As we are unable to gather together for our weekly sharing assembly at present, I will try to upload pictures of work that we have completed in class.
I hope you will agree that your children's work is amazing!
Summer Term 2
Summer Term 2 - Weekly Awards
Week Beginning 21st June
Kindness Award - Alvin: for his many acts of kindness: taking his time to talk to those who are on their own/ being a supportive work partner/ offering his help around the classroom and in the lunch hall
Mathematicians - Valeria/ Maari/ Nancy and Bless - for taking risks and challenging themselves every day
PE Superstar - Kian - for his athleticism and control when taking part in circuit training
Star of the Week - Peter - for his amazing recall in detail of Bible stories shared way back in Year 4/ for his contribution of ideas in our writing group and for his offers of help around the classroom
Prayer Leader - Constantine - for his confident and respectfulness, when leading us in our daily prayers
Faith Ambassadors - Isabelle and Isabel - for their contributions to our prayer tables
Times Table Certificates - Johnnell, Darcey, Chloe, Aderogba, Constantine, Peter, Valeria, Alvin, Britney, Nancy, Sienna and Ronnon
Week Beginning 14th June
Kindness Award - Isabel J - for her encouraging words to her table partner and for highlighting their achievements
Mathematicians - Cameron and Darcey for being great work partners and for being so determined to solve the challenge when calculating missing angles without a protractor
PE Superstar - Beatrix, Valeria, Tiwa and Britney - for their endurance and effort in our circuit training
Star of the Week - Valeria: for writing a myth independently and for her eagerness to continue writing at every opportunity.
Prayer Leader - Mitchell - for leading us respectfully in our daily prayers
Science - Can you make different coloured shadows?
Today, we experimented with different coloured finger lights to see if we could change the colour of shadows. We were amazed at the results of our investigation. By mixing the coloured lights, we were able to create shadows of cyan, magenta, red, blue and yellow. We also found out that we have receptors in our eyes called 'cones,' that allow us to distinguish between different colours.
You can see some of the results below.
Hola Mexico - Homework
We have been inspired some some amazing homework projects completed by Valeria and Beatrix.
Valeria has used Playdough to create a Mexican Taco, that looks good enough to eat. Beatrix created her own illustrated map of Mexico, which she framed beautifully for our display.
Week 2 - Mexico - Alebrije Art
This week, we looked at Pedro Linares, who apparently dreamed of fantastical creatures. The name for these creatures is derived from the sound he thought he heard them make. After looking at examples of his work, we worked in pairs to design and create our own fantastical creatures. Below you will see our first stages of creation. Keep checking our gallery for more updates on our work.
Week 1 - International Week
To begin our term, we have had a whistle stop tour of the amazing country of Japan. We have also learnt a little about one of the two main religions in the country - Buddhism. See the images below for a taste of our learning.
Summer Term 1 - WEEKLY AWARDS
Kindness Award: Nikola - for being a great table partner, always offering her help and being a great role model
Mathematician: Isabelle - for her continued confidence and her ability to explain mathematical concepts to her table partner
PE Superstars: Kian for getting us ready each week for our PE lesson with his warm-up exercises; and for Valeria for her great concentration and team work in our throwing and catching competitive games
Star of the Week: Constantine for always participating in our discussions; sharing his deep thinking with the class; and to Favour for remembering so many facts about the Tudor plague for her newspaper report.
Prayer Leader: Aderogba - for being a respectful leader for our daily prayer session
Faith Ambassadors: Chloe and Johnnell for preparing our prayer table for Pentecost - finding images and scripture quotes to display
Kindness Award: Darcey - for always greeting the adults and asking how they are/ always offering help and sharing a smile with others
Mathematician: Beatrix - for being a whizz with decimals - putting her hand up to answer questions confidently
PE Superstars: Johnnell and Cameron - as selected by their peers for showing great accuracy in throwing and catching, as well as speed in running for our rounders skills practice.
Star of the Week: Bless - for her amazing attitude to her Literacy work - becoming totally absorbed in the Mysteries of Harris Burdick - coming up with imaginative ideas.
Prayer Leader: Tiwa - for leading us in our daily prayers, confidently and respectfully
Faith Ambassadors: Chloe and Johnnell
Times Tables: Nancy, Britney, Imogen, Jeyden, Tiwa, Isabel, Ethan, Kelijah, Ronnon, Valeria, Chloe and Aderogba
Kindness Award: Kelijah - for being a fab assistant for Mrs Ball - providing lots of help in this week's art lesson
Mathematician: Maari - for working independently and always putting 100% effort into her work
PE Superstar: Mitchell - for fantastic throwing and catching skills
Star of the Week: Johnnell - for being an active participant in all our learning this week.
