St Anthony's Catholic Primary School - Carol Service 2020
Please join us for our 2020 carol service.
Year 5 message from Santa
Chamber Choir - Do you hear what I hear?
Chamber Choir - Once in Royal David's City
Exciting Elf Wonder Day
A sea of green and red could be seen today in Year 5 as we transformed into a class full of mischievous elves! What an exciting day we have had! From Christmas crafts to meeting two adorable reindeer, it has certainly been a day to remember. During the afternoon, we took part in 'Mission Parachute'. Santa left a present in the sleigh and it was our job to build parachutes so the elves could drop the presents safely down to him! It just so happened that the gift Santa left was an egg! Teamwork really was the key to success!
Our Christmas Stockings
Today, as part of our history work around the Maya, Year 5 were taken on an exciting, comprehensive and very carefully crafted ‘chocolate journey’. The children had to work really hard to become a “Level 10 CHOCOLATOLOGIST” (the highest level!). Here are just a few areas covered today: A summary of the history & origins of chocolate from 1000 BC to date, including what the Maya did with cocoa beans Where cocoa trees grow and why it’s specific to rainforests and what’s happening to rainforests (deforestation) The cocoa harvesting process: what happens on a cocoa tree plantation in a rainforest Sensory testing of chocolate using our 5 senses The main ideas behind Fairtrade A practical chocolate making session
Animals of the Rainforest Workshop
Today, Year 5 took part in a rainforest animals workshop led by Sam’s Safaris. The workshop gave us the opportunity to meet rare and exotic invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals from around the world. We had the chance to handle and observe the animals whilst learning about their life cycles.
Collages inspired by Henri Rousseau
This half term, we have been studying jungle paintings by Henri Rousseau which inspired us to create our own jungle collages. To develop our collaging skills, we used layering and photomontage as well. Take a look at our finished pieces! Our next challenge will be to take a section of our jungle collages and use this to create a fabric collage (including applique). We can't wait to make a start on the next part of our learning journey. Stay tuned!
Year 5 First Holy Communion Catechesis: Heart Speaks to Heart
Our Year 5 class have begun their Family Catechesis for First Holy Communion. They are prayerfully continuing their journey of faith. We continue to pray for them as they learn and grow together in faith, hope and love.
Making our shelters
Over the past 2 weeks we've been making jungle shelters in our DT lessons. We've investigated shelters, practised joins and designed our shelters in preparation and look forward to evaluating them tomorrow.
Science: Dissecting Flowers
In Science, we dissected flowers to help us learn about their structure. Dissecting a flower visually showed us the different parts of a flower.
Art: Rainforest Animals
Geography: Locating the Amazon Rainforest
In Year 5, we loved learning all about the Amazon Rainforest. We worked hard to develop our mapping skills and looked closely at the countries which border Brazil. Next, we explored the physical geography of Brazil, focusing on landscape, climate, wildlife and people.
Making joins in Design Technology
This half term in DT, we are going to be making shelters inspired by our class book, "The Explorer". To prepare us for making our plans next week, we spent today's lesson exploring how to join straws with string to make the frame of a shelter (as sticks, leaves and string are some of the only materials our explorers would have had access to in the Amazon jungle). We definitely had to use our growth mindset as it was quite challenging but we will use what we learned today (from ourselves and each other) going forward to design and make some super shelters! Take a look at how we did.
Welcome to Year 5!
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 know some of you will be feeling a little bit nervous about coming back to school. This is completely normal. Yes, some things will be a little bit different at St Anthony’s but on our first day back, I will go through any changes and the key things you need to know. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have and it may take us all some time to get used to, but we will adapt together. What is important to know is that the things that make St Anthony’s special haven’t changed at all: the wonderful people, the support, care and love. We are all here to guide and support you!
I hope you are ready because Year 5 is going to be an adventure: we have so many exciting topics, challenges and opportunities ahead of us in the coming months. A Rainforest Adventure, Space Exploration, The Magnificent Maya, Food Glorious Food are just some of the exciting topics in Year 5! 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!
Remember, the classroom is yours. Please share any ideas you have with me - I would love to hear them! I look forward to seeing you soon!
Year 5 Residential to Robinwood
Writing across the curriculum
Year 5 are fantastic authors who love to write for a real purpose and audience! Take a look at some of our fantastic writing from across the curriculum!
