Year 5: Blog items

Time Table Rock Star Battle, by Miss Welsh

Date: 23rd Nov 2020 @ 10:02am

This week Year 5 can take part in our very first Times table Rock star battle. The tournament starts on the 23rd of November and will ends on the 4th of December. It’s a very special event and just for our Year 5’s. It would be great to see everyone log on and participate.


Come on let’s all log on, join in and have fun being a TT Rock star!

Year 5 Home Learning Challenges Week 13, by Miss Welsh

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 7:52pm

Hi Year 5,

Hope you are all well and still smiling. Hopefully the weather will start to get better soon! In the meantime, here are your new challenges. 

Don’t forget to keep sending in any work you have completed, it’s lovely to see what you have all been up to.


Take care

The Year 5 team


Year 5 Home Learning Challenge Week 12, by Mrs Bale

Date: 26th Jun 2020 @ 2:51pm

Hi Year 5, 

Hope you've all had a good week. 

Here are your challenges for this week. 

Take care,

Year 5 Team xx

Year 5 Home Learning Challenges Week 11, by Miss Welsh

Date: 12th Jun 2020 @ 2:47pm

Hello Year 5! 

We hope you have been having a good week and enjoying your time with your families. Watch the video below to find your challenges for this week.

Take care and keep smiling.

The year 5 team 


Year 5 Home Learning Challenge Week 10, by Mrs Bale

Date: 4th Jun 2020 @ 2:13pm

Hi Year 5, 

Hope you're all well. 

We hope you enjoy completing this week's challenges. Don't forget to send over your work so we can include it on the school facebook page; it's so lovely seeing what you've been getting up to at home!

Take care and hope to see you all soon. 

The Year 5 team 


Year 5 Home Learning Challenges Week 9, by Miss Welsh

Date: 26th May 2020 @ 2:11pm

Oyez Oyez Oyez....It's Week 9 Of Home Learning.

All of the year 5 team are missing you all so much. We hope you are keeping safe, enjoying this time with your family and having a go at all of the challenges we are setting.

Keep Smiling

The Year 5 Team



Year 5 Home Learning Challenges Week 7, by Miss Welsh

Date: 12th May 2020 @ 1:41pm

Hi Year 5,


Hope you are all keeping safe and enjoying time with your families.

It’s that time of the week again…CHALLENGE TIME! Here are a few more challenges to enjoy, keep you active and hopefully this week busting move!!

Keep posting your work to the schools Facebook or Twitter, it was great to see more work this week from you.

Stay safe. Keep smiling. We all miss you very much.


The Year 5 Team



Year 5 Home Learning Challenges Week 6, by Mrs Bale

Date: 10th May 2020 @ 3:37pm

Hi Year 5, 

Hope you've all had a good week.

Attached are your weekly challenges (video to follow!). 

It was fantastic to see the pictures of some of you with your completed work on the school Facebook page! Well done and keep up the brilliant work. 

Take care

The Year 5 Team x

Year 5 Home Learning Challenges Week 5, by Mrs Bale

Date: 2nd May 2020 @ 10:29pm

Hi Year 5,

Hope you're well and keeping safe. 

We're still missing you lots and hope we can be together again very soon!

Here is another challenge from us that we hope you enjoy completing. 

Take care,

The Year 5 team xx


Year 5 Home Learning Challenges Week 4, by Mrs Bale

Date: 21st Apr 2020 @ 2:40pm

Hi Year 5, 

We hope you're all well and enjoying the sunshine!
We're missing you all and so hope that we can all be together again soon. In the meantime, here are a few more challenges to keep you busy over the next week! 

Take care!

Year 5 Team


Year 5 Home Learning Challenges Week 3, by Mrs Bale

Date: 13th Apr 2020 @ 2:26pm

Create a Time Capsule

Why not create a time capsule that you can look back on with your family and friends in 10-20 years time. I’m sure they’ll be a few laughs, as well as some ‘wow, do you remember when’ moments to share!

Things you can include

  • Photographs of your house, bedroom, garden, street, family
  • Write a letter to your future self, tell yourself about what is happening in the world at the moment
  • Include today’s newspaper/front page of the newspaper
  • Trace around your hand on a blank page and date it
  • Draw yourself or use a photograph and write your name, age, height, friends, favourite things, hobbies, hopes and dreams etc.

