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Welcome to Year 5

Spring Term 4 - Monday 26th February to Thursday 29th March. 

We hope you have all had a great holiday. This half term, we welcome the return of Mrs Bell following the end of her maternity leave. She will be working in year 5 on a part-time basis and will be job sharing with Mrs Gibson. 

We will be building upon our understanding of fractions from the previous term, and converting decimals and percentages.

We are continuing our Romans topic and are looking forward to a variety of activities, where we will find out more about Roman life. We will be dressing up as Romans on Friday 2nd March and will be making aqueducts during our Design and Technology day. We also have our trip to Northumberland; we cannot wait to visit Vindolanda and Hadrian's Wall on Friday 9th March. 

In Science, we will be continuing with our Separating and Dissolving Mixtures experiments; starting with observing the time it takes for a solute (water) to dissolve a solvent (sugar). We will be looking into whether the temperature of the solute - whether it is cold or just boiled - makes a difference. We are also looking forward to doing a variety of scientific activities during Science week in Week 3.

We are learning about school life and subjects in our French lessons this half term. 

Please ensure that your child returns to school with their PE kit. We will be learning Dance with Mrs Haywood and Handball with Mr Priest. 

We also have Kingswood to look forward on the 21st March, which will be an action packed and fun filled few days. 

With lots of children using the internet nowadays, it is very important to help them keep safe from any online vulnerability. Across the school, Mrs Needham will be talking to the children about the dangers of sharing personal information online, befriending or agreeing to meet people that they do not know and posting pictures and videos on Social Media.   


 The NSPCC have launched a new video called 'Share Aware,' which helps children understand the importance of not sharing personal information whilst online. The video can be found by clicking on the following; 
https://youtu.be/lGIEKGJRWEo  Additionally, there is another website which is a really useful guide to the social networks your children may be using  https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

We have our Easter Disco on the 15th March to look forward to, plus lots of 'eggciting' Easter activities. More details to follow nearer the time. 

M and M Productions return to St John's on Thursday 27th March, this time with their amazing production of The Hobbit.  We cannot wait for them to transform our hall into a magical theatrical experience, using state of the art sets, sound, lighting and special effects. 

We have an excellent Facebook page, posting information most days. It is a great way for you to find out what has been happening in school. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We also use the site to keep you up to date with important information and give reminders. If you haven't already, please like our Facebook page. 

Children are expected to complete their homework, learn their spellings and practise their times tables. Spellings and homework are both set weekly. Ensuring our children are good readers is crucial, and a BIG focus in our school. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes. We appreciate your ongoing support. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spelling for year 3 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

We will update this page with more information on what is happening in year 5 during the course of the term. 

Kind regards, 

Mrs Bradwell, Mrs Gibson and Mrs Bell.  

Spring Term - Monday 8th January to Friday 16th February.
 
Happy New Year! Welcome back, it's good to see all the children in school and to hear all about the fun they have had over the Christmas period.  

You may have heard from your child that sadly, Miss Street has left our employment on health grounds. Mrs Gibson will now be teaching her class full time until half term, after which she will be job sharing with Mrs Bell, who is returning to work following her maternity leave. 

In Maths, our main learning focus will be fractions. In a recent lesson, Mrs Gibson's class used fraction circles to help them understand equivalent fractions. 


In our English lessons, we are reading hilarious retelling of the Three Little Pigs story by Jon Scieszka. You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf - but only one person knows the real story. That person is Mr A.Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation.   Initially we compared this version of the story to the original, after which, the year group came together and acted out the story. 

    
Last week, both classes came together again and worked in pairs to develop their speaking and listening skills by acting out a scene in which the judge (a pig) questions the defence team for the wolf. The defence has to use persuasive language to explain the wolf's actions and how he is actually innocent and it was all an unfortunate accident.
      

 
In PSHE, across the school, Mrs Needham is working with the children teaching them all about perseverance - The importance of continuing to try to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Initially, they have started by learning about the difficulties that some famous people encountered on their journey to stardom and how they persevered to achieve their dream. 

During this term, we will be starting to learn about the Romans in our theme lessons and will be investigating if the Romans were a help or hindrance to the people of Britain. We are really looking forward to our planned trip to Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum on the 9th March. At the museum, we will get to experience a 3D Roman film about life for Roman Soldiers on Hadrian's Wall.  Weather permitting; we will then take a short walk to Walltown Craggs, which is one of the best places to see the wall itself. Vindolanda is an active archaeological site, which we will visit after lunch. We will get to explore the site, study the remains of a fort and visit the museum to see many of the artefacts that have been found over the years. 

We are starting a new Science topic 'Everyday Materials'. In this module, we will develop our knowledge and understanding of materials. We will gain an in-depth knowledge of the properties of certain materials. We are starting the topic, by looking at 'Separating Mixtures.'  Recently, we looked at dissolving or mixing solutes (rice, flour, salt, sugar, coffee, soil and sand) in a solvent (water). Last week, they reversed the experiment by filtering the undissolved mixtures. Here are some of Mrs Gibson's class using funnels, beakers and filter paper to carry this out. They then drew and labelled scientific diagrams.