Prayer Leader: Isabel - for confidently leading us all in our class prayer times
Faith Ambassadors: Aderogba and Ethan - for updating our prayer table to remind us that this is May, the month of Our Lady
Kindness Award: Alvin - For helping others and explaining things in a kind way to encourage others
Mathematician:Britney - For being a supportive and encouraging table partner, and for knowing when to ask for help
Star of the Week: Beatrix - For being a good table partner and for sharing her ideas with the class. Also for producing beautiful artwork and inspiring others
Prayer Leader: Chloe - For leading us respectfully and responsibly in our class prayer time
Faith Ambassadors: Aderogba and Ethan - For working together to add images and scripture to our prayer table
Times Tables: Alvin, Isabelle, Artas, Nancy, Sienna, Imogen,Peter, Bless, Favour, Nikola, Beatrix, Johnnell, Kelijah, Cameron, Jeyden, Ethan and Valeria
Kindness Award: Aderogba - for always volunteering to help whenever you see someone needs assistance or guidance.
Mathematician: Cameron - for challenging himself and discussing methods so as to help his partner
Star of the Week: Alicja - for returning to school ready and eager to learn, always active in her learning
Prayer Leader: Nancy - for leading us confidently and respectfully in our daily prayers
Faith Ambassador: Aderogba - for helping to keep our prayer focus area relevant to the Season of Easter
Times Table: Alvin, Artas, Cameron, Chloe, Peter, Beatrix, Sienna, Kelijah, Johnnell, Darcey, Mitchell, Ronnon, Jeyden, Aderogba, Isabel, Britney, Isabelle, Valeria
Now Press Play
This week, we were very lucky to take part in a trial experience of a new educational product called 'Now Press Play.'
We experienced being a Tudor stable hand, hearing the sounds and voices of the times. As part of the experience we listened to a narrator, who led us through a story which we had to play an active part in. We all had an amazing time and it inspired us to write persuasive letters to Ms Carbon, in which we are asking Ms Carbon to purchase the product for our school. See some of the images below to see how immersed we all became in the story.
Off with her head!
This week, I was so impressed with some of our homework projects that have been completed. Each week, the children can select from a range of activities to complete at home based on the Tudor period. I have uploaded a couple of images as a taster: a Tudor style portrait; a Tudor torture machine; axes used to chop off their heads and the Tower of London. I am sure you will agree that they are amazing!
Friday 14th May 2021
Today, we were very excited to be working with an artist from the Story Museum. Our task was to create our own design using patterns, then to paint our design (using acrylic paints) onto wood slices. Our wood slices are going to be used as a pathway in the Story Museum, as part of their new exhibition, based upon the Book of Hopes. Later this year, we will be able to go and see the exhibition for ourselves, along with the artwork that we created,
You will see the amazing designs below - as well as the concentration on our faces!
Friday 14th May 2021 - afternoon
As part of the visit from the Story Museum - we also had the privilege of working with a story teller from the museum. We listened to a selection of short stories from the Book of Hopes, discussed where hope is represented in each one, before doing some drama in small groups. Our visitor was so impressed by the deep thinking that was shown in the children's responses to the stories. We had a really fun afternoon as you can see from the images below.
30th April 2021
Today, we were visited by Fr Harry. It was a lovely opportunity for our Year 5 and 6 children to talk to him about his vocation. He answered lots of interesting questions before coming into Year 5 class, where he continued answering questions before blessing our St Bernadette plaques and Rosary beads that we had made to celebrate for her feast day.
We are very much looking forward to Fr Harry coming back to visit with us again.
St Bernadette's Feast Day
As we were on our half term break for our patron saint's feast day, we decided to celebrate her day by reminding ourselves about the courageous child that she was.
We wrote our own prayer to St Bernadette and created our favourite image of her, which we then added to a wooden heart. Then we made our own decade rosary beads.
We are hoping that Fr Harry will bless them before we take them home. The heart plaque will become a hanger for our rosary beads. See the images below.
Spring Term 2 - WEEKLY AWARDS
Kindness Award: Sienna - for her quiet encouragement, when her peers feel like they can't do something.
PE Superstar: Isabel - Being a fab goalkeeper; showing determination in ensuring no-one scored against her in Hockey!
