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Year 5

This was definitely a test of our resilience today! We applied our knowledge of Roman Numerals to a tri-jigsaw which certainly challenged us! It wasn't as straight forward as it first appeared...

Tropical World

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Year 5 extended their geographical understanding of rainforests and the species that you would find in different layers of the forest, taking part in a bespoke workshop in Roundhay Park. This was followed by a first-hand visit to Tropical World. We had a fantastic trip and the staff at Tropical World were most impressed by the children’s knowledge, behaviour and conduct throughout the day.

Lost Words Inspired Poetry

Collages inspired by Henri Rousseau

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Today we explored the life and artwork of Henri Rousseau. Rousseau was best known for his bold pictures of the jungle, teeming with flora and fauna. We used his work as a starting point to inspire our own rainforest collages. Take a look...

Northern Ballet Session 1

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Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their first session with Northern Ballet in school today! Today's session had a focus on feelings and how our bodies can show and reflect how we are feeling. After using our bodies to show a range of emotions, we then focused on a particular character: Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. We tried to put our self in his shoes, using our bodies to capture his personality!

Mount St Mary's Taster Afternoon

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Year 5 have had a fantastic afternoon at Mount St Mary's! It was such a brilliant experience being able to spend an afternoon in a high school and meet some of the teachers. The afternoon was incredibly busy and we were very fortunate to take part in three taster lessons: Art, DT and PE!

God's Creation Artwork

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Blackout Poetry: The Lost Words

Year 5 enjoyed creating blackout poetry today using the introduction from the Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane. We started by piecing together and isolating single words and phrases which caught our attention, stringing them together to create a 'sentence'. It was then time to get creative! We used images inspired by the Lost Words to black out the words we were not using. Take a look at a couple...

Congratulations to our new altar servers, Madeleine, Kara and Angeline. May God bless them!

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 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, and let's not forget Robinwood! 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! 

 

 

You are going to quickly discover just how much I love reading and sharing this passion with you. Our class library is well stocked and ready for you to dive into to discover a world of adventure and possibility: reading is the passport to never ending travel and adventure! One of the best pieces of advice I can give to you is read, read and then read a little bit more! Read what you love and if you don't quite know what that is yet, I will find it for you! I actually have 3 books on the go at the minute (Time Travelling with a Hamster, Rooftoppers and When the Sky Falls) and can't wait to tell you all about others books I have read this summer  - all can be found in the classroom waiting for you!

 

 

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!

 

Mrs Barton yes

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Chamber Choir Concert July 2021

Our incredible Chamber Choir performed a repertoire of their incredible singing for us to end their learning over the year. We hope you love hearing the children singing. They have the voice of angels. We are so blessed.
Well done Chamber Choir. Thank you to Lucy Haigh, our Choral Director who teaches the children so well each week too.
We hope you enjoy our beautiful end of year performance.

2020/21 Finale

Sports Day

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It was fantastic to be able to celebrate Sports Day together this year. Year 5 had a fantastic afternoon taking part in an exciting range of sports: running, hockey, football, cricket and more! A huge well done to all of Year 5 for showing fantastic sportsmanship, cheering on their team mates and giving everything a go. A big congratulations to our worthy winners too: the red team!

Sounds of Samba Music Project

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As part of our music curriculum, Year 5 have really enjoyed learning samba drums and the rhythms of Brazil's most prominent form of music and dance! One of the most exciting elements of samba is the range of percussion instruments. While every instrument has its own sound and serves its own particular purpose, the cumulative effect energises the listener so they have no choice but to dance! We have learnt to play the surdo, tamborim, ganza and agogo bells! We are currently perfecting our final performance - watch this space!

