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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 5 – Saint Josephine Bakhita Class

SPRING TERMS  Saint Josephine Bakhita  2019 – CLASS NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents

A very happy New Year to you all.  We had a jam packed Autumn term and the children worked exceptionally hard, making very good progress. We were really impressed with their engagement and enthusiasm for learning all about Brazil, from which they produced some fantastic work. They especially enjoyed our creative Brazilian day and loved creating and consuming our fruit cocktails and showing off their Samba dance steps.  We were  exceptionally proud of their acting performances in the KS2 Christmas panto and for their class assembly and also for leading the end of term school Mass and they thoroughly deserved their ‘ten bug treat.’ Lots of our learning activities and events have been captured in photo albums published on our class webpage.

The children will now be looking forward to their residential visit to Hooke Court in Wales, on the 6th  March. We will be allocating students to their rooms probably in the last week of February. We hope you’ll be able to find Victorian style clothing to include in their kit list.

Please find a curriculum overview for the Spring terms attached to this letter. (Also to be found on the website) The creative topic this term is the Victorians.  We will be having a Victorian school experience day, at Hooke Court and a creative Victorian day in school.        (Children will ideally wear their costumes both those days ) Spellings continue to be taught in differentiated groups. Spellings to learn at home will be given out on a Monday and the children will then be tested the following Monday.  Mathsletics homework will be given out early on Mondays.   Guided reading homework will be given out on Mondays. PE kits need to remain in school all week.  Mr Handley will continue teaching on Monday to Wednesday and  Mrs Walker likewise, on Thursday and Fridays.

Mrs Nyarko  is our  teaching support assistant and  is responsible for changing the children’s home reading books.  Please encourage the children to read at home as often as possible, especially as they have the reading frequency awards.

We have a visit to a synagogue in Park Row, on the morning of 29th January.

 We are hoping that the children will be able to have a go at tracing their family tree back to the Victorian era, using on-line census data. In order to do this, we ideally need the name of any family ‘ancestor’ who was living before 1912 and we really need their full name and place of birth (and ideally their occupation), in order to start the search.

Please do not hesitate to see us if you have any concerns regarding your child.

  Mr Handley  /  Mrs  Walker 


                                       Spring overview 2019 -  Year 5

                                     Saint  Josephine   Bakhita  Clas



  • 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



  • Tales of Quest

(Little Red by Lynn Roberts )

          (Into the Forest by A.Browne)

  Write innovated and  independent quest tale.

Focus on setting.

  • Focus on discussion genre.
  • Book week
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce – Finding Tale

Focus on characterisation

  • Journalism Focus

Poetry – The Refrigerator’s Belly – personification poetry


  • Complete the inheritance and evolution unit.
  • Changes that form new materials.
  • Practical activity, including – seeing the effects if mixing bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Mixing mento sweets with coca cola. Finding out whether or not iced water warms quicker than hot water cools.

  • Investigation skills




  • Handling data ( Excel)

Using formulae to manipulate data in cells, creation of graphs using Excel.

  • Multimedia

Making powerpoints, Photostories etc.




                                                         CREATIVE TOPIC WORK                      

                                                 The Victorians


                          ( including Art, D&T ,History & Geography )

Examples of activities...Victorian family tree census research,  Victorian housing and factory conditions, make a Victorian artefact i.e. a zoetrope, swingball game, a windmill etc, hot seat different Victorian characters, art activities inspired by Victorian artists, online research into the life of the Royal family, Victorian schools, Victorian timeline, Explore Victorian literature extracts, Victorian day at Hooke Court.

Creative Victorian day in school.



  • Jazz composition

Use musical instruments to play jazz beats and to improvise within a triad of notes.

  • Benjamin Britten







  • Badminton- focus on racket handling skills and eye to ball co-ordination.
  • Hockey/unihoc
  • Netball

Forest Schools’ sessions








  • General conversation



Discreet  Polish lesson


  • Inspirational People :-

Jesus, The Disciples, The Beatitudes, St.Edith Stein,

Fr.Pedro Arrupe S.J.

  • Reconciliation :-

Understand that actions have consequences, know about God’s love and forgiveness, The meaning of sin, the Sacrament of Reconciliation.