St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

Inspired to be our best.....

Year 5

September 2021

Year 5 and 6 Spelling List

Year 5 Recommended Reads 

UKS2 Reading Bookmarks

BBC Super Movers - Help to learn your times tables through singing and dance    

Friday 18th November 2022

This week has been an alternative week in Year 5. We have been off timetable for most of it, learning how to be effective leaders. We were joined by Amanda from Junior Active leaders who trained us all how to lead physical activity. Not only that we also all took part in some basic first aid sessions, learning about the recovery position, CPR and choking. The children have worked incredibly hard and have invented some excellent games of their own. On Friday, we created a persuasive piece of writing advertising our games to the rest of the school.

Friday 11th November 2022

Wow we have had a very busy week this week! We have finished our leaflets which we made to advertise and persuade people to come to our very own theme park. In maths we have been looking at what makes a square number and have used counters to create square numbers. Finally, our afternoons have been taken up preparing to lead the school remembrance assembly, the children have been very respectful and diligent in their work and create a variety of work that they are all very proud to share.

Friday 4th November 2022 

We have made a flying start to Term 2 here in Year 5. In our English lessons we are continuing with our novel ‘Cosmic’ and have, this week, designed our own theme park and begun to create a persuasive leaflet to advertise our theme park. In maths we have begun to look at multiplication, we have been examining factors and multiples of numbers and making a variety of arrays to represent this. Finally, in LMTW we have begun our new topic ‘Go With The Flow’ where we have looked at body parts and look ahead to the different systems in the body.

Autumn Term 1 2022 

We have had a marvellous start to life in Year 5 and the children have impressed so with the way they have engaged in all aspects of teaching and learning. In maths we started by identifying place value and larger numbers up to 1 million, we have been comparing and ordering as well as making our own numbers out of place value counters. In English we looked at creating our own autobiography of life so far before starting our class novel ‘Cosmic’ which links to our Mission Control topic all about space. We have loved exploring all aspects of space from looking at the history of space travel to naming and identifying planets as well as understanding what causes night and day. The children have been a delight to work with and their enthusiasm has very much been infectious and they have been praised by others outside of the classroom for their exemplary behaviour and engagement, indeed The team from bikeability were deeply impressed. 

Thursday 21st July 2022

We have had a fantastic end to the week in Year 5.  We have all written letters to the new Year 5 to open in September, which has been a great way to reflect on the year passed, sharing memories about Youlbury, line dancing as well as many more.  This class have worked extremely hard and I am proud of the ways that they have all changed over the last year.  They've shown real promise throughout the year and worked well up until the end. 

Friday 15th July 2022

A week of lasts. This week the children have worked incredibly hard considering it is their last full week in Year 5. Our English focus has been on writing instruction to escape from the Mendel Forest (based on our class novel). In Maths we have been converting measurements between metric and imperial systems. Finally, our afternoons have been taken up with preparing our school officer speeches in preparation for presenting them next week.

Friday 1st July 2022

We have had a great week in Year 5 this week and the children all look totally exhausted!  We have worked really hard; on Monday we focussed our learning on the different types of past tense before writing a diary entry.  In Maths we have been learning about grids and coordinates.  Our afternoons this week have been taken up with RSE lessons, the children have behaved maturely and respectfully throughout and have been a real credit.  Finally, Sports Week, involving so many new and exciting sports for our children including boxing and skipping. All the children have greatly enjoyed all the opportunities on offer!

Friday 24th June 2022

This week we have been working very hard in Year 5. We have been recapping our work on figurative language, looking at similes, metaphors and personification. In Maths we have learnt about polygons and continued our work on angles. During RE the children worked diligently with Mrs Wickens creating prayers to the Holy Spirit to round off our Pentecost topic. Finally, preparations have begun for sports day, where we have practiced all of the events.