Geography Project - Food Trade and Transport

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"Before you've finished your breakfast this morning, you'll have relied on half the world" - Martin Luther King.
Year 5 were tasked with a very interesting project this week exploring the ultimate question: Where does our food come from? Each day Year 5 were set a focus area to complete, researching and presenting the following areas: trade, export and import, food miles and Fair Trade. From PowerPoints to booklets, our work was published to a very high standard. Year 5 enjoyed exploring the food in their homes and finding out about their country of origin.

Leeds Children's Mayor Manifestos

Leeds Children’s Mayor (LCM) is an annual citizenship project for primary schools that is now entering its 19th year. Run in partnership between the Democratic Services and Voice, Influence and Change Team at Leeds City Council, the project aims to actively engage children in the process of democracy and promote an understanding of their rights and responsibilities. Year 5 children are asked to write a short manifesto about how they would make Leeds a better city for other children, starting with the following line:

“If I were Children’s Mayor of Leeds I would…”

As a class, we voted for our favourite manifesto which become St Anthony's candidate for the year. A panel of children and young people helped to shortlist them down to a final 12 yesterday, selecting who to move forward to the citywide election and voting stage. We are thrilled that our school entry has made it into the final 12! Let campaigning begin... 

Year 5 Poetry: Happiness and Wellbeing

Year 5 love a writing competition and we found the perfect opportunity to showcase our writing skills! The Merrion Centre launched their 'Write a Happy Rhyme - Win a Great Time!' competition and we jumped at the opportunity! To enter, we wrote poems on the theme of 'Happiness and Wellbeing'.

Year 5 Bake Off

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As part of our DT curriculum, Year 5 were challenged to adapt a recipe for a particular purpose. We started by exploring biscuits already on the market; Year 5 certainly enjoyed tasting as part of their market research. In teams, we designed a biscuit for particular occasions, thinking what could be added, how they could be shaped, decorations and flavourings. We enjoyed a full Bake Off Day creating our biscuits according to our design specifications. Close attention to detail was certainly paid to ensure our products were of a high quality. Biscuits were judged by their creativity, taste, texture, branding, teamwork and how well they met their specification. It was a tough decision to make. All bakers should be very proud of themselves!

Pop Art

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Year 5 created their own comic strip style ‘pop art’ inspired by Roy Lichtenstein. Roy Lichtenstein is famous for comic strip type drawings, painting everyday objects, and for using onomatopoeia in his art work. Enjoy our bright and colourful interpretations of his artwork!

As part of our PSHE curriculum, Year 5 were visited by Dave from d:side. During our session, we learnt about the dangers of solvents and the different products which contain solvents. We also explored how to deal with peer pressure.

ACE Sports Gala

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On Monday 28th June, Year 5 had an action-packed afternoon at the ACE Club Sports Gala. From dancing to football to dodgeball, all the children had a wonderful time! Thank you ACE club!

Mr Whittle's Shape Challenge

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On Friday afternoon, the children learnt all about the properties of 3 dimensional shapes! To help the children learn how many faces, vertices and edges these shape have Mr Whittle set them a very special challenge: 'Using canes and blue-tac, can you construct a 3d shape?" It was a wonderful afternoon - watch the photo story to see if they were successful!!

D:Side Visit: Using Social Media Safely

Today d:side visited and Year 5 took part in a very interesting computer safety workshop with a focus on social media. We explored safe use of social media; the positive and negative effects of social media; asking trusted adults for help; and responsible and safe use of the internet.

This half term, Year 5 are using the Garage Band app to develop their computing skills through making music! The children have selected and compiled a sequence of sound in pairs to create their own composition.

Celebrating the Feast Day of St Anthony

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St Anthony is usually depicted holding lilies, representing his purity and trustworthiness. The lily also flowers in June – the month of Saint Anthony’s Feast Day! To celebrate the Feast Day of St Anthony, Year 5 painted lilies - take a look...

Roman Mosaics: Romulus and Remus

As part of our Roman Wonder Day, Year 5 explored the story of Romulus and Remus and recreated the key moments in the story in mosaic form! This took a great amount of patience and team work but we were really proud of the results!

