Welcome to St. Philip Howard

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Teacher: Miss Pashkevich


 The amazing Miss Pippa has been teaching us gymnastics!


December's Language of the Month

Mangwanani! (Good morning)

This month, we are learning Shona. It is a tribal language from Zimbabwe!

Happy Diwali!

Albeit a week late...

We had the privilege of learning a Bollywood dance to celebrate Diwali! Below, you can see year 5 in their bright outfits, posing with their dance instructor. Thank you so much for teaching us!


In grammar this week, we worked with irregular past tense verbs. Here, you can see us ordering them. We then used them to write snazzy sentences.

Fire Visit

 We had the privilege of a visitor from the fire department coming to speak to us on fire and road safety. We did a range of activities and had the chance to ask questions. Below, you can see some of what we did.



Over the last half term, we have been working on our letter writing using key tools, such as expanded noun phrases and similes to add emotion to our work. Below, we dyed our letters with tea and have hung them around the class to be displayed. Please feel free to come have a look!

Language of the Month

During the month of November, we are learning Urdu! It is spoken in Pakistan and we have been learning about traditional tales, cultural foods and how to count, greet one another and ask each other's names! Thank you Eman for teaching us!


RE Visit

As part of RE, we had the honour of Father Kieran coming to visit us! He answered all our questions about baptism, death and marriage. It was an incredibly informative lesson and we are so grateful for his time! Thank you, Father Kieran!

Year 5 "Bring and Buy"

As a school, we've been helping to raise awareness and funds for the Downs Syndrome Association.

To do this, Year 5 donated a range of toys, books and various items in order to sell them to the school.

We were able to raise just over £60! Well done Year 5!


Challenge 21

As part of Challenge 21, we are learning 21 new Romanian words! Please practice the following words over half term:










Good morning

Buna dimineata

Thank you





Va Rog





Well done

Foarte bine

How are you?

Ce mai faci?

Very well

Foarte bine






Preston Manor

On the 3rd of October, we had the joy of visiting Preston Manor and immersing ourselves into the lives of Victorian servants. We had to do a lot of hard work, but we also learned a lot! We cooked, cleaned and made beds. We could only speak when spoken to and learned some important manners. I am sure you are prepared to have us come back into the 21st century with lots of new experiences from Victorian times!


Grandparents' Week

We were overjoyed to have some grandparents visit us at school this week! They joined us for reading and re-enacting our class book, as well as playing basketball! Thank you so much for joining us - we had a marvelous time and hope you did, too!


Grandparents' Week

We are so excited to get to celebrate Grandparents' Week next week (1st-8th October)!

In Year 5, we will be sharing our Preston Manor experiences on Wednesday the 3rd October at 2:15 pm if you would like to join.

Another opportunity is on Thursday the 4th October, to join us at 1 pm for a dramatic reenactment of our class reader: Skellig, where the children will share what they have been learning and read together with grandparents.

We really look forward to it!

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Autumn Term Curriculum Overview

Thank you to all the parents who came to this week's "Meet the Teacher!" It was an absolute delight to meet so many of you and to share about what Year 5 have been doing and what we are going to do in the upcoming term. If you weren't able to make it, you can find our Autumn Curriculum overview here.



Every day that we don't do PE, we run a "daily mile." Today, we did it with a twist...



Our RE unit this term is about ourselves and how to live and love the people around us.

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Colossians 3:12-15

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

In learning about peace, we created scenarios where we could be peace makers. Pictured below are some of our freeze frames:


Maths Work

In maths, we have been learning about Place Value. We have been using resources to help us develop our understanding. These included base 10 cubes, dice, counters and place value arrows.



Class Reader

This term, our class reader is the incredible Skellig by David Almond. We have been exploring forms of speech, suspense, metaphor and many other things, as well as enjoying the intrigue of this work...


Welcome to a new year of Year 5! 

We are so excited for the year ahead - here are some things you might want to know:

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Homework is given out every Thursday and expected back every Tuesday. It will consist of a piece of maths work (choosing from option A, B or C) and a piece of English relating to what we are learning in class.

If the homework is not handed in on Tuesday, children will be expected to complete it during lunch and will lose some golden time as a result. A homework club will be offered every Friday and Monday for the last 15 minutes of lunch for any child unsure of what to do/needing help - every child is welcome!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Pashkevich.


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P.E. days are Thursday and Friday.

On Thursday we have the privilege of a basketball coach coming in to teach us.

On Friday, we have the joy of Miss Pippa who will continue to work with us on our rugby skills.

Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times - black shorts, a green St Joseph's t-shirt and trainers or plimsolls.

We will also be running a "daily mile" on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so be prepared for some very active children!


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Reading plays a central role in all we do at St. Joseph's and we encourage our children to read every night - even if it is only 15 minutes, it makes such a difference! They can read to themselves, a sibling, another family member etc., but children, please remember to record it in their reading record book, so we can support you, too!


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We will have a spelling test every Tuesday. The Autumn spelling words to practice at home can be found here.



A new year!

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In art we designed and made minotaur maze string prints. We then used paint to print our designs into our books. 


 In RE our topic has been sacrifice. Here are some role plays we created to show how we can sacrifice ourselves for others. 


On March the 19th we celebrated St Joseph's day. Here are some pictures of us decorating biscuits with a Lily - the flower associated with St Joseph. 

Welcome back to the new term in Year 5. 

Click HERE to see what the children in Year 5 will be covering across the curriculum and learning about during the Spring Term.

Click HERE to see the Year 5 spelling lists and test dates. Please help your child to learn each week's spellings at home.


Preston Manor

Children in Need "Mad Hair" Day


As part of our forces Science topic we investigated if the material or size of the parachute increase of decrease the speed of the descent?


Watch and listen to our clapping and singing chant which we learnt as part of our music lesson.



Year 5 are really enjoying their basketball sessions with coach James. 


Roman Numerals

Can you complete these challenges?





 Year 5 are reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty.

This is based on the true story of an orphan who inspired Doctor Barnardo to set up his famous children's refuge.

Here are some of our freeze frames.


Curriculum Information - Autumn Term.


Homework will be given out on a Thursday, to be returned the following Tuesday. Those children who do not return the homework by Tuesday will have to complete it during their lunchtime. A homework club will be running during golden time on the Friday (the day after the homework is set) for children who choose to miss golden time in order to complete their homework then. 
PE will be on Mondays - Hockey and Thursdays - Basketball. 
Please make sure your child has their PE kit  in school at all times - black shorts, a green St Joseph's t-shirt and trainers or plimsolls.
Year 5 children will also be doing the "daily mile" on the other three days.

Please encourage your child to read every night and remember to record it in their reading record.