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Welcome to Year 5

Summer term 2 - Monday 5th June to Friday 21st of July 2017.

As the school year comes to a end, we would like to thank all our parents, family members and carers of our children for all their support throughout the year and wish them a very happy holiday, have fun and spend time together. We look forward to seeing you all in September, when we begin the next step of our learning journey together. 

We had a fabulous time at The Great Yorkshire Show. 

Mrs Cordle has made some changes across both years 5 and 6 for the rest of the term.  As you may already be aware the new-style SATs for English and Maths reflect the new national curriculum, and are more rigorous than previous years' tests. There is also a completely new SATs marking scheme and grading system which has replaced national curriculum levels, which also came into force last year. Due to these changes it is a lot harder for children to reach the level the Government have stipulated.  To help give your child as much chance as possible to reach the new Age Related Expectations in English and Maths, the year group will be taught by Mr Horner and Mrs Bebbington for these subjects.  Both Mr Horner and Mrs Bebbington have worked in year 6 for for a number of years and are very experienced at preparing the children for the SAT's.  Miss Danks will be returning to year 5 in the afternoon, and will be teaching the children for all the other subjects.  If you have any concerns, or questions about these changes please contact Mrs Cordle. 

In our science lessons, we have now finished learning about the Life Cycles of Plants and Animals, and have moved on to our final topic for the year of 'The Reproduction of Plants.' Over the coming weeks, we will look at how flowering plants reproduce, are all flowers on all plants the same, and finally do all plants reproduce by producing seeds. Recently, we have dissected various flowers to see if we can find the reproductive parts and then identified if they are male or female.  


On polling day, we became politicians. Working in groups, our first job was to come up with a new political party before writing our own manifesto. Later, we presented our election speeches to the year 6s, who then voted on their favourite party.


Learning through stories and dealing with loss, and how having hope can help us in times of need, will be our focus in our RE lessons this half term. 

We will be continuing with our theme from last term of France, and will be continuing to explore different areas of the country. We will also be investigating their culture and undertaking research on one of the many famous French artists. Also, in our French lessons, we will be continuing to learn about the verbs 'to be' and 'to have' before moving on to learning about the weather.

Additionally, we are also continuing to learn all about programming in our ICT lessons, we are using a program called 'Scratch' which we are using to help us program our own games. 

We had a fabulous time at 'The Great Yorkshire Show' when we went in year 3, and we were not disappointed when we returned this year.  
We still have 'Outdoor Education Week', and Sports day to look forward to. We will be starting to practise for sports day in our PE lessons in a few weeks time. Additionally, we will be playing the games that the children designed in our PE lessons last half term. 

On Thursday 9th June, we went to Ponds Forge and took park in a 'Sky Sports - Living for Sports' day. Throughout the day, working in small groups with children from across the city, we got to experience numerous sporting activities, including boxing, rugby and basketball, each group was lead by a professional athlete. Additionally, we also learned all about the importance of eating a healthy diet. The session finished with a fantastic rollerblading stunt display. 



In our PSHE lessons, across the school, Mrs Needham will be talking to the children about sex and healthy relationships, at an age appropriate level. Sex and healthy relationship education is an essential area of learning for your child. 

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 also communicate what our subjects are covering. 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 post important information and reminders for parents. 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. Reading records are expected to be signed by parents and brought in for Mrs Stewart and Mr Horner to check. Children who read regularly are rewarded-so get your child reading! We appreciate your ongoing support.

For more information on our Curriculum, Please go to '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. 

Summer term 1 - 24th of April to Friday 26th May 2017

It has certainly been a busy few weeks since we came back after half term. 

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Mr Nuttall has resigned for personal reasons from his post at Deepcar St John's.  As the year group is now so small we will be merging the classes, and Miss Danks, who is a very experienced teacher with many years of teaching under her belt, will be teaching both classes for the time being. 

In English, children have been reading 'The Warhorse' by Michael Morpurgo. This extremely popular book tells the story of World War 1 through the eyes of Joey, a courageous young horse. On the last day of half term, they took their learning outside and have been 'Freeze Framing' scenes from the book.


Our new theme for this term, is France, and we will be becoming Geographers as we explore different areas of the country. We will also be investigating their culture and undertaking research on one of the many famous French artists. Also in our French lessons, we are learning about the verbs 'to be' and 'to have' before moving on to learning about the weather. 

