems to have flown by!

Have a lovely weekend!

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

 

10th May 2019

This week has flown by and we’re already half way into this half term! 

We’ve been busy studying and solving problems using tables and timetables this week in Maths which is actually trickier than we thought! Hopefully, the homework will help to consolidate this. Well done for the perseverance, Year 5.  In English, we completed our suspense stories which are fantastic! Miss Crossley was so impressed with our suspense building techniques and our sentence structures! Scary reading. 

In Science, we learnt about the process of pollination and became bees ourselves in order to act it out to the whole class. We then focused on using specific scientific language to explain the process in the form of a comic strip! In RE, we learnt about Christians’ beliefs of life after death and used the Bible to piece together information about what heaven will be like. In Computing, we started making our websites using colours and photos. We’re all technology whizzes! In Humanities, we enjoyed an exciting lesson investigating the question ‘Did the slaves really build the pyramids?’. We pieced together the evidence to come to a conclusion. Ask us what we think! Miss Fox also wanted to let Year 5 know that a programme on about the Egyptians was on which they might be interested in watching. See the link below. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Year 5 and Miss Crossley 

Notes 

 - https://www.channel4.com/programmes/egypts-great-pyramid-the-new-evidence

3rd May 2019

Week 2 into our summer term and Year 5 have written some very gripping suspense stories in English and come to terms with line graphs in Maths.

In R.E., we continued our topic of the journey of life and considered bereavement and coping strategies for that. Year 5 wrote some lovely, kind letters to friends that were sad. In Science, we set up an experiment to investigate what seeds require in order to germinate. We’ll let you know the results next week! 

Enjoy the bank holiday! 

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

 

26th April 2019

The 3rd and final term is here! Not long till Year 5 are no longer Year 5 and are top of the school! 

We’ve have been straight back into the swing of things. In Maths, we have been busy cracking on with long multiplication and division. On Wednesday, some of us tackled a tricky maths problem with no numbers! We had to work out what number each letter represented. Equally, on Thursday, some of us tried to spot some patterns in division questions. Some great resilience and mathematical thinking was shown. In English, we read a scary story about a shark attack and worked on developing our reading skills particularly focusing on understanding how presentation and language choice contributes to meaning. 

In Science, we began our new topic - Life Cycles. We began thinking about the life cycle of a flowering plant and we dissected some tulips to see the parts on the flower. This term in R.E., we are going to be learning about the journey of life so we began thinking about how our own lives have been journeys. We discussed our past milestones and our hopes for the future and represented them in very creative ways.

We’ve been learning lots considering we’ve only been back for 3 days!

Have a lovely weekend. 

Year 5 and Miss Crossley 

Notices

P.E. kit

P.E. is now on Mondays and Fridays. Please make sure all children have their school P.E. kits in on these days.

Nicola Benedetti visiting St Peter’s

On Tuesday morning, we are incredibly fortunate to have Nicola Benedetti coming to visit St Peter’s. Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. Some of Nicola’s accolades include a MBE, CBE, 2 Classical BRIT awards and playing with orchestras around the world. Nicola will be speaking in a special assembly on Tuesday morning for the whole school about her career, performing for us and answering questions. Why not you read up on our famous visitor and think of a question you would like to ask https://www.nicolabenedetti.co.uk/.

 

Friday 5th April 2019

Holiday time! We’ve come to the end of a fantastic term!

We had a great time at the Easter Bonnet parade yesterday. The children’s creations were incredible! There must have been a lot of hard work going on at home. 

Today, we finished term with an Easter service in church and also made Easter cards to finish our topic of Easter in R.E which was a lovely way to finish for the holidays.

On Monday, we walked to the Lilla Huset Professional Centre in order to present our findings from our Travel Study to some travel experts at the Lilla Huset building in Hammersmith. We then asked the experts some questions about their jobs and what they think we should do to reduce pollution in the area. We found out some interesting facts! Did you know that pollution is worse inside of a car than the outside of a car? Did you know that the centre of Hammersmith is the most polluted area in the country? We didn’t! On Wednesday, we create our own action plans to persuade and encourage the rest of the school to join us in the fight against pollution! Look out for our posters around school. Ned, Anastasia, Maddy and Jess wrote a fantastic persuasive letter which is going to make it onto the website shortly.

In English, we wrote our diary entries based upon the book The Arrival. Miss Crossley was very impressed with our ‘show-not-tell’ emotive writing we included.

Sadly, we also had our final QPR session on Thursday and Eduardo and Alarni were selected to go and see a QPR match in a few weeks time! The tickets were well deserved and we hope they have an amazing time!

Have a lovely Easter everyone. See you for the Summer term in a couple of weeks!

Year 5 and Miss Crossley 

 

29th March 2019

Back to the normal timetable this week.

In English, we have started a new book called The Arrival. We were surprised to find that there were no words but have realised that the saying ‘a picture says 1000 words’ is true! The books tells a beautiful story about a father who has to leave his family to immigrate to a different country. We have been using our inference skills to work out what has been going on and today we wrote a letter as if we were the mother.

In Maths, we have been consolidating our learning of area and perimeter and some of us have got our teeth stuck into some pretty tricky challenges. We all had to help an interior designer out and work out the dimensions of a house floor plan using our knowledge of area and perimeter. This involved working out which calculation to use from the word problem. Well tried, Year 5!

In R.E., we looked at what happened on the first Good Friday and how the church celebrates this day. We had some great discussions about why Good Friday is called Good Friday and also whether Easter has got anything to do with Easter eggs and chocolate! We also had a great QPR session where we learnt a new game which was lots of fun!

 Have a lovely weekend. 

Year 5 and Miss Crossley 

Notes for the Diary

Urban Study trip to Lilla Huset on Monday.

Big Pedal - Wow…so far, we are 1st place in the ‘Big Pedal Regional Positions for Small Primary Schools, 5-day challenge in Greater London’. Nationally, we are positioned 27th, which is fantastic because there are over 300 school involved. We have one more week to go so make sure you are cycling, scooting or walking to school- that means you too adults!

 

22nd March 2019

What a mad but fun Arts Week it’s been! 

We’ve been up to all sorts. Movie workshops, drama workshops, Bollywood dancing, musical theatre dancing, flower arranging, lily sketching, watercolour painting, tarantula watching, snake holding, clay modelling and circus juggling! You name it, we’ve done it and what a fantastic time we’ve had. 

