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St. Joseph is a very important saint. He is the husband of the Virgin Mary and the foster-father of Jesus. This is the second feast of St. Joseph the Church celebrates, the first falling on March 19. The bible says very little about St. Joseph and does not contain even one word spoken by this carpenter of Nazareth. But even without words, he shows how deep his faith was, in this we see his greatness. > Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but because he listens, in silence, to the words of the Living God. Today we celebrate his witness of hard work. He was a carpenter who worked many hours a day and the little boy Jesus would help his dad in the small shop. St. Joseph teaches us that any work we do is important. Through it we do our part to serve our family and society.

But even more than that, as Christians we understand that our work is like a mirror of ourselves. It shows what kind of people we are, that is why we want our work to be done with care. Many countries have one day every year to show their respect for workers. This helps people to see how good it is to work to make this world a better place. In 1955, the Church has given us a wonderful model of work, St. Joseph the worker.

Welcome to Year 5 St Joseph's website. I am writing to introduce myself as Mr Casares, Year 5 St Joseph's Class Teacher, and to explain the arrangements for the Spring Term 2019. I really hope that you had a nice Christmas break.
This term we will be focusing on developing the children’s skills in all curriculum subjects, further detail below.


In RE we will be building our knowledge and understanding of Scritpure and tradition, as well as reflecting on new concpets and ideas. For the first topic we are covering “Being a Sacramental People”. In the second half of the term the children will be studying scripture linked to the preparation celebrating Easter. Children will also take part in weekly Acts of Worship, which can be linked to this unit of work and take part in School Masses.


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 will also study various narrative Poetry and make concise comparisons. 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 'Life Cycles'. The students are set to understand the meaning of a life cycle, to revise the life cycles of amphibians, birds, mammals and insects. The children will also cover how animals adapt ot their environment which makes their life cycle more successful. Towards the end of the topic the children will be able to make scientific observations and understand how humans help endangered animals to complete their life cycles by protecting their habitats.

This term we are studying about "Coasts" and will be using different sources to help us deepen our understanding through video clips, photos and use of maps and atlases. The children will understand how coasts change over time and recognise these features. The children will learn about erosion and what strategies are in place to protect our coasts.


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 focusing on is 'spreadsheets'. The children will also be learning about internet safety and using child-friendly search engines to research information on topics in Geography. 


St Jospeh 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 trunks 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 will 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.


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. 


The topic of ‘Going for Goals’ and 'Good to be me' 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. 

With kind regards,

P Casares

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.