St Pius X Catholic Primary School

'Restore all things in Christ'

01229 828406

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

Welcome to Year 5

Spring 2 2024

In this half term we were looking at printing in Art. We studied Sally Adkins and Graham Firth and voted for the style we wanted to recreate for our class piece. We had Garry Gifford, a local print artist, in to help us. We enjoyed doing this and we are very much  looking forward to our final piece of printed art work being exhibited at Print Fest at the Coronation Hall in May. We also sang for the Rotary and our parents which was lovely We sang one of our favourite songs from Young Voices - 'Today's gonna be a great day!'

Spring 1 2024

In this half term we planned an assembly for the whole school based on road safety. We made posters for each classroom and wrote and performed a rap poem based on road safety. We went out onto our local main road and did a speed survey to help us understand the dangers of traffic around our area. As a treat for this we were visited by the Police Dogs - we loved that! We also studied the planets in Science and produced our own solar systems. Many of our class are in the school choir and we went to Young Voices in Manchester which was amazing. 


Autumn 2 2023

This half term we had a very exciting trip to the Fire Station as part of us being Mini Police. We looked at the fire equipment and the roles of the Fire Service and also basic emergency first aid. We have very much enjoyed being part of the Mini Police this term and we are excited about what we will do next.

We had a great time skills building with FESP doing fantastic activities with local businesses. We joined other schools in  the local area to build out critical thinking skills and our cooperative learning.


Autumn 1

Year Five have had an really good half term. The most exciting thing that happened was becoming Mini Police. We have had sessions on Fire Safety before Bonfire Night making posters to help pupils in the school to keep safe. We also did a litter pick at How Tun woods to show our commitment to helping out local community. We have entered a Christmas card competition representing the Mini Police and we are hoping one of our designs is successful and gets printed!

Summer 2

Year 5 ended in the school year in the most spectacular fashion. We opened our own business called Project Pius working with BAE and the Bright Stars project. We made wacky sack sensory toys and sold them to the school community. We raised over £170 for Autus, a local autism charity. 

We enjoyed a fantastic Greek day as part of our History studies, where we all dressed up as Ancient Greeks and tasted food, took part in an Olympics and wrote using the Greek alphabet.

We also had a great day walking up Coniston Old Man, Coppermines Valley with a mountain guide as part of our Geography studies on Mountains. We learned so much about the landscape and how it was used. 


Summer 1

This half term has all been about our amazing trip to Water Park in Consiton. We had the most incredible time kayaking, climbing, canoeing, hiking, ghyll scrambling, and most of all building the most amazing class community. 

The children supported one another brilliantly and many new friendships were formed. Many of us overcame fears too! 


Spring 2 2023

Wow, what a whirlwind of a half term! We have learned so much!

This half term we have thoroughly enjoyed a wide range of enrichment activities. We had a visit from a musical ensemble and listened to classical and modern music being played on the piano and cello. 

STEM has been at the forefront of much of our learning experiences. We attended the Furness STEM event where we immersed ourselves in fantastic STEM activities delivered by local businesses, We loved the visit from Professor Pumpernickel who blew our minds with wonderful chemistry and biology demonstrations. We also loved our rocket workshop, where we had the opportunity to apply all we had learned about air resistance in our Science study of forces. 

We ended the half term with a brilliant river walk whre we used our geography field-work skills to take measurements, look at water samples and make observations about the human impact on the river. 


Spring 1 2023

Year 5 have been involved in so much exciting learning this half term. 

We started the half term with a visit to The Imperial war Museum North in Manchester to see the World War 1 exhibitions and The Lowry to have an art workshop with an artist. It was wonderful have the opporutnity to consolidate our learning from Autumn term. 

In Science we have been learning about Earth and Space, and the children enjoyed modelling their own solar systems and the phases of the moon. 

We visited Barrow library where we practised our paired reading and read aloud to a younger audience on our return to school. 

We have also been delivering our own Prayer and Liturgy sessions to the class each week and have shown wonderful prayerfulness.


Autumn 2 2022

We have enjoyed another very busy half term in Year 5. We loved out STEM day where we learned to program Lego Spike Essential robots.  In Science, we have been studying how humans change over time and leanred how to measure each other and compared our measurements to a nursery child and an adult. Our Year 5 librarians organised and ran 'Love Your Library' sessions for children in Reception to Year 3.

