Welcome to Year 5!

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen… can change the world.”  – Malala Yousafzai

Miss Waite

Miss Waite

Y5 Class Teacher (Collective Worship, Library and MFL Co-ordinator)


Mrs Frost

Mrs Frost

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)


Mrs Lee

Mrs Lee

Teaching Assistant


Year 5 Worship

Year 5 Worship


Christ at Our Centre

Christ at Our Centre


Year 5 Curriculum Newsletters

Please take a look at our half termly newsletters to find out what we are learning about in Year 5.

Year 5 Newsletter Autumn 1

Year 5 Newsletter Autumn 2

Year 5 Newsletter Spring 1

Academic Year 2018/19

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. Mrs Frost and I are both looking forward to get to know you all and we know we are going to have a fantastic 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:

  • One Day Ancient Greek Workshop
  • Shakespeare Theatre Production 
  • RE Youth Ministry Retreat Residential
  • PSHE: SJF Taster Day
  • Murton Park Viking Trip

Y5/6 Statutory Spellings

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

Spring Term 1 2019

I hope you had a very restful and peaceful Christmas holiday. We are excited to be back at school and have got some very exciting things lined up for this half term. Our whole class theme this half term is all around “Our World” with a specific focus on the wonderful picture book called “The Arrival” by Shaun Tan. 

Please keep checking our web page to see all the exciting things we get up to!

RE: Inspirational People

This half term we will be learning about Inspirational People around the world and how this links to being a true disciple.

The children have already started to consider what makes an inspirational person and the qualities and traits of someone that is inspirational. They have considered the people in their own lives that inspire them and others whom they recognise as being inspirational. We will move on to thinking about how we can use our own gifts from God to inspire others and we will learn about key and famous people that are now known for being inspirational.


This half term, linking to Our World, we will study the fantastic picture book by Shaun Tan. 

“This silent picture novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.”

The children have been really intrigued and engrossed already with this picture book. Having no text whatsoever has really allowed the children to engage their own imagination with the story and they have been really excited to share their own thoughts.

We have started our English topic with writing a diary entry in role as one of the characters. The story starts with a man who is packing up his belongings to embark on a journey. The pictures take the reader through the morning of when the father leaves and it shows him saying goodbye to what we think must be his wife and daughter. The children chose either the father, mother or daughter to write in the viewpoint of. I am excited to see what other ideas the children come up with throughout this story.


We have started the half term with a Statistics focus and have begun to study line graphs. I have really enjoyed teaching this as once you understand the key parts of a line graph they are really easy to use. The children have developed their understanding of y and x axes and the way they link. They have also studied the key features of a line graph such as axis labels, a chart title and a key. They have read and interpreted line graphs and have spotted errors in pre-drawn graphs and have had a go at drawing their own. 

The children realised that the key to a good line graph is ensuring that the scale has equally spaced intervals, once the x and y axes are complete, plotting the data is really easy. We have really enjoyed our first week in Maths and will be moving on now to reading and interpreting tables, two way tables and timetables.



This half term, we will continue our topic of Materials. The children loved this topic last half term and really enjoyed the investigative nature of then work.

Already, the children have written a letter to Yorkshire Water to explain how they separated a mixture of dirty water and how they came to obtain clean water. This was through a long process of separating with their hands and a sieve and then a more complex process called filtering using filter paper and funnels. The children learned that patience was key and a thorough investigation achieved the best results.


This half term, we are moving on to a Geography focus and we are studying Our World. We will look at the similarities and differences between different countries around the world and the one we live in and we will explore the geographical characteristics of the locations where people leave their homes to find refuge. We will analyse data and other information to draw conclusions about locations around the world, such as distribution maps. Learning about the rate of immigration in a particular place might be able to tell us about that country’s economic status, distribution maps that show weather and climate temperatures can tell us about the living conditions of that location. I am very excited about this topic!



This half term, we are using our shading skills and knowledge of different blackness and hardness of pencils to create life-like and realistic drawings. We will develop our skills of creating shadows and reflections and will build up these skills to draw the eye of a refugee. We will explore what a refugee might see and will use our art skills to present this creatively and artistically.

