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All those early morning workouts at St Mary's have paid off...

This very popular saint was born at Lisbon in Portugal in a wealthy family. He was baptized and named "Ferdinand." His parents wanted him to be a great nobleman but when Anthony grew up he wanted to become a priest. He received an excellent education from the Augustinian friars and joined the order. When he was twenty-five, his life took an exciting turn. He heard about how some Franciscans - St. Berard and his companions had been martyred by the Moors in Morocco for their faith in Jesus.

From then on, Ferdinand felt a strong desire to die for Christ and he joined the Franciscans. This order was very new. St. Francis himself was still alive. Ferdinand took the name "Anthony." He went off to Africa to preach to the Moors but he soon became so sick that he had to return to Italy. The other Franciscan friars had no idea how brilliant and talented Anthony was or of how much education he had received. He never spoke about himself. So the Franciscan superiors assigned him to a quiet friary in Italy. There he washed pots and pans without complaint.

One day, at a large gathering of priests, when the speaker failed to arrive, Anthony was forced to preach. He preached such a marvelous sermon that everyone who heard him was most impressed. From then on, until he died nine years later, St. Anthony preached all over Italy and France. He was so popular that people even closed their stores to go to hear him. St. Anthony died at Arcella, near Padua, Italy, on June 13, 1231 when he was just thirty-six. After he died, people often prayed to St. Anthony in times of physical as well as spiritual needs and many miracles have taken place through the intercession of St. Anthony. That is why he is called the "wonder-worker." The statue of St. Anthony shows him with Baby Jesus because Baby Jesus appeared to him. Other pictures show St. Anthony holding a bible. This is because he knew, loved and preached the Word of God so well. In fact, St. Anthony was so well educated especially in Sacred Scripture that Pope Pius XII proclaimed him the "Evangelical Doctor," or Doctor of Sacred Scripture.


Welcome to Year 5 St Anthony's website. Our class teacher is Miss McAuley.
This term we will be focusing on developing the children’s skills in all curriculum subjects with further details provided below.



 Easter to Pentecost

Show knowledge and understanding of a range of scripture passages that corresponds to the scripture source used.

 Show knowledge and understanding of: ‐

A range of religious beliefs

Those actions of believers which arise as a consequence of their beliefs

Show understanding of, by making links between: ‐

Beliefs and life



Spiritual Outcomes – 

It is hoped that pupils will develop:

A sense of wonder for creation

A willingness to learn from scripture

An appreciation of the truths contained in Scripture

A sense of the value of prayer.








Reading  Collaborative reading groups to develop confidence and fluency of reading skills both during lesson time and outside of lesson time.

Big Writing – The children will be drafting and re-drafting using editing skills a variety of different styles including diary entries, speech writing, letter writing and script writing. 

Grammar & Punctuation – on going revision and consolidation of capital letters, full stops, speech marks, commas, semi-colons, colons, question marks, exclamation marks and the children will be learning how to use determiners, hyphens, parenthesis, brackets, cohesive devices, imperative verbs, fronted adverbials.

Weekly spellings – to develop children’s store of vocabulary. Each week follow a different spelling pattern.

Handwriting – exercises to practise and improve letter formation and presentation. We will focus on writing words that we have been studying for our spelling focus.



Fractions (including decimals and percentages)

Compare and order fractions. Identify equivalent fractions. Recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert to the other. Add and subtract fractions with different denominators. Multiply proper and mixed number fractions by fractions and whole numbers. Read and write decimals as fractions. Round decimals to the nearest whole and to decimal places. Order and compare decimals. Recognise per cent symbol (%) and solve problems knowing percentages and decimals.


Convert between different units of metric measure. Understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units. Measure and calculate area and perimeter. Estimate volume and capacity. Solve problems involving converting between units of time. Use all four operations to solve problems involving measure.


Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph. Complete, read and interpret information in tables.




Earth and Space –

In this unit the children will be describing the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the Sun in the Solar system. They will also be describing the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth and the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies. The children will also use the idea of the Erath’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky.


Forces –

In this unit children are explaining that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the forces of gravity acting between the Erath and the falling object. The children are also identifying the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction that act between moving surfaces. The children are also recognising that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.


Scientific Enquiry –

The children will:

Plan out an investigation.


Record findings in tables.


Take repeat readings.


Develop graphing skills.





Ancient Greece –

The children will be able to locate Greece and Ancient Greece on a map and to order a timeline, to explain how the political system worked in Ancient Greece and compare this system with other political systems, understand and be able to write a summary of the main events of the Trojan war and the siege of Troy and explore architecture, artefacts and the Olympics.


They will develop their research skills and work as a historian to trace different events that happened in Greek history.



The children will be learning about Fashion.

The different materials used and how they have developed and evolved over time.

The links between artists works and fashion designers.

They will design and create their own window display and item of clothing.


The children will think about and research sandals worn by the Greeks.

They will then design, source the materials and create their own pair of sandals that would be able to have been worn in Greek times.


Coding –

In Level 5 - Speed, direction and co-ordinates, children will be able to make things go faster and slower, move in the exact direction they want them to, or appear in a precise location on the screen.

Computer programmers use numbers to set or change an object’s properties. These could be things like the object’s co-ordinate position on the screen, the direction that it faces or the speed at which it moves. The higher the number, the faster it moves.

In level 5 - Random numbers and simulation, children will understand that if something is random, it happens by chance, or without any pattern. This makes it impossible to predict. By using random numbers to control certain properties in your program, you can make things less predictable and more interesting. A simulation is a computer program which models something from real life. This is useful when we need to test how something might work, or to practise a skill without taking any risks. For example, a flight simulator is a complex computer program that allows pilots to train without putting anyone in danger.


Non-Stop Action-

Athletics and Rounders:

Use running, jumping and throwing in isolation and in combination. Play competitive games, modified where appropriate. Communicate, collaborate and compete with each other. Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. Develop an understanding of how to improve in different sports. Learn how to evaluate and recognise success. Compare performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement.



Children will focus on mystery dance – utilising the skills that they have learnt throughout the year to form a routine. Children will think about actions, dynamics, relationships, space and gestures. Children will have the opportunity to form a routine of the various moves they have selected over the topic.






UKS2 Module Three: Created to Live in Community explores the individual’s relationship with the wider world. Here we explore how human beings are relational by nature and are called to love others in the wider community through service, through dialogue and through working for the Common Good:

Unit 1 – Religious Understanding deepens pupils understanding and appreciation of the three-part community of love, the Trinity, with the endpoint of discussing the Trinity as it might be communicated in a church setting. Children will learn that the Trinity demonstrates the perfect loving community, and we are called to emulate this self-giving and self-sacrificing love in our communities.

Building on learning from Lower Key Stage Two, Unit 2 – Living in the Wider World teaches children some of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching from Together For The Common Good, which will help them to fulfil their purpose of making a difference in the world around them. Teaching includes the common good, the human person, social relationships and stewardship.



All children are expected to read for 20 minutes at home at least 5 times a week and have an adult sign their reading record confirming that this reading has taken place on a daily basis. Children must bring their reading record book in every Friday and these will be checked every Monday to ensure that the 5-times-a-week reading has been taken place.

Maths and English homework will be set each week on Wednesday with a due date of the following Monday, the day it will be marked. The children will also have to complete some times table questions, spellings and handwriting sheets. There may be occasions when the children are asked to complete a further piece for another subject area.

I hope to have your support for the above arrangements and I am more than happy to discuss these with you at any time after school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via the School Office.