We’re sad that Arts Weeks is over for another year but we’ve loved it and Miss Crossley has loved seeing our enthusiasm and creativity!  See the photos to get a taste of our fun. 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Miss Crossley and Year 5

Notes for the Diary 

Yoga is back…

On Wednesday 27th March and Wednesday 24th April at 5.30pm, Miss Cook will be holding yoga classes in the Scott Hall to raise money for Mind charity (as part of her Marathon journey); the classes will be one-hour long and suitable for all abilities, so whether you are a first time yogi or a head standing guru, this class is for you! She hopes to see lots of you there.

 Big Pedal…

From  the 25th March until the 5th April St Peter’s School will be taking part in the Big Pedal 2019 and in for a chance to win some exciting prizes. For the next two weeks we encourage you to cycle, scoot or walk to school as much as possible so we are in for the chance of winning; each day Miss Cook will send our totals to Sustrans, who are organising the event at the end of each day.

 

Friday 15th March 2019

Grandparent’s Day was a huge success yesterday. Year 5 performed the poem ‘Gran Can You Rap?’ with even more enthusiasm than last time. We enjoyed having the Grandparents in our classroom.

In English, we have written and edited our very persuasive political speeches. Miss Crossley sees some future prime ministers in the making! In Maths, we have continued looking at converting time, both from 12 hour to 24-hour time and between different units of time e.g. hours and minutes. We tried some tricky word problems on Wednesday and Miss Crossley was impressed with how we went about solving them.

In R.E., we learnt about how churches remember Maundy Thursday and why. In Computing, we have continued to plan our webpages and many of us have created our own beasts to describe! Finally, in Science, we looked at the different phases of the moon. Test our knowledge over the weekend and see if we can tell you the stage the moon is by looking at it!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Crossley and Year 5

Notes for the Diary

 Please remember the slips for our trip to Kew Gardens next week

The Big Pedal

Get set… we’re taking part in Sustrans Big Pedal 2019, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. The challenge runs from 25 March to 5 April; it’s free and we would love everyone to be involved.

The details

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking or scooting to school. You can let us know if you or whoever does the school run has cycled, walked or used a scooter by informing your class teacher, who will record it on the Sunstrans record sheet.

It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling actively to school and is a simple way to boost their physical and mental health- let’s see what prizes we can win

8th March 2019 

World Book Day was fantastic yesterday. The children looked incredible. We had some very imaginative costumes - well done for the creativity. The whole school took advantage of World Book Day as an opportunity to read lots! In the morning, we took part in a whole school ‘Drop Everything And Read’ and enjoyed spending some time engrossed in our books. Year 5 were also read to by Miss Cook and had a hilarious reading of ’The Chocolate Cake' chapter from Matilda by the terrifying Miss Trunchball aka Mrs Ridgeon. We were laughing and trembling at the same time as she tried to persuade Brucey (Casper) to EAT THE CAKE! We also took part in an excellent Dance and Drama workshop today based on the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’.

The rest of the week has been as normal. In English, we have begun a unit on persuasive writing where we are planning to write our very own political speeches. Miss Crossley has a feeling Year 5 are going to be very good at this. So far we have looked and discussed a range famous speeches such as Obama’s first address and Winston Churchill’s famous speech and we identified the rhetorical devices used by them such as repetition of catchy phrases and personal pronouns. 

In Maths, we are still working on converting units but moved onto imperial units and also the measure of time. This involved converting 12 hour formats to 24 hour formats which we found a little tricky. We’ll come back to this next week. 

Other than Maths and English, we enjoyed our second urban travel study session where we were out 'in the field' and counted traffic on King’s Street ready to analyse next week. In R.E., we began thinking about events in Lent and finally we enjoyed our second session with our QPR representative.

Have a lovely weekend!

Year 5 and Miss Crossley 

 

1st March 2019

We’ve had an exciting week first week back this half term! 

On Wednesday, we enjoyed our first Food DT Day! Year 5 researched, designed and made their own salads and packaging. A lot of chopping, mixing and pouring went in to make the final salad bowls which looked so colourful and appetising they rivalled Pret. I think we’ve found some new budding sous chefs - take note parents! 

On Monday, we began our Urban Study of the local area. We covered a lot in the first week. We discussed pollution around where we live and realised that include noise pollution too. We discussed our own experience of the area and our likes and dislikes. We’re excited for our next session when we will collect our own data to analyse. 

Our second poetry recital was held on Thursday and Year 5 did a superb performance of 'Gran Can you Rap?' with much enthusiasm and the attitude needed to match the rap! We’re hoping we will perform again at Grandparents Day in a couple of weeks! Well done Year 5. 

We also had a visit from QPR on Thursday afternoon. We had a think about what being healthy looks like and took our own pulses. For the second half of the afternoon, we played games outside to get our heart rates going!

In Maths this week, we have been consolidating our knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000 and ended the week by using this knowledge to convert metric units. In English, we learnt about modal verbs and have written our own poems based on the poem Day by Dionne Brand. Miss Crossley loved our ideas and fantastic personification. 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Year 5 and Miss Crossley 

Notes for the Diary 

- Ash Wednesday Service

We hope as many of you as possible are able to join us at our whole school Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday 6th March at 9am in St Peter’s Church.  

 

 

 

 

5th February 2018

Half term has arrived!

On Tuesday, we had our trip to the Science Museum. We started the day at Wonderlab, where we took part in many hands on activities related to different science topics. One of the favourite activities was the friction slides and the heat mirror. Ask us if you’re unsure! We then explored the space section of the museum. It was exciting to see so many of the facts we had learned for our assembly and to see a real sized model of the spacecraft that landed on the moon with Neil Armstrong. Finally, we watched the 3D IMAX viewing of A Beautiful Planet. We saw amazing footage of Earth from space and also got an inside view into what life is like for an astronaut in space.

The rest of the week returned to the normal timetable. In English, we wrote our adventure stories. Miss Crossley was very impressed with the way we built description and suspense into our writing. It really showed how far we’ve come this year. In Maths, we finished our geometry topic and learnt how to translate shapes and how to describe those translations.

Very sadly, we said goodbye to Miss Cassy today. We hope she has a great start at her new school. We’ll miss her!

Have a lovely half term holiday.

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

 

8th January 2019

It’s been a brilliant week in Year 5.

It was Internet Safety Day on Tuesday. We enjoyed a workshop where we took part in some drama activities and learnt to be careful not to share personal information online. On the same day, we also took part in an Equaliteach workshop. We discussed stereotypes and realised how easily we make stereotypes and how quickly we can ‘judge a book by its cover’. We realised how easily we can stereotype and saw the need to challenge the way we think of people.

