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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 5 – Saint Josephine Bakhita Class

Dear Parents
I hope that the children really enjoyed their Easter holidays. They worked really hard in the incredibly busy Spring terms and they now have even more high quality work in their books. 
We had a brilliant three days at Hooke Court  this year. The activities were once again really engaging and well organised and I’m sure the experience helped to develop each student’s spirit of independence and interpersonal skills. They were excellent ambassadors for Holy Family and were also great company too.   The children are working on their follow up assembly, to which you are all invited and when you can see the ‘photostory’ of the trip and where the children will be given a certificate each. This assembly is booked for Wednesday, 1st May,  at 9.10am. We hope you can make it. 
I would like to thank the children for leading The Last Supper Assembly. We will be leading the beginning of term Mass on the first Friday back. They really enjoyed the Easter egg hunt.  We also had a great Victorian creative day in school. ( Thank you all for providing their Victorian costumes ) Our science week was a great opportunity for children to engage in lots of practical, hands-on learning activities and investigations. 
Please find the Summer term curriculum overview overleaf/attached. The creative topic focus this term is The Ancient Maya. Please encourage your child to research or read up on anything they can about The Maya. We have booked for Dr Davies to visit on Wednesday, 8th May, to deliver a workshop. Dr Davies is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Ancient Maya. There will be a letter coming out soon about this visit. 
Spellings continue to be taught every day, Mon-Friday, in differentiated groups. The spelling list to learn will be released via Spellodrome, each Monday and the children will be tested the following Monday. Spelling lists for term 5 and 6 for each group will also be posted on the school website. 
Mrs Walker continues as class teacher on Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Nyarko  continues as our class teaching assistant every morning, changing reading books on a Wednesday ( please encourage your child to read at home ) and testing Math’s times tables on Thursdays. 
We will resume our times tables’ workshops with parents, on Wednesday mornings, during registration, beginning the second Wednesday back. Thank you to all the parents who have participated to date. The children really like these sessions. 
We will be visiting Westonbirt  Arboretumn in term 6,  for a day of orienteering and art activities, on the 4th June and we will also visit St Bede’s School, on Thursday 27th June, where the children will attend sampler lessons. 
I would like to thank you all for your continued support and look forward to an exciting and busy Summer term. There are lots of photo albums on our class webpage, capturing life in Saint Josephine class.
 If you want to find out more about the curriculum to be covered this term, please come in. 
Kind Regards                                                                                                                                         Mr  Handley


                                     Saint  Josephine   Bakhita  Class



  • Using and applying mathematics.( including practical maths activity)
  • Counting and understanding number.
  • Knowing and using number facts.
  • Understanding shape.
  • Measuring
  • Handling data.
  • Recall times tables facts
  • Develop mental maths calculation skills.
  • Develop ability to ‘play and experiment’ with numbers



• Tale of fear

The Flower – John Light

( Focus on atmosphere )

• Persuasive texts – Why we should be more active custodians of the earth. 

• Poetry – Everything touches – Roger McGough – performance poetry

• The Wolves of Willoughby Chase –

Joan Aiken – tales of defeating a monster

• Instruction and explanation texts

• Poetry – The Pied Piper of Hamelin 

• Grammar objectives – term 5 & 6




  • Complete the Materials unit
  • • Earth and Space 

    1. Describe the movement of the earth and other planets, relative to the sun in the Solar System. 

    2. Describe the movement of the moon, relative to the earth. 

    3. Use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky. 

    • Light

    1. Recognise that light travels in straight lines. 

    2. Explain that we see things because light travels from light sources. 

    3. Explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them. 

  • Investigation skills



  • Simulation – Flowol

    Design, write and debug programmes that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems, i.e. controlling the sequence of traffic lights, controlling the sequence of a lighthouse light, controlling the movement of a fairground big wheel etc. 

    Develop skills of using sequence, selection and repetition in programmes. 

    • Computer Programming – Scratch

    Create  a programme to control and simulate real life system.

    Write programmes in which an output controls an output. 

    • Photostory creation

    • Internet research




                                                         CREATIVE TOPIC WORK                      

                                           CREATIVE TOPIC  - THE MAYA

• Mapwork,  timeline, make and sample Mayan foodstuffs i.e. tortilla, play the board game – patolli and the ball game, Pok-a-Tok, design a Mayan god, create a Mayan mask, make mayan inspired pottery and artefacts, calculate using the Mayan number system, make a mayan codex book, re-create a day in the life of the Maya. 

Workshop with Dr Davies.  Ancient maya creative day. 




• Rap genre-anti-bullying theme. 

Appraisal and composition

• Learn a wide range of songs.

• Critique a range of music. 








  • • Athletics, track and field events


    • Striking and fielding 


    • (focus on cricket)


Forest Schools’ sessions








  • General conversation



Discreet  Polish lessons


  • • Life in the Risen Lord

    How do we know and what does it mean to say that Jesus rose from the dead?

    In what ways is the Risen Jesus present among us today?

    What did Jesus teach us about prayer?

    What are the different ways we can pray?

    What does it mean to say that Jesus ascended into heaven?

    What happened in Jerusalem at Pentecost?

    • People of other Faiths

    Know what the church teaches about other Faiths.

    Understand what we believe about our Catholic Faith.

    Exploring Judaism and Islam.