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St Theresa's Catholic Primary School

Walking in Theresa's Little Way

Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 class page.  There are two classes in Year 5: 5CW taught by Mrs Wells and 5SB taught by Miss Burton. 

In Year 5 we are very passionate about every young person putting 100% effort into everything that they do. All adults are proud of any young person that does this and we actively encourage them to be proud of themselves. We profoundly feel that every young person has their own unique quirks and characteristics that make them exceptional and special. Ultimately, we love and support every single young person in our care and we will move mountains to do whatever it is that they need to be happy, safe and the best that they can be. 

Team Year 5! 

Class Calendars:

In 5SB: 

Homework and spellings are given out every Friday. Homework is to be returned the following Friday and the spelling test will be on Friday. 

PE is on a Monday so PE kit is to be worn all day. 


In 5CW: 

Homework is given out every Friday and spellings are given out every Monday. Homework is to be returned the following Thursday and the spelling test will be on Monday. 

PE is on a Tuesday so PE kit is to be worn all day. 

Mrs O'Neill teaches 5CW on a Wednesday. 

Living things and their habitats: Summer 1

To kick off our summer, we are diving into biology. Fingers crossed the sun will allow us to get out and about to see what we are learning about up close! 

Science Week: Whodunnit Detectives

As our science week finale, the school was plunged into controversy. Someone stole all the chemicals from the science cupboard! The sneaky thief left a note demanding that all chemicals should have been put away. They also left a set of fingerprints at the scene. It was down to us to solve the riddle! Only 3 members of staff were given access to the cupboard: Mr Hutchinson, Mrs Ryan and Mr Kearney. We tested each of the adults' pens using chromatography against the ink used in the note left at the scene. We then used fingerprint analysis to identify our culprit. We finally put all of our clues together and realised our criminal was none other than Mr Hutchinson! 

Science Week: Dry Erase 

One of our most challenging obstacles this week: making ink dance! We drew images on the base of plastic containers (ensuring that we never took the pen off the plastic) and then used water to lift the ink. It is certainly not as easy as it sounds! Have a go at home:

Science Week: Model Cars 

What an afternoon we had! We built model cars from household items and used wind power to make them move. After blowing up a balloon attached to our cars (which left us with a few red faces!), we raced our wind powered cars!

Science Week: Lava Lamps 

As part of science week we worked in groups to create lava lamps. We used oil, alka seltza, water and food colouring in water bottles. Why not have a go at home?

Science Week: Mad Scientist Workshop 

Our second week back in school has been dominated by science. What a treat! We kicked our week off with a bang and created slime with our very interesting visitor. What a blast!  


World Book Day 2022

What an absolute blast! Our costumes were turning heads throughout the corridors this year. We had so many young people who had worked so hard on their costumes and who were thinking outside of the box. What imagination! 

The highlight of our world book day would have to be our shared reading with the Year 1 children. Every Year 5 absolutely loved sharing stories with the younger ones and talking about their favourite books. What a brilliant way to end a spectacular day! 

Modern Greece (Geography): Spring 2

Greece, Greece, Greece! We loved our learning about Ancient Greece so much that we just couldn't think about anything else! So many of us were asking about Greece in the modern world that we had to delve in deeper! We were particularly interested in comparing the geography of the UK to Greece and (surprise, surprise!) we all preferred the Greek climate! We have learned so much that we have produced absolutely beautiful leaflets trying to attract tourists to the country we have begun to fall in love with! 


Classifying Materials: Spring 2

This half term we have continued our learning about classifying materials. We built on what we learned in Spring 1 and developed our understanding of how to separate materials once they have been combined together. We then discussed reversible and irreversible changes. It was fascinating to see so many of these changes before our own eyes! 


Seed collecting and tree planting in our local community

 We were fortunate enough to be selected by the local council to take part in their eco-bid to plant more trees in our city. We walked to Manston Park where we learned all about different species of trees and how to identify a number of seeds. Once we had collected these, they were sent to an atrium where future generations will be able to plant them around Leeds. 

