St Anthony Class

Parent Information Session

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




Similes, metaphors and personification

Number and Place Value

Online Maths Glossaries





Year 5 Tricky Word List

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). 

Autumn Term- What I will be learning

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 

St Anthony Class 2018-2019

World Cup t-shirts

World Cup Fever


World cup fever has certainly struck us all in year 5! Our World Cup teams have been drawn, we've learnt about our countries and we have started designing our own t-shirts to represent our adopted countries. 
Some children decided to present their research on posters, powerpoint or video. We hope you learn something new :) 



Ewan's Research on Switzerland

World Cup Fever

Half Term- 25.05.18


Wow, another half term is over! We've packed so much into such little time such as Kalma Kids, St George's Day and having Southend United in, as well as learning all about writing instructions, Ancient Greece and much more! It's been a very busy half term so I think we can all agree that you need to take a well earned rest over the break. 

There is no homework over half term (except to learn your assembly words and parts- the song is below). If you want to get ahead of yourself and complete some takeaway homework or revisit something you found tricky this term then please do. Use all the available resources on here but also on espresso and mymaths! Most of all, relax. Enjoy watching films, catching up with family and friends, going holiday and relaxing in the sunshine. I look forward to hearing all about your half term when I return from Kingswood, as we go into our final half term as a class of year 5! 


Miss Rusz 



Ramadan Moon - Yusuf Islam, Friends & Children - Official Lyric Video

Assembly song

Homework- 18.05.18


This week we have looked at multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000 and have also looked at the formal written method for multiplication. 
In addition to the maths homework, there will be a Comprehension and a Spelling sheet to complete.

I have attached some examples of the methods for the maths homework- just in case you forget over the weekend! Enjoy the sunshine!


Miss Rusz

Homework- 11.05.18


You will find a copy of the maths homework below. Please don't forget to use our fabulous mymaths subscription to reinforce what you have learnt or as a little reminder if you are stuck. I have set some tasks online that are relevant to this week's learning to help. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are finding anything tricky but try and have a go first!


Maddie's tantalising tzatziki


Maddie made a mouthwatering dip called tzatziki for her homework, which we dipped pitta bread in. Thank you for your hard work Maddie!


Grace's Great Greek Holiday Biscuits


Thank you to Grace for making her scrummy biscuits that we all enjoyed! 



- 1 1/1 cups butter (softened)

- 1 1/4 cups sugar

-4 eggs

- 2 tablespoons orange juice

-3 teaspoons vanilla extract

- 5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder



1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add 2 eggs; beat well. Beat in the orange juice and vanilla.

2. combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add this to the creamed mixture.

3. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

4. Roll dough into 3cm balls. Shape each into a 15cm rope; fold in half and twist twice.

5. Place 5cm apart on ungreased baking sheets.

6. In a small bowl, beat the remaining eggs; brush over the dough.

7. Bake at 170 degrees C for 7-12 mins or until edges are golden brown.

8. Remove to wire racks.


This should make approx 25 biscuits.


Adele's amazing chickpea salad


Thank you to Adele who has brought in her delicious Greek salad for us all to sample. It tasted really yummy!



- 1 1/2 cup of sweet potatoes chopped into small cubes

- 2 tablespoons olive oil

-One 15 ounce can of chickpeas

- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley

- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

- Salt

-Freshly ground pepper



- Preheat oven at 400 degrees C

- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into small cubes

- Place them in a bowl and mix with 2 teaspoons olive oil

- Roast them for 20 mins

- In the meantime, make the dressing by mixing in the rest of the olive oil and the lemon juice.

- When the potatoes are ready, set aside to cool.

-In a serving bowl, mix gently the chickpeas with sweet potatoes, pine nuts, parsely and the dressing.

- sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving


Grammar Songs


This week, we have been learning about the difference between different tenses. On Wednesday we looked at the Past Simple tense and the Past Progressive. I have put the songs we enjoyed to help us remember which is which below. Happy singing! 

Don’t forget, if you are stuck when doing your homework at the weekend, the internet and YouTube is full of handy tips and tutorials! 

Sing with Grammarsaurus - The Past Simple Tense (Regular and Irregular Verbs)

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Sing with Grammarsaurus - The Past and Present Progressive Tenses

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Kalma Kids- 24.04.18

Greek Grub by Samuel


Samuel made a delicious Greek salad and an aubergine an rice traditional dish from Greece. We all shared the yummy food and really enjoyed it. Samuel explained that he has relatives from Greece who helped him make the food. Well done Samuel!


