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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Year 5 have settled into their new classroom and have been working hard. In Maths, we have been reviewing our knowledge of place value and addition, and in English the children have written a recount of their summer holidays. Mr Curran and Mrs Wasmuth have enjoyed reading about the children's favourite days out and activities. In Science, we have begun learning about Space. 

Daffodil Drawing Competition


Year 5 entered a daffodil drawing competition held by Stewarts Garden Centres. We are very proud of these beautiful images and we hope you enjoy looking at them too. The prize for the winning entry is some daffodil bulbs and compost for the school. This would definitely go to good use, if we're lucky enough to win.  


"Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy!" Isaiah 35:2

September 2021

In Year 5  we have continued our learning of subtraction in Maths and writing a recount of an evacuation during a flood as a diary entry in English. In Art we have been learning about formal elements of Architecture and drawing by interpreting forms from direct observation. We sketched the houses opposite our school, including as much detail as possible and the use of shading, where appropriate.

October 2021

Year 5 have continued with their fantastic work! In Maths we have begun learning long multiplication, and in English the children have been continuing their descriptive writing using the picture book 'The Flood'. This has included understanding and describing a tsunami. In Science we are continuing our Space topic and the children in small groups made a short video using IPADS to explaining the movement of the earth and other planets, relative to the sun. Ask them if they can explain the difference between geocentric and heliocentric theories. In RE we continued 'Prayers, Saints and Feasts' and discussed why people may go on a pilgrimage.

November 2021

As part of Diversity week, we have been learning about Malala Yousafzai and the Manchester United and England football player, Marcus Rashford. Both are inspirational figures who have overcome adversity to raise awareness of the right to education and food poverty. The children wrote a biography of Malala and learnt that Marcus has worked with people who give food to families who don’t have enough.

Race for Life

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)


Race for Life Year 5 by Ines 

Before half term, we dressed in pink to raise money for cancer research.  As a school, we raised more than £600 just by running for the ‘Race for Life’. Some of us ran 30 laps around the playground in 30 minutes, and others ran a bit less. The teachers all wore pink tutus and we all had fun coming to school in pink! It was a great day and we were proud of our amazing school! 

December 2021

St. Nicholas Day

Mrs Mills visited Y5 to ask the class to reflect on St. Nicholas as we move closer to Christmas. On his feast day, we learnt:

  • The reason we have candy canes at Christmas is linked to St. Nicholas’ shepherding staff
  • We must open our heart to Jesus and talk to God through prayer
  • To be generous at all times - Matthew 25:35-40:
    • 35 I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, 36 naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37 The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ 40 The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’
  • Nicholas was an altar server
  • Nicholas became a priest and as a young priest his parents sadly passed away. They left him lots of money but Nicholas didn’t feel he needed lots of riches so he gave it away to help the poor and those who had very little
  • He threw money through people’s windows during the night and this landed in stockings that were being kept warm by the fireplace. This is probably how we have this Christmas tradition today
  • On one particular house, there were 3 daughters. Nicholas would climb the roof of a house as he couldn’t get through the window and the money would come down the chimney
  • Nicholas was selfless and said that it wasn’t about him but God
  • When the local Bishop died, he wanted Nicholas to take over. Nicholas was very popular in his local area and the people wanted him to lead them
  • When Nicholas passed away, people copied his goodness and gave presents
  • St. Nicholas was a role model for millions of people as they shared what they have and took more pleasure in giving than receiving and to see happiness I others’ faces
  • Presents were usually shared on his feast day – 6th December but this tradition faded and was brought closer to Christ’s birth - Christ being our gift
  • We appreciate all that Nicholas did in providing hope, Love, Joy and Peace to those he met (the 4 Advent candle themes)

We ended with a prayer for Fr. John to make sure his health improves and for ourselves to think of others who have less than us in a season that appears to have plenty.

Ginger Bread making

On Tuesday 14th December, Miss Kelross led a festive, practical lesson on ginger bread making. As you can see, the children enjoyed rolling out the dough, shaping it into something festive and most importantly decorating their baked goods! They do love the icing bag!

December 2021

On Thursday 16th December, Fr. Christmas paid a visit to St. Joseph's. He met with the Y5 children with his elves!!! Fr. Christmas shared jokes, as did the children and they all received a gift which had made their way from Lapland. It was a lovely time which formed part of Christmas Party Day. 