Mathematicians: Ronnon and Imogen - for being very supportive table partners; sharing ideas about how to solve calculations and helping to check each other's methods
Star of the Week: Britney - for always quietly encouraging her table partners, and for her great teamwork in all group activities, especially Hockey
Prayer Leader: Constantine - for leading us respectfully in our class prayer time and for his deep and thoughtful contributions to our RE lessons
Faith Ambassador: Ronnon - for helping to keep our prayer area looking beautiful and adding objects that link to our Lent in a Bag discussions
Times Tables: Wow! I think I am going to run out of certificates!
Kian, Sienna, Valeria, Britney, ,Mitchell, Isabel, Tiwa, Cameron, Nancy, Imogen, Peter, Ronnon, Jeyden, Artas, Alicja, Kelijah and Favour
Kindness Award: Aderogba - for always offering help to others when he notices that they need help and for checking on others to see if they are ok in the playground.
PE Superstar: Maari - for her enthusiasm and active participation in our Hockey lessons.
Mathematicians: Peter and Alvin - for fantastic partner work; discussing and comparing ideas when solving calculations and problems
Star of the Week: Jeyden: for being an active participant in all our learning and for carrying on his learning at home; sharing his work with us in class
Prayer Leader: Isabelle - for leading us thoughtfully and respectfully in all our daily prayers
Faith Ambassador: Ethan - for helping to look after our prayer focus area
Times Tables: Nikola, Artas, Isabelle, Beatrix, Ethan, Imogen, Isabel, Peter, Sienna, Alvin and Alicja
Kindness Award: Ethan for helping his table partner and anyone else that he sees struggling with a task.
PE Superstar: Imogen for her natural talent with Hockey skills
Mathematician: Alicja for her enthusiasm for learning and for challenging herself every day
Star of the Week: Nikola for returning to school with a great attitude to her learning and for being an active learner
Prayer Leader: Tiwa for leading us all in our daily prayers, respectfully and responsibly
Faith Ambassador: Aderogba for looking after our class Lent prayer table
Times Tables: Kian, Mitchell, Alicja, Ethan, Alvin, Darcey. Jeyden, Artas
March 8th 2021
Today, we all came back together. It was great to see all these happy faces again.
On our first day back together, we all worked hard to create this amazing piece of collaborative art, which links perfectly to our Beast Creator topic. Just as the banner says, 'We love to bee together'.
Spring Term 2 - 2021
This term, our topic is called Beast Creator and already the children have produced some amazing work, both in school and those who are learning at home.
I am very much looking forward to having us all back together as a class very soon.
In the meantime, here is a glimpse of the things we have been doing.
Today, we completed our last Science lesson of the term. We investigated the question 'Why do hens lay eggs?'. We took our investigation outdoors, to look in detail at an egg. We learnt some new vocabulary, such as germinal seed and albumen in the process. We do like to get hands on in Year 5! See our investigation below.
As we are nearing the end of our learning about minibeasts, we spent a lovely sunny afternoon making our very own 'Minibeast Hotels'. We designed , built and filled our creations, which we have taken home to see if we can attract some minibeasts. Hopefully we can report back on any successes. Take a look at our work below.
Today, 23rd March 2021, we paused to commemorate a year since our first lockdown. We read a letter from Cardinal Vincent Nichols before we respectfully took part in our one minute silence. We then finished our reflection by listening to this beautiful prayer written by Jeyden.
Last week, we designed some games that could be played in our playground. Today, we drew them on our playground using chalk. Then we had fun testing out each other's creations. Years 3 and 4 also enjoyed playing on them at lunch time.
This week, we used recycled materials, fabrics etc to create our own imaginary minibeasts. You will see our creations below.
To end our first week, we took advantage of the lovely weather and went outside to take part in a minibeast hunt. We were very surprised at how many different minibeasts we actually found. We were especially excited, when we found the millipede eggs. See if you can spot all of the minibeasts in the images below - some are very cleverly camouflaged! Can anyone also spot the Robin that kept us company in the Forest School area?
Spring Term 1 - 2021
The children from St Bernadette's class who have remained in school have been working extremely hard, as have the children who have been completing Home Learning tasks.
It has been great to keep in touch through our new class email, Purple Mash class blogs and Purple Mash 2email.
I wanted to let you see some of the fantastic work that I have seen in class or been sent from home. I will keep adding more work, especially when we have written our new novel about Wilders.
Wolf Wilder stories
We have created a little library of our own 'Wilder' stories in class. It is great to see everyone reading and enjoying each other's stories. There is still time to send in yours and add it to our collection.
In Science, we experimented with our own giant icebergs. We tested how they floated in the water, then how they reacted to having different liquids, such as vinegar, as well as having salt added to them. We wanted to find out what would speed up the melting process. You can see some of the amazing results below.
