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St Teresa’s School

St Teresa’s

Catholic Independent School and Pre-School
for Children aged 3-11

Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 0JW
Tel: 01844 345005 Email:

Miss Shaw's Class

Our Year Five class teacher is Miss Shaw.

Year Five is a buzz of activity over the year with pupils studying a vast array of Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs): ‘Pharaohs’, ‘Stargazers’, 'Peasants, Princes and Pestilence', 'Beast Creator' and ‘Off with her head!’.

Our Advent term begins with two ILPs which see us travelling back 5000 years to the ancient realms of Egypt, cruising through the Nile and entering a world of mysteries, curses, mummies and kings, before journeying through space, investigating the eight planets in our solar system and navigating beyond the sun.

A residential trip to Condover Hall usually takes place in October, developing independence, communication skills, team work and self confidence across the class.  In November, we schedule a science-based trip -  this year, visiting the Airbus Discovery Space Education Centre.

During Lent, our focus turns to 'Peasants, Princes and Pestilence'.  History lessons cover the main events of the fourteenth century, during the time of the Black Death, whilst English lessons use this as a basis for personification (of the Black Death!) and persuasive writing with King versus peasants.  Following this, the pupils discover a world of bugs, creepy crawlies and the deadliest beasts in our ‘Beast Creator’ ILP.  During this Lent term, pupils will visit the Henley RIver and Rowing Museum for a River Life workshop. 

'Off with her Head!' in the Trinity term takes the pupils back to the sixteenth century to meet the Tudors, a dynasty that changed our history.  They discover an opulent court where favours quickly change and beheading is fast. Persuasive letters are key to their survival and inspire biographies and news reports. As ever, an educational visit is scheduled to help them embrace their learning – this year, visiting a Tudor house and exploring life as a Tudor.

On a day-to-day basis, pupils enjoy challenging themselves on their times tables through learning songs and playing the hit the button challenge, which can also be accessed at home (  They explore all weird and wonderful problems presented by NRICH ( and have use of MyMaths resource for interactive learning (

Roles of responsibility undertaken in Year Five are led by the democratic process of voting. Those interested in being either Student Council Representatives, Junior Road Safety Officers or Playground Equipment Monitors have to create a speech and address the class. Voting is carried out on voting slips and counted at the end of the election process. It is a fantastic way to start the year!

For details about the grammar and punctuation taught in each year group, including explanations of relevant terminology, do click here to take a look at the Oxford Owl website. 

Please see attachments below for further information about the class.