Year 5 also enjoyed a visit to Two Temple Place where we learnt about who John Ruskin was and what he did. We started the day by looking round the exhibition and did some of our own artwork based on the minute details of what we saw. We then discussed London life and the hustle and bustle of city living and eventually wrote letters to the mayor explaining our likes and dislikes about London and what we change if we could.  It was a great day out and inspired lots of us to do our bit to contribute to urban life!

The rest of the week has followed the normal timetable. In English, we started the week looking at the character of Kensuke. We developed our inference skills as we read between the lines of the text to find out information about him. We have now began planning our own adventure stories. We were all so creative and Miss Crossley was thrilled with our plans. She is very much looking forward to our writing next week.

In Maths, we have been focusing on reflecting 2D shapes and describing our reflections using co-ordinates. This was trickier than we thought but using mirrors helped us.

In R.E. we read through a number of Muslim stories and reflected on what we learnt about Muslim beliefs through them.

Have a lovely weekend!

Year 5 and Miss Crossley 

 

 Reminders: 

- Please can all children bring their reading books in on Thursdays and Fridays. 

- Science Museum trip forms need to be back by Monday. 

 

 

1st February 2018

We really have been to space and back in Year 5 this week. We are all buzzing after our class assembly yesterday. Miss Crossley is very proud of us for our amazing efforts and excellent performance. We couldn’t have looked more of the part as the costumes were amazing so thank you to all those who helped put those together. Well done Year 5! I hope you enjoy looking through the photos.

We continued to learn about space this week in our Science lessons as we learnt about why we have night and day. We created presentations to explain it to the rest of the class which included a very amusing role play of a teacher called Miss Wolf and her class!

In English, we have been writing setting descriptions about the island in Kensuke’s Kingdom and have focused on making each sentence effective, which we very much succeeded in doing! In Maths, we have been learning about recognising 2D representations of 3D shapes. We have discussed nets and plan views of shapes. In R.E., we learnt about the Qur'an and the importance of prayer in Islam and we acted out the ritual of Wudu (washing) before prayer and Salat. Finally, in Computing, we have been creating geometric art using the computers. We were amazed at how something so simple could look so effective!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Crossley and Year 5

 

25th January

Full steam ahead with the assembly. The children have been practising very hard this week and have impressed with the way they have learnt their lines! We're very excited for our performance and we would love you to come and join us to watch next Thursday (see below).

In English, we have continued reading Kensuke's Kingdom. We have been looking at writing informal and formal letters. We firstly wrote a postcard to a friend from the boat as Michael and then we write a letter to Miss Frazer. We worked hard to make sure the tone was different in both letters. 

In Maths, we have moved away from fractions and have started our topic of Geometry. We have been doing all things related to angles this week. We have estimated, compared, measured, drawn and found missing angles! Phew! A lot of work. Miss Crossley is very pleased with our learning especially as this is the first time we have used protractors. We will be protractor whizzes very soon. 

Have a lovely weekend and keep learning those lines. 

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

Notes for the diary 

- As mentioned above, it is our class assembly on Thursday 31st January. Please come and support us by coming to the Scott Hall for 9am.

- Mrs Zalar is running an Online Safety workshop for parents on Tuesday 29th January from 5.30pm – 7pm in the Year 6 classroom.

22nd March 2019

What a mad but fun Arts Week it’s been! 

We’ve been up to all sorts. Movie workshops, drama workshops, Bollywood dancing, musical theatre dancing, flower arranging, lily sketching, watercolour painting, tarantula watching, snake holding, clay modelling and circus juggling! You name it, we’ve done it and what a fantastic time we’ve had. 

We’re sad that Arts Weeks is over for another year but we’ve loved it and Miss Crossley has loved seeing our enthusiasm and creativity!  See the photos to get a taste of our fun. 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Miss Crossley and Year 5

Notes for the Diary 

Yoga is back…

On Wednesday 27th March and Wednesday 24th April at 5.30pm, Miss Cook will be holding yoga classes in the Scott Hall to raise money for Mind charity (as part of her Marathon journey); the classes will be one-hour long and suitable for all abilities, so whether you are a first time yogi or a head standing guru, this class is for you! She hopes to see lots of you there.

 Big Pedal…

From  the 25th March until the 5th April St Peter’s School will be taking part in the Big Pedal 2019 and in for a chance to win some exciting prizes. For the next two weeks we encourage you to cycle, scoot or walk to school as much as possible so we are in for the chance of winning; each day Miss Cook will send our totals to Sustrans, who are organising the event at the end of each day.

 

Friday 15th March 2019

Grandparent’s Day was a huge success yesterday. Year 5 performed the poem ‘Gran Can You Rap?’ with even more enthusiasm than last time. We enjoyed having the Grandparents in our classroom.

In English, we have written and edited our very persuasive political speeches. Miss Crossley sees some future prime ministers in the making! In Maths, we have continued looking at converting time, both from 12 hour to 24-hour time and between different units of time e.g. hours and minutes. We tried some tricky word problems on Wednesday and Miss Crossley was impressed with how we went about solving them.

In R.E., we learnt about how churches remember Maundy Thursday and why. In Computing, we have continued to plan our webpages and many of us have created our own beasts to describe! Finally, in Science, we looked at the different phases of the moon. Test our knowledge over the weekend and see if we can tell you the stage the moon is by looking at it!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Crossley and Year 5

Notes for the Diary

 Please remember the slips for our trip to Kew Gardens next week

The Big Pedal

Get set… we’re taking part in Sustrans Big Pedal 2019, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. The challenge runs from 25 March to 5 April; it’s free and we would love everyone to be involved.

The details

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking or scooting to school. You can let us know if you or whoever does the school run has cycled, walked or used a scooter by informing your class teacher, who will record it on the Sunstrans record sheet.

It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling actively to school and is a simple way to boost their physical and mental health- let’s see what prizes we can win

8th March 2019 

World Book Day was fantastic yesterday. The children looked incredible. We had some very imaginative costumes - well done for the creativity. The whole school took advantage of World Book Day as an opportunity to read lots! In the morning, we took part in a whole school ‘Drop Everything And Read’ and enjoyed spending some time engrossed in our books. Year 5 were also read to by Miss Cook and had a hilarious reading of ’The Chocolate Cake' chapter from Matilda by the terrifying Miss Trunchball aka Mrs Ridgeon. We were laughing and trembling at the same time as she tried to persuade Brucey (Casper) to EAT THE CAKE! We also took part in an excellent Dance and Drama workshop today based on the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’.

The rest of the week has been as normal. In English, we have begun a unit on persuasive writing where we are planning to write our very own political speeches. Miss Crossley has a feeling Year 5 are going to be very good at this. So far we have looked and discussed a range famous speeches such as Obama’s first address and Winston Churchill’s famous speech and we identified the rhetorical devices used by them such as repetition of catchy phrases and personal pronouns. 