                   
        
               
   
                   
We have at least two PE lessons a week; please ensure that your child has both an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school. Learning Dance is a requirement of the new PE curriculum. In previous years Street Dance has been a firm favourite amongst the children, Mrs Haywood will be teaching them a new Street Dance routine this year.  We are learning Futsal in our other PE lessons with Mr Priest. 

Friday the 16th of February is an inset day, school will be closed to children. 

Please come and see us if you have any queries or questions. 

Kind regards 

Mrs Bradwell and Mrs Gibson




Autumn term 2 - Monday 6th November to Friday 22nd December. 

A fun filled afternoon making Christmas Cards.


A delightful carol service in front of a packed congregation at St John's church brought the whole school together ahead of the Christmas break. It was lovely to be joined by so many family members, carers and friends of the school, who enjoyed carols, prayers, poems, and bible readings along with performances by our choir, who led the school with a beautiful candlelit 'Hope of Heaven' towards the end. Thank you to everyone who joined us.


A Christingle is a symbolic object used in the Advent services of many Christian denominations. Christingle means 'Christ Light' and is used to celebrate Jesus Christ as the "Light of the World" Each piece of the Christingle holds special symbolism to help children understand the importance of Jesus and the Gospel, and its relevance at Christmas time. The orange represents the world. The red ribbon symbolises the love and blood of Christ. The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God's creations. This morning, we have been learning all about Christingles and then made one to take to St John's church for our Carol Service.


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We had a great time at our Christmas party, which we spent playing games, dancing and eating food. We are really sorry, but we don't have any photographs to share. We did take pictures but unfortunately, we had issues with the camera. 


What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit with a fabulous panto. This year, we heard all about poor Aladdin, who worked all day and night with Wishee Washee in Widow Twanky’s laundry. Unknown to them all, the evil Abanazar has a plan to send Aladdin into the cave to find the magic lamp that contains the Genie. With a little bit of help from the Fairy of the Ring, Aladdin sets out on his journey to find the lamp and earn the riches that will enable him to marry the Emperor’s Daughter, Princess Jasmine. With Wishee Washee always in a mess, we couldn't help but laugh, sing and clap along with them. 


        

Thanks to our School Funders for organising this years Christmas Disco, great fun was had by all. A big thanks also has to go to all our staff who either helped out on the evening or beforehand with ticket sales. 

       

It was lovely to see so many parents, carers, family members and friends at School  on Friday 8th December for our year group assembly. We are so proud of the children, who not only stood and presented their work with such confidence, actually wrote it themselves. 

 

   
The NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe. programme visited St John's on Monday 5th December to make sure that our children have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse. With the help of their mascot Buddy, Speak out. Stay safe taught our children about safeguarding, in a lively, interactive and memorable way. Their specially trained staff sensitively discussed issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary language or adult words, they presented an assembly to all children as well as a workshop for children in year 6.  If you would like more information on the NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe campaign please visit the following website nspcc.org.uk/schools 

    


It was great to see so many children wearing spots, helping us to raise funds for Children in Need, our cake sale was a huge success too. Thank you for all your donations. 

   

In maths, we are continuing to look at multiplication and division before moving on to looking at statistics and line graphs. 


Our study of Ancient Maya will continue this half term. We will be looking at how the women of Maya traditionally created textiles in Maya society, and how textiles played a significant role in ancient Maya art and religious beliefs. 


Feel the Force' is our new Science topic for this half term. Back in year 3, we learned about how contact and non-contact forces make things start and stop moving. 'Feel the Force' builds on these ideas and develops an understanding of how forces affect movement. We will learn how mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect, and we will use this knowledge in different investigations. We will plan and carry out fair test and pattern-seeking investigations, observe carefully, record accurate measurements, and construct different mechanisms. They will make predictions as a result of carrying out simple activities and go on to plan new investigations. 


Our Changing World module of Science, is a unit of work that we look at each year, where children study plants in their natural habitat in and around our school grounds. We will monitor the changes in the environment, identifying their parts and observing the stages of their life cycle and the effect of seasonal change.  This module also looks at the classification of plants/animals/habitats. Regular visits to this unit will be made throughout the year. 

In PE, Mr Priest and Mrs Haywood will be teaching the children Tag Rugby and Basketball. 


In PSHE, we have been talking about the meaning behind Remembrance Sunday and Children in Need. Week commencing 13th November is Anti-Bullying week, as part of this, on the 15th,  Fire House Productions came to St John's. Fire House Productions produces educational drama for children, drama being a powerful and flexible tool to develop and enhance children's understanding of social issues.  Within their production of 'Just Joshing', we got to meet Josh, a friendly, upbeat school boy. We also got to meet his nemesis Jack, the school bully, who seems intent on making Josh's life a misery, and finally Dotty, Jacks not so innocent sidekick and bystander. Just Joshing delivered the anti-bullying message, in a fun way, balancing humour with reflection.


                                                                                             

Over a number of weeks, Mrs Needham, will also be talking to the children about bullying. In their PSHE lessons they will be discussing what is bullying, different types of bullying and what to do if they find themselves or their friends being bullied. 

