St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Wetherby

Welcome to Year 5!

Please take a look at our Long term plan to see what Year 5 will be learning this year.

Miss Waite

Miss Waite

Class Teacher


Mrs Frost

Mrs Frost

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)


Dr Prestwich

Dr Prestwich

Teaching Assistant


Year 5 Curriculum Newsletters

Find out what we are learning about by reading our half termly newsletters:

Year 5 Newsletter Autumn 1

Year 5 Newsletter Autumn 2

Year 5 Newsletter Spring 1

Welcome back to school, ready to start our Spring term. I hope you have all had a very happy and holy Christmas break!

As always, do not hesitate to contact me to arrange a meeting if anything should arise.

Many thanks,

Miss Waite

Year 5 Worship

Year 5 Worship


Academic Year 2017/2018

Welcome back to school! I hope you’ve all had a restful and wonderful summer holiday and are raring to go for a fantastic year in Year 5. I am extremely excited to have you as my first ever class, and cannot wait to get to know you all better – we are going to have so much fun this year!

Keep an eye out for all the exciting things we do together, as they will soon pop up on this webpage!

School Trips, Visits and Workshops

It is extremely important to have exciting and engaging experiences to enrich and enhance children’s learning. Therefore, I have planned many trips, visits and workshops in line with the Year 5 curriculum. Please see the school calendar for full details. Here are a few of the opportunities that have been arranged so far for this academic year:

  • Author Visit: Tom Palmer 
  • Topic: Ancient Greek workshop with OneDay 
  • English: Shakespeare Theatre Production of Macbeth
  • History trip: Yorkshire Museum
  • Cinema trip: Beauty and the Beast

Y5&6 Compulsory Spelling List

Please encourage your children to practise these compulsory Year 5 and 6 spellings, these are essential and should be practised alongside spellings set on Spellodrome.

Compulsory Spelling List – Y5&6














Autumn Term 2 2017

Year 5 had a fantastic start to Year 5 in Autumn 1, and I am extremely excited for this half term. We have got so much planned, including a trip to the Yorkshire Museum and a trip to the cinema! With the lead up to Christmas during this half term too, I can’t wait to get into the festive spirit with the children. I have many exciting things planned for this too!

Our ‘HOLLYWOOD’ theme was enjoyed thoroughly by all last half term. Children loved the anticipation of who might receive the Oscar, and through winning the Oscar and performing a ‘Thank you’ speech, I can tell all children are blossoming and developing in confidence, which is fantastic! We have a wonderful selection of pictures and selfies with the Oscar which look fantastic!

Keep an eye out for all of the fantastic things we get up to this half term!



Take a look at our Prayer Station in Year 5.

This half term, our R.E topic is ‘The Ten Commandments’. We are going to be making lots more use of our prayer garden this half term, and the children are going to help me with ways to use the prayer garden most effectively. We are going to begin this topic by exploring what the Ten Commandments mean to us, what life would be like without rules, and how the Ten Commandments are still relevant today.

Our first lesson of this topic was spent exploring why we need/have rules, what life would be like without rules and we also considered how we could make links to our previous topic (Gifts from God). Children used dictionaries and thesauruses to ‘up level’ their vocabulary to describe what life would be like without rules. Some fantastic words that children found were: “insane”, “unpredictable”, “bleak” and “sinful”. Year 5 enjoyed writing all of their ideas down on a shared pieces of paper with big coloured pens. We then explored this contrast between life with rules and life without rules through artwork.

Year 5 led their second whole KS2 Collective Worship this week. Their focus was the story of The Fall, which linked perfectly to our topic in RE just before we broke up for half term. Year 5 are really developing such confidence in delivering Collective Worship, whether it be in class, or in the school hall. Well done girls!


Our focus this half term is going to focus on the wonderful Shakespeare play ‘Macbeth’. Year 5 were extremely lucky to feature in this performance, becoming characters and bring the setting to life. It was so engaging and exciting that I feel it will be a brilliant experience to link with our writing.

We are going to begin this half term looking at newspaper reports. We will explore the features of a newspaper report and have a go at writing our own headlines, straplines and captions for pictures, among many other things. Year 5 will then have the opportunity to choose an event from Macbeth and write a newspaper report to document it. We are going to be using lots of role play and drama to really understand how the characters might have felt. We are also going to explore the purpose for the newspaper report, considering who our audience will be, and in what style we need to write in.

Reading Buddies with Year 1

This half term, myself and Miss Mac (Y1 Class Teacher) have decided to set up a Reading Buddy initiative between both classes. We have paired one child from Y1 with a child from Y5. The hope of this is to boost enjoyment and confidence in reading, within all children. Hopefully, Year 5 will begin to see themselves as role models for the younger children and will see just how skilled they already are in reading. Our first session was extremely successful, therefore Miss Mac and I hope to continue this throughout Autumn 2.