We have started a new Science topic, Life Cycles of Plants and Animals. In this module we will extend our understanding of what a life cycle is, and learn about the life cycles of some familiar (and some less familiar) mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. We will also compare and contrast different life cycles, identifying common features as well as explaining key differences. We will use our knowledge of life cycles to help create a fantastical creature of our own, complete with its own distinct life cycle. Additionally, we will also learn about incredible journeys that some animals undertake to complete their life cycles, and about the different ways in which humans are supporting some endangered animals to increase their population numbers. We will report and present findings from our research in a variety of ways, both orally and in written forms, drawing conclusions, identifying causal relationships and explaining their thinking. They consider evidence that has been used to support arguments, for example, as they learn about the work that has been done to protect the future of endangered animals. 

In music, in year 5 they have been learning all about 'Ostinato' - A continually repeated musical phrase or rhythm. Here is a short video of their final performance, in which they are working in groups, with each group having their own piece to play.

Music lesson

In RE, we are finding out about the role of women in the bible. 

Mrs Needham has been teaching the children the importance of relationships and discussing the difficulties that children may come across, especially when things go wrong. 

We are truly amazed by the ideas that the children across the school have come up with in their 'Creative Games' PE lessons. Initially, working in small groups, the children had to come up with an idea for a group game. After they had finalised their idea, they moved on to working out the rules and what equipment that they would need. Finally,  it was time to put the games to the test, with all of the children getting to play all of the games that the children have come up with.  Great fun was had by all!  In our second PE lesson of the week, we will be practising our back hand, forehand and volleying as we improve our tennis skills. 


Spring term 2 - 27th February to 7th April 2017. 

Kingswood has been amazing, action packed from beginning to end but the children have had a fabulous time, it has been lovely for us to spend time with them and create memories that they will take into adulthood. I think it will be a warm bath and early beds for all! 


A link can be found at the bottom of the page, containing all the photos taken at Kingswood. 

We were very lucky to have 16 children taking part in the city wide learning strategy group ESCAL (Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate) literacy day, taking place at the Town Hall.  In the morning they were busy being reporters interviewing other schools, finding out interesting facts. They then shared what they had found out with the other 22 schools who attended. We also took part in a current affairs quiz, which we won!   In the afternoon, Poet, Conrad Burdekin, joined us for a session on performance poetry. He helped us write our own poems and then act them out in front of everyone.


Our theme of Romans is continuing into this half term. We will be writing a discussion text answering whether the Roman invasion was a help or a hinderance to the Celts. The Romans brought with them technology on how to build roads and aquaducts but took away much of their culture.  We had a great learning experience, at Vindolanda on Friday 24th March, in which we got to visit the army museum, where we watched a 3D film about the life for Roman soldiers on Hadrian's wall and had a session in a holographic classroom.  The weather stayed nice for us, and we took the short walk to the English Heritage site at Walltown Craggs, one of the best places to see Hadrian's Wall, here, we had a picnic lunch. We finished the day with a trip to the Vindolanda Archaeological Fort.  The museum there includes many items found at the site over the years and we had time to study the remains of the fort and explore the museum.  


Taking inspiration from their trip to Vindolanda last week, our year 5s have been busy designing and creating their own Roman vases. They just need to dry out before a coat of varnish is applied.


Also, inked to our of theme of Ancient Romans, as part of our DT lessons, we have made our own Roman Catapults. After initially discussing our ideas and creating plans, we started to make our models. Working together as a team,we performed practical tasks of measuring and marking out our designs prior to using a range of tools and equipment to cut, join and finish our models accurately.  


Here are some of our finished designs. 


In the Science module, Marvellous Mixtures, we will be developing their conceptual knowledge and understanding of how different mixtures of solids and liquids might be separated.  They will learn that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution and others will not and the rate that they dissolve may vary, and investigate the variables that might cause this.  This week, we have looked at a number of substances to ascertain if they are insoluble or soluble, for example: salt, sand, cement, co-co power, cornflour, plaster of paris and bicarbonate of soda. They have also identified that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible.  Over the next few lessons they will be using their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, through filtering, sieving and evaporating. 

Additionally, 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 (approximately once a term). 

British Science Week was a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.To celebrate this, here at St John's we had a full day dedicated to Science, Monday 13th March. The day started with a morning assembly, in which the children learned all about the famous biologist, Louis Pasteur. We have had great fun trying to use a chemical reaction to blow up a balloon, carrying out a filtering exercise and with the help of Skittles, undertaken an investigation into dissolving, watching in amazement as our plates turned into a rainbow of colours. This afternoon, we have looked at turning liquids into solids by using ice and salt to make Ice cream. Yummy!  As part of our changing world module, we have also been busy planting seeds and are looking forward to watching them start to grow.  A very busy but fun day of Science. 


This half term, in PSHE, the theme is 'It's good to be me'. With Mrs Needham the children will be exploring how every individual is unique and special and she getting the children to focus on the positive aspects of themselves, helping them to develop a sense of self worth and self esteem.

With Easter approaching, this Christian festival will be our made study in our RE lessons across school. 

In PE with Mr Nuttall, we are learning the rules of cricket and practising our fielding, bowling and batting skills.  Additionally, in PE across the school children are practising their skipping skills. Skipping gives the body a full work out, using abdominal muscles to stabilise the body, legs for jumping and shoulders and arms for turning the rope. Learning to skip teaches the children a lifelong fitness activity. Once the children have accomplished the basic skipping skills, they will move on to learning more complex ways of skipping. 


Last half term, in PE, children have been learning how to play basketball, to help the children understand the game, Mr Nuttall wanted them to watch a professional game.  On Friday 10th March, they got to watch the Sheffield Sharks play against Glasgow Rocks, in what can only be described as an electric atmosphere and a thrilling game, Sheffield Sharks won 98-90. 

Spring term 1 - 3rd January to 16th February 2017. 

500 Words is one of the most successful story-writing competitions for children in the world. It’s very simple. Children write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer. If they win, their story will be read live on BBC Radio 2 by a superstar celebrity.

Nearly half a million pupils have taken part in this competition over the last 7 years. In 2016, 123,436 children entered the competition, some of which were pupils from St John's. In English, Miss Danks' class have been busy drafting, editing and now typing up their stories ready to submit.



Our theme for the new term in year 5 is 'Romans'. We are looking forward to going back in time to find out more about the Roman invasion of Britain and how the lives of the Celts changed as a result. Additionally, we will also be researching the impact of the many inventions made by the Romans, establishing if they were a help or a hinderance to the Celts way of life.  We will also be finding out more about 'Boudicca' who led a major uprising against the occupying Roman Forces.

Miss Danks and the year 5 children have been collaborating with a partner school in India for over a year now. The Heritage School, in Jammu. Since then we have worked on a number of projects together. Our first project was for pupils in each school to produce information booklets about school life. Since then we have moved on to further projects, recently we sent them information about Bonfire night and we have just had a package from India containing some amazing work on the Indian festival of Diwali. The children are loving finding out all about life in India and over the last few weeks, we have started communicating via our mutual Facebook pages, which has allowed us to see videos and look at photos and communicate instantly with each other. 


In Science, Year 5 took part in a number of experiments as part of their new ‘Marvellous Mixtures’ topic. Today they have looked at separating different components from each other using various methods of filtration.


Our focus in PE this half term is Dance and Basketball. In basketball children will be learning how to mark, pass, dribble and shoot. In dance,  the title of the unit is 'What a Card!' and focuses on communicating a game of cards through dance.The children have chosen a 'character' (ace, joker, king or queen) and they have to remain in character of that card throughout the 'card game'. So far we have practised: the shuffle, organising the deck, dealing the cards and organising the hand.


In our PSHE lessons, with Mrs Needham, we have now finished looking at bullying and have now moved on to teaching the children how to keep safe whilst online. The internet offers an amazing environment for children to be creative, explore their interests, play with friends, learn or socialise, but there are risks. Alarmingly, we have been notified of a number of cases recently of children putting themselves at risk whilst on line. No one thinks it will happen to their child, but sadly adults who want to harm or exploit children can be extremely devious in the way they manipulate those they target. Therefore, please check what sites, apps, chat rooms and games your child is using and who they are talking to. Information for parents on how to keep your child safe whilst on line can be found on the 'thinkuknow' website.

All year groups across the school have taken place in the Big Schools' Birdwatch. Prior to going outside each class discussed the different types of birds and how they can be identified. They then completed a survey on what birds they saw within a given time scale, all the results across the school have been totalled and forwarded to the RSPB. 

Kind regards, 

Miss Danks and Mr Nuttall

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