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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Summer Term 2022

Areas of study for Year 5*



This term, the children will be focusing on different styles of writing. They will begin by writing a diary entry based on the book ‘Holes’ written by Louis Sachar. They will then write a biography about Sir David Attenborough, having carried out research to find out about his life. Applying those skills, they will write a second biography about a person of their own choice. Later in the term, the children will learn about the journey of a river and write an explanation text on the subject. After half term, the children will be introduced to the short animation, The Piano, and explore extracts from the film to write a story incorporating flashback scenes. Finally, the children will have the opportunity to write a story from another culture; this will be closely linked to their history topic of North America and will be based on an Apache myth.


At the start of the term, the children will focus on learning about decimals; this will include adding and subtracting decimals with a different number of decimal places, using a place value table to multiply and divide by multiples of 10, and attempting to answer problem solving questions. Following this unit of work, the children will look at the properties of shape. They will measure and draw angles, calculate angles around a point, learn about triangles and quadrilaterals and find out about the properties of polygons and 3D shapes. During the second half of the term, the children will learn about position and direction, using a grid and coordinates. This unit of work will include translation on a grid, lines of symmetry and reflection on a line. The final unit of work for the year concentrates on measurement. The children will be taught how to convert between different measurements, including those associated with volume, capacity and time. They will also interpret timetables. Throughout the term, the children will be given time to continue practising their times table and related division facts, with a focus on the speed of their recall.


During the first half of this term, the children will focus on more chapters of the book, ‘The Boy in the Tower’. They will then move on to analysing various pieces of poetry. Towards the end of the term they will explore short narrative stories. During their guided reading lessons, the children will have the opportunity to read aloud through individual and choral reading, discuss and answer questions using our whole school approaches of ‘Go APE’ and ‘Reading with RIC’. They will practise how to interpret a text, retrieve information and find evidence to justify their answers. They will also have opportunities to discuss the authors’ choices of words and phrases.


In French lessons, the children will learn the French translation for different types of weather and be able to ask and answer the question ‘Quel temps fait-il?’ (what is the weather like?) They will also be given the opportunity to become weather presenters. During the second half of term, they will learn about various clothing items (Les vêtements), and practise saying what they are wearing. They will have opportunities to listen to the French pronunciation of each word before practising how to read, speak and write the new vocabulary they have learnt.


The children will begin the term talking about ‘Growth Mindset’ and how they can maintain a positive approach to learning; this will link to this half term’s ‘Habits of Mind’; Striving for Accuracy. They will then go on to learn about the benefits of sleep and spending time outdoors, this leads into them understanding why people have vaccines and immunisations. The children will finish the term by focusing on their own organisation and how this affects their mental well-being.


The children will be considering a key question this term, ‘How do followers show commitment to their religion?’  Children will begin by looking at commitments people may make and what these might mean to them. They will then look at what it means to break a promise and how this might make them or others feel. The children will explore the commitment of weddings, the importance of prayer and/ or worship to religious followers and what fasting is. The children should be able to identify the similarities and differences between different religions by the end of the unit.


In PE lessons this term, the children will be taking part in a dance unit focused around ‘Country Dancing’. The children will be given the chance to learn several styles of country dance routines, before creating their own group routine to perform to their peers. They will also have the opportunity to produce their own warm up and cool down routines, based on stretches and movements they have been taught previously.


This term, our geography topic is ‘North America’. The children will use atlases and online maps to discover where North America is and research facts out about the continent. They will learn how many countries are in North America and find out about key geographical features in some of those countries. The children will then find out about lines of latitude and longitude, including the prime meridian running through Greenwich, and how to work out time zones by using lines of longitude. They will also have the opportunity to pinpoint places on a map using coordinates.   


This term, our history topic is closely linked to the geography topic of North America. The children will explore the history of the first native Americans, finding out about their lifestyles, language, tribes and traditions. They will also be given the opportunity to research and discover more about the gold rush and how this was a significant event for North America.


For the first half of the Summer term, the children will be building on their previous knowledge of living things; they will explore different life-cycles, focusing on plants and animals. After half term, they will be learning about animals, including humans, and exploring the stages of development indifferent species.


Some of the children will be looking at modern pieces of music, including Adele’s song ‘Make you feel my love’. They are going to learn the lyrics and sing along to the song. They will continue to look at and discuss lyrics in the second half term when studying Will Smith’s song ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’. The children will be discussing the language used within the song and, throughout the weeks, they will create their own version with different lyrics. The rest of the children will have the opportunity to learn to play a brass instrument, led by a teacher from Berkshire Maestros.


Over the course of the term, the children will be using the software ‘SonicPi’ to explore the topic of coding. During this unit of work, the children will be encouraged to think about how computers respond to instructions and how programmers can use this knowledge to create programs. SonicPi will be used to create and sequence a piece of music using computer commands. This will provide the children with experience of creating, altering and debugging their own digital computer compositions. Later in the term, the children will use ‘Scratch’ to programme an animation with increasingly complex variables.

Art, Design and Technology

The children begin the term by exploring the work of Alberto Giacometti, an artist famous for his elongated bronze sculptures. They will be shown how to create their very own figures using wire and Modroc. They will then design and create their own piece of 3D artwork with a focus on movement.  In DT lessons, the children will find out about the history of apple pies, linked to their geography and history topics about North America. They will find out how pies have changed through the years and explore different flavour combinations. Finally, they will have the chance to create, make and evaluate their own apple pie.

*If you require additional information relating to our school curriculum, please ask at the school office or the class teacher.