Meet the Staff
Mr Spencer - Class Teacher
Miss Kealey -
Mrs Paskin - 1:1 Support
Our Class Saint
Saint Maximilian Kolbe
The Year 5/6 class saint for this year is Saint Maximilian Kolbe. Maximilian Kolbe was a Conventual Franciscan friar and Polish Catholic priest who offered himself to die in place of a stranger during the context of the Second World War in the German death camp of Auschwitz. Additionally, Kolbe had been dynamic in encouraging the veneration of the Immaculate Mary, founding and supervising the monastery of Niepokalanów near Warsaw, whilst simultaneously operating an amateur-radio station, and founding or running several other organizations and publications during the conflict. As a result of the aforementioned, Maximilian Kolbe epitomises our Values and Virtues for this half term as he used his eloquence of thought, activism and oratory to maintain the faith of others and continue to live out the Word of the Lord. Similarly, Kolbe reflected the truthfulness and clarity of his faith through his selfless intentions during a time in history that was dominated by belligerence and death. Now, as we have faced -and continue to face- a time of similar struggle and uncertainty, Saint Maximillian Kolbe is the perfect saint to guide us throughout the year as part of Year 5/6 and as part of the wonderful community of Our Lady of Grace.
This term the children will be exploring “Street Child” by Berlie Doherty which is set against the industrialism and urbanisation of Victorian Britain. For the class, Street Child will hopefully be a fascinating novel, that is historically accurate and thought provoking whilst boasting a lovable and endearing central character. The narrative is based on a real story from history as well as the social stories of hundreds of children from across the Victorian age helping to illuminate a key period within our history topic (British Empire) for this half term as well as providing a clear, yet non-judgmental lens in to the social structure of 19th century Britain.
The Story of the People of God
In this unit children will be given opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of the structure of the Bible and the forms of literature that are found in the different books. The children will be introduced to stories of significant people in the Old Testament. They will discover what some of these stories tell us about their relationship with God.
This unit outlines some key beliefs about the creation of human beings and the creation of the world. It introduces the children to the story of creation as a way of explaining that God is creator, rather than a re-telling of the order of the created world. It will help teachers to reflect with the children on their God given talents and living their lives in response to the teaching of Christ.
P.E. will continue to be taught both by Mr Sigley and the staff of Year 5/6. Sessions will be delivered on a Monday and Friday and will focus on a range of strength, fitness and “discipline-specific” skill based sessions, advancing based on progression across the term.