St Anthony Class

Victorian Bake Off

Fractions, percentages and decimal investigation

A visit from the Mayor

Great Victorian Bake Off

Diary of a Brilliant Kid

Top Secret Guide to Awesomeness


This term we have been reading Diary of a Brilliant Kid and completing tasks set in the book. It's helping to shape our mindsets more positively and think about what we can get out of the amazing lives we have!


"Life, the Universe and Awesomeness Diary of a Brilliant Kid is the "tweenager's" atlas for navigating life. This interactive collection of stories, quotes, theories and yes, science, guides you through the difficult years between ages 8 and 12 to help you make sense of yourself and the world around you. Everything is changing! And that's okay! It's actually more than okay -- it's exciting. These changes are the opening salvo of your gradual transition into "grownup," and it's the perfect time to define who you are, how you think and how you choose to face the world. Is it a lot? Yes. But this book can help you sort things out and come out the other side shining. The journal format gives away the plot; Spoiler Alert: the Brilliant Kid is you. No matter how you feel, no matter what's happening in your head right now, you are not broken. You are a unique collection of talents and dreams and wants and surprises, and you have an entire lifetime ahead of you -- aren't you curious to discover just how awesome life can be? This book takes you inside your own head, out into the world and everywhere your dreams may take you. Learn how to make the kinds of choices that make you feel alive Conquer the three R's of happiness: relationships, relationships and relationships Get a handle on today, tomorrow and what comes next Bounce back from the tough stuff, and discover the seven words that will change your life There's a lot to learn, but one lesson is clear: never be afraid to shine. Stand up, stand out and be spectacular -- whatever that means to you. Diary of a Brilliant Kid gives you the map and compass so you can start your own journey today."

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to a brand new year and a brand new term. We are looking forward to lots of exciting opportunities that this term will bring us. Over the next few months we have Victorian Day coming up, Swimming lessons, Southend United Move and Learn lessons and Southend High School for Boys coming in for some exciting Computing lessons.

I look forward to sharing our wonderful opportunities and experiences with you all over the coming weeks 


Miss Rusz 

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas

As part of our RE topic, we rewrote the Nativity story to the tune of Jingle Bells. We really hope you like them as we spent a lot of time writing, practising and performing them.

Please see the video resource centre on the website for the rest of the videos

The Nativity story

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Holly, Isabelle, Tinaye and Amelie
(to the tune of jingle bells)

The Nativity

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We wrote our own versions of the nativity story to the tune of jingle bells.
Here is Declan and Freddie's version

Active maths- Using different operations to make target weights

Children in Need- Be yourself

Active Maths- Measurement- 27.11



As part of our current topic 'Measures' we went onto the playground and split into groups. Using a trundlewheel we were able to measure how far each person was able to throw a beanbag across the playground. Then, we converted our distances (which were originally in metres) to their cm, mm and km equivalents. 

Great Brazilian Bake Off

Pointilism Art (Spots for Children in Need)

Painting Poppies for Remembrance Day

Maths- 02.11.2018


This week, we have been learning how to multiply using the column method. Some of you still found this a bit tricky- if you get a bit stuck, please use the resources at the bottom of the page such as the web links and my maths to help you. There is always really good tutorials that you can find on youtube that take you through step by step. If you have any further problems, come and see us on Monday morning :) 


Mental Health Awareness Day- 10.10.2018


Today we explored why it is so important to be both physically fit but also mentally fit. We looked at small feelings and big feelings and what to do if we feel this way for a long time. The most important thing that we learnt from today is to talk to somebody; a problem shared is a problem halved.

We then thought about ways to relieve stress by doing some of our favourite things, breathing exercises and exercising in general. In the afternoon, we wrote our worries on a worry tree to help clear our minds and we made stress balls to squeeze when we are feeling annoyed or worried.

(apologies if any of these popped- they might need an extra balloon around them to keep them more secure)

Mental Health Awareness Day- 10.10.2018

Homework Help- 05.10.18


Fronted Adverbials:


What are Fronted Adverbials?

