Class Teachers from September 2020 are: Mr S Prue (5 Hercules) and Mrs J Bredenkamp/Miss M Cresswell [5 Perseus]
Upper Phase Assistant Head: Mrs J Quintana
Homework is set on Fridays and due in the following Friday. This will alternate between a Maths and English task each week.
Spellings set on Mondays and tested the following Monday. Click here for this term's spellings: Spellings September 2020
Reading books should be taken home and returned to school daily and read as often as possible. Please sign Home School contact books at least three times weekly.
PE days: Wednesdays and Fridays [children wear their PE kit all day]
Macmillan Cancer Support Non-Uniform Day, September 2020
Whether, working out on the gym, playing football or just chatting with friends, Year 5 children enjoyed a day wearing their own choice of clothes to help raise £265 for Macmillan Cancer.
A good start to Year 5
Children in 5 Perseus and 5 Hercules started their time in Upper Phase very successfully. Their teachers MrsBredenkamp and Mr Prue said that they were very impressed with the children’s attitude and effort.
Highlights from Year 5 in 2019-20
Making the most of the last day
The children made the most of the last day before the enforced school closure on 20 March. The sun shone as they enjoyed music and sport outside at lunchtime.
Science Day at Ashcroft High
On 16 March, a small team of our top young scientists from Year 5 attended a science day at Ashcroft High School. There, they got to work in a specialist science lab on a range of tasks.
Making aeroplanes - Science Week parent and carer workshop
.On Tuesday March 10, a large number of family members joined Year 5 in their aeroplane workshop. There, with limited time and materials, they worked in groups on the challenge to build an aeroplane that would fly further than any others.
First the groups planned their aircraft on paper.
Then it was time to select the best materials to implement their design and to work together to put their plans into action.
The finished products
Here are some of the aeroplanes that the children made with support from their adult helpers.
The big test
In school the following week, the children took their aeroplanes out for the big flight trials. They lined up around the Smooga football arena and took it in turns to launch their aircraft into the air to see whose flew furthest.
Steaming frothing chemicals!
On Monday 9 March, the first day of our Science Week, Year 5 classes had a visit from a visiting Mad Scientist. Radioactive Roxanne demonstrated some chemical reactions to the children - with some surprising results!
Year 5 visit Someries Juniors' own Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory
Children from Year 5 entered whole-heartedly into the spirit of World Book Day on 5 March. They came into school in a wonderful array of costumes and they enjoyed their time in the Chocolate Factory-themed reading room.
This year we were successful in arranging for the Luton Cycle Training team to come and deliver Bikeability training to Year 5 children. From beginners to experienced cyclists, all of the children learned something new: some gained confidence in cycling and controlling a bike by practising on our playground; others learned the rules of the road and went out to local streets to learn to ride confidently on the road. We are very grateful to the training team for providing this opportunity.
In February, some of our Year 5 children took part in a competition of a different kind at Stopsley Primary School. Our two teams had to solve a range of puzzles and problems in a certain amount of time. The questions were tougher than what they are used to in Maths lessons in school, so they really had to think creatively to find solutions.
Year 5 Christmas Play – ”Cinderella Rockerfella”
A week after Year 3 performed their nativity play, it was Year 5’s turn to take to the stage with their production of Cinderella Rockerfella. The show was a Christmas panto complete with fairies, ugly sisters, and Buttons. There were a number of children who were brave enough to sing extended solos. Our thanks go to the Year 5 team of Mr Prue, Mrs Prasad and Mrs Whiting who put such a lot of work into the show as well as all the children who rehearsed so hard to make the show a success.
Year 5 Guitar Performance
Year 5 children have progressed from the ukulele to the guitar this year. They have adapted to the new instrument quickly and gave a confident performance on 13th December to a large number of family members who came to listen to them. Chords were displayed on the screen but most of the children did not need them as they had learned the tunes by heart. They performed a medley of classic rock riffs and some Christmas tunes - and an encore of Baby Shark!
We are grateful to Mr Merriman from Luton Music Mix who has taught them so well. If you would like your child to have individual guitar lessons to develop their talents further, please contact the school office. Alternatively you could consider trying the Saturday music groups that Luton Music Mix in the local area. You can find out more at www.thelutonmusicmix.com
Making bread at Ashcroft High School
Year 5 have been working on a project about bread and baking for Design Technology (Food) this term. This culminates in each child making their own choice of bread. Amongst their choices were a lemon bread, a pizza dough, garlic bread and chocolate chip bread. Usually, they bake their bread in small groups in our kitchenette which takes several days. This year, Mr Prue arranged for them to visit a local high school to make use of their food technology rooms so that they can all complete the activity together. We were very grateful to Mrs Habashanti from Ashcroft High School, who welcomed the 5 Hercules children into her food department on December 18th. The children worked in two rooms - each of which had many ovens and baking stations. The Someries children were helped by a wonderful group of Year 9 student leaders from Ashcroft who helped and supported them to make their bread successfully. The Someries children wrote their evaluation while their bread was proving in the oven and washed up their baking equipment. Then they headed back to school with their freshly baked bread.