Summer Term Homework


This term's homework will be a slightly different format to the rest of the year. I love seeing the creative passion in the class and feel like the opportunity do something different is valuable to the children's learning. Over the Summer Term, I have asked the children to complete 5 of the takeaway homework activities- they must choose at least one hot or extra hot challenge. I would like to remind you that the creative homework is not just arty or design based but also gives the children opportunity to write creatively too. These activities can be handed in over any point during the term. 

In addition to the takeaway homework, children will receive a spellings, maths and either a comprehension or a spag sheet to be handed in the following Wednesday. Please do stay in contact with us if your child is finding the homework difficult, as we do encourage them to see us for help.  Please continue reading a variety of different genres with your child, this may be their reading book but they may also be interested in reading newspapers, magazines. This is valuable for the children to experience reading in different contexts.


I look forward to seeing all the wonderful creations :)


Miss Rusz 


Summer Term Takeaway Homework

Happy Easter


We've had a fantastic term and worked extremely hard in all areas. We've created Victorian artwork, news reports, been to Wat Tyler Park, some of us have represented the school in sports activities or at choir and many more fun activities that you can see on the web page- you all deserve a well needed rest!

I will upload takeaway homework for the next topic if any of you are keen to make a head start but for everyone else...

spend time catching up with friends and family whether that's snuggling up on the sofa, playing a game or heading out on day trips, enjoy plenty of Easter Eggs and most of all relax and rest! We look forward to hearing all about the wonderful things you have got up to :) 


From all the staff in Year 5 we wish you all a very happy and holy Easter

Today is Maundy Thursday, which marks the celebration of the Last Supper. Jesus met with his disciples to celebrate the Passover meal, so we discussed the meaning behind Passover, the symbolism of foods and tried out the unleavened bread.

Tea Warmer Investigation- 29.03.18


As part of our takeaway homework this term, we had the option to make a tea cosy for Miss Rusz, as she says her tea always goes cold in the morning when she forgets about it whilst doing lots of jobs. We've had knitted insulators, insulators made out of various insulators and they've been decorated beautifully! 

To ensure it was a fair test, we measured the starting temperature of the warm water and then the temperature after 5 mins and 10 mins and then calculated the difference. Whoever had the smallest difference in temperature won! We used thermometers and had to measure the water at the same time to ensure a fair test. Everybody did an amazing job but we discovered that the warmers which covered the top of the mugs kept the most heat in. Congratulations to Murphy and Adam, whose tea warmers both decreased by an incredible 6° and well done to everybody else who had a go. 

'Tea Warmer' Homework Investigation- 29.03.18

News Reports


This term we have been looking at Victorians and have specifically read Oliver Twist during our English lessons. We had written a newspaper about the shocking death of Nancy Sikes and then we have changed this into a news report. We planned our report and looked at script writing, we learnt we had to be clear and concise in our reports in order to engage people who watch the news.

We filmed our news reports and used green screens so we could look as though we were at 'Victorian London Bridge' or outside police stations. Then, we transferred the footage into imovie where we edited using music, titles, themes and filters to get the desired effect. We are so proud of our videos as we have put lots of effort into them. We hope you enjoy watching them!


(There has been a couple of technical hitches with some of the videos, meaning they haven't been able to be uploaded- this will be sorted as soon as we return from Easter)

Charlotte, Adele, Chantelle, Poppy & Orla

Breaking News: Yikes! Sikes found murdered by husband

Adam, Frankie, Liam & Oliver's News Report

Breaking News: Tragedy on London Bridge

Grace, Florence, Alice & Ella's News Report

Breaking news: Nancy Sikes has been murdered!

Michael, Murphy, Oliver and Samuel's News Report

'Monkeying around'

Victorian Baking


Orla has made a Victorian sponge cake for us all to enjoy. We have had an extremely busy day but the cake is safely waiting in the fridge for us to eat on Monday.


Did you know that the Victorian Sponge was named after Queen Victoria herself?


Snow Days at Home

Wat Tyler Park- 07.03.18


Today we visited Wat Tyler Park, in Basildon, as part of our Rivers and Mapwork topic covered last term. In the morning, we split into groups and learnt about the features of rivers then, we were given the opportunity to make our own rivers using water and sand. Did you know that no river in the world is the same? None of our rivers looked the same either! We then used marbles and wooden blocks to act as barriers (which represented land and rocks) and these formed completely different rivers. We tried to create deltas, meanders, waterfalls, bowls and many more features.

After this, we went on an adventure! We had to follow a path through swamps, past poisonous snakes, past poison land (salt marshes) until we reached the river mouth. Here we discovered erosion happening and sketched what we saw. At this place, we saw a shipwreck, which was once a light boat. 

After lunch, we went orienteering. We learnt how to use compasses. First you must line up the bearings to the walking line using the dial. Then, you must rotate the whole compass so the north hand is lined up with N on the dial. Then you walk in the direction of the walking line. We split off into groups and had to solve clues around the park using compass directions- we had to get them correct before we got the next clue. 

