Friday 22nd May 2020
To accomplish great things, we must not only act,
but also dream ,
but not only plan, but also believe.
Good morning children,
Sorry for the slightly later letter but I am in school. It is so lovely to see people again. My morning started quite early though because Miss Jones made me feel a little guilty yesterday. We had a telephone call and she told me how she has been doing her exercise DVD and I hadn't done mine for 4 days. So, I went out to my garage last night and did it and I got up early this morning and did it again. So I am ready to start the day!
Thank you for the work I have received from various people. It is great to see that you are maintaining high standards with your presentation still!
We have a holiday for a week now, thank goodness. I hope you all enjoy the break away from school work and that you have a lovely break.
Stay safe and well
Don't forget to send in your sunflower (or any other flower photos). Here is mine. I think it needs re-potting now !
Have a lovely day
Dear children and parents,
We have now established good lines of communication and I have spoken, through email, to the majority of you. Please try to choose out your favourite work once a week and email it to me, along with a recap of your week. In addition, please feel free to email if you have any queries about the work, do not be stuck , I am here to help and happy to do so. If you are having any problems accessing resources, let me know.
If any of you would like to use Education City, I have got personal logins for each of you, just ask and I will send them to you. Other sites which are good for interactive games in a variety of subjects are ICT games and Top Marks - they are both free and don't require a subscription.
Mr Burke has sent his weekly Mission Letter taken from this week's Sunday Gospel.
I hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well as we begin another school week apart from one another but together in spirit. I’m sure that you took every opportunity to recognise the 75th anniversary of VE day last Friday - God certainly gave us a beautiful day for it. The end of the war was, of course, a time to rejoice but it would also forever be a time to remember. Victory came from the sacrifice of so many and therefore it is only right that we should always consider those we lost and who were never able to celebrate with us. I’m sure that there were many times during the six years of war that people felt fed up and disheartened, wondering if the challenge was ever going to end. However, their perseverance and commitment made reaching the end of the war even more special and also prepared them for the challenges that they still had to face as recovering from the war began. You must be wondering when the COVID crisis will end and it is only natural for such uncertainty to make us feel frustrated and sad. However, last Friday reminded us that there have always been hardships and challenges for us to manage and doing so requires a determined and resolute approach knowing that difficult times eventually come to an end. Getting through what we currently face is a real test of our Growth Mindset and we need to remember and use all the work we have been doing to develop and improve it since the start of the school year. Yesterday’s gospel told us about Jesus continuing to reassure his friends. He knew that they faced many hardships and challenges trying to tell the world about Him and like us they felt frightened, unsure and upset about the future. When Thomas expressed his confusion in knowing what he and the others needed to do next, Jesus famously said ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’ By following Jesus’ teachings and example, the disciples and the whole world had a path to follow that would get us all through the challenges and lead us to the victory celebrations. So our Mission for this week is to pray for continued confidence in following Jesus as the pressure for us to give up increases. Perhaps every time you face a struggle this week - whether it is the work you are trying to do, the patience you are trying to have with a brother or sister, the enthusiasm you are trying to find to complete chores or the confidence you are trying to show that we can all get through this – you can say to yourself ‘Jesus, you are the Way, The Truth and the Life’ knowing that with Jesus beside you, no challenge is too difficult. Have a good week children and take good care of yourselves and those who love you.
Year Group: 5
Below is an overview of the curriculum areas we will be covering in Year 5 throughout the Spring term. We look forward to introducing the children to some exciting new topics. Also, we have the Alton Castle residential trip to look forward to. For more information about this, please visit;
If you have any questions or wish to discuss about any aspect of year 5 please get in touch. We are always happy to help.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Myths linked to Ancient Greece. (2 weeks)
Children will be reading Ancient Greek myths and writing their own based on the knowledge they have learnt.
The Mozart Question – Michael Morpurgo
Children will be reading the book as a class, identifying techniques used by the author to develop characterisation, create cohesion and describe events effectively.
Persuasion (2 weeks)
Children will learn persuasive techniques and write a persuasive piece based upon the book, The Island by Armin Greder.
Biography (3 weeks)
Children will be identifying the key features of a biography and they will be researching the life of a person and writing a biography using the features. These could be written about a famous Greek person.
Ongoing throughout spring:
Spelling lessons based on spelling targets for the need of the children and the expectations of the year group.
Grammar – using relative clauses in sentences, using a range of verbs tenses, use paragraphs to order and sequence writing, use descriptions to provoke a response, use subordinating and coordinating conjunctions, recognising relative pronouns and using commas, dashes and parenthesis.
Weekly comprehension activities that are differentiated according to children’s needs.
Spring Term 1:
Order and compare
Addition and subtraction:
Formal written methods
Multiplication and division:
Geometry – properties of shape:
Diagonal and parallel lines
Properties of rectangles
Add and subtract
Fractions of amounts
Spring Term 2:
Multiplication and division:
Formal written methods
Conversions – metric and imperial
Fractions and decimals:
Geometry- direction and movement:
Properties and changes to materials:
Pupils should be taught to:
-Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
-Know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
-Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
-Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
-Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes state are reversible changes
-Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.
Unit D Christmas
Unit E Baptism
Unit F Parables and Sayings of Jesus
Unit G Lent
Unit H Holy Week
Also, children will be participating in Mass, class prayer service, collective worship and daily prayers.
Spring Term 1 -Coding 2 – Random numbers and simulations
Children will continue to enter codes using Espresso coding.
Spring Term 2: Spreadsheets Gold Award.
Children will be opening a prepared spreadsheet, enter simple data use ‘sum’ to find total, enter, label and calculate. Create a graph.
Throughout the year, children will always be looking at E-safety and how to report any problems they see.
Also, children will be using the computers and iPads to research topics.
Children will be taught to:
Chronologically sequence historical events.
Compare law and government, daily life and traditions from Ancient Greece to the present day.
Ask and answer questions about change, causes, similarities and differences in historically periods.
Study the Greek alphabet and understand word origins.
Look at the lives of the Spartans and Athenians.
Understand Ancient Greek achievements and the impact it had on the Western World.
Children will be making Greek pots and theatrical masks.
Children will be following the Charanga music scheme and will be learning songs for the Easter production.
They will be participating in a weekly hymn practice to learn new songs.
PE will be taught by our Sports Coach, Mr Hadlum.
Class 11 – P.E. lessons with Mr. Hadlum
Class 12 – Swimming lessons weekly on a Thursday.