Making your time capsule

  • Gather all you want to include and assemble your time capsule.
  • If burying outside chose a material that won’t degrade e.g. air tight plastic or stainless steel box. If keeping inside use a shoe box or cardboard box.
  • Label your box with your name and a date when the box can be opened.
  • Now hide it away, and try not peek in it until the chosen date/year!

We would love to see your finished time capsules so please upload any photographs to the school Twitter or Facebook page.


Keep up those chess skills!

We have been so impressed with the chess skills we have seen from year 5 this year!

Can you create your own board and pieces and challenge (or teach) a family member?

Why not create a ‘beginners guide to chess’ booklet to teach your family how to play.

You could create a board using cardboard, cereal boxes or paper and you could create the pieces by drawing them on to paper, cutting them out of felt of fabric, using stones or why not get messy and have a go at making them out of salt dough (recipe linked here -

To make your chess set unique, you could design your own pieces using inspired by the work we have been doing about Ancient Greece. Perhaps the knights could be Pegasus, the rooks could be columns and the pawns could be warriors.

Don’t forget to take some photographs and upload your games to the school Twitter or Facebook page.

Good luck!


Greek Island Hopping

It might be a while before we can think about travelling the world, but we can dream!

We’d like you to create an enticing brochure about travelling to Greece.

Firstly, think about how best to present your work, have a look at the images below for some inspiration, will you create a series of posters, a leaflet or a booklet?

Next, plan your trip:

  • Chose 3 or 4 places to focus on starting with Athens and then moving to a few of the Greek Islands.

Information to include:

  • Map of destination
  • How to get there (is there more than one option?)
  • How much it will cost
  • Best landmarks to visit
  • Food and drinks to enjoy
  • Drawings or images
  • Interesting facts about the place

As some of you may know, Greece is Mrs Bale’s favourite holiday destination, so she can’t wait to see the photographs of your finished brochures!


Keep fit and happy like Stavros Flatley!

Sticking with the Greek theme, watch this iconic and hilarious video of Stavros Flatley performing on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions

Can you recreate the routine or come up with one of your own?

If you’re feeling brave, ask a family member to record you and upload it to our Twitter or Facebook page to keep us all smiling!



Year 5 Home Learning Challenges Week 2, by Miss Welsh

Date: 9th Apr 2020 @ 6:46pm

Hello Year Five,


We hope you are enjoying your learning at home and staying safe.

Its challenge time and this week the Olympics are here! We would like you to hold your own mini Olympics at home, think about what different events can all your family be involved with, what team will you be? Can you make a team banner? What about the prize?

Keep reading lovely stories with your family, practicing your times tables and keeping smiling, having fun with your family.

Don’t forget to share any work you create on the school twitter or Facebook page. Have a fantastic Easter and stay safe.


The year 5 team x,1,2,3,4,6,8,10

Year 5 Home learning challenges week 1, by Miss Welsh

Date: 3rd Apr 2020 @ 1:51pm

Hello Year Five,


We hope you and your families are all well.  We miss you all and we hope you are continuing your learning adventures at home.  We hope you’re reading lots of lovely stories and enjoying using your home learning packs whenever you can.  You have all learned so much this year, take this time to show everyone at home just how much you know. 

Enjoy playing games and making new things with your families.  Have lots of fun and spend some time each day thinking about what has made you laugh.

We can’t wait to see you all back at school, but until then we’ll keep in touch. Don’t forget to share any work you create on the school twitter or Facebook page.


The year 5 team x

World Book Day 2020, by Miss Welsh

Date: 6th Mar 2020 @ 3:19pm

Year 5 had an exciting World Book Day! We spent part of the morning with author David Webb. After being inspired we created our own story books. We also enjoyed reading and many other activities including a catwalk, to show off all of the fabulous costumes! 

Elf Day - Year 5, by Miss Hogan

Date: 10th Dec 2019 @ 10:00am

Year 5 enjoyed celebrating National Elf Day in support of Alzheimer’s.



London Chess Classic, by Mrs Harris

Date: 6th Dec 2019 @ 8:37pm

Year 5 have had a fantastic time at the London Chess Classic today, winning 2 medals.

They have been to Buckingham Palace, Hamleys toy store, Nando’s for dinner and are currently on their way back in first class!!!


