Term: autumn 2021

Home Learning:

Maths home learning is set on Monday and must be completed by Thursday. Writing tasks are alternated weekly. One week there will be a paper task in the CGP grammar book and the following week the task will be uploaded on to Google Classroom. A writing task is set on a Thursday and should be completed and either uploaded to Google Classroom by the following Monday, or handed in to the teacher if the task was in the grammar book that week. 

Children focus on learning their rapid recall target, 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!

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.



Y5M have PE on a Tuesday and Thursday and Y5MCM have PE on  Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure your child has the correct PE kit and that this is labelled with their name.



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


 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. Our topics for summer term are: Transformation (focus on Pentecost and the power of the Holy Spirit), Reconciliation (focus on freedom and responsibility) and Stewardship. We will also learn about Islam in summer term when our focus will be on Hajj.



We will be studying the book, Friend or Foe, Michael Morpurgo at the beginning of the term, We will look closely at the experience of children who were evacuated during World War 2 and we will write a range of pieces in character. We will then move on to 1001 Arabian Nights which is a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales, 


Destination Reader is the approach to teaching reading which we take in key stage 2. It is now in its fourth year 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. 



Children should now be becoming confident in all their times tables (up to the 12 times table). Children should be able to answer related questions quickly and fluently. Please practise these at home with your child on a daily basis.

Maths No Problem will be used throughout Year 5 and the children will be continuing to use Rapid Recall to develop and consolidate mental maths skills. 

Most Maths No Problem chapters include problem solving activities where children will be consolidating and extending their use and understanding of bar modelling method. All children will be expected to complete reasoning challenges related to the topic of study. 

Rapid Recall will be given out weekly. Rapid Recall is very important to practise mental maths skills. 

MyMaths home learning tasks will be set online.

We will be covering the following topic areas: 

 Numbers up to 1 000 000, whole numbers: addition and subtraction, whole numbers: multiplication and division, word problems involving whole numbers. 


The children will be learning about animals including humans and we will be using visits to Coldfall Woods and the Methodist Gardens to support this learning. The children will be taught to:

  • Compare differences in human beings.
  • Describe the changes as humans develop to old age.
  • Understand that all living things have lifecycles.


We will be working on programming using Espresso Coding. 


The popularity of social networking sites is growing. It is important for children to know how to protect themselves and behave responsibly when they are part of an online community. 

Children must use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

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/


History and Geography 

We are very excited to be teaching the new topics of 'Baghdad: the Round City' and the 'why is California so thirsty?' . Children will be taught about: 

  • Identifying Contrasts and themes: Comment on impact and legacy, start to suggest reasons for connections over time and across places and cultures. Sequence and structure complex subjects and themes.
  • Using Sources: Select, organise and use information from more than one source to construct an informed response and/or opinion. Explain the usefulness and reliability of different sources. Start to develop perspective and judgment by explaining how historical ‘facts’ are often interpreted to support opinions.
  • Chronological Understanding: Use precise dates and explain why some are significant
  • Questioning: Ask and answer historically valid questions (eg about significance, or the basis of people’s opinions)