Autumn Term 2 2018

Welcome back to school. We hope you have had a very restful October half term. We have a very exciting half term ahead of us and are very looking forward to the build up of Advent and dare I mention it….Christmas!! This is the lead up to mine and one of Mrs Frost’s favourite time of year and we are sure it is some of the children’s favourite time of year too!

The children earned all of their class Oscars last half term and had their Golden Time treat on the last Friday before we broke up! This means they have a clean slate again – hopefully they can earn all of the class Oscars again and will have another treat before the Christmas holidays! Please see pictures below from our Golden Time treat before half term – we watched Hercules which linked to our Ancient Greece and English writing topic. The children used all of the bean bags, cushions and blankets from our reading corner and made themselves cosy to watch the film! Everyone had a great afternoon!

RE – The Commandments

To retell the story of the Ten Commandments

Year 5 enjoyed using role play, drama and freeze frames to explore the story of Moses on Mount Sinai receiving then Ten Commandments from God. The children acted out a range of commandments and also Moses actually being given the commandments too. They have shown an excellent understanding of the Ten Commandments so far! We have explored what life would be like with and without rules and have also thought about why it is important to have rules.


Armistice and Remembrance Day

To mark the special commemoration of 100 years since Armistice, we have been doing lots of work all around this and Remembrance. We have used this as a stimulus across the curriculum, including English, History and Art.

‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae

We started by looking at John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” poem and thought about the meaning of it. The children then got the opportunity to then learn the poem and add some actions to the poem and then perform it. The children really enjoyed it and although some language used in the poem was difficult to understand the children were fascinated that John McCrae has been a medical solider and had written this in 1915 (one year into World War I).

The children really enjoyed performing to the rest of the class. “In Flanders Fields” is my favourite poem and always has been since I was at primary school myself so I was so glad the children enjoyed it too!

Remembrance Day Non-Chronological Report

After studying the poem and learning a little background about what the war might have been like, the children learnt about the features of a non-chronological report to be able to write their own all about Remembrance Day. The children had an opportunity to spend some time researching in the planning stage of the writing – this included researching the difference between Remembrance Day, Remembrance Sunday and Armistice and why poppies are such an important symbol for Remembrance. The children then wrote their own non-chronological reports on Remembrance Day. They were fantastic! They then wanted to print off pictures to make their report as interesting as possible! Myself and Mrs Frost were very impressed!


Show and Share with Parents

Year 5 have had an absolutely brilliant first week back to school! This was because the children were able to share a lesson with their Mums and Dads! We invited parents into school to join in with our class Collective Worship and then a Maths lesson. We used a range of fun, active ways to learn our times tables – something a little different to the rote learning that we so often use with times tables! We got our heart rates going and had lots of fun whilst making our brains work hard! The children had an absolutely fantastic time and the feedback we received from parents was extremely positive! A lot of fun was had by everyone, including myself and Mrs Frost!

Here are some pictures from Wednesday’s Show and Share session. More pictures from Friday’s session to follow…




We have started our new topic of Materials and have begun by revising the states of matter (solids, liquids and gases). We discussed how the particles are formed in all states and did this through a range of ways. The children pretended to be the particles to get an idea of how they moved and how they were formed. We found that in a solid, the particles are formed very tightly together and the slight movement is through a vibration so the children stood super close together and just ‘shivered’ to allow them to move slightly. For a liquid, I gave the children a specific area to move in and they were able to slide past each other. For a gas, the children were completely free and were able to run around and go ‘crazy’ as they called it – this was a really active way to demonstrate how the particles are formed in the different states.

We then drew how the particles are represented scientifically and described how the particles move. The children then had to group and classify a range of materials, such as oxygen, sand, water, cream etc. some that were quite difficult too!


This half term, we are continuing our topic of Ancient Greece. The children loved it last half term and it is one of my favourite periods in history too. To start with, we have learnt even more about the Ancient Greek gods and goddesses. We did through a really active, blood-pumping activity. The children had clues given to them on pieces of paper and around the school were envelopes with information/pictures about the gods/goddesses. They had to use the clues and figure out where the envelopes were placed around the school and then come back together in the classrooms in their groups and match the pictures, names of the gods/goddesses and the information. The children then wrote fact files about gods/goddesses of their choice.


