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St Stephen's C of E Junior School
'Learning to change the World''Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God' - Micah 6:8
Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.
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PE days for Term 6 will be- Indoor PE on a Monday and outdoor PE on a Wednesday with Bristol Sport.
Rock steady music assembly.
A little competition...
Can year 5 remember the order of the planets?
What is the vacuum of space like?
Year 5 learned about what happens in th vacuum of space while looking at marshmallows in a vacuum chamber.
Experimenting with bubbles!
We the curious trip
Year 5 had an amazing time at our trip to we the curious today! Our day included exploring the exhibits, a workshop about the Earth, Sun and Moon as well as a brilliant 3D planetarium show. Thank you very much to all the parent helpers that came with us, especially Laura for your help with 5CB! We had an absolute blast.
What order do the planets go in?
PE days will remain the same for Term 5- Tuesday and Thursday.
This term we will be answering the question, 'WHY DO WE CARE?' We will kick start the term by listening to a variety of carers from our own community. A nurse, a volunteer from the homeless project, a paramedic and a mum will visit our school to share their roles with us. From this, we will plan and carry out our own act of kindness to make a difference in our own life. We aim to present our act of care on an A4 sheet of card to create our own class book. We hope to then widen our thoughts to see how we can make a difference to the world. This links nicely to Global Goal number 3 - Good health and wellbeing. To inspire us with all of this, we will be reading the book Skellig by David Almond. This book will take us on a magical journey where care and compassion are the underlying themes of the story. We will be writing biographies about Mary Seachole, creating magazine articles about how people care and re-writing our own versions of Skellig with care at the centre of our plot. We are hoping this term that we can make a difference to those closest to us and further afield. Watch this space.....
Year 5 record their voices.
To make sure our biographies of Mary Seacole were really good, year 5 recorded what we had written on voice recorders and listened to it back. We could hear if we had made any mistakes and edited our work to improve as well!
Bristol rovers visit St Stephens!
Year 5 football
Year 5 had some very exciting surprise visitors to our football session today. We had a bit of a challenge trying to cross the pitch with professional footballers blocking our path! Some of us made it through!
Year 5 are learning about volume and how to calculate the amount of space something takes up. We experimented with cubes and found that no matter how you change the shapes of ten cubes, the volume of the shape stays the same.
Year 5 Dance
Year 5 are exploring Dance this term through different games. This week we are working on our balance skills and practising how different shapes and balances can make our Dance more interesting. We are loving the music a and the challenge!
We’d like to thank all of the carers who came to visit us today and tell us how and why they care for others. We have come away feeling really inspired to make a difference. Some of us are already planning how we can help the homeless of Bristol and are going to bring spare items from home into school so Trish can take them to our street friends.
We also enjoyed planning our own act of kindness for someone we love to show them we care. We can’t wait to carry out our mission and present our acts on a page for our class book all about caring.
This term the children will have indoor PE on a Tuesday and outdoor PE on a Thursday.
This term, we are lucky enough to study The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. We have showed great maturity and have already enjoyed re-telling verses orally and re-telling our own versions. The text will support us and feature in much of our writing across this term.
World book day shipwreck!
We started the day off with ‘Booky Breakfast’. Many of the teachers shared their favourite book whilst we munched on a croissant.
In class, our text of the day was slowly revealed, bit by bit. We made predictions about what the text was about and who the author might be. Some our predictions were right, some were not. Our text was ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. This amazing story was read chapter by chapter. Although there wasn’t enough time to read the whole text, we were inspired to try and find a copy of our own and discover what eventually happens to Michael. We then went on to do some Japanese inspired art work and design our own desert island, just like the one that Michael landed on in the story.
In the afternoon, we braved what the weather wanted to throw at us and built shelters as if we had been marooned on a desert island….just like Michael. We even got to taste some marshmallows as a reward for working together and building our shelters.
Our art focus this term is 3D art. With this in mind we have started our project. We are using plastic milk cartons to make the three main characters in The Highwayman- Bess, Tim the Ostler and of course the highwayman himself.
What a day! We spent the day exploring the forces that act upon us. We loved every minute: making slime, throwing eggs out of windows, building towers, running around without shoes on, tug of war and so much more. Think you can now call us force experts.
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This term the children will have indoor PE on a Thursday which will be led by Bristol Rovers- please note this could also be outside and outdoor PE with Bristol Sport on a Tuesday which will be tag rugby.
We are very excited to introduce our new book Viking Boy! We will be studying this during term 3 to find out what happens to Gunnar on his quest to seek revenge on his father's brutal murderer. We will find out lots about Viking life on our voyage which sees Gunnar grow from boy to warrior.
Bon Voyage to the Vikings!
We have really enjoyed learning about Vikings this term! Year 5 have had an amazing time learning about Viking life and traditions, as well as really enjoying our book Viking boy. I asked some of our class what they thought of our book and here is what they said!
"I learnt all about the Norns in guided reading, I really liked learning about the book in comprehension"!– Declan
"The book was very good- I would definitely read it again!"- Hollie
"It was really interesting and I always wanted to read more."- Phoebe
"I loved Viking boy!"- Antony
Prove it challenge
Year 5 make trailers for a film showing what happened in Lindisfarne in 793 AD.
Our home made controllers!
We managed to use our bodies to complete a circuit. Watch out space invaders!!
Year 5 computing- design and make your own controller!
Year 5 have been exploring input devices and using them to play and create online games. At the end of our learning year 5 we're challenged to make their own controller using conductive and insulating materials, while also designing the controller to be fun and easy to use. We loved creating and making our own designs using several stages of evaluation and construction.
Year 5 had fun investigating fractions!
Year 5 writing!
