St John's Roman Catholic Primary School


Ann Street, Rochdale, Lancashire OL11 1EZ

01706 647195

Whole year overview of Year 5

Curriculum Newsletter for Year 5

The Fox

To start the year off, our text based unit was ‘The Fox’ by Margaret Wild. We used the green screen to imagine what it was like to be the characters and this then helped us to write from the characters point of view.


Our first topic this year was ‘The rainforest’ and we have really enjoyed it. We have learnt many things and now know the location of many rainforests, the different layers of the rainforest and what deforestation is and how it is endangering the planet and its animals. We also loved reading ‘The Lorax’ by Dr Seuss and discussed how relevant the story is today even though it was written over 90 years ago. Here are some photographs of a lesson where we looked at what it would be like to live in the rainforest.


During Autumn 2 our topic was ‘Brazil’ and we were lucky enough to have a visit from ‘The Wild Road Show’ where we got to meet lots of different animals from the Amazon rainforest. We found out lots of interesting facts and even got to hold some of these wonderful creatures!



During Spring 1, year 5 have loved learning about the suffragettes! We have looked at why women wanted the vote, the main women involved in the suffragette movement and how women managed to eventually get the vote. Our big question was ‘Can anybody be a leader?’ and we have certainly looked at a lot of leaders! When looking at different leaders, we have focused on great women who have changed the world. Some of our favourites were: Rosa Parks, Anne Frank, Marie Curie, Coco Chanel, Agent Fifi, Amelia Earhart, Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison. Here we are using the green screen pretending to be part of the suffragette riots.

Mary Poppins

During Autumn 2 and Spring 1 our text based unit is ‘Mary Poppins’ by P.L Travers. Here is Safah’s diary entry from Michael’s point of view and the opening to Danyal’s character description of Mary Poppins. Well done Safah and Danyal – you’ve done a super job!