The children designed their own artwork based on inspiration taken from the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae and a piece of artwork that highlights the importance of the symbol of the poppy. They used a range of colours to build up the layers in their artwork and then added statements in their artwork such as crosses or silhouettes. Some children did paintings similar and some took inspiration from the poem and created their own artwork.



Year 5 enjoyed a taster session into fencing this week and they absolutely loved it – I even joined in with the children and it certainly was so much fun! They learnt about the fencing stance called “en garde” and the range of equipment used. They also learnt a little bit of history into the sport and about the history of right/left handed traditions. Fencing classes run in Harrogate every Wednesday and flyers are available from the office for those interested.

PE Lessons

As the children have earned the Playmakers award, we have asked the children to start leading warm ups in PE lessons to ensure that all children are building their confidence, communication and leadership skills. Warm ups need to get our hearts pumping to get our muscles ready for physical activity so it great to see the range of activities that the children come up with! Myself and Mr Cooper even join in with the warm up activities too!

The children have been working on their dodging, catching and throwing skills in PE and enjoyed through an adapted game of dodgeball outside. We are looking forward to develop our invasion skills even more.

Autumn Term 1 2018

The children have settled really well into Year 5 and are proving to be excellent role models now they are in Upper Key Stage 2. They have been introduced to our Hollywood theme to work towards Golden Time. Each day, one child wins the ‘Oscar’ award for impressing myself, Mrs Frost or Mrs Lee. Children can also nominate their peers and if they have noticed something really impressive they can let me know throughout the day. One child wins the Oscar and takes it home for a night and we also have class Oscars which the children collect throughout the half term aiming for Golden Time.

This half term already we have had a drama workshop for Ancient Greece and have had a poet visit us in class. We still have the Shakespeare Company to visit us which I know all UKS2 staff are very excited for!

Please keep visiting our class web page to see what we get up to and what we learn!

Year 5 Collective Worship

Take a look at our Prayer Table in Year 5. This is the focal point of our classroom. We gather around here each morning and we focus all of our prayers this way. We begin our day focusing on it and end our day reflecting on it. We keep Christ at our Centre always.

In Year 5, we have 1-2 child led worships per week and I lead the rest of the worships. We always begin our worships with relaxing music, turning the lights off and turning the candle on to help us to draw and thoughts and focus to that flickering flame – remembering that Jesus is the light of the world. We say our Candle Prayer and our Morning prayer and then listen to the Word of the Lord – sometimes this is a parable or a reading from the Gospels, for example. We spend some time reflecting on the Word for a couple of minutes and we have our own time to talk to God in our mind and in our hearts. We think about how we can live out the Word throughout the day – that might be by doing something above and beyond for someone else, to show our love to God’s creation by picking up one piece of litter, smiling at someone to show our kindness and love to others and many more things. At the end of each day, we come together to think about how we have lived out the Word we listened to in our worship.

In Year 5, collective worship is a time to pray, talk to and develop and strengthen our relationship with God. It can be different for everyone but we respect and appreciate everyone’s thoughts and feelings. Our worships are safe spaces, spaces to relax and be free to talk to God how we wish. Sometimes we do this through silent reflection, praying aloud, singing, dancing and many other ways!

We have been considering how we can care for our Earth, God’s Creation that we were so lucky to receive. The children have been able to think of many ways – all that have linked to our learning in our RE lessons too. We have also started to think about how we care for God’s Creation around the world.

Harvest – Charity: “I try to be just and fair”.

Our statement of the week this week is “I try to be just and fair.” We have been thinking about how it is unfair how some have more than others in our world and how we can work to make things more ‘just and fair’. On a wide scale, we do things all the time through Cafod and Christian Aid but we also do our little bit, for example our Harvest Liturgy and the donations. We also thought about what we can do to help those around us on an even smaller scale. We thought about the famine that is going on in the world and wondered why we have not seen a famine like this for almost a decade. We kept these people in our prayers and also made our own intentions. We thought “What would Jesus do?” We used the Prayer Garden as a way to remind ourselves of the beauty and wonder of our world and how some are suffering so much that they cannot appreciate it. We are using our worship time this week to continue to think about how we can be more just and fair.

