Calderbrook Avenue, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 4RB

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Christ the King RC Primary School

Christ at the Heart Of All We Do

Year Class

In Year 5, we are taught by Mr Broderick and we are supported by Mrs Thorley and Miss Parkinson. When Mr Broderick is completing his planning and preparation, we have a P.E. lesson with Mr Ashworth and a P.S.H.E or French lesson from Mrs Room.

In Year 5,  we follow the the school ethos 'Christ at the Heart of All We Do'

Year 5 Activities

Key Information

Reading Books

Reading books can be changed daily, but only if an adult has signed to say that their child has read and has finished their reading book. House points will be rewarded when a book has been completed. We have a weekly timetabled session in the school library where children can select a book to read in class.

Children are to remember to put any books that need changing into the 'reading book changing box'.

If they are not put into the box in the morning, they will  be changed on the following day.

Mr Broderick's book recommendations this half term are ..                                                                                                                                                   

Spelling Folders

Spelling folders will be sent home every Thursday. The spellings should be learnt at home throughout the week for the test on the following Thursday. Ideas for how to help learn spellings have been sent home and can be found below on this page.

Spelling folders will need to be handed back in every Thursday, so new words can be added for the following week. (Hand in Thursday – back out the same Thursday)


P.E. in the Spring Term is on a Monday and Wednesday, please make sure that your child's full indoor and outdoor PE kit is in school at all times.


Children may bring a piece of fruit for morning break time. 

Water Bottles

Please send your child with a water bottle daily - this must be taken home, washed and returned each day.  The children have access to their bottles and are able to refill throughout the day if required. Only water to be drunk in class.

Learning Letters

Please find links below to all our learning letters for the academic year 2022-2023. These contain important information on topics we are covering in class and PE days. They also include details on learning challenges for your child to complete at home.


Autumn 1 Autumn 2  Spring 1 Spring 2

KIRF's (Key Instant Recall Facts)

KIRF’s are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work we complete in school. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing.

Here are some of the wonderful things that have been going on in Class Five.

Religious Education

Autumn 1: Domestic Church– Family

In the first part of the Autumn Term, we explored our talents and skills. We learned that each person is unique, but is made in the image and likeness of God. We also learned that our uniqueness is central to our wellbeing.

In this topic, the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

•  Who I am and that I am unique and loved by God.

•  Ourselves as made in the image and likeness of God.

Autumn 2: Domestic Church– Baptism/Confirmation - Belonging and Advent/Christmas - Loving 

In the second part of the Autumn Term, we looked at the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Marriage. We learned that Christians are called to a commitment of holiness and service of others. Later in the term, we explored how to wait hopefully for the birth of Jesus, the promised one, and how this is preceded by the season of Advent.


In this topic, the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

•   How to show care and commitment.

•   The call to life and love within the community; marriage.

•   How to wait hopefully

•   How advent is the Church’s season of waiting in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus, the promised One, at Christmas and at the end of time.


Spring 1: Local Church – Community: Mission: Life Choices

In the first part of the Spring Term, we looked our diocese of Salford . We learned that each diocese is led by a bishop.  Our bishop is Bishop John Arnold and he continues the work of ‘the twelve’, the Apostles, who continued the work and mission of Jesus.  We studied our community and the many good works and charities who do so much for the people of Burnley. We also studied Luke's Gospel and explored how women strived to hep Jesus' mission and how this mission holds such relevance in our own lives.

In this topic, the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

  • The mission of inspirational leaders – Explore
  • That dioceses continue the work and mission of Jesus including ecumenism – Reveal
  • How to acquire the skills of assimilation, celebration and application of the above – Respond 
  • How to show care and commitment.





Autumn 1: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

During this unit, the children studied evacuation during World War II and engaged in a reading phase, short and longer writing opportunities including diaries, poetry and narrative writing. In the reading phase, the children took part in reading response and reading analysis lessons before gathering content for a final independent, extended write. 

Autumn 2: Legends and Myths (Non-chronological Reports).

