More cricket!

Congratulations to the children who represented St. John’s at the cricket tournament on Friday 8th June at Sevenoaks School.

After our promotion last season, we faced some stiff opposition in the form of Amherst, who were the eventual runners up, and Sevenoaks Primary School.

We played well and made significant improvements throughout the matches. Despite not coming away with a win, the children played with determination, a positive attitude and commitment. It was great to hear their encouraging comments to each other and their enthusiasm for the game.

Thanks go again to Mr Edward Oatley who supported, coached and encouraged the children throughout. Thank you too to the parents, relatives and friends who came to support the team. It was wonderful to see such support for our pupils. We hope to play again in this tournament when the current pupils will be Year 6 and a year older with more experience, ready to play their best and do battle on the pitch!

I hope that this little taster will inspire all of the children who have had limited exposure to cricket, to pick up a bat and ball and play more of this wonderful game!


Well done to you all.

Anyone for a spot of cricket?

St. John’s were certainly up for a little bit of cricket today! With the sun shining down on us and with not a cloud in the sky – yes very hot actually- we gathered at Otford to play in the annual Sevenoaks cricket festival.

Twelve keen cricketers supported each other throughout the whole competition, encouraging team mates and playing to the best of their ability. The competition was tough and we certainly had some challenging matches. Despite not coming away with a win, we were victorious in our spirit, enthusiasm and approach to the game. I am so truly proud of our fabulous Year 5s. I can honestly say that I have never seen such a lovely group of resilient pupils who persevered and remained positive to the very end. Well done to all.

Thank you too to Mr Oatley who supported us, giving the children coaching tips and encouragement throughout. Also to Mrs Loftin who brought along the choc ices – so very needed – and to all our amazing parents, brothers and sisters (and new puppy) who came to support us all.

We really are a great school with such a wonderful community. Thank you again.

More cricket this Friday!



Day 2 at PGL

Another fantastic day in the sunshine at PGL!  Today the children have really bonded in their groups, supporting one another to reach heady heights on the zip wire and abseiling, and working together to make some rather impressive rafts.

The children loved the aero-ball, working in pairs in competitive and non-competitive games.

We saw such bravery on the abseiling, with children really pushing themselves and being so glad and proud that they did!

We rounded the day off with a cosy campfire, eating marshmallows and singing songs.

See you all tomorrow!

The Year 5 Team


PGL – here we come!

What a fantastic first day at PGL. The sun shone and the children have had a go at raft building, archery, zip wire, giant swing and aeroball. It has been lovely to see them working together and encouraging each other to try the different activities.


Raft building was wet and wild!




Hair-raising ride on the giant swing!


Bulls-eyes all round!


Reaching for the stars on the zip wire!


A super day was had by all especially our birthday boy!

The Year 5 Team.


Sky Songs and Dream Snatchers

On Thursday, we were lucky enough to attend the Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival, and to listen to the brilliant Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song and the Dreamsnatcher trilogy.  She told us about the places and objects that have inspired her to write, and most importantly, her mottos for life – ‘never be afraid to fail’ and ‘live life full of adventure.’  What a fantastic message to give the children!  To that end, we’re really looking forward to our PGL trip next week, and experiencing new and exciting activities together.


We’re nearing the end of our Decimal Journey, and we are so proud of how fluent the children have become in converting between fractions, decimals and percentages.  How far we’ve come!

In English we’ve started our new class text, Holes by Louis Sachar.  So far we’ve learnt about the characters of the story, but we don’t yet know how the main character, Stanley Yelnats, found himself sent to Camp Green Lake.  His punishment is to dig a hole 5ft wide by 5ft deep every day, in the baking heat.


The Year 5 Team

Year 5 – the latest news…

What a lovely start to term 5. The sun is shining (at last), and on Wednesday the whole school was very fortunate to walk up to the Vine to celebrate the return of our local double Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold.  After her historic win in Pyeonchang, the skeleton racer brought the gold home to Sevenoaks on an open-top bus tour and we were there to meet her and wave our flags! Make sure you look at our photos in the Sevenoaks Chronicle.



This term we have began working on fairy tales in advance of today’s meeting with KS2 to discuss the Summer Production. Both Year 5 classes will be writing a fairy tale as their part in the Production and everyone will have input into the design of the fairy tale and the subsequent script. A very exciting time for us all.

