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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 5 – Saint Josephine Bakhita Class

                 AUTUMN TERMS  Saint Josephine of Bakhita  2018 – CLASS NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents

I am really looking forward to teaching Saint Josephine of Bakhita class this year and expect a happy and very  hardworking year ahead.  I really enjoyed meeting all the children, when they came to visit their new class in term 6. ( It was also really nice to meet some of you at our meet the teacher event ) I will be teaching Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Walker will be teaching on Thursdays and Fridays.

In the Autumn terms, our main creative topic focus will be Brazil, learning all about the country, its culture, peoples, customs, history, climate etc. If the children find any artefacts, books or recent newspaper articles relating to Brazil, could you please encourage them to bring the item/s  into class. We will book a visit to Bristol Zoo this term, so that we can learn more about the animals and creatures which inhabit the Amazonian rainforest. We will be having Samba drumming workshops this term,  every Tuesday morning, with Silas.

The children will be tested in their spellings the first week back and will be grouped accordingly into their differentiated spelling groups. The teacher of each group will give out the spellings for the week,  on Mondays  and the children will be tested the following Monday. Mrs Nyarko  is our designated teaching assistant every morning. Your child will need his/her reading book in school every day and we ask that you please read as regularly as possible with them at home. We will be giving out reading certificates every time the children reach a milestone number of recorded readings.

 Homework will be given out on a Friday and I ask that they please return the completed homework by the following Friday. There will also be a longer term creative home project. Children will continue to use the Mathletics programme. There will be a regular time slot for parents to come in for our parents’ times tables sessions with the children, ( probably Wednesdays first thing )  PE kits ( labelled PLEASE ) and wellies need to be in school at all times.  Assemblies will be starting sharp this year at 9.05am every day, ( Wednesday will be slightly different ). Break will start later every day,  at 10.45am.

This year, year 5 will be given the main parts for the Christmas panto.

I know it’s some way off yet, but we’ll all be soon looking forward to the year 5 residential visit to Hooke Court in March. I will keep you posted of the date of our information evening, when you will be given details of the visit, including dates, costs and kit requirements etc.

Please find an Autumn curriculum overview attached to  this letter. Please do not hesitate to arrange to see me if you have any concerns that you would like to discuss.

Yours sincerely

Mr Handley


Autumn overview 2018 -  Year 5

 Saint  Josephine  of  Bakhita  Class




  • Number & place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Measurements i.e. volume, perimeter, area etc.
  • Properties of shape
  • Reflections and translations
  • Statistics
  • Investigation activities




  • Wishing tale-The White Horse of Zennor.( focus on character ) M.Morpurgo
  • Non-chronological report-unicorns and mythical beings. The Knockers of Cornwall.
  • Performance poetry and classic narrative poetry.
  • Losing tale-The lost
  • Recounts- Joe’s diary
  • Discrete grammar skills


  • Explain, evaluate and communicate methods and findings.
  • Describe the circulation system and heart functions.
  • Recognise the impact of diet and exercise on health.
  • Evolution and inheritance.



  • E-safety
  • Impact of technology
  • Computer networks
  • Creating websites



                                                    CREATIVE TOPIC WORK

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


Examples of work/ IT research/samba dancing/make carnival masks and musical instruments/ design a powerpoint for the Brazilian tourist board/ sample Brazilian cocktails/ Brazilian creative day/

 Creative topic work continued :-

Research life in the favelas /zoo visit follow up work/ research Brazilian religions and carnivals/ learn about the Yanomami and the dangers of deforestation.

Samba musical workshops.

Mask making.

Brazilian art work.




  • Charanga Music Scheme

Focus style : rock music

  • Panto songs
  • Christmas songs



Term 1

  • Basketball – superstars
  • Dance ( Brazil )

Term 2

  • Rugby – superstars
  • Gymnastics






Discrete Polish lessons



  • How the world began
  • God the creator
  • Learn the story of the fall
  • Stewards of the Earth
  • St.Francis of Assisi
  • God’s great helpers
  • God’s great gifts


  • What is a covenant?
  • God’s covenant with Abraham
  • The Exodus
  • God’s covenant with the Israelites.
  • The New Covenant