Welcome to Year 5!
Please keep checking the website for important information and updates on all the exciting learning that will be taking place this year.
Monday - Indoor
Thursday - Swimming
Please ensure correct kit is brought into school on PE days.
Reading books should be brought into school each day and a record of any home reading recorded in the reading diary. This does not need to be restricted to their school reading book and many children will be moving off the reading scheme onto 'free reading'. All children are encouraged to read widely and develop a love of reading. Here is a small selection of suggested, age appropriate texts.
An overview of the learning which will be taking place this year can be found on the documents below.
SPRING TERM 2019
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SURVIVING AND LIVING?
This is our enquiry question for our Spring Term topic, which has a Geography focus, with a theme of refugees. More details can be found on the Medium Term plans below:
On Monday 18th March, as part of their Refugee themed topic, Y5 pupils enjoyed a presentation from Mr and Mrs Alsous, founders of the Yorkshire Dama Cheese company.
The couple are refugees from Syria, who arrived in Britain in 2012 with their three young children. After arriving in the UK, they settled in Yorkshire and established a cheese company, which has gone on to be very successful. The company makes Syrian ‘squeaky cheese’, which is very similar to halloumi.
The company has received a number of business awards and national recognition, including TV appearances on ‘Countryfile’, ‘The One Show’ and ‘Nadiya’s British Food Adventure’.
It was a pleasure to welcome the couple into school. The session allowed the children to gain an insight into their experiences as refugees, how they have has been welcomed in Yorkshire and established themselves as successful entrepreneurs.
We also got to taste some delicious halloumi rolls!
More information about the company can be found at:
During our World War 1 topic last term, one of our parents, Mrs Chinwe Russell, (who is also a talented artist!) came into school to work with the children on a large scale piece of art. Unfortunately, the project was hampered and delayed due to bad weather. However, she came back recently to complete the project and we have to say it was worth the wait!
On Monday, we had the grand opening and were able to share the work with some of the Year 5 parents.
The artwork is called 'Farewell in the Poppyfield' and every child in Year 5 contributed to it in some way. I’m sure you will agree, it is a fitting tribute to those who sacrificed their lives during WW1 and our own contribution to the recent WW1 centenary memorial events. It also rounds off beautifully the wonderful work which Year 5 did last term.
We thank Mrs Russell whole heartedly for giving up her time and allowing our children to have this wonderful experience.
WORLD BOOK DAY ACTIVITIES
Our text for World Book Day was 'Malala's Magic Pencil' by Malala Yousafzai.
Year 5 are really enjoying learning about this inspirational young woman, who spoke out against gender inequality in Pakistan. In our English lessons we are currently developing our writing skills, so that we will be able to write a biography of her next week.
In geography lessons, we learned more about Pakistan and in PE we enjoyed learning some steps of the Bhangra, a traditional dance from Pakistan.
NORTHERN BALLET WORKSHOP
On Wednesday 27th February, we welcomed staff from the Northern Ballet Academy, who delivered a fantastic ballet workshop for Year 5.
What a wonderful opportunity to experience the art of ballet!
In RE, we have been learning about the Jewish festival of Passover and how it links with the Last Supper and Holy Communion.
We found out that at Passover, Jewish people remember the story of the Exodus, when Moses led the Jewish people out of slavery in Egypt to the 'Promised Land' in Israel. We considered that they too were refugees, moving to a place of safety.
We explored the symbolism of the foods eaten at the start of the Passover meal and how they are linked with this story. We enjoyed recreating part of the Passover meal!
RESEARCHING REFUGEE CHARITIES AND AID AGENCIES
As part of our Refugee topic, we worked in groups to research the work of a range of different charities and aid agencies who work to support and help refugees around the world.
We developed our speaking and listening skills by delivering a short presentation on each organisation to the rest of the class, with the opportunity to ask and answer questions.
We enjoyed developing our map reading skills this week. We learned about Ordnance Survey maps and how different human and physical geographical features are represented by symbols, letters and lines. We then studied an OS map of Doncaster and used the key to identify some of the different features.
We then labelled part of an OS map of the Isles of Scilly (the setting of our Reciprocal Reading text ‘Why the Whales Came’ by Michael Morpurgo). We used our inference skills to consider what the map told us about the Isles of Scilly and made comparisons between the two maps.
