Year 5 Curriculum Information 

Term: Autumn 

Home Learning:

Maths home learning is set on Tuesday and must be completed by Friday.

Children focus on learning their rapid recall target, every other week they will also receive a mymaths task. Children must remember to bring their maths folders back in on Fridays so we can change their rapid recall targets when achieved. Children will also be sent home a review of each chapter we complete in maths, to consolidate their learning with parental support.

English home learning is sent out on a Friday and is due back the following Tuesday. On alternate weeks, the home learning is a task from the CGP spelling book. Please encourage your child to read at home every night.

 Tasks are designed to support the learning taking place in class. Please work with your child to complete the activities, but please don’t do it for them! We encourage the children to try their best, even if they might make mistakes.

 Learn at home- click on the links below:  - Great way to practise rapid recall targets!


PE Days and Swimming:

Y5M: Wednesday

Y5Y: Monday and Thursday

Children must have a full PE kit in school everyday. Please make sure all items are labelled. PE kits are sent home to be washed every half term.

Swimming will take place on a Monday afternoon. In the Autumn Term Y5M will be going  swimming every Monday afternoon until the end of this term. Please make sure they bring their swimming kit to school. Children must have a swimming cap, towel and streamlined (not baggy) swimming costumes. No flip flops please.


Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

April- No CST- focus on Lent

May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers

June- We are Called to Stewardship

July- Recap

 We follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work. Each topic usually lasts for four weeks. We begin by exploring what each topic means to us before moving on to how it relates to religion and the gospels. During the year we also learn about other faiths. At OLM we focus on Judaism and Islam. This is a brilliant way to teach respect for our community as a whole, regardless of cultures and beliefs. 

The topic we will be focusing on in Autumn term are as follows;

Topic 1 Ourselves

During this topic we will be exploring how each person is made in the image and likeness of God. We will gain a better understanding of ourselves and learn to appreciate that our value and uniqueness is central to our wellbeing. 

Topic 2 Life Choices

We will explore how through Baptism the Christian is called to a life of Holiness and to the mission of spreading the Good News. We will learn that life may be lived out in different ways. For some it may be through marriage. Whatever life choices are made, the Christian is called to a commitment of holiness and sevice of others.


Topic 3: Hope

During this topic we will develop a an better understanding of how Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, the promised one, on 25 December.  We will think about how it is preceded by the season of Advent, a time of preparation. We will understand how it focuses on Jesus’ coming in history and encourages believers to prepare for the Christ who comes each day. They also wait in joyful hope for Him to come in glory at the end of time

Topic 4: Mission

In this topic, we will think about how The Church, the Christian family, is made up of smaller Christian families called dioceses. Each diocese is led by a bishop. We will explore how the bishops continue the work of ‘the twelve’ the apostles who continued the work and mission of Jesus. Jesus is the head of these families. He is the head of the Church. We will also think about how there are other Christian families which are not part of the Catholic Church. Ecumenism is the word used for promoting unity among Christian churches. One of the final prayers of Jesus was that we all might be one.



At OLM we use the Wordsmith teaching scheme. This scheme focuses on a variety of different texts.



We will be looking at poems by Charles Causley and Michael Rosen. We will enjoy and discuss all the poems in the unit, giving oue own reasons for preferences. We will draft whole-class poems, evaluating and editing as we go. Further composition work includes drafting and writing a nonsense-writing poem and a free-verse poem


We will then be moving on to reading historical novel 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo. We will explore the feelings of the main characters and infer what they may be thinking and feeling during their evacuation from London. We will find evidence and detail in the text to justify our views. We consider and explore what the theme ‘friend or foe’ really means, using evidence in the text to justify our answers. We will compare this text with other, similar texts in the genre and explore standard and non-standard English by looking at different conversations between the characters. We go on to explore figurative language while looking at the author’s vocabulary choices. For the main composition task, we will write a new scene for the novel, paying attention to the features of dialogue, and prepare a presentation about the author for sharing with another class.

Non Fiction:

In this unit, we explore the Big Question: Which animal makes the toughest migration? We will read the interactive eBook, using the skills of skimming and scanning to find answers to questions and using the organisational features of the eBook to find information. We will revise and develop using relative clauses to present information clearly. In our writing task, we will plan and write a chronological report about a specific animal migration.



This year we are introducing a new pedagogy to reading. Destination Reader is a new approach to teaching reading in KS2. It involves daily sessions incorporating whole class modelling prior to the children applying these skills through partner work and independent reading. Teachers and children will use a range of strategies to aid comprehension and encourage the teaching of reading with meaning and to support reading with pleasure. 


At OLM we use the Maths No Problem teaching scheme. This scheme focuses on mastery of different mathematical concepts.


Numbers and place value to 1,000,000

In this chapter, pupils will be looking at numbers and their place value to 1 000 000. 

Addition and subtraction

In this unit, pupils will be exploring addition and subtraction of numbers to 1 000 000. Pupils will use multiple key methods, such as the column method and number bonds to add and subtract numbers. 

Multiplication and division

In this unit, pupils are multiplying and dividing 3- and 4-digit numbers by single- and double-digit numbers. The unit begins by finding and defining multiples and factors and common factors. Pupils begin to work with prime numbers and determine what makes a number prime or composite. After this, they work with square and cube numbers before moving on to multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000.

Word problems

In this chapter, pupils are solving word problems that involve multiple steps and a variety of operations. 


In the Autumn term term we will be exploring animals including humans. By the end of this topic we will be able to:

  • Describe the changes as humans develop to old age
  • Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
  • Describe how some animals and plants reproduce

Use this link to help support your child’s learning:


In the Autumn term, we will be learning to code using Espresso Coding.



At Our Lady of Muswell we believe children need to be digitally literate, resilient and safe online. This term we will understand the potential risks of providing personal information in an increasing range of online technologies both within and outside of school.


How to make ourselves SMART online.

SAFE - keep safe, do not give out personal information 

MEET - don't meet someone you have met/spoken to online

ACCEPTING - don't accept messages from people you don't know

RELIABLE - information may not always be true

TELL - tell your parent/carer if something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried


A useful website for e-safety:



In the autumn term, we will be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons. By the end of the term we will be able to:


  • Explain some key features of life in Anglo-Saxon Britain.
  • Say who the Anglo-Saxons and Scots were, and when and why they invaded Britain.
  • Describe some artefacts that have been discovered.

A useful site for more information: 


 In the second half of the autumn term by the end of the term we will be able to:

  • identify the main biomes of the world
  • Make a biome in a bag and observe it over a number of days thereby learning about photosynthesis, the water cycle and the relationships between climate, nutrients and vegetation within ecosystems.
  • understand the the balance within and interdependent nature of ecosystems


 Art and DT:

In the Autumn Term, we will be answering the question, 'How will we make our Anglo - Saxon Helmets?'. We will be using modelling skills and a range of materials to build a 3D helmet. 

In the second half of the term, we will be answering the quesiton 'Where is the detail in that picture?' We will develop our drawing skills using a range of techniques to create shade and tone. 



This term, children will be continuing to learn about the key concepts of music.