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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 Spring term in Year 5. The children are learning about many topics in Geography and Science, such as the cultural differences between South America and the UK, along with living things in their habitats and the water cycle.


Religious Education:

The children have been learning about Advent to Christmas. Our new topic is ‘a sacramental people’ which follows on from Advent by asking a key question: now that Jesus is no longer part of our physical human existence, where is God now?The answer is simple but profound. Children will be learning that God is here, now, in our human world and existence. We will look at ‘sacramental’ people not just because we have 7 formal Sacraments, but because we believe that meeting God is something that the world is holy and sacred, the place where we meet God here and now.



In English, we are reading ‘Wolf Brother’ and are learning about the main character Torak and how he has to face the journey north on his own after his beloved Fa, was slaughtered by a demon bear. We learn to empathise with Torak and how his characters persevered through difficult situations to live out his father’s wishes. The children will use role play to re-enact scenes from the book to engage with the text further. They will also retell part of the story from the perspective of the main character, Torak.


Guided Reading:

We will continue to provide the children with a range of text types to apply their reading skills to. The key reading skills are as follows:

  • Predicting
  • Asking questions
  • Clarifying(Spot breakdowns and try to mend them)
  • Summarising(put important items together)
  • Infering using clues
  • Making connections to background knowledge

Reading skills will be explicitly taught to the children as well as developing inference of a carefully chosen text.




In Maths, we have been learning how to use formal methods to multiply and divide. The children have used long multiplication to multiply numbers up to four digits by a two digit number. They also have been dividing numbers with remainders. Throughout the term, we will be exploring a new aspect of Maths: Statistics. The children will be able to read and interpret line graphs as well as record their own data presenting their findings on a line graph. We continue to encourage the children to be proficient in their times tables.



During this term, we will explore Rivers in details. We will look at how a river is formed and the different stages of a river. The children will develop an understanding of how a river changes the landscape through erosion and deposition. We will look at some examples of this with rivers in the UK. As a year group, we take a trip to Teddington Lock to further embed our knowledge of river, looking closely at the river Thames.



During the first half term, we will be looking at ‘Living things and their Habitats’. The children will be looking at the different habitats of different animals, as well as this looking back at our previous learning of the life cycles of different animals and making comparisons. In the second part of the term, our topic will be ‘States of Matter’, where we will look at the Water Cycle.



We encourage all children to demonstrate a high standard of behaviourat 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 staffis expected and reflects the ethos of our school.

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

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



Children are expected to complete their homework to a high standard and hand it in on the due day. They have a timetable which shows the when the homeworks are due.

Homework includes:

  • RE
  • Spellings & Sentences
  • English – SpaG & Writing
  • Maths – Mental Arithmetic and Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Reading Comprehension

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


Every end has a new beginning’




Year 5 Curriculum Talk September 2018-19