Curriculum Information 

Term: Summer

Home Learning:

Maths home learning is set on Monday and must be completed by Thursday. Every other week children either complete a task on ‘my maths’ or focus on learning their rapid recall target. Children must remember to bring their maths folders back in on Thursdays 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 Thursdays and is due back on the following Monday. 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 :

In the Summer Term

Y5M: Monday and Friday

Y5C: Monday and Wednesday

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



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. 


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


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

Topic 7: Transformation

During this topic we will be discovering the theme of energy and transformations. We will explore the Spirit of God and how it is active in each person. It is through this spriti we hear Gods message, respond and share it. We will think about the feast of Pentecoast as a celebration of God's spirit and its transforming power.


During this topic we will be discovering the special festivals celebrated by Muslims. In particular Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr. We will explore what Muslims do during the Month of Ramadan and why.

Topic 8: Freedom and Responsibility

During this topic, we will be exploring how to enjoy freedom and the responsibilities that come with it, how rules can bring freedom. We will discuss God's rule for living freely and responsibly (the commandments)


Topic 9: Stewardship

During this topic, we will explore what in the world we really care about and how we can show concern for those things/people. We will think about how we can be stewards of creation, as we are all resposible for the earth and must sustain in for future generations.



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

Greek Myths

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

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.


In this unit, the children explore narrative poems, focusing in depth on the work of two poets. They give personal responses to the poems and use performance skills to bring the patterns of the poems to life for an audience. They compare poems, clarify unfamiliar vocabulary and identify patterns of poetic language. They plan and write a prose story ‘prequel’ for a narrative poem, learning how to integrate dialogue.


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 MovementIn 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 PerimeterIn 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.


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



     In summer2, 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 taking part in the 'Year 5 great British bread off'

    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.