Year 5

Welcome to Year 5


In Year 5 there is Mrs Collins, Mrs Stephenson and Mrs Youhill.

We are really looking forward to a fantastic year in Year 5! A new school year bring lots of exciting learning opportunities for our class to experience! Our aim is to continue to develop confident, curious and inspired learners who love to learn! We hope to nurture independent and mature learners who face each challenge with a positive attitude.

Year 5 Curriculum

At St. Mary’s we go above and beyond to ensure that the firm foundations of knowledge are put in place in order for our children to achieve their full potential actively, creatively and holistically.

We have built our curriculum so that it is sequential so that children’s learning can build both depth and breadth ; it is purposeful in order to make learning here meaningful for children living in Rothwell whilst being spiritual at all times in order to fit with our Catholic Ethos Statement.

Important Information:

PE: Mondays and Wednesdays – Children will need to wear PE kits on these days.

Spellings – Every Monday
This week’s spellings – Spelling List 14th Sept prefix auto sub inter






Class of 2020-2021

Autumn 1 Newsletter – Year 5 Autumn 1 Newsletter

International Dot Day!

We have had a wonderful day today experimenting with dotty artwork! The children have shown such confidence in their own ideas and have produced some excellent works of art.

We have explored the technique of pointillism by using colourful dots to create an image. The children have carefully built their image piece by piece, resulting in an incredible picture!

They have also prepared their pink dots for our whole school dotty rainbow. I have been so impressed with the expert blending and mixing that our Year 5 children have shown. Wow!

Creation Artwork

What an incredible start to our RE topic of ‘Creation’! Our Year 5 children have completely “wowed” me with their artistic skills and expressive designs. The children have used oil pastels to show their own view and interpretation of CREATION.


Your entrance into school September 2020:


Class of 2019-2020

Meiko Visits Year 5

Meiko is an assistance/therapy dog who visits our school to spend time with the children, who can stroke her, brush her, cuddle her, read to her and simply enjoy getting lost in her sumptuous long haired coat.


Year 5 wrote some fabulous adventure stories and had lots of fun dramatising them for the rest of the class to watch. Luckily it was a beautiful sunny afternoon so they could perform outside.

World Book Day 2020

As part of World Book Day 2020, year 5 got to participate in a workshop where the story of Beowulf was brought to life. The children took part shaping the story, adding their suggestions and character input and expressed themselves through freeze frames.


Little Shop of Horrors!

Year 5 have had a lovely treat today: visiting St Thomas a Becket’s Catholic Secondary School to watch the first performance of Little Shop of Horrors! The children thoroughly enjoyed the musical and had a taste of what life at high school could be like. It was wonderful to see some children who were previous pupils of St Mary’s sharing their talents.

It’s a Mystery!

This half term, Year 5 have spent time exploring and writing their own mystery stories. We have spent time looking at a range of extracts from mystery stories including: The Old Mill, William Wenton and the Secret Portal and Aberrations – The Beast Awakens. From these stories, we gained a familiarity with the style of the genre and successfully planned and prepared, drafted, edited and finally published our peculiar and unusual mystery stories. I think they are fabulous!

Fantastic Forces!

Year 5 have had a Science morning exploring the effects of air resistance. The children created their own investigation question which was: ‘Does the surface area of a parachute effect the force of air resistance?’ The children worked in groups to create three different parachutes. Taking care to keep their investigations a fair test, the children used stop watches to measure how long it took each parachute to safely land on the ground. Amazing team work and fantastic conclusions were made!


Architects through time…

Year 5 have begun there exploration of architects and designers throughout time. We kicked off our topic last week looking at the works of Sir Christopher Wren and Antoni Gaudi. The children compared and contrasted the buildings, churches and overall design techiques of these two reknown architects and are becoming quite proficient in their use of artist vocabularly, describing the tone, texture, colour, composition and many other aspects of the works of art we contemplated.

Coming Home (for Christmas!)

Wow! The children have completed some excellent narrative poetry based on the style of ‘Coming Home’. They have worked incredibly hard to model the repetitive techniques and the rhythm and pace of Michael Morpurgo to produce their own version of Coming Home for Christmas.

Coming Home

The children have been exploring the story of ‘Coming Home’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have completed our own story maps to plan out a summarised story line of the robin’s journey. We are closely following this winter tale in preparation to write our own ‘Coming Home’ stories inspired by this narrative. Watch this space!


Getting ready for 2020!

We made beautiful calendars, which show the four seasons.


Design and Technology: Pizzas for Celebrations

After all their planning and preparations, this morning the children have been busy making their pizzas for celebrations! The children worked really hard as a team to bring their creations to life. They problem solved and co-operated with one another brilliantly! I hope they taste just as good as they look!