After the new year, the local council were so impressed with our enthusiasm and dedication to improving our community that they invited us back to plant saplings. We worked exceptionally hard to create the most hospitable new home for the trees that we could. We are so proud to say that we planted so many that the council ran out of trees to give us! We must have planted over 200! 

Classifying materials: Spring 1

This half term has the most experiments perhaps ever conducted within a school term! We have loved every moment! Our vocabulary has been expanded further than we ever thought possible as we have assessed materials on properties such as their: electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, flexibility, magnetism, solubility, absorbency, transparency and permeability. 


St Theresa's Ancient Greek Olympics!

 As part of our history learning we recreated our own Olympics in the classrooms. As you can see, we had immense fun! 

Ancient Greece (History): Spring 1

Right from the get-go, from the moment we first found the location of the Ancient Greek empire and plotted the key events on a timeline, we have been drawn into the fascinating world of Ancient Greece. 

Each of us has been gripped by the different mythological gods, heroes and most importantly, the creatures! This has infused into every aspect of our learning, including our writing. Not only have we written very intricate and clever complex sentences, but we have recounted the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur with impeccable precision. 

Dr Diane Davies Workshop 

We were exceptionally lucky to play host to the only British archaeologist specialising in the Maya. In a fascinating demonstration, she talked us through the Maya way of life and showed us a plethora of different artefacts that she had collected throughout her career. 

We then separated into class groups where we were lucky enough to get even closer to some near priceless artefacts. It was mind-blowing to think that we were sat in front of items that were used so many years ago in a country so far away from our own. 

The Maya (History): Autumn 2

 What a thrilling topic! We immediately felt ourselves immersed into a culture that began thousands of years ago on the other side of our planet.

We became experts in all thing related to the Maya, so much so that the only official expert (Dr Diane Davies) was scouting for potential recruits on her next expedition into the rainforest! 

We used all of our previous learning about the rainforests to consider how ancient Maya lived. We delved into their daily lives including the food that they ate, the religion that they practised, the games that they played, the number system that they used, the writing that they developed and the calendar system they used. 

Forces: Autumn 2

Autumn 2 was jam packed full of very exciting experiments! We learned all about a selection of forces including: friction, gravity, water resistance and air resistance. We could definitely show Mr Newton a thing or two by the end of the six weeks! 

We were enthralled when building parachutes to test how quickly figurines would drop from the ceiling but nothing beat our incredible time building rafts. Although some didn't go quite as expected (it all added to the learning of course!), we had great fun testing the water resistance created by our rafts and competing to see whose could traverse a container the quickest. 

Rainforests (Geography): Autumn 1

We began our journey closer to home than some of Year 5 may have expected. We learned all about the different parts that make up the UK as well as the wider continents and oceans. We expanded this even further and created our own models of longitude and latitude using only paper plates and straws! 

Our learning then focused in on South America. We became absorbed instantly into the geographical and human features of the continent. Before long, we could identify the countries, mountain ranges, volcanic clusters and iconic landmarks that make South America so fascinating. We further expanded our horizons and explored the climate zones and biomes of the continent.

Our Geography learning took over almost every part of our curriculum. We loved exploring the different layers of the rainforest in English and we wrote absolutely stunning non-chronological reports to demonstrate our new understanding.  


Space: Autumn 1

n our first term in Year 5, we started with a BANG! We focused on space which gripped us from the beginning of week 1, all the way through to the last day of week 7. 

Our highlights were:

  • working in teams to investigate each of the planets in our solar system 
  • making models of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, as well as the Moon's orbit around our planet
  • tracking our shadows throughout the day 

Please click on the relevant pages for the Year 5 and 6 classes from the Virtual Tour: 

Year 5 - Classroom  A 5SB

Year 5 - Classroom  B 5CW