St Mary's RC Primary School

Full of grace, we grow and learn together

Autumn 2018

Welcome to the Year 5/6 page of our School Website!!


We are well into the swing of our Autumn Term now and the children have been working so hard in all subjects so far this year.


Our curriculum question is, "How has the past shaped our world?"

The children have enjoyed reading our class book, "Street Child" about a boy called Jim Jarvis and his fight to survive on the streets of Victorian London. We will be moving onto looking at how Jim inspired Dr Barnado to open his first ragged schools and children's homes. 

So far in our writing we have produced some recounts, some amazing poetry and now some persuasive letters.

Following on from how Jim was treated in the Victorian era, we are comparing this with how children area treated today.

We have done some GEOGRAPHY work on Global Citizenship and the UN Global Goals. Year 5/6 are currently writing letters to the Prime Minister on the topic, "All children should have the right to an education"

Our class have researched the lives of children around the world and how some children still do not have the same chances to go to school as we do. This has resulted in some persuasive writing with children expressing why its so important for all children to have access to education.


We are hoping that we can organise a fundraising event in the coming weeks before Christmas to raise some money for CAFOD to support Education Projects in poorer countries around our world.

With this in mind, we will be having a bake off day in Year 5/6 where will will be baking some small Christmas cakes to sell to support CAFOD. I have asked the children to ask you if you have any small baked beans cans (or similar) which could be brought in to bake our cakes. If you could send them in by Monday 26th November that would be greatly appreciated.




Many thanks to those of you who took the time to allow yourself to be interviewed for our topic work. I know many grandparents and great grandparents also helped out with this activity at home.

We are currently using these interviews to compare childhood in the past with childhood today. The children have found it fascinating to see how times have changed especially in areas such as school life, holidays and how "treats and gifts" have changed over the years.

Thank you for the time you took to complete the interview. We are currently compiling a class book of the interviews. Thank you to those who sent in photographs of themselves as children too and if anyone would like to send one in to go with your child's work please do. It's not too late!



Before the end of term, we will be presenting our class assembly.  A text will follow with date and time.

We will be sharing the work we have done linked to our RE topic of "HOPE" from our Come and See Scheme.

You and your families are warmly welcome to join us for this event and we look forward to seeing you there. We can promise a cuppa and a mince pie too!



Year 5/6 have outdoor PE on Tuesday with Mrs Bowden and Gymnastics with Miss Wilson on Friday - please ensure that your child has the appropriate kit and footwear.

Please can you ensure that your child brings their reading book and reading record to school every day and they should be bringing them home every evening to read.



The deadline for expressing interest and paying the £30 deposit is Friday 30th November. If you haven't paid the deposit but you are interested in your child going on the residential trip, please see Mrs Rippon at the office.



The first of our competitive sport's events took place this week when Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in an inter school Athletics competition at Aquinas College. The pupils were fantastic and showed great skill and sportsmanship


Photos of the event will follow.


Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you at some of the events leading up to Christmas.


Mrs Bowden

Miss Wilson

Mrs Aimson