St Joseph's Rotherhithe

Gandhi Class

Hello, and welcome to Gandhi Class' page!

I am Mr Sesemann and I am the Year 5 teacher. I look forward to working with you and your children this year!


Here are some of our weekly routines:

PE takes place on Friday. Therefore, children should come to school in their PE kit on that day.

Homework will be set through our Google Classroom each Friday and should be submitted by the following Wednesday. Please do let me know in advance of Wednesday if you have encountered any problems, so that we can work together to solve them.

Reading every night is a vital part of improving a child's performance in school, and I am excited to hear all about the stories that have captured year 5's imagination. Home Reading Records will be checked everyday so need to be brought to school.

We have two tests a week. Spellings are given out on Monday to be learned by Friday, and we also have a Mental Maths test on Friday to make sure our times and division tables are up to scratch. Spelling Record Books and Timestable Practice Books will be checked weekly.


Our Learning - Autumn 1


In RE this half term we will be learning about Life Choices and how as Christians we are invited to share in the life and work of God through Baptism. We will also focus on Ourselves and how we are part of God's family.

Year 5 will also be responsible for the 'Harvest Assembly' and more information will be shared with you about accessing this, closer to the time.

Our Topic this half term is called Alchemy Island and we will go on an adventure to find gold. In Science we will focus on materials and their properties. We will be using our learning to help separate solutions and mixtures. We will look at different reactions and how to classify them.

In Geography we will study maps and develop our plotting skills using grid reference. We will also be finding out about 'human' and 'physical' features and using these terms to describe places.

Throughout our journey we will be in regular contact with an alchemist via our own time portal!

During Literacy we will be writing portal stories, thinking about contrasting settings with an outside world and an inside world. We will be reading C.S Lewis' 'Chronicles of Narnia' and Diana Wynne Jones' 'Howl's Moving Castle'.

Our Art work will be based on magic portals and creating a layered, mixed media piece, expanding on the idea of two contrasting worlds; one outside world and a world through the portal.

In Mathematics we will consolidate our learning on place value working with numbers up to one million. We will then develop our skills of efficient calculation methods for addition and subtraction. We will finish the half term with a unit of work based on statistics, working with and interpreting data in a range of tables, charts and graphs.

Computing this half term is based on coding and we will be building and debugging sequences that include a range of variables.

In our PE lessons we will be working on our attacking and defending skills through a series of invasion style ball games.


Our Learning - Autumn 2


In RE this half term we will be learning about Judaism before focusing on our topic of Advent.

Our Topic for this half term is Stargazers. In Science we will be learning about planet Earth and our solar system. We will be conducting experiments to help explain gravity as well as finding out why the moon has craters. We will consider the biggest challenges for working in space and will use our scientific knowledge to design a space rocket.

In History we will be learning about significant figures in the discovery of space including Aristotle and Galileo. We will learn about the space race and the important achievements of both the USA and Russia in space exploration.

In Literacy we will be writing newspaper articles and then we will focus on science fiction stories. We will be reading books including S.F. Said's 'Phoenix'.

Our DT will also be based on our topic of Stargazers and we will be designing and junk modelling spacecraft.

In Mathematics we will be consolidating our methods for the multiplication and division of integers. We will then move onto working with area and perimeter based within our measurement unit of work.

Computing this half term is based on keeping safe online.

In our PE lessons we will be developing our attacking and defending skills through flag football. 


Our Learning - Spring 1


This half term we are learning remotely and sharing our fantastic work via our Gandhi Class Google Classroom. Our 'live lessons' begin at 9:15 with Mathematics and then continues with Literacy followed by Reading Skills. After lunch our afternoon learning starts at 1:20 and we finish our day listening to our class story.


In RE this half term we are learning about Jesus' calling and his mission. We then move on to learning about the Eucharist.

Our Topic for this half term is Beast Creator. In Science we will be learning about classifying minibeasts as well as finding out about their habitats. We will learn about the homes of different bugs and how they are created. We will also plot the life cycles of certain bugs and consider the different changes they go through.

In Geography we will be using maps to find out about the deadliest minibeasts, where they live and to describe their habitats. We will be creating plans of different areas and plotting routes for a bug hunt.

In Literacy we will continue our work on science fiction stories. We will then be creating non-chronological reports linked to our topic work.

Our Art will focus on still life drawing and we will be developing a range of skills based around sketching.

In Mathematics we will be developing our use of written formal methods to solve multiplication and division problems. We will then move onto working with fractions, recognising and comparing them before using them within calculations.

This half term in Computing we will be using spreadsheets and databases.


Our Learning - Spring 2


This half term, we are are starting off with remote learning and returning on March 8th. 

This term's topic is 'The Mayflower'. Come and join Ms Bartley on the perilous journey the Mayflower to the New world in History.

In Science, we will be learning about Forces and simple machines. 

In DT, we will be designing our own ships.

In Computing, we will be learning about creating games.

In Literacy, we will be writing non-chronological reports all about mystical beasts. Let your imagination run wild!

In Maths, we will be learning about decimals and reviewing our learning in fluency lessons. Keep learning your times tables at home.


Our Learning - Summer 1



This half term, we are taking a journey back in time to the Tudors!

Through our Literacy we will explore all the Tudors have to offer, through Historical Diary entries. I look forward to reading your writing!

In Maths, we will be starting of with Decimals and continuing and reviewing previous lessons in our Fluency sessions. 

In Science, we will be learning about Life Cycles and flowering plants. 

In Art, we will be studying the Tudor portrait artist Hans Holbein and we will be creating our own Tudor self-portraits. 

In Computing, we will be doing 3D modelling.

In RE, our topic will be 'Giving and Serving' and 'Freedom and Responsibility'.


Our Learning - Summer 2



This half-term, our topic is 'The Allotment'. We will explore this topic in Geography and Science. 

In Geography, we will explore different farming practises around the world and land use. 

In Science, we will do a range of investigations linked to plants and the allotment. 

In Literacy, we will be studying 'Wolf Brother' and writing adventure stories. 

In Maths, we will be starting off with time and reviewing topics in lessons and Maths fluency. 

In our RE topic, we will be studying Reconciliation and Islam. 

In DT, we will be cooking.

In PE, we will be doing sailing and kayaking as well as outdoor activities and problem solving. 

In computing, we will be doing concept maps.