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Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School

Through Work, Through Worship, Through Witness


Great Gates Road, Kirkholt, Rochdale, OL11 2DN

(01706) 640480



Welcome back to school and welcome to Year 5!  We have lots of exciting lessons and events planned and are really hoping for a much more typical school year! Let’s ensure we all work hard and have lots of fun this year!


Mrs Caine (formerly Miss Kelly)

Mrs Nightingale

Autumn Term

Our topic for the autumn term is ‘ARGH VIKINGS!’ We will be looking at who the Vikings were and where they came from. We will also be looking at Viking life.


We will be looking firstly at the Domestic Church, focusing specifically on how each person is made in the image and likeness of God. We will learn to know ourselves and to appreciate that our value and uniqueness is central to our wellbeing. We will then study the theme of belonging, where we will learn about marriage, commitment and service. Finally, we will look at the concept of loving. This unit of work will focus on Advent and how Advent is the church’s season of waiting in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus, the promised one, at Christmas and at the end of time.


During our English lessons this term, we will be basing our writing around our curriculum theme of ‘Argh Vikings’. We will use a variety of texts and film clips as a stimulus to help us engage and immerse in the topic.  We will be writing recounts, diaries, non-chronological reports, play scripts, narratives and poetry.  The texts that we will be using can be found on the topic page below.

Weekly spellings are given out on a Monday morning, and will be tested every 4 weeks. Children are expected to learn their weekly spellings each week. Spelling rules are taken from the National Curriculum spelling lists for Year 5 and 6. We will also revise previous years’ spelling rules throughout Year 5.

Children will bring their reading books home from school every day. It is expected that children will read daily at home as well as in school. Each child’s reading record contains their login information for the online platforms we have subscribed too. Please check that you are able to access each platform, particularly Seesaw.


In Maths this half term we will mainly focus on place value, addition and subtraction. We will be ordering and comparing numbers, rounding numbers including decimals and adding and subtracting numbers over 4 digits. We will then focus our attention on how we can use our reasoning skills to solve a variety of complex problems.  We will revise how to use long and short written methods to answer questions, along with finding efficient mental methods to solve the number and word problems. After half term, we will begin to look again at multiplication and division. It is important that all children in Year 5 know their multiplication facts up to 12x12, children are encouraged to access their TT Rock Stars to help learn their times tables when at home.


In science this term we will be learning about; Properties and changes of materials. We will look at grouping materials, dissolving materials and separating materials.


PE will be every Friday afternoon.  Please wear your PE kits (suitable for the weather) to school on Fridays. No branded sportswear is allowed.

We will continue with our French lessons with Mrs Higgins along with other curriculum areas each afternoon including Computing, Art, Music and DT. We will also be making wider use of our outdoor learning environment.


If you have any other queries, please speak to Mrs Caine.