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 This term we will be learning…



This term, we will be reading Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom about a young boy called Michael who travels with his parents around the world on the yacht ‘Peggy Sue’ after his parents lose their jobs at the brickworks and decide to sail the seven seas. During Literacy lessons, this novel will be the stimulus to develop the pupils into imaginative and descriptive writers using a wide range of skills including figurative language

Kensuke’s Kingdom, and their learning in Literacy lessons, will link across a wide range of subjects particularly PE, Topic, Art/DT and ICT. The final, and exciting outcome for the children, is that they will use their Literacy skills to write a detailed script for their Topic enquiry that will be recorded and edited in ICT lessons in order to create a geographical documentary. 


Useful resources to use at home:

Please use the links provided below to help support your child in their journey to becoming an enthusiastic and skilled writer. 

Figurative Language Glossary

Grammar Terminology

Spelling Rules

To develop as writers, we have given each child a magpie book to take home and bring back into school every day. The children will be using these to gather ideas, words, phrases and drawings that they will then be able to use in their writing.  To help them with this, please encourage them to read every night and fill in their reading record and magpie book.



During the children’s time in Year 5, we aim to develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics.  We will encourage this by providing opportunities for each child to have frequent practice with complex problems.  They will also develop their own ability to reason using mathematical language and strategies. We hope that alongside our school vision, this will ensure each child will become a mathematical thinker.

This term’s unit will begin by deepening the knowledge and understanding of place value. We will be exploring negative numbers, roman numerals, rounding, ordering and comparing decimals, and count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1000 000. As a result, we will use this knowledge to support us in solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division sums through the use of word problems and open-ended investigations. Furthermore, at the end of every lesson, we will practise and develop our arithmetic skills and knowledge to deepen our mathematical fluency skills.


Useful resources to use at home:

Times Table Rock Stars

Summary of Place Value for parents

Place Value – Online Games

Ordering Numbers – Online Games

Year 5 Whole Year Curriculum – Online Questions



During this half term, we will be learning about properties and changing materials in which the children will learn how to compare and group together everyday materials based on evidence from comparative and  fair tests, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. Next, they will understand that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution. Then use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating whilst giving reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic in order to demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes.


Useful resources to use at home:

BBC Bitesize – Online Reading, Games and Quizzes

More Online Games


Topic – Journey through the Orient

As part of this topic, children will be taking a very independent approach to their learning. Japan will be the focus of their enquiry, however the direction in which they take will be entirely up to them. Equally, the children will need to use and further develop their knowledge of human and physical geography to support their independent investigation whilst also developing the skill of 4 and 6 figure grid referencing. The final outcome is that children will use their Literacy and ICT lessons to write a script in the style of an expert geographer in order to record and edit a documentary video based on the geographical features of Japan.

Useful resources to use at home:

National Geographic KIDS

Geography of Japan

Human and Physical Geography games

Group Sort –

Whack-a-mole –

True or False –

Maze Chase –

Open the box –



Our class based PE lessons this term will be linked to our Topic study of Japan in which we will be learning Traditional Japanese Dance. The slow and controlled movements of this dance will require the children to develop strong balance and coordination whilst also memorising a routine of moves to perform. 





This term the focus will be around the concept Belonging and how this impacts on people’s lives as well as how this concept applies to Islam in particular. This unit will allow children to begin to think about their own understanding of the concept as well as what people leading a religious life believe and express this through their practice.



This term, our French focus will be Je Me Presente.  We will be learning the different vocabulary linked to ‘talking about me’ then building on our understanding of adjectival agreements to produce a piece of writing describing information about ourselves.

In addition, the children will develop their phonics skills by learning how to read and pronounce French sounds accurately. A knowledge of phonics is a shortcut to learning how to recognise and decode language, therefore enabling children to continually improve the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation and their understanding of written and spoken text.

Useful resources to use at home:

BBC – All About Me Vocabulary

BBC – Sounds and Vocabulary



This term, children will be learning how to read musical notes and experiment with notation with a number of instruments. As part of the music curriculum, we will be exploring the concept of community and how it can be expressed via the medium of music. 




PSHE this half term will be focusing on new beginnings and how they can use the Langstone Learner skills to be successful in Year 5. We encourage children to find ways to use their Langstone Learner Cards at home in their pursuit for the coveted Golden Langstone Learner Master t-shirt. Moreover, we will be exploring the importance of team work and how the development of a strong team mindset can be a great benefit to us as a community. 




This half term, Computing will be linked to Topic and Literacy whereby the children will be learning how to use Windows Movie Maker. We will explore all the features of the program ranging from editing and cropping segments of clips to adding visual and sound effects to create an interesting and impressive geographical documentary video based on their independent Topic study. 



Dates for the Diary!!!

Class Assemblies

5NB – Thursday 17th January 2019

5CB – Thursday 24th January 2019

5DS – Thursday 7th February 2019


Trips and Workshops

Tuesday 25th September – Yo Sushi Workshop

(please contact the school with any specific allergies that your child may have)

PE kit

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PE days vary depending on weather. If possible, please ensure your child always has a PE kit in school.

Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.


Topic – Year 5 Project Homework – Independent Learning Opportunity!

Set: Wednesday 19th September 2018            Due: Wednesday 17th October 2018

In Kensuke’s Kingdom, Michael is washed up onto a remote island.

Your task is to create something linked to Kensuke’s island.

You could:

  • Create a detailed 2D plan
  • Produce a PowerPoint
  • Construct a 3D model
  • Descriptive writing
  • Use technology, such as Minecraft

As this is an extended project, we expect a variety of activities to be done ready to present to the class.  If you need any paper or resources, please ask your class teacher.

(Remember: Year 5 Langtone Learner expectations – well-presented work with legible, joined handwriting!)