Year 5 – Our Truly Scandinavian Spring Begins!

What a fantastic start to the new year it was. This week, there were many things the children worked on and here are a few of the highlights.

In English this week, we began our new text focus: The Viking Boy.Β  It’s a tale of fear, vengeance and blood. No gory details will be spared! After the Christmas break it was important to get our rusty brains warmed up and remind ourselves of all the exciting parts that make up a good piece of creative writing. Here are some pictures of the children with focus on their work. Exactly what is expected.

In year 5 there’s a game we play called ‘King or Queen of the hill’. IN this game, the children compete to prove they can spot a mistake – about the learning they have just had. In this round we were rehearsing the spelling rule for this week – able or -ible at the end of words. The children figured that with words ending in -able, you can often hear the root word and with words ending in -ible it isn’t easy to hear the root word. Although, as with every spelling rule, there are exceptions. Don’t forget to play your five games on spelling shed before Tuesday.

The children were treated to a special visit from the police this week (continuing for the next 7 weeks). Thankfully no-one was arrested πŸ™‚ The children have now been set with the taskΒ  to create a policing project! I’m excited to see what positive changes they want to make to their local community. Here are some photos:

On Wednesday we launched our new topic: Vicious Vikings.

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We had a chance to look at ancient artefacts (a cooking pot that was 1000 years old and NOT a replica) here are some photos of our exploration!

Among all our settling and busy work in class this week we found some time for mindfulness. We know how important our mental well-being is to keep our minds relaxed and stress-free so that we can get the best from ourselves. This week we tried Go.noodle. Here are some of the pictures of our stress-free stretches:

On a serious note, we reminded ourselves of what we’re grateful for in 2019 and took ourselves to the chapel to do so. While we were there the children passed the cushion and we joined together for a collective prayer. We promoted our focus for the new year and reflected on what our mission is.

Our new R.E. topic is Mission and since it’s such a nice space we stayed in the chapel to explore different people’s missions. We did this through drama and Mr. Gallagher led the way…

The children acted in groups. Videos to follow.

For a short week, certainly lots happened. A great start to the new year and long may it continue, especially upholding our updated St.Joseph’s Values:

  • Respect
  • Self-belief
  • Faith
  • Friendship
  • Perseverance
  • Self-control
  • Resilience
  • Aspiration


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