Year 5

Welcome to Year 5


Year five is being taught this year by Mrs Riley and Mrs Stewart, who will be job sharing. Mrs Riley working at the beginning of the week and Mrs Stewart at the end. Mrs Needham will also be in year 5 in a morning.  Together, they will be keeping the children on their toes, challenging their learning, corroborating with their ideas, encouraging them in their strengths and supporting each child as they demonstrate determination, perseverance and resilience, in order to make the very best of themselves and their personal progress. And who could forget - having fun along the way! There's always a surprise never too far away when you're in year 5.  

Photos and information about what we are learning this year will be added during the course of this year. Please visit our Newsroom page for general school updates. Thank you.

Over the next few weeks, we will be starting to assess children in maths and english to establish their current level and identify any gaps. Once these assessments have taken place we can focus our teaching and learning on filling those gaps. 



During the Autumn term, we will be revisiting Number and Place Value.  Children having a sound knowledge of Place value is important because it helps them understand the meaning of a number. We will be reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit, counting forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1,000,000. We will also be interpreting negative numbers in context, counting forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through 0.  Additionally, we will be rounding any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000. Finally, we will be solving number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above.

As well as Place Value, we will be learning to add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction), adding and subtracting numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers, use rounding to check answers to calculations. Finally, we will be solving addition and subtraction multi-step problems.  


We are reading the book Clockwork by Philip Pullman which is perfect for young readers who love spooky stories. Fritz, the writer, spins a spine-tingling tale to cheer up Karl, the apprentice clockmaker. But rather than helping matters, the story begins to come true....

The stories of Karl, the apprentice; Dr. Kalmenius, his nefarious “savior”; Gretl, the brave daughter of the town innkeeper; and a young prince whose clockwork heart is in danger of winding down come together in surprising and magical ways in a story that has the relentless urgency of a ticking clock.
 We will be using this book as a inspiration for our writing. We will be looking at selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, learning how their choices of language change and enhance meaning. Learning how to describe settings, characters and atmospheres. We will then be evaluating and editing our writing, changing vocabulary and punctuation to enhance effect, ensuring that the correct tense has been used throughout and checking for spelling and punctuation errors. 


Our new science topic for this half term is 'How do the Earth, Sun & Moon move?' Children will be learning how to describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system and to be able to describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies.


At Deepcar St John's we take a Thematic approach to our curriculum which involves integrating curriculum areas around topics or themes. Thematic planning seeks to view teaching and learning in an interactive and holistic way. The teachers decide on what the theme for the term and then plan how this can be integrated across the curriculum. Our theme for this term is The Romans.   

We find that using the thematic approach, improves the quality of teaching and learning in many ways:

  • It increases the children’s interest
  • Helps the children to make connections with their work
  • Keeps children engaged
  • Compacts the curriculum
  • Draws on connections from the real world and life experiences

The school prides itself on this thematic approach to education.

In our thematics lessons we will be asking the children to think about 'What did the Romans do for us? and Were the Romans a help or a hindrance 

We will be finding out about The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion in 55-54 BC, the Roman Empire by AD 42 and the power of its army, the successful invasion by Claudius and conquest, including Hadrian’s Wall,  British resistance, for example, Boudica ‘Romanisation’ of Britain: sites such as Caerwent and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity.

We are also hoping to hold Roman days and we be role playing life as a Roman citizen / slave. Additionally, we will be building a Roman aqueduct to transport water in our DT lessons. Furthermore, we are also hoping to visit Vindolanda in Northumberland and the Roman Army museum.


In our computing lessons we will be teaching the children to understand how networks work & how they are not the World Wide Web. We will also be discussing the appropriate use of the internet and give examples of the risks online and how to report problems and stay safe. We will teach them how search engines work.


PE lessons will be resuming and where possible will be taking place outside. PE lessons will be taking place on a Monday this half term. For the time being children will be wearing their school uniform for PE lessons as per the Department for Education guidelines. Please ensure that they wear or bring with them appropriate footwear on the day they are having their PE lesson. Alternatively, they could bring a pair of trainers and pumps and leave them in school for the duration of the half term. 