Properties of Materials - Brighter Bulbs Investigation

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Year 5 were comparing and grouping together everyday materials on the basis of their electrical conductivity by investigating the best electrical conductors.

Our aim was to find out which electrical conductors would make a bulb shine brightest. Working in groups, Year 5 investigated the conductivity of different materials by setting up a simple circuit with a battery and a bulb, and using different metals to complete the circuit. We carefully observed the brightness of the bulb with each material. The results were unanimous...

PSHE - Bringing Nature Back into our Lives

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Mental Health Awareness Week helps us all explore what we can do to look after our own and each other’s mental health. The 2021 theme is ‘Nature’ and how it can help us all to feel well. Being able to access nature and the natural environment is incredibly important in looking after our mental health. Year 5 explored how spending time in nature or bringing nature into our lives in any way can help us! We all created wonderful posters to show how people can bring nature back into their lives….

Our Easter Crosses

Internet Safety: Be SMART!

Our Little Book of Hope

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Take a look at our 'Little Book of Hope' inspired by our Collective Worships and 'The Book of Hopes' edited by one of our favourite authors, Katherine Rundell. Our book contains pictures, prayers and words to comfort and inspire.

Explanation Texts: How does the human ear work?

Greek Vase Designs

History: Roman Wonder Day

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Our Roman Wonder Day will certainly be a day to remember! From Roman Numerals to Romulus and Remus, Year 5 were immersed in Roman culture. Today was an opportunity to experience a taster of a fascinating history topic - a Year 4 topic missed due to school closure. The day certainly enriched our History curriculum and provided Year 5 with a wide range of first-hand experiences. We had a fantastic visit from the History Squad. During our workshop, our centurion, in full Roman armour, introduced us to day to day life of Romans in Britain. We started with a detailed examination of a legionary's kit and then it was time to perform some marching and shield drills (in Latin!).
Take a look!

Building vocabulary!

Year 4 & 5 Roman Wonder Day

Our Year 5 French curriculum in action!

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Year 5 thoroughly enjoy their weekly French lessons with Madame Matias. Lessons are taught using a native French epxert teacher from Junior Jam, working alongside our own teachers. Watch the video above to see the children revising body parts through a game of ‘Simon Says…’ as well as seeing them learn all French numbers between 0 and 100 with some comical dance moves! The carefully crafted sequence of learning has allowed our pupils to progress really well with their French skills over Key Stage 2. Well done Year 5.

PE: Rugby with Hunslet Hawks

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We have been really lucky to have a term of bespoke teaching from Hunslet Hawks to develop and progress children's skill and knowledge in Rugby. Lessons build skill progressively and the results have been brilliant! Year 5 have been enjoying rugby training over the last term with Hunslet Hawks! Take a look...

Science Week

Our Whole School Science Week was amazing and a super way to start our Summer Term. Year 5 were so excited. All learning was focussed around prior topics, and topics missed due to lockdowns. The first hand experiences, visits, experiments and content were all carefully planned and crafted to ensure Science knowledge is secure. What an amazing week we had. I am so proud of you Year 5. Miss Leonard and the Year 5 team.

Science Week: Investigating Circuits

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Today we were investigating circuits! We looked at a range of simple circuits and worked in groups to predict whether or not the circuits would work, explaining our reasoning. After that we constructed the circuits to test our predictions and recorded our findings!

Science Week: Sublime Science Workshop

Science Week: Learning about our very own chicks!

Science Week: Engineering and Gears Workshop

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Year 5 were incredibly lucky to take part in a fantastic engineering workshop today which was fascinating! It all started with an inspirational Career Kids Presentation, looking at what an engineer is and what they do in the world. I know this inspired some future engineers! This was followed by an exciting workshop all about gears. We looked at how and why gears are used and built different gears together to investigate rotation direction, rotation speed and ratio. The final part of the workshop had the children working in groups to build a small part of a machine, which we put together to build them all into one large class machine!

