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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School

Class 5B

Welcome to Class 5B

Welcome to Class 5B’s page. Here you will find out what we are going to be learning this term along with other useful information and resources. Miss Roberts is the class teacher and Miss Walsh and Miss Hadjat are the teaching assistants. All members of our class will live out our vision and become the best for God that they can be, in all they do. Our school values of hope, trust, compassion, forgiveness, thankfulness and perseverance will be at the forefront of everything that we do.


In English this term, we are focusing on Legends, especially George and the Dragon, Finn McCool and the Giant’s Causeway. Throughout this unit, we will concentrate on specific vocabulary linked to legends and our main aim will be to plan and write our own legend. Throughout this term, we will begin to develop our editing skills in order to improve our writing as well as making a conscious effort to improve our handwriting skills. Afterwards, we will be looking at Persuasive writing where we will pay particular attention to different techniques in order to write our own persuasive text. After the half term, we will move on to studying Stories with Historical Settings and Classic Narrative Poetry.


In Maths this term, we will develop our understanding of place value, representation of number and our knowledge of Roman Numerals. We will also revisit the four main operations to consolidate our understanding whilst we also develop our reasoning and problem solving skills. After this, we will be looking at statistics where we will read and interpret data from graphs, charts and tables.


In Religious Education, our unit of work is ‘The Bible’ and we will be developing an understanding of how and why the Bible is studied. We will also look at different versions of the Bible and why they are suitable for their target audiences. We will look at the history behind the Lindisfarne Gospels as well as exploring Holy Books from different faiths. Once we have completed this unit, we will learn about Christmas and the traditions in different countries around the world. Throughout this term, we will take part in a number of respectful disagreements where our pupils will be encouraged to share their own thoughts and ideas, as well as listening respectfully to the opinions of their peers.


In Science this term, we will be investigating the changing of materials and their properties. In Computing, we will be using Purple Mash software to develop our coding skills. In Geography, our focus this term is Coasts and their features. In History this term, we will be learning about the Tudor dynasty. In Design and Technology, our unit is Building Bridges and we will be looking at the works of Santiago Calatrava and Joseph Strauss. In Art, we will be learning about Claude Monet and his Impressionist style. In French, our focus will be developing vocabulary around the town and learning about Christmas in France. In Music, we will be listening to Living on a Prayer and identifying the different aspects of music and instrumentation within the song. In PSHE this term, our topic is Being Me in My World where we will be looking at challenges that we may face as well as setting goals for our year ahead. After that, we will be learning about celebrating differences across the world. Also, in PE this term, we will be attending the local leisure centre for swimming lessons where we will learn new skills as well as developing our understanding of water safety.


By Year 5, we would expect all children to be confident and fluent when recalling times tables up to and including the 12 times tables. We also expect children to be reading daily for at least 15 minutes and this can include a variety of genres and texts. Homework will be set each week, on Fridays, and it is expected to be returned by the following Thursday. All children will receive a Homework book with their individual log in details for all of the relevant websites that they will need in order to complete their Homework tasks. Homework will consist of ten weekly spellings, a Maths and English activity linked to that week’s focus and a more creative and practical activity linked to our foundation subjects.


This term, Year 5 pupils will be attending swimming lessons for our weekly PE lesson on Wednesdays. We ask that all Year 5 children attend school every Wednesday wearing their PE kits and bring their swimming kits with them in a bag. All children are expected to wear the correct PE kit which includes: a plain white T-shirt, black shorts or leggings and black pumps. Jewellery must not be worn on days when children participate in PE. For swimming lessons, children will be required to bring a clean, dry towel, a swimsuit and a swimming cap (for those children with long hair) in a suitable bag.