Music Week in Year 5

Last week, our whole school shared a fantastic week of music, dance and song. We focused on the skill of composition and developed this through a variety of different activities.

Look at everything we got up to…

1940’s Dress-up Day

We have had a lot of fun today getting into character for our music week, celebrating music through the decades! Today we have put our song writing skills to the test as we wrote an additional verse and chorus in the style of Vera Lynn’s ‘White Cliffs of Dover’ war time classic. The children performed these for the class with great courage.

We also reflected on the roles of men and women during WW2 and even learned an echo rap all about the duties they took on board.

Year 5 Collective Worship Assembly

15th November 2019

Thank you to all parents who were able to share in our class assembly on Friday. The children prepared for the collective worship in a mature and sensible manner, and delivered the assembly beautifully. They were extremely respectful towards the theme of remembrance and hope, and showed great empathy towards the soldiers who served for our country in the Great Wars and those who continue to serve.

Factor Tracker!

Year 5 began their new maths topic of multiplication and division last week and have been developing their knowledge of multiples, factors and prime numbers.
Today we consolidated our knowledge by playing ‘Factor Tracker’. The children could only move the number of spaces based on a factor of the number they had landed on. The children did well to spot the prime numbers and followed the rules brilliantly! They also added in their own rules to make the game harder or easier.

The Big Sing… Liturgy thing!

Wow! What a fantastic day Year 5 have had today (6th November) at The Big Sing at Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School. The children have enjoyed a musical day of song, dance and worship. It has been the most joyful day and I hope the children have enjoyed themselves as much as I have! I am pleased to say how beautifully the children behaved all day during the liturgy and also as they walked through the high school. They really did themselves and Rothwell St Mary’s proud.



“Growing radishes!”

This week, Year 5 were concluding their science research, exploring the investigation question of ‘Does adding mineral salts to radishes make them grow larger?’
Unfortunately, our radishes did not grow at all! Despite our hard work to keep the experiment a fair test and regular exposure to sunlight and water. Nevertheless, the children did a fantastic job concluding their investigation, reflecting on ways we could improve our method and evaluating why the seeds may not have produced fruit. I am very proud of their resilience and have seen many promising scientists of the future this week! We definitely gained an understanding of ‘real science’ and discovered that planning and preparation does not always lead to the desired outcome, but we can still learn from the experience!




Leeds Loves Reading!

This academic year, Leeds for Learning has launched the ‘Year of Reading’ across schools, libraries and communities in Leeds. The children in Year 5 have a fantastic curiosity for reading and all children were very engrossed in their reading yesterday in our school library. Follow the #leedslovesreading for more information about events going on in the city!



St Francis of Assisi

Today in Year 5, we have been reflecting on the life of Saint Francis of Assisi. We thought about what we consider to be most important and least important in our lives and whether we need to change our perspectives. After reminding ourselves about how St Francis changed his attitude to life, we took on the role of St Francis to write our own letters advising others to be co-creators of the world.
Here are some of our fantastic letters below!



War Horse

We are really enjoying reading the story ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo in Year 5 this term! The children have created some emotive and powerful poetry, reflecting the style of Christina Rossetti’s poem ‘What is pink?’. They have also been learning about the reality of World War 1 and expressed their understanding through pastel art and silhouettes. Our classroom and corridors are looking wonderful with their hard work being displayed for everyone to enjoy too!





Creation Artwork

This week in Year 5, we have been reflecting on the ‘awe and wonder’ we feel when we look at God’s Creation. The children were very expressive and imaginative when they composed their oil pastel phenomenons! They are absolutely fantastic!
















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Hansel and Gretel – Year 5 summer play

Year five shone like the brilliant stars that they are in our summer play: Hansel and Gretel. The children worked so hard learning lines and songs, following stage directions and putting together fabulous costumes. They really were an amazing team and performed brilliantly! I think they all loved it too!


Stay and Play

The children went down to St Mary’s church hall for a morning of fun and play with the pre-school children at “Stay and Play”. Some of the children attending “Stay and Play” will be joining St Mary’s school in September so this was a great opportunity for children and parents alike to meet their child’s potential buddy! Our year 5 children surpassed themselves and were an absolute credit to our school – I’m so proud of them!