Friday 17th June 2022

This week was another exciting week in Year 5.  We started our new topic, Full of Beans and what better way to start than by creating your own flavours of chocolate?  Our English this term is linked to our new text 'The wild way home' and the children have been creating an information text about a mythical object they found in the woods.  In Maths many of the children have been learning a new skill, how to measure angles and draw angles using a protractor.  Finally, in RE we created Pentecost prayers to the Holy Spirit, many of which blew Mrs Wickens' socks off!

Friday 20th May 2022

This week has been a welcome return to normal.  Monday morning saw us return to the classroom, we have continued our story topic in our English sessions.  The children have been working on their sizzling story openings.  In our Maths sessions, we have been continuing our work looking at decimals.  Mr Neal allowed the children to write all over the tables to demonstrate their place value grids and their number line.  We have also started to learn the story of Hatshepsut the first female pharaoh of Ancient Egypt over 3500 years ago.  We have also concluded out internet safety lessons and discussed how different sources of communication provide different results dependent on the task. 

Friday 13th May 2022

This week has looked a bit different in year 5, not least the fact we've spent our mornings in the hall!
Within our English lesson we have been immersing ourselves in short stories. Studying the structure and language that authors use. In maths, we have been adding decimals using a variety of different methods.
Finally, we have began our new topic in 'learning means the world'. Our topic is 'Pharaoh Queen' and although the children are yet to learn who the Queen is, they've enjoyed learning about the location of Egypt and the many uses of the River Nile.

Friday 6th May 2022

We have continued our good form from last week into this.  Having looked at how to use modal verbs in our writing last week we have progressed onto looking at adverbial and in particular fronted adverbials and using the in context.  In Maths we have looked at finding equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages and we were so impressed with how much everyone has been able to remember!  As it is our last week looking at 'You're not invited' the children have been preparing their own double page spread summarising all that we've learnt.
Finally, it has been great to see our Year 5 team leading lunchtimes. Each group has an afternoon play organising activities and games for the other children in our school.

Friday 29th April 2022

We have had a great first week back in Year 5.  In English we have started writing a persuasive text to the younger children in the school in order to persuade them to join our break time activity club.  We have been including modal verbs in our writing to explain all about the different activities our club will include.

In Maths we have begun to look at converting between fractions, decimals and percentages. Our afternoons have been filled with a variety of activities relating to 'you're not invited' looking at 'What the Roman's have done for us' as well as aspects of Roman life in Britain at the time.

Finally, our session in the pool on Thursday was a great success, with every child successfully getting into the water and enjoying themselves (even if it was colder than most of them expected!).

Friday 8th April 2022

Over the last 4 days of term the children have been fortunate enough to complete a Junior Active Leaders course, designed to develop their communication, teamwork, determination and most importantly - leadership. 
There were many different elements of the course, they learnt how to risk assess, teach younger pupils new skills and games, create their own games as well as learn junior first aid.
We have been so proud of the way the children took to the course and the maturity they showed throughout. We cannot wait for after half term when our children become Junior Leaders on our playground.

Friday 25th March 2022

Even though this week was a shorter week it was still as busy as ever in Year 5.  The children have been stretching their imaginations in English writing character descriptions for their own fantasy character.  We've seen trolls with bogey green skin, delicate emerald fairies and everything in between.  In our 'topic' we have began learning about the Roman army.  We have investigated their weaponry and armour and then looked at what a day in the life of a Roman soldier may have looked like.
We finished last weeks topic by making our own junk model tents to fit the design criteria of a modern-day soldier. 

Friday 18th March 2022

This week in English the children have been learning to add extra detail to our writing through the use of expanded noun phrases.  We have been focussing our efforts on writing some setting descriptions with fantastic results!  In the afternoons we started our new topic 'You're not invited'.  The children have been designing a tent for a soldier who has many needs.  In RE we worked with Ms Gowers looking at temptations and understanding how giving in to temptations can have many consequences.

Friday 11th March 2022

We’ve had a great week in Year 5 with lots of new challenges!  We have managed to write, perform and illustrate our poems which has been a fascinating experience.  The children have blown us away with their creativity!  We have also begun our quidditch sessions in PE (with the exception of broomsticks) the children have loved learning new skills.  In RE we have been looking at Lent and in particular learning about Jesus and his time in the wilderness.  Finally, on Friday after lunch we once again partnered with our Reception reading buddies to spend some time together sharing our favourite picture books.