Fronted adverbials, put simply, are the words or phrases at the beginning of the sentence to describe the action that follows;

As soon as she could, Tracey ran out to play. (time)

Occasionally, Mum would allow us to select a sweet in the shop. (frequency)

In the distance, he could see the train coming. (place)

As fast as he could, Jack ran home from school. (manner)

Completely exhausted, Holly clambered out of the pool. (degree)


Addition and subtraction:

Lily-Grace's Rocket Experiment

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Explosive Homework


Well done to Lily-Grace who demonstrated her exploding rocket to the class and explained the science behind it all. Here is a video of it taking off!

Space Composition


In ukulele lessons this week, we composed our own songs to the tune of Frere Jacques using the C Chord. We changed the lyrics and made them space themed!

Xavier, Lily-Grace, Isabelle, Morten & Joseph

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Ruby, Alex, Regan & Emily

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Lyric, Phoebe, Oliver & Nadia

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James, Sian, Amelie & Monty

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Holly, Marley, Lexi, Richard & Jacob

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Eden, Lily, Freddie & Faith

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Declan, Eliana, Lucy & Charlie

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Eden, Lily and Regan's Tim Peake Interview


Wow, what a fantastic video with some really exciting facts and fabulous acting skills. Congratulations on your hard work girls.

The video has been uploaded to youtube but has been made private so that only people with the link may view it.

Active Maths- 02.10.18


This week, we have been focusing on addition by using the column method. We have enjoyed it so much and have even taken our maths lessons outside to make them even more fun.


We have come to our final lesson in P.E looking at bridges. We have worked hard on a variety of sequences, looking at wide and narrow bridges, using our partners and creating front and back bridges. We have worked hard to keep in time to music and keep in sync with our partners, showing a clear start and end. And have thought about a variety of ways of travelling to link our moves together, such as rolling and jumping.



In gymnastics, we have been looking at bridges and we are starting to create our own sequences. We are learning to use our core to help us balance and we are thinking about gymnast's pointy toes and hands.


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Peter Thorpe Artwork


We have been using abstract artist Peter Thorpe as our inspiration for our space themed artwork. We used a variety of techniques using oil pastels for our rockets and finding light and shadow and then using paints and glitter to create the background. All this work links in with our Science topic, Earth and Space.

Here are some examples of our 'out of this world' artwork!

Joseph and Lily-Grace Tim Peake Interview

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Lily Grace and Joseph have disguised themselves as GMB's Ben Shepherd and Tim Peake for an interesting interview about his journey into space.
Well done for the great sound effects and props!

You are all capable of amazing things


Number and Place Value

Similes, metaphors and personification

Online Maths Glossaries

Year 5 Tricky Word List

Autumn Term 1 Space, Maps and Rivers Takeaway Homework

Homework in year 5


I like to think of 'home work' more as home practice- practising and cementing the skills that each child is learning in class as well as learning new things. 

Each week you will have a set spelling pattern to learn with some tricky words, the spelling sheet that you receive will explain the rule and give you some examples of how you can practise your spellings. We will complete our spelling test each Friday. 

In addition to spellings, you will receive a piece of maths homework. It is expected that everyone should be able to complete this sheet and there is additional challenges for those who want to go the extra mile and give it a go! 

English work will be alternated, it may consist of comprehension, spag or a short writing piece but this will be explained each week. 

Finally, each half term you will receive a 'Takeaway Homework' sheet. This type of homework is more creative. Some examples: create a powerpoint or video, design a poster, make a recipe, create a game or write a song/poem. This homework will be based around geography, history or science work.

All homework will go home in a purple folder by the end of the week and it is expected that homework should be returned completed back to school the following Wednesday. 

If you are having any problems completing homework then please let myself or Mrs Ellegard know before Wednesday and we will always make time to help you. Alternatively, I will always try to pop some handy hints on this page each week, but remember you could use mymaths, espresso or even youtube (it's often filled with handy video tutorials). 

What will I be learning this Autumn?

Summer Holidays 2018


I hope you are all enjoying your holidays; spending time with your family, enjoying the sunshine, going on trips, relaxing and perhaps going away. Perhaps you would like to bring in postcards, souvenirs or pictures of anything that you have got up to and would like to celebrate in the first few days of term- I look forward to hearing all about it!

Enjoy the last few weeks of the summer holidays and I can't wait to see what this next year brings :)


Miss Rusz