St Joseph's Catholic

Primary School and Nursery

‘Growing in love, in the spirit of Christ, for the benefit of all’


Our new topic is 'Alchemy Island'. 


It’s time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We’re going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island. Can you find the gold hidden deep within the island’s mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map, unravel the riddle and begin your adventure. On the way, you must do all you can to learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy. Be creative and try to impress the island’s team of ace alchemists. Will they praise your scientific expertise? What if there were a video game version of Alchemy Island? Could you compose a stunning soundtrack to bring this mysterious landscape to life? You’ve got your map, coordinates and everything else you need to make your way across Alchemy Island. Don’t forget to pack your imagination. Got your suitcase ready? Then let the journey begin.

Our new topic is Off With Her Head! 


What sort of man would order the beheading of his wife? Was she really that bad? 


Travel back in time to the 1500s and meet the terrifying Tudors, a domineering dynasty which changed our history. 


During this topic, you will find out about the artist Hans Holbein. You will practice and refine your drawing and painting skills as you recreate famous portraits of the Tudor monarchs. 


You will find out about Henry VIII and his six wives! Discover why Henry VIII turned away from the Catholic church and started his own church - the Church of England. 


You will discover all there is to know about Tudor crime and punishment and will even hold your own Tudor court to discover more about the fate of Anne Boleyn! 





We have ended our topic today with a court case. Some children worked for the defence (Anne Boleyn) and the others worked for the prosecution (Henry VIII). The children planned and prepared their arguments for the court case to determine whether or not Anne Boleyn was guilty. We then invited Mr Foxx into class to be the judge. 

Year 5 have worked hard to create Tudor Roses for our display. The red rose symbolises the Lancastrians and the white rose represents the Yorkists. We have learned all about the Battle of Bosworth and how the War of the Roses ended when Henry VII married Elizabeth of York to join the two houses, forming the Tudor Rose.