In December, Margaret Wright taught us about the Jesse Tree in preparation for Advent and we made our own class Jesse Tree. We also all had a fanastic opportunity to perform on stage for our Christmas production where we sang Winter Wonderland and Christmas Calypso.  

Autumn 1 2022

Welcome to our Year 5 class. All the chidlren have settled in extremely well and have already enjoyed a busy half term of learning. 

This half term we have have been learning about plant and animal life cycles in Science. We enjoyed reenacting pollination of flowering plants. We have also enjoyed Mass with Fr Manny and we read beautifully in church. 

We visited Barrow Library to take part in a dance workshop where we learned the Haka and Bhangra. In Music, we have been enjoying finding the pulse and composing an accompaniment to rock music. In HRSE we have taken part in knife crime workshops to learn how to recognise knife crime and how we can keep ourselves safe. Finally, our Year 5 librarians were appointed and have started their new roles in school. 

A wonderful start to Year 5!

Summer 2 2022

What an end to a fantastic year! We've enjoyed a wide range of wonderful experiences.

This half term many of us passed our level 2 Cyclewise course- we are now much more aware of how to ride our bikes on the road safely. 

In Science we have learned about Earth and Space and we thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the phases of the moon by using Oreos as a prop. We have also investigated how pulleys can be used to reduce the amount of force needed to lift a mass. Our Art lessons have been great fun too. We've extended out learning on printing and introduced the skill of overlaying to create different effects using relief printing.

Incredibly we've even managed to find time to learn to play the ukulele. Our whole class learned two chords and a song to sing in our class assembly. Brilliant!

Summer 1 2022

This half term has been incredibly busy again. We have been learning about Forces in Science and investigated how air resistence affects the rate of a parachute falling. We attended the Furness STEM Show which was incredible- so many STEM activities to see and do.

This term we have also been on our residential to Water Park on Coniston Water. We showed amazing resilience, team work and courage. We loved every minute!

Spring 2 2022

Year 5 have been working so hard this term. We have learned so many new skills in PE, Art, and DT and loved having two visiting artists working with us in school. We learned how to cold water felt using local wool, and we have entered a local art exhibition 'Printfest' to exhibit our whole class printed art work based on our Geography river studies.

In PE lessons, Barrow Raiders rugby coaches have been coaching us which we've loved. We have also thankfully been able to return  to Mass in church and our altar servers made us very proud. 

And finally, we have taken part in World Poetry Day- reading poems with our friends, and we have raised money for charity with our 'Hats on for Hydrocephalus' day. 


Spring 1 2022

Our Spring term has been filled with lots of wonderful new learning and visits. 

We started the term with a brilliant visit to the Imperial War Museum North and then The Lowry in Manchester for a bespoke art worskhop with a local artist.

In Geography, we have been finding out about rivers. We went on a field work visit to Gill Banks to study the physical and human features, including how the river has changed and why.

We have also really enjoyed investigating changing materials in Science and developing our working scientifically skills.  In DT the children have been planning, desgining and evaluating making bird hides- they have even learned how to use tools such as hacksaws and clamps!

Autumn 2 2021

Wow, we have had another fanatstic and busy half term in Year 5! 

We have been learning about World War 1 in History and have produced some amazing writing in English linked to our studies. In Science, we have been following our recovery curriculum learning about teeth and digestion, and we enjoyed recreating the digestive process in class! Year 5 loved their outdoor learning activities as part of their 'Wellbeing in the Woods'  sessions. 

In prepartions for Christmas, we had a visit from Mrs Wright teaching us all about the Jesse Tree and then we created our own back in class. And finally, we have just completed our Christmas performances- we were the best 'Swingin' Shepherds' ever! 


Autumn 1 2021

What a fanatastic start to the year! This half term we have been learning about life on the volcanic island of Heimaey in Geography, and in Science we have been studying how humans change over time. We enjoyed measuring each other and compared our measurements to those of one of our Nursery children and an adult. We also had a visit from a 4 month old baby and an OAP so we could ask about physical and mental changes.

It's been wonderful to see our Year 5 children taking part in Mass and we have been very proud of our altar servers. 

We enjoyed a wonderful STEM day working in teams to build structures which were tall and sturdy. It has also been fantastic taking part in our very muddy cross county events in PE! In between all of this, we have even managed to enjoy Roald Dahl Day, National Poetry Day, Happy Yellow Day and Go Green Challenge for CAFOD.