Wildlife Connections Year 5 Come and Share , by Miss Hogan

Date: 22nd Nov 2019 @ 9:34am

The future of our wildlife is in your hands...

This half term, the whole school is working with Chester Zoo on the Wildlife Connections Project.

To support this Year 5 have made hedgehog houses as part of their come and share to help the endangered species.

Have a look at our photographs....

Extreme Regions Homework Project , by Miss Hogan

Date: 5th Nov 2019 @ 11:38am

This term, Year 5 have been studying: Extreme Regions.

As part of their homework the children have designed and made models of an extreme region, as well creating some lovely written work. 

Have a look at some of the photographs!

Coding , by Miss Hogan

Date: 8th Oct 2019 @ 2:00pm

Year 5 have started their coding topic and have been busy creating their own games using Scratch.


Features of an Information Text, by Miss Hogan

Date: 8th Oct 2019 @ 9:40am

This week, Year 5 will be writing an information text on Antarctica. Today, they have been investigating the features of an information text. 

Perimeter , by Miss Hogan

Date: 4th Oct 2019 @ 11:49am

Year 5 have been learning all about finding the perimeter this week. Today, they enjoyed creating different figures on the iPads and finding the perimeter of each one.

The Tudor Family Tree , by Miss Hogan

Date: 11th Sep 2019 @ 1:56pm

Year 5 have enjoyed expanding their historical knowledge today learning all about Henry VIII's family tree. 

We are Cryptographers , by Miss Hogan

Date: 17th Jun 2019 @ 2:45pm

This week, Year 5 have been working on their cryptography topic. They have been looking at different ways to communicate including: semaphore and morse code and have practised cracking codes.

The children have also looked at password security and the Ceasar Cipher - making their own cipher wheels and encrypting information. 

The Empower Girls’ Chess Tournament 2019, by Miss Hogan

Date: 12th Jun 2019 @ 10:10am

Fifty girls from eight schools around Merseyside enjoyed the first Empower Girls Chess Tournament staged at Our Lady and St Edward’s on 10th June, organised by the school and the charity Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC).

The day was designed to inspire girls to play chess, a game usually dominated by boys, but less so on Merseyside where CSC teaches the game in the classroom, in over 20 schools, ensuring equal participation. The girls heard from Maria Eagle MP a former top junior chess player and other female chess players from Liverpool; talking about how playing chess at a young age helped them at school and in later life.

All of the girls participated in a tournament and faced an International Chess Master in a simultaneous display given by the CSC Chief Executive Malcolm Pein, a former British Junior champion, who played with Maria and her sister Angela for Merseyside.

All of the girls received a chess set and the book Checkmate by Garry Kasparov the greatest player in the history of the game.

Girls attended from:

Our Lady and St Edwards R C Primary School

St Bridget’s Primary School

William of York Primary School

New Brighton Primary School

Monksdown Primary School

Our Lady of Pity RC Primary School

Dawpoo Primary School

Greasby Junior School

Holy Trinity Primary School


Elaine Mc Gunigall (Head Teacher) commented:

As part of our new venture, Our Lady and Saint Edwards (Year 5) have been working with Chess in Schools and Communities for the past year.

The impact of learning how to play chess on the children's' confidence and their attitude to learning has been far beyond our expectations and resulted in the Governors agreeing to roll out chess, next year, across the whole of Key Stage 2.

Not only have the children embraced learning the skills required to play chess, but also a range of life-skills including: resilience, logical thinking, the consequences of their choices and the tools for reflecting on their actions.

We are absolutely delighted to be hosting the UK Girls Empower Tournament and continuing to inspire young girls.


Malcolm Pein commented:

Liverpool has a fine chess tradition. We hope we can produce another British Women’s Champion like Woman Grandmaster Sheila Jackson who attended Broad Square Primary School.  We are delighted to hold this, the first event of its kind in the UK in Liverpool and look forward to seeing many girls amongst the prize winners at St Georges Hall later this month.

About Chess in Schools and Communities:

Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) is a UK charity whose mission is to improve children’s educational outcomes and social development by introducing them to the game of chess. Founded in 2009, CSC now runs over 1,000 projects across the UK in schools, libraries and prisons including weekly lessons at 22 schools in Merseyside. CSC also organises an annual tournament every June at St Georges Hall and a world-class tournament, the London Chess Classic each December.


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