St Christopher's Catholic Primary School

Love One Another

Life at St Christopher's Catholic Primary School

Year 5


Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

Welcome to our Year 5 Class Page 2019-20 


Here is an overview of what we will be learning in the

Autumn Term   


In Religion we will be studying the stories of Creation in the Book of Genesis - understanding what being made in the image and likeness of God means and the responsibility to use our God given talents. We will also be learning about some of the miracles of Jesus and the work of the church to heal and care for the sick in Christ's name.


We will start the term with a spooky thriller - 'Room 13' by Robert Swindells. The children will explore the language and structure of 'Mystery/Suspense' writing. They will also experiment with shifts in tense and adapt their writing style for a specific audience, exploring different viewpoints.

We will also be studying another Shakespeare play - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. I have organised a trip to The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford for the children to attend a drama workshop ('The Best Will in The World'). The children will be studying the language of Shakespeare as well as costumes, makeup, scenery and drama techniques. 

Spellings and punctuation/grammar homework tasks will be set each week and must be handed in every Monday morning. 

Children in Year 5 will continue to bring a reading book home. Please continue to listen to your child read and enjoy books with them, as we want to encourage a love of reading. We expect them to be reading each day (minimum 30 minutes) and to record it in their reading diary.


A new maths focus will be introduced each week accompanied by a written homework task or My Maths homework. The concepts we will be learning are:

  • Place Value
  • Multiplication
  • Problem Solving
  • Time - problems involving time intervals.


The topic this term is 'Earth and Space'

We will be investigating; our Solar System and all the different planets. Children will be recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs


This term we will be studying 'The Tudors' and in particular 'Henry VIII and his wives'. We will look at Tudor England - housing, clothing, food, art and culture. 


We will be be studying Tudor portraits and the work of Tudor artists.


We will be looking at different Movement Patterns in a range of physical activities, with particular focus on Athletics and Games.


Children will be expected to read every day,  learn their weekly spellings and complete weekly homework tasks.

I will be setting a variety of weekly homework tasks:

  • Weekly Spellings for testing on Monday morning.
  • Written English tasks (grammar, punctuation or comprehension)
  • Maths tasks - either a sheet or MyMaths 

For this purpose I have issued a Homework Exercise Book which will need to be handed in every Wednesday morning. Please can you continue to provide support by ensuring that children have a quiet time put aside for their homework, and an opportunity to share their learning with you. If children are finding any piece of homework too difficult or they are taking more than 45 minutes to complete it, please do not persist. Simply write me a note to let me know.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns please call the office for an appointment.

Mrs Evans


 Year 5 Shared Documents