School opens at 8.40am, the school day starts at 8.50am and finishes at 3.20pm from 5 September 2022.

Year 5

Last Day of Year 5!
After finishing our isolation, we came back to our transition day on Tuesday where we got to meet our new teacher: Mrs Bertenshaw.
On Wednesday, we had our final cycling lesson with Melissa from British Cycling. We were put in teams and had to race against each other around the course. The winning team got a medal!
We had our Year 5 Sports Day on Thursday afternoon. We took part in events such as, baton racing, tug of war and the discus. We were surprised to receive a special treat - ice cream! This was for all of our hard work all year.
We have had such a brilliant time in Year 5 and we are all looking forward to the challenges of Year 6!
Written by Noah and Lizzie
Home Learning Heroes!
This week Year 5 are working from home, but this hasn't stopped us from producing fantastic work, having great lessons, and hanging out on Teams.
In English, we have started our Play Scripts topic, and we are loving watching clips of films and plays and creating our own scripts. When we get back to school, we will be acting these out.
In RE, we are learning all about how to be a good Steward of the Earth and look after God's world. Today we are producing fact files about this and researching all of the good work which CAFOD does.
Make sure you all log on to Teams tomorrow afternoon, Year 5 - we will be playing quizzes, games and more! Not such a bad week after all!
Year 5 and 6 - Top Dogs!

We have invented a brand new sport especially for the 2024 Olympics! Our sport is Hovercrafting! Last Thursday - at the Discovery Museum - we built our very own life size hovercrafts. We decided to bring the idea back to STEAM Week.

Challenge 1 - How do bikes move?
Oscar - "We discussed how bikes move and why they have different components. Bikes have wheels which slowed us down so we started planning our hovercraft sport."
Challenge 2 - Are those who do not think outside the box too easily contained?
Lizzie - "We made mini-hovercrafts and conducted an experiment to see what surface the hovercrafts moved best on. We found that it glided best on a whiteboard surface or a polished wood surface."

Challenge 3 - What makes your design special?
Will - "We made our own products for hovercrafting and made scripts to prepare for our Dragon Den pitches. We also discussed what made our design unique to our sport."

Challenge 4 - What is your body telling you?
Simapreet - "We programmed MicroBits to record our steps (like a pedometer). This would help Olympic runners to test their fitness and long jumpers who can only take a certain amount of steps before jumping.

We are excited to see who will come out on top!
Holy Communion Celebrations...Finally!
We have had such a fantastic week here in Year 5. On Wednesday we had the pleasure of welcoming Father Bill back into our school to perform a special mass just for Year 4 and 5 to celebrate the children making their first Holy Communion. It was a lovely service which involved many of the children and it was great to have some normality back in school. We went on to have a celebration which involved party food and cake!

On Thursday, we went out of school with Year 6 to the Discovery Museum. We had a great time taking part in hover craft, pulleys and energy workshops which linked perfectly to our current Science and Geography topics. The children were brilliant and had a fantastic day. 

Alex: "I loved exploring the museum and seeing what was there."
Billy: "My favourite part was the hovercraft workshop."
We only have 3 weeks of Year 5 left. There will be a special visitor coming in to school tomorrow to chat to the children about a special event next week. I wonder who it could be!
Activ5 Athletics
This Week is ACTIV5 week in St. Charles'. We have been taking part in a virtual Athletics competition against other schools in our area. Each class competed in 4 different activities: the tennis ball throw, the standing long jump, a sprint and a longer run. It was great fun and we had some lovely weather to accompany us!
Year 5 have finished their Chronicle articles and they are being sent out to be published. Don't forget to grab your copy on July 1st!
Magnificent Micro:bits

This half term, Year 5 are learning how to programme and code mini computers - Micro:bits. So far, we have learned about the different parts of a Micro:bit and - as the term goes on - we will be using them to make cool tools such as a pedometer! All of the information about Micro:bits can be found on this website:

Check it out!
Budding Journalists!
This week, Year 5 have had some very different English lessons. We have been writing REAL articles which will be published in The Chronicle! We had to research what has been going on in our school, gather quotes from various teachers and students, and then write professional articles all about St. Charles'. 

