St Francis' 
Catholic Primary School 
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Year 5 
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Kilve Court 
The annual Year 5 trip to Kilve Court took place in October with a couple of differences - we attended for the first time ever with St. Joseph's from Portishead and we stayed in the log cabins! Both schools got on really well and it was a pleasure to see the children mixing so well. We were a little worried that the cabins might be a little cold but there was great relief when we spotted the heating in each cabin. We stayed at Kilve Court from Wednesday to Friday and the time just flew by as we took part in a variety of activities: 
Climbing, Archery, Beach Visit, Mountain Biking, Low Ropes, Maze, Orienteering and a Camp Fire! 
It was certainly a damp few days and there were some heavy downpours but they all seemed to happen when we were indoors and having a meal! Just the way we like it. 
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Environment Week 
Monday 14th October saw Environment week arrive at St. Francis'. There was a great deal going on during the week including talks from Greenpeace visitors, visits to the 'Simply Green' shop in Nailsea and even soap-making! It was fascinating learning about the damage that can be caused by single-use plastics and how we can live our everyday lives in a more eco-friendly way. We hope that some of these positive messages have found their way home and are having an impact there too! We now look forward to hearing the results of our environmental review from the Eco-Council... 
St. Fagan's 
As part of our St. Francis' Feast Day celebrations, we enjoyed taking part in the whole school trip to St. Fagan's, the National Museum of Wales. We learned lots of interesting facts on our journey around the museum as we studied a variety of homes and buildings across hundreds of years of history. It may have been a wet day but we even managed to play in the park and squeeze into a pig sty! 

Home and Away 

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Our new topic, "Home and Away", followed on from our residential trip to Kilve Court allowing us to explore the Quantocks area and contrast it with Nailsea. Our topic culminated in us putting on a museum for all of the children to visit - we even had some parents join us too! 

Prayer Chairs 
Here are some pictures of the prayer chairs we dset up during Advent to help us in our preparations... 

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Space Invasion! 

We have really enjoyed our topic on Space this term and have worked incredibly hard to find out a great deal and even design space buggies! A partiuclar highlight was the visit of the Space Odyssey dome; every moment was fascinating from learning about the history of humans travelling into space, to almost being hit by an asteroid! 

Measuring the Universe 

We were lucky enough to be visited by teachers and students from Clifton High School as they delievered a masterclass called, 'Measuring the Universe'. We thoroughly enjoyed discovering that we could calculate the size and weight of the Earth simply by using a ruler. Imagine our surprise when we then discovered that we could find the distance between the Earth and Moon using a stick! 

Natwest Moneysense Workshop 

A big thank you to the team at Natwest for giving up their time to come and work with us in January. They gave us the exciting challenge of planning a birthday party! However, not only was it a lot of fun, we got to learn a great deal about budgeting, spending money responsibily and trying to get good value. A valuable lesson for us all! 

Term 4 

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World Book Day! 

Year 5 had a brilliant World Book Day! They enjoyed dressing up as their favourite characters, writing book reviews, making "favourite read" recommendations to their classmates and reading stories to their Year 2 buddies.  

Perfect Pottage! 

Year 5 enjoyed working with our kind volunteer Mrs Chaplow to cook some Anglo Saxon pottage as part of our Invasion! topic this term. They carefully followed a recipe and safely used equipment to peel and chop vegetables, fry them until soft and then add them to the large pot with stock, oats and herbs to cook. 
"I enjoyed everything about pottage. It was tasty, fun to make and you could smell how nice it was everywhere you went!" Nathan 
"I enjoyed tasting sonething new. I also learned that Anglo Saxons used to make and eat it too." Abi 
"I enjoyed making the pottage because I got to put the vegetables in the pan and it smelled delicious" Liam 
"The pottage was very yummy and tasty. I enjoyed chopping the vegetables." Jamie 
"I loved making pottage because it smelled really nice" Luke 
"I was really excited to make pottage as I like cooking. It was surprisingly good as I don't usually like vegetable stew." Matilda 
"I liked the pottage because it was something I'd never made before." Daniel 
"I really liked cooking the pottage because we learnt about new vegetables and ingredients we use to cook." Liam 

Computer programming 
Year Five have been working hard with the kind help of Mr Haworth to make computer programmes for their Year 2 buddies. After a term of preparation, the children shared their programs with their buddies who all enjoyed playing the games or watching the performances that had been designed especially for them! 

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Discovering Ancient Egypt 

To start our Ancient Egypt topic this term, we had a visit from Ali, a local egyptologist enthusiast. She taught us about Pharoahs, Gods and monsters as well as bringing in models and artefacts for us to study. 
Matilda "First we wrote our names in hieroglyphs on a book mark and then we made our own afterlife monsters. I learned that some slaves were killed when their pharoah died so they could serve him in the afterlife." 
Ava "I liked when we got to see some of the real Ancient Egyptian artefacts. We had to guess what things were and how they were used." 
Clara "Ali was very good at teaching us all about Egypt in an enjoyable way." 
Francesco "I enjoyed the WOW day because we could look at real artefacts." 
Abi "I enjoyed making up my own monster for the afterlife. I also learnt the Egyptian number system and how to put a cartouche around your name in hieroglyphics to show that you are royal." 
Year Five have been looking at artefacts from ancient Egypt and deducing facts about what life was like in ancient Egypt 
Liam "I really liked learning their number system and hieroglyphics because they look really cool!" 
Zente "I liked it when you had to guess what the item that Ali gave you was and how it was used." 
Sam "I enjoyed learning all about Ancient Egyptians and making my own mythical creature." 
Ellie "I enjoyed the Egypt WOW day because we learnt all about gods, pharoahs and the after life." 
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