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St Columba's Catholic Primary School

Every Person is Precious to God



Spring 2

School closure work for 20th March 2024


Please spend some time on Reading Plus and complete an assignment.


Please spend some time on times tables rockstars and complete the arithmetic test shown below. 

Mrs Ellis' Maths group- please complete the second arithmetic test.


 Match up the personification sentences. Then have a go at writing sentences using personification. 

Mrs Ellis' English group-  match up the noun phrases


Research a famous tourist attraction in London and create a poster all about it. Find out why it was built, why people visit, how much it costs, what you can do there and explain why you would like to visit too. 

Welcome to Year Five Spring term 2

We would like to welcome you all back to Year 5 and hope you had a restful and exciting February half term break.  We have a great term planned with lots of exciting learning and fun activities, which we are sure you will all enjoy.

Here you will find all the information that will be relevant for children in this year group.

We look forward to sharing key learning opportunities with you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Miss Jackson and Mr Cook



In Literacy, we will be starting to learn all about London! We are starting this half term by looking at the book Oliver Twist, particularly focussing on Fagin's character.  

After this, we will start learning about Parliament by writing an explanation text on how Parliament checks the work of the government and how laws are made. 


During the week, children will do 2 guided reading lessons in class that focus on the reading domains. As well as this, we use Reading Plus at least three times a week in class. Reading Plus focuses on reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Later in the year, we will ask the children to start using this at home too and a letter with login details will be sent home. Children's reading fluency will be tested every half term.

At home, children need to read 5 times a week and their reading records need to be signed by an adult. Reading records need to be in school every day and handed in for checking on a Friday. 


 This term, we will be continuing with formal written methods for multiplication and division.  Although the children have completed their Year 4 Multiplication Skills Check, it is important that they retain this knowledge and therefore, they should still be using TT Rockstars and any other available resource to consolidate their existing knowledge.  Knowing their times tables fluently will support them in many different areas of Maths.

Upon finishing our unit on multiplication and division, we will be returning to fractions.  Below, you will the Knowledge Mats which support the teaching of multiplication and division and fractions in Year 5.

At the end of last term, the children finished their unit entitled 'God's Covenants'.  Therefore, we will be starting a new topic entitled 'Inspirational People'.  We will explore how each person can be an inspiration to others and will look at how the disciples were inspired by Jesus, before going on to inspire others by sharing their learning gleaned from the teachings of Jesus.  The Knowledge Mat that accompanies this unit can be found below.


Our next Science topic is called, 'What happens in our solar system?'. In this topic we are going to explore the planets in our solar system, investigate how the Earth moves around the sun and discover the phases of the moon over the 28 day cycle.



What are we learning this year in Curriculum?

 In Curriculum, we will be finishing our learning about 'Why Britain Should Be Ashamed of Slavery'.  

Once we have finished our learning about slavery, we will be moving on to a unit entitled 'London'. This Geography based unit will include some map work as well as learning about some of the most famous London landmarks.  Although our primary focus will be on London, the children will learn about some of the other capital cities of the world.  Please find below some interesting websites, which will enhance your child's knowledge about the amazing, busy city of London.

 Useful Websites about London

Geography for Kids: United Kingdom (

Top 10 facts about the City of London - Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station (

London - Kids | Britannica Kids | Homework Help

London Facts for Kids (

PE and Swimming

In Year 5, the children will be attending swimming lessons on a Friday afternoon.  This will replace their normal PE lesson.  On a Friday, the children should attend school wearing their normal school uniform and bring their swimming kit with them.  It would be helpful to ensure that all school uniform and swimming attire is clearly labelled with your child's name.  Please ensure they have their swimming kit with them on a Friday or they will be unable to attend this wonderful opportunity to develop a potentially life saving skill.



Miss Jackson – Class Teacher
Miss Jackson – Class Teacher


Mr Cook – Class Teacher

Mr Cook- Class Teacher


Mrs Ellis – Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Ellis - Year 5 Teaching Assistant