Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School

Live, Love, Learn. Together we will soar to new heights

Brunswick Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA9 2JE

01744 678670


Year 5

Welcome to our Year 5 class page!

Class Teacher - Mr Platt. Miss Green also supports in Year 5 each day. 

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Derrick

Year 5 is such a wonderful year! We went to the Robinwood residential in the autumn term and we have lots of other exciting things planned for throughout the year. Year 5 is the start of upper key stage two and there will be lots of new learning introduced this year as we get prepared for Year 6. The children will be stretched and challenged to achieve what they are capable of and will always be pushed to do their best. We will cover topics that range from Earth and Space, the Vikings, the Amazon Rainforest, to preparing healthy meal; there is a real variety of different learning opportunities available to the children this year. We are really looking forward to tackling each new challenge and doing our best. 

Keep checking in to catch up with what the children are doing throughout the year as we will be updating our page regularly.

You can check out what we are learning this year by downloading our Curriculum Overview (the link is below).

Year 5 Meet the Teacher information session with parents and carers

Click on the PowerPoint below to read through important information about Year 5:

Year 5- Meet the Teacher PowerPoint

Year 5 Curriculum

Year 5 Curriculum Overview

Year 5 Gallery

We are so excited to be in Year 5! Here are some photos from our first day; we can't wait to see what the year holds!

Proud to be me!

We listened to a story called 'In you I see' by Rachel Emily and completed some work around it as part of our Equality, Diversity and Protected Characteristics learning.

Scan our QR code to see us talking about the book and how it celebrates the beauty within. It teaches us that we are all special.

Having looked at our own beauty within, we created some beautiful angels, celebrating ourselves. We shared them with each other.

Bookies and Cookies was so much fun!

Thank you to all our parents that kindly attended - it was lovely to see you.

Our Remembrance Day poem.

We created some wonderful Anti-Bullying posters in Year 5 as part of our learning for Anti-Bullying Week, where the theme was, 'Make a noise about bullying'.

We looked at 'Kindness' and what it means and looks like to us. We thought about how kindness towards others makes them feel and how it makes us feel, both receiving kindness and giving it. We each chose someone in class, with whom we don't usually play with, and told them how great they are with a special note!

Prayer and Liturgy - our children wonderfully and reverently lead our prayer and liturgy.

Crucial crew was amazing! We learnt so many life skills and how to keep ourselves safe.

Safer Internet Day - we enjoyed a drama workshop with Altru about the safeties and dangers of the internet and apps such as TikTok, Fortnite and Snapchat.

We've been learning about nationalities in Spanish.

World Book Day

We loved our pyjama day for WBD! We were really lucky to welcome author, Paul Delaney, to share stories with us and some of us entered a 'story in a jar' competition.

We listened to a story called 'Idia of the Benin Kingdom' by Ekiuwa Aire and completed some work around it as part of our Equality, Diversity and Protected Characteristics learning.

We learnt about gender discrimination and reminded ourselves that we can be whatever we want to be - if we put our minds to it!

Our aspirations...

We listened to a story called 'Phoenix goes to school' by Phoenix Finch & Michelle Finch, and we completed some work around it as part of our Equality, Diversity and Protected Characteristics learning.

Watch us talking about the book and how it encourages us to accept people for who they are and the choice they make. God loves us all equally.

Spanish Day

We enjoyed Spanish tapas, Spanish dancing (mambo, tango and salsa) and a Spanish lesson. We explored the city of Seville and made a fact file using PowerPoint, as well as creating some art in the style of Diego Velazquez.

We really enjoy reading in the sunshine!

Our wonderful Science posters in our Earth and Space topic.

We enjoyed our Viking Learn and Share with our parents - it was wonderful to show them what we've been learning about and to get them involved!

As part of our memorable experiences, we were very lucky to go a Clonter Musical Theatre day workshop. We took part in costume designing, music making, acting on the stage and gobo designing - it was so much fun!

Watch us share our Science - 'Earth and Space' memorable knowledge!