Highlights from Year 5 in 2018-19
Sports Week: Dance
Here are some photos or our dance workout with Lauren from Next Generation Youth Theatre :
5 Hercules Class Assembly
5H really showed us their talents in their class assembly, giving us a taste of their learning from a range of subjects. Lexxie demonstrated a PE warm up and taught us the difference between isometric and isotonic exercises. Then two groups performed two very different gym and dance routines to the same tune.
A group of children read some excerpts of the balanced arguments that they had written. Others acted out some adventures from the lives of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter who were famous archaeologists and Egyptologists.
There was a great deal of musical talent on show, with Amelie and Eve performing solo pieces and a duet on the violin and with a guitar group performing a tune together.
Luke compered the assembly, introducing each item. Mr Osborne said that he was impressed with how keen the children were to perform. The class concluded the assembly by singing Bruno Mars’ Count on Me.
Year 5 guitar performance
Last year, the children performed on their ukulele’s for parents and carers. This year they showed how far they had progressed with their music by performing a number of tunes on the guitar- this time with no music to help them. They had learned the music off by heart and it was great to see the concentration on the young musicians’ faces as they remembered the complexing finger-placing for the different numbers that they played.
Sasha got swept up the chimney
On Monday 17 December, Year 5 wowed us with their performance of ‘Sasha got swept up the chimney’ where we found out what happened to Sasha and her orphan friends when they flew to the North Pole. There was a bit of everything: great dialogue, wonderful songs, funny jokes and… a rather lost group of penguins! At one point the audience got to enjoy the children singing to them from all sides of the hall. Our thanks and congratulations go to the Year 5 team of Mr Llewelyn, Mr Osborne, Mrs Phelps, Mrs Bloxham and Mrs Duffy who put such a lot of work into the show as well as all the children who rehearsed so hard and played their parts so well.
Year 5 Visit to Luton Hindu Mandir 1 November
In RE Week this term, Year 5 produced some thoughtful work about Hinduism. Following their visit to the Mandir, they were able to describe some of the Hindu gods and some of the ways a Hindu person worships.
This is Olivia’s recount of the trip to the Mandir:
Thursday 1st November 2018
Today was our school trip. We arrived in school at the normal time. We had Maths and then went to the toilet. Then we got on the coach at 10:00 to go to the Mandir. It didn’t take long because it wasn’t that far away.
When we got there, we had to take our shoes off and put them in cubbyholes before going into the proper part of the Mandir. We went in and sat down to listen to them singing. We didn’t know if it was religious but it sounded like it. The priest, who was there, arrived on the Sunday before and we were the first year group he saw. While they were singing the priest got up and got something which had a wooden handle and something on the end which looked like feathers. He walked past the statues of gods one after the other, stopping at them and waving the feather thing in front of them.
The priest is called a pundit and all of the statues and pictures of gods are called murti. Once they had finished singing, they did a prayer. Then the man was telling us where the gods were displayed and told us who they were.
Sita, Rama and Lakshmana were all displayed together. The mother goddess, who is called Deyi, was displayed to the left of them and Harcuman, the monkey god was displayed in front of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana because they were all from the same story. To the back of the display, Parrati and Shiva were displayed over to the right. They were from a different story. Ganesh the elephant god had his own plinth. They washed the gods, fed the gods and put them to bed because they believe they can eat and sleep. The mother goddess was sat on a tiger and they were all holding lotus flowers, which are a symbol of love.
The gods were made of marble which I thought would cost quite a lot. Then when Hindus came in, they rang the bells which were on either side and left an offering of money for the gods. There were bowls in front of the gods which the Hindus put gifts in for them. When the man finished talking, he asked if there were any questions and there were quite a lot. Once we had finished asking questions, group by group we went to put our shoes back on. The coach then arrived and the man who was talking to us got a big plate of biscuits and gave us and the teachers a biscuit and then we set off home on the coach. When we got back, it was just a normal day because we were only there for an hour.
Here are some highlights from Year 5 in 2017-18
Year 5 trip to RAF Hendon
On 12 June Year 5 headed off with their teachers to the museum at RAF Hendon. Many of them were dressed as children from the 1940s, the time of World War Two. As well as viewing the large collection of warplanes and learning about aviation, the children got to experience what is was like to be in a 1940s classroom – with messy ink pens and bossy teachers!