Welcome to Year 5
Autumn 1 2021
What a fanatastic start to the year! This half term we have been learning about life on the volcanic island of Heimaey in Geography, and in Science we have been studying how humans change over time. We enjoyed measuring each other and compared our measurements to those of one of our Nursery children and an adult. We also had a visit from a 4 month old baby and an OAP so we could ask about physical and mental changes.
It's been wonderful to see our Year 5 children taking part in Mass and we have been very proud of our altar servers.
We enjoyed a wonderful STEM day working in teams to build structures which were tall and sturdy. It has also been fantastic taking part in our very muddy cross county events in PE! In between all of this, we have even managed to enjoy Roald Dahl Day, National Poetry Day, Happy Yellow Day and Go Green Challenge for CAFOD.
In this half term, we have been looking at how can we possibly know so much about the Ancient Greeks who lived over 2,500 years ago. We studied of the physical features of Greece. Looking at landform and climate. We used geographical focus first to help us put the history in context.
To run alongside this our Design and Technology project was to design and make Greek sandals. Here are a few of our examples.
This half term in Year Five, for our Geography topic, have been studying mountains. We have really enjoyed it and found it extremely interesting. We especially enjoyed looking at volcanoes and mountain ranges. We were really lucky that we had a fantastic day climbing a mountain, in the Lake District, which brought our Geography topic to life! The weather was amazing and it was a wonderful experience and it put our learning into context.
Spring 2 2021
This half term we have been investigating the Anglo-Saxons. We have been studying visual clues and analysing a range of images and come up with our own explanation for the Anglo-Saxon invasion. The ideas we came up with were: more land for farming, better, milder climate, Saxon land flooded a lot, more food/crops and they thought they could win the battles because the Romans had left. We have really enjoyed this new approach to learning looking for clues and having group discussions. We have also investigated the find at Sutton Hoo. We used images to work out who we thought was buried there. We were amazed at what we found out. If you want to see what was found there just follow this link!
Spring 1 2021
This half term was all covered through Remote Learning. The class were amazing and they came onto zoom lessons everyday and worked really hard. The most interesting lessons during this time were looking at rivers in Geography. We learned many skills along the way through an investigative approach. This wasn't easy remotely and the pupils missed having each other in person to discuss things with. Nevertheless, they succeeded in building their resilience and produced some very interesting work. One activity was particularly challenging and that was to follow the River Axe from source to mouth and to pin point particular places on that journey on sections of an ordinance survey map. Once it had been located the pupil had to recreate that section of the map.
This term has been unusual because of the situation we have been in but we have done some interesting things.
We have looked at the books of Roald Dahl in particular ‘Esio Trot’. We really loved this book especially the illustrations. We wrote letters in the style of the magic spell in the book and we also drew our own illustrations.
In History we studied World War One which we found fascinating. We looked at the main causes of the outbreak of the war and the life in the trenches. For Remembrance Day, we painted poppies, which we took home for our families, and presented a pre-recorded assembly for the whole school. This also went onto Facebook so all our parents could see it.
We have had a big focus on writing in the second half term and we produced some really good pieces of writing based on the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Just before Christmas, we decided to do our own version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. We recorded this for our parents and it is on the school Facebook page.
Autumn 1 2020
We have had a good start to the year despite Covid-19.
A virtual tour of the classroom will be appearing here very soon along with photographs of our work.
What a very different term we have had! Despite the difficulties Covid-19 has brought, we have managed to keep learning and enjoying ourselves. Home learning has kept us together as a virtual class, as have the many Challenges we have done. We have kept in touch in different ways and it has been lovely to see all the videos and photos on the St Pius X Home Learning and Keeping in Touch page. Sports Day was virtual, but still lots of fun and we did manage to meet in person at our amazing socially distanced 'Brighter Days are Coming' event. What a fabulous way to end this term!
Let's hope that the Autumn term will see us all back together in person again.
Spring Term 2 2020
This half term was, sadly, cut short by the arrival of Covid-19. We did manage to have our World Book Day, however, which was brilliant! Everyone dressed as their favourite character from a book and each class wrote a Class Story. Year Five had to write a story for younger children around a puppet character. It was quite a silly story, but great fun to write!
During lockdown, our school became a hub. The majority of our pupils worked from home and teachers provided both physical Learning Packs and on-line learning through Showbie. We worked on English, Spelling, Maths, Guided Reading, Science, R.E. and Topic, as well as having fun with Joe Wicks daily P.E. and activities set by Mr Thompson.
Spring Term 1 2020
This half term we had fun studying Fractions in Maths. We had a practical Maths lesson using Skittles sweets to find equivalent fractions and compare fractions with different denominators. In English we were learning how to write legends, which linked with our new Topic work on Anglo Saxons. We had a brilliant morning with Mrs Greaves, who dressed as an Anglo Saxon woman and brought lots of amazing artefacts in to show us what life was like for people living then. We then had a brilliant week on our residential trip to PGL.
Autumn 2 2019
In the second half term we continued our studies of Tudor life and we wrote explanations about the terrible illnesses they had. In Maths, we have had fun with 2D and 3D shapes.
Autumn 1 2019
Our topic this first half term has been the Tudors. We have learned about Henry VIII’s life and wrote his biography. We have been doing a lot of work on the Gospel Values and how to care for Creation.