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St. Catherine of Siena

Feast Day:April 29 

Born:1347 :


Catherine was born at Siena, Tuscany in Italy. Catherine was the youngest in a family of twenty-five children. When she was six years old Jesus appeared and blessed her. Her mother and father wanted her to be happily married. But, Catherine wished only to be a nun. To make herself as unattractive as possible, she cut off her long, beautiful hair. Her parents were very upset and scolded her often. They also gave her the most difficult housework to do. But Catherine did not change her mind. Finally, her parents stopped bothering her and allowed her to become a nun. St. Catherine was very honest and straightforward with Jesus and scolded him when he was not around to help her in her struggles and temptations. Jesus told her that because he was in her heart she was able to win her struggles by his grace. In those days the Church had many problems. There were fights going on all over Italy. Catherine wrote letters to kings and queens. She even went to beg rulers to make peace with the pope and to avoid wars. Catherine asked the pope to leave Avignon, France, and return to Rome to rule the Church as it was God's will. He listened to St. Catherine and did as she said. Catherine never forgot that Jesus was in her heart. Through her, Jesus helped the sick people she nursed and comforted the prisoners she visited in jail. This great saint died in Rome in 1380 when she was just thirty-three. She is the patroness of Italy, her country. Hundreds of years later St. Catherine was named a Doctor of the Church. She received this great honor because she served Jesus' Church boldly during her short lifetime.

Mrs Martin is our class teacher in St Catherine. Mrs Bertolino is our Teaching Assistant. Mrs Egboh works with both classes in Year 6.


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Genre fiction – science fiction

Chn read and analyse a selection of short stories from Tales of Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan. They explore the structure of short stories & the use of modal verbs & dialogue. Chn write a drama based on one they have heard & then a new story in the Shaun Tan-style.

Grammar focus:

1. Use dialogue, recognise differences between spoken and written speech.

2. Use speech punctuation to indicate direct speech.

2. Understand and use modal verbs.


Non-chronological Reports

Use texts about iPads & iPhones to introduce features of non-chronological reports. Chn create a new section for a BBC online activity about reports using BOS/ QuAD techniques. Then chn research information about another electronic device & write reports.

Grammar focus:

1. Begin to understand the use of active and passive verbs, especially the use of the passive form in reports.

2. Recognise and use a past participle.

3.  Use semi-colons, colons and dashes appropriately in reports.

4. Use bullet points in reports.


Power of Imagery

Using a range of sea poems (provided) & The Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy, explore the use of imagery & description. Then discuss how to use language to evoke feelings & produce impressions. Chn draft & write their own poem about the Titanic.

Grammar focus:

1. Use fronted adverbials and non-finite verbs to start a sentence.

2. Use commas after fronted adverbials

3.  Use elaborated description, including adjectives and adverbs, and subordinate clauses.




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The children will continue to be taught the skills which are laid out in the New Curriculum.
The following skills are taught within each unit:

Decimals: In this unit the children will learn;

Decimals up to 2 decimal places

To understand thousandths

Three decimal places

To multiply and divide decimals by 10, 100 and 1000

To multiply and divide decimals by intergers

To use division to solve problems

To convert fractions to decimals

To convert decimals to fractions.



Percentages: In this unit the children will learn;

 To understand percentages

To be able to convert fractions into percentages

To find equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages

To order fractions, decimals and percentages

To calculate the percentage of an amount

To find the missing values within percentages.



Algebra: The children will learn to;

Find a rule involving one and two steps

Form expressions

To substitue values

To use simple formulae

To form equations

To solve simple one-step equations

To solve 2 step equations

To find pairs of values.



Measure: The children will learn to;

Use metric measures

Convert metric measures

Calculate with metric measures

Convert between miles and kilometres

Use imperial measures

Identify shapes with the same area

Calculate the area and perimeter of shapes

Caluculate the area of a triangle

Calculate the area of a parrallelogram

Find the volume by first counting cubes and then using formula

To find the volume of a cuboid.



Ratio and Proportion: In this unit the children will learn;

To use ratio language

To use both ratio and fractions

To recognise the ratio symbol

To calculate ratio

To use scale factors

To solve ratio and proprtion problems.



Statistics: In this unit the children will learn;

To use ratio language

To identify, read and interpret a line graph

To name the parts of a circle

To read and interpret pie charts

To draw pie charts

To calculate the mean.

Here we are using cubes in order to help us to understand and calculate volume:




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Living things and their habitats:

Pupils should be taught to:

 describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common

observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms,

plants and animals

 give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.


Evolution and Inheritance:

Pupils should be taught to:

 recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide

information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago

 recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring

vary and are not identical to their parents

 identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different

ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.




Here we are creating our own circuits and investigating how voltage affects a circuit;


Here we are measuring the length of wires in household applicances in order for us to investigate how the length of wires in a circuit affects resistance;





Click on the link below for helpful information and activities which are all science based;