Year 5’s Reading Corner

We are extremely lucky to have £300 to spend on revamping our reading corner in the classroom. Year 5 were extremely excited about this, because they already love using our reading corner, so to improve it and revamp it is very exciting indeed! As a class, we have been trying to decide on a theme. The children came up with so many ideas, here are a few: underwater, beach, Around the World, and Elvis Presley (thanks Thomas M)! We clearly could not decide, so I asked the children to present their ideas to myself, Mrs Frost and the rest of the class, where we would then take a vote on which theme we liked the best – democracy as its best! We had some fantastic presentations, with an incredible amount of thought put into how to make the reading corner inspiring, peaceful, challenging and encouraging of reading. We have, finally, come to a decision – and our theme is going to be camouflage and the outdoors, with a twist of video gaming.



This half term, Year 5 are continuing on developing skills in written methods for all calculations. We are then going to be moving on to fractions – my favourite! I can’t wait to share the different songs, rhymes and representations to explore fractions. Keep an eye out for pictures!


Our topic for Science this half term is Materials – Reversible and Irreversible Changes! Think ice – melting (reversible) and toast – burning (irreversible). Year 5 absolutely loved our Earth & Space topic, as did I, and we are sad that we are moving on. However, our new topic is so much more hands on and we are going to be developing so many scientific skills, such as investigating, evaluating, recording results, and drawing conclusions and comparisons.


“For the courageous, nothing is unattainable.” – Alexander the Great.

Our topic for the whole term is Ancient Greece! We already know that Year 5 had an abundance of knowledge on this topic, from Gods and Goddesses to myths and legends, and they certainly put me to the test. We are continuing with this topic and are going to be exploring the geographical features of Greece, compared to the UK. We are going to be using tricky language, e.g. hemisphere, langitude, longitude, and are also going to be delving into more of the history of Ancient Greece, e.g. the Olympics!

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the Yorkshire Museum in York. We had a fantastic day. The workshop took us back in time, 5000 years ago, we explored city-states, Gods and Goddesses, myths and legends, and the Olympics! Here are some pictures from the fantastic day we had.


At St Joseph’s, we are always striving to make cross-curricular links across all subjects. Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed using art to portray the contrasts between life with rules and life without rules, the first exploration we made into our topic in RE. (See the RE section for more detail on this). I provided a few examples of pieces of art that showed contrast and we discussed how different pieces of artwork can show contrast, e.g. through use of colour (bright vs dark colours), through the use of the layout on the page, and through the use of differing backgrounds and foregrounds. Year 5 then used their ideas in RE to create their own pieces of art, through paints and materials to create collage effects. If you would like to see their finished pieces, along with some thought bubbles that link their artwork to RE, please pop into our classroom where they are displayed on a washing line.




This half term Year 5 are exploring their skills in football. Their first lesson began by learning how to pass then ball accurately to another person, which is actually quite tricky if you’re not a football fanatic! Luckily, I’d say about 3/4 of the class are all avid footballers – which is fantastic! Have a look at some pictures from their PE lesson this week…


Year 5 are very lucky to be working with Mrs Waterhouse who runs the Computing sessions with all of KS2. I am going to be joining in with some of our Computing sessions (when I have popped in previously, the activities they do look TRICKY!) I know Year 5 are going to be challenging me!


This half term, our focus will continue to be African drumming. Year 5 are really developing their skills in rhythms and beats, which is actually a lot trickier than it looks.

To begin this half term, we were very lucky to have a music teacher share with us a brass instrument, the trumpet. Every single child had a go at ‘blowing a raspberry’ (the technique for making a sound when playing a trumpet), and even had a go at making sounds with the mouth pieces of the trumpets – we all found this quite tricky, and also rather hilarious at times. We listened to a wonderful range of songs played on the trumpet, such as Jurassic World, Star Wars, the F1 theme tune (requested by Otis, of course), and my favourite.. the Bare Necessities from the Jungle Book! We even had a go at playing the Star Wars theme tune on the mouth pieces, and some were lucky enough to have a go at playing the trumpet. Year 5 are a very talented bunch, and with some children already taking music lessons (some even learning the trumpet), I think many are now interested in starting up music lessons. How exciting!




The children have begun the year with French every Tuesday afternoon, and the French teacher who we are lucky to have every week is very impressed with Year 5.

We have also been in touch with Mrs Avison-Wood who runs the Twinning programme between Wetherby and Privas in France. I am currently arranging a time for Mrs Avison-Wood to come and meet the class and the French teacher so that we can think about how to continue our partnership with the school in Privas.