Science Week: Wonderdome

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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?!

Science Week: Mad Science

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The perfect start to our St Anthony's Science Week! Mad Science launched the week with a very exciting assembly. This was followed by a hair-raising 'Watts Up' workshop in the classroom. We learnt about static electricity, lightning, electrons and much more! The Van de Graaff generator was fascinating to explore! Thank you Mad Science!

Year 5 Easter Competition

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A huge well done to all the children who entered our Easter Competition this year, you made some wonderful bonnets, decorated eggs and Easter gardens. Watch the video to see the wonderful entries!

Easter at St Anthony's

Holy Week - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

During Holy Week in 2021, we have been reflecting on the key events of this most important week. Each of our classes have re-enacted important events, shared liturgical dances, songs and prayers. Year 5 took the lead in representing Holy Thursday and the washing of the feet through liturgical dance. Such respectful dance, mime and prayer ... well done Year 5. This truly reflective video shows Holy Week at St Anthony's at its most holy. We hope you can share our learning, prayer and humble praise in your homes with us this year. God bless you all this Holy Week. 

Science: Measuring forces

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We learnt that forces are measured in a unit called Newtons. We then learnt how to measure forces using a force meter and used this to consider how friction impacted the size of the force required to move an object on different surfaces.

Science: Investigating the effects of friction using friction frogs!

RE: Artwork inspired by the parable of the Lost Son

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We are very proud of our home learning achievements!

A great big THANK YOU to our parents and carers!

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We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our parents and carers for all of the support with home learning over the last 8 weeks!

World Book Day - The Rainbow Fish - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

Hello Year 5,

Happy World Book Day. The theme of our World Book Day this year is "share a story". All our staff in school have made two very special stories for you to share together with your families. We are watching them both today at school, but you might want to share this with your families too.

Keep sharing your love for reading as this is one of the most important gifts we can give our children.

God bless and enjoy,

Miss Leonard

 

I wish to thank Mr and Mrs Easton and Mrs Barton (Our English Leader) for their kind assistance making this reading compilation in partnership with us. 

World Book Day - Franklin's Flying Bookshop - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

A True Inspiration: Captain Sir Tom Moore

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Over the last year we have been inspired by many people who have worked tirelessly for the good of others. We thank God for all those working in the NHS and those amazing scientists who have given us all hope by developing the vaccine that will hopefully help some form of normality to return. Their work and commitment was recognised by one very special man: Captain Sir Tom Moore who sadly passed away on the 2nd February 2021 at the wonderful age of 100. Today we focused our learning on this inspirational gentleman, learning about his life and the acts of kindness that he showed in his final year. He certainly followed in the footsteps of Jesus and we had a fantastic day learning all about him whether we were in school or at home! Some were inspired to write poetry; others were inspired to create fantastic artwork! Enjoy!

Poetry inspired by Pie Corbett

Geography: Biomes in a Box

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We have been very busy learning all about the major biomes of the world in our Geography work this half term. We became experts on a biome of our choice and looked at animal adaptions, designing our own animal adapted to a particular biome. Finally, on Friday we made 'Biomes in a Box', thinking carefully about how to best represent our chosen biome and the flora and fauna found there! Both the children in school and at home have worked incredibly hard - take a look...

Year 5 First Holy Communions

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

Christmas Dinner

Exciting Elf Wonder Day

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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

Christmas Preparations

Chocolate Workshop

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Geography: Locating the Amazon Rainforest

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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

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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.

Year 5 Residential to Robinwood

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Writing across the curriculum

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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!

Murton Park

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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!

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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

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Take a look inside our RE books at some of our wonderful work from this year!

World Book Day

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What a fantastic day celebrating a love of books and reading! Year 5 love to read!

Our Creative Writing Workshop at Leeds Central Library

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Exploring Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest

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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!

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! :)

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

 

 

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