This will be reviewed later in the term. Thank you.

On a Monday, the PE lesson will be taught by your child's class teacher. This term, the topic is dance, which will be linked to our thematic topic for this term. The physical health benefits of Dance for Young Children are - 

  • Improved condition of heart and lungs.
  • Increased muscular strength, endurance and aerobic fitness.
  • Better coordination.
  • Better agility.
  • Better flexibility.
  • Healthy blood pressure.
  • Improved overall balance.
  • Improved spatial awareness.


From Tuesday 22nd September we will be taking the children to Stocksbridge Leisure Centre to start their swimming lessons, which will replace one of their PE lessons for this half term. 

More information on what we are learning will be added during the course of the term. Please check the Newsroom page of our website for general school updates and information.

How to Support your Child's Learning at Home/Homework.  


A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language kills. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative time for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.

With a very busy timetable, teachers currently do not have the time to listen to their children read as much as they would like to. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home every night, for at least 10 minutes. We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life – even more important than their teachers.

Why is Reading so Important? 

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to a children's educational performance. Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased in general knowledge and a better understanding of of other cultures.  In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.

After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.


2. Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.


3. Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.


4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.


5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It is important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking. 


6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.


7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.


8. Reading is fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.


9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.


10. Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.It is a well known fact that good readers make good writers. 

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading.

To help make reading enjoyable and fun, here is what the experts and authors recommend to help get children reading

 1. Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance. Stories can be shared with the family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in. Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story and when reading take it in turns. 
 2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. You’ll find the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs, plus tons and tons of fantastic books. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests. 
3. Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction. Don't be afraid to use funny voices - it's a great way to make your child giggle. 
4. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good. 
5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone. 
6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’ When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. 
7. Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery. 
8. Read again and again – Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence. 
9. Bedtime stories – Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child. 
10. Rhyme and repetition – Books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words. “We need

Irrespective of whether they are fluent readers or not, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.

A list of the top 100 books to read to children in year 5 and 6 can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Reading Diaries 

A Reading Diary has been given to each child to record what they are reading at the start of the school year.  We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for at least 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. Children can select a reading book from school to bring home along with their diary, however due Coronavirus we will be sending them home in a zippy plastic wallet which needs to be used to return the book and diary to school the next day. 


Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about eight seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out. Please make sure your child practises as home: in the car, in the bath, on the way to school, straight after school as a matter of routine. 

Please remember Times Tables Rockstars, which is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice.This extremely popular online resource has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools.  Please encourage your child to use this fantastic resource at home. Click here for more information on TT Rockstars

Hit the Button and the Maths Shed are other online resources that you can access at home. 
If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. 

The year 5 age related maths expectations and year 5 maths mastery, term to term can be found at the bottom of this page.

Knowledge Mats 

During the summer term we introduced a new idea into school to help us develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the world. Children were given either one or two documents called a Knowledge Mat to take homeThese documents contained the essential knowledge children needed to know as part of the topic they are studying in class. 

These Knowledge Mats are designed to be used at school during lessons and at home and parents can help children learn the information contained on the mat at home We want every pupil to be able to recall the information on these sheets off by heart or in their own wording by the end of the topic. The best way to use the Knowledge Mats at home is as follows –

Children read the information from the section to be learned (possibly with an adult)

They then try and recall the information (this can be written down or verbally)

An adult tests them on the information

The key to success is to repeat this regularly

It is also important to keep revising the information that has already been learned to keep it fresh in the memory.

We are confident that these Knowledge Mats will help our children to develop knowledge on a wide range of topics and will significantly improve their vocabulary. This, in turn, will make them more confident in class and help to develop their reading and writing skills. Knowledge Mats can be located at the bottom of this page.


