Welcome from staff
Hello, I am Mrs Steeper. I am the Year 5 class teacher, alongside Miss Snell, as well as being one of the Assistant Heads, with responsibility for English. I have been teaching for 26 years but this is my first year at St. Mary’s and it is an amazing, happy and caring place to be in; I love every minute of it. When I am not teaching and having great fun learning with the children, I relax by gardening, growing fruit and vegetables, baking and watching the wildlife I encourage into my garden, as well as reading and listening to Radio 2.
Hi, I am Miss Snell and I teach in Year 5 alongside Mrs Steeper, Mrs Morris and Miss Greaves. I have been a teacher for 27 years and have been at Saint Mary’s for five years. I am currently an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Special Educational Needs. I find my work interesting, rewarding and fun! In my own time, I enjoy playing the piano, reading, walking, camping, sailing, as well as running a cub scout pack each week.
Hello, my name is Mrs. Morris and I am working in Year 5 as a class Teaching Assistant, helping and supporting the pupils with their learning. When I am not at work, I enjoy going for long walks (especially at the beach), cycling and swimming, as well as spending time at home looking after my garden.
Hello everyone, I am Miss Greaves and I am a one-to-one teaching assistant in Year 5. I have been at this school for nearly 8 years. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, listening to music, shopping, seeing my family, going on walks, cooking and baking.
See what we have been doing in Year 5
Safe -searching links
This term, our topic is 'Sow, Grow and Farm'
We will be learning about how the world of farming works and how all different kinds of food make their way to our tables. The class have chosen to prioritise work about Fairtrade, Still Life, Food Miles, Farming in America and we will be finishing off with a fantastic Masterchef competition using ingredients from all around the world.
At Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy, we aim to equip all pupils with the skills and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning. Children are encouraged to see the mathematics that surround them every day and enjoy developing vital life skills in this subject. We use Power Maths and White Rose to assist us in the teaching for mastery approach to mathematics.
For English we will be using Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing structure. This involves a 3 part process. 1 - imitate: we will learn a text off by heart using actions and a story/ text map
2- innovate : we will then use the structure of the map and change key events / characters to make a new story
3 - invent : Now children have the structures, learnt new vocabulary and understand the features of the genre they are writing, they are ready to create their own text.
Our first piece of writing is based on 'The Tear Thief' by Carol Ann Duffy. This is a beautiful book about the value of different tears.
Spelling lists - Pentecost Term
We follow the Come and See RE scheme here at Saint Mary's.
Links for the R.E. curriculum
The sacrament of marriage – studied in the Life Choices Topic
What the Catholic Church states about marriage (including same-sex marriage)
The meaning of Advent – studied in the Hope Topic
Day of PE – Thursday
Children are to wear dark track suits, white tee shirts, dark school jumper or hooded top and trainers.
No Lycra or football kit please.
The class are currently working fitness and agility, with activities and games linked to this aspect of PE.
We use TPC Teach for improving children's mental health. It is vital after such a traumatic time. We have a programme dedicated to ensuring a positive outcome for all of the children. It helps everyone to feel valued. Our mission statement at St Mary’s is "We value all in the name of Jesus the Christ" and this complements our therapeutic classroom environments that are specially created for learning. Our classroom is painted in calm colours and there is an area for quiet reflection. In our classroom, we have lots of living plants. This is part of our mindfulness.
- We listen to calming music every time we enter the classroom
- We look at calming images
- We participate in guided meditation
- Planting and looking after succulents and other plants
- Mindfulness colouring
- Doodle pages whilst listening to music