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Teacher: Mrs Dickinson

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Lockyer and Miss Woods

 

Walnut is a Year 5 class at St James Church School

Welcome and thank you for visiting our class page. 

 

We hope you had a lovely May half term and welcome you back to the last term of the academic year. We are excited to continue with our topic and for the trips we have planned. We would like to remind you of the behaviour , attendance reading incentives which will take place at the end of this term.  If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of the Year 5 team- the door is always open. Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

PE/Forest School

Walnut Class will have PE and forest school every other week this half term (starting with PE on 5.6.19). Please ensure your child has the correct kit for both lessons including appropriate footwear. Now the weather is getting warmer, please provide a sun hat, sun cream and extra drink if it is necessary. If your child does not have the appropriate kit for these lessons, they will NOT participate.

 

 

Dates to remember this term

Monday 3rd June- INSET (no school for children)

Tuesday 4th June- Year 5 willow workshops

Tuesday 11th June- trip to Ashford Water Treatment Works

Wednesday 12th June- class photos

Tuesday 25th June- 2nd trip to Ashford (shelter building)

Thursday 27th June- Summer Fair

W/C 8th July- Art week

Thursday 11th July- Art exhibition (in the hall from 3pm)

Monday 22nd July- Talent Show

Tuesday 23rd July- Year 6 leavers service and last day of term

 

Homework

 

Homework each week will continue to comprise of reading, practising of times tables and spellings.  One additional piece of homework will also be sent home each week e.g. maths.   All homework needs to be completed and handed in each Monday.  Please pop in to see me if you need any support with homework as it is an important part of your child's learning.

 

Reading

All pupils have been set a termly points target on Accelerated Reader and they earn points each time they pass a quiz at school.  Any support that can be given at home with reading is incredibly beneficial - reading together daily, discussing new vocabulary as well as making trips to the library all help. For those children that meet their target, a reading reward will take place at the end of the term.  

 

 Spellings 

Spellings will be given to the children every week on a Tuesday with a test taking place on the following Monday. They will also be given a weekly activity to help them to learn the pattern.  In addition to this, each child is working towards their Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum spelling awards which are tested every few weeks.

 

Times tables 

Times tables are practised daily in school and tested on a Monday.  Any practice at home will really help to develop maths skills.  There are many website and apps to support learning in this area. Each child has now been set up with a Times Table Rockstar login, which is an interactive game that helps with the recall of their times tables.

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Year 5 Willow Workshops- children crafted either a butterfly, dragonfly or fish from withies. The finished products were quite impressive!

Science Week

We started off science week with a carousel of activities with years 4 and 5. In Sycamore class, we had a water themed room and had 3 activities to complete: Cartesian Divers, Vortex in a Bottle and Paper Flowers. We had great fun exploring and using our observation and prediction skills.

Water Cycle- Year 5 spent the afternoon setting up 3 experiments to replicate 3 main stages of the water cycle (evaporation, condensation and precipitation). We focused on our scientific observational skills which helped to understand what happens at each stage

Friday 26th April 2019 - Today some school forum members took part in the Children’s Parliament at County Hall in Taunton. They spoke about their recent project ‘Eating our way to a better planet’ and explained how they were collecting and recycling crisp packets in the school. They represented the school superbly and spoke confidently in such illustrious surroundings. It was a wonderful opportunity for the children and all their hard work paid off with a good presentation.

RE Day- Year 5 spent the day doing activities based on the Easter story. Year 5's focus was Easter Sunday and the resurrection. First, we looked at the story and had discussions based on the betrayal of Judas. We then made 'resurrection pebbles' which symbolised the stone of Jesus's tomb. We also drew a picture and made a collage to form a Year 5 candle which is now on display in school.

