Year 5 – 28/09/23

PE: Keeping possession of the ball

Music: Percussive cup accompaniment to What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor

Here is the link to the video so that you can practise at home:

Next Wednesday, we have our class Mass, in the Year 5 classroom, to celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Please do join us.

Children, please practise the following hymns for the Mass:

Home learning for this week:

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·         Converting to Roman Numerals to 1000

·         Converting from Roman Numerals to 1000

·         Roman numerals to 1,000 (Quest)

Reading 5 tests on Readtheory or 20 minutes of reading per day
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 ‘-cial’

·         artificial

·         beneficial

·         crucial

·         especially

·         facial

·         glacial

·         judicial

·         multiracial

·         official

·         special

See some of you at the St Vincent Mass on Sunday, and the rest of you on Monday.

Miss Donatantonio

Year 5 – 22/09/23

The highlight this week was watching Alice in Wonderland performed by a theatre company this afternoon! I expect there’ll be many sore throats tomorrow morning!


The objective of this week’s PE lesson was to practise receiving the ball from a side-on position:

In Art this week, we looked at landscape artist Kittie Jones, and discussed her artistic style and creative process:

Home learning for this week – due next Wednesday – is as follows:

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·         Rounding Numbers

·         Rounding to nearest 10, 100 & 1,000 (Quest)

·         Rounding within 100,000 (Quest)

Reading 5 tests on Readtheory or 20 minutes of reading per day
SPaG Sheet: Relative Clauses – Sentence Creator Game
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 ‘-cious’

·         conscious

·         delicious

·         ferocious

·         atrocious

·         gracious

·         precious

·         luscious

·         spacious

·         malicious

·         suspicious

Enjoy the weekend everyone, and see you on Monday!

Miss Donatantonio

Year 5 – 15/09/23

It’s the end of another week, and once again it has been busy busy!

We have cracked on with our English, exploring and discussing the theme of refugees, which is central to our novel The Boy at the Back of the Class. Maths has seen a continuation of place value, including ordering and comparing numbers, and counting in steps of powers of 10 (10, 100, 1000 etc.). We began our Science topic about human growth and development, in which we had a brilliant discussion about the question ‘What if the average lifespan of a human was 200?’. We talked about how this would effect quality of life, overpopulation, climate change, poverty and crime, to name but a few points that were made. We also began our RE unit about the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation).

PE started this week too, with swimming on Wednesday and fundamental invasion game skills on Thursday.

Geography and French also began with Mrs McDonald on Tuesday afternoon, as did RSHE, which focuses initially on the understanding that if we are made in the image and likeness of God, then we should value ourselves first and foremost.

Music continued with the theme of sea shanties and in their groups the children practised and performed What Shall we do with the Drunken Sailor, focusing on a steady beat and articulation. I was so impressed with the musicality within the class!

The children also completed their visual notes in Art, in which we looked at two landscape/cityscape artists: Vanessa Gardner and the Shoreditch Sketcher.

Home learning, which is due next Wednesday, is as follows:

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·         Place Value to Millions

·         Numbers from Words to Digits

·         Numbers to 10,000 (Quest)

Reading 5 tests on Readtheory or 20 minutes of reading per day
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’












Children were given their login details this afternoon (unless you received it at the Meet the Teacher meeting on Tuesday).

Have a great weekend!

Miss Donatantonio


Year 5 – 08/09/23

It has been an extremely busy first week of Year 5!

We began by choosing our first class novel in a World Cup of Books. It was tight competition, but the winning book was Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun, which we have been enjoying reading in the Peace Garden this week. We have also launched straight into our English unit this week, which is based on the novel The Boy at the Back of the Classroom.

We kicked off our Year of Diversity on Monday by discussing people’s differences and why it’s important to have diversity in our community. We thought about what makes us unique, and how boring and frustrating it would be if we were all the same. Today, we explored the different languages spoken within our class, and looked on a map at the different countries in which our parents were born.

On Tuesday, we began our Art unit for this half term: Mixed Media Land and City Scapes. We looked at two contrasting artists and discussed their styles and techniques, which will hopefully inspire our own art in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, we made a start on our first Music unit, which is all about sea shanties. We had fun finding the beat, and singing the words and learning the meaning and background to What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?

