Year 5

Welcome to Year 5! 
At St Joseph's we are thrilled to see the children back and happily settling in with their friends. It's been a difficult year for everyone and first and foremost Year 5 will concentrate on looking after each other and building our academic confidence back up. This year we will become times tables experts, critical thinkers, word collectors and explorers. It's going to be a great year!
The Curriculum
This term in Maths, Year 5 will be concentrating on core maths skills such as place value and the four operations. We will be looking back at previously taught skills before moving on with the Year 5 curriculum. There will be a focus of mathematical fluency but problem solving will still remain an important part of the children's learning. It is essential that the children learn their times tables, we have begun learning them together and it is key that the children practise at home too.
Our English this term focuses around the true story of Henry Brown, a slave who escaped to freedom by mailing himself to another state. The children will find and investigate new vocabulary, add to their grammatical knowledge and write a diary entry.
The Curriculum of Hope

This year, we are using a new style of foundation stage curriculum, which has been written specifically for our children by our teachers.  Children will learn key historical and geographical knowledge through a dilemma-led story including fictional and significant heroes.  We hope these lessons will inspire children to not just learn facts, but strive to become an empowered, active citizen who can make a difference in the world they live in.

Our curriculum this term will focus on slavery, both past and present and Liverpool's involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The children will look at the impact slavery has had on the world and develop their own views on some of the historical figures who took part in the slave trade.
During our Science lessons we will learning about Space and answering key questions such as 'Why do we have day and night?' 'Why do we have four seasons?' and 'What is meant by the phases of the moon?'
Our RE focus this term is on the story of Creation. Will will investigate whether it is possible to believe both in religion and in science or whether they contradict each other.
Staggered start and end of day times have been introduced to aid social distancing.
Year 5 start school at 9.15am and finish at 3.30pm.
However some children come to (and leave) school earlier due to having a sibling in a younger year group.
Parents/carers should drop/collect their children from the KS1 playground where there will be staff to assist you. Please arrive and leave promptly to help prevent crowding around the gates.
PE with MR McGovern
PE days for Year 5 are currently Monday. Children are allowed to wear full PE kits all day. PE kit should ideally consist of:
  • T-shirt/Top
  • Hooded/zip up jacket/sweatshirt
  • Tracksuit/jogging bottoms/leggings
  • Old/cheap trainers (not pumps as PE will take place outside as much as possible)
Please don't send the children in wearing football kits or any new expensive clothing as there is a risk of them getting torn or muddy.