Welcome to Year 5

Dear Year 5 Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the new term. We hope you and your child had an enjoyable holiday. Please find information below about the Year 5 summer term that will help you to support your children with their learning.


The children will read ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’ by Elizabeth Laird and ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar.  The writing techniques of the authors will be studied and used as inspiration for a range of fiction and non-fiction writing, such as non-chronological reports, a persuasive prospectus, debate and arguments and script writing. Once again, there will be a strong focus on grammar, punctuation and spelling.


The children learn about measurements, including converting units of length, mass and time and reading temperature. The children will be measuring, estimating and working out the area and perimeter of shapes. Then they will be learning how to find the volume of solids, find the capacity of rectangular boxes and covert units of volume and how to write years in roman numerals.


In science, the children will continue to develop their enquiry skills such as making predictions and taking accurate measurements. They will learn about forces, including identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance, gravity and friction. Then the children will investigate the differences in the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds as well as reproduction in some plants and animals. 


Our topic for the whole term will be ‘Should people be worried about water?’. Children will explore whether the Earth can run out of water, they will look at the driest and wettest parts of the world and learn about how water is made safe to drink.


This term the children will study poverty and wealth as part of RE.  The children will make connections between religious teaching on money and the attitude of religious believers to money. They will also explain what influences them personally and their values in relation to issues of wealth and poverty.


This term we will be conducting a series of lessons about changes and puberty in PSCHE. You were sent a separate letter with more details about this on Tuesday; this is also on the app and website. Please speak to your class teacher if you would like another copy.


The DT topic towards the end of the second half term is ‘Moving Toys’. The children will explore a range of cam mechanisms before designing, making and evaluating their own moving toys. 


Year 5 are exploring the BBC Ten Pieces this year and this term our focus is on Joseph Bologne.  We will be exploring his music and recreating the motif of his first symphony.  The children will use the story of Joseph Bologne to compose their own opera and music about his life and struggles.


In ICT, the children will be using the ‘Book Creator’ program on iPads to make their own non-fiction text about our Solar System.  Following this, the children will learn how to film and edit their own movie clips which will be linked with the English work about the book ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’. 


In art, Year 5 will be looking at the work of James Castle, an 'Outsider artist' from America who made drawings, handmade books and constructions from found paper, card and soot. They will hand stitch a book and illustrate a picture story using charcoal.


The topic for the summer term is actions. During the course of the unit, pupils will learn useful prepositions, as well as a selection of common verbs and how to use them with simple adverbs. They will also learn how to use the past tense.

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All of Year 5 will have dance and games. During games lessons the children will practice fundamental movement skills for athletics. This includes running, jumping and throwing disciplines in preparation for their sports day events.  

During the second half term, the children will practice the skills for fielding and striking with a variety of games to practice their throwing, retrieving, fielding, batting and aiming.   Children need to remember to bring their kit on the correct days. Please can you make sure it is suitable for the weather conditions on the day. Children may come to school in their PE kit if the lesson takes place before break (period 1 or 2), but they must bring their school uniform to change into afterwards.  

Online homework

The weekly online homework will continue to be set on Wednesdays and is due to be completed by the following Monday. If your child has lost or forgotten their log in details please ask them to get these from their class teacher. This will be English (Collins connect) and maths (Mathletics) work and is to consolidate what the children have been learning in class. We recommend that your child has a piece of paper and a pencil to help them with their Mathletics homework. If your child is struggling to complete their homework, please let us know and we can adjust the difficulty and/or amount of what is being set for them.

Guided Reading and spelling homework

All children will be given a guided reading book and reading record which they will be expected to bring into school every day. Your child will be set reading homework on a weekly basis depending on which day they read with their teacher. All children are encouraged to read aloud as regularly as possible at home, this can be to you, a sibling or other family members. Children will be given a list of spellings in their reading records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home using a range of strategies they have been taught in school. They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class the following week. Please sign the reading record to confirm you have seen the homework and your child has practised the weekly spellings.

Thank you for your continued support.

With kind regards,

Emma Dewey (5D, Year 5 Leader)    India Symington (5S)    Caroline Wells (5CW) 

Clare Trotter and Siobhan Lindsay (5AL)


Download the Year 5 presentation 

Download the Year 5 National Curriculum Objectives for English

Download the Year 5 National Curriculum Objectives for Maths

Download the Year 5 National Curriculum Objectives for Science