The Government expectations for attainment have risen over the last few years and in order to help your child reach Age Related Expectations based on the New Curriculum, we are setting two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and one relating to English; this could be a reading comprehension or  spelling punctuation and grammar. This worked well over the last two years and increased the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths. The homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. 
Homework will be set once a week and is expected to be completed for the following week. Due to Covid 19, where possible, we aim to set homework online. This is to limit the amount of paperwork coming home and returning to school, therefore reducing the risk. We will provide alternatives for those where working online is not an option. 

Spellings will still be set on a weekly basis, please practise them at home prior to the test in school. We have recently signed up to The ‘Spelling

Shed - which is a spelling platform designed by a team of Primary School teachers. It is built with primary school pupils, teachers and parents in mind and aims to make spelling fun for children. It works in a similar way to Times Table Rock Stars and each class and the school have a league against schools nationally and internationally. This can be a huge incentive to pupils. The programme is free for computers, however, if you want to access using an app you would need to pay a small additional cost. For more information, see the attached link.

The age related expectations for Writing (with examples) and Spellings for year 5 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

Full details of the Curriculum can be found on the Curriculum Overview page of the website. 

Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership and we appreciate your ongoing support. If you have any questions, please call in and see any of the year 5 teachers. 

Spring Term 2 - Monday 24th February to Friday 27th March - School closed on Friday 20th March due to Covid 19

The Linking Network - This will be postponed until further notice due to Covid 19.

Last half term, as part of our school’s Christian ethos and celebrating diversity, we have applied and been successful in receiving funding to participate in a new project called The Linking Network. This involves several schools around the Sheffield region to link with another school and for children to understand the culture and diversity of different parts of our city. Every school is expected by Ofsted, to support a Social, Cultural, Spiritual and Moral ethos. This project promotes this whilst also allowing children to make new friendships in a safe and rewarding environment. Deepcar St John’s has been linked with Phillimore Community Primary School and their Y5 year group and we look forward to working with them again later this term when they visit St John's.

What we are learning this half term


This half term we are learning about fractions. We have already looked at ordering and comparing fractions. Over the coming weeks we will be looking at mixed number fractions, improper fractions and adding and subtracting them. 


We are learning the key features of a formal letter in English this half term and will be drafting and writing our own letter later this month.

Plant reproduction is our Science topic this half term, which is linked to seed dispersal & how plants can be reproduced if not by seeds. The children will learn to understand the stages of reproduction within the plant life cycle. Furthermore, they will learn how pollination occurs & name the reproductive organs of a plant. Finally, by the end of this science module they will understand a variety of ways in which plants can reproduce.

Theme  Each year group has three themes per year (one per term) which is taught through 'Thematics' covering History and Geography 

This term we are going to be continuing to study the Romans. Last half term we learned about Julius Caesar. Discovering that he was probably the best known Roman leader and how he extended the empire through invading other lands. This half term we will be learning about Hadrian’s Wall, which was built by the Romans across the north of England. We will find out that it was intended to keep out the Scots and how it is now one of Britain’s most famous tourist attraction. We will also discover that when the Romans came to Britain they helped us by creating roads; a written language (which was Latin); introduced coins and even introduced rabbits to our country.

Key vocabulary that we will be learning this half term; centurion, emperor, aqueduct, gladiator, Londinium, conquer, invade, Romanisation, senate and Roman baths.

Prior to half term, we asked children to create a piece of homework related to the Romans. We have been blown away with the effort they have put into their work. Here are just a few photos of some of their work.

Wednesday 3rd March

In today's lesson we are learning about the Roman Army. After watching a selection of informative videos, we used the ipads and information booklets to create our own mind map about how the Roman ran their army.



We are continuing to learn computing this half term and will be using Scratch. Scratch allows children to  program their own interactive stories, games, and animations. 


We will be continuing to have violin lessons during our music lessons this half term.