January 2022

Y5 & Y6 Epiphany Liturgy
Year 5 and Year 6 joined together on Thursday 6th January to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany when the three wise men (Magi) visited Jesus at the manger. Deacon Hugh celebrated this liturgy with us. We celebrated the arrival of the three wise men after following the light of the star and who came to the happy end of their journey. As we begin another year, we acknowledge that we are on a journey with Christ, following the light of Jesus, trying to become closer and closer to him. We have many gifts to offer our Lord.  During our liturgy we thought about what we could offer to God to help us to become closer to him. 

We heard the Gospel from Matthew 2:1-12


9-10 And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East. When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was11 They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshiped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him.


God our Father, you showed your son to all people by the guidance of a star.  

Lead us to your glory in heaven by the light of faith.  

We make our prayer through that same son Jesus who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever.  


February 2022

On Friday 4th February Y5 joined in with the nation in raising funds as part of the NSPCC Number Day - The children enjoyed taking part in a range of maths problem solving and multiplication games throughout the day. Everyone used Times Table Rockstars. Please remember to use your own login at home for this programme to enable the children to improve their times tables. Excitingly, everyone 'dressed up for digits' with a maths theme as you can see from the photo. 

March 2022

World Book Day 2022


On Thursday 3rd March 2022 we celebrated World Book Day. The children looked amazing! They were dressed as characters from their recent and historical favourite books. During the afternoon the children made reading dens in the classroom and read their books.  

World Book Day 2022 - The Magic Crayon

During World Book Day, each class took it in turn to write and illustrate a section of a story based on a text we all used during that week, Journey by Aaron Becker. We called our own text, 'The Magic Crayon'. We hope you enjoy reading it!

March 2022

Author Visit

On Friday 11th March 2022 Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children received a very special visitor.  The author Natalie Denton visited school and read the first chapter of her recently published book ' William Wallberson's Wishes'.  It is the story of a quiet boy, who everybody forgets he exists until the day he finds a mysterious gemstone...


Natalie then answered lots of questions from the very excited children from all year groups..  The questions included - 


Why did she become an author? 

How could they become an author?

What was her favourite subject at school? 

What was her favourite book when she was at Primary School?  


A huge thank you to Natalie and to Miss Thomas for organising.  

March 2022

CAFOD Lenten Assembly & Workshop

On Tuesday 8th March 2022, Steve Deadman from CAFOD visited school to share the Lenten theme (focused on walking against hunger) through a whole school assembly and then workshop in class.


In the whole school assembly, Steve informed us about Walking Against Hunger in solidarity with the 200 million children whose lives are at risk because of malnutrition. The importance of working with those in need overseas. We watched a You Tube video: CAFOD Lent film for children 2022


He particularly focused on Sierra Leone and Lombeh who, as a baby, was not growing properly due to her ill health, all due to the fact that her mother had no access to nutritious food. She eventually became well because the sisters at a local convent provided her with a sesame seed paste which helps children to grow big and strong. The local community have come together to make the baby food so this doesn’t happen to any other families. No child should go hungry yet there are 200 million children whose lives are at risk due to malnutrition.


Mr Curran added that St. Joseph’s was involved in this campaign and had linked this to their Daily Mile activity. We linked these to places of pilgrimage.

Y5 Class Workshop with CAFOD

Year 5 enjoyed a visit from Steve where he showed the class a powerpoint about refugees being on the move. 

The children chose 6 items which were listed throughout the classroom and took on the role of either a parent or child. As we went through the powerpoint, the children had to make changes to their items for various and many reasons. 


Steve ended with informing us all that the current Ukraine crisis had led to CAFOD organising food and medicine for the refugees. They have provided £100,000 worth of support. We prayed for all children and families as below:


Loving God,

We thank and praise you 
for all the gifts you have given us. 
But in a world of plenty 
too many people go hungry.

We pray that you may work through us, 
so our small acts of love 
make a big difference 
and everyone may have enough to eat.


Year 5 First Aid Sessions

On Monday 7th March 2022, Year 5 enjoyed learning about some basic first aid skills and doing this practically as you can see from the many photos as part of the Relationships, Social and Health Education subject area within the curriculum. Jo and Becky led the sessions which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

They learnt about Flat Stan and each received a booklet that they could take home to share. This session covered areas such as:

  • What First aid is
  • Ways to get help
  • What to do in an emergency
  • What to do if someone is bleeding, has a nose bleed, is choking, not breathing, is lying on the floor, if someone is burnt and if someone has a lump or bump

As you can gather from the above list, the children covered a wide range of key first aid areas

Year 5 would like to thank Jo and Becky from First Response First Aid for making these sessions fun and active.

