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Empathy plus Migration in Year 5

By Collective worship, Community, Equality, Mental Health, Religious Education, Year 5

This afternoon, Year 5 had a workshop session with Taiye from the Red Cross.  He explained to us about the role of the British Red Cross.  We talked about the key vocabulary of empathy, migration, refugee and asylum seeker. We learned that empathy is the ability to imagine, understand and share the feelings or perspectives of others. By developing empathy, it can help us increase our awareness and understanding of others, our willingness to support others, and create more inclusive, resilient communities.  

We listened to the account of Hamza’s journey as he was seeking asylum and wrote a feeling story and thought about how we would feel if we were in Hamza’s shoes. We also wrote a letter to someone who was new to our country.

As our final task, we considered if we were to do one thing differently about how we treat others from today, what could we do?

Many of the children had some very thoughtful ideas about what we had been working on and were a credit to St Alban’s as always.

During our end of day prayer, Esme said she had chosen The Ukraine as our place in the world to focus our thoughts because she had chosen a prayer that she believed was fitting.  I hope you agree with Esme’s choice. 

Prayer for the Afraid

Dear God,

Take care of those who live in war zones:

Afraid of noise,

afraid of silence:


Afraid for themselves,

afraid for others:


Afraid to stay,

afraid to go:


Afraid of living,

afraid of dying.


Give them peace in their hearts,

in their homes

and in their land.



Year 5 have Norse Visitors

By Art, History, Year 5

Today, Year 5 were lucky enough to have two Norse visitors who shared their knowledge of the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings who raided, traded and settled in Britain from AD 786.

We thought about the role of archeology and studied artefacts. We looked at them closely and tried to decide what they were made of and how they would have been used.

We tried on clothes and helmets and held swords.

Vikings often traded in people.  Enslaved humans were very important to the Vikings. They were enslaved for life and were worth about as much as a cow.

We looked at runes and used them to make a leather key ring.

Writing in Year 5 – Queen of the Falls

By English, Writing, Year 5

We found out about Annie Taylor by reading Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg. He tells the true story of Annie Taylor, a feisty 62-year-old woman, who became the first person to cross over Niagara Falls in a barrel!

Taylor’s story is one of pluck and ambition but she never achieves the fame and fortune that motivated her to undertake such a daring feat, in her lifetime.

We wrote a series of diaries about significant events in Annie Edson Taylor’s life. Did you know she pretended to be 42! 

Christmas Art in Year 5

By Art, Christmas, Year 5

Year 5 have been working on our first pencil dictionaries. We decided to extend our pattern vocabulary by looking at patterns drawn on Christmas trees, baubles and stars. We then chose our own Christmas designs to create individual Christmas cards.

Year 5 Science – Mechanisms

By Science, Year 5

Some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

pulley is simply a collection of one or more wheels over which you loop a rope to make it easier to lift things.

The more wheels you have, and the more times you loop the rope around them, the more you can lift.

We have been making our own pulleys and recording how much force is needed to lift a load.

Some children even constructed pulley systems outside at break time.

What is Air Resistance?

By Science, Year 5

Yesterday, Year 5 continued finding out about forces.  They had a piece of card to hold in front of them and ran across the playground and back. This started our discussion on air resistance.

Air pushes back against the piece of card so it is harder to run. This force is called air resistance.

We dropped two pieces of paper the same size, one scrunched up and one not. 

The scrunched up piece of paper, fell more quickly than the flat piece of paper.

This is because the surface area of the scrunched up piece of paper is smaller and so there is less air resistance.







Geography Fieldwork in Year 5

By Geography, Year 5

Today, Year 5 began this year’s geography fieldwork project.

Fieldwork is when you go outside the classroom and find things out for yourself. 

We wanted to find out the answer to a question. Does Morthen road need a zebra crossing?

So, all day we have been going out in groups to count the traffic on Morthen Road.  We went out for ten minutes every hour and created tally charts to record our results. This is called time sampling. We will interrogate our results and use them to answer our question.




Forces in Year 5 – Gravity

By Science, Year 5

What happens to a ball when we drop it?

We discussed the Hypothesis:

When I drop a large ball and a small ball from the landing, the balls will hit the floor at the same time.

Some of us thought that a large ball would fall faster than a small ball, some of us thought the small ball would fall faster.  Some of us thought the balls would fall at the same rate.

We dropped the balls and discussed the results.

Galileo discovered that everything falls at the same speed. In 1658 he dropped two balls of different masses from the leaning tower of Pisa. He discovered they hit the ground at the same time.