Within reason, regardless of the weather, children will be outside for at least one of their PE lessons; it is up to you to make sure that your child’s PE kit is suitable for the weather. Your child needs a warmer PE kit such as tracksuit bottoms and a sweater/hoodie (NOT a school jumper!) to wear. Children will also need trainers for outdoor use and plimsolls for indoor lessons. Please ensure that your child brings their PE kit on the first day back after half term and they remain in school for the duration.   PE lessons will take place twice a week. One lesson will be held with Mr Priest, the schools Sports Coach, and one with the class teacher. This half term, Mr Priest will be teaching the children Athletics and Dance will be taught by either Miss Steward or Mr Wasden.  Children will not be allowed to take part in PE lessons without their PE kit, please make sure that your child’s PE kit is in school every day. PE kit is strictly plain navy shorts and a white t.shirt. Thank you.  

News and updates

Monday 9th March - British Science Week

British Science week takes place from the 6th to the 15th March and is run by the British Science Association.It is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. The idea behind the programme is to raise awareness, spark enthusiasm and celebrate science.

During the course of the week, each year group will become Scientist for the day (or two afternoons) and take part in fun science based activities.

Today, year 5 had to devise a way that they could stop an egg from breaking when it was dropped. They were given the choice of a number of materials to use to conduct a fair test. We had loads of fun and had some 'uneggpected' results too!

28th February

Mr Wasden's class had the best attendance in school during the last week of term. Fantastic news - good attendance really matters.

Future Events in Year 5

Year 5 Residential 22nd April to 24th April.

Due to Covid 19 it looks as though all residentials will be cancelled this year. We are currently discussing this in school and will let you know once we know what is happening. Thank you for your patience. 

We are delighted to inform you that we are organising a three day, two night residential educational adventure activity course at Kingswood Dearne Valley in April 2020.

Kingswood is the leading residential activity centre provider, welcoming over 130,000 children each year. Their centres provide a rewarding educational programme offering
many National Curriculum linked modules combined with thrilling outdoor and indoor adventure activities, with secure and controlled residential accommodation.

Our Year 5s have gone for the last few years and can highly recommend it!

Residential courses organised by the school are an optional extra, but an invaluable part of the National Curriculum. Pupils benefit hugely from the experience, both educationally and
socially, and we feel certain that the adventure activities programme we have chosen this year will prove to be both enjoyable and very worthwhile.

The cost of the residential will be between £160 and £180 dependent on the number of children who sign up to attend.

Included in the cost will be return travel by coach, full board, accommodation and a full programme of activities. To confirm our booking, an initial non-refundable deposit of £50 will be required by Thursday 17 October 2019. If you wish to pay the deposit online please contact the school office who will arrange this for you. If we do not receive a deposit we will be unable to book your child a place on the residential.

An online payment facility will then be set up to enable the remaining balance to be paid in installments you will be notified of this in due course.

If you wish to find out more about the ethos of Kingswood, its courses, supervisory and safety measures, please visit, in particular the “Parents section”.

Thank you.

News and Updates

Children's University

Last year Deepcar St John's became part of the Sheffield Children's University.   

Sheffield Children’s University (CU) is part of a national initiative that encourages and celebrates children and young people who take part in learning activities outside of school hours. Research shows that children and young people who are rewarded for choosing to learn out of school feel proud and confident about their achievements and do better at school. 

The Children’s University celebrates children and young people’s achievements with award certificates and badges. Learning can be at either CU subscribed schools in Sheffield or at registered activity providers across the city, called Learning Destinations.

If you'd like your child to take part in the wide range of activities and awards that the Children's University offers, they'll need a passport to learning which they can get from school or other education destinations.

For more information, please click on the following link to the Sheffield Children's University website.

School Uniform 

The majority of children are following uniform requirements and we thank you for your support. However, we have noticed that this is not always the case and some children are

starting to wear items that are not school uniform, such as tracksuit bottoms with logos / stripes / designs and leggings rather than trousers.   During this coming school year, we will be expecting everyone to wearing the correct school uniform and staff will be challenging children/parents who are not wearing appropriate clothing. 

