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Year 5

Welcome to our Year 5 class page


Elected Class Representatives

The results are in year five!  The blackbird is now the most viewed bird during the RSPB's Garden Birdwatch.  Thank you for taking part.  Our certificate is on the way.  Mrs Lonergan smiley

Forest School and the changing seasons

Forest School Session in partnership with the Wilderness Trust for the Green Influencer Scheme

We completed the final day of our project with The Wilderness Foundation. The project has involved us working with Wild Schools, Green Influencers Scheme, The Ernest Cook Trust and Essex County Council. The children have been learning about the importance of nature, climate change and sustainability. All of this brings us closer to delivering some of the aims in Laudato Si, the message Pope Francis has been sharing with us about our precious world. For our final session, we integrated Forest School into our session led by Mrs Lonergan. 


The project was led by the children, who planned how they wanted to enrich our outdoor area at the school to benefit nature. This included putting up some bird boxes including one that one of the children made at home. Some children wrote to Oliver’s Nursery to ask for some donations to create a vegetable patch. Charlie from Oliver’s came in last week to explain how to plant the seeds and has donated some plants to the class. He will return in the summer term, when we hope some of the plants will have grown and we can harvest them and hopefully cook some of them on the camp fire.

Sustainability Project with the Wilderness Trust

Year 5 have been pursuing their interest in nature for our happiness and wellbeing morning session led by Mrs Lonergan. Children enjoyed using acorns to make bird feeders and there was a lot of singing, chatting and problem solving going on as our groups worked as teams to light our fire, bake a tasty snack, build dens, spot bugs and identify them and create mud 'bakes' in our mud kitchen.

Class Worship - Mission

RSHE -As part of our RSHE, the children completed a roleplay activity. They were given scenarios to rehearse in small groups, where each scenario depicted a different kind of spoken or unspoken pressure. When these scenarios were performed to the class, the children had to identify from a list what type of pressure they witnessed and to describe how it could make someone feel.

Spring Term Overview

Van Honthorst picture study and Christmas cards inspired by his work.

Bible study work to complete our class Jesse tree.

Christmas Jumper Day

Sustainability, Climate Awareness and Laudato Si 

This term, year 5 have been working with the Wilderness Foundation, Essex County Council and Ernest Cook Trust, to focus on sustainability and climate action.  The class have been researching, planning and they are now ready to implement their resources, to support sustainability at Holy Family School.  They have chosen to focus on the outdoor environment.  Some children have written to Oliver's Nurseries to ask if they might assist with some donations for their vegetable bed.  They were delighted to receive a response and we hope to welcome Charlie from the nursery, along with Terri, from the Wilderness Foundation, to put plans into action very shortly.  Year five will be preparing their vegetable bed in line with seasonality knowledge, they will use organic waste from fruit snacks in the wormery.  They will fix their bird boxes into place, prepare bird feeders and plan a power point presentation for an assembly.  They will also be fixing up educational boards around our grounds to enable all children to sustain and support nature at Holy Family School.  Future plans involve creating a re-wilding area to enable pollinators to thrive.  We hope to welcome Witham and Braintree Times to our final lesson in our project to mark our celebration.

Mrs Lonergan, Mrs Milward, Mrs Crane and Year Five Children

October - Month of the Rosary

Autumn term CAFOD visit

Autumn Term Overview