RE Day- Year 5 spent the day doing activities based on the Easter story. Year 5's focus was Easter Sunday and the resurrection. First, we looked at the story and had discussions based on the betrayal of Judas. We then made 'resurrection pebbles' which symbolised the stone of Jesus's tomb. We also drew a picture and made a collage to form a Year 5 candle which is now on display in school. 1 Discovering the empty tomb
RE Day- Year 5 spent the day doing activities based on the Easter story. Year 5's focus was Easter Sunday and the resurrection. First, we looked at the story and had discussions based on the betrayal of Judas. We then made 'resurrection pebbles' which symbolised the stone of Jesus's tomb. We also drew a picture and made a collage to form a Year 5 candle which is now on display in school. 2
RE Day- Year 5 spent the day doing activities based on the Easter story. Year 5's focus was Easter Sunday and the resurrection. First, we looked at the story and had discussions based on the betrayal of Judas. We then made 'resurrection pebbles' which symbolised the stone of Jesus's tomb. We also drew a picture and made a collage to form a Year 5 candle which is now on display in school. 3
RE Day- Year 5 spent the day doing activities based on the Easter story. Year 5's focus was Easter Sunday and the resurrection. First, we looked at the story and had discussions based on the betrayal of Judas. We then made 'resurrection pebbles' which symbolised the stone of Jesus's tomb. We also drew a picture and made a collage to form a Year 5 candle which is now on display in school. 4
RE Day- Year 5 spent the day doing activities based on the Easter story. Year 5's focus was Easter Sunday and the resurrection. First, we looked at the story and had discussions based on the betrayal of Judas. We then made 'resurrection pebbles' which symbolised the stone of Jesus's tomb. We also drew a picture and made a collage to form a Year 5 candle which is now on display in school. 5 painting 'resurrection pebbles'
RE Day- Year 5 spent the day doing activities based on the Easter story. Year 5's focus was Easter Sunday and the resurrection. First, we looked at the story and had discussions based on the betrayal of Judas. We then made 'resurrection pebbles' which symbolised the stone of Jesus's tomb. We also drew a picture and made a collage to form a Year 5 candle which is now on display in school. 6
RE Day- Year 5 spent the day doing activities based on the Easter story. Year 5's focus was Easter Sunday and the resurrection. First, we looked at the story and had discussions based on the betrayal of Judas. We then made 'resurrection pebbles' which symbolised the stone of Jesus's tomb. We also drew a picture and made a collage to form a Year 5 candle which is now on display in school. 7
RE Day- Year 5 spent the day doing activities based on the Easter story. Year 5's focus was Easter Sunday and the resurrection. First, we looked at the story and had discussions based on the betrayal of Judas. We then made 'resurrection pebbles' which symbolised the stone of Jesus's tomb. We also drew a picture and made a collage to form a Year 5 candle which is now on display in school. 8
RE Day- Year 5 spent the day doing activities based on the Easter story. Year 5's focus was Easter Sunday and the resurrection. First, we looked at the story and had discussions based on the betrayal of Judas. We then made 'resurrection pebbles' which symbolised the stone of Jesus's tomb. We also drew a picture and made a collage to form a Year 5 candle which is now on display in school. 9

St George's Day- we made dragon eyes in celebration of the legend of St George. We explored different textures with various implements before creating our eye design. We used metallic paints to decorate them once they were dry.

Easter Service

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Inspired by the artwork of Peter Thorpe, Year 5 used acrylic paints of canvas to create their own space artwork.

Inspired by the artwork of Peter Thorpe, Year 5 used acrylic paints of canvas to create their own space artwork. 1
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World Book Day Vocabulary Parade

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We practised our measuring and scaling skills in maths by making giant cookies and smoothies

26.2.19- Year 5 began the new half term with a science day. We started by setting up a shadow experiment, which we observed throughout the day. We also played shadow games by attempting to make a variety of shapes. Exploring shock absorption and stability, we designed and made space landers that had to deliver our 'aliens' safely to Earth.

We used Oreo cookies to represent the 8 phases of the Moon.

We used Oreo cookies to represent the 8 phases of the Moon. 1
We used Oreo cookies to represent the 8 phases of the Moon. 2
We used Oreo cookies to represent the 8 phases of the Moon. 3

Walnut Class's Collective Worship- Daniel and the Lions' Den

Walnut Class's Collective Worship- Daniel and the Lions' Den 1
Walnut Class's Collective Worship- Daniel and the Lions' Den 2

As part of an introduction to our new learning expedition, we found out how much Year 5 already know about space. The children had a variety of tasks to test their understanding and then had the opportunity to write down any questions they wanted to find answers to.

