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Welcome to year 5’s class page!


Here at St. Joseph’s we aim to ‘have life and have it to the full’ in all areas of life at school.

We have a very busy year ahead of us. Year Five is filled with hard work and lots of high expectations, however this will also be a very exciting year for us at St. Joseph's with lot’s to look forward to and enjoy.


We will be filling this page with our class news, examples of our work, pictures of all our learning fun, things that we have done and things yet to come later in the year. Do you have any wonderful ideas for this page? Why not let me know and we’ll keep adding our ideas.


Miss Foster




Homework is VERY IMPORTANTto us at St Josephs!


  • Spellings must be practised and learned ready for testing on Wednesdays

  • Homework is also due in on Wednesdays

  • Keep up to date with your 'Conquer Maths' tasks online.

  • Reading EVERY NIGHT is essential… and don’t forget to get your reading record signed!

  • Then why not take an Accelerated Reader Test  using the link below and see for yourself how much you’ve learned from the book!


Celebration Assembly


Every Friday we gather to celebrate children’s achievements across the school. Here are our successes so far.




no Good Work no

indecision Pupil of the Week indecision


Fallon - Maths



Tequan - Literacy/Drama



Ronan - Homework



Freddie - Homework



Freddie - Maths



Thomas - Maths



Sam - Art







no Good Work no

indecision Pupil of the Week indecision


Tyla - Shakespeare Rehearsal



Seraya - Drama



Millie - English



Sena - Maths



Ronan -Maths



Freddie - Homework





Autumn Half Term - 1


We’ve had a very busy but VERY good start to the year.

We’ve already been working hard on many exciting topics and developing our skills and knowledge through interesting activities. We’ve been writing, dancing, acting, reading and counting. But that isn’t all; take a look through our photographs to see our learning journey so far.


Literacy –

  • This term we have been studying a play written by William Shakespeare called ‘Romeo and Juliet. This is a tragedy about 2 young lovers who are forbidden from being together due to their family’s feud. We’ve had great fun whilst studying this script we’ve been acting, writing letters, using descriptive language and even creating our own text message version of the famous balcony scene –

    This work is all part of our learning journey as we get closer to performing in the Shakespeare Schools Festival on Friday 11THNovember!


  • We have also been reading Alfred Noyes’ ‘The Highwayman’ this is a classic narrative poem. It tells the story of a highwayman and his lover Bess. They often meet in secret until one night when Tim the Ostler spots them. He alerts King George’s men and they come to capture the thief. We have really enjoyed learning about this poem of love, jealousy and death. It has inspired us to create newspaper reports and artwork for our classroom.


Numeracy –

  • We’ve been working EXTREMLY HARD in our math’s lessons, for there have been loads of new things to learn and plenty of work to recap! This term we are studying numbers and the number system. We have been adding and subtracting with increasingly large numbers, practising our regrouping skills, ordering numbers, working with negatives and we’ve even been cracking codes using Roman Numerals!


Science –

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” – Sir Isaac Newton. 

  • We have enjoyed the start of this terms science topic – FORCES. As a class we have begun by looking at the different types of forces and recognized that forces are EVERYWHERE! We have experimented with push and pulls, Gravity, friction and air resistance in a variety of FUN scientific tasks.


Challenge us:

Who discovered Gravity?

What is Gravity?

What do we use to measure force?

What does the term ‘Friction’ mean?

How many types of force can you name?  AND give an example of it in action!


Religious Education –

  • This term we have been looking at ‘Ourselves’ and how we are made in the image and likeness of God. We have studied our own talents and qualities and those of great people of importance in history such as Mother Teresa as well as learning about significant figures from the Bible, including Saint Francis of Assisi. We have really enjoyed this topic and have a new appreciation for the people around us and their importance in our lives. We have learned that we all have qualities that God would want us to develop and that our uniqueness is a gift that shows Gods love for us as individuals.


The Wider Curriculum –

  • History - Our topic this term has been the Anglo Saxons. We have learned EVERYTHING about them: Who they were, where they came from, how they lived and even their laws and punishments!!! – These we really gory… WE LOVED IT!


  • Art – We have been so inspired by Charles Keepings’ illustrations in ‘The Highwayman’ that we have created our own versions of his work using chalk on black paper and charcoal on white paper. We smudged, blended and layered the drawing materials onto the paper to get a variety of spooky effects.


