Year 5

A very warm welcome from Mrs Lines.

Year 5 is an exciting and challenging year for the children. They are now in the ‘upper school’ and are expected to take a more mature and independent approach towards learning. These skills are developed throughout the year and the children will have excellent opportunities to take part in a range of activities and to develop key life skills. I look forward to working closely with you and your child over the next year.

Year 5 Meet the Teacher 2020-2021


This year, our school focus is Hope.



It is important that all children continue to read to and discuss texts with an adult on a regular basis.

Please sign home school records weekly and listen to your child read as often as possible, focusing on expression and fluency (as a storyteller). Children should bring in their home school record on their Guided Reading day.

Guided Reading – every child is heard reading at least once a week. Although reading ability and enjoyment continues to be important, the main focus will be to develop comprehension skills, in particular inference & deduction skills, author language choices and providing evidence.

Please support your child by asking questions involving the above skills. A list of useful questions can be found on the school website under Guided Reading Support


Spelling lists are given to the children at the beginning of each half term. The children are given opportunities throughout the week to learn them, find definitions and write them in context etc. Spellings are based on spelling patterns/rules, personal errors such as common words and topic words. The children are then tested on these lists of words on Fridays.

Handwriting & Pace

Neat, joined fluent handwriting is strongly encouraged, as is the importance of pace when writing. Children should write in blue pen or pencil.


Please ensure that children practise mental maths and time tables regularly at home to build up their skills in rapid- recall of number facts and their ability to manipulate number mentally. It is best to keep practices short and as much fun as possible.

The Year 5 Learner


Children must now wear their kit to school on PE days (Wednesdays and Fridays).

Year 5 usually swim in the Autumn term. However, this has been put on hold until we feel it is safe. Instead, we will focus on skills such as throwing, catching and agility, in order to prepare for invasion games.

As we are currently unable to run PE lessons inside, we may have to adapt our plans to ensure the children are receive enough physical activity.

Home Learning and other information

Home Learning is explained and given out each Friday. It should be completed by the following Wednesday. Home Learning is completed each week as it supports and consolidates what is being taught in class.

Home learning will consist of a spelling task, Maths and English. In the case that a project has been set, the children may get longer, for example, 2 weeks.

Please read the home school’s Home Learning Policy for further information.


Each day, you child will need:

  • A water bottle.
  • A reading book.
  • A pencil case which includes a Berol handwriting pen in blue, a pencil, colouring pencils, a sharpener and a rubber.

Your child’s reading record should be in school on their reading day.

Curriculum Overview for Year 5

Subject Summer 2020
Summer 1 Summer 2
RE From Easter to Pentecost

●   How does Mark record the resurrection of Jesus?

●       What happened at Pentecost?

●        Would you speak up for your faith?


●        What is a disciple?

●        What does it mean to be a disciple now?


●        identifying and converting between mixed number and improper fractions.

●        Find equivalent fractions.

●        Find non unit fractions of amounts

●        Using formal written methods to divide.

●        To interpret remainders in context

●        To interpret remainders as decimals and fractions

●        Compare angles and estimate and measure them.
●        Convert between units of measure.

●       Read scales and number lines.

●       Revision

English Farm Based Writing

A narrative based on The HS2 clearing of Jones Hill Wood (inspiration for Fantastic Mr Fox). SPaG focus- identifying main clauses, powerful verbs, conjunctions and show don’t tell. Children to write in role as an animal being cleared from its home.

A persuasive letter to an MP to ask them to provide more support for British wildlife. Focus on persuasive language and formal language.

Greek Mythology

A narrative based on the Adventures of Odysseus. Children to create another beast for Odysseus to overcome. SPaG (TBC)


To note words and phrases in pre-twentieth century writing which have changed their meaning over time

To consider and evaluate different viewpoints and write a balanced argument.

Science Forces


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.


compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets

know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution

use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating

give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of

states are reversible changes.

Computing Online


●       Maintain, review and amend online identities, considering the potential impact of these on their digital footprint.

●       Use online resources and search technologies, pupils are increasingly discerning about what information they gather, checking the validity of data and showing due respect to privacy and copyright.

Geography Mountains

Why are the three mountains of Olympus, Mauna Kea and Everest so famous?

How were the world’s greatest mountain ranges formed?

Why is the legend of Mallory and Irvine the greatest unsolved mystery of mountaineering?

Why did Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay find fossils of sea animals on the summit of Everest?

Art Printing


·         Modify and adapt print as work progresses.

·         Make a two colour print and begin to experiment with additional colours.

Design and Technology CAMS

Identify linear and rotary movement

Identify components of a cam mechanism

Design a cam toy

Evaluate own design

Music Listen with attention to detail

Appreciate and and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

Develop an understanding of the history of music.

P.E.  Striking and fielding-cricket

●     Striking

●     Fielding

●     Overarm throw

●     Underarm throw.


●     Sprinting

●     Long distance running

●     Jumping for height

●     Jumping for distance.

P.S.H.E. Life to the Full RSE Programme by TenTen

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Changes in boys’ and girls’ bodies


Body image

Emotional changes

Making babies

Peer pressure

Summer Term 2021 Parents information session

Please log in to your child’s GoogleClassroom to view the presentation. It can be found on the stream.