Spring Curriculum Learning Map

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.... 1
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18.12.18 As part of a mini DT project and because it's nearly Christmas, Year 5 children made their own Rocky Road. We tasted some samples and rated them based on appearance, taste and texture. We also looked at packaging and cost of the sample products. We used our maths skills to calculate the correct ratios and chose 2 extra ingredients to add to the Rocky Road recipe.

13.12.18 Across Year 5, we practised the Jewish ritual of Shabbat. This included cleaning and tidying the classroom; washing our hands; changing into more comfortable clothes; enjoying social time and playing games with our friends. We also enjoyed a few snacks which represented the meal that Jewish people eat during Shabbat.

27.11.18 Fire Safety Talk- Children were set the task of testing fire alarms in their house; creating an escape plan and knowing their full address. We will be checking that ALL children have done these 3 things, that the fire service recommended, in order to keep themselves and their families safe.

27.11.18 Fire Safety Talk- Children were set the task of testing fire alarms in their house; creating an escape plan and knowing their full address. We will be checking that ALL children have done these 3 things, that the fire service recommended, in order to keep themselves and their families safe. 1

Maths Day 9.11.18 . The whole school dedicated the day to maths and the topic of shape. Year 5 looked at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, lines of symmetry with Numicon and created Tangrams- we had a great time!

No Pens Wednesday 7.11.18- Year 5 had a day focusing on their listening and communication skills by not using pens for the whole day. We did some drama based on our class novel 'Friend or Foe' and played barrier and other games, which involved a lot of speaking and listening to each other.

Year 5 finished board to be displayed in Wells Cathedral for Remembrance Day.

Year 5 finished board to be displayed in Wells Cathedral for Remembrance Day. 1

Harvest Festival- Year 5 looked at harvest during WW2 and designed our own propaganda posters.

Harvest Festival- Year 5 looked at harvest during WW2 and designed our own propaganda posters. 1
Harvest Festival- Year 5 looked at harvest during WW2 and designed our own propaganda posters. 2

We measured weight (Newtons) and mass (grams) and explored the relationship between the two.

We measured weight (Newtons) and mass (grams) and explored the relationship between the two. 1
We measured weight (Newtons) and mass (grams) and explored the relationship between the two. 2
We measured weight (Newtons) and mass (grams) and explored the relationship between the two. 3

Year 5 have been set the task of creating a Remembrance display for Wells Cathedral. We decided to base the display on the school's history as a temporary hospital in WW1 and set to work on making some woven poppies. Our poppies were red, purple, white and black which all have a different meaning linked to Remembrance.

Superhero Day

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National Poetry Day- We had a selection or poetry books, chose a poem we liked and practised performing it. We then shared our performances with the rest of the class and gave some positive feedback about the performances.

National Poetry Day- We had a selection or poetry books, chose a poem we liked and practised performing it. We then shared our performances with the rest of the class and gave some positive feedback about the performances. 1
National Poetry Day- We had a selection or poetry books, chose a poem we liked and practised performing it. We then shared our performances with the rest of the class and gave some positive feedback about the performances. 2
National Poetry Day- We had a selection or poetry books, chose a poem we liked and practised performing it. We then shared our performances with the rest of the class and gave some positive feedback about the performances. 3
National Poetry Day- We had a selection or poetry books, chose a poem we liked and practised performing it. We then shared our performances with the rest of the class and gave some positive feedback about the performances. 4
National Poetry Day- We had a selection or poetry books, chose a poem we liked and practised performing it. We then shared our performances with the rest of the class and gave some positive feedback about the performances. 5
National Poetry Day- We had a selection or poetry books, chose a poem we liked and practised performing it. We then shared our performances with the rest of the class and gave some positive feedback about the performances. 6
National Poetry Day- We had a selection or poetry books, chose a poem we liked and practised performing it. We then shared our performances with the rest of the class and gave some positive feedback about the performances. 7
National Poetry Day- We had a selection or poetry books, chose a poem we liked and practised performing it. We then shared our performances with the rest of the class and gave some positive feedback about the performances. 8

Evacuee Silhouette and Gradient Pictures

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The new members of Walnut worked on their team building skills during the first few days of the new school year.

