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St Giles' Catholic Primary School

Part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Grow in Faith and Love

"In knowing Jesus, we seek to fulfil our God-given potential. We value every person as we look beyond ourselves in a spirit of charity, forgiveness and honesty"

Year 5

Year 5

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely summer holiday and it’s been a real privilege to get to know your children.


You are always welcome to come and see our classroom – when you arrive you will see us dedicated to our learning while having lots of fun and laughter. Our class have a fantastic work ethic; we always strive to do our best. We celebrate hard work, we are eager to learn and we are engaged in our tasks.



Our Class Saint is Saint Jerome. We will be discovering who he was and what he did.

The RE units this term are:



Sacraments of the Sick




This term we are exploring, ‘The London Eye Mystery’ – a gripping read which will have the children developing their persuasive writing,writing newspaper reports and creating their own narratives. English lessons will be taught by either myself or Mrs Wilkin, and at times both of us!



Upper Key Stage 2 children are expected to read for 30 minutes at home every day, in addition to the discrete reading sessions that they do at school. This should be signed in their reading diary by an adult every day. This is not optional. Reading is a vital part of the curriculum, and an essential life skill.



During the Autumn Term, we will be consolidating and extending our knowledge of place value up to 1,000,000. We will be reinforcing our calculation skills, including addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and applying these to various situations including area and perimeter and statistics.

‘IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD’ is our new vehicle.

It will involve show casing our own art exhibition towards the end of the Autumn Term, taking inspiration from our trip to the Tate Liverpool. We will be looking at the history of Liverpool, delving into its links with the Titanic and slavery. In Geography, we will explore North America, discovering its climate, physical features and time zones. We will also be making some canapés which will be served during the opening of the art exhibition, while exploring jazz music and songs from the Beatles. In French we will be learning the names of the planets and how to describe them, including how far/near they are to each other. Computing will be taught by Mr Johnson who will be teaching the children about graphics and they will create a picture on the computer, using their skills they have learnt. This will link to our curriculum vehicle by creating their own art work using computer programmes.



One science lesson each week will be taught by a specialist Science teacher, Mrs Johnson, starting with a unit of work on ‘Earth and Space.’ This will link to our curriculum by looking at the world from another perspective and how Earth relates to other planets in the solar system. We will explore the seasons and why day and night occurs. The other science will be taught by me, and we will be exploring properties of materials, which will include conductors of both heat and electricity and insulators.



We will also be going swimming on Mondays. On Fridays we will be developing our skills in netball and handball and playing small sided games.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           



Homework will handed-out every Wednesday and should be completed for the following Monday, in line with the school’s homework policy. Weekly homework will include a Maths IXL task, a grammar task (which may also be electronic), and spellings to be learned. Times-tables need to be practised at home. Although many of the children have a confident knowledge of the times tables, speed and fluency are becoming even more important as times tables underpin so much of the Year 5 Maths. Spellings are tested on Mondays and times-tables (22 Club) on Fridays.


If you have any queries or concerns, please come and see me in school or over the phone. My door is always open.


Mrs Fountain and Mrs Hankinson

22 Club

End of Year Expectations Year 5

Suggested Books for Year 5