London open afternoon

Yesterday we finished our London topic in style. The children invited their parents in to school to show all of their learning.

Each group of children had made large-scale sculptures of different London landmarks and had to prepare a short presentation about each one. As well as this, the children were able to show their London websites by using the QR codes and iPads or by using the Chromebooks. Finally, there was the chance for parents to ask questions about the giant London skyline that the children had made.

The comments from the parents were very positive – they all said that the children knew a lot, had worked very hard and spoke clearly and politely. I am really proud of how well the children did and they should be proud of themselves as well. Thank you to all the parents who came in to see their children’s work – it was so busy and made for a lovely atmosphere.

The parents came at 2pm and stayed for one hour. Below is a time-lapse video of the afternoon made with the iPad app iMotion.

Year 5 open afternoon from St. Joseph’s Primary on Vimeo.

June 13, 2013

Patterns in nature

Today we started our new topic of Rainforests. We thought about some of the patterns that exist in the natural world and set about improving our sketching skills.

Below you can see some examples from the children who used iPads to draw. The apps they used were Brushes, Fingersketch and iPastels. What do you think?


London – Kew Gardens

Last summer I went to London with my mum, my brother Fin and my aunt Geraldine. We stayed in a hotel for 2 days near Kew gardens

It was really good and we got to see all around London as well as all around Kew.

I really enjoyed it at Kew there was lots to see and do I liked climbing the trees and seeing all the different plants and flowers.

They have really weird and strange flowers and cacti at Kew and things that don’t grow any where else in this country.

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This Picture was in the Princess Diana Memorial Hot House, They had some tanks with different tropical fish, and animals in as well.

They have a water tray outside the Hot House and There were Mud Puppies in it that I tried to catch. They are a bit like a small fish and a bit like newts.


We went for a walk in the tree canopy it is a big tall bridge that goes around the trees and you can see all around Kew and look at all the trees

This is another green house we are about 30 feet up and all these plants are really big like in a real rain forest.


In the Evening we walked around London seeing all the sites like Trafalgar square, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace

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This is a Guard along the way to the Palace

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The next day we went to the Natural History Museum, it is full of animals and things about the natural world, like plants and trees and how things have changed.

These are some of the things we saw

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This is an escalator that goes up into the earth, and then they have a shop set up so that you can feel a earth quake and everything moves and shakes around you

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I really enjoyed my trip to London and I want to go and stay again there is lots to do and see.

My favourite place I went to was Kew Garden because they had lots to do and you can run around and climb trees and see all the animals and birds, it was a lot better then the museum because all the animals were dead there apart from some ants that were giant leave cutting ants, they were really good and you could see them in their nest.

I liked St. James park and Hyde Park they were good to.


As part of our London topic, we have been looking at the London-based artist Stephen Wiltshire. He has created some amazing pieces of art that are easy to view on his website. He mainly creates very detailed sketches of city skylines.

We have been practising our own sketching skills: looking at the objects we are drawing; pressing lightly on the page; using a sharp pencil and taking our time. We now realise how talented and patient artists like Stephen Wiltshire are!

We have been improving our skills though – the photograph below is what we were trying to sketch. What do you think of our efforts?



Year 5 Harlem Shake – World Book Day

Yesterday, we were discussing music and how we listen to it today. Youtube was mentioned, which is how lots of us hear new songs. One thing that happens today is ‘going viral’, which means songs or videos get viewed by millions of people in a short space of time.

One recent example of this is the Harlem Shake. Football teams, armies, colleges and schools have now done their own versions, and yesterday we watched Davyhulme Primary School do theirs. Maria suggested recording one of our own for World Book Day – so here it is!

harlemshake from St. Joseph’s Primary on Vimeo.

To have my own blog


Mr connor

I think I should have my own blog because I am getting a laptop so I will be updating more and more stuff every day.Also I am very in to being a blog owner because I think this job is fit for me and it would be nice to see peoples comments and publish.If I do get the job I would be very proud to set it up. I think it would be good to show off my work to the whole wide world.

thank you for reading.



Today at school,we learned all about the 7/7 bombing.This was a tragic event that happened on the 7th July 2005.People took into London on their backs bombs and set them of in the underground and London buses.Their were four men that did this and did it for there beliefs.They strapped bombs to their backs and let them of so it killed them so they could go up to their God.They believed that their God would thank them.  Unfortunately, 52 people  died and 700 were injured.This is a prayer I wrote:

Dear Lord,

Please let them that sadly died rest in peace.Help their family to get over their mourning,Help them to stay strong and have hope.Please help them who were injured regain their courage. Also, help them who are suffering because of terrorist attacks today.


Great Fire of London: eyewitness accounts

On Friday we were refreshing our memories about the Great Fire of London – why, when, how and where it started, as well as exploring the reasons why it spread so quickly.

We worked in pairs to interview characters who were there on those fateful days in 1666. Some children wanted to be Samuel Pepys, others were Thomas Farriner, while there was some great role-playing and imagination from children who put themselves into the situation.

Can you guess who is who?