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Year 5 2021-2022

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.