Welcome to Class 5

Years 5 & 6

Welcome to Class 5’s page!

We hope that you will find this useful and that our page will give you a good idea about the sorts of activities and experiences we enjoy in our class. 

Using novels in Literacy

Our previous class novel was ‘Millions’ by Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

This novel is the tale of a not-so-great train robbery and features two brothers – Damian and Anthony. It includes the themes of loyalty, compassion and support.

Alongside our work on Catholic Virtues and Social Teaching, as well as our learning about children’s rights, this book has given us much to discuss.

During this Lent Term, we are enjoying ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar.

Funny, though-provoking and sometimes heart-breaking, the story is set in the Camp Green Lake juvenile detention centre. Stanley Yelnats, who has been sentenced to hard labour – digging holes in the desert – begins to discover the secrets and deception that lie at the heart of the camp. Masquerading as a character building exercise, what is the real reason behind the holes? 

Our class novels are really important; it is through these carefully-chosen books that we learn to structure our own writing in different ways. The themes of our books also help us to learn more about the world around us and our shared history. 

Reading is an essential life skill. All children have their own green Reading Record Books and we encourage parents/carers to listen to children reading on a regular basis.

Religious Education in Class 5

Children in Class 5 continue to deepen their understanding of ‘driver words’, such as ‘making links’ and ‘show understanding’.

We use a wide variety of religous sources when exploring a particular theme or topic, including ‘Open Bible’, hymn books, the words of Pope Francis or perhaps the principles of Catholic Social Teaching (to name a few).

All children in Class 5 have opportunities to plan and lead acts of worship using our Let Us Pray 2gether resources and the NDCYS materials. Our most recent act of worship for parents and families, was based on the example set for us by Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. 

“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission.” Cardinal John Henry Newman

Other curriculum work

In Music we continue to improve our clarinet skills. We have learned to play a range of different notes and we are widening our musical vocabulary. We are learning to read sheet music and understand the importance of a range of musical symbols. 

Our French lessons have been focused on hobbies. We have been learning to say which activities we like and dislike. 

In Design Technology we are designing emergency vehicles this term and have already started to examine toy vehicles closely to better understand their features and how they work. We are going to be developing our construction and assembly skills during this project, particularly. 

Our Art focus has been on weaving. We produced our own looms, learning about warp and weft threads. We then made our own designs. 

Visiting artist Karen Raithby also worked with us so that we could produce clay crucifixes to mark the start of the Lenten season.

Our Lent Term Religious Education Curriculum 2022

Our visit to Magna

We really enjoyed our recent visit to Magna, which supported our Science work this term on properties of materials.

We took part in an investigation into solids, liquids and gases, watching some explosive reactions in the process!

When we returned to school, we all wrote detailed recounts of our visit and the learning that we took away with us.

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

Our school was recently awarded the Quality in Careers Standard. We aim to prepare children not only for the next stage of their journey through education, but also for the career pathways they may follow as they move into adulthood.

We learn about the huge variety of jobs in the NHS (for example), as well as challenging some of the ideas we might have about jobs for men and women. 

We continue to learn about the 13 Enterprise Skills and how developing these skills might improve our chances of success.  

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