Today Year 5 were Viking settlers and experienced first-hand the daily life of a Viking family at Murton Park! We arrived in a new land and tried to make a new life for ourselves and families. In our Viking village, we learnt lots of new skills and the hard work and dangers that were part of daily life. As well as domestic tasks such as firewood collecting, grinding grain to make bread and making oil lamps, we also had to learn about farming and how to guard our homes against danger. The day ended with a visit to the longhouse to compare our homes with the home of a Viking Lord, and the arrival of an unexpected visitor...
Music: We are listeners!
In Year 5, we have been focusing on listening to and appraising music from the past. We started by developing our musical vocabulary and understating the meaning of words such as structure, texture, timbre, pitch and tempo. We then embarked on our Musical Historians project listening carefully to music from the past and responding creatively to this. Opinions really varied across Year 5 as we listened to music by various composers: L’hom Arme, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and The Sugar Plum Fairy. We responded creatively to the music by completing listening logs and talked about how the music made us feel inside. We then compared the music to music we might listen to today. Have a look at some of our listening logs...
RE in Year 5
Take a look inside our RE books at some of our wonderful work from this year!
World Book Day
What a fantastic day celebrating a love of books and reading! Year 5 love to read!
Our Creative Writing Workshop at Leeds Central Library
To celebrate World Book Day, Year 5 joined the bestselling children’s author, James Nicol, for a creative writing workshop at Leeds Central Library. We had a fantastic afternoon and are filled with many story ideas. At the end of the workshop, we had a question and answer session all about life as an author. James gave us lots of top tips for writing and we can’t wait to try them out in the classroom! Thank you!
Maths in Year 5
Take a look into Year 5's Maths books - we love to share our learning. We have been working really hard on our understanding and application of the four written methods. We have lots of opportunities to apply our learning through reasoning and problem solving activities.
Our Viking Oil Lamps - Clay Work
During our time at Murton Park, we learnt about Viking longhouses and how they were dark, windowless dwellings so artificial light was important. We thought about how the homes could be lit, then made simple oil lamps in the style of those used by Vikings using clay. Take a look at our designs. It wasn't as easy as we thought it would be - particularly carving the designs into the clay!
Drama in Year 5: Beowulf and Warriors Workshop
As part of St Anthony's Book Week, Year 5 had a special workshop celebrating Beowulf. Using narration and working in role,we experienced the story from the point of view of warriors who follow Beowulf on a journey across the Baltic sea to avenge his father’s allies of a monstrous human called Grendel.
Artwork inspired by Peter Thorpe
As part of our learning on space, Year 5 studied the artist Peter Thorpe. We looked closely at his rocket paintings and were inspired to create our own. Before starting, we enjoyed learning all about abstract art and creating our own abstract backgrounds using paint. It certainly was very messy but we had great fun experimenting with flicking paint on a black background.
Science: Measuring forces
Today we started our new topic: forces. We learnt that forces are measured in a unit called Newtons. We then learnt how to measure forces using a force meter.
French in Year 5
Our Class Assembly: Into the Great Unknown
A Journey into Space
Today we had a special visit from the Wonderdome to enhance our learning of space! The planetarium provided us with a completely blacked out environment which was perfect for observing the stars and planets in our galaxy – the Milky Way. We truly were space explorers and were fascinated by some of the new things we learnt today! Remember your challenge Year 5...can you spot big bear and little bear in the sky tonight?!
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
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!
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!
Year 5 had great fun on Friday meeting and learning about all the animals from Bowland Farm!
Exploring Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest
In Year 5, we loved learning all about the Amazon Rainforest. We worked hard to develop our mapping skills and looked closely at the countries which border Brazil. Next, we explored the physical geography of Brazil, focusing on landscape, climate, wildlife and people. We then used data to draw our own graphs showing the average monthly temperature in a tropical rainforest and average rainfall. Some of us drew line graphs to compare the average temperatures in Manaus and London! After gaining a good understanding of the climate, we explored deeper into the rainforest learning about the four layers.Our learning was topped off with a visit to Tropical World, comparing our native woodland with tropical rainforests! Whilst learning about the rainforest, we learnt all about the life and work of Sir David Attenborough. Year 5 are truly inspired to continue with his amazing work saving the world's precious rainforests!
Tropical World Visit
Stewards of the Earth
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'
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.
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! :)
Welcome to Year 5!
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!