You can find out more about Flat Stanley and his first aid antics at:

St. Patrick's Day Class Liturgy 

On 17th March, Year 5 shared a prayerful reflection and thoughts about St. Patrick with an audience (for the first time in two years)! They read scripture and shared prayers about St. Patrick's past. They also enjoyed sharing a laugh when dancing to an Irish song and singing a beautiful hymn, 'Christ Be Beside Me' - a hymn associated with the saint. 


Please enjoy looking at the photos and powerpoint of the assembly. We were very grateful to see so many parents and Governors visit. We would also like to thank Deacon Hugh who was also present and who kindly shared a blessing with us all. 

St Patrick's Day Class Liturgy Presentation

St Patrick's Day prayers

Mayor of Christchurch Visits Y5 and Y6
On Monday 4th April, the Mayor of Christchurch, Mrs Sue Bungey, visited both year groups to talk to them about being the Mayor. They learnt about her role as Mayor and the children enjoyed seeing her colourful robe and garments. They also enjoyed seeing her golden chain. Very bling!! They couldn't believe the pictures of the Mayors from the past and how there were no women involved. The children were pleased to hear that there are women now active within the council and political field. Sue asked the children their views on Christchurch and what they would like to see happen to the town in the future. She mentioned that there might even be a Christchurch Council for Children. 

April 2022

On Thursday 7th April, Year 5 were treated to some musicians who visited St. Joseph’s and played many well-known pieces of classical music. They enjoyed listening to and were mesmerised by the beautiful notes and tones of the violin and viola. The children heard several pieces of music which they clapped along to and included:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • A traditional Hungarian folk tune
  • Greensleeves
  • A song from The Lion King – Hakuna Matata
  • The Harry Potter theme
  • Star Wars theme
  • The Can Can and
  • The theme from Beauty and the Beast

Some children who do not normally play an instrument were invited to have a go and play the violin themselves!! We even had someone from Year 6 as the conductor. We would like to thank Miss Wright for organising this for the school. It was beautiful to hear classical music in school.

May 2022 - Leeson House Residential

Year 5 enjoyed a fantastic residential experience to Leeson House ( As you can see from the itinerary, it was a busy few days.


Throughout our few days we learnt about:

  • The Spyway Barn and what such a barn could have been used for
  • Langton Matravers village and what stories it had including both buildings that were once boarding schools – Leeson being a girls boarding school while a boys boarding school was nearby
  • Smugglers carried out their deeds at night and used the area to hideout in
  • Dancing Ledge which is a well-used area for climbing and coasteering. We even saw both activities taking place whilst there! We also saw the seams in the rock face and saw a sea swimming pool that was man made for the boys boarding school nearby
  • Bombs being dropped in a nearby field as part of World War II but didn’t hit Leeson House. German boys who once attended the area helped to avoid this from damaging both schools
  • Kissing gates as we walked through the beautiful Dorset countryside
  • Jumping over stiles
  • Church barrels in Langton Church roof filled with smuggler’s goods
  • Differences between Somerford and our locality
  • Working in teams as part of problem solving activities
  • Orienteering around the large site
  • A cow that had a stone plaque built into a dry stone wall because it got its head stuck into an old fence that used to be where the wall now is. We had to ‘pat’ the head of the cow as we walked past it or it would ‘pat’ on our heads!!
  • To walk like a smuggler, without making a sound, down a well-trodden path that they would have used. They all would have been fantastic smugglers with such silence.
  • Leeson House was used as part of the war effort with RADAR being housed there
  • Enjoyed hot chocolate both nights and had both hot meal and pudding every night
  • Durlston Country Park was a fossil hunting area
  • Lots of hills to roll down after lunch!!
  • Learnt about Purbeck stone being traded and City of London markers/bollards/pillars being installed
  • The different methods, techniques and styles of dry stone walling which was commonplace
  • Skylarks nested in the long grass and would fly very high and then suddenly drop “happy as a skylark”
  • We saw giant ants nests
  • Prevailing winds changed the shape of the trees and affected golf playing in the south west!
  • The timeline of the world with 4 steps symbolising 100 million years
  • Saw monoliths with massive fossils in them
  • A giant stone globe built in 1891 where commonwealth countries and those within the British Empire were made to look larger than their normal size when compared to other countries. This showed their importance for trade. Some countries had changed their names from that of today
  • Used the globe to learn about the equator
  • Learn about rocks and how fossils are formed
  • Pond dipping and matching what they found to a card that had a key on it
  • How to tidy up after eating in the dining room, working as a team and cleaning tables
  • How to make a bed and put a pillow case and duvet cover on. Some of us even managed to use a vacuum!!

Leeson Smuggling Stories and Anecdotes

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

On Friday 27th May, the whole school celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee by dressing in red, white and blue and enjoying a Jubilee picnic on the playground. We invited parents to school at the end of the day for a slice of cake and we planted our Jubilee tree and time capsule. Everyone had a great time!