Well being Wednesday - 3.2.2021
Today, we had fun in class making our own kites. Tomorrow, we are going to finish them off - adding decorations and tails - and then test them out, hopefully if the wind is blowing!
Working with our partners, we showed that team work really does make the dream work!
3.2.2021 - This afternoon, felt like we had continued our Well-being time, with our Art lesson.
We created our own Polar animals using clay. We are going to let them dry and then next week we will paint them.
Badminton has been our focus in PE this term. We have all had great fun learning this new sport. We have greatly improved our skills in serving and returning the shuttlecock. We managed to create a class record of 53 returns!
Well- being Wednesday
This week, we had fun challenging each other to create the tallest tower using only one sheet of paper!
It was tricky but we all worked well in our pairs to compete.
The winner was - Mrs Gibbons!
Times Tables Certificates
This week, we have several children in class who have achieved their next level with our Times Tables Certificates. Well done to:
Mitchell, Kian, Maari, Alicja and Kelijah
Autumn Term 2 - 2020
Week Ending 11th December 2020
Kindness Award: Johnnell - for kindly holding the classroom door open for everyone after break times, reminding us that little things matter.
PE Superstar: Alvin - for being a great team member of his Lindy Hop group - keeping the rhythm going with a smile on his face!
Mathematician: Kelijah - for taking risks with her learning - being willing to share her ideas with the class and knowing when to ask for help.
Star of the Week: Maari - for fabulous writing and making good progress in her maths learning.
Prayer Leader: Ronnon - for being a great role model - leading us all beautifully during our class prayer times.
Times Table Certificates: Alvin, Cameron, Peter, Chloe, Valeria, Kelijah, Isabelle, Maari, Nikola, Favour, Artas and Mitchell - for all achieving the next level in their Times Tables challenge.
Pen Licence: Tiwa, Britney, Isabelle, Johnnell and Cameron - for demonstrating an exceptional level of consistency in the use of legible, joined handwriting.
Week Ending 5th December 2020
Kindness Award: Favour for being a caring member of our class, for always offering help to her table partners.
PE Superstar: Imogen - for being part of a dance group, creating a Lindy Hop routine, always with a smile on her face
Mathematician: Mitchell - for working well with his table partner, but especially for his use of mathematical language in their discussions, thinking through problems
Star of the Week: Britney - for her fantastic learning behaviours, for being a great role model and for the lovely smile we get every day to greet us
Prayer Leader: Bless - leading us so beautifully and respectfully in our class prayer time
Faith Ambassador: Cameron - For caring for our Advent Wreath and Advent display
Week Ending 27th November
Kindness Award: Isabelle - for always supporting her table partner in all our learning
PE Superstars: Valeria and Shirley: for great teamwork, creating an entertaining routine for their Lindy Hop dance
Mathematician of the Week: Darcey - for 100% effort and being more confident and offering answers to problems
Star of the Week: Jeyden - for a focussed and mature attitude to all his learning
Prayer Leader: Constantine - for being a great role model, leading the class daily in respectful times of prayer
Faith Ambassador: Cameron - Our first class Faith Ambassador - For setting up our Advent Prayer table and Advent Wreath
Week Ending 20th November
Kindness Award: Darcey - for being a helpful work partner and thoughtful member of the class
PE Superstar: Kian - for teaching us all a new move for our Lindy Hop dance
Mathematician of the Week: Tiwa - for using her learning to help others solve problems with line graphs
Star of the Week: Nikola - for being a great role model for others - being an active participant in all our learning and sharing her ideas with the class
Week Ending 13th November
Kindness Award: Ronnon - for always doing little things around the classroom to help without looking for a reward
PE Superstars: Kelijah - for showing great rhythm and leading others when learning Lindy Hop dance moves
Mathematician of the Week: Beatrix - for being a super statistician; reading, interpreting and using bar graphs, pictograms and tables
Star of the Week: Sienna - for positive contributions to all our learning and for thoughtful, empathetic writing in Literacy and Topic
Times Tables Certificates: Peter, Valeria, Maari, Kian, Britney, Kelijah, Isabel J, Nancy, Cameron, Chloe, Jeyden, Ethan, Darcey, Isabelle H, Nikola, Beatrix, Shirley, Alvin and Sienna
Week Ending 6th November
Kindness Award: Maari - for being a supportive work partner, always wanting to help others.
PE Superstars: Isabel - For showing growing confidence, especially in ball games.
