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Welcome to Year 5's Class Page!


A warm welcome to the children, parents and friends of Year 5 for 2019-20! 


I hope that you are all well and that you are looking after your families and friends! It feels very strange not to be seeing you all everyday and teaching you lots of new things but hopefully, if we all follow the rules given, we will be back to school as soon as possible.


I will keep updating our classpage regularly with new ideas that should hopefully keep your minds busy and prevent boredom, so keep checking back to see any updates. 


Don't forget that physical movement is as important as school work so try your best to get out in the garden if you have one or try the Joe Wicks link I have included on the PE page.


For those of you who have already added to our Y5 Blog on BGFL, thank you! It has been lovely to see some of the lovely things you have been up to! 


Don't forget your TTRS, Numbots, Active Learn and Read Theory access too! These are all excellent ways to keep you learning. 



God bless and best wishes,

Mrs Edgington.





Your reports are being sent out on the post today! 


In the same envelope, there is a VITAL letter from Birmingham City Council about how to apply for secondary schools. I know it may feel very early to be thinking about this, but it is time to start! 

Please read the letter carefully and follow the instructions given. 


If you are the eldest child at St Rose, you have also been sent the Newsletter. 

This letter is important as it tells you important information about coming back to school in September, your uniform and who your teacher will be!

How to get in touch...

Mr Carroll has set up a temporary email address that will allow you to email me from your BGFL account. You can email me to ask questions about the work I have set, if you have any trouble accessing the online sites or to tell me all about what you have been up to! 


You should be emailing me each week with your English Writing task too.


It would be lovely to hear from you all as I am missing you terribly!



Catholic Virtues 


This half term, our Catholic Virtues are Faith-filled and Hopeful.

We spent time thinking about how we can show and share these as members of Year 5. These are shared in our whole school reflection, but they are on our class prayer table in our classroom as a daily reminder of the promises we have made to God. 


We pray that we remember the importance of following God's teaching at all times and ask for His forgiveness when we make mistakes. 


Class wish!

"To remember the importance of teamwork and show our love of God through the way we contribute to our team."


This year, Year 5 decided that teamwork will be their key goal! We have looked at how teams are successful and how, when we work together, we can be more successful, work more efficiently, get more done and achieve more in less time!


    Star of the Week    


Each week, myself and Mrs Woodley are looking for the child that has stood out!

It may be because you have learnt a new skill, given extra effort to your work, made lots of progress, been especially kind to others or have been spotted acting out God's wishes.

It isn't easy to select just one of you, so to if you are selected, you should feel immensely proud!


This week, our star is all of Year 5!


This week, we have chosen the whole class because of their excellent work as tour guides. 


We are really proud of them and it was so lovely to be able to sing their praises! We hope that it has built confidence in the quieter children and given those who are already confident the chance to shine! It was wonderful for them all the experience of public speaking and hopefully they will put their experiences to use in the future!

Thank you, Year 5! Keep up the hard work!



Previous Stars:

Kiera, Harvey, Mikaela, Freddie, Nathan, Emily, Franklin, Lily Mae, Aldin, Riley A, Ryley W, Mollie, Max, Lamis, Michael, Olive


To be a member of the Big Ten Club, you need to score 10/10 of your Spellings AND in your Big Maths CLIC test!


The children, who are in the club at the end of the half term, will receive a prize!

So, once you're in... you need to keep your place! 



Well done to this week's Big Ten members...

Nathan, Aldin, Mikaela and Lamis!





Weekly Timetables


As we are sure that you are aware, every minute of your child's education counts and that is certainly true at St Rose! We aim to have 100% attendance and punctuality so that no child misses out on any aspect of their learning. 

Below are the timetables that Year 5 follow so that you can see what learning you would miss if you were to be late or miss a day...



What else are we learning this half term? 

As well as Maths and English, we will be studying all of the following throughout Autumn 2. Your knowledge Organiser folder has lots of information for you to learn at home. Don't forget to read and revise to support your learning in class!

RE History Geography PE ICT Art Science  MAD Sessions

Lent and 

Holy Week

Abolition of Slavery Rivers 


Data Handing Chinese Art Earth and Space

Forest School 




With the change in the way that we are delivering the curriculum at St Rose, we have also updated the way we give out homework and expect it completed. Below is the Homework Challenge Grid that Year 5 will find in their Knowledge Organiser folders. 

There are daily activities that we expect to be done, Enrichment and Super Learning tasks, Home Learning tasks (one of your choice to be completed each week) and Extension tasks that will help you dig a little deeper into your learning. 

You will also find useful and important information at the bottom as helpful reminders!

I hope that you enjoy completing your homework as much as I enjoyed planning it!



This list, along with the Year 5 & 6 Statutory spelling list, will be in your Knowledge Organisers. 

