St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Barnoldswick
Lancashire BB18 5EN

01282 813045

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Class 5

If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 5 please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Henderson, the class teacher.


We will read a broad variety of short texts focusing on scanning and retrieving information efficiently. We will look at inference and what the author implies by his choice of vocabulary and we will continue to read a range of genres. The children will have the opportunity to write in a variety of genres that will include a variety of reports, letters, debates and a biography. In the second half of term they will write a story in response to the class novel ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ and look at poetry. Handwriting and grammar are timetabled daily as an important and vital part in the children’s learning of English. We shall also start work on our summer production of ‘Let Loose’ which will be performed in the second half of this term. Dates for this will be given out at a later date.



We will be looking at problem solving using all methods of calculation (multiplication, division, addition and subtraction), involving two and three step calculations. Fractions, decimals and percentages will be revisited. Mental calculations and speed are priority so please, please, please continue to learn your times tables and number facts! Remember Year 6 to also revisit Roman numerals in the first three weeks of this term. In the second half of term, Class 5 will lead a Maths practical workshop for the school. The children will take a specific area of Mathematics and work in partners and small groups to make activities/games for the younger children to enjoy.

As always knowledge and speed of recalling times table facts (up to 12) is vital and the children must continue to learn these facts each week.


Religious Education

In the first half of term the Holy Spirit will be our main focus. We will look at how the Holy Spirit helped the Apostles when they needed strength and courage. This will be running alongside Confirmation preparation for the Year 6 children. Please note that Confirmation this year is planned to take place on Sunday 20th May, Pentecost Sunday, at St. Joseph’s Church with Bishop Marcus.                  




Miss Pickering on Monday afternoons will begin by learning about the movement of the Earth and other planets, relative to the sun in the solar system. They will learn to describe the movement of the Moon and use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night. The children will investigate the causes of why shadows change during the day and changes to sunset and sunrise times over a year. Later in the term, the children will learn how to describe the changes to humans as they develop through life into old age. Additionally, they will look at the biology of animals and discover what they need to survive. Children will work scientifically by comparing the gestation period of other animals and compare them to humans.


The Amazon will be continued in the first half of the term on a Thursday afternoon with Miss Shekleton.



From a study of natural form the children will make sketches exploring different techniques of shading, cross hatching, scale and proportion and composition.



This term the children will have the chance to put together an Online-Safety Power Point which they will share with our junior children in an assembly.



throughout the term we will be discussing the importance of being healthy (diet, exercise and hygiene).  As part of our Catholic Sex Education programme, ‘A journey of Love’ the children will learn how their bodies change through puberty as they become adults and how this can affect their feelings and emotions. 


Miss Naylor will teach music in the first half term on a Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Palmer will continue with music for the children with instruments as usual.


Physical Education 

There are lots of wonderful sporting activities in the second half of this term for Class 5. Children will experience the expertise of different coaches in sports such as cricket, athletics and swimming. They will work with Miss Bythell on Mondays as well as working with Sportscool on a Wednesday afternoon. It is important that your child comes with full outdoor kit on these occasions.

Class 5 will be swimming after the May half term on a Tuesday afternoon.

Please note:  P.E. kit must be in school at all times!



Homework generally will be given on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. There will be various multiplication tests and spelling tests throughout the term and it is important that your child continues learning their times tables up to 12 and their Year 5/6 spelling list.

It is important that every member of Class 5 reads for 15 minutes (minimum) each evening; completes all weekly maths and writing homework and practises their weekly spellings and times table facts. The reading record book (green book) should have at least two signatures per week from an adult acknowledging the child’s reading. Year 6 children must regularly read their CGP books throughout the year as a revision aid.


Money Program

The children in Class 5 have been taking part in workshops with Mr Souter, where they learn about money and how to handle it in a productive way. They have learned about how loans, credit and debt work and the the different ways of borrowing money and the pitfalls they may encounter if they don't use money sensibly.

Maths Challenge at West Craven High School

Four Year 6 children completed a Maths Challenge Event at West Craven High School .  They competed against other schools with in a variety of different Maths challenges including speed rounds and logic questions.

Playground Leaders

Class 5 have been taking part in Playground Leader training and organising lots of exiting new activities for the younger children in school.


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Homework and Revision

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Mathematical Puzzles

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Long Term Planning



Please find below an outline of the topics covered in your child's class. We are currently in Year A of the two year cycle.

If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 5 please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Henderson, the class teacher.

 Class 5 Long Term Plan Year A 2016-2017.pdfDownload
 Class 5 Long Term Plan Year B 2017-2018.pdfDownload
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