Yr 5 Enterprise Challenge

A huge thank you for Mrs Ashton for coming into school today and delivering an “Enterprise Challenge” to year 5. The children in table groups were challenged to come up with their own soft drink idea from categories such as: carbonated, dilute, dairy, plant based, still and juice drinks.They had to think about their target audience, the ingredients, packaging, think of a slogan and explain how their drink would be sold. The children then presented their designs to their class mates; where Mrs Ashton gave feedback to each group. The day was exciting, challenging and a real team effort – well done year 5 I thought you did brilliantly!

D/Tech: structures

Year 5 with the help of Mrs Sheldon-Price created pyramid type structures, knowing that triangles were the strongest shapes!

A coffee morning to raise money for Alzheimer’s

Year five took the lead in our school coffee morning to raise funds for the charity Alzheimer’s. They served coffee and teas to parents and helped younger children in our school to buns and cakes. It was a fabulous morning and over £200 was raised. Thank you parents for all your support for this worthwhile charity that is close to so many of our school families hearts.


This Green Moon

What a fantastic trip we’ve had today to “This Green Moon”. The children built dens, went on a treasure hunt using 6 figure grid references, toasted marshmallows on an open fire and made swillygog bracelets, but most of all had an amazing experience exploring woodlands and had fun! Thank you “Friends of St Mary’s” for our fabulous trip!


Year 5 learned all the grizzly details about how the Egyptians mummified their dead Pharaohs and kept their organs in canopic jars. They then made mini sarcophagus and learned about the ancient hieroglyphic writing that would be carved onto these.

Times Table Champion

Imogen is year 5’s official times table whizz – in our class game of “Beat the Clock” she scored a whopping 94! Come on Imogen next time the magic 100!


The children in year 5 have been loving their french lessons with Miss Mathias. They have been writing postcards to each other describing their holiday, the weather  and what they enjoyed doing there. All done with fun and a vivid imagination!


Dance and Mime

In RE we have been looking at how the Spirit of Jesus works in our lives. The children in groups put together a dance to the words of the prayer: Make me an instrument of your peace. The pictures highlight their favourite parts of their dance improvisations.

Design Technology (Rainforest Animal Party Hats)

In design technology the children worked in pairs to design and construct party hats with a rainforest animal theme. The children gave a short presentation, showing their designs and finished product, talking about the changes they’d made and how they’d worked as a team. Can you spot the rainforest animal?


Wow and double wow! Year 5 had an amazing morning at St Thomas a Becket Catholic College experiencing the PE curriculum at high school. They learned how to move on a trampoline, and put together sequences of moves. They played badminton on full size courts, they learned how to use all the gym equipment and how cardio workouts affect the body, and a real favourite, they used the fabulous cycle track, learning how to control the speed of their bikes and use the gears. Staff were amazing and the children learned so much about PE in a variety of forms. A fabulous morning, where all the children felt exhilarated and had so much fun! Thank you to St Thomas A Becket’s for inviting us and letting us experience a wonderful morning of high school PE!


Year 5 made some fabulous Easter cards using colour washes to represent the sky at the Crucifixion.

What fabulous cards!

Design an Easter Bonnet

We put our design hats on and designed wonderful Easter bonnets in class. Our winners were Philippa, Joshua and Emily. I was blown away with their amazing designs and the attention to detail.

A Musical Delight

Ethan brought in his accordion and wowed the class with his super skills – the class asked him questions about the instrument and how he got into playing the accordion, clapping his fantastic tune playing, which got us all toe tapping along! What a fantastic skill to have Ethan!

The maestro at work!

Science Experiments

Year 5 had a whole day experimenting around materials and their properties with Mrs Sheldon-Price. They separated solids from liquids finding the best methods, looked at changes when mixing milk with vinegar, and learned about chemical changes being irreversible. The day ended with some very very messy slime making! The children loved their fun packed science day and learned so much!


What a fantastic week we’ve had in year 5! Writing week has been so much fun! We transformed our classroom in to the rainforest (thank you to parents for helping with rainforest plants for display), adding to the transformation each day as we learned about Bromeliads, the 4 layers of the rainforest and the poison dart frog. We listened to the sounds of the rainforest as inspiration for poetry. We watched with sadness video clips of deforestation, writing about the effect this has on plants, animals and indigenous people. On “World Book Day” we dressed up as creatures from the rainforest, we listened to and read extracts from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, as stimulus for writing a story about being lost in the rainforest, and how the animals helped us to safety. In the afternoon, in groups we did music and drama, creating rainforest scenes with accompanying percussion sounds. Writing week has been so much fun, we’re continuing into next week too making rainforest creature party hats in design technology and being newspaper reporters, writing a report on our wonderful week!


The NSPCC came in this week sharing assemblies with KS1 and KS2. Year 5 then had a fantastic workshop with two lovely ladies from the Childline branch of the NSPCC, where we revisited the message of “SPEAK OUT. STAY SAFE” with Buddy the NSPCC mascot.


