Cherry Orchard, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9AN

01543 263505

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Growing with Jesus

Welcome to Year 5





Friday 11th January

Due in 

Tuesday 22nd January

Homework presentation

Please ensure that you follow the school presentation rules in the same way that you would in your school books. 

Please don't stick lots of sheets into your books.

Please refer to the homework section of the website for further information.



Continue to read daily, use bug club and practice handwriting.

This term Y5 are looking at the narrative poem 'The Highwayman.' A copy of the poem and a video clip is available on Y5 Google Classroom. Please complete the comprehension questions. Record answers in your homework book. 


Spellings (spelling tests will take place on Friday)

 Continue to revise Y3/ Y4 and Y5 / Y6 spelling lists as these will be regularly tested. 

Spelling rule: 

Endings with -cial and -tial 

–cial is common after a vowel letter and –tial after a consonant letter, but there are some exceptions.

Exceptions: initial, financial, commercial, provincial

E.G. official, special, artificial, partial, confidential, essential



 Continue practicing Times Table Rockstars.

Complete the MyMaths activities online. 



Please work through the 'Ten:Ten' monthly newsletter together. 

Discuss our Value & Virtue for this half term: Eloquent & Truthful.

Eloquent and Truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people, and the world.



Y5 have set up their own G-mail accounts and joined the Y5 Google classroom.

To log on: go to the Google homepage, G-mail, use your username followed by then type in your password (remember to keep your password safe and don't share with others).

Check Google classroom regularly for questions, links or assignments.

Spring Term


Autumn Term


Andy Stanton Author Visit

Y5 had a great time meeting 'Best Selling Author - Andy Stanton.' We have loved reading his funny book (Mr Gum) in class.




Creative Homework Presentations

Well done to everyone who has completed their Anglo-Saxon research projects and presented them to the class. 




Alton Castle Retreat

 What a fantastic time Y5 had at Alton Castle on their residential. The theme for this Catholic Retreat was 'Discipleship.' The class took part in many different physical and team building activities. During which they had time to reflect thinking about our 'Values and Virtues' and how we can follow Jesus' footsteps. We also helped lead Mass in St John's Church next to the castle. 





Meal time














Rock Climbing





Library Trip

Y5 had a lovely afternoon at Lichfield Library working alongside a local artist (Jennifer Collier) and the 'Craft & Cuppa' group to create poppies for a giant poppy display. This display is to commemorate one hundred years since the end of the First World War (1914 - 1918) and can be seen at Staffordshire Place in Stafford throughout November. 






This term we have looked at the short film 'The Piano' by Aidan Gibbons that uses flashbacks to tell the story. We have discussed the character's feelings at different points and how the film creates a particular atmosphere and mood.    





Y5 have been learning about the place value of numbers.  



Y5 have been planning and presenting their own collective worship sessions thinking about the theme, stories, prayers, reflections and prayer table objects to include.  



We have been preparing for Christmas by learning about Advent and waiting for the coming of Jesus.  

Y5 made some lovely Advent wreaths and discussed the symbols associated with them. 



This term Y5 are looking at creation stories and prayers. 

'God created man in his own image' Genesis 1:27

What does this mean? - God is good. Everyone is different but we can all reflect his goodness and are special in many different ways. 




Y5 have been learning about different materials and their properties. They learnt about what insulators and conductors are. The class used data loggers to test different materials to see which would be the best insulator for the teachers' cups of tea! Which do you think was the best (none, foil, felt, paper towel or tissue paper)?



Can you feel the force?

We have been learning about forces around us, including gravity. Y5 loved learning about Isaac Newton and his role in discovering gravity and how it affects the planets. 


We have been using force meters to measure the mass (in grams) and weight (the gravitational force in Newtons) of different objects. We also identified the pattern - gravity pulls objects with a force of 1N for every 100g.    




We also investigated how different surfaces can change the distance an object travels. We discussed if the friction was increased or decreased and how we know. 



Air Resistance

We made our own parachutes to carry out a fair test and time how long they took to fall to the ground safely.  



Water Resistance

After learning about air resistance we investigated how water and other liquids affect the movement of different shaped objects. Which shape do you think travels through water quicker (sphere, flat circle or spear)?


Gears, Levers and Pulleys

Y5 have experimented with these simple mechanisms and made their own to demonstrate how they can change the force. 



British History

We have been learning about the Gunpowder plot, English Civil War and the Great Fire of London. Y5 enjoyed learning about the 'Round-heads' and 'Cavaliers.' In groups children presented their own TV news report on the death of King Charles. 

We learned about the events of the 'Great Fire of London' and used clay to make our own tile showing the Great Fire. 





This term Y5 learnt about the Anglo-Saxons. 

We found out about Anglo-Saxon laws and took part in some courtroom role play. 



Finally Y5 designed and made their own Anglo-Saxon brooch after investigating different patterns.