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Year 5 Residential to Robinwood

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Year 5 visited Robinwood in Cumbria for their three-day residential in January 2020. They were accompanied by Mrs Barton, Miss Leonard, Mrs Clark and Mr Whittle. The whole class had an incredible time, collaborating, team building and pushing themselves to reach new targets! The teachers were so proud of their bravery, kindness and co-operation with each other. Well done Year 5.

Maya Archaeologist Visit

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On Friday 13th December, Dr Diane Davies came to visit Year 5. Dr Diane Davies is an archaeologist. During our workshop, we learnt so many fascinating facts on the Maya! Here are some of the things we looked at:

How archaeologists gain an understanding about the past from only the material remains
Information about the rainforest and what it is like to work there
The magnificent achievements of the Maya in architecture, art, maths, astronomy, the calendar, writing and chocolate
Handling and carrying out historical enquiry with a vast collection of artefacts
Calculating using the Maya number system

We are scientists!

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Wow! What a fabulous week we have had! From slime to dinosaurs, we have enjoyed so many exciting investigations and developed our scientific understanding. Take a look at what we experienced during our science themed week!

Bowland Farm

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Year 5 had great fun on Friday meeting and learning about all the animals from Bowland Farm!

Stewards of the Earth

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In our RE lessons, we have been learning all about God's Creation. We reflected on our responsibilities: God has made us caretakers or stewards of creation and it is our responsibility to look after it. Today we created artwork to reflect on what this means to us and the results were amazing! Year 5 really are true artists!

Sharing our 'Just So Stories'

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Year 5 have been working incredibly hard on their 'Just So Stories' inspired by Rudyard Kipling. Over the last few weeks, we have planned, drafted, edited and published our own stories. Some of these include 'How the owl got his wings', 'How the ostrich got his neck', 'How the whale became so big' and much much more! 'Just So Stories' were written to be read aloud - commonly as bed time stories. Today we gave our writing a real audience: Year 2! We read our stories to a partner and shared our fantastic work.

Building structures

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This half-term, our Design and Technology topic is 'Building Shelters'. Last week, we looked at lots of different shelters and what materials they were made of. Today we were set the challenge of building a sturdy structure using a range of materials including straws, pipe cleaners, tape and more! We wanted to find out how best to join materials together to create a structure and how to reinforce these structures to make them stronger.

Year 5 is clearly full of future engineers - well done! :)
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smileyWelcome to Year 5!smiley


  First of all, I would like to say a huge welcome back to school; I hope you all had a wonderful rest and are ready for a busy and exciting year in Year 5! I am really looking forward to getting to know you all and helping you shine brightly every single day! I feel very lucky to be sharing my first year teaching at St Anthony's with you as I have already heard so many wonderful things.


   I hope you are ready because Year 5 is going to be an adventure: we have so many exciting topics, trips, visits, challenges and opportunities ahead of us in the coming months. I am looking forward to working together with you to ensure you have a happy and memorable year. In order to achieve your potential, I ask for two key things from you: always try your best and believe in yourself. Trust me, if you believe in yourself anything is possible. Every day is a new challenge!




 It is important that you come into school with a mature attitude towards your learning and continue this at home. Here are a few reminders to help you along the way:


*Read, read and read a little more! Reading really is the key to success. I challenge you to read at home every single night. Please remember that reading is not a race: take your time to fully immerse yourself in a story! Please ensure an adult signs your planner. Be a vocabulary ninja! Don't skip over unfamiliar words - take the time to look up their meaning and share new words you have learnt with me at school!               


*Learn your weekly spellings and rules. This will help you develop strategies to spell unfamiliar words and build your confidence as a speller! Spellings will be tested weekly. This will help me know which spelling patterns need a little more work in class.


*Complete your weekly homework to the best of your ability. This should be the same standard as your class work.


*Ensure your planner is in school everyday. This way we can communicate well with home and you can write important notes or dates. You are in Upper Key Stage 2 now so it is important that you begin to organise yourself.


*Have your PE kits in school. PE days will be a Tuesday and Wednesday. Swimming will be every Thursday. It would be helpful to have your PE kit in school every day. This way, if our PE day changes for any reason you are able to participate readily.


*Play Times Tables Rockstars. Just a few minutes a day will have a huge impact on your speed - trust me! Hard work and dedication will be celebrated in class!


*Arrive at school on time ready for our first lesson of the day. Every minute of learning is precious. 


Remember, the classroom is yours. Please share any ideas you have with me - I would love to hear them!



Miss Gambrill