To begin the term, the children studied a range of legends from the British Isles. They responded to texts, explored a range of themes and expressed their opinions and feelings using the text to support. At the end of the unit, the children planned and wrote their own legends using a range of grammar and sentence structures which they acquired throughout the unit. To finish of the term, the children consolidated  their understanding and knowledge of myths studied in Year 4. They read a range of text containing mythical creatures, conducted research into mythical creatures and explored features, language and grammar used within non-chronological reports. The children then planned and wrote their own non-chronological reports based on their own mythical creature.

Spring 1: Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang

In the first part of the term, we looked at this classic book by Ian Fleming. The unit had oral and written outcomes with assessment opportunities at regular intervals. Children explored the main characters and events through discussion, investigation of vocabulary, diary entries and continued paragraphs in the style of the author. Grammar, punctuation and spelling were incorporated within this unit along with discreet weekly lessons. For the final outcome, the children wrote a new story based on the original.

Spring 1: The Lion and Albert

In the second part of the term, we looked at the comical narrative poem by Marriott Edgar. Within this unit, the children explored the rhythm and feel of the poem, examined its language and structure and wrote letters in role. At the end of the unit, the children learned to recite parts of the poem for performance. Finally, the children responded to part two of the poem, explored the character of Albert, his relationship with his parents and wrote persuasive letters. 


Autumn 1: Living Things and their Habitats.

Within this unit, the children looked at the life cycles of humans, plants, amphibians, birds and butterflies. Later in the unit, we looked at the parts of a flower and the parts of an egg and how the habitats of many animals and plants are now endangered.

Autumn 2: Materials

In the second part of the Autumn term we studied materials. We investigated their properties, developed our scientific vocabulary and carried out investigations.

Spring 1: Humans

Within this unit, we recapped our previous learning on life cycles and then moved onto studying our life as humans. We began with gestation where we compared human and animal gestation periods. We then explored data for infant growth patterns and produced a range of graphs. We then moved onto puberty, old age and life expectancy.


Autumn 1: The Spanish Armada.

Within this unit, the children first explored the context of the famous sea battle. We then looked at the significant political and religious events of the period and the reigning monarchs- King Philip II and Queen Elizabeth I. We also looked at the voyages of Sir Francis Drake and the chronology of the battle. The children created a timeline, investigated a range of sources, wrote diary entries from the perspectives of the key people of the battle and discussed the lasting impact of Drake's victory.

Spring 1: Mayans

For our spring History unit, we looked at the fascinating culture and world of the Mayan Civilisation. We explored the location of the Maya, its religious practises and gods and how they left a record of their lives. We examined Mayan artefacts and learned how to read, write and count using their ancient methods. Finally, we looked at the food the Mayans ate and made corn tortillas.


Autumn 2: Climate Zones.

In our Geography topic this term, we studied the Earth's climate zones. We explored where these climate zones are situated and learned their features and how each zone affects the people who live there. We studied data related to each zone and used our Maths skills to interpret data. We finished off our unit by writing and performing a weather report.


Autumn 1: Paul Cummins

For our Art this term, we looked at the artist Paul Cummins who is famous for his poppy art. His most celebrated work was the installation at the Tower of London. Linking our work to our Science unit, we looked at a range of flowers and made initial sketches. We then explored blending and layering paint. Finally we used our finished artwork to create a poppy collage.

Spring 1: Henri Rousseau

For our Spring Term art, we looked at the work and life of Henri Rousseau. We began by looking at some of his paintings and explored how and why he created them. We furthered our study by undertaking some sketches of leaves and plants. We then looked at composition using collage techniques, which then modified to create our final pieces of art work,.

Design and Technology.

Autumn 2: Sewing

For our D.T. topic, we designed and made purses and wallets. Within our design process, we looked and a range of fabrics and stitches before deciding on the most appropriate material and process. With careful, measuring, cutting and sewing we created a wonderful range of products, which fitted design the brief. 

Home Learning Challenges

Autumn 1:

English and Spanish Galleons linked to our History unit.

Autumn 2: 

The Nativity and Advent.