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 Teacher

Class Teacher

Mrs Garforth

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


Class ETA

Class ETA

Miss Bruines

I’m Miss Bruines,
I’ll be looking after your
child’s education for the
next academic year. 


Class ETA

Class ETA

Mrs. Berla

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


Class 5J curriculum

Autumn term

Our topic this term is

 ‘Inventions and Innovators’. We will use the Victorian era to find out about them.

The topic will extend through many subject areas including English, history and geography.

Our topic will use many skills learnt throughout the term resulting in children writing about this fascinating topic using many writing structures.  Children will have the opportunity to use their artistic skills this term along with their designing skills to plan and design William Morris patterns.  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.



As theologians we will :

  • Know the story of creation in Genesis and think about its meaning
  • Know why God made us
  • Know that God calls us for care for creation
  • Know and reflect on the story of the Fall
  • Know about individuals who inspire us to respect creation
  • Know about people who look after the vulnerable members of society
  • Describe and show understanding of religious sources, beliefs, ideas, feelings and experiences, making links between them
  • Know and appreciate the purpose of the Ten Commandments
  • Understand that the Commandments are a gift from God to help us
  • Reflect on the birth of Jesus
  • Show how own and others’ decisions are informed by beliefs and values
  • Demonstrate how religious beliefs and teachings give some explanation of the purpose & meaning of human life



As writers and communicators we will :

  • Be writing diary entries based around the novel ‘Street Child’
  • Character descriptions
  • A letter to the work house
  • Be looking and following a play script to act out
  • Writing play scripts

Reading / Comprehension :

  • To read and search text precisely to locate evidence
  • To select detail to answer specific questions
  • To draw evidence from specific parts of the story ’Street Child’
  • To clarify what certain words mean using a dictionary
  • To be able to recognise when specific words/phrases carry more than their literal meaning



As caring citizens we will:

  • Be looking at classroom rules and getting to know each other through circle time activities.
  • Be looking at bullying and how to recognise bullying, help those who are being bullied and know where to go if bullying occurs.



As artists we will :

  • Research Victorian artists and Victorian crafts and explore the different mediums used in order to create our own piece of art work.



Pentatonic Scales / Victorian music.  As musicians we will :

  • Play and perform in solo ensemble contexts using cyclic patterns, listening and recalling sound patterns.
  • Utilise pitch and notation
  • Use the Pentatonic scale as the basis for improving and composing music
  • Time Line Listening



As historians we will :

  • Find out about the British Empire
  • Explore the evidence surrounding the British Empire
  • To find out what ordinary life was like for people during Victorian times
  • To find out how Britain developed during / after the Victorian times




As mathematicians we will :

  • Be using 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.
  • Later in the term we willlearn to understand and use 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 including scaling.
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres.
  • Calculate and compare the area of squares and rectangles including using standard units, square centimetres (cm2) and square metres (m2) and estimate the area of irregular shapes.
  • Measure, estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles. Draw given angles, and measure them in degrees (º).
  • Identify: ● angles at a point and one whole turn (total 360º), angles at a point on a straight line and 1/2 a turn (total 180º) and other multiples of 90º.
  • Compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number.
  • Identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths.
  • Read and write decimal numbers as fractions (for example, 0.71 = 71/100).
  • Read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places
  • Round decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole numbers and to one decimal place.
  • Recognize and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimals equivalents.
  • Solve problems involving number up to three decimal places.
  • Distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles.
  • Use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and find missing lengths and angles.
  • Identify 3D shapes including cubes and cuboids from 2D representations.



As scientists we will :

  • Be learning how the planets in our Solar System are organized
  • Be using Mathematics to model the dimensions of our Solar System
  • Be describing the movement of the Earth and Moon relative to the Sun in our Solar System
  • Be identifying evidence that has been used to support a theory
  • Be describing the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
  • Be using simple models to explain scientific areas, such as Day and Night.


  • Be explaining some of the effect of gravity.
  • Be planning, carrying out and explaining a fair test to find out how well different objects fall
  • Be observing a variety of forces that slow things down.


Physical education

As athletes we will :

  • Play net and field games / Test our flexibility in gymnastics


We are web developers. We will :

  • Be learning how Google selects web pages in search results.
  • Be showing awareness of other search engines.
  • Be demonstrating knowledge of safe, respectful and responsible use of technology.
  • Be demonstrating knowledge of how to report concerns.



As geographers we will :

  • Study and research the local area. This will include :
  • Climates zone, Vegetation’s, Latitude and longitude
  • Suggesting possible reasons why cities have developed in Britain linking to the Victorian era.
  • Investigating the features of rivers.



HomeworkThis will be handed out on a Friday and MUST be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. Spelling tests will be completed on Friday. 

Children will have an independent reading book which will be brought home. It must be returned to school once read.  Children can be reading their own independent book from home or school library/class reading area once they have finished the given book and completed a book review.  Children’s independent reading books are changed as and when required in school. It is your child’s responsibility to make sure a member of staff in class is aware that the book needs changing. Reading records are to be completed each time you listen to your child read at home. Equally, your child can complete the record by mentioning the pages read and whether they have enjoyed it nor not.

School Trips

In support of our topic, Year 5 will be visiting Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole, in the
heart of the North York Moors National Park.

Year 5 Assemblies

 Our Year group Advent Assembly will take place on Wednesday 4th December at 2:40. Our Year group Nativity will take place on Monday 16h  December at 2:15  

PE Important Information

  • A P.E. kit consists of: a white t-shirt, blue (or black) shorts, and a pair of pumps (indoor use) / sports trainers for outdoor use, which they should leave in school.  As an optional extra, a dark coloured pair of jogging trousers and a jumper can also be worn when we are outside / during the winter months.
  •  If your child has pierced ears, it would be much appreciated if you could remove their earrings on each morning of P.E.  Please note that staff are not able to remove them or cover them, so this will result in your child not taking part in our P.E. lesson and an alternative task will be provided for the child, this is due to health and safety reasons.  Long hair must be tied back.
  • Please ensure your child has a P.E. kit in school at all times.  All P.E. kit must be labeled clearly with your child’s name.  If it becomes lost, it can easily be returned to the rightful owner. If your child does not have their P.E. kit in school you may receive a text message to inform you that they need it for the following week. 


Our Class Blog

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

Our new Library

Our new Library

On the 15th of November, our local MP came and led an assembly where she shared with the children her love of reading. Her favourite book was the MagicFaraway Tree by Enid Blyton. The children were enthused by her and asked many questions. She then officially opened...

Topics Displays

Topics Displays

Throughout school we have some fantastic topics that we are looking into. Our topic displays are eye catching and show a variety of learning skills through History, Geography, Art and DT. After each lesson children’s work is displayed under the question that they have...

5J Poetry

5J Poetry

5J practised poetry based on truth and lie! They looked at newspaper and using the headlines, decided what could make fake news and what could be real news. They had fun and created the most amazing poems using their imagination and sense of humor! .

Our New Library

Our New Library

St Paulinus Primary School has launched its new library! The children enjoy their moment of escapism and take advantage to choose their own book and read or share a book with their friends. .     

Year 5 Fashion Week

Year 5 Fashion Week

Voici notre travail - Here is our work Nos enfants travaillent très dur dans la classe française Our children work very hard during the French class .  

Character descriptions ……….

Character descriptions ……….

As we are writing a character's description, the children were asked to empathise with objects and as a group, pretended to be this object. This developed their team skills and allowed them to think laterally about how to use all children to form one object.  ...

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