Term: Autumn 2019

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

Y5M:  Tuesday and Thursday

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.


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 topics we will be focusing on in autumn term are as follows:



Children will learn that each person is made in the image and likeness of God and that to know ourselves and to appreciate that our value and uniqueness is central to our wellbeing.


Life Choices

Our lives are marked by many different experiences of being welcomed into new situations and groups. Children will learn that we recognise the importance of welcome, of feeling comfortable with new situations and belonging to new groups and that we belong to families, to work places and to social groupings.



This topic focuses on Advent. Advent is a time when we appreciate the love in our lives and prepare to celebrate love becoming a reality in the person of Jesus. Christians at Christmas celebrate the gift of Jesus, given by God as a sign and expression of God’s love. Giving and receiving reflects the truth that all life is given by God and life is given meaning through the gift of Jesus.




Children will learn about Passover and some of the traditions and prayers relating to this.




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. 


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


We will begin by 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.



We will be looking at poems by Charles Causley and Michael Rosen. We will enjoy and discuss all the poems in the unit, giving our 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


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.



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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/


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: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/


Wider Curriculum:

In the autumn term, we will be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and our Art and Design and Technology work will be linked to these topics. 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. 


We will develop our understanding that many different peoples have settled in Britain and  have helped shape the nation. Children will gain historical perspective by placing their knowledge into different contexts and develop an understanding of  historical concepts such as continuity and change, and cause and consequence.

Art and Design and Technology

By making and designing Anglo-Saxon shields we will Improve our art and design techniques and generate and develop ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, prototypes, etc. We will select from and use a range of materials.


A useful site for more information:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zq2m6sg


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