2018-2019 Blog Posts

Great work all around from Saint Teresa's class again today! The children were tasked last week with designing a healthy smoothie and today they got to grips with making it come to life. Some children loved their smoothies, some were a little 'banana-ed' out! 
 
Just want to say a massive thank you to parents for their continued support and much appreciated donations, both myself and the children are very grateful!
 
Miss Crisp 

Crazy, exciting and jam packed are only a few words I could think of to describe our past week in Year 5! We’ve completely immersed ourselves in Health Week, getting to grips with the British Heart Foundation (making sure we are expert skippers) whilst also making Miss Crisp so very very proud of each and every member of Saint Teresa’s class at our annual sports day.

To kickstart our health week, Year 5 ventured out into the sunshine to perfect our skipping technique. Over the course of the week, we (Miss Crisp included) have been able to get our hands on the ropes several times and I can truly say, every child has greatly improved their technique and showed off some fantastic (and extremely creative) methods of skipping - demonstrating making their way in and out of a moving rope!

Alongside this, sports day has been and gone, showcasing what a phenomenal and supportive class we are. I took great pride in all of the children in Year 5, cheering on each one of their peers no matter what house! What’s more, all of you gave 110%, never failing to reach the end of each race with a smile on your face and being proud of what you had achieved. Well done, you’re all superstars!

House relay fun, a brilliant karate workshop (whereby Mr D’Arcy and Isabelle got us working on our discipline) and some fantastic rugby focus work was all topped off by a brilliant afternoon on our school picnic. I think we can all say what an outstanding health week we’ve had! 

I also want to mention a huge well done to Connor, Freddie and Ted - who represented our school at the FESTOMANE celebration event this Tuesday. The boys have explained what a fantastic morning they had, even getting to test out some VR headsets.

Great job Year 5, lets see what our next and last two weeks together as a class bring!

Miss Crisp

Fruit Tasting!
 
Year 5 were able to get sticky, hands on and critical when tasting a variety of fruits this week for our healthy eating D&T unit. All of the children tried 11 different fruits and vegetables, discussing what it was about each food product they liked or disliked! We were able to snap a few pictures of the expressions/faces pulled and as you can see, some of the fruits the children really didn't like! By tasting a variety of different fruits and vegetables the children will now be able to design a smoothie with ingredients they enjoy the taste and texture of next week - this is something we are all looking forward to!

Kindly, Holly and Gracie have been reminiscing about our Friday's last term - here is what they had to say...

"Friday lessons - The first lesson of our fun Friday activities is P.E, with Olly and Steph, where we are practising to play tennis. Within last week’s lesson, we were mainly focussing on hand eye coordination. We really (I think I speak for all of us when I say this) enjoy P.E! After this fun P.E session, we do M.O.T (maths on track) with Mrs. Howells, this is an enjoyable lesson about times table methods. After this, we have our REACH time (unless of course, you have lost some over the week). This time is where you can either watch Tom and Jerry on the screen, we can also draw, go on the iPads or the computers, play Jenga and much more.

After our reach time period, we all go out for break. Soon afterwards we either learn WW2 board games or card games, the other half of the class go with Mrs. Barron we have made (so far) hummus, and tacos with guacamole with a vegetable filling.

Then we have (my personal favourite) lunch, on Friday we always have some sort of fish! After this we have art with Miss. Busby. Lately, we have been doing oxidisation with bananas and melting plastic. After this amazing experimental lesson, we have maths with Miss Crisp - where we do a lot of different things every time.

Finally, we (at the end of the day) have assembly with Mrs D’Arcy the first thing we do is hand out REACH certificates to every class of the school (every class hands out 2 certificates altogether). After this, we sometimes run a cake raffle, in the morning you buy a raffle ticket and wait for your name to be called later on, in assembly! After all of this excitement, we all leave assembly silently and head to gather our bags and coats. Now we line up and go home… and enjoy the…WEEKEND!"

LEGO STEM Day 

Anticipating the engineering, problem solving and team work filled day ahead of us, Year 5 were tasked with following a set of nearly 30 instructions to build an autonomous vehicle (in a team of 3). Once we had all been successful at developing our machines, the children were competing for points to travel from the START to a specified area, with accuracy! In order to program their machines to move from point A to B Year 5 got to grips with software, named ‘LEGO Mind Storms’. This task became increasingly more challenging, by requiring the children to make rotations, etc.!  

In order to progress our understanding further, Saint Teresa’s class then had to grapple with using ultrasonic sensors, to program their vehicles to sense the distance of an object in front of it. They then had to ensure their robot was able to stop at a set difference from any obstacle, without any problems!

