Class Teacher

Class Teacher

Mrs Joyce

Hello, my name is Mrs Joyce and I am the class teacher of 5J. I really enjoy working with your children and supporting them to reach their full potential.

Class ETA

Class ETA

Mrs Oakley

Hi, my name is Mrs Oakley. I am an ETA in Year 5. I have worked at St. Paulinus since 2005 and have worked in most year groups during my time here.

Class ETA

Class ETA

Mrs Dhorajiwala

Hello, I’m Mrs Dhorajiwala,
I’ll be looking after your
child’s education for the
next academic year.

Class HLTA

Class HLTA

Mrs Jackson

Hello, I’m Mrs Jackson,
I’ll be looking after your
child’s education for the
next academic year.

Class 5J curriculum

Spring term

Our topic question this term is


We will be covering the novels ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’.
The topic will extend through many subject areas including English, History and Geography.
It will give children a great insight in to Chinese culture.

Our topic will use many skills learnt throughout the term resulting in children writing their
own diary entries, persuasive writing and Chinese myths.  Children will have the opportunity to use their artistic skills this term along with their designing skills to plan and design Terracotta warriors, Chinese lanterns and watercolour calligraphy.  This is a very exciting topic drawing on many skills with lots of fun and meaningful activities enabling this topic
to be stimulating and fun.


Inspirational People :

  • Reflect on what it means to be an inspirational person
  • Reflect on what it means to be a follower of Jesus
  • Know the story of a person who showed great love for others
  • Know how Jesus described a true disciple
  • Reflect on the life of a person who showed great love for those rejected by society

    Reconciliation :

    • Understand the sacrament of reconciliation
    • Reflect on wrong choices
    • Reflect on the consequences of our actions
    • Know than sin hurts us, others and our relationships with God
    • Know and understand the story of ‘The Lost Son’
    • Understand that God loves us and forgives us if we are truly sorry.


    • Be writing diary entries based around the novels ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’
    • Be looking at the features of persuasive writing:
      • In a persuasive letter regarding endangered animals.
      • In a holiday brochure to visit China.


    • Be looking at and discussing the Journey in Love syllabus for Year 5 ‘God loves me in my changing and development.’
    • Be learning about citizenship and Children’s Rights.


    • Study and research the geography of China. This will include :
    • Climates zone, Vegetation’s, Latitude and longitude
    • Using atlases to label the map of China and find the location and height of Everest
    • Suggest possible reasons why cities have developed in the east of the country and close to rivers
    • Find information out about Beijing
    • Investigate the features of the Yangtze River and The Three Gorges Dam

    Global Dimensions

    • We will be researching and investigating the Chinese One Child Policy and recent changes in legislation.



    • Design and create a Terracotta Warrior using clay.
    • Use watercolors to create colourful calligraphy names.
    • Plan and make Chinese lanterns using various materials.


    • Be continuing to use different methods for addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. We will also be revising our basic skills and place value. Problem solving will be ongoing throughout the term.
    • Identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation using the appropriate language, and know that the shape has not changed.
    • Identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction
    • Convert between different units of measure (kilometre and metre; metre and centimetre; centimetre and millimetre; kilogram and gram; litre and millilitre).
    • Complete read and interpret information in tables including time
    • Understand and use basic equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints.
    • Use all four operations to solve problems involving measure (e.g. length, mass, volume, money) using decimal notation.
    • Convert between different units of measure (kilometre and metre; metre and centimetre; centimetre and millitre; kilogram and gram; litre and millilitre).
    • Understand and use basic equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints.
    • Estimate volume and capacity
    • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph.
    • Interpret negative numbers in context count forwards and backwards with positive and negative numbers. Read Roman numerals to 1000
    • Divide numbers up to four digits a one digit number using the formal written method of short division
    • Identify the differences between 2D and 3D shapes


    • Compare and group materials based on their properties.
    • Discuss and explore why particular materials are used for different jobs.
    • Investigate materials that can dissolve.
    • Investigate reversible and irreversible materials.

    Physical education

    • Learn the Chinese national sport of ping pong.
    • Play net and field games.
    • Test our flexibility in gymnastics.


    • Analyse computer games.
    • Design and create our own game.
    • Evaluate and improve of our game and those of our peers.
    • Find out the importance of having a secure password.
    • Learn how to stay safe on the web.
    • Work together to outline common expectations in order to build a strong digital citizenship community.


    • Play and perform in solo ensemble contexts using cyclic patterns, listening and recalling patterns.
    • Utilise pitch and notation
    • Use the Pentatonic scale as the basis for improving and composing music linked to ‘The Willow Tree Story’
    • Listen to Eastern music


    This will be handed out on a Friday and MUST be completed and returned to school on the following Thursday.

    Children will be continuing to take home an independent reading book which will be brought home on a daily basis and MUST be returned to school every day. Children can be reading their own independent book from home or class reading area once they have finished the given book and completed a book review

    School Trips

    To support Year 5 with their history topic ‘The Victorians’, we will be arranging for the children to visit Abbey House Museum, Leeds (Details to follow).  Please see Year 5 teachers or Mrs Watt regarding any problems/payment.

    Year 5 Assemblies

    Our class assembly will take place on Wednesday 12th June.

    Our Class Blog

    What happens in our class? have a look at all the blog post direct from the classroom. 

    Shadow Puppets

    Today we made videos of the children using their shadow puppets to reflect the lives of various levels in the Shang Dynasty. They first created a story map and using their story created a production enacting the lives of the people during the Shang Dynasty.

    Conscience Alley

    'As part of our English topic, Persuasion, we looked at the various techniques and used Bill Poster's 6 tips: Adjectives, rhetorical questions, play with words, benefits, exaggeration and snappy sentences. Equipped with these, the children devised convincing arguments...

    The Debate

    As part of our Persuasive Unit, last week the children worked on understanding the various techniques to persuade people to agree with one's opinion, should they disagree in the first place. We looked at the six elements that help with persuasion: Adjectives Emotional...


    Our Topic 'Forces' covered gravity, push and pull. To apply the knowledge they acquired, the children constructed parachutes changing variables to improve the efficiency of their parachutes.


    In Maths, the children used multilink cubes to visualise fractions and understand better than a fraction is the representation of a part of the whole. The use of concrete apparatus helped with the visualisation of the fraction making it easier for the children when...

    Features of Persuasion

    As part of our persuasive unit, we looked at the features of persuasion. the children worked in pairs to highlight all the features they learned in class. The work will lead to the children taking part in a debate defending and convincing others to adhere to their...

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