St Teresa's Catholic Primary School


A warm welcome to Year 5 from Miss Gold and Mrs Keogh! 


Islamic Art Clay Tiles

We have thoroughly enjoyed designing and making our Islamic art inspired clay tiles! We spent time studying and choosing an Islamic style - geometric, vegetal or calligraphy (or all three!) to create a tile linked to our study on the Early Islamic empire. Our designs were made from clay using various tools to create our desired pattern. Once the clay had dried a few days later, we were ready to bring the tiles to life with some colourful paint. Please check out our pictures above. 

Space Projects

Well done to Year 5 for their Earth and Space homework projects! The children were given a month to produce a product of their choice linked to our Science unit all about Space. Many created models, PowerPoints, fact files and much more! All of the children gave a 5 minute presentation  to the rest of the class, including Miss Gold, Mrs Lal and Mrs Keogh. Please have a look at the 'out of this world' creations above! Fantastic work Year 5. 

GEOGRAPHY - Mapping skills. 

What is grid referencing? What are contour lines? What do map symbols mean? These were some of the questions that Year 5 answered in today's Geography lesson linked to their UK hills and mountains unit. The children were given the opportunity to explore Ordnance Survey maps for the Malvern Hills, Snowdonia National Park and Ben Nevis. They gained an understanding of map symbols, land use (agricultural /urban), location skills  and topography. Have a look at the photos below and watch the videos to help to understand 4 figure and 6 figure grid referencing:-

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World Book Day 2024

Thursday March 7th was World Book Day and all of the children at St Teresa’s had lots of fun dressing up as their favourite book character. In year 5, we had a happy Hobbit, a cheeky Charlie (and the chocolate factory), a lovely little red riding hood, a cool Katate Kid, a brave boy (in the striped pyjamas) and a few helpful Harry Potter’s (when their magic wands worked) to name but a few! A great effort from all in Year 5! 

Geography - UK hills and mountains 

We have been learning about the topography of the UK landscape in our Geography lessons this term. So far, we have used maps and atlases to locate mountainous regions, including some rather well known  mountains from each UK country:-

Mount Snowdon in Wales 

Ben Nevis in Scotland

Scafell Pike in England

Slieve Donard in. Or there Ireland 

Please watch the video to learn more about the UK landscape:-

World Thinking Day & Founder’s Day - 22nd February 2024
Yesterday, World Thinking Day, was celebrated by the Girlguiding community and Founders Day was celebrated by the Scouting community. A number of children in the guiding community and in the scouting community wore their uniforms to school. It was lovely to see the enthusiasm from those wearing their uniforms and interest from their peers who are not part of the guiding or scouting communities.

Year 5 at Confirmation Retreat
On Wednesday morning, 21st February, Year 5 were at St John Wall Catholic Secondary School for a retreat in preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation which a number of Year 5 children will be receiving on 7th March. Our Year 5 children were attentive ambassadors for our school. Thank you to all of year 5 for being so respectful and engaged in the retreat. Please have a look at our photos below.

Playleader refresher training - Tuesday 20th February 2024
On Tuesday morning, our Year 5 Playleaders were at Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre for Refresher Training. ; Aman, Arjun, Elijah, Haaris, Kianna, Zakee, Eve, Inayah, Jaya, Jinuli, Sophia and Zuzanna were a credit to the school. Thank you to Mrs Keogh for taking the children to this event and to Mr McDermott of Bishop Challoner Secondary School for leading the training. 


Tuesday, 6 February 2024  is Safer Internet Day. This special celebration takes place in February of each year to raise awareness of a safer and better internet for all, and especially for children and young people. As part of this annual celebration, it is encouraged that everyone - including children and young people, parents and caregivers, teachers and educators and many more,  join "Together for a better internet". 


In Year 5, we explored our 'digital footprint'. Children were given an outline image of a foot and recorded all the various ways they use the internet, whether for information or entertainment purposes. Pupils then gauged a rough idea as to how long they spent on the internet per week and what we could do lessen the use of online resources. Year 5 came up with lots of super ideas, such as 'digital detoxing, time limits, using other sources of entertainment through books and board games and much more. 


We also spoke about how we can be safe online and what we can do when faced with a tricky or worrying online situation. Year 5 will cover internet safety again in more comprehensive detail when begin our RHE (Relationship and Health Education) sessions, of which, part of these sessions are dedicated to online safety awareness. Well done Year 5 for engaging enthusiastically with Safer Internet Day!


Negative numbers

Year 5 have begun learning about negative numbers (week commencing 5th February). A negative number is a number whose value is always less than zero and it has a minus (-) sign before it. On a number line, negative numbers are shown to the left of zero. For example, - 2, - 3, - 4, - 5 are called negative numbers. Please watch the video to support you with your learning Year 5.


Well done to Year 5 for their class assembly on Friday 2nd February all about Earth and Space- as the newsletter said - it was 'out of this world!' Lots of information was shared with all of St Teresa's and parents / carers about this exciting Science unit. Some key facts that we shared in the assembly are as follows:-


What is the solar system? Find out about the solar system and learn the order of the planets with a song in this video!