One Million Children Praying the Rosary

On the 18th October, the whole school praying the rosary as part of the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” event. We talked about the mysteries of the rosary and then prayed a rosary together. It was also a nice time for the children to bring in their rosaries from home and I also shared my special rosary with the children that I received during the Sacrament of Confirmation. We gathered around the prayer table together and talked about why it was so special to pray the rosary and linked this back to when Deacon Charlie came to visit us.

We are all Disciples of Jesus

This week, we have focused on our statement of the week which has been “I try to help others when they are in trouble.” We have explored many parables from the Bible and how we have thought about what ‘being in trouble’ means – not necessarily being in trouble at school but being in need, being in a natural disaster, etc. This week, the children led our collective worship for the week and they planned it, delivered it and evaluated it to an exceptional standard. The children were able to use a range of creative ideas to allow the rest of the class to talk to God and to share these ideas in a range of ways too. Thank you to all of these children for their contribution to our collective worship this week in class.



KS2 Collective Worship

Every week, the whole of KS2 join together as a small community to take part in collective worship. This is a special time in our week because we can pause our busy lives, in and outside of the classroom and can take a moment to just be together, listening to the Word of God and considering what this means for us.

Year 5 have led their first Key Stage worship this week which made reference to the Parable of the Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13: 44). The children decided to hide some jewellery underneath a cloth and tell the rest of the key stage. This idea linked to the parable because the children had to believe that there was jewellry underneath the cloth – they could not see it, they had to trust and believe i the Y5 children that they were telling the truth. This is what we do every day with our faith, we cannot see God but we trust and believe that he is around us always. This reminded us that the Kingdom of God is very special indeed so we took some time out of our day to reflect on how special it is to us and what we can do today to remind us of this.

Well done to Year 5 for a very inspiring and engaging Key Stage Worship!

Year 5’s Class Saint Feast Day 

St Therese“The Little Flower of Jesus” 1873-1897

On Monday 1st October, we celebrated the Feast Day of St Therese. We have been learning about our class Saint and know that she was one of the youngest women to follow her call from God and become a nun. The Pope recognised this and this is one of the contributing factors to her becoming a Saint. The children have spent some time doing their own research in class and we reflected on this during our celebrations. The children decided to have a mini tea party so in true British style we drank tea and ate cupcakes and other goodies!

We had a silent reflection to keep St Therese in our prayers and to thank her for her contributions to God’s world. We had time to think about why she is special and inspirational to us. She followed her calling from God and she truly lived the way God and Jesus teach us to. She is an inspiration and we all promised to live more like St Therese!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

In school, we held a Macmillan coffee morning to raise money for the charity. As parents, carers, grandparents and friends joined together in the ICT suite, each class joined in with the biggest fundraising coffee morning in the country. Each child had a biscuit too and we thought and reflected on why people around the country do this for the charity – how the charity help families and those that are sick. We thanked God for our good health and our ability to fundraise and support others. We asked God to help us and pray for those who are sick or in hospital at this time. Thank you to Miss Clilverd for organising for all children to join in with the coffee morning!

Harvest Liturgy

We had a fantastic morning during our Harvest Liturgy where we came together as a community: children, teachers, parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles. We thanked and praised God for the wonderful things he gives us – food to eat, water to drink, a safe place, land to grow crops to reap and sow. We also thought about those who are less fortunate than us – in our local community and in the wider world. We know that there are many who suffer in poorer countries, but we also must remember those closer to us who are also suffering. We asked for donations which the Mini Vinnies are going to visit and share with the SVP Centre in Leeds and the Franciscan Sisters in Wetherby. Thank you to everyone who made donations and well done to all involved for another fantastic Harvest Liturgy!