Mathematician of the week: Aderogba - For being a good work partner - solving word problems; sharing and explaining his ideas.
Star of the Week: Constantine - for an all round positive attitude to his learning; contributing thoughts and ideas in all our class discussions.
Autumn Term 2 - 2020
This term's topic is called 'A Child's War', which is based around World War Two. Below you will find images demonstrating our learning.
In Art, we have been practising our pencil control, using step by step instructions to create a WW2 fighter plane. We also used our shading to create texture in both the background and on the aeroplane. We then created a 3d effect by lifting our plane off of the page with velcro blocks behind it. I am sure you will agree the final result is amazing.
In RE, we have been looking at the Parables and Sayings of Jesus. After our class discussions, we created our own image of the Kingdom of God. See Tiwa's version below.
For PE, we have been learning how to dance a wartime favourite called the Lindy Hop. We have been working with a partner to create our own routine. Below you will find some of our initial practices.
To start our focus of 'electricity' in Science, we investigated with creating static electricity. We discovered that we could make the balloon stick to the wall or our hand, we could cause the balloon to pick up salt and tissue paper once it was charged, by either rubbing the balloon on our jumper or on our hair.
During lockdown, we completed some work based upon electrical circuits. To revise we practised drawing a series circuit and a parallel circuit - using the correct symbols for each component. Then we were given a tray with a selection of components and we had to make our own circuits, adding a switch and a switch that we had made ourselves using paper clips and a piece of card. Look at the fun we had experimenting with making a circuit containing a light bulb and a motor.
In preparation for Remembrance Day, we have created our own poppies using a range of materials and integrating our sewing skills. I am sure you will agree that they are amazing.
In preparation for Remembrance Day - 11th November- and using our learning about the World Wars, we have written our own Remembrance Poems. Below you will find a sample.
As well as donating money for our 'Dress Like a Sports Star' day, to support this year's 'Children In Need', we also decided to do a mile run around our playground. This meant the children had to complete 20 laps of the playground. They are definitely fitter than I am - I managed 10 laps! Mrs Ball kindly took some photos, which you can see below.
Autumn Term 1 - 2020
Week Ending 9th October
Kindness Award: Cameron - For always helping those around him
PE Superstars: Ethan and Mitchell - For helping teach the class rugby skills
Mathematician of the week: Peter - For being an active participant in our learning
Star of the Week: Chloe - For an enthusiastic attitude to all of our learning
Times Tables Certificates: Jeyden, Nikola, Isabelle H, Darcey. Alvin, Johnnell, Isabel J, Constantine, Cameron and Britney
Week Ending 16th October
Kindness Award: Artas - For being a helpful work partner - offering his help without being asked for it
PE Superstar: Alicja - For being an enthusiastic and determined team player
Mathematician of the week: Nancy - For giving 100% effort in every lesson
Star of the Week: Bless - For being an active participant in all our learning and a respectful prayer leader
Week Ending 22nd October
Kindness Award: Kian - for always offering help to work partners without being asked
PE Superstar: Tiwa - for showing a determined competitiveness, whilst still demonstrating good team work and sportsmanship.
Mathematician of the Week: Favour - for showing a growing confidence, explaining to others how to solve problems
Star of the Week: Valeria - for sharing ideas with the class and demonstrating how much progress she has made using the spoken English language
Autumn Term 1 - 2020
Our Topic this term is Fallen Fields, based upon World War One. We are also learning about the Story of Creation in RE. I am so proud of how the children have settled back into class and how enthused they are by our topic.
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Today, 9th October, the amazing Mrs Ball worked with the children to begin creating their own WW1 trenches. The children initially designed their idea on paper, thinking about the materials they would need, and the finished look. Next week, they will put the finishing touches to their creations.
The children showed amazing creativity and teamwork .
Part Two of our work on WW1 Trenches. Adding finishing touches to our creations.
Part Three - WWI Trenches - Here are our final products. We are all very proud of our creations.
This term, we have been learning how to play rugby - learning some tricky rules and developing new skills.
Tag rugby has been a fun way to show off our new skills and teamwork. Just look at the smiles on our faces!
Science + Year 5 = Fun and learning
Today we investigated how pulleys work and what they do. Look at how we worked together to investigate.
As at present, we are unable to invite Jacques from Rock Steady into school for our rock band practice, we took the opportunity to join in with the virtual lesson delivered by Paul. We learnt about the different parts that make up a piece of music. We also learnt how using instruments in different ways and with different tempos, the same song could sound like: Country and Western, Classical or Dance. We really did have our own Feelgood Friday!