Based on Y5's 70 year history project which was about sport, the children shared these words:


In year 5 we have been learning about sport since 1952, the year the Queen came to the throne, the key events and how it has changed. 


Interesting facts about sport since 1952 -

Since 1952 an improved standard of living has enabled greater participation in sport for most social groups. 

Television coverage increased in importance for sport and the sponsors. 

The Physical Education Act became legal in 1944 for its educational value, and is now established in the national curriculum as a foundation subject. 

Sports have been played in outer space - a golf ball was hit by Alan Shephard, and a javelin thrown by Edgar Mitchell on the moon, in 1971.

The average distance a person walks in their lifetime is four times around the whole world.

 In the year 1959, Pelé scored 127 goals, more than any other football player in a single calendar year.

The most dangerous sports in the world are thought to be running, scuba diving, canoeing, Grand Prix racing, and extreme mountain climbing.


In 1952, the year Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth, two key sporting results for football and tennis, which are Mr Curran and Mrs Wasmuth’s favourite sports, were …

In football, the FA cup final was held on 3rd May 1952 at (the old) Wembley stadium between Newcastle and Arsenal.  The score was 1-0 to Newcastle and 100,000 people attended! 

In tennis, the Wimbledon tennis championship was held between Monday 25th June to Saturday 5th July 1952.  The ladies’ single championship was won by an American Maureen Connelly, the men’s by an Australian Frank Sedgman. 


Probably our nation’s favourite sport is football. 1872 saw the first international football match and the first FA Cup final, but for most English people there's a particular match that stands out in the history books. The victory by England over West Germany in the World Cup final played at Wembley Stadium in 1966 is regarded by many as our country’s greatest ever sporting achievement. This is the first and only time that England has won the World Cup, and it remains the most watched event ever on British television. 


The teams were level at two goals each at the end of the 90 minutes, and the game went into extra time. Geoff Hurst scored one of the most controversial goals in history, and people still debate whether or not the ball passed over the line, and some people accused the Soviet linesman of bias.  But in the 120th minute, and with the very last kick of the game, Hurst completed his hat-trick and the game was all over. 


A huge sporting event that occurred in 2012, the year most of year 5 were born. London is the first city to host the modern Olympics three times – the Games were previously hosted in the capital in 1908 and 1948.  The London 2012 Olympics was truly memorable, as it said to be one of the best Olympics ever held.  On July 27 2012, the Games began with an amazing opening ceremony, in which the Queen parachuted in from a helicopter!  That kick started two weeks of the world’s toughest sporting competition. 26 sports featured in over 302 events. The closing ceremony marked the end of the Games with the extinguishing of the Olympic flame on August 12 2012. Both ceremonies were estimated to have attracted a television audience of 4 billion worldwide.


Wenlock was the official mascot of the London 2012 Olympic Games. He was named after Much Wenlock, a town in England that hosted a competition inspired by the Ancient Greek Olympics called the Much Wenlock Games.

England won 65 medals in total, our most successful games since 1908.  These medals were over 39 disciplines, or different sports.  We won 29 Gold medals, 17 Silver and 19 Bronze. 


The London 2012 Paralympics, for disabled athletes were held afterwards and once again was a great success.  There were 1,100 athletes competing on the track and field in 170 medal events from 31 August – 9 September 2012. 

Mandeville, the Paralympic mascot, was named after the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, the birthplace of the Stoke Mandeville Games, the predecessor of today’s Paralympic Games. Mandeville symbolises friendship.

England finished third in the medals table, behind China and Russia, winning 120 medals in total; 34 gold, 43 silver and 43 bronze. 


The Queens favourite sport is said to be horse racing. She will attend a famous horse race called the Derby on Saturday 4th June with other members of the Royal Family as part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The Queen first rode a horse at the age of three and her devotion as a passionate racing fan, owner, breeder and ambassador unwavering.


In 1974 in an interview with the BBC the Queen stated ’ My philosophy about racing is simple. I enjoy breeding a horse that is faster than other people’s. I enjoy going racing but I suppose, basically, I love horses’. 

Jubilee Celebration Week

On Friday 27th May during Jubilee Celebration Week, Emma from St Joseph's Catholic Church came to visit our school and conducted a class worship.  She talked about the role of Jesus as a servant to others and explained it was important we used his example and followed his example. The children then wrote their pledges about how they could serve and help others.  

