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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 5 – The Hedgehogs

Dear Parents

I am really looking forward to teaching the new Hedgehogs this year and expect a happy and very hardworking year ahead.  I really enjoyed meeting all the children, when they came to visit their new class in term 6. I will be teaching Monday to Wednesday. Miss Daffon will be teaching on Thursday and Fridays.

In the Autumn terms, our main creative topic focus will be Brazil, learning all about the country, its culture, peoples, customs, history, climate etc. If the children find any artefacts, books or recent newspaper articles relating to Brazil, could you please encourage them to bring the item into class. We will book a visit to Bristol Zoo this term, so that we can learn more about the animals and creatures which inhabit the Amazonian rainforest. We are expecting to have weekly Samba workshops this term too.

The children were tested in their spellings at the end of the summer term and will be grouped accordingly into their differentiated spelling groups. The teacher of each group will give out the spellings for the week on Friday and the children will be tested the following week. Miss Arthur is our designated support assistant every morning and we will also have the support of Mrs Crofts for four days and Mrs Miskella for one day. Your child will need his/her reading book in school every day and we ask that you please read as regularly as possible with them at home. We will be giving out reading certificates every time the children reach a milestone number of recorded readings. Homework will be given out on a Friday and I ask that they please return the completed homework by the following Friday. There will also be a longer term creative home project. Children will continue to use the Mathletics programme. We will shortly make a regular time slot for parents to come in for our parents’ times tables sessions with the children.  PE kits ( labelled PLEASE ) and wellies need to be in school at all times. PE will be on Mondays  and Fridays. Superstars will be running the Monday PE lesson and facilitating art too.

I know it’s some way off yet, but we’ll all be soon looking forward to the year 5 residential visit to Hooke Court in March. I will keep you posted of the date of our information evening, when you will be given details of the visit, including dates, costs and kit requirements etc.

I am really pleased that we are taking part in the Shakespeare for Schools Festival and we will be working towards a class production of The Tempest, which we will perform at The Tobacco Factory Theatre, on the evening of Tuesday, 21st November. PLEASE keep this date clear in your diary. We also have a theatre workshop booked for Thursday 5th October. Please find an Autumn curriculum overview on the back of this letter. Please do not hesitate to arrange to see me if you have any concerns that you would like to discuss.

Yours sincerely

Mr Handley 





  • Number & place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Measurements i.e. volume, perimeter, area etc.
  • Properties of shape
  • Reflections and translations
  • Statistics
  • Investigation activities



  • The Tempest
  • Wishing tale-The White Horse of Zennor.( focus on character ) M.Morpurgo
  • Non-chronological report-unicorns and mythical beings. The Knockers of Cornwall.
  • Performance poetry and classic narrative poetry.
  • Losing tale-The lost
  • Recounts- Joe’s diary
  • Discrete grammar skills


  • What is weight? What is gravity?
  • Identify the effects of friction between moving surfaces.
  • Explain the effects of air and water resistance.
  • Investigate how levers and pulleys work.
  • Recognise that gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.



  • E-safety
  • Design, write and debug programs.
  • Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs.
  • Use logical reassuring to explain how simple algorithms work.


                                                    CREATIVE TOPIC WORK

                          ( including Art, D&T,History & Geography )


Examples of work/ IT research//samba dancing/make carnival masks and musical instruments/ design a powerpoint for the Brazilian tourist board/ sample Brazilian cocktails/ creative day/

 Creative topic work continued :-

Research life in the favelas /zoo visit follow up work/ research Brazilian religions and carnivals/ learn about the Yanomami and the dangers of deforestation.

Samba musical workshops.



  • Charanga Music Scheme

Focus style : rock music

  • The Tempest Rehearsals
  • Christmas songs



Term 1

  • Basketball – superstars
  • Dance ( Brazil )

Term 2

  • Rugby – superstars
  • Gymnastics





        Will start in term 2



  • How the world began
  • God the creator
  • Learn the story of the fall
  • Stewards of the Earth
  • St.Francis of Assisi
  • God’s great helpers
  • God’s great gifts


  • What is a covenant?
  • God’s covenant with Abraham
  • The Exodus
  • God’s covenant with the Israelites.
  • The New Covenant