Homework –

  • This term we learnt about the Anglo Saxons, not just in school, but in our own time at home too! We have loved researching, reading, writing, drawing and creating models to help us understand more about the people who lived in the UK many years ago.


Here’s some of our work:



This term we are learning about the Anglo Saxons, not just in school, but in our own time at home too!



Autumn Half Term


After having a good half term it is time for a much needed break! Thank you for all of your hard work over the last few weeks! Have a lovely week off, a spoooooky Halloween and I will see you all back refreshed and ready to learn on Tuesday 1st  November.




Autumn Half Term - 2


It’s been a crazy couple of weeks back at school after the half term break and it isn’t going to calm down! This is going to be an EXTREMLEY busy time at St. Josephs, but it will also be one packed with fun!


Literacy –

  • This term we have been looking at and writing our own war poetry. We began by looking at all of the different features of great poems such as, imagery, rhyme, stanza and verse. We read LOADS of war poems and studied lots of war poets as well as remembering, celebrating and giving thanks to those who gave their lives for our freedom. We also studied the book ‘The Christmas Truce’ and compared it to the 2014 Sainsbury’s Christmas advert; we got a lot of ideas for our own work from these too. Miss Foster then let us become poets and write our own war poems, IT WAS GREAT! She said she was really impressed with our rhyming and writing skills. Take a look at some of our work below.


  • We have been reading ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ in literacy. This is an exciting story by C.S.LEWIS about four children finding a magical world in the back of a wardrobe! We’ve had great fun whilst studying this book, we’ve been writing diaries, creating non-chronological reports about lions, using descriptive language and even imagined ourselves going through a door into our own magical world.

Numeracy –

  • We’ve been working well in our math’s lessons, for there have been lots of new things to learn and even things we already know to practice! Everything from multiplication, division, worded problems and (scary) statistics!!!


Science –

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Armstrong. N


  • We have LOVED this terms science topic. We have blasted off into SPACE and studied the solar system! We started by looking at our home – The Earth and then took off in a rocket working our way through “infinity and beyond!” We watched Tim Peake’s launch into space and have considered many natural occurrences such as Eclipse’s, Seasons and Day and Night. We even know how/why these things happen… Honestly WE DO! Ask us and we’ll explain it to you! As well as these we have learnt about the Moon, the Stars and the Planets.


Religious Education –

  • This term we have been looking at ‘Belonging’ focusing upon baptism, confirmation and marriage. We have studied relationships, how to show care and commitment and our own and the school mission. We then entered Advent, a VERY important time for the church! We wrote acrostic poems about waiting in hope, studied the symbolism of the Advent Wreath, wrote Advent prayers/hopes and meditated; imaging that we were witnesses at the birth of Christ! Towards the end of this topic we studied the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel, researching how Jesus belonged to the family of King David. We recorded our findings on a Jesse Tree, using symbols to represent the descendants. We really enjoyed doing this for it was incredibly interesting and proved to be a fun way of recapping many stories from the Bible that we have learnt about in previous R.E lessons!


The Wider Curriculum –

  • Our topic this term has been Italy. We have learned a lot about this beautiful boot shaped country; from the language spoken there to famous monuments, places to visit and their most famous artists, as well as many other key facts.


  • In Art/DT we’ve been preparing for Christmas. We really enjoyed decorating plates for Father Christmas and Rudolf, creating Elfie Selfie decorations and making Christmas cards.


Bonfire Apples

Christmas Plates



3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF!

This term we learnt about SPACE, not just in school, but in our own time at home too! We have loved researching, reading, writing, drawing and creating models to help us understand more about the Earth and Solar system!


Children in Need


Today the Children at St. Josephs celebrated and helped raise money for CHILDREN IN NEED! We had Pudsey themed activities going on in classrooms, dressed in our ‘own clothes’, had a cake sale and were visited by both Austin in his ice cream van and PUDSEY BEAR HIMSELF! We would especially like to thank Austin for his generosity; he came to give EVERYONE… EVEN THE TEACHERS… at St Josephs an ice cream for only a SMALL donation (EVERY PENNY has gone to Children in Need!)

Here are some pictures of our FUNdraising day:

Shakespeare Schools Festival


“What light through yonder window breaks?”