In Maths, we are still working on converting units but moved onto imperial units and also the measure of time. This involved converting 12 hour formats to 24 hour formats which we found a little tricky. We’ll come back to this next week. 

Other than Maths and English, we enjoyed our second urban travel study session where we were out 'in the field' and counted traffic on King’s Street ready to analyse next week. In R.E., we began thinking about events in Lent and finally we enjoyed our second session with our QPR representative.

Have a lovely weekend!

Year 5 and Miss Crossley 

 

1st March 2019

We’ve had an exciting week first week back this half term! 

On Wednesday, we enjoyed our first Food DT Day! Year 5 researched, designed and made their own salads and packaging. A lot of chopping, mixing and pouring went in to make the final salad bowls which looked so colourful and appetising they rivalled Pret. I think we’ve found some new budding sous chefs - take note parents! 

On Monday, we began our Urban Study of the local area. We covered a lot in the first week. We discussed pollution around where we live and realised that include noise pollution too. We discussed our own experience of the area and our likes and dislikes. We’re excited for our next session when we will collect our own data to analyse. 

Our second poetry recital was held on Thursday and Year 5 did a superb performance of 'Gran Can you Rap?' with much enthusiasm and the attitude needed to match the rap! We’re hoping we will perform again at Grandparents Day in a couple of weeks! Well done Year 5. 

We also had a visit from QPR on Thursday afternoon. We had a think about what being healthy looks like and took our own pulses. For the second half of the afternoon, we played games outside to get our heart rates going!

In Maths this week, we have been consolidating our knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000 and ended the week by using this knowledge to convert metric units. In English, we learnt about modal verbs and have written our own poems based on the poem Day by Dionne Brand. Miss Crossley loved our ideas and fantastic personification. 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Year 5 and Miss Crossley 

Notes for the Diary 

- Ash Wednesday Service

We hope as many of you as possible are able to join us at our whole school Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday 6th March at 9am in St Peter’s Church.  

 

 

 

 

5th February 2018

Half term has arrived!

On Tuesday, we had our trip to the Science Museum. We started the day at Wonderlab, where we took part in many hands on activities related to different science topics. One of the favourite activities was the friction slides and the heat mirror. Ask us if you’re unsure! We then explored the space section of the museum. It was exciting to see so many of the facts we had learned for our assembly and to see a real sized model of the spacecraft that landed on the moon with Neil Armstrong. Finally, we watched the 3D IMAX viewing of A Beautiful Planet. We saw amazing footage of Earth from space and also got an inside view into what life is like for an astronaut in space.

The rest of the week returned to the normal timetable. In English, we wrote our adventure stories. Miss Crossley was very impressed with the way we built description and suspense into our writing. It really showed how far we’ve come this year. In Maths, we finished our geometry topic and learnt how to translate shapes and how to describe those translations.

Very sadly, we said goodbye to Miss Cassy today. We hope she has a great start at her new school. We’ll miss her!

Have a lovely half term holiday.

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

 

8th January 2019

It’s been a brilliant week in Year 5.

It was Internet Safety Day on Tuesday. We enjoyed a workshop where we took part in some drama activities and learnt to be careful not to share personal information online. On the same day, we also took part in an Equaliteach workshop. We discussed stereotypes and realised how easily we make stereotypes and how quickly we can ‘judge a book by its cover’. We realised how easily we can stereotype and saw the need to challenge the way we think of people.

Year 5 also enjoyed a visit to Two Temple Place where we learnt about who John Ruskin was and what he did. We started the day by looking round the exhibition and did some of our own artwork based on the minute details of what we saw. We then discussed London life and the hustle and bustle of city living and eventually wrote letters to the mayor explaining our likes and dislikes about London and what we change if we could.  It was a great day out and inspired lots of us to do our bit to contribute to urban life!

The rest of the week has followed the normal timetable. In English, we started the week looking at the character of Kensuke. We developed our inference skills as we read between the lines of the text to find out information about him. We have now began planning our own adventure stories. We were all so creative and Miss Crossley was thrilled with our plans. She is very much looking forward to our writing next week.

In Maths, we have been focusing on reflecting 2D shapes and describing our reflections using co-ordinates. This was trickier than we thought but using mirrors helped us.

In R.E. we read through a number of Muslim stories and reflected on what we learnt about Muslim beliefs through them.

Have a lovely weekend!

Year 5 and Miss Crossley 

 

 Reminders: 

- Please can all children bring their reading books in on Thursdays and Fridays. 

- Science Museum trip forms need to be back by Monday. 

 

 

1st February 2018

We really have been to space and back in Year 5 this week. We are all buzzing after our class assembly yesterday. Miss Crossley is very proud of us for our amazing efforts and excellent performance. We couldn’t have looked more of the part as the costumes were amazing so thank you to all those who helped put those together. Well done Year 5! I hope you enjoy looking through the photos.

We continued to learn about space this week in our Science lessons as we learnt about why we have night and day. We created presentations to explain it to the rest of the class which included a very amusing role play of a teacher called Miss Wolf and her class!

In English, we have been writing setting descriptions about the island in Kensuke’s Kingdom and have focused on making each sentence effective, which we very much succeeded in doing! In Maths, we have been learning about recognising 2D representations of 3D shapes. We have discussed nets and plan views of shapes. In R.E., we learnt about the Qur'an and the importance of prayer in Islam and we acted out the ritual of Wudu (washing) before prayer and Salat. Finally, in Computing, we have been creating geometric art using the computers. We were amazed at how something so simple could look so effective!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Crossley and Year 5

 

25th January

Full steam ahead with the assembly. The children have been practising very hard this week and have impressed with the way they have learnt their lines! We're very excited for our performance and we would love you to come and join us to watch next Thursday (see below).

In English, we have continued reading Kensuke's Kingdom. We have been looking at writing informal and formal letters. We firstly wrote a postcard to a friend from the boat as Michael and then we write a letter to Miss Frazer. We worked hard to make sure the tone was different in both letters. 

In Maths, we have moved away from fractions and have started our topic of Geometry. We have been doing all things related to angles this week. We have estimated, compared, measured, drawn and found missing angles! Phew! A lot of work. Miss Crossley is very pleased with our learning especially as this is the first time we have used protractors. We will be protractor whizzes very soon. 

Have a lovely weekend and keep learning those lines. 

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

Notes for the diary 

- As mentioned above, it is our class assembly on Thursday 31st January. Please come and support us by coming to the Scott Hall for 9am.

- Mrs Zalar is running an Online Safety workshop for parents on Tuesday 29th January from 5.30pm – 7pm in the Year 6 classroom.