Friday 4th March 2022

What a fun welcome back we have had this week in Year 5!  The children came back to school full of life and loved having the freedom to write their own poems (which we are hoping to share next week)!  On Monday we were also very fortunate to visit Father David, who gave us a fascinating talk all about the history of St Joseph's Church, even sharing with us some old photos of the previous two Catholic Churches in Thame.  On Thursday we had a fantastic World Book Day, we were joined by Mrs Farrell in the morning who shared with us her favourite picture book and then, in the afternoon, we shared some hot chocolate and created some book reviews alongside Mrs Wickens.

Friday 18th February 2022

We have finished the term in a flurry this week (just like the weather).  We began our week with an exciting trip around Thame looking at over 30 (!) buildings of historical significance, the children behaved brilliantly and were a real asset to our school.  We have been looking at performing poetry this week, explore different techniques such as intonation and gestures and the impact these can have on an audience.  In Maths we have been looking at adding fractions and mixed numbers, where we were able to crown this year's fraction king for his superb work and ability to find common denominators.  On Wednesday, we were very fortunate to join with our Reception Class buddies and took the opportunity to read them a story.  Finally, we have finished the week with the culmination of our line dance on which the children have worked so hard over the past few weeks.

Friday 11th February 2022

A great week in Year 5 this week.  We were very fortunate to begin our week with a trip to Thame Museum.  We all listened to a talk about John Hampden and the role he played in shaping Thame before having an opportunity to explore the various artefacts within the museum.  We followed this up later in the week with the children creating some fantastic biographies!

We have also been able to dive into our poetry topic in English and have spent much of the week listening to and reflecting on the poems by John Agard.  I have been really impressed by the high-quality discussions the children have had this week and the enthusiasm they are showing.  We have also been looking at different fractions and learning how to compare and order them by finding the common denominator... which has seen the children really test their times table knowledge!

Friday 4th February 2022

This week the children have excelled for most of the week!  Whatever challenge they have been set they have risen to it. Our Maths focus this week has been looking at improper fraction and mixed numbers and being able to convert between the two.  In English we have looked at writing in the past tense and identifying irregular verbs.  Our afternoons have been taken up with 'Learning Means the World', where the children were amazed to learn so many interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty.  Finally, our topic has ended with the children learning a line dance routine and creating their own totem poles.

Friday 28th January 2022

We have had a really enjoyable week this week and have been lucky enough to have Ms Gowers join us for some of our English lessons.  We have been learning all about transforming direct speech into indirect speech and how we can apply this to biography, reporting on what others have said about Jacqueline Auriol.  In Maths we have started our fractions topic looking at what a fraction actually is and fractions that are equivalent to one another.  On Friday last week we dived into line dancing and to watch all the children engage fully and create their own routines including ‘grapevines’ and ‘shuffle steps’ was a real joy.

Friday 21st January 2022

This week in Year 5 we have loved diving deeper into the world of the Native Americans, looking at some of their traditions and customs has led to us designing and creating our own dream catchers.  The children have amazed us with their division skills, with each one of them being able to demonstrate their understanding.  In RE we are also lucky to be able to look at some art work surrounding the baptism of Jesus and have attempted to recreate this.  In English we have focussed a lot on grammar, looking at writing in a different person, using pronouns before exploring the active and passive voice.  A busy week indeed!

Friday 14th January 2022

We have had a busy return to school in the year, the children have really dived into our multiplication topic and have made great strides.  In Music we looked at different national anthems from around the world focussing on the tune, pitch and message a lot of the carried before, the children wrote their own anthem for our school.  We have also begun to look at the history of North America and on Wednesday created a comic strip for Christopher Columbus’ accidental discovery.  Finally, in art we have looked at Jackson Pollocks style of drip painting and attempted to create our own versions.