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St. Michael & St. Martin

Catholic Primary School

Learning our faith, living our faith, loving our faith

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5


The teachers in Year 5 are:
Miss Murphy (5M)
Miss Mitchell (5ML)


Also working in Year 5 are:

Mrs Dudzinski

Mrs Millinska


Welcome to Year 5’s class page!


We have had a fantastic start to Year 5. All of the children have settled in nicely to their new classrooms and are excited about starting their new topics! We have already discussed our Golden Rules and have introduced our new topics in Science, History and Geography. All of the children have made a great start adapting to the challenges in Year 5.


Religious Education

We will be celebrating the year of Adoremus where children will be given a special opportunity to reflect on the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the church. Throughout these lessons, we aim to rejuvenate Eucharistic Adoration, to encourage greater love for the mystery of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, to engender a deeper understanding of the place of the Eucharist in the life of the church and to confirm our ministry around the centrality of the Eucharist.


We will also be focusing on the topics, ’Beginning with the Church’ and ‘From Advent to Christmas’ during the Autumn term. Within these lessons, children will learn about Moses and the burning bush, as well as the Holy Trinity. The children will continue to plan and take part in the deliverance of Collective Acts of Worship and weekly Hymn Singing sessions.



In English, we will begin by reading the Power of Reading text, ‘The Butterfly Lion’. Children will explore character’s feelings and actions, as well as focusing on the skills needed to write a play script. We will also be reading the text, ‘The Garbage King’. In these lessons, children will work on their debating skills and, through comparing and contrasting, will explore living conditions and lifestyles in Ethiopia. In the second half of the autumn term, we will read the text, ‘Street Child’. This will be taught in conjunction with our history topic and children will work on their skills of writing recounts, story writing and explanation texts.



In maths, we are learning how to recognise the value of numbers up to one million and adding and subtracting numbers with up to 2 decimal places. Throughout the term, we will be incorporating the key basic skills of mathematics, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We continue to encourage the children to be proficient in their times tables as these are vital in many aspects of mathematical problems.



This term children will be learning about the Victorian era. We will explore inventions from this time, as well as working conditions for children, careers and jobs and the lifestyle people led, comparing it to the present day.



Our science topic this half term will be ‘Animals including humans’. In this topic we will investigate the gestation periods of different mammals and plot graphs to show their findings.  The children will develop an understanding of the physical and emotional changes that occur through human life.

We will also be learning about ‘Electricity’ where children will learn the universal symbols for all electrical components and will use this knowledge to create a simple electrical circuit.



We encourage all children to demonstrate a high standard of behaviour at all times in order to create a safe, respectful and happy learning environment.

Each class has participated in the process of making a set of ‘Golden Rules.’ The children have agreed to follow the rules as they understand that this will help their learning.

Respecting each other and all members of staff is expected and reflects the ethos of our school.

The children are required to listen carefully and to develop their self-control and concentration in class and in the playground.

Working together with parents and guardians plays a big part in establishing good relationships and standards of behaviour.



Homework:  A detailed homework timetable has been given out accompanied by a homework diary that is to be checked and signed each weekend by parents. Homework diaries will be checked by teachers every Monday morning,

Homework includes:

  • RE
  • Spellings and grammar activities
  • Times Tables
  • Arithmetic
  • English
  • Maths



Homework not handed in on the due date will result in a demerit and recorded in homework diaries by class teacher.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to term ahead!

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’

Nelson Mandela

Year 5 Curriculum Talk September 2018-19