18th January 2019

It's been another good week in Year 5.

 In Maths, we have continued with fractions and have now been combining all our knowledge from the past unit to multiply fractions and mixed numbers with whole numbers. It’s pretty tricky and requires a lot of brain power but we have been persevering. Miss Crossley is very impressed with our efforts.

In Science, we continued with our topic of Space and learnt all about the planets and created posters to display our new knowledge. In Humanities we were learning about Oslo and have been plotting the temperature in different seasons onto graphs.

Have a lovely weekend everyone. 

Year 5 and Miss Crossley 

 

11th January


Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely holiday. Year 5 have had a wonderful first week back and have begun lots of exciting new topics!

We have begun reading Kensuke’s Kingdom in English, which we are all very much looking forward to. In Maths, we have continued to consolidate our knowledge of fractions and Miss Crossley is very impressed with everything we managed to remember over Christmas! In Science, we have begun the topic of Space. We are considering geometric art in Computing and how we can create geometric patterns online. In R.E., we have started to look at Islam. 

A few reminders: 

P.E. will be on Mondays and Tuesdays. Tuesdays will be gymnastics so please make sure no earrings and either shorts or skorts must be worn. 

Please can children also make sure they have their reading book in school each day. This is to make listening to the reading in class much easier. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Year 5 and Miss Crossley 

 

21st December

Christmas has arrived! We have had a great last week of term in Year 5!

On Tuesday, it was our Carols by Candlelight service. Miss Crossley was so proud of those year 5 children who performed. They sang so well AND in two parts the whole way through! It sounded very beautiful. Well done!

On Wednesday, we ate a delicious Christmas lunch and sang some Christmas songs.

On Thursday, we had our KS2 Christmas quiz which involved a number of rounds from Guess the Celebrity Baby to a Christmas technology round. It was lots of fun!

In the classroom, we completed a few end of term tests to show everything we have learnt so far this year.  We tried our best and Miss Crossley was impressed with the effort and concentration we put into them considering it was the last week of term! We also completed a Geography Christmas challenge and some Maths Christmas challenges, finished off our English writing and made some beautiful Christmas cards and now it’s the last day!

Miss Crossley, Mrs Bell, Mrs Cassy and Miss Kwok also wanted to say a huge thank you for your generosity - you’ve been very kind.

We hope you all have a lovely, restful break over the holidays.

Merry Christmas!

Year 5 and Miss Crossley.  

Notes for next term

Year 5 will now have P.E. on Mondays and Tuesdays starting from the first day back (8thJanuary)

 

14th December 2018 

It’s beginning to feel very Christmassy in Year 5! We all looked very bright and cheerful in our Christmas jumpers today and the confusion over what the bird on the front of Miss Crossley’s jumper was provided us with some giggles. We also had a fun time watching the KS1 Nativity this afternoon. What an amazing job they did!

 Despite the Christmas festivities, we have still been busy learning this week! In Maths, we have begun looking at Fractions. We began the week finding equivalent fractions and since then have also ordered and compared numbers with different denominators and also converted improper fractions to mixed numbers. We’ve been very good at using visual diagrams to help us unpick what all the numbers are referring to and that’s been helping us.

In R.E. we looked at Christmas cards! We were given a pile of Christmas cards and we had to sort them into groups. We then discussed what the message each Christmas card was giving about the meaning of Christmas and talked about which was our favourite and why. In Science, we completed a scratch test on different materials using nails.

1 week to go!

Hope you have a lovely weekend,

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

Next week

Nativity play on Tuesday at 10am and 2pm in the Scott hall

Carols by Candlelight on Tuesday at 6.30pm in the Church

Wednesday is our Christmas Dinner at school.

Friday is our Christmas service in the Church at 9am, please come and join us.

…and don’t forget we finish at 2.00pm on Friday for Christmas. 

 

7thDecember 2018  

Year 5 are very much getting in the Christmas spirit. We had a wonderful time visiting Westminster Abbey today (despite the initial soaking on the walk to the station)! The Abbey had a wonderful atmosphere as we sang songs together, listened to a talk about what the Christingle symbolised, and all lit our very own Christingles. The children did amazingly well not to give in to temptation to eat the sweets during the service! This afternoon we also were considered the meaning of Christmas as we listened to and wrote our very own Christmas Carols! Miss Crossley was very impressed with our compositions. 

The rest of the week we have been carrying on our learning as normal. In English, we have started the topic of news reports. We had a very exciting lesson where we found out there had been a UFO sighting in a village called Middlehaven. Half the class were witnesses to the event and the other half were reporters who had to find out what had happened. We will plan our own news reports next week. 

In Maths, we have covered short division with remainders. We were very good at using the division method to answer calculations, but we realised it was a lot trickier when we had to interpret the context of the remainders. Later in the week, we moved onto decimals. 

In Computing, we learnt about the importance of using secure passwords. In Science, we sorted materials based on their properties and some of us independently investigated which materials in the classroom were conductors. Miss Crossley didn’t give us any instructions, so we had to plan our investigation ourselves.

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Crossley

Notes for the Diary

Bling your bike - let's get active!

To promote scooting or cycling to school, on Wednesday 19th November 2018, we invite you to bling your bike or scooter.

Throughout the day each class will share their designs with one another in the playground, a winning scooter or bike will be selected from each class, and the child who wins will receive a prize.

 

30thNovember 2018

Cycling Week!

This week has been a little bit different as most of Year 5 have been popping in and out of class all week to take part in their cycling course! The children seem to have had an excellent time and have learnt lots about cycling safety – an important skill in London! 

When not outside cycling the roads, we have been continuing to learn lots. In Maths, we have spent the week consolidating our learning from the term so far. We finished our work on long multiplication, then looked back over area and perimeter, multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 and also got a head start on our new topic of division. We also completed a tricky maths challenge involving our knowledge of factors and multiples.

 In English, we looked at a poem called the Eagle by Lord Alfred Tennyson. We spent some time thinking about the writer’s particular word choices and how that made it an effective read. We then had a go at performing the poem. We realised that you don’t always need actions to make a performance engaging, instead, we can use our voices! We spent the rest of the week doing a mix of grammar and spelling activities to help us improve our writing.

In Science, we looked at some more irreversible changes that happen when materials are burnt. We predicted what would happen to different materials when they are heated and what would be produced as a by-product. We also learnt about the dangers of burning some material and the toxic gases that can be given off. In Computing, we are getting rather good at cracking codes! This week we looked at substitution and frequency analysis in order to crack a code. In R.E., we looked at some very famous paintings of Jesus’ birth and thought about the meanings behind them and why the artist might have painted them that way.

