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St Joseph the Worker

Catholic Primary School

Year 5


An overview of some of the work being carried out in Class 5 during the Autumn Term


In English we will be working on:

  • Narrative – we will read and study novels and stories by significant authors, primarily Emma Carroll (Secrets of a Sun King).
  • writing letters and revising the format of a letter
  • writing character descriptions
  • answering questions on a text
  • learning poetry by heart and learning to perform it in a group
  • orally rehearsing instructions
  • writing a scene in a playscript
  • writing a non-chronological report
  • learning about grammatical aspects of sentences
  • reading aloud, individually and shared
  • learning to spell words with common phonetic features


In Mathematics we will be working on:

  • Place value up to 5 digits and including decimal places (1/10, 1/100)
  • count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1,000,000
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division, using knowledge or factors and multiples
  • solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, understanding the meaning of the equals sign
  • being able to use a variety of strategies for addition and subtraction such as column methods, empty number line (frog) partition and decomposition
  • investigating fractions including equivalent fractions and  ordering decimal fractions
  • multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100
  • strategies of multiplication and division such as chunking and standard method
  • handling data including drawing tables and charts and interpreting graphs
  • using standard units of length and weight including mm,  cm,  km,  g,  kg
  • measure and calculate perimeter (cm and m), and area of rectilinear shapes and estimate irregular shapes (cm2  m2)
  • use rounding to estimate answers to calculations
  • solve multi step problems choosing appropriate operations
  • solve problems involving converting between units of time
  • draw angles and measure them in degrees 0
  • identify angles at a point, a whole, turn, straight line and multiples of 900
  • use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and find missing lengths and angles
  • distinguish between regular and irregular polygons base on reasoning about equal sides and angles
  • round decimals with 2 decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place
  • read write and compare numbers with up to 3 decimal places and solve problems


In Science our topics are:

Material World (Investigating materials)

  • We will identify the properties of a range of materials and explain their uses
  • We will explore making and separating mixtures using relevant scientific language
  • We will plan fair tests taking accurate measurements and observations
  • We will classify reversible and irreversible changes

Let’s Get Moving (Friction)

  • We will be able to explain how levers, pulleys, springs and gears transfer motion and force
  • We will set up, carry out and make sense of a variety of investigations
  • We will explain the effects of gravity
  • We will observe a variety of forces that slow things down
  • We will plan, carry out and explain fair tests


In RE our topics are:


  • We will explore and develop a deepening awareness of who we are and reveal that we are made in the image and likeness of God.


Life Choices

  • We will explore showing care and commitment and reveal the call to life and love within the community through marriage.



  • We will explore how Advent is a time when we wait hopefully and reveal that the Church’s season of waiting is a joyful hope for the coming of Jesus at Christmas and the end of time. 


Personal, Social & Health Education

  • We will be exploring what makes a community, and finding out what ‘discrimination’ means.



  • We will explore the Jewish festival of Passover and how it is celebrated as Pesach today.


In History we will be learning about the Ancient Egyptians from around 3150 BC to 31 BC covering the religion, culture and beliefs from this period. We will study the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 and use timelines and artefacts to discover more about this fascinating period of History.


In Art we will be using a variety of art media such as paint, oil pastels, clay and aquarelles in a study of objects with meaning.  We will explore the techniques of model-making, still-life drawing and drawing from imagination as well as painting in water-colours and acrylics.  Some of our work will complement our studies in other curriculum areas as well as develop skills in seasonal projects.


In Design and Technology we will be designing and making a pop-up book.


In Music we will be looking at changes through time using all the interrelated dimensions of music including duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, pitch and structure and relating these to singing and playing the recorder.   


In PE we will be developing our skills in Invasion games netball and basketball.  We will also be developing skills in gymnastics and indoor athletics.


In COMPUTING we will be researching information on properties of materials and the Ancient Egyptians as well as creating an Ancient Egyptian quiz and fact sheets on Howard Carter and the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.  We will work on graphical modelling to create a scene.


In French we will be learning how to greet others, including siblings and use the verbs ‘avoir’ and ‘etre’ to describe ourselves and others.  We will learn vocabulary and phrases relating to school life.


