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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Spring Term 2021

Areas of study for Year 5



This term in Literacy the children will be focusing on different styles of writing. They will read a book called ‘Lost Happy Endings’ and write their own versions of the ending. They will also focus on non-fiction texts, writing a persuasive advert for the Emerald City, a newspaper report about the Viking attack on Lindisfarne, which provides cross curricular links with their history unit, and a travel brochure and travel blog about the forest featured in the book ‘The Minpins’. The children will be exploring poetry, looking at different poetic styles and the use of figurative writing, before writing some poems of their own. They will also learn and perform a class poem in celebration of World Poetry Day. They will end  the term using their story telling skills and building on what they know about pace and suspense by writing the ending to the story of ‘Clockwork’.  


The children will be recapping some of their previous learning in year 5 in order to consolidate their learning in core concepts. They will cover place value and the importance it holds when comparing numbers, as well as re-visiting addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. Within this, the children will be prompted to decide when to use mental strategies or written methods as the most effective method of calculation. They will learn about angles and start to use protractors to measure and draw angles; this is new learning for most of the children. They will also look at data handling with a focus on the reading of different styles of tables. The children then move on to learning about the relationships between fractions, decimals, and percentages, focusing on how to find equivalents and converting between them. Finally, the children end the term by looking at measurements, re-visiting perimeter, area, volume, and time.


Throughout the Spring term our class book for Guided Reading will be ‘The Boy in the Tower’. During guided reading sessions, children will take part in choral reading and have the chance to discuss and answer questions verbally, before practising how to write answers to questions using evidence from the text. The children will be focussing on answering all questions in full sentences and encouraged to use ‘Go APE’ (Answer, Prove, Explain) to compose their answers.


In French lessons, the children will be spending the first half term focussing on ‘Items of Clothing’. They will learn everyday words for items that they come across on a daily basis. After half term, the children will learn about ‘The Olympics’, focussing on the history of the games and the names of some of the Olympic sports. They will start to read sentences that include French words they are already familiar with, and then be encouraged  to use their knowledge of those words to make to an educated guess about the rest of the sentence.   


In PSHE lessons, the children will learn about the environment around them and how they can care for it. The children will also be learning about stereotypes and how the media portrays people, which links with the targeting of online advertisements. We end the term by discussing aspirations and the goals that the children would like to set for themselves.


Through their RE lessons, the children will be learning about the similarities of life and death beliefs, and celebrations through Abrahamic and Eastern religions. They will look into the different celebrations and beliefs of all six of the religions. They will link their learning of life and death to the Christian Easter story.


Through their PE lessons, the children will be focusing on their gymnastic skills. During the first half term they will be using the low apparatus and working on their partner skills, with a focus on social skills. They will then develop their balancing techniques, through a creative focus, and  building on their partner and group work skills.


This term, the children will develop as geographers initially through cross curricular links with our history topic on the Vikings in the first half term. They will research where the Vikings originated and their travels to Britain from Scandinavian countries. The larger focus on geography comes through our topic all about the local area. They will be looking at a range of maps, including topographical maps and street maps, considering the land use in the area and investigating population data. They will learn about the census due to take place in March and compare historic census information.


The Vikings are the main focus of our history topic this term. The children will learn about where the Vikings came in the timeline of British history, as well as their lifestyle and some of their infamous attacks. They will continue to learn about the way England changed throughout the time that they were here and discuss Danelaw and Danegeld. In the second half term, through cross-curricular links with our geography topic about the local area, they will touch on aspects of history when discussing how land use and population data has changed over time.


This term, the children will be learning about materials in Science; this will build on their previous knowledge from key stage one. They will conduct experiments on reversible and irreversible changes and also look into how different solutions can be separated. They will plan scientific enquiries to investigate thermal insulators, record their results and write scientific conclusions based on what they discover.


The children will be looking at some modern pieces of music, including Adele’s song ‘Make you feel my love’. In light of current Covid restrictions, they will not be able to sing in the classrooms. However, they are going to learn the lyrics and learn to sign 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.


In computing the children will be creating their own musical tunes by using a coding programme called Sonic Pi. They will explore the different functions that are available to them through the programming and then go onto create their own piece of music  independently. During the second half term, the children will be looking at networks and the Internet. They will be creating their own networks, using their coding skills to do so.

Art, Design and Technology

The children will be learning about perspective photography throughout this term. They will be discussing and artist named Iwao Yamawaki and looking at his work closely. Then, they will be taking and drawing their own images that have considered a different perspective or viewpoint. Through their drawings the children will also consider their sketching and texture drawing techniques.

In Design and Technology they will be creating alarms, looking at where we can find different alarms and their uses, how we make different switches, exploring the use of circuits and then finally putting their knowledge together to design and create a working alarm for a specific purpose.

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