Have a great weekend. 

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

 

23rdNovember 2018

It’s been another great week in Year 5.

In English, this week we have been writing our legend stories! We have particularly been focusing on punctuating direct speech perfectly and writing to convey action and suspense. Miss Crossley has enjoyed reading the stories as they have developed. We have many heroic figures, gruesome dragons and evil knights.

In Maths, we have been learning to multiply large numbers using long multiplication. We started by multiplying 3 and 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers and then moved onto 3 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers which we found was quite a lot trickier!

In Computing, we looked at cracking cipher codes on the computers. These were a little trickier to solve than Morse and Semaphore codes, but we got there in the end! In Science, we recapped what irreversible and reversible reactions are and then considered how heating and cooling can often result in new materials being made and that these changes are often irreversible.  We also took part in a BBC live lesson where we helped Dr Who solve a Space related problem where a mystery planet was blocking the sun!  This gave us an introduction to our topic for next term and helped us understand how planets orbit. It also helped us to learn what transparent, translucent and opaque means as we considered how light travels through different objects. In R.E, we have been writing some letters to our future selves with pieces of wisdom we never want to forget!  

On Thursday, we had a break from the curriculum as it was International Day! There were some amazing outfits worn around the school from teachers and pupils. In KS2, the children travelled to South Africa, Argentina, Norway and India. We learnt facts about the different countries, tried lots of yummy food and took part in different activities. It was an extremely fun day!  

Have a lovely weekend.

Year 5 and Miss Crossley.

Notes for the Diary

Please can all the children taking part in the ‘Bikeability’ school-based lessons remember to bring their bikes and helmets in on Monday, and for the rest of next week.

 

16th November 2018

It's been a great week in Year 5.

In Maths, we have begun a new topic of multiplication and have spent the week getting our heads round lots of maths vocabulary such as prime numbers, factors, multiples, square numbers and cube numbers.

In English, we have continued our topic of legends. On Monday, in groups we all read different legend stories including; The First Battle, Excalibur and Lancelot’s First Quest. From our reading, we picked out general structure of a legend story. We then presented the different stories to each other and discussed the similarities and differences between the legends. Later in the week, we then read another legend about Edmund of Englefield. We each took a scene from the legend and acted it out. There were some excellent regal Kings and some gruesome battle scenes! The whole class made good use of sound effects and props from the classroom to bring their performance to life and made them very entertaining to watch.

In Computing, we continued with our topic of code breaking and this time focused on Morse code and how it can me used to communicate in different situations. We decoded some Morse code messages and sent our very own secret messages. We also discussed which certain letters have short sequences and found out that this is because they are letters we use very frequently. In Science we had some fun looking at irreversible reactions. We observed what happened when Mentos were added to Coke, bicarbonate of soda was added to vinegar and milk added to vinegar! In P.E., we have begun Hockey and focused on perfecting our control of the ball and our dribbling skills.

Have a lovely weekend!

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

 

9th November 2018 

It’s been another busy week in Year 5!

In Maths, we started looking at converting units of measure. It was trickier than we were first expecting! Miss Crossley was pleased with the resilience we showed this week when we were finding it difficult and it payed off in the end. Once we had consolidated our learning of multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000, we made good progress and managed to move onto solving word problems involving converting units. Great work Year 5.

In English, we began our topic on legends. We read 'The Sword in the Stone' and thought carefully about our opinions of the different characters in the story. We had to be sure that our opinions were based on evidence from the text. We then wrote our own diary entries as either Arthur or the jealous, older brother Kay. We’re now looking forward to looking at some different examples of legends next week and starting to plan our own.

In Computing, we started a new topic of code breaking and considered the ways people communicated before the inventions of phones, internet and radios. We looked at the use of semaphore and used flags to send secret messages to each other. In Science, we continued looking at our new topic of properties of materials and their changes. We considered how we might reverse a range of odd mixtures back into their original components using sieving, evaporating and filtering. We had to think carefully about which order we would separate the materials in to get the best results. In R.E., we have begun looking at a new topic called 'Wisdom'. We discussed what wisdom was, why it was important and where people of faith got their wisdom from. We then found wise sayings and stories from the Bible and made a note of them. 

As well as the usual subjects, we also had two superb workshops. On Wednesday, we had workshops following on from our ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ day before half term. In the morning, we enjoyed a fun fitness session and we then spent time in class looking more closely at what racism is. The workshop was excellently led and we were given a chance to talk openly within the class. On Friday, we also had an Anti-Bullying workshop which involved games, discussions and creating our own freeze frames.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

 

Notes for the Diary:

On Monday it will be ‘Odd Socks Day’. Get your odd socks ready to celebrate how unique we all are!

On Friday we are asking children to add spots to their uniform for ‘Children In Need’. A few ideas could be spotty socks, spotty tights, a spotty tie, a spotty headband or even spotty stickers on your jumper! The School Council will also be collecting any donations for the charity in the playground before school and will be hosting a cake sale after school outside the Year 1 classroom.

 

A great first week back!

Welcome back to the Year 5 blog for another half term! What a week it has been!

We had our very first St Peters’ poetry recital on Wednesday morning. Year 5 performed the poem Tyger Tyger by William Blake. All the children in the class learnt the words and actions off by heart over half term and we practised performing our poem in class making sure we were using our voices to add meaning to the poem. Miss Crossley was very proud of Year 5 for their fantastic performance of a pretty tricky poem! All the children presented themselves so confidently in front of the whole school.  Following on from this, in English, we used the poem Tyger, Tyger to inspire our own poetry. We discussed the meaning of Tyger, Tyger and picked out the language that was used before planning and writing our very own poems about majestic, fearsome lions! There were lots of beautiful poems written.

We also had our first DT day of the year! Year 5 designed, built and tested their very own propeller cars! It was a very exciting day. We had to listen very carefully to the instructions as we built the cars as it was more complicated then we initially thought, but we got there in the end and even decorated to make them our own! We’re very pleased with them and can’t wait to show them to you on Monday when they’ll be sent home.

In Maths, we continued with the topic of measure. We began the week by finding the area of composite rectilinear shapes and then completing a word problem based on area and perimeter. It was interesting to see the different ways we tackled the same problem. For the second half of the week, we looked at how to find the volumes of shapes practically and mentally by taking the shape apart in our head. It was quite tricky to do mentally but we’re getting surprisingly good at it. 