Year 5's articles will feature in the 'Our School' section of The Chronicle on Thursday 1 July. Make sure to grab your copy!
Happy Half Term!
I have had another fantastic half term with Year 5. Everyone's attitude has been amazing and it's great to see how conscientious the children are becoming over their work.

A great example of this is the clay masks that we completed this week. We used metallic paints to finish them and they look amazing. Check out the photographs below.

Additionally, we had Head Teacher's awards to celebrate key achievements this term - well done to the winners!

Moki Madness!

This week was Year 5's turn to try out the Moki bands. We had to wear the band all week and try to accumulate as much activity and steps as we could. After next week, we will see if we were the winning class. 

We also made Egyptian masks this week using clay. The children had to manipulate the clay to look like the design in their plan. The have come out brilliantly and we can't wait to paint them next week!
Fantastic Fiddles!
This half term, Year 5 are learning to play the violin. We started the first three weeks by learning all about the parts of violin and playing songs by plucking the strings. This week though, we have used the bow! It isn't easy to get the grip right but it was so much fun and we are sounding brilliant! Our teachers are so impressed with how much we've learned in such a short space of time.
The winners of the Panini Football Competition was also announced this week. Well done to the winners who designed fantastic footballs and won sticker books and stickers!
Number Day!
Today was Number Day here at St. Charles'. We took part in a NUMBER of Maths activities throughout the day. First of all, we learned all about what jobs could require Math knowledge and we found that pretty much all of them did. Some of us want to be bakers, car technicians, architects, athletes, police officers - and many more - and all of the jobs needed Maths in some capacity. 
We took our Maths lesson outside; we recreated the first quadrant (some of us even looked at all four!) using chalk and reflected and translated images whilst reporting the co-ordinates. We also did the 'Buddy Challenge', where we solved problems to find pieces of an image (which turned out to be a key) and then we were able to run out and unlock Buddy - a green inflatable  blob in the forest school!
Additionally, each class was given a number; our number was 64. We looked at all of the different ways we could make 64 using all of our Maths knowledge including: the four operations; multiplication and division; place value; and many more! We put what we found onto our designated T-shirt for the school competition and... guess what?! Our class were joint winners!
Woo hoo! Great work this week Mathletes!
Friday 30 April
Year 5 have had the BEST day. We learned (in reading skills on Monday) about Spartacus; a Roman gladiator who escaped gladiator training school and took refuge on Mount Vesuvius.
When the children came in today, they were briefed on the upcoming missions which needed completed. Our first mission was to use Roman Numerals to read the signage around gladiator training school. We worked in pairs to use the clues we were given to locate and solve problems before being given our next clue. We then embarked upon a fitness mission in training school. We had to use memory, team work and initiative to develop an obstacle course which was safe and appropriate for other teams to try.
In English, we looked at a poem called, 'I am a Roman'. We worked in groups of four to memorise and perform the poem with fantastic intonation and expression. The performances were worthy of the West End in Staff Kelly's opinion!
After our lunch, we worked in teams to move together as one unit. There is strength in unity! Our team commanders had to guide us whilst wearing blindfolds so we had to put all of our trust in them! Then, as Spartacus escaped gladiator school, we had to build a camp he could take shelter in on Mount Vesuvius. We had to majorly work on our team work and communication skills during this task! Especially as the Roman Army found us and our camps were attacked!

The children worked brilliantly and everyone had such a great day. Well done, soldiers!
Friday 23rd April
Welcome to Ancient Egypt!
In History this half term, we are exploring all of the amazing and gruesome areas of Ancient Egypt. So far, we have looked at where Ancient Egypt fits into a Historical timeline and mummified a tomato. Whatever happens to them will mirror what happened to the bodies of the kings and queens in the tombs. Can you remember your prediction?
We also finished off our Design Technology unit from last half term. We made a moving fairground ride. Check out the photographs below!
Thursday 1st April
Happy Easter!
This week the children have been recalling the events leading up to Jesus' death as it is Holy Week. We have been remembering Jesus' sacrifice for all Christians when he died on the cross.
On Wednesday, some of the children brought in decorated eggs for the Easter Egg competition. All of the entries were amazing (check them out below)! The deserved winners were Maddie and Daniel. Well done and enjoy your eggs!

