Year 5 – 23/09/22

Although this has been a shorter week than usual, it has been no less busy.

On Wednesday, Year 5 found out about a very important leadership role that is new to our school. The class are going to be Caritas Ambassadors, which means that they are going to be activists for social change in the local area. As a class, we will have weekly sessions that will equip us with a strong understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and how we can put it into action in our daily lives. In keeping with the new line of our school mission prayer, we are going to develop the tools we need to build a better world.

Also this week:

    • In English, we have continued to focus on building vocabulary, and the children wrote really effective poems about a wolf crying in the night;
    • In Maths, our place value understanding is continuing to grow and we learnt how to count in powers of 10;
    • In Science, we compared gestation periods in different mammals. Next week, we will be looking at whether there is a relationship between an adult animal’s mass and its gestation period;
    • In RE, we have been practising how to navigate the Bible and have started learning about the Genesis creation stories;
    • In PE, we had a our second swimming session;
    • In French, we learnt how to say the alphabet and how to spell our names in French. Here’s the song if you wanted to practise!

Here is your home learning for this week:

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·        Compare and order numbers to 100,000

·        Compare and order numbers to one million

·        Counting in powers of 10

Reading Use your ReadTheory login to complete 3 quizzes.
Spelling (tested via dictation next Friday) Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words ending in ‘-cious’












Have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to seeing some of you at church tomorrow evening for our St Vincent Mass.

Miss Donatantonio

Year 5 – 16/09/22

Welcome to the end of another week! Our week began with a karate session, which allowed the children to revise some of the stances that they learnt last year.

Our art topic this half term is about typography, so our art lesson today allowed the children to experiment with cut-out typography. Have a look at some of their creations! Also this week:

  • We learnt about metre in music and tried conducting;
  • We continued an unfinished story by Roald Dahl started called The Eyes of Mr Croaker to celebrate Roald Dahl day;
  • We practised writing similes and metaphors in English;
  • We compared and ordered numbers up to 1,000,000 in Maths;
  • We had our first swimming session of the term
  • We had a visit from Ofsted! The children behaved and participated beautifully in front of our visiting inspector and did the school proud. – well done!

In light of the long weekend for national mourning, there is no home learning set this week.

See you on Tuesday.

Miss Donatantonio

Year 5 – 09/09/22

Welcome to Year 5! We’ve had a wonderful first week back and it’s been lovely getting to know the class. We began the week with a walk across the field to the pond; excitement ensued when a tiny frog came to join us!

Also this week:

  • We kicked off our Year of Pilgrimage, which is our whole-school focus for this year;
  • We held the World Cup of Books to choose our class reader for this half term;
  • We learnt vocabulary for different jobs in French;
  • We discussed our mission prayer values and where we are taught these in the Bible;
  • We began our Science topic about the different stages of human development;
  • We started to build on our place value knowledge in Maths;
  • We explored how effective well-chosen vocabulary can be in English;
  • We played collaborative and communicative games in PE;
  • We wrote beautiful prayers and letters to Her Majesty the Queen. May she rest in peace.

Here is this week’s home learning. Spellings will be tested next Friday; the other tasks are due next Wednesday. Please let me know if you have any difficulties accessing the online learning platforms.

Maths Mathletics assignment:

·        Numbers to 10,000

Times Tables Complete a gig game on Timestable Rockstars using your login details
Reading Use your ReadTheory login to firstly take the pre-test, then complete 3 additional passages.
Spelling Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words ending in -tious and -ious












Enjoy your weekend, and I will see you all again on Monday!

Miss Donatantonio 😊

Thursday 21st July, 2022

This last week has meant that the children have adapted to a hotter learning environment than normal and they did this with such maturity. In D&T most of the children completed their CAMs project.  Well done to them for their resilience throughout each session.  As a class, we discussed what their successes were and areas to focus on next year when we have our next Design and Technology project!  I have a video in the making and will share that with them in September and on our Year 6 Blog.

Mrs Lines, Ms Hilton and myself have enjoyed assisting your child with their learning and thank you for the report comments that were returned to us this week.

Thank you for the commitment you have towards your child’s learning and the generous gifts and flowers that we received yesterday and today.

Wishing you a wonderful summer – we are looking forward to hearing about all your holiday adventures in September!


God Bless.

Mrs McNamara, Mrs Lines and Ms Hilton

Here are some of the finished products!


Friday 15th July 2022

Fun Day


Year 5 had a fabulous time today. They took part in go karting, wet sponge throwing, face painting and much more. Thank you so much to FOPPS for organising. Take a look at our pictures to see some of the things we got up to.