The new members of Walnut worked on their team building skills during the first few days of the new school year. 1
The new members of Walnut worked on their team building skills during the first few days of the new school year. 2
The new members of Walnut worked on their team building skills during the first few days of the new school year. 3
The new members of Walnut worked on their team building skills during the first few days of the new school year. 4

Walnut Class 2017-18

Sports Day 22.5.18

In science we have been looking at the reproduction of plants. At first, we looked at the different parts of a flower and did some botanical drawings of an Alstroemeria. We then dissected the flower and observed the different parts closely and carefully.

Looking at Ordnance Survey maps in Geography

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Looking at Ordnance Survey maps in Geography 5

Y5 Strike and Field Festival at Bishop Fox's

We made model river basins from play dough and then labelled the different parts.

We made model river basins from play dough and then labelled the different parts. 1
We made model river basins from play dough and then labelled the different parts. 2
We made model river basins from play dough and then labelled the different parts. 3
We made model river basins from play dough and then labelled the different parts. 4
We made model river basins from play dough and then labelled the different parts. 5

24.4.18 Maths Day. The whole school took part in a maths day and were given resources to base activities on. Year 5 got Numicon and stopwatches. We used Numicon to learn about symmetry and stopwatches to time different activities (including star jumps and finding words in the dictionary). We took part in a maths treasure hunt in the afternoon.

23.4.18 St George's Day- children dressed in red and white to celebrate St George's Day. We learnt about the story of St George, so we decided to design our own dragons and make dragon eyes from clay.

23.4.18 St George's Day- children dressed in red and white to celebrate St George's Day. We learnt about the story of St George, so we decided to design our own dragons and make dragon eyes from clay. 1
23.4.18 St George's Day- children dressed in red and white to celebrate St George's Day. We learnt about the story of St George, so we decided to design our own dragons and make dragon eyes from clay. 2
23.4.18 St George's Day- children dressed in red and white to celebrate St George's Day. We learnt about the story of St George, so we decided to design our own dragons and make dragon eyes from clay. 3
23.4.18 St George's Day- children dressed in red and white to celebrate St George's Day. We learnt about the story of St George, so we decided to design our own dragons and make dragon eyes from clay. 4
23.4.18 St George's Day- children dressed in red and white to celebrate St George's Day. We learnt about the story of St George, so we decided to design our own dragons and make dragon eyes from clay. 5

Celebratory Finishing 'Flossing'

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Year 5 do Sports Relief (32 laps = 2 miles)

20.3.18 Easter Service

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We combined RE and art to make simple cross pictures for the Easter service. We drew a simple cross design and then went over our design using PVA glue. After that, we covered the glue in salt and then finished the pictures by using water colour paints. The outcome was really effective.

Year 5 played a game called 'LCM Bump' in maths this week. We had to roll two dice and work out the lowest common multiple (LCM) of both numbers. We had to put counters on the LCM and the aim was to get 3 in a row. We could bump our partner out of the way if we got the same one.

Year 5 special person cards in preparation for Mothering Sunday.

Year 5 special person cards in preparation for Mothering Sunday. 1

For our science lesson this week, we looked at the structure of bridges- linking to the Billy Goats Gruff story. We looked at which shapes make a structure strong and had a go at creating our own. Some bridges withstood 3.5kg of weight.

