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5C 2020 - 2021

Miss Curran

Virtues and Values

In Autumn One, following our Jesuit values, we are growing to be compassionate and loving. 

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.”

(Ephesians 4:32)

During Autumn Two, we will be challenging ourselves to be curious and active.

“Now it happened that when the angels had gone from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go to Bethlehem and see this event which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.”

(Luke 2:15-16)


Religious Education

But you are a chosen race, the King’s priests, the holy nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvellous light.

(1 Peter 2:9)

In the autumn term, our first topic will focus on ourselves. We will explore how we are all made in the image and likeness of God Our Father and recognise God Our Father as a loving parent.  As the children of God, we will look at different ways we can give thanks to God.  We will research the lives of Holy People, the virtue of peace, and understand how we are all called to holiness as a way to know, love and serve God.


Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ.

(1 Peter 4:8-1)

Our second topic will develop the theme of ourselves and recognise that, through Baptism, we are called to a life of holiness and to the mission of spreading the Good News. That life may be lived out in different ways. For some, it will be through the Sacrament of Marriage but whatever life choices are made, the Christian is called to a commitment of holiness and service of others. In doing so, we are all sharing in the mission of Jesus Christ, following the Beatitudes and are visible as witnesses to the Christian life.


In that region there were shepherds living in the fields keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a saviour, who is the Messiah, (The Christ) the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”

(Luke 2:8-12)

In preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas, we will focus on the liturgical season of Advent and the virtue of hope.  The prophesies in the Old Testament, particularly from Isaiah and Jeremiah, about the coming of the Messiah, will help us to prepare for the Christ who comes to us each day, and encourage us to wait in joyful hope for Him to come in glory at the end of time.  We will also develop a deeper understanding of the incarnation and celebrate the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

Our first topic in the spring term will focus on the theme of Mission. We will investigate how Christ began the proclamation of the Good News, using Isaiah, and understand how the apostles shared in Christ’s mission.  The Prayer for unity, found in John’s Gospel, will be studied to understand it’s relevance in our lives today.  We will research the nature of a diocese and recognise the bishop is the successor of the apostles and continues the mission of Christ.  We will finish this unit by studying ecumenism.


English, Geography and History Topic – Moving People

The cross curricular topic, Moving People, will provide us with the opportunity to write a non-chronological report about a natural environmental disaster as well as a persuasive argument detailing what governments should do to care for their populations.  After studying the impact of enforced movement, we will write an account of escaping slavery via the Underground Railway in America.  Finally, we will use all our knowledge and understanding of the topic to write a letter as the ‘Silence Seeker’ to his friend Joe.

In Geography, we’ll be finding out about:

  • The similarities and differences between places we know
  • How and why our families have moved around the world
  • How different places are linked
  • How and why people move and goods are transported around the world
  • About environmental disasters which influence human migration
  • About disaster relief organisations

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the migrations of people in pre-historical times
  • About the spread of ideas, technology, language, food, goods and culture through migration
  • About the historical importance of past civilisations on present day societies
  • About the effects of migration on countries around the world
  • About enforced movements of people and why these occurred
  • About influences of past movements of people on our present day societies

In Society, we’ll be finding out:

  • About refugees — who they are, what their rights are and our responsibilities with regards to this
  • About the role of organisations who support refugees and migrants

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About reasons for economic migration, its effects and the laws that control it
  • How different groups of migrants and refugees are treated in the host country



Earth and Space – Key Objectives

  • Describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system.
  • Describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth.
  • Describe the sun, Earth and moon as approximately spherical bodies.
  • Use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.
  • Study a model of the sun and Earth that explains day and night.
  • Understand that the sun is a star at the centre of our solar system and that it has 8 planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune (Pluto was reclassified as a ‘dwarf planet’ in 2006).
  • Know that a moon is a celestial body that orbits a planet (Earth has 1 moon; Jupiter has 4 large moons and numerous smaller ones).
  • Investigate different ideas about how the solar system developed, understanding how the geocentric model of the solar system gave way to the heliocentric model by considering the work of scientists such as Ptolemy, Alhazen and Copernicus.
  • Able to work scientifically by: comparing the time of day at different places on the Earth through internet links and direct communication.
  • Create a simple model of the solar system; and construct shadow clocks and sundials, calibrated to show midday and the start and end of the school day.
  • Research why some people think that structures such as Stonehenge might have been used as astronomical clocks.


Forces – Key Objectives

  • 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.
  • Recognise that some mechanisms including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
  • Explore falling objects and raise questions about the effects of air resistance. Evaluate the effects of air resistance by observing how different objects such as parachutes and sycamore seeds fall. Experience a range of forces that make things begin to move, increase speed or slow down.
  • Investigate the effects of friction on movement and find out how it slows or stops moving objects, for example, by observing the brakes on a bicycle wheel.
  • Evaluate the effects of levers, pulleys and simple machines on movement.
  • Research how scientists, for example, Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton, helped to develop the theory of gravitation.
  • Work scientifically by exploring how paper cones or cupcake cases fall; design and make a variety of parachutes; and carrying out a fair test to determine which designs are the most effective.
  • Investigate resistance in water by making and testing boats of different shapes. Design and make products that use levers, pulleys, gears and/or springs and explore their effects.



As part of our Science topic, Earth and the Sun, we are going to study a range of books linked to Space including: “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells and “Curiosity – The Story of the Mars Rover” by Marcus Motum.  These texts will provide us with many writing opportunities including: a detailed description predicting what we think is going to emerge from the spacecraft; a newspaper report based on the Martian attack; and a retrospective account of the invasion from the perspective of one of the aliens.  We will also write an instruction manual for a new Mars Rover based on the specifications of the Mars Curiosity Rover currently conducting scientific investigations on Mars.


In the spring term, we are going to read and recite a range of poems from poets including Carol Ann Duffy and, “The Lost Spells” authors Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris. We will use their poems to help us write a kenning and free verse poem about animals and nature. As part of our science topic, Forces, we are going to research important scientists including, Galileo Galilei and Sir Isaac Newton, and write a biography about them.



During the autumn term, we will:

  • Recap on numbers up to 1,000 and develop our place value knowledge using larger numbers up to 1,000,000.
  • Revise addition strategies, with one exchange, and apply this method to adding whole numbers using column addition with more than 4 digits.
  • Subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits using the column method.
  • Round, estimate and approximate whole numbers.
  • Apply our addition and subtraction skills to multi-step problem solving.
  • Revise our times tables knowledge and apply this to multiples, factors, common factors, prime numbers, square and cube numbers.
  • Review strategies when multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 and apply this knowledge to multiplying and dividing by 1,000.
  • Read, interpret and compare tables, graphs and charts and apply our understanding by creating line graphs to solve problems.

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