In Science, we moved on to consider the topic of Properties and Changes of Materials. We mixed a range of materials in water and observed to see if the dissolved. In Computing, we had an E-Safety lesson where we considered what information we should be careful about sharing online.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

  

19thOctober 2018

It’s been a great week for Year 5, in our final week before half term. In English, we finished our topic of explanation texts. On Tuesday, we held our very own Year 5 ‘Dragon’s Den’ where we had to explain and present our products to others in the class! We had to work on clearly explaining how our technology worked and why it was useful to make sure we kept the Dragons engaged! We gave each other constructive feedback which helped us when we came to write up our final explanation piece.

In Maths, we started a new topic of measure and have been looking at finding the perimeter of different shapes. We started by finding the perimeter of rectangles and have now progressed to finding the perimeters of compound shapes. After that, we were challenged to find the perimeters of rectilinear shapes with missing sides. We then moved on to consider area of different shapes. It was tricky not to get confused with perimeter and area but we got the hang of it.

In Computing, we have continued to develop our games further and have persevered in fixing any bugs/ errors in the game. In R.E. we continued looking at Judaism and looked at the importance of the 10 commandments. In Science, we completed an experiment using string, metre rules and our water bottles to create 3 different pulleys. We tested which pulleys were the most effective and some children even created their very own pulley designs.

This week in Year 5, we have been celebrating Black History Month along with the rest of the school. In History, we looked at the life of Nelson Mandela and considered what life was like in South Africa during Apartheid. Many of us were rather shocked by what we learned and were thankful for Nelson Mandela’s contribution to bringing such a change to the country.  On Friday, we adorned many shades of red for our Show Racism the Red Card day. Miss Crossley almost didn’t recognise half of the class at registration as so many of us had bright red hair! We attended a workshop where we talked about what racism was and how it effects people.

 And rest! After this busy Half Term, it is time for us to sign off for a week and enjoy a restful half term. Have a lovely week everyone.

 Year 5 and Miss Crossley

 

12th October 2018 

We hope you have enjoyed looking at our PGL photos that are up on the door of the Year 5 classroom. If you haven’t seen them yet, come and have a look! We’d love to show them to you. 

In English, we have been continuing our topic of explanation texts and we wrote up our plans from last week. Miss Crossley loved reading them! We are now designing our own technology for the future. Miss Crossley is sure there are some entrepreneurs among us.

In Maths, we did some excellent work on addition and subtraction using both mental and written methods.

In Computing, we have continued to develop our games further and have perservered in fixing bugs/ errors in our games. Hopefully, they will soon be ready for other people the play! In R.E. we have continued looking at our topic of Judaism and looking in detail at the meal Jews share to celebrate the Passover.

Notes for the diary 

  • Family Supper Thursday evening, please come along and share food with other communities within the school.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Year 5 and Miss Crossley


 

Back to the timetable!

Our PGL experience seems a long way away now, although hopefully the homework this week helps the children to relive some of their favourite memories. We’re going to make a display on the doors of the classroom with some of the photos so you can see our adventures in action!

Back to the curriculum, in English we have been moving onto explanation texts. We have been looking at examples of explanation texts in detail and drawing out the main features. We had fun looking at an explanation text about a machine called The Teacher Pleaser which created cups of coffee and tidied the classroom at the push of a button! We then used the same format to come up with our own ideas which ranged from The Donald Trump Pleaser to The Puppy Pleaser to The Sister Pleaser. Miss Crossley loved hearing our suggestions and she is excited to read them once we write up our plans next week!

In Maths, we have been finishing our unit of work on place value. We began the week by considering negative numbers and in the last couple of days worked on a couple of things that Miss Crossley thought we needed recapping before we move onto addition and subtraction.

In R.E, we looked at the story of The Passover which we will continue next week. In Science, we have been looking at air resistance and completed an experiment using a spinner. We had to drop it from a certain height and then gradually cut the wings to investigate if it would fall faster with more or less surface area. In Humanities, we have continued to plan our posters about the Industrial Revolution.

Notes for the diary

  • Monday is our Harvest Service, so please could all children bring a donation of along for the less fortunate.
  • Please could all children start bringing their reading books into school each day.

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

 

 

The final day

Good afternoon,

Today we had to say goodbye to PGL after another morning of activities which consisted of Abseiling and Problem Solving (not Maths this time!). We witnessed some interesting techniques coming down the abseiling wall from spider crawling to moonwalking to bunny hopping! No height seems to scare this Year 5 class!

Problem Solving put our team work skills to the test in a big way. A series of challenges were thrown at us which we had to solve in record times. We had to make our way through a maze of lasers, construct a working pipeline and work together to move some heavy tyres. Some proved harder than we thought but Miss Crossley has spotted some budding leaders within the group!

Just a quick blog post to say a huge well done to Year 5 for their amazing efforts over the last 3 days. Every child has got stuck in to the activities, challenges, songs, food and everything PGL related. This class has a huge amount of enthusiasm and have been willing to throw themselves into everything which is something that did not go unnoticed. Word got around and the teachers were very proud to be told that all the instructors loved having the St Peter’s children on their activities and said how fantastic they had been. Considering how many schools go to PGL we think that is a mighty compliment!

A big thank you also must go to Miss Royer and Miss Frazer for organising and helping Year 5 over the past three days and in the build-up to the trip. They’ve done a huge amount to care for and look after the children and also show me the ropes of PGL. It has been a pleasure to experience my first PGL with this class and to get to know them in a different light! 

Parents/ carers enjoy hearing ALL about our trip over the weekend and be prepared to learn the words to a whole batch of songs/ chants which you won’t be able to get out of your heads!

Have a great weekend.. and get the washing powder ready!

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

 

Day 2 of The PGL Adventure!

Everyone slept well last night and the teachers didn’t have to come into our rooms to settle us down so, after a tasty breakfast, we were all refreshed for the busy day ahead!

Our action packed second day consisted of many challenging activities such as The Giant Swing, Buggy Building, Archery and Zip Wire. All the children completed the activities in their 3 groups; The Mighty 9, Pretty Good Looking (PGL), and Team KTM. The children came up with their own team names! Here is a breakdown all the activities and highlights from the day.

Giant Swing: The title pretty much sums this one up. Two helpless Year 5 children are attached to a giant swing and hoisted higher and higher into the air by the other children. The children on the swing then pull on the cord which causes them to plummet down from the great height. This was one of the favourite activities of the day and a particular highlight for Miss Crossley was hearing Jarran’s amusing rendition of ‘I believe I can fly’ as he swung back and forth between the trees.

Zip Wire: This was another activity which required the children to muster up a lot of courage as they took a leap of faith off the 30ft wooden tower and zipped along the 100ft line. There were lots of cheers of encouragements, some frantic waving and loud screaming as each person whizzed past!