Autumn Term 1 2017

Well, what a wonderful first few days we have had! We have spent lots of time getting to know each other, and getting used to our new classroom. I am very excited about our theme which is ‘HOLLYWOOD’. At the end of each day, one child will be chosen to win the Oscar award, which they will take home for the night and place on their desk for the whole of the next day. ‘Class Oscars’ will also be awarded at the end of the day if Year 5 have followed the class rules that we agreed on during the first day back! Take a look at Year 5’s ‘Golden Time’ display.


Take a look at our Prayer Station in Year 5.

This half term, our R.E topic is ‘Gifts from God’. We have already explored the meaning of the Creation Story, and have made links with the nature that surrounds us. Year 5 enjoyed using the Prayer Garden for our first R.E lesson.

Throughout this half term we have explored many stories from the Genesis book of the bible, some of these include “The Beginning” (Creation story) and “The Fall” (or otherwise known as the story of Adam and Eve). Year 5 really enjoyed the in depth discussions  around these stories, discussing the themes, e.g. hope, trust and love, and what these stories mean for us. We have used a range of techniques in class to explore these stories, such as: role play, mind mapping of ideas, performing, grouping of characters, and hot seating where we have asked specific characters questions. Year 5 have also been using their writing skills in RE to produce some fantastic work about these stories, and have linked the stories with terms like ‘co-creator’, ‘de-creator’ and ‘steward of creation’. I have really enjoyed this half term’s topic in RE.



Take a look at Year 5’s new Reading Corner. Hopefully this space will enable the children to have a peaceful, calm and relaxing place to enjoy reading. Our first class novel that we are reading together is called ‘The Wolf Wilder’ by Katherine Rundell. This is one of my favourite children’s books, so I hope the children enjoy it as much as I do!

Author Visit – Tom Palmer

Year 5 were extremely lucky to be visited by a very popular author, Tom Palmer, on our second day of the school year! Tom talked to us about the books he has written, and we had the opportunity to ask lots of questions. We looked at lots of historical artifacts as many of Tom’s books are based on periods of History, such as the Vikings or the Romans. He also shared with us his writing process, which is very similar to the one we use in school. We worked on a class story together, which we are going to use to write our own. We were all very much inspired by his visit. Thank you Tom!


Our English focus this half term is myths and legends, and we certainly started the topic with a bang! Year 5 LOVED getting into the role of Hercules, learning the myth ‘Hercules and the 12 labours’ and have in turn, produced some fantastic writing…and this is only during week 2! I can’t wait to see what we can do together!

Here is a picture of our English working wall for our first week on this topic. It shows the process we took to writing a description of the Nemean lion battle (Hercules’ first labour).

Young Shakespeare Theatre Company Visit to School

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed the brilliant performance of the famous ‘Macbeth’ in school. The children were completely engrossed as the dramatic events of the story unfolded. The children acted out some characters themselves and actually became the setting of the Great Birnam woods through actions and making sound effects – this had a fantastic impact! With the Shakespearean language being quite tricky to follow, the actors and actresses from the Young Shakespeare Company were fantastic at explaining the key events in the story, and exploring the meaning of the language. The children were so gripped by this story, that we are going to use Macbeth as a stimulus next half term in our writing.


This half term, Year 5 will be working very hard on their place value skills. Over the coming weeks, the children will become secure and confident in multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000 and beyond. They have already proved to be extremely successful in reading and writing numbers up to 1,000,000, and finding the value of the digit in a number. We will also be investigating the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and exploring the written methods for these, our place value knowledge will come in extremely handy here! To help the children develop a secure understanding of these, lots of fun hands on activities, incorporating problem solving will be incorporated. This will enable the children to develop their reasoning, fluency and problem solving skills, the essentials of a successful mathematician! Keep an eye out for pictures of these fun activities!


Our topic for Science this half term is Earth and Space! Our first Science lesson together involved a range of fruits to represent the planets. This enabled the children to see the difference in sizes, for example, Mercury was represented by a blueberry, the Earth a tomato, and Jupiter a melon. Of course, Year 5 enjoyed eating all of these fruits afterwards. This half term will see Year 5 exploring fun facts about the planets, the orbits that different planets take, the phases of the Moon, and much more… Hopefully, by October half term, Year 5 will be able to explain why we have seasons, why we have day and night, and will be able to tell you some fun facts about the different planets! Watch this space…

What a fantastic first few weeks we have had in Science. The whole school were extremely lucky to have a visitor in for the full day with a Star Dome (planetarium), along with a presentation all about the different constellations in the sky (there are patterns that the stars make). We also explored the different kinds of planets, and discussed the different orbit pathways – a perfect start to our exciting Science topic! I have included some pictures below; the Star Dome required complete darkness in order to see the stars so we were lucky to get the pictures we did.

