Welcome to Class 5J


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

Autumn 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. 

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    Our class worship

      In 5D each week we take it in turns with our worship group to lead worship daily. This week our worship has been all about being a good friend. We have looked at what it means to be a good friend and the different words we can use to make the world a better...

    Year 5 Tag Rugby

    On Tuesday 24th April, 11 Year 5 pupils piled onto a minibus borrowed from St John Fisher's and went to the Leeds Road Sports Complex to compete in the North Kirklees Year 5/6 Tag Rugby competition. It was a fantastic event which involved 16 schools from the North...

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