Your child may wear:

  • Navy blue skirt/pinafore/trousers or shorts
  • Navy blue trousers or shorts (no leggings
  • Red polo shirt with or without school logo
  • Navy cardigan or sweater with school logo
  • White or dark socks
  • Plain navy tights
  • In Summer red or blue gingham dresses and white socks
  • Only black school shoes, ankle boots or plain black trainers for both boys and girls. 'Clumpy' shoes, high heels, strappy sandals etc. are unsuitable

Children are not permitted to wear jewellery to school for health and safety reasons except for a watch if desired or small stud earrings but these must be removed for PE andswimming lessons. Teaching staff are not permitted to assist with the removal of earrings and if children are not able to remove them independently, they will not be allowed to take part in the lesson. 

Water Bottle

The water bottle, clearly labelled with your child’s name, is kept in the classroom (a separate drink for packed lunch would be ideal although water is provided in the dining hall) at lunch time. A water cooler is freely available for children to refill their own water bottle. The children may bring juice for packed lunch but water only for the classroom please.

Lost property

Please make sure that every item of your child’s PE kit, school uniform, water bottle and any other equipment is clearly named. It is nearly impossible to work out whose sweatshirt is whose in a class full of children.

Lost property is stored but children losing an item of clothing should try to find it straight away. It is much easier to find something on the day on which it has been lost. Parents can accompany their child either before or after school to have a look in the school's lost property box for missing items. 

At the end of each half term, all lost property will be displayed and some older unclaimed items will be disposed of if not claimed.

Mobile Phones 

Mobile phones are not allowed on school premises, except for exceptional circumstances, which will need a letter from a parent explaining why the phone needs to be in school. Your child will need to bring the phone, with the note to the school office, prior to going on the playground, and then be collected at the end of the school day, after your child has left the classroom. 

Healthy Snacks

Children may bring a healthy snack to school for their morning break. As we promote a healthy lifestyle, we ask that children do not bring sweets, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks to school. Fruit, dried fruit, yogurts, cheese and health bars are all classed as healthy. The snack should be brought to school separately to their packed lunch. We have a number of children in school with nut allergies. Please avoid sending your child with any snacks which may contain nuts. Thank you. 

Tuck Shop

Children volunteers run our tuck shop.  Most days, we will have on sale a variety of fruit, raisins, yoghurts, cheese strings, health bars and a range of drinks including bottled water. Prices range from 15p to 50p.

Online Safety 

We have had a few incidents with pupils at Deepcar St John’s posting negative comments and videos about each other on Tiktok, some of these children have been in year 5. These comments have been hurtful to the children involved and have affected relationships in school. Could parents please ensure that they know what their children are posting on all social media sites. Tik Tok has a recommended age of 13.


Our Facebook page has been in place for over two years now, it is a great way for you to find out what is happening in school. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We also use the site to keep you up to date with important information and give reminders. If you haven't already, please like our Facebook page. 


Spring Term 1

 Friday 14th February

It is hard to believe that this half term has come to an end. The weeks have flown by. As always this has been a very busy half term. We hope you have enjoyed reading about some of the wonderful activities, trips and sporting events our children have undertaken this half term via our Facebook page and Website. We would like to thank staff and the children for all their hard work and parents for your continued support in working in partnership to help achieve success for every child at St John's. Have a great half term. See you all on Monday 24th February.

What we are learning this half term:


We are starting off this half term learning mental methods for division. After this, we will be learning the formal written method. Children knowing their times tables really helps with division. Please support your child's learning in school by getting them to practise their times tables at home.


The first week back at school, after the Christmas break, was dedicated to poetry, with a Poetry Grand Slam held on Friday 10th January. Poetry provides the gateway for so many young readers and writers and helps build a love of literature. This week gave the children the opportunity to fully engage in poetry as they read, studied, rehearsed and finally performed poetry in front of an audience. 

After each year group performed to the rest of the school, the children then gave each poetry performance a score, which was then totalled at the end to determine the winner. The results were very close, but the award for the best poetry recital goes to year 4. All the children worked really hard and we are really proud of everyone of them.


After Poetry week, we will be looking at persuasive text and formal letter writing. We started by designing a new item of footwear before creating a poster, selling our new product. Later this term, we will be writing an advertisement script, which will be recorded. We will then move on to formal letter writing and will be learning the key features of a letter before writing a letter of complaint regarding a faulty 'Shoe'.


