Term: Spring 2020

Home Learning:

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

Children focus on learning their rapid recall target, every other week they will also receive a mymaths task. Please also encourage your child to use their Times Tables Rockstars logins to practise at home. Children will also be sent home a review of each chapter we complete in maths, to consolidate their learning, with parental support.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables  - Great way to practise rapid recall targets!

English home learning is sent out on a Friday and is due back the following Friday. The home learning is usually a task from the CGP book and will alternate with learning a poem by heart, to recite at school – your child will be provided with a short poetry anthology. Please encourage your child to read at home every night – research shows that children who read for pleasure are more likely to succeed in all areas of the curriculum.


PE Days and Swimming

Y5M:  Tuesday 

Y5O:  Wednesday and Friday

Children must have a full PE kit in school every day. Please make sure all items are labelled and follow the OLM PE uniform guidelines. PE kits are sent home to be washed every half term.


Y5M will be beginning swimming on Thursday 9th January. A coach will take us to and from New Barnet Leisure centre. The lessons will take place in the morning and lunchtimes will not be affected. Children all need to bring a towel and a swimming hat. Girls need to wear a one piece costume and boys can wear trunks or swimming shorts that are above knee length. Goggles are optional. Y5 O will begin swimming lessons in summer 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:

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

April- No CST- focus on Lent

 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 topics 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.


We will be using the text 'Journey to Jo'burg' by Beverley Naidoo as a stimulus for writing and combining this with a history topic: Why should Britain be ashamed of slavery? This will give the children the opportunity to use their historical imagination, write speeches, diary entries and practise reading skills of inference and prediction


Destination Reader is a new approach to teaching reading in KS2 and is in its second year now at OLM. It involves three sessions per week incorporating whole class modelling of reading strategies 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. The book we are reading at the moment is 'Wild Boy' by Rob Lloyd Jones. 



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

 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

Use this link to help support your child’s learning: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/



In the spring term, we will be learning how to use the website 'Prezi' to make interactive presentations linked to our history 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.


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: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/



In our topic 'Why should Britain be ashamed of slavery?' the children will learn about the slave trade and Britain's part in it. They will learn about life on board a transportation ship and about how the slave trade ended. The children will reflect about the impact of slavery on world history. 


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