But, if you happen to leave it at school, please find the lists for this half term below...



Flat or Sphere? 


We investigated and discussed different theories about the shape of the Earth in our science lesson this week. The children heard about how people in the past were convinced that the Earth was flat and all the reasons why they thought this. 

While it is very obvious to us, in this modern era, that Earth is a spherical body, it was good for the children to explore all the evidence there now is that was needed to prove it!

Catholic Virtues Homework


This term, the children have been focusing on the virtues 'Loving and Compassionate'. 

For their homework, I asked them to find out and think about famous people who have demonstrated these virtues in their lives. 

We have had a variety of different people so far, but Mikaela's piece about Mother Teresa was particularly lovely. Have a look below...

Starting our African Masks

Music for Youth

(Primary Proms)


Miss Hand organised a fantastic trip for us to attend the Music for Youth Primary Proms at the Symphony Hall. It was a brilliant opportunity for us to be inspired by the range of groups that performed and to see if we would like to take up and develop our own musical talents. 


We saw four groups perform: 

  • Summerhill School Steel Band
  • Robert Smyth Academy Jazz Band
  • Warwickshire Choristers
  • Birmingham Schools' Concert Band


See our photos below and have a look at the video sharing platform (in the Life of the School tab) to see how impressive they all were!


Some of the children were asking about how they could join and find out more! Why not take a look at their website or social media pages...


Music for Youth Concert

Forest School


Every Thursday this half term, Year 5 will be having their Forest School sessions. 


They should wear the following to school, ready for their afternoon session:

  • lots of layers to keep warm
  • a waterproof coat
  • thick socks


They should have wellington boots (or at least a change of outdoor footwear) that they will change into for the session. They will be unable to wear their forest school shoes inside once they have been out. 


As we learnt from our first week, they will be getting VERY muddy and wet!

With this in mind, we ask that they are sent in clothes and footwear that you are happy to get muddy.

You may also choose to send your child in with a spare change of clothes if you know they are likely to take advantage of the fun of getting muddy, but this is completely up to you. 


Each week, we will add photos for you to see what we have been up to. 

Take a look to see just how much fun we had...

Forest School - Week 2



We set the children the challenge of making an Advent wreath for our class altar and Nathan and his family really came through! His contribution to our altar was beautiful and reflected exactly everything we had learnt during our lesson! 

Thank you so taking so much time and effort into making such a wonderful wreath!

Dissolving or disappearing?


This week in Science, we had to investigate which materials were soluble or insoluble. We learnt that not all materials dissolve and how some need warm or hot liquids to speed up the dissolving.

It did take some time for some of the children to understand the difference between melting and dissolving but once we thought about real-life examples that we have exprienced, it was a lot easier to grasp!


Take a look at our photos to see the investigation in action...



Science - Investigating dissolving

Thank you to ALL of Year 5 who sent in their money so that they didn't have to wear their uniform!

It was great to see  your 'CRAZY CLOTHES' combinations!

If you would like to see all the crazy ideas from our class, take a look below...

Keeping Cool!

In this week's Science experiment, we had to investigate which material would keep the ice cool the longest and find out which materials were insulators and conductors. We tested tin foil, cotton wool and cups without anything. Have a look at our photos and ask the children which material worked best to stop the ice from melting.

Making parachutes


We have been exploring how air resistance effects moving objects. We learnt that is can be unhelpful (when in when riding a bike) but that is can also be useful at other times (when skydivers use parachutes). The children were surprised by some of the examples that we explored. Why not ask them about the feather and the hammer? Or the ball of stone and the beach ball?


We made two different sized parachutes to test whether their size made a difference to how quickly they fell. The children had a great time making and testing them. Take a look at the photos below to see how we got on...

A Welcome Visit


We had some very important visitors this week from St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School who came to share how they use Knowledge Organisers in their school. Here at St Rose, we have adapted these excellent resources to support the learning of the children in all subjects and we want the children to know exactly how they can use them to support their independent learning outside of the classroom. 


St Thomas Aquinas helpfully stepped up and sent four Year 9 students and one of their members of staff to come and share some of their ideas and how they have changed the way they learn. We even got to hear how they had successfully impacted on their grades. 


We are so very fortunate to work with our Catholic secondary school and we are very grateful for their support. We hope that our Knowledge Organisers had the great impact that they have witnessed too!


We began our year by re-visiting the British Values! The children were reminded about what they are and why we, as a nation, are so fortunate to grow up and live in a place where we receive them! The children were able to talk about how we use and see them around our own school. 


The Values...

Individual Liberty


Rule of Law

Mutual Respect



Through prayer and meditation, we took the time to thank God for the privilege of these wonderful values that make our community so happy and safe!