We've been learning all about 'Typography and 3D maps' in Art. We explored typography, made visual maps, created our own 3D maps using what we had learnt and researched our artist - Louise Fili.

Year 5 really enjoyed their Road to Riat STEM challenge day.

We listened to a story called 'The little person inside' by Talan Skeels-Piggins and completed some work around it as part of our Equality, Diversity and Protected Characteristics learning.

Watch us talking about the book and how it is an inspiring real-life journey of a Paralympic champion, that encourages us to tap into the skill of positive thinking and self-belief.

In Music this term we are learning Adele's 'Make you feel my love'. We've been enjoying practising singing it and playing the glockenspiels.

'Spell with us' Learn and Share - thank you to our wonderful parents / carers that attended our learn and share. It was wonderful to show them how we practise our spellings and to get them involved!

We listened to a story called 'Hope on the Horizon' by Onjali Q. Raúf and completed some work around it as part of our Equality, Diversity and Protected Characteristics learning.

Watch us talking about the book and how it encourages us to set goals to make the world a better place. 

Watch us share our Science - 'Living things and their habitats' memorable knowledge!

Our wonderful Art - we created some poetry zines, taking inspiration from Kevork Mourad. We mixed colours, creating shades and tones, and then we used monoprinting to finish our personal zines.


Why Bikeability?

Bikeability cycle training equips children with vital life skills. Pupils not only learn to cycle, they gain independence, social skills and a sense of wellbeing.

After Bikeability, children are better at responding to risk and report increased confidence. As a result, more children cycle to school which in turn improves mental health and wellbeing. This allows children to get more out of the classroom, improving their attention span and engagement. Healthier habits lead to increased attendance and improved academic results. Bikeability goes beyond a training course; it impacts children’s lives. Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their Bikeability training.

Year 5 enjoyed a CO workshop learning all about Carbon Monoxide and how to stay safe - we took part in some role play, made some posters, spoke about the dangers of CO, and identified where it originates from around the house.

We enjoyed a shooting stars science workshop about forces. We explored the work of Sir Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei.

Shine Day

We have been celebrating our differences!

We took part in a fabulous art workshop delivered by CulturEd - we can't wait to see the finished display.

We really enjoyed our Music lessons - our song this half term is Bon Jovi's, Livin' on a prayer.

We hope you enjoy us singing it!

We also played the glockenspiels in our Music lessons.

In PE, we've done badminton, gymnastics, hockey, basketball, dodgeball, cricket and tennis so far...

St Helens Library service visited us and tasked us with deciding which of these 5 books is the best! We will review each book and then, after Christmas, vote for the best one in preparation for the BASH awards.

Linked to our Humanities topic, The Vikings, we welcomed As Creatives for a memorable experience based on The Vikings Quest.

Listen to us locate Spanish cities and talk about ourselves in Spanish - scan the QR code.

Thank you to our parents / carers who came to our Reading Learn and Share event.

Watch us share our Science - 'Properties and changes of materials' memorable knowledge!

We love visiting our wonderful school library to read a story!

National Compliment Day - we each received lovely compliments that made us smile!

Children's Mental Health Week

Year 5 welcomed Kevin Dyer from the Arts in Libraries team for some creative, emotion writing based around Children's Mental Health Week. We each created a character and discussed how they might feel (both inside and out). We talked openly about mental health and wrote a story about a character in trouble and how they would problem solve it, incorporating our PATHS learning.

Linked to our Humanities topic, The Normans, we welcomed As Creatives for a memorable experience based on The Battle of Hastings, The Norman figures, land and agriculture and crime and punishment - we thoroughly enjoyed it!

We have really enjoyed our Textiles topic in DT, where we have made our own stuffed toys. We designed them (considering materials, stitching methods and decorations), stitched them, stuffed them and then added decoration to complete them. We then evaluated them, and our peers work, to celebrate our efforts.

Year 5 have produced some amazing Published Pieces as part of their English process. They wrote a newspaper report.

We have really enjoyed our Set Design topic in Art, where we created our own 'sets' for theatre design, taking our inspiration from a creative stimulus to inform our creative response and to capture the essence of the drama.