St Pius X Catholic Primary School

'Restore all things in Christ'

01229 828406

Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 4AA

Class Timetable

Class Information Booklet

Welcome to Year 5

Summer 2 2019

This half term, in English we have continued to read and explore our class book 'Varjak Paw'.  We have researched and written a comparative report about cats; a balanced argument about whether children should use mobile phones in class and we produced a 'Black Out Poem' based on Varjak Paw using photocopied pages from the book. 

In Math, we have been converting improper fractions to mixed numbers; converting different measurements by multiplying and dividing by 1000, including decimals.  We also have the opportunity to play and compete against each other using Times Table Rockstars!  Mrs Crellin and Miss Light thoroughly enjoyed the competition as well!

Children in year 5 have explored a range of topics in RE this half term. They explored different types of worship and prayer and used this understanding to create their own and performed them confidently Infront of the whole school in assembly. They did brilliantly. They researched sacraments that bring us closer to God and the importance of being humble.

In topic, children explored the Greeks and really enjoyed this topic. They produced some great DT work such as an Olympic wreath and learnt about the battle of Troy.
Frequently over the year we have been visited by the Sankey Project. They worked with kids to create a sentimental postcard related to barrows history. 
Mr Burchell, Miss Light, Mrs Nelson and I would like to say a massive thank you for allowing us to teach such a wonderful group of children.  Have a fantastic Summer!

Summer 1 2019

This half term year five conquered their fears at the Coniston residential. The activities included sailing, climbing, kayaking, canoeing and the infamous game of hide and seek. Their personalities all shined and they gave every activity their all. Their behavior was a credit to St Pius and the staff are all incredibly proud. 

Since the start of term, year 5 have been enjoying a new book in Guided Reading sessions called 'Varjak Paw' and have used their enthusiasm and knowledge for this novel to produce a Non Comparative Report in English about different breeds of cats. They have produced some fantastic reports as a group.

In Maths children have been working hard to improve their fluency and confidence with numbers. Topics this term have covered multiples, factors, squared and cubed numbers and they've recently began to look at fractions. Children have been stretched in these sessions but they have engaged well and their learning has progressed as a result.

Topic and RE sessions have seen children exploring the resurrection of Jesus and have written a small play script describing the events. They have also recently started learning about sacraments that bring us closer to God. In topic we have recently began to explore the Ancient Greeks and children have engaged with a couple of research tasks to gather a foundation of knowledge. 

Autumn Term 1

This half term we have learned about Oscar Romero, an Archbishop in El Salvador, who was a very special man. Bravely, he stood up for inequalities in his home country. He was assassinated because of how he stood up to the government. He has now been made a saint by Pope Francis. We have talked about how he was very shy but then because his friend was killed he changed and became much braver. We learned that things in his country were very unfair because only ten families in the country had most of the money and a lot of people were very poor. Last weekend, Pope Francis made him a saint we are very excited about this.

By Year Five


Our class book has been, “There’s a boy in the girls’ bathroom!” We have enjoyed this because it is very funny and entertaining. It’s about a boy named Jeff who goes to a new school where there is a very naughty boy called Bradley. They end up being friends for a while and then fall out. We think this is a very good book because it is making us understand about friendship. It has shown us how people feel if they are left out at school and how this can make them feel angry, lonely and frustrated. We have recognised that if people feel like this they don’t always behave well towards others. We are really looking forward to finishing this book to see how it ends.


We have found the Tudors and especially Henry VII very interesting. Here are some of our favourite interesting facts.


  • Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was first married to his brother Arthur. They’d only been married a few months before he died. Henry married Catherine seven years later.
  • Henry VIII met Anne Boleyn because she was one of Catherine of Aragon’s maids. He eventually divorced Catherine so he could marry Anne. 
  • Anne Boleyn was Queen Elizabeth I’s mum.
  • When Henry VIII was king, he was known for being very handsome but by the end of his life he was fat and smelt!
  • Henry VIII got married six different times – his sixth wife outlived him.
  • Two of Henry VIII’s wives were beheaded – Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard.
  • To help you remember about King Henry VIII’s six wives and what happened to them, think: ‘Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.’
  • Henry VIII didn’t like it when other important people in his court disagreed with him. Sometimes he’d send them to the Tower of London to be executed!
  • Apparently Anne Boleyn, one of his wives, had an extra finger!
  • He began his own church, with himself as head of it, so he could divorce two of his wives. .

Coniston Residential 2018


Day 3 More fun and adventures in the sunshine.

#teamwork #lovingit

Day 2  More fun activities.

Children smashing their personal goals!!

Achievements reached, friendship bonds strengthened, happy and healthy people.

Day 1 

After arriving and meeting the staff we headed straight out for our first activities. As you can see, we are all having a great time!!


All children asleep by 10.30pm ready for tomorrows adventures!!


Spring 1

In English we have been being very creative and using our imagination to help with our mystery and suspense writing, we have looked at The mysteries of Harris Burdick and chose one of his pictures to write about. We had lots of fun freeze framing scenes and also enjoyed lots of discussion about what had happened.

In Maths we continue working with number exploring fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers. 

In Science we have been finding out about important scientists David Attenborough, Leonardo Da Vinci & Eva Crane

In Topic we continue to learn more about Anglo-Saxons and enjoyed an afternoon with our parents (stay & learn) making anglo saxon runes.


Autumn 2

We have learned about forces in Science, including an investigation into how to make a helicopter fall as slowly as possible in an emergency.

In Topic we learned about the Scots and the Anglo-Saxons. Among other things we found out about how they lived and that some of the days of the week are named after their gods. We also still use features of their festivals in our celebrations, such as Christmas and Easter.

We ended the term with lots of fun and excitement in the Christmas show and the class Christmas’s party. Everyone worked really hard to learn their parts for the play, including singing ‘Sankta Lucia’ in Swedish!



Autumn 1

Year 5 have had a fabulous start to the year. We have enjoyed learning about our solar system in science and about the Terrible Tudors in history. We also visited Furness College for an amazing STEM afternoon.