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St. Mary’s Catholic Academy
part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Love and Serve

“Every individual will develop knowledge, skills and understanding with confidence and belief to take in life's journey. Together we will excel, love and serve through the Catholic Faith without limitations.”

Year 5

Our exciting curriculum vehicle for Spring 2020 is:



Click below to see more about our curriculum at St Mary's

We will become map readers, dietitians, global survivors, historians and biologists as we will learn how to survive in extreme environments and throughout History.

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We will learn Maths through our mastery approach. The children will gain skills in fluency and apply these to problems daily. They will reason about ideas and explain the Maths behind it. We will revisit ideas daily and the children will learn to look for and make connections between their learning. Please see our Mathematics page to see the overview for the term.

Our English lessons will be based on the book, The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell. We will be doing a variety of activities, as we emerge ourselves in the story.

 Our English lessons will be based on the book, The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell. We will be doing a variety of activities, as we emerge ourselves in the story. 1
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Our Science will be taught by a specialist teacher from Painsley. Here is a rundown of their learning:


  • Use terms such as gravity, air resistance, drag and friction to explain forces acting on objects (egg parachutes).
  • To understand some forces are contact and some none contact.
  • To identify balanced and unbalanced forces, calculate or predict movement of an object based on the forces acting on them.
  • To investigate pulleys and gears and how these alter the forces being applied.

Animals including Humans

  • To identify some changes in humans from birth to old age.
  • To define gestation and understand that different animals have different gestation periods.
  • To draw the lifecycles of a mammal.
  • To investigate the work of 2 famous scientists, David Attenborough and Jane Goodall.
  • To understand the role of zoos in captive breeding and conservation
  • To design an enclosure suitable for a chosen animal, to include habitat enrichment and a feeding programme.
  • To investigate the lifecycles of plants in different environments and try different ways of propagating plants.

Religious Education

Religious Education 1 Our Collective Worship will focus on God's mercy.
Religious Education 2 RE: We will cover Lent, Baptism & Holy Week
Religious Education 3 We will create our times of prayer.
Religious Education 4 We will put Scripture at the centre of all we do.
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In design and technology, we will learn about food origins. Which ingredients go into a meal, where these ingredients have come from and how far they have travelled. 

Using our knowledge of existing products, we will design a survival meal. We will create suitable criteria; use our food hygiene skills to make it and present it to the Bear Gryll’s team at the NEC Birmingham to see if we have what it takes to survive in the wild! Using this critique we will evaluate, adjust and improve our meal.

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We will begin by exploring Artists through adversity. Studying Vincent Van Gough and the struggles he overcame to create some of his greatest work. We will look at the use of sand as a medium to paint with textures.  

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We will be studying Music by the famous singer, Adele. All the learning is focused around one song: Make You Feel My Love. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, elements of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise this and other pop ballads. As part of our survival vehicle, we will then learn how to sign part of this song and communicate it with others.

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In History, we will focus upon the time period of the Vikings - discovering why and when they came to Britain and where they settled. We will investigate what life was like during this time period and how they survived from 793 – 1066 BC. We will compare their way of living to others times in History and how they impacted our lives today. 

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We will learn all about how to locate places in the world using longitude and latitude before we pinpoint the extreme climates of our planet and how we can survive in these places!  

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In our modern foreign language lessons, we will focus upon French. We will be learning how to survive for a day in France! 
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Thursday and Friday



These are both outdoor games. Therefore, the children must dress appropriately. Please see our uniform policy for guidance.

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Homework will be handed out on a Wednesday and is due back in the following Monday. It will consist of Maths, English, Times Table Rockstars, Read Theory and a set of Spellings to learn. Our Spelling test will be on a Monday. Our Timestable test will be on a Thursday.

Curriculum Plans for Reading, Writing, Mathematics and RE

Year 5 and Year 6 Curriculum and Expectations

With the new National Curriculum, the Department for Education has produced new expectations for the end of each curriculum year. These will replace the old system of levels and provide you as parents with a clear idea of what the children should be achieving at the end of the year.

Below you will find the expectations for Year 5  and Year 6 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The year 5 document that can also be downloaded provides year 5 expectations. We have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at our parent evenings during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .

·         Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations.


Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.

End of year expectations for year 5