Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton BN17BF

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

Educating in Faith, Hope and Love


Welcome St Philip Howard's Class 

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Class Teacher - Mrs Gilbert

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Parker

Support Staff - Miss Ginny



Our topic this term will be Greece Lightning! Please click here to see an overview of what we will be learning about in all subjects this term

If children would like to do extra work at home or research about this event and bring it in to share with the class that would be fantastic! Please click 'here' for some optional ideas for extra work where pupils can earn Dojos. 


~Events in Year Five~


Queen's Funeral (school closed)



Y5 Outdoor Learning Day



Y5 Grandparent's Day

29.09.22 @ 10:30am


Half Term (last day)


Grandparent's Week!



Our wonderful loved ones came in this week to learn about our topic! Additionally, we were very lucky to have local 'grandparent' visitors attend our workshop and the children thoroughly enjoyed their company and wisdom during their lesson. Together, we played a matching game to identify physical and human geography in Greece and then compared the differences between different Greek temple structures. With the grandparents and loved ones, we built our own Greek temples! Take a look at the wonderful images below of our fun-filled workshop...

Outdoor Learning


In science, this week, we looked at the different stages of the human life and how growth presents in each of these stages. We made comparisons and identified the key features of each stage. Finally, we recreated the stages through a freeze frame and then discussed the justification for each frozen stage. 



Although it was a wet day, this didn't stop us in year five! We classified different plants and flowers and then created our own Greek crowns using these natural resources, as you can see below. We also made some very funky Greek bangle bracelet/cuffs to match our crowns! Using drama in the outdoors, we recreated the story of our book character (Tristan) exploring and making discoveries in the city dump. We then designed our own inventions, just like Tristan, using different materials and presented these. 

Enjoy our images below of our wonderful day! 

Queen's Remembrance


Following the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, year five have drawn beautiful portraits of her majesty. These will be displayed in our classroom as a reflection and remembrance of her 70 years of service. 


We incorporated some of the sketching techniques learnt this week in order to create detail in the above portraits. As seen below, we practised numerous different techniques and were able to name them confidently. 


Finally, we consolidated these techniques by creating our own 'viewer'. So far in our class text 'the viewer', we have learnt about a mysterious viewer that has unknown abilities. We created our own 'reel', which gave details of the specific events of a chosen decade or year. As you can see, we researched our period thoroughly and included all the essential details. Finally, we used our sketching techniques to draw the famous viewer's eye in the centre, which is also repeatedly illustrated throughout the book. 



Greece Lightning!



This week year five launched their topic of Greece Lightning! We learnt about different aspects of Greek culture, sampled Greek food and learnt about their history and beliefs. Using this knowledge, we created amazing green masks inspired by the dreaded medusa and Greek crowns referencing other key Greek Gods and Goddesses, which look fantastic!



In celebration of ourselves (our RE topic) and our first week as year five, we created self-portraits that were decorated with self affirmations and qualities that we and others love about ourselves. 

Also, we learnt about our class saint and how St. Philip Howard continues to inspire many of the same faith. We recognised his amazing attributes and used our practise of self-portraits to draw his portrait! 



Finally, we launched our maths topic of place value and number properties by looking at roman numerals and played a fun game of creating numerals with lolly sticks to match the desired number!

Learning Overview

Our theme for this term is 'Greece Lightning'. If you wish to find out a little more click HERE to see this term's topic booklet, explaining what your child will be learning about this term.



This half term, Year 5's PE days will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday will be Tag Rugby with Miss Pippa and Thursday will be Hockey with Mrs Mulhern.
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.
Year 5 children will also be doing the 'daily mile' on the other three days.



Please encourage your child to read as often as possible (ideally at least three times a week.) This can be by themselves, to a family member or to a sibling - and children, please remember to record it in the reading record books. These will be checked on a Monday. 




A paper copy of the spelling list for the first term will be sent home with your child. Children will be tested on a Thursday each week. Spelling frame is an excellent website to support your child with spelling. Click HERE for a link to it. 




Please click  HERE to find out what our homework expectations are. Your child will receive homework via Google classroom on a Monday and will be expected to be submitted online by the following Monday to Mrs Gilbert. These will be marked on the same day and then returned back to the child online. 

Google Classroom homework will commence shortly. 


Please make sure your child attends school in the correct school uniform. This includes plain black shoes or trainers. They also must be wearing a tie. 


Thank you parents and carers! We really do appreciate your support.

A warm welcome to a new school year


 Dear children, parents and carers,


I am thrilled to be able to welcome you all back and am very excited to begin a new academic year together as the year five St. Philip Howard's class. I feel honoured to be your child's teacher this year and please be assured that I will do my very best to ensure they are safe and happy at all times. I look forward to seeing them flourish and getting to know them all. If you have any questions about your child's learning, please do not hesitate to catch me before or after school. Please check this web page regularly for updates from inside the classroom!


  I look forward to meeting you all and to a great year ahead!

 Mrs Gilbert