RE – Gifts from God

This half term we will spend time reflecting on our Gifts from God and parables that link to this. We will begin by digging deep into the meaning of the Creation Story (Genesis 1) and will think about how this story has shapes religion and how it shapes our lives too. We will consider our own gifts and talents and will think about how we can show our gratitude and thanks to God.

Genesis 1: Creation

Year 5 enjoyed using role play and drama to act out the Creation Story (Genesis 1) and placed an emphasis on the recurring line “and God was pleased with what he saw” or “and God said it was good” – depending on which version of the story you read. We talked about the meaning of this story and why the Creation story is so important in the Bible and what it means to us and our lives. The children talked about the fact that without this story, the Bible, humans, earth and everything God created would cease to exist. This raised some fascinating questions about Creation and we then began to ask God our questions about Creation. We all then tried to answer one question that a child asked “Why don’t you perform miracles any more?” This opened up such a detailed discussion – some children disagreeing and saying that God still performs miracles because he answers our prayers, others saying he doesn’t need to perform miracles because we all believe in him. The children were so passionate about this which is something I love to see and hear during our RE lessons.


In Year 5, we have also been working on our Bible skills – being able to reference parables in the stories is very important across our curriculum – not just in RE but also to help us plan our own worships and make reference to these throughout our days. We recapped the structure of a Bible reference (Book Chapter: Verses) and then played Bible bingo to see who could be the quickest at finding the references/parables. This helped us to work on explanations of the Creation story as I wanted the children to find links across the Bible that refer to caring for and looking after God’s creation.

Using our Bible skills and our in depth discussions about the Creation story we all as a class started to think about people that do care for God’s Creation and people that don’t. We learnt that we call these people co-creators and de-creators. The children began to explore the actions of both and were trying to reason with both kinds of people – this led on to discussing how we could persuade a de-creator to become a co-creator and the children came up with some fantastic ideas!

We explored God’s creation using artwork this week and linked this to the story of Creation in Genesis 1. The children used their hands as the ‘tree’ and the coloured dots around the tree as all the elements of God’s creation. The tree represents God’s whole creation – us and everything else in his world. Year 5 were eager to think of what each colour could represent and decided that black represented all kinds of sin: war, famine, pollution, poverty etc. but that amongst the rest of the colour – the sin didn’t seem so bad. This got us all thinking about the world we live in today – how much good there is in our world and how, often, many focus on the bad. The children made some excellent insights and showed their understanding by linking to the bible. For example, Maya made links to “Love thy neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:36-40).

Genesis 2: Adam & Eve / Genesis 3: The Fall

We have now moved on to exploring the Book of Genesis further. The children were given scripts for The Fall and had to explore the what happened in the Garden of Eden. Each child had a role – whether this was God, Adam, Eve, the serpent or the narrator. We started performing in the classroom and made our way to the woods in our school grounds. The children used their surroundings in such an effective way that enhanced their performances even more. The children had to explore how they thought each character could have felt, whose fault they thought it was that Eve took a bite from fruit of the tree of life and knowledge. We also discussed why they thought God put that specific tree in the Garden of Eden.

“Maybe it was God’s plan all along – to create a perfect world, to place Adam and Eve on his perfect earth to then tempt them with fruit from the forbidden tree so that they knew good and bad, right and wrongs. Then sin came into the world but this was God’s plan because he knew he was going to send his Son to save us.” – Olivia & Finlay

English – Myths and Legends

This half term we will study myths and legends linking to our Ancient Greece topic. So far, we have explored Heracles and the 12 labours (also known as Hercules) and have learnt about one of his first labours – the Nemean Lion. The children have been writing descriptions of the lion, using more adventurous vocabulary – such as adjectives and adverbs and using thesauruses to up level these! We will continue to explore Hercules’ labours and write a character and setting description relating to these myth. We will then explore other myths and legends such as Medusa and the Trojan Horse – linking to our Drama workshop!

We have been working on our use of ‘vivid description’ in our writing. We have explored writing techniques to have great impact on the reader including adjectives, adverbs and a range of figurative language such as similes and alliteration. The children have really impressed me with their excellent writing skills!