For our science lesson this week, we looked at the structure of bridges- linking to the Billy Goats Gruff story. We looked at which shapes make a structure strong and had a go at creating our own. Some bridges withstood 3.5kg of weight. 1
For our science lesson this week, we looked at the structure of bridges- linking to the Billy Goats Gruff story. We looked at which shapes make a structure strong and had a go at creating our own. Some bridges withstood 3.5kg of weight. 2
For our science lesson this week, we looked at the structure of bridges- linking to the Billy Goats Gruff story. We looked at which shapes make a structure strong and had a go at creating our own. Some bridges withstood 3.5kg of weight. 3
For our science lesson this week, we looked at the structure of bridges- linking to the Billy Goats Gruff story. We looked at which shapes make a structure strong and had a go at creating our own. Some bridges withstood 3.5kg of weight. 4

Despite the snow, we still managed to celebrate World Book Day (7.3.18) and dress up as our favourite characters. The teachers even treated the whole school to a performance of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Despite the snow, we still managed to celebrate World Book Day (7.3.18) and dress up as our favourite characters. The teachers even treated the whole school to a performance of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. 1
Despite the snow, we still managed to celebrate World Book Day (7.3.18) and dress up as our favourite characters. The teachers even treated the whole school to a performance of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. 2

Role Play- interviews with the characters from The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Role Play- interviews with the characters from The Three Billy Goats Gruff 1
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Role Play- interviews with the characters from The Three Billy Goats Gruff 4
Role Play- interviews with the characters from The Three Billy Goats Gruff 5 Troll Phone Calls
Role Play- interviews with the characters from The Three Billy Goats Gruff 6 Retelling the story from a different perspective

We made scenery and puppets of the three Billy Goats Gruff (and the troll of course) and then made stop-motion animations to retell the story.

We made scenery and puppets of the three Billy Goats Gruff (and the troll of course) and then made stop-motion animations to retell the story. 1
We made scenery and puppets of the three Billy Goats Gruff (and the troll of course) and then made stop-motion animations to retell the story. 2
We made scenery and puppets of the three Billy Goats Gruff (and the troll of course) and then made stop-motion animations to retell the story. 3
We made scenery and puppets of the three Billy Goats Gruff (and the troll of course) and then made stop-motion animations to retell the story. 4
We made scenery and puppets of the three Billy Goats Gruff (and the troll of course) and then made stop-motion animations to retell the story. 5

This week (26.2.18- 2.3.18) is Book Week and our focus is on the fairy tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We started off the week by reading the story and then performing some poetry based on the tale.

This week (26.2.18- 2.3.18) is Book Week and our focus is on the fairy tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We started off the week by reading the story and then performing some poetry based on the tale. 1
This week (26.2.18- 2.3.18) is Book Week and our focus is on the fairy tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We started off the week by reading the story and then performing some poetry based on the tale. 2
This week (26.2.18- 2.3.18) is Book Week and our focus is on the fairy tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We started off the week by reading the story and then performing some poetry based on the tale. 3
This week (26.2.18- 2.3.18) is Book Week and our focus is on the fairy tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We started off the week by reading the story and then performing some poetry based on the tale. 4
This week (26.2.18- 2.3.18) is Book Week and our focus is on the fairy tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We started off the week by reading the story and then performing some poetry based on the tale. 5
This week (26.2.18- 2.3.18) is Book Week and our focus is on the fairy tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We started off the week by reading the story and then performing some poetry based on the tale. 6

NSPCC Workshop

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NSPCC Workshop 4 "Speak Out and Stay Safe"

Thinking about the cross symbol in RE, Year 5 looked at the Palm Sunday story and made Palm crosses out of paper. We then talked about Hot Cross buns and how they link to Easter- we even got to taste them!

This week, the whole school enjoyed some performances of some traditional tales by children from Reception up to Year 6. Year 5 and 6 did a fantastic job of performing Hansel and Gretel with a slightly modern twist.

This week, the whole school enjoyed some performances of some traditional tales by children from Reception up to Year 6. Year 5 and 6 did a fantastic job of performing Hansel and Gretel with a slightly modern twist. 1 Year 5 Narrators

Year 5 School Forum Representatives

Year 5 School Forum Representatives 1 Meeting Buddy from the NSPCC

Year 5 RE Assembly- The Sower and the Seed Parable

Year 5 RE Assembly- The Sower and the Seed Parable 1

Visit from A.F.Harrold

Creating planet mobiles

What do Walnut already know about space?

Autumn Term Curriculum Learning Map

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