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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Kings Norton, Birmingham

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Year 5 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Summer term (2023).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year.

Please use this planner for discussion and research with your child.


Summer Term


  • Easter - The children will be exploring Christ’s journey to the cross and his resurrection.
  • The Work of the Apostles - The children will explore Acts of the Apostles, their lives and the difference they made to faith.
  • Marriage and Holy Orders - The children will recap the sacraments, exploring the commitment of Holy Orders and Marriage and comparisons between them.


  • Fantasy Story – A Secret Garden - Children will take inspiration from the secret garden’s characters, plot and setting to create their own fantasy narrative.

  • Recounts/Newspapers – A Mystery - Children will create exciting and suspense newspaper reports based on recounts their have written.

  • Writing to Persuade - The children will be writing letters and creating adverts which will encourage them to use both their grammar and persuasive writing skills. Topics will include current issues like the local environment.

  • Piano Man – A Film Narrative - The children will explore how a story is told through film, they will be analysing film pieces, music and storyline.


  • Decimals - The children will be adding and subtracting decimals with different decimals places, using methods with require exchange, The children will be challenged to convert units of measure.
  • Shapes - The children will be working with different shapes and will measure angles in degrees, finding angles, measuring angles and measuring angle in degrees.
  • Position and direction - Children will be describing position and co-ordinates.
  • Converting units - Children will be converting between kilograms and grams and kilograms and metres.


  • Woodland Adventure
  • Astronomy - The Big Bang and the expanding universe
  • Meteorology and the Atmosphere - the study of the weather


  • Hockey
  • Swimming

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)


  • The Industrial Revelation
  • The Victorians


  • African Art
  • Chinese Art


  • Local Area – Bournville
    During this unit the children will be out and about exploring their local area. The children will be making sketch maps, conducting surveys and arranging geographical information.


  • Animation-stop motion


  • Relationships, online community and individual liberty


Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on Friday. This will involve targets from the week in subjects such as English and Maths. 


Spellings are given out on a Monday and tested on a Friday.



Year 5 Class Blog

23rd Mar

Welcome to Year 5 Twitter takeover. We hope you enjoy

We loved celebrating St Joseph’s day on Monday. Mass as a school, all day breakfast, own clothes...and circus skills to showcase our talents!



We have been learning how to be play leaders for the school. A great responsibility being positive play role models that we love!


We love reading and got to explore the book fair today. Come and take a peek as it’s here for the next week! 📚


We have to admit, this was a couple of weeks ago BUT we loved playing in the snow so wanted to share!!


We love our learning, but we also love working together. We always like to learn and help each other to achieve our goals! #teamyear5 😊

We hope you enjoyed our Twitter takeover! See you soon



26th Jan

Welcome to Y5 Twitter takeover. We hope you enjoy a glimpse into our last few days in school!

We loved being creative with our maths work, who says you can’t mix art with maths! 📊✏️


We joined with all of our friends today for a special assembly hosted by the @RSPCA_official. They discussed the importance of litter picking and our responsibility to keep God’s earth tidy and protect wildlife danger.Thanks to our children in our eco team for organising 🦔🦢🦩🌿


We loved our WOW active sessions this week. Great to keep fit and we can check our results online and try and improve each week. It was great to support the younger children too with their counting, good practice for our play leading role that we have been trained on 🏃🏽‍♂️🏃🏽‍♀️


We absolutely love our computing sessions and animation club in Y5. Thanks to Mr Y for getting the equipment and for giving us the chance to become film makers. Oscars next!


Hope you enjoyed our Twitter takeover. See you soon! 😀



17th Nov

Welcome to year 5 ‘Twitter takeover’, we hope you enjoy a sneak leak into our classroom 😊 

This a special week in school, celebrating anti-bullying week. At St Joseph’s we say NO to bullying. We have enjoyed assemblies and PSHE lessons looking at how we can reach out if we are ever worried. We enjoyed wearing our odd socks too!


We are loving our poetry topic in English, celebrating local poets and also writing our own poems and performing them ✒️📚


We are enjoying our music sessions each week. Children from @STACSBirmingham come each week and we are playing pieces exploring different percussion instruments 🥁


We hope you enjoyed a snapshot into our classroom. See you soon! ❤️



Welcome to Year 5 ‘Thursday Twitter’ take over. We hope you enjoy having a sneaky look inside our class today

We enjoyed learning about Roald Dahl and his writing styles, preparing us to create our own ‘marvellous medicine’ potions! We even got a chance to make the potions and bring our writing to life!

We have been learning about our special class saint this year, St Josephine of Bakhita. She is an inspiration for the strength she showed through the challenges she faced in childhood. We pray that she guides us this year in Y5. We enjoyed creating artwork in dedication to her

Yes it may be September but why not think ahead to Christmas! We are busy being creative with our Christmas card designs that will go off to the printers this week if our families would like to order them ready for December. Hope you enjoy the finished card!

In memory of Queen Elizabeth II, we created our own special prayers. May she rest in peace.
Thanks for joining us for our Twitter takeover.