We also had head teachers awards on Thursday - Mrs Nealings came in to announce the winners! Well done to all of the winners this term.
Have a brilliant Easter Break Year 5; I'll see you in Summer Term!
Friday 26th March
Bishop Bewick Trust
On Thursday 1 April, St. Charles' RC Primary changed its name to St. Charles' Catholic Primary School and we also become a part of a new family; the Bishop Bewick Trust. Mrs Nealings held a video call with the children to announce this exciting news today, and - to celebrate - the children were treated to an ice cream! We had the best day having an extended break time with our friends, enjoying ice cream in the sun and talking about what it means to join this new academy.
Also this week, we read a story (which was a bit creepy) call 'The Curse of Cogston House'. We have been working on developing the detail in our writing to describe the setting well and use figurative language which is appropriate to this genre. We even did a drama performance to explore foreshadowing - tell your parents what this means!
This week we completed our third week of Lenten promises by completing some mindful colouring. We are preparing for Holy Week next week and we will we recalling the events leading up to Jesus' death on these special days.
Friday 19th March
Red Nose Day!
Year 5 have had another great week back all together. Today was red nose day and so the children were able to bring a donation and paint their nose red. They looked amazing! We also (for Comic Relief) had a class jokes competition. We heard some amazing jokes but the winner was Sebastian. His joke was:

What did the llama say when he got kicked off the farm?
Alpaca my bags!

Mrs Nealings loved this joke!

We also had week 2 of our Lenten Reflections. We went out in to the forest school and worked in pairs to make crosses with twigs and twine. It was very reflective when we found somewhere to place our cross in the ground.

Have a great weekend everyone!
Friday 12 March
Welcome Back!
This week was the children's first week back in school; they were amazing! It was so great to have a class full of children to teach face-to-face! We started this new chapter of school by planting sweet peas. We will watch them grow.
On Wednesday, the Mini-Vinnies set up a Lenten Reflection in the forest school. We went along and wrote our Lenten Promises on Card and made a beautiful paper chain for our prayer table.
The children have been exploring a music video in English. Click here to check it out: 
We got into role of the boy so we could see how it feels to be in his shoes as we will be writing a first person narrative from his perspective next week.
In PE this term, we are covering Tag Rugby and Gymnastics. We made a great start to our gymnastics by coming up with a routine in groups.
Thank you for all of your hard work this week Year 5. Have a well deserved rest this weekend and I will see you next week!
Welcome to Year 5!
Week 13
Friday 18th December

Good evening all, 


In January, Mrs Kelly will be returning to year 5… I would like to take this opportunity to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the children. They have all been amazing and I will really miss them. I would also like to thank parents for their support through what has been a challenging term. I wish you all a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas.


We’ve had a lovely week, full of festive spirit, as we approach the end of the autumn term!

In English, we made Christmas crafts and then wrote up instructions for them. The children were very good at giving precise guidance. In maths, we solved maths problems to uncover the clues and lead us to find Santa’s missing elf.


The highlight of our week has to be receiving a visit from Santa. He made us giggle as he joined our class and we’re all looking forward to his return on Christmas Eve!


We also had our last session with NUFC where we applied all of the skills developed this term in some very competitive games of football.


Today we ended the week on a high and enjoyed party day! The children enjoyed Christmas activities with Miss Hamer this morning and in the afternoon, we all watched an online pantomime: Sleeping Beauty. We finished the day with a Christmas Quiz, as always, it became very competitive.


Next week, we are catching up on Year 4 summer term Art and DT as well as making lots of different Christmas Crafts – it will be a lovely end to the term.


Week 12
Friday 11th December

A huge well done to all of year 5 for working really hard to complete our end of term assessments this week. The results reflect how well you have done in what has been an extremely difficult term.


This week, in design and technology, year 5 enjoyed creating their playground shelter designs.  They found different ways to strengthen and stiffen them, using a range of techniques such as: layering, rolling, folding and joining together. I’ve included some pictures in the gallery below!


