Holy Family Catholic Primary and Nursery School

Bush Babies Nursery

Year 5 and Year 6


       Elephant                                 Jaguar                                  Lion

       Mrs Joyce                               Mrs Gee/Mrs Kordula                 Mrs Ruddle/Mrs Burnley

    Elephant Class                                  Jaguar Class                                     Lion Class

        Year 5                                                 Year 6                                                Year 5

Welcome to the Year 5 and 6 pages for 2023-2024


In our phase there are four classes; Elephant, Lion and Jaguar.

As we are the oldest children at school, we always work hard to set a good example for the other children to follow. Many of the Year 5 and 6 children have important jobs within the school such as Chaplaincy Team, Play Leaders, Sports Ambassadors, School Councillors, Peer Mentors and also Buddies to the early years' children. This year we have split the classes into Year 5 (Elephant and Lion) and Year 6 (Jaguar) Classes.


Here you can find lots of important information including what we are learning about this term, important dates, display photographs and information about everything we have been getting up to!


Please contact upperkeystage2@holyfamily.swindon.sch.uk if you have any queries regarding your child in Year 5/6 and Mrs Gee will get back to you.       




 Here you will find an overarching view of what the children will be taught over their time in Year 5 and Year 6. As we have mixed age year groups we work on a two year rolling cycle to ensure that all of the National Curriculum Objectives are covered across the 2 years.

Year 5 and Year 6 Cycle A (2025,2027)

Year 5 and Year 6 Cycle B (2024, 2026)

Please click on the link above to see the curriculum for the Year 5 and Year 6 children. These are the units they will be studying. 

Learning in School



We are starting this term with Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and Lent and finally Holy Week. In regards to CST, the focus will be on enabling each other to aim high.

Lent is a four week unit in which the children will be learning about Lent being a time to change. Within this unit, children will explain the concepts of Metanoia and how this links with the need for Christians to change during Lent and will be explaining the meaning and purpose of Hunger Cloths. They will end the unit with an evaluation on how this unit has changed them in regards to Lent.



Continuing with our new scheme of work, we will be completing Non-Fiction and Fiction units this term. Some of our units include ‘Mars Transmission’, which is report writing.  We will then be looking at ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce. These books tie in nicely with our Science unit this term and this should enhance the children’s knowledge and learning.



The Year 6s will spend Term 4 learning about Ratio and Proportion, Measurement (Converting Units and Area and Volume) and Algebra.

In Term 4, the Year 5s will learn about Fractions, Decimals and Percentages and Measurement (Length, Mass and Capacity).



The three classes have PE on different days. Please note that Jaguar Class’ PE day has changed to a Monday. Lions PE day is Tuesday and Elephants is Wednesday.  Please ensure your child is wearing the correct PE uniform. The unit we will be covering up to the summer term are Gymnastics, Handball, Football and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities.



 Children will follow the charanga scheme of work to complete their musical learning alongside Singing Assembly which they have half an hour of each week. 

Guided Reading


Children's word level and comprehension skills will be developed through whole class guided reading sessions and one to one reading. 



Phonics is carried out on a one to one basis or within a small intervention group based on the ability of the child. These are regularly assessed and we follow Little Wandle for these.



This unit is about physical computing. In this unit, learners will use physical computing to explore the concept of selection in programming through the use of the Crumble programming environment. Learners will be introduced to a microcontroller (Crumble controller) and learn how to connect and program it to control components (including output devices — LEDs and motors). Learners will be introduced to conditions as a means of controlling the flow of actions in a program. Learners will make use of their knowledge of repetition and conditions when introduced to the concept of selection (through the ‘if...then...’ structure) and write algorithms and programs that utilise this concept. To conclude the unit, learners will design and make a working model of a fairground carousel that will demonstrate their understanding of how the microcontroller and its components are connected, and how selection can be used to control the operation of the model. Throughout this unit, learners will apply the stages of programming design.



 This unit is based on the book Goldilocks and the Three Bears but all in French. In this unit pupils will learn how to: 

  • Not only sit and listen attentively to the story as in Year One but to recognise, understand and remember more of the new language.
  • Increase their memory potential in French by using picture cards, word cards and phrase cards in French. 
  • Increase their thinking and reasoning skills in French, identifying strategies to use in the future for memorising new words and phrases.
  • Attempt to spell in French. 



This term in History our topic is called 'What did the Greeks ever do for us?'