Since coming back to school in September we have been working incredibly hard on a performance for the Shakespeare School Festival. This program has encompassed almost all of our school studies over the last 8 weeks. It has involved Drama, Literacy, History, Art and PSHCE. We have loved every minute of this and have grown from the experience. Together we have learnt about Shakespearean England, the old language (iambic pentameter), the plot and how the happenings affect the emotions of the characters. We have created costumes and props, used the script as the basis for all of our literacy lessons and played games/used drama techniques that have built our confidence, understanding and friendships. But most of all in our shared laughs, tears, joys, fears, highs and lows we have all come closer together, bonded as a team and together we absolutely STOLE THE SHOW!


Mannequin Challenge

Still image for this video
Today year 5 attempted the Mannequin Challange to raise money for a charity of their choice! As it is Advent we decided to add the money to our school Advent collection pot.
It was great fun! Take a look at the video below:

Santa Claus is Coming to Town


The countdown to Christmas has been VERY EXCITING! The whole school has been a hive of Christmas activity. We’ve had Christmas jumper day AND a pantomime AND a disco AND even a HUGE Christmas dinner!


Take a look at our Festive Fun in the pictures below.


We’ve all had such a fun time this term and every single one of us (INCLUDING THE GROWN UPS AROUND SCHOOL) are exhausted and ready for a well-earned break. Enjoy your time off over Christmas with loved ones. I hope you get some lovely presents off Father Christmas and have a Wonderful New Year!


See you all back in school on the 9th January 2017!

Spring Half Term – Part 1


After having a great time off over Christmas and New Year, year 5 returned to school ready to learn and full of excitement for what lay ahead in the new year.


Literacy –

  • This half term we have been reading lots of Greek Myths. We began by looking at the different ingredients of Greek Myths such as, Mythical Creatures, Magical Weapons, Hero’s and Quests. We then studied, punctuated, described, drew and wrote our own Greek Myths. We became REAL heroes in magical worlds who battled TERRIFYING monsters and saved beautiful maidens… with help from our magical objects given to us by Zeus of course!

    Our favourite Greek Myths were:

  • Odysseus and the Cyclops

  • Medusa – The snake haired Gorgon

  • Pandora’s Box

  • Jason and the Argonauts


Numeracy –

  • We’ve been working well in our math’s lessons, studying (scary) fractions!!! This turned out to be not scary at all. We’ve been adding and subtracting fractions; even those with different denominators, ordering and creating equivalent fractions.



Science –

  • We have REALLY ENJOYED this terms science topic. We have been studying materials and their properties!


Religious Education –

  • This term we have been looking at ‘Community’. We studied the mission of inspirational leaders such Elly Jansen and the Richmond Fellowship and then researched local charities, such as a hospices, charities supported by the parish, and national charities. We found out answers to questions as: who was the inspiration for the group, who is involved, whom do they help, how are they funded, how people can help, the reasons for wanting to help? We presented our findings as a PowerPoint to the class. We have also studied the story ‘Good news for the poor’ and learnt how and when Jesus began his mission. Learning about our diocese was also an important and VERY interesting part of this terms topic, we enjoyed researching and writing our findings to the given questions about our diocese and we now feel that we have a better understanding of our local parish family.


  • World Religion Day was great! It gave us the opportunity to learn about and celebrate a religion other than our own, Year 5 studied ‘Judaism’. We learnt about important symbols and artefacts, watched video clips of Jewish traditions and ceremonies and even made our own star of David window decoration.


The Wider Curriculum –

  • Our topic this term has been the Ancient Greeks. We have learned a lot about the country, the people, the Olympics and even their gods.


English - Greek Myths

Creating ED sentences
Describing the features of a myth
Describing a setting.

Star of David stained glass windows.




This term we learnt about THE ANCIENT GREEKS, not just in school, but in our own time at home too! We have loved researching, reading, writing, drawing and creating models to help us understand more about this time in history!


Spring Half Term – Part 2

The countdown to Mother’s Day and Easter so things are even busier than usual in year 5. As well as enjoying and preparing to celebrate this special time, we are also working hard and learning a lot of new skills.

Take a look at this part of the page, it’s full with yet MORE of Year 5’s learning journey!


Literacy –

  • This half term we have been reading lots of Legends. We began by looking at Merlin, King Arthur and The Sword in the Stone before moving onto our focus study; Robin Hood. We created character descriptions, newspaper reports and re-wrote our own tale of Robin Hood.