In RE, we discussed the meaning of the second candle lit at Advent and how it represents faith and love. Year 5 produced some lovely readings, which they shared with the other classes in our whole school teams assembly. Below, are some of the things the children prayed for….



We pray for the leaders of the world.

We pray for the NHS heros who are working hard to keep us safe throughout this difficult time.

We pray for those who have lost loved ones throughout the pandemic.

We pray for a happy and healthy community.



We ended the week on a festive high, singing Christmas Songs in our Christmas jumpers for Mrs Higgins and Mrs Nealings !


Next week is action packed, as we catch up on year 4 summer term science, attend another online space lecture, and enjoy lots of fun Christmas activities on party day – I cannot wait!


Have a lovely weekend everyone!


Miss Farrar


This week in maths we consolidated our multiplication and division topic by tackling some challenging maths problems! In English, we researched the life of TV star Declan Donnelly and wrote biographies, applying all of the features of a non-fiction text. Year 5 worked hard to develop their writing and include parenthesis and complex sentences. They are becoming very good at editing their own work as well as each other’s, recognising their mistakes and thinking of ways to up level! Additionally, we were really excited to begin our ‘Advent’ topic in RE on Wednesday, in preparation for the countdown to Christmas. The children produced some lovely drawings of Jesse Trees and chose symbols to include on it. Finally, in science, we were lucky enough to participate in an online lecture, live from Kielder Observatory, where we learnt all about space!


Next week, we begin new units in both maths and English. I hope everybody's ready for a challenge!


Have a fabulous weekend Year 5!


Miss Farrar :D

Week 11
Friday 27th November
Week 10
Friday 20th November

We’ve had a fabulous week in year 5!


The highlight of our week was Forest School  where we made our own bread on the campfire! Miss Owens taught us some top tips for keeping safe around fires such as ‘the respect kneel’ as well as rules to follow when cooking. We were pleasantly surprised at how tasty our bread was – especially when smothered in some of Miss Owens’ homemade jam! Delicious!


I was really impressed with the work produced in RE  as we approached the end of our ‘commitment’ topic. We learnt all about charitable giving and discussed ways in which we are (or can be) charitable, both in school and in the community.  Year 5 created adverts welcoming people to join a charitable organisation of their choice; I’ve included some examples below!


We also marked the end of our topic with a liturgy, planned and delivered by Oscar, Sophie, Lizzie and Lilia. They did a fantastic job! Next week, we begin our ‘Advent’ topic as we build up to Christmas – how exciting!


Have a lovely weekend everyone!


Miss Farrar

Week 9
Friday 13th November
Another week complete!

We produced some heart-warming pieces of writing in RE this week! With a focus on commitment, we wrote all about how parents show their dedication and support on a daily basis. I’ve included a few examples of children’s work in the gallery below!


In maths, we perfected our skills in multiplication and consolidated our knowledge on factors, prime numbers and multiples through a range of problem solving challenges. We are fully prepared for the challenging week ahead when we will start to multiply 4 and 5 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers!


In science, we wrote up and carried investigations to find the best thermal insulator for a packed lunch box design. Ask the children how they tested each material!


We have another action packed week ahead including more experiments as well as Forest School!


Enjoy your weekend year 5, you’ve earned it!

Week 8
Friday 6th November

We’ve all enjoyed our first week back in Year 5 after the half term break and have adapted well to the new seating plan. We have begun lots of new topics and have been very active.


The highlight of our week was celebrating St Charles’ Feast Day. We talked all about who St Charles was, what made him special and learnt about the endless ways he helped others. We then designed a new school logo – I’ve included some in the gallery below.


In English, we have been learning all about the story of Lego, where it came from and the uniqueness of the man behind it. We also studied the features of non-chronological reports in preparation for writing our own next week.  I’ll be sure to share some of our writing with you all!


In PE our NUFC coach is teaching us a range of football skills this half term. This week, we developed our attack and defence skills before engaging in some mini games.


Well done for another week of hard work year 5!

Week 7
Friday 23rd October

Can you believe it’s half term already?! We have achieved so much and have had lots of fun whilst doing so.


