Autumn Term 1 (2019-2020)
Tuesday 10th December - Outdoor Learning
Christmas, Christmas, Christmas! Over the past two weeks in Saint Teresa’s class the children have been creating festive natural decorations. To begin with the children were tasked with going outdoors and gathering natural resources to build their decoration with. Following this, the children then had to construct a template on paper, to use as a guide when cutting and laying out their sticks into the shape of a tree. Finally, the children were able to piece together their decorations – which we did have some trouble with. At first, we tried PVA but to no avail. However, we then tried double sided sticky tape, which seemed to do the job but soon realised we had to handle the decorations carefully!
WC 11th November Anti-bullying
Throw Kindness like Confetti Board Game! Within this week's anti-bullying sessions, the children have created board games to demonstrate their new understanding surrounding the topic, aiming to allow other children across the school to gain a better understanding of bullying scenarios and what they should do within that given environment.
During this process, the children were given the challenge of creating ‘chance cards’, which allow the players of the game to gain or deduct points from the final score (depending on the choices that they had made).
Year 5 were then given an opportunity to explore some of the other children’s games from within the class and see whether their new knowledge could gain them the title of champion kindness spreader!
Wednesday 6th November - Forest Green Rovers Fit2Last Day
“There was nothing that I did not enjoy,” were words that echoed across all of the children’s feedback forms at the end of today’s engaging and hands on session at FGR!
Yet again, visiting the club was such a brilliant learning experience for Saint Teresa’s class, whereby throughout the morning the children and myself delved deeper into the history of the club and what it meant for them to be considered ‘carbon neutral’ by the UN. What’s more we expanded and tested our knowledge of the vegan diet, whilst looking at a meat eaters eat well plate compared to that of a person with a plant based lifestyle.
Following on from a busy morning, the children’s football skills were put into practise during a fabulous physical session based upon moving with the ball whilst also focusing on our surroundings. Designing and creating also took a pivotal role within our schedule, as the children were challenged with creating a new eco stadium (in a 15 minute times slot) out of scrap materials aiming to incorporate ideas they had discussed throughout their day. This was well and truly a hit with all, where our creative sides most certainly were put on show!
Finally, we then had a wonderful round off to our day whereby we had a behind the scenes tour of the ground. We even managed to stand in the FGR players’ shoes and visit their changing rooms!
Once again, a big thank you to Saint Teresa’s class for their impeccable behaviour and engagement in the session - it was mentioned to myself on several occasions by members of the FGR staff. Well done all!
Wednesday 2nd October - 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 caterpillar larvae 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!
Friday 27th September 2019
Here in Year 5 we’ve had a busy week and have been grappling with our understanding of different life cycles of animals. Throughout our topic learning so far, we have looked at how elephants and penguins change from birth through to adulthood. But this week our focus was the poison dart frog. The children were in awe at how such a tiny animal can go through such huge changes and what’s more how unbelievable some of the hurdles they overcome, in order to survive, are.
In addition to this, we have had the excitement this morning of our first butterfly emerging! The children are so very excited and are looking forward to seeing what developments may happen throughout the rest of the day and over the weekend.
Finally, to round off our week off, we braved the temperamental weather and went outside for outdoor learning. Within the lesson we were looking at physical features across the UK and made a map out of natural resources.
Friday 13th September - Butterflies
Butterflies galore! Here in Year 5 we’ve had such an exciting week, whereby each and everyone of us has gained a small caterpillar. One of the objectives facing the children this year is to understand different life cycles and what better way to understand the life cycle of an insect, than seeing it right before our eyes? It must be said, Saint Teresa’s class have revelled in the process so far of seeing our tiny caterpillars over double in size. We cannot wait to see what progress they will make next week in their journey to becoming a butterfly. I’m sure a lot of the children have their fingers crossed that we see some chrysalis over the course of the next few days.
Thursday 8th August: Pax - Sara Pennypacker
Pax - When choosing my summer reads, faced with an array of books in front of me, Pax stood out due to its 9+ rating (making it perfect for Year 5) and its short impactful blurb, which left me with already so many unanswered questions.
After reading the book, I must reinforce Pax was not an easy read. It has some very emotional scenes, which were consequences of a war-torn country. Because of this, I would recommend parents read this book prior to their children to ensure it is suitable.
Overall, this is truly a profound and moving story, intertwined with sadness and heart-wrenching situations. Yet simultaneously filled with nurture, kindness and compassion. I fell in love with the key characters across the book and this read teaches us a lot about unbreakable bonds between those we love.
Wednesday 31st July: The Explorer - Katherine Rundell
The Explorer: A completely absorbing story of four children whose plane crashes in the Amazon jungle. Utterly alone and learning to survive, using common sense and good luck, the children encounter many perilous challenges and hurdles ahead on their path.
It must be said the detail in the book is just wonderful and the writing most certainly whisks you away into the world of the Amazon. You could say this is your usual survival story of brave children but the events lead to a surprising discovery which brings in some big questions about the impact of mankind on the environment, ultimately weaving in themes and ideas that make you think about how your behaviour can impact upon the world around us.
Again, this is another brilliant read and the ending leaves you wanting to discover more. If you’re wanting to be transported to somewhere magical this summer, be sure to give this a go!
Tuesday 30th July: Pog - Pádraig Kenny
Pog. This book was my first read of the summer holidays and from the moment I read the first page, I’ve been hooked - taken on a journey, whilst wanting to grapple more with this fantasy adventure full of the most powerful and raw emotions.
Full of twists and turns, this is a story where memories have the power to destroy and cause pain, or uplift and create joy. Which of these prevails is up to the children and their fury friend, Pog.
Crammed with creative descriptions and imaginative vocabulary, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the story with it's epic battle and touching final scenes. If you’re looking for something to get your teeth stuck into this summer, I’d definitely recommend picking up this touching tale.