Year 5 have made their Lent promises and are ready to enjoy their journey through Lent to Easter.

Our Lent promises.


Debating in Year 5!

We had a fabulous debate in year 5 this week as to whether  Mother Antonia Brenner was in fact a foolish woman or a woman of faith. We listened to her story, and as a class debated both sides of the argument, then  having listened to both sides we made our own individual choice on the issue.


Year 5 have been busy thinking about pilgrimages people make, linking this to our work on our other faith – Islam. We have brought in lots of collage materials and created art work to show our thoughts and ideas on pilgrimage.


To finish our science topic and demonstrate our understanding of what we have learned, we had an art  lesson, where we took each objective and painted our understanding of it.  What a fantastic display our work made!


War Horse – the movie!

We’ve finished reading War Horse by Michael Morpurgo in class so as a Christmas treat watched the movie. We brought in snuggle blankets, cuddly toys and cushions to relax with and ate scrumptious popcorn! On reflection the children enjoyed the book more as the film missed out quite a few poignant moments from the story, which they weren’t happy about!


Liturgical Dance

Kevin and his team came into school and did some wonderful liturgical dance, all around the Christmas Story. In year 5 we focussed on Mary hearing from the angel Gabriel that she was about to become a mother. The children loved every minute, and I must say their performance to parents and staff and pupils alike brought a few tears to the eye!

Medieval History

Year 5 made pomanders, which were used in medieval times to ward away evil spirits and illnesses like the plague!

Times Tables Rock Stars

We had a great maths lesson today challenging our partners on Times Tables Rock Stars – improving our speeds and working through all the times tables – we’ll look at the Stats in class to see who’s our champion so far!

Food Technology – Pizza making!

What a fabulous week we’ve had in year 5 in D/Tech. We started the week by researching pizza types, we looked at our favourite pizzas, then we designed our own choice pizzas for different occasions. Lastly we got into groups and made a group choice pizza design for a special occasion and got to make it! It’s been a fun packed working week!

Author Hilary Robinson visits St Mary’s

Year 5 had the pleasure of meeting Hilary Robinson, author of over 40 children’s books! Hilary came in to talk specifically about her books featuring subjects from WW1, as part of our work being done in class around the 100 years armistice. Children had the chance to ask Hilary questions and purchase signed copies of her books.



Rothwell Castle

Mrs Hunt took the children on a walk around Rothwell to look at our famous “CASTLE”, a medieval ruin steeped in history. Time was then given to Rothwell’s famous Maypole and Stocks. A fabulous history walk sparking wonderful discussions and research ready for our Local History topic this half term.



Big Sing Liturgy Thing

We’ve had a fantastic day at Mount St Mary’s high school, joining our Catholic partner schools at, “The Big Sing Liturgy Thing.” The children sang their hearts out and were a credit to our school – a super uplifting, joyous day!



Adoption of Kea!

Our year 5 class have adopted a Sumatran Orangutan from the Durrell Conservation Trust, at Durrell Zoo in Jersey. Her name is Kea.

We’ll get updates as to how she’s doing and we also get to keep a mini cuddly Kea of our own, who’ll be visiting each of our homes throughout the year. This is a great opportunity for our class to learn about wildlife and endangered species, and do our bit to help our world, especially the animals in it.















Information about Planning

Please find below links to planning for Year 5. Within this planning you will find out about what we are covering this year,  as well as our medium term plans for each half term.

Yearly Overview: Year 5 Long Term Curriculum Overview 2020 2021


Medium Term Plans


Autumn 1  – Y5 Autumn 1 Half Termly Planning 2020-2021


Knowledge Organiser

Year 5 Living things and their habitats Knowledge organiser

Year 5 Mountains Geography Knowledge organiser


RE Planning

Autumn 1 (Creation) – 5.1 Planning Sheets – Creation MTP





Helping at Home

End of year expectations:

To support parents in knowing what is expected of Year 5 pupils at the end of the year, we have put links below to documents which detail in child speak. These are here as an aid to support and give guidance only.

Band 5 Pupil – Maths – Number

Band 5 Pupil – Maths – Other

Band 5 Pupil – Reading, Spoke Language

Band 5 Pupil – Science

Band 5 Pupil – Writing

Following our Maths information evening for parents, we have shared some useful documents to see how Maths is taught in school. The most effective way for you to help would be to practise the ‘progression in number facts’ and times tables.

Rothwell St Mary’s Calculation Policy

Progression in number facts

Parents’ Information Evening Nov 18