Class 5

Welcome to the Class 5 Web Page

In Class 5 we support children to develop and master a wide variety of skills in a fun and engaging environment. Above all, we want the children to leave Class 5 as confident, creative, independent, resilient and happy individuals, celebrating their personal strengths and differences - always appreciating that 'God made me as I am!'

Mrs Archer 

STARS OF THE WEEK - Friday 20th April 2018
Kieran - for a positive attitude to learning
Leni - for excellent writing
Year 6 - you now have your SATs homework books.  I will ask you to complete specific pages every weekend.  Don't worry if some of it is tricky - we'll go through it together in class.  Just have a go and do your best!
If you need ideas for extra work that you can do at home, check out...
Log on to the TT Rockstars website and practise your Times Tables.  The Cathedral School is currently ranked 5th out of all the schools in Plymouth.  Can you help us move higher up the leader board?  Could you challenge Fabio for his place as fastest times-tabler in the school?
If you can't remember your TT Rockstars login, try instead.
Try out these online games to help you practise simplifying fractions:
Can you spell all of the words that you have been allocated?  How quickly can you complete them?
If you can't remember your Spellodrome login, try instead.
Read a book (or part of a book) and prepare a book review to share with the class.  Your review can be written, or presented as a poster... (or for the more adventurous) performed as a song or rap.  Dojos awarded for content, opinion and originality.
Just remember to focus on accurate punctuation, paragraphs, making sense and ensuring that your writing is legible at all times.  Oh... and don't forget to use as may different sentence types as possible.
More Dojos on offer for accuracy and originality.
SUMMER 1 - 2017/18
This half term we will be focusing on preparation for the SATs tests which start on Monday 14th May.  We will be revising reading, writing and maths strategies, so that everyone can go into the tests fully prepared and confident in their knowledge.
Our Science unit this half term  remains 'Evolution and Inheritance' and we will be applying our knowledge of inherited and adaptive characteristics to our own experience.
In R.E. we will look at Easter and Pentecost.
In P.E. our focus is Tag Rugby.
STEM 'BIG BANG' EVENT - 27th February 2018
Class 5's visit to City College, Plymouth, provided a wide range of opportunities to experience and explore different STEM careers.   We learnt how submarines are powered by nuclear fission and generate oxygen from the salt water, courtesy of Babcock engineering.  We tried out 'green screen' technology and Segways - whilst also witnessing the effects of freezing Haribos in liquid nitrogen, and testing our reaction times in state-of-the art sports science equipment. 
In the afternoon, we attended a 'Medical Mavericks' workshop, trying ECG and Ultrasound technology first-hand.  We then listened to a fascinating talk from the Shark Trust, followed by an interactive workshop exploring the science of  food and cooking.
With so many opportunities to explore careers relating to science, technology, engineering and maths, it was a fun-filled, action-pack day.
We are grateful to the STEM CENTRE and City College for such an amazing and inspirational experience.
MAKING VOLCANOES... February 2018
STEM VISIT - 15th January 2018
On Monday Year 6 went to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Centre at Plymouth's City College, for a day spent exploring how human bodies work.  In the morning we took a range of medical measurements including checking our blood pressure, oxygen saturation, pulse, grip strength, peak flow, reaction rate, height, arm span and head circumference.  We then analysed the data produced to look for trends.
The second workshop was spent testing (fake) urine, including taking glucose and acidity tests, learning about what these tests can tell us about how healthy a person is.  
The final workshop of the day was spent exploring a 3D 'augmented reality' projection of the heart, discovering how it functions and why it is so important to have a healthy circulatory system.
The day was the perfect end to our 'Animals, Including Humans' Science unit, and provided opportunities to use cutting-edge technology and resources.
Find the missing letter!
Class 5 have been exploring 'Lipograms'.  A Lipogram is a piece of writing where a letter of the alphabet is omitted.  By leaving out a letter, it forces the writer to be more creative with their vocabulary and sentence structures - often with quite humorous results.  Check out one group's version of 'Little Red Riding Hood'.  Can you work out which letter is missing?

One beautiful day, a little girl called Little Red Riding Hood went to meet her grandma, but on the way a wolf wanted to eat her.  However, the girl ran to the home that belonged to her grandma.  When Little Red Riding Hood took a proper look at her grandma, the girl noticed that grandma looked different.  Each ear looked furry and flea-filled.  Each eye looked huge and bulging.  The teeth were yellow, and each looked pointy and dirty.  Then the crazy wolf tried to devour Riding Hood, but the Woodcutter helped her and chopped the wolf up. They all lived happily ever after…except the wolf.

Learning to apply 'Colour Theory' in painting...
Following on from our learning about Blessed Oscar Romeo in RE, we have been designing 'El Salvadorian Crosses of Hope'.  The crosses, which have bold designs featuring nature and biblical characters,  have a striking and unique style.
In our lesson on 'colour theory', we discussed how we can mix the three primary colours of red, blue and green to make secondary and tertiary colours.  We particularly enjoyed mixing the paints to see what colour combinations we could come up with.  After half term, we will paint our crosses, using colours that we have mixed ourselves.  Look out for our bold creations around the school!
We have been learning how scientists classify living things.  It was fun to create our own classification tree, through we which we explored the similarities and differences that enable organisms to be sorted and organised.
NO PENS DAY - 2017
On Friday 6th October, we marked 'No Pens Day' with a variety of practical lessons, aimed at improving communication skills and confidence.
In maths, Year 6 explored Prime Numbers, through different games and challenges, all aimed at helping children to spot those positive integers with only two factors.  In English, we explored Ancient Greek epic poetry, analysing, reciting and acting-out an extract from Homer's 'Illiad'.  Later,  in art, we re-constructed some pottery, deciding what it can tell us about the lives of the Ancient Greeks.
The children enjoyed the alternative school day, and Mrs Archer was only caught using a pen twice - another great day in Class 5.
On Tuesday 3rd October, Class 5 attended a digital film-making workshop, aimed at documenting the 14-18-Now 'Poppies Wave' installation on Plymouth Hoe.  The artwork, which features thousands of ceramic poppies surrounding the Naval War Memorial, is currently touring the UK, marking the centenary of the First World War.
Children learned to plan a news report, and then, using industry-standard equipment, filmed their reports from Plymouth Hoe.
Striving for success
without hard work
is like trying to harvest
where you haven't
  • Mrs Archer

    Class 5 (Year 6) Teacher/ KS2 and Maths Leader