Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Year 5

Mr. J Foster
Class Teacher
Assistant Head of School

Miss R Quinn
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
Summer 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.

Summer Term 2024

This term our focus books will be ‘Odysseus’ and ‘Shackleton’s Journey’, we will identify themes and make comparisons and evaluate how authors use language and the impact of this on the reader.  Children will explain their understanding through presentations and debates articulating and justifying answers and opinions. We will learn how to build cohesion and atmosphere into writing and assess writing through evaluation and editing.

To know and identity Roman Numerals to 1000 and recognise years written in Roman numerals, recognise square and cube numbers. Solve multi-step problems in context deciding which operations and methods to use and give reasons for our choices.  Read and write numbers with up to three decimal places, recognise the percent symbol and understand what percentage represents.  To know the formula for calculating the area of rectangles, squares, triangles and parallelograms.  Distinguish between regular irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles. Recognise various representations of data including timetables.

Children will know and understand that Jesus is risen and is present among us in a variety of ways.  We will reflect on the importance of Prayer and the many different ways we can do this.  We will study in detail the Our Father and Rosary.  Children will also reflect on similarities and differences between Christianity and other religions learning what the Catholic Church teaches us about relations with other religions.

We will learn that the Sun is a star and the centre of our solar system that has eight planets, children will describe the movement of the Earth and Moon and its impact.  They will explore the concept of gravity and the force of gravity between an object and the Earth.  Identify the effects of air and water resistance and the effects of friction.

History/ Geography
Children will research and learn about the different periods of Ancient Greek History. Finding out about ruling systems, trade and democracy.  We will undertake a study of the lifestyle of the Ancient Greeks and in the importance of Greek gods.

Children will use 2Animate to create a computer aided design.  They will create a concept map and understand its use to present to an audience.  We will use enhanced features of Word, using tables and templates, making consideration of layout

Gymnastics: Children will know how to apply skills and techniques consistently and how to combine equipment with movement to create sequences.
Dance: how to use criteria to evaluate their own and others performance, understanding why particular techniques effect their performance.
Games: Through the game of Hockey to learn when to pass and dribble to keep passion of the ball in a team game.


Children will research Greek vases and their uses, we will learn the range of pottery styles and interpret the meanings of patterns and images on the vases. The different shape of vases and materials used will be studied to gain a greater understanding of the lifestyles of the Ancient Greeks.

Children will research a range of mechanical construction equipment and design an innovative and appealing product incorporating their knowledge and understanding of mechanical and electrical systems which have an input, process and output.  Children will then critically evaluate the quality of design, manufacture and fitness for purpose of products as they design and make, making changes as needed.

Children will discover the importance of tempo in Greek music, learning songs about Greeks Myths and dancing.  We will listen to and analyse Chichester Psalms.

These term children will be working on how to recognise risky or negative relationships including forms of bullying and abuse. They will gain the knowledge of how to respond and ask for help.  We will also look at equality and diversity in relationships

Summer Term Knowledge Organisers

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