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Welcome to year 5

Miss Bird and Miss Cooper

Online Reading Library


Oak National Academy are working with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new online library for pupils. The Virtual School Library hosts free reading and writing content from children’s authors, providing a free-to-access book every week from the platform’s author of the week.

This week’s author is Jacqueline Wilson. A great way to keep children reading at home!


Class Saint




In RE this half term, we will be understanding the role played by the Apostles in proclaiming the Good News. We will also be looking at two significant Sacraments of Commitment in the Church; Marriage and Holy Orders.


How different will you be when you are as old as your grandparents?


In Science, we will be looking at and describing the changes as humans develop to old age. We will be exploring how a foetus develops in its mother’s womb, the changes humans go through as they move from a baby to a child and from a child into adulthood





Were the Anglo Saxons really smashing?


During this half term, the children will be exploring the impact that the Anglo Saxons had on Britain. By the end of the unit they will:

*Know where the Anglo-Saxons came from.

*Know at least two famous Anglo-Saxons.

          *Use a time line to show when the Anglo-Saxons were in England.

*Know the link between Anglo-Saxons and Christianity. *Know that many Anglo-Saxons were farmers.

          *Know that the Anglo-Saxons gave us many of the words that we use today.

*Know how crime and punishment has changed over a period of time.





Could you design the next piece of the Staffordshire Hoard?


Our Art work this half term will link to our knowledge of the Anglo Saxons and the Staffordshire Hoard.

The children will be conducting their own research and collecting images from different sources based on their interesting patterns, colours and textures. They will then use e-resources to create their own pieces of art, thinking carefully about how they can apply and experiment with techniques that they have researched




Could you be the next radio presenter?

Children will continue to explore and use programs to record, edit and play sounds. They will explore the use of jingles, podcasts and advertisements in radio and the features of these. They will use their computing skills and knowledge of software to plan, record and edit their own examples of digital content.

Class Texts

Autumn 1 Varjak Paw by SF Said

Autumn 2 Street Child by Berlie Doherty

Spring 1 Oranges in No Man's Land by Elizabeth Laird

Spring 2 The Nowhere Emporiumby Ross Mackenzie

Summer 2 Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo


Summer 2

Our class text for this half term is Beowulf; a text that links perfectly to Year 5’s History Unit based on the Anglo-Saxons.

In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him.

Beowulf’s terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature.



Spring 2 2021 

When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' -- and its owner, Mr Silver -- draw Daniel into a breath-taking world of magic and enchantment. Recruited as Mr Silver's apprentice, Daniel learns the secrets of the Emporium's vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms -rooms that contain wonders beyond anything Daniel has ever imagined. But when Mr Silver disappears, and a shadow from the past threatens everything, the Emporium and all its wonders begin to crumble. Can Daniel save his home, and his new friends, before the Nowhere Emporium is destroyed forever?

Homework/Reading Expectations

Children will continue to receive daily Maths and Literacy homework, which is to be completed each night.

On Thursdays, children will receive one piece of either Maths or English homework plus one piece of homework linked to a foundation subject (Art, Science, MFL, Computing, Music, Geography, History etc). 

This will be due in on the following Monday.

Reading-We strongly encourage children to read at least 3 times a week at home. Reading underpins the whole curriculum and so is vital to children’s success. We encourage children to read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to encourage stamina and also reading for pleasure. It is fine for children to read about topics that they are interested in and also books from home as long as they also read their Accelerated Reading books. This is so that they can take quizzes to acquire points towards their reading targets. Children who read at least 3 times a week, every week will be rewarded at the end of term.

Each class will also be selecting a ‘Reader of the Week’, which will be awarded in celebration assemblies on a Friday.

Spellings-spellings will be given out on a Monday and tested on the Friday.

Please practice these at home.


Particular focus this Summer term


During Summer 2 term our Literacy focus will link to our class text 

This half term, the children will be continuing to develop their knowledge of high quality literature through the study of our class text ‘Beowulf’. They will be using their reading skills to draw inferences about the characters in the story. They will then go on to look at the features of legends and the use of techniques to create suspenseful narrative writing; the final result being their own legend story. As always, there will continue to be a focus on the use of correct spelling and grammar throughout 




In Maths, we will begin the half term by finishing off our Geometry unit. We will be particularly exploring angles, looking at how to measure, draw and compare them as well as knowing angles rules within shapes. We will then be moving on to our statistics unit in which the children will develop skills that require them to interpret and produce different types of data. We will be continuing to develop the children’s reasoning and problem solving skills through a range of activities.



Les Sports

In French lessons the children will:

Learn body parts vocabulary – label on diagram

Use the verb avoir with parts of the body to make sentences.

Read and translate a short description

Write a short description 

Learn sports vocabulary

Give opinions about sports including favourite (orally and in sentences)

Learn verbs in the infinitive for carrying out sports

Learn about ‘er’ verbs and use correctly when speaking




This term we will continue to follow the Ten:Ten ‘Life to the Full’ programme for RSE. Please log into the parent portal to access information about the programme your children will be following, resources and suggestions for further activities at home.

You will need the following login credentials for our school:

Username:      st-mary-st6

Password:      vision24-st6




This half term, the children will be taking part in multi skills activities. PE will be on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and children will need to attend school in full school PE kit for these lessons.



Music continues to be taught by Mrs Amison, our specialist music teacher on Wednesday mornings. 


Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.

2nd/ 3rd March Parent’s Evening- letter to be sent out with regards to format.

Thursday 4th March- World Book Day.