Pupils who are secure in this unit will be able to:

  • Describe the features of ancient Greece.
  • Identify the key periods in the ancient Greek civilisation.
  • Make inferences about Greek gods.
  • Research a Greek god.
  • Compare Athens and Sparta.
  • Understand the different types of democracy.
  • Explain how Athenian democracy worked.
  • Explain what philosophy is.
  • Identify the achievements of the ancient Greek philosophers.
  • Identify the ancient Greeks’ legacies and their impact.



This unit is called 'Painting and Mixed Media: Portraits.' Pupils who are secure will be able to:

  • Outline a portrait drawing with words, varying the size, shape and placement of words to create interest.
  • Try a variety of materials and compositions for the backgrounds of their drawings.
  • Communicate to their partner what kind of photo portrait they want.
  • Show that they are making decisions about the position of a drawing on their background, trying multiple ideas.
  • Create a successful print.
  • Use some Art vocabulary to talk about and compare portraits.
  • Identify key facts using a website as a reference.
  • Explain their opinion of an artwork.
  • Experiment with materials and techniques when adapting their photo portraits.
  • Create a self-portrait that aims to represent something about them.
  • Show they have considered the effect created by their choice of materials and composition in their final piece.


This unit ‘Force’ takes children through six lessons where they learn how to: explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object; identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces; and finally, they learn how to recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.


 PGL Liddington 2024

Day four – The final full day at PGL and it was a very wet one. Despite this the children engaged well with activities and even enjoyed some indoor games. The activities today included; buggy building, trapeze, crate challenge and surviving the outdoors. The day ended on a high with a disco and one final reflection, embracing our highlights and memories of the week.

Throughout the week everyone participated as best they could and as a result have been given a PGL wristband and certificate. Room inspection were completed and our winning room was Abraham and Mati, scoring a massive 29.5/30. Our stars of the week were Dzodzi and Alfie for their outstanding demonstration of courage, kindness and our three school rules, being ready, being respectful and being safe.

“We would like to say how proud we are of you all, for trying your best, even if you just put on the harness. We have really enjoyed our week, seeing you shine and getting to know you all better. Have a dry, warm and restful weekend. We look forward to seeing you on Monday!” – Miss Bathe, Mrs Gee, Mrs Joyce, Miss Prince, Miss Brewster, Mrs Lee and Mrs Perrin. 

PGL Liddington 2024 - Day Four


Day three - Despite the rain and wind it has been another fun filled day for Year 6. Today they have taken part in abseiling, Jacob's ladder, fencing, aeroball and orienteering. All of the children were so brave and took part to a level that they felt comfortable. This evening they have attended a camp fire and snacked on toasted marshmallows. During this evening's reflection we talked about what has made us proud today.

"I'm proud of trying the thing I'm most scared of." - Lochlann

"I'm proud of myself reaching the top of Jacob's ladder." - Alfie

"I'm proud of my whole group for being there for me." - Vanesa

"I'm proud of Mrs Gee for taking part in the activities." - Annalyn 

PGL Liddington 2024 - Day Three


 Day two - After a good nights sleep and a good breakfast, we set off for our first full day. We have enjoyed a variety of activities; climbing, problem solving, giant swing and archery. This evening we took part in a balloon splash activity to see who could make the most protective casing for a water balloon. 

"Today we did the big swing and at first I was terrified to go on it, but then after I had a go, I realised it wasn't that bad. I am really proud of myself and Andrena!" - Emmylou

PGL Liddington 2024 - Day Two


Day one - The children all arrived very excited to start their PGL adventure. They had an afternoon full of activities including; zip wire, orienteering and fencing. The evening ended with a small reflection.

"The zip line was fun because we got to go high up and come down. We put lots of equipment on to make us safe. Out instructors taught us how to come down from the wire. My team sang me Happy Birthday and cheered each other on, it made me feel happy! I'm really excited to do the water balloons! Then in the evening after our reflection, Mrs Joyce's husband made me football cupcakes, I can't wait for day two!" - Lameck 

PGL Liddington 2024


 Photos of our Learning

European Day of Languages 

Visit to the Magistrates Court 

Science - Electricity  

 Dates for your Diary



Week commencing Monday 19th: Year 6 Residential



Thursday 7th: World Book Day

Week commencing Monday 11th: Science Week

Friday 15th: Elephant Assembly



Half term from Monday 1st April- Friday 12th April.

Monday 15th: Teacher Training Day.

Children back to school on Tuesday 16th April.



Homework for each term consists of regular reading, times tables practise via Times Tables Rockstars, spelling via Spelling Shed and topic homework. Log ins for online resources will be given out by class teachers.

Homework tasks are set each term and it is expected that children complete at least three throughout the term. 


Term 4 Homework 

Term 4 KIRFS 



Letter regarding the residential 


PGL kit list 

Behaviour contract