Welcome to Year 5!
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Learning support assistant: Mrs Sunderland
Please keep checking the website for important information and updates on all the exciting learning that will be taking place this year.
Monday - Outdoor
Thursday - Swimming (begins 13th February)
Please ensure correct kit is brought into school for 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 now 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.
Spellings will be sent home every week to practise. Children will be tested on their spellings on a Thursday afternoon.
An overview of the learning which will be taking place this year can be found on the documents below.
OUR DIVERSE WORLD
During our drama workshop we enjoyed using drama to learn more about the world's different habitats.
WORLD BOOK DAY
We really enjoyed World Book day in Year 5, and the theme of 'sharing stories'. For one activity, we looked at the front covers, blurbs and first pages of lots of different books and decided which one we would like to read next.
During Fairtrade fortnight, we learned about the importance of buying Fairtrade products whenever possible. It means that farmers in developing countries around the world are paid a fair price for their crops. We looked at some examples of Fairtrade products and used our geography skills to identify the location of these.
ROAD SAFETY PRESENTATION
This week, we enjoyed a presentation from Sarah, who reminded us of the importance of various aspects of Road Safety.
POETRY LINKED TO 'THE JOURNEY' BY FRANCESCA SANNA
This week, we created some beautiful poems on the theme of hope, inspired by the beautiful picture book 'The Journey', which we have been using in our English lessons.
This week, we have been learning more about Islam. We found out about the 5 pillars of Islam and studied Islamic beliefs and festivals, focusing on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr and the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). It gave us the opportunity to explore the Islamic faith in more detail and make links with Christianity. It also allowed some children to share their faith and culture with the rest of the class. All of Year 5 showed enormous interest, with some wonderful, discussion, questions and beautiful work!
CELEBRATION OF READING EVENT AT DONCASTER COLLEGE
On Wednesday 29th January, Year 5 enjoyed a celebration of reading event at Doncaster College. This had been organised by Jane Pendlebury, a student at Doncaster College, who is currently studying for a degree in English Literature. Mrs Pendlebury also volunteers as a Literacy Champion for the Doncaster Stories project.
As part of her studies, Mrs Pendlebury undertook a research project with a focus on Children’s Literature and ‘Reading for Pleasure’. For this, she collaborated with Mrs Young and came into the Year 5 class on a few occasions to work with the children.
To show her appreciation, Mrs Pendlebury arranged for Year 5 to visit the college. First of all, the children were entertained by Phil Sheppard, a local author and illustrator. Phil spoke about his published books, shared some interactive poetry and involved the children in helping to choose the format of his new book for Doncaster Stories. In addition, representatives from Doncaster Children’s Library Service shared books and poetry (which had been personalised to include our names!) and encouraged the children to join the library. At the end of the afternoon, the children were kindly presented with a free book (each wrapped and decorated with an inspirational quote about reading) for our class library. Upon returning to school, we enjoyed sharing the quotes, opening the books and deciding which one to read first!
To show our appreciation to Mrs Pendlebury for her hard work and generosity, we also wrote thank you letters to her.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY WEEK
As part of Diversity Week, Year 5 enjoyed sampling a range of foods that are typical of the Middle East. These included falafels, pomegranates, dates, couscous, flat bread and hummus.
This linked with our class text 'The Boy at the Back of the Class', in which one of the main characters, Ahmet, is a refugee from Syria.
'NO PENS WEDNESDAY'
We all really enjoyed 'No Pens Wednesday', which gave us the opportunity to develop our speaking and listening skills in a variety of ways.
In Year 5, we enjoyed group work to create relative clauses in English, and used book talk around our class text 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' to develop reading comprehension skills. We conducted a 'Philosophy for Children' enquiry using the picture book 'The Day War Came' by Nicola Davies as a stimulus.
In the afternoon, we worked collaboratively as geographers to learn more about the continent of Europe.
'THE JOURNEY' DRAMA SESSION
We recently used drama techniques to explore the beautiful picture book 'The Journey' by Francesca Sanna, which we are using in English lessons as a stimulus for writing.
LETTER FROM ABI ELPHINSTONE, AUTHOR OF 'SKY SONG'
Year 5 were thrilled and delighted to receive this beautiful letter from Abi Elphinstone, author of ‘Sky Song’ our class text last term.
The letter was in reply to letters that we wrote to Abi, saying how much we had enjoyed the story. We also sent pictures of our artwork of ‘Balapan’, one of the main characters. We were so thrilled to hear that these are on display in her writing shed! Abi also kindly sent us all a sticker of The Snow Dragon, her new picture book, which we read in story time before Christmas.
CHRISTMAS CARDS 2019
Our Christmas cards look really effective!