This term year 5 are exploring embedded clauses and using commas. We investigated where different clauses are in sentences by chopping them up and moving them around.
Year 5 P.E.
Year 5 are really enjoying their P.E. this term! We are learning about tag rugby and practising a lot of skills including passing and dodging.
Year 5 Art Day!
Year 5 are enjoying their art day! We are studying collage and how to create beautiful layers and textures using different materials. We have completed our “try it” by creating our own Viking shield collage and now we are busy crafting a sea scape for a longboat silhouette.
Viking Wow Day!
A Viking Funeral for Tyler the Vicious
At the start of our wow day, year 5 took part in a Viking funeral for 5BC’s very own Tyler!
We are very excited to explore our Power of Reading text this term - The Princess’ Blankets. On our journey we will be exploring how the arts can enhance storytelling. We will create performances with drama techniques, produce music and get artistic with paint. Investigating properties of materials will also feature on our journey and we will be testing a range of materials that might help keep the poor princess warm. As well as this, we are hoping to make our own class blanket in time for Christmas!
Art day! Try it and use it.
Year 5 are really enjoying the start to the art day! They have investigated texture and shades of colour.
Year 5 are investigating how our environment changes over time, and how we measure this. The secret garden was a wintry treasure trove of fallen leaves, worms and sticks! We enjoyed sketching the environment.
A video of the children lining up to look at the Guru Granth Sahib which is the Sikh holy book. We learned it takes between 40 and 70 hours to read the whole thing! It has 1430 pages and includes teachings about equality and charity giving. We learned that Sikhs give 20% of their yearly income to charity.
Year 5 R.E. Where do Sikh's worship?
Year 5 visited the Gudwara today! We learned so much about Sikhism and had a really interesting visit. During this session we were comparing different places of worship for different faiths. It was really interesting to see the similarities and differences between the Church and the Gudwara. We talked about the holy book, (the Guru Granth Sahib) saw where it was read and kept, and we even had some drinks and biscuits at the end. We were so grateful to the volunteers that showed us around!
What is a Christian place of worship?
Year 5 visited St Stephens church as part of our R.E. learning. We discussed the actual parts of the church, such as stained glass windows and the altar, as well as asking lots of questions about Christian belief in general. We even rounded off with some singing! We really enjoyed our time at the church.
This week, as a school, we have been focussing on anti-bullying. We have thought about what bullying is, how it makes people feel and how it can be prevented.
We have also had a visit from a touring performance group. We watched a performance all about bullying and its effects entitled- A Bully’s Paradise. We learned lots of information through an interactive show and at the end we were able to determine: what bullying is; the different types of bullying and what to do if we see it happen.
Year 5 are currently trying to wrap their brains around some very tricky measures work! We are applying our knowledge of grams, kilograms, metres and miles to try and solve a tricky puzzle!
Raising money for children with diabetes!
5CB did not disappoint with their fantastic costumes!
It weighs how much?
5CB were given some time to explore the world of measures today! The lesson began with an easy task (or so we thought) as we had to estimate the weights of different objects. This turned out to be more difficult than we first realised as we didn't not know what a gram felt like! We measured everything we could lay our hands on, from our lunches, bins, shoes, to our actual hands (although that was unsuccessful) and recorded the different weights. Estimating became easier after we had a better idea of different weights.
For our WOW day we thought about patterns and explored different ways art can make us feel. We listened to some classical and heavy metal music and drew whatever came into our minds on the page. We then thought about how art can represent feelings and created our own patterns. Finally we weaved our own patterns using a loom board and a range of materials.
5CB were very excited to discover the parts of a flower and learn about how they reproduce! We dissected a Lilly and spent some time looking at each part with scientific eyes.
Life cycle learning
We are excited to move on to our new target in writing this week! We explored the idea of verbs of possibility and investigated how best to put them in our writing! Firstly, we had to decide what the meaning of each word was, and put them on a scale. We thought a human washing line would be best! Finally, we added them to sentences and created our own.
Possibility adverbs washing line!
We are very lucky to have specialist gymnastic coaches to help us improve our leaps, turns, flips and balance. Watch out Team GB, we will see you in the next Olympics!
In our jigsaw learning this week, 5CB were discussing the importance of rules and responsibilities. To introduce this, the class had a challenge to come up with a game using some basic classroom items, such as a dictionary, or two lolly sticks. I thought I had set the class an impossible challenge but they definitely showed their creative side, producing imaginative and creative games, some even creating special rule books for the task! Well done again 5CB!
This Term, we will be exploring the Amazon and asking ourselves: 'Can I help save the Amazon Rainforest?'Through this enquiry, we will explore where the Amazon is situated and understand how the climate differs from here to there. We will discover the wonderful creatures that inhabit it and explore why this incredible biome is under threat.
This term, we will be reading the story of 'The Great Kapok Tree'. Through this text, we will be finding out why the Amazon is such an important place and discussing what we can to do to persuade people that it is worth saving.
For our WOW day we were lucky enough to have ‘Jungle Jonathan’ come in to school with his collection of exotic rainforest animals. We encountered a tarantula, a scorpion, stick insects, a gecko and even a snake! We learnt about the effects that deforestation is having on these animals' homes. We are looking forward to finding out about what we can do to help prevent this from happening.
As a class, we have been reviewing what being a ‘Purple Learner’ is all about this week. Today, we looked at collaborative learning and unpicked what it feels like, what it sounds like and what it looks like working in a group on a collaborative task.
Our mission, for our collaborative task, was to produce a document or presentation on how to survive a night in the Amazon rainforest. We were introduced to the task by reading the first chapter of the text ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell, which creates tension by describing the moments before a plane crashes in the rainforest. We shared lots of ideas, thought about what we would need to survive and by talking together, we worked collaboratively on the task.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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