This term will be based on topics and areas of study from each week.  It will be linked to our work in class and will complement our learning.  It would be most appreciated if you would support your child to produce their best efforts and promote the learning of new skills.


Year 5 Autumn Term

September 2019


















































An overview of some of the work being carried out in Class 5 during the Spring Term.


In English we will be working on:

  • Identifying and classifying the features of myths, legends and fables including the stories of Icarus, How the Trojan War Began and Perseus and the Gorgons.
  • using paintings with Classical Greek themes as stimuli for description
  • Oral storytelling of myths
  • descriptions of heroes and monsters
  • re-telling narratives with different endings
  • learning to expand our knowledge of grammatical aspects of sentences
  • incorporating   Literacy games into lessons to improve our vocabulary 
  • using drama to enhance writing
  • continuing to incorporate words from our curriculum in spelling lists along with words sharing common phonetic features
  • reading aloud individually, in groups and with a shared reading partner


In Mathematics we will be working on:

  • place value up 1,000 000 including decimal place value
  • mental addition of decimals and whole numbers
  • solving problems using mental methods as well as solving addition and subtraction problems
  • dividing by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10
  • prime numbers, factors and square numbers
  • dividing mentally
  • properties of triangles
  • converting units of measurement including grams, kilograms, litres and millilitres
  • adding and subtracting two-place decimals
  • multiplying and dividing  two and three digit numbers by one digit numbers
  • finding fractions of three digit numbers
  • using all four operations to solve problems involving measures using decimal notation and scaling and rates
  • establishing whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19,
  • recognising mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one to another,
  • multiplying proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers,
  • solving problems involving multiplication and division using knowledge or squares and cubes, prime number and factors,
  • knowing and using the vocabulary of prime numbers and factors and composite numbers.


In Science our topic is:

Circle of Life

  • We will investigate and describe the processes of reproduction in some plants
  • We will take measurements and present our findings.
  • We will describe the differences in the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds and report our findings.
  • We will describe the process of reproduction in some animals.


In R.E. our topics are:


  • We will explore and develop an understanding  that Community is an essential part of life for people from every age and faith and consider our own celebrations from our past .We will reveal that the church’s celebrations are community occasions  and that the sacraments are signs of God being with us on our journey.


Memorial Sacrifice

  • We will explore how being thoughtful is a vital part of our relationships with one another and recall times when we gave and received thanks.
  • We will reveal that Jesus promised that when two or three are gathered in His name then He is there also.



  • We will explore how life, especially family and school life is full of opportunities for self-giving
  • We will learn about the season of Lent and what it reveals to us about giving and giving up as well as the complete self-offering of Jesus.


In History we will be continuing our topic on the Ancient Greeks and studying the legacy left by them to us today.  Our topic in Geography will complement this study and investigate the Greece of present day, including location, language, culture and architecture.


In Art we will be studying People in Action and making models.  We will be using a variety of art media to produce work supporting our curriculum in other areas such as in RE when we produce “The Stations of the Cross” in oil pastels. We will also design and make spacecraft in a class competition. We will make comedy and tragedy masks out of clay.


In Design and Technology we will be investigating different types of bread and making our own.


In Music this term we will be studying and performing music about the Trojan War.


In PE this term we will be learning a dance which can be performed to an audience. We will be swimming and also learning to play invasion games including Hockey, as well as golf skills.


In COMPUTING we will be debugging programmes and reprogramming games. We will be using the Learn Pads to create our own photo galleries and photo collages. As well as that, we will be using Photoshop to recreate a scene from Ancient Greece with some familiar faces.


In French we will be finding out about the holidays and their dates in France, recognising and using numbers (31-60) and giving and understanding instructions.



As last term our homework is linked to classwork for each week.  The children should complete it to the best of their ability and any support received would be helpful in promoting their pride in their work and a consolidation of new skills.


Spring term Year 5   2020











An overview of some of the work being carried out in Class 5 during the Summer Term.

