Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Year 5

Mr. J Foster
Class Teacher
Assistant Head of School

Mrs H Fernandes
Class Teacher
Miss R Quinn
Teaching Assistant
Mrs P Howell
Teaching Assistant

Welcome to Year 5!

Over the course of the year, we will study some fascinating, cross-curricular topics that will develop our knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, generating curiosity and a want to discover more so we can share our findings as real experts!

In the Autumn term we focus on the Tudor period; learning about the Tudor monarchs, exploration, changes to the Catholic faith in England and what life would have been like in this period. 

In the Spring term, we explore the continent of South America; learning about the physical and human geography of the region and key events from the history of South America, before focusing on Brazil and learning all about life in this country of contrasts and the importance of the rainforest for the planet.

In the Summer term, we travel back to Ancient Greece; learning all about Greek mythology and the rich tradition of storytelling, the similarities and differences in lifestyles of the different city states, how we know so much about the period all these years later through the artefacts that remain and how this ancient civilisation still influences our lives today.

Year 5 Curriculum Overview
Spring Term 2024

Curriculum Intent
Holy Cross Catholic Primary School is a unique and special place where our faith is at the heart of all we do. Our children
live the Gospel values of love, forgiveness and peace. Within our federation of Aspire London we use the National Curriculum and believe that our children deserve for it to be tailored to their needs. With this in mind we have prioritised the things we want our children to enjoy, experience and remember during their time with us.
Our curriculum at Aspire London has a set of ‘drivers’ developed from the deep knowledge of the pupils and their families within our School community.
The drivers which shape our curriculum ensure we give our pupils aspirational opportunities throughout their primary school years. We provide our children with the wealth of knowledge required to be informed and thoughtful members of our community and wider world. The breadth of our curriculum encourages pupils to be ambitious, develop an inquiring mind and a life-long love of learning.

Curriculum Drivers

Significant People:
Aspire London will:

Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world and people, past and present, who shape it Provide identifiable role models to raise ambition and aspiration
Aspire London will:

Immerse the children in the historically rich and diverse nature of London Give pupils an understanding of the positive impact of migration and a cultural appreciation of our community
Equality & Justice:
Aspire London will:

Empower pupils to be advocates who address issues of prejudice and discrimination Ensure pupils value fairness and resolve differences through positive discussion
Environmental Responsibility:
Aspire London will:

Educate children of the need to protect God’s planet from environmental damage Create eco- friendly citizens who are aware of the impact of their individual actions and those of the wider world.

Spring Term 2024


This term our focus books will be ‘The Explorer and Ride the Wind; we will be drawing inferences and making predictions and asking relevant questions to extend knowledge and understanding.  Children will work on descriptive writing, comic strips, narrative, plays and scripts, poetry and recounts. Through our writing we will continue to work on sentence structure, paragraphing and uses of speech marks, apostrophes and modal verbs. Children will learn to plan their writing by identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing. 

We will be learning to interpret negative numbers in context, counting through zero. Use rounding to check answers to calculations and in the context of a problem determine levels of accuracy. Identify multiples and factors, use prime numbers and their factors.  Identify name and write equivalent fractions, read and write decimal numbers as fractions.  To know equivalent measures between metric and imperial systems. Understand that angles are measured in degrees and identify angles at a point: a whole turn 360, a straight line 180 etc.   Describe the position of a shape following a reflection or translation.

We will be looking at inspirational people, understanding what it means to be a follower of Jesus.  Explain how we are inspired by others to improve and to reflect on how Christians show love for others. We will learn and understand the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, reflecting  on the consequences of our actions and know that God forgives those who are truly sorry.

We will describe the changes as humans develop and mature to old age, understanding and ordering the stages of growth and development in humans.  Children will learn about changes to themselves through puberty and know gestational stages of some animals.

History/ Geography
Children will study the countries that South America comprises of, understand the climate and the physical process that underpin it.  They will learn about mountains and understand key aspects of human geography.  We will learn about the ecological importance of the rainforest.  Understand the concept of tourism and identify some of the popular attractions and appreciate some elements of the Brazilian culture.

Children will learn to recall what a database is, identifying their use in daily life.  We will identify examples of quest games and recall the effective features of a game.

Gymnastics: Children will learn confidently the placement of their body parts in balances and to perform jumps, shapes and balances with control
Dance:  to know how to change pace and timing on their movements to perform with accuracy and control
Games: Through the game of Tennis children will learn how to serve in order to start a game, knowing when to apply different strokes/shots


Children will plan a design a mixed media rainforest landscape through printing and collage, using a range of techniques such as overlap and montage.  They will investigate different methods of printing on a variety of materials.

Children will research popular South American dishes, understanding how food grown in this area affects the ingredients used and how this supports our nutritional requirements.  Children will then create a recipe based on their research and demonstrate how to prepare and cook these, safely and hygienically

Children will study simple structures and repeated motives, they will explore music of the Rainforest, learning about timbre and how it becomes apparent in the music of the Rainforest.

We will look at how to maintain a variety of healthy relationship within a range of social and cultural contexts.  Children will be encouraged to learn how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships.

Spring Term Knowledge Organisers

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BBC Bitesize and Purple Mash are excellent resources for you to use. Click on the icon, have a look and see what you can learn!