Friday lessons

The first lesson of our fun Friday activities is P.E with Olly and Steph were we are practising to play tennis. Within last week’s lesson, we were mainly focusing on hand eye coordination. We really (I think I speak for all of us when I say this) enjoy P.E! After this fun P.E session, we do M.O.T (maths on track) with Mrs. Howells, this is an enjoyable lesson about times table methods. After this, we have our REACH time (unless of course, you have lost some over the week). This time is where you can either watch Tom and Jerry on the screen, we can also draw, go on the iPads or the computers. After our REACH time period we all go out for break. Soon afterwards we either learn WW2 board games or card games, the other half of the class go with Mrs. Barron we have made (so far) hummus, and tacos with guacamole with a vegetable filling. Then we have (my personal favourite) lunch, on Friday we always have some sort of fish! After this we have art with Miss. Busby. Lately we have been doing oxidation with bananas and melting plastic.

Our New Topic

This term, our new topic is Super Scientists and Incredible Inventors. We have been looking at different scientists and their life stories (like David Attenborough and Margaret Hamilton). Recently, we have gone onto the laptops to find information about Hamilton and have had a hunt outdoors to find facts about Attenborough, for instance:

  • He was born in London, 1926.
  • If Attenborough could be any animal, he would be a sloth – I (Matilda) would be a big cat.
  • He thinks the funniest animals are monkey and elephant babies.
  • He has never past his driving test.
  • In 1985 he received a knighthood.
As well as learning about David Attenborough, we have been learning about Margaret Hamilton
 
Freya and Matilda
WWII Evacuee Experience
 
Year 5 had such an immersive and hands on experience today, getting the chance to be real WWII evacuees. We spent our day at Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (Winchcombe Station), rounding off our themed learning based upon the war. We partook in a range of events, surrounding experiencing an air raid, getting to grips with a stirrup hose, listening to a riveting talk from real life evacuees and getting to ride on a WWII steam train!
 
I think I can talk for all of Saint Teresa's class and say what a phenomenal experience this trip was - it was an opportunity to really understand and put ourselves into the shoes of those children evacuated during the war. This made us all really reflect upon our learning and empathise with those who experienced this in real life.
 
I must also say a huge well done to all of Year 5! Many of the adults working at the station commented upon how inquisitive, thoughtful and well mannered you all were. Well done! What's more another huge thank you to both the parents and children for the fantastic effort in dressing up, you all looked FANTASTIC!
 
Miss Crisp
World Book Day! Much Ado About Nothing
Fancy dress, Shakespeare and drama – three key points to our exciting world book day! Year 5 were given the opportunity to partake in an exciting drama workshop – looking at the masquerade ball scene from Much Ado About Nothing. All of the children were challenged with projecting their voices, perfecting their dancing skills and showing expression on their faces. Following this, we came into the classroom and looked at the whole plot of the famous play – creating storyboards and character profiles for the main 9. Well done for all of the fantastic outfits! Thank you to mums and dads too for being supportive and helping with this. Miss Crisp

Birdwatching

Today (Friday 25 January) we were bird watching with Chrissie. First of all we would like to say thank you to Chrissie for providing the bird watching equipment. This included monoculars, clip boards, pens and a birdlist. Me and Leo even found 33 starlings. Year 5 found 21 birds altogether. These were:

  •          12 blackbirds
  •          7 house sparrows
  •          1 black-headed gull
  •          14 magpies
  •          10 blue tits
  •          3 robins
  •          5 carrion crows
  •          2 song thrushes ( the rarest bird)
  •          4 chaffinches
  •          25 starlings
  •          5 coal tits
  •          3 green finches
  •          21 collared doves
  •          3 long-tailed tits
  •          3 dunnocks
  •          6 jackdaws
  •          4 great tits
  •          7 pied wagtails
  •          9 wood pigeons
  •          4 wrens
  •          1 pheasant
Written by Leo and Fred S

Earth and Space       

Over the past few weeks, Year 5 have been learning about our awesome solar system! We have learnt MANY interesting facts, such as the order of the planets and the names of the planets (these are called Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, this is also the order of the planets!)

The Planets

Did you know that Mercury has wrinkles on its surface called lobate scraps? Also, Venus rotates the opposite way to the Earth (anti clock wise.) Another fact is that Earth is the only planet which supports life! If you thought that was interesting, Mars has the largest volcano in the solar system which is 600 kilometres wide and 21 kilometres tall!? A fact about Jupiter is, it is mainly made up of gas (hydrogen and helium). A fact about Saturn is, no one knows how many rings Saturn has to make up its outer ring! Uranus’s temperature is so cold it is -197 0c. And I thought Antarctica was cold. Last but not least, Neptune. Neptune has 60,190 days in a year, imagine how long you’d have to wait for your birthday!

