St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

A Voluntary Academy

Trusting in God; Creating Tomorrow; Helping Today

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Spring 2 - Firedamp and Davy Lamps


 I am very excited about our new topic for this half term. The topic is named 'Firedamp and Davy Lamps'. It is all about mining which is a huge part of our local area's history.


How did it feel to work in a coal mine? How has the coal mining industry changed over the years and does it have a future? What impact has it had on our local area and the wider regions of the UK? We will be exploring these questions and many more during this excellent topic.


We have a beautiful new display linked to our topic with some wonderful work and pictures of our launch day. We had some hands on experience with different artefacts linked to mining history. It was fantastic!


CAFOD assembly and workshop


We had a wonderful assembly led by Mrs Neale all about CAFOD and how we can support this excellent charity during the season of Lent. We learnt about different people around the world and how we could support them. Then Year 5 had a workshop in class all about how we can care for our common home and looked at 'Laudato Si' (a letter from Pope Francis). We then had time to discuss how we already care for our common home in school and what we could do to improve our approach.



Our new topic in RE is 'Sacrifice'. We will be learning about Jesus' sacrifice, the season of Lent, its importance, Judas' betrayal, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.



Our author of the term for Spring 1 is Elen Caldecott. We have a range of his books available to read and of course we have our recommendation station for all our book reviews. I can't wait to see what we all think of this fantastic author's books.



Spring Term 1 - Alchemy Island


Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely, relaxing break and that you are ready for the term ahead.


It's time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We're going on a magical journey, unravelling riddles and adventuring around Alchemy Island! During this topic, we will have to be creative and try to impress the Island's team of ace alchemists. 

We will be learning about the art of alchemy and who alchemists are. We will be using maps, keys and co-ordinates to find our way across the Island. As we travel across the Island, we will be thinking about where the contours of the landscape are, looking out for hills and valleys. The Island can be very treacherous, we will have to use grid references and use these to plot routes around the Island.


Our new topic in RE is 'Mission'. We will be learning about Jesus' mission, how this began and the scripture that he himself based his mission on. We will also be learning about what a diocese is and the mission of a diocese.



Our author of the term for Spring 1 is Philip Pullman. We have a range of his books available to read and of course we have our recommendation station for all our book reviews. I can't wait to see what we all think of this fantastic author's books.


Autumn Term 2 - Off with her Head!


Welcome back to a new term. This half term, our topic is called Off with her Head! This topic is based on the Tudors. It will include lots of work on how the dynasty began, their Kings and Queens and crime and punishment.


There are some fantastic books in the classroom that are based on our topic. See if these can help you during our topic lessons!


We had an amazing launch day! We researched how the Tudor Era began and found that it started with the Battle of Bosworth during the War of the Roses. We each chose a side, the red roses of House Lancaster led by Henry Tudor or the white roses of House York led by King Richard III. We created our own roses to wear during the battle.

Then the time for battle arrived. The armies formed on the battlefield and charged forward. House Lancaster led by Henry Tudor prevailed and he declared himself King Henry VII.

After the battle, we all put our allegiances to one side and filled in Tudor Roses with all the information we had learnt during the day.


 Our new topic in RE is 'Life Choices'. We will be thinking about how we act, the characteristics of a good friend and neighbour and the Sacraments. Our display shows friendship soup and some of the ingredients you might find in it to make a perfect friend. Our prayer area also has an interactive friendship soup resource where you can write down what makes a perfect friend and add it to the soup.



Autumn Term 1 - Pharaohs


Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.

Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture. Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! Learn about the preparation of a body for its journey into the afterlife. Now open the doorway to ancient Egypt – who knows what treasures you will find?


Our topic this term is called ‘Pharaohs’ and will focus on the study of Ancient Egypt. The children will find out about Howard Carter and his famous discovery, what the role of the Pharaoh was, about the process of mummification and they will discover why the River Nile was important to the Ancient Egyptians.



We have had some wonderful topic homework already this term. I cannot wait to see what else arrives in school!


We have added a timeline above our topic display. This timeline includes all the periods of history that Year 5 have learnt about in previous years and the historical periods that will be taught this year.



Our topic in RE is 'Ourselves'. We will be learning about how all people are called by God to be special, the qualities God gave us and how we can appreciate the differences between all people.


We have a wonderful new reading area based on the book 'The Jungle Book'. There are a variety of different books in the reading area and an opportunity for book reviews and recommendations.

We also have an Author of the Term. This term the author is Enid Blyton. We have a selection of different books to read and recommend to others. I am excited to see some of the Enid Blyton books that are brought in from home.

Curriculum matters Autumn 1