Solar system facts

  • The Sun is a star.
  • The Earth is one of eight planets that travel around the Sun.
  • The planets are called Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
  • The solar system is also home to lots of asteroids, moons, and dwarf planets such as Pluto.

Watch the video to find out more. 


Please revise your spellings for the weekly spelling test:- 


Please look at the overview below for the Spring term:- 

Bread tasting - Design Technology 

On Tuesday 12th December, Year 5 carried out a bread tasting session as part of their Design and Technology unit. The children were very responsible by adhering to food hygiene standards and approached the activity with curiosity and maturity. They tasted a variety of different breads, commenting on their appearance, aroma, taste and value. Some children enjoyed tasting all breads - some not so sure - a second taste was needed to confirm analysis! Please have a look at our photos below:-

Journalist / Witness Role-play.

The children in year 5 are preparing for their independent writing task this week (WC 11th Dec 2023) - a newspaper report based on the events of WWII. A key feature used in a newspaper report are quotes from persons linked to the event. Year 5 enjoyed a role-play activity, whereby they had the opportunity to play the part of a war correspondent, then a witness to key events of The Blitz. We then used the quotes given by the witness to create direct speech sentences for a newspaper article. Please have a look at the photos below - click on each one to enlarge. 


Year 5 are showing curiosity for the world in our Geography lessons this term. They have located the worlds seven continents and five oceans, as well as locating the countries involved in WWII. The children have enjoyed using the atlases to build their understanding of compass points, climate and lines of Latitude and Longitude. Latitude and longitude are imaginary lines that run North-South and East-West around the world. The most important line of latitude is the equator, which is along the middle of the Earth splitting it into two hemispheres. Please watch the videos below:-

Class Prayer and Liturgy

Every week, children are invited to plan, prepare and lead Class Prayer and Liturgy. The children are supported with their planning and given opportunities to think about how we will Gather, Listen. Respond and Go Forth. Thank you to Joey and Kenyah for leading this week's Class Prayer and Liturgy, linked to our Catholic Social Teaching; The Dignity of the Human Person. They both spoke eloquently about respecting one another, regardless of our background, gender, ethnicity or faith. 

Autumn 2 Spelling words - please scroll down to find the spelling words for your group. Make sure you practice for the weekly spelling test every Friday and revise the words to apply them to your writing. 


Well done year 5 for completing a busy yet successful Autumn half term! Have a restful and relaxing break. No official homework will be sent out on Friday 27th October, but please try to do the following:-

  • Continue reading at home
  • Revise your spellings (scroll down the page to find them)
  • Revise times tables (TT Rock Stars)
  • Think about next term's virtues and what it means to be Attentive & Discerning. 

Thank you and see you all on the 6th November Download Smile, Emoji, Happy. Royalty-Free Vector Graphic ...

Miss Gold. 



We have been studying Henry Moore in our Art lessons this half term. Henry Moore was  mostly known for his sculptures but he also produced lots of sketches linked to World War II. During the war, he was commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee to make drawings of people in London using underground stations as bomb shelters. We have studied shading, texture and perspective to create our own sketches inspired by Henry Moore and World War II. 

WWII Experience Trip
On Wednesday 18th October, Year 5 and Year 6 visited the World War II experience day at the Museum of Cannock Chase. The children had a very interesting and informative day, learning all about the home front in Britain during the war. The children were absolutely fantastic and a credit to St Teresa’s - well done! 

On Tuesday 17th October, Year 5 took part in role playing the Sacrament of Baptism as part of their R.E unit on Baptism and Confirmation. The children learnt about the actions, signs and symbols involved in the special ceremony and showed understanding of the gift of the Holy Spirit being received. Well done Year 5! Please click on the gallery photos below to enlarge them. 

We have been learning how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. Year 5, please watch the videos below to consolidate your leaning

On Thursday 12th October, our Year 5 Playleader ‘apprentices’ had their Playleader Training led by Mr McDermott of Bishop Challoner Secondary School, supported by Mrs Keogh. The children  will be helping our Infant children and leading them in activities during dinnertimes. Thank you to Mrs Keogh for taking the children out for this training.

Year 5 have been enjoying their Science lessons with Mrs Lal; learning about how the heart works and how to keep our bodies healthy.

Our hearts pump blood out to the lungs to oxygenate it. The oxygenated blood is then pumped back into our heart and out to the rest of the body. Watch the video below to revise your learning:-

Perfect poetry! Imaginative ideas! Cheerful children! Year 5 had lots of fun creating alliteration phrases using WWII vocabulary, dictionaries and thesauruses. The primary use of alliteration in poetry is to direct attention to particular words, making them stand out and making them more memorable. Please have a look at Year 5’s efforts below (click on the photos to enlarge):-

Year 5 have been recapping 4 digit numbers before we progress onto numbers up to 1,000,000! We used our Base 10 equipment to help our understanding of place value. Well done Year 5 for working collaboratively - please see our  pictures below. 

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