Our new science topic for his half term is 'Forces'. During the half term we will learn what gravity is and its impact on our lives and will be able to identify and know the effect of air resistance, water resistance and friction. We will also learn about Isaac Newton and Galileo. In our lesson on Wednesday 8th January, we learned the difference between mass and weight. In scientific contexts, mass is the amount of "matter" in an object, whereas weight is the force exerted on an object by gravity. We also found out that mass is measured in kilograms and grams and weight is measured in newtons. We finished the lesson by finding out the mass and weight of numerous classroom objects.  

Tuesday 21st January

Children are learning the effects of air resistance on a moving object. They have been asked to design a parachute with three variables, which they will then test to see which one falls to the ground the quickest. Today, they have started making their parachutes ready to test tomorrow.

Wednesday 22nd January

Our parachutes are put to the test!

Wednesday 29th January

Last week week we investigated air resistance. This week we are looking at the impact of water resistance. In the first test carried out this afternoon, children have been testing the impact of streamlining on how quickly an object travels through water.

Theme  Each year group has three themes per year (one per term) which is taught through 'Thematics' covering History and Geography 

This half term we are going to be studying the Romans. We will be learning how Julius Caesar was probably the best known Roman leader and how he extended the empire through invading other lands. We will also be learning about Hadrian’s Wall, which was built by the Romans across the north of England. We will find out that it was intended to keep out the Scots and how it is now one of Britain’s most famous tourist attraction. We will also discover that when the Romans came to Britain they helped us by creating roads; a written language (which was Latin); introduced coins and even introduced rabbits to our country..

Today, Tuesday 11th February, they have been debating if it was a good idea for the Romans to invade Britain and discussing and prioritising the benefits.

RE - People of God

How can following God bring freedom and justice? We will be continuing to piece together the story of the people of God in the Old Testament by finding out about Moses and the Exodus. This shows how God rescued his people from slavery in Egypt and how Christians see this story as looking forward to how Jesus’ death and resurrection also rescue people from slavery and sin.


PE lessons will take place twice a week. One lesson will be held with Mr Priest, the schools Sports Coach, and one with the class teacher. This half term, Mr Priest will be teaching the children the skills and rules of hockey and Gymnastics will be taught by Mr Wasden or Miss Steward. Please make sure that your child’s PE kit is in school every day. PE kit is strictly plain navy shorts and a white t.shirt.  As the cold weather approaches, your child needs a warmer PE kit such as tracksuit bottoms and a sweater/hoodie (NOT a school jumper!) to wear. Children will also need black plimsolls for indoor and trainers for outdoor use.  Within reason, regardless of the weather, children will be outside doing PE; it is up to you to make sure that your child’s PE kit is suitable for the weather. It is usually best to bring the kit to school on the first day of the half term and take them on the last day to wash. 

In our first hockey PE lesson, we learned how to hold a hockey stick correctly, how to dribble and how to conduct a push pass. 


This half term we are using a system called Scratch, which they are using to help them learn computer programming

Thursday 30th January

Today,  they have been on the ipads using a system called Scratch. They have learned how to programme a cat to move from a start and finishing position avoiding obstacles on the way. Totally engrossed in their learning!


Autumn Term 2 - Monday 4th November to Friday 20th December

It has been a very busy, successful term for our staff and children. In the midst of all our preparation for the festivities, we are mindful of the need to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. People all over the world will be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and sharing in the joy that this brings. Thank you all, parents, children and friends of St John's, for your continued support. All the staff would like to wish you and your loved ones a restful Christmas and a New Year of health and happiness.

Merry Christmas - See you on the 6th January 2020.

