Happy New Year to all of Year 5 !
I hope you all had a lovely break over the Christmas holiday.
Remember to use TT Rockstars every day.
Read some bug books or real books five times a week.
Try some pyramid spellings or word art spellings.
Ask your parents to contact school if you need any help with these things.
Good luck - hope you are back with us in school very soon.
Welcome to Year 5
Please read this PowerPoint
We sketched birds last week.
Our new topic looks at houses and design.
Better weather this week so our cricket lesson was outside. More space and more fun...
Follow the yellow brick road...
We were very lucky this week to have the chance to watch a super performance of The Wizard of OZ. The interactive screen was very unusual. It left us with lots to think about - even our multiplication tables.
How did he pass the oil can to the tin man? How did he jump into the film? How did one of the teachers get the part of the Wicked Witch of the West?
Many of us have bought a poppy or seen them around in recent days. Year 5 went out to look at one church (St Luke's) display. We also found out about one particular soldier who lost his life at the Battle of Trones Wood in August 1916. Corporal Richard Price was a glass packer who lived in Eldon Street, not far from our school. He fought in one of the most dreadful battles of WWI. He left his wife Ellen and three young sons behind.
The sad tale illustrates the sacrifice made during war. The money raised from poppy sales helps to support veterans. We wanted to remember Richard Price in our own way as his name is on a gravestone in the old cemetery nearby. Mr Leather laid a single poppy as a sign that we remember a local man who gave his life to protect his country.
What have we been doing?
It is difficult to share everything we do as we cannot invite parents into class to see. Here is a small sample of pictures showing our displays and what our class looks like at the moment.
Today we were really lucky to get the first in a series of cricket coaching lessons as part of our P.E. work this term. The lesson was great fun and at a really fast pace. We did an exciting warm-up activity (Heads, shoulders, knees and toes - ball ! ) and went on to work on batting and fielding skills. Our pictures are a bit blurred (Mr Leather took them!) because we were moving so fast...
The whole school have been studying plastic pollution and the damage it does to the environment. Year 5 were especially fortunate as Mrs Brookes arranged for us to spend two days working with a professional photographer, learning how to take photographs in and around school. It was a marvellous learning opportunity and great fun as well. The theme was the damage that occurs when we carelessly throw away plastic. We should, of course, recycle it. We collected used plastic from our homes to create exciting images that will help promote awareness of the harm plastic can cause. Please be assured that we did collect all the plastic together after we had used it. It will be used to create artwork in school or be recycled.
Year 5 (And Year 5 parents!).
Keep in touch at least once each week using the class blog. You can tell us something you have been doing or just say hi...
Once each week, email school with a piece of work you have done.
You choose what it is - a picture - type something you have written/some Maths. Vary it each week. Just put - for Mr Leather - on the subject of the email and Mrs Brookes will send them to me.
I will reply or comment using the blog.
We had a great day today (Friday 20th March) celebrating our work based on The Tempest by William Shakespeare. We had a lovely assembly where we showed off costumes and our newspaper reports. Even Mrs Brookes came dressed as one of the shipwrecked sailors!
In the afternoon we finished our art project about American artists and finished by singing some of our favourite songs. See if you can see who wore an invisibility cloak and perhaps our rapping star in action...
It was the last day we will all be together for a while and also the last day we will share with Miss Lownsbrough. Thanks to her for working with us and supporting us through this unusual week.
Art inspired by him, using patterns and colours.
He used images and symbols which are based on graffiti, Hip Hop music and Punk fashion. Skulls and other parts of the human body occur frequently in his work. His fascination began while in hospital when he used an anatomy book to copy sketches from.
Safer Internet Day Presentations
Year 5 discussed, researched and then prepared PowerPoint presentations about staying safe online. We looked at using avatars to protect our identity and how to report bullying plus (importantly) how to make sure we treat other people properly online so that we do not become the bully!
We have created fantasy landscapes inspired by the artist Ansel Adams.
He used monochrome photography to create art.
By not using colours he avoided distraction and focused on the shapes and moods.
We performed The three note Bossa by Ian Gray.
We improvised Jazz melodies using the same notes and instruments.
Candles by Candlelight
Well done Year 5 (and everyone else!) for singing so well at our Advent service.
A week of culture!
Year 5 have been able to enjoy music and drama performances this week.
A brilliant musical performance of Sleeping Beauty amazed us all.
Later, we had a superb Christmas themed musical extravaganza performed by
St Helens Council Music Service
Christmas at the Cathedral
Museum of Liverpool visit
Year 5 had a wonderful day exploring the history of Liverpool.
We then spent the afternoon at the cathedral celebrating at the
The weather was terrible but we managed the walk between with a smile!
Meeting for parents about Year 5
This PowerPoint covers the main points.
Some of our class have visited Holy Spirit School to take part in a local history project all about coal and glass industries in St Helens. We worked with many other schools alongside an author who is going to create and publish a new book with our help. It will feature two characters inspired by our town, Coaly and Paney.
The pictures below show some of the work we did.