In Year 5, we have a huge focus on spellings. Each morning, we practise our weekly spellings and any spellings we have gained through our work in class. Spellodrome is a great way to practise spellings but we also have 9 fun and creative ways to practise spellings in school too!

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

The Shakespeare Theatre Company visited St Joseph’s and as always, encapsulated us with pure enjoyment! The plot of the story and the contrasting characters really engaged and intrigued the children – Sir Toby Belch and Malvolio, two completely different characters but both absolutely hilarious in different ways! All children and staff watching were brought to tears (laughing tears) watching the fantastic performance. The cast of the performance involved the children in being the characters, the setting, the atmosphere and a fantastic, memorable experience was had by all! This is going to be an excellent stimulus for our writing! Thank you to the Friends of St Joseph’s and all of the parents, grandparents and carers who support their fundraising, as without this, we simply couldn’t arrange these experiences for the children.

Maths – Place Value

Year 5 have really impressed me so far in mathematics. We have explored numbers in lots of different ways, including using counters, Base 10 and numicon to represent and visualise numbers in different ways. Year 5 have learnt how to read, write, compare and order numbers up to one million and have worked really hard on their rounding skills. Place value is one of the most important topics in maths as it underpins everything else we learn about – if children can be secure on this aspect of mathematics then this will be an excellent foundation for the rest of Year 5 Maths!

Place value has really become embedded in our daily practice now and the children are confident with rounding numbers up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 and have proven to be confident in reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers. We will be moving on to addition and subtraction next!

In Year 5, we encourage and value independence. This includes the children challenging themselves and choosing their level of difficulty in their work depending on how confident they are. The children really enjoy using the Chilli Challenge as a way of self-differentiating and it has boosted the children’s confidence in ‘having a go’!


Science – Earth & Space

The children enjoyed learning a range of mnemonics to remember the order of the planets and also making their own up. We have been researching interesting facts about the planets in our solar system and will continue to learn about the size and movement of the Earth and Moon in relation to the Sun.

In Year 5, we love active lessons to help us enjoy and embed our learning. This week, we have been exploring the Earth and Moon’s movement in relation to the Sun. We have learnt that the Earth is tilted on an axis and rotates once a day, we learnt that this is what creates day and night. We learnt that the Sun is a very large star and that other stars are still in the sky during the day, the sun is just so bright that we don’t see them. We also began to explore why we can see the Moon during the night – and why it looks like the moon has its own light.

To describe the movement of the Earth in relation to the Sun and Moon: Day and Night.

Year 5 have been thinking about why we have day and night – the children have already been asking inquisitive questions about this and have been talking amongst themselves as to why we have day and night and how the Earth moves around the Sun. Today in science, we used a concept cartoon to explore different views that children may have and to see if anyone agreed with any of them.

Some children decided that they agreed with Jason, some thought Joanne might be on the right lines – but some children were confident that all three children were wrong! After talking about how the Earth actually moves, through videos from the BBC and through visual demonstrations – including the children being the Moon/Sun. We discovered that the Moon orbits the Earth 12 times a year because it takes it one whole month to orbit the Earth. Whilst this is happening, the Earth orbits the Sun and completes a full orbit once a year.

The reason we have day and night is because of the way the Earth is tilted on its axis and because it completes one full rotation every 24 hours. For example, when England or the part of the Earth that England is on is facing the Sun, it is day time, but when the Earth rotates and this part of the Earth is now facing away from the Sun – it is night time.

The children then made models to show the movement of the Earth, Sun and Moon. This really helped all children to visualise the orbits of the Earth and Sun.

The finished models!

To explore how the sun appears to change position in the sky through shadows.

In Science, we have been learning about how the Earth orbits the Sun but how the Earth also rotates (completing one full rotation every 24 hours). We discussed how the sun appears to move during the day but talked about why this actually was – because the Earth is actually rotating which means we are moving, not the sun. This was proven by exploring how shadows change length and position throughout the day. We had to go outside at every o’clock hour – starting at 10am and ending with 3pm – this meant that we were extremely busy!