Thursday saw our first Computing lesson about vector drawings. The children got to grips with the concept of a vector drawing being a combination of shapes and lines by turning a 6 shapes in an image of their choice. Next time, we will see how this translates on the computer.

Maths this week has consisted of reading and writing numbers up to 1,000,000, with place value being the foundations of nearly all other concepts in the subject.

PE this term will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, so please ensure that children are in their Pope Paul PE kits on these days.

Dates for your diary

Date Time Event
12/09/23 14:45 Year 5 Meet the Teacher Meeting
04/10/23 09:15 Year 5 Class Mass
13/10/23 09:15 Year 5 Class Assembly
04/12/23 All day Year 5 Class Trip – British Library
06/12/23 19:00 KS2 Advent Service at OLASV Church

No home learning this week (make the most of the final weekend of summer weather!) but please enjoy sitting in the shade with a good book!

Miss Donatantonio 🌞

Year 5 – 21/07/23

And just like that, Year 5 has come to an end 😔It really has flown by, seeming like only a few months ago that you came into my classroom for your transition day, unsure how to feel about the prospect of being in upper Key Stage 2. You really have been a fantastic class to teach – so much enthusiasm, so many individual personalities, and so much care and kindness dictating your daily actions. I wasn’t able to thank you properly at home time today because we were all blubbering messes and I couldn’t string more than 3 words together, but thank you so much for making my job so enjoyable and for giving me a brilliant year. Thank you also for the generous gifts and kind words written; it is really appreciated 💖

It has been a fun-filled final week. The week began with our Mini Police assembly – which you wrote and delivered superbly. Here you all are, being presented with your certificates by the chief inspector.

Yesterday was the Summer Fun Day, which did what it says on the tin. Between the bouncy castle, Nerf guns, sponge throwing, rat splatting, duck hooking and body tattooing, we played the Pirate Game, which was as enjoyable as it was intense! The day ended with a bowlful of tasty treats. Thank you FOPPS for organising such a great day!

Wishing you all a fantastic summer, whether it is relaxed or adventure-filled!

Love Miss Donatantonio 🌞

Year 5 – 14/07/23

Our week began with a taster day at Nicholas Breakspear School, which was thoroughly enjoyable! After an assembly with headteacher Mr Linnane in the assembly, we had an RE lesson, in which the teacher was blown away with the class’s knowledge of the Bible. RE followed with Science, with was unanimously the highlight of the day; using chromatography, the children uncovered who had stolen the teacher’s chocolate! The day concluded with lunch outside and a Geography lesson about rainforests.

Tuesday was D&T day, for which the whole-school focus was Building a Better World. Our mission was to design and make a sustainable dish. After researching and discussing food miles, water usage and CO2 emissions required for different foods, the children made a lentil salad, which got mixed reviews in the evaluation!

On Wednesday, we were back at Nicholas Breakspear – this time for a Community Mass. With Y4, we joined the Year 7s from NBS and two other Catholic primary schools for Mass followed by a highly enjoyable (and competitive!) rounders tournament.

For both trips this week, the children’s behaviour was impeccable and they left the NBS staff with a very good impression of our school.

Thursday was Transition Day, so the children had the chance to spend some time with Ms Pemberton in their new classroom for next year.

Friday concluded with a wonderful music concert featuring the singers and instrumentalists from Year 5 and 6 – well done to all who performed!

We have also been preparing our Mini Police which will be on Monday at 2:30pm – do come along to see the children be awarded their certificates and hear all about what they’ve learned over the last few weeks.

Spellings for this week are:


Please logon to Spelling Shed to practise these.

That’s all for now, so do all have a great weekend and I’ll see you back on Monday for our final week together 😢

Miss D

Year 5 – 30/06/23

The main causes for excitement this week were Sports Day on Wednesday, and Mini Police yesterday.

The children showed brilliant sportsmanship in the Sports Day events: they made sure they tried their best, they cheered their housemates on, and above all they had fun. Well done to all of you!

Yesterday, we had our third Mini Police session. We learnt about road safety, then about the different items PCSOs and police officers carry in their vests. The most exciting part, though, was being able to sit in the police cars and hold/pose with the police equipment!