'Sporty Me' Workshop with Bournemouth University

On Tuesday 21st June, Year 5 welcomed three visitors from Bournemouth University. Rosie led the session who informed that she had coached many sports and visited lots of schools. Andy was also a coach and Jessie was currently a student on a sports degree at the university. 


The session was broken into three sections and we had to complete our own 'Sporty Me' workbook.  First, we looked at jobs connected with sport and we discussed all the different options. We also learnt that being involved with sport does not just mean participating in a sport.  We looked at all the people who help a team to perform and how we hear about different sports and events. 


For our first activity, we looked at sports journalism and being a sports commentator. We tried to write a 30-second commentary looking at Derek Redmond’s race in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. To help us, we looked at various phrases we would use to convey the emotion of the event and the impact and reaction of the crowd. 


Next, we had great fun designing our own sports kit!  We talked about the materials we would use and designed our own logo to go on the kit. We thought about the design and the colours we would choose that would appeal to fans who would ultimately buy and wear it. 


Finally, we ventured outside to learn about coaching. We tried 6 different stations where we had to complete a wide range of different activities. We worked in pairs to coach each other focusing on giving positive feedback. This coaching helped to improve our performance and increased our skill levels. 


When we returned to the classroom, we had a quick session to discuss all the aspects and skills we had learnt. We were then presented with a medal and a keyring as a memento of our day. 


Thank you Rosie, Andy and Jessie. 

Year 5 

Road Safety Visit to Y5


On Tuesday 28th June 2022, Y5 welcomed Amanda and Karen from the BCP Road Safety Team who led a workshop based on cycling safety and cycling helmet safety in class.

Amanda told us that 85% of accidents happen to children around the Year 5 age group in parks, fields and skate parks and not where you would think, on the road or pavement and involving other road users.


We learnt how to find a helmet that would fit us properly. An important part of deciding on a helmet was that it was for the owner’s head only – we were not to share it with others. If you moved your head forward with the helmet on your head and straps undone and the helmet fell off, it wasn’t fitting our heads properly. We were also advised to put one finger underneath the chin strap so we knew it was tight to our heads.

  • We were to wear hi-vis vests or some highly visible clothing. 
  • We should not have any dangling items near the spokes of the bike as they could get caught in them. 
  • We should always cycle in suitable footwear and not sandals and flip flops.
  • We should also make sure our bicycles are roadworthy.


Amanda asked us to think about the ABCs when checking our bikes:

A – air in tyres (as well as tread of tyre and that all spokes are in place)

B – brakes – are they working properly, both front and back

C – chain – make sure it is black (well oiled) and not a rusty brown/orange

D – drop test from a small height – few inches off the ground to check nothing falls from it or you don’t hear strange noises


We were also told to check:

  • the seat height which should be in line with our hips
  • lights
  • gears are working and
  • bell is working so others can hear you’re approaching


Amanda told us a story about the importance of fitting our helmets properly and she used some eggs to help. Photos of this can be seen below. Some eggs were injured in the demonstration of this very important safety message!


Some useful resources about cycling safety can be found at:


There are also many other helpful websites and videos to help and advise you if you wish to find out more about cycling safety.

Sports Week

Year 5 enjoyed some fantastic new activities and sports during Sports Week (wc20th June 2022). Sports Day was a particular highlight but they also enjoyed Kinball, Archery, Quidditch and even meeting a Paralympian (Dave Hill)!! We would like to thank Mr Rickard for organising a superb and action-packed, energetic week. You can see photos of what they did throughout the week below. 

Visit from the RNLI to Year 5 

Year 5 welcomed Julia from the RNLI into class and the children answered 4 questions as part of a national survey for the RNLI about their knowledge.

The message from the RNLI for the children is to:

              1 Stop and Listen

              2 Stay together

              3 Float (for 60 – 90 seconds on your back to stabilise and regulate your breathing)

              4 Call for help 999 / 112

They also learnt the International Distress Signal - to stay still and raise your hand straight up in the air.  The children learnt about cold water shock and that the average water temperature in this country is 12 degrees which can cause cold water shock.


During the talk we learnt about the history of the RNLI. It was started by Sir William Hilary in 1824. The RNLI is a charity relying totally on donations. It has 238 Lifeboat Stations, 431 Lifeboats, 5600 volunteers (8% are women) and they operate a service 24 hours a day.


Lifeboat volunteers have a pager and have to be at the station within 10 minutes of it going off. The Lifeboat Stations on the Thames are some of the busiest in the country.  Volunteers here remain on shift at the station as they need to be on the water within a couple of minutes. Last year over 8000 people were rescued by the RNLI.

We learnt a lot and really enjoyed the talk. Some of us would like to become lifeguards when we are 17.