The Linking Project

Tuesday 3rd December

Yesterday, we spent time in the afternoon looking at the posters that we had received from Phillimore, which helped us gain an understanding of their likes and dislikes.Our first session together involved children from both schools enjoying a trip into the centre of Sheffield where they played friendship building games and visited the Graves Museum. It has been an amazing day, it was lovely for the children to meet for the first time and put a face to the posters that they looked at the day before. The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting the children of Phillimore and sharing their similarities and also their differences. The children of both schools started to make connections which will hopefully develop into them forming friendships across the city.

We are really looking forward to seeing the children from Phillimore again after Christmas, when they will be coming to spend the day with us at St John's.

Thursday 21st November 

Today, they have worked hard on creating posters about themselves. Including information about their favourite foods, books, films, songs and hobbies.These posters and a short video of them working in class will be sent to Phillimore Community Primary School and is the first step in the Linking Network project. We will receive similar information about the children at Phillimore and we are really looking forward to finding out more about them before we meet them on the 3rd of December.

What we are learning this half term - For more details on our curriculum, please visit the curriculum page of our website. 


We be starting this half term by finishing some work on Addition and subtraction, going deeper with our learning and looking at decimals and money. We will then be teaching the children how to Multiply and Divide by 10s, 100s, 1000s and other powers of 10. We then be moving on to learn the short and expanded methods of multiplication and the formal written method of division, first without and then with a carry over.


This half term, we will be immersing the children in a book called Clockwork, written by Philip Pullman. In the book, apprentice clock-maker Karl must craft a new figure for the great clock in town - but he is exceedingly short on inspiration. When a mysterious little clockwork character appears from nowhere, Karl seems to have found the answer to his prayers.In fact he is in for a terrible shock. This book is an intriguing and magical fantasy that we hope will captivate the children and help inspire some great descriptive writing based aspects of the story.


In Science, we are learning about the phases of the moon and the Lunar Calendar before starting our new science topic of Fabulous Forces. We will learn about the impact of gravity, both air and water resistance and friction on how an object moves.

Theme - Each year group has three themes per year (one per term) which is taught through 'Thematics' covering History and Geography 

This half term we will be continuing with our studies on the Mayan Civilisation. In a recent lesson, we got to use our new ipads. Using Google Expeditions we got to immerse ourselves in the Ancient Maya civilisation and see what life was really like through virtual-reality.  A brilliant way to tread in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors. The children loved it. 


We will be creating a Maze game in Computing this half term, which will involve creating a character and backdrop, adding effects, setting up costume changes and creating scoring and levels. 


We will be using French dictionaries in lessons this half term, using them to look up adjectives. We will also be learning about the weather and hobbies. 


We will be continuing with our Strings lessons in Music this half term and get to play our violins/violas for the first time. During the first few lessons, children learn how to hold the instrument correctly and how to pluck the right notes. Once they are competent at this, they will then progress to using a bow.


Monday 4th November - PE Lesson

Participation In Gymnastics can build coordination and balance. Increasing coordination and balance can help enhance body awareness and movement. These year 5 children are practising various balance techniques in their PE lesson yesterday.


Year 5 News and Updates 

Christmas fun at our year group party. We all had a great time.

19th November

Parents' Evening took place on Tuesday 19th November. This was a great opportunity for us to meet and discuss how they have settled in to their new class. It also gave us a chance to talk about how best you can support them in the coming year.

Thursday 14th November 

On the 22nd November, a selection of children from year 5 will be representing St John's at a Athletics tournament being held at Stocksbridge High School. In today's lesson, it was time to practise their relay and hurdling skills.

15th November 

On Friday 15th November, we helped to raise funds for the fantastic cause ‘Children in Need’. For £1 children could come into school wearing anything spotty. Thank you to everyone who donated money today.

This week it was Miss Steward's class who achieved the highest attendance in school and they received their certificate this morning. 

Friday 8th November

Mr Wasden's class achieved 100% attendance during the week before we broke up for half term. Mr Wasden chose a class representative to received a certificate in Collective Worship. Good attendance really makes a difference.  

Monday 4th November 

On Monday 4th November at 7pm, we hold a parents workshop about the Year 5 Curriculum. This was a great opportunity for parents to discover what children can expect to learn this year and how to best support your child. Thank you to everyone who attended.