Take a look to see what happened throughout the day… You can see in some of the pictures that my shadow moved throughout the day – we used chalk to draw around the shadow and then used metre sticks to measure how long the shadow was at each hour. We found that the longest and thinnest shadow was at 10am which was 5.8 metres and the shortest shadow was at 1pm at 3.65 metres. We were able to clearly see that the Earth rotated because the sun was in a different position to where I was standing. This seemed a difficult concept to grasp but all children were so excited to get back outside to see how the shadow will have moved again – meaning they were beginning to see how the position of the shadow proved that the Earth rotates!

History – Ancient Greece

One Day Creative Workshop

We have begun our very exciting first topic in Year 5 which is Ancient Greece. In our second week of Year 5, we were very lucky to have a One Day Drama Workshop based on Ancient Greece. We explored the famous Trojan war, politics and the hierarchy of Ancient Greek times and a range of myths and legends (Medusa and Pandora’s Box being 2 of them). The children had so much fun exploring all of these things through a range of drama techniques – many that we are going to use throughout the rest of the year. Thank you Annabel and thank you One Day!


Linking to our Science topic, in Art this half term we will explore spheres (not Sophias). We had to learn how to say this tricky word – at least we will be very knowledgeable of this shape when we move on to Geometry in Maths.

We started our Art lessons by exploring the blackness and hardness of different pencils, identifying the pencils that would create a really thick, black shade and the pencils would create a very light shade. The children were eager to start practising their drawings so once they had experimented with shading they moved on to trying to create shadows.


Mr Cooper has joined St Joseph’s again (Our Total Sports coach) and has been working with the children on their general sporting skills. He recapped the movements that you have in sport, such as throwing, jumping, running, agility and so on. More recently, the children have been working on their throwing and catching skills and their attacking and defending skills through a range of really fun games. I saw evidence of some fantastic team work and peer encouragement from the children which is always great to see!

The children also had a taster of hockey more recently and this worked on skills such as hand eye coordination, posture, control of a hockey stick and a ball and also their spatial awareness to ensure they were only touching their ball and also not running into anyone. To help them with this, they had a go first just with the hockey stick and ball and eventually once they became confident using their hockey stick, we added a bean bag that they had to keep balanced on their head. This encouraged the children to really think about their posture and the way they were holding the hockey stick.

Run a Mile

In Year 5, we have started to use the “Run a Mile” initiative to not only be healthy and make sure we get the exercise we need throughout the week but to also boost our positive outlooks and our learning attitudes. All of the children have loved it – especially using the special equipment to measure out how many laps of the field amounted to 1 mile.


In PE, the children were developing skills of refereeing a game and coaching teams on how to get better. This involved many skills, including communicative skills – to be able to speak loudly and firmly to stop and play games. We used the game hockey which was extremely fun, yet competitive! Each referee had to explain to both teams their rules, e.g. how to use the hockey stick and what actions were not allowed. All children excelled in this skill and we are looking forward to develop these skills even more.

Playmakers Award

The children were given their certificates for taking part in the Playmaker training in Year 4 on the last Friday before half term. This involved discussing what they had learnt during the one day intensive training course, receiving their certificate and then playing and recapping some of the activities they had learnt – including being able to lead their own games and activities.


Scoot to School Training

This week, on Monday 1st October, Year 5 had Scoot to School Training which they thoroughly enjoyed! We recapped on the Green Cross Code which is what we use all the time when crossing the road – that means, Think! Stop! Look! Listen! (and keep looking and listening)!

The children first got a helmet and a scooter and had a go at scooting around the playground. Once they were confident on their scooters they had some agility style games to get them used to using the brake and the steering on their scoots. Then, we went outside of school on to the pathways to learn how to be extra safe when scooting near roads. The children had an excellent time and all of them now know how to scoot safer on pathways near roads. Even Mrs Frost and I got involved!

We have an assembly next week to follow up on this learning!



Every Thursday we have a music teacher from Art Forms that comes in and works with Year 5 for an hour. So far, Year 5 have developed their body percussion skills and have learnt a range of rhythms and beats and begun to use the “Bamboo Tamboo” instrument sticks and have been working on their hand eye coordination as well as their rhythmic and musical skills to improve their timings and develop a repertoire of rhythms and sounds.