St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School,
West Close Road, Barnoldswick
BB18 5EN

01282 813045

Our Statement to Live By this week is: 'Simple things make us happy.'

Class 5

 Newsletter Class 5 Autumn 2018.pdfDownload
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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.


Each morning the children will practise their skills at handwriting and the use of grammar and punctuation. Throughout the week they will have the opportunity to read pieces of text and analyse them in depth, looking for clues to questions based on inference and deduction. Daily reading at home/school will give them the skills needed to become competent and confident readers to tackle longer pieces of work. As you may know from the Year 6 Reading SATs tests, children now need to read at speed much longer and more
complex texts with the ability to skim and scan efficiently and use their skills of inference and deduction to answer questions. We will focus on these important skills throughout the year. The children will have the opportunity to listen to a novel and give predictions and express preferences. They will write an adventure story based on a plot inspired by Padraig Kenny – 'Tin ‘. They will carry out research, write and present a biography. After half term we will be looking at classic fiction and in particular Charles Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’. Three weeks will be spent on Classic Poetry – ‘The Highway Man’ .The Christmas story will be written in the form of a newspaper article.




.The term will start by revising place value and comparing and ordering numbers up to one million and three decimal places. We will study in depth the four calculations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division both mental and written  methods. We will then focus on 2D and 3D shape. Again knowledge and learning of times tables are vitally important in this term and homework time will be given to learn their 11 and 12 times tables. After the mid-term holiday we will work with fractions, investigate measure- length including
perimeter and area, and statistics including interpreting and constructing pie-charts. 

Religious Education

We will be looking at ‘The Kingdom of God’. We will retell some parables and reflect on what the kingdom of God is like. We will learn that the kingdom is for everyone and we will see how the miracles of Jesus help us to see what God is like. (There will be an RE newsletter that follows to explain the topic for this half term in more detail.) Children will work together on leading junior assemblies on a rota and will deliver class collective worship in small groups weekly.             




In the Autumn term, class 5 will be learning about Evolution and Inheritance. They will research how living things are adapted to suit their environment and that this adaptation may lead to evolution. They will compare how some living things are adapted to live in extreme conditions and analyse the advantages and disadvantages of such adaptations. Later in the term the children will explore a range of materials. They will look at irreversible and reversible changes and devise experiments and methods to investigate such changes


Our topic this term is ‘The Greeks’; we will look at all aspects of what life was like including the sports they played.




This term we will look at and think about our class value ‘Respect’. We will explore its meaning; what it means to us individually, as a class and the value it has within our school.



Physical Education 

 In the first half of the Autumn term the children will have Miss Bythell on a Monday afternoon. They will focus on hockey skills.
The children’s indoor P.E. kit should comprise of: black shorts; white polo shirt and black pumps – no motifs please. Earrings must be removed prior to the lessons. Please note: This P.E. kit must be in school at all times!
After the half term break Class 5 will go swimming on a Tuesday afternoon – a reminder will be sent out before the half term break.
Sportscool will then take the children on a Wednesday afternoon. A full outdoor P.E kit should be brought in as it will take place outdoors. (The kit should include a waterproof jacket due to our unforeseen weather!)


Homework generally will be given on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. Your signature (at least twice per week) is needed in their reading record green books, as this is my only indication that they have completed their reading homework. There is a note in the front of the reading record to remind parents and it is very much appreciated that you monitor their reading by a signature. There will be an arithmetic test during the week (featuring times table facts and place value knowledge) and a spelling test (not necessarily weekly). Read Theory and Rockstar Times tables are two invaluable resources that your child can access online which need to be visited weekly and will be monitored.


Art and History with West Craven

Class 5 were visited by teachers from West Craven School and took part in lessons on art and history.  The children learned how to create poppies from recycled bottles and also investigated artifacts from both world wars.  The amazing poppies they created were placed in our prayer garden as part of our Remembrance Day commemoration.

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.

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.


Homework and Revision

Click on the pictures above to visit the BBC bitesize revision site.


Mathematical Puzzles

Keep your brains in trim by using some of these puzzles and games. Click now!

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 B 2019-20.pdfDownload
 Class 5 Long Term Plan Plan A 2018-19.pdfDownload
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