Leigh Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

‘Live And Learn With Jesus’

Windermere Road, Leigh, Lancashire WN7 1UX


01942 674226

Welcome to Class 9 - Year 5

Class Teacher -  Miss Cahill

Information for Parents

Homework is an integral part of your child’s education and is included in the planning of each subject. It is therefore very important that your child attempts all set homework and hands it in on time. In a normal week homework is set as follows:

Monday - spellings will be sent home to learn ready for a test on Friday. 

Friday - Maths and English home-work will be set and needs to be completed and handed in on Monday. 

We encourage the children to read every night. We would like them to choose their own reading material, ensuring that they read a range non-fiction and fiction texts throughout the year. They will have the opportunity to visit the school library once per week, when they can browse, take out and return or renew books. It is important that your child records their home reading in their planner. Planners will be checked every Thursday therefore it is essential that these are kept up to date 

Our Class Timetable

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Curriculum Statement

Autumn TerYear 5

General Reminders.


Please could you ensure that your child brings their reading book and diary into school every day so that we can listen to them read on a regular basis. To help develop your child’s reading skills please try to read with them daily at home and record any comments in their diary.

Homework in Class 9.

Homework will be given out on Friday. Please return it back to school the following Wednesday. If you have any questions or queries about the homework please don’t hesitate to come and see us.


This year, our English work will be linked to our Science and themed approach work.  We will start with non-fiction writing in which we will write an explanation text about the Sun.  We will then move on to planet fact files and a biography of Neil Armstrong.  The children will then produce some fiction writing where they will design and describe an alien character and then create a story linked to their character.  During English lesson we will look at example texts for explanations, biographies and fact files.  We will also read a fiction book called Cosmic.   

In grammar lessons, children will further develop their knowledge and understanding of word classes; identify and write expanded noun phrases and use commas to clarify meaning. They will continue to develop their use of a range of sentence types when writing.

Spellings will be taught following Babcock No Nonsense Spelling Scheme. This will include exploration of spelling rules and short burst spelling tasks throughout the week. In addition, the children will have a weekly spelling test. Spellings will be sent home to learn on Monday and they will be tested on them on Friday.

English homework will be set every Friday and will be related to the work covered in class throughout the week.


The children will be taught to read, write, order and compare numbers to one million. They will learn to count on and back in powers of ten and round numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000.

The children will be taught formal and mental methods of solving calculations involving the four rules of number (+ - x ÷). They will be given the opportunity to apply these skills through problem solving and reasoning tasks.

Following this children will be taught statistics in which they will read and interpret tables, line graphs and bar charts.  Children will use their problem solving skills in this area. 

Before Christmas children will complete a two week unit on measurement where they will be taught to calculate the perimeter and area of shapes. 

To help your child in Maths please ensure that they practise their times tables and complete all homework on time. Homework will be set every Friday.

Religious Education

The topics studied this term are: Ourselves, Life Choices and Hope, following the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work.

The children will also continue to learn about other faiths and religions.


During the first term the children will be learning about Earth and Space. The children will learn about the Earth, its rotation, day and night and seasons.  They will also explore Space, learning about the order of the planets and doing their own research about one of the planets.  They will learn all about the Sun and the important role the Sun plays in our Solar System.  After half term, children will learn about forces and light and their role within the Solar System.  


In Computing lesson the children will start by refreshing how to keep safe when using the internet. Following this, (in groups of two or three) the children will use a set, paper template, to design and make their own comic strip. Then using these designs they will take photos which mimic the characters in their comic and import these photos into  ‘PowerPoint’, then delete the backgrounds.  Next they will use the internet to find backgrounds, which best match their own drawings, (making sure to think about copyright). Then they will save them as an image and set as backgrounds, ready to link everything together. Finally add onomatopoetic words, text and speech bubbles to finish their comic.

Physical Education

In their lessons the children will continue to develop their games skills and will explore, improvise and combine movement ideas fluently and effectively in dance lessons. PE kits should be kept in school at all times.

Themed Approach

This year our themed approach is linked to our Science.  The children will learn all about the history of Space. Key skills from all the foundation subjects will be covered. They will create a timeline of Space exploration as well as studying historical people such as Neil Armstrong. Children will learn about Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 as well as the space race. 


These lessons will continue to be delivered by a qualified French teacher.

Year 5 and 6 visiting Christ the King Cathedral, Liverpool.

Home-work Task

Well done to the children that designed and made a game/activity to help them to learn about prime numbers. They were set this as a home-work task and I am thrilled with the work that the children have done.