Tim Peake

Whatsmore, we've had a special guest come to our class room! The guest was Tim Peake (not the real one just a paper mache figure). Miss crisp and her dad miraculously made a life size astronaut using a mannequin as a base. According to Miss Crisp the Tim Peake figure is holding a tub of “moon dust!”

Written by Ava and Gracie

Year 5 Gardening
 
So far Year 5 have been very green fingered, the children have been down in the mud - digging, planting and getting their hands dirty! Up to now the children have completed an array of planting (sorting out container pots in the playground, daffodils in the car park alongside sorting broad-beans and winter beans). Today the children have also been preparing/making a compost bin, which will help us with our gardening in the future.
 
Year 5 want to thank Miss Busby for her time and effort and are enjoying this new learning so so much (even in the cold weather!). 

Friday 2nd November
Outdoor Learning, Viking Coin Purses and Black History Month

What a busy and hands on Friday!! Today, Year 5 were able to get their hands dirty, get their bodies moving and their fingers sewing! Some children from Saint Teresa's class started a new and exciting project today, linked to our class theme of Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, creating their own coin purses. This involved lots of intricate sewing and learning back stitch! (Mums and dads, we can now be in charge of any hemming in the house!)

Following this, the whole class were able to experience an in school carnival!!! We jived, jumped and jigged our way through the afternoon, moving our bodies and having a giggle. Whats more we linked this to our learning about Black History Month. Miss Crisp was very impressed with some of the moves created!

Finally, we began our outdoor learning session by sketching our own maps of the school field, thinking about which direction was north, what key features there were in our surroundings and what symbols we could use to create these. Following this, the children then translated their ‘paper’ map into a ‘natural’ piece on the floor, utilising all of the objects around us that afternoon. Such fun was had by all!

Unfortunately, Miss Crisp didn't save the images of the school camera so will have to update the blog with all of the pictures from today on Monday! 

I hope everyone enjoys their weekends, after such a busy first week back!
Miss Crisp

Coffee Afternoon Success in Memory of James Keith

On Friday 19th October, Year 5 came together to host a Macmillan Coffee Afternoon in memory of James Keith (a friend of the school, who passed away from cancer) and to help raise vital money for people living with this illness. We managed to raise a huge amount of money and have collected over £655! We want to say a huge thank you to all that donated!

We have spent several weeks (as you know) preparing for the event, designing invites, creating table decorations, baking and ensuring they could host the best coffee afternoon yet! Miss Crisp has said how all of the children in the class had a connection and empathy towards the charity and were so dedicated to making the event perfect.

Speaking after the successful afternoon, Year 5 have collaboratively said:

“We really enjoyed doing our bit for this year’s Coffee Afternoon. It was great to get people together, have a nibble and a natter and raise money for Macmillan to help people living with cancer at the same time. We want to thank everyone who supported and helped to make it a success.”

Painted Lady Butterflies!

Unforgettable, is one of the only words I can use to describe the opportunity we have had (here in year 5) to watch caterpillars change into chrysalides and then emerge as beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies. Amazingly, we have raised and fed our very own butterflies, finishing this journey off by releasing them into the wild today! The entire transformation from caterpillar to adult butterfly has taken about five weeks and has been such an extraordinary thing to watch. Here are some ace pictures, which I am sure, will make you giggle as much as they did us!

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

After a soggy day of wet weather and wind, we’ve had an exciting afternoon of final preparations for our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon (we cannot believe it is only one week away!). Some of our Year 5 class ventured out into the village with Mr Holloway, armed with invites and excited to spread the news about our event with the local area. The rest of us that stayed at school are hard at work, decorating some final table decorations and deciding what stations we would like to be responsible for next Friday!

Scientists and Computer Specialists 
 
Here in Year 5 this week, we've had some very busy afternoons! We've been learning to be scientists and computer specialists at the same time (impressive right?). All of the children have researched the life cycle of a penguin and written a blog to detail their understanding. Next week, we are hoping to share our blogs with one another and make some positive comments about what facts have been included. Here is a sneak peak of the start of one of the children's blogs...
 
"Year 5 have been learning about Emperor Penguins and their life cycle.
Mating and hatching
In April males go off to feed on fish, squid and krill ready to mate. Males and Females mate and make an egg (1 at a time). At this time of the year, it is -60 degrees (this would be sub-zero)! Males are in charge (of the precious egg) once the female goes to get food, this is in the months of June and July. Males feed early because they are in charge of caring for the egg, for the whole time before it hatches. After that, the females have returned, been fed and are now back with food, waiting for their chicks to arrive."
 