Please ensure that your child is in school with a school cap and water bottle and a bag (to take home their exercise books and art work).

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


Mrs Lines and Mrs McNamara


There is no home learning this week. 

Friday 8th July 2022


Our CAMs Project

It has definitely been another busy week in Year 5!

This week the focus has been our CAMs project in Design and Technology and although some of the children have found taking their design and making it a slight challenge, they have been resilient in their approach and as you can see from the photos above, their designs are coming along!  This project is giving the children the opportunity to be practical, solve problems and gain skills for the future.  Trial and error is a huge element of Design and Technology and enables children to build resilience and focus on the process as much as the outcome. The children have been selecting a range of equipment and materials in order to create their product and I am so pleased to see them adapting their design if things aren’t going as planned.

On Tuesday the class went to see the production of Beauty and the Beast at Nicolas Breakspear which they thoroughly enjoyed and on Wednesday some children attended the production of Mary Poppins at Mount Grace School. Again, they enjoyed this experience to watch children at the school (some past pupils of Pope Paul) take part.

A BIG well done must go to the choir and orchestra members who performed at the Wyllyotts Theatre on Wednesday evening.  They have been busy rehearsing for many weeks and their commitment ensured that the performance was a massive success!!

On Thursday, we were then treated to another concert – our guitarists from Year 5 performed in front parents and other family members and friends and children from Key Stage 2.  Performing in front of an audience can be a very nervous experience BUT the children played really well.

Wishing you and your families a lovely weekend.  It’s going to be a sunny one!


Mrs Lines and Mrs McNamara

Home Learning:

Spellings:  Exceptions to the ‘i before e’ rule

Neither, weird, foreign, leisure, seize, forfeit, height, protein, caffeine 2 activities set 5 tests

Mathletics and Times table Rockstars (a timed activity will take place in class next week to see if you have improved from your last personal best score).

Friday 1st July, 2022

This week we have continued to work on interpreting data in tables in Maths and spent time revisiting percentages and fractions in our fluency sessions.  We went to Our Lady and St Vincent’s Church on Wednesday to celebrate the feast of Ss Peter and Paul.  During Fr Shaun’s homily the children raised their hands on many occasions to answer his questions on Ss Peter and Paul. Well done children.

Yesterday, the class got busy doing design and technology as they have begun their CAMs project.  The children found out things about toys from 1837 – 1901 ad then about mechanical toys.  They have found out that a cam mechanism is made up of three components: a cam, slider and follower and the mechanism that causes components to move.  From our second session, the children investigated the different types of cams which create different movements  and looked at what happens if they replaced the eccentric cam, for example, for another.  They were then set the challenge of drawing the movement of any cam investigated.  They rose to the challenge and from their findings, have chosen two or three cams they would like to use to create their own mechanical toy.  Next week they will be looking at both linear and rotary movement.

In RSE we looked at The Trinity and the importance of the Home, School and Parish links and then discussed what Catholic Social Teaching is.

On Thursday afternoon, we had group of Year 2 children come and visit our classroom.  They were sharing with us their ‘Monster’ stories.  The class listened carefully to each child who read their story beautifully and showed us their monster designs.  It was lovely to see two proud older sisters listen to their sister and brother share their work.

In English this week we have begun a new unit based on Water de la Mere’s ‘The Listener’. We have been exploring the vocabulary and the way it is performed. Today we used instruments to add mood and atmosphere to the poem.

Wishing you and your families a lovely weekend.

Mrs Lines and Mrs McNamara

This week’s home learning:

Mathletics  please log on to see the activities set

Times table Rockstars 2 activities set 5 tests to be completed

Spellings. Today we spoke about the rhyme ‘i before e, except after c’ to help us to remember spellings. This week, we will look at words that follow this pattern













Friday 24th June 2022

This week in Year 5 we have been working hard in all areas of the curriculum.

We completed our focus work on angles in Maths and have now started looking at reading and interpreting data and graphs.  In Science, we completed our space learning by discovering why we have day and night. To help us see the effect of our planet turning, we went outside to measure shadows and monitor their direction using compasses.

In Geography, we compared two mountain ranges: the Himalayas and the Cambrian mountains. Year 5 were surprised to discover how much older the Cambrian mountains are and could identify how erosion has changed their shape. We also investigated the Cambrians by looking at their climate and made climate graphs. We also considered how this wet and cold climate impacted local farmers.


Wishing you and your families a lovely weekend.

Home Learning:   5 tests complete the tasks set.

