St John the Baptist
Church of England Primary School
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Welcome to Year 5

The Year 5 team are:

Mrs Baxter (Class Teacher MB)   Mrs White (Class Teacher JW)

Mrs Mason and Mrs Brown (Class Teaching Assistant)     



Welcome to 2018-19 in Year 5.

This is an exciting Year where children:

Experience a Mobile Planetarium

Visit the Science Centre in Leicester

Dress up and take part in a Viking Day

Take part in Bikeability Week.









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Our Day in The Planetaruim


Mr Morton’s Planetarium

On Friday 12th October 2018, Mr Morton came to Year 5 to teach us more about space. He set the planetarium up in the main hall and all of year 5 were very excited because it was a huge, silver dome and we couldn’t wait to see what it looked like inside.

When we entered, it was really dark and everyone was amazed at how big it was. He taught us about day and night due to the Earth’s rotation and all about the phases of the moon. It was really helpful as we could see all the shapes rather than just read about it.

 Lots of people enjoyed the star gazing as it felt like you were actually outside looking at the real stars and you could see Mars and Saturn! We learnt it would take 70,000 years to travel in a rocket to the nearest star, except our sun. We saw all the different star constellations and how the Pole Star stays in the same place which helps people navigate.

Everybody wished that they could stay in the planetarium longer than they did as time went so quickly. All of year 5 are very grateful for Mr Morton’s visit and we would like to see him again soon.

Aiming for the stars!


In year 5, we have been learning all about space. We have found out about

  • Night and day
  • Why our shadows change length and position
  • Why the Moon appears to change shape
  • Why we get different seasons
  • The planets in our solar system

Look at some of the amazing homework we created about our solar system!


Advent Day



On Thursday 22nd November, Year 5 had the opportunity to visit the church so they could take part in an Advent workshop based on the Nativity story.


This included writing prayers, creating ‘Thank You’ notes to people who are special to them or take care of them, reflecting on different characters in the Advent story, thinking about our gifts for the world and Jesus’ qualities.

We had an amazing time and also learnt a new song. In class, we made shoe boxes that told the story of the Nativity. These were displayed in the Church.



Saxon Weaving


The children have worked extremely hard on their weaving. Well done in particular to those children who supported others and shared their weaving skills. They all produced impressive pieces of art work.