Numeracy –

  • Over the last few weeks we have mastered possibly one of the trickiest skills of – fractions! We have been finding equivalent fractions, adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions and have even been converting mixed number and improper fractions. This has all been a huge part of our studies and one that we have worked very hard to complete.


Science –

  • We have REALLY ENJOYED this terms science topic. We have been studying scientist and their inventions!


Religious Education –

  • This term has been a very important one in regards to our R.E topic. We have been learning about the lead up to Easter. We studied the importance of Lent and made Lenten promises, reflected upon Jesus’ time in the desert, studied Judas’ betrayal and wrote diary entries from his point of view in an attempt to understand why he betrayed his friend and leader, looked at and re-created the stations of the cross and finally focused upon Jesus’ crucifixion before celebrating his resurrection.


The Wider Curriculum –

  • We have learned a lot about the UK this half term for our topic has been Counties. We studied the ‘War of the Roses’ during our history sessions and learnt many facts about the geography of our island.


  • In Art/DT we’ve been making Mother’s day cards and goodies as well as Easter treats. We really enjoyed using a variety of materials of creating presents for our loved ones.



Counties and Life Cycles!


This term we are learning about counties, not just in England, but around the rest of Great Britain. We are doing this both at school and in our own time at home too! We are loving: researching, reading, writing, drawing and creating models to help us understand more about our country!

Transition Day at All Hallows


Earlier this term we were invited by those at All Hallows to visit their NEW SCHOOL! This was a great opportunity and we really enjoyed the experiences they gave us. The afternoon was filled with fun learning activities that helped us to get a ‘feel’ for their school. We took part in a lot of activities that enabled us to make many new friends, meet the teachers and have a quick tour around their impressive new building. We can’t wait to visit again for a FULL DAY of high school learning!



World Book Day


We celebrated and raised money for 'World Book Day' in style by dressing up as a fictional character from one of our favorite story books. We all got into the spirit of the occasion… YES EVEN THE TEACHERS… and got to take part in some brilliant book/literacy/reading themed activities!

Take a look at some of the pictures below:

Summer Half Term – Part 1


Summer is coming and so things are very busy in year 5. Here’s what we have been up to this half term:


Literacy –

  • This half term we have been studying persuasive writing. We began by looking at the different ways to persuade Miss Foster to give us a piece of chocolate and did our best to get our own way. We blackmailed, bribed, challenged, flattered and even gave ‘facts’. We then went on to study a variety of texts and how they work effectively to persuade. We started by looking at the two Skoda Fabia television adverts and how they work effectively to make us want to buy the products that they aim to sell. THEN IT WAS OUR TURN; Miss Foster challenged us to use the TV adverts that we had seen in order to create a written advert for one of the two cars. In the next few lesson we read and watched Wallace and Gromit the Wrong Trousers and wrote a letter as Gromit to Wallace that tried to persuade him to kick the evil penguin out of OUR home and give us OUR room back! We then became crayons and wrote letters to Duncan in the style of The Day the Crayons Quit and even turned ourselves into animals living in a Kapok tree in an attempt to persuade human being’s from cutting down the rainforest.


Numeracy –

We have had lots of new math’s skills introduced to us this half term:

  • We’ve been working EXTREMLY HARD in our math’s lessons, for there have been loads of new things to learn! GEOMETRY has been one of our focuses this half term!!! Angles aren’t a problem for us now! TEST US AND SEE! WE CAN NAME ALL 4 TYPES OF ANGLES!!! We’ve also been brave enough to start practise using Protractors.

  • Decimals and percentages have also been a major topic in our maths lessons this half term. We have been adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying and dividing by multiples of 10, converting decimals into percentages, finding equivalent F.D.P’S and even working out percentages of amounts!


Science –

  • We have REALLY ENJOYED this terms science topic. We have been studying life cycles!


Religious Education –

  • This term we have been looking at ‘Transformation’. We studied the importance of renewable energy. Created comic strips based on Luke 24:13-35 and studied Pentecost. We also worked in pairs to write and perform a news interview where one of us was the reporter whilst the other was a disciple promoting the word of God and Jesus’ work.


The Wider Curriculum –

  • We have learned a lot about rivers this half term. We have studied the journey of a river, named rivers around the world and even promoted how to keep our rivers clean!

Take an Accelerated Reader quiz at home or show your parents all the books you have read on your own bookshelf.