It was a really engaging lesson and lots of children expressed how much they had enjoyed learning a new skill!
'THE JOURNEY' by Francesca Sanna
We have reached the end of our unit of work in English on the beautiful picture book ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna.
This moving story tells of a family forced to leave their home through war and we discover all they encounter on their journey to their new home. The story ends on a note of hope and optimism.
For our extended piece of writing, we retold the story (in the form of a letter) from the viewpoint of the mother. The writing was stunning – filled with so much emotion and quite rightly the children were all very proud of their work (as was I!)
This writing is now shared and celebrated on our classroom display. I’m sure you will agree, it looks wonderful!
In addition, we enjoyed a poetry writing afternoon this week. Using illustrations from the text we explored the theme of hope within the story and wrote a poem based on the story in a creative and active way.
Once again, the finished poems were beautiful. Next week, we hope to share our poems with the class. If you would like to see your child’s work, you are more than welcome to call into the classroom one day after school.
'THE JOURNEY' DRAMA LESSON
In our English lessons, we are using a beautiful picture book called 'The Journey' by Francesca Sanna to support our writing.
The story is of a family, like many refugees, whose lives are torn apart by war and are forced to escape to find safety. Despite a long and difficult journey, their story ends full of hope and optimism as they begin their new lives.
After reading the story, we explored it further using drama techniques such as freeze frames and thought tracking.
We will shortly be writing our own version of the story, from the viewpoint of another character (the mother).
DO OUR CHOICES REALLY MATTER?
This is our 'enquiry question' for the Autumn Term. Our history topic is based on World War 1, making links with the centenary events which will be taking place this year. More details can be found on the letter to parents and curriculum documents below.
To support our WW1 topic, we enjoyed a workshop with staff from Doncaster Museum. This allowed us to develop our historical enquiry skills by handling and exploring artefacts from the time.
We also learned more about semaphore, made flags and sent messages to each other! The afternoon ended with a moment of reflection and remembrance.
We read the personal stories of some local men who fought in WW1 (some of them lived very close to our school!) We made identity tags as an act of remembrance.
We really enjoyed our educational visit to Sherwood Pines. This site was the location of Clipstone Camp, a WW1 training base.
The highlight of the day was exploring the replica trench and researching some local soldiers who were based there.
Year 5 attended the launch of the annual Doncaster Book Awards. This event helps raise the profile of reading and encourages children to explore the best books throughout the school year.
The children were entertained by authors and illustrators including:
Andy Stanton - author of 'Natboff' and the Mr Gum series;
Martin Brown - illustrator of the Horrible Histories books; and
Andy Cope - author of the 'Spy Dog' books & 'Diary of a Brilliant Kid'
The longlisted books can be found at https://www.doncasterbookaward.net/.
All of the books are available in the school library!
Children are encouraged to read some of the books listed and write a review on the website. There are lots of great prizes on offer!
During Cultural Diversity week, Y5 enjoyed a range of activities, which helped us to value, appreciate and celebrate the fact that we live in a multi-cultural society.
We considered our connections to the wider world and enjoyed a morning of Polish cooking and culture, when we made pierogi (sweet dumplings filled with fruit and served with cream and icing sugar).
In addition, we read and explored 'Hidden Figures' the incredible story of 4 women who overcame racial and gender inequality in 1960s America. They each played a key role in the USA's space programme.
The week ended with Year 5 delivering a beautiful assembly as part of our recent RE topic 'Ourselves'. We spoke about how we are all individual and special, with unique God given gifts, talents and qualities. It summed up perfectly all we have been celebrating this week!
YEAR 5 MULTI SKILLS EVENT
On Thursday 20th September, Year 5 enjoyed a morning of physical activity. After our usual swimming lesson at the Dome, we walked to Doncaster School for the Deaf to take part in the final of the Active Fusion multi skills event organised by Active Fusion.
Here we enjoyed a range of activities, developing skills of throwing, running and jumping.
It was a fantastic event and everyone took part with enthusiasm.
We finished in fourth place out of the whole of Doncaster. A fantastic achievement Year 5 - well done!