Our fractions maths journey has finished and we have begun working with decimals and looking at their relation to fractions. As you are aware, each class chooses a vehicle for each different maths journey and this time 5J have chosen skeleton bob in honour of Lizzie Yarnold and 5S a mobility scooter! The reasoning for the scooter being that we all need a little help to get to the end of our journey.

Our geography topic is the UK and we will be looking at the counties and more of the UK in detail. Science has us exploring forces and we are very much looking forward to investigating forces such as gravity and air resistance. In R.E. we take a look at Judaism and with art we are exploring British landscapes.

We look forward to seeing the children’s presentations for the reading circle over the coming weeks and perhaps we will see many of you at the 11+ meeting on Tuesday 1st May.

The Year 5 team.

There’s K-no-le Hike like a St. John’s hike!

This term we have contended with extreme weather conditions, fractions, The Highway Man poem, visits to St. John’s Church and a 7 km hike to Knole Park in aid of Sports Relief.

Here are some of our experiences in pictures.

Snow Globes and snowflakes:


Our visit to St. John’s Church to find out more about Holy Communion with Father Matthew:

Our epic hike!

We would like to thank all the children for their hard work this term and all the parents for their continued support. It was lovely to see you at parent consultations.


Next term we will be thinking about writing our part in the summer production, reading a new book (shh, it’s still a secret) and embarking on our PGL residential. Yeah!


Mhairi Mackelworth and Jane Gillhouley

There’s s-no-w stopping us!

Good morning Year 5,

We hope that you enjoyed some of the tasks that we set yesterday.

Today you may choose 2 more tasks to keep you learning. You may like to swap out one of the tasks for MyMaths – if you can access it from home. We have set:

  • multiplication
  • division – part two is a bit tricky, just do your best
  • squared and cubed numbers
  • 12 times table
  • improper fractions and mixed numbers

Remember the username is stjohnss – note the double s at the end! Don’t forget, you can work with a pen and paper for workings if it helps while working on screen.

See you all on Monday,


Mrs Gillhouley, Mrs Grimble and Mrs Mackelworth

Snowy days homework

Good Morning Year 5,

We hope you have been enjoying the snow so far and not been too cold!

It’s now time to catch up with a bit of school work. We have endeavoured to make it interesting and varied so you can choose the work that inspires you. There are 8 choices and we would like you to pick two very different ones. As we are only asking you to complete 2 pieces today they need to be to your best ability and of the highest quality.

If school is closed again tomorrow, you may want to pick a further two pieces.

Please click on the link (Mr Still is working on adding it) to see the work that has been set and it will also be sent to you as an attachment on parent mail.

Class 5 Snow Work

Enjoy the snow and keep warm.

Mrs Grimble and Mrs Gillhouley


Mountain Madness

What a busy start to Term 4.  We’ve created our own little mountain range right here in Sevenoaks!

We’ve been so impressed with the children’s creativity and hard work over the mid-term break: from photographs of intrepid mountaineering by parents and grandparents; a mountain model complete with a pull-out core of the earth; scaled drawings, paintings and models of famous mountains of the world; tales of intrepid mountaineers, both past and present, and fact files of less well-known and more local mountains.

The children have presented their work with confidence and clarity beyond their years and set our mountain topic alive with their enthusiasm.  So, a BIG thank you to all of you for your hard work.  We’ve begun to send some of the larger pieces home, just to regain a little desk space!

This week, Year 5 were also lucky enough to enjoy the ROBOKIDS Science Show and Workshop, in a link to our Earth and Space topic.  The show took them on an entertaining and inspiring journey into the future of Space, programming and robots, with help from friendly robot, Nao.  In the workshop, they also got hands-on experience, building and programming their own robots, which the children loved.

In Maths, we have started our work on fractions. This will take us right up to half term. It will be a great topic and there is no need to fear fractions as the way in which we teach it in Year 5 ensures that everyone experiences both success and challenge.

Just a reminder that next week is World Book Day, and the children are invited to dress up as a favourite fictional character on Friday 2 March…another opportunity for 5J to display their creativity and resourcefulness!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mhairi Mackelworth and Jane Gillhouley