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St Thomas' CE Primary Academy

Term 5


Does your world view make you creative?


Expressing Beliefs through the Arts - Inc Christianity.

How do religious and non-religious people express their beliefs creatively?


Understand the importance of creativity as a way to express meaning, emotion and knowledge.

Identify different ways in which human beings communicate meaning.

Discuss the challenges of communication and the difficulties of communicating about ideas like God, hope, justice or truth.

Compare beliefs about creation and creativity in different religions.

Recognise the reasons why some religious people will depict God / key religious figures visually and other will not.

Children will explore examples of religious art and create their own piece.


Are stereotypes always negative?


Belonging to a community:

The children will learn 

About how resources are allocated and the effect this has on individuals, communities and the environment. 

The importance of protecting the environment and how everyday actions can either support or damage it and how to show compassion for animals and other living things and the environment.

About the way that money is spent and how it affects the environment


How does the cycle of life differ for all living things?

Living things and their habitats and animals including humans: To describe the differences in the life cycle of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.

Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. 



How can drawing become aspirational?


Drawing: Children will explore the artist E H Shepard and his illustrations, notably Winnie the Pooh and The Wind and the Willows. They will begin to draw in the style of this artist and then apply their understanding of this style to draw a Greek character.


In Art today we were exploring the scribbly pen technique used by E H Shepard. The children then produced their own line drawing while following a tutorial. Children were aware of their use of lines, shape and cross-hatch. Great work!


What is more important: teamwork or reaching the destination? 


Athletics: In this unit pupils learn the following athletic activities: running over longer distances, sprinting, relay, triple jump, shot put and javelin.


OAA: Children are encouraged to be inclusive of others, share ideas to create strategies and plans to produce the best solution to a challenge. Pupils learn to orientate and navigate using a map.



Family Action

It has been a wonderful opportunity for our class to work with Family Action over the last couple of weeks.

I have been proud of how the children know what the qualities of good communication are and can display these. Ask anyone in year 5 what these key aspects are!

We also discussed what makes a good friend, this resulted in children listing all key aspects they bring to their friendships. These included; kindness, respect, acceptance, patience, fun and many many more.

Also we have discussed how we are able to have different viewpoints and different perspectives and that this is healthy.

During these sessions the children have enjoyed games which have allowed them to use their communication skills to achieve the end result. Even more fun when it involves plant pots!


We had a fantastic time this afternoon playing Boccia.

It was really interesting learning about the history of Boccia in the paralympics, and how resilience and perseverance plays a huge role in sports.


Year 5 had a fantastic afternoon at our 'booknic'. It was a wonderful opportunity to spend time sharing our books with each other and enjoying listening to our friends reading. We are looking forward to our next event!


During PSHE this week we created a mind map on what the word 'environment' meant to us. We discussed and debated current events which affect our environment and how we can help and protect the world around us.