We had a brilliant day! 

Thank you to all the parent helpers that came!

Homework 1.3.18


Unfortunately I cannot upload copies of the comprehension onto the website but as usual, the work will be sent home in the homework folders. You will find that there are a mix of questions in the maths homework this week, we have covered multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000, multiplied and divided decimals mentally, looked at decimal and fraction problems on calculators and solved problems and puzzles. As usual, see an adult if you are not sure of how to answer anything or look on the lesson page on mymaths for addition support

Here are some examples of pages you can visit:

Miss Rusz

Snow Day- 28.2.18


I hope you all have a wonderful day playing in the snow, keep safe, build lots of snow men and enjoy warming yourself up with plenty of hot chocolates! When we come back to school it would be fabulous to see pictures of your snowmen and snow creations. Perhaps you can even measure how much snow is in your garden and we can compare. I measured 17cm this morning! 




Miss Rusz x

Snow Day- 27.02.18

The Great Victorian Bake Off

Percentages of amounts

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Aidan and Oliver B have been demonstrating how to find a percentage of an amount.
22% of 50.
1. First you must find 10% of 50. To do this= 50 ÷ 10= 5
2. To find 20% = 5 x 2= 10
3. To find 1% take your answer of 5 which came from finding 10%. 5 ÷ 10 = 0.5
4. To get 2% you must take your 1% and multiply that by 2. 0.5 x 2= 1
5. 1 + 10= 11

Fractions of amounts

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Maddie and Michael have been showing us how to find a fraction of an amount.
1. First you divide the number by the denominator, in this case it's 4. 36 ÷ 4 = 9
2. You must multiply your answer by the numerator, which is 3. 9 x 3= 27

Fractions, decimals and percentages investigation with skittles

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We have been studying fractions and how to convert them into decimals and fractions. This has proved a little bit tricky when the fractions have a denominator which isn't 100. We have learnt that you must multiply the denominator to make it 100 and then whatever we do to the denominator you must then do to the numerator. We've finally got it- what a sweet feeling!

Sister Suffragette - Walt Disney's Mary Poppins

From the 1964 Walt Disney classic Mary Poppins, Mrs. Winifred Banks (Glynis Johns) protest song for Women's voting rights!

"Deeds not words" - Celebrating 100 Years since women got the vote


Today marks the 100 year anniversary since women were given the vote (albeit they had to be 30 years of age)! We learnt about the struggles of the Suffragettes, through protests, hunger strikes and arrests. Everybody decided that it wasn't fair that it took so long for women to be given a voice, and tested this out when Miss Rusz wouldn't let any of the girls share their opinions. Lots of the girls felt the injustice and were deeply shocked and saddened that they weren't allowed to talk about their favourite food or their favourite book. 
On Victorian Day, Poppy dressed up as a Suffragette (as the National Union of Suffragette Society was founded in 1897 by Millicent Fawcett) and she spoke to us about information she had researched. Together, we discussed the roles of Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison and how what they, with thousands of supporters, have done for women today and how important it is to have their voices heard.

Artist of the Month Alert!!!!


Well done to Dan, for his attention to detail when using watercolours for his grand Victorian House painting. 
More pictures from the rest of the class coming soon!

Weekly Homework Task (01.02.18) due in 07.02.18

In year 5 we are tackling sedentary lessons, as being active increases well-being, helps academic success and most of all, increases fun!

Multiplying whole numbers by fractions

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We've been focusing on fractions in recent weeks. Today we learnt how to multiply fractions and some of us even investigated how to multiply whole numbers by fractions. Here is Aidan and Oliver S explaining the steps to take:

We've been lucky enough to have coaches from Southend United's Programme 'Move and Learn' in our class. We have been learning all about keeping fit and healthy and have been learning how to play hockey. We've already improved so much in 3 weeks- 25.01.17

Happy Burn's night to all our Scottish relatives and friends! We enjoyed learning a 'wee' amount of Scottish words today and most of us tried some 'tatties' and hagis... mmmmmm!!!!

25.01.18- Weekly homework (to be handed in 31.01.18)- don't forget to let us know if you need additional support completing your homework this week! Miss Rusz :)

19.01.18- Weekly Homework task (to be completed by 24.01.18)

Anyone order a Brazilian Takeaway?

Last Half Term, we really enjoyed learning about Brazil. As part of our homework, we chose to become Brazilian chefs for the day and brought in our delicious recipes for the class to sample. 

Thank you for your continued support, whether it's in the kitchen, getting creative or at the supermarket getting supplies.

Krazy Kurling as part of disability awareness month (11.17)

Out of this world homework (10.17)

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