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St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School

“I have called you by your name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

Year 5G

Perimeter & Area

We are currently learning about perimeter and area in Year 5. We have been measuring rectilinear composite shapes so we took our learning outside and measured the school field. Miss Goodridge provided us with string, rulers and metre sticks. In groups we decided which items would be the best to measure the field accurately and efficiently. Many of us decided to measure 10m of string and use that, others worked as a group to continually move metre sticks! Nobody used the rulers as we discussed they were too small and therefore would not be an efficient way to measure something so large!


Rainforest Paintings

In Art, we have been looking at the work of French painter Henri Rousseau. We looked closely at his paintings of the different rainforests and sketched our own interpretations. We drew these using pencil and then painted using water colours.


The Living Rainforest

On Friday 28th April, Year 5 took a trip to Newbury to visit The Living Rainforest. We saw a variety of South American plants and animals such as the blue poison dart frog and Goeldi's monkeys. We had a great day out and particularly enjoyed the exotic birds and plants we saw.

Drawing Angles

This half term, 5G have been learning about angles. We have learnt how to estimate, measure and draw a variety of angles such as acute, obtuse and reflex. We took our learning out on to the playground and drew different angles and measured them using a protractor.

World Book Day

World Book Day 2017 was a huge success at St Thomas Aquinas School! We had a fantastic time in 5G with children dressing up in a wide variety of characters, from Mr Bump to Cat in the Hat! We spent the day hot seating our book characters, designing the book cover and blurb to our class reader ‘Gangsta Granny’ and meeting and learning about author and animation designer, An Vrombaut. We are already looking forward to next year’s celebrations!

Making Bread

At the end of Spring 1 Year 5 worked alongside Mrs Walter to make bread.  Before designing our own bread, we tested breads that are available in supermarkets. We added savoury ingredients to our bread like sausages and herbs, some children even added chilli! The breads all turned out delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our baking experience!

Ancient Egyptian Day

On Friday 2nd December, Year 5 had an Ancient Egyptian day. We enjoyed creating Pharaoh inspired masks, baking Egyptian bread and ended our day eating an Egyptian inspired feast. Thank you for making such a great effort with your costumes, all the children looked fantastic! 

Researching Tutankhamun

In our topic lessons we have been researching the famous Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, Tutankhamun. We used the LearnPads as well as books to find information about his life and the discovery of his tomb.



During Judaism Week (14th – 18th November) Year 5 were visited by Jewish teacher Mrs Elijah. She taught us all about the special Seder meal, the story of Passover and the symbolism of the food eaten during the two hour long feast. Year 5 was even lucky enough to taste some of the foods eaten by Jewish people during the Seder meal. 

Ancient Egyptian Masks

In our art lessons, we have been looking closely at Ancient Egyptian masks. We drew our own masks in pencil, charcoal and pen before creating our masks out of clay.

Ashmolean Museum 

On Wednesday 28th September Year 5 went to Oxford to visit the Ashmolean Museum. We were lucky enough to see and hold real Ancient Egyptian artefacts and learn all about the mummies, Pharaohs, slaves, Gods and Goddesses of Egypt. We even saw the only Ancient Egyptian building in Europe!