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·         Measure and calculate perimeter

·         Area of rectangles

Reading 5 tests on Readtheory OR a daily updating of your reading record.
Spelling Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words from the Year 5 & 6 Statutory Spelling List












Have a lovely long weekend and I’ll see you all on Tuesday!

Miss Donatantonio

Year 5 – 23/06/23

This has been a special week for Year 5, as we had a class pilgrimage to Aylesford Priory on Wednesday. We were given a tour of the beautiful grounds by Father Jed, one of the five Carmelite Friars that live at the Priory, then had Mass, followed by a picnic lunch on the field. We ended the day with a leadership workshop whereby we thought about the qualities of our house saints and how these qualities could feed into the Y6 leadership roles next year. Thank you to Fr Shaun for organising the trip and for accompanying us along with Lorcan and Miss Hilton.

This afternoon, we continued our Science topic on Earth and Space by modelling the solar system using different fruits to show their relative sizes and distances from the Sun. Here are the fruits (and peppercorn) that we used:

  • Mercury – peppercorn
  • Venus – cherry tomato
  • Earth – cherry tomato
  • Mars – blueberry
  • Jupiter – watermelon
  • Saturn – grapefruit
  • Uranus – orange
  • Neptune – apple

Home learning for this week:

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·         Perimeter of shapes

·         Perimeter: Squares and rectangles

SPaG assignment:

·         Relative clauses

Reading 5 tests on Readtheory OR a daily updating of your reading record.
Spelling Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words from the Year 5 & 6 Statutory Spelling List












Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss D

Year 5 – 16/06/23 | Healthy Eating Week

This week was Healthy Eating Week. Over the course of the week, we have tasted different flavoured waters each day: strawberry on Tuesday, lemon on Wednesday, lime on Thursday and mint today. We also learnt about wholegrains, then tasted wholewheat wraps and wholegrain cereal, which both proved extremely popular! Today was extra exciting because we tasted a plethora of weird and wonderful fruits. Thank you to everyone that contributed to our fruit bowl – we had a feast! Each child gave each fruit a mark out of 5, which we then turned into an average for each fruit and used the data to draw a bar graph. Have a look at the results!

Yesterday, we combined our recent Art and RE learning to do mixed media paintings of our interpretations of the Kingdom of God. It was a beautiful way to spend a sunny afternoon, and their artwork was fantastic!

Home learning

Your home learning is to design a lorry that inspires people to enjoy healthy, sustainable food.

Your design will be entered into a competition and the prize is having your design used on a real Aldi lorry!

The three winners (one from England, one from Wales, and one from Scotland) will also win a £100 Aldi voucher and an exclusive goody bag of Team GB and ParalympicGB items. The winners’ schools (or a youth groups/community organisation to be agreed with Aldi, Team GB and ParalympicsGB, if the winner is home schooled) will also receive £1,000 in Aldi vouchers to spend on kitchen equipment and produce!

Once you have finalised your design:

  • draw your design clearly and neatly on to the entry template that was given out today
  • don’t forget to design the back of the lorry on the back page
  • enter your personal details on the second page
  • return your completed entry to me on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Donatantonio

Year 5 – 09/06/23

Today, we made the most of the sun by continuing with our mixed media landscape unit. We began by putting down a watercolour wash, then when that was dry, we used fine liners to add detail.

Look at some of the fantastic art they produced!

Also this afternoon, we began our new Computing unit on vector drawings, which are digital line and shape pictures.

Yesterday, the Year 5s accompanied the Year 1s as the whole school processed to the church with the Blessed Sacrament; their behaviour was impeccable.

On Tuesday, Year 5 began tennis sessions, which was very enjoyable. As of next week, PE days will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Home learning for this week:

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·         Percentages as fractions and decimals

·         Equivalent F.D.P

Reading 5 tests on Readtheory OR a daily updating of your reading record.
Spelling Log on to Spelling Shed using your EdShed login, and play a variety of games to practise this week’s spelling rule: Words from the Year 5 & 6 Statutory Spelling List












Have a wonderfully sunny weekend – see some of you at the carnival on Sunday!

Miss Donatantonio