St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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

01282 813045

In May 2017 St. Joseph's was graded as 'GOOD' by OFSTED. We are very proud of this. Ofsted stated 'Effective leadership and teaching have ensured that the school’s end-of-key-stage test results are now significantly above the national expected average in all areas reported on'.

Class 5

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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. Year 6 children will have the opportunity to write in a variety of genres as well as writing a story told through a flashback. Both year groups will work on a debate finishing off the year with responses to poetry through a newspaper report, diary entry or a letter of complaint. 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 ‘What a Knight!’ which will be performed in the second half of this term. Dates will be given out at a later date.

Each morning we will be practising our handwriting skills, grammar and punctuation and during the afternoon there will be guided reading sessions where the children will focus on reading and the skills needed to become competent readers.



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 we will continue to learn our times tables and number facts. We will 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.


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 Wednesday 24th May at St Anne’s Catholic Church, Keighley.  (Further details will be confirmed later)




Miss Pickering, on Monday afternoons, will look at ‘Plant and animal cycles’ followed by investigations into ‘Light’. During this term the children will be introduced to the scheme ‘A journey in love’. This provides the spiritual and emotional aspects of growing into an adult as well as the physical developments. During sex education we will be learning about physical changes to boys and girls in puberty, naming the parts of the body (internal, including the womb etc.) Children will learn about relationships and how the human life cycle works.



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.



Mrs Hopkins will teach class 5 French on Thursday afternoon.


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 and swimming. They will work with Miss Bethyll on Mondays as well as working with Sportscool on a Thursday afternoon. It is important that your child comes with full outdoor kit on these occasions. They will be notified in advance which days these sessions will be on.

Class 5 will be swimming after the May half term



A new topic for Year 5/6 curriculum will be taught on a Wednesday afternoon. The children will investigate what life was like in the Norman period and research the Battle of Hastings.



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


Homework generally will be given on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. There will be a mulitplication test during the week and a spelling test at various times during the half term.

It is important that every member of Class 5 reads for 15 (minimum) each evening; completes all weekly maths and writing homework and practises their weekly spellings and times table facts.


Playground Leaders

Class 5 have been training to be Playground Leaders. We will be showing the younger children in school lots of exciting games and activities they can do at playtime.


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Homework and Revision

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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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