ANGLO SAXONS AND VIKINGS DISPLAY
We really enjoyed our Autumn Term history topic on the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Doesn't our classroom look amazing with all our wonderful learning?
RESEARCHING VIKING GODS
We worked in pairs and groups to research Viking gods and create a top trump game!
RE - THE VISITATION
We used art to explore the story of the Visitation, when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth
ARTHUR AND THE GOLDEN ROPE
In English, we used the book 'Arthur and the Golden Rope' by Joe Todd-Stanton. This beautifully illustrated book contains the story of Arthur , 'the unlikeliest of heroes' and his incredible adventure to the Norse World. Throughout the story Arthur shows bravery and resilience in the face of fierce criticism and danger. The book is full of adventure, excitement, magic and fun! We enjoyed lots of drama and speaking and listening activities before writing our own version of Arthur's journal.
VISIT FROM FR DARREN
Fr Darren came into class to help us with our RE work on the Sacrament of Matrimony
In RE we learned about the Jewish festival of Passover and why it is such an important festival for Jews. To help us, we recreated the Passover meal.
THE PRINCESS WHO HID IN A TREE
In English, to link with our Anglo Saxon topic, we used a beautiful picture book called 'The Princess who hid in a tree' by Jackie Holderness, to support our writing.
This book tells the incredible story of St Friedeswide, the patron saint of Oxford. Her shrine is in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, where Jackie Holderness is the Education Officer.
We wrote our own version of the story in the form of an information leaflet for children who might visit the Cathedral and sent these to Jackie.
Shortly afterwards, we were delighted to receive a reply, and we were thrilled that our work is being shared with visitors, as intended.
A copy of the response from Jackie Holderness and a powerpoint she provided for the children are attached below:
Dear Ms Young,
I was extremely touched to receive your letter with its encouraging words and to read the children’s beautifully illustrated and well-presented work.
Please thank your wonderful class for their truly magnificent recounts of St Frideswide’s story! Their use of language (strong verbs, powerfully evocative adjectives and creative descriptions) suggests to me that many of them may grow up to become writers themselves. In fact, I thought many of the phrases they used were a distinct improvement on my own telling of the story. Well done, all round!
I am sure St Frideswide would be delighted to think she is known of in Doncaster, especially as she had been somewhat neglected here in her own county for several years. My main reason for writing the book was to introduce her to local children but of course her story has a lot to teach us all, wherever we may live.
Please give my warmest wishes to the children and tell them I have shown their work to lots of teachers and children, all of whom have praised their creativity, artwork and handwriting!
I am holding you all in my prayers and thoughts.
With very best wishes,
LETTER FROM AUTHOR ABI ELPHINSTONE
Year 5 were thrilled and delighted this week to receive a beautiful, hand written letter from Abi Elphinstone, author of our current class text ‘Sky Song’. The letter was in response to character descriptions and artwork of the Ice Queen which we sent to her. We loved her comments that our descriptions of the Ice Queen were ‘magnificent’, that we ‘invented some brilliant atmospheric phrases’ and that our writing ‘crackled with imagination’! She also have us some top tips for being a writer. In addition, Abi kindly sent each child in the class a signed bookmark. We have all become huge fans of Abi Elphinstone and some of us are reading her other stories such as ‘The Dream Snatcher’ and ‘Rumblestar’. More details can be found on www.abielphinstone.com
EDUCATIONAL VISIT TO DANELAW, YORK
On Friday 27th September, Year 5 enjoyed an educational visit to Danelaw, at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming just outside York. This is a recreation of a Dark Age village, which allowed us to become fully immersed in the Viking way of life and learn more about their role as sailors, raiders, traders, settlers, farmers and craftsmen.
We were provided with period costumes and participated in a range of engaging and interactive learning experiences, which helped us to fully understand what life was like in Viking times. These included farming, pottery, bread making and even defending the village from invading Saxons!
The adults were our slaves…and at lunchtime poor Mrs Young was punished, until she was eventually rescued!
Our class text this half term is 'Sky Song' by Abi Elphinstone. We are really enjoying this beautiful story, which is set in an imaginary snowy kingdom at the edge of the Arctic Circle. It is a story full of magic and adventure! As well as using the story in our reading lessons, we used it as a stimulus for some beautiful descriptive writing. We used the language from the text to create our own images of the evil Ice Queen. After practising sentence structure and other writing skills, we wrote our first extended piece this week - a character description of the Ice Queen. These have been sent to the author to let her know how much we are enjoying her story and how it has inspired our creativity and learning. Some of our beautiful work is shared below.
Lots of children are expressing an interest in reading more Abi Elphinstone stories. Find out more about her and her work here: