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Catholic Life in Year 5

In the final week of this half term, our lessons have focused on the final days in Jesus' life.  We have explored the feelings and emotions of key individuals of Holy Week along with understanding the Jewish Feast of the Passover.  As part of our RE lessons, we took part in our own version of the Stations of the Cross which the children then used to inspire their artwork.  Take a look at their beautiful artwork below.

As part of our preparations for Easter, the children learnt about Romero crosses.  In El Salvador, there is a tradition of producing very colourful crucifixes.  The bright decorations not only have a figure of Jesus at the centre but also include images of the local community.  The children have designed their own crosses this week which make the centrepiece for their Easter cards.  We hope you enjoy their beautiful designs.

Our charity day in week 4 was in aid of PADS (Positive about Down Syndrome) and the children brought in £1 to help raise money for this amazing cause.  Once they had paid their money, they were each given a sunflower seed to plant - the flower for Down Syndrome.  We hope these sunflowers will grow beautifully tall during the summer and serve as a reminder that we are all beautiful and grow in different ways.

This week we marked 'Shakespeare Week' in class by studying the play 'Macbeth'.  It also helped the children to be prepared for the fantastic workshop that took place today in which the children really demonstrated their acting abilities and understanding of the text.  Freeze frames were impressively composed by the different groups and it was wonderful to see children working with children they wouldn't normally be with.  

As part of our Lenten almsgiving, the children of St Rose were invited to dress up as Crazy Scientists to mark the end of British Science Week and Comic Relief Day... and they did not disappoint.  The whole school really embraced the theme and we were especially impressed by the efforts of the children in Year 5.  Not only did they look great but they also raised a lot of money for a very worthy cause.

As part of our 'Astronomy' unit in Science, we left Weoley Castle for the day and travelled to 'infinity and beyond' for a day at the National Space Centre.  We were amazed at the knowledge the children had retained and I think we were all amazed by the planetarium!  The class were a real credit to us and all their parents and outshone many of the schools their because of their excellent behaviour.  Well done Year 5!

We have been really lucky this half term to have access to a 3D printer.  This is something we want to develop as part of our computing and DT curriculum so this project has given us the perfect opportunity to test out 3D drawing and producing pieces using the 3D printer.  Year 5 were one of the first classes to try using Tinkercad and they quickly picked up the necessary skills to use the software.  They all designed a keyring and then, as part of their homework, some children designed a cross for Lent.  It really was wonderful to see them using their computer skills to full effect.  Well done Year 5!

As a school, we wanted to do something to support the people of Ukraine so, on Thursday 10th March we invited the children to come dressed in Yellow and Blue to help raise money for the Red Cross Emergency Appeal.  During the course of the day, Year 5 also spent some time writing prayers asking for peace in Ukraine and these formed our collective worship.  Their prayers were beautiful and showed a lot of empathy for all those people who have been affected by the conflict in Ukraine. 

One of our favourite days each year occurs when Dan and Emily from One Life Music arrive for a special retreat day.  This year, we were lucky to have them for a Lenten retreat day and they gave us the opportunity to think closely about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.  We explored some of the stations of the cross, thought about the people in our life that support us and what we can do to be more like Jesus during this special season.  It really was a wonderful day and it helped begin our Lent journey this half term.

Year 5 started the class assemblies by reflecting on the wonderful work that Father Hudson's do for people within our communities.  They explained to the whole school how the charity are celebrating 120 years of caring for people in need and encouraged the children to collect money for their Good Shepherd Appeal.  The children read beautifully and clearly and were a credit to the class.  Well done Year 5!

World Book Day was all about words today as we were set the challenge of dressing up as a word.  The children really embraced the theme and delved deep into their vocabulary to find an imaginative word to dress up as.  The whole day was dedicated to books and we enjoyed time in the library, opportunities to 'drop and read' whilst also exploring how to create computer illustrations through a webinar with David Litchfield.  It really was a wonderful day and a fabulous way to celebrate reading.  Well done Year 5!

To start the season of Lent, this year we were asked to wear Mardi Gras masks for a special 'Daily Mile' in honour of Shrove Tuesday.  The Mardi Gras celebration is famous for it's elaborate colours and costumes and, whilst we certainly weren't in the warmth of Rio, the children looked fabulous in their creations.  

Year 5 had the opportunity to explore our VR headsets as part of our computing lesson this half term.  Through the wonders of virtual reality, we reached the summit of Mount Everest, explored a lava lake, held a beetle in our hands and discovered how a storm is created.  There was lots of 'oohing and aahing' as they enjoyed stepping out of the real world and exploring things they would never normally be able to reach... especially not whilst sitting in the classroom!

As part of Children's Mental Health Week, the children took the time to think about how they can look after their mental as well as their physical health.  On Friday, the children were asked to 'dress to express' themselves.  They could think about how they felt or just an expression of who they are.  We were delighted to see so many bright colours and expressions of happiness and joy.  Well done Year 5.

This year, the theme for E-Safety week was 'kindness' and it explored issues surrounding online bullying and the importance of keeping safe when online.  The children took part in an e-safety workshop where they thought about what can happen online and why bullying of any kind is wrong.  The children were, once again, fantastic and really thought about how they interact with other people and why they need to treat others as Jesus would want them to treat them.

In support of the NSPCC, the children came dressed in a number theme on Friday and were treated to a whole morning of number related activities.  Mrs Edgington was particularly creative and Year 5 explored potions and different number problems as part of the day.  

The final week of the Autumn term allowed us to be creative through our Art lessons.  Our topic was 'Islamic Art and Architecture' and the children learnt all about the principles of Islamic design and some of the important examples of Islamic Architecture, such as the Taj Mahal. The children thoroughly enjoyed designing their own pattern and then using clay to create their own tiles.  Their work really was beautiful.  Well done Year 5!

During the season of Advent, we always consider the different ways we can help those who are less fortunate than us.  This year, we joined the many thousands of people who wore their Christmas jumpers to help raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital - a charity we are very proud to support as one of their 100 Heroes.  It was wonderful to see all of the children looking so festive for such a fantastic cause!

Following our Bollywood dancing, the children were introduced to Line Dancing in our PE lesson.  Our first lesson taught us that we needed to follow the mantra, 'keep in line, keep in time' and this certainly paid off as the lessons continued.  Not only did we enjoy dancing in PE, but some of the children and Miss Lucas also taught them how to dance to Cotton Eye Joe.  It really was wonderful seeing all the children work so hard to perfect the dance moves and the final dance was a sight to behold.  Well done Year 5!

This half term, we've thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the newly designed library.  It's now got lots of comfy beanbags and cushions, soft lighting and even a crackling fire which helps us calm down and enjoy a good book.  Everry Friday, we get to dedicate half an hour to the love of reading and it's one of our favourite times of the week.

As Children in Need Day came at the end of the Our Common Home Week, the charity committee decided that we should dress up as something that God created.  It was wonderful to see all of the imaginative costumes from the children in Year 5... Miss Neville especially loved being a butterfly!

We have thoroughly enjoyed the special, 'Our Common Home' week and it has really made us think about what is happening to the wonderful world God created for us.  From recycling to plastic problems, deforestation to the extinction of amazing animals, it is time for us to make a change to help generations to come.  During this week, our lessons were dedicated to helping us understand the problems and how we can make a difference now.  We loved the Rise Theatre day and the creative workshops we took part in as it really helped us to embrace our roles as Planet Heroes!

We have become 'Bridge Experts' through our DT lessons and have learnt about Arch, Beam and Truss bridges.  Our skills of teamwork and concentration were put to the test when we designed our own bridges out of paper, spaghetti and wood.  Suffice to say, we won't be making bridges out of spaghetti again!

In our computing lessons, we learned about Infographics and how they are used to provide key information in a very visual way.  The children developed their skills through J2E5 and understood the importance of choosing the correct fonts, colour scheme and images to ensure their infographics are clear and engaging.  Ask your child to show you their work on BGFL... we know you'll be impressed!

This week, the children were very lucky to be taught Tchoukball by two student teachers from Newman University.  A fairly new sport, tchoukball uses a small ball that is passed between the players and then thrown against a trampete.  The team scores a goal if the opposing team are not able to catch the ball as it bounces off the trampete.  Some of year 5 have been practising this in their after school club and then represented the school at a Catholic Cluster festival on the evening.  It was wonderful to see the children grow in confidence as the lesson progressed and I know the children were excellent ambassadors at the festival.  Well done Year 5!

On Friday 1st October, our charity work for this academic year began by supporting Macmillan Cancer Support.  The Lighthouse Group decided that the school should be covered in green to demonstrate how important this charity is to so many people.  Everyone was asked to come dressed in Green and bring £1 to help raise as much money as we can.  Children came with green face paint onm hair sprayed green and a beautiful array of green clothes.  Well done to everyone in Year 5 for supporting this very worthy cause!

 

The children have been lucky enough to have Mr Reed teaching them ukulele this half term and I have been etremely impressed with the beautiful sounds they create together.  It's clear they have made great progress since Year 4 and are thoroughly enjoying the different songs he gets them to play!

This half term, our PE lessons focus on Dance and the year 5 children have begun by learning some Bollywood moves before turning to Line Dancing at the end of the half term.  They have shown great promise so please keep coming back to see the photographs that will be added after each lesson.  I've no doubt the final dances will be absolutely fantastic!

Our first Science topic in Year 5 has been forces and we've had some great discussions in class about the different forces around us, including the work of Sir Isaac Newton.  During the topic, the children have learnt about air resistance, water resistance and the importance of friction in our every day life. They made some very interesting paper airplanes to look at the importance of an object being streamlined and, during Thursday afternoon, the children carried out an investigation into the impact of surface area and air resistance on falling paper.  They had great fun watching paper floating around the classroom - why not ask them what they discovered?

 

Take a look at them in action in the photos below.

Our first foundation subject in Year 5 has been Art and this week, we've explored the concept of 'Style' in Art.  We've looked at what 'style' means, the different types of modernist artwork along with what abstract art is and can represent.  The children have worked really hard during this unit and produced their own pieces of abstract art at the end of the week, reflecting the way they feel and inspired by other abstract artists.  Take a look at their wonderful pictures below!

On Thursday, we broke free of the classroom and took a trip to Mary Ardens' Farm for a taste of Tudor times.  The children learnt who Mary Arden was and her relationship to William Shakespeare along with different elements of Tudor life including when they used a technique called Wattle and Daub, what they used lavender for and how to make Tudor sweets.  The children even took part in a Tudor style dance at the end of the day.  As always, the children behaviour was exemplary and they were a credit to the school.  Ask your child about some of the things they can remember about the day - I'm sure they'll amaze you with their new Tudor knowledge!

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