Cherry Orchard, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9AN

01543 263505

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Growing with Jesus

Welcome to Year 5



Y5 Author Trip

On Thursday morning Y5 will be going to King Edwards to meet bestselling author Andy Stanton. If you are able to help please let Mrs Dolphin know by Tuesday. If children would like to buy a signed copy of one of his books 'Natboff' or 'Mr Gum' please bring £6.99 on the day. 


Please continue to bring in your creative homework. It will take us a few weeks to get through them all but if you bring food in please let me know in the morning.

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.

Read / watch the poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat' (also on Google classroom). Highlight the key features and look up any words unknown.  


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 –cious 

Not many common words end like this. They are often adjectives. 

If the root word ends in –ce, the /ʃ/ sound is usually spelt as c – e.g. vice – vicious, grace – gracious, space – spacious, malice – malicious. Exception: anxious.

E.G. vicious, precious, conscious, delicious, malicious, suspicious



 Continue practicing Times Table Rockstars.

Complete the rounding & estimating sheets (please write answers in homework book as sheets are double sided).



Please work through the 'Wednesday's Word' together. 

Discuss our Value & Virtue for this half term: Faith-filled and Hopeful.

Faith-filled in their beliefs and Hopeful for the future.



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.

Autumn Term



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.  



This half 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. 



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.  





This half term Y5 are learning 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.