This week, we caught up on missed learning from year 4 summer term. In maths, we looked at statistics, completing our own bar and line graphs which represented discrete and continuous data. We then moved on to coordinates, plotting a variety of shapes on a grid and translating them to another area.


In English, we wrote our own diary entries, based on hook ‘The Alchemist's Letter’. We applied skills developed in our narrative writing and continued to focus on building suspense. In our recounts, we included features such as: personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, repetition and similes. We took what we imagined the t Alchemist’s emotions to be and brought them to life in our recounts using show not tell.


In forest school, we explored Anglo Saxon runes and created our own messages using natural resources before decoding our friends. Check out our work in the gallery below!


The highlight of our week was definitely our Commando Joe’s mission! Astronaut Tim Peake challenged us to create our own space suit using minimal resources - it also had to fit every member of each group inside. It wasn’t easy, especially when we were hit by meteoroid showers! Our second mission, was to build a communication tower. Again, there were many curve balls such as the children losing their ability to communicate orally – needless to say this was year 5’s greatest challenge! The real key to success was the application of character qualities such as: resilience, resourcefulness, teamwork, reasoning, reflectiveness and risk taking. We were all successful in this respect.


You have all worked so hard year 5. I hope you find ways to fill your half term with lots of fun and plenty of rest and I look forward to seeing you all after the holidays!


Miss Farrar :D

Week 6
Friday 16th October

It was such a pleasure to speak to parents this week and share information about how fabulous year 5 are! It also gave me the chance to reflect upon how much we’ve learnt this half term as well as how hard we’ve worked - I am one very proud teacher.


This week, as always, we’ve been very busy and have consolidated many of our topics.


In History, we completed our Tudors topic by answering our big question ‘How did Henry VIII change British history?’. Once again, we shared many interesting facts and discussed how Henry VIII founded the Royal Navy and created the Church of England. We also discussed the influence that Henry’s daughter (Queen Elizabeth) had on women’s rights, which then led to the introduction of feminism.


In maths, we looked at numbers including multiples, factors and prime numbers. Ask the children the difference between multiples and factors! Can they give you any top tips about how to remember prime numbers?


In science, we consolidated our knowledge of life cycles. We created our own nature documentaries, comparing the life cycles of mammals, birds, amphibians and plants and discussed similarities and differences. The children produced some great documentaries -check them out in the gallery below!

We were also thrilled to find that 3 of our cuttings have developed roots. We can now plant our cuttings and nurture our very own mint plant.


Next week, we are spending time catching up on learning from Year 4 Summer Term. We also have a Commando Joe Mission and Forest school – how exciting. See you all next week!

Week 5
Friday 9th October

We have learnt a lot in year 5 this week! 




We continued exploring a range of literary devices in English , using ‘Eye of the Storm’ as our hook. We wrote our own flashbacks, learnt about time adverbials and finished the week by creating  a setting description which included pathetic fallacy and personification. The children came up with some fantastic ideas. Check them out in the gallery below.




We’ve had a brain buster of a week in maths, working through a variety of multi step reasoning and problem solving questions relating to addition and subtraction. Year 5 love a challenge! 



In science, we created an advert , inviting people to make a donation towards the ‘Jane Goodall Institute’. We explored her work with chimpanzees and learnt about how she revealed amazing facts about them: such as their ability to form bonds and human like emotions. Ask the children why our chimpanzees are becoming endangered! 




We are thoroughly enjoying our Tudors topic this half term and are learning lots about Henry VIII and his six wives! I really enjoy hearing the additional facts that children bring to the classroom. This week, we made our own Tudor roses and wrote about why King Henry had so many wives. 







This week, we researched Judaism. We learnt about why and how Jews celebrate Passover. We talked lots about traditions practised during Passover. The children loved listening to the traditional Jewish song ‘The Shalom’. Ask them to name some more of the traditions! 


Enjoy your well earned rest Year 5 - I look forward to another action packed week come Monday! 


Week 4
Friday 2nd October

We’ve had another fabulous week in Year 5!



