Class 5

Welcome to Class 5


Welcome back everybody. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas holiday and used the time to relax, catch up with family and enjoy the festivities.
It's going to be a busy term so I hope you are all refreshed and ready for hard work.
Some slight changes you may need to know about have been amended below also in red.


 FRIDAY AFTERNOON - PE make sure you have appropriate clothing in school to wear, for either PE inside or outside. You could bring the following: leggings or jogging bottoms, sweatshirt, long-sleeved top etc.
HOMEWORK - usually given out on a Thursday, to be handed in the following Thursday. Homework may include the following:
  • Reading every night, either a book or bug club
  • Weekly Spellings
  • Maths
  • Grammar or punctuation activities
  • Reading comprehension tasks.
Design and Technology
Class 5 have recently become immersed in the world of shoe design. with a partner, they have had to design their own unique shoe. After initially drawing their shoe, the children had to, delicately, use cardboard to fold their shoe in to the required shape and design. This would be the first stage in the process.
Once the cardboard was secure, modroc was then used to cover the shoe in order to make it sturdy. When the modroc had dried, the children used acrylic paint to get a base colour for their shoe.
The final stage was to add any extra embellishments such as: gems, sequins or diamantes as well as any extra colours or patterns that needed to be painted on.
I have to say the children have done an amazing job and looking at the finished products there are quite a few budding future shoe designers. Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin you may have competition. I cant wait in a few years to be able to purchase a couture pair of Class 5's.
Instruction Writing
Linked to the shoe building activity, in DT, Class 5 worked together in small groups to create a set of instructions. These would come in handy, if any other children, or parents felt inspired to create their own bespoke footwear. The children had to know who the audience was, for the instructions, because this informed them of the style of language they had to use. Watching Jamie Oliver making a 'Bacon sarnie' helped them with this writing task. The groups also included humorous quotes and rhetorical questions.
On a Tuesday afternoon, the Year 5's, in my class, will be working with Mr Burke and Mrs Gorman (and the year 4 and 5's) whilst the Year 6 children are doing intervention work with myself and Mrs Bradbury.
RE with Mrs Gorman

Class 5 spent the afternoon learning about the last days of Jesus. We discussed the excitement people would have experienced when Jesus rode into Jerusalem and thought about how we might react if a celebrity visited our village. We then went on to look at the anger Jesus showed when he visited the Temple, and the reasons why priests and leaders began to turn against him.

The class was then rearranged so we could reenact some of the events of the Last Supper. We lit candles and tasted some of the foods served during a Passover meal. 

Why were they celebrating Passover? 

How were they all feeling after the events of the week?

How did the disciples feel when Jesus suggested someone would betray him?

Finally we discussed Judas' motivations for betraying Jesus. 

Did he want to leave?

Did he have a choice or did God ask him to carry out this awful task?

What did Judas think would happen next?

Class 5 thoughtfully discussed these tricky questions and came up with some really interesting suggestions! 