Buggy Building: Each group was given a pile of barrels, logs and some ropes and were told to assemble a mobile which was able to travel over ground from one point to another. Teamwork was key in this activity and we learnt to listen to different ideas as we figured out how to tie knots that would hold and where to place the various components. The whole team then each took a rope and dragged the buggy over the ground while two members laid back and relaxed in their new mode of transport! Miss Royer was impressed with our leadership and the way we worked together.

Archery: By the end of this session, every child learnt to hold and shoot the bow and arrow Robin Hood style! We saw a couple of bullseyes and also quite a few misses… but we all definitely made progress! Sienna amazed us with her skills and who knew Miss Frazer was so good at Archery!

That was the end of the afternoon activities before our well-earned dinner. Shortly afterwards, we headed back into the woods to sing songs, tell stories and play games around the camp fire deep in the woods. We have now all crashed into our beds and fallen straight asleep after a very fun, busy day!

Tomorrow we will be up early to finish packing and tidying up our rooms before the final morning of activities. We will then have our last lunch before hopping back on the coach around 1:30ish to arrive back at school for 2:30. 

We can’t wait to see you all then and tell you all about it!

Miss Crossley and Year 5

 

The day finally arrived!

What a day it’s been! Year 5 are all tucked up in bed and fast asleep after an excellent first afternoon at PGL!

We arrived at 12:00 and all lugged our own suitcases from the bus for an early lunch and some fun Viking and Saxon team games.

The fun didn’t stop there! All children then took part in both the Mud Challenge and Aeroball. After much anticipation, the children threw themselves (quite literally) into the Mud Challenge and emerged at the other side almost completely unrecognisable! While half the group did that, the other half played Aeroball which is exactly what it sounds and involves trying to shoot balls in mid-air while bouncing on a trampoline. It was pretty tricky but the instructors were impressed with their shooting skills and ninja techniques.

After more team games, we then enjoyed a hearty meal of lasagne, chicken and potatoes before we put our night time gear on and headed into the woods for a game of Ambush. For those non PGL experts, this is team hide and seek, with the option of jumping out at each other, deep in the woods.  A few of us were a little afraid, but we all looked out for each other and all really enjoyed ourselves. Our hiding was so good, neither team found each other!

Overall, it’s been a great first day. We are all having a fantastic time and the children have conducted themselves brilliantly and are representing St Peter’s extremely well.

That’s all from us, until tomorrow. Watch this space as there will be much more to follow!

Bye for now, 

Miss Crossley and Year 5

We’ve read more of Kensuke’s Kingdom and have now discovered that the family have left their lives in English and are sailing around the world. We wrote a balanced argument this week discussing whether or not Michael and his family made the right decision in deciding to sail around the world. We had some mixed opinions!ello,

The end of another busy week in Year 5! We have been settling into our new routines and timetable and also getting our heads round lots of new learning.

 In English, we have continued our work on the BFG. We began the week by focusing on our developing our reading comprehension skills. We then began analysing how Roald Dahl creates and describes his characters. We were amazed with how many descriptive techniques he uses and we used his work as a guide to create our own evil giant. Miss Crossley was horrified by how gruesome the giants in our descriptions were!

In Maths, we have continued our topic of place value and have begun dealing with with numbers up to 1,000,00! Within this we have been doing lots of work on comparing and rounding numbers. We enjoyed comparing the annual salaries of some famous footballers and some of us even managed to get their teeth into a very tricky related Star Challenge!

In Computing, we have continued to develop our own games and are ready to begin designing our backgrounds and sprites next week. In Science, we planned and carried out our own friction investigation using Newton Metres, different surfaces and our school shoes…! In R.E. we have looked at some important parts of the Jewish religion called ‘The Shema’ and ‘The Mezuzah’. We wrote our own affirmation of faith and decorated our own Mezuzah. Finally, in Humanities, we had a great time working in pairs to design posters about different inventions during the industrial revolution.

4 more days till PGL!

Have a lovely weekend. 

Year 5 and Miss Crossley


First full week back!

This week has seen us immerse ourselves into the new timetable and way of working in Year 5.

We have got stuck into new topics in Maths (Place Value), English (BFG inspired writing), History (The Industrial Revolution), R.E. (Judaism), Science (Forces in Action) and Computing (making our very own games!).

We had a particularly good time in Science learning about the effect of gravity on objects. This involved creating our own meteorite craters by dropping different items into trays of flour and measuring the impact! Messy but fun! In English, we wrote some fantastic newspaper reports about the night Sophie was taken by the BFG. In, R.E. we learnt about the promises God made to Abraham. In groups we acted out scenarios where a promise was broken and performed it to the rest of the class. There were some great ideas and impressive acting!

It has been a good week but the work in Year 5 is tough. We have our work cut out but Miss Crossley is confident we will rise to the challenges Year 5 will bring.

Not long till PGL! Just a quick reminder to bring your PGL money and medical forms back if you haven’t done so already.

Have a lovely weekend!

Year 5 and Miss Crossley

 

Welcome to Year 5

Hello from Year 5!  7/9/16

We’ve had a brilliant first three days back!

Our new teacher is Miss Crossley. Our teaching assistant is Miss Kwok and our SSAs are Miss Cassy and Mrs Bell.

We have fit in lots considering we have only been back for 3 days!  We have shared with each other about our summer holidays and written some fantastic postcards! Miss Crossley was really impressed with our different sentence starters. We also wrote some Kenning poems about ourselves and drew some amazing portraits to display alongside them. It was been lots of fun to read and admire each other’s.

We started our Year 5 prayer book and have written prayers which include; what we are thankful for, help to implement our new school values and for others in this world. We also spent some time thinking about our school mission statement from Micah: ‘to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God’. We looked up the verse in the Bible - It was surprisingly difficult to find! We discussed the context of the verse and then discussed what the words meant and wrote short stories which included acts of justice, mercy and humility.

We have also done lots of team building activities this week where we have to work together in our house groups to achieve a specific goal. It was lots of fun!

Finally, we are absolutely loving the new playground! We played on it for the first time today and it was incredible!

Notes for the diary:

Open Classroom

On Thursday evening, from 5-6pm there will be an open classroom evening. Please come along so you can meet the class teachers and look around the children’s classroom. Following this, there will be a BBQ taking place in the Scott playground. We’d love to see you there!

 PGL

On Monday (10th) evening from 6pm-7pm, we have our PGL meeting. It will take place in our Year 5 classroom which we are asking all parents to attend and find out final bits of information before we go. Please also remember to return any letters that you have received back to Miss Crossley or the Office.

It's going to be a very fun term!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Miss Crossley and Year 5