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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! We hope you had a lovely Easter break!


Mrs Caine (formerly Kelly)

Mrs Nightingale

Miss Mala

Summer Term

Our topic for the Summer term is ‘Marvellous Inventions- The Victorians’. We look at significant event during the Victorian period, The British Empire, life for Victorian children, Victorian engineers and local history.


We will be looking firstly at the Pentecost, this will build on our prior learning of the new life of the Easter message is spread through the power of the Holy Spirit. We will look at transforming energy and how the Pentecost is the celebration of the Spirit’s transforming power. Later in the term we will focus on reconciliation and the universal church. We also learn more about other religions during multi-faith week.


During our English lessons this term, we will be basing our writing around our curriculum theme of ‘Marvellous Inventions- The Victorians’. 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, newspaper reports, narratives and poetry.  We will be using a wide range of texts to support our writing, some of these can be found on the overview 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.


In Maths this half term we will be consolidating our learning from the previous term by looking at decimals. We will also look at properties of shape including: 2D shapes, 3D shapes and  angles. In the final term we will look at converting units and position and direction.

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 living things and their habitats. We will learn to describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird and describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. We will also be learning about animals including humans and how humans change as they develop to old age.


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 Miss Caine.