Year 5 Active Maths
On a Thursday afternoon, the Year 5's, along with Mrs Bradbury, go in the hall to take part in Active maths. These are maths sessions that are not only designed to get the mind working but the body as well. The children have to take part in maths activities involving relay races and moving about the hall to try and locate or match answers. So far our active maths sessions have included: fractions, decimals, percentages and perimeter.
During our active maths, the Year 5's have been using metre rulers to draw rectangles. They were given 2 measurements and then had to draw the rectangle, calculate the perimeter and then accurately cut out the rectangle.
Board game Reward
Class 5 have been working really hard, to earn themselves marbles to put in the jar. The children can earn marbles in a variety of ways: by doing something helpful and polite, for a class or staff member; by reading regularly at home; continuously bringing PE kits; and many other ways.
Last Friday, they managed to achieve one of our rewards- bring a board game afternoon. The class had great fun trying out a variety of board games including: cards, Cluedo, Monopoly, Jenga and more.
We are going to focus on investigations this half-term, via a series of mini-topics. The first topic will be centered around micro organisms. The children will learn about different types of micro organism and plan an investigation around fungus. Sounds disgusting??
Well, actually, I hope the children find it fascinating as well as great fun!!
Our first investigation was to place bread in different areas of the school to determine where the bread would go mouldy first. The pictures below are after week 1.
The Christmas Tree Challenge
Class 5 had a Christmas challenge to complete; to build a Christmas tree using plastic cups, elastic bands and pieces of string. The children worked in groups to stack cups, using only the equipment-no hands- to form a Christmas tree. The children worked well together as teams and had great fun.
Year 5 and 6 have been working on Forces, in our science lessons. Our particular focus (these 2 weeks) has been investigating the impact of gravity on objects, especially different shapes of paper. We all took part in investigations, testing our theories about whether paper, shape or size affects the force of gravity. Great practical science work took place, followed by very insightful discussions.
Well done Year 5 and 6.
Class 5 each got to make their own Christingle in preparation for our whole school Christingle worship.
Before making the Christingle, the Class discussed the symbolism of Christingles and discovered and wrote about what each part of the Christingle represents.
Orange- The world
Ribbon - the blood spilt by Christ on the cross or love and hope.
The sticks - 4 seasons
Sweets - God's Creations
Candle- represents the fact that, Jesus brings us light and is seen as the light of the world.
Class 5 then lit their own Christingle orange.
This term all of the Year 5 and 6 children, are together for their science lesson. Over the next few weeks the topic they will be investigating is forces.
To begin our topic, the children have been looking at gravity: what it is, who discovered it, how it is measured and are conducting experiments based on gravity.
The first scientific investigation the children carried out was a fair test to see what effect gravity has on the speed of different sized balls dropping to the ground.
The children had to plan their own investigation; discuss how they would make it a fair test; and then record their results.
Look at the photographs below to see our experiments.
Drug Awareness
Class 5 had the privilege of welcoming Pete in to our Class to give a talk on the topic of Drug awareness. During the talk, the children found out about how many kinds of drugs (caffeine, alcohol and other drugs) are poisons that people put in to their bodies. They were told about what these drugs do to the central nervous system and how that can affect the mind and body. The children were captivated by this talk and were all really engaged in good discussions surrounding the topic. The class particularly enjoyed hearing about Pete's experiences and about how he managed to turn his life around by setting himself an achievable  goal; the importance of putting in effort; and finally achieving that goal.
We'd like to thank Pete and The Hamilton Davies Trust, for funding this invaluable educational talk.
Active Maths
A new resource called Maths of the Day: Active maths has been purchased by school to make maths lessons more interactive, practical, fun and physical. All areas of maths are covered, ranging from number to geometry. All the children really enjoy participating in the activities. The tasks also encourage group work, co-operation, tolerance and perseverance skills, that can be applied in other curriculum areas too.
Look at the Pictures below of the children enjoying some place value, including negative numbers, Active Maths games.
Bike Rite
On Tuesday 26th September and Tuesday 3rd October, Year 5 took part in a national cycling proficiency scheme. This teaches the children how to carry out basic bicycle and cycle safety on the roads. The instructors showed the children how to signal, how to turn safely and how to be aware of all the traffic on the road. The children really enjoyed the experience and the instructors were proud of the children's achievements - as are all of us at St.Helen's School.
Romero Britto
The artist we are focusing on this term is Romero Britto, a Brazilian pop artist. He is an abstract artist who uses bright colours, patterns, shapes and lines to create bold, colourful landscapes, portraits and letters. The children became skillful at using oil pastels, collage materials and paints. 
RE- with Mrs Gorman

Class 5 have recently been discussing the role of the prophets in the Old Testament. We thought about what messages they were trying to give and why people chose to listen to or ignore them.

We have then discussed what God might ask a modern day prophet to tell the world. The children thought that one issue God would be concerned about is the environment, so on Monday morning we held a debate on whether a wind farm should be built in Hollins Green.

Each group took on different roles and presented their cases to the class. This was followed by a question and answer session before the final vote.

We heard very persuasive arguments from the energy company who vocally argued that the inconvenience for the locals and bird population was far outweighed by the importance of offering renewable energy. They even mentioned saving a few polar bears!

However, the nature activists and local hotel owners countered this with a plea to provide a safe environment for the local bird population and avoidance of noise pollution.

Homeowners, Councillors, farmers and construction workers also offered their views.


The debate was lively, passionate and well-presented. In the final vote the class chose not to build the wind farm on Hollins Green playing fields (although they don't mind if it is built elsewhere!

Warrington Wolves
This term the children in years 5 and 6 are lucky enough to be involved in rugby training. The sessions are run by James (a qualified rugby league coach) from Warrington Wolves. As progression and following the skills they learnt playing touch rugby in  years 3 and 4, James has been teaching the children how to tackle.
At first some of the children were nervous  but James's calm and encouraging manner helped and supported the children. After a few tentative tackles, everyone really enjoyed tackling and we had a few surprise experts by the end of the session.
Mrs Bradbury is hoping that this will encourage new recruits to her after school rugby club.
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