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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 5 – The Hedgehogs

                 SUMMER  TERMS  Hedgehog’s  2018 – CLASS NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents

I hope that the children really enjoyed their Easter holidays. They worked really hard in the Spring terms and they now have even more high quality work in their books.

We had a brilliant three days at Hooke Court  this year. The staff at the centre said that this year’s cohort were their favourite in all the years that we have been going !  The activities were once again really engaging and well organised and I’m sure the experience helped to develop each student’s spirit of independence and interpersonal skills. They were excellent ambassadors for Holy Family and were great company too.   The children are working on their follow up assembly, to which you are all invited and when you can see the ‘photostory’ of the trip and where the children will be given a certificate each. This assembly is booked for Monday, 30th April, at 9.10am. We hope you can make it.

I would like to thank the children for leading the end of term Easter Mass and the Last Supper Assembly.  Thank you all for your attendance at the children’s class assembly too. We will be leading the beginning of term assembly too, on the first Friday back. They really enjoyed the Easter egg hunt and the Math’s Easter treasure trail.  We also had a great Victorian creative day in school. ( Thank you all for providing their Victorian costumes )

Please find the Summer term curriculum overview overleaf/attached. The creative topic focus this term is The Maya. Please encourage your child to research or read up on anything they can about The Maya. Our first Science topic this term is electrical circuits.

Spellings continue to be taught every day, Mon-Friday, in differentiated groups. The spelling list to learn will be given out on the Monday and children will be tested the following Monday. Spelling lists for term 5 and 6 for each group will also be posted on the school website. I will set Mathsletic’s tasks on a Wednesday.   Forest Schools’ workshops will alternate with Art sessions every other week and will be on Monday afternoons.

Mrs Walker continues as class teacher on Thursdays and Fridays. Miss Arthur continues as our class teaching assistant every morning, changing reading books on a Wednesday ( please encourage your child to read at home ) and testing Math’s times tables on Thursdays. Mrs Crofts continues to work in class four days a week in a 1 to 1 capacity. Mrs Miskella covers on a Wednesday.

We will continue with our times tables’ workshops with parents, on Wednesday mornings, during registration. Thank you to all the parents who have participated to date. The children really like these sessions.

We will be visiting Westonbirt  Arboretumn in term 6,  for a day of orienteering and art activities and we will also visit St Bede’s School, on Wed 20 June, where the children will attend sampler lessons.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support and look forward to an exciting and busy Summer term. There are lots of photos on our class webpage, capturing all our key events to date. If you want to find out more about the curriculum to be covered this term, please come in.

Kind Regards                                                                                                                                         Mr  Handley              

 Summer Curriculum Overview 2018            

                                                     Year 5        ( The Hedgehogs)                         





  • Using and applying mathematics
  • Counting and understanding number
  • Knowing and using number facts
  • Understanding shape
  • Measuring
  • Handling data
  • Problem solving.
  • Investigation challenges.
  • SATS style problem solving.





  • Tale of fear

The Flower – John Light

( Focus on atmosphere )

  • Persuasive texts – Why we should be more active custodians of the earth.
  • Poetry – Everything touches – Roger McGough – performance poetry
  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase –

Joan Aiken – tales of defeating a monster

  • Instruction and explanation texts
  • Poetry – The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Grammar objectives – term 5 & 6





  • Re-visit units units for exploratory investigation
  • Mini Science week in class


  • Electric  circuits :-
  • Recap knowledge of electricity and circuits.
  • Investigate ways in which the brightness of a bulb or speed of motor is changed.
  • Recognise and use conventional symbols for circuits and components.
  • Investigate how changing a circuit will affect the brightness of a bulb.
  • Review and assess understanding of circuits.
  • Make a game ( i.e. steady hand game) or a working model, incorporating an electrical circuit.



  • Simulation – Flowol

Design, write and debug programmes that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems, i.e. controlling the sequence of traffic lights, controlling the sequence of a lighthouse light, controlling the movement of a fairground big wheel etc.

Develop skills of using sequence, selection and repetition in programmes.

  • Computer Programming – Scratch

Write programmes in which an output controls an output.

  • Photostory creation
  • Internet research



                                                      CREATIVE TOPIC  - THE MAYA


  • Mapwork,  timeline, make and sample Mayan foodstuffs i.e. tortilla, play the board game – patolli and the ball game, Pok-a-Tok, design a Mayan god, create a Mayan mask, make mayan inspired pottery and artefacts, calculate using the Mayan number system, make a mayan codex book, re-create a day in the life of the Maya.



  • Rap genre-anti-bullying theme.

Appraisal and composition

  • Learn a wide range of songs.
  • Critique a range of music.





  • Athletics, track and field events


  • Striking and fielding


  • (focus on cricket)

                         Forest Schools


  • Various activities





  • Various activities
  • Take One Art Project






  • Life in the Risen Lord

How do we know and what does it mean to say that Jesus rose from the dead?

In what ways is the Risen Jesus present among us today?

What did Jesus teach us about prayer?

What are the different ways we can pray?

What does it mean to say that Jesus ascended into heaven?

What happened in Jerusalem at Pentecost?

  • People of other Faiths

Know what the church teaches about other Faiths.

Understand what we believe about our Catholic Faith.

Exploring Judaism and Islam.