The Star Dome visit led perfectly into our first activity in Science – making orbit pathway models. Year 5 absolutely loved this, and it was a really easy and clear way to see the orbit pathways. We learnt that the Earth orbits the Sun, and the Moon orbits the Earth. We used paper plates, card, and split pins to create the model.

The final outcome really does look amazing on our washing line in the classroom, it brightens it up, whilst also reminding us of the Sun, Earth and Moon’s orbit pathways. Take a look at the finished products!

Taking our scientific brains outside of the classroom..

During one lunch time, Year 5 were extremely excited and giddy and were so eager for me to come outside on to the playground to look up to the sky. They were fascinated about the appearance of the Sun, and urged me to take pictures so we could document the moment. After a little bit of research, we discovered that the reason the Sun was so bright and orange, and the sky so grey, was because of the aftermath of Storm Ophelia. This topic really has been so interesting and fascinating, and it is so lovely to see the children become so excited about something outside the classroom that is linked to their learning.

Science Project – To research the solar system.

Year 5 proved to me this half term just how much they love a challenge! I set them a two week project to research the solar system and create a fact file, and WOW – they all amazed me! They were so good, in fact, that the children presented their fact file to the rest of the class, some children are still yet to present and I have promised them and assured them we will finish this after the half term break. Here are some pictures of some children with their fantastic fact files.


“For the courageous, nothing is unattainable.” – Alexander the Great.

Our topic for the whole term is Ancient Greece! Year 5 began by exploring what they already knew, and gosh…they certainly put me to the test! They already have a fountain of knowledge; from Gods and Goddesses, to philosophers and inventors. I am definitely excited to see where this topic will take us.

Our first lesson involved locating and identifying countries and cities on a map, using an atlas. Year 5 absolutely loved this activity, they really enjoyed using the atlases and globes. I was extremely impressed with how quickly all of the children managed to find so many countries – we definitely have some great geographers in Year 5.

Year 5 will explore the history of Ancient Greece over the next few weeks, incorporating the use of ICT to help us. We will explore Ancient Greek’s beliefs and values and how these differ to ours, the different Gods and Goddesses and why the Greeks believed in them (this is something Year 5 are fascinated by!), and we will also investigate how the Ancient Greeks have influenced our society today. We are going to have so much fun exploring this topic!

This half term has been fantastic for our topic – Ancient Greece. Year 5 were extremely lucky to have One Day Theatre and Dance company in to run an Ancient Greek drama workshop with them. We had so much fun acting out stories like Medusa, Pandora’s Box, and learning about the different roles they had in Ancient Greeks, i.e. slave, soldier, philosopher, politician. We learnt about the hierarchy that these roles were in, with a slave being at the bottom of the hierarchy and Gods and Goddesses being at the top. We performed all we had learnt to the rest of KS2 in the afternoon. The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, and I am sure we will definitely be seeing this company again in school. Thank you in particular to Annabel and Clem from One Day, who ran the fantastic workshop with us!



Year 5 are very lucky to have an Art focus that links in with so many other topics this half term. We are focusing on shading, using and exploring different hardness of pencil. Exploring the tone, shade, texture and depth of each pencil. Our main aim is to create a spherical shape using these shading skills. We are explored the beginning skills needed for shading, and have begun to learn how to shade a spherical shape. We did this with some peaceful, relaxation music in the background to help everyone get their artistic groove on! I was certainly very impressed with Year 5’s artistic flare… expect MUCH more to come!


Year 5 are enjoying their PE sessions with the Total Sports coaches, this takes place on a Tuesday afternoon. I have heard very good feedback from the coaches who seem to be very impressed with the standard in Year 5. I am sure this will continue!

I was also extremely impressed with the high standard of swimming among all children in the class when we attended our first swimming session, which takes place on a Thursday morning. I am very much excited to see how the children progress with their swimming skills, as it is an essential skill for all children to have which will continue with them for life!


Year 5 are very lucky to be working with Mrs Waterhouse who runs the Computing sessions with all of KS2. The children are currently using a programme called ‘Scratch’, and are all very much excited and engaged with this topic. Pictures and more comments on what the children progress with to follow…keep an eye out!


This half term, our focus is all around African Drumming. Year 5 have enjoyed two lessons so far with Bart, and will continue these lessons. We have explored many rhythms, including call and response, which the children take lots of enjoyment from. Especially, the rhythm “Don’t – play – this – one – back”, where the children have to listen for the words in the rhythm and if they play it, they’re out!

I have also enjoyed joining in with these sessions when I can, and hopefully we will be able to arrange a performance towards the end of the half term to showcase what we have learnt!


The children have begun the year with French every Tuesday afternoon, and the French teacher who we are lucky to have every week is very impressed with Year 5. Pictures and more comments to come soon.