Welcome to Year 5!
Year 5 is made up of 30 fantastic children, who work hard and have fun. We are a creative bunch and love writing stories, finding solutions to tricky problems in maths and enjoy learning many other skills like learning musical instruments. We enjoy praying together and joining together to share what we know about following in the footsteps of Jesus. We know how to be good friends and now we are in Year 5 we are ready to take on more responsibilities around school and help show the younger children how to make the best out of their time at St Joseph's.
Our teacher is Mrs Tremlett and our teaching assistants are Mr Voller and Mrs Deyes.
On Wednesday 18th October, year 5 went back in time.
The date was 1st of September 1939. The great evacuation.
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On this day thousands of children were evacuated from London to the relative safety of the countryside. They were piled on to trains with just one small case of their belongings, a gas mask and a placard identifying them.
The classroom was transformed into Paddington train station. The children we given a placard to wear for the rest of their long journey down to Devon. Filling on to the train, there was a nervousness in the air, the children were being evacuated!
Mrs Tremlett became an unforgiving, 1930's teacher and the children were expected to act as 1930's children would. They all received a jam sandwich for the journey just like in our new class book 'Friend or foe'.
The children talked about their thoughts and feelings, their worries and concerns and they started to understand what a difficult experience the children went through.
Then on Thursday, the children wrote letters home to their mothers. Telling them all about their experiences on the train and what their new life was like in Devon.
Exploring our new class book
We looked for clues about our new class book through tiny windows. We could see interesting colours, sections of pictures and a range of different things. From this we decided on the genre, the theme and what we thought it was going to be about.
British Sign Language
During topic week 'Everyday Heroes', we learnt how we can be heroes to others. We learnt all about different ways to communicate and how being able to communicate with someone may make us a hero to them.
For that reason we learnt the alphabet and a few simple greetings in British sign language. Click through the picture to learn how to sign each letter.
Having two fire fighters join us in school was a very exciting experience. We found out all about how to stay safe at home. We were able to ask lots of questions to the fire fighters too. One lucky person was able to dress up in the firefighter uniform. Mason was chosen, he said, "It's red hot in here!" He couldn't believe how warm it was.
St Francis Day
We celebrated St Francis' feast day on the 4th October. We know St Francis saw God's fingerprint in all of nature. He is the patron saint of animals and nature. So on our special celebration day we dressed up as animals and spent the day learning about St Francis and his life.
Our Special Trust Mass
On Thursday 21st September, we went to Leeds cathedral to celebrate a very special mass with other schools from the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust. It was such a special mass that Bishop Marcus lead it, with help from lots of other priests including Father Lawrie.
Here we all are with Father Lawrie after mass.
Bishop Marcus also noticed that it was Eliza's tenth birthday, as she was wearing a birthday badge. After the mass, he came to find us and asked if Eliza wanted a photo, of course she said, 'Yes please!'
Leeds City Museum
We had so much fun at Leeds City museum on Thursday 21st of September. We loved exploring all the different rooms the museum had to offer. We learnt about different animals; some that are extinct, some that are cleverly adapted to suit their environment and others that are just plain cool. We also found out all about the history of Leeds. Did you know Leeds has been a town since the stone age?
One of our favourite parts of the day was dressing up in all the fun costumes. Click the photo below to see some of the best costumes.
Of course the day wasn't just about dressing up, we did lots of learning too!
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We are so proud to have so many altar servers at our school. Lots of them are from Year 5, with 11 in total. Here they are looking angelic as always with Father Lawrie.
We are waiting on information from the parish about new altar serving training, we will let you know about how your child can train as an altar server soon.
The time has finally come that we can have our very own buddies. We were so excited on Thursday to be joined by our buddies for the first time. We how we can be a good buddy and we can't wait to help mentor the year one children and help them to improve their reading. We also learn lots of skills too, like listening to others, helping others without giving them the answer straight away and how to make our reading exciting to listen to.
Here we are with our buddies, click the photo to see more.
...and here we are reading well with our buddies too