Autumn term

Our Mission Statement
 
We have thought about what we want our classroom to be like. We have used these ideas to write our class mission statement.
Our Class Councillor 
 
Our class councillor is Zachary. He won the majority of the votes during the class elections. 
 
 
School Rules 
British Values  - Rule of Law 
Class rule and expectations.
 
In our British Values lesson we spoke about the rule of law. Rules and laws are everywhere at home, in school, even when you play a game. A regulation is a rule made by an authority. Breaking rules and laws is likely to get you into trouble at the very least! 
We made our own rules for our classroom and the children discussed what the consequences should be if they are broken. 
 .Mrs Gould and Mrs Grattan are really impressed with some of the work that has been produced.
British Values - Democracy
Electing a class Councillor
 
In our British Values lesson we looked at how rules and decisions are made. We found out that votes are used to make agreements and find out the most popular plan.

In democracy every citizen should listen to the views of the different parties and candidates, and then make his or her own decision on whom to support. People must be 18 or over in order to take part in an election. We agreed that this is a good age as children would not always make an informed decision.

When voting, each person  votes for the candidate of his or her choice. S/he does this by putting a cross beside the person’s name on the ballot paper. People cast their ballots in a booth so that no one can see who they are voting for. This is called ‘secret ballot’.

At the end of the election day the votes are added up and the candidate with the highest number of votes (the majority) is declared the winner.

We are too young to vote in elections but we have been exercising our right for democracy. Our class needs a class Councillor so we wrote manifestos and voted for the person that we thought would do the best job representing our class.  

  
Zachary received the majority of the votes during the class election. Well done!
We have made a display to show off our fantastic manifestos 
Setting our dreams and goals
 
We have thought about what we want to achieve in Year 5 and when we are older. We have written our goals and ambitions down as at the moment they are our dreams but we hope that they become our reality. They are written on leaves and are keeping safe in our reading jungle. 
Penmanship Award
 
Although we have only been in school for two days, I have already been amazed by some of the beautiful handwriting and have had to give out some penmanship awards to children who can now use pen to do their work. I hope to give more out next week. 
The Lighthouse
 
In English we have been watching the animation clip of the lighthouse. The clip has no words but we have looked at detail which can be seen in the clip and thought about how we can use this to write our own narrative of the story. The children have made plans to help them with their writing. Mrs Gould was really impressed with some of the creative and imaginative work which was produced. he finished work will be put on our lighthouse display board. 
Watch the clips of some of the children reading their work out. 
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Mrs Gould was left speechless by some of the work produced. Watch Mollie read her narrative of the lighthouse clip.
Music
 
In music we looked at the Bon Jovi song Living on a prayer. We listened to the lyrics to identify what the song is about and then listened to instruments were could hear in the background music
Mental Health Week
 
We have been looking at what people think of us and why. We have compared this to how we view ourselves. We identified that our behaviours and actions influence how different people view us and form opinions. 
We have also looked at any worries that have. We understand that it is normal for any of us to have worries at any time. These may be little worries or, at times, big ones. We discussed that it important to talk to someone and share how we feel. This can help to solve the worry or just make other people aware of how we feel. 
We discussed that it is important to have people that we can share our problems and worries with. It is important that these people will respond kindly and can be trusted not to tell everyone. We identified 5 trusted people who we can share our problems and worries with. 
Religious Education 
 
In Year 5 we study Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism. We have introduced the 3 religions and looked at key facts such as the place or worship, symbols, holy books. We will study each religion through the year. To begin with, we will be looking at symbols relating to each religion. 
Symbols / Christianity 
 
We see  range of every day symbols in our daily lives and understand what thy represent. The most common ones mentioned by 5G were McDonalds, Xbox, Facebook and Minecraft.  We understood that all religions have signs and symbols which have a meaning. 
 
religious symbol is an iconic representation intended to represent a specific religion, or a specific concept within a given religion. We have looked at symbols which have specific meanings to Christians.
Penmanship Award
 
This week Cora and Amy have also received their penmanship award for using neat, join handwriting in their work. Now that they have got their penmanship, they can use pen in all of the written tasks in school.
Fronted Adverbials
 
In English we have been looking at using fronted adverbials to give more detail to our sentences. We have written a recount of our first day in Year 5 and have included fronted adverbials our work. Mrs Gould is really impressed at how quickly the class have understood using the fronted adverbials. 
Mental health and Well-being 
 
We are looking at the book ‘What to do when you worry too much’. We have discussed how worries start and what can make them grow. We have also looked at how we can share and ignore worries and even how to make them smaller. We have made individual Plans to help us relax when we are worried.