Macmillan Coffee Afternoon Preparation
 
Here in Year 5 we have had a busy few weeks getting ready for our Macmillan Coffee afternoon. We are all so so excited and hope you are feeling just the same.
 
Over several session, a few members of Saint Teresa's volunteered to present a Power Point to the other classes around the school. We spent time ensuring our individual presentation suited the needs of our audience - they all went down a treat and we had many excited faces beaming back at us!
 
This week we have utilized our artistic skills to begin designing decorations and posters for the big day!! We cannot wait to show them off to you all on Friday 19th October!
 
Year 5  
St. Joseph's School Song
 
"On all Fridays (up until Christmas), a selection of KS2 children are having exciting and fun lessons with a musician called Ben. Alongside Ben, we are working hard on our very own snazzy school song that we are going to write, learn, record and finally teach the rest of the school (KS1 and KS2).
 
Throughout our first week as singers, we have been able to experience some fun warm ups, group decision making and discussed some of our options - in regards to lyrics for our song.
 
We wanted to include a special sneak peak of the lyrics to come in our blog this week....
 
"As we walk through the doors, we see all the smiling faces of the children in their classrooms, with their pencils and their cases..."
 
But this is just the beginning of what we are sure will be a St. Joseph's masterpiece - just you wait and see!"
 
Freya, Emilia, Willow and Ruby
 

First Friday Back

What an exciting way to end our first week back at school! I’m sure lots of you have gone home with exciting stories to tell and plenty of memories to keep! Can you believe in one day we’ve managed to go exploring, discovering, jumping, throwing, calculating and creating?! I’m sure you are wondering how?!

Beginning our day, we all stepped out into the great outdoors – delving into spotting signs that suggest our seasonal change and the fact that autumn is here (brrrrr). We had some great fun tasting freshly picked blackberries, discovering differing types of trees and even getting hold of one of the largest mushrooms I have ever seen!!!! How could we follow on from this fantastic start?! 

Well, the PE coaches did not fail to disappoint with a fun fitness and footwork session – aiming to help us beat our opponents in one of the most competitive games of sharks and fishes known. Well done to all for the fantastic enthusiasm and determination throughout!

To finish our day, we settled back in the classroom with an hour of tricky maths and I must say Year 5 have blown my socks of so far this year with their engagement and willingness to give everything a go! Well done!

Alongside this, we managed to squeeze another session in working on our new venture of planning a coffee morning – we cannot wait to share the details!

Thanks again Year 5 for a fantastic start to our school year. I hope you have a brilliant weekend. See you bright and early on Monday :)

Miss Crisp

Bristol Aquarium 
 
WOW! What a fabulous start to Year 5 at Saint Joseph's!
 
For those of you that don't know, Saint Teresa's class (alongside the rest of the school) travelled out of the county to Bristol Aquarium. We shared thrilling experiences as a new class, delving deep into the homes of sharks and sting rays, watching feeding time for puffer fish and witnessing eels as large as some of the children! 
 
I am so glad the children could dive into our new school year with such a positive and engaging start. I look forward to seeing some of the creative 'masterpieces' that will be produced by the children after visiting such an enriching environment. 
 
Myself and Miss Busby would like to praise the children again for their excellent behaviour whilst out today. It was a pleasure to be in the Year 5's company. 
 
Miss Crisp 

Earth and Space       

Over the past few weeks, Year 5 have been learning about our awesome solar system! We have learnt MANY interesting facts, such as the order of the planets and the names of the planets (these are called Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, this is also the order of the planets!)

The Planets

Did you know that Mercury has wrinkles on its surface called lobate scraps? Also, Venus rotates the opposite way to the Earth (anti clock wise.) Another fact is that Earth is the only planet which supports life! If you thought that was interesting, Mars has the largest volcano in the solar system which is 600 kilometres wide and 21 kilometres tall!? A fact about Jupiter is, it is mainly made up of gas (hydrogen and helium). A fact about Saturn is, no one knows how many rings Saturn has to make up its outer ring! Uranus’s temperature is so cold it is -197 0c. And I thought Antarctica was cold. Last but not least, Neptune. Neptune has 60,190 days in a year, imagine how long you’d have to wait for your birthday!

Tim Peake

Whatsmore, we've had a special guest come to our class room! The guest was Tim Peake (not the real one just a paper mache figure). Miss crisp and her dad miraculously made a life size astronaut using a mannequin as a base. According to Miss Crisp the Tim Peake figure is holding a tub of “moon dust!”

Written by Ava and Gracie