St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School

Year 5

Welcome to Year 5.

Our teachers this year are Miss Ghanbari and Miss Ball. This is a very exciting year for the children as they are now in Upper Key Stage 2 and are senior members of our school community. They will be given extra responsibilities around the school and will be expected to act as positive role models to the younger children at all times.

At St. Ambrose Barlow School our faith permeates all we do and the words of our mission statement form the basis of daily school life: 'With St Ambrose Barlow as our guide and Jesus at our side we are all learning to live, love and work together'.

In addition to regular participation at Mass, children will be given the opportunity to conduct and lead their own prayer services in class. Our altar, which is dressed in accordance with the colours of the liturgical calendar is the focal point of our classroom. The altar has a 'prayer box,' where we are given the opportunity to privately place our own petitions. They also have the opportunity to take home a prayer bag for private and family devotion at home.

Every morning we have Literacy and Numeracy lessons as well as History/ Geography and RE. During these lessons we split into smaller groups and work with either Miss Ghanbari or Miss Ball. In the afternoons, we have subjects such as Science, PE, Computing, Music, French, Art and RSE.

In Year 5, we receive both English and Maths homework each week, which will include spellings and times-tables revision. Homework is set on a Tuesday and is due to be handed back in on Monday. This will be made clear on the instruction sheet in our homework books. In Year 5, we are encouraged to become more independent and organised when completing homework and recording our daily reading. Our parents are asked to sign our Reading Record each night to ensure we make good progress. Occasionally homework will be set which covers other subjects or themes.

Our Curriculum Overview will provide more detailed information on topics and activities planned throughout the year.

Our Learning

Find out what we are learning this year:


We have been learning about Van Gogh during Cultural Capital sessions. We are presently studying his ‘Sunflowers’ painting.
We regularly use role play during our Literacy lessons.

Enjoying keeping fit in PE.
Investigating thermal insulators and conductors in Science.