Year 5 Curriculum Information 

Term: Summer 2019

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.  - Great way to practise rapid recall targets!

English home learning is sent out on a Friday and is due back the following Tuesday. The home learning is usually a task from the CGP 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.


PE Days and Swimming:

Y5M:  Wednesday and Friday

Y5Y:  Thursday and Friday

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.


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 Summer term are as follows;


Topic 7: Transformation

During this topic, children spend time thinking about the theme of 'transformation'. This will hear stories of the Holy Spirit, how it spread like fire and warmed the hearts of the faithful. The children will learn the events after Jesus' resurrection and how his friend's were part of a new beginning. 


Children will spend time understanding the festival of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr. They will think about how Muslims feel during this time and how it is an opportunity to renew and strengthen their faith.

Topic 8: Freedom and Responsibility

This topic gives children the chance to reflect on their friendships and relationships. Through God, we as humans are given power to reach out in forgiveness and peace, and to receive and offer reconciliation. We will think about the rules God gave us, the ten commandments, and how they shape our lives. 

Topic 9: Stewardship - CAFOD

Through this CAFOD unit children will explore how belief that every human being is created in the image of God and has the special gift and challenge of sharing in God’s creation. We ourselves are part of creation, and are dependent upon it: we are made aware that caring for creation is part of caring for ourselves




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

 Persuasive Writing:  

During this topic, the children will learn a range of persuasive techniques and devices which they will apply to fictional and non-fictional purposes. They will read 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and try to convince the crayons to return back to work, as well as see if they can win a class trip!

Greek Myths - Fiction

The children start by reading a selection of Greek myths, using drama and inference to empathise with the characters and looking at the different themes in myths. They look at the author’s use of devices to build cohesion and different ways of indicating parenthesis. For the final writing task, they brainstorm, plan and write their own myths, focusing on including powerful language and using devices of cohesion.

Ultimate explorer - Non Fiction

In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: What makes someone a great explorer? They read the interactive eBook, and use other sources, to research challenges faced by explorers. They understand and explain different viewpoints. They look for evidence about what qualities successful explorers would need. They recap features of report texts and write an advert using persuasive language. They answer the Big Question, planning and writing a handbook for a new junior explorer.


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.

This term we will be focusing on:

Percentages - using our decimal and fraction knowledge to help calculate percentages.

Geometry - It explores angles: measuring angles, the investigation of angles on a line/point and drawing angles, before moving onto using angles as a descriptor for common shapes. The chapter ends with pupils solving problems involving angles and investigating angles inside regular polygons.

Position and Movement - In this chapter, pupils are exploring position and movement. In the first lesson, they are naming and plotting points on a grid before moving onto the translation of a shape in the second lesson. They are then required to describe the movement of a shape on a grid as the first step in describing reflections. The chapter ends with pupils looking at and describing reflections across a mirror line.

Measurements - In this chapter, pupils are exploring the measurement of mass, temperature, time and length. The chapter begins with pupils converting units of length from millimetres to centimetres and from centimetres to metres. They quickly move on to converting metres to kilometres before looking at converting imperial measures to metric measures

Area and Perimeter - In this chapter, pupils will be extending their knowledge of perimeter and area. It begins with pupils finding the perimeter of a polygon constructed from other polygons. They then look at constructing shapes with the same perimeter but a different area. 

Volume - In this chapter, pupils are exploring volume. In the first lesson, they learn about the volume of solids and how to use cubes to determine volume. Then they look at the volume of specific shapes such as rectangular boxes. The term 'capacity' is revisited in a lesson in the middle of this chapter, which helps pupils differentiate between 'volume' and 'capacity'



In Summer 1 we will be exploring Properties and changes of materials. By the end of this topic we will be able to:

  • Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
  • know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
  • use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
  • give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
  • demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
  • explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda

In Summer 2, we will be exploring Forces. By the end of this topic we will be able to:

  • explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
  • identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
  • recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect


In the Summer term we will be looking at using multi-media and radio stations.



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.

We will discuss how we can find balance for our health and wellbeing when online and accessing technology. We will also think about how we contribute as digital citizens and add to the online community. 


A useful website for e-safety:



In summer 2, we will be learning all about the changing power of Monarchs - comparing Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II



 In summer 1 , we will be learning all about Brazil with a physical and human focus. We will also make comparisons with London.

We will develop our:

Location knowledge – by using maps and atlases 

Place knowledge – by understanding geographical similarities and difference



Art and DT:

In Summer 1, we will be working with finishing our art topic on Self Portraits

In Summer 2, we will be working with different materials 'How far will our model plane fly?'



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