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Miss Loughran
Year 4 teacher

Welcome to Year 5 at Holy Family with Miss Loughran!

We will be supported by Mrs Leek.

We hope that during the year you will enjoy finding out about all the wonderful things we will be learning in our lessons. To keep up to date with what is happening inside our classroom follow us on twitter @HolyFamilyL8_4M

Please find below the details of our learning for Spring Term 1:

Come and See

This half term, our topics are Mission and Memorial Sacrifice. In our Mission topic, we will explore inspirational leaders and how we can continue Jesus’ mission and spread the Good News. We will understand the word diocese and the role of a bishop. For our other topic, we will learn about Passover and the Last Supper. We will understand the Eucharist and sacrifice (the sacrifice of Jesus and everyday sacrifices).


Y5 will explore fractions, decimals and percentages building on their skills from previous years. They will learn how to add, subtract and multiply fractions of the same and different denominators and further their understanding of equivalent fractions. Y5 will learn how to write decimals and percentages as fractions and vice versa. There will also be daily basic skills sessions for Y5 to develop their maths skills such as learning their times tables.


This half term, we will continue to build our skills from last term and will also look at new grammar focuses. We will write a ‘tale of quest’ and an explanation text for our Talk 4 Writing novel; ‘Percy Jackson’ by Rock Riordan, which is linked to our next History topic – Ancient Greece. We will also be consolidating our understanding and knowledge of other areas of grammar and the related terminology. A list of specific spellings, which we will be concentrating on each week, will be sent home for your child to learn


Y5 will be looking at ‘Properties and changes of materials’. For this unit, we will learn about grouping materials, solubility, burning and reversible and irreversible changes. We will conduct numerous scientific investigations to support our learning and to develop our working scientifically skills.


This term, we will be focusing on Geography. We will focus on the significance of the equator, what causes an earthquake and describing environmental regions in North America. Children will use atlases, OS maps and the Oddizzi website to compare different environmental regions, considering climate, population and biomes. Y5 will also investigate contrast and distant places, including deserts.


For DT, Y5 will be designing and building waterproof structures linking to earthquakes that we will be learning about in our Geography topic.


This half term, Y5 will focus on their unit Grand Designs. In this unit, the children will create an e-book with information that they have gathered about familiar buildings. The children will be able to use different representations to explore 2D and 3D environments. Y5 will discuss how architecture can be used for function and style. Y5 will be introduced to new software, Home Design 3D.


Our PE this term will be on Monday’s

Y5 will attend Judo every Monday. Children MUST have full PE kits every week for these sessions; white T-Shirt, black shorts and black trainers/pumps.

Children will also be regularly working on improving their stamina by walking/ jogging/ running a ‘Daily Mile’.


Y5ML will attend swimming lessons every Thursday. Children must bring their swimming kit, swimming cap and towel in a bag.


Homework will be set on a Friday to be returned the following Friday. This will sometimes be in their homework books and sometimes set online on Spelling and Maths Shed and TT Rockstars. When your child doesn’t complete homework, there will be an expectation that they finish it during break/ lunchtimes. It is essential that we work together to ensure that homework is completed and returned. Reading daily for at least 15 minutes is also an expectation as well as bringing their reading books into school each week. It is vital that the children are encouraged to do this to achieve the high expectations set for the end of Key Stage 2.