Year 5: Blog items
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.
For more information visit: Chessinschools.co.uk.
We Are Bloggers, by Miss Hogan
Date: 12th Jun 2019 @ 9:47am
This week, Year 5 have been creating their own blogs. They started by researching existing blogs and looking at the features of the blog. The children are very excited to be writing their own blogs on the laptops based on what they did during the themed voting and Parliament week.
Voting and Parliament , by Miss Hogan
Date: 7th Jun 2019 @ 3:05pm
This week, Year 5 have even learning about parliament and voting as part of their thematic.
The children have created information sheets on Parliament and the 4 main political parties as well as creating their own manifesto for why they should become the Year 5 MP.
We had a special visit from Frank Field who shared with the children what life was like as an MP and he answered all of children's questions.
The Big Splash, by Miss Hogan
Date: 4th Jun 2019 @ 11:40am
Year 5 have been learning about the great artist: David Hockney.
This has included making inferences and researching facts about Hockney. The children have also annotated his art work with what they notice, wonder and can opine.
Year 5 are looking forward to recreating The Big Splash...
The Pond, by Miss Hogan
Date: 23rd May 2019 @ 11:59am
Following Year 5’s pond dipping trip to Wirral Country Park, they created pond related art work. Have a look at some examples above.
Year 5 Grammar, by Miss Hogan
Date: 23rd May 2019 @ 11:55am
Today, Year 5 have enjoyed learning about relative pronouns and relative clauses in a practical way based on our class read: The Sword in the Stone.
Under the Sea Year 5 and Year 1 Shared Learning, by Miss Hogan
Date: 20th May 2019 @ 3:19pm
This afternoon, Year 5 have been teaching Year 1 about animals that live in the different oceans using the PowerPoints that they made.
We started the session by dancing along with super movers under the sea.
Jumbulance Leaves for Lourdes, by Miss Hogan
Date: 15th May 2019 @ 1:48pm
The Jumbulance Trust exists to make accessible travel possible for adults and children who are disabled or have a serious or complex health condition. They offer groups and individuals the opportunity to take holidays, short breaks or a day out in the UK or Europe by providing special part coach / part ambulances called Jumbulances.
Our Lady and Saint Edwards have the privilege of waving off the Jumbulance and its VIPs as they embark on their pilgrimage to Lourdes.
We are honoured to have been chosen to participate in this great event. Year 5 have made cakes for the VIPs to take on their journey to Lourdes, decorating them with hope and love. We have also made prayer cards for the VIPs to take to the grotto in Lourdes and we hope our prayers bring them strength whilst on their pilgrimage. We wish the VIPs well on their journey, and can’t wait to make contact with them whilst they are travelling. We all wish we have the chance one day to visit Lourdes. Good luck, stay strong and we can’t wait to welcome you back on your return. Au Revoir.
The jumbulance will leave school at 11am on Thursday.
Marvellous Maths , by Miss Hogan
Date: 15th May 2019 @ 12:16pm
Year 5 have been enjoying using the new iPads during their maths lesson.
They can access the website at home by using the following link:
Storytelling Workshop Creeping Toad , by Miss Hogan
Date: 29th Mar 2019 @ 2:49pm
Creeping Toad Visits Our Lady and Saint Edwards
The children have been working with storyteller and artist Gordon MacLellan (better known as Creeping Toad) to explore our topic Trip of a Lifetime.
The day has included listening to stories about people, animals and natural features – from around the world and the children have made their own pop-up story.
Chess Lessons, by Miss Hogan
Date: 27th Mar 2019 @ 3:16pm
Each week, Year 5 have two, 1 hour chess lessons. After the lesson, the children complete their chess journal about how they have developed their resislience.
The children have said:
"It's really good because we can reflect on what we have learnt."
"I have become more resilient since we started playing chess, I used to give up easily but now I persevere.”
Chess Kid, by Miss Hogan
Date: 27th Mar 2019 @ 3:04pm
This week, Mr Carr (chess tutor) has shown Year 5 how they can login to chess kid at home to practise their chess skills.
It is free to sign up at the following website:
The children can play games, complete puzzles and watch lessons.
Children should be supervised for all online activity.
Around the World Weather Report, by Mr Worthington
Date: 12th Mar 2019 @ 3:28pm
Your weather updates for this afternoon are as follows...
This afternoon Year 5 have turned into meteorologists and have been reporting on the weather around the world.
Air Resistance, by Miss Hogan
Date: 11th Mar 2019 @ 4:43pm
Young Scientists Investigating the effect that surface area has on air resistance. Their fascination is contagious.
Aztec Masks, by Miss Hogan
Date: 11th Mar 2019 @ 4:39pm
This half term we have had an exciting time learning about the Aztecs. We even had the opportunity to make our very own Aztec masks using mosaic tiles. Spot the authentic symmetrical patterns.
World Book Day, by Miss Hogan
Date: 11th Mar 2019 @ 4:30pm
Books, books, books...
On Thursday the 7th of March children and staff celebrated World Book Day. This was a great opportunity for everyone to dress as their favourite character from a book. Lots of fun was had by all! The costumes were spectacular!
A happy World Book Day at Our Lady and Saint Edward's.