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Year 5 - Miss Melville

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Hello and welcome to year 5

I’m very happy to be working with your children this year and have lots of exciting learning opportunities and activities coming up.

In the morning we study English, maths and Religious Education and in the afternoon, we study science, computing, humanities, art, music, P.E and French to meet the outcomes of the National Curriculum.

If you ever have any questions about school or your child's learning, please come in to have a chat.



Religious Education


Every morning we start our day with a prayer before a lit candle and at midday we say ‘The Angelus’.

The children will continue to add to their knowledge of catholic prayers and devotions including learning about and praying decades of The Rosary.

During the month of September, we will remember especially The Seven Sorrows of Mary and The Feast of the Archangels. We will also learn about the lives of the saints including Saint Padre Pio and St Therese Lisieux in the coming days.

Our Come and See topic this term is ‘OURSELVES’ and our class liturgy will be on 11th October. 

This year we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima. To mark this special year, we will be reflecting on the special events which took place there and we will be praying the Rosary as requested by Mary to the visionaries.

We are looking forward to completing some nice work on 'LIFE CHOICES' after half term. In preparation for this, we have reflected on our gifts and talents and realise that God calls each and everyone of us to a particular vocation in life.

Brother Chris and Brother Royston talked about their vocation during our Year 5 retreat and we learnt about the special Redemptorist saints who inspired them. 

We also had a visit from two local police constables who talked about their special job in protecting and serving the community.



Picture 1 Brother Chris and Brother Royston
Picture 2 Talk on St Alphonsus Liguori
Picture 3 PC Sophie and PC Andy
Picture 4 Serving the Community


This term, the children will be planning and completing written work on The Legend of Finn MacCool and the Giant’s Causeway.

They will also focus on improving their spelling, punctuation and grammar daily.

Our poetry unit will enable them to create their own poems in the same poetic style of the poets covered.






This term we will be completing lots of number work in our PLACE VALUE topic.

The children will be expected to do the following: -

Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit.

Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000.

Interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers through zero.

Round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000.

Read Roman numerals to 1,000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.

The children will continue to develop their mathematical skills in class and at home by using our exciting ‘Mathletics’ programme!

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Our Science topic this term is LIGHT

Our programme of study will include the children being able to: -

Recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines.

Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light.

Explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes.

Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.