If you have any queries, please contact the year 5 teachers. Miss Steward and Mr Wasden. Thank you.

Autumn term 1 Wednesday 4th September to Thursday 24th October.

Curriculum update

Here is a brief overview of what we are learning this half term. For more information on our curriculum, please visit the curriculum page of our website. 


We are starting this half term by looking at Place Value; understanding the value of a digit within a number. We will be ordering numbers, finding missing numbers, writing numbers, powers of 10 and rounding numbers.

17th October 

Active Maths uses physical activity to enrich the teaching of maths by getting children active whilst they are learning. In today's lesson they are learning addition and subtraction whilst moving around different work stations in the hall.


We are starting the term by looking at letters. This will involve learning the key features of a letter and the difference between an informal and formal letter. Children will be setting themselves some academic goals for the year ahead and will be writing a letter to their future selves. We will be opening the letters at the end of the school year to see if they have reached the milestones that they set themself. Once we have written the letter, we will be immersing the children in a book called Clockwork, written by Philip Pullman. In the book, apprentice clock-maker Karl must craft a new figure for the great clock in town - but he is exceedingly short on inspiration. When a mysterious little clockwork character appears from nowhere, Karl seems to have found the answer to his prayers.In fact he is in for a terrible shock. This book is an intriguing and magical fantasy that we hope will captivate the children and help inspire some great descriptive writing based aspects of the story.

Theme - Each year group has three themes per year (one per term) which is taught through 'Thematics' covering History and Geography 

This half term we are going to be studying the Mayan Civilisation. We will be discovering where and how they lived. The Maya Empire, centered in the tropical lowlands of what is now Guatemala, reached the peak of its power and influence around the sixth century A.D. The Maya excelled at agriculture, pottery, hieroglyph writing, calendar-making and mathematics, and left behind an astonishing amount of impressive architecture and symbolic artwork.


Earth and Space is our Science topic for this half term. In this exciting module, children will develop their knowledge of the Earth's and other planets' place in the solar system, and their relationship with other bodies in space, in particular with the sun. Children will also learn how the Earth's orbit determines the length of a year and why we have leap years.

News and Updates 

In Collective Worship this morning, year 5 children were presented with a Good News Bibles. They will refer to these Bibles.They will use these Bibles during their remaining time at St John's in RE lessons and will bring them home when they leave us in year 6.


Friday 18th October

On Friday 18 October we will be taking part in ‘Wear It Pink’ day. This charity ‘Breast Cancer Now’ is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity and fund research into this devastating disease.Every year 50,000 women hear the words ‘its breast cancer’ and around 11,500 women die each year. This is a charity very close to the School’s and Children’s hearts. Thank you to everyone who wore pink today and donated £1 to breast cancer research. We raised just over £100. Thank you.

Friday 18th October 

Mr Wasden's class received a certificate this morning for having the best attendance in school last week. Good attendance is really important. Well done year 5. 

Thursday 3rd October 

A big thank you to everyone who donated cakes and attended our Macmillan Coffee Morning. All the cakes looked scrumptious and the few that are left have been taken by staff, with donations being made to Macmillan. We raised a total of £212. Thank you. 

Monday 16th September

Today, we were delighted to welcome back M and M productions to St John's for their production of a Disney Classic  'The Jungle Book'. They told the story of young Mowgli, who is cared for by his animal family, who would lay down their lives for him, bringing him up as one of their own.  It was extremely colourful and engaging for the children who were entertained throughout by the wonder actors, fantastic costumes and catchy songs. 


Tuesday 10th September

On Tuesday 10th September children were taught a range of exciting games by the Imagination Gaming Company, who visited us over the two days.

Imagination Gaming games and activities are perfect for engaging and enthusing children of all ages and abilities in the classroom, whilst helping to support and develop crucial
curriculum and social skills too, all while having fun!

If you would like to view some of what Imagination Gaming do, please use the following links:

Please also note that Friday 25th October is also a training day and school will be closed to children.

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