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This very popular saint was born at Lisbon in Portugal in a wealthy family. He was baptized and named "Ferdinand." His parents wanted him to be a great nobleman but when Anthony grew up he wanted to become a priest. He received an excellent education from the Augustinian friars and joined the order. When he was twenty-five, his life took an exciting turn. He heard about how some Franciscans - St. Berard and his companions had been martyred by the Moors in Morocco for their faith in Jesus.

From then on, Ferdinand felt a strong desire to die for Christ and he joined the Franciscans. This order was very new. St. Francis himself was still alive. Ferdinand took the name "Anthony." He went off to Africa to preach to the Moors but he soon became so sick that he had to return to Italy. The other Franciscan friars had no idea how brilliant and talented Anthony was or of how much education he had received. He never spoke about himself. So the Franciscan superiors assigned him to a quiet friary in Italy. There he washed pots and pans without complaint.

One day, at a large gathering of priests, when the speaker failed to arrive, Anthony was forced to preach. He preached such a marvelous sermon that everyone who heard him was most impressed. From then on, until he died nine years later, St. Anthony preached all over Italy and France. He was so popular that people even closed their stores to go to hear him. St. Anthony died at Arcella, near Padua, Italy, on June 13, 1231 when he was just thirty-six. After he died, people often prayed to St. Anthony in times of physical as well as spiritual needs and many miracles have taken place through the intercession of St. Anthony. That is why he is called the "wonder-worker." The statue of St. Anthony shows him with Baby Jesus because Baby Jesus appeared to him. Other pictures show St. Anthony holding a bible. This is because he knew, loved and preached the Word of God so well. In fact, St. Anthony was so well educated especially in Sacred Scripture that Pope Pius XII proclaimed him the "Evangelical Doctor," or Doctor of Sacred Scripture.


Welcome to Year 5 St Anthony's website. Our class teacher is Miss McAuley.
This term we will be focusing on developing the children’s skills in all curriculum subjects with further details provided below.

A People of Prayer

Children will learn to:

a.         Use appropriate religious terms to show an understanding of/explain the meaning and purpose of, the Feast of the Epiphany (AT 1 (ii) Levels 4 -5)

b.         Make links between the Beatitudes and Christian life [human experience] (AT 1 (i) Level 4)

c.         Explain how and why the Beatitudes prompt the actions of believers/shape a believers’ life. (AT 1 (iii) Levels 3 -5)

d.         Explain how the Lord’s Prayer, as a statement of belief, has developed. (AT 1 (i) Level 5)

It is hoped that children will develop:

•           A willingness to pray

•           An openness to people of other faith traditions

•           An appreciation of the role of prayer in deepening a relationship with God

•           A sense of wonder about different styles of prayer


Literacy lessons will continue to centre on perfecting the punctuation and grammar expected of year 5 pupils. During the first half term, the children will be studying a specific author - Michael Morpurgo. The book we will be studying in depth is Kensuke's Kingdom. In the next half term the pupils will then develop their ability to write and use persuasive writing appropriately. We wil also study various narrative Poetry and make concise comparisions. A range of comprehension texts will be studied across the term also, as we develop the children's inference and deduction skills. You can encourage a love of reading in your children at home by discussing the texts they are reading in school or making family trips to the local library. Our topic we will be focusing on this term is 'Coasts'

During Guided Reading sessions, we will be focusing on the different Assessment Focuses and working on different comprehension skills.


The learning taking place in maths classes this term will lay the foundation for attainment in numeracy for the remainder of the year. Students will continue to extend their current skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The concept of geometry and measure will be also introduced and explored over the course of the term. You can support your child’s learning in numeracy lessons by prompting them to apply the lesson content to everyday situations. 


Learning experiences in science this term will be around the topic ‘Earth and Space’. The students are set to understand the meaning of space, to revise prior learning around this topic. The children will also cover the moon, planets and our solar system. Towards the end of the topic the children will be able to make scientific observations and understand how our solar system works. 




We will be studying the Mayan civilisation. We will be using different sources to help us deepen our understanding through video clips, photos and use of research skills. The children will understand how the Mayan civilisation has evolved over time and make connections between their own lives and that of the Mayans. 

D&T and ART:

Our D&T and ART activities this term will be linked to our topic, Coasts. We will explore different techniques using water colours during Art and will create a coast scene in D&T. 



In ICT, the topic that the children will be focuing on is 'spreadhseets'. The children will also be learning  about internet safety and using child-friendly search engines to research information on topics in Geography


St Anthony will continue to attend swimming sessions on Mondays for the first half term. Please ensure your child has the correct kit for this including: swimming costume for girls and swimming truncks for boys. The children must remember to bring a towel and a swimming cap if needed. P.E will be taken place on Thursday with our Non-Stop Action Coach and wil also be taking part in The Daily Mile weekly.  In addition, please ensure that your child has the correct P.E. gear in school ready for every lesson.



The topic, ‘In the beginning’, will be unpacked in SEAL classes. It will enable the students to build good relationships with their classmates and set high standards for their behaviour and for their schoolwork.



All children are expected to read for 20 minutes at home at least 5 times a week and have an adult sign their reading record confirming that this reading has taken place on a daily basis. Children must bring their reading record book every day and these will be checked every Wednesday to ensure that the 5-times-a-week reading has been taken place.

Maths and English homework will be set each week on Wednesday with a due date of the following Monday, day it will be marked. The children will also have to complete some Mental Maths questions, spellings and handwriting sheets. There may be occasions when the children are asked to complete a further piece for from another subject area.

I hope to have your support for the above arrangements and I am more than happy to discuss these with you at any time after school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via the School Office. 


Edward De Bono

We continue to use Edward De Bono's six thinking hats to help us to organise our thinking and process or ideas. There are 6 hats and each has a different colour and so a different use or meaning. When children answer questions in class, each question will have a different colour hat attached to it. The diagram below shows you in better detail how we use them. Ask your children what hats they have used in their learning today!

Habits of Mind
The Habits of Mind are a collection of 16 thinking dispositions designed to help children develop their critical and creative thinking skills. Every week children are taught to use a different ‘habit of mind’ to help with their thinking and apply this to their work.

Visual Maps
The children are now using visual tools in all areas of their learning. These tools help the children map out their ideas and organize their thinking.