Year 5 had a wonderful taster day at St Mary's today. The children enjoyed activities based on the theme of Stewardship through different subjects: history, geography and RE. Have a look at some photos of the day...

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Year 5 homework is to complete a design board for a small shed-like structure that will be placed next to the garden in the KS1 playground. The small structure which will be built before the end of term, funded by the Tesco's 'Grow your own to grow your soul' project, will be used as an outside classroom space that groups of children can use, for example, a writing hut. Next week Year 5 will be working with the architect again and using their designs they will collaborate with the rest of their group to come up with one design  which they will then build a model for. Below are some links to design ideas that our architect has sent through for the children to look at - to get ideas for their own design planning. Please bring your finished, neatly presented design, by Wednesday 14th June. Thank you.

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This term Year 5 & 6 are participating in the RIBA Architecture Ambassadors programme which is a RIBA CPD Accredited Initiative. Their overarching ambition is that it will enable young people nationally to have the opportunity to learn about architecture, and feel equipped with the skills and knowledge to become involved in the debate around our built environment.

Throughout this project, Year 5 & 6 will have the opportunity to work with Derek Cox, an architect from Manchester. The children will be working with Derek to come up with designs for a small building that will be built next to our school garden on the KS1 playground. This will complete part of our "Grow your own to grow your soul" project which has already seen the addition of a polytunnel and the willow hedgehog structure on our school grounds.

This morning the children shared their findings from their architect homework and then enjoyed a workshop with Derek on the history of architecture. Afterwards they were then given the challenge of working in small groups to make a model of Blackpool Tower using their own choice of materials. The children were fantastic and see for yourselves how they got on...

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This half term the children have been working collaboratively in small groups to tell the story of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' through film. Each group were given a small number of scenes and then wrote a short script to tell their part of the story. The children then dramatised the story, chose their backdrops that helped tell their story and filmed it with an iPad on a green screen.  

I'm really pleased with the way the children all worked together and after half term we will invite parents to come and see their film. Well done Year 5!

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Some of the Year 5 girls took part in the pop idol auditions to represent our school against other primary schools in a Blackpool Pop Idol Competition in May. Mrs Bird was very proud of you all, as was I, and said what a great job they all did. Well done to all of you!

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Well done Year 5 to those children who took part and completed the Bikeability training last week. It was great to see so many children being awarded their level 1 and level 2 badges. 

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Thank you Year 5 for your contributions to our class Lenten promise!

Throughout Lent, Year 5 have been bringing in clothing donations to support our local Barnardos charity. During this term, some of the Year 5 chose to read Street Child as their Lenten book challenge. The story is mostly fictional but based on a real boy called Jim Jarvis.  Jim Jarvis ran away from a workhouse and lived on the streets until he went to one of Doctor Barnardo's Ragged School Classes and was helped by Doctor Barnardo himself. It is for this reason Year 5 decided to support Barnardos this Lent. Well done Year 5!

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Year 5's Book Club celebrated the completion of our Lenten book challenge today. It was a lovely opportunity to chat about the books we had all chosen to read - our favourite parts, the sad bits, the funny parts, the characters we liked and those we didn't! Mrs Hodgkiss, Mrs McCooey and I were really impressed with all the things the children had to say about them. I think the most enjoyable thing about the afternoon was discovering how much we'd all - both children and teachers -really enjoyed reading the books we'd chosen and so much so that we intend to find some more books for next term's book club. 

Year 5 I'm very proud of each of you for taking on and completing the challenge and it's great to see that so many of you are reading. Tomorrow we will draw the winners of the Golden tickets to see who our Book Champions are this term. Good luck everyone!

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Well done to Singing Sensations choir members for performing so well at the Choir of the Year Competition held at the Tower Ballroom. We're so proud of you!

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On Thursday at 9.15am Year 5 will lead the whole school in a reflection on the Crucifixion of Jesus. We would like to invite those parents and grandparents who are able to, to join us in this short reflection of the events of Good Friday. Thank you.

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Starting on Monday, children in Year 5 can bring in an item of clothing to donate to Barnardo's charity as part of our class Lenten promise (see post 16th March for further details). Later this week I will take the donated items to Barnardos on Cherry Tree Road and I'll post some pictures of our collection. Many thanks in advance.

Children should have completed their Lenten book challenge book by this week too. Well done to many of Year 5 children who really challenged themselves and read all four of our chosen Lenten challenge books. Towards the end of this week, Year 5 will celebrate their accomplishments with a book club party where we will all share our thoughts on the books we have read - the teachers included!

A reminder of our Lenten class promise.

A reminder of our Lenten class promise.

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Year enjoyed their morning on the climbing wall. Have a look how well they did...

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In Year 5 we've already set ourselves a Lenten reading challenge to read one of three books, chosen by the children, by the last week of this half term and I'm delighted by the children's response. Some children have already read all three books and have now begun a new class read, "Far from home" by Berlie Doherty, which is the companion novel to "Street Child". It's brilliant to see the children reading so much and I'm really looking forward to our book club at the end of this half term where we'll get the chance to share our thoughts about the novels. I've certainly enjoyed reading "Street Child", and like many of the children in Year 5, I'm eager to find out what happened to Street Child's sisters in this new novel that we've just got. Keep up the excellent reading Year 5!

In addition to this Lenten promise, Year 5 have also decided to make another promise...

I would be very grateful if each member of Year 5 could donate one piece of unwanted clothing during the final week of this half term (week commencing 3rd April) so that we can fulfil our collective Lenten promise. We have chosen Barnardo's as our charity as it links in with "Street Child" that many of the children are reading. Thomas Barnardo first set up Barnardo's during the Victorian period when he met a street child called Jim Jarvis who the novel is based upon. Thank you so much for your support. 

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Year 5 have been studying Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in class and I have been delighted with their enthusiasm and the quality of their written work. We have spent some time exploring the play through active approaches and have really got to grips with the story line and explored some of the characters in depth. Having the RSC visit and perform the play in our school was one of the highlights, and this has really helped the children deepen their understanding further. The children have written some excellent descriptions of the storm from the beginning of the play, detailed descriptions of the island and are now writing their own Tempest story. The children are also working in small groups to create short films of different scenes from the play.

Here are just a few photographs of the children at work...

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Firstly, thank you to everyone for making such a fantastic effort with your World Book Day costumes - you all looked amazing! 

The children shared their favourite books and made some lovely book reviews to encourage others to read the books too. We also made some bunting to display in our reading corner to show how much we value reading in our class. 

Year 5 also came up with a great idea for a reading challenge for Lent. We've decided to form a book club and so by the end of term, alongside our normal reading, we - Mrs McVey, Mrs Hodgkiss, Mrs McCooey and all of Year 5 - will read one of three books. The three books we have chosen to read from are: Street Child, The Firework Maker's Daughter and The Demon Headmaster. In the last week before we break up, we will share our thoughts about the books and discuss what we liked and disliked about them. I'm so pleased with the enthusiasm the children showed - I wouldn't be surprised if they read all three!

Here are some photos of the day...

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Year 5 celebrated Safer Internet Day today by exploring the power of images that are shared online. We explored how an image can create an impression and how often there is more than meets the eye in an image. The children discussed important questions needed to be asked before deciding whether to share an image online and through their work demonstrated how they can make the internet a better and safer online community.

Some photos of our day...

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