In English, we’ve really enjoyed producing character and setting descriptions based on the story ‘The Eye of the Storm’. We included literary features such as ‘show not tell’, ‘powerful adjectives’, expanded noun phrases and detailed descriptions of senses to let the reader know what was happening without actually telling them. We also learned how to use semi colons and discussed the impact they have on our writing. The level of work produced by the children was fantastic: here’s an example below.


‘‘At the back of a dark, grimy room, a fire crackled and popped.  The cogs turned and created a roaring, raging fire, ready to gobble up an innocent town below. The mysterious human threw a neon green liquid (tightly stored in a crystal jar) into the fire. The dancing flames exploded into an emerald green nightmare’’.



We explored texture in art this week. We researched famous artist Joseph Turner (also known as the painter of light) before exploring Forest School in search for a variety of objects with different textures.



The highlight of our week was the consolidation of our RE topic ‘Ourselves’, where we discussed how we can use our qualities to do as God wants us to do and follow in his footsteps. We created our own Litanies (a call and response prayer) thanking God for our qualities and the things they enable us to do. As always, we marked the end of our topic with a liturgy which was planned and led by the children.  




Another week of hard work is over. I wish everyone a lovely, relaxing weekend!


Week 3
Friday 25th September

What a busy week we’ve had in Year 5!



In English, we wrote our expositions in response to our Prime Minister’s decision to ban mobile phones for children and came up with several counterarguments to points he raised. If he ever decides to go ahead with this decision, he’ll definitely have a fight on his hands!



We are lucky enough to have NUFC coaches join us for PE this half term, where we get professional training in hockey skills. This week, we practised dribbling and defense. Year 5 were very competitive when applying these skills in mini games!


Forest School

The highlight of our week was when Miss Owens visited us and invited us to take part in forest school activities. Although it was raining, it didn’t put us off, as we were all ready and raring to go in our wellies and rain macs! We were given the task of identifying a variety of different trees around the school, by examining leaves, bark and seeds. Ask the children which ones they found!



In art, we produced some beautiful landscape drawings and paintings of the Lake District. Some of us created a ‘realistic’ piece, whilst others chose to create abstract. Some of us chose to use tone for effect. Check out the pictures below!



In science, we have been learning all about the reproduction of plants as part of our ‘Living Things’ topic this half term. After learning about asexual reproduction, we took our own cuttings. We expect some cuttings to form roots which we can then plant and watch grow.



Finally, in RE, we discussed how our qualities and talents lead us to live our life in a certain way, the way that God wants us to live. We talked about how sometimes, people find courage to fight for a good cause and that they make sacrifices to help others, just as Jesus did. We researched some famous martyrs and wrote a fact file on Maximilian Kolbe. Everybody was really interested to learn about the sacrifices Kolbe made to help others imprisoned at Auschwitz  in 1941.


Year 5 turn up with a smile and an enthusiastic approach to learning every day and make the classroom a great place to be. I can’t wait to see what we’ll learn next week!


Year 5 have had a great second week back and despite the unusual circumstances, they have got off to a flying start!


The highlight of this week has been our work around persuasive texts. We became immersed in debate in response to a letter from Boris Johnson and I was amazed to see how engaged the children were in presenting their ideas for and against the use of mobile phones. I didn’t realise how strongly they felt around this issue! We then looked at the features of persuasive writing in preparation for writing our own exposition to send to Boris next week. Year 5 really enjoyed finding out the definition of each feature and providing their own examples – a fantastic start to the year!

Homework in Year 5

Reading: Children are expected to read daily and record in the yellow reading records. Children can record a range of books from home, the school library and the colour band books from school.


Maths: Mathletics is set every Monday and is due the following Monday. Year 5 now have access to Times Table Rockstars (using their previous login details) and Miss Farrar will set challenges each Monday – these will need to be completed by the following Friday.


English (Grammar): This is set via Teams every Friday and is expected to be completed by the following Wednesday.


English (Spelling): Spellings are stuck into the spelling homework books at the start of each term. Each week, children are to practise the spellings for the week by writing a line of each word then apply it to a sentence. This work is set on a Friday and due the following Friday when it will be marked in class.