            


This half term,we are learning how to play tag rugby. We have been working on improving their agility skills, before having a match. 

    


The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. Each year, an army of volunteers distribute the iconic paper poppies throughout the nation, collecting donations in return to help support the vital work, the Royal British Legion do for the Armed Forces and their families. Thank you to everyone, who made a donation and purchased a poppy. 




With Christmas fast approaching, we have many events planned, a theatre production of Aladdin on the 15th December and Christmas Lunch and Junior Carol Service taking place on the 19th. Starting at 2pm, parents, family members, carers and friends are all welcome to join us at Deepcar St John's Church for what is a beautiful carol service. In the event of bad weather, the service will be held in the school hall. We will notify you via text and Facebook should the venue change. 

        





We have an excellent Facebook page, posting information most days, it is a great way for you to find out what has been happening in our school on a daily basis. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We are very proud of the achievements of our pupils and will also post this on our page, a regular one being our 'Sparkle and Shine' winners each week.  As well as posting information about learning we also use the site to keep you upto date with important information and reminders. If you haven't already, like our Facebook page. 

Children are expected to complete their homework, learn their spellings and practise their times tables. Spellings and homework are both set weekly. Ensuring our children are good readers is crucial, and a BIG focus in our school. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes. We appreciate your ongoing support. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spelling for year 3 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

We will update this page with more information on what is happening in year 5 during the course of the term. 

Kind regards, 

Mrs Bradwell and Miss Street. 




Autumn term 1 - Monday 4th September to Friday 27th October.

We hope that you have all had an amazing summer holiday, it is good to be back at school and see the children again and find out what they have been doing during the holidays.  We are delighted to have Miss Street, working at Deepcar St John's, she has recently completed her teacher training and is looking forward to her time in year 5.  
Our theme for this half term is Ancient Maya, where we will be finding out more about the Mayan culture and way of life.  The Mayans of Central America are believed to be the first to discover cocoa as early as 900 AD. They learned that the beans inside the cocoa pods could be harvested and made into a liquid that would become a treasured Mayan treat.

We had a fabulous day at Cadbury World. We enjoyed a very interesting talk about the Mayan history of chocolate, got to smell Cocao beans and look at coco butter. During the tour, they had a talk on the story of chocolate and the chocolate making process by the Cadbury Brothers. Finally, we got samples to taste. Yummy!


In English, children have been writing an explanation text, linking to their recent trip to Cadbury world, about the journey of the coco bean, from plant to chocolate bar.


In maths, in year 5, we are learning how to multiply and divide by 10,100 and 1000.  

Science Ambassadors is a project in primary schools across Sheffield, where children get to see science in action. The project has been running for several years where youngsters get to experience science in a secondary school environment. Three pupils and Mrs Haywood headed off to a science day, as ambassadors for our school. During the course of the day, they got to carry out numerous experiments, which they will share have now shared with the rest of the school in a recent assembly.  

   


On Wednesday 27th September, we held our Curriculum Evening, thank you to all those who attended and we hope you found the session informative.   

 'Earth and Beyond' is our Science topic this term, in this module children develop their knowledge of the Earth’s (and other planets’) place in the solar system, and their relationships with other bodies in space, in particular with the Sun. 

Our Changing World module of Science, is a unit of work that we look at each year, where children study plants in their natural habitat in and around our school grounds. They will monitor the changes in the environment, identifying their parts and observing the stages of their life cycle and the effect of seasonal change.  This module also looks at the classification of plants/animals/habitats. Regular visits to this unit will be made throughout the year. 

Mrs Needham teaches PSHE across the school once a week. This half term, the topic is 'New Beginnings', which is all about helping our children explore new things with confidence.

Mr Priest, who is our new Sports and PE coach, will be teaching the children Gymnastics. Mrs Haywood will be taking the children outside for 'Outdoor Adventurous Activities for this half term. As they will still be going outside during the Winter months, it is essential that they are prepared for cooler weather, with trainers, track suit bottoms or joggers and a fleece. Please ensure that your child's name is clearly written, not only on their PE kit but on coats, jumpers and cardigans, this makes it so much easier to reunite children with any lost garments. 

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We really enjoyed our visit from M & M Theatrical group, who visited us on 18th September.  They are regular visitors to St John's, all of their shows are packed with fun, laughter and excitement, their performance of The Wizard of Oz was one of the best with great music and larger than life characters, amazing costumes, scenery and special effects all helping to bring the stage to life from beginning to end.



Our Macmillan Coffee afternoon, took place in school on Friday 29th September, thank you to everyone who attended and helped us to raise valuable funds for this worthwhile charity. 



It was lovely to see so many parents, carers and family members at our Harvest Festival, which took place on Friday 6th October, who hope you enjoyed the service. We are very proud of all the children, who sang beautifully and behaved impeccably. 


It was good to meet many parents at both our parents evening and curriculum evening. Our doors are always open should you have any queries or questions in the future, please contact our school off and arrange a convenient time to come into school to discuss this with us.


Kind Regards, 

Mrs Bradwell and Miss Street.  
                                                          


                                                         
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