In English we will be working on:

  • investigating the challenge and appeal of older literature by studying Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • exploring older examples of poetry such as “The Smugglers Song” “The Highwayman” and “Bedd Gelert”
  • writing diaries
  • describing  settings
  • Oral story telling on instructions
  • Recounts of real events
  • exploring real-life situations linked to experiences of characters
  • investigating  a range of texts from different cultures, considering patterns of relationships
  • rehearsing comprehension techniques
  • continuing to use a range of punctuation in complex sentences and extend their knowledge of connectives
  • revising strategies for assessing their own and others’ work
  • comparing Science Fiction and Science Fact
  • Narrative writing in the genre of Science Fiction
  • Debate about the existence of aliens
  • Description of aliens and planets


In Mathematics we will be working on:

  •  adding and subtracting money
  • calculations using mental methods
  • multiplying fractions
  • short multiplication and using the grid method for long multiplication
  • 3 place decimal numbers
  • negative numbers
  • translations, reflections and 3D shapes
  • column addition and subtraction
  • adding and subtracting 5-digit numbers
  • finding factors
  • comparing fractions and adding and subtracting them
  • short division
  • multiplying 3 and 4 digit numbers
  • estimate and measure volume and capacity (ml,l)
  • solve comparison sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph
  • read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals
  • complete, read and interpret information in a table including timetables
  • identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation, using appropriate language and know that the shape has not changed,
  • read and write decimal numbers as fractions.
  • Recognise the percent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘parts per hundred’ and write percentages as a fraction and decimal
  • Solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of ½, ½, 1/5, 2/5, 4/5 and fractions with a denomination of a multiple of 10 or 25
  • Interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative numbers through zero




In Science our topics are:

Growing up and Growing Old

  • We will describe some of the changes that happen as humans develop and compare and analyse the gestation periods of different animals.
  • We will look at some of the changes which take place during adolescence and collect data on average heights.
  • We will explore some of the changes which happen to us as we enter old age and consider the impact of living longer.

Earth and Beyond

  • We will be learning about the solar system, the Moon and the Sun.
  • We will be building rockets and learning about the Space Race.


In R.E. our topics are:


  • We will explore how by the way we live our lives, by the way we treat others and by our words and actions we can show we have an attitude of service.
  • We will explore how Christians believe that the Spirit of God is active in all of us and reveal that the Spirit enables us to hear God’s message.

Freedom and Responsibility

  • We will explore our networks of friendships and relationships and discuss how reconciliation can help to rebuild them if they are damaged.
  • We will learn that Christians believe that in Jesus Christ the world is reconciled to God and reveal that, through Him we can reach out with peace to everyone.


  • We will explore the special places in our world and the need to take care of them and the animals and people who live in them.
  • We will learn that Christians believe that diversity is God’s gift and that the work of CAFOD aims to appreciate this.


We will explore the Muslim feast of Id-ul-Fitr and the fasting period known as Ramadan.  We will also learn about the Hajj which is a special pilgrimage to Makkah.


In Geography the children will look at Mountain Environments. They will describe varying weather conditions in the world and understand how these influence the way in which the area is developed. They will also be exploring a contrasting area. They will study the physical and human features of the place studied, begin to understand how the mix of these features helps to explain its character, make comparisons and observations about locations and begin to recognise how people can improve and/or damage the environment.

In Art we will be working on still-life drawings.  We will also create a variety of artwork based on a theme called “Circles”.  We will practise our sewing skills, clay-working and use pastels to make work for this topic.


In Design and Technology we will be using cams to create a moving scene.


In Music this term we will be creating our own music following the theme of Space.


In PE this term we will develop skills in athletics, tennis, rounder’s and volleyball.  Swimming continues for half of the year.


In COMPUTING we will learn how to use spreadsheets to collect and display data.  We will continue to learn debug programmes when coding to the create our own games and lead to create our own computing software! We will be using Learn Pads and Animation to stage, film and digitally edit.


In French we will name and recognise French cities, give and understand basic directions, talk about the weather and speak about their feelings and experiences.



Our homework continues to complement our class work.


Summer term Year 5 2020