Year 5 Curriculum Information 

Term: Spring 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. On alternate weeks, the home learning is 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: Monday and Wednesday

Y5Y:  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 Spring Term Y5Y 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 Spring term are as follows;


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.

Topic 5: Memorial Sacrifice

During this topic we will think about how the Eucharist is a memorial sacrifice; it is a memorial of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, through which Christ gives his body and blood for the salvation of all people and provides hope for the future. We will explore how memories are kept alive and understand that the Eucharist keeps the memory of Jesus' sacrifice alive and present in a special way. 

Topic 6: Sacrifice

Leading on from topic 5, during this topic we will be thinking about giving and refusing to give; appreciating the cost of giving. We will develop our understanding of Lent, which is a time of giving in preparation of the sacrifice of Jesus.



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


In this unit, we will explore narrative poems, focussing in depth on the work of two poets - Charles Causley and Michael Rosen. We will learn about information retrieval, answering questions that require literal comprehension, inference, deduction and imagination. We will watch and enjoy a poet reading his work. Also we will be writing the ‘back story’ to a poem in narrative form and compose an autobiographical narrative poem.


During our fiction unit, year 5 will explore a fiction story, 'Oranges in No Man's Land', we will be asking questions and developing understanding of inference and the author’s use of language. Through discussion and role-play we will explore characters and the impact of civil war. Also, we will develop editing, proof-reading and peer-review skills. Finally, we will plan, edit and write a story from a different character’s point of view.

 Oranges in No Man's Land is written by Elizabeth Laird, it is a moving story of a young girl trying to help her family amid the crisis of civil war in Lebanon.

Non Fiction:

We will be exploring persuasive writing by writing reviews and letters based on real life experiences. We will think carefully about the techniques and word choices we can use to persuade the reader and form a logical argument. Many writings such as critics, reviews, proposals, advertisements, and brochures use different ways of persuasion to influence readers.


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.

Chapter 5 - Graphs 

In this chapter, pupils read and interpret information in tables and line graphs. They are required to use the data given in tables and graphs to answer questions, such as bus timetables, and line graphs.

Chapter 6 - Fractions

Pupils will show improper fractions and mixed numbers using pictures. As they progress through the unit, they find equivalent fractions, compare and order fractions and utilise the number bond strategy. Pupils review adding fractions, with a focus on fractions with different denominators and fractions that create improper fractions and mixed numbers. Then they subtract fractions that are different, finding common denominators and subtracting mixed numbers and improper fractions. At the end of the chapter, pupils begin to multiply fractions by whole numbers and multiply mixed numbers by whole numbers. 

Chapter 7 - Decimals

In this chapter, pupils explore decimals. To begin this chapter, they learn to read and write decimal numbers. This is followed by comparing decimal numbers to find which is greater and smaller. Pupils then add and subtract decimals before turning decimals into fractions. The chapter ends with pupils rounding decimals to the nearest whole number and decimal position.



In the first half term we will be exploring Earth and Space. By the end of this topic we will be able to:

  • describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system
  • describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth
  • describe the sun, Earth and moon as approximately spherical bodies
  • use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky

In the second half term we will be exploring Living things and their habitats. By the end we will be able to:

  • describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
  • describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals



In the Autumn term, we will be learning how to use the website 'Prezi' to make interactive presentations linked to our Wider Curriculum topic. 


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.

 BE INTERNET SHARP - Think Before You Share 

  • Treat online communication the same as face-to-face communication.
  • If it isn’t right to say, it isn’t right to post. If in doubt, get guidance on what kind of communication is (and isn’t) OK.
  • Personal details about family, friends – and yourself – should stay private.

BE INTERNET SECURE - Protect your stuff

Personal privacy and security are as important online as they are in the real world. 

  • Create 'strong' passwords
  • Use 'two- step verification' 

  Useful websites for e-safety:


 Wider Curriculum


In the first half term we will be focusing on the Shang Dynasty. We will learn

  • Learn when and where the dynasty was in existence
  • Explore their social hierarchy and how life varied within it
  • Discuss Shang gods and religion
  • Examine artefacts



 In the second half of the term we will focusing on Brazil - Human Geography


 We will explore:

  • Push and Pull factors of migrating to the cities and the effect of urbanisation 
  • What life if like living below the poverty line
  • The indigenous people of the amazon - an un-contacted tribe
  • The effects of deforestation 

 Art and DT:

 In the first half term, we will use mouldable materials to create out own Shang Gods.  We will use our DT skills to research, design, make and evaluate our products. 


In the second half term we will be:

Focusing on textiles, we will learn and test a range of different sewing techniques before creating our own wall hanging linked to the Carnival in Brazil and the colours of the rainforest.


This term, children will continuing to work with Ms Edwards, learning about the key concepts of music.