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'In every child there is a space that only God can fill' St Thomas Aquinas

Welcome to the website of Holy Trinity Catholic Voluntary Academy, Newark, Nottinghamshire, part of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy Trust.

Year 5W

Welcome to the Year Five class page. Mr Westerman is our class teacher and Mrs Bunkle  is our class teaching assistant. Here you can find lots of information about Year Five as well as keeping up to date with all of the exciting things that we get up to throughout the school year.


Please visit our class Twitter page to keep up to date with what we are getting up to:

We also post videos onto our school Youtube channel:

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During the spring term we will be learning about lots of interesting things. In our Come & See work our focus will be on three main themes: Sources, Unity and Death & New Life.

In History this term we will be investigating the beginning of democracy in Ancient Greece. We will learn about this important system and how it is still a part of our own society today.

In Geography we will be finding out about the catastrophic effects of volcanoes and earthquakes.

Our Science work will be based on the question: Which material would be best to…? We will be conducting detailed investigations, creating our own hypotheses, collecting useful data based on our studies and analysing the results we find to reach a scientific conclusion.

In Art this term we will be developing our painting skills using a range of different media and in our DT sessions we will be designing and making a healthy meal for an ancient Greek citizen.

Our Music work this term will be focused on the skills of listening and composition.

In Computing we will be using the programme Scratch to code maths games.



In Year Five homework is given out on Monday and is due back to school no later than the following Monday. It will normally consist of one piece of written English, Maths or Topic work.

The children will also need to continue to practise their times tables weekly as these will help in all areas of their mathematical work. They will be tested on their current times tables every Friday.

Spellings will be given out on Monday and tested the following Monday. We will continue to follow the RWI Get Spelling Programme this year in KS2. Ten spellings from the current unit will be given out and tested on a two weekly basis, as appropriate. On alternate weeks to this, the children will receive ten spellings from the appropriate National Curriculum statuatory word lists. 

Reading is such a valuable life skill and is also relevant across all subjects within school. Regular practise really does make an enormous difference to an individual's reading ability, as does talking about what has been read with someone at home too. Please try to ensure your child reads at home for at least 15 minutes each night and gets their home/school diary signed to indicate that this has happened at least three times per week. 

PE will take place on Monday and Thursday during the spring term in Year Five. On Monday morning the children will be swimming and on Thursday afternoon they will have indoor PE. It is expected that your child will have the appropriate PE kit for these sessions available in school. The correct PE kit for lessons in school consists of: a white t-shirt, red shorts and plimsolls for indoor sports. Trainers are required for outdoor activities. As the weather is still cold the children may wear a tracksuit for outdoor sessions. For swimming sessions the children will need the appropriate kit consisting of: an all in one bathing suit for girls (no two piece/bikini style) and trunks or tight fitting shorts for boys (no board shorts) and a towel. All watches and earrings must be removed before PE lessons begin.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation in all of these matters.

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Youtube Videos


Sit back and enjoy our Year 5 & Year 6 Summer Production of Hoodwinked: A Robin Hood Musical again! A fantastic tale of Robin Hood and his Merry Men and how they have to try and defeat the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Boo!)


The children of Holy trinity were inspired by CAFOD's fantastic video of the Our Father. They decided they would like to make their own version... "Let us not forget that the Our Father is the prayer of the poor" Pope Francis On the World Day of the Poor, Sunday 19 November, Pope Francis invites us to pray and show God's love to our sisters and brothers living in poverty.