Spellings- From now until the end of the year, we will focus on common spelling mistakes from our class learning.

surprise, which, succeed, cities, mountain, maybe, peculiar, receive, specific, disastrous

Mathletics and timestables rockstars.



Friday 17th June 2022

What a week! The sun has shone and Year 5 has been a hive of activity. It was Healthy Eating Week this week and Year 5’s focus was on getting more than their 5 a day. Thank you to everyone for bringing in their favourite fruits and vegetables- we have been feasting on them all week! It was a great opportunity for children to enjoy the foods they like, have something they haven’t eaten in a while or even try something completely new. On Thursday, we teamed up with Year 1 to make fruit kebabs and salads. Year 5 were exemplary in their behaviour with the younger children and supported them beautifully.

On Tuesday we held our annual sports day. Well done to St Bernadette’s house, our overall winners, and to all children for trying their best.

Today we took part in another one of our annual events- The Blessed Sacrament procession. Year 5 were again excellent role models for their Year 1 partners in the reverent and peaceful journey to the church. We hope the children enjoyed their well-deserved ice-lolly at the end.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend


Mrs Lines and Mrs McNamara


Home Learning: log on and complete the tasks complete 5 tests

Spellingframe- rule 62. This is a random selection to review all words from the year 5 and 6 spelling list and so will vary.

Mathletics and Timestables Rockstars


Friday 10th June 2022

Bethlehem was God with us, Calvary was God for us, and Pentecost is God in us.

Robert Baer


Welcome back. We hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and had fun taking part in jubilee celebrations.

In our first week back, we have explored the themes of Pentecost through a cross-curricular approach so that our children’s understanding of this important feast was contextualised and enriched.  Working alongside other Catholic schools in our area (St Phillip Howard, Holy Family and Our Lady’s), we devised a week of learning where we took the themes of Pentecost (Water, Wind and Fire) and completed activities based on them.


Using our knowledge of tints and shade, we painted water. Through the different shades, we created depth and movement.

Year 5 made water wheels using polystyrene centres and various items as paddles, which was a fun STEM activity.

A water poem was used to create performance pieces.

Using a stimulus based on the ocean, the children created movement phrases and performed a dance in unison and canon.  Many of the groups shared their performances to the rest of the class.

Using ‘Storm Interlude’ written by Benjamin Britten, the children composed their own chorus based on the words below using a variety of percussion instruments:

‘Here comes the wave; here comes a big one.

Here comes the biggest of the biggest of them.

Here comes the biggest of them!’

                                             Then each group performed their compositions to the rest of the class

Click here to see photos of the children


Using ‘Can you see the Wind? as a stimulus in English, the children examined this lovely poem and answered questions about it.

For their Geography focus, the children studied tornadoes, learning that they are a violent, rotating column of air between a thunderstorm and the ground. They discovered that most tornadoes occur in Tornado Alley and about 30 tornadoes per year are reported in the UK.  The most shocking fact was that the UK has more tornadoes per unit of land than any other country in the world!  We then went on to build a tornado of our own which Dale assisted us with.


Under the theme of fire we looked at the Fire Triangle and investigated the question: Does fire need oxygen to continue burning? The children explored this and discovered that by putting the jar over the candle keeps oxygen from outside the jar from getting in.  Running out of oxygen makes the flame go out.

The children went on to find out about Wildfires and the primary and secondary effects of these. We completed our research by discussing how different fires are fought differently, with the big idea to deprive the fire of its fuel and let it go out by itself.


Year 5 also created kenning poems about fire. Take a look at a couple written by Max and Arthur.

















City- annihilator






This morning, we had a visit from  Fr Fidelis, a Spiritan Chaplain at NBS. Year 5 asked him some questions about his vocation. It was wonderful to hear about how the Holy Spirit guides him and the challenges he faces.

This afternoon, Fr Shaun celebrated mass with us in school and the children each received an ice lolly as a special treat – a lovely ending to a busy week of learning!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  We look forward to seeing you at the Potters Bar Carnival on Sunday.  Please see the newsletter re information on meeting on Sunday near Mount Grace School to take part in our walking float!  Come dressed in red, white and blue!

Mrs Lines and Mrs McNamara


Home Learning

Reading- 5 tests on readtheory


Spellings- rule 61 on spelling frame

suggest, symbol, system, temperature, thorough, twelfth, variety, vegetable, vehicle , yacht .

Mathletics and Timetables Rockstars.  I will be testing the children on their tables knowledge and speed next week!

Next